Course Registration

Winter 2021
January 11, 2021 - February 19, 2021



  1. All classes will be presented online via Zoom.  You will have the opportunity to actively participate, make comments, and ask questions.  However, you will need Wi-Fi, a computer or tablet or smart phone to participate.  Your safety is our number one priority!
  2. We expect heavy registration activity as soon as registration opens. You may not be able to register until traffic clears. Please keep trying!
  3. Only one person may register at a time. Two individuals in the same household must register and pay separately.
  4. Please do not register for a class unless you will attend.   Every class has a maximum enrollment.
  5. PRINT A COPY OF YOUR CLASSES AND SAVE IT!!!! 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/EARLY START/END DATES.

Spanish for Beginners

This class is for beginners and focuses on everyday vocabulary.  Some of the topics covered will be food, weather, clothing and shopping among others.  This class is a practical way to learn to interact in Spanish for work or for travel.
Instructor: Joanna Grollmus
Monday: 1/11 - 2/15, 9:00-10:00
0/20 Max

Writing Your Life Story

Have you thought about writing some of your life memories and possibly to compile 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 15 and no admissions after the first class due to the required confidentiality.
Instructor: Chris Considine
Monday: 1/11 - 2/15, 12:00-2:00
0/15 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: 1/11 - 2/15, 12:00-2:00
52/80 Max

Hot News Hot Views

We live in a world where news-making issues come up daily. Take the opportunity to discuss breaking local, state, national and international news with curious and knowledgeable colleagues. The facilitator will select topics from current events and provide background information.
Instructor: John Considine
Monday: 1/11 - 2/15, 2:30-4:30
0/40 Max

Art in Renaissance Italy - Part 2

We will survey art historical periods from Early Renaissance to the High Renaissance.  We will examine artists from MASACCIO, Donatello to Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.  We will review great ensembles of world-renowned art in major museums and monuments in Italy.  Presentations are augmented by audio and visual materials.
Instructor: Li Kokesh
Monday: 1/11 - 2/15, 2:30-4:30
11/80 Max

Inside Auto Design

We will delve into the history of automotive design, engineering and manufacturing which follows a Product Development Process that ultimately places the keys of that brand new car into your hands.
Instructor: Joe Kokesh
Tuesday: 1/12 - 2/16, 9:30-11:30
28/50 Max

Intermediate Genealogy

Expanding our genealogical knowledge:  Reasonably exhaustive searches, citing our sources, critically analyzing our research, intermediate DNA tools, and using social media to our full advantage are some of the topics for this class.
Instructor: Gary Fredericksen
Tuesday: 1/12 - 2/9, 9:30-11:30 (Note Dates: 5 Weeks)
2/20 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 decisions. It's Fact vs Fiction, Head vs Heart, Data vs Opinion, Evidence vs Emotion.
Instructor: Jerry Blatt
Tuesday: 1/12 - 2/16, 12:00-2:00
39/80 Max

Birds of the Coachella Valley

Learn about our local birds and how to identify them.  We will dive into bird anatomy, bird behavior, and where to find interesting species around the Valley.  You’ll also be introduced to books, websites and apps that will help you be a better birder. 
Instructor: Nancy Dowling
Tuesday: 1/12 - 2/16, 2:30-4:30
0/40 Max

Great Literature

We will discuss short fiction found in The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Second Edition, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. The text can be purchased from Amazon (ISBN: 978-0-19-974439-8).  For the first class read and be prepared to discuss  Kate Chopin’s “The Storm,” pp. 148-153.
Instructor: Harold Jacobs, Ph.D
Tuesday: 1/12 - 2/16, 2:30-4:30
-12/30 Max

Spanish for Beginners

This class is for beginners and focuses on everyday vocabulary.  Some of the topics covered will be food, weather, clothing and shopping among others.  This class is a practical way to learn to interact in Spanish for work or for travel.
Instructor: Joanna Grollmus
Wednesday: 1/13 - 2/17, 9:00-10:00
0/20 Max

Biotechnology and Society

This course introduces basic concepts of biology to students who are interested in biotechnology. This is an introduction to the scientific principles and techniques of molecular biology and biotechnology, including recombinant DNA technology and gene cloning, recombinant protein production and analysis of biomolecules. Discussion of technical, ethical and safety concerns presented by medical, agricultural, pharmaceutical and forensic applications of biotechnology.
Instructor: Ralph Sinibaldi, Ph.D
Wednesday: 1/13 - 2/17, 9:30-11:30
32/40 Max

Great Trials

Mixed media examination of great American trials.
Instructor: Steve Moyer, J.D.
Wednesday: 1/13 - 2/17, 9:00-11:30
48/80 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....?   We will focus on Lyndon Baines Johnson and Ronald Reagan.
Instructor: Jerry Blatt
Wednesday: 1/13 - 2/17, 12:00-2:00
64/80 Max

Economics and the Pandemic

We will look at the economic effects that are caused by the COVID19 Pandemic and attempted solutions used to help the economic recovery post Pandemic.  We will also take a look at other economic items in the news.
Instructor: Donald Kagan
Wednesday: 1/13 - 2/17, 12:00-2:00
63/80 Max

Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia: A Comprehensive Discussion

This course will explore all forms of dementia including Alzheimer's Disease which is the most common variety. We will comprehensively look at the causes of dementia including the anatomy, physiology, genetics, and environmental issues. The different types of therapy will also be discussed in terms of which are appropriate and what results they provide. You will be surprised about the common misconceptions of this devastating illness.
So put down your crossword puzzles and sudoku, take a "walk down memory lane", and learn the truth about dementia.
Instructor: Steve Weinberg, MD
Wednesday: 1/13 - 2/3, 2:30-4:30 (Note Dates)
41/80 Max

Listening for America – The Golden Age of the Broadway Musical

Broadway musicals throughout history have contributed to the development of society. The abundance of musical theatre trailblazers, (way too many to list here) ignited what is now known as the Golden Age of Broadway Musicals. The musicals of the 1930s-60s offered audiences a new perspective on the changing world they were living in and redefined the theatre community. Join us to listen and watch some of your favorites and maybe even a few that would be new for you.
Instructor: Harry Nugent-Patten
Wednesday: 1/13 - 2/17, 2:30-4:30
-10/40 Max

Short Stories

The class will read selections from:  "100 Years of the Best American Short Stories", Lorrie Moore (Editor), 2015.   It may be purchased on Amazon Books.   Hardback - ISBN 978-0-547-48585-0.  Join us to discuss stories written by some of America’s greatest writers.  Class members are expected to participate and to volunteer to lead a discussion.  Please read "My Old Man" by Ernest Hemingway for the first class.
Instructor: Adair Fell
Thursday: 1/14 - 2/18, 9:30-11:30
0/20 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: 1/14 - 2/18, 10:00-11:30
34/80 Max

Creative Writing: Extinguish Your Inner Critic and Light Up Your Inner Muse

A writing course designed for those who want to write creatively. Whether you want to write poetry or prose, you have to light up your inner muse. To do that you have to ignore much of what your high school English teacher may have told you decades ago. He/She still lives in your head. That inner critic must be silenced. To do that we will write, write, and write using a variety of prompts and exercises. The goal of this class is to help you discover your writing process and to experience joy in writing.
Instructor: Susan Reinke
Thursday: 1/14 - 2/18, 12:00-2:00
0/15 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, Economics from a Conservative Perspective, Evidence vs Emotion).
Instructor: Marc Rosen
Thursday: 1/14 - 2/18, 12:00-2:00
0/80 Max

Dark Alleys and Dangerous Blondes: A Look at 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: 1/14 - 2/18, 2:00-4:30
0/80 Max

Tech Topics

We will cover cutting the cord, getting the most from your cell phone, home automation, home and online security and privacy, electric cars and more.
Instructor: Donald Kagan
Thursday: 1/14 - 2/18, 2:30-4:30
43/80 Max

Desert Flora

Spring time in the desert can be an amazing wonderland of colorful wildflowers. How are these plants able to survive in a dry, rocky environment, and still be able to burst into flower in the spring? What are some of the important desert plants and their adaptation for survival? What plants did the Cahuilla Indians use for foods and medicines?
Instructor: Larry DeBuhr, Ph.D.
Friday: 1/15 - 2/19, 9:30-11:30
44/80 Max

Landmark Supreme Court Decisions

Through lectures and selected videos this course will involve presentation of various landmark Supreme Court cases which impacted peoples' lives at the time they were decided and, in many instances, thereafter.  Topical areas will include:  How the Supreme Court Works, How the Supreme Court Became Supreme, Matters of Church and State, Innocent Until Proven Guilty: The Rights of the Accused, Race, Discrimination and Diversity, Playing Politics, The Right to Do What You Want, Big Government in Your Business and Your Backyard, Limiting the Imperial Presidency, How Free is Free Speech, Old Laws and New Technologies.  This is not a course designed for law students or lawyers but for those who wish to become more acquainted with the substances of various cases and decisions which remind us that our goal must be to remain "a government of laws, not men" that our Founding Fathers envisioned.
Instructor: Jerry Swirsky, J.D.
Friday: 1/15 - 2/19, 9:30-11:30
0/60 Max

Irish Literature

Ireland is known as a land of storytellers. The Irish imagination has inspired great works of literary art.  There is a fascination and sense of wonderment in the poetry of Yeats that is timeless.  James Joyce has proved to be a literary giant in the modernist period. In this short course we will examine some of these literary works that have charmed the world.
Instructor: Terry Boyle, PhD
Friday: 1/15 - 2/19, 12:00-2:00
37/80 Max

“Give ’em, Hell, Harry!” Almost Everything Worth Knowing About Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President

“Harry who?” David McCullough, Truman’s biographer, contends, “I don’t think we’ll ever know enough about him.” This course will explore how an “accidental” president, who left office in 1953 with dismal polls, is now ranked as one of America’s great presidents. There’s a lot to learn about—and from—the Man from Missouri!
Instructor: Harold Ivan Smith, DMIN, FT
Friday: 1/15 - 2/19, 12:00-2:00
0/50 Max