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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 Android Smartphones
This is the class to help you if you are new to Android Smartphones or want to be more comfortable using your phone. The class will cover the basics, apps: the value of apps and how to download, plus things you did not know you can do with a smartphone. You will learn how to take better photos with your phone and basic editing of your photos. Learn how to keep your phone running smoothly and much more.
Instructors: Dick Edwards & Skip Sparks Class size (20)
Course # 102 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 # 103 Cornerstones
A study of the personalities of the twelve apostles and why Jesus chose them.
Instructor: Jim Setser Class size (15)
Course # 104 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 # 105 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. 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 # 106 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!
Instructors: Dr. Dee Shepherd & Betty Hardwick Class size (20)
Course # 107 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 # 108 Georgia Exploration
From the land of trembling earth in the Okefenokee Swamp to the trout streams of the north Georgia mountains, the state of Georgia transforms itself at every turn with its beauty that is unsurpassed. Georgia bursts forth in celebrations of landscapes, cities, history, and hospitality. Join us as we learn more about this glorious region that is known for pecans and peaches, Cabbagetown and Cabbage Patch, golf and gators. Let’s explore Georgia together!
Instructor: Dixie Whitman Class size (15)
Course # 109 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 # 110 Reflections on Elections
From the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to recent elections, the United States presidency has been pursued by many colorful individuals. With the exceptions of impeachment and resignation, this class will look at elections prior to the 1950’s to avoid “current events”. The peaceful transition of the most powerful office in the world has long been surrounded with controversy, some cases chicanery and in some cases corruption (in the eyes of the beholders). The class is a-political and presented in a light-hearted manner with many tidbits and perspectives that make our president and electoral process come alive like never before.
Instructor: Quentin Thomas Class size (40)
Course # 111 SAIL: Stay Active & Independent for Life
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a strength, balance and fitness program for aging adults. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness are the single most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chance of falling. The entire curriculum of activities in the SAIL program can help improve strength and balance. Light hand weights are used and all levels of fitness are welcome. Most of this class is standing but modifications are available for seated. This class will make you stronger, feel better, stay active and prevent falls. Please bring hand weights with you for class.
Instructor: Tara Vroman Class size (30)
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 (15)
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 (40)
Course # 205 Cowboys, Indians & Others
*Rm # 254
There is a fascination with the Great American West. Americans moving into a new land beyond the Appalachian Mountains into the Louisiana Territory and on to the west coast after the War with Mexico opened up a new and exciting land. The gold rushes increased this movement and the characters this movement produced is exciting. This class will start with “Myths” of the west and identify critical areas in the movement. Learn about, Great Cultures, Conflicts, Legendary Women and Characters of the West. The class is discussion based, with hard copy maps and is a spin-off of the Spirits of The Great American West that has been presented to over 1700 students.
Instructor: Quentin Thomas Class size (40)
Course # 206 Events that Shaped & Changed our Country
In our country’s history, many events have occurred and impacted our country to contribute to our growth. Among those to be considered are: The Constitutional Convention (and Bill of Rights), Louisiana Purchase, Monroe Doctrine, Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad, the Panama Canal, etc. We will discuss the events in an informal manner with opportunity for comments and questions.
Instructor: John Evans Class size (60)
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 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 (30)
Course # 209 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 # 210 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 (18)
Course # 211 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 # 212 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)
Course # 213 Write Your Book Now!
You’ve been talking for years about writing *that* book. Maybe it’s a novel; maybe it’s a memoir; maybe it’s a collection of essays your great aunt Gussie wrote during the Spanish-American war. The point is, the book can’t write itself. Only you can do that. Learn some writing strategies, how to organize, and pick up some tips about storytelling, too. Best of all, get feedback on your project from classmates, all of whom will share some of your questions and concerns. Instructor Josh Langston has authored a dozen novels, several short story collections, and four textbooks on writing in addition to editing the ELM anthologies. $10 text-book, email access, and a word processor are required.
Instructor: Josh Langston Class size (30)
Two-Hour Morning Classes 9:30-11:30
Course # 300 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 # 301 Art of Fiction
This class session we will cover three outstanding 20th century novels from African-American novelists Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison and Alice Walker. As always, our quest will be to understand and appreciate what makes these novels unique and deserving of a place in the literary canon of great American novels. The novels we will consider are Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Ellison’s Invisible Man and Walker’s The Color Purple. These works were both acclaimed and critiqued upon their publication, and among the questions we will ask of them is whether they deserved the praise or the blame bestowed on them. Come and weigh in for yourself! We will have good discussions, great fun, and yes, we will learn a few things, too! Great stuff.
Instructor: Jeff Plowman Class size (30)
Course # 302 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 # 303 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 # 304 From Page to Stage
Calling all booklovers and movie fans! Can a “good” movie be made of a “good” book? We’ll read three classic books and view three movies made of them. Then we’ll discuss the books themselves and their movie versions. What is each book about and how does it speak to us? What edits have moviemakers made in bringing the books to screen? How does using this medium affect our perceptions? The selections are To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), and Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). Please bring your own copies of the books; the movies will be shown in class.
