Walkabout at UCDavis Arboretum
Photo by Clarence Smith
Italian Potluck at Travel Through Food 2
Photo by Barbara Beddow

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 Feb. 7 through May 2. However, there are two seminars that are one-day only events! See Van Gogh and Gauguin and Age of Heroes below. Some seminars run year-round.

You must sign up with the leader for these semesters. 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. 31.

You can sign up for any 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 coordinator for a new section!

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


Seminars have been grouped into the following categories to assist participants in making a choice:

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



Van Gogh and Gauguin: Comrades in Color (C)
Monday, March 10, 1-3 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Ed Sherman

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! A study of the paintings of each of these artists, with an emphasis on the works produced during their sojourn together in Arles and the paintings that followed their collaboration. Class is limited to 30; registration required.

NEW COURSE!!! How Plato Got to Oxford (C)
Monday, April 7, 1-3 p.m., Eskaton Village Carmichael, 3939 Walnut Ave.

Ed Sherman

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! The achievements of ancient Greece in government, science, literature, philosophy and the arts still influence our lives today. But Greek culture once was lost to the West, leaving us in an Age of Darkness. How it was found again and embraced by Western Humanists is an informative and entertaining story.

Age of Heroes: Greek Bronze Age (C)
Monday, April 28, 1-3 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Ed Sherman

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! A survey of the warrior culture that was described by Homer in his Iliad and unearthed by Schliemann in his excavations of Troy and Mycenae. This 'historical' information will be supplemented with the romantic mythology surrounding the abduction of Helen of Troy, the Aegean world's most alluring woman. Class is limited to 30; registration required.

Digital Camera Group (P)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Arden-Dimick Library
Field trips are scheduled in intervening weeks

Bonnie Darwin, Tom Monahan

Are you interested in improving your photographs by exploring techniques used in order to gain certain effects? Join the Digital Camera Group. A variety of activities is planned, including presentations, field trips, and editing and sharing photographs. Note: This course is for intermediate photographers. We do not teach the fundamentals of using your camera. Note: Class meets at the library on 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, and 4/22. Field trips are scheduled for intervening weeks: 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, and 4/15.

Editing Photographs in Lightroom (P)
Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Avalon Hearing Center,1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B

Bonnie Darwin, Tom Monahan

Photography (literally "writing with light") is an art form that captures a moment in time. However, the camera doesn't always accurately capture what the eye sees. Adobe Lightroom is the leading photo-editing software for editing and improving photographs.Note: Class meets 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, and 4/17.

Exploring Ceramic Art (A Hands-On Experience) (P)
Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ACAI Studios and Gallery, 7425 Winding Way, Fair Oaks

Dave Wilkerson, Curtis Purnell

Our region has a rich heritage in ceramic works. Come explore the world of ceramics through hands-on experiences, studio and gallery visits, discussions and presentations. This seminar is for beginning through advanced students. Learn about creating ceramic objects from the ground up. Choose your own project and create an interesting gift or keepsake. Supplies and materials are available for a nominal donation, around $40. Class size limited to 15; preference will be given to people who have not taken this seminar previously. If You want to know more check our website.

Photography As Art (P)
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12 noon, First Class is Feb. 5, Locations TBA

Roger Klemm, Mary-Elliott-Klemm, Steve Barbour

"It's all automatic. All I have to do is press the button. It"s a camera that every amateur buys. [Pause, points to his head] It's all in there." Helmut Newton. This seminar is focused on creative thinking. Camera operation and compositional rules will only inform, but not guide our efforts. Emphasis is on creating art, which evokes emotion and conceptual thought. The seminar uses supportive and honest group critiques and includes painting and photography master works as examples. Class meetings will alternate with photographic work and field trips between. Class size is strictly limited to 15 persons. If you are interested in joining this class, and have not done so, please let one of us know quickly. Class is not for beginners.


