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May 2022
Ernesto Almada

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This month we’d like to shower kudos on a triple threat. Last year we were in need on a new instructor following the passing of our former Sketching teacher. Ernesto heard about our need and volunteered to teach. Now as the effects of Covid linger on and people are still wary, we have had a few instructors who, on doctor’s orders, have been instructed to not teach. Upon hearing this Ernesto has volunteered again to act as a substitute. Now he will also be teaching Spanish AND Water Color! Ernesto worked for and retired from the San Bernardino Unified School District after 33 years of employment. During that time he worked with an after school program and served as a bilingual tutor. He loves to teach, and is loved by his students. Thanks Ernesto for stepping up when we need you.


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Summer Class Registration

Date:Summer Class Registration June, 1
Time:9:00 - 11:00 am
Length:
Cost:$8 per class members
non-members
Instructor:
Location:Game Room
Description:"I am still learning" - Seneca (age 70) If you believe that this is actually first quoted by Michelangelo,Ralph Waldo Emerson, or even Norman Rockwell, maybe you still have a few things to learn as well.

Sketching

Date:Sketching June, 8
Time:9:00 - 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Ernesto Almada
Location:Game Room
Description:The Sketching class has a new teacher and his name is Ernesto Almada. While he may be a new instructor here, neither art, nor teaching is new to him. Ernesto is an Art major and has spent 33 years in the school district as a bilingual tutor. During that time he worked with an after school program. During that time he taught young students art skill, but teaching adults would be no different. He had several students who earned awards in local art shows. Classes will start with a foundation in basic shapes and then use those shapes to learn shading before moving on to more complete objects, 3D, still life, then finally portraits. There will be no tracing or copying of other people’s works. He wants people to show their own creativity. Students need to bring their own pencils (from 9H to 9B – The HB scale ranges from 9H, a hard pencil that leaves fine, light marks, to 9B, a soft pencil which a high ratio of graphite that leaves bold, dark marks.), or even just a #2 to start, a sharpener, as well as a sketch pad. The size of the sketchpad will depend upon a student’s personal preference. So make your mark in the world and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That’s what they make erasers for.

Excel Class

Date:Excel Class June, 6
Time:10:00 - 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:TBA
Location:Game Room
Description:The class is on hiatus.

Womens Bible Study

Date:Womens Bible Study June, 6
Time:10:00 - 11:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Rosetta Love
Location:Game Room
Description: 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. Each 8 week session the class goes over a different book in the Bible. Rosetta has also taught it at her church. Each eight week session the class goes over a different book in the Bible. Students 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.

Magic

Date:Magic June, 6
Time:9:00 - 10:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Steve Micklas
Location:Parlor
Description:On hiatus until further notice

Writing for Fun

Date:Writing for Fun June, 9
Time:12:30 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Group Led
Location:Parlor
Description:Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing. - William Faulkner The Creative Writing, or Writing for Fun class, is our only student led classes. The class brings in assigned projects and presents them to the class. The class then gives helpful feedback and discussion. Styles of writing varies from class to class, such as a memoir, humor, essays, poetry, etc. You will write about what you know, but if the assignment doesn’t please you. Write something else.

Brain Fitness

Date:Brain Fitness June, 8
Time:12:15 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Janette Miksik
Location:Game Room
Description: Your brain may not be a muscle but you need to keep it active to keep it healthy. Some of our members take advantage of our university classes, but learning is only a part of exercising your brain. To help you out we offer this Brain Fitness class. The class promotes brain health through fitness, nutrition, cognitive exercises and activities to boost memory skills and stimulate the brain. Adults are living longer and longer, and we need to promote mental as well as physical health. The group does crosswords, puzzles, trivia, and encourages active discussion. Everything is designed to get those synapses firing. If you want to sharpen your skills and learn new things this group is for you. So make a mental note to show up at registration to ensure your spot. If you forget to register, you really need to get fit!

Watercolor

Date:Watercolor June, 7
Time:8:30 - 10:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Ernesto Almada
Location:Game Room
Description:Our Watercolor class is old. It is not only one of our oldest classes, but is also one of the oldest art forms, going back to paleolithic times. Watercolor where the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water and put onto a liquid soaking paper, most notably, paper. Working with watercolors is difficult because with paint, it stays put. However, with watercolor, the paper and absorption changes the outline and appearance as it dries. Additionally, you have to be careful as colors can run into each other as they are absorbed, changing the shape and color of objects. Then, if you mess up with paint, you can paint over or scrape off the paint, but in watercolor, you might be able to partially correct a mistake by re-wetting and blotting, making errors costly. To help you with this is Ernesto Almada, our new Watercolor instructor. While Ernesto has experience as an art teacher as he also is our Sketching instructor.

Italian

Date:Italian June, 9
Time:9:00 - 10:00 am
Length:8
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Rita Sicilliano
Location:Game Room
Description:On hiatus until further notice

Navigating the Next Chapter - Making the Most of Life

Date:Navigating the Next Chapter - Making the Most of Life June, 14
Time:11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Janet Egan
Location:Game Room
Description:Navigating the Next Chapter: Making the Most of Life focuses on how to adjust to retirement. Specifically, how to live your best life at this time. This is not just a Covid thing, but for anytime. For this session, the class is divided into: Getting to Know Each Other, Finding Fun/Leisure, Life Balance, Working Life, Changes, Giving and Receiving, Resource Day, ad Summary and Action Plan. Each session may change depending on the needs of the students. The class is taught by Janet Egan, a retired San Bernardino County Social Worker. This class is second nature to her as she had a career of doing trainings.

Spanish

Date:Spanish June, 9
Time:9:00 - 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Ernesto Almada
Location:Game Room
Description: ¿Habla usted Español? If not you can learn by taking our Spanish class. Spanish is both a vulgar yet romantic language! The history of the Spanish language in Spain and the origin of the dialects of Spain begin with the linguistic evolution of Vulgar Latin. From those humble beginnings, it has evolved into the most widely spoken Romance language, both in terms of number of speakers and the number of countries in which it is the dominant language with over 500 million Spanish speakers worldwide. The class is taught by 1st time instructor Ernesto Almada. He will focus on conversational Spanish.