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FESTIVAL LEARNING

Spring 2019
CLASS SCHEDULE
Captain James Cook the 250th Anniversary
Instructor: Digby Cook
4 Sessions: Tues and Thurs, February 12, 14, 19, 21

“Education isn’t something you can finish”
-Anonymous.

W elcome to Festival Learning at Sun City Festival. As a resident of Sun
City Festival, you have the unique and exciting opportunity to
participate in our university inspired experience right here in your own
community!

Save time by registering for classes from your home computer, by going to
www.OurSunCityFestival.net and clicking on the Online Event Registration
link.

You can also register in person at the Member Services Desk at the Sage
Center. Schedules and registration forms are available at the desk and online.

Festival Learning Class fees are shown in the class descriptions.

Payment Options:
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We are looking forward to an amazing Spring Semester!

If you have any questions or suggestions about our course offerings, or you
would like to teach in an upcoming semester with Festival Learning, please
contact our Program Coordinator, Ryan Duncan at rduncan@aamaz.com.

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SCIENCE
Astronomy I – Basics of Astronomy and the
Birth of the Universe The Brain, Consciousness and
Instructor: Joseph Aibinder Artificial Intelligence
4 Sessions: Tuesdays, Jan. 29, Feb 5, 12, 19 Instructor: Joseph Aibinder
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 4 Sessions: Tuesdays, Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19
Cost: $36 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $36
The course begins with the basic science of astronomy
and evolution of telescopes to the discovery of the big This course will review the human brain, its network
bang creation of the universe, the development and life and functioning and the maintenance activities that
cycle of the stars and sun, to their death in supernovas help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. We then explore the
and their remnants as white dwarfs and black holes. nature and mysteries of consciousness and their lead-
The course is highly visual with the use of images from ing current scientific theories. Lastly, we review prog-
the great ground-based and spaced-based telescopes ress in developing artificial consciousness and intelli-
and videos/simulations from NASA, ESA and leading gence and their potential benefits and dangers.
universities.
TECHNOLOGY
Astronomy 2 Cutting the Cable/Satellite Cord
Instructor: Joseph Aibinder Instructor: Steve Miller
4 Sessions: Tuesdays, March 26, April 2, 9, 16 1 Session: Monday, March. 11th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $36 Cost: $9

Using ground based and space-based telescopes and Want to learn about streaming alternatives to watch
interplanetary space probes, the solar system’s forma- local and cable networks? This class will review the
tion, evolution, its major and minor planets, moons, major companies that stream local stations and many
asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud will be cable networks including major news, entertainment
explored. Going beyond our immediate solar system, and sports channels. We will review a comparison
distant galaxies, galaxy clusters, theories of dark mat- of the four major applications that will allow you to
ter and dark energy and the evolution of the universe drop your cable and/or satellite services. It will also
and possible multiverse will be examined. Finally, the include a list of stations provided by each company, the
search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence will be equipment needed to stream, menu differences, cloud
explored. DVR capabilities and costs. Please note that Internet
services provided by Cox or Zona are still required and
you should be familiar with streaming Netflix, Hulu, 3 or
other online viewing applications.
HEALTH

Wellness for Life
Instructor: Dr. Kathy Munoz (RDN),
Carol Komassa, Chuck Eier
3 Sessions: Fridays, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15th
10:00 am – Noon
Cost $30
Essential Oils 101
Class 1: “Food Is Medicine” Instructor: Linda Cinnamond
Join Dr. Kathy Munoz (Registered Dietitian Nutrition- 1 Session: Friday, Feb. 22
ist) and learn how to manage our health better with 10:00 am - Noon
Lifestyle Choices, making changes for older adults, Cost: $9
improve our numbers, “Fad Diets” and balancing nu-
trition. We won’t tell you what to eat! Essential Oils and aromatherapy have been used suc-
cessfully for thousands of years to help heal the mind,
Class 2: “You Are What You Eat” body and spirit. Recently there has been a resurgence
Smarter Grocery Shopping/Food Labels with Kathy of interest in the use of these all-natural plant com-
Munoz and Carol Komassa. Grocery shopping can be pounds. You’ll learn why these amazing liquids are
overwhelming, let’s get this simplified and learn how to showing up in homes, hospitals and medical offices
read food labels. What about GMO’s vs. Organic foods around the country. In this interactive class, we will
and then taste the difference in class! discuss what they are, how they are used, and why they
can help you reduce stress, sleep more soundly, achieve
Class 3: “Let’s Keep Moving!” With Chuck Eier, Fitness better physical and emotional health, and save money.
Director.
We all know we need to keep moving, but why are we
resistive to regular exercise? Can it make a difference?
The value of exercise as it applies to controlling blood
sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, metabolism and
body composition. This will include the guidelines of
how much, how often and at what effort level and will
include how all of this applies to both aerobic exercise
and strength/weight training.

