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  • "The Call of Paradise"-A Spiritual Journey to Hawaii

    Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Hawaii? Sun-kissed beaches. Fiery volcanoes. Luau feasts. The gracious beauty of a hula dancer. Hawaii is all of these things and more! Come spend an evening luxuriating in the aloha of the islands as we look more deeply into the history, culture and spirituality of this remarkable part of America. Through fascinating pictures and stories we will explore the rich heritage and traditions that make Hawaii one of the most beautiful, healing and life-giving places on Earth. This year our journey will take us to the lush islands of Maui and Kauai. Here we will drive the famous Road to Hana and visit the otherworldly Haleakala Volcano National Park. We’ll tour the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific'' and experience Kauai's mystical Na Pali Coast, all the while surrounded by the song of wintering humpback whales. In addition, we will get to meet with native kahuna shamans, experience spiritual ceremonies at sacred sites, and visit the temples of many of the world’s beliefs that call Hawaii home. For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity after the presentation to discuss the details of our 10-day spiritual tour to Hawaii in early 2022.So Come join us for an evening of inspiration and let the magic of Hawaii “call you home” to paradise!
  • A Look Back: Stories From The Attic (Online)

    Did you know that people used to use stacks of newspaper as insulation in the house walls? Several years ago a friend of our instructor knew of some remodeling that was being done at a family members house. During that project, they found a bunch of newspapers from 1941 tucked in the walls of the attic! This class will feature a virtual walk back in time. We will look at the headlines of the day, what was being advertised in those days, and what the ever popular “comics” section looked like! Amateur historian, Jay Grammond will weave these pieces together to take you on a virtual walk back in time.
  • Contemporary Art: Styles, Ideas and Artists (Online)

    Explore the contemporary art practices starting in the 1950’s and continuing today by studying the iconic works of artists such as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and many others. Art styles for consideration will include Pop Art, Minimal Art, Environmental Art, Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Appropriation Art, and Video Art.
  • Contemporary Sculpture: From Mid-20th Century to the Present Day (Online)

    Explore the innovative and experimental contemporary sculpture practices starting in the 1950’s and continuing today by studying the works of artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Eva Hesse, Maurizio Cattelan, Ron Mueck and Katharina Fritsch. Learn about the contemporary art styles associated with unique styles and approaches of these artists.
  • Emotional Release for Inner Peace (Online)

    Inner peace is impossible to maintain while we still hold on to the very feelings and beliefs that keep us from being peaceful to begin with. Trapped negative emotions like fear, anger and sorrow can disrupt the flow of vital energy in our bodies and actually sabotage our inner peace. In this single evening course, you will learn simple yet effective techniques for getting in touch with, understanding, accepting and releasing the emotions that keep us from ourselves. Nobody wants to suffer. Come learn to rest in the peaceful state of loving acceptance that is our true nature.
  • Modern Art: Movements, Masterpieces and Artists (Online)

    Learn about major art movements including Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Dada, and Abstract Expressionism. Explore and discuss some of the key works of Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Picasso and Jackson Pollock.
  • Modern Sculpture: From Impressionism to Mid-20th Century (Online)

    Learn about the most influential and famous sculptors from Impressionism to mid-20th century such as Auguste Rodin, Umberto Boccioni, Henry Moore, Man Ray and Alexander Calder. Explore the major art movements associated with unique styles and sculptures of these artists.
  • Self Growth and the Art of Singing

    Professional singer, voice teacher, and holistic health practitioner, Jesse Wicher, will share with you the wonderful life-lessons he has learned through the study of singing. Through lecture and examples, you will explore with him the profound relationship between the breath, body and voice, and personal growth. Highlights include: “Singing with your own voice,” “Getting out of the way,” and “Letting go of judgments.” This engaging one-evening course is perfect for singers, artists, and anyone wishing to create more freedom and joy in their life— NO SINGING REQUIRED! Come learn what good singing can teach you about good living!
  • Stargazing at Dodge Nature Center

    Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over School District 197. We’ll have giant telescopes aimed at Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, galaxies, and more. Live video telescopes will also be available. Get to know constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Pegasus the Winged Horse, and others. Great constellation mythological stories will also be featured! You’re invited to bring lawn chairs to make yourself comfy.