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Spring 2015 Classes

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Additional information about instructors and classes can be found in the brochure.

Acrylic Painting: Session I and II

Instructor: Anjelika Manakhimova
Mondays, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Session I: March 30–April 20 (4 weeks)
Session 2: April 27–May 18 (4 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 10
$85 / $97 both sessions $150 / $162
All materials and supplies will be provided.

Try your hand at acrylic painting with palette knives, sponges and different types of brushes. In order to create a three-dimensional effect and interesting texture, gesso and molding paste can be added to canvases.

Ancient Spiritual Practices to enhance our Spiritual Lives

Instructor: Fr. Dan Zak
Friday, 10 a.m.
March 27 (meets once)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101
$10 / $22

This is an opportunity to get acquainted with a few ancient spiritual practices that will help to foster your spiritual growth.

Art of Trees

Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Fridays, 10–noon
May 1, 8, 22, 29 (4 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 10
$61 / $73

This class will teach you to see trees anew, and sketch them in a realistic style. Use of line, perspective, proportion and texture in gesture drawing will be covered.

Beginning Bridge

Instructor: Ben Beazley
Saturdays, 10–noon
March 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 weeks)
Location: Learning Center Hall 167
$53 / $65
A text book is included in the price of the class.

Learn to play the fascinating game of bridge! Instruction in bridge fundamentals will cover hand evaluation, dummy play, and defense. Pre-dealt hands and discussion will be included in each session.

Chocolate Creations

Instructor: Gordon Ebright
Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m.
February 17, 24 March 3, 10
Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 7632 W. Sylvania Ave, Sylvania
$90 / $102

You will see what’s involved in becoming a chocolatier, molding and decorating your own chocolate creations to take home and enjoy. The class will also cover the transformation of cacao bean into candy, the health benefits of chocolate, and lots of samples!

Computer Overview

Instructor: Janis Weber
Saturdays, 9:30–12:30 p.m.
March 14, 21, 28 (3 weeks)
Location: Carmel Hall 2
$54 / $66
No experience required. We use Windows 7.

Bring your questions and we will go over the workings of your computer including all the software you may want to discover.

Democracy is not a Spectator Sport

Instructor: Linda Furney
Saturday, 9:30–11 a.m.
April 11–May 2 (4 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101
$36 / $48

Hear about political and issue campaigns, past, present and future. Learn about the structure of campaigns, ways to be involved and why participation matters.

Dining Out in the Glass City

Instructor: see information below
Monday, 3–4
March 2, 9, 16, 23 (4 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 148
$24 / $36

Feast on the stories, inspiration and experiences of the aficionados who provide delectable entrees in the Glass City. Join this elite party of chefs and restaurateurs including Phil Barone of Rosie’s Italian Grille, Prakash Karam, co-owner of Balance Pan-Asian Grille and board member of Food for Thought, Chef Sam Misiura, of the Toledo Zoo, Chef Drew Ruiz of the Toledo Museum of Art and his wife Tracy Plumb-Ruiz, paleo chef, personal trainer and health coach.

Dorothy Day: A Holy Witness in Our Time

Instructor: Robert P. Russo
Fridays, 1–2:30
April 10–May 1 (4 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101
$36 / $48

This class will examine Dorothy Day and conversion, Dorothy Day and sainthood, Dorothy Day in the public square, and Dorothy Day and mysticism. Read the complete class description 

Evolution to Revolution: the Russian Empire, 1762–1917

Instructor: Don K. Rowney, Ph.D.
Wednesdays, 10:30–noon
April 29, May 6, 13, 20 (4 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 210
$36 / $48

The course will survey some of the most potent events and personalities within the sweep of world history.

Films of the World

Instructor: Diana DePasquale
Saturdays, 1:15–3:15 p.m.
March 14, 21, 28 (3 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 210
$36 / $48

Explore critically acclaimed films from around the world by directors Mira Nair, Vittorio De Sica, and Pedro Almodóvar. Spanning several decades, this class is for fans of film, as well as those interested in expanding their cinematic horizons.

Flavors of the World

Instructor: Diana DePasquale
Saturdays, 12–1 p.m.
March 14, 21, 28 (3 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 210
$28 / $40

Savor an exotic lunch while learning about the culture and history of Italy, Spain, and India. Each lunch features homemade dishes that highlight the flavor profile and culinary traditions of each region.

