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Winter 2014


Get Assertive

Are you tired of being intimidated and treated badly by others? Get the assertiveness training you need in order to be more confident and powerful with family members, friends, bosses, co-workers, professionals, service people, and even total strangers. Discover how you lose your power when you talk and what you can do to get it back. Learn how to deal with anger and criticism effectively. It's your turn to speak out!

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-465-I | 03/19/14-05/09/14 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Irish Origins

The island of Ireland is not much larger than Maine, but the story of its recent geological past and of the earliest humans that settled it is a dramatic one. It sets the stage for the centuries immediately after settlement during which a rich treasure trove of myth and lore was created that eventually would be preserved in a written form. Together with other writings created in those first centuries of literacy, they constitute a remarkable collection of diverse and luminous writings that reveal the unique character and culture of the Irish people. In this series of lectures Dr. Karen Gray explores these early writings with PowerPoint presentations that are rich in images and examples from early Irish poetry and prose. Each two-hour lecture includes a brief break midway and a half-an-hour for discussion afterwards. Series units 2/26, 3/26, 4/23, 5/21, 6/25 may be purchased individually. See course description below.

Fee: $85 Senior Adult Fee: $55 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-411-H | 02/26/14-06/25/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register

Spring 2014



Clay Creations II

Explore the versatility and possibilities of clay for personal use or decoration! Open to all experience and ability levels, particpants will learn centering and formation techniques as well as the firing and glazing process. Cups, plates, bowls-the finished product is up to participant's imagination! Materials fee includes all tools and materials needed for course projects.

Fee: $60 Senior Adult Fee: $60 Materials Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-298-L1 | 06/05/14-06/26/14 | H. Coble | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Jewelry, Wire Sculpture

From fanciful to functional, learn to sculpt and create with wire. Open to all experience levels. Create plain wire and covered sculptures as well as shell and gem jewelry for personal use or gift giving. Learn to twist a line into a recognizable shape for a charming sculpture you'll be proud to show. Then explore the line further into the element of design to create one of a kind pendants or bracelets. Materials fee includes all tools and materials needed for course projects.

Fee: $40 Materials Fee: $33 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-299-J1 | 04/26/14-05/10/14 | H. Coble | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Introduction to Mnemonics

Join Roger Swartz in this fascinating new program focusing on the 5 mnemonic (memory cue) systems. We will discover why the incorporation of learning aids such as appropriate lighting, nutrition, and music help accelerate the retrieval of initial learning and long term memory. We will also learn the four learning styles based upon recent brain-mind research; and what teaching and learning methods based on these styles help the adult learner.

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

ANE-300-L | 06/17/14-06/24/14 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Feeling Squeezed

So many women today find themselves ?sandwiched? between many, competing roles: daughter, mother, professional woman. As a result, they often feel stressed by the myriad of tasks facing them: care-taking of aging parents, providing for the needs of their children, and competently performing their many job-related tasks. As women engage in all of these activities, what happens to their own physical and emotional well-being? This workshop will help women cope more effectively with their many roles, while learning how to take better care of themselves.

Fee: $25 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-301-J1 | 04/26/14-04/26/14 | R. Seidman | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Crochet

Learn how to Crochet! Crochet 101 will focus on chain, single crochet and double crochet. The student will make a lap robe/carriage blanket. A How-to booklet and size K crochet hook are included. Students must choose and purchase yarn before class begins. One skein No Dye Lot Caron One Pound (826 yds) OR 3 skeins No Dye Lot Red Heart Super Saver solid color yarn (364 yds each) required.

Fee: $24 Materials Fee: $8 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-303-L1 | 06/02/14-06/16/14 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Crochet 102

This course is designed for participants that have completed Crochet 101. Crochet 102 will include slip stitch, crochet "in the round," and making a granny square afghan. Students will choose and purchase their own yarn: One skein Cream yarn No Dye Lot Caron One Pound AND one skein No Dye Lot Red Heart Super Saver variegated yarn required. Please bring crochet hook and how to booklet used in Crochet 101.

