January 8 – February 26, 2020

Classes are $35.00 each. A one time Registration Fee of $15.00 per quarter is required, in addition to any copying fees noted.

Beginning Bridge
Marcia Nelson and Gil Comeau

Room B5

This class is for individuals who may or may not have played bridge before but would like to learn. We will start by learning point count, basic bidding, and some basic bridge conventions. Recommended texts but not required:
Bridge Basics 1, An Introduction, Audrey Grant
Bridge at a Glance, Expanded Version, Audrey Grant

Marcia Nelson – Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb 26
Gil Comeau– Feb 5, 12 and 19
Class Limit: 8

Understanding Grief
Robin Thomas

Room B4

Class Limit: 36

This is not a therapy group.  It’s focus is to help you know what to do and say, and not to do and say, when a friend, neighbor or family member is experiencing grief.  We aren’t taught what to say or do when faced with someone who is grieving.  This class will help you feel more comfortable interacting with grieving people.  Topics include types of losses and their effect on grief, whether there really are “stages” in grieving and Chronic Sorrow. There will be lots of time for discussion and problem solving.  Robin Thomas, nurse, educator, researcher, psychiatric nurse practitioner has worked with children and adults who have chronic conditions or potentially fatal conditions since 1970.

New Yorker Discussion Group
Stephanie Kaylin

Room B4

Here is an opportunity to share The New Yorker with other regular readers of the magazine. The group will consider articles, fiction, poetry and reviews, with each piece presented briefly by a participant before a general discussion. Please bring the two most recent issues to the first class so that we can choose what will be discussed the following week.

Class Limit: 15

Intermediate Bridge
Marcia Nelson and Gil Comeau

Room B5

This class is for bridge players who have some bridge knowledge.  Individuals play with other bridge partners and are able to ask the instructor questions and receive guidance.

Recommended texts but not required:

  • Bridge Basics 1, An Introduction, Audrey Grant
  • Bridge at a Glance, Expanded Version, Audrey Grant
  • Bridge Basics 2, Competitive Bidding, Audrey Grant
  • Bridge Basics 3, Popular Conventions, Audrey Grant

Marcia Nelson – Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb 26
Gil Comeau– Feb 5, 12 and 19

Class Limit: 36

Thoughtful Discussions for Men
Chandler Clifton

Room B5

Ten men and a facilitator will spend 75 minutes each week getting to know each other discussing topics in two areas each session.  Topics are  generated by the members. There is no writing involved—just thinking, speaking and listening. This is not therapy. It is a chance to spend time with other men talking about themselves and their opinions and listening to others do the same.

Class Minimum 5, Maximum 10

Seattle Shakespeare 2020
Bobbie Simone

11:00- 12:30
Room B2

At the Center Theatre, to be performed  on March 17-April 12:  Troilus and Cressida, “a tale of revenge and romance during the Trojan War,” with characters from the Iliad”; and  on April 21-May 27th, MacBeth, “a haunting story of ambition and its dark consequences.”  Join us for a reading and discussion of these two plays before you see the productions.  Text:  Folger paperbacks are recommended, but any will do.

Films of Ingmar Bergman
Bobbie Simone

Room B2

He is considered to be among the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time.  We will see 8 of his best:  (1) The Seventh Seal, 1957;  (2) Smiles of a Summer Night, 1955; (3) Wild Strawberries, 1957; (4)The Magician, 1958; (5) The Virgin Spring, 1960; (6)The Devil’s Eye, 1960; (7) Winter Light, 1963;  and  (8)Autumn Sonata, 1978. 

Films are in Swedish, with English subtitles. Discussion is optional.

There will be an optional class discussion following each film. Each film will include subtitles or closed captioning as an aid for the hearing impaired.

Children of Holocaust Survivors
Focus on Art Speigalman’s Maus I & II

Hamida Bosmajian

Room B2

The trauma of the Holocaust affected the lifetime of survivors as well as their children and even their grandchildren. But it was the  children of the second generation who struggled most with either the silence about or the constant referencing of the Holocaust in their lives.

This seminar examines the fictional and non-fictional narratives by children of survivors. After the 3rd session, we will turn to Art Spiegelman’s well known and notorious “comix” Maus I&II, a biography/autobiography created by Art’s need to have his father talk to him. Both volumes of Maus are in print and readily available in libraries.

Copying Fee: $6.00
Class Limit: 15

Buddhist Insight Meditation
Joseph Pearl

Room B2

We’ll explore contemporary topics in psychology relevant to adult enrichment and development such as: happiness, habit formation, deepening relationships, and brain health.  Each week there will be the (optional) opportunity to choose a project to focus on and discuss the following week.  Roma Anjoy is a clinical psychologist with an eclectic background in managing stress, anxiety and pain; relationships  and highly sensitive people. 

Ukulele Song Circle
Steve Powell

1:00- 2:30
Room 1J

Know at least four chords and want to play in a group?  Join our Song Circle each Wednesday!  This enjoyable session is taught by music aficionado Steve Powell, who will lead you in familiar songs and teach you  simple and new techniques. 

Copying fee: $6.00

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Before you register, please make sure you have reviewed all class offerings, as it is difficult to make changes once you submit the form.   For problems  or changes please email us.