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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. 5 and the last ones on May 6. There are no seminars on March 25.

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 (such as Great Books, Ballroom and Line Dancing, the morning 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. 29.

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


Bend, Breathe and Balance (A/S)
10 to 10:45 a.m., Yosemite 187

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., Mendocino 1022

Susanne Coleman

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.

Dealing With Anger: A Healthy Approach (D)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Douglass 107

Renee Zito

Unrecognized anger hurts us. Our goal is to stop the pain and destruction that anger brings. You will learn psychological interventions to help recognize and work out anger—and learn how to convert it from a negative response to a creative and powerful source of energy that will improve your life. Members are expected to participate in class discussions. Registration is required.

Claire and George

Documentaries (D)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tahoe 1003 (Note: Room Change!)

George and Claire Roper

The documentaries presented this semester 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 seminar with no sign-up or presentation requirements.


Easy Magic Tricks For Grandparents (P)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Library 4021

Harry Mossman

Participants will actually learn some basic tricks, such as cups and balls. This is not a class for sitting back and finding out the secrets of magic. You must be willing and able to try doing them. You must be able to copy simple sleight of hand movements. IT IS NOT A DROP-IN CLASS. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED. Limited to 20.

Great Books Discussion Group (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 4005

John Quattrin, Pam Flohr

Our reading selections will be taken from two Great Books' anthologies, "Short Story Omnibus" and "Clashes of Culture", as well as reading "Pedro Paramo" by Ruffo and "Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez" by Richard Rodriguez. 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 the class is full. Waiting list available. Registration is required. Limited to 20.


Great Decisions (D)
9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Mendocino 1032

Maynard Nelson, Harry Cohen

A discussion group of Foreign Policy issues as presented in the Foreign Policy Association study book, which will be the subject matter of what will be thought-provoking and exciting discussions.  Issues covered include:  Middle East Alliances, the rise of ISIS, and the future of Kurdistan.  Registration is required.  Limited to 20.

Robert Clara

An Introduction to Spanish (L)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Alpine 147

Robert J. Parker, Clara Chapala

The instructors will use interactive strategies and materials from the successful Destinos public television series. Participants will acquire a basic Spanish vocabulary along with reading, writing, and speaking skills. No previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary. Participants will be encouraged to devote outside study to reinforce their language learning.  Registration is required.  Limited to 20.


iPad Basics (L)
9:30 to 11 a.m., April 1 to May 6 (six weeks), Eureka 108

Carol Dabrowiak

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 password and have email set up on their device. On March 18, there will be a session for questions and review. Registration required at . Limited to 45.


iPhone Basics (L)
9:30 to 11 a.m., Feb. 5 to March 11 (six weeks), Eureka 108

Jennifer Kerr

Do you have an iPhone and want to learn how to use it? This six-week seminar will be taught by a team, presenting different topics each week. We will use hands-on demonstrations and reviews. Topics will include display and controls, gestures, making and receiving calls, Photos, Camera, Notifications, Calendar, Contacts, Voicemail. No experience needed, but participants should have an Apple ID and password and have email set up on their iPhone. On March 18, there will be a session for questions and review. Registration required at . Limited to 40.

Allan Joyce

Ken Burns' Filmography, Part III (L)
9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Folsom Hall 1049, 7667 Folsom Blvd. (see campus map)

Allan Keown, Joyce Mundel

This Spring we resume our project of viewing Ken Burns's entire filmography, beginning with last April's three-episode film Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies. It is a six-hour historical documentary based upon Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2010 book by the same title. We then go back and watch The War, a seven-episode film about WWII that showed in 2007. It tells the story of the war through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns—including Sacramento! Our concluding film will be Jackie Robinson, currently scheduled for national airing on PBS in April 2016. It examines the life and times of the man who in 1947 lifted an entire race and nation on his shoulders when he crossed baseball's color line. This is a drop-in seminar. See the schedule.


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

Coby Bonner, Doris Keller, 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.

Learning To Meditate Using The Buddha's Map (D)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Alpine 231 (Note: Room Change!)

Doug Kraft

We’ll explore the elegant, nuanced, and amazingly effective meditation taught by the Buddha in the earliest records of his talks. He rejected one-pointed concentration in favor of relaxation and sense of humor. He blended the cultivation of ease with cultivation of insight. The instructions adjust to take advantage of your unfolding experience. Beginning as well as experienced meditators are welcome. By joining you are committing to:

  • Coming every week
  • Meditating daily
  • Reading short selections from Buddha's Map so we can have discussion rather than lecture.

In class we'll meditate and have time for questions, discussion, and personalized instruction. Doug Kraft trained for 35 years with over a dozen American teachers and Asian masters. Registration is required. Limited to 20.


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 modern space stations, man's noteworthy engineering marvels are documented through the ages. This video-based seminar will clarify how and why these incredible megastructures were built. Class discussions and supplemental information 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. This is a drop-in seminar. Get the schedule here.