Fee: $24 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-304-L1 | 06/30/14-07/07/14 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Get Assertive

Are you tired of being intimidated and treated badly by others? Get the assertiveness training you need in order to be more confident and powerful with family members, friends, bosses, co-workers, professionals, service people, and even total strangers. Discover how you lose your power when you talk and what you can do to get it back. Learn how to deal with anger and criticism effectively. It's your turn to speak out!

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-465-J | 04/16/14-06/06/14 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Windows 8

Whether you have recently purchased a new computer with Windows or simply wish to keep up with this new Windows operating system, Carvel Wright will guide you through it all! This new course is designed to develop a basic working knowledge of Windows 8, focusing on new applications and advantage. This course is designed for participants that have basic keyboard knowledge. Textbook included in materials fee; please pick up in first class session.

Fee: $125 Senior Adult Fee: $75 Materials Fee: $47 Registration Fee: $8

CMR-032-J | 04/08/14-05/08/14 | C. Wright | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Windows 8

Whether you have recently purchased a new computer with Windows or simply wish to keep up with this new Windows operating system, Carvel Wright will guide you through it all! This new course is designed to develop a basic working knowledge of Windows 8, focusing on new applications and advantage. This course is designed for participants that have basic keyboard knowledge. Textbook included in materials fee; please pick up in first class session.

Fee: $125 Senior Adult Fee: $75 Materials Fee: $47 Registration Fee: $8

CMR-032-L | 06/03/14-07/03/14 | C. Wright | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Irish Saints

This lecture focuses on the literature that gives expression to the beliefs of the people over time. Beginning with the great cycle relating to the prehistoric gods, the Tuatha Dé Danaan, it will also consider accounts of the ubiquitous fairies and other beings of Irish lore. Finally, it will sample writings and tales of Ireland?s native saints such as Columcille (Columba) and the unique Irish legends of the childhood of Christ.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-414-J1 | 04/23/14-04/23/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Irish Cycles

Some of the most unique Irish literature is found in the tales of its heroes and kings. In this lecture Dr. Gray introduces the Ulster and Cuchulain cycles (whose heroes in the latter are known as the ?Champions of the Red Branch?); as well as the later tales of Fionn and Oisin (Ossian). The issue of what in these tales may preserve history and what is pure myth or legend is also briefly considered.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-415-K1 | 05/21/14-05/21/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Irish Epics

Likely no piece of Old Irish literature has been translated into English as many times as this account of the "Cattle Raid of Cooley" that forms the central pivot of the entire series of Ulster tales. Set in heroic, pre-Christian times, and written in prose rather than poetry as are most epics, the Táin occupies a unique place in Irish literature and culture. In this lecture Dr. Gray provides background to the tale, followed by a telling of the story using selections from the various translations now available. Where important, variants in the three versions found in the medieval manuscripts are explained.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-416-L1 | 06/25/14-06/25/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Introduction to Ornithology

Late April is the perfect time to improve your skills at identifying birds. The spring migration is underway and the foliage on the trees is not completely out, allowing good views of birds. Learn how to identify birds the way the experts do: by size, shape, general color scheme, behavior and bird song. This course is for beginners, but is worthwhile for anyone wanting to enhance their birding skills. The workshop will spend the morning in the field with afternoon classroom time. Participants should bring binoculars to the workshop. This course will be held at Shepherds Spring Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Rd, Sharpsburg · (301) 223-8193. Please bring a bag lunch.

Fee: $35 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-421-J | 04/26/14-04/26/14 | S. Sagalkin | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Ornithology-Songs and Calls

Learning to identify birds by their songs and calls can greatly enhance your ability in the field. Experienced birders usually identify more than half of the birds by their songs or calls. May is a good time to work on these skills. It is the height of the spring migration, birds are in full song and the foliage on the trees makes it important to be able to identify birds by their songs. This workshop is open to birders of all levels but will be most beneficial to participants that have had at least some experience birding and with the use of field guides. Participants should bring binoculars.This course will be held at the Shepherds Spring Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg, MD, 301-223-8193. Please bring a bag lunch.

