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Easy Magic Tricks for Grandparents (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. 1 and the last ones on Dec. 1. There are no seminars on Nov. 10 or 24.

There are two kinds of morning and noon seminars (read the descriptions carefully):

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

American Leadership (D)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Mendocino 4004 NOTE: Room Change!
Online registration only

Harry Cohen

America and its allies were supposed to stand together to protect the gains reaped from 70-plus years of cooperation. Instead, we have begun to sabotage the liberal order we created. We will discuss why this is happening, and what might be done to reverse it. We will also discuss how America can address the domestic issues of a dysfunctional congress, campaign finance, immigration, economic growth, income disparity, race relations, education and national debt. Adding to this mix will be an analysis of traditional American values, populism and globalism. Specific topics will be supported by the instructor emailing readings in advance of seminar meetings. Limited to 45.

Bend, Breathe and Balance (A/S)
11 to 11:45 a.m., Shasta 132
Drop-in; no registration required

Bobby Gladstein

The class combines yoga, Pilates and exercises to develop mobility as you age. Gentle exercise is proven to strengthen the body as it improves brain function. Participants are encouraged to "listen" to their bodies as they move. Brain teasers, which require thinking while doing a balance sequence, can elicit giggles as the feet and brain are not always in tune. After the workout the class ends with a period of relaxation.

The Bible: Making Of The Book From Galilee To Gutenberg (L)
10 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Amador 153, except Mendocino 3011 on Sept. 29
Online registration only

Richard Fuller

Biblical scholars say most of the Bible had been written by 100 A.D., but Gutenberg printed it first in 1455. Where were the writings for all that time? And the Old Testament took over 1,000 years to be written, by many writers, but where was THAT stored? Who presented that giant pile of scrolls to Herr Gutenberg to be printed? Just what WAS the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls—in 1947? These and many fascinating questions will be presented and discussed, and a Great Course video shown, and hopefully Biblical scholars may join us.

Cracker Barrel (D)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Calaveras 141
Drop-in, no registration required

Richard Sickert, Susanne Coleman, Per Ostlund

A weekly year-around discussion group that encourages dialogue on current topics of interest: social, political, economic, international and/or intergenerational.  An exchange of viewpoints by participating members is encouraged.

Dancing For Dummies (A/S)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Yosemite 187
Online registration only

Vick Vickland

This seminar is for "men with two left feet who know they can NEVER learn to dance," and for "women who always try to lead." This was not clear last semester, and a number dropped out, as the class was TOO basic. We start just with hearing the beat, then walking to music. If you are comfortable on the dance floor, this course is NOT for you. If you want to start from scratch, it is. Partners welcome but not required. Success almost guaranteed.

Documentaries (D)
9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Library 3023
Drop-in; no registration required

Allan Keown, Wade Brynelson

For the seventh year, we shall present a lineup of cutting-edge documentaries drawn largely from the recent finalists for the Oscars and Sundance Film Festival. The specific selections will be available in the Recorder, at the Rendezvous in August or get the Schedule here.. As in the past, this is a drop-in seminar with no prior sign-up or presentation requirements. Post-film discussion is always available and strongly encouraged as part of the learning process.

Easy Magic Tricks For Grandparents (P)
11 a.m. to 12 noon, Brighton 104
Drop in; no registration required

Harry Mossman, Gregory Herrera

Magic tricks are a great way for grandparents to entertain, teach their grandchildren fun skills, and convince the kids that grandma or grandpa is cool. Many tricks are also great for keeping your mind sharp. Field trip to Grand Illusions magic store. Each self-contained class covers a separate topic, which will be announced in the Wednesday Renaissance email. Drop in whenever a topic interests you.

This class has been cancelled! Getting Along In Spanish (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Solano 2004
Online registration only

Clara Chapala

Participants must have some understanding of and familiarity with basic Spanish grammar. This seminar will provide an opportunity to acquire additional vocabulary through the use of workbook materials from Getting Along in Spanish and Read and Think Spanish. Participants will be given an opportunity to expand their conversational ability through discussions based on the many Hispanic cultural settings provided by the materials.

Great Books Discussion Group (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Alpine 147 on Sept. 1 and Nov. 17; Mendocino 4008 on 9/15, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 12/1, 12/8;
Contact leader; no online registration

John Quattrin, Pam Flohr

Our reading selections will be taken from three 50th Anniversary Series Great Books, The Evil and the Guilty, Happiness and Discontent, and Clash of Culture, as well as reading the novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy. 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. Currently, the class is full with waiting list only.

Intermediate Spanish – Speaking And Reading (P)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Eureka 103
Contact leader; no online registration

Melody Flores

This seminar provides a casual atmosphere to support and develop existing intermediate level Spanish speaking and reading skills. Participants will need a basic understanding of Spanish vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure. Participants will share in reading aloud and translating from selected reading materials. Then there will be exercises to practice conversational skills. There will be books to purchase: one or two novelas at about $7 each and a grammar textbook available to be purchased on Amazon new or used. This is a participation seminar. It is limited to 12 in order to provide optimal time for each participant.