From Camel Steps to GPS

Instructor: George Shirk
Wednesday 10–noon
Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 (5 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 150
$60 / $72

The Greek mathematician Erastothenes, Galileo, and Newton provided the basic foundation upon which our modern GPS system is now based. We will explore their early works, efforts in the seventeenth century to measure France, and eighteenth century expeditions to measure the shape of the world. Surveying in France and England was in turn the basis for Thomas Jefferson’s work triangulating the U.S. Join a historical journey that takes us from camel steps to the evolution of GPS and beyond!

Great Books: the Civically Engaged Reader

Instructor: Pat Bercher
Tuesdays, 1–2:30 p.m.
March 10–April 14 (6 weeks)
Location: TBD
$50 / $62
The book is available for new class members for $25 payable to the instructor.

The class will complete the book used in the Fall. This selection is called “Leading.” The essays, poetry and stories are all by famous authors including Graham Greene, Nathaniel Hawthorn, and Abe Lincoln. We interpret and discuss for wisdom and enjoyment.

Great Decisions—2015

Instructor: Norm Thal
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2–3:30 p.m.
March 18, 21, 25, 28, April 11, 15, 18, 22 (meets 8 times)
Location: Canticle Center 149
$80 / $92
Great Decisions is available at the Lourdes bookstore for about $25.

The state of the world is on everyone’s mind, television, and newspaper. The hottest topics in foreign affairs are covered each year by the Foreign Policy Association in a Briefing Book and television series. You are invited to join the discussion.

Have more Fun at Bridge

Instructor: Ben Beazley
Saturdays, 10–noon
April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 (6 weeks)
Location: Learning Center Hall 167
$77 / $89
A text book is included in the price of the class.

For those already comfortable with bridge fundamentals, this class will help you upgrade your game. Improve your play as declarer, learn cooperative defense, and improve your bidding by adding the most popular conventions to your game.


Instructor: Janis Weber
Friday, 9:30–12:30
March 6 (meets once)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101
$18 / $30
Bring your iPad to class, no experience necessary.

We will be going over the general settings, aspects and capabilities of your iPad. Regardless of which version you have, you will understand how it functions before we are done.


Instructor: Janis Weber
Friday, 9:30–12:30 p.m.
March 13 (meets once)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101
$18 / $30

We will be going over all aspects of the iPhone 4 and 5 with operating systems 6 or 7.

Learning & Memory

Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Wednesday, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
February 25 (meets once)
Location: Canticle Center 149
$12 / $24

This class will explore the various parts of your brain and the process of memory. We will examine what takes place as we remember or learn information. Why we forget from time to time will also be explained. In addition, we will share techniques to help you remember.

Making Sense of Music History

Instructor: Ken Hummer
Mondays, 10 a.m.–noon
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 (6 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 150
$72 / $84

This class will cover music from the “beginnings” of Western music to the present.

Many Faces of Mary

Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Friday, 10–noon
April 24 (meets once)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101
$12 / $24

We will explore how Mary is portrayed in art from early Christian times through the modern day.

Memoir II–My Story Continued

Instructor: Judith Speizer Crandell
Tuesdays 10:30–12:30 p.m.
Feb. 17– April 14, no meeting 3/24 (8 weeks)
Location: Regina Hall Conference Room
$96 / $108
A small notebook or blank book is needed to use as a journal.

Join us as we continue our journey to recreate and recast scenes from our past and record them in memoir form.

Murders in May

Instructor: Melinda Lewis, Ph.D.
Saturday, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
May 2, 9, 16 (3 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 201
$54 / $66

This class will explore the role of the detective in American film history.

New Deal

Instructor: Marjorie Waterfield
Wednesdays, 1–3
April 29–May 20 (4 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 201
$48 / $60

This class will study drastic measures instigated by FDR in the mid-1930s: the Works Progress Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Social Security System.

Of Feasts, Festivals, and Faith—Spring is Here

Instructor: Mary Bilyeu
Wednesday, 1–3 p.m.
March 4 (meets once)
Location: Canticle Center 149
$18 / $30

Learn about traditional foods of the season and the reasons they are important to a variety of faiths.

