digital camera show
The Digital Photography Seminar's Show
An Off-Campus One-Day Symposium
Photos by Jeff Hendy

Off-Campus Seminars

These seminars take place on different days of the week and in many locations, some of them members' homes. They meet weekly, biweekly or some other schedule (see below). Most run for the entire semester, from Sept. 4 through Dec. 4. However, there are FIFTEEN seminars that are one-day-only events! See details below. Some seminars run year-round.

You must sign up with the leader for all these semesters. There are two ways to register: You can call or email the leader right now (see the Directory) or you can contact the leader at the Rendezvous on Aug. 28.

You can sign up for as many of these semesters as fit your desires and schedules. Some of these have waiting lists and are not adding new members. If you are interested in one of these closed seminars, consider being a leader or co-leader for a new section! In order to start a new group you will need to identify a meeting place, days and times for the sessions and work on recruiting potential participants.

The locations vary. Contact the leader now or at the Rendezvous for more information about a seminar.

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

One-Day Seminars

Off-Campus Symposia: The following off-campus Symposia are one-day events at the place and time indicated. Each of these sessions is limited to 30 participants and registration is required! You may register for one or more of the sessions by email to Ed Sherman (see Directory) or Holly Gailey as directed in each writeup below.

Rowdy Women Of Ancient Rome (L)
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
River's Edge Residential Community, 601 Feature Dr. (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Boulevard)

Ed Sherman

A look at the significant role played by the aristocratic women of Rome during the late Republic and early Empire. Fully illustrated by the era's surviving art. Limited to 50 members. Contact Ed Sherman to register.

Ethics And Science (L)
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2 to 3:45 p.m.,
Campus Commons Residential Community, 22 Cadillac Dr. (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Boulevard)

Ivy Hendy

The ethics of emerging scientific technologies covers a broad range of topics and also offers up many ethical quandaries. We have not yet come to grips with what is right and ethical in pursuit of the new sciences. In this symposium we will look at several aspects of the new scientific technologies:

  1. Genetics and genetic enhancement; playing god?;
  2. Life extension; if you could last forever; and
  3. Organ replacements and organs for sale: full body transplant anyone?

Limited to 50 members. Contact Ed Sherman to register.

Celebration Of Women I
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Oakmont of Carmichael, 4717 Engle Rd, Carmichael (near the corner of Engle and Mission Avenue)

Anne Geraghty/Martha Bleshman

An appreciation of the accomplishments within the Women's Movement by Renaissance members. Anne Geraghty (first President of the National Organization of Women) and Martha Bleshman, who marched in the anti-Vietnam war movement in Washington, D.C., will be speakers, preceded by a PBS documentary called Makers. Limited to 50 members. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

Aesop's Fables (L)
Monday, Sept. 28, 1 to 3 p.m.
Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Holly Gailey

Do you remember your Aesop's Fables? Aesop was a Greek storyteller who wrote fables that would encourage children to do the right thing, learn by example, and focus on the wisdom of their choices. Come to hear the fables, discuss the lessons they taught, and be prepared to laugh. No outside reading, but a sense of humor is mandatory. Limited to 50 members. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

Celebration Of Women II
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2 to 3:45 p.m.
Campus Commons Residential Community, 22 Cadillac Drive (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Blvd.)


Five accomplished Renaissance members will join in a roundtable discussion about cracking the "Glass Ceiling", the challenges they faced and what motivated them to achieve firsts in their individual fields of endeavor. Limited to 50 members. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

The Economy of Ancient Athens(L) Note Speaker and Subject Change!!
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
River's Edge Residential Community, 601 Feature Dr., (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Blvd.)

Ed Sherman

(The previously scheduled speaker on Asian Arts and Crafts had to cancel and will reschedule in the spring.) This will be a survey of the economic foundation upon which was built the Golden Age of Athens. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

Wellsprings Of Western Civilization: Athens and Jerusalem (L)
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Oakmont of Carmichael, 4717 Engle Rd., Carmichael (near the corner of Engle and Mission Avenue)

Ed Sherman

Western civilization has been a subtle, sometimes uncomfortable blend of Greek humanism with JudeoChristian ethics and faith. We will explore how the two originated and later came together in ancient and renaissance Rome. Illustrated with photos and art. Limited to 50 members. Contact Ed Sherman to register.