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HEALTH

Using Essential Oils to manage your Moods
Instructor: Linda Cinnamond Meditation 1
1 Session: Thursday, March. 14 Instructor: Jean-Marie Givens-Myers
10:00 am - Noon 3 Sessions: Thursday, Jan. 17, 24, 31
Cost: $9 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $27
We know how well essential oils work to help support
your physical body, ward off illness and heal damaged This course teaches students five basic steps of medita-
cells, but did you know that aroma therapy is also the tion, the benefits of this meditation, and several differ-
fastest way to change your emotional state. Come ent ways to meditate. Each class will be part interactive
learn the whys and hows of using those precious liq- lecture and part experiential.
uids to brighten your moods.

PETS
The Theory of Yoga
Instructor: Alicia Weinkrantz
1 Session: Monday, March. 4th Why Does My Dog Do That?
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Carin Offerman and Ann Lambert
Cost: $9 1 Session: Tuesday, March 26th
10:00am – 11:30am
What is yoga? Who can practice yoga? Do you need Cost: $9
to be skinny, flexible, or strong to practice? What are
some types of yoga can you do? Are you intrigued? How dogs learn.
You will get answers to these questions and more! Ways to change your dog’s behavior when it comes to
Learn some yoga background and the benefit of do- loose leash walking, barking, and potty training.
ing yoga. Join us in this interactive class as we practice
pranayama, a breathing technique. Some yoga props
will be in this class for you to see, with demonstrations
on how they are used.

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GARDENING
TRAVEL
Travelers’ French Spring Container Gardening
Instructor: Constance M. Kislan Instructor: Carol Komassa
4 Sessions: Tues/Thurs, Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5, 7 1 Session: Monday, Feb. 11
10:30 a.m. - Noon 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $36 Cost: $9

Travelers’ verbal and non-verbal essentials for a visit- Get color and variety into your yard with Spring con-
ing and enjoying ‘la belle France’. Cultural notes and tainer gardening to brighten your home and help pol-
explanations will provide context for introductions, linators (hummingbirds, butterflies and bees) survive
directions, shopping, and restaurant encounters. Learn in the desert. How to select the right plants, locations,
words to say and words “not ever to repeat.” This class soils, irrigation and suggested fertilizer options for suc-
will focus on the 25 most essential phrases for a stress- cess. Specific designs for pots, along with recipes and
free trip, encouraging proper pronunciation, providing sizes to select will be covered. Container gardening for
immediate feedback and practice. Beginners and those our other States will also be briefly covered.
with high-school French are welcome.

Travel Tips
Instructor: Trevor Wilson
1 Session: Wednesday, March 13
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $9

Lifelong traveler, tour guide and world travel expert
shares some insights into planning your future trips to
avoid common pitfalls and to adivse of some tools you
can use to prepare yourself to get the most out of your
travel dollars. Latest travel hot spots and bargains for
2019.

The British Isles
Instructor: Trevor Wilson
1 Session: Wednesday, April 10
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $9

This seminar covers the geography and delights of the
4 countries forming this land of contrasts and unique
sights, tastes and experiences which will maximize
your visit and give you an insiders view of your must
see list when visiting England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland.

