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July 2016
Marty Martinez

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This month we’d like to give thanks to a long time volunteer. Marty Martinez is one of our Food Program volunteers. He comes in 2-3 times a week to help to get, load, unload, and pass hundreds of pounds of food. He has known Executive Director Penny Lilburn for a long time and he had known about the center. He’s started volunteering here just after joining the center back in 2005 and was out handyman and Jack of All Trades. He had just sold his business, the Green Frog Bar, which he owned for 12 years, and was looking for something to keep him busy. Well tell Penny that and she’ll make sure you never think that again! He’s been busy ever since. Originally from Fresno, CA, he spent 30 years in Air force. His last 17 were at Norton, where he retired from that job as a Loadmaster. He and wife Judith decided to stay in the area where they raised two kids, 5 grandkids, 5 great-grand kids. Thanks for lending us a not only a helping hand, but a helpful one as well.


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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.

Summer Registration

Date:Summer Registration June, 30
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Location:Game Room
Description:For those of you who are attending summer school, (by choice - not retention!), most of the classes will continue but their length will be abbreviated. Good news for French and Bible Study, those students will be getting a full summer break. All other students need to keep those pencils sharpened. Classes start the week of July 5th and are only 4 weeks in duration. This means you’ll still get a mini-summer vacation. Registration for late Summer Session will take place August 18th, when all the classes will be back with their regular 10-12 week schedules.

Sketching

Date:Sketching July, 6
Time:8:30 - 10:00 am
Length:4 weeks
Cost:$5 members
$5 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 July, 7
Time:9 - 11 am / 1 - 3 pm
Length:4 weeks
Cost:$5 members
$5 non-members
Instructor:Kim Scarcella
Location:Game Room
Description: As technology and computers evolve, so do our computer classes. Starting in March, the beginning class will be “Computer Desk Top 101.” Its still for those just starting out on computers, or those who aren’t quite comfortable to do a Ctrl-Alt-Del. This class time will include some internet time. The “Intermediate Computers” class is for those who know the basics, and are looking to use that new found knowledge is some of the many programs available. This class will include internet time. Students can use one of our desktops, or, if they have a laptop, encourage to bring that for use. Kim Scarcella is the instructor who will take students through Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Our desktops have Windows 7 & 8.1, and we will be slowly phasing them over to Windows 10, now that Microsoft is phasing out the older operating systems.

Womens Bible Study

Date:Womens Bible Study July, 11
Time:10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Length:4 weeks
Cost:$5 members
$5 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 12 week session the class goes over a different book in the Bible. This session they will continue their studying of the Book of Revelation, often referred to simply as Revelation or “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. 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.

Magic

Date:Magic July, 11
Time:9 - 10:30 am
Length:4 weeks
Cost:$5 members
$5 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. 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.

Creative Writing

Date:Creative Writing July, 6
Time:1:00 - 2:00 pm
Length:4 Weeks
Cost:$5 members
$5 non-members
Instructor:Sue Herbert
Location:Game Room
Description:“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they\'ll take you.” ― Beatrix Potter This month we’d like to shine the light on one of our longest running classes, Creative Writing, The class is taught by Sue Herbert. Sue earned a BA in English Literature at Cal Berkley, and took a post grad writing class as Columbia, so she knows her stuff. She also has experience as a teacher, having received her credential from the Univ. of Redlands. Following that she taught at a local elementary school, as well as having taught in overseas. Sue wants students to have fun and to make them feel comfortable. She believes that everyone has a story and she wants to help you bring that out. Classes will be broken up into various styles 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. Class wills tart back up on Wednesday, July 6th, with the Summer Session running only 4 weeks. They will still be 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The cost is only $5 for members and non-members.

Summer School

Date:Summer School July, 5
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Description: For those of you who are attending summer school, (by choice - not retention!), most of the classes will continue but their length will be abbreviated. Good news for French and Bible Study, those students will be getting a full summer break. All other students need to keep those pencils sharpened. Classes start the week of July 5th and are only 4 weeks in duration. This means you’ll still get a mini-summer vacation. Registration for late Summer Session will take place August 18th, when all the classes will be back with their regular 10-12 week schedules.