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Beginning Pickleball *NEW*
Despite the odd name, Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States right now! Easy to learn and fun to play—it combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Join the fun! Learn the rules, scoring and techniques to get started or increase your skill if you are
already playing. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Use our paddle or bring your own. Instructor Duane St. Clair founded and is active in the Howard County Pickleball Association.
Tuition: $60** (includes $46 in fees*)
Thu Sep 20-Oct 25 2:30PM-4PM Athletic & Fitness Center XE-471 7839 #3310
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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: $88 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue, Thu Sep 11-Oct 25 1PM-2:20PM Bain 50+ Center XH-752 7853 #3336
Tue, Thu Nov 01-Dec 20 1PM-2:20PM Bain 50+ Center XH-752 7854 #3337
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Constantinople: The Ancient Empire *NEW*
Istanbul is a modern city that stands at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. First founded by the ancient Greeks as Byzantium in the seventh century B.C., the Roman emperor, Constantine the Great, revitalized this city a thousand years later and renamed it Constantinople. When the Roman
Empire in the West collapsed in the fifth century A.D., Constantinople carried on the imperial ideal and the citizens considered themselves Romans. As the new religion of Islam expanded, it was Constantinople that stood on the frontline of the confrontation between two major faiths, Christianity and Islam. In this course, you will explore the fascinating history of this city, from the crusades to free the holy lands to the eventual fall of the city in 1453 when the Ottoman Turks stormed the city and changed world history. Instructor Bill McGowan.
Tuition: $25 (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Sep 19-Sep 26 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-380 7864 #3322
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Contemporary Irish Fiction
“He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.” That is James Joyce on his youthful alter-ego Stephen Dedalus, a wannabe writer. For a small country with a long, sad history of oppression and repression, Ireland has produced an astonishing number of
great writers. This five-session course will meet every other week to read and discuss five works of fiction. Three are recent, critically acclaimed novels, but first you will consider two classics that are central to the modern Irish tradition— James Joyce’s 1914 short story collection Dubliners and Edna O’Brien’s 1960 novel The Country Girls. The other works for this course are: Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin (2015, The Green Road, by Anne Enright (2015), and Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney (2017. The assignment for the first class is to have read O’Brien’s The Country Girls, (first novel only) Instructor: George Clack.
Tuition: $89 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed Sep 12-Nov 07 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-403 7865 #3324
(No class Sep 19, Oct 3, Oct 17, & Oct 31)
Fri Sep 14-Nov 09 1PM-3PM HCC Main Campus XI-403 7866 #3327
(No class Sep 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, & Nov 2)
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Controversial Art *NEW*
Have you ever seen an artwork in a museum and thought, “I could do that”? Everyone has an opinion about art and the answers are never black and white. This course will explore the motives and symbolism behind some of history’s most commonly misunderstood art movements including Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism, and Minimalism. You will also examine some of today’s biggest controversies surrounding the creation, criticism, and collection of art. Instructor: Kara LaRose.
Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Sep 18-Oct 09 2PM-4PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-407 7871 #3374
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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 Aug 27-Sep 25 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 7824 #9970
No class Sep 3; Please note that the tuition and fees for this section are $25** (fee based, no waivers).
Tue, Thu Aug 28-Sep 27 2:25PM-2:55PM Elkridge 50+ Center XE-424 7826 #0178
Please note that the tuition and fees for this section are $28** (fee based, no waivers).
Mon, Fri Oct 12-Nov 09 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 7856 #3340
No class Oct 19
Mon, Fri Nov 19-Dec 21 10:55AM-11:25AM Bain 50+ Center XE-424 7858 #3341
No class Nov 23 & Nov 26
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Deadlier Than the Male: Female Detective Fiction Writers

Mystery historians have asked why respectable English women have been so adept at murder. This is particularly true in the classic early days of the detective story when writers like Agatha Christie got their start. According to some, the grande dame of this group is Dorothy L. Sayers. Her novel Gaudy Night is billed as one of the best mystery stories ever. This class will explore the multi-faceted career of Sayers, one of the first women to attend Oxford, a writer of novels, short stories, essays, and plays, and a translator of Dante. Students should read the novel Gaudy Night before coming to class. You will explore it as a mystery novel, as a novel of ideas, and discuss whether it deserves its reputation as one of the best of its genre. Instructor: Jean Sonntag.

