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April 2014
Jack and Nancy Wallace

Photo of Jack and Nancy Wallace

This month we’d like to shower kudos on our good friends, Jack & Nancy Wallace. Members since October 2003, they are one of the reasons you are reading this newsletter. Every month we can count on them to help us with the bulkmail. First, they will come in early to put in any inserts, if needed before stapling them all. The next day they will come back to help the rest of the newsletter crew in stapling the thousands of newsletters. Some of the other things they help us out serving at the Luau, and preparing food for our Operation Senior Claus. All work and no play, hardly make this Jack a dull boy, but he plays just to make sure. When they first joined the center, it was Jack who came in first, for the Men’s Poker group. He loved it so much he got his wife to join. He was so excited, he wanted his wife to quit her job so she could join him in doing things. He also plays Double Deck Pinochle. She did join, but she didn’t stop working. For a while she worked in our thrift store helping to sell items. Now she plays bunco and ladies poker. They both enjoy helping out whenever asked. Jack and Nancy met in Washington, where Nancy is originally from, and Jack was stationed while in the army. Every the joker, he proposed to her on April 1st. After marrying they traveled the world and the country. He eventually got out of the army and they moved to the Inland Empire, where they decided to finally put down roots. Thanks to Jack and Nancy for all they do for us.


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University Classes

Bible Study

Date:Bible Study April, 4
Time:Friday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Al LeBrun & Tracy Johnson
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on an old class with a new instructor. Bible Study is one of our oldest classes, but this session it is being taught by some new teachers from Immanuel Baptist Church. Al LeBrun and Tracy Johnson. Together Al and Tracy have a combined 77 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 Gospel of Mark, one of the four Gospels of the Bible. It gives an overview of the life of Christ through the eyes of Mark. Mark, or John Mark, is not one of the 12 disciples, but a companion of the disciple Peter. It was written around 55-65 A.D. and was probably the first Gospel to be written. It is taught in a non-denominational atmosphere, and students are encouraged to bring their own version of the Bible. Classes are someone structured but if students have questions about other topics they are more than welcome to ask. They even hand out 3X5 cards for students to write down any Biblical question they have and the class spends the last 5 minutes of class going over them. The class is inclusive to all and the instructors expand on this by getting feedback from students on what the topic should be for the next session. So if you’d like to learn a little more about the Bible, classes are on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Exploring the Internet

Date:Exploring the Internet April, 3
Time:Thursday - 1 - 3 pm
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Kim Scarcella
Location:Game Room
Description: The internet is the largest computer network in the world, connecting millions of computers. When people think of the internet they think of the World Wide Web. However, it is the actual physical network of computers all over the world. The World Wide Web is a virtual network of web sites connected by hyperlinks (or \\\"links\\\"). Web sites are stored on servers on the internet, so the World Wide Web is a part of the internet. But what can you do on the internet? That’s where this class comes in. Taught by Kim Scarcella, she can show you how to speak to people overseas via video, for free, find the cheapest price on that item you’ve always wanted and get it shipped to your home from some exotic place, all without leaving your livingroom. And that is only less than 1% of what you can do! As a special treat for Valentine\\\'s Day, 3 weeks will be devoted to on-line dating. A how to and how to be safe while doing it. To learn what else you can do join her class on Thursdays from 1 - 3 p.m., and see how much small the world has become.

Spanish - Advanced

Date:Spanish - Advanced March, 4
Time:Tuesday - 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Length:13 Weeks
Cost:No Fee members
No Fee non-members
Instructor:Pia Escalante
Location:Game Room
Description: 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. Our Spanish classes, both beginner and intermediate, are brought to us in cooperation with San Bernardino Adult Education. The instructor is Pia Escalante. Pia has been teaching for over thirty years. She first learned the language in her hometown of Manilla, Phillippines, where she likes to go back to every summer. She then studied Spanish as part of her Master’s program, in Madrid, Spain. Following her graduation, she went back to the Phillippines where she began teaching Spanish in Intermediate, or Middle schools, to English speaking students who were the children of diplomats and international businessmen. Pia was then contacted by a friend from San Bernardino, who called her and asked her to come and visit. While visiting, her friend talked her into interviewing for a job. She got the job, and the rest is history. She began working for Adult Education five years ago where she enjoys the challenge of teaching. And the students enjoy the challenge of her teaching. So if you would like to learn a new language come join the group on Tuesdays.

