bend, breathe, balance
Buddha's map
bend, breathe, balance
Morning and Noon offerings include
Bend, Breathe and Balance, Learning to Meditate
Using the Buddha's Map and Gentle Yoga (top to bottom)

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 Sept. 2 and the last ones on Dec. 2. There are no seminars on Nov. 11 or 25.

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:

Online registration is now closed. 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., Shasta 264
  • Associates Program: Training for Seminar Leaders, Doris Keller, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Alpine 148
  • Easy Magic Tricks for Grandparents, Harry Mossman, 10 to 11 a.m., Library 4021
  • Economics for the 99 Percent, a Sequel, Mark Dempsey, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Mariposa 2030
  • A Fan's Guide to Watching Basketball, David McGuire, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Eureka 111
  • A Holistic Approach to Weight Loss in Three Sessions, Mimi Dixon, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 16, 23, 30 only, Brighton 104
  • An Introduction to Spanish, Robert Parker, 10 to 11:45 a.m., Alpine 147
  • Learning to Meditate Using the Buddha's Map, Doug Kraft, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Shasta 254
  • Naturism, Nudism, Vick Vickland, 9 to 10:45 a.m., Riverside 1004
  • Sports Betting, Morton Saltzman, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Eureka 103
  • Top 10 U.S. Domestic Issues and Potential Solutions, Ken Cross, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Brighton 114
  • Ballroom and Line Dancing, Richard Kowaleski, 12 to 12:45 p.m., Solano 1010

These seminars are 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
  • Meditation, Gail Reed, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Douglass 213

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., Douglass 209

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)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Folsom 1050

Allan Keown, Wade Brynelson, Mary Hyland

Once again, many outstanding documentaries continue to be produced. As in the past, we shall draw our selections primarily from the recent finalists for the Oscars and Sundance Film Festival. This is a drop-in seminar with no sign-up or presentation requirements. Post-film discussion is always available and encouraged. Watch for the upcoming titles in the Renaissance Recorder or get the schedule here. In addition, we shall have a complete list and summaries of all of the 12 films selected available at Rendezvous on Aug. 26.


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

Coby Bonner, Doris Keller

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.

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

Beth Mann

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.

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

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. 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

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.