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Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Haverhill Campus, Hartleb Technology Center, Room 103 AB

Brain Fitness

Neuroscientists tell us that learning new things in a focused, intense way helps keep the brain ‘young.’ We will review the latest discoveries about our amazing brains and explore various ways, including online exercises, to keep mental skills sharp.

Seminar Leader: George Medelinskas

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays 2:00 to 4:00 PM, September 29 to November 10 (no class October 13)

Location: Haverhill, C-116

Cost: $30

CRN: 661 Course Number: COOL1065 Section: HA

Six Poems–Six Weeks

If you have always loved poetry, here is your chance to express your own thoughts and emotions in verse.  Unleash that hidden poet!  We will examine six poetic forms such as haiku, ballads and ghazals, then write and polish our poems based on these different patterns. 

Seminar Leader: Ginger Hurajt

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays 2 to 4 PM, September 29 to November 10 (no class October 13)

Location: Haverhill, Room C-103

Cost: $30

CRN: 662  Course Number: COOL1066 Section: HA

More Parks and Trails

Join a friendly group for moderate walking and learning tours of four local natural sites.  These natural gems near by will surprise you. Class participants will select venues that are conveniently located for all.  For example, the spring tours included The National Wildlife Refuge at Plum Island and Maudsley State Park.

NOTE: The first seminar meeting will take place at Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA. For directions, please visit the following website: http://www.winnekenni.com/directions.html. Participants should meet up with Anita Purcell at the tennis courts.

Seminar Leader: Anita Purcell

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays 10:00 AM to Noon, September 30 to November 4

Location: Offsite

Cost: $30

CRN: 663 Course Number: COOL1067 Section: OA

Discover Historic New England

We explore the dawn of the American Preservation movement through the work of Historic New England, a regional preservation organization.  Travel to local historic sites and view  museum collections.  Experts in the field will make the past come alive through topics such as jewelry, domestic servant life, and the celebration of Christmas. 

Seminar Leader: Sarah Jaworski and Ken Turino

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays 2:00  to 4:00 PM, September 30 to November 4

Location: Haverhill, Room C-106

Cost: $30

CRN: 664 Course Number: COOL1068 Section: HA

Great Expectations Indeed!

All lovers of the Victorian novel and especially those who enjoyed the recent seminar on Middlemarch will be delighted with this new session featuring the coming-of-age classic by Charles Dickens. Through his colorful, unforgettable characters, Dickens explores the relationship of man to society and addresses the age-old conflict of good versus evil. 

Seminar Leader: Barbara Stachniewicz

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Tuesdays 2:00 to 4:00 PM, September 30 to November 4

Location:  Haverhill, Room C-116

Cost: $30

CRN: 665 Course Number: COOL1069 Section: HA

Develop Character Strengths for Your Best Life

Psychology research reveals that developing character strengths has a significant impact upon one’s quality of life and relationships.  Join us in a positive environment for a combination of presentation, group interaction, and hands on work using the free “VIACharacter Strengths” survey. (Take the free survey at www.viacharacter.org (Opens in new window) and bring your results to class).

Seminar Leader: Linda Meccouri

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Wednesdays 10:00 to Noon, October 1 to November 5

Location: Haverhill, Room C-309

Cost: $30

CRN: 666 Course Number: COOL1070 Section: HA

Wild Herbs of Merrimack Valley

You don’t need a degree in botany to enjoy this seminar revealing the abundance of useful plants growing wild in the Merrimack Valley.  You will “stalk” and grow to appreciate humble local species for their historic culinary and medicinal properties.  Exploring this forgotten knowledge has been a long-time passion of the seminar leader.

Seminar Leader: Mark Palermo

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays 2:00 to 4:00 PM, October 1 to November 5

Location: Haverhill, Room C-215

Cost: $30

CRN: 667 Course Number: COOL1071 Section: HA

Climate Change: A Hot Topic

Climate change is already having consequences in our world.  We will investigate how natural phenomena and human activity are affecting our planet and its inhabitants.  With no shortage of topics, participants will prepare and share reports on fossil fuels, greenhouse gases, rising sea levels and much more.  No text is required. 

Seminar Leader: Ruth Young

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:00 PM, October 1 to November 5

Location:  Haverhill, Room C-118

Cost: $30

CRN: 668 Course Number: COOL1072 Section: HA

Let’s Find Our Fountain of Youth

We will dispel some myths about growing old and review what the experts have to say about staying young at heart.  Learn how you can boost your mental powers, defy disease, get refreshing sleep, and enjoy a healthy diet.  You may even find that exercise can be fun!

Seminar Leader: Nancy Clark and Judy Flieder

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays 10:00 AM to Noon, October 2 to November 6

Location: Riverwalk Campus, Room 308

Cost: $30

CRN: 669 Course Number: COOL1073 Section: RWA

The Hispanic Caribbean: Cultures, Dictators, Colonies and Revolutions

A Hispanic Caribbean herself, Dr. Domenech will lead us through the history and culture of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and guide students to a better understanding of this important and diverse population in New England. The seminar leader will discuss the shared characteristics of immigrants from her native Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Haiti as well as their contributions to the culture of the Merrimack Valley. She will discuss their history, politics, the African influence on their religious beliefs, food and musical tastes, and their outlook on marriage, race relations, and the importance of family.

Seminar Leader: Ligia Domenech

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays 2:00 to 4:00 PM, October 2 to November 6

Location: Haverhill, Room C-103

Cost: $30

CRN: 670 Course Number: COOL1064 Section: HB

Vatican City’s Art and Architecture

What artistic treasures lie within those walls?  After a brief look at the history of that part of Ancient Rome that became known as Vatican City, we will learn about the art housed in its museums and explore the architectural wonders of this tiny city-state.

Seminar Leaders: Ben Coughlin and Betty Lee

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays 2 to 4 PM, October 2 to November 6

Location: Haverhill, Room C-107

Cost: $30

CRN: 671 Course Number: COOL1074 Section: HA

Senior Theater: Applaud Your Inner Thespian

Discover how an actor gets into character for a performance.  You will learn basic exercises in voice and movement to bring your character to life.  For the finale, the class will read through a script together – no need to memorize!  (The script selected will be determined by the male/ female makeup of the class.)

Seminar Leader: Richard Mullen

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, October 2 to November 6

Location: Haverhill, Building  C, Top Notch Theater

Cost: $30

CRN: 672 Course Number: COOL1075 Section: HA


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