March 28 – May 16, 2018

Beginning Bridge
Ted Szatrowski

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. Students learn the game by playing. We play bridge for fun – and downplay the competitive aspects. You will make new friends, improve your memory and have a wonderful time.

William Trevor — Ireland: Selected Stories
Michael Shurgot

Room B2

This course will continue with the second half of Trevor’s collection of stories begun in winter term. Carol Shields wrote of Trevor in Irish Times “The clean, leisurely line of the narrative is what I particularly love about Trevor’s work. He is a worthy chronicler of our times.” John Banville has called Trevor “The finest living writer of short stories.” In these stories Trevor narrates the Ireland he knows so well and its people, their lives “driven by love, faith, and duty, surviving in a culture that blends tradition with transformation.” For the first class, please have read the short story “The Paradise Lounge.”

Trevor’s book is available through ABE Books or Amazon.

First class begins April 4, 2018

Beginning Tai Chi
Ann Ross

Youth Room

Geared toward the beginner, Tai Chi is a slow-moving meditation to improve health, balance, and spirit. From the gentle practice of postures, you will learn about your physical and spiritual center.

Intermediate Bridge
Ted Szatrowski

Room B5

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

Class limit: 36

Keys to Understanding Mexico
Carlos Gil

Room B4

Carlos Gil, emeritus professor with the University of Washington, will discuss historical and cultural influences of Mexico. This class covers the influence of  Indian culture; Mexico’s colonial legacies; impact of republicanism in the 19th century; the price Mexico paid as a U.S. neighbor; role of  revolution and nation building; influence of a centralized state and modernization; implications of NAFTA; and the perils of Mexican modernity,  drug trafficking, corruption, and globalism.

Thoughtful Discussions for Men
Chandler Clifton

Room 1-J

Ten men and a facilitator will spend 75 minutes getting to know each other by discussing topics in two areas each session:  Events and experiences from different time periods of their lives and general discussion of topics (political, sports, cultural, etc.) that are generated by the members themselves.  There is no writing involved…. just thinking, speaking, and listening.  This is NOT therapy; it’s a chance to spend time with other men, talking about themselves and their opinions and listening to others do the same.

Possible topics:  What have been the joys and challenges of being retired?  What is a happy childhood memory of yours?  Should Seattle have an income tax?  Now that you are older/wiser, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?  Your 60-year-old self?  Describe a wonderful vacation you have had.  What’s the worst job you ever had?  What are your reactions to the gender-fluid developments in our current culture?  Is our national debt something to be concerned about?

Class limit: 10

Shakespeare’s King Henry IV
Bobbie Simone


Room B2

Greenstage’s Shakespeare in the Park will be doing Henry IV, Part 1, this summer in various Seattle parks.  Let’s get ready to see it with a reading of the Henry IV plays, Parts 1 and 2.  Bring your own texts to class as well as your willingness to take part in experiencing this exciting play about Prince Hal, who learns how to be a leader by hobnobbing with the likes of Falstaff, the fat knight and bibbler of wine in Mistress Quickly’s tavern,  and by not being like the hot-headed, but valiant, son of the Earl of Northumberland, “Hotspur.”

More American Immigrant Stories in Film
Bobbie Simone

Room B5

Gangs of New York, (2002) The Irish are not welcome in the 1860s. The Emigrants, Part 2 (1971) Swedes sail in wooden ships to the U.S., then travel by steamer, train, and wagon to claim farm land in Minnesota in the 1850s. My Family (1995) Three generations of a Mexican family in Los Angeles, from the 1920s to the 80s.  Pushing Hands (1992) When his father visits from China, a young man struggles between his cultural traditions and his American lifestyle.  Alamo Bay (1985) A Vietnamese War vet and other fishermen resent the Vietnamese refugees in their industry, 1970s.   Grand Torino (2008) A disgruntled Korean War vet gets to know his Hmong neighbors in Michigan in the 70s.  The Namesake (2006) The son of Indian immigrants adjusting to the suburbs.  The Visitor (2007) A college professor finds a Syrian and a Senegalese illegal immigrant living in his N.Y. apartment.

Optional discussion follows the films.

Editing Digital Photography
Tom Dempsey

Room 1-J

See page Monday for description
Class Limit: 15

Watercolor Basics Session 1
Cecile Disenhouse

Room B4

No experience necessary. Beginning instruction includes description of supplies, composition, use of color, washes, wet into wet, and ink with watercolor. Artists of any level are welcome to participate in the class. The instructor demonstrates mainly landscapes, cityscapes and the odd animal. Students can visit to see instructor’s work. All three sessions are the same (one on Wednesday and two on Thursday).
Class Limit: minimum 7, maximum 25

Caring for the Caregiver
Arlene Sellerite

Fireside Room

Come share the gifts and burdens of caregiving. Topics include: identifying coping tools, understanding behavioral issues, tapping in to local community resources to provide respite and assistance, discussing advance directives and end of life care issues, and ethical decisionmaking.
Suggested Text: Counting on Kindness: The Dilemmas of Dependency by Wendy Lustbader.

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