A Picture's Worth 1000 Words

Instructor: Judith Speizer Crandell
Wednesday, 10:30–noon
April 29–May 20 (4 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 149
$36 / $48
The final meeting will be held in the Toledo Museum of Art from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.. You should plan to eat lunch at the museum. Cost of lunch is not included.

Using visuals as inspiration, we will unlock our creative natures and write, write, write. One picture will then translate into a thousand words. The idea is to find keys to the past, present and future through visual prompts.

Philosophy is Still Phun

Instructor: Mark Christensen
Fridays, 2:30–4 p.m.
April 10, 17, 24, May 1 (4 weeks)
Location: Carmel Hall 1
$36 / $48

We explore some of the timely and yet timeless great ideas, and discuss how philosophy is relevant to today’s issues.

Picture This

Instructor: Amanda Rabara
Thursday, 9–noon
March 12 (meets once)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 10
$35 / $47

Picture your own distinctive picture frame of glass! Create a cute spring scene or geometric pattern of polka dots, flowers, or whatever fun design you want.

Silk Scarf Painting

Instructor: Sharon Havelak
Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m.
April 15, 22, 29, May 6 (4 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 10
$58 / $70
No previous experience necessary. All materials will be provided.

Explore the delight of painting a silk scarf with fiber reactive dyes.

Suffragist Movement: “Ain’t I A Woman?”

Instructor: Loryn Hodge
Fridays, noon–2 p.m.
April 24, May 1, 8, 15 (4 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 103
$48 / $60

Find out who these women who fought so diligently were, why they sacrificed, and why the country took 131 years to give women the ballot.

Survival Spanish

Instructor: Ken Hummer
Mondays, 10–11:30 a.m.
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 (6 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101
$54 / $66

This class will teach beginners how to carry on simple conversations in Spanish.

Thinking Outside the Box: Part 3—Third Time Really is a Charm!

Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Wednesday, 10–noon
March 25 (meets once)
Location: St. Francis Hall 1
$12 / $24
Attendance in previous workshops is not a prerequisite.

In this workshop, plan on some metacognitive activities ("thinking about thinking"). We will probe some surprising new topics, and take part in a few interactive "thinking" activities.

Vietnam War: a 50 Year Perspective

Instructor: Gary R. Hess
Monday, 1–2:30 p.m.
April 27, May 4, 11 (3 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 201
$27 / $39

This course analyzes that momentous commitment from three perspectives: (1) Kennedy, Johnson and the Vietnam crisis from 1961–65 (2) Johnson and the impending collapse of South Vietnam (3) the war that followed and the debate over the reasons for a frustrating stalemate.

Wines of France, Spain and Italy

Instructor: Jim Krusinski
Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
April 13, 20, 27 (3 weeks)
Location: Franciscan Center Board Room
$60 / $72

This three week class on the old world wines of France, Italy and Spain will focus on the major varieties found in each country.

Who was the Real Jane Austen?

Instructor: Margaret Bretzloff
Wednesdays, 10–11 a.m.
April 22, 29, May 6 (3 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 150
$18 / $30

In this class we will look at the different pictures that we have had of Austen over time, how she has been treated by academics and among the popular audiences of her books and of television and movie adaptations.

Women Spies: More Than Just a Pretty Face

Instructor: Kelly Keith
Saturdays, 10–noon
March 7–April 18 (no meeting 4/4, 6 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 202
$72 / $84

We will explore the lives and contributions of nine female secret agents as well as some famous women rumored to have been spies.

Wonderful Watercolors

Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Fridays, 10–noon
March 6, 13, 27 (3 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 10
$52 / $64
No experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided.

This class opens new avenue for depicting rich textures in landscapes. Experiment with color as Claude Monet did to paint your own impressionist masterpiece. Themes will focus on the combination of nature and architecture in rural American landscapes.

World War I

Instructor: Dwayne Beggs, Ph.D.
Fridays, noon–2 p.m.
March 6–April 17 (no meeting 4/3, 6 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 151
$72 / $84

Join us as we examine the causality of the war, military strategy and actions-including trench warfare, the impact of the war on Russia-and the Russian revolution, the inclusion of the U.S. in the war, the outcome of the war and lessons to be learned from the war.

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