You may register for the following activities, classes, and events by contacting 419-824-3707 or email

Registration may be made by credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to LULL (Lourdes University Lifelong Learning) and mailed to: Lourdes University Lifelong Learning, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania OH 43560.

Lifelong Learning Spring Registration Form

Women in the New Testament

Ruthi Mitchell

Feb. 1 – March 22 (8 weeks)
1:30 – 3 pm, Thursday

Room Location: Canticle Center 151

Please join us for an eight-week study of women in the New Testament. Through prayer, conversation, and thoughtful study, we will explore the faith of these women, their responses to Jesus, how their society shaped and challenged their responses, and the meaning of discipleship through their eyes. We will study the Scriptures through a feminist lens focusing on the role of women in the early Church. We will use the Women in the New Testament Study Set by Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan and Catherine Upchurch in addition to a Bible. The set is available for purchase at the Lourdes Bookstore for $18.

Ruthi Mitchell holds an MA in Theology from Lourdes with a focus on women in the Church. This class is a unique combination of three of her passions: the Word of God, history, and the advancement of women. It is designed to discover the lost voices of women in the Jesus movement/early Church and reconcile them with women of faith in today’s Christian Church.

CSI and Forensic Chemistry

Dr. Cynthia Molitor

Feb 6 – 27 (4 weeks)

10 – 11:30 am, Tuesdays

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 205

Learn basic techniques of forensic chemistry, the science of crime scene investigation and evidence analysis. This class blends components of crime scene investigation and hands-on experiments to apply basic chemistry principles. Dr. Cynthia Molitor is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences and Director of the Honors Program at Lourdes University.

Spanish Conversation

Raquel Bravo

Session 1: Feb. 5 – March 14 (6 weeks)
Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

Session 2: April 16 – May 23 (no class 5/2; 6 weeks)
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

10 – 11:30 am, Mondays & Wednesdays, (meets twice per week)

Come speak Spanish with us! Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or learning for fun, this is a comfortable and supportive way to learn. Class time will focus on this beautiful Latin language with useful vocabulary and scenario dialogues, as well as a little of its culture and history. Students are invited to practice Spanish during lunch at the Lourdes Café after class (price of lunch not included). The required textbook for this class, “15-Minute Spanish”, includes two audio CDs and is available commercially.

Raquel Bravo is a native Spanish speaker who has taught English/Spanish bilingual education and adult education. She is a retired school administrator who has enjoyed traveling to Spain, Mexico and South America extensively.  She is eager to share her love of the Spanish language with you!

Crocheting Creations Part 3

Mary Jo Blohm

February 6 – 27 (4 weeks)
10 – noon, Tuesdays

Location: Fireside Room, St. Agnes Hall

Are you ready to take your crocheting to the next step? Advance to more difficult crochet projects, learn new stitches, or get help reading patterns. This class will help you with your creation, so bring your project, yarn and hooks to class! Crocheting Creations parts 1 AND 2 are prerequisites.

Is It a Crime?

Mark Christensen

Feb 20, 27, March 13, 20 (4 weeks; no class 3/6)

1:30 – 3 pm, Tuesday

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 202

Is it a crime because there is a law against it, or is there a law against it because it’s a crime? Is breaking the law always a crime? Should there be a law against doing that? Ethical and legal considerations are on the table as we consider real-world cases and a few movie clips. Come prepared to think and to talk.

Prof. Christensen is a published author and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Values at Lourdes University.

Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories

Margaret Bretzloff

Feb. 21 – March 28 (6 weeks)

1 – 2:30 pm, Wednesdays

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 202

The eighteen stories collected in the book, Immigrant Voices, highlight the complex relationships of immigrants in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century with their families, friends, new surroundings, and home countries. The authors themselves have made many of the same kinds of transitions as the characters they portray, and they offer fresh perspectives on the immigrant experience. Coedited by award-winning author Achy Obejas and cultural studies scholar Megan Bayles, this anthology addresses the perennial questions about society and the individual that the authors of the Great Books have pondered for centuries.

