Jan Downey is starting the 2nd in a series of separate lectures on some aspect of the study of what makes us human.
Thursday, Jan. 16: Ritual:What are rituals, who engages in them, and what purpose do they serve? Let's investigate different kinds of rituals and learn about them from both a personal and a global perspective.
Jan. 23: Kinship
Jan. 30: Shamans and Healers
Feb. 6: The Arts
Feb. 13: Sex and Gender
Feb. 20: Culture Appropriation
Feb. 27: Revisit Topics chose by participants
Everyone has a Story Book Club: Randy Pausch
Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Randolph Frederick Pausch was an American Associate Professor of computer science, human–computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pausch delivered his "Last Lecture", titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", at CMU on September 18, 2007. He gave an abridged version of his speech on The Oprah Winfrey Show in October 2007. The talk was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical "final talk", with a topic such as "what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?"
Have you ever wondered what all the differences are between all-inclusive resorts and non-all-inclusives? What criteria can you use to decide what’s best for you? This session will teach you the answers to these questions and more, also explaining why a destination resort may be the best value for a multigenerational family vacation you may want to plan for 2020.
If you are interested, please register below, so we know how many people to expect. Free.
The objective of this course is to educate you as to the types of investment instruments that are available, how do they work, and how to design growth & income investment portfolios following Modern Portfolio Theory. What types of market risks are there and how to mitigate these risks. How statistical measures can aid you in portfolio management. Design to win!
Mr. Hatcher is a senior investment manager with over 25 years experience in portfolio design.
There is no cost, but please register, so that we can get a head count.
During World War II, an amazing group of Allied soldiers, curators and art lovers saved millions of artworks from the Nazis. Doreen Weiser will introduce us to these heroes and explain how they found and rescued these treasures. The talk includes images of some of the works that were saved.
Doreen Weiser is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Happy Lunar new Year: Year of the Rat! Though Western cultures tend to think of the rat in negative terms, the cultural lore of most Asian countries portrays the rat with many virtues. In fact, in Chinese culture the rat was honored with the first position in the animal zodiac. With your new perspective of this critter, you will have the opportunity to create your own lively and fun interpretations using traditional brush painting materials. Materials included, all levels welcome.
This is a 3-hour course that will teach you how to do your own Self-Hypnosis, providing you with a tool to improve the quality of your life in any area you choose. Hypnosis is the oldest form of healing. It can be used on anything you would like to change in your life. If there is an issue that is holding you back from doing something that is important to you, and you would like to be free of it, then this course can show you how! If you attended the first session, you are welcome to come to this one as well, as some new material will be added.
Michele Guy, P.E., P.Eng., C.Ht. is a Professional Engineer, and Certified Hypnotherapist. Hypnosis has become popular for weight loss and quitting smoking, however its uses are limitless. Emotional Health, Physical Health, and Mental Health are where Michele focuses her energy, and is able to help her Clients most.
"Few people know today that Jackson Pollock, one of America's most famous (or notorious, for many) 20th century artist was really an Arizona-bred individual who spent his formative years right here in our state. We will explore his local roots, including his youth growing up in a small farmhouse in Tempe, and his exploration of the mountains just North of Cave Creek, complete with exploring caves containing ancient Indian artifacts which heavily influenced his life's work once he left our area.
The talk will include seldom-seen photographs of his youth and examples of both the Indian culture he immersed himself in and paintings and prints he was to produce thirty years after he left Arizona."
Perrin McEwen, a docent at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will be giving this talk.
There is no better way to start the day than with hot coffee and cool topics!
February's topic is COLLABORATION. Details to follow.
Pleast join us! $5 payable at the door.
Coffee design by Ron Bonnstetter
Family and Friends CPR
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
10:00 - 12:00 - Adult CPR
1:00 - 3:00 - Infant and Child CPR
This class is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card or certification to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in earning how to save a life. Adult, children, and infant lifesaving skills will be taught.
Please pre-register, so that we can get a head count. Donations cheerfully accepted!
Copper bookmarks are a great introduction to metal embossing on copper. Come join the fun and you'll learn how to transfer a pattern, emboss, deboss, "puff", refine, and patina your way to a completed class project. Students will leave class with two completed bookmarks. Beginners Welcome!
You have a workout for your body but have you ever thought about having a workout for your brain? Just as you train for a sport you can train to improve your memory and thinking skills.
In these sessions, you will have an opportunity to experience a variety of cognitive activities, each focusing on different areas of the brain. The brain has an amazing ability to accommodate many changes one may experience in life. As Aristotle says, "Education is the best provision for a journey to old age."
In this one-man show, Scott McKay will amaze you with his photographs. They are all one exposure, no computer manipulation, and no color changes. They are taken at various f-stops & shutter speeds.
His art will also be the subject of our monthly art, coffee, and conversation meeting on Friday, Jan. 3 at 10:00 am.
US Foreign Policy: A Return to the 1930's?
Tuesday, March 3 & 10, 2020
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Another fascinating talk by Mark Sweeney, history professor. Details to come.