How To Self-Publish Your Memoirs (L)
Monday, Oct. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Marian Kile

A PowerPoint presentation of all of the steps necessary to self-publish a book on This also applies to those who want to publish their biography, memoir, family stories, or other books. Limited to 50 members. Contact Ed Sherman to register.

Celebration Of Women III: Suffrage Movement
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
River's Edge Residential Community, 601 Feature Dr. (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Blvd.)

Carolyn Martin

The fascinating tale of the Women's Suffrage Movement. It was not an easy journey and it is now too often taken for granted. But, it was a hard won right for women, one that should be appreciated by all ages of both genders. Limited to 50 members. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

Shanghai (L)
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2 to 3:45 p.m.
Campus Commons Residential Community, 22 Cadillac Drive (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Blvd.)

Angie Rooney

My Shanghai, a personal history of a little-known chapter of World War II. When Hitler came to power and the Nazis began to sweep through Europe, more than 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, China. Shanghai was an unlikely refuge, but it was the only city in the world just prior to the Second World War that did not require a visa for entry. It was an open port and became a haven for Jews fleeing the Holocaust. Under the Japanese occupation, these refugees were forced into the only ghetto outside of Europe. Limited to 50 members. Contact Ed Sherman to register.

Women Artists (L)
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Oakmont of Carmichael, 4717 Engle Rd., Carmichael (near the corner of Engle and Mission Ave.)

Beth Mann

History has not been kind to talented women artists. Why? We will delve into the contributions of a few of these women artists and the societies in which they lived. Limited to 50 members. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

Matisse And Picasso (L)
Monday, Nov. 30, 1 to 3 p.m.
Eskaton Monroe Lodge 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Ed Sherman

We will examine the sometimes contentious relationship between greatest painters and sculptors of the 20th century. This will enable us to see the extent to which the two bounced off each other, outdid each other, honored each other, and occasionally ignored each other. Fully illustrated with their paintings. Limited to 50 members. Contact Ed Sherman to register.

Ukraine And Crimea (L)
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
River's Edge Residential Community, 601 Feature Dr. (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Blvd.)

Garey Young

This presentation will analyze what causes Ukraine and Crimea to be places of controversy. Their history, starting in medieval times to World War II to Chernobyl, explains much of the antipathy between the Ukrainians and Russia. Limited to 50 members. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

Archaic Greece: Emergence Of The Individual (L)
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2 to 3:45 p.m.
Campus Commons Residential Community, 22 Cadillac Drive (Off Howe, north of Fair Oaks Blvd.)

Ed Sherman

Between 650 and 500 BC, ancient Greece gave birth to a group of idiosyncratic individuals whose ideas and creativity was the point of departure for the golden age of Athens. Using photos and art works, we will examine the fruits of their labors. Limited to 50 members. Contact Ed Sherman to register.

TED Talks (L)
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Oakmont of Carmichael, 4717 Engle Rd., Carmichael (near the corner of Engle and Mission Avenue)

George and Claire Roper

TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design) are little (18 minutes or less) presentations that anyone can watch online for free. The 2000-plus TED Talks, wrapped up in personal stories, mostly from people you have never heard of before, are on almost every subject you can imagine. Where and how to find them. Limited to 50 members. Contact Holly Gailey to register.

All-Semester Seminars

Big History Media Club
1st Monday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Location TBA

Ranny Eckstrom, John McCorkell

How did humans get to where we are today and what may be in our future? This media (books, videos, articles, etc) club will focus on Big History, a multi-disciplined science and history based view of 13.8 billion years of our history from the Big Bang and creation of the solar system, to the beginnings of life and evolution of humans, thru the agricultural revolution, and rise and fall of civilizations. Participants will read a book/article or view videos on a selected topic prior to the monthly discussion. Resource lists will be provided. The Big History website for Lifelong Learners is:; upon completion, you will receive a BH sticker! The format is small group discussion, space is limited, priority given to BH sticker holders. Contact Ranny Eckstrom at to sign up. Coffee and croissants encouraged!

Book Group—Monday (D)
1st Monday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Avalon Hearing Center, 1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B

Carol Hayes, Dottie Higbee

Books of all genres are read and discussed at the relaxed monthly meeting of this group. Members take turns selecting a book for the group to read. That member opens the meeting's discussion with a short bio of the author, his/her review of the book, and perhaps a synopsis of outside reviews and/or background information. Then each member gives his/her brief review. Lively discussions are frequent. The group meets year-round. Contact leader for specific date(s) or more information.

