Course Registration

Fall Term
November 6, 2018 - December 13, 2018

6 Sessions Unless Otherwise Stated
Conference Room (20 Students)
Room 1 (80 Students)
Room 2 (40 Students)
Room 4 (25 Students)



  1. We expect heavy registration activity at the beginning of fall registration. You may not be able to register until traffic clears. Please keep trying!
  2. Only one person may register at a time. Two individuals in the same household must register and pay separately.
  3. If you choose a class which is filled, you may sign up to be placed on a wait list. FIRST, however, you must register and pay for an open class. People on a wait list will be admitted as space is available in the order of their registration.
  4. PRINT A COPY OF YOUR CLASSES. After you complete the payment page of the registration process, you can click the "Print" button on that page to make a copy of your classes. Additionally, you will receive an email with your classes. Please save it! PLEASE NOTE LATE START DATES AND EARLY END DATES.

Intermediate Spanish

Tuesday: 11/6-12/11, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room

Martin Frank

Intermediate Spanish This course will concentrate on Conversational Spanish. It is an Intermediate Spanish class. The text for the class is Practice Makes Perfect - Spanish Conversation - Premium Second Edition by Jean Yates PhD. We will also be doing some work with grammar and vocabulary. The text is available on Amazon. 

Instructor: Martin Frank
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 9:00 - 11:00
0/20 Max

American Imaginings: Myth and History

Tuesday: 11/6-12/11, 9:00-11:00, Room 1

Tom Jones

American Imaginings: Myth and History To the present day, Americans have held dearly to certain imaginings about the nation's founding, subsequent development, and uniqueness in world history. In a variety of contexts -- political electioneering, calls for national unity, patriotic celebrations, education, Hollywood movies, sports, advertising, religious movements, and so on -- certain myths about the nation's history are sure to be center stage. This course will discuss the background and staying power of these key myths throughout American history. We will focus on topics such as a "city upon a hill," the self-made man, the frontier experience, the "melting pot," New World v Old World, manifest destiny, equality, and the American Creed.

Instructor: Thomas Jones, PhD
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 9:00 - 11:00
17/40 Max

Entertainment Classics

Tuesday: 11/6-12/11, 9:00-11:00, Room 2

Gerald Salomon

If you like comedy, drama, and music then come spend two hours a week viewing some wonderful videos and films from my collection. Many of the selections are rare and you will get the interesting back-story on each of them. Selections are taken from television, Broadway, concerts, and film.

Instructor: Gerald Salomon
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 9:00 - 11:00
22/40 Max

Changing Lanes: Redefining Retirement

Tuesday: 11/6-12/11, 11:30-1:30, Conference Room

Beverly Battaglia

Come join us as we build personal knowledge and skills to creatively deal with the challenges of change in retirement in areas such as health, finances, and personal relationships. Classes will incorporate short lectures, exercises, additional learning tools and small group discussions. Readings from the book Changing Lanes: Couples Redefining Retirement by Dr. Battaglia will be utilized to guide class discussions. The book will be available in class or on NOTE: NO CLASS ON 11/20

Instructor: Bev Battaglia, PhD
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 11:30 - 1:30
12/20 Max

Evidence vs Emotion—A Current Events Class

Tuesday: 11/6-12/11, 11:30-1:30, Room 1

Jerry Blatt

This dynamic class challenges the way we shape our positions on current political, social and economic issues. We examine the objective EVIDENCE from reliable sources and observe the effect of EMOTION in reaching our decisions. It's Fact vs Fiction - Observable Data vs Opinion - Head vs Heart - Evidence vs Emotion.

Instructor: Jerry Blatt
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 11:30 - 1:30
58/80 Max

Opera for All

Tuesday, 11/6-12/11, 11:30-1:30, Room 2

Gerald Salomon

Opera for All! Whether you've been humming arias since you were 12 or you have no idea what an aria is…. THIS OPERA CLASS IS FOR YOU! We will hear a wide range of operatic presentations, including complete performances, individual scenes and arias. The class is designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with the subject. Using my large collection of DVD's and CD's, we will view and listen to familiar and unfamiliar performers in a variety of roles. When we're through with this class, you may be humming arias and demanding encores, but if so, please wait until you're out of earshot of the wonderful COD staff in the office area.

