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A New Look At the Stories of Genesis *NEW*
The stories within the book of Genesis are some of the most well known in world literature. Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, and Joseph and his coat of many colors are part of popular culture in addition to being parts of the sacred scriptures of two vibrant religions. And yet, the origin of these stories and the book that includes them is not as well-known. The emphasis of this course will be on the familiar (and less familiar) stories presented as literature, in the context of the book of Genesis and what we know about its development and composition. Topics such as the evolving portraits of God and women will also be considered. Additionally, the course will discuss two modern works that depend on the stories in Genesis: R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis and Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent (both books are optional reading). Students may use any translation of the Bible, but should read the following assignments: Class 1: Ch. 1-4, 6-9, 11-13, and 24-34 (feel free to skip over the “begats.” Class 2: Ch 37–50. Instructor Jean Sonntag.
Tuition: $31** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Apr 22-Apr 29 12:30PM-3PM Hickory Ridge XI-419 6628 #6695
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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.
Tuition: $15** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu May 28 10AM-12PM Health Sciences Building XE-389 6630 #5586
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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. Instructor: Patty Colabucci.

Tuition: $93 (includes $45 in fees*) *see note below
Tue, Thu Jun 30-Aug 13 1PM-2:20PM Bain 50+ Center XH-752-6680 #1663
$72 (includes $56 in fees*)
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But Is It Art? Understanding and Enjoying Contemporary Art *NEW!*
Art can seem so far removed from our everyday experience that it is hard to understand. Contemporary art can be especially difficult to the point of questioning it being art at all. Delve into a wide range of particularly thorny art issues, explain much-bandied-about but little-understood concepts such as “conceptual art,” “new media art,” “business art,” and more, as well as explore the central question of “What makes it art?” Join instructor Tamora Martin-Kowalski for an interactive and lively exploration of the enigmatic and surprisingly relevant arts of our time.
Tuition: $64 (includes $49 in fees*)
Tue Jul 14-Aug 04 10AM-12PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-122 6687 #2025
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Classical Sicily *NEW!*
Sicily’s abundant fertility, celebrated in the local cults of Demeter and Persephone, and its position as the largest island in the Mediterranean, has for hundreds of years drawn the attention of Phoenicians and Ancient Greeks and Romans. In this course, you will discuss the fascinating history of Sicily in the Greco-Roman period while exploring the famous Greek temple complexes of Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta. The well-preserved archaeological ruins of Sicily are on display at Agrigento at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Temples. You will explore Taormina, famed for its Greek theatre and commanding position on a distant spur of Mount Etna, as well as Syracuse, one of the great city-states of antiquity. Instructor: Bill McGowan.
Tuition: $25 (fee based, no waivers)
Wed May 13-May 20 10AM-12PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-424 6641 #7556
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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: June Class $25** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon, Fri Apr 24-May 29 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424-6659 #5588
Tuition for Apr-May Class is $31** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon, Fri Jun 01-Jun 26 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 6676 #9980
Mon, Fri Jul 06-Aug 14 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 6677 #1662
Tuition for July-Aug Class is $31** (fee based, no waivers)
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Deadlier Than the Male, Part II
Agatha Christie is an icon in the classic mystery field. Lesser known, but every bit as accepted as part of the set of classic female detective writers of the Golden Age, is Ngaio Marsh, a New Zealander with British roots. The two of them follow the paths of the traditional Golden Age mystery with some interesting, and different, diversions. The first session of this class will be devoted to Agatha Christie and the second to Ngaio Marsh. You should read (or reread) the classic Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh. Both should be readily
available at the public library if you do not wish to purchase them. You will discuss them as representatives of their genre as well as products of their individual authors. Instructor: Jean Sonntag.
Tuition: $25 (fee based, no waivers)
Tue May 05-May 12 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-393 6627 #6694
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Discover Patapsco Valley State Park
Patapsco Valley State Park is full of historic and natural treasures, and it is all right in your own backyard. Discover historic landmarks and remnants from the past, the evolution from forest reserve to state park, current environmental challenges and explore today’s programs, wildlife and other features. Author of recently published book, Patapsco Valley State Park: Images of America, Betsy McMillion will have you seeing the park through new eyes.