Book Group—Tuesday (D)
3rd Tuesday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Avalon Hearing Center Community Room, 1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B

Marian Kile, Suzanne Armer

The different book hosts choose a wide variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. It is up to the host to make the selection, but the books must be in the Sacramento Public Library system so they are available for our readers. Members engage in intelligent yet comfortable discussion about the writing, the topic, and the author. Group size is limited. We usually meet in the community room listed above unless the book host wants us to meet in their home or a park.

Books: Great Books At Hart (D)
4th Monday, 10 a.m. to Noon, Hart Senior Center, 27th and J Sts.

Brigid O'Malley, Charlotte Donovan, Karen Roseland

Our group meets monthly to discuss a selection we have read from a Great Books anthology. We use the shared inquiry method developed by Great Books Foundation. We will read from the Third Series, Volume II-III, Dewey, Mill, Shakespeare, Bible, Thucydides, Clausewitz, Chekhov, Maimonides, Homer, Montesquieu, Chaucer, Aeschylus, James, Machiavelli, Tolstoy. Newcomers to the "nature of knowledge" are welcome. Curiosity and willingness to read, discuss and listen are all you need. Participants are expected to read selections from the books that they purchase, total cost about $33, used in both semesters. Contact leaders for specific dates and more information.

Book Club: Partners In Crime (D)
4th Thursdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Members' Homes

Marian Lininger

We discuss mystery authors and their works. Authors are chosen monthly by members for review at meetings. In this way we discover many new authors and this has proven to be enlightening and fun. Currently, we will accept five new members.

Duplicate Bridge (P/L)
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Selby Ranch Clubhouse, American River Dr, west of Watt Ave.

Robert Houghton

This seminar is a bi-weekly game of duplicate bridge. We have three tables of duplicate bridge and currently have 14 regular members signed up, as well as 12 alternates. The skill level is intermediate, and the game is for fun and learning; it is not ACBL-sanctioned. If you would like to add your name to the list or if you would like more information, please contact Bob Houghton by phone or email. We often need to call some of the alternates, so chances of playing are not too remote.

Bridge: Land Park/Greenhaven/Pocket Area (A)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Members' Homes

Phyllis Mills, Ellen Nathan

We have two tables of party bridge, taking turns meeting in members’ homes. We are friendly and willing to assist members, as needed, to improve their skills in playing the game. We need one or two additional members who would like to join us on a regular basis, and share hosting the group. Also, we need people who would like to occasionally substitute in the group. Contact Phyllis Mills by telephone or email if you are interested in being a regular member or a substitute for this group.

Camping And More (A)
Meeting Places, Dates, and Times Vary

Susan Rubinstein, John Szabo

Gather with new friends and travel to interesting and scenic locations on a day trip or overnight at a campground or hotel. Camping trips are to the mountains, seashore and desert. Join as an experienced or beginning camper. Visit national, state, and county parks, gardens, museums, wineries, ethnic restaurants, local attractions, kayaking, festivals, and community walks or day trips. Eat healthy food prepared by your fellow travelers at picnics, potlucks, or around the campfire. This seminar is suitable for all activity levels. Members assist in planning activities and preparing potluck meals. This is done in small groups with the leaders. Call leaders for more details and to enroll.

Conversational French: Le Cercle Français (P)
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Campus Commons Clubhouse

Helen Hanna

This seminar is for French speakers at an intermediate or higher level, requiring a working acquaintance with the language through high school or college classes, or from living in a French-speaking country. Members participate through presentations, readings, and conversations to share common interests. Class size limited to 15.

Conversational Spanish: El Círculo Español (D)
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Campus Commons Clubhouse, 650 Commons Drive

JoAnn Peter, Virginia Sturdevant

This seminar is for Spanish speakers at an intermediate or advanced level. The emphasis is on conversation. We sometimes read literature selections, watch a video, or review grammar, as desired by the group.

Creative Writers (P)
Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Members' Homes

Judy Broussard, Pat Teeters

This group welcomes all types of writing: fiction, memoirs, biographical sketches, poetry, and fantasy. Members share their creative writings in a warm and friendly environment. Copies are distributed at the meetings so attendees can follow along as the author reads aloud. The group then gives its feedback in an encouraging atmosphere, with an emphasis on clear communication, sharing of ideas, and helping each other. Group meets year-round. Group size: 10 maximum.