Tuition: $18 (fee based, no waivers)
Mon Oct 29 12:30PM-3:30PM Glenwood Community Center XI-350 7859 #3299
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Drawing Techniques-Botanics
Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, and Claude Monet all chose floral subject matter throughout their careers because of the forms, textures, and colors unique to botanics. This course will teach you to replicate multiple organic forms and textures using charcoal and soft pastels. Plant and floral imagery will be the focus of observational drawing and a variety of stylistic approaches will be covered. All levels of experience welcome. Limited enrollment. Register by October 11. Instructor: Kara LaRose.
Tuition: $59** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu Oct 18-Nov 01 2PM-4PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XE-340 7870 #3372
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Inside "The Little Patuxent Review" *NEW*
The Little Patuxent Review is a literary magazine based in Howard County that publishes poetry, short stories,and creative nonfiction.  In each class of this three-session course, you will read and discuss several poems, a short story, and a work of nonfiction from the LPR's Winter 2018 Issue, which received an all-time high of 932 manuscript submissions nationwide.  How and why did the editors choose each item?  You will also discuss the big issues that every literary magazine confronts nowadays: Does the magazine go digital or produce a print edition to better reach readers? Should they aim for a national or regional audience?  What is the ideal mix of up-and-coming writers versus established names? To help answer these questions, LPR staff members will sit in for panel discussions with students. Instructor: George Glack.
Tuition: $89 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed Nov 28-Dec 12 1PM-3PM Glenwood Community Center XI-405 7867 #3332
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Maryland and the French and Indian War *NEW*
1755 was a momentous year in Maryland history. The French and Indian War in America and the Seven Years War in Europe spread to five continents. Instructor Roger Swartz will focus on these events as they affected Maryland. Among his topics will be British and colonial military planning against
the French in Alexandria, Virginia, the removal of the Acadians from Nova Scotia to Maryland, and the expeditions of Braddock and Washington. You will learn to discern the myths from the realities and discover new and little known facts about Maryland in 1755.
Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed Sep 12-Oct 10 1PM-3PM Bain 50+ Center XI-377 7862 #3307
(No class Sep 19)
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Maryland on the Move! 1784–1838 *NEW*
With the end of the American Revolution and a new country itching to grow, federal and state policies led to an emerging transportation revolution. Roger Swartz will guide you through the land and water transportation improvements from a Maryland perspective, including Indian trails that became fur trading routes, the National Road (Route 40), the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Potomac Canal Company, steam boats on the Potomac and more. In addition, you will learn about the inventors and inventions that accelerated travel times and propelled economic development.
Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed Sep 12-Oct 10 9:45AM-11:45AM Glenwood Community Center XI-376 7861 #3303
(No class Sep 19)
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Optimal Fitness Training for Seniors
Join 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 mins.) 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: $88 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon, Wed, Fri May 14-Jun 18 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-753 7836 #8874
No class May 21 & May 28
Mon, Wed Jul 02-Aug 10 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-753 7834 #9973
No class Jul 4, Jul 16, Jul 18, Jul 20
Mon, Wed, Fri Aug 27-Sep 28 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-753 7835 #0176
No class Sep 3
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Optimal Fitness Training for Seniors
Join 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 mins.) 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: $88 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon, Wed, Fri Oct 10-Nov 14 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-753 7855 #3338
No class Oct 19 & Nov 12
Mon, Wed, Fri Nov 19-Dec 24 9:30AM-10:50AM Bain 50+ Center XH-753 7857 #3339
No class Nov 23 & 26
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Our Impact on the Environment
Every living being has an impact on its environment. Simply by existing, all species, including humans, will imprint their mark on the world around them. Over-exploitation and pollution have had a negative impact over the last few centuries. Join Betsy McMillion, former Environmental Program Director of Patapsco Heritage Greenway and former Howard County government recycling education coordinator, to discuss how major events in the last century have affected our environment and contributed to global warming. Learn about the efforts to reverse the damage and prevent future harm. Finally, discover easy lifestyle changes you can make that will protect and improve our environment for future generations.
Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Nov 06-Nov 27 10AM-12PM Elkridge 50+ Center XI-352 7868 #3333
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Patapsco’s Mills and Mill Towns
The Patapsco River Valley is full of historic and natural treasures, right in your own backyard. Explore the history of the old mill towns (including others besides Ellicott City), the historic landmarks, and the development and industrialization of the area. The valley is known for its five R’s—river, road, rock, railroad and rebuild. This is an especially poignant class in light of recent flooding. Instructor Betsy McMillion will have you seeing your hometown through new eyes.
Tuition: $59 (includes $60 in fees*)
Thu Oct 04-Oct 25 10AM-12PM Elkridge 50+ Center XI-404 7869 #3334
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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 Apr 27-Jun 29 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7828 #8159
Tue Jun 19-Aug 21 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7821 #9541
Fri Jul 06-Sep 07 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7822 #9542
Mon Jul 09-Sep 17 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7820 #9540
No class Sep 3
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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: $95 (includes $45 in fees*)
Tue Sep 18-Nov 20 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7841 #0696
Fri Sep 28-Dec 14 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7842 #0694
(No class Oct 19 & Nov 23)
Mon Oct 01-Dec 17 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7840 #0695
(No class Oct 8 & Nov 12)
Fri Jan 04-Mar 08 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7876 #4021
Mon Jan 07-Mar 25 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7874 #4019
(No class Jan 21 & Feb 18)
Tue Jan 08-Mar 12 10AM-12PM Bain 50+ Center XI-655 7875 #4020
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Senior Aquatic Wellness

