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These are the classes for Spring 2019 and represent the types of classes in a typical ELM session. Check back this summer for the Fall 2019 Class list and registration.
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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 Discovering Cobb County
Have you ever been curious about the history of Cobb County? Do you want to know more about the people, places and events that shaped its history? Come and discover Cobb County with Marietta Museum of History, Collections Manager, Christa McCay as she takes you through Cobb County from the Native Americans all the way to the present.
Instructor: Christa McCay Class size (50)
Course # 104 DIY Toxin Free Living with Essential Oils
Are you tired? Can’t lose weight? Trouble sleeping? All these things (and more!) are toxins in your home. Come learn natural alternatives. The Dirty Dozen and their cousins are reeking havoc with you! Make natural hand cleaners, toe nail support, body care and more! There will be a $20 supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
Instructors: Dr. Dee Shepherd & Betty Hardwick Class size (20)
Course # 105 Eight Weeks to Wellness
Would you like to learn how to avoid cancer, heart disease or diabetes? Each week we will discuss different topics that will help you learn how to do just that! Topics covered include, nutrition and supplements, toxicity and deficiency, self assessment and so much more!
Instructors: Dr. Justin Tinsley, DC & Kelli Tinsley Class size (20)
Course # 106 Line Dance -Improver
* Rm #FLH
Designed for line dancers who already know the basic steps and step terminology, this class will help improve your line dance skills! Leather sole shoes recommended for best movement.
Instructors: Linda & Vann Prater Class size (22)
Course # 107 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 (25)
Course #108 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 (50)
Course # 109 Semper Fido: Heroic Dogs Unleashed
Are you delighted by dogs? By providing opportunities to interact with and be educated by working dog experts, this class is intended to enlighten and engage attendees with the various fields in which pooches work. We will seek learning from a wide variety of experts: K9 training, therapy dogs, Search and Rescue and more. There is no shortage of areas where dogs have a heroic impact and we hope to provide a wide-angle panorama of subjects. Come join us and learn how the human-canine bond allows dogs to be man's best friend and protector.
Instructor: Dixie Whitman Class size (15)
Course # 110 The Effect of Literature on My Life & Thought
*Rm # 327
In this class, we will look at how literature & poetry from Shakespeare, Dickinson, Austin, Wilde & others effect our outlook on life, our families and changes our perspective. We will cover literature and poetry – humorous and otherwise. I will cover great humorists in books, movies, and television such as Ogden Nash, Damon Runyon, and the incomparable P. G. Wodehouse. For those of you raised in the South I will share my unusual take on “Gone With The Wind” - it is truly my own delusion based on having seen the movie and read the book.
Instructor: Al Johnson Class size (15)
Course # 111 The New Retirement
The New Retirement– it’s not an ending but- A New Beginning. Have your best Retirement Life Journey. A creative and interactive class for individuals and couples seeking to maximize their second half experience. We will address Unique Financial and the equally important, Non-Financial aspects of THE NEW RETIREMENT lead by your Coach who has been living and learning this journey personally for 10+ years. A totally new class that will stretch your thinking, strategies, and options to enjoy the gift of the second half of life.
Instructors: Randy Yeomans & Nic Yeomans Class size (25)
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 Bible Journaling– The Art of Faith & Health (Beginners)
Faith and Art, no art experience needed. In this class, you will learn how to visually bring scriptures alive in your bible, or art journal. There is a $10 supply fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
Instructor: Dr. Dee Shepherd & Betty Hardwick Class size (10)
Course # 202 Bible Journaling The Art of Faith & Health (Returning)
Faith and Art-continue to expand on your visual expression of the scriptures. There is a $10 supply fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
Instructor: Dr. Dee Shepherd & Betty Hardwick Class size (10)
Course # 203 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 (30)
Course #204 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 Death, Taxes & 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 #206 Examining Our “Funny” Bone 3
“More Please, I’m a Glutton for Punishment” As the newest “Funny” Bone course you are cordially invited to experience more of the humorous and “crazy” stuff we encounter in our senior life. Dare to take part: in the games we played, the politically incorrect jokes we told, understanding our partners, creating our humorous legacy, appreciating art (as never before), finding morals to our stories,
figuring out life’s signs and of course much MORE! Whether we laugh because it’s funny, laugh instead of crying or just laugh at
“things” even when we do not know why we’re laughing, Join us because: Laughter is Our Best Anti-aging Remedy, if we don’t die
Instructor: Dr. Mark Levine Class size (25)
Course # 207 Hard STUFF Planning
So you have reached a time in your life where you need a plan for your investments, savings, home & the general stuff collected over the years of your life. What do you do - who do you need - what are your options?!? This class is designed to answer these questions and more - such as: Selecting an Advisor, Investing tools and portfolios, Wills, Trusts, Health Care directives, & Powers of Attorney. An Attorney and a Financial Adviser share their combined knowledge to help you through the HARD planning we all need to do sooner rather that when it’s to late.
