WINTER/SPRING 2020 CLASSES


Choose the classes you'd like to attend from the list below and make a note of the class names. Click JOIN above after 8am on January 23rd and become a member for the WINTER/SPRING 2020 term and then REGISTER for your desired classes.

You may find this Calendar of WINTER/SPRING 2020 classes useful in your planning. You may click below for a downloadable PDF file containing the classes listed on this page:

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Here are the WINTER/SPRING 2020 CLASSES:



Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine: How it works!
Participants will learn basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The course will help participants draw connections between their mental, emotional, and physical health in order to empower them to become leaders in their own health care.   (Class limit:  24)

Wed 3/18/20, 6:00-7:00pm

Healing Horizons Integration Health Solutions
2139 North 12th Street #7
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Dr. April Schulte
Dr. April Schulte
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and an expert in the field.

 


After Communism in the Country of Georgia
What does a country do when their whole world collapses? A brief historical background for the country of Georgia will build an understanding of the country’s attitudes towards democracy and the Soviet Union. The course will concentrate on the years 1991 to present, analyzing the events following the breakup of the Soviet Union and establishment of democracy in Georgia.   (Class limit:  40)

Tue 2/18/20, 1:30-3:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ken Maybery
Ken Maybery
Ken worked 40+ years for the National Park Service that included international assignments.

 


After the Asteroid, the Rise of the Mammals: New Fossil Finds from Colorado
On 24 October 2019, a paper in the Journal Science, a PBS NOVA video (Rise of the Mammals), and a flood of press releases simultaneously announced the discovery of significant plant and animal fossils from the Corral Bluffs area of the Denver Basin. These discoveries shed light on the Earth’s recovery during the one-million-year time period immediately following the asteroid impact associated with the extinction of the dinosaurs. The instructor, a member of the DMNS-led collaborative research team and a co-author of the Science article, will elaborate on why and how these fossils were found in Colorado and the significance of the Corral Bluffs project.

Class on Monday, Feb 10, 2020  (Class limit:  30):
Mon 2/10/20, 10:00-11:30am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
- OR -
Class on Monday, Feb 17, 2020  (Class limit:  31):
Mon 2/17/20, 10:00-11:30am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ken Weissenburger
Ken Weissenburger
Ken is a geologist, teacher, and volunteer researcher at the Denver Museum of Natural History.

 


American Wild Horse: Freedom, Family, and Familiar Way of Life
In Colorado, there are 4 herd management areas, several sanctuaries and many dedicated volunteers that support each one of our wild ranges. This multi-media presentation highlights the American “living national treasure” mustang as stated in the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act. During this class, you will gain insights from topics such as: citizen range support groups and their role with the BLM, the complex social system of wild horse families, the adoption procedure, and the role of the socialized, gentled mustang in our culture. Learn how volunteer groups like Piceance Mustangs who partners with the White River Field Office, and Steadfast Steeds help with the health and plight of these horses.   (Class limit:  45)

Mon 2/10/20, 1:00-3:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Tracy Scott
Tracy Scott
Co-founder of Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary and Piceance Mustangs.

Kathy Degonia
Kathy Degonia
BS Journalism, AA Nursing, Currently working as a Nurse, co-founder Piceance Mustangs.

 


Arresting Crime by the DA in Mesa County, Colorado
Mr. Rubinstein will review his role in our community, the major cases being handled, current challenges, and crime trends in Mesa County. He will discuss his role with many of the county social service programs.   (Class limit:  75)

Thu 2/6/20, 10:00-11:00am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Dan Rubinstein
Dan Rubinstein
Elected District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District.

 


Art for the Rest of Us
This class will begin with a brief lecture discussing art appreciation and enjoying art through a layperson's point of view. That will be followed by a tour of The Art Center studios and a discussion and tour through The Art Center galleries to view our three March exhibitions: Colorado Mesa University Juried Student Show, Rockies West National (National Watercolor Society Show), and Cutting Edge (works from The Art Center’s Permanent Collection).   (Class limit:  25)

Wed 3/18/20, 10:00-11:30am

Western Colorado Center for the Arts
1803 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Lee Bordon
Lee Bordon
Executive Director of The Art Center in Grand Junction.

 


Basics in Buddhism
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy largely based on the teachings of Siddartha Gautama (later known as the Buddha, meaning "the Awakened One"). It originated in Northern India over 2500 years ago and has become a major world religion with over 495 million followers worldwide. The purpose of this class is to provide a brief introduction to Buddhist history, ideas, and practices. Buddhism is ultimately about the transformation of the mind through the practice of meditation. Anne has been a serious practitioner for over 30 years and a meditation instructor the past 10 years.   (Class limit:  20)

Mon 2/10/20, 10:00-11:30am
Wed 2/12/20, 10:00-11:30am
Fri 2/14/20, 10:00-11:30am

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Anne Saunders
Anne Saunders
Anne has served as a Meditation instructor for several of Dharma Ocean'97s programs.