Instructor: Beth Hudson Class size (12)
Course # 305 Intermediate Bridge
This class is the next step for beginning bridge players and for people returning to bridge. Above all, we have fun.
Instructors: Dennis Hajek & Jimmie Burrell Class size (28)
Course # 306 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 # 307 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 # 308 Open Studio Acrylic Painting
Bring your acrylic paints, canvases, and brushes and enjoy painting with others. Short videos will be shown covering different techniques used in acrylic painting. No formal instruction will be given, but there will be lots of peer encouragement!
Facilitators: Carol Banks & Ann Kirk Class size (14)
Course # 309 Play Texas Hold Em for FUN
Ready to try a new card game? Tournament Poker is popular, fun and exciting. We will cover the basics, strategies and we’ll play a lot. We will primarily play No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em , but will also cover Limit Texas Hold ‘Em. Easy to learn, so give it a try!
Instructor: Dave Gamberoni Class size (32)
Course # 310 Quiltmaker
Construct a baby/youth or lap quilt top using your choice of fabrics. Pattern and supply list will be provided. Basic sewing skills and a few supplies will be needed. You can even bring your own project to work on as part of our quilting bee.
Instructors: Sue Draney & Mardy Wooden Class size (10)
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: Al Johnson Class size (60)
Course # 401 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 #402 Genealogy for All, Let’s Have Fun!
From start to more advanced steps in genealogy. What you will discover in your family tree is YOUR story! From websites, to church records and discovering the unknown places to look for records this class will open the doors to YOUR story.
Instructors: Bob & Sally Hatfield Class size (20)
Course # 403 Live Well in the New Year
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) 11.
Course # 404 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 (10)
Course #405 Real Estate for Seniors: When is it time to Move on Down the Road?
Are you “aging in place” or selling the house you’ve lived in for 30+ years? This information packed class is tailor-made for the senior who wants up-to-date real estate information, resources and answers to their housing needs.
Instructor: Pam Neighbors Class size (20)
Course # 406 Sudoku
*Rm # 328
Each week I will introduce two new puzzles, one easy and one more difficult depending on the makeup of the class. You will work the puzzle you choose for about 30 minutes and then we will have a discussion regarding various solving strategies. I will present my approach to working the grid and participants will share what works for them. This class will help you solve more puzzles and increase the difficulty of the puzzles you attempt.
Instructor: Marvin Dudek Class size (10)
Course # 407 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 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 Baha’u’llah Teachings on Our Spiritual Reality
This course provides a glimpse at Baha'u'llah's (the Founder of the Baha'i Faith) teachings on our spiritual reality, re-emphasizing the essential spirit of all major Faiths clothed in a language that we can all understand and relate to. The Founder of this Faith was a prisoner and exile of the Persian and Ottoman empires during the course of His entire Revelation (1852-92). A $5 book fee is payable to the Instructor on the first day of class.
Instructor: Roger K Doost Class size (25)
Course # 502 Bridge for FUN
Knowledge of Bridge is necessary. Have fun playing. Cards and score pads are
Instructors: Cathryn Reinoehl & Joan Ingraham Class size (40)
Course # 503 Card Stamping 101
Have you ever received a handmade card? Come learn how to make your own all occasion cards from “Get Well Wishes”, to “Thinking of You”, or “Happy Birthday”. Each week we will make two cards. Supply fee of $20 will be collected by instructor on the first day of class.
Instructor: Linda Boisjolie & Sandy McClain Class size (20)
Course # 504 Finished Art
Do you have any art projects to finish? Or no space to inspire you at home? Then this open arts class is for you. There will NOT be any instruction– you are on your own but with the time and place to work with others.
Facilitator: Jack Gannon Class size (12)
Course # 505 Frame it Up
Do you have a photo, an art piece, or a drawing you’d like to have Framed? In this class you will learn everything you need to know to professionally Frame your own piece. Small fee for framing materials payable to the Instructor (fee based of materials chosen).
Instructor: Sue Ottosen Class size (8)
Course # 506 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 # 507 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 # 508 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 # 509 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 & Mary Troschak Class size (15)
Course # 510 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. 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 # 511 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 # 512 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 (15)
Course # 513 Powerful Tools for Caregivers
*Rm # 259
An educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.
Instructors: Amy Woodell & Connie Gorz Class size (15)
Course # 514 Return Of the Woodcarvers
Do you have an unfinished carving piece that you’ve been wanting to complete or a new piece you’ve been wanting to carve? I will be there to guide you and offer suggestions to help you complete your piece. You will need to bring your own carving tools and supplies. This is not a beginner class, you need to have a basic knowledge of carving.
Instructor: Kent Morgan Class size (8)
Course # 515 Seven Biggest European Decades 1805-1875
Each class shall cover one decade of history from 1805 to 1875. This period saw the European powers at their zenith of World power and influence with colonies everywhere. The countries of the Western hemisphere traced their heritages from European cultures.
Instructor: Jack Le Moine Class size (60)
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.