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The Games Group gets ready to play Rummikub
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Off-Campus Seminars

These seminars take place on different days of the week and in many locations around town, some of them members' homes.

This semester, there are three different kinds of off-campus seminars. Many are the traditional kind that run for the entire semester, or beyond. Others are one-day events; signup requirements vary! Read the descriptions carefully! They are:

You can sign up for as many of these semesters as fit your desires and schedules. Some of them have waiting lists and are not adding new members. If you are interested in one of these closed seminars, consider being a leader or co-leader for a new section! In order to start a new group you will need to identify a meeting place, days and times for the sessions and work on recruiting potential participants. The Seminar Committee will help you!


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


One-Day Seminars

Fifteen One-Day Symposia

These are single-day events held at the time and place indicated. Each of these sessions is limited to 50 participants and registration is required! You may register for as many of these sessions as you desire.

  • The Macedonians, Ed Sherman, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River’s Edge Residential Community
  • The History of Film, Chip Zempel, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Greek Techne, Ed Sherman, Monday, Sept. 19, 1 to 2:45 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge
  • The Etruscans, Cathy Minicucci, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River’s Edge Residential Community
  • Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, Panel, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Terra Cotta Warriors of China, Chris Budwine, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River’s Edge Residential Community
  • History of History: Ancient Historiography, Ed Sherman, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Women Veterans, Panel, Monday, Oct. 17, 1 to 2:45 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge
  • Slavery in the Ancient World, Ed Sherman, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River’s Edge Residential Community
  • Mothers of Invention, Carolyn Martin, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Al Wolfgang, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., River’s Edge Residential Community
  • Getting Your News, Yesterday and Today, Bob Taylor, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community
  • Ruins and Ideology, Ed Sherman, Monday, Nov. 21, 1 to 2:45 p.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge
  • The Mayans, Beth Mann, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River’s Edge Residential Community
  • Athens: Warts on the Golden Age, Ed Sherman, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2 to 3:45 p.m., Campus Commons Residential Community

Nine Wednesdays at ACC

These off-campus seminars from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays have a different topic each week. These are drop-in seminars; no registration is required. They are all at the Asian Community Center, 7334 Park City Dr., Sacramento (phone 393-9026). Directions: From Interstate 5, take the Pocket Road west exit and go south on Greenhaven about five blocks to Park City Drive. Get map here. Be sure to wear your Renaissance nametag. See the schedule


All-Semester Seminars

Online registration is now closed. NOTE: This list of Off-Campus Seminars does not include leader contact information or a description of the seminar. See the online or Catalog listings for that information.

  • Wednesday Fantasy-Science Fiction Book Group (D), Gayle Greene, 1st Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave.
  • Dining Together (A), Noel Hinde, 2nd Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Locations TBA (Sept. 2 planning meeting: Alpine 218)
  • Games For Fun (A), Dottie Higbee, Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Rec Center at Ladi Senior Apartments, 2300 Auburn Blvd.
  • History Media Club (D), John McCorkell, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 20, Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd.
  • Photography: Digital Camera Group (L), Jeff Hendy, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave.
  • Singing For Fun (A), Vick Vickland, Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. , Rancho Cordova Methodist Church, 2101 Zinfandel Dr.
  • Walkabouts (A/S), Marilyn Jack, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Sacramento and surrounding areas (See also Walkabouts webpage and alternate signup)
  • U.S. Presidents Discussion Group (D), Doris Keller, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Members' Homes

These seminars are NOT available for online registration; enrollment is closed or limited. Contact the leader for more information:

  • Book Group—Monday (P), Carol Hayes, 1st Mondays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., East Ranch Clubhouse, 150 East Ranch Rd.
  • Book Group—Tuesday (D), Marian Kile, 3rd Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.
  • Party Bridge: Land Park/Greenhaven/Pocket Area (A), Phyllis Mills, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Members' Homes
  • Le Cercle Français (Conversational French) (P), Helen Hanna, Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Campus Commons Clubhouse, 650 Commons Dr.
  • El Círculo Español (Conversational Spanish) (P), JoAnn Peter, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Campus Commons Clubhouse, 650 Commons Dr.
  • La Conversation En Français, Niveau Intermediate (D), Irene Sadler, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Campus Commons Clubhouse, 650 Commons Drive,
  • Duplicate Bridge (A/S), Robert Houghton, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Selby Ranch Clubhouse, 750 Selby Ranch Road
  • Friends Of The New Yorker Magazine (D), Ron Meyer, Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., KOH Library, 2300 Sierra Blvd.
  • Games For Entertainment (A/S), Roberta (Bobby) Frieze, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Member's Homes
  • Genealogy (P), Karen Roseland, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Family History Center, 2745 Eastern Ave.
  • Great Books At Hart (D), Brigid O'Malley, 4th Mondays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Ethel Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St.
  • Mah Jongg (A/S), Carol Camponovo, Mondays, 1 p.m., Members' Homes
  • Memoirs (D), Fran Clarke, 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Raley's Event Center, 4840 San Juan Ave.
  • Partners In Crime Book Club (P), Pat Stokes, 4th Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m., Members'' Homes
  • Photography As Art (P), Roger Klemm, Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Location TBA
  • Travel Through Food (A/S), Marsha Littrell, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Lunchtime-2:30 p.m., Arcade Library,  2443 Marconi Ave. and TBA
  • Writers' Group I (D), Dan Keller, Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Avalon Hearing Center, 1260 Fulton Ave., Suite B
  • Writers' Workshop II (P), Roy Bishop, Tuesdays, Noon to 2 p.m., Members' Homes
  • Writing for Fun (P), Judy Broussard, Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Members' Homes