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One-Hour Morning Classes
Course # 100 Aerobics - Low Impact
Calling both men and women! Come exercise in a spacious room which enables the body to move with the music. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a small towel.
Instructor: Montyne Atkinson (770-429-8881) Class size (30)
Course # 101 Calligraphy
Hear the compliments when you apply calligraphy to notes, cards and envelopes. It’s easy and fun, too. Good penmanship is not a prerequisite! A $10.00 supply fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
Instructor: Mary Lea Heroux Class size (10)
Course # 102 Current Events
Do you have an opinion concerning what is going on in the world around you? Would you be willing to share with other people who may agree or disagree with you in a collegial environment? Then you would enjoy the session on “Current Events”. You can bring virtually any issue to the session and the folks there will listen and share their opinions. This is a place where controversial issues are discussed in a civil manner. Come and join in.
Instructor: Howard Fields Class size (35)
Course # 103 Death, Taxes, and Investing
Death is certain, taxes are inevitable, and investments are a matter of opinion. All three of these areas inter-connect and can trigger untold problems for you or your loved ones without proper planning and information. Learn how to create an orderly transition when you “check out” so you don’t leave total chaos. In this class you will learn how to overcome many of the obstacles, learn the questions you need to ask, and leave with a TO-DO List to get you headed in the right direction.
Instructors: Randy Yeomans & Nic Yeomans Class size (25)
Course #104 History of the Mystery
Let me be your guide to the thrilling world of mysteries. Together we will explore the different genres in the mystery field from detective stories, police procedurals, thrillers, suspense, spy capers, true crimes and ghost stories.
Instructor: Al Johnson Class size (60)
Course # 105 Line Dance - Improver
* Rm #FLH
Students need to know basic line dance steps and step terminology. Leather sole shoes recommended for best movement.
Instructors: Nancy & Kent Morgan Class size (22)
Course # 106 Mind, Body, Spirit Connection
* Rm #327
Does how you think or feel affect your physical health? Can the food you eat hinder or help how you feel? How do you handle STRESS? Are you managing your time or is time managing you? There is inter-connectivity within us that this class will explore. Your body, mind & spirit have a unique ability to heal and move toward wholeness/wellness. Dr. Tinsley will provide practical applications to help you make your connections of Mind, Body & Spirit.
Instructor: Dr. Justin Tinsley, DC Class size (15)
Course # 107 Photography– Rediscovering the Joy
A hands-on discussion forum on the various aspects of enjoying your photography more each day. Tips and techniques in shooting and processing your photographs and sharing them with friends. We will discuss the advances in photography such as smart phones and easy to use digital equipment. Short photo assignments and reviewing your images for suggestions such as composition, lighting, black and white versus color, etc.
Instructor: Bob Kelley Class size (25)
Course # 108 Romans– A Guide to Christian Living
Romans is the only complete theology of Christianity in the New Testament as well as an application to our everyday life.
Instructor: Jim Setser Class size (30)
Course #109 Savvy Seniors
This class has something for everyone. We have a different presenter each week covering a variety of topics and activities of interest to Seniors. In the past we have covered: History, travel, health, technology, legal issues, IRS and even had a visit from a handler and his dog from the K9 Unit. We promote lively discussion and at times have been able to offer views and experiences to broaden the knowledge of our presenters.
Instructor: Barbara Key Class size (40)
Course # 110 Spirits of the Great American West
This is American history as you always wished it had been taught. The class is fast paced, fun, and very informative. In eight weeks we will discuss the original migrations into North America as well as the national evolution including the epic events that make the United States such a great nation. Most discussions will focus on the American West with an occasional slip back east of the Mississippi to make it more interesting. To date some 1300 students have enjoyed this re-look at our great country.
Instructor: Quentin Thomas Class size (40)
One-Hour Morning Classes 10:45-11:45
Course # 200 Beginning Line Dance
This class is a great aerobic workout to music. Come and learn basic line dance steps to a variety of music. This is a fun class for men and women.
