Humanity’s Uses of the Night Sky
From ancient times, human beings have searched the night sky in wonder. Dr. Dan Overcash, retired instructor of Astronomy, will serve as our guide as we explore the many uses humanity has made of what was observed. Watching, studying, and imagining led us to develop the basic concepts of time and the calendar and even many of our concepts of God. We learned to navigate by the stars and therefore to explore the world. We learned to understand and predict weather changes. Dan will help us see what uses of the night sky humanity has made in the past and what might lie ahead with our recent satellite capabilities. ​

“Make ‘em Laugh!”: 100 years of American Comedy

These legends of comedy made millions upon millions of people laugh during the twentieth century. They added sunshine, brightness, and comic relief as history unfolded. They set new boundaries in radio, television, film, on stage, and in entertainment in general. Retired impresario Arnold Breman takes this class on a fun-filled remembrance of the people who made us laugh—and sometimes cry. His animated lectures include photos and videos of comedians he knew and others that the entire world knew and loved including: Fanny Brice, Bert Lahr, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, The Marx Brothers, Phil Silvers, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Bill Cosby, and others. This Summer Arnold Breman will present Part One: The Early Years of Comedy From the Vaudeville and Burlesque Stages to the Silver Screen, Radio and Television. Next Summer, he will present Part Two: Mr. Sullivan’s Really Big Show to Modern Stand Up Comedy.


SharpFit Brain
Marsha Clayman, healthcare professional focused on Memory Care, offers a new approach based on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age. This will help us with self-assessing current brain fitness and identifying the most relevant methods to preserve and enhance brain function. Whether your goal is to enhance memory, ward off Alzheimer’s disease, or simply improve mental focus, The SharpBrains Guide will show you how to “use it or lose it.” This is both a highly practical course and one that is great fun! Enrollment limited to the first 20 who sign up on the Registration Form. 


In Pursuit of Fun 
Trivial Pursuit simply for enjoyment! Nothing required but your attention and memory. We’ll have fun together discovering what we don’t know about various subjects, and have a few laughs along the way. We will play as teams, so you won’t be alone trying to find an answer! Your genial guide is Bob Gants, retired Air Force aviation technician and trivia buff.

Invasion! From Hollywood in 1951!
In the 1950’s, Hollywood’s indirect response to the looming nuclear threat and feared communist invasion of America was the science fiction movie. Deb Gants, retired English teacher, will discuss this response and how people reacted as we look at two film classics from 1951. We will view a scary alien invasion with a gigantic flying saucer in The Thing From Another World. In contrast, we will next view a benevolent invasion with an alien bringing gifts in The Day the Earth Stood Still. We will watch both movies in their entirety, with lots of discussion in-between. Meanwhile, beware! And look to the skies!

Music of the 50’s and 60’s

Back by popular demand, Richard Perrygo, disk jockey and retired government employee, explains the early history of Rock and Roll. We will listen to music clips and discuss what we hear. We will enjoy a variety of music-related games including trivia questions and a game using lyrics from music of the 50’s and 60’s. This should be a blast!

Let’s Talk about Your Photography

With the advent of digital photography, millions of people have found an outlet for creative expression. Using our shared images, Steve Walker will lead our discussions of focus, shutter speed, F-stops, exposure modes, composition, photo editing, emotional resonance, and self-critiquing—tools and skills that help us transfer our creative impulses to screen and paper. Come and join the conversation! 

    
Creative Writing Workshop
An inspirational, dynamic, creative, fun-loving, and relaxing environment in which to write and read memories, short stories, poetry, or whatever you want to try. Search for gold in your thoughts. Dr. Lisle Mitchell, Professor of Geography Emeritus, USC, leads the workshop.

Bridge for Fun

No instruction (unless your partner is unable to resist), just friendly hands of bridge and lots of laughter. Come and bring a partner or plan to join someone at the Center. We usually have a couple of tables playing.

 

Classes are planned by the Adventures in Learning Committee,

chaired by Carol McGinnis Kay.

Brochure designed by Carol McGinnis Kay.
Cover photograph from the Carolina Cup by Mickey Floyd,
member of the Photography class.


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Summer Classes

Every Tuesday, June 5-July 10 (except June 19)