Water Color Class

Date:Water Color Class April, 1
Time:Tuesday - 9:00 to 11:00 am
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Avon Hall
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the line on one of our oldest classes, and one of the oldest art forms. Watercolor, basically, is where the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle, and placed on a variety of liquid soaking surfaces, including papyrus, bark papers, plastics, vellum or leather, fabric, wood, canvas, and of course, paper Working with watercolors is difficult because with oil or acrylic paints, the paint stays where they are 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. Our Watercolor class is taught by Avon Hall. Avon has no formal instruction as an art teacher, but does have lots of experience in art. While in the Air Force, and stationed in France 30 years ago, he took some art classes in oil painting and drawing. He did not take up water color until six years ago, when he heard that we had a class and he was curious about it. Has won several prizes for his art, and has even sold some. The classes are on Tuesdays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in 8 weeks sessions and costs $5 for members and $10 for non-members per session. If you think you might want to try your hand on one of the earliest art forms, that is practiced in kindergartens across the country, yet hard to master, come give it a try.

Water Aerobics - On going

Date:Water Aerobics - On going January, 1
Time:10:00 - 12 noon
Length:Daily/On going
Cost:No-Fee members
must be a member at HSC non-members
Instructor:Julia Ragan or Penny Holt
Location:Jerry Lewis Community Center
Description:Stay fit while exercising in our Therapy pool.

Science

Date:Science April, 3
Time:Thursday - 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Bob Harvey
Location:Sun Room
Description: This month we’d like to welcome back one of our older classes. The professor, Bob Harvey, of “Making Common Sense out of Uncommon Science” took a sabbatical a few weeks sessions but is ready and raring to get back at it. The class is a mixture of science/biology. But don’t worry, there’s no dissection of frogs. Just a dissection of ideas and theories. The class is designed to be a non-technical approach to some of the major scientifically based issues of our time: (1) Free ranging presentations of what science IS and what IT IS NOT. (2) Scientific influences from history. (3) The impact (pro and con) of scientific discoveries now in progress, and (4) Conflicts between science, ethics and morality, (“Can do” vs. “Should do.”) This session Bob will be discussing Anthropology (new human evolution theories), Genetics and Migration Theory, Astronomy (focusing on the Hubble Telescope), and Medical Research and Immunology. The instructor for this class is an actual professor. Bob has graduate degrees in history, biology, and theology. He is also an Emeritus Professor having taught bio-physics at U.C.L.A., and was a general biology professor at S.B.V.C.. He has also worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and DOW chemical pharmaceutical. However, he makes it a lot more fun than those memories of high school science. So be prepared to ask a lot of questions. While he may not unlock all the mysteries of the universe, he’ll answer a couple. Or a least make some sense of them. Fees for the class are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Classes are on Thursdays, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

DMV Class - Need to sign up prior

Date:DMV Class - Need to sign up prior September, 6
Time:To Be Announced.
Length:3 Weeks - 9/6,9/13,9/20
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Mike Sylva
Location:Parlor
Description: Mention having to take a test and most people will start to sweat. Yet the DMV test covers something we do every day. However taking a test on something you probably haven’t studied for in years on a book that covers thousands of rules in it can still send a chill down anyone’s spine. To help alleviate that stress we have a DMV Test Review in which questions from the DMV web site, and recent actual tests are given to the students to answer. Normally a three day class, this time it has been reduced to two days. The tests are reviewed and each question and answer is gone over to help explain why the answer is the correct one, with a written final exam given as well. Some answers, the students just have to memorize, but most can be answered through reading the ENTIRE question and ALL the answers carefully, then the process of elimination can take over. Leading the group is our very own Mike Sylva, a retired Deputy Sheriff. Having written his share of tickets, as well as having taken classes on traffic accident investigations and working as a traffic officer. You can still sign up for this session and don’t wait until it’s too late to take the class before your test. Due to people asking for tests but not wanting to take the class tests will NO LONGER be given out to non-students under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES so make sure to register

Indoor Shuffle Board

Date:Indoor Shuffle Board January, 1
Time:Friday - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Length:On going
Cost:No Fee members
non-members
Instructor:Molly Wright
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on one of our lesser known classes: Shuffleboard. The class is taught by Molly Wright, who began teaching the class with her husband, Odie. When he passed away, Molly took over the group all by herself. The game involved sliding or shuffling eight metal weights (red and blue) over a waxed table. The different colored pucks are to distinguish teams or opponents. The object of the game is to outscore your opponent by sliding your weights farther into the scoring area than their weight. This is done by either hitting their weights out of the way or off the table, or passing them. You can also defend your points by blocking your opponent from knocking off your weights. Skill is needed as is strategy. Finesse, not strength. The first player to score 15 points is the winner. When more than three players play, 21 points win. Newcomers are always welcomed and Molly is more than happy to teach. The class remains a small yet loyal group of shuffleboard fans, who enjoy the class very much. In fact, when the other classes go on break, her class has decided that they want their class to keep on going. The class held in the Game Room every Friday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Magic

Date:Magic March, 31
Time:Monday - 9:00 - 10:30 am
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 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. Summer session is only four weeks long with classes on Mondays from 9-10:30 a.m. 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 always has a new trick up his sleeve to teach you.