Instructors: John Picardi & Robert Meyring Class size (20)
Course # 208 Introduction to Genealogy
Leave a family legacy, become a detective and learn your family history. Gain strength and encouragement through new-found knowledge about how they survived immense hardships and impossible moves that got them to your location/generation. We will concentrate on two short-cuts that will get you quick results.
Instructor: Lloyd Blackwell Class size (16)
Course # 209 One Light-Many Lamps
In this course, we will explore together similarities among all major faiths; i.e., God, Personal God, Transcendent God, the purpose of religion, moral teachings, and the yearning for reconciliation to expedite "Peace on earth as it is in Heaven" which is the purpose and foundation of all faiths, reiterated and emphasized in the Baha'i Teachings. The cost of the booklets is $5 which includes "One Light - Many Lamps" and "the Hidden Words" which is the gist of moral teachings in all Faiths.
Instructor: Roger Doost Class size (15)
Course # 210 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 # 211 The Civil War Era from the Civilian Perspectives
This class will use primary sources and actual civil war era artifacts to tell about the lives of Americans before and during the Civil War. We will look at clothing and fashions, money used and banking practices, presidential campaigns of 1860 and 1869.We will dive into a local story, the ordeal of the Roswell Mill workers taken from their homes and sent North. We will also learn how mail was sent and some of the letters from the Union soldiers.
Instructor: Phillip Whiteman Class size (50)
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
This class session we will cover three short novels of “transformations”--- Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. These works, despite their stage and film adaptations, are creative efforts to say something serious about human nature and our human condition, and in this sense they aspire to great literature. Do they succeed as great literature? Well, as always, that judgment will rest in the eye of the beholder, in this case, all who sign up for the class and go on this journey with us. Come and weigh in for yourself! Good discussions, great fun, and a few things learned along the way! More great stuff.
Instructor: Jeff Plowman Class size (30)
Course # 303 Basket Weaving
Come and make a beautiful basket (or 2) for your home or as a gift! We will offer projects accessible to all and offer hand-on help in each 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. A recommended supply list will be provided
prior to the beginning of class. Students MAY NOT take A.M. and P.M. acrylic classes in the same session.
Instructors: Joan Rockwell, Kate Posey & Carolyn Wailes Class size (15)
Course # 305 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 #306 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.
Instructor: Dick Edwards Class size (12)
Course # 307 Knitting, Crochet & Needle Arts
Come join in with a fun group of needle workers. All needle and thread arts welcome; knit, crochet, embroidery, applique, quilting, etc.
Bring in your own project and enjoy the company of fellow needle artist. Experience necessary - No Beginners.
Instructors: Nelda Langoussis, Chris Poole & Glee Capehart Class size (20)
Course # 308 Quiltmaker
We are making a table runner using spring toned fabrics for an Easter table décor. Pattern and supply list will be provided. Basic sewing skills and a few supplies will be needed. Or, bring your own project to work on as part of our Quilting Bee Section.
Instructors: Sue Draney & Mardy Wooden Class size (10)
Course # 309 Recreational Birding
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 # 310 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 Beginning Conversational French
The class will learn basic French vocabulary including introductions and building simple sentences. We will form questions for everyday scenarios for traveling and eating in restaurants. The goal of this course is to get students involved as soon as possible so they can experience actually speaking the language and building on that with each class. Use of reading aloud and working in pairs prompting one another with overseeing of the instructor.
Instructor: Teri Douglas Class size (18)
Course # 401 Coins & Currency
*Rm # 328
We will cover topics such as US silver coins, US Mint issues, Dahlonega Mint, Obsolete US notes, any other numismatic topic suggested by the class. Bring in your coins and currency to be graded and evaluated. Why is one Peace dollar worth $14 and another $700? Find out the answer in “Coins and Currency”.
Instructor: Marvin Dudek Class size (10)
Course # 402 Famous Crimes
Forewarned is forearmed! Evil is afoot in the world! Studying noted recent crimes as well as those notorious crimes of the past will help guard you against the evil of today! Come learn to be prepared! Al Johnson has been teaching this class for the last two years and varies the crimes taught each time. Also, students’ input into the crimes studied is encouraged. Discussion by the class is welcomed. Some examples off cases covered in the past include; Lizzie Borden, OJ Simpson, Ted Bundy, Blood Mountain and Parkland School Shooting.