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ART
Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life, Women, and Caravaggio: Baroque’s Beginnings
Houses Instructor: Allen Reamer
Instructor: Allen Reamer 1 Session: Monday, Feb. 4
1 Session: Monday, Jan. 14 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cost: $9
Cost: $9
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a fascinating
Frank Lloyd Wright is probably the best known Ameri- inventive Italian painter who began the Baroque art
can architect. We will examine his life and architec- style. He burst upon the Rome art scene in 1600 and
ture. We will see how his childhood and his relatives never lacked for patrons or commissions. Caravaggio
influenced his career and his personal life. Wright became very famous with many followers. His fame as
designed houses in primarily three architectural styles. a painter continues today. During his lifetime he was
We will discuss these styles and many of the houses considered fascinating, rebellious and dangerous. His
he designed. In addition, we will examine his life and fighting and arguing lead to an unstable life and indi-
the women in his life. We will begin with his birth rectly caused his early death. We will discuss Caravag-
and continue until we run out of time. His Arizona gio life and discuss and view his art in this class.
buildings will be discussed in the Phoenix Architecture
course. Toulouse-Lautrec: His Life and Art
Instructor: Allen Reamer
Salvador Dali and the Surrealists 1 Session: Monday, Jan. 28
Instructor: Allen Reamer 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1 Sessions: Monday, Feb. 25 Cost: $9
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $9 The life of this Post-Impressionist painter was as un-
conventional as his art work. We will examine his life
Surrealism is an art style in which fantastical visual and his paintings in detail. We will see how his child-
imagery from the subconscious mind is used with no hood affected his life as an adult and an artist. We will
intention of making the work logically comprehensi- cover as much of his life as time permits.
ble. The Surrealists included Salvador Dali, Max Ernst,
Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Arp, Man Ray, Joan Miro and The History of [mainly] Western
Rene Magritte. Salvador Dali is probably the single Architectural Styles in 117 minutes
best-known Surrealist artist. We will begin by discuss- Instructor: Allen Reamer
ing the history of Surrealism and its roots. Next, we 1 Session: Monday, Jan. 21
will discuss Dali’s life and art. 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $9

Do you want to know everything there is to know
about architecture? You won’t find it here. You will get
an overview of buildings from prehistoric to Blobitec-
ture or until we run out of time. You will see examples
and learn the characteristics of many styles and peri-
ods of architecture

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HISTORY

Captain James Cook the 250th Anniversary
Instructor: Digby Cook
4 Sessions: Tues and Thurs, February 12, 14, 19, 21
9:15am – 11:15 am
Cost: $36

Captain James Cook the 250th Anniversary
Captain Cook was one of the most famous navigators
of the 18th Century and was responsible for a daz-
zling array of discoveries including continents, islands,
peoples, flora, and fauna plus an impressive array of
nautical aides.

This is a 4 session presentation;
Class 1: We will meet the man and learn about his early
life which led to his career as an officer in the British
Navy.

Class 2: The 1st Voyage of Discovery, to observe the
transit of Venus over Tahiti and then attempt to find
the great southern land (Australia) that was believed to
be in the South Pacific.

Class 3: The 2nd Voyage of Discovery, to find another
great landmass that many believe lay in the southern
oceans but further south than Australia.

Class 4. The 3rd Voyage of Discovery, to discover the
northwest passage around the top of Canada. He dis-
covered many Pacific islands and the northwest Cana-
dian and Alaskan coasts before being killed in Hawaii.

