Volunteer of the Month
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November 2019
Linda Sowell

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This month we’d like to shine the light on a new, yet not new volunteer. If you read last month’s newsletter, specifically the Activity Spotlite, you would have read a bit about Linda Sowell. Well this month we’d like to shine an even larger spotlight on her as our Volunteer of the Month. Linda is the new Gadabouts Trip Coordinator. She had been working in the Thrift Store and was asked to be a relief in the Trip office. When a vacancy occurred she was asked to take over, which she was more than happy to do. Since then she has been busy scheduling new trips, chaperoning trips on occasion, and generally managing our hustling and bustling trip office. Linda also serves on our Board of Directors. If needed she also helps out at our special events. Originally from Chicago, IL, she moved out to California with her husband who was in the Navy. Once out here she was not content to stay at home raising her two kids (who themselves provided her with five grandkids), but worked in numerous types of jobs. Her main career was in Food Service. She started out at McDonalds as a cashier, and worked her way up to manager. Then she transferred to the school system where she became the Director of Children’s Nutrition for the Bear Valley School District before retiring. Thanks Linda for helping to take our members on trips of a lifetime.


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Fall Class Registration

Date:Fall Class Registration September, 20
Time:9:00 to 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$8.00 non-members
Instructor:varies
Location:Game Room
Description:Time to register for the Fall session of Highland Senior Center University classes. Be sure to show-up on registration day as a late fee ($4) applies if you do not register on September 30th. Classes run for 8 weeks and cost $8.

Computer Desktop 101

Date:Computer Desktop 101 October, 3
Time:9:00 - 10:00 am
Length:8
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:TBA
Location:gameroom
Description:This is a beginners class for those who are just that. Beginners. Those who register will be asked about their level and what they hope or need to learn. Classes will be tailored to fit the needs of the students. Classes are on Thursday. Computers (desktops and laptops), tablets, and smart phones will be covered.

Sketching

Date:Sketching October, 2
Time:8:30 - 10:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Robert Placencia
Location:Game Room
Description: Are you a doodler? Or maybe you're a bit sketchy. For our Sketching Class you're perfect. The class is taught by Robert Placencia. He took classes in college, and used to assist in his oil painting class. Although his media is more in oil paintings, sketching is a big part of that so it's a perfect fit. He has been teaching the class for nearly 3+ years now. 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 (4H to 6B preferred), a sharpener, as well as a sketch pad. Do not bring writing paper. The size of the sketchpad will depend upon a students personal preference although Robert prefers the large size. The Sketching class will be on Wednesdays, in the Gameroom, and will run for 8 weeks. Cost is $8.

Intermediate Computers

Date:Intermediate Computers October, 3
Time:10:00 - 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:TBA
Location:Game Room
Description:This is for those who more comfortable on computers, but not advanced. If you know how to make a document, do email, or browse the internet, this is the class for you. Those who register will be asked about their level and what they hope or need to learn. Classes will be tailored to fit the needs of the students. Students are encourage to bring their own laptop, tablet, or smartphones.

Womens Bible Study

Date:Womens Bible Study September, 30
Time:10:00 - 11:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 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. 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. Classes are on Mondays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and the session runs six weeks. 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 September, 30
Time:9:00 - 10:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 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, family and, of course, Grandkids. Students are only required to bring a deck of cards and maybe some rope or string. Most of the 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. For you who already know a card trick or two Stephen is ready to show our Seniors that you can teach an old dog, new tricks.

Creative Writing

Date:Creative Writing October, 2
Time:1:00 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Liz Kim
Location:Game Room
Description:The Creative Writing class is taught by Liz Kim, A life-long educator. She has worked in Regular Ed, Special Ed., and Administration. She is also taking a writing class through U.C. Riverside’s Adult Education program. She believes that everyone has a story to tell, and she is prepared to help people to tell it. Liz wants her students to just write. Don’t think, just write. Get the ideas out and clean them up later.

Brain Fitness

Date:Brain Fitness October, 2
Time:1:00 - 3:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Janette Miksik
Location:Sun Room
Description:Quite sure we could all use a little better Brain Fitness. 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 . The group meets on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the game room and is always full, 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!

