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The Digital Photography seminar
Photo by Jeff Hendy
Walkabout at UCDavis Arboretum
Photo by Clarence Smith

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. 5 through Dec. 5. However, there are several seminars that are one-day-only events! See details 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 Aug. 29.

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.

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

One-Day Seminars


Classical Art of Greece and Rome (L)
Monday, Sept. 22, 1-3 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Ed Sherman

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! Art/Entertainment. An idiosyncratic examination of the art surviving from the Classical Age. A well-illustrated survey of the sculpture, painting and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Class is limited to 30; registration required. Email Ed to register.

Finding Your Roots and Preserving Your Past (L)
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Heritage Park Clubhouse, 2481 Heritage Park Lane, (North Natomas)

Kay Palmbaum

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! Personal Development/Sports Have ever you ever wondered: who were my ancestors, where did they live, what did they do, or have you started tracing your family's history, but got stuck? In case you missed Kay Palmbaum's highly successful presentation at the Summer Seminar in May, this is your opportunity to catch it this fall. Kay has been doing extensive research to learn about her relatives and ancestors. She uses slides to explain and show examples of what sources she uses, how to do the research and organize the information. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their own experience. Limited to 30. Advanced registration is required. Because Heritage Park is a gated community, we need to have your name in order for the gate to be opened for you. Please email Florence Young if you have questions or wish to sign up. Note: As of Sept. 8, this seminar is FULL!

Jewelry Through the Ages (L)
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2-3:30 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community, 601 Feature Dr.

Alison LeBaron

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! Art/Entertainment. Guest lecturer Alison LeBaron is a graduate gemologist and a graduate jeweler from the Gemological Institute of America. Her illustrated presentation will describe the history of jewelry styles and techniques used by jewelers. Email Ed Sherman to register

La Belle Epoch: Art of the Avant Garde (L)
Monday, Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Ed Sherman

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! Art/Entertainment. A well-illustrated survey of the paintings of the avant garde in Paris between 1880 and 1914. Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, etc. Class is limited to 30; registration required. Email Ed to register.

Globalization (L)
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2-3:30 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community, 601 Feature Dr.

Jeff Hendy

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! Economics. Jeff Hendy will present a PowerPoint presentation on the history and economic effects of globalization, and what it means to the U.S. and the world today. Also some ideas about what the future impacts might be. Jeff has worked for multi-national tech companies in England, France and Japan. He has a world view of our recently globalized economy. Email Ed Sherman to register

Torch Bearers: Wisdom of the Ancient Mediterranean (L)
Monday, Nov. 17, 1-3 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Ed Sherman

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! Art/Entertainment. Kings come and go, empires rise and fall, and civilizations fall to dust. But the wisdom of the Torch Bearers endures. An illustrated inquiry into the contributions to Western Civilization of the Thinkers, Writers and Librarians of ancient Athens, Jerusalem, Alexandria and Rome. Class is limited to 30; registration required. Email Ed to register.

Judea (L)
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2-3:30 p.m., River's Edge Residential Community, 601 Feature Dr.

Ed Sherman

NOTE: This is a one-day seminar! History. The ancient antecedents of the on-going crisis in Israel-Palestine. Ed Sherman will describe the historical and religious claims that three cultures—Judaism, Christianity & Islam—have on the old Roman province of Judea. Email Ed to register

All-Semester Seminars

American Mah Jongg (A)
Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Members' Homes

Diane Rich, Carol Rogala

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

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

DeAnga Hills

Personal Development/Sports. In this participative seminar, members will use techniques that help nurture their lives: 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. Contact DeAnga for the date of the first session.

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

Literature/Drama/Language. 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 and is limited to 20.

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

Marian Kile, Suzanne Armer

Literature/Drama/Language. Members rotate hosting each month. The host selects any type of book, but they must be available in the Sacramento Public Library system so they are available to our members. We try to have two months' notice on the upcoming books. The members engage in intelligent yet comfortable discussions about the writing, the topic and the author. We usually meet in the community room unless the book host wants us to meet in their home or a park.

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

Literature/Drama/Language. Once a month our group meets to discuss a selection we have read from a Great Books anthology. We will be using the shared inquiry method developed by Great Books Foundation. For the Fall we are reading from the Second Series, Vol. 1: Aristotle, Dostoevsky, the Bible, Hobbes, Melville, Smith, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, etc. Newcomers to the "nature of knowledge" are welcome. Curiosity and willingness to read and discuss are all you need. Participants are expected to read selections from the books that they will purchase. The books, which cost about $33, will be used in both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

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

Marian Lininger, Carla Hoffman

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

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

Robert Houghton, Barbara Kletzman

Craft/Hobbies/Social. This seminar is a bi-weekly game of duplicate bridge. We have three tables of 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. 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

Craft/Hobbies/Social. 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

Craft/Hobbies/Social. We play Standard American Bridge at the intermediate level with two tables playing and scoring Chicago style. Please call if you would like to be on the substitutelist, as we call our substitutes frequently.