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HISTORY
The White House: The Building and the
Ancestral Puebloan 2 Organization within
Instructor: Lou-ellen Finter Instructor: Linda Wangner
1 Sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2 Sessions: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Feb. 26 and 28
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: $9 Cost: $18

A further look into the early people of the Southwest. The White House: Why is it located where it is? Who
We will discuss sites, not as well-known as Mesa Verde, and how is life and work managed within those walls?
but closer, more accessible, and less crowded.
Their early attempts at pottery, and early examples of Conflicts and challenges of getting things done in
jewelry. Take a look at the lives of the people at: Ban- Washington or any place by the Federal Government is
delier N.M., Puye Cliff Dwellings, Homol’ovi S.P., with not a shock. Considering how difficult it is to accom-
three distinct groups of people, the inhabitants of the plish tasks in the nation’s capital, there are quite a few
Painted Desert, and Casa Malpaís. stories about Generals wanting to demolish the pres-
ent White House. They had some good reasons. The
class will review historical as well as some unexpected
The Oregon Trail – Travel West with the happenings in the White House. It came very close to
demolition at the end of World War II. Join the class
Pioneers
and find out why.
Instructor: Lou-ellen Finter
3 Session: Tuesday, Feb 5, 12, 19
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $27 Secret Service
Instructor: Linda Wangner
Take a three-day trip on the Oregon Trail. Decide on 2 Sessions: Tuesdays, Thursdays, March. 19 and 21
what type of vehicle, the team you wish to use, what 10:00 a.m. - Noon
you can put in your wagon, the amount of weight your Cost: $18
wagon can hold. Problems that occur along the jour-
ney, and 12 destination stops that have become famous The Secret Service created to protect the President of
before you reach your goal. the United States. This organization is made up of an
elite corps of agents who pledge to take a bullet to pro-
tect the President and his family. This course will dis-
cuss some of the dangers of the job and how missions
are carried out. Assassination attempts on President
Truman, the devastating day Kennedy was killed, and
actions taken that saved President Reagan’s life. Plus,
some ways in recent days, cutting corners that are have
resulted in less than admirable situations.

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MUSIC HISTORY
The Beatles “The Making of Revolver”
Instructor: Vinnie Bruno Bob Dylan Revisited
1 Session: Thursday, January 24th Instructor: Vinnie Bruno
10:00 a.m. - Noon 1 Session: Monday, February 11th
Cost: $9 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $9
This lecture will follow in the footsteps of The Beatles
as they redefine contemporary music, breaking bound- This lecture will travel on the road with Bob Dylan as
aries by expanding the scope of pop and rock sounds, he navigates through the turbulent decade of 1960’s.
as they create their timeless masterpiece - “Revolver.” From his childhood in Minnesota, to folk troubadour
We will discuss the genesis of how the songs were con- of Greenwich Village, to his ground-breaking trilogy
ceived and written, their musical influences, recording (“Bringing It Back Home” “Highway 61”, “Blonde on
and experimental studio techniques and the creation Blonde”) to becoming the rock/poet enigma of his
of their legendary artwork cover sleeve. “Revolver” time. Highlights from the post-60’s work (including
is recognized as inspiring diverse subgenres of music “Blood on the Tracks” to the American Songbook Tril-
including electronica, baroque rock, and world music ogy) will also be briefly explored. We will discuss his
among others. extraordinary artistic achievements as a songwriter,
Rolling Stone ranks “Revolver” as the #3 album of all poet and cultural icon of the 20th century.
time! Rolling Stone ranks Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”
as the best song of all time.

The Sixties: The Rolling Stones
Instructor: Vinnie Bruno
1 Session: Monday, February 18th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $9

This lecture is the story of rock’s original “bad boys” as
we journey with them thru their formative years as a
cover band devoted to American blues, into their early
shows which dictated violence and chaos, thru their
notorious drug busts, personal and songwriting con-
flicts, and management and legal issues while earning
the reputation as the greatest rock n roll band with
classics from “Satisfaction” to “Brown Sugar”. For our
encore we will highlight some of their post 60’s work.

