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Friday Morning and Noon Seminars

These seminars take place on the CSUS campus on Friday mornings and lunchtimes throughout the semester. The first ones are on Feb. 3 and the last ones on May 5. There are no seminars on March 24 or 31.

There are two kinds of morning and noon seminars:

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

These Seminars Require Registration:

Here is the link to Online Seminar Registration. NOTE: This list of Friday Morning and Noon Seminars does not include leader contact information or a description of the seminar. See the online or Catalog listings for that information.

  • American Leadership, Harry Cohen, 10 to 11:45 a.m., Eureka 102
  • Easy Magic Tricks for Grandparents, Harry Mossman, 10 to 11 a.m., Library 4021
  • Holistic Method of Weight Loss, Mimi Dixon, 10 to 11:45 a.m., Five dates only: Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, Yosemite 117
  • iPhone Basics, Jennifer Kerr, 9:30 to 11 a.m., First six weeks: Feb. 3 to March 10, Eureka 105 Information and schedule links
  • iPad Basics, Carol Dabrowiak, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Last six weeks: March 17 to May 5, Eureka 105 Information and schedule links
  • Learning to Meditate Using the Buddha's Map, Doug Kraft, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Tahoe 1002
  • Meditation, Gail Reed, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Brighton 114
  • Movement Awareness Workshop, Al Zagofsky, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Amador 362
  • Transitions: What Will I Do With The Rest Of My Life? Ken Cross, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Folsom 1049
  • The Trump Presidency: The First 100 Days, Jack Jennings, 10 to 11:45 a.m., Alpine 218
  • Ballroom Dancing, Richard Kowaleski, 12 to 12:45 p.m., Yosemite 183

This seminars is NOT available for online registration; enrollment is closed or very limited and you must contact the leader for more information:

  • Great Books Discussion Group, John Quattrin, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 4005

These Seminars are Drop-Ins; No Registration Required

Bend, Breathe and Balance (A/S)
11 to 11:45 a.m., Shasta 132

Bobby Gladstein

Gentle stretches that let the muscles relax into the extension, balance exercises used by physical therapists, neurologists (and the police) are what this class is all about. It offers a constantly changing combination of yoga, Pilates and strength training. You will never be bored! If you've been meaning to get back to exercising, are a beginner or just don't want to "pump and grind" this class is for you! This is a drop-in seminar.

Cracker Barrel (D)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Calaveras 141

Susanne Coleman, Per Ostland

A free-wheeling year-around discussion group that chooses current topics of interest: economic, political, social, international and/or intergenerational. A lively exchange by participating members stating viewpoints and opinions is encouraged. This is a drop-in seminar, limited to the number of seats available.


Documentaries (D)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Tahoe 1007

George and Claire Roper

As usual, the documentaries presented will be quite varied. Some will be enlightening and-or heartwarming, others will be educational and-or maddening, but all will be entertaining. Watch for the upcoming titles in the Renaissance Recorder or get the schedule here. This is a drop-in class with no sign-up or presentation requirements.

Intermediate Spanish Conversation (D)
9 to 9:55 a.m., Alpine 147

Clara Chapala

Intermediate Spanish Conversation will offer seminar participants an opportunity to practice and utilize Spanish through interviews, brief presentations, literature and interactions with others. Participants should be willing to use the Spanish that they have acquired by participating in discussions about everyday life, current topics and Latino culture. Themes for discussion and practice may be based on content from the Think Spanish series of language-learning materials that help build grammar and increase vocabulary. Drop-in; no registration required.

Knitting And Crochet Group (A/S)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 3007

Coby Bonner, Barbara Kletzman

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.

Man's Greatest Engineering Achievements (L)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Library 3023

Richard Dabrowiak

From building colossal pyramids in ancient Egypt to erecting cutting edge space stations, man's noteworthy engineering marvels are documented through the ages. This video-based seminar will clarify the process of designing and constructing these incredible megastructures. Class discussions and supplemental information will reveal the basic engineering principles employed, enabling seminar participants to better appreciate the challenges involved. Participation in discussions is encouraged. Drop-in; no registration required. See the Schedule.

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

Beth Mann, Ed Speegle

Each week we feature a different speaker on fascinating diverse topics of general interest. Watch for each week's topic on the Wednesday eblast to members or see the Schedule. This is a drop-in seminar.

Shakespeare On Film (D)
9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Tahoe 1004

Gerry Camp

Shakespeare's plays have proved popular source material for movies since the days of silent film. This Friday morning drop-in seminar will show the greatest Shakespearean movies, a complete film each day from 9:30-11:45 a.m. Where time permits we will discuss the movies, the direction, the performances. On the first class day, we'll see Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing and attendees will vote on the films they would most like to see. Probable titles are Helen Mirren in The Tempest, Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus, Ian McKellen's fascist Richard III, and Branagh's Hamlet, which used Shakespeare's complete text. See the Schedule.

David David

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

Richard Peter, Tom Dole, Terry Moss, Linda Alameda

The sharing of travel experiences serves as an excellent aid in assuring pleasant and successful trips throughout the world. Others’ experiences—good and bad—can help take much of the mystery and hassle out of travel adventures. In this seminar members meet informally to share 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 seats available. See the Schedule.

Lunchtime Activities


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

Carol Limbaga, Victoria Star

This is an Android Smartphone drop-in support group. We also help flip-phone users. We help one-on-one, hands-on with YOUR cell phone. Discuss your BASIC usage: phone features, settings, make and receive calls, contact info, voice mail, message/text, delete, email, camera, phone apps, Play Store apps, etc. We want YOUR basic questions. An Intermediate support group is available as folks learn and advance. See the Schedule.

Craig Bruce

Android Test Kitchen (AKA Intermediate Android Smartphone and Tablet Drop-In Seminar) (D)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 110

Craig McCulloch, Bruce Moon

Android Test Kitchen, AKA intermediate level Android phone and tablet support and drop-in seminar. The seminar provides sharing of knowledge about Android phones and tablets beyond the Basic Android drop-in with instruction and assistance on more advanced topics. Questions from students are encouraged and weekly sessions will be determined by student interest. Each week includes a mixture of activities like hot apps, how-to lessons, and student questions. Potential topics may include: connection to Wi-Fi, changing “settings” to meet user needs, installing, using and deleting applications (apps), adding and deleting contacts, text messaging, web browsing, using camera/video, and Maps/GPS. See the Schedule.

Gentle Yoga (A/S)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Yosemite 187

Terri Gray

Yoga is increasingly popular for its physical and mental benefits. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning "yoke"—the practice of yoking together or unifying body and mind. The class consists of 30 minutes of gentle yoga postures which 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 such as Target, Ross, etc.). All skill levels are welcome. Terri previously taught yoga classes for Renaissance and received the yoga instructor certification in 2011. This is a drop-in seminar. Please contact Terri with any questions.

iPad And iPhone Topics (L)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Alpine 144 Note: Room Change!

Jennifer Kerr

You've mastered (at least somewhat!) the basics on your iPad or iPhone, but want to learn more about the myriad fascinating and terribly cool features. We will cover a different topic each week, with some outside presenters, but mainly presentations by participants (you can work in teams). Doing the research for a presentation is a great way to learn how your devices' features work. Remember, none of us is an expert! We will try also to offer a Hot Tip each week. Some iOS (iPad or iPhone) experience is helpful. This is a drop-in seminar. Information and schedule links are here.