 


Beginning American Mah Jongg
Learn Beginning Mah Jongg and begin to feel comfortable playing the game with others.   (Class limit:  16)

Thu 2/13/20, 9:00-11:00am
Wed 2/19/20, 9:00-11:00am
Wed 2/26/20, 9:00-11:00am
Wed 3/4/20, 9:00-11:00am

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Kim Sutherland
Kim Sutherland
Kim is an experienced player and instructor of Mah Jongg.

 


Beginning Ukulele
Introduction to Ukulele, tuning, reading, tabulature and chords. Playing simple songs. (Ukuleles are not provided.)   (Class limit:  15)

Mon 2/3/20, 11:00am-12:00pm
Mon 2/10/20, 11:00am-12:00pm
Mon 2/17/20, 11:00am-12:00pm
Mon 2/24/20, 11:00am-12:00pm
Mon 3/2/20, 11:00am-12:00pm

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1425 North 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Enter through Door M
Frank Grossi
Music instructor for 25 years. Taught private and group lessons.

 


Birding: April Migration
This class will travel to various birding sites and hotspots in the Grand Valley looking for migrating waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and wintering songbirds. In addition we should find some local birds that have already begun nesting. Participants must be able to walk a mile over uneven trails and will need to provide their own binoculars.   (Class limit:  10)

Tue 3/31/20, 8:00am-12:00pm
Tue 4/7/20, 8:00am-12:00pm
Tue 4/14/20, 8:00am-12:00pm

730 24 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Each class will meet on the west side of Canyon View Park (24 Road side) in the parking lot near the softball fields.
Mike Henwood
Mike Henwood
Leads field trips for Colorado Ornithologists, Audubon of Greater Denver and GV Audubon.

Kathleen McGinley
Kathleen McGinley
Avid birder, assists with Grand Valley Audubon field trips.

 


Birding: Early Spring Migration
This class will travel to various birding sites and hotspots in the Grand Valley looking for migrating waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and wintering songbirds. In addition, we should find some local birds that have already begun nesting. Participants must be able to walk a mile over uneven trails and will need to provide their own binoculars.   (Class limit:  10)

Thu 3/12/20, 8:00am-12:00pm
Thu 3/19/20, 8:00am-12:00pm
Thu 3/26/20, 8:00am-12:00pm

730 24 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Each class will meet on the west side of Canyon View Park (24 Road side) in the parking lot near the softball fields.
Mike Henwood
Mike Henwood
Leads field trips for Colorado Ornithologists, Audubon of Greater Denver and GV Audubon.

Kathleen McGinley
Kathleen McGinley
Avid birder, assists with Grand Valley Audubon field trips.

 


Book Discussion Group
This is a class for the New Dimension learners who love to read, learn something new (perhaps about something old), meet new people or mix with those you know to discuss a chosen book. It has been proven reading is good for the brain and discussing good for everything else.

The book chosen for this session is the New York Times Best Seller, "The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator" by Timothy C. Winegard. Dr. Winegard is an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at CMU, holds a PhD from the University of Oxford, and will be joining us for a discussion of his book. This is a narrative-driven nonfiction book offering a new perspective on the history of humankind from the beginning of time to current day. "The mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining the fate of humanity". Read and learn how this insect has been altering life and human history from the dinosaurs, the Roman Empire, Crusades, Slavery, Creation of Greater Britain, American Revolution, America Civil War, and Football to other current day events.   (Class limit:  62)

Tue 3/10/20, 2:30-5:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Joan Lowe
Joan Lowe
Retired executive who loves to read and discuss the topic of books read.

Timothy Winegard
Timothy Winegard
Assistant Professor of History, head coach hockey, PhD Oxford, author of several books.

 


Bridge for Beginners
Come and learn how to play the most exciting and challenging card game (in our opinion). This class is for those who might not know the difference between a slam and a no-trump and for those who haven't played bridge and want to learn.   (Class limit:  12)

Tue 2/4/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Tue 2/11/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Tue 2/18/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Tue 2/25/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Tue 3/3/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Tue 3/10/20, 10:00am-12:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Paul Hackbert
Paul Hackbert
Bridge enthusiast.

Jeff Phillips
Jeff Phillips
Bridge enthusiast.

 


Brown's Around Town--Update
The Daily Sentinel’s monthly column, “Browns Around Town”, is a personal look at some of the restaurants, farms, and businesses in the area that are special to Rita and Kent Brown. Since the column lacks pictures and has word count limits, this class offers the opportunity to read between the lines, to expand the information, and to view photos of the subjects of the column. More than two years of columns will be covered with earlier column information being updated.   (Class limit:  30)

Wed 2/5/20, 9:30-11:30am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Kent Brown
Kent Brown
Kent and his wife Rita write the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel “Browns Around Town” column.

