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Winter ELM Session - January 7 - February 25
7 weeks on Tuesdays - January 7, 14, (21 NO ELM), 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25
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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 Cornerstones
*Rm # 104
A study of the personalities of the twelve apostles and why Jesus chose them.
Instructor: Jim Setser Class size (25)
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 Eight Weeks to Wellness
*Rm # 303
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 # 104 Fractured Franglais
*Rm # 305
Are you planning a trip to France and need a few key phrases to communicate? This class is intended for people who speak no French, as in zero, zilch, never, nada ever. We will learn some basic conversational French, interspersed with delicious cultural highlights, intriguing morsels of French history, and triumphs over basic French grammar. You need to purchase the Berlitz French phrasebook, "Phrase Book & Dictionary", published April 1, 2018 and bring it to each class. We'll be using the phrase-book, videos, worksheets, and practice sessions so our classes will be bro-ken into smaller segments and bridged between English and French.
Instructor: Dixie Whitman Class size (15)
Course # 105 Introduction to Sign Language
*Rm # 320
An introduction to sign language based on ASL (American Sign Language). We will discuss deafness and hearing impaired situations. Also we will learn finger spelling and ASL in the value of talking to the deaf. There will be an earplug fee collected on the first class.
Instructor: Linda Bundy Class size (10)
Course # 106 Line Dance—High Beginner
*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. If you are not sure if you are ready for this class, please call me so we can talk. Nancy: 678-524-5272
Instructors: Nancy & Kent Morgan Class size (22)
Course # 107 Mid 19th Century Civilians: Before & During the Civil War
*Rm # 263
The Mid 19th Century was a turbulent time in American history. Looking at different topics each week we will learn how civilians faced challenges before and during the Civil War. Topics will include fashions worn before and during the war, the political situation with the 1860 and 1864 Presidential campaigns, how banking worked in America leading up to and during the war, currency used, how the postal system and so, so much more! When possible, original artifacts from my private collections will be displayed to add to the lectures.
Instructor: Phillip Whiteman Class size (60)
Course # 108 Our Constitution
*Rm # 254
The United States Constitution is the oldest governing document in the world. Learn why and how it came to be and how it works. This is a story that every American should know. Upon completion of this course you will know more about your Constitution than 95% of Americans. Get to know the origins, the founders, the debates, discussions, arguments and compromises from which it arose. This is not an academic class.
Instructor: Quentin Thomas Class size (45)
Course # 109 The Effect of Literature on My Life & Thoughts
*Rm # 321
In this class, we will look at how literature & poetry from Shakespeare, Dickin-son, 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 (20)
Course # 110 The New Tax Law
*Rm # 330
Retirement Accounts & Estate Strategies
How can the New Tax Law seriously impact many of today’s retirees?
In this class we will discuss Reduction strategies that could benefit your
retirement accounts, Ideas on how/when to best take income from Retirement Accounts (including Required Minimum Distributions), Tax-Reducing Charita-ble Giving Strategies to Benefit Causes You Care About Now and at Death,
Basics of Estate Planning, How and When to use Trusts, Basic Social Security rules, AND if you are not currently taking Social Security, each student will re-ceive a free Social Security Timing Report.
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. Each class builds on dance steps learned - attendance is very important to your success.
Instructors: Jessica Townley & Vicki Taylor Class size (24)
Course # 201 Book Review & Discussion w/CCPLS
*Rm # 253
Each week a different member of the Cobb County Public Library staff will dis-cuss 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: Terri Tresp Class size (30)
Course # 202 Comparative Religion Conversations
*Rm # 252
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 # 203 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 (50)
Course # 204 Everything You Wanted to Know About
*Rm # 321
Wills, Trusts, Estate & Probate
This seven-week course is designed to instruct and inform the individual student about important principles of estate planning and how to apply these important planning principles to one’s life. The class is taught by attorney Robert S. Meyring. He will cover Wills, Financial and Health Care Documents, Guardianships, the Probate Process, and much more!
Instructor: Robert Meyring Class size (25)
Course # 205 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. 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 $12 payable the first day of class. Will not include working with seed beads. Students CANNOT take both AM and PM Beading classes.
Instructors: Rebecca Johnson & Betty Hardwick Class size (12)
Course # 206 Introduction to Genealogy
*Rm # 325
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 & Robert Sapp Class size (18)
Course # 207 One Light– Many Lamps
*Rm # 320
The essence of all faiths is one and the same. This course puts emphasis on similarities among all faiths (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Baha'i Faith together with some sublime related poems) in regard to prayers and meditation, God, Transcendent God, Personal God, the meaning of Faith, the Golden Rule, etc. There will be a $5 fee for the course materials needed for this class.