Instructor: Gerald Salomon
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 11:30 - 1:30
19/40 Max

Foreign Films

Tuesday: 11/6-12/11, 2:00-4:30 Room 1

Mario Sewell

Foreign Films In addition to entertainment and the joys of stories well-told and depicted, a foreign language film can also provide insight into the values and assumptions of cultures and times totally different than ours. As an LIR cinema facilitator, I preview many films prior to each session looking for films that provide insight, are entertaining and reflect the art of cinematography. For the Fall session, I have chosen contemporary and classic films in a mix of genres -- e.g., musical, film noir, drama, escapist -- that reflect these goals. I hope you enjoy them. 

Instructor: Mario Sewell
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 2:00 - 4:30
24/80 Max

Great Literature

Tuesday, 11/6-12/11, 2:00-4:00, Room 2

Harold Jacobs, PhD & Steve Spurgeon

Great Literature We will discuss the elements of drama and politics found in the plays of Arthur Miller. His insight into American culture, contradictions, and social problems remain relevant to our own time. His plays continue to keep audiences and readers deeply engrossed in their characters and situations. The text we will use is The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays. It can be purchased at (ISBN#: 978-0-14-310777-4). For the first class, students should read and be prepared to discuss “Death of a Salesman” pp. 155-249. 

Instructor: Harold Jacobs, PhD
Tuesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 2:00 - 4:00
0/40 Max

Being Your Own Best Healthcare Advocate

Wednesday, 11/7-11/28, 9:00-11:00, Room 2

Donald Kagan

Being Your Own Best Healthcare Advocate This class will discuss how to get the most out of your healthcare and ideas on how to deal with chronic health issues. We will discuss Health Care Directives, how to prepare for a doctor visits, researching your disease, and how to improve hospital stays. NOTE Ending Date

Instructor: Donald Kagan
Wednesday: 11/7 - 11/28, 9:00 - 11:00
24/40 Max

Economics in the News

Wednesday, 11/7-11/28, 11:30-1:30, Conference Room  Note Dates

Donald Kagan

Economics in the News We will discuss current economic topics in the news so as to understand the truth behind the rhetoric. No economics knowledge necessary. Please bring in topics that you would like to discuss so we can make it an interactive class.

Instructor: Donald Kagan
Wednesday: 11/7 - 11/28, 11:30 - 1:30
0/20 Max

French Conversations

Wednesday, 11/7-12/12, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room

Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat

French Conversations This is a French conversation course for those who would like to brush up on their rusty conversational skills, become more fluent and improve their pronunciation. It is a great opportunity to practice what you have learned in the past. THIS IS NOT A GRAMMAR COURSE OR A BEGINNER LEVEL CLASS.

Instructor: Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat
Wednesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 9:00 - 11:00
0/20 Max

Ted Talks

Wednesday: 11/7-12/12, 11:30-1:30, Room 2

Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat

This class will present videos of Ted Talks on topics of special interest, leading to interesting class discussions. The talks will stimulate analysis and sharing of ideas, offering "food for the mind and soul, new discoveries and uplifting subjects." The goal is to introduce new ideas and discover new concepts.

Instructor: Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat
Wednesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 11:30 - 1:30
0/40 Max

Continuemos en espanol

Wednesday: 11/7-12/12, 11:30-1:30, Room 4

Angelica Miller

Continuemos en espanol. This continuing class is designated for the person who would like to brush up on their Spanish conversation skills, improve their pronunciation and improve their grammer. Students need to have 2 texts: Spanish Review and Practice. Premium 3rd Edition, by Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman, and El Robo del Siglo by Paco Ardit. Both are available through Amazon books.

Instructor: Angelica Miller
Wednesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 11:30 - 1:30
3/25 Max

Introduction to Genealogy

Wednesday: 11/7-12/12, 2:00-4:00, Conference Room

Gary Fredericksen

Building my family story, the theme of this class, includes terms, family trees, family group sheets, free ways to do genealogy, learning places, successful searches using Google, Ancestry, FamilySearch and others, an introduction to DNA, keeping track of where we find things, how we organize things and identifying, preserving and using old family pictures. Handouts for each session will be provided.

Instructor: Gary Fredricksen
Wednesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 2:00 - 4:00
9/20 Max

Urban Legends in Health and Nutrition

Wednesday, 11/7-12/12, 2:00-4:00, Room 2

Fred Abramson, PhD

What do we really “know” about health and nutrition? In this course, we will learn what generates “good data” and what misinterpretations of this good data form Urban Rumors -- the unsupported claims that bombard you from all sides. Topics include: probiotics, vitamins, carcinogens, “organic”, GMO, nutritional supplements, dietary guidelines, “8 glasses of water per day”, and many more.

