Life Enrichment Courses

Spring 2015


American Dynasty - the Roosevelts

Join D.C. Tour Director, Carol Bessette, as she leads you on this interesting new tour featuring the Roosevelts: Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor. We will begin at the FDR Memorial, and then head to Teddy Roosevelt Island, a place most Washingtonians have never seen. We will have a buffet lunch in the Vantage Point Restaurant, on the 17th floor overlooking Georgetown with beautiful panoramic views, in Arlington, V.A. After lunch, we will continue our tour into the Lafayette Square Historic District and learn more Roosevelt stories, as well as a stop to see the house where Franklin and Eleanor were living when he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Tour fee includes a fully-equipped motor coach, gratuity, any entrance fees, and buffet lunch. Departure is from the Valley Mall.

Fee: $77 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-314-J | 04/30/15-04/30/15 | C. Bessette | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Eating Local for Less

"Organic", "All Natural", "Cage Free": What's it all mean? We've heard the news about obesity epidemics, ecoli outbreaks, pesticide scares, and nutritionally bankrupt processed foods, but are these expensive new boutique products really the answer? In this class, you'll explore alternatives to the industrial food system: CSAs, farmer's markets, food co-ops, and more, where the focus is on delicious, healthy food grown by environmentally responsible methods. When was the last time you bit into a tomato that exploded on your tongue the way they did when you were a kid? Taste industrial foods alongside local, organic, permaculture alternatives. Discover how to find sources of great local food and how to make it cost less than what you buy at the grocery store!

Fee: $58 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Materials Fee: $5 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-423-K | 05/04/15-05/26/15 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The World Up Close

This academic enrichment program is designed for fourth and fifth grade students interested in science and microscopes. Students will take a closer look at their world by using dissecting and compound microscopes to look at small organisms including aquarium snails, snail eggs, vinegar eels, daphnia and brine shrimp. Students will collect items on an outside scavenger hunt and then observe them with a microscope. The class will learn about how fossils form and examine different types of fossils. With the aid of a dissecting microscope, students will hunt for tiny fossilized shark teeth from sand samples that were previously collected at Calvert Cliffs, Md. Please register your child using the course information below. They may bring a bag lunch or puchase a lunch on campus. Parents or guardians are required to sign students in and out of each class session. All children will be accompanied by the instructor at all times. A complete agenda, parking information and classroom documents will be sent to you one week prior to the class date.

Fee: $20 Materials Fee: $5 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-447-K | 04/06/15-04/06/15 | T. Biddinger | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Great Grail Cycle

Perhaps the most Christianized and mysterious of all the ancient mythic material that was woven into the mature Arthurian cycle, is that of a grail and those who seek it. In this lecture, Dr. Gray focuses on the major versions and sources of the Grail stories, from that known as the Prose Lancelot or the Vulgate Cycle and earlier materials that its anonymous author (or authors?) may have drawn on, such as material in the 9th C. History of Britain and the 12th/13th C. Robert de Boron.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-456-K | 05/27/15-05/27/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Being Human: Religion & Spirituality

Religion is a cultural universal, occuring in some form in every society. In this course, we'll explore the nature of religion and spirituality from an anthropological perspective. We'll address the big questions: How does a person come to believe something? Is belief compatible with science? What do people of various faiths actually believe and how do their spiritual traditions shape their lives? Does religion structure society, or vice versa? Join us for an exploration of human spirituality, a grand tour of world faiths, and a series of lively discussions.

Fee: $65 Senior Adult Fee: $39 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-462-J | 04/06/15-04/27/15 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Introduction to Birding

This workshop will introduce students to the basics of bird field identification. It will teach students to observe the key features of a bird's size, shape, color pattern, habitat, field marks, and songs. There will be a classroom discussion, short videos, and and a full day field trip. Saturday locations will be discussed during Thursday's class. Bring binoculars and bag lunch on Saturday.

Fee: $70 Senior Adult Fee: $42 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-469-J | 04/30/15-05/02/15 | S. Sagalkin | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Talk Nerdy to Me: Understanding Today's Tech Terminology

Tweet! Do you hear that? Tag! You're it! We hear all these weird new words being tossed around but what do they mean and how can I tweet, tag and pin? It's time we jump into the next generation's world and learn all the tools and toys that are out there that they have to offer. Come learn how to SnapChat, tweet, post on a wall, and even use vine! Learn the buzzwords and phrases of today. Don't be left out of the loop any longer. This crash course will provide a general understanding of the terminology. It's time to become one with today's lingo.

Fee: $45 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Materials Fee: $5 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-471-J | 04/10/15-04/24/15 | C. Kerr | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Prevent Tick Bites to Prevent Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, a debilitating disease vectored by the tiny black legged (deer) tick, is now common in the tri-state area. Many Lyme victims never remember a tick bite. On top of this, ticks can also transmit other disease, and co-infection is even harder to diagnose and treat. The very best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent a tick bite in the first place. This course will cover ways to avoid ticks when outdoors and tips to make your yard less inviting for ticks. Learn the times of year when you are most at risk for a tick bite and how to identify common tick species. Guidelines will be given for arming yourself with the most effective/safest repellents, pesticides, and other treatments. (Note: This class does not focus on medical issues with Lyme Disease - the focus is on prevention.)

Fee: $30 Registration Fee: $8

HOM-060-L | 06/09/15-06/09/15 | D. Smith-Fiola | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Principles of Meditation-A Joyous Peaceful Way of Life

The practice of this ancient art will enrich your life experiences and expand your horizon. It is an excellent support to prevent, slow or control cardiovascular disease, improve the ability to sustain concentration, restore balance for depression, develop constructive use of thought patterns, and ease pain associated with chronic diseases. If the practice of meditation is a new concept you would like to experience, or if you wish to renew your meditation practice, this course will help you establish a firm foundation.

Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

MBP-027-J1 | 04/16/15-05/21/15 | M. Allan | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Summer 2015


Back to the Future: Tennyson and His Arthurian Allegories

Dr. Gray ends this series by considering the 19th C. Arthurian poem "The Idyls of the King", by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. On the surface, a beautiful and powerful work of romantic-era poetry: what it is beneath the surface is today a matter of considerable controversy. Its theme and ethics can be understood in starkly contrasting ways, including as a masterpiece of irony that challenges materialism and endorses relativism. In this final lecture, Dr. Gray explores the tales in the hands of a modern master storyteller for whom they were not simply fanciful stories to be read only for fun but confront us with issues of immediate and personal concern.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-457-L | 07/01/15-07/01/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Principles of Meditation-A Joyous Peaceful Way of Life

The practice of this ancient art will enrich your life experiences and expand your horizon. It is an excellent support to prevent, slow or control cardiovascular disease, improve the ability to sustain concentration, restore balance for depression, develop constructive use of thought patterns, and ease pain associated with chronic diseases. If the practice of meditation is a new concept you would like to experience, or if you wish to renew your meditation practice, this course will help you establish a firm foundation.

Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

MBP-027-A1 | 07/07/15-08/11/15 | M. Allan | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register