Camping and More (A)
Meetings Dates and Times Vary

John Szabo, Susan Rubinstein

Personal Development/Sports. 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 gardens and parks, museums, wineries, ethnic restaurants, dance activities, community walks, festivals, and boating on 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 help of the leaders. Call Susan or John for more details or to enroll.

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

Helen Hanna

Literature/Drama/Language. 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 conversationally sharing common interests. Class size limited to 16.

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

JoAnn Peter, Robert Parker

Literature/Drama/Language. 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.

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

Judy Broussard, Pat Teeters

Literature/Drama/Language. Members share their creative writings in a warm and friendly environment. These writings include fiction, memoirs, biographical sketches, poetry and fantasy. Copies are distributed at the meetings so attendees can follow along as the author reads aloud. The group then gives their 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., Various Locations

Noel Hinde, Frances Stroud

Craft/Hobbies/Social. Join our dinner group and try different cuisines in the Sacramento area. We will have fun meeting new friends as we dine together the 2nd Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Members take turns selecting and hosting the restaurants. A planning meeting will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, at 12 noon in Alpine Hall, Room 218, for new and returning members.

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

Art/Entertainment. 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 cost:, $40 for first-time members; $100 for returning members. Class size limited to 15; preference will be given to people who have not taken this seminar previously. If you want to know more call Curtis or Dave or check our website.

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

Ron Meyer, Ann Heatlie

Literature/Drama/Language. 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 year-round.

Games for Entertainment (Games Group 2) (A)
Thursday, 1-3, Member's Home

Roberta Frieze, Judy Keaton

Craft/Hobbies/Social. Card games, word games, dominos, team games and we’re open to learning new games. We are also willing to teach novices. 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 rotating basis dependent upon your own calendar. May use leader"s home if your space does not allow. Group size: 12 maximum. Group meets year-round.

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

DeAnga Hills, Jackie Irene

Craft/Hobbies/Social. 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.

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

Alice Ainsworth

Personal Development/Sports. 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 anothers' stories. Come share your memories with us. Contact Alice for more information.

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

Roger Klemm, Mary-Elliott-Klemm

First class is Sept. 3.
"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.
Art/Entertainment. This photo seminar is focused on creating Art. We will learn the discipline of seeing and photographing with intent, using conceptual ideas and perceptual techniques. Painting and photography master works as examples. Camera operation and compositional rules will only inform, but not guide our efforts. The seminar uses supportive and honest group critiques. Class meetings alternate with photographic work/field trips. Class size limited to 15 persons. NOTE: Advanced photographers/computer competent. Required reading: The Practice of Contemplative Photography, Karr/Wood; The Photographer's Vision, Freeman.

Digital Camera Group (P)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave.

Bonnie Darwin, Tom Monahan

Art/Entertainment. Photography (literally "writing with light") captures a moment in time. However, the camera doesn't always accurately capture what the eye sees. The Digital Camera Group explores techniques to improve your photography so that you get the shot you're hoping for. A variety of activities is planned, including presentations, field trips and editing and sharing photographs. This course is for intermediate photographers. Note: Class meets at the library on 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, and 11/18. Field trips are scheduled for alternative weeks: 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, and 11/11.

A Photography Exhibit Project, Part 1 (P)
Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Avalon Hearing Center,1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B

Bonnie Darwin, Tom Monahan

Art/Entertainment. This is the first of a two-semester photography project through which the class is expected to secure an exhibit space, select and prepare photos for exhibition, and mount, frame and hang a show of participant's photos. The class will be in a learn-by-doing format, with occasional presentations by class members and others. Class meets every other week: 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13.

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

Sara Zeigler, Vick Vickland, Jean Dean, Richard Vincent

Art/Entertainment. "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. Please email or call Sara, Vick, Jean, or Richard for start date and other details.)

Travel through Food I (A)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave.

Cheryl Nelson, Carla Hoffman, Barbara Lininger, Marian Lininger, Dick Tarble

Culture/Societies (Historical, Contemporary) 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. Contact Cheryl or one of the other co-leaders for updated information or to enroll.

Travel through Food II (P)
2nd and 4th Wednesday, 10 a.m., Location TBA

Sandra Zeh, Barbara Beddow, Diane Roach

Culture/Societies (Historical, Contemporary) 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 Sept. 10.

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

Tilly Fairman, Chris Dreier, Norma Markley

Personal Development/Sports. 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 coordinator for more information about any of the weekly walks. We begin with a new member orientation on Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m., in Brighton Hall, Room 204. Get outside and get moving! See the Schedule.

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

Norma Streeter, Muzza Eaton

Literature/Drama/Language. 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. 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

Literature/Drama/Language. 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. We meet year-round. Contact Peggy for locale and dates.

Writers' Workshop II (D)
Tuesday, 12-2, Members' Homes

Roy Bishop, Lani Hahn

Literature/Drama/Language. 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. However, help with style, mechanics, and presentation will be offered if requested. Call a coordinator for locale. We meet year-round.