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MUSIC

Introduction to the Harmonica
Level 1 Beginner Native American Flute
Instructor: Eric Brown
Instructor: Nancy Haga
1 Session: Thursday, Feb. 21
3 Sessions: Thursdays, Jan 31, Feb 7, 21
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $9
Cost: $27
Thinking about learning to play the harmonica? Do
you enjoy listening to music, be it blues, rock or folk,
Ever wanted to learn to play the Native American
and would you really like to play the harmonica along
Flute? Here’s your chance! Come join Nancy Haga for
with some of your favorite tunes? Come join Eric
a fun 3 session class and learn to play music from your
Brown’s interactive introduction to the 10-hole dia-
soul! As long as you can breathe and wiggle your fin-
tonic harmonica. This one hour introduction will
gers, you can learn to play! No music to read - Instru-
focus on why you want to play, your favorite bands and
ments provided. Class limited to 8 people.
musicians, and the playing by ear technique Eric uses
to help you learn, as he does not use sheet music. This
class will not be providing harmonicas, nor do you Level 2 Intermediate Native American Flute
Instructor: Nancy Haga
need to bring one.
3 Sessions: Thursdays, Jan 31, Feb 7, 21
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $27

Fine tune your skills on the Native American Flute in
the Level 2 Intermediate Class. Come join Nancy Haga
for a fun 3 session class and learn about playing: with
embellishments, in duets, with background music and
more. Class limited to 10 people. Please bring an “A”
flute.

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LITERATURE

Book Discussion: Station Eleven by Emily St. LAW
John Mandel
Instructor: Nancy Middlemas Asset ownership, Disability and Health Man-
1 Session: Monday, Mar. 18 agement, and Passing Assets at Death; Estate
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Planning Related Topics in Arizona
Cost: $9 Instructor: Robert F. Jeckel
4 Sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 20, 27, March 6
Set 20 years after a devastating super flu destroys mod- 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ern civilization, Station Eleven tells of a daring group Cost: $36
of actors and musicians who risk their lives to preserve
the remnants of art and humanity. This page turner
moves forwards and backwards in time, contrasting The instructor will present Arizona law on asset own-
life before and after the pandemic, and culminating in ership, powers of attorney, and medical decisions. He
a strange twist of fate. Emily St. John Mandel’s elegant also covers living wills, “do not resuscitate” orders, and
post-apocalyptic novel has won numerous awards and also methods of passing assets at death and beneficiary
been translated into 27 languages. We’ll discuss what options. Class materials will be provided to students.
it has to say about modern technological civilization,
monumental world change, survival, and hidden truths
about humanity. (Class size is limited to 14, and the RELIGION
instructor will send enrollees a Reader’s Guide.)

The Judaic background of Gospel of John
Instructor: Raph Martin
4 Sessions: Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb 6
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $36

We will attempt a deeper understanding of the Gospel
of John with all its spiritual richness. We will look at its
first 4 chapters and examine their relationship to Juda-
ism’s religious and cultural teachings and traditions.
This is a Gospel whose literary stories and expressions
have left their mark on great works of literature in
addition to effecting personal illumination and trans-
formation. It invites the reader to a response by asking
“what are you looking for”? Would you like to explore
its chapters with us?

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CURRENT EVENTS
HOBBIES
Op-Ed Wednesdays Saving Our Beloved Monarchs
Instructors: Doug Chatem and John Hamilton
Instructor: Carol Komassa
4 Sessions: Wednesdays, Feb. 20, March 6, 20 and
1 Session: Friday, March. 8
April 3rd
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $9
Cost: $36
Join Carol Komassa, who has raised and released
hundreds of Monarchs in two States, who will share
Op-Ed Wednesdays is a discussion forum for political,
her tips for Monarch success. Only 5% of our Monarch
social and economic issues. For each class session, class
population have survived! Learn about these amazing
members are asked to select a topic suited for discus-
insects, see their complete metamorphosis and how
sion based on a published article or short video, such
they (and other Pollinators) are affected by climate
as a TED talk or a public speech. Videos will be shown
change/human impact on this most beloved USA But-
just prior to discussion, although links and articles
terfly. What you can do to help them can make a huge
will be distributed in advance to allow participants to
difference in the species survival! Learn how little time
prepare for each meeting. Each reporter is asked to
and equipment it takes to safely raise them from egg to
explain why he/she chose his/her topic and provides
adulthood releasing them back into the wild. No club
reaction to the group’s discussion. The instructors will
needed to join and you only need five minutes a day!
facilitate all discussions.
See if this could be a rewarding hobby you might enjoy
in Arizona or your home State and help to save this
species.

