Carol and Joy
Carol Limbaga (left) of Android Basics,
Joy Skalbeck of Mini-Seminars
Photo by Roberta Gleeson

Friday Morning and Noon Seminars

These seminars take place on the CSUS campus on Friday mornings and lunchtimes throughout the semester. The first one is Feb. 6 and the last one is May 1. There are no seminars on March 27.

Some of these seminars are drop-ins with no registration; that means you just show up any week that the topic interests you. Beware: Some of these fill up, so get there early!

Other seminars (Great Books, Great Decisions, Arts and Crafts Group, Introduction to Spanish, Ballroom and Line Dancing, Yoga, the various Apple seminars) require registration for the semester. Read the information below carefully! There are two ways to register: You can call or email the leader right now or you can contact the leader at the Rendezvous on Jan. 30.

Each seminar has a Style immediately following its name, defined as follows:

This class is cancelled for the rest of the semester! Arts and Crafts Group (A/S)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Note: Time Change, Kadema 170

Petey Connolly

Gather up your project materials and join us in the Arts and Crafts group on Friday mornings. Current members are working on beading, drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting. No instruction will be provided, although everyone is willing to share expertise. All levels are welcome. This is the perfect opportunity to finish that project you started eons ago, or begin a new one. Registration required. Limited by room size.

Cracker Barrel (D)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mendocino 1020

Susanne Coleman, Ed Sanborn

This is a freewheeling, year-round lunchtime discussion group that chooses up to five topics each Friday for discussion in the manner of the Cracker Barrel at the Old Country store. One can eat lunch while listening to other participants and contribute information and opinions. Registration is not required and drop-ins are encouraged. Open discussion.

Documentaries (D)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Library 3023

George and Claire Roper

This spring's diverse variety of entertaining and enlightening documentaries will include art, social issues, music, sports and adventure. Watch for the weekly titles and descriptions in the Renaissance Recorder newsletter or see the Schedule here. This is a drop-in seminar with no sign-up or presentation requirements..

Great Books Discussion Group (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Calaveras 123 Note: Location Change!

Jean Cawood, John Quattrin

Our reading selections will be taken from two Great Books anthologies, Short Story Omnibus and Happiness and Discontent, as well as the short novel, Dead Souls by Gogol. We use the 'shared inquiry' method of discussion originated by the Great Books founders. Our group usually meets two to three Friday mornings per month and there is currently a wait list. Each person will be asked to do the reading and participate in discussions.

Great Decisions (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 1032

Maynard Nelson, John Jervis

A discussion group of Foreign Policy issues as presented in the Foreign Policy Association study book, which will be available ($20) at Rendezvous and the first class session. Topics will include Russia, Middle East, India, Syria and Brazil. It will give new meaning and understanding to world news items. Presenters will add information from their own experience and information sources, with discussions following the DVD and presenter presentations. We promise a stimulating session. The members will be expected to read assignments, research and give presentations. Registration is required.

Introduction to Spanish, Part II (P)
10 to 11:50 a.m., Riverside 1006

Robert J. Parker, Clara Chapala

The instructors will use interactive strategies and materials for the successful innovative Destinos public television series. Participants will acquire a basic Spanish vocabulary along with reading, writing and speaking skills. Participants entering at this level should have a basic knowledge of Spanish equivalent to one semester of college or one year at the high school level. Participants will be encouraged to devote outside study to reinforce their classroom learning. Participants should have basic Internet skills, be willing to undertake homework assignments and participate in classroom discussions.

iPad Basics (L)
9:30 to 11 a.m., Feb. 6-Mar. 13 (six weeks) Note Corrected Dates, Eureka 107

Carol Dabrowiak, Alex Ives

Learn how to take advantage of all the features on your iPad. This six-week seminar will teach you the basics: Settings, Control Center, Notifications, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Notes, Maps, Photos and email. There will be time for hands-on practice and group discussion. This seminar is for beginners or anyone wanting to improve their iPad skills. Participants will need an Apple ID and have email set up on their device. Registration required here.

iPhone Basics (L)
9:30 to 11 a.m., Feb. 6-Mar. 13 (six weeks), Alpine 235 Note: New Location!