Instructor: Fred Abramson
Wednesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 2:00 - 4:00
4/40 Max

The History and Science of the Coachella Valley & the History and Culture of the Cahuilla Tribe

Wednesday, 12/5-12/12, 9:00-11:00, Room 2 NOTE Dates

Morgan Levine

The History and Science of the Coachella Valley & the History and Culture of the Cahuilla Tribe Week One: History and Science of the Coachella Valley. The class covers the geology, early settlers, the Cahuilla Indians and the crops of the Coachella Valley and Salton Sea. Week Two: The Life Style and Culture of the Cahuilla Indians. The class covers the history of the tribe. It describes the ceremonies performed at the birth of a child, the naming ceremony, initiation of boys and girls into adulthood and marriage. Lecture and photos are used extensively in the classes. NOTE Start and Ending Date

Instructor: Morgan Levine
Wednesday: 12/5 - 12/12, 9:00 - 11:00
0/40 Max

Ike & Nixon

Thursday, 11/8-11/15, 2:30-4:30, Room 1

Jerry Blatt

This limited edition of MR. PRESIDENT will cover the strengths, weaknesses, quotes and effects on the current presidency of these two important Republican former presidents. NOTE DATES

Instructor: Jerry Blatt
Thursday: 11/8 - 11/15, 2:30 - 4:30
58/80 Max

Dark Alleys & Dangerous Blondes: A Look at Film Noir

Thursday, 11/8-12/13, 9:00-11:30, Room 1

John Curran

Film Noir is a unique contribution by American films to the world catalog of the many kinds of stories told in movies. The skeptical private detective, the gorgeous woman with a past, goons & thugs who threaten both of them, a way out. Maybe. The course is a continuation of the introductory session from Spring 2018. We will continue with films from the classic era of the 1940's and 50's. There will be six films and one documentary about the genre.

Instructor: John Curran
Thursday: 11/8 - 12/13, 9:00 - 11:30
16/80 Max

Be a Better Photographer

Thursday: 11/8-12/13, 10:00-11:30, Room 2

Marc Rosen

Open to all levels of photographers. Each week, participants will have an opportunity to take and submit photos by email that encourage experimentation with composition, lighting, perspective, etc. Participants can use phones or cameras to take photos. Observers who do not wish to submit photos are also welcome to attend and learn from others. 

Instructor: Marc Rosen
Thursday: 11/8 - 12/13, 10:00 - 11:30
14/40 Max

Short Stories

Thursday, 11/8-12/13, 11:00-1:00, Conference Room

Adair Fell & Nancy Dowling

Short Stories - Join us for discussions of short stories from across the globe. We will collectively share our insights about themes and ideas and expand our awareness of other lives and cultures. This is not a lecture class and participants are expected to facilitate a discussion (with plenty of guidance in advance). Two stories will be discussed each week.. We have selected the best stories from the anthology titled The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories, Daniel Halpern (Editor) - Nov. 1, 2000. It may be purchased on Amazon Books. Paperback - ISBN 13:9780140296289; Hardback - 13:9780670887613. Please read one story, "Everything in This Country Must", by Colum McCann, pages 387-392, for the first class.

Instructor: Adair Fell
Thursday: 11/8 - 12/13, 11:00 - 1:00
5/20 Max

Photoshop Essentials

Thursday, 11/8-12/13, 12:00-2:00, Room 2

Harry Nugent-Patten

Have you ever wondered what it means to "Photoshop" a photograph? Or maybe you went all out and purchased Adobe Photoshop for your computer. This course will help guide you through some of the program's essentials. We'll explore concepts like Making a Selection, Layers, Layer Masks, Tonal Adjustments, Layer Adjustments, Color Adjustment, Retouching Essentials, Tips & Tricks. Time permitting, we'll get into some of the more advanced features. Bring your laptop with Photoshop loaded, take notes, or take advantage of the class materials that will be provided. Either way, this class will give you the tools to make your friends and family think you've gone pro!

Instructor: Harry Nugent-Patten
Thursday: 11/8 - 12/13, 12:00 - 2:00
10/25 Max

Controversial Issues

Thursday: 11/8-12/13, 12:00-2:00, Room 1

Marc Rosen

We will discuss and debate contemporary issues that are both controversial and familiar. Fact and data-based presentations are designed to stimulate informed discussion. The facilitator will structure the class to ensure that all sides and viewpoints are heard and considered. (Similar classes are, Hot News/Hot Views, Economics, Evidence vs. Emotion). 

Instructor: Marc Rosen
Thursday: 11/8 - 12/13, 12:00 - 2:00
0/80 Max