PHOTOGRAPHY – COMPOSITION
Instructor: Carol Komassa
1 Session: Monday, Feb. 18
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $9

How many of us think about (and use) good Composi-
tion when you are setting up to take a photo? Good
Composition is what most photographers struggle to
achieve and end up with “Snapshots” and frustration.
This class is less about traditional “Rules”, more about
Guidelines, with lots of great photographs to empha-
size the point. This class is designed for beginners to
advanced Digital camera users who want to learn how
to capture better photographs.

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MEET THE FACULTY
Joseph Aibinder, B.S., M.S. is a Sun City Festival resident Jean-Marie Givens-Myers, B.A., is a Sun City Festival resi-
and Del Webb scholar who served as a Connecticut high dent, a Del Webb Scholar, and a former adjunct instructor
school science teacher, a college advanced placement in- for the Institute of Health and Healing in Newport News,
structor, an adjunct professor at the University of Connecti- VA. She has taught classes incorporating energy healing and
cut, and as a NASA Endeavor Teaching Fellow. meditation since 1995.

Eric Brown, is a Sun City Festival resident who has over 50 Nancy Haga has played Native Flute for 10 years, studying
years of experience playing the 10 diatonic harmonica. Eric under some of the finest recording artists in the field. A
was born and raised in New York City and was fortunate Sun City Festival resident, she is a teacher and performer
enough to be surrounded by a great musical environment and is the Director of the Solstice Native Flute School in
growing up. He is the author of eight self published books Park City, Utah.
and also performs a bit of magic.
John Hamilton, BASc., is a resident of Kelowna, BC, a Sun
Vincent Bruno is a Beatles Scholar and Sixties Rock Histo- City Festival resident and community scholar. His 37-year
rian. He recently retired as Director of First Year Programs career included work as a geophysicist, chief mine geologist,
at LaGuardia Community College. He holds an MPA from and manager of exploration and acquisition evaluations,
Baruch College and has taught courses in Humanities, Busi- traveling to all the continents except Antarctica. John is a
ness, Mathematics and cooperative Education as an adjunct past President of the Geological Institute of Canada.
professor for the past 25 years.
Robert F. Jeckel, J.D., has practiced law in Sun City for over
Doug Chatem, M.B.A., is a Sun City Festival resident and 40 years and taught courses on various aspects of Ari-
community scholar who has over 40 years of experience in zona and federal law for the ASU Osher Lifelong Learning
information systems engineering and management. Doug’s Program, the ASU Extended Campus, and in the Maricopa
avocations include over twenty years of leading and teach- Community College system.
ing boys and adults for the Boy Scouts.
Constance M. Kislan, MA in French as well as diplo-
Linda Cinnamond, B.S.N., Rn (retired) was a practic- mas from the University of Montpellier, France. Further,
ing registered nurse for 38 years. She worked in hospitals I have a certificate fluency from the French Army, when I
and clinics, as well as in the educational arena for several attended the French Command and General Staff College
major corporations and community colleges. She owned a in Paris. I taught all undergraduate-levels of French for 4
health club for over 10 years and has a special interest and years at Penn State University where I earned the “Lecturer
advanced certifications in Health and Wellness, Aromather- of the year award” in 1980; taught for NATO Confedera-
apy, and Essential Oil Counseling. She is a Sun City Festival tion Interalliee des Officiers de Reserve between 2008 and
resident and community scholar. 2013; Served as French linguist for the US Army. Training
in Education: My undergraduate degree was in Secondary
Digby Cook, Digby was born in Sydney, Australia and Education.
embarked on a career in corporate finance. He earned his
B. Commerce from the University of NSW and in 1965 was Carol Komassa (born in London, England) is a Sun City
transferred by his American-based employer to their inter- Festival resident and spends her time between the desert
national headquarters in New York City. As VP of Interna- southwest and Wisconsin. Carol is an award winning free-