The required textbook, Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, is available for purchase at the Lourdes University Bookstore for $20.

Margaret Bretzloff has always considered herself a lifelong learner. She has a BSc. Sociology, a J.D. and most recently a Masters in Theology from Lourdes. She has led many small groups over the past 20 years. Margaret is herself an immigrant having come to the United States at age 18.

Rx for Laughter

Barbara Mauter

February 22

10 – 11:30 am, Thursday

Room Location: Canticle Center 151

Studies have shown that laughter can actually improve your health! Laughter establishes – or restores – a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people. Some researchers believe the major function of laughter is to bring people together. Are you ready to have some FUN and laugh? Join us as we take a look at the “lighter side of life” and laugh away many of our cares. We will take both a light hearted and a serious look at this prescription and the health benefits that may result.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years college experience. She has taught and presented various workshops for UT, BGSU, Monroe County Community College and Owens State Community College. Barbara has just completed Active Learning Classroom Training, and is looking forward to incorporating new ideas into her workshops. Last year, she attended a  Course Design Institute and has since been sharing her new knowledge. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities.

Genealogy: Put Some Meat on Their Bones

Marjorie Waterfield

March 5 – 26 (4 weeks)
10:00 – noon, Mondays

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Genealogy is more than just finding names and dates on a pedigree chart. Your ancestors were real people with unique stories. Putting meat on their bones means adding their history, learning where and how they lived, uncovering the organizations they joined, discovering their personalities, and more. Bring your pedigree charts to class and we will teach you how to find this information.

Marjorie Waterfield has been an instructor of genealogy research at UT, BGSU, and Lourdes. She is author of hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on history, nostalgia, travel, humor and genealogy in local and national magazines and publications.

Using your iPad / iPhone Effectively

Mike Murray

March 5, 7, 9 (meets 3 times in one week)

1:30 – 3:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Room Location: St. Francis Hall lower level

This class is intended for new users of either iPhones or iPads as well as experienced users who may want some additional tips and “tricks”. Topics will include familiarization with device controls, how to use various touch gestures, how to check/change device settings and Wi-Fi connectivity, how to find and download apps from Apple’s Apps Store, and familiarization with some of the built in apps such as Email, Photos, Safari, Messaging, Contacts and FaceTime. Students should bring their devices to class. Students will need to know their Apple Store ID and Apple Store password. Please note that this class will cover only Apple devices, not Android Smartphones / tablets.

Mike Murray worked for over 25 years in Information Technology at DeVilbiss and Dana in Toledo as well as several other companies. He is currently the moderator for the Computer Club at the Sylvania Senior Center.

Castles and Fortresses: The Architecture of Defense

Kristin Baldeschwiler

March 10 – 24 (3 weeks)

10– noon, Saturdays

Room Location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 104

Explore the evolution of castle and fortress architecture from the ancient world to the modern one. Edward I’s Iron Ring of castles in Wales, the Marquis de Vauban’s star forts, and the Western Heights of Dover are just a few of the topics to be presented in this historical survey of defensive architecture. After class, join Kristin for lunch at the Lourdes Café to continue the conversation (cost of lunch not included).

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education, and currently serves as the Historian for the Toledo Federation of Arts Societies.

Three Phases of Beethoven

Dr. Christopher Williams

March 12 – 26 (3 weeks)

3:30 – 5 pm, Mondays

Room Location: St. Clare Hall 224

The life and career of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) are often divided into three periods: early, middle, and late. For Beethoven, an iconic and beloved figure in his own time and arguably the most transformational and essential figure in music history, these different periods have profound meaning. The early period shows him as a young composer finding his unmistakable, original voice by building on the models of Haydn and Mozart. In the middle period, he almost single-handedly forges what we think of as musical Romanticism, composing a clutch of works in all genres that embody his famous “heroic” and revolutionary style. After losing his hearing entirely, Beethoven produced the Ninth Symphony, after which follow a series of visionary, mysterious works that were neither understood nor much performed in his lifetime, but have sealed his reputation as one of music’s most towering and influential figures.

Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at UT, BGSU, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is considered a leading expert on music in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

The Kennedy’s Camelot and Reality

John Scott

March 13 – April 3 (4 weeks)

11 – 12:30 pm, Tuesdays

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Throughout history families such as the Rockefellers, Johnsons and Vanderbilts have shaped American business. However few families could lay claim to shaping American politics like the Kennedys. For the past half century, the Kennedy family has been at the center of American politics producing three senators and one president. The Kennedy brothers – John, Robert, and Ted – were all champions of the poor and dispossessed, but their own upbringing could not have been further from that of the common person. As the nature of power in America shifted from business to politics, the Kennedys themselves shifted from business to politics. The Kennedy brothers were part of a new generation of young and dynamic politicians. Their youth and policies did much to add to America’s innocence in a time when America literally reached for the stars.

Assassination and scandal would lead to a reduction in the image and influence of America’s royalty, the Kennedy family.

This course will focus on; Joseph Kennedy (his financial success, and political career); Joe Jr. and John F. Kennedy’s service during World War II; John F. Kennedy’s political career, marriage and assassination; the rise of Robert F. Kennedy, his 1968 Presidential campaign and death; Ted Kennedy’s career in the Senate, 1972 car crash, and 1980 Presidential campaign. The class will conclude by focusing on the political legacy of the Kennedy family.

John Scott is a Lourdes University history student who recently completed a research project on the Kennedys under the direction of Dr. Dwayne Beggs.

Rock On… an Exploration of Gemstones

Barbara Mauter

March 15

10 – noon, Thursday

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

Gemstones have fascinated individuals of many cultures for thousands of years. Legends, myths and lore surrounding gems are found to be diverse, fascinating, and endless. Often beliefs were tied to a culture’s history, geography, and spiritual practices. We may find ourselves drawn to a particular piece of jewelry, or a gem, based on its aura. Stones and gems have been believed to hold metaphysical properties—it’s hard to deny they do seem to have a cosmic allure. Plan to attend this informative workshop and learn more about the symbolism associated with some common gemstones.

After learning about semi-precious stones, you will have the opportunity to create a simple ribbon bracelet or necklace, for yourself or to share!

American History Experienced Through Poetry

Shari O’Brien, Ph.D., J.D.

March 20 – April 3 (3 weeks)

1:30 –4 pm, Tuesdays

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

If you are lover of history but not yet poetry, please don’t miss this class. If you  already love poetry but find history less interesting, you too, will want to join us. We will experience the best in both fields as we cover over one hundred years of stirring American history. From the eve of the Revolution through the steamboat era, from the odyssey westward through the aftermath of the Civil War, events molding America will unfold as we discover the poets inspired by those events. The past will be illuminated in the lives and works of celebrated figures like Longfellow, Whitman, and Emerson as well as the poems of men and women more unfamiliar to you. I can’t wait to take the journey together.

Dr. Shari O’Brien earned an M.A. from UM and a doctorate from BGSU. After graduating magna cum laude from UT College of Law, she worked in United States District Court. Publishing five law review articles as well as hundreds of essays and poems in national journals, she taught writing and poetry for twenty-seven years at UT and continues today to practice law and write poetry.

Kaffeeklatsch: A Pre-Easter Culinary Conversation

Mary Bilyeu

Thursday, March 22

11 –noon

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

Let’s talk about Easter: What are you serving or bringing? Are there dietary issues to consider at your gathering? And, most importantly, do you prefer chocolate bunnies or jelly beans? Join in a pre-holiday conversation with Mary Bilyeu, Food Editor at The Blade, with coffee and a treat provided. You can even sample matzah, since Passover and Easter overlap this year.