Dining Together (A)
2nd Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Locations TBA (September 4 planning meeting in Alpine 212)

Noel Hinde, Frances Stroud

Join our dinner group and try different cuisines in the Sacramento area. We will have fun meeting new friends as we dine together once a month during the school year. Members take turns selecting and hosting the restaurants. A planning meeting will be held in Alpine 212 on Friday, September 4 at noon for new and returning members.

Dirersity: Sacramento and Beyond (L)
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Underground Books, 35th and Broadway, and TBA,

Warren Bonta, Pat Hunt, Allan Keown, Ron Lopez

This bi-monthly seminar is for those who want to learn more about the past, present and future of Sacramento's diverse communities. We shall also explore ways in which the Renaissance Society can reach out to those communities. The seminar will be self-directed and feature agreed-upon speakers, books, articles, films, and undoubtedly lots of fun! NOTE: The first two classes in September will be held at Underground Books, and subsequent classes may be held at other locations. Contact a leader to sign-up or for more information.

Friends of the New Yorker Magazine (D)
Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., KOH Library, 2300 Sierra Blvd.

Ron Meyer, Harriette Work

This seminar is for those who enjoy reading the New Yorker magazine. Participants read and review each week's issue in advance. Members freely discuss articles in the recent issue, share opinions and gain insights. We meet every Monday all year long.

Games For Entertainment (Games Group 2) (A)
Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Member's Homes

Roberta Frieze, Judy Keaton

Card games, word games, dominoes, team games are played, and we are open to learning new games. A basic knowledge of cards and trump is helpful. This group has a good time; we spend a few minutes socializing at each meeting before settling down to play. Enjoy the opportunity to learn and socialize with people who have similar interests. Our members host and provide refreshments on a rotation basis depending upon their own calendars. You may use leader's home if your space does not allow. Currently, our group is at capacity, but a wait list will be kept.

Games For Fun (A)
Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Rec Center at Ladi Senior Apartments, 2300 Auburn Blvd.

DeAnga Hills, Yolanda Moore, Jackie Irene

You're never too old to have a happy childhood, at least for an afternoon each week. This group plays cards, dominoes, board games, word games, etc.—the games we played before TV and computers. We play for two hours every Thursday. All are welcome. The group meets year-round. Contact leader for specific date(s) or more information.

2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Family History Center, 2745 Eastern Ave.

Judy Broussard, Judy Hollis, Cheryl Nelson, Karen Roseland

A genealogy group (RenGen) is forming and will meet twice each month to provide support to genealogists of all levels. The goal is to share ideas, discuss research progress, share knowledge of other organizations and information sources, and provide mutual aid as we research our family histories. The members will determine topics and format of the meetings, which may include field trips.

Mah Jongg
Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Members’ Homes

Carol Camponovo

Our new Mah Jongg group has room for growth. We play every Monday at 1:30 in members' homes and invite those interested in learning Mah Jongg, beginners and experienced players, to join us. Contact leader for more information.

Memoirs (D)
1st and 3rd Monday, 1 p.m., Raley's Event Center, 4840 San Juan Ave. at Sunset, Fair Oaks

Alice Ainsworth

Have you been thinking about writing your memoirs? Now is the time. This is the year. Come join us. We are a supportive group, and have lots of fun. We write at home, and read our stories to the group at every meeting. We are motivated and inspired by hearing one another’s stories. Come share your memories with us. Contact Alice for specific date(s) or more information.

Photography As Art (P)
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Library, 7340 24th St. Bypass

Roger Klemm, Mary-Elliott-Klemm, Sherry Rhodes

Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.—Alfred Stieglitz. This seminar is about art. We will continue the work of photographing with an emphasis on gaining greater perception through the wisdom of other photographers and artists. The fall semester will direct us toward creating specific, directed design elements in our images - - such as color theory, masterpiece lighting, multiplanar imaging, and the like. Class meetings alternate with photographic work/field trips. Class size limited to 15 persons. NOTE: Advanced photographers who are computer competent only. Required reading: ”The Photographer's Vision, Freeman. First session is Aug. 26 at MLK. Contact leaders for further information.