tional Finance, he traveled worldwide including being based lance photographer, writer, and photography instructor at
in Brussels, Belgium for 6 years. In 1986 he was recruited by the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, and ASU, as well
New York Life Insurance to join their operations in Alaska. as at The Cedarburg Art Museum in Wisconsin, the Weyen-
He earned his CLU, ChFC, and LUTCF from the American berg Library and two digital camera clubs in Arizona. Carol
College in Philadelphia. Digby retired in 2009, and he and is a Photography Coach and teaches on private photo walks,
Karen, his wife of 48 years, moved from Anchorage to Sun workshops, classes and has gallery representations at The
City Festival in September 2010. Pink Llama Gallery in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Her photog-
raphy articles have also been printed in the Ozaukee News
Lou-ellen Finter, Ph.D., has been in the educational field Graphic, Wisconsin.
for 50 years. She has taught musicology as well as been a
guest lecturer across the valley. She shares her passion for
Southwest Archeology and History in her classes.
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MEET THE FACULTY
Ann Lambert is a Certified Dog Trainer and American John Schneeg, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Mas-
Kennel Club (AKC CGC) Evaluator. Ann is canine educa- ters in Industrial Engineering, has lived in Sun City Festival
tion instructor that specializes in Basic Training, Puppy since 2007. John taught as lead faculty in Mechanical En-
Training and Clicker Training. Ann is also the President of gineering Technology at a community college in Michigan.
the Sun City Festival Dog Club. He had been a practicing engineer in industrial automation
prior to that, and has done engineering design consult-
ing and technical training for Honda America, the former
Raph Martin, M.A., has spent his career as a teacher –hav- Chrysler Corporation, and La-Z-Boy Chair Company.
ing taught in high school, college, university, diocese, and
adult community education centers. He is also a lifetime Barbara Waggoner has been a Festival resident since 2007
student –having studied theology at St. John’s University and has taught for Festival Learning since 2009. Her career
in NYC and religious education (M.R.E.) at St. Michael’s choice in law enforcement gave her personal insights on
College/University in Toronto, Canada. He trained as a safety techniques both as a female and Deputy Sheriff. She
Spiritual Director at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership at taught personal safety classes for women and worked with
Loyola University in Chicago and employs Ignatian/Jesuit the senior population to help them avoid being a victim of
style approaches to spirituality in counselling and retreat scams, fraud and violence. Barbara was part of her agen-
work. For the past 20 years he has worked in parishes of the cies field training team and learned computers early on.
Diocese of Oakland, CA as adult faith formation coordina- She tries to stay updated on everything Apple and finds this
operating system simple and safe for those wanting to stay
tor. He’s a native of NYC (Manhattan) and a recent retiree
connected with family and friends afar, for social network-
in our Sun City Festival community. ing, or just to read and learn.
Nancy Middlemas, M.A., is a Sun City Festival resident and
a community scholar. In her 37-year career as an educator, Linda Wangner, B.A., M.A., is a Sun City Festival resident,
she taught in Indiana, Georgia, and California, and retired a community scholar and a retired New York state high
as curriculum coordinator for a national charter school, school teacher with 38 years of experience teaching Global
developing diploma programs for at-risk youth. Studies, U.S. History and Government, as well as Law. Lin-
da has traveled to most of the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and
Steve Miller, B.S., has been a Sun City Festival resident has developed an interest in researching background stories
since early 2007. He was a Principal in a large local CPA related to various political events. She has been sharing her
firm located in Los Angeles and was a Chief Financial Of- knowledge on various topics for over five years through the
