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Senior University July Class Highlights

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Tuesday, July 2
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, July 3
Tahoma Audubon Lecture: Native Plants

Learn how to identify common native and invasive species in the Pacific Northwest.

3:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Friday, July 5
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


Monday, July 8
Museum of Glass Lecture Series: Modern and Deco Glass*

In the 20th century, glass designers push the boundaries of the media and explore the high-tech feel of the modern era. Sleek elegance is then stunted by global wars. * Indicates that registration is required.  Please call Jana at 253-756-6219 to register.

11:00 am, Tobey Jones Parlor


Monday, July 8
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


Wednesday, July 10
Tacoma Historical Society Lecture Series

Historian Michael Hemp will trace the little-known connections between Ed Ricketts (a founder of modern ecology), novelist John Steinbeck, the Tacoma-built fishing vessel The Western Flyer, and Washington state waters.

2:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Thursday, July 11
Master Gardener Series: Amazing Roses

Everyone loves roses. Today there are so many disease resistant varieties along with a few old favorites.  Learn how to care for these beloved perennials.

3:00 pm, Wellness Center


Friday, July 12
Final Arrangements Workshop

Andrew Nicholson from Global Atlantic / Forethought Insurance and Smart Cremation will be presenting a workshop on final arrangements. Andrew has 12 years of experience in the funeral home industry and will be presenting a program that will provide you with helpful guidance and hints to discussing your funeral services and memorialization preferences with your family. His goal is to give you the necessary tools to allow you and your family a less stressful experience when dealing with the loss of a loved one.

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Tuesday, July 16
Healing Medicinal Wild Plants

Come and learn about wild plants from our area that are both medicinal and healing. Some wild harvested products will be available for sale following the lecture.

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Tuesday, July 16
The Pursuit of Happiness: Aging and Mental Health

Learn about aging and mental health. What are the early signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety? What can we do to prevent and reverse it?  Explore the role of happiness and the importance of having purpose and meaning in life. Learn about creating new insights in the midst of turmoil. Come prepared to learn about new research in the field of wellness and walk away with new insights and hope.

2:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor 


Wednesday, July 17
Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Appeals

Have you had coverage denied? Did you know you can appeal? This class will discuss the proper appeal process, the resources available and answer any questions you may have. Each month on the third Wednesday we will discuss different topics around Medicare coverage. 

3:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Thursday, July 18
Genetic Testing Workshop: Your DNA-How to Predict & Prepare

This workshop provides friendly, easy-to-understand education and answers to 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, July 18
Photography Hotspots in the Puget Sound

Professional photographer Joe Becker will describe where to go and how to capture some of the best photographic scenes in the Puget Sound area.

3:30 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Tuesday, July 23
Great Decisions Discussion Group – Decoding U.S.- China Trade

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s bad numbers gives rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

2:00 pm, Wellness Center


Wednesday, July 24
Infinity Rehab Series: Different Assistive Devices to Assist with Daily Tasks

Did you know that there are many devices out there that can help you do things like buttoning clothes, putting on socks or even cleaning yourself up? With this lecture you can be more familiar with devices that help you be as independent as you can be!

1:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Wednesday, July 24
Literary League Book Club—The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

Join us as we discuss The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
About the book: Though poor, plain, and unconnected, Charlotte Bronte possesses a deeply passionate side which she reveals only in her writings—creating Jane Eyre and other novels that stand among literature’s most beloved works. Living a secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire with her sisters Emily and Anne, their drug-addicted brother, and an eccentric father who is going blind, Charlotte Bronte dreams of a real love story as fiery as the ones she creates.

But it is in the pages of her diary where Charlotte exposes her deepest feelings and desires—and the truth about her life, its triumphs and shattering disappointments, her family, the inspiration behind her work, her scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have . . . and her intense, dramatic relationship with the man she comes to love, the enigmatic Arthur Bell Nicholls. From Syrie James, the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a powerfully compelling, intensely researched literary feat that blends historical fact and fiction to explore the passionate heart and unquiet soul of Charlotte Bronte. It is Charlotte’s story, just as she might have written it herself.

3:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Thursday, July 25
Music at the Court of Elizabeth I

Dr. Anne Lyman will take an in-depth look at sacred and secular music in the late 16th-century in England.

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Friday, July 26
Collage Portraits

Learn to make portraits using torn paper and paper cutouts in this class. We will explore collage techniques and experiment with pattern, color and texture to build one-of-a-kind portraits. This class is great for beginners or artists of any level!

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


Tuesday, July 30
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

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