Second Act Personal Enrichment

Summer 2014

The Harlem Renaissance

Have you heard of the Cotton Club, the Dark Tower, the Tree of Hope, Bessie Smith, W.C. handy and Zora Neale Hurston? These and other examples of African American culture flourished in Harlem between World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression. This movement soon went mainstream, influencing American culture at large. Learn about and listen to the exciting music of the 1920’s in Harlem with excursions into the art, literature, and dance emerging at the same time. Margaret Montet, M.M., M.L.S.

Newtown Campus/$74/RCEGN 8706/C01
3 Wed. 7/16-7/30, 6:30-8:30 pm

The World of J.S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a genius who spent his entire life in a small region of Germany. His oeuvre self-divides according to his employment and the appropriate music he was called upon to compose. Participants in this course will follow Bach from Eisenach to Leipzig to listen and learn about his musical innovations. Margaret Montet, M.M., M.L.S.

Pennswood Village/$74/RMUSC 8007 CPV1
3 Wed., 7/16-7/30 10:00am-12:00 pm

AARP – SMART DRIVER Refresher Class

This is a four-hour refresher course only. You must provide certificate from previous class or a letter from insurance company, or an auto insurance bill indicating driver safety program deduction. Please note the fee for the Driver Safety program will be $15 for AARP members, AARP ID required, and $20 for non-members, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER TO AARP – NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED. Atty VanHamel

Newtown Campus/$0/ RCEGN 8052
C02/Mon, 7/7, 6-10 pm
C03/Mon, 8/4, 6-10 pm

Fall 2014

Canasta

Socialize and have fun while you play this easy card game. With instruction, you can learn to play quickly, even if you have never played cards before! It can be played with 2-4 players, individually or in pairs. Canasta is a variation of rummy, and with millions of players, is one of the most widely played card games in the country. Enrollment is limited to ensure a successful learning experience. Neilia Makadok, B.S.

Newtown Campus/ $49 (plus $3 materials fee payable to instructor)/RCEGN 8650 C01
1 Wed, 10/8, 6-9 pm

Mah Jongg

Originating in China about 2000 years ago, Mah Jongg is an exciting, engaging and fun game using tiles to form hands, much like rummy. Learn to play the American version, using The National Mah Jongg League rules and card. An experienced educator will explain the basics in simple terms and guide you as you play, learn and enjoy your new skill. Enrollment is limited to ensure a successful learning experience. Neilia Makadok, B.S.

Newtown Campus/ $99 (plus $11 materials fee payable to instructor)
RCEGN 8652 C01/ 3 Wed., 10/15-10/29 6-9 pm

American Music from the Revolutionary War through Early Jazz

Gain a new perspective on American history by listening to and learning about American popular, sacred, and serious art music from the Colonial Era through the 1920s. Special attention will be paid to the influence of war music from “Yankee Doodle” and early military bands of the Revolutionary War, through popular songs of the Civil War, and precursors of jazz from World War I. Margaret Montet, M.M., M.L.S.

Newtown Campus/ $89 / RMUSC 8004 C01/
6 Wed, 9/24-10/29, 6:30-8:30 pm
Approved Hours: 12 (Act 48)

Archaeology – Becoming Human: The Quest to Uncover Human Origins

The story of the quest for human origins is a fascinating one. This course examines the breakthroughs responsible for our modern interpretation of our species origins. From a worldwide hoax, eccentric characters and presumptions to scientific advances, we will investigate the history of key discoveries. This program is designed to be entertaining and informative. It encourages an exchange of ideas by introducing participants to topics from a “hands-on” approach through personal interaction with prehistoric artifacts and is filled exploring humorous stories lively conversation, film clips and PowerPoint presentations. Matthew Bielecki, B.S., B.A.