Instructors: Jessica Townley & Linda Loud Class size (24)
Course # 201 Book Review & Discussion w/CCPLS
Each week a different member of the Cobb County Library staff will discuss book topics such as fiction, history, inspiration, travel and more – suggesting several books to read. This is an opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn of books to enhance your experience.
Instructor: Jonathan McKeown Class size (35)
Course #202 Comparative Religion
This comparative religion class is concerned with the systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world's major religions. In general the comparative study of religion yields a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophical concerns of religion such as ethics, metaphysics, and the nature and form of salvation. The study of such material is meant to give the individual a richer and more sophisticated understanding of human beliefs and practices regarding the sacred, spiritual and divine.
Instructor: Joel Smith Class size (60)
Course # 205 Investing and Planning
When it comes to Investing - what you DON"T know can make you scared or act in a harmful way - what you THINK you know could cause you to buy or sell the wrong thing or at the wrong time - and what you NEED to know is hard to learn. There needs to be a plan of action. In this class we will break down the INVESTMENT PLANNING in simple terms. We will provide information on investment techniques and dispel myths about certain types of investments.
Instructor: John Picardi Class size (15)
Course # 206 Persons and Events that Changed Our Country
During this course we will consider eight significant events in our history and the men and women who were associated with them. The events will be those with which students will have knowledge and therefore, make contributions to the class. The class will be informal with the opportunity for questions and comments.
Instructor: John Evans Class size (75)
Course # 207 Qigong
Qigong has been used for centuries for overall health and wellbeing. In this class the student will learn a series of gentle flowing movements that will have a positive effect on all the joints of the body.
Instructor: Shahida Baig Class size (15)
Course # 208 Reflections on Elections
The class will review the establishment of the United States presidency. In eight weeks we will discuss the debate that resulted in our current governmental structure and a number of the more interesting and consequential elections. Personalities and historical events will culminate in a look at “When Presidents Lie” and “Consequential Elections”. This is not a current events class. All elections discussed are pre-1990.
Instructor: Quentin Thomas Class size (60)
Course # 209 Strength Training & Balance
All fitness levels are welcome. Improve your quality of life. This class is designed specifically for seniors and can improve strength and balance as well as increase bone density. You will learn the proper technique to perform these exercises. It’s never too late to build muscle! Bring your own weights (3 to 8 lbs.) to class.
Instructor: Theresa Kalven Class size (35)
Course # 210 Writer's Workshop
This class is for anyone sincerely interested in and/or actively engaged in writing. Subject matter could be memoir, family history, fiction (any genre or length), essay, commentary, etc. The class will focus on techniques helpful to all forms of writing. Josh Langston, a bestselling novelist and freelance editor, will lead the group and offer tips, techniques and feedback. Students are encouraged to share their work and discover ways to improve it.
Instructor: Josh Langston Class size (30)
Course # 211 Writing Your Life Story
Leave a lasting legacy for your grandchildren and future generations. Your life story will reflect your struggles and hardships in early America, especially during the Depression, perhaps the Dust Bowl, and WWII. Your written legacy will live for generations beyond your lifetime. Not only will it be interesting and informative “history”, it will be treasured by your family.
Instructor: Lloyd Blackwell Class size (18)
Two-Hour Morning Classes 9:30-11:30
Course # 300 Advanced Bridge
Advance your game by improving your bidding and understanding your partner’s bidding. We play a lot and do believe that bridge is fun.
Instructors: Dennis Hajek & Jimmie Burrell Class size (28)
Course # 301 Advanced Computers
Win 10 - creates a new version every 6 Months: November & April. We cover all the latest additions and changes. New functions, configuration options, maintenance & apps. Internet, Network & WiFi setup, configuration, security Internet browser (Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Opera) secrets, Online banking, Online data & photo storage. Data storage options. Backup procedures. Disaster recovery. Free Office Suites, utilities, tools, apps & programs available. Non-structured class starts at 9:30 am. Discussion group & individual help starts at 9 AM and continues after class.
