We offer a variety of classes on engaging topics taught by local experts—designed especially for our community members. Classes are held at local gathering spaces such as Highland Farms. We also host regular events that are a great way to stay engaged.
Class schedule for 2016 Winter Term
Monday Classes: January 11 – February 15, 2016
Wednesday Classes: January 13 – February 17, 2016
Friday Classes: January 15 – February 19, 2016
Brookside Center, Fountain Building: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CHARLES II – A 17th CENTURY AMAZING MONARCH OF THE BRITISH ISLES – Dr. James Aydelotte
Prince Charles Stuart endured much – a civil war, the execution of his father, exile and relative poverty before he finally became King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Over the next 25 years, he proved himself a skillful (if lucky) ruler triumphing over religious strife, political plots, foreign princes, the plague, parliaments, and even the Great Fire. Besides all that, he was called the Merry Monarch.
Dr. James Aydelotte taught history at the University of Iowa and several colleges. He has earned four degrees, including a Ph.D. in European History, with a specialization in Tudor/Stuart England. He resides at Givens Highland Farms.
Brookside Center, Fountain Building: 2 – 4 p.m.
GEORGE WASHINGTON – THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – Dr. William Forstchen
The course will examine that conflict from Lexington Green to the Treaty of Paris. Emphasis will be placed upon the mythologies versus the realities of how the war was fought, the “Miracle of the Crossing of the Delaware”, the writings of Thomas Paine and the role played by General George Washington. Several years ago, Dr. Forstchen co-authored three novels about George Washington and the American Revolution. Suggested reading: “To Try Men’s Souls” by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, a novel about Christmas night 1776.
Dr. Forstchen is a Professor of History and Education at Montreat College. He holds a Ph.D. in History of Technology and Military History from Purdue University. He is the author of numerous novels, a number of which have been translated into German and Russian.
Wednesdays -Highland Farms
Brookside Center, Fountain Building: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
BIRDS OF NORTH CAROLINA – Dr. Jim Poling
Students will increase their knowledge and appreciation for birds and their place in the natural environment, and will develop new skills in identification and protection of bird species. This will be a 4 week course.
Dr. James Poling is a retired seminary professor living in Black Mountain, NC with his wife, Nancy. He graduated in 2014 with a certificate from the NC Arboretum Blue Ridge Naturalist program, and has been birdwatching and photographing birds since 2008. He is a volunteer with the Black Mountain Parks and Recreation Department where he leads monthly birding and wildflower walks.
Brookside Center, Fountain Building 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
EXPLORE THE LIFE OF DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE, “THE QUEEN OF CRIME” – Cappy Tosetti
Discover more about this best-selling author (over 2 billion copies in 44 languages): her childhood, her two marriages, her mysterious disappearance, her hobbies (including gardening and cooking), etc. Your brain will be challenged to solve mysteries with clues and red herrings. Handouts and bibliography will be provided.
Cappy Tosetti is a magazine writer, volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross and positive aging instructor. She developed Aerobics for the Brain 22 years ago in Oregon while assisting her late husband, a family doctor, with his Elderhostel class; It Takes More Than a Pill. Locally, she teaches workshops and classes at retirement communities, conferences and retreats for which she has received stellar evaluations and overwhelming positive response from class participants. Cappy has previously taught classes for the McCALL program.
Brookside Center, Fountain Building: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
INTERMEDIATE COMPUTING – Kent Smith
This class requires each participant to have a PC (Windows) based laptop or tablet and it will be most helpful if participants bring their computer to class. Participants should have basic computer skills, such as use of a word processor, sending and receiving email, and navigating the internet with a browser. In the class we will be working on making our computers more useful for a wider range of tasks. Topics will include: Basic Equipment and Software, Computer Safety, Utilities, Word Processing – Special Topics, Spreadsheet Basics and Esoterica – Only for the Brave.
Kent Smith is a retired Presbyterian minister, having served 40 years as a Minister for Christian Education and Youth. He has worked on computers at every level from machine language to applications. Ken has taught many Bible courses and continues work in original languages and keeps current on modern trends in Biblical Scholarship.
Brookside Center, Fountain Building: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE FOR THE LAYMAN – Tom Ross
This class will look at the science of weather forecasting with an emphasis on weather patterns in western North Carolina. Discussion will include weather folklore, predicting and tracking the weather and understanding local and worldwide climate data. The class will learn about extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, tornadoes and hurricanes and how to “read” the sky using a cloud chart and how to surface weather charts. Long-range forecasting, climate variability, computer models used in forecasting and climate information in the electronic BIO age will also be covered:
Tom Ross is a retired meteorologist who managed NOAA’s Climate Database Modernization Program. He also developed the “Billion Dollar U.S. Disaster” list in the mid-1990’s which is still one of the best known climate products. He is involved in educational community outreach, teaches classes on weather and climate at the NC Arboretum and has been interviewed by numerous local, national radio, and TV media. Tom owns High Country Nursery in Fairview, NC.
Each course is $25 with a membership. The annual membership which covers the winter and spring term is $25 if you did not pay for the fall term. If you have questions, please email Bob or call him at 828.669.6423.
Send your registration form to:
Mr. Bob Shaw
PO Box 504
Montreat, NC 28757
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