Conversational French

Date:Conversational French October, 1
Time:1:00 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:CiCi Tenney
Location:Game Room
Description: Parlez-vous francais? Would you like to ? We're not talking about speaking with a Charles Boyer 'Come with me to the Casbah' accent. We're talking true French. If so you're in luck, our Conversational French class will enable you to chat like a Parisian. Your instructeur, Cynthia 'CiCi' Tenny will help you to learn to understand, speak, and read French in an enjoyable way usable in 'everyday' situations. The class is a mixture of beginners and intermediate students alike. For those who already have learned a little French, this will be a fun refresher experience.

Watercolor

Date:Watercolor October, 1
Time:9:00 - 11:00 AM
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Avon Hall
Location:Game Room
Description:Not only is this one of our oldest classes, but is also one of the oldest art forms going back to paleolithic times. Watercolor is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolor refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork. 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. 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 Avon Hall, our Watercolor instructor. While 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 50 years ago, he took some art classes in oil painting and drawing. He did not take up watercolor until eight years ago, when he heard that we had a class and he was curious about it. Avon has won several prizes for his art, and has even sold some.

Spanish

Date:Spanish October, 3
Time:1:30 - 2:30 pm
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Louise Ayala
Location:Game Room
Description:Louise Ayala has 25 years of teaching experience, with a Kindergarten thru 12 teaching credential. She has mostly taught elementary and spent six years teaching Spanish. Louise learned Spanish as a child growing up in household with two fluent Spanish speaking parents. She also took Spanish in High School and spent her senior year as a tutor and teaching aid, helping to teach. Once in college she decided she only needed one year. As for our class, she will be focusing on conversational Spanish. The class will enable you to carry on limited conversation at first just to get you started. Then as you progress, so will the levels. As for what to bring, just bring a writing instrument and paper. Books might come later. We hope to see you there, or as you will soon be saying, Esperamos verte ahí.

Italian

Date:Italian October, 4
Time:9:00 - 10:00 am
Length:8
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Rita Sicilliano
Location:Game Room
Description:Italian is taught by Margherita Sicilliano. Margherita, who also goes by the names Margo or Rita, and is from the old country. Born in Caserta, Italy, she was actually born in the Italian Royal Palace (the Reggia di Caserta). Her mom was touring the palace when she went into labor. Not many people can say that they were born in a royal palace, much less a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Raised and educated in Italy, she was still in college when she came with her family to the United States. She continued with her education getting a Bachelor's Degree. She then went back to Italy to get her Master's Degree. Her teaching experience spans 42 years and includes teaching high school French, Spanish, and Italian in New York, as well as French and Spanish Advanced Placement classes at the local Aquinas High School. After retiring some friends told her about the center. She took a trip here and discovered a fellow Italian, Virginia Kautzman, and the two became friends. Margo also found out about our University Language classes, and decided to get back into teaching. She approached us about teaching here, and after offering a choice between Italian and German, everyone decided that Italian would be perfect. Now it is the only Italian class being offered in the area. Student’s need to bring only a pencil and paper to class. There is a work book students can purchase through Amazon for $16, but it is not necessary. The class is open to absolute beginners and those who wish to keep up their Italian. A presto! See you soon!

Photography and Digital Imaging

Date:Photography and Digital Imaging October, 31
Time:TBD
Length:
Cost: members
non-members
Instructor:Ricardo Tomboc
Location:
Description:The class is taught by Ricardo Tomboc, a San Bernardino Police Department Forensics Specialist, who apart from taking pictures for a living, takes them for fun. The classes are generally 1.5 hours long for six Wednesdays. The class fee is $25 for seniors and non-seniors. The class is more for beginners as well as those who wish to hone their photography skills. Depending on the skills of the class, he will 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, but he can still do film photography as well. If you go old school, you will be responsible for the purchasing and developing of the 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. The class is not yet scheduled as the instructors needs 10 students to proceed. So if you would like to take the class please call us so we can let the instructor know.