Instructor: Kent Raymond Class size (18)
Course # 302 Art of Fiction
Course # 303 Basket Weaving
We welcome all who are interested in exploring the art of Basket Weaving: Simple projects for beginners, more advanced options for those with experience; and you are also welcome to bring your own projects and enjoy the comradery of our class! Cost per project payable to the instructor.
Instructors: Sharon Bohart & Jane Jackson Class size (10)
Course # 304 Beginning Acrylic Painting
This class is acrylic painting instruction for beginners. No previous experience necessary and recommended supply list will be provided prior to beginning of class. Students MAY NOT take A.M. and P.M. acrylic classes in the same session.
Instructors: Joan Rockwell, Carolyn Wailes & Kate Posey Class size (15)
Course # 305 Birding for Recreation
Students will learn how to use binoculars and birding guides. There will be classroom and field instruction on how to locate and identify birds. Binoculars required (8x42 binoculars recommended, but not necessary). Course requirements; a pair of good walking shoes, PLUS the willingness to possibly miss an occasional later class as we will be making a few field trips away from FUMC.
Instructor: Pat Pepper Class size (20)
Course # 306 Chair Caning
You will learn how to cane your chair or stool. The project should be cleaned and ready to cane in either herringbone or French cane method. Pay instructor for supplies. Call instructor with questions. Herklotz 770-434-5383; Jarman 770-424-1198.
Instructors: Elaine & Richard Herklotz, & Susan Jarman Class size (12)
Course # 306B Cribbage for Beginners
Course # 307A Cribbage for Fun *Rm #253
Course #307 Introduction to P.C. & Windows 10
Learn the basic functions of your computer including emailing and attachments, how to safely surf the net, protect against malware and much more. This is a basic course for beginning and early learners of the computer. Taught with patience and knowledge by an instructor with 15 years experience teaching Seniors. All that is necessary is a LAPTOP COMPUTER and a desire to become more comfortable using your computer.
Instructors: Dick Edwards & Skip Sparks Class size (12)
Course # 308 Knitting & Crochet
New and experienced knitters and crocheters welcome. Come join our group to complete a project or start a new one. Get help with a difficult technique or learn new ones. If you don’t knit or crochet but want to learn, we can teach you the basics.
Instructors: Nelda Langoussis, Mary Troschak & Chris Poole Class size (20)
Course # 309 Needle Arts AM
Bring your own project to work on. We all have projects we have not finished. This class provides a time to work on your own but in a fun, helping atmosphere. Embroidery, counted cross stitch, and any other needle art you know how to do. Not a class for intensive or detailed instruction.
Instructors: Kathy Cooper & Glee Capehart Class size (10)
Course # 310 Quilting Bee
Now is the time to get back to work on that quilt project you have in the back of the closet. Bring your own project and share in an old-fashioned “Quilting Bee” atmosphere.
Instructors: Sue Draney & Mardy Wooden Class size (12)
Course # 311 Stained Glass—Lead Came Method or Foil
Learn the lead came or foil methods of doing stained glass. Hands on training. A $20 supply fee is due on the first day of class, paid to the instructor. The lead came will be available to purchase at cost. For more information call the instructor at (770) 401-4026. Students MAY NOT take both stained glass classes in the same session.
Instructors: Norman Marinoff & Warren Stang Class size (8)
One-Hour Afternoon Classes 1:00-2:00
Course # 400 Famous Crimes
Why study famous crimes? What can we learn by interesting ourselves in the misfortunes of others? Each crime is a cautionary tale that allows us to learn from the mistakes of others. The Famous Crimes covered in this class may be local or international, current or in the past. Crimes will not be repeated from previous classes.
