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Senior University January Class Highlights

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Tuesdays, January 7, January 14, January 21, & January 28
Beginning Crochet*

During this this 6-week class from January 7 – February 18 (skipping February 11), students will learn the basics of crochet. The objective of this course is to establish enough knowledge to enable students to crochet basic stitches, read patterns, and create a small project.

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


Wednesdays, January 8 & 22
Creative Writing: Flash Fiction*

During this this 8-week class (every other Wednesday from January 8 – April 15), we will be working from prompts to develop short, even extremely short, works of fiction each week and share them in a workshop setting. Flash fiction is a great way to sharpen both your imagination and your writing skills and can lead to some of the most surprising writing you’ve ever done. When there’s no time to think about what you’re writing, there’s no time to overthink it. Class time will consist of reading contemporary flash fiction, writing, and reading each other’s work in class.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Tobey Jones Multipurpose Room


Thursday, January 9
Dabbling in Art History: Profiles in History*

Throughout human history profile view portraits have been created depicting intimate portrayals of individuals from royals to relatives. This workshop will offer a brief overview of portraiture with examples from Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings, Renaissance drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, and oil paintings by James McNeil Whistler. The opportunity will be provided to explore drawing profile portraits. Instruction will be given regarding proportions, capturing a likeness, drawing materials and techniques.

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


Monday, January 13
Edward Jones Lecture Series: Preparing Your Estate Plan

Basic overview of estate planning — account registration, beneficiary designation, will, trust, tax information, life insurance and Transfer on Death (TOD.)

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Wednesday, January 15
Planning Ahead: Advance Directives, Long-term Care, and Authorized Representative

In this session we will discuss ways to create documents that express your wishes for future health care in the event you are unable to make or communicate decisions yourself. Taking a few steps now can help ensure your wishes are honored. If at some point you may need to have someone authorized to help you make health care and financial decisions, Medicare must have written permission. Join us to learn how to take of your wishes.

2:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Thursday, January 16
Meaningful Movies Tacoma: The Nuns, The Priests, And the Bombs

This is a touching story about a group of nuns and priests to include Father Bill Bichsel of St. Leo’s in anti-nuclear actions at Bangor Naval base and the trial that ensued. Come for the documentary and stay for the discussion to follow.

3:00 – 5:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Monday, January 20
Ancient Legends – Myths and Legends about Our Earth

Extreme events in nature have always been a part of human life and ancient peoples from the Arctic to the Andes had their own way of explaining such events. Can we learn from these stories today?

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Tuesday, January 21
Rock & Mineral Identification

Join David Kaynor to learn about igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and the more common minerals found in Washington State. Rock samples will be used for hands-on learning.

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Wednesday, January 22
Literary League Book Club— The Good Luck of Right Now

Join us as we discuss The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick.

About the book: From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere.  It is an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

3:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Tuesday, January 28
Great Decisions Discussion Group: Kickoff Meeting

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. This first meeting will be your opportunity to pick up a book and get additional information.

2:00 pm, Wellness Center


Wednesday, January 29
History Museum Tour – Unforgiving Waters: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest*

Join curator Gwen Whiting for a tour of Unforgiving Waters: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest. The coastline of Washington has a long and tragic history of shipwrecks and loss due to its treacherous geography which lends itself to place names like the Graveyard of the Pacific and Destruction Island. Unforgiving Waters focuses on this history of maritime heroism and danger through the presentation of artifacts uncovered from lost vessels and shipwreck survivors. Hands-on activities are scattered throughout the space so that you can practice your maritime knowledge by learning knotwork and how to send distress signals among other opportunities to experience a bit of history firsthand.

10:00 am, Washington State History Museum


Thursday, January 30
AARP Fraud Prevention Workshop: Vigilance Against Cybercrime and Fraud

Con artists don’t care how hard you worked!  Identity theft and other forms of fraud pose a serious and growing threat throughout the nation, so AARP is arming older adults and their families with the tools they need to avoid fraud and scams.  In this workshop, attendees will be empowered to guard against a variety of frauds including identity theft, computer, mail and telephone fraud.  Attendees will learn about topics such as the psychology of fraud, current scams, protecting personal information, internet fraud and more.  Take-home information will be provided including AARP booklets “Watchdog Alert Handbook,” and “The Con Artist’s Playbook”, How to Freeze Your Credit and a resource sheet with important contact information for various agencies.  Victims of fraud or suspected fraud will learn how to report their experience and get support for taking further steps to protect themselves.

10:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor

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