Instructor: Roger Doost Class size (15)
Course # 208 Pollinator Paradise - Build it and they will come
*Rm # 305
Creative planning for the birds, bees, pollinators and plants in your yard this year! With the help of a few guest speakers who are experts in butterflies, bees, native plants and more, you are going to gain enough knowledge to design and build your very own Butterfly/Pollinator Garden and Bee House. The instructor will provide a list of supplies needed for your pollinator
Instructor: Dixie Whitman Class size (15)
Course # 209 Qigong
*Rm # 255
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 joints in the body.
Instructor: Shahida Baig Class size (18)
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 (30)
Course # 211 Tax Free Retirement
*Rm # 330
Are you paying Uncle Sam too much? This class will focus on teaching retirees and pre-retirees how to MAXIMIZE tax advantages in their finances. Learn tips and techniques to make retirement accounts as TAX-FREE as possible as well as making company stock tax-favorable. You will also learn two important tax rules that can allow for tax-free withdrawals from 401ks, IRAs and potentially reduce your RMDs the government requires you take out. Finally, help ensure your estate plan can be tax-beneficial for you, your spouse, your heirs, and your legacy for years to come. Instructors Randy Yeomans and Nic Yeomans will also be joined by a local CPA and Tax Expert. This is one you don’t want to miss!
Instructors: Randy Yeomans & Nic Yeomans Class size (25)
Course # 212 The Unseen Israel- Take a Journey through The Promised Land
*Rm # 263
We will journey through rarely visited and recently discovered sites in God's Promised Land. This class is certain to spark your interest and ignite your passion for one of the most amazing and storied places on Earth. Three regions of Israel will be explored, Northern, Central and Southern each having their own significance and treasures. Tim and his wife Rachael have spent a total of over 24 weeks during 12 different trips to Israel. During these trips they have become friends with many influential people in the archaeological community who have provided the experiences Tim will be sharing with you during this class. We hope you enjoy! Tim Gelinas is a former ordained campus minister at The University of Georgia.
Instructor: Tim Gelinas Class size (60)
Course # 213 Write Your Life Story
*Rm # 303
You’ve talked about it long enough. Now it’s time to get busy! Join bestselling author Josh Langston for an informative and engaging approach to memoir writing. You may not want to focus on your own life, and that’s fine; there are plenty of stories to tell. Find out how to fashion yours in the most intriguing way. The required textbook will be available from the instructor for $10.
Instructor: Josh Langston Class size (25)
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 two novels from Nobel Prize winning authors Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison. The novels, Love in the Time of Cholera by Garcia Marquez and The Song of Solomon by Morrison, are sometimes overlooked in favor of the “masterpiece” novels of each author, but the case can be made for each that, even as “second” masterworks, they present a worthy challenge and deserve a ranking among the great novels of the 20th century. Academic debates aside, both novels are enjoyable to read and provide many of the satisfactions of great literature. We will have good discussions, great fun, and yes, we will learn a few things, too. Join us!
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 Intermediate Bridge
*Rm # 256
This class is the next step for beginning bridge players and for people returning to bridge. Above all, we have fun!
Instructors: Jimmie Burrell & Cathryn Reinoehl Class size (28)
Course # 305 Introduction to P.C. & Windows 10
*Rm # 259
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 # 306 Keep On Painting!
*Rm # 306
A class for those who have painted before and wish to continue their work in the company of other painters. You can share ideas and learn from each other while painting independently.
Moderator: Carolyn Wailes Class size (10)
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: Chris Poole & Glee Capehart Class size (20)
Course # 308 Quiltmaker
Gather your fabric scraps and join us in creating a log cabin quilt top for a table runner, table topper or wall hanging. Log cabin is a favorite and versatile old pattern. We’ll have instructions and supply list for you on the first day of class. Basic sewing skills and tools will be needed. You can bring your own project to work as part of our Quilting Bee section.
Instructors: Sue Draney & Mardy Wooden Class size (10)
Course # 309 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 AARP Driver Safety Class
*Rm # 263
Take the AARP Driver Safety classroom course and you could save money on your car insurance. This is a six-hour course with lively format with videos, lecture, discussion, etc. With a short registration period on the first day. We will complete the course with a short review session on the last class. The cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Please bring exact change or check to the first class. Costs are for the course manual and the course certificate (which you will receive at the end of the course.)
Instructor: Gloria Brown Class size (50)
Course # 401 Famous Crimes
*Rm # 330
Forewarned is forearmed! 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 (25)
Course # 402 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 $12 payable the first day of class. Will not include working with seed beads.
Instructor: Rebecca Johnson Class size (10)
Course # 403 Reflections on Life After Death
Reflections on Life After Death is a class demonstrating similarities among all faiths on the idea of the soul and life beyond. From various religious and philosophical perspectives - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Baha'i Faith together with some sublime related poems. There will be a $5 fee for the course materials needed for this class.
