Senior University August Class Sneak Preview

Container gardening

Thursday, August 1
Master Gardener Series: Container Gardening

Growing in raised beds, square foot, containers or mini gardening, NO space is too small.  Add fruit and vegetables, trees and vines to your yard. Grow salad in a pot. Grow pears, plums and apples in a tub. Think of the possibilities.

3:00 pm, Wellness Center

Friday, August 2
Fireside Chat with Councilman Anders Ibsen

Council Member Anders Ibsen was elected to the District 1 seat of the Tacoma City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. These quarterly appearances are designed to give residents an opportunity to hear about what’s happening in the City of Tacoma and to bring specific concerns to the Councilman’s attention.

10:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor 

Tuesday, August 6
Brain Training with Linda Terry

Cognitive trainer Linda Terry helps people of all ages fine tune their thinking skills. Her work features fun, interactive brain exercises and practical lifestyle options to raise brain awareness.

11:00 am (Level 1), Lillian Pratt Parlor
2:00 pm (Level 2), Wellness Center

Wednesday, August 7
Healthy Snacks for Fun and Great Taste

What are you eating between your usual meals? Maybe you prefer to eat smaller amounts throughout the day. Learn about foods you can combine for fun, healthy snacking and light eating. We’ll talk about what criteria make better choices and taste a few.

1:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor

Friday, August 9
Birding for Seniors: Woodpeckers and Cavity Nesters*

Enjoy a short lecture with seating provided, followed by an optional short walk. The August program will focus on the colorful and charismatic woodpeckers and other cavity nesters who transform dead trees and stumps in Point Defiance into productive bird condos. Registration required. * Indicates that registration is required.  Please call Jana at 253-756-6219 to register.

10:00 – 11:00 am, Point Defiance Park; Meet at Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter

Friday, August 9
Framing Injustice: How the Media Covered the Dakota Access Pipeline and Why It Matters

How do the media cover environmental justice movements and why does it matter? To answer these questions, Dr. Ellen Moore will be discussing her work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on the media coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The talk includes discussion of the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy and the media coverage of the #NODAPL movement that emerged in 2016 and 2017. Here, Ellen will present the results of her framing analysis of the large media outlets that covered the movement, and also will describe her work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to reveal their perceptions of the pipeline, the media, politics, and social movements.

3:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor

Monday, August 12
Museum of Glass Lecture Series: The Studio Glass Movement*

From an interest in midcentury craft, glass engineers and ceramists joined forces to give glass a rebirth. The wave of glass since the early 1960s includes a litany of artists from the Puget Sound region, with world-wide fame. * Indicates that registration is required.  Please call Jana at 253-756-6219 to register.

11:00 am, Tobey Jones Parlor

Monday, August 12
Northwest Apple Pickers Computer Workshop

The Northwest Apple Pickers is a Macintosh user group that serves Pierce County. Come in and work in small groups with a coach who can answer your questions about your Apple device.

2:00 pm, Wellness Center

Tuesday, August 13
Coffee Club

Discussing current events, the economy and investing, in a relaxed, informal setting, is a great way to get to know one another.

9:30 am, Tobey Jones Parlor

Tuesday, August 13
Flamenco Dancing and Music: Origins, History and Movements

Professor Marisela Fleites will offer insightful information on the origins, history and current developments of Flamenco as an art form that was originally created in Southern Spain among the Gypsies (or Roma people) and have spread around the world. Flamenco is now recognized by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization as part of the world’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Professor Fleites will also demonstrate a few of Flamenco typical moves, show some of the typical dresses, shoes, fans, shawls, etc., as well as teach the audience some hand movements.

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor

Thursday, August 15
Genetic Testing Workshop: Your DNA-How to Predict & Prepare

This workshop provides friendly, easy-to-understand education and answering of questions about DNA testing and how it can benefit you and your family. You’ll learn about testing that tailor’s medication to you and testing that identifies if you and your family are predisposed to any hereditary cancers. Both at no cost, if qualified.

11:00 am, Tobey Jones Parlor

Thursday, August 15
Rock History of the PNW Series: Origins of Rock in the Pacific Northwest*

In this meeting we’ll talk about the origins of rock and roll in the Pacific Northwest, using the unofficial state song, “Louie Louie” as a lens through which to view this history. * Indicates that registration is required.  Please call Jana at 253-756-6219 to register.

2:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor

Monday, August 19
Dentures and Nutrition*

This program is a conversation centered around denture problems, missing teeth, and denture care with a focus on nutrition and dentures. * Indicates that registration is required.  Please call Jana at 253-756-6219 to register.

11:00 am, Tobey Jones Parlor

Monday, August 19
Museum of Glass Guided Tour*

Join us for a guided tour of the Museum of Glass. Pre-registration is required. * Indicates that registration is required.  Please call Jana at 253-756-6219 to register.

2:00 pm, Museum of Glass

Friday, August 23
Open Studio Time*

Bring your current art project to work on while visiting and learning from other art-making enthusiasts. * Indicates that registration is required.  Please call Jana at 253-756-6219 to register.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tobey Jones Craft Room

Friday, August 23
Tahoma Audubon Lecture: Backyard Birds

Learn how to identify common backyard birds and how you can get more involved with birding.

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor

Tuesday, August 27
Computer Help with Al

Volunteer Al Lessenger can help with all of your Windows 10 or PC problems. Don’t miss out on this great resource!

1:00 pm, Bascom Library

Tuesday, August 27
Great Decisions Discussion Group – Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

2:00 pm, Wellness Center

Wednesday, August 28
Literary League Book Club—Northanger Abbey

Join us as we discuss Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
About the book: Jane Austen’s first novel, published posthumously in 1818, tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical novel pokes fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex.

3:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor

Thursday, August 29
By a Lady: A Look at Jane Austen’s World – A Living History Performance

Tames Alan gives an engaging description of what it was like to be alive during the time Jane Austen wrote her books. In the first half of this program, Tames appears in an authentic Regency dress that any of Jane Austen’s characters would have worn during the day. Using quotes from the characters and the characters’ behaviors from Austen’s books, Tames shows how they reflect the reality of the times, especially concerning finances, entailment of estates, and all the social ramifications of marriage. She explains why this era is called the Regency and how ideas about love and marriage underwent significant changes during this era.

Changing into an evening dress that would be appropriate for a ball or assembly dance, Tames describes each piece of clothing, including undergarments, fabrics, and hair and makeup, which marked a transition between the 18th century and the Victorian era. She then discusses ballroom etiquette, the importance of proper introductions, food and drink, and the dances that made up a major part of the hunt for a husband during this time.

10:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor

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