Karen Roseland, Fred Johansen

Do you have an iPhone and want to learn how to use it? The seminar will help you master the basics by demonstrations and hands-on participation. Topics will include display and controls, gestures, making and receiving calls, Photos, Camera, Photo Sharing, iCloud, Notifications, Messaging, Calendar, Contacts, Voicemail, FaceTime and iTunes. No experience needed, but participants should have an Apple ID and password and have email set up on their iPhone. Participants will apply their learning from co-leader presentations through hands-on practice during the seminar. Registration required here.

iPad/iPhone Lab (L)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Mar. 20 - May 1 (six weeks), Alpine 235 Note: New Location!

Alex Ives, Pat Crippen

If you can handle basic applications on your iPad or iPhone, but want to learn more on your own and share it with others, you're ready to join our collaborative learning seminar. All participants suggest topics and learn hands-on from each other in an informal setting. Participants select what they want to work on, which may include Pages, Keynote, Photos, etc., and learn together. This is a participant-based, not leader-based seminar. Some iOS (iPad or iPhone) experience is helpful. Registration required here.

Ken Burns' Filmography, Part II (D)
9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Note Time Change! Tahoe 1003

Allan Keown, Joyce Mundel

This Spring, we resume our project of viewing Ken Burns' entire filmography, beginning with his recent seven-episode, 14-hour film, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Upon completion of viewing that record-breaking PBS production, we shall (assuming DVD availability) watch his film, The Story of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a three-part, six-hour film based upon Siddhartha Mukhersee's widely acclaimed 2010 book. It is scheduled for national PBS broadcast on March 30. (See generally this website). If it is not available when The Roosevelts concludes, we shall resume watching the National Parks: America's Best Idea where we left off last spring (Episode three) and continue viewing it (four episodes remain) until Cancer does become available to us. See the Schedule.

Man's Greatest Engineering Achievements (D)
10 a.m. to 12 noon, Library 3021

Richard Dabrowiak

From building pyramids in ancient Egypt to erecting modern skyscrapers, man's noteworthy engineering marvels are documented through the ages. This video-based seminar will clarify how and why these monumental projects were built. Class discussions will reveal basic engineering principles used in the design and construction process, enabling seminar participants to better appreciate the challenges involved. Participation in discussions is encouraged. Discussion often follows presentation. See the Schedule for the weekly topics.

Mini-Seminars (L)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1522

Joy Skalbeck, Jeanne Capanelli

Knowledgeable speakers, sometimes Renaissance members, sometimes not, present fascinating, diverse subjects each week. Some topics have proven so popular they also have been offered again for a Forum or Summer Seminar. We meet in the Library room to the right of the Media Center. Although these are single session, drop-in seminars, come early because attendance is limited by fire regulations. See the Schedule.

Navigating Life in This Multicultural Society (L)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Eureka 114

Professor Darryl Omar Freeman

This seminar is designed for ANYONE who dares to venture out into this increasingly multi-cultural American society to shop, work, attend entertainment events, participate in recreation activities or just enjoy the wonders of nature. We will explore the identity formation and social acceptance struggles of different ethnic and cultural groups in this country. The objective is to obtain a better understanding of the attitudes and subsequent social behavior of members of the different ethnic groups and how these attitudes and those of the general public contribute to the misunderstandings within and outside of these ethnic groups as to their individual and group social and political status. Audience discussion is encouraged. The audience will have an opportunity to participate in several anonymous informal surveys relating to the general stereotyping of ethnic groups by the general public in the U.S. This is a drop-in seminar. See the Schedule.

The Renaissance Society Knitting and Crochet Group (A)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 3007

Coby Bonner, Doris Keller

Grab your project, knitting, crochet or other needle craft, and come to the knitting group on Friday mornings. Bring your unfinished projects or new ones and join us. You can work on your own project, a charity item, or a blanket for the next grandchild. All levels of knitters are welcome. This is a drop-in seminar. Come to stitch and chat and join others who are willing to share their expertise. Participants will work on a project and chat with others.