Fee: $40 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-422-K | 05/17/14-05/17/14 | S. Sagalkin | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Industrial Food

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

DIS-423-K | 05/01/14-05/22/14 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


1779 Iroquois Campaign

Join historian Roger Swartz for this new program detailing why General Washington ordered Major General Sullivan to eradicate the Iroquois in 1779. Topics include: history of the Iroquois in the American Revolution; Major General Sullivan?s background for independent command; Washington?s strategy of movement and intelligence gathering; British counterstroke against central PA, and a discussion of Major General Sullivan?s and Daniel Brodhead?s expeditions and results.

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

DIS-425-K | 05/06/14-05/20/14 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Myths and Dreams

Please join "Turtle" in learning about the myths and dreams of Native Americans in the Eastern Woodland area during the 18th century and earlier. We will learn about stories and how they helped form the customs and cultures of these Nations. Also dreams are reality to Natives and they could change the course of history.

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

DIS-431-K | 05/23/14-05/30/14 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Middle Eastern Dance II

If you have taken the basics course and feel as think you have the basics, take your belly dancing to the next level with Amira. This class will focus on refining techniques, comgining moves, improvisation, and creating short dance choreography. Instruction will include use of the veil and a drum solo.

Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

MBP-013-J1 | 04/08/14-05/27/14 | M. Hobbs | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Principles of Meditation

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 | 04/17/14-05/22/14 | M. Allan | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register

Summer 2014


Clay Creations

Explore the versatility and possibilities of clay for personal use or decoration! Open to all experience and ability levels, particpants will explore the 3 basic hand building techniques of clay and the firing and glazing process.Garden tiles, serving dishes, wind chimes, jewelry boxes- the finished product is up to participant's imagination! Materials fee includes all tools and materials needed for course projects.

Fee: $60 Senior Adult Fee: $60 Materials Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-297-A1 | 07/10/14-07/31/14 | H. Coble | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Alternative Process

Alternative process photography is image creation without traditional photographic equipment. Student will learn to create their own negatives, create and print on their own photographic paper using cyanotypes, create their own camera to produce images. Students will also experience alternative presentation methods to their image creations. Students do not need photographic experience.

Fee: $55 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-302-A | 07/02/14-07/23/14 | S. Schaefer | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Books of Kells

One of the greatest works of medieval Celtic art, the Book of Kells is a splendidly decorated and illustrated manuscript created in about 800 in Ireland. Containing the four gospels of the Christian Bible, preceded by several texts and tables, it illustrates the highest level of calligraphy and illumination attained by the makers of Insular (medieval British) manuscripts. In this lecture Dr. Gray considers the historic and cultural context of the book as well as important facts about the source of its Latin text and the meaning of the symbols and images in its ornamentations. Her lecture is filled with illustrations from the manuscript and followed by time for questions and discussion.

Fee: $15 Senior Adult Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-426-B1 | 08/06/14-08/06/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Dead Sea Scrolls

In recent years, new understandings and knowledge has emerged as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the areas from which they came have been studied and analyzed more fully than ever before. In this series by Dr. Karen Gray, incorporates and emphasizes the latest scholarship that corrects errors and misunderstandings in the early publicity and initial studies, explains still-unsettled controversies and includes new translations from these ancient manuscript materials. Dr. Gray?s lectures are heavily illustrated with PowerPoint slides and followed by a half-hour discussion period. Series units 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 may be purchased individually. See course descriptions below.

Fee: $60 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-427-A | 07/09/14-07/23/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Story of Scrolls

The discovery of the scrolls, in whose hands they ended up and why, as well as their current status is the focus of this lecture. The problems associated with the physical state of the scrolls, their dating, and the identification of the creators are also reviewed in this lecture along with the current scholarship concerning the controversies around the Qumran ruins, the scroll materials themselves, and their relationship to Jewish sects of the time, such as the Essenes.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-428-A1 | 07/09/14-07/09/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Dead Sea Sect

In recent years, with the corpus of texts and their translation basically complete, it has become possible to learn from the big picture as well as to clarify and identify what actually is present and what is missing in the fragments. This lecture looks at what has been learned about the diversity of beliefs and practices reflected in the scroll material and how our understanding of them has changed in recent years.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-430-A1 | 07/23/14-07/23/14 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Principles of Meditation

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 | 07/08/14-08/12/14 | M. Allan | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register