Mary Bilyeu began as the Food Editor at The Toledo Blade in 2014, and has written for the publications of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor and other sites and papers. She will be a contributor to the travel site Roadfood when she can find the time to write about the amazing restaurants in northwest Ohio instead of just tempting her friends with pictures of her meals on social media.

Compass, Calendar, Clock

Laura Megeath

March 23

11:30 – 12:30 pm, Friday

Location: Appold Planetarium

For thousands of years people have watched the sun, moon and stars trace patterns in the sky. These patterns became intertwined with daily life, but also guided massive projects such as the construction of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids. Discover the simple patterns that allow anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar and a clock. The influence of astronomy in our daily lives will surprise you! After the show in the Appold Planetarium, continue the conversation over lunch at the Lourdes Café (cost of lunch not included).

Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of both Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.

Great Decisions – 2018

Norm Thal

March 22, April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

1 – 2:30 pm, Thursdays (8 meetings)

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

What’s happening in the world? The most significant issues of our time are explored by the Foreign Policy Association in a Briefing Book Great Decisions – 2018 and an accompanying television series. Topics include Russia’s foreign policy, South Africa’s fragile democracy, global health, media & foreign policy, and more! Each week begins with the appropriate television segment, and is followed by a spirited and wide-ranging discussion among the group.

Veteran facilitator Norm Thal returns to add his experiences from around the world, and keep the arguments lively and on track. The textbook required for this class, Great Decisions is available at the Lourdes bookstore. For a unique exploration of the world around us, join Great Decisions – 2018!

Turkey, Crossroads of Civilizations (Part II)

Dr. Riza Kaya

April 3 – 17 (3 weeks)

1:30 – 3 pm, Tuesdays

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

A slide show of historical and touristic sites of Turkey will be presented region by region including local cultures. This section will  be the continuation of the first class presented in the fall of 2016. However, attending the first class is not necessary to enjoy this section.

Sufism has been a great part of Turkish culture for centuries especially in Anatolia (Asia Minor). In the west, this philosophy is probably mostly associated with whirling dervishes which were part of the ceremonies of the Mevlevi Order founded by Rumi, the great Sufi poet of the 13th century. We will discuss the philosophy of Sufism, poems of Rumi and other Sufi teachers in Anatolia. A video of whirling dervishes will also be shown.

Turkey has been a part of Middle Eastern politics for centuries, through the Seljuk or Ottoman empires, or through the Republic of Turkey. We will discuss the latest political, economic and social developments in the country as well as the regional issues.

Dr. Riza Kaya is a retired research chemist. He grew up in Turkey and has lived roughly equal parts of his life in the US and in Turkey. He holds both US and Turkish citizenships and divides his time between Sylvania, Ohio and Istanbul Turkey.

Exploring the World of Wines

Nick Kubiak

April 3 –17 (3 weeks)

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesdays

Room Location: Franciscan Center Board Room

Ever wonder why some wines cost $10 and others $100? Why are some producers famous while we never hear of others? Do you just buy wine from one country because you’re not familiar with other places? Well, this class is for you! This class will help you better know the grapes, producers and regions which are pivotal to the wine world. Each week we’ll break down the what, who and where of the Wine World and teach you what you need to know to be a better wine enthusiast! Six wines will be provided each week along with instruction from Certified Specialist of Wine, Nick Kubiak. You are encouraged to bring your own food for pairing.

Thinking Outside the Box # 10 [X-rated!?]

Barbara Mauter

Thursday, April 5

10 – 11:30 am

Room Location: Canticle Center 151

The “Thinking Outside the Box” challenge continues with our tenth class! The Roman numeral for 10 is “X” hence, an “X-rated” workshop? No, not so! Think again! An “X” may represent a kiss, or the name of a person that is not known. Join the TOB fun! This course will present more metacognitive activities (“thinking about thinking”). You will be challenged to explore lateral thinking and take part in interactive “thinking” activities. This workshop will include a “Top 10 of 10” plus challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to stimulate your thinking. Note: attendance in previous “Thinking Outside the Box” workshops is not required.