Tuition: $25** (fee based, no waivers)
Tue Apr 21-Apr 28 10AM-12PM Elkridge 50+ Center XE-517 6666 #7612
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Fiction in the Judeo-Christian Tradition *NEW!*
From The Scarlet Letter to Brideshead Revisited and Ulysses to the novels Marilynne Robinson currently writes, religion has served as a powerful theme in some of our best fiction. How do different novelists treat the life of a character who takes religion seriously? Fictional protagonists often waver in their religious commitment. What effect does this have on their conscience, their awareness of sin, and the life they choose to lead? Ministers, rabbis, and priests—not to mention ordinary souls—can make for wonderfully conflicted characters. In this course, every two weeks you will read and discuss a classic religion-themed novel published between the mid-20th century and the present. The novels are: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene, The Assistant by Bernard Malamud, A Month of Sundays by John Updike, Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman and Home by Marilynne Robinson. Instructor: George Clack.
Tuition: $89 (includes $49 in fees*)
Thur Apr 16-Jun 11 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-417 6624 #6684
(No class Apr 23, May 7, May 21 & June 4)
Fri Apr 17-Jun 12 1PM-3PM Health Sciences Building XI-417 6626 #6691
(No class Apr 24, May 8, May 22 & June 5)
Thur Apr 23-Jun 18 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-417 6625 #6688
(No class Apr 30, May 14, May 28 & June 11)
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History of Presidential Assassinations and Civil War *NEW*
This course will cover the historical events and social impact of the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy. You will evaluate the social and historical impact of each and examine conspiracy theories associated with each event. Instructor: Patrick Heline.
Tuition: $64 (includes $49 in fees*)
Sun Apr 19-May 31 2PM-4PM Health Sciences Building XI-427 6639 #7566
(No class May 10 & 24)
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History of the U.S. Presidency Part III *NEW!*
Join instructor Patrick Heline for a fascinating journey through U.S. history by reviewing the policies, programs and legacies of our U.S. presidents. This is the third in a series of courses and will focus on the country’s presidents, from John Tyler to James Buchanan. You will examine the leadership abilities of each president and determine how their actions changed the course of American history.
Tuition: $64 (includes $49 in fees*)
Sun Apr 19-May 31 11:30AM-1:30PM Health Sciences Building XI-428 6638 #7864
(No class May 10 & May 24)
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History of the U.S. Presidency Part IV *NEW!*
Join instructor Patrick Heline for a fascinating journey through U.S. history by reviewing the policies, programs and legacies of our U.S. presidents. This is the fourth in a series of courses and will focus on the country’s presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Rutherford Hayes. Examine the leadership abilities of each president and determine how their actions changed the course of American history.
Tuition: $64 (includes $49 in fees*)
Sun Jul 12-Aug 09 11:30AM-1:30PM Health Sciences Building XI-436 6685 #2021
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History of the U.S. Presidency Part V *NEW!*
Join instructor Patrick Heline for a fascinating journey through U.S. history by reviewing the policies, programs and legacies of our U.S. presidents. This is the fifth in a series of courses and will focus on the country’s presidents from James Garfield to William McKinley. Examine the leadership abilities of each president and determine how their actions changed the course of American history.
Tuition: $64 (includes $49 in fees*)
Sun Aug 16-Sep 20 11:30AM-1:30PM Health Sciences Building XI-437 6686 #2023
(No class Sep 6)
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Lost and Forgotten: They Ran for President and Lost *NEW!*
In this course, review and analyze the lives and public careers of candidates who ran in U.S. presidential elections and lost throughout history. Examine their early years, public and private careers, decisions on running for the presidency, campaigns for president, accomplishments and failures outside of losing the presidency, and more. This course will resurrect the lives of these candidates that had their “15 minutes of fame” and then faded from public view after the election. Part I covers presidential elections from 1796 to 1824. Instructor: Patrick Heline.
Tuition: $64 (includes $49 in fees*)
Sun Jul 12-Aug 09 2PM-4PM Health Sciences Building XI-438 6683 #2017
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Lost and Forgotten: They Ran for President and Lost Part II *NEW!*
The United States has had a two-party system for much of its history, and the major parties have dominated presidential elections for most of U.S. history. Since the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788, there have been 51 unsuccessful major party candidates for President of the United States. Join historian Patrick Heline to explore the motivations and missteps of those who ran unsuccessfully and their lives after defeat. Part II covers 1824 to 1860.