Knitting And Crochet Group (A/S)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Room Varies; Contact Coby or check weekly Renaissance email
Drop in; no registration required

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. 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 to 11:30 a.m., Tahoe 1002
Online registration only

Doug Kraft, Elizabeth McLaughlin

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 and experienced meditators are welcome. By joining the seminar you commit to: coming every week, meditating daily and reading short selections from Buddha's Map so we can have discussion rather than lecture. In class we’'l meditate and have time for questions, discussion and personalized instruction.

Meditation Practice (L)
9 to 11:30 a.m., Folsom 1051 NOTE: Room Change!
Online registration only

Gail Reed

Explore the benefits, blocks, and various ways to meditate. A variety of Eastern and Western traditions and practices will be examined. The class focus is on awakening personal awareness beyond the mind by using a variety of insights and meditations. Open class discussion, participation, and presentations on this exciting spiritual journey are encouraged and welcome. About 25 diagrams and handouts are used per semester, which encourages discussion and thought. There is a charge of $5 per semester for printing. Limited by classroom size to 60.

Mini-Seminars (L)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1522
Drop-in, no registration required

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 Renaissance email to members or get get the Schedule here..

New Perspectives In Public Policy And Economics (L)
11 to 11:50 a.m., Eureka 315 NOTE: Room change!
Online registration only

Mark Dempsey

Inspired by the Economics for the 99 percent Renaissance series, which is recommended but not required, this class discusses the historical context for the current economy, examining everything from personal prejudices to public policy. Topics include politics and propaganda, Modern Money Theory, local issues, and how to conduct Internet research. In addition to economics, the class also explores possibilities for other economies beyond the current one that are (potentially) encouraging. Since, as Einstein said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them, …new thinking is encouraged."

Outsmart Yourself (L)
9 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 1: Shasta 240; Sept. 8: Alpine 232; rest of semester: Brighton 202
Online registration only

Joe Grant, Doris Keller

This course attempts to be a practical companion to other Renaissance seminars on brain training for transitions or happiness. Training your subconscious can be fun and very practical, e.g., improving memory and other daily energies. The "inner self" IS subject to our conscious control IF we practice, and anyone can improve. We'll follow this path of change: Purpose/Motivation, Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills, Habits, and Vision, six brain functions that can be cycled twice in the 12 weeks. Thus the second half provides catch-up possibilities, reinforcement learning and exciting new goals for a better YOU. Bring your brain Outsmart Your Brain!

Top 10 U.S. Domestic Issues And Potential Solutions (D)
9 to 11:30 a.m., Alpine 236, except Folsom 1050 on Sept. 29
Online registration only

Ken Cross

This seminar focuses on the current U.S. domestic, social justice issues and potential solutions to poverty (hunger and food insecurity, homelessness, affordable housing, jobs and income inequality), diversity, equity, and mass incarceration, crime, punishment and prison reform, immigration, healthcare, education, climate change and a sustainable world, and money, dysfunctional politics and campaign finance reform (capitalism and the erosion of democracy). The series utilizes documentary film, expert speakers and discussion to define the issues and organizing action steps that we can take as citizens to promote positive change. Resources include film, books, articles and organization websites to expand personal knowledge and awareness.

Travel And Adventure (P)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1533
Drop-in, no registration required

Richard Peter, Terry Moss

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. Attendance is limited to the number of seats available. Get the Schedule here.

Lunchtime Activities

Android Basics (L)
12 noon to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 111
Drop-in, no registration required

Carol Limbaga, Victoria Star

This is an Android Smartphone drop-in support group. 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 and play store. We want YOUR basic questions! Get the Schedule here.

Ballroom And Line Dancing (A)
12 noon to 12:45 p.m., Yosemite 183
Online registration only

Richard Kowaleski

Ballroom dancing is hot! 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 method and delightful sense of humor put you at ease so you can quickly learn while also having fun. A noontime favorite for years. Check it out!

Gentle Yoga (A/S)
12 noon to 12:45 p.m., Yosemite 187
Drop-in, no registration required

Terri Gray

Yoga is increasingly popular for its physical and mental benefits. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning "to yoke" (body + mind + spirit = Holistic). This class begins with a short mindfulness meditation followed by gentle yoga postures to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles by using your own body weight, and the ever-important balancing poses. Class ends with a longer meditation/relaxation session. Depending upon students' interest this semester may include a few mini presentations by guest speakers on topics like essential oils, acupuncture, etc. Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat (inexpensive mats are available at Target, Ross, etc.). Terri has taught this seminar for several Renaissance semesters and received the yoga instructor certification in 2011. Please contact Terri with any questions.