Civil War

Dr. Dwayne Beggs

April 5 – May 10 (6 weeks)

3 – 4 pm, Thursdays

Room Location: Canticle Center 151

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States. To many southerners this was the last straw—they no longer wanted to be part of the Union; a union they believed was attacking their very way of life and that ultimately would relegate them to a life of poverty. By 1861, several States had seceded from the Union and the Civil War was launched. Join us as we examine what events brought on the Civil War, who fought –and why they fought– the Generals who led the fighting, major battles fought, life on the home front and the events that brought the war to a conclusion.

Dr. Dwayne Beggs has taught popular classes on many military conflicts for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Beggs earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from BGSU. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor / Associate Pastor for 22 years.

The Heroes Among Us

Bud Fisher

Friday, April 6

9 – 11 am

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Hear moving stories of men and women, all veterans of the U.S. military. Andrew “Bud” Fisher has been collecting stories for the University of Toledo / Library of Congress Veterans History Project since 2002, during which time he has interviewed more than 800 veterans. Bud will discuss the significance of this history project and highlight stories from veterans living in this area. Bud served in the US Army during the Korean War, after which he earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from UT. He then settled in Sylvania and ran a wholesale heating and air conditioning company before retiring. Bud has published two books of selected interviews, What a Time It Was and 30 Below on Christmas Eve.

The South in Cinema

Loryn Clauson-Hodge

April 7 – 28 (4 weeks)

10 – noon, Saturdays

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 210

When we think of the American South we may picture imagery from such famous films as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire and In the Heat of the Night. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, film has not only depicted the South, but it has helped shape our vision of both the Old and New South. How has slavery been depicted throughout film history? How have women been portrayed? Have those characterizations changed throughout time? Is it possible to separate fact from reality when some films are so deeply imbedded in our history? In this class we will look at various southern cultural elements and how they have been shown on film throughout history. We will compare and contrast several films to try to understand the basis for our cultural fascination with both the Antebellum South and the Post-Civil War New South. Come learn more about the South and delve deeper into the history of some of these famous films.

Loryn Clauson-Hodge received her Masters in History from Kansas State University. Her thesis focused on Reconstruction Era Alabama and is entitled “A Missed Opportunity: United States v Hall and the Battle Over the Fourteenth Amendment.” She enjoys teaching at Lourdes University and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in history. She is married to Adam Hodge an Associate Professor of History at Lourdes University.

Enjoy the Game of Bridge!

Ben Beazley

April 7 – May 19 (no class 5/12; 6 weeks)

10 – noon, Saturday

Room Location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 102

This class is designed for beginners or those coming back to bridge. Learn correct bidding and defensive play using the most popular systems. All sessions include bidding, playing, and discussing pre-dealt hands. A student book is included.

Ben Beazley has been a Bridge Life Master for many years and enjoys playing regularly in local duplicate games. He has extensive experience as a bridge instructor; he has tutored students individually and taught UT faculty groups as well as courses at Belmont Country Club and the Ottawa Hills Village Life Program.

Better Bridge: Bid Better – Play Better!

Ben Beazley

April 9 – May 14 (6 weeks)

9:30 – 11:30, Monday

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

This class will focus on the variety of challenges facing all bridge players. Helpful conventions and suggestions will be offered with pre-dealt hands that can be bid, played, and discussed. If you have a partner or play in a group, you are encouraged to enjoy these lessons together.

The Rise of American Musical Theater

Dr. Christopher Williams

April 9 – 30 (4 weeks)

3:30 – 5 pm, Mondays

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

This class will examine the history of the American Broadway musical, with special attention to its roots in nineteenth-century European operetta and growth into a barometer and engine of popular taste.