Tuition: $64 (includes $49 in fees*)
Sun Aug 16-Sep 20 2PM-4PM Health Sciences Building XI-439 6684 #2019
(No class Sep 6)
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Optimal Fitness Training for Seniors
Join American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified instructor Christy Erwin for a moderate intensity workout to improve your cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. This class is appropriate for the active senior, and includes low impact aerobic exercise (35-45 minutes) followed by stretching and cool-down. Fifteen minutes is used for improving strength, and using hand weights while seated in a chair. The remaining time is spent on floor exercises for toning muscles and stretching.
Tuition: June Class $48 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon, Wed, Fri Apr 28-Jun 25 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-753 6658 #5592
* $108 (includes $60 in fees*) **Friday class times are 9:45am-10:50am
Mon, Wed, Fri Jun 01-Jun 26 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XE-701 6678 #2572
Mon, Wed, Fri Jul 06-Aug 14 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XE-701 6679 #2573
Tuition for July-Aug class is $60** (includes $40 in fees*).
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Painting Techniques: Acrylics *NEW!*
Acrylics are fun! They’re vibrant and colorful, and great for beginners or those with some experience. This class will introduce you to the unique 'forgiving’ qualities of acrylic paint. Basic color theory and color mixing will be explored as well as textures and techniques. All levels are welcome. Supply list will be distributed on first day for independent purchase. Supply costs estimated at $25. Instructor: Joan Bevelaqua.
Tuition: $69** (includes $50 in fees*)
Tue Jun 09-Jun 30 1PM-3PM Elkridge 50+ Center XE-114 6688 #2057
Supply costs estimated at $25.
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Pen and Ink Drawing *NEW!*
Many artists plan their initial concepts by sketching with pens, but intricate and expressive illustrations can also be created using pen and ink as the sole medium. Many of the most famous modern artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, experimented with pen and ink throughout their careers. Pen and ink is still commonly seen in comic
books, medical illustrations, and fantasy drawings, demonstrating this medium’s versatility. In this course, you will learn the basics of pen and ink with particular focus on mark-making, use of line, composition, and contrast. A list of course materials will be provided during the first session. Estimated cost of materials is $25. Instructor: Kara LaRose.
Tuition: $80** (Fee based, no waivers)
Wed Apr 22-May 13 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Center XE-515 6660 #7587
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Pottery: Form, Function, and Design
The instructor, a professional potter, 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 materials fee will cover 15 lbs. of clay and glaze. You are responsible for purchasing additional clay and glaze. Limited enrollment, so please register early! Instructor: Charlene O’Dell-Randolph.
Tuition: $130 (includes $90 in fees*)
Mon Apr 20-Jun 29 11AM-1PM North Laurel Community Center XI-655 6647 #5604
(No class May 25)
„Tue Apr 21-Jun 23 11AM-1PM North Laurel Community Center XI-655 6648 #5603
Fri Apr 24-Jun 26 10AM-12PM North Laurel Community Center XI-655 6649 #5605
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Senior Water Exercise and Aquatic Training (SWEAT)
Are you looking for a way to work out without a lot of impact on your joints? In this class you can improve physical fitness through exercise in an aquatic environment. A variety of workouts will be used in the shallow as well as the deep end of the pool. Swimming skill is not mandatory, but you should feel comfortable in the water. Pool depth begins at 4'. Instructor: Patty Colabucci.
Tuition: $102** (includes $72 in fees*)
Mon, Wed, Fri Jun 15-Jul 24 9AM-10AM Athletic & Fitness Center XE-154 6674 #9977
(No class Jul 3)
Mon, Wed, Fri Jun 15-Jul 24 10AM-11AM Athletic & Fitness Center XE-154 6675 #9978
(No class Jul 3)
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The Hittites *NEW!*
The Hittites were one of the most prominent cultures to have inhabited the ancient Near East during the second millennium B.C. and are mentioned more than fifty times in the Bible. They ruled over a vast area, covering most of modern Turkey as well as parts of northwest Syria. In this course, you
will be exploring the fascinating history of the Hittites. You will examine their royal capital at Hattusa, which is located on the central Anatolian plateau and has yielded thousands of clay tablets written in cuneiform script detailing their interactions with Egypt, Assyria and Babylonia. You will discuss in detail the famous battle of Kadesh fought between the Hittites and the Egyptians under Ramesses II in 1274, which resulted in the oldest known written peace treaty; a replica of which is displayed in the entrance to the United Nations Security Council. Instructor: Bill McGowan.
Tuition: $25 (fee based, no waivers)
Tue Apr 21-Apr 28 10AM-12PM Ellicott City 50+ Center XI-423 6640 #7554
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