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Administering Estates in Maryland

Sooner or later, you or a family member may need to administer an estate in Maryland. Smart planning and preparation can save you and your family time, money, and stress during one of the most difficult times in life.

Join Byron E. MacFarlane, Register of Wills, to learn about the probate process in Maryland. He will present valuable information about types of estates, the role of the personal representative, the importance of having a will, how to register a will, required documents for opening and closing an estate, probate fees, and inheritance and estate taxes in Maryland.

There will be time for questions and answers about estates at the end of the class.

Space is limited. Please register early.

If you are unable to attend, please call 443-518-4971 to release your seat.

Tuition: This is a FREE class, please register
Fri Oct 06 2PM-4PM Bain 50+ Center XE-389 7758 #2494
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Better Health and Wellness for Senior Adults

Learn how to improve your cardiovascular system, muscle strength and endurance, coordination, and balance.

The instructor will combine fitness training with health education to improve your health and wellness.

Tuition: $88 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon, Wed, Fri Jul 24-Sep 01 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-752 7725 #8897
No class Jul 28 & Aug 4
Tue, Thu Aug 29-Oct 19 1PM-2:20PM Bain 50+ Center XH-752 7752 #9889
Mon, Wed, Fri Sep 11-Oct 18 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-752 7753 #9890
(No class Oct 9)
Mon, Wed, Fri Oct 23-Dec 01 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-752 7761 #9892
(No class Nov 10 & Nov 24)
Tue, Thu Oct 31-Dec 26 1PM-2:20PM Bain 50+ Center XH-752 7759 #9888
(No class Nov 23)
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Bombs Bursting in Air
The War of 1812-15 took place right in our backyard and its bicentennial was recently commemorated in Baltimore.
The United States, still in its infancy, was the victor over the world’s strongest country. In addition to giving America its national anthem, the war gave the country a treaty that allowed westward movement. Join historical interpreter and
Fort McHenry volunteer Perry Berman to explore some of the unknown causes and results of this little remembered
Tuition: $69 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Oct 24-Nov 07 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-296 7742 #2496
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Cicero, Rome’s Most Feared Politician *NEW*

A staunch defender of the Roman republic, Cicero spent his career battling foes such as Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.

President John Adams once wrote, “ All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined.” In this course, you will explore the fascinating life of Marcus Tullius Cicero, who was one of Rome’s greatest politicians. Through his speeches and letters, you are a front row witness to the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome during the death throes of the Roman Republic.

Instructor: Bill McGowan

Tuition: $22 (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Sep 27-Oct 04 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-323 7732 #2386
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Core Strength From a Chair

Strengthen your abs, obliques, lower back, and more in this 30-minute core-focused class.

All exercises will be done in a chair with the age 50+ population in mind. Flatten and strengthen your abs, stabilize the lower back, improve balance and coordination, enhance flexibility and promote better breathing.

Class size is limited, please register early. 

Instructor: Christy Erwin.

Tuition: $20** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon, Fri Jul 24-Sep 01 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 7863 #9261
No class Jul 28 & Aug 4
Mon, Fri Sep 11-Oct 13 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 7764 #9882
(No class Oct 9)
Mon, Fri Oct 23-Nov 27 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 7775 #9883
(No class Nov 10)
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David: the Bible’s Most Complex Character *NEW*

King David is one of the Bible’s greatest heroes, and also one of the Bible’s most complex character portraits. It is not
surprising, then, that authors have used his story as a basis for fictional explorations.

If possible, before class, read the sections of the Bible (in any version you have) that deal with David (I Samuel, chapters 1-31, II Samuel, chapters 1-2, v. 10 and chapters 5-19, v. 15, and I Kings, chapters 1-2.

Learn the many facets of David’s character presented in the biblical narrative and explore what is known about David historically, as well as the authorship of his story. The class will conclude with an overview of two works of fiction that have been based on the biblical account of David, Joseph Heller’s fictional autobiography God Knows and Geraldine Brooks' fictional biography The Secret Chord. You may certainly read either or both of these works in addition to the sections in the Bible, but this is not required.

Instructor Jean Sonntag

Tuition: $12 (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Nov 29 9:30AM-12PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-326 7748 #2372
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Drawing for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

This class will focus on a variety of drawing approaches, from the realistic to the abstract. Special attention will be given to the area of portraiture. Beginners will be introduced to the basics of drawing, including exercises that appeal to both technical and creative components. Intermediate and advanced students will receive individualized instruction as they work to improve and refine their skills.

Bring white paper and a pencil to the first class. Supply list will be distributed that day for independent purchase. Class size is limited. Please register early. No tuition waivers for this course

Instructor: Ann Wiker 

Tuition: $79** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Sep 21-Oct 26 9:30AM-11:30AM North Laurel Community Center XE-653 7757 #9887
(No class Oct 19)
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Emperor Augustus and the Battle that Stopped Rome *NEW*

In 9 A.D. a traitor from the Roman military led an army of barbarians who trapped and slaughtered three entire Roman legions in the forbidden, dark Teutoburg forest of Northern Germany. The 15,000 plus soldiers who were cut down represented a quarter of the Roman army stationed north of the Alps. It was a blow from which the first Roman emperor Augustus never recovered. In this course, you will examine the Roman occupation of Germany and study this famous battle which stopped Rome’s expansion beyond the Rhine River. How was it that an entire Roman army could have been led into such a perfect trap?

Instructor: Bill McGowan

Tuition: $22 (fee based, no waivers)
Mon Oct 16-Oct 23 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-325 7733 #2401
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Famous Art Collaborations *NEW*

When Picasso met Dora Maar, they engaged in knife play, but ultimately she became his muse.