Instructor: Charles Johnson Class size (60)
Course # 401 Indians of North America
North America was home to people representing a diversity of subsistence patterns, customs, and languages prior to the arrival of Europeans. Selected groups will be highlighted to show this diversity and the impact of Europeans/Americans on them. Among the groups to be discussed are the Cherokee, Hopi, and Eskimos.
Instructor: Betty Smith Class size (25)
Course # 402 Spring into Good Health
Each week Barbara, a Registered Dietitian, will discuss a different nutrition or healthy aging topic, including some recently published books. Even if you have taken a class with Barbara before, she continually updates the course material. Great information and handouts for anyone who wants to live well and stay healthy.
Instructor: Barbara Woodhouse, RD, LD Class size (30)
Course # 403 Women, Wealth and Wellness
*Rm # 330
Did you know women live an average of 4.9 years longer than men. Retirement dollars will need to stretch further for women. Women are more likely to need long-term care and often face some health-care needs alone. Married women may ultimately have sole responsibility for all financial decisions and disposition of the estate. This class looks at financial & investment planning, estate planning and tax planning for women. In the end, it's all about you. Your goals. Your dreams. Your security.
Instructors: Randy Yeomans & Nic Yeomans Class size (25)
Course #404 Should I Stay or Should I Go: Real Estate for Seniors
Stay in your home as you age or sell it? It is a dilemma many seniors face. This class is an opportunity to learn about modifying your home to age in place, in-home health care or assistance if needed and reverse mortgages to tap into your equity.
Instructor: Pam Neighbors Class size (20)
Course # 405 Yoga for Joint Health
This gentle class introduces basic yoga poses, breathing techniques and relaxation methods at a slower pace and in a safe environment. Learn about your muscles, bones and joints as you move, stretch and strengthen your body. Modifications for poses offered. All levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat.
Instructor: Linda Spencer Class size (15)
Two-Hour Afternoon Classes 1:00-3:00
Course # 500 Acrylics– Open Painting
Do you have painting projects to finish? Or no where to paint at home? Then this open painting class is for you. There will NOT be any instruction– you are on your own but with the time and place to paint.
Facilitator: Jack Gannon Class size (12)
Course # 501 Advanced Chair Caning
Students should have done at least 3 herring bone or 2 French caned chairs. For French Cane, students will be working advanced patterns such as daisy, star of David, snowflake and plantation using mixed sizes of cane. For Herringbone, students will work diamond, X and non-standard patterns both regular (repeating), irregular repeating and non-repeating patterns (i.e. tree-star-quilt, etc.)
Pay instructor for supplies.
Instructors: Richard Herklotz Class size (4)
Course # 502 Bible Journaling– Health as God Intended
Did you know your Bible is your nutrition guide and health practitioner? In 8 short weeks you will have an illustrated guide to the foods and oils of the bible. No previous art experience needed! Art supplies provided. $10 materials fee. Google bible journaling for examples. Student will be added to the Facebook group.
Instructors: Linda Oviatt & Dee Shepherd Class size (15)
Course # 503 Big History
The big picture, really big picture. From The Big Bang to The Final Blackout. The origin of the universe, the formation of the Solar System, the beginnings of life, dinosaurs, saber-tooth cats and human beings. Early civilizations, explorations, industrial revolutions. Major leaders good and bad, Caesar, Napoleon, Trump. What science projects will happen in the future. Sun goes nova, galaxies colliding, entropy. History on a big scale. Really big. Huge. Ginormous. And did we mention dinosaurs?
Instructor: Jack Le Moine Class size (60)
Course # 504 Birdhouse Building & Painting
In this unique class you will build a birdhouse and paint it with your choice of birds, flowers or whatever your creative mind desires. Making a one of a kind art piece. A supply fee will be payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
Instructor: Sue Ottosen Class size (10)
Course # 505 Bridge for FUN
Knowledge of Bridge is necessary. Have fun playing. Cards and score pads are provided.