Brain Fitness

Date:Brain Fitness March, 3
Time:Monday - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Length: 13 weeks
Cost:No Fee members
No Fee non-members
Instructor:Lisa Ballard
Location:Game Room
Description: As we get ready for Fitness After 50 month in May it’s only appropriate that we spotlite that one body part, people tend to forget about when exercising, the brain. You’re 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 have a “Brain Fitness” class. The class promotes brain health through fitness, nutrition, and cognitive exercises to boost memory skills, and different activities to 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, discussions, as well as other activities. Everything designed to get those synapses working. The class is taught by Lisa Ballard, who has been teaching the class here for five years. Lisa has a background in geriatrics and health education and was the activity director at community adult day care at Patton for 10 years. There she worked with people who suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia. When it closed she went to work for the San Bernardino City Unified School District as an adult school teacher specializing in older students. It was there that she was offered a chance to develop a brain fitness class. Our class was the first time she taught it. If you want to sharpen your skills and learn new things this group is for you . The group meets on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the game room and is always full. Make sure to register for class. If you forget to register, you really need to get fit!

Creative Writing

Date:Creative Writing April, 2
Time:Wednesdays - 1:00-2:00 pm
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members members
$10.00 non members non-members
Instructor:Sue Herbert
Location:Sunroom
Description:CREATIVE WRITING IS BACK!! Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. -William Wordsworth Michel Thaler, a French writer, published a 233-page novel without using any verbs. The novel is Le Train de Nulle Part (The Nowhere Train). Thaler said that verbs are like weeds among flowers; the weeds should be removed. Now you don’t need to go to that extreme, but there are many ways to be creative when writing. Whether it be the next great American novel, or a short story for friends and loved ones, or a novel with no vowels! If you can think it, instructor Sue Herbert has a class that will help you put pen to paper (or keyboard to hard drive). Sue Herbert was a student of the former teacher Mary Reed. She has agreed to take on the writing class for us. Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Ceramics - On hold

Date:Ceramics - On hold January, 1
Time:
Length:On temporary hold
Cost: members
non-members
Instructor:
Location:
Description:Don\\\'t think you have a creative side or talent? Come to the Ceramics class and have a good time seeing what you truly are capable of doing. Guaranteed to be suprised!Get an early start on your home made gifts for your loved ones.

Conversational French

Date:Conversational French April, 1
Time:Tuesday - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Cici Tenny
Location:Game Room
Description: Parlez-vous français? Would you like to? If so you’re in luck. We are pleased to announce a new university class: Conversational French. This class will help you to learn to understand, speak, and read French in an enjoyable way for every day situation. The French you learn will be usable from day one! Or if you like, day un! For those who already have learned a little French, this will be a fun refresher experience. The class is taught by Cynthia (aka: CiCi) Tenny and is held on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. beginning January 10th. The session is 10 weeks long and only costs $8 for members, and $10 for non-members. So if you’d like to watch Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) without the subtitles, sign up and we’ll soon be having you speak like Jean-Paul Belmondo, but not like Marcel Marceau!

Bible Study

Date:Bible Study April, 4
Time:Friday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Al LeBrun & Tracy Johnson
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on an old class with a new instructor. Bible Study is one of our oldest classes, but this session it is being taught by some new teachers from Immanuel Baptist Church. Al LeBrun and Tracy Johnson. Together Al and Tracy have a combined 77 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 Gospel of Mark, one of the four Gospels of the Bible. It gives an overview of the life of Christ through the eyes of Mark. Mark, or John Mark, is not one of the 12 disciples, but a companion of the disciple Peter. It was written around 55-65 A.D. and was probably the first Gospel to be written. It is taught in a non-denominational atmosphere, and students are encouraged to bring their own version of the Bible. Classes are someone structured but if students have questions about other topics they are more than welcome to ask. They even hand out 3X5 cards for students to write down any Biblical question they have and the class spends the last 5 minutes of class going over them. The class is inclusive to all and the instructors expand on this by getting feedback from students on what the topic should be for the next session. So if you’d like to learn a little more about the Bible, classes are on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Exploring the Internet

Date:Exploring the Internet April, 3
Time:Thursday - 1 - 3 pm
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Kim Scarcella
Location:Game Room
Description: The internet is the largest computer network in the world, connecting millions of computers. When people think of the internet they think of the World Wide Web. However, it is the actual physical network of computers all over the world. The World Wide Web is a virtual network of web sites connected by hyperlinks (or \\\"links\\\"). Web sites are stored on servers on the internet, so the World Wide Web is a part of the internet. But what can you do on the internet? That’s where this class comes in. Taught by Kim Scarcella, she can show you how to speak to people overseas via video, for free, find the cheapest price on that item you’ve always wanted and get it shipped to your home from some exotic place, all without leaving your livingroom. And that is only less than 1% of what you can do! As a special treat for Valentine\\\'s Day, 3 weeks will be devoted to on-line dating. A how to and how to be safe while doing it. To learn what else you can do join her class on Thursdays from 1 - 3 p.m., and see how much small the world has become.