Lee Krasner was a successful artist in her own right, but was eclipsed by Jackson Pollock and ended up promoting his fame.

Alfred Stieglitz “discovered” Georgia O’Keefe and helped launch her into the art world.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude formed a formidable artistic duo and took artistic collaboration to a new level with their large-scale environmental sculptures.

Are two heads better than one when it comes to producing artwork? Or does one artist become overshadowed when another becomes famous? When have personal relationships helped an artistic career and when have they sunk it? In this course you will examine several famous artistic partnerships: romantic ones and working ones. You will take a closer look at how interpersonal relationships effect artistic production and success.

Instructor: Ann Wiker

Tuition: $79 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Oct 24-Nov 21 9:30AM-11:30AM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-321 7730 #2370
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Flourish! 4 Steps to Release Your Inner Sage

There are two main tasks in the second half of life – in the years after age 50. You must release what is no longer true, needed, helpful, desired, or valued and you must allow new feelings, insights, creativity, and innovation to surface. Engaging in these tasks requires a new way of learning – from the "inside out."

This course explains and provides practice in the universal four step growth process in each of the six stages of growth and development. The process begins with awareness, continues with acknowledgement of what is true for you, deepens with appreciative inquiry, and results in "right action." Bring paper, pencil, and a folder and join SASI (Senior Adult Summer Institute) presenter and instructor Sandy Lundahl for six enlightening, exciting Sundays.

Tuition: $69, inclusive of fees
Sun Oct 08-Nov 19 1:30PM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge XE-485 7780 #3810
(no class Oct 29) Class held in Hickory Ridge, room 102
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Modern Classics: Great Short Novels *NEW*

A novella, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel.” The dictionary is right about the not-very-definable length, but not necessarily correct about the complexity of these works.

Many of our greatest writers have been attracted to the novella form, and it has produced some of their best fiction. In this course, you will read and discuss six of these novellas: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1962); We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962); Of the Farm by John Updike (1965); Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick (1978); The Ghostwriter by Philip Roth (1980); Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (2016).

For both sections, instructor George Clack asks students to read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich before attending the first class. 

Tuition: $89 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed Sep 13-Nov 22 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-328 7736 #2339
(No class Sep 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1 & Nov 15)
Tue Sep 19-Oct 24 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-328 7737 #2340
Wed Sep 20-Nov 29 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-328 7805 #4339
(No class Sep 27, Oct 11, Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22)
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Muses, Mistresses and Inspiration *NEW*

Alice Ernestine Prin, nicknamed Queen of Montparnasse, and often known as Kiki de Montparnasse, became a nude model for sculptors when she was 14, posing for Alexander Calderr and Jean Cocteau. She was the longtime mistress and muse of surrealist photographer Man Ray. Victorine Meuren was Manet’s muse and favorite model, rumored to be a prostitute and actually a talented painter in her own right. She stars in Manet’s two most famous works, “Olympia” and “Luncheon on the Grass”. She also modeled for Edgar Degas.

Many artists are inspired by women. Others draw inspiration from within or from their beliefs. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” (Michelangelo)

This course will explore who or what inspired some of the famous artists throughout history.

Instructor: Ann Wiker

Tuition: $79 (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Sep 21-Oct 26 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-322 7731 #2369
(No class Oct 19)
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Pottery: Form, Function, and Design

The instructor welcomes students of all levels to this class. 

You will enjoy the opportunity to shape your own creations as you work on a variety of projects. Learn about glazing, hand building, and advanced decorating techniques.

The instructor is a professional potter. Limited enrollment; please register early!

Instructor: Donna Lansman.

Tuition: $90 (includes $40 in fees*)
Fri Jul 28-Oct 06 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center No class Sep 22
No class Sep 22
Tue Aug 01-Oct 03 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7728 #8902
Tue Oct 10-Dec 12 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7766 #9912
Fri Oct 13-Jan 05 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7756 #9909
(No class Oct 20, Nov 10 & Nov 24)
Mon Oct 16-Dec 18 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7765 #9911
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The Bible As Short Story

Although a core religious document for two major world religions, the Bible is also a fascinating anthology of great literature.

This course will examine five books of the Bible (Esther, Ruth, Jonah, Judith and Tobit) as short stories. You will consider the historical context and authorship for these books as well as the themes they develop and the varied techniques the authors use to make them memorable stories.

You should read the book of Esther (any Bible version) before the first class meeting. The first class will include instructions for easy access to Judith and Tobit if the Bible versions students have do not include these books.

Instructor Jean Sonntag.

Tuition: $29 (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Nov 01-Nov 15 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-291 7751 #2547
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The Business Side of Art *NEW*

Vincent van Gogh’s art sells for millions of dollars today, but the artist died poor, without economic success. Conversely, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali became multimillionaires.

Have you ever wondered why some artists, or their estates, make money only after their death? Or, what influence money had on artists and their work throughout history? Or, which artists were successful salesmen and money managers and which just could not operate from “that side” of their brain?

This course provides a brief overview of art history with a focus on how some artists succeeded financially.

Instructor: Ann Wiker

Tuition: $79 (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Nov 02-Dec 07 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-338 7750 #2371
(No class Nov 23)
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The First Ladies: Carter to Clinton *NEW*

This is the tenth in a series of courses examining the role of the first ladies throughout American history.

This session focuses on the first ladies from Rosalynn Carter to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Learn about the contributions, political and social influence and lasting legacies of each of our first ladies.

Instructor: Patrick Heline.

Tuition: $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Sun Oct 22-Nov 19 1:30PM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge XI-332 7738 #2374
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