Instructors: Cathryn Reinoehl & Joan Ingraham Class size (40)
Course # 506 Cultivating Creativity, The Artist’s Way Part II
This class explores ways to strengthen creativity in our lives. This can be defined in a wide number of ways including gardening, art-making, writing or sewing! Based on the classic The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, participants take small, daily actions such as planned walks, journaling to cultivate creative habits. Participants do not have to have previously taken this class. Students will commit to about 20 minutes of daily “homework”. Each person will need to purchase a copy of The Artist’s Way and have a large blank notebook.
Instructor: Gayle Torres Class size (10)
Course # 507 Hand & Foot Canasta for Beginners
This class is designed for the beginner. Come and learn the difference between a “dirty or clean canasta” and what it takes to “meld”. This will be a good refresh-er session for those who haven’t played recently. All are welcome: men and women.
Instructors: Montyne Atkinson & Barbara Turriglio Class size (8)
Course # 508 Hand & Foot Canasta for FUN
*Rm # 253
This class is for experienced players to enjoy an afternoon playing and meeting other experienced players.
Instructors: Montyne Atkinson & Barbara Turriglio Class size (24)
Course # 509 Knitting without Needles
Have you always wanted to learn to knit but, just couldn’t get the hang of it? Loom knitting is the answer! It’s not hard to learn and it’s easy on your hands. This is basic knitting. We will make hats and scarves to start. You will make something in our first class! Advanced students welcome, you can go on to learn new things. A $5 supply fee is due to the instructor at the first class.
Call Bonnie with any questions 678-760-4198.
Instructors: Bonnie Anderson & Judith Crichton Class size (10)
Course # 510 Mexican Train Dominoes for ALL
A fun game played with dominoes and enjoyed by all ages. No memory work required. No experience needed. Beginners through experienced players welcome. We use double 12 dominoes and follow written instructions.
Instructors: Virginia Wiley & Kay Simms Class size (30)
Course # 511 Needle Arts PM
Come join in with a fun group of needle workers. All needle and thread arts welcome; knit, crochet, embroidery, applique, quilting, etc. All levels of experience welcome. Want to learn a new skill, we will help you.
Instructors: Nelda Langoussis & Mary Troschak Class size (15)
Course # 512 Pine Needle Basket Coiling: Beginners
New students will learn to coil long leaf pine needles into small baskets and bowls using basic techniques. Learn to prepare the pine needles, start and end a basket, and coil a basket using the split stitch. Beginner kit will be $30 due to instructor on the first day of class. Homework is necessary to learn this historic Native American craft. This class is limited to first-time students.
Instructors: Linda Prater & Della Boyd Class size (5)
Course # 513 Pine Needle Basket Coiling: Returning
Students with some experience coiling baskets will advance their technique by learning additional stitches such as swirling basic, V, fern, and ti and the use of alternate thread types. Learn to add beads and colorful wraps. Stretch your imagination to create an unlimited variety of baskets.
Instructors: Linda Prater & Della Boyd Class size (12)
Course # 514 Silk Floral Arrangements
First class will demonstrate the mechanics of making floral arrangements. Handout sheets will be distributed for information and guidance. Each class will complete floral arrangement. Class fee of $20 payable to the instructor on first day of class. Supplies will be distributed on the first class day.
Instructors: Theresa Kalven & Brenda Horton Class size (10)
Course # 516 Stained Glass Copper Foil Method
Learn while making great gifts. 10% lecture, 90% hands on training. Beginners and novices get special attention, intermediates, advanced, and pros get help when required. $20 supply fee due on first day of class to instructor. For more information, call instructor at 770-795-9431. Students MAY NOT take both AM & PM classes in same session.
Instructors: JoAnne Scarbro & David Danko Class size (8)
All the instructors at ELM are volunteers. They give of their time, talent and energy for our students, sharing knowledge and skill as they give back what they have learned.