Session 1 will discuss the collision of operetta with Tin-Pan-Alley in the musicals of Victor Herbert (Naughty Marietta), Rudolf Friml (Rose Marie), Sigmund Romberg (The Student Prince), George M. Cohan, and Irving Berlin.

Session 2 will discuss what is sometimes considered the “golden age” of the musical in the hands of Jerome Kern (Showboat), George Gershwin (Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band), Cole Porter (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate), and Rogers and Hart (Connecticut Yankee, Pal Joey).

Session 3 will highlight the great musical theater teams of the 1950s and 60s: Rogers and Hammerstein (South Pacific, Sound of Music), Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Camelot), and Bernstein and Sondheim (West Side Story). The last class will be concerned with the musical and the modern condition, particularly in the works of Stephen Sondheim (Company, a Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Assassins).

Global Climate Disruption

Dr. Andy Jorgensen

April 11 – 18 (2 weeks)

10 – 11:30 am, Wednesdays

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

Climate change is a very intense topic in our country which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement among participants. Each talk will utilize participant clickers in order to determine audience views and compare these to answers from other groups. Discussion of ideas will be encouraged.

Session 1 will focus on how we know about climate change and the role in humans in what has occurred in recent years. The effects for humans and other living organisms will be explored.

Session 2 will provide information on what can be done individually and collectively to reduce the impact of the problem. Finally, long-term goals will be described.

Dr. Andy Jorgensen is a Retired Associate Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Sciences, UT and a Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Jorgensen has studied the science of climate change and how best to present the facts about the problem to a wide range of audiences.

American Indian Tribes of the Southeast

Jamie Oxendine

April 11 – May 23 (no class 5/2; 6 weeks)

2:30 – 4 pm, Wednesdays

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Who were the first people to live here? Discover the culture of Native American tribes that settled around the Great Lakes and their enduring legacy. Join us even if you missed last spring’s popular class “Native American Culture.”

Of Lumbee/Creek ancestry, Jamie Oxendine is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He is a professional educator, musician, writer, storyteller and civil rights activist. Jamie is also director of the Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation.

Crocheting: Starting Stitches

Mary Jo Blohm

April 24 – May 8 (3 weeks)

10 – 11:30 am, Tuesdays

Location: Fireside Room, St. Agnes Hall

Learn to crochet! One stitch at a time, this course will cover the basic fundamentals of crocheting. Class size is limited to allow for individual attention. Basic materials will be supplied to get you started!

Mary Jo Blohm recently retired and enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. She was introduced to crocheting at an early age and has taught herself to follow various patterns and create individualized projects. Some of her crocheted items are sold at All Good Things.

Fun & Easy Exercises for Your Brain

Barbara Mauter

Thursday. April 26

10 –11:30 am

Room Location: Canticle Center 151

We all know that exercising our bodies is good for us, but how does one go about exercising their mind? Join us for a fun interactive brain workout! No weights or bands required. Based on the principles of how our memory works, this course will present various tips and techniques on enhancing your memory. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in activities to help keep their brain in shape.

Watercolor Techniques

Stacy Spinazze

April 27 – May 11 (3 weeks)

9:30 – 11:30 am, Friday

Room Location: Canticle Center 168

Experiment and explore with watercolors while learning several watercolor techniques in our first 2 sessions. In the last class, we will apply these techniques to create individual watercolor paintings. We will focus on getting comfortable with watercolor painting techniques and enjoying the art making process. This class will help one learn how to apply watercolor with different mediums such as rubbing alcohol, rubber cement, salt, India ink, and more. These techniques will illustrate some fascinating and unique watercolor techniques that can be used for expressive painting, or can be used more specifically for details with a planned out painting. You will be amazed what you can do! No experience is necessary.