Improve your fitness and health. Learn how to monitor your pulse rate, recognize heart rate zone, and expand your range of motion. Classes meet in the HCC pool, located at the Athletic & Fitness Center. Pool depth begins at four feet.

Tuition: $112 (includes $70 in fees*)
Mon, Wed Sep 10-Oct 17 9AM-10AM Athletic & Fitness Center ZB-432 7847 #0697
Tue, Thu Sep 11-Oct 18 10AM-11AM Athletic & Fitness Center ZB-432 7848 #0698
Mon, Wed Oct 31-Dec 12 9AM-10AM Athletic & Fitness Center ZB-432 7849 #3312
No class Nov 21
Tue, Thu Nov 01-Dec 13 10AM-11AM Athletic & Fitness Center ZB-432 7851 #3314
No class Nov 22
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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 though 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. No tuition waivers for this course. Pool depth begins at four feet.

Tuition: $75** (includes $45 in fees*)
Fri Sep 14-Dec 14 9AM-10AM Athletic & Fitness Center XE-173 7843 #0664
No class Nov 23
Fri Sep 14-Dec 14 10AM-11AM Athletic & Fitness Center XE-173 7844 #0665
No class Nov 23
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The First Ladies: Louisa Adams to Letitia Tyler

This is the second in a series of courses examining the role of the First Ladies throughout American history. It focuses on the First Ladies from Louisa Adams to Letitia Tyler. 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 Aug 12-Sep 16 1:30PM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge XI-137 7836 #0400
No class Sep 2
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The Gladiator: Arena Warriors of Rome *NEW*
The gladiator has long been an iconic symbol of ancient Rome, but what do we really know about them? In this course, you will be an eyewitness to the most popular bloody spectacle of ancient Rome. The most successful could earn fame, if not fortune, but few would survive more than a dozen fights. We will explore all facets of a gladiator’s life, from training, diet and weaponry, to the actual fighting in the arena under the watchful eyes of the summa rudis (the referee). We will also explore the social dynamic of the games, as leading citizens often staged fights in order to enhance
their political careers. These games formed the centerpiece of a massive entertainment industry run by cunning entrepreneurs that was carefully regulated by the government. Instructor Bill McGowan.
Tuition: $25 (fee based, no waivers)
Mon Oct 15-Oct 22 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-378 7863 #3319
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The Unexpected Books of the Bible *NEW*
Students studying the Bible as literature often react to some books with the question, “How did these ever get into the Bible?” For this reason, one might call the following works the Bible’s unexpected books: Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, and Job. They challenge the more conventional content of the Hebrew Bible/Christian Old Testament. This course will examine the backgrounds and themes of these books, including what we know about their authorship and time of composition, the biblical genres into which they fit, and the nature of their pathway into what became sacred scripture
for two major religions. For the first class, students should read all of the Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes (both short works). For the second class, students should read the following parts of the book of Job: Ch. 1-14, Ch. 19, Ch. 29-34, and Ch. 38-42. Students should bring their Bibles with them
to class. Instructor: Jean Sonntag.
Tuition: $20 (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Nov 28-Dec 05 1PM-3PM Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center XI-374 7838 #3298
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U.S. History Through the Decades Part II *NEW*
Join instructor Patrick Heline for a discussion on the second half of the 1920s, 1925-1929. These five years saw the U.S. isolating itself from the rest of the world post WW I, enjoying great prosperity and then suffering the depression from the Stock Market Crash of 1929, bringing the Roaring 20s to an end. A middle class began to emerge and Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, John Dawes, Charles Lindbergh and Al Jolson were cultural icons. The time period also saw a thinly veiled cultural civil war in which a pluralistic society clashed over immigration, prohibition, evolution, the Ku Klux Klan, women’s rights and race - clashes that continue in the 21st century.
Tuition: $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Sun Oct 21-Nov 18 1PM-3PM Hickory Ridge XI-379 7873 #3476
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