Computer\'s for fun

Date:Computer\'s for fun March, 6
Time:8-10am & 10:15-12:15pm
Length:11 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Karla Lechuga
Location:Game Room
Description: Karla Lechuga is the new Computers for Fun instructor on Thursdays. Karla has taught students how to use computers for over ten years. She received her B.A. from Cal State San Bernardino in Career and Technical Studies, with a focus on Information Technology. She has taught students, both young and old. She taught a senior class for the Riverside Adult Ed. program for five years before coming to teach at the San Bernardino Adult Ed. class last year. The beginner’s class, which runs from 8 - 10 am, is for beginners. They begin with basic computer terminology and mouse skills, before moving on to slightly tougher skills. Student’s work on “surfing” various internet sites. Sites designed to teach them how to use their computer, computer security (anti-virus and firewall), social sites (facebook, twitter), as well as using your webcam to talk to family and friends (skype). All the activities are hands on. The advanced class witch runs from 10 am - 12 pm is building upon the skills learned in the beginner’s class. Students will learn to how to create folders, creating letters with word pad, creating an email account then sending emails, including adding attachments, and much, much more. Classes began Nov 4th and will run for 14 weeks. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Registration for the next session till take place next year, so keep reading your newsletters for information.

Spanish - Advanced

Date:Spanish - Advanced March, 4
Time:Tuesday - 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Length:13 Weeks
Cost:No Fee members
No Fee non-members
Instructor:Pia Escalante
Location:Game Room
Description: 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. Our Spanish classes, both beginner and intermediate, are brought to us in cooperation with San Bernardino Adult Education. The instructor is Pia Escalante. Pia has been teaching for over thirty years. She first learned the language in her hometown of Manilla, Phillippines, where she likes to go back to every summer. She then studied Spanish as part of her Master’s program, in Madrid, Spain. Following her graduation, she went back to the Phillippines where she began teaching Spanish in Intermediate, or Middle schools, to English speaking students who were the children of diplomats and international businessmen. Pia was then contacted by a friend from San Bernardino, who called her and asked her to come and visit. While visiting, her friend talked her into interviewing for a job. She got the job, and the rest is history. She began working for Adult Education five years ago where she enjoys the challenge of teaching. And the students enjoy the challenge of her teaching. So if you would like to learn a new language come join the group on Tuesdays.

Photography and Digital Imaging

Date:Photography and Digital Imaging April, 2
Time:6:30 - 8:30 pm
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$25 members
$25 non-members
Instructor:Ricardo Tomboc
Location:Exercise Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine on Photography & Digital Imaging. The class is taught by Ricardo Tomboc, a San Bernardino Police Department Forensics Specialist, who apart from taking pictures for a living, teaches the class for the San Bernardino Adult Education program as well. Each session is six weeks long, every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The class fee is $25 for seniors and non-seniors. The class is more for commercial photographers, or those wishing to learn to become a commercial photographer. He will bring in models, and focus on composition. However, the class will also cover basic photographic principles and digital operations. If you don’t have a camera or are unsure which to buy, there will be some film SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras available as loaners, until you know what you are looking for. You will also learn the in’s and out’s of digital photography. Student’s will be responsible for the purchase and processing of any film. Whatever camera you do decide to bring, make sure it has manual adjustments or is a slr. So if you’d like to learn how to capture a moment in time forever, come by and register or call us at (909)862-8104 for more information.

Photography and Digital Imaging

Date:Photography and Digital Imaging April, 2
Time:6:30 - 8:30 pm
Length:6 weeks
Cost:$25 members
$25 non-members
Instructor:Ricardo Tomboc
Location:Exercise Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine on Photography & Digital Imaging. The class is taught by Ricardo Tomboc, a San Bernardino Police Department Forensics Specialist, who apart from taking pictures for a living, teaches the class for the San Bernardino Adult Education program as well. Each session is six weeks long, every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The class fee is $25 for seniors and non-seniors. The class is more for commercial photographers, or those wishing to learn to become a commercial photographer. He will bring in models, and focus on composition. However, the class will also cover basic photographic principles and digital operations. If you don’t have a camera or are unsure which to buy, there will be some film SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras available as loaners, until you know what you are looking for. You will also learn the in’s and out’s of digital photography. Student’s will be responsible for the purchase and processing of any film. Whatever camera you do decide to bring, make sure it has manual adjustments or is a slr. So if you’d like to learn how to capture a moment in time forever, come by and register or call us at (909)862-8104 for more information.