Photography: Digital Camera Group (P)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave. (Field trips as listed)

Jeff Hendy, Mary Henwood

This seminar is intended for those of you who know how to operate your digital camera, and would like to take better pictures. The meetings are held on Tuesdays, one week at the Arden-Dimick Library, with a photographic field trip on the following Tuesday. The classroom sessions use videos by professional photographers, talks by members and discussions of photos taken on the field trips and posted to the group website. There is a challenge set at each classroom session to encourage members to try something different, and these are also posted and discussed. Classroom dates are: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17. Field trip dates are: 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10.

A Photography Exhibit Project (P)
Thursdays, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave. Please note that classes begin on Sept. 3.

Tom Monahan

This is the third in a series of self-help classes on preparing photographic exhibits. A gallery space has been identified for a show in February 2016, and this class will concentrate on selecting an exhibit theme, convening an exhibit jury and overseeing other aspects of the formal presentation of photographic prints. The class is primarily for participants of the earlier classes in the series and those who wish to participate in the February exhibit. Note: Participation includes variable costs for printing, mounting and exhibiting photos. Contact leader for additional information.

Singing For Fun (A)
Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m, Rancho Cordova Methodist Church, 2101 Zinfandel Dr. (at Hirschfeld)

Vick Vickland, Sara Zeigler, Jean Dean

Do you like to sing? Do you not read music? Do you not want to memorize? Join us. We provide words (not music), learn about 15 songs and perform for various assisted-living facilities after a couple of months of practice. Some go out for lunch following the sessions. Come and have some fun with us. “Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong.” --Kermit the Frog.

Travel Through Food I (P)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave.

Cheryl Nelson, Dick Tarble

If you enjoy new and exotic foods from around the world, this seminar is for you. We discuss a country or region, focusing on its culture, history, and, of course, its food. We also discuss types of foods and their values and uses, and may have field trips involving food production. Then, we eat lunch featuring foods from that country or food topic. Lunch can be at a restaurant or can be a potluck. We usually meet at the Carmichael Library. Contact one of the co-leaders to enroll or for more information.

Travel Through Food II (P)
2nd and 4th Wednesday, 10 a.m., Arcade Library,  2443 Marconi Ave, and other sites TBA

Sandra Winter, Marsha Littrell

If you enjoy new and exotic foods from around the world, this seminar is for you. Members help to plan presentations featuring the food of a country or region. Lunch can be at a restaurant or potluck. Speakers, field trips, DVDs or power point presentations are also a part of the program. Our first meeting is Sept. 9th at the Arcade Library. Meeting places will vary. Contact Sandra or Marsha to enroll or for more information.

Walkabouts (A)
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Various Locations

Norma Markley, Chris Dreier, Tilly Fairman

Join us for weekly scenic morning walks in various areas of Sacramento and a few in surrounding nearby towns. Walks begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and culminate with an optional meeting for lunch at a designated location. Walkers may choose to walk at a leisurely two-mile round-trip pace or join the "hares" group, which walks at a bit faster pace of a distance of about four miles round-trip. Walkers are expected to stay with their group during the walks. Call a leader for more information about any of the weekly walks. First walk is scheduled for September 9. Get outside and get moving!

Writers' Circle (P)
Mondays (alternate) 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., River’s Edge, 601 Feature Drive

Norma Streeter, Muzza Eaton

Interested in sharing your writing with an encouraging group of writers and listeners? We find this format motivates us to write and opens us to new ideas. Maybe it will do the same for you. We welcome memoirs, essays, poetry, and fiction.

Writers' Group I (D)
Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Avalon Hearing Aid Center, 1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B

Peggy Marsh, Dan Keller

Our goal is to help each other become better writers. We do not expect you to already be an accomplished writer; however, if you are, you can help the group. We bring copies of our writing to share. We will give feedback, if wanted. We look at mechanics and content; voice, word choice, clarity, etc. Copies are signed and given back to you to consider or not. We want all types of writing: memoir, short story, poetry, and novel. The group is very cohesive and members will not share your writing outside the group without your permission. We meet year-round. Contact Peggy for locale and dates.

Writers' Workshop II (P)
Tuesdays, Noon to 2 p.m., Members' Homes

Roy Bishop, Lani Hahn

Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and write in a wide range of styles with their own choice of subjects: fiction, memoirs, poetry, travelogues, autobiography, biography, family history, emails to friends, letters to the editors, etc. Expert writing is not required. This is not a writing class. Help with style, mechanics, and presentation will be offered if requested. We meet at members’ homes year-round. Those interested in joining should contact leader for exact location of next meeting.