American Mah Jongg (A)
Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Members'

Peggy Goldstein, Diane Rich

Because of space limitations we must limit the American Mah Jongg group to experienced players. The skill level of our players at this time is intermediate and experienced. It is a relaxed and friendly group that is dedicated to improving their Mah Jongg skills. We do not play for money. Contact one of the coordinators if you have questions or are interested in playing and have experience. Availability will be dependent on the number of regular players who sign up for the next semester.

Duplicate Bridge (A)
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 p.m., Location TBA

Robert Houghton, Barbara Kletzman

This seminar is a bi-weekly game of duplicate bridge. We have three tables of bridge. We have 14 regular members signed up, as well as 12 alternates. The skill level is intermediate, and the game is for fun and learning. The roster is full at this time, and we have a list of alternates. If you would like to add your name to the list, 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 playing in private homes of members of the group. We are friendly and social, willing to assist members as needed to enhance their knowledge of the game. Currently, we have eight regulars who are signed up to play in this group. Please contact Phyllis Mills by telephone or email if you would like to be added to the substitute list.

North/East Area Party Bridge (A)
1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays, 1 p.m., Member's Home

Nita Domich

We play Standard American, and the level of play is intermediate with three tables playing and scoring Chicago style. Please call if you would like to be a substitute. We call our substitutes frequently.

Dining Together (A)
2nd Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Various Locations

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 the 2nd Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Members take turns selecting and hosting the restaurants. A planning meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at 12 noon in Alpine 218 for new and returning members.

Games for Fun (A)
Thursday, 12:30-2:30, Rec Room at Ladi Senior Apartments, 2300 Auburn Blvd.

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.

Games Group 2 (Card and Board Games) (A)
Thursday, 1-3, Member's Home

Roberta Frieze, Judy Keaton

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, year-round. We rotate among our members' homes. Call co-coordinator for location. This is an opportunity to make new, lasting friends with shared interests.

Culture/Societies (Historical, Contemporary)

Singing for Fun (A)
Tuesday, 10 to 11:30, Rancho Cordova Methodist Church, 2101 Zinfandel Dr., Rancho Cordova

Sara Zeigler, Vick Vickland, Jean Dean, Richard Vincent

"He who sings scares away his woes"—Cervantes; "Alas for those that never sing but die with all their music in them"—Oliver Wendell Holmes; "Without music, life would be a mistake"—Nietzsche; "Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong"—Kermit the Frog. Who are we to argue with those words? Come join us and release your inner entertainer. Reading music is not necessary, just the desire to have fun. (We will start Feb. 4. E-mail or call Sara, Vick, Jean, or Richard for details.)

Travel through Food 1(P)
2nd and 4th Tuesday, 10 a.m., Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave.

Cheryl Nelson, Gay Teale

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. Then we eat a lunch featuring foods from that country. Lunch can be at a restaurant or can be a potluck. We usually meet at the Carmichael Library. See the Schedule.

Travel through Food 2(P)
2nd and 4th Wednesday, 10 a.m., Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave.

Sandra Zeh, Barbara Beddow, Diane Roach

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, the food. Then we eat a lunch featuring foods from that country. Lunch can be at a restaurant or can be a potluck. Our first meeting is Feb. 12 at the Carmichael Library. See the Schedule.


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

Carol Hayes, Dottie Higbee

Books of many 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 and is limited to 20.

Partners in Crime Book Club (D)
1st Thursday, 1:30-3 p.m., Members' Home

Marian Lininger, Carla Hoffman

We read and discuss popular, and not-so-popular, mysteries and authors. One new author each month is chosen by the group. Seminar is full, not taking new members at this time.

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

Marian Kile, Susan 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 discussions about the writing, the topic, and the author. Group size is limited. We usually meet in a community room unless the book host wants us to meet in the home or in a park.

Circulo Español (Conversational Spanish) (P)
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Campus Commons Clubhouse

JoAnn Peter, Robert Parker

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

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

Helen Hanna

This is a continuing seminar for those who want to practice speaking and understanding oral and written French. The skill level of the class is generally intermediate. This is not a class to learn to speak French. A basic working acquaintance with the language through high school or college classes or living in a native-speaking country is a prerequisite. Generally persons with advanced speaking ability have moved beyond the skill level this class has to offer. The success and enjoyment of the class depends on participation by all members in practicing the language through presentations, readings, and conversationally sharing common subjects of interest with other class members.