Instructor: Al Johnson Class size (60)
Course # 403 Funny Bone Storytelling
Learn how to be a storyteller, and enjoy the stories told by international storytellers and also by the classmates who choose to tell their stories. Together we will “tell the tale” and “spin the yarns” of yesterday and today including – our stories, limericks, fables, shaggy dog stories. Since seniors are societies consummate storytellers, we will also learn how to create compelling stories about our selves and family members in order to pass on our “living legacy”.
Instructor: Dr. Mark Levine Class size (25)
Course # 404 Introduction to Beading
Beading is a very special way to create personalized pieces of jewelry for yourself or to give as gifts. A small part of the maker is in every piece. This class will teach how to make bracelets/necklaces/earrings/rings using a variety of beads. The intent of the class is to give the students basic skills to complete these projects and create projects on their own. Although the class is scheduled from 1-2PM, I can stay in the classroom until 3PM. Instructor will provide beads for the first piece – students will then be requested to buy beads of their choice for the rest of the classes. Supply fee of $5 payable the first day of class. Will not include working with seed beads.
Instructor: Rebecca Johnson Class size (10)
Course # 405 Love Poems of Rumi
In this course, we discuss and explore Rumi's poetry. Rumi was a thirteenth century renowned Persian poet/philosopher who yearned for religious tolerance, reconciliation and love among God's children...to expedite peace and brotherhood on earth. Cost of the booklet and teaching material: $5.00.
Instructor: Roger Doost Class size (15)
Course # 406 Mindful Arts Tai Chi
Tai chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind, body, and spirit. In this class, students will learn Sun style tai chi. Sun style uses a higher posture and has less kicks and punches than other forms of tai chi. Numerous studies have shown tai chi improves balance, lowers blood pressure, increases mindfulness, muscular strength, flexibility, fitness, and improves immunity.
Instructor: Jim Beasley Class size (14)
Course # 407 Rediscovering Photography In Our Everyday Lives
A hands-on discussion on how we can discover photography for the first time, or improve our existing skills in the hobby. Class shoots and field trips will emphasize the non-technical aspects of photography such as discovering light, composition, sharing our photography with others, “light painting”, local photography opportunities, photographing children and pets, and various aspects of black and white and color.
Instructor: Bob Kelley Class size (20)
Course # 408 Spring into Good Health
Are you looking to improve your health this spring? Each week, Barbara, a Registered Dietitian, will discuss a different nutrition and healthy aging topic, including some recently published books. Barbara continually updates the course material. Great information and handouts for anyone who wants to live well ands stay healthy.
Instructor: Barbara Woodhouse, RD, LD Class size (40)
Course # 409 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 (20)
Two-Hour Afternoon Classes 1:00-3:00
Course # 500 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 # 501 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 # 502 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 # 503 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 refresher session for those who haven’t played recently. All are welcome: men and women.
Instructors: Montyne Atkinson & Barbara Turriglio Class size (8)
Course # 504 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 # 505 Mexican Train Dominoes for ALL
A fun game played with dominoes and enjoyed by all ages. No memory work re-quired. 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 # 506 Needle Arts PM
Come join in with a fun group of needle workers. All needle and thread arts wel-come; knit, crochet, embroidery, applique, quilting, etc. All levels of experience welcome. Want to learn a new skill, we will help you.
Instructors: Nelda Langoussis Class size (15)
Course # 507 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 & Magali Huertas Class size (5)
Course # 508 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 & Magali Huertas Class size (15)
Course # 509 Seven Most Recent Decades (1946-2015)
Unlike the other 7 Decades courses in this series, this course covers the decades you actually lived through. You do not have to imagine living in a previous time; you actually did live during these decades. What was going on in the world? For your grand-children, this course will be like all the rest – world history, but for you, this is a course of current events. It is a brief review of the news that you saw on tv or read about in the newspapers – and maybe some news that you missed. Each class session covers one decade of history. You will learn about events in politics, the arts, sports, and the culture generally. We cover the United States and the rest of the world.
Instructor: Jack Le Moine Class size (40)
Course # 510 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)
Course # 511 Texas Hold ‘Em for FUN
*Rm # 305
Tournament Poker is popular, fun and exciting. This class is for those that have taken a previous “Texas Hold ‘Em” class at ELM or are experienced with the game. There will be NO INSTRUCTION. This is just a chance for us to play cards and have some fun!
Instructors: Ursula Gruenewald & Jessica Townley Class size (30)
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.