Howard Kathy

Medical Rights And Medical Wrongs (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Eureka 315

Howard Slyter, Kathy Glasmire

Should doctors always, "First, do no harm?" Is pneumonia really "the old man's friend?" Who should get scarce organs for transplant? Should doctors participate in capital punishment? After a brief review of the history and principles of bioethics, we will wrestle together with these and other challenging ethical questions in medicine. In the process, we hope you will come to better understand your own perspectives as well as alternative ways of thinking about ethical dilemmas. Feel free to arrive with strong opinions, but we ask you also to bring an open mind. Registration is required. Limited to 25.


Meditation Practice (L)
9 to 11:30 a.m., Brighton 104 (Note: Location Change!)

Gail Reed

This ongoing informal meditation practice class will continue to discuss and explore a variety of spiritual practices. The class will focus on awakening awareness beyond the mind, exploring a variety of spiritual traditions, contemporary teachers, and meditation techniques including guided imagery, chanting, drumming and just resting in stillness. We will also discuss several of the old original spiritual writings, for example the Tao te Ching and the Bhagavad Gita. A 20-minute period of meditation will be part of each class. This class is a continuation of the Fall class and therefore, depending on classroom size, continuing enrollees will take priority. Printing fee is $5 per semester for handouts. Registration is required. Limited to 70.

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

Joy Skalbeck, Jeanne Capanelli

Knowledgeable speakers, sometimes members, sometimes not, presenting fascinating diverse topics each week. Speakers welcome questions from and discussion with members. Some presentations have proven so popular they've been offered again for a Forum, Friday afternoon seminar or Summer Seminar. We meet in the Library room to the right of the Media Center. While this is a drop-in seminar, come early because attendance is limited by Fire Regulations. See the Schedule.


Movement Awareness Workshop (A/S)
10:30 to 11:45, Amador 362 (Note: Room 2nd Change!)

Al Zagofsky

This workshop will introduce the Alexander Technique, which may help you recognize harmful habits, including poor posture, muscle tension and stiffness of joints. These techniques provide new skills and increased self-awareness which may help re-educate your body and better integrate mind and body. Al Zagofsky, MS management engineering with 30 years of multi-bodywork experience, has helped people understand and change the habits that underlie their use of themselves through a manually guided experiential approach to awareness training based on a technique depicted in the films: My Fair Lady and The King's Speech. So come and learn a way to move mindfully through life. Registration is required. Limited to 10.


This class is cancelled after the March 18 session!! Terrific Travel Tips (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Brighton 210

Judy Zimmerman

Some of the most experienced travelers in the Renaissance Society will briefly present practical travel tips at each meeting, followed by a class discussion in which others are encouraged to share their own experiences on the topic. Topics include:

  • Take the train to San Francisco for the day
  • How to shop for medical evacuation insurance
  • Researching and planning independent travel
  • The best credit cards for travel benefits
  • How to plan a road trip
  • Packing tips
  • Adventure travel (both "soft" and "hard");
  • Tours and cruises that waive the single supplement
  • Travel with an educational focus
  • Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

This is a drop-in seminar.

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

Carol Jane

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

Carol Limbaga, Jane Williams

Android drop-in support group. We are 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, camera, etc. We want YOUR basic questions. An Intermediate support group is available as folks learn and advance.

Craig Bruce

Android: Intermediate Phone/Tablet Drop-In Seminar (D)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 110

Craig McCulloch, Bruce Moon

This is the intermediate level of Android smartphone and tablet support and drop-in clinic. It supplements the Beginning Android drop-class with instruction and assistance beyond basic phone operation on more advanced topics. Questions from students are encouraged. Topics will vary by class interest and may include: changing settings to meet user needs, installing and deleting applications (apps), adding and deleting contacts, sending text messages, web browsing, using camera and video, connecting to Wi-Fi, using maps and GPS, and other applications


Apple Users Keynote Workshop (D)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Brighton 210 (NOTE: Room Change!)

Judy Zimmerman

This workshop focuses on Keynote (Apple's version of PowerPoint for the PC). It is intended for both beginners and experienced Apple users alike. Each session briefly incorporates a different skill to help you discover how your Macs, iPhones, and iPads are powerful research tools that can also unleash your creative talents when incorporating the Keynote application. If time allows, other problem areas may be addressed. It's a great opportunity to work in small groups, or one-on-one, as we help each other with our various needs and current projects. This is a drop-in seminar. Feel free to bring your lunch.


Ballroom And Line Dancing (A/S)
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 (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. Registration is required.


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

Marian Kile

These clinics are for members who want to learn how to use their PC more effectively. Each class will provide tips on different aspects of using the PC. They are on a drop-in basis so no registration is needed. See the schedule. Since it is only a 45-minute class, no participation is expected.