Course Registration

Fall Term
November 4, 2019 - December 12, 2019

6 Sessions Unless Otherwise Stated



  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 has 0 seats left, please review our other offerings and sign up for one of them.  We are no longer using wait lists.
  4. Since wait lists are no longer used, please do not register for a class unless you will attend.  Empty seats deprive others who would attend.
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    Music, Noise, or a Little of Both?

    This music appreciation class will be a solution for welcoming non-music majors to the art of listening to great music. We’ll place a focus on learning the elements of music, fostering a unique path to listening and understanding. You will achieve this through a step-by-step guidance while learning the elements of music, as well as listening to a number of selections for a better understanding of the musical experience. I will equip you with the language, tools and listening skills required to sustain an enthusiasm for music.
    Monday: 11/4 - 12/9, 9:30 - ll:30, Room 1
    57/80 Max

    Between the Lines

    We will explore poetic writing to become more aware of how our own life experiences, beliefs and mental receptivity influence how we interpret what we read, hear and share with others. This is not a primer in poetry; rather, we will use the literary form as a means to understand how we process information and form opinions.  The class will be limited to 25 because it will be interactive and participation by each classmate is expected.  There is no text for this class.  NOTE DATES
    Monday: 11/4 - 11/25, (Weeks 1-4) 9:30-11:30, Room 2
    0/25 Max

    Writing Memories of Your Life

    Writing Memories of Your Life.   Have you thought about writing some of your life memories and possibly compiling  them into a memoir?  This class will provide the prompts to unlock those memories.  Each class member will be expected to write and share a personal memory to be critiqued weekly in a group.  The collaborative, informal structure of this class offers encouragement to recall in written form the memories from your life.  Class limited to 18 and no admissions after the first class due to the required confidentiality.
    Instructor: Chris Considine; Karen Harvey
    Monday: 11/4 - 12/9, 12:00-2:00, Conference Room
    0/18 Max

    Economics, Finance and Current Events from the Point of View of a Conservative

    This course will discuss Economics, Finance (both governmental and personal) and current events from the perspective of a Conservative.  All political views are welcomed and respected.
    Instructor: Leonard Goldstein
    Monday: 11/4 - 12/9, 12:00-2:00, Room 1
    55/80 Max

    Women's Money Matters: Financial Empowerment for Women

    Nine out of ten women will be solely responsible for their finances and 62% of them are afraid their money won’t last their lifetime.  This course will show you where you stand today, help you identify your goals and give you a plan on how to get there.  Topics include Financial Planning, Legacy Planning, Psychology of Money, Investing 101, Understanding Insurance Needs, Social Security and Medicare.
    Instructor: Reesa Manning
    Monday: 11/4 - 12/9, 12:00-2:00 Room 2
    27/40 Max

    Introduction to Genealogy

    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 Fredericksen
    Monday: 11/4 - 12/9, 2:30-4:30, Conference Room
    0/18 Max

    Divertirse y Aprender

    This beginning/intermediate class is for the student who has had prior exposure to the Spanish language.  The class will focus on conversation with a working knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.  The text we will be using is Spanish Conversation Premium Second Edition by Jean Yates.  The text is available on Amazon.  Enrollment will be limited to 16 students.
    Instructor: Martin Frank
    Tuesday: 11/5 - 12/10, 9:30-11:30, Conference Room
    0/16 Max

    Entertainment Classics

    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: 11/5 - 12/10, 9:30-ll:30, Room 2
    3/40 Max

    Having Fun in French…A Beginner’s Class

    BONJOUR... This class is a fun, enjoyable, interactive, innovative, exciting method of learning conversational  French so at the end of this fall session you feel confident expressing basic, practical and useful information when you travel abroad or go to a French restaurant or meet French speaking people. If you are willing to smile, laugh and try something new and different then this would be the class for you!  See you soon. A BIENTÔT...
    Instructor: Basia Hoffman
    Tuesday: 11/5 - 12/10, 12:00-1:30, Conference Room
    -5/16 Max

    Evidence vs Emotion - A Current Events Class

    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 Facts vs Fiction - Observable Data vs Opinion - Head vs Heart - Evidence vs Emotion.
    Instructor: Jerry Blatt
    Tuesday: 11/5 - 12/10, 12:00-2:00, Room 1
    52/80 Max

    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: 11/5 - 12/10, 12:00-2:00, Room 2
    3/40 Max

    Foreign Films

    We may well be in a golden age for foreign films in regard to quantity and quality. The goal of the class is to present a selection of these films that are well-made and of interest, but that also provide insight into the day-to-day thoughts and lives of ordinary people. Each film will be preceded by background information on the director and the political and social context of the film, and followed by an opportunity for discussion by all participants.
    Instructor: Mario Sewell; Gloria Reynolds
    Tuesday: 11/5 - 12/10, 2:30-4:50, Room 1
    6/80 Max