Newtown Campus/ $89/ RCEGN 8111 C01
4 Thu, 9/25-10/16, 6:30-8:30pm
Pennswood Village/ $89/ RCEGN 8111 PV1
4 Tu, 9/2-9/23, 10am-12pm

American Constitutional History: A Citizens’ Guide to the U.S. Constitution

This course will begin with an examination of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation in order to establish the historical origins of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution will then be discussed with an emphasis upon key issues presented during the Constitutional Convention and the manner in which these issues were resolved by the Framers. The course will then examine the historical development of U.S. Constitutional Law via an analysis of major Supreme Court decisions, and conclude with a consideration of contemporary Constitutional issues. Dr. Frank Schwartz

Newtown Campus/$89/RCEGN 8698/C01
6 Wed, 9/10-10/15, 7-9 pm
Pennswood Village/$89/RCEGN 8698/PV1
6 Wed, 9/10-10/15, 10am-12pm

Learning to Use Your Digital Camera

This class is designed for those who own a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera or an advanced Point and Shoot camera (those with full manual controls). Students will learn basic digital photography theory and will learn how to set the controls on their camera so that they are able to intelligently use the camera under most lighting conditions. Note: this course is not for those who own a basic point and shoot camera, as there are no user controls available. James J. Grimes, M.Ed.

Newtown Campus/ $49 / RFNRT 8015 C01 & C02
C01 Wed, 10/8, 10am-1 pm
C02 Wed, 11/12, 10am-1 pm

AARP - Driver Safety Program

This eight-hour classroom course is designed especially for motorists age 50 or older. It covers normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time, and provides practical techniques to compensate for these changes. The program fosters safer driving practices, continued mobility, and a discount in auto insurance in a majority of states. Please note the fee for the Driver safety program will be $15 for AARP members, AARP ID required, and $20 for non-members, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER TO AARP – NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED. Jim Bodnar

Lower Bucks Campus / $0/ RCEGN 8050 C50, C51, C52/
C50/Tu, 9/16 & Wed. 9/17, 1-5 pm
C51/Tu, 10/21 & Wed. 10/22, 1-5 pm
C53/Tu, 11/18 & Wed. 11/19, 1-5 pm

AARP – SMART DRIVER Refresher Class

This is a four-hour refresher course only. You must provide certificate from previous class or a letter from insurance company, or an auto insurance bill indicating driver safety program deduction. Please note the fee for the Driver Safety program will be $15 for AARP members, AARP ID required, and $20 for non-members, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER TO AARP – NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED. Atty VanHamel

Newtown Campus/ $0/ RCEGN 8052
C01/Sat, 10/4, 8-12 pm
C02/Sat, 11/1, 8-12 pm

Yoga for Vitality - All Levels Welcome

“Vitality” is energy plus calm. Gain both through movement, breath (pranayam), mudra (hand positions), and meditation. Kundalini Yoga strengthens and relaxes muscles, improves coordination and balance, detoxifies, releases tension and fear and helps with memory loss. Relax and strengthen insides and out, at your own pace. Please bring a yoga mat and a firm blanket to sit on. Priscilla Estes, RYT, IKYTA

Newtown Campus/ $99/ RFTNS 0129
C01/ 12 Tu, 9/23-12/9, 5:30-7pm

“My Mother is a Fish”: Family and Class in William Faulkners’ AS I LAY DYING

Faulkner’s novel depicts the extreme, even grotesque struggles of the hardscrabble Bundren family to bury their mother/wife according to her final request. Is the difficult and sometimes dangerous journey an heroic act of humanity or a travesty? Is the family dynamic appalling or hilarious? We will examine 2 short stories and AS I LAY DYING as Faulkner’s illustration of the toll taken on community, family, and individual moral sensibility by the post-Reconstruction South’s growing estrangement from tradition and personal contact with the land. Jo Ellen Winters

Pennswood Village/$99/ RCEGN 8384/ CPV1
7 Mon, 9/15-10/27, 10 am-12 pm

Watercolor – Awash with Color

This course is for the beginner to intermediate watercolor artist who wants to achieve sparkling highlights and luscious wet washes in this transparent, luminous medium. Expect a fun and supportive atmosphere as you explore painting washes, glazing, wet into wet, dry-brush and texturing techniques. Emphasis will be on promoting creativity and the realization and appreciation of the individual vision of each artist. A materials list will be provided. You are encouraged to bring your own photographic reference materials. We will also work from still life set-ups. Jo-Ann Osnoe, B.F.A.

Pennswood Village/ $79/ RFNRT 8021 CPV1
5 Sat, 9/6-10/4, 9 am-12 pm