ficer for several companies after his move to Northern Cali- ASU program and now the Festival Learning program.
fornia. He also started Barrel Buddies almost 10 years ago
and was a Neighborhood Representative for three years. Alicia Weinkrantz, E-RYT, RPYT is a Sun City Festival
resident, and has been teaching yoga since 2010. She cur-
Carin Offerman is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, rently teaches Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga at Sun City
CPDT-KA, and competes successfully with her Giant Festival and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alli-
Schnauzer, Zelda, in National Association of Canine Scent ance. She has many years in other forms of physical training
Work (NACSW) and AKC Scent Work Trials. Carin has in the martial arts: Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, but found
found that Nose Work has helped on blind retrieves when that Yoga fulfilled her needs of physical strength, flexibility,
duck hunting. energy and mental calmness.
Allen Reamer, B.A., M.F.A., represents the fifth genera- Trevor Wilson is a Sun City Festival resident and a com-
tion of a family of artists. He has completed 60 additional munity scholar who spent his entire professional career as
graduate credits in art history and education and has taught a tour guide on trips throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.
a variety of studio art and art history courses for 33 years Over this time, he has gained significant knowledge of the
before coming to Arizona in 1999. During this time, he “ins and outs” of the cruise, air travel, hotel and tour busi-
was the president of a state art education association for ness.
ten years and very active for a decade with the National Art
Education Association. He has been a member or chair of
various art related boards and has gratefully been recog-
nized in a variety of ways including art teacher of the year,
a fellowship to China, letters from President Clinton and
other elected officials, plus sells his paintings. Allen teaches
for ASU and a number of other educational institutions and
art organizations. He exhibits with his friends in the Neu
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FESTIVAL LEARNING
Spring 2019
CLASS SCHEDULE
Frank Lloyd Wright Jan 14 9am-11am $9
Meditation 1 Jan 17, 24, 31 8:30am-10am $27
The Judaic background of Gospel of John Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6 10:30am-Noon $36
The History of [mainly] Western Arch Styles Jan 21 9am-11am $9
The Beatles “The Making of Revolver” Jan 24 10am-Noon $9
Learning Native American Flute - Beginner I Jan 31, Feb 7, 21 3pm-4pm $27
Learning Native American Flute - Beginner II Jan 31, Feb 7, 21 4:30pm-5:30pm $27
Toulouse-Lautrec: His Life and Art Jan 28 9am-11am $9
Astronomy Jan 29 , Feb 5, 12, 19 1pm-3pm $36
Travelers’ French Jan 29, 31, Feb 5, 7 10:30am-Noon $36
Wellness for Life Feb 1, 8, 15 10am-Noon $30
Caravaggio: Baroque’s Beginnings Feb 4 9am-11 am $9
The Oregon Trail – Travel West Feb 5, 12, 19 10am-11:30am $27
Spring Container Gardening Feb 11 9am-11am $9
Bob Dylan Revisited Feb 11 1pm-3pm $9
Captain James Cook the 250th Anniversary Feb 12, 14, 19, 21 9am-11am $36
Ancestral Puebloan 2   Feb 13 10am-11:30am $9
Asset ownership, Disability and Health Man-
agement, and Passing Assets at Death; in AZ Feb 13, 20, 27 Mar 6 3pm-4:30pm $36
Photography: Compostion Feb 18 9am-11am $9
The Sixties: The Rolling Stones Feb 18 1pm-3pm $9
Op-Ed Wednesday Feb 20, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3 10am-11:30am $36
Intro to Harmonica Feb 21 1pm-2pm $9
Essential Oils 101 Feb 22 10am-Noon $9
Salvador Dali and the Surrealists Feb 25 9am-11am $9
Brain, Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence Feb 26, Mar 5, 12, 19 1pm-3pm $36
The White House Feb 26, 28 10am-Noon $18
The Theory of Yoga Mar 4 9am-10:30am $9
Saving our Beloved Monarchs Mar 8 9am-11am $9
Carescape Mar 8 Noon-1:30pm $9
Cutting the Cable/Satellite Cord Mar 11 2pm-3:30pm $9
Travel Tips Mar 13 1pm-2:30pm $9
Essential Oils Mood Mar 14 10am-Noon $9
Book Discussion: Station Eleven Mar 18 12:30pm-2:30pm $9
Secret Service: Mar 19, 21 10am-Noon $18
Astronomy 2 Mar 26, April 2, 9, 16 1pm-3pm $36
Why Does My Dog Do That? Mar 26 10am-11:30am $9
The British Isles April 10 1pm-2:30pm $9

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