Foreign Film Club (D)
2nd and 4th Sunday, 2 p.m., Eskaton Monroe or Library TBA

Gloria Reynolds

Enjoy a foreign film (with English subtitles) on a Sunday afternoon, and join in a discussion of the film and an optional dinner afterward. We meet twice a month during the semester and once a month between semesters. Members are encouraged to host additional foreign films in their homes at convenient times. The theme for spring semester films will be "Children around the world."

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

Ron Meyer, Ann Heatlie

This seminar is for those who enjoy reading the New Yorker magazine, a literate publication covering many interesting subjects. Opportunities are offered to freely discuss articles, share opinions, and gain insights. Participants read and review each week's issue for discussion. We meet every Monday all year long.

Writers' Circle (D)
Mondays (alternate) 1:30-3:30, Locations TBA

Norma Streeter, Muzza Eaton

Interested in sharing your writing with an encouraging group of writers/listeners? Our circle welcomes all writing genres, all levels of writing experience. Feedback is positive. We find this format motivates us to write and opens us to new ideas. Maybe it will do the same for you. Group limited to 12.

Writers' Group I (D)
Thursday, 9:30-11:30, Avalon Hearing Aid Center, 1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B

Peggy Marsh, Ariel Amlin

For those who've wanted to do some writing, this group may provide the incentive to start. We offer a helpful, accepting environment for the beginner and the more experienced writer. Members share their personal anecdotes, memoirs, or other written material. If asked, we pool our knowledge of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary to bring each piece to its best form. Enrollment is limited to 15 members and we currently have 11. We meet year-round.

Creative Writers' Anonymous (D)
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30, Members' Homes

Judy Broussard, Pat Teeters

Members get creative as they share their stories in a warm, friendly environment. We share fiction, memoirs, and biographical stories, which are distributed at meetings. The author reads the work aloud and receives feedback from the group. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging, with an emphasis on clear communication, sharing ideas and helping each other. The objective is to write and have fun while doing so. We meet weekly throughout the year.

Writers' Workshop II (D)
Tuesday, 12-2, 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, e-mails to friends, letters to the editors, etc. Expert writing is not required. This is not a writing class. However, help with style, mechanics, and presentation will be offered if requested. Call a coordinator for locale. We meet year-round.

Personal Development/Sports

The Art of Stillness (P)
Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ladi Senior Apts Community classroom, 2300 Auburn Blvd.

DeAnza Hills

In this participative seminar, members will use techniques that help nurture theirlives: breathing and movement, meditative drawing, writing, reading and listening. Our aim is to continue the seminar as an ongoing series with the members gaining experience and appreciation through practice. This is not a drop-in class. First session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Camping Anyone? (A)
Meetings Variable, Members' Homes

John Szabo, Susan Rubinstein Szabo

Gather with your friends around a campfire under a starry sky and share songs or stories over a cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy a gourmet meal outdoors while sipping a glass of merlot. These are just a few of the many pleasant experiences that are part of camping. Camping locations will vary with the seasons and will include the coast, mountains, and interior deserts. This seminar is suitable for all levels of expertise, whether you're an old hand at camping or a beginner. It also accommodates all activity levels. We meet every month or two to plan upcoming trips.

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 each others' stories. Come share your memories with us.

Walkabouts (A)

Tilly Fairman, Chris Dreier, Norma Markley

Join us for scenic morning walks in various areas of Sacramento. We begin with a new members' orientation on campus Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. in Brighton 144. Our first walk will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 a.m. Each walk includes a leisurely two-mile route and a faster paced four-mile route. All walkers are expected to remain with their group. Lunch together after the walk is optional. Call a coordinator for information or location of walks and meeting places, see the schedule that is e-mailed weekly or see the Schedule.