Summer 2017-Thursdays

Learn to Sail
Damon Darley

Thursdays, 9:15-11:30
Room B5

This class is an introduction to keel boat sailing and will provide a basic understanding of boat handling and how it works.  We will not teach you how to be a sailor, but provide the basics so when you do get on a boat you are all set to take advantage of the opportunity. We will cover the nomenclature of the boat and boat handling, which includes points of sail, tacking and jibing. Additionally we will deal with safety, weather, sail theory, rigging, knots, rules of the road, and other sources.

After the classroom sessions we will have at least one ‘on the water’ sail, though there may be an additional cost.  Additional arrangements with the Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union might be possible, depending upon interest.

Minimum enrollment 3, maximum 15

Note special class dates:  Thursday, July 6, 13, and 20

The New Yorker Discussion Group
Stephanie Kaylin and Jim Leonard

Thursdays, 10:45-12:00
Room B4

The opportunity to share The New Yorker with fellow students continues this summer. Each week the group considers articles, fiction, poetry and reviews of interest. Please bring the two most recent issues to the first class so we can choose what to discuss the following week.  New class members are welcome!

Class limit: 15

Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
Bobbie Simone

Thursdays, 11:00-12:15
Room B2

The merchant is not Shylock, but Antonio.  So why does Shylock often get most of the focus?  Is this play anti-Semitic or just pro-Christian?  Is Shylock a sympathetic victim or a comic villain? Who is the real hero? Could it be Portia? Bard on the Beach Festival in Vancouver, B. C. is featuring this play in its summer 2017 program. And we will be reading and discussing it in Seattle.  Bring your own text.

Orienteering for Older Adults
Harvey Friedman

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30
Room 1-J

Orienteering is an activity that LLC folks might be interested in if they enjoy reading maps and jogging, hiking, or just walking around in a park. It is a fun way to make a game of learning land navigation using topographical maps of parks and other land.  This course will consist of classroom meetings (July 6th and 20th), use of internet material, and field trips (July 13th and 27th) to mapped parks containing long-term orienteering markers. This is a great choice for retirees who want a moderate mental and physical challenge. People can go in small teams or can take grandkids. Usually going alone and comparing route choices after finishing a course is the most fun.

Optional meets organized by Cascade Orienteering Club (COC) are scheduled for July 8 at 10:15am at Ft. Steilacoom Park, and July 19 at 5:15pm at Big Finn Hill Park (including picnic) between Kenmore and Bellevue. COC meet will require payment of a modest fee.

Garden Tours
Joan Karkeck

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00
Room B-2


Spend your Thursday afternoons viewing private and public gardens with an eye to plant selection and garden design. Joan Karkeck, Master Gardener, is your tour guide and has arranged with some expert gardeners to visit their beautiful gardens. Students need to transport themselves, but can carpool from Lifetime Learning Center. Meet at LLC in Room B2 for the first session.

Minimum enrollment 5, maximum 12

How WWI  Caused the 20th Century
Jerry Neufeld-Kaiser

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30
Room B-2


World War One was exactly 100 years ago, and its legacy thunders on. This class looks at the many ways that WWI shaped the next 100 years. We’ll investigate how it caused the Russian Revolution, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Kurdish problem, Mao’s communist revolution in China, the end of European colonialism, America’s Red Scare, the rise of fascism in Europe and Japan, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, WW2 itself, and so on.

Jerry Neufeld-Kaiser teaches at Garfield high school in Seattle.  He’s a National board-certified teacher and his classes have been featured in the Seattle Times, academic journals, and the UW School of Education.  WWI is one of his favorite topics.


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