Instructor: Dr. Roger Doost Class size (30)
Course # 404 Retirement Success
*Rm # 252
This class is designed to be fun and interactive as well as informative. Mutual Funds and annuities can be integral parts of a sound retirement plan, how you use them will determine your financial stability and peace of mind. There is a lot of information and misinformation about these investments and you will learn the good and the bad about both. Everyone chose to attend this class to learn, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions! Each participant will receive a complimentary personal financial review, which will allow them to address any of the pitfalls or areas of concern in their retirement picture.
Instructor: Tim Gelinas Class size (25)
Course # 405 Sudoku For Beginners
*Rm # 303
Want to learn how to play Sudoku? You play only easy puzzles and want to improve your solving techniques? This class will cover basic solving techniques. Each week, we will solve a Sudoku puzzle and I will explain the process from start to completion.
Instructor: Marvin Dudek Class size (10)
Course # 406 Texas Hold ‘Em Poker for Fun
*Rm # FLH
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 & Sarah Renard Class size (16)
Course # 407 What the Dickens...
*Rm # 325
Does anyone still read Charles Dickens? He’s SO old school, isn’t he? In this class we’ll decide that question for ourselves. We’ll explore his fascinating life and the life in two of his novels. We will study the vivid settings, the complex plots, the social messages, and the incomparable characters that mark his work. Please bring your own copies of David Copperfield and Great Expectations. We’ll also take a look at some of the film versions of these novels. Each student will be assigned some character analysis to present to the class.
Instructor: Beth Hudson Class size (12)
Course # 408 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 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 # 502 Card Creations
*Rm # 328
Students will complete 2 cards each week. This is NOT a Beginners class! All students will need to bring the following items to class each week; ruler, #2 pencil, colored pencils, scotch tape, adhesives-glue & tape runner, standard scissors & small fussy cut scissors. There is a $14 class fee due to the instructor on the first class. This fee covers all paper products, inks and specialty items.
Instructors: Nancy Morgan & Merry Kerns Class size (10)
Course # 503 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 # 504 How to Have Your Yard Become “Landscape of the Month"
*Rm # 305
Learn about landscape design techniques and maintenance strategies for creating that look you've always wanted. Hint: reduce the amount of grass in your yard, get rid of grass altogether, and/or move to another house. Have fun while being inundated with more horticultural innuendo than you thought could be grown. Study alcohol mixology in order to better appreciate the masterpiece you create (Separate class!). Along with trips about the FUMC campus, one or two field trips are likely.
Instructor: Doug Davis Class size (30)
Course # 505 Igniting Your Creativity
*Rm # 322
This is a 7 week trek to explore our own creative worlds. Based on the cutting edge findings of modern motivation and creativity experts, such as Julia Cameron, participants cultivate creative practices to ignite the joy and adventure of life. While no artistic experience is required, each person must be willing to spend approximately 30 minutes daily in reading, writing, and walking plus a weekly artistic adventure. In-class expressive activities will amplify readings. Supplies include bringing an 8x10 (or larger) unlined journal, a simple watercolor kit (which will be explained) a drawing pencil and copy of the book. The class is loosely formatted on Julia Cameron’s, Finding Water. Used copies can be purchased inexpensively online.
Instructors: Gayle Torres, ATR-BC & Gayle Hall Class size (10)
Course # 506 Interactive Genealogy
*Rm # 324
Let’s have fun exploring our family genealogy. We’ll have a 2 hour class and during that time we will help as many as we can. Then the next week we’ll help others. Each class will start with a half hour for topic teaching. Then we’ll take questions and show or answer them as best as we can. Some times it will wait a week for us to prepare and others can be done immediately. We’ll help you get started or maybe find someone new. Please come prepared with names, dates, places, a base is needed.
Instructors: Bob & Sally Hatfield Class size (15)
Course # 507 Knitting Without Needles
*Rm # 327
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 Class size (8)
Course # 508 Medieval Centuries 1000-1500 AD
*Rm # 251
The medieval centuries, (also known as the middle ages), will cover the history of the world including China, India, Europe, and the Americas. During this time, the Mongols conquered China, The Middle East, and even Eastern Europe. This was the time of knights and castles. The Vikings raided Europe, settled Greenland, and visited America. Marco Polo traveled to China and saw Kublai Khan attempt to invade Japan. The Crusaded pitted Christians against Muslims in the Holy Land. The medieval centuries ended with the beginning of the Renaissance and Columbus' discovery of America.
Instructor: Jack Le Moine Class size (60)
Course # 509 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 # 510 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. Experienced Students ONLY!
Instructor: Linda Prater Class size (15)
Course # 511 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 # 512 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 # 513 Water Color Painting
*Rm # 321
Learn the basics of Water Color Painting. Supply list provided before classes begin.
Instructor: Sue Ottosen Class size (12
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.