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Book Club - Spring


with Arlene Jackson

Calendar Mar 29, 2021 at 10 am

Attention readers!! Arlene will be discussing four books this spring.

March 29: The American Lion  by Jon Meacham

April 19:  The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

May 10:    Arundel by Kenneth Roberts

June 28:   Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Arlene is a popular book club instructor . She has taught courses at SCSC as well as YCSC.

Russia: From Gorbachev to Putin


with Arlene Jackson

Calendar Mar 30, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

Let us visit the biggest country in the world. We will investigate the demographics, culture, government, education, way of life, foreign policy along with its arts and literature. This will be an intractive course with lots of discussion and valuable informaqtion that we need to know as United States citizens. It will be enhanced with a Powerpoint presentation that gives us a  glimpse of what is going on now.

Arlene Jackson is well known for her China course at SCSC as well as courses at YCSC

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Remembering the 50s


with Lorraine Masure

Calendar Apr 2, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

One part history, one part personal recollections, one part music:  a return to another time – the golden age of capitalism versus the encroaching concern of communism.  At home, happy days, I Like Ike and I Love Lucy, The King and I (no; not Elvis).  And, of course,that ever-pesky, sinful rock and roll parental barter:  “Take out the papers and the trash. Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash.”  “Yakety, yak, don’t talk back.”

Lorraine Dutile Masure has led senior college courses about Broadway musicals across four academic venues during the past eight years. She continues to delight connecting with seniors and discussing the alluring world of music and theatre.

A Landscape of the Divine: Religions of the World


with Paul Doherty

Calendar May 7, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

In this six session comparative religion course, we will explore the history, beliefs, and teachings of major world religions, from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, to Buddhism and Hinduism. And, hopefully we will not only learn what makes them different, but  more importantly what they might have in common to possibly enrich our own spiritual paths.

Paul Doherty is retired from teaching, broadcasting, and ministry. He is now enjoying this time of life by enriching his own knowledge, spiritual and otherwise. He gratefully shares the fruits of this gift



God and Politics


with Ian Kaiser

Calendar Jun 3, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

As a Businessman, Pastor, and City Manager, I have been passionate about making a difference in the communities I have lived and worked in.  I have wrestled with change within a culture that resists change. I believe an examination of our history in light of our beliefs and changing culture can move forward toward a more perfect union. 


At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, this course draws upon history to offer a new perspective on God and politics. Religion shapes our public life.  We will explore how our nation grapples with faith and government.  How did our Founders and great leaders know where the work of God stopped and common and reason began?  By exploring our history through the eye of Washington through Ronald Reagan,  from the Declaration of Independence to The Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King and beyond, we will gain clarity on how their beliefs shaped our country.


Part I


June 3:  Faith and Freedom 

June 10:Fortune Fear and First Colonies


June 17: The Revolution, the Constitution, and the Creation of Presidency


June 24:L The Civil War Lincoln and Darwin.

Poetry Workshop


with Sheila Clark-Edmands

Calendar Jun 9, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Take this opportunity to improve brain health, cognition, creativity, and connectivity to others by joining a poetry workshop. You will create one of the oldest poetic forms, Haiku. You will be led to success during the first session, and after writing your own Haiku, will have an opportunity to share or just listen during a second session. Second session is optional. Learn the history of Haiku, its form, health benefits, and an easy formula for creation of poems that will delight you and others.

Sheila is the author of a research based, multi-sensory National Reading and Written Language Program for struggling readers grades pre-K to H.S. used extensively in public and private schools throughout the United States.  She has served as a National Educational Reading and Written Language Consultant training thousands of teachers, Key Speaker at state and National Reading Conferences, Special Education Administrator, College Professor and teacher. After 50+ years in the field of early childhood, early adolescent, and young adult education, Sheila recently rewired vs retired and is now passionate about offering information for seniors in the areas of Mindfulness, Brain Development, Nutrition, and Laughter so we may all move forward in healthy, positive ways. She is a devoted life-long learner and teacher who loves sharing all she learns.

June 9 10-11:30    Learn and practice Haiku

June 16 10-11        Opportunity to share

Full Course

Historical Fiction: Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts


with Steve Thornley

Calendar Jun 21, 2021 at 6 pm

Historical Fiction: Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts This is the second of three historical novels written by local author Kenneth Roberts about the American Revolution. The story continues with the defeated Americans, commanded by Benedict Arnold, retreating after the disastrous Battle of Quebec. We rejoin Arnold and other principal characters introduced in Roberts’ novel Arundel as they fight the first naval battle at Valcour Island in the fall of 1776 and at the Battle of Saratoga a year later. Join us in reading and discussing this historical novel, often called his best, as Roberts weaves a fascinating, informative, and engaging story into the fabric of the American Revolution.

Note: you don’t have to have read Arundel for this course.

Steve is an artist, photographer, graphic designer, historian, teacher, and lifelong learner.

This course meets on Monday evenings via Zoom from 6:00 to 7:30PM on June 21, July 12, and July 26.

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