    Great Literature

    We will discuss short fiction found in "The Best American Short Stories--2018" (eds., Roxane Gay with Heidi Pitlor). The text can be purchased from Amazon (ISBN: 978-0-544-58294-1).  For the first class, students should read and be prepared to discuss Cristina Henriquez, "Everything Is Far from Here" pp. 149-156.
    Instructor: Harold Jacobs, Ph.D
    Tuesday: 11/5 - 12/10, 2:30-4:30, Room 2
    -1/40 Max

    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: 11/6 - 12/11, 9:30-ll:30, Conference Room
    0/18 Max

    Advanced Spanish

    Please join native speaker, Angelica Miller for Advanced Spanish.  The course will focus on conversation, grammar, and reading comprehension with the goal of enhancing vocabulary and comfort with the language.  Texts available on Amazon are "Advanced Spanish Step-by-Step" by Barbara Bregstein and "Relato de un naufrago (Spanish Edition) by Garcia Marquez Gabriel $12.22.
    Instructor: Angelica Miller
    Wednesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 10:00-ll:30, Room 2
    29/40 Max

    Economics in the News

    We will discuss current economic topics in the news so as to understand the truth behind the rhetoric. Please bring in topics that you would like to discuss so we can make it an interactive class.
    Instructor: Donald Kagan
    Wednesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 12:00-2:00 Conference Room
    -1/18 Max

    Ted Talks

    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: 11/6 - 12/11, 12:00-2:00, Room 1
    33/80 Max

    Mr. President

    MR. PRESIDENT is a history/current events class that examines the strengths and weaknesses of past presidents so we can apply lessons learned to current politics. We review the speeches, writings, personal stories and historical documents so we can judge the character and reputation of our former leaders and then ask...What If....?  Note Dates
    Instructor: Jerry Blatt
    Wednesday: 11/6 - 11/20, (Weeks 1-3), 12:00-2:00, Room 2
    25/40 Max

    The Brain Longevity Course

    The Brain is the most important organ, but when you neglect it, it starts a slow death. Good news is that the Brain can repair and regenerate itself due to Neuroplasticity. Research during the last two decades has proven that our lifestyle has a profound effect on the health of our brain. The amazing effects of diet, exercise, stress management, sleep quality, and cognitive activity on a daily basis can change your brain. In this course, participants will learn how to build a resilient and connected brain by learning various components of a brain-healthy lifestyle.
    Wednesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 2:30-4:30, Conference Room
    -1/18 Max

    Reel History: Americans at War

    Presented as a movie drama or a TV documentary, the war film continues to be a popular genre for American viewers.  But do these filmed versions of past wars have much (or any) value for the student of history?  This course will examine that question, guided by research on the advantages and pitfalls of using movies and documentaries as historical "evidence."
    Instructor: Thomas Jones, Ph.D
    Wednesday: 11/6 - 12/11, 2:30-4:30, Room 1
    52/80 Max

    The Cahuilla Indians

    First Class:  The Cahuilla Indians:  Their Ceremonies and Lifestyle.  Second Class:  The Geology and History of the Settlers, the Tribe and What We Grow in the Valley (Note Dates)
    Wednesday: 11/6 - 11/13, 2:30-4:30, Room 2
    11/40 Max

    Short Stories

    The class will use The Art of the Short Story, Dana Gioia, R.S. Gwynn (Editors).   It may be purchased on Amazon Books: Paperback -ISBN-13:978-0321363633,ISBN-10:0321363639. Join us to discuss some of the greatest short stories ever written.  All participants will be expected to lead a discussion. Please read Short "A Woman on a Roof", pp 538-545, by Doris Lessing, for the first class.
    Instructor: Adair Fell; Nancy Dowling
    Thursday: 11/7 - 12/12, 9:30-11:30, Conference Room
    -1/18 Max

    Be a Better Photographer

    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: 11/7 - 12/12, 10:00-ll:30, Room 2
    8/40 Max

    Controversial Issues

    We will discuss and debate contemporary issues that are both controversial and familiar. Brief presentations by the facilitator and volunteers will stimulate fact-based, informative exchanges. The facilitator will ensure that all sides and viewpoints are heard and considered. (Similar classes are: Hot News/Hot Views, Global Economics, Evidence vs Emotion)
    Instructor: Marc Rosen
    Thursday: 11/7 - 12/12, 12:00-2:00, Room 1
    17/90 Max

    Film Noir

    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. We will see films from the classic black & white era. But there are films in this style from around the world to choose from. There are noir films in color, western noir, science fiction noir, samurai noir. We never know what lurks in the dark alleys on a rainy night.
    Instructor: John Curran
    Thursday: 11/7 - 12/12, 2:30-4:50, Room 1
    4/85 Max