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February 2016
Gloria Peterson

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This month we’d like to shine the spotlite on a Gloria Peterson. Gloria is a very familiar face around here, having been a member for almost 19 years. After joining our Wii Bowling program Wii Bowling, she began helping out as well. When she comes to special events and Koffee Klub, she volunteers to help set things up, serve, and clean up. Gloria also comes in to help us out with bulk mail, putting in inserts, and putting on labels on hundreds of newsletters. When not bowling or helping out she likes coming to our special events and Koffee Klub, and occasionally likes playing bingo and shuffleboard. Originally from Rosalie, Nebraska, she came out to the area with her husband, Larry, who was in the Air Force. First she got to travel the world and the country, before they got stationed at Norton. She was a stay at home mom, not only watching her 3 kids, but other mom’s kids so those moms could work. Now she has 4 grandkids, five great-grandkids, not counting all those other “kids” she took care off. And how she helps to take care of us. Thanks Gloria.


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Bible Study

Date:Bible Study September, 18
Time:10:00 to 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Al LeBrun and Tracy Johnson
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on a class with a timeless message, Bible Study. The class is taught by Al LeBrun and Tracy Johnson who are both with the Immanuel Baptist Church. Together Al and Tracy have a combined 79 years of Bible Study experience. Both are graduates of Bible College and have served as Pastors or Associate Pastors. They both now minsters at Immanuel Baptist Church where they not only teach Bible study there, but Al serves as the Minister of Senior Adults and Tracy serves as the Minister of Evangelical Discipleship. This session the two will be focusing on the New Testament book of ACTS (or Acts of the Apostles), and will cover the first half of the book. This will look at the early days of Christianity and it’s growth. Classes are on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00am and will run for 8 weeks beginning January 9th.

Computer Lab Upgrade

Date:Computer Lab Upgrade July, 6
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Description: Thanks to SB County Supervisor James Ramos, we received funds to help us in updating our computer lab. Our computers were over 12 years old. That might not seem like much, but computer years are like dog years, only worse. They are considered ancient, but no more. We received a grant and have purchased new all-in-one computers. All are internet ready, and have the latest software. Two will have Windows 7, for those who like the old style, while the rest have Windows 8, and will be updated to Windows 10 when available. The Cyber Seniors class will get first crack at them when they start up on July 9th for their 4 week summer session, followed by the Computer Class in the fall. Get prepared to go online and explore the world.

Fall Registration

Date:Fall Registration September, 4
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Location:Game Room
Description:Sharpen your pencils and pick an apple for the teacher. After a short summer break its time to head back to school. The ever popular Highland Senior University is ready to enroll those who still have a desire to learn. The Highland Senior Center’s annual Back to School registration is set for Friday, August September 4th. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m and runs until 1:00 p.m. Numbers are handed out before registration begins and people are called back according to when they arrived, so it’s first come, first served. So if you want to ensure a seat make sure not to be tardy. No prior registrations are allowed. If you try, you may just end up in detention cleaning the chalkboard erasers! Fall classes begin September 8th.

Sketching

Date:Sketching September, 9
Time:8:30 - 10:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:Robert Placencia
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to welcome back a familiar class that’s been on hiatus. It’s a bit sketchy, but we never erased it from our memory. The Sketching art class will be starting up in September and will again be taught by Robert Placensia. Robert has been involved in art for over 40 years, having taken art classes in high school and college. He enjoys many mediums including sketching, charcoal, and oil painting. He has even received awards for some of his works. The class will begin with portraits, as it provides the basic foundation that can later be applied to still life and scenery. Students need to bring their own pencils (#2 preferred), a sharpener, as well as a sketch pad. The size of the sketchpad will depend upon a students personal preference. Classes will be on Wednesdays beginning September 9th and last for 8 weeks. The class will be held in the Game Room from 8:30 - 10:30 am. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members, but remember that you will need to register on Friday, September 4th from between 9-11 am.