Stacy Spinazze is a local artist who has a passion for many art mediums and enjoys teaching and sharing them with others. Stacy is a community minded artist who’s involved with helping non-traditional artists explore and experience the arts, has a passion for making art accessible and non-threatening. She values the gift that the process and craft allow everyone to explore creativity and self-expression. Stacy has her own art business, “Sprung On You” and works at a local mental health agency where she facilitates art groups for adults in an art program she started in 2009.

Carl Jung: 20th Century Psychologist, a Soul Mate for Our Spiritual Journey

Fr. John R. Blaser

May 1 –22 (4 weeks)

10:00 – noon, Tuesday

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

Carl Jung’s understanding of the human psyche as seeking wholeness and fulfillment fit “hand and glove” into the Christian issues of conversion, holy longing, and incarnation. Jung’s insights can rightly be called a “modern” mystical path.” This course might be looked upon as a pilgrimage of “re-imagining our understanding of God and our spiritual journey.”

Father John R. Blaser is a priest of the Diocese of Toledo. Ordained in 1964, he has served in various diocesan parishes, campus ministry, diocesan offices, and the diocesan mission in Zimbabwe, Africa. Since his retirement in 2009, he has been involved in ministry in state and federal prisons and with parishes as needed. Also in retirement, he has taken up an interest in dream work at the Haden Institute in North Carolina where he was introduced to the work of Carl Jung.

Fighting Fires… and More!

Joe Walter

May 9 – 30 (4 weeks)

Noon – 2 pm, Wednesdays

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

The Toledo Fire Department still has the same basic mission since its inception in 1837: saving lives and property. How that mission is accomplished has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. Technological changes, the explosion of Emergency medical Service (EMS), public education, special operations, equipment and safety are some of the topics that will be covered. This class will explore how the Toledo Fire Department embraced and instituted changes that occurred from the late 1960’s through today. The final meeting of this class will be held at the Toledo Firefighters Museum for a guided tour.

The course will be presented by Retired Assistant Chief Joe Walter who was a member of the Toledo Fire Department from 1972 to 2002.

Ohio’s Wines

Nick Kubiak

Monday, May 14

6:30-8:30 pm

Room Location: Franciscan Center Board Room

Ohio’s rich winemaking history began in the 1850s and continues today with 265 wineries, making the Buckeye state the sixth largest wine producer in the country. Ohio wines offer both novice and experienced wine enthusiasts something sure to please their palates, including Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Franc, and Ice Wine. Taste six Ohio wines and learn their background stories from Nick Kubiak, Certified Specialist of Wine.

Crochet a Necklace

Jing Meyer

Saturday, May 19

10:00 – noon

Room Location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 101

Create your own wearable art! Select your colors from the yarn provided and learn to crochet a chic, adjustable length necklace. Basic crochet techniques will be used and more experienced students will be able to make bracelets or multiple necklaces as time permits. Please bring a size J crochet hook, a ruler, and scissors.

Jing Meyer works at the University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She started learning how to crochet and knit at an early age. She also enjoys paper maché and water color painting. She sells various crochet, knit, and paper maché crafts, as well as paintings at different craft shows.

History of Art

Explore the history of art in this series of classes presented in chronological order. Enjoy them all or select your favorite. Instructor Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a Masters in Art Education from University of Toledo, Chris taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.

Just How Dark Were the Dark Ages?

1 –3 pm, Tuesday, March 6

Castle, cathedrals and crusades; oh my! Contrary to common belief, this was actually a time of learning and innovation.

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

What’s After The Renaissance?

1 –3 pm, Tuesday, April 3

Goin’ for baroque and rockin’ rococo! How does one top Michelangelo and Leonardo? Artists of the 16th and 17th centuries tried.

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 202

European Art of the 19th Century: Realists, Romantics and Revolutionaries

1 –3 pm, Tuesday, May 8

Reflecting society of the time, artists of the 19th century coped with the status quo versus the struggle for change.

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 201

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