Talking Travel (D)
9 to 10:45 a.m., Note Time Change, Mendocino 2009

Tom Flynn

This is a highly participatory seminar, but if you just want to sit back and listen that's fine too. Each class will have a primary topic for discussion, i.e., Who are the best tour providers, or How do I get the best price for airfare, or What are the best destinations for travel in our winter season? Our goal will always be helping each other find the best destinations at the best price. Members may participate. This is a drop-in seminar.

Travel and Adventure (L)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1533

Richard Peter, Terry Moss, Tom Dole, Gail Prib

The sharing of travel experiences serves as an excellent aid in both the planning and execution of travel plans. Others' experiences, good and bad, can help take much of the mystery and hassle out of the travel adventures. In this seminar, members meet informally to share such experiences, listen to speakers on travel subjects and perhaps find a travel companion. This is a drop-in seminar but attendance is limited to the number of chairs allowed by fire regulation. Unfortunately larger video equipped classrooms are not available for our use. See the Schedule.

Lunchtime Activities

Android Basics (L)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 111

Carol Limbaga, Marilyn Jack

This drop-in clinic/support group begins with the basics of cell phone usage. Bring your Samsung, Android, LG, Nokia, Sony, Trac, etc! We are a one-on-one, hands-on class that observes phone features, performs making and receiving a call, retrieving voice mail, learning about messaging/texting, settings, camera, etc. An intermediate clinic is available as folks learn and advance.

Android Intermediate Drop-In (L)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 110

Craig McCulloch, Bruce Moon

This is the intermediate level of Android support and drop-in clinic. It supplements the Basic Android drop-in with instruction and assistance on more advanced topics. Topics will vary by class interest and may include examples of changing settings to meet user needs, installing and deleting applications (apps), using camera and video, connecting to WiFi, using Maps, and other applications.

Ballroom and Line Dancing (A)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Solano 1010

Richard Kowaleski

Ballroom dancing is hot, and so is line dancing! Richard teaches ballroom first, then line dancing the last three weeks. Register now by email only for either or both. Beginners learn the basics and experienced dancers go beyond, all in the same lesson. No partner required. Richard is an accomplished dance instructor and dance host who shows you easy-to-learn moves that look great on the dance floor. His unique teaching style and delightful sense of humor put you at ease so you can easily learn while also having fun. A noontime favorite for years. Check it out!

Gentle Yoga (L)
12:00 - 12:45, Yosemite 183

Terri Gray

Yoga is increasingly popular for its physical and mental benefits. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning &$34;yoke"—the practice of yoking together or unifying body and mind. The class consists of 30 minutes of gentle yoga postures that focus on stretching, flexibility and balance, followed by a 15-minute relaxation/meditation session. Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat (inexpensive mats are available at places like Target, Ross, etc.). All skill levels are welcome. Terri previously taught a yoga class during Renaissance Fall 2013 and received the yoga instructor certification in 2011. Registration is required.

iPad and iPhone Topics (L)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Mariposa 1000

Mary Euretig, Jennifer Kerr, Karen Martin

You can handle basic stuff on your iPad or iPhone, but want to know more, even about features you don't even know exist. You're ready to join our collaborative learning seminar. Participants (that means you!) suggest topics and make presentations, working together in teams. No one is an expert, particularly in 45 minutes! You will get ideas and suggestions about apps, settings and tricks that soon will become part of your Apple life. Some iOS (iPad or iPhone) experience is helpful. This is a drop-in class, but registration is required here.

PC Clinic 2015 (L)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 106

Marian Kile

Marian will be showing us how to use Microsoft (MS) Office products this semester: MS PowerPoint, MS Word and MS Excel. These classes can be useful to the novice as well as the more experienced user. Since it is 45 minutes, no participation is expected. Members are welcome to bring their lunch. See the Schedule for the weekly topics.