Course Registration

Spring 2021
March 1, 2021 - April 9, 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.

Bill of Rights

A survey of the historical background, adoption and application of the first ten amendments (the Bill of Rights) to the US Constitution. Discussion will address the Founder’s initial rejection of a Bill of Rights; issues of interpretation, such as Originalism, judicial restraint and activism; and the consequences of adopting the fourteenth amendment.
Instructor: Mike Ruark, J.D.
Monday: 3/1 - 4/5, 9:30-11:30
43/80 Max

Economics & Current Events From Conservative POV

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: 3/1 - 4/5, 12:00-2:00
51/80 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
Tuesday: 3/2 - 4/6, 9:30-11:30
4/20 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: 3/2 - 4/6, 12:00-2:00
45/80 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: 3/2 - 4/6, 2:30-4:30
0/40 Max

Great Literature

We will discuss short fiction found in The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern. The text can be purchased from Amazon (ISBN: 978-0-14-007949-4). The stories in this collection have all been published after 1945, although some were written before World War II. The fictional landscape draws on writers from around the world, including the United States.  For the first class in Spring 2021, participants should read and be prepared to discuss Chinua Achebe’s “The Sacrificial Egg” pp. 5-8.
Instructor: Harold Jacobs, Ph.D
Tuesday: 3/2 - 4/6, 2:30-4:30
-1/50 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: 3/3 - 4/7, 9:00-10:30
9/25 Max

Creative Problem Solving

This class is about finding new solutions to challenges using the principles of a well-researched process called CPS-Creative Problem Solving. You will learn to look at problems and ideas from a fresh perspective, create new solutions to both problems and opportunities, and have fun while doing it. We will discuss specific techniques for creative problem solving and methods to make them work for your unique needs. This includes hands-on applications of proven techniques that are useful and satisfying.
Instructor: Kate Coates
Wednesday: 3/3 - 4/7, 9:30-11:30
-3/20 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....?  Donald Trump will be the focus for this session.
Instructor: Jerry Blatt
Wednesday: 3/3 - 4/7, 12:00-2:00
55/80 Max

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 1940s-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: 3/3 - 4/7, 2:30-4:30
0/40 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: 3/3 - 4/7, 2:30-4:30
34/80 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: 3/4 - 4/8, 9:30-11:30
7/45 Max

Controversial Issues

We will discuss and debate contemporary issues that are both controversial and familiar. Brief presentations by the facilitator and class discussion 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: 3/4 - 4/8, 12:00-2:00
4/80 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: 3/4 - 4/8, 2:00-4:45
14/80 Max

The Criminal Justice System

If you are like most people, then your view of the Justice System comes from movies, television, newspapers or various other forms of media.  If so, your view may be distorted and you’re likely unimpressed.  These lectures seek to separate myth from reality. Jeff will deal with many of the most commonly asked questions including:    How can a lawyer defend a person he knows is guilty? What is plea bargaining and is it really necessary? Who gets bail and who doesn’t? How does a judge decide what sentence to impose? Is there really a Law for the rich and another for the poor? What are the causes of wrongful convictions?
Instructor: Jeff Gindin, J.D.
Thursday: 3/4 - 3/11, 2:30-4:30
14/40 Max

Landmark Supreme Court Cases and The Stories Behind Them - Part II

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: 3/5 - 4/9, 9:30-11:30
0/60 Max

Plants and Civilization

Even before the advent of civilization, humans have depended on plants for their very existence.  But with the emergence of agriculture, civilization dramatically changed.  How did agriculture develop? What were the first plants that were cultivated by humans?  What plants have contributed chemicals that humans have used as narcotics, hallucinogenic purposes, aphrodisiacs, medicines and poisons?
Instructor: Larry DeBuhr, Ph.D.
Friday: 3/5 - 4/9, 9:30-11:30
57/80 Max

A Who’s Who of Grievers Who Made the Most of their Losses on the World Stage

Despite skeptics, the global mortality rate is still one out of one--no one escapes death and loss. Bringing up death or grief is a great way to spoil a cocktail party or social gathering. But some notable individuals have lessons to teach about loss and living after loss—all kinds of losses! Among our distinguished “faculty” for this course are Walt Disney, Jackie and Rose Kennedy, Sigmund Freud, Coretta Scott King, C.S. Lewis and Nelson Mandela.
Instructor: Harold Ivan Smith, DMIN, FT
Friday: 3/5 - 4/9, 12:00-2:00
12/50 Max

A Smattering of Irish and English Literature

In this short course, we will study James Joyce’s short story The Dead, as well as the novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, some poems from 17th Century, which I will provide ahead of time, and a smattering of modern Irish and English poems.  I am able to provide all of the material, apart from Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which you can get from the local library or online. 
Instructor: Terry Boyle, PhD
Friday: 3/5 - 4/9, 12:00-2:00
39/80 Max