Computers

Date:Computers September, 17
Time:9 - 11 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:Kim Scarcella
Location:Game Room
Description: Now that we have the new computers, we also have a “new” computer class. Actually, we are combining the Cyber Seniors (Internet) class, as well as the Beginning and Intermediate computer classes together into one all encompassing class. Kim Scarcella will once again take over the reins of the computer class. The class will focus on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Windows 7 is the older, more familiar Windows operating system. Windows 8.1 was designed more for tablet use, and following some bad press, some of which was warranted and some which was not, is slowly being scrapped for Windows 10. Windows 10 is a hybrid of the Windows 7, including the desired “start” button, and the tablet feature of Windows 10. Windows 10 is being offered to all those computers that have Windows 7 & 8 on them for free, if they support the system requirements. There are rumors that Windows 10 will be the last upgrade of Windows offered by Microsoft. No matter what version you have, Kim will get you up and running, and exploring the world...or checking your email. The possibilities end with the user. Classes are still on Thursdays and take place from 9-11 am, and started on Sept. 17th. New classes will start up again after the new year, so make sure to read the newsletter for the next registration date.

Womens Bible Study

Date:Womens Bible Study September, 14
Time:10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:Rosetta Love
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on Women’s Bible Study, and it is good. By Women’s Bible Study we don’t mean one of those gender specific Bibles. It should be more accurately titled as Bible Study for Women. The class is taught by Rosetta Love. Rosetta was the student of former instructor, Bonita Burgess. When Bonita left, she asked Rosetta to take over the class. Now, to paraphrase Star Wars, the student is now the master. However, she is not new to teaching Bible Study, having already having taught it at her church. It has been two years since she took over, and she still loves teaching the class. Each eight week session the class goes over a different book in the Bible. This session they are covering the Book of Revelation, often referred to simply as Revelation ro the Apocalypse of John. John refers to either John the Apostle, or a John who was a Christian prophet. The book begins with John on the island of Patmos in the Aegean, addressing a letter to the “Seven Churches of Asia.” Classes are on Mondays from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, and the session runs six weeks. Student’s will need to bring their own bible, but it doesn’t matter which translation it is. Students also buy a book that is directly related to the book they are discussing that session. There are other handouts provided by Rosetta. If you would like to sign up for this class, registration will take place in early 2016.

Magic

Date:Magic March, 7
Time:9 - 10:30 am
Length:12 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:Steve Micklas
Location:Parlor
Description: This month we’d like to introduce you to the mysterious and mystical world of our Magic Class. There you’ll be taught by Stephen Micklas, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Come learn basic magic, including misdirection, card magic, and close up magic (coin manipulation). Students learn inexpensive tricks that grandparents can do, to amaze their friends and family. Students are only required to bring a deck of cards and maybe some rope or string. Most tricks students learn can be done with things found around the house. Stephen will bring in most of the other props needed. You just need to bring a 3 ring binder for notes and handouts.. For those interested in magic you just need to remember a few things. Magic is a bit of misdirection and a lot of acting. If you are going to be a member of the class you will be taught a lot of secrets. Remember, that a Magician never reveals his secrets. You also need to practice to do it well. So if you’d like to amaze your family and friends, sign up. The cost is only $8 for members and $10 for non-members for a lifetime of fun. For you who already know a card trick or two, Stephen is ready to show our seniors you can teach an old dog, new tricks.

Back To School Registration

Date:Back To School Registration February, 26
Time:9 - 11 am
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Description: Sharpen your pencils and pick an apple for the teacher. After a short Christmas break it’s time to head back to school. If you have a desire to learn, the Highland Senior Center’s winter Back to School registration is set for Friday, February 26th. It begins at 9:00 a.m and runs until 11:00 a.m. Numbers are handed out before registration begins and people are called back according to when they arrived, so it’s first come, first served. So if you want to ensure a seat make sure not to be tardy. No prior registrations are allowed. If you try, you may just end up in detention cleaning the chalkboard erasers! Winter classes begin March 7th.