 


CMU Theater: Building a Production from Page to Stage
The presentation will focus on the path of creating a live musical theater production by showing the participants the process of creating CMU's new production of "Fiddler on the Roof". From a talk on casting and pre-production preparation, the participants will move to a music rehearsal, the costume and scenic shops, and end with a peek into rehearsals on the Robinson Stage. Participants will move about the theater spaces while discussing the different aspects of creating a musical revival.   (Class limit:  100)

Tue 2/11/20, 6:00-8:00pm

Moss Performing Arts Center Experimental Theater (the Blackbox).
Jeremy Franklin
Jeremy Franklin
CMU Director of Musical Theatre; Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

 


Cacti of Colorado National Monument & Vicinity
Don will present a slide show and discussion of the variety of cacti and some of the other plants & animals that can be found in Colorado National Monument, along with suggestions for hiking trails where many of the cacti can be found later in the Spring. This will also include a visit to the Cactus & Succulent Garden at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. A handout is included.   (Class limit:  15 )

Thu 3/12/20, 1:00-4:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Don Campbell
Don Campbell
Don was with the US Forest Service for 33 years and founded the GJ Cactus club.

 


Card Games for the Fun of It!
Whether you're camping, having friends over, or looking for a game to play with your grandkids, easy to learn card games are a great option for spending time together. Perfect for socializing with a little competition and lots of fun thrown in. Come enjoy learning Euchre (pronounced: you-cer), Hand and Foot, and Sweep! Then teach your family and friends! The games range for 2-8 people. Only sign up if you can attend all three classes as we will be learning in tables of 4.   (Class limit:  12)

Mon 2/24/20, 1:00-2:30pm
Mon 3/2/20, 1:00-2:30pm
Mon 3/9/20, 1:00-2:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Melanie Wiseman
Melanie Wiseman
Retired card enthusiast

 


Cartographic Time Machine: Historic Map Adventures
Travel back in time with historic maps from the collections of the Library of Congress. Analyze unique maps from early explorers and adventurers. The class will include a brief introduction to the LOC collections and how to access maps and other primary sources.   (Class limit:  25)

Tue 3/3/20, 1:00-3:00pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Sherrie Galloway
Sherrie Galloway
Former Educational Resources Specialist with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

 


Celebrating 127 Years of Women's Suffrage in Colorado
Although the 19th Amendment granting women equal voting rights was ratified by 3/4 of the states in August 1920, Colorado women started voting in 1893, 26 years earlier! This class highlights a dozen Colorado suffragettes who were inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and their role in women's suffrage. We will focus on why Colorado and other western states were ahead of the country in granting women's voting rights. The class will include time to share personal information about our ancestors and how suffrage might have affected their lives.   (Class limit:  60)

Wed 2/26/20, 1:30-3:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Priscilla Walker
Priscilla Walker
Priscilla is a Colorado native and the founding chair of the Palisade Historical Society.

 


Citizen CPR
Citizen CPR teaches lay responders what to do if they witness someone suffering sudden cardiac arrest. The course will teach individuals how to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest, how to provide immediate care, and how to access advanced medical care. It has been shown that the hands-only CPR method is extremely effective in reducing death by heart attack if administered quickly and appropriately.   (Class limit:  25)

Mon 2/10/20, 10:00-11:00am

Red Cross Office
506 Gunnison Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Julie Hartshorn
Julie Hartshorn
Julie is a volunteer for the American Red Cross who has taught Citizen CPR classes.

 


Citizen Science: Adding to Our Understanding of Birds.
This class is an introduction to the use of eBird. Since its launch in 2002, eBird has revolutionized the way birders worldwide report and share their observations. A joint project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, eBird is a free online program and birding app that allows birders to track their sightings and allows others to access the data in real-time. eBird is “a revelation for scientists” and gives birders “a new sense of purpose.” eBird data are a powerful resource for a wide range of scientific questions such as: analyses of bird abundances, range boundaries, habitats, and trends.   (Class limit:  25)

Fri 2/7/20, 1:00-2:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Dave Price
Retired NPS ranger with an interest in birding and travel.

 


Colon Cancer Screening: Should I do it?"
Which test? Cologuard? Everything you need to know. Active participants will understand the pros and cons of colon cancer screening and the benefits and liabilities of each of the available screening modalities.   (Class limit:  15)

Thu 2/6/20, 9:30-11:00am

Primary Care Partners
3150 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Garden Level, Conference Room B

Phil Mohler, MD
Phil Mohler, MD
Retired Family Practice Physician, official at RMHP

 


Colorado and Western Forest Tree Identification in a Botany/Plant Physiology Class Designed for You!
Aspiring scientists are welcome here! Dean will provide information on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of Western trees. There will be specimens to see and study visual characteristics and handouts to assist in learning more about the general mechanisms of plant growth.   (Class limit:  20)

Mon 3/16/20, 1:00-2:30pm

677 Curcanti Circle
Redlands
Grand Junction, CO 81507
Dean Dybing
Dean Dybing
Plant Physiologist, USDA - Agricultural Research Service, Forest Management

 


Cribbage for Beginners
Cribbage is one of the best two-handed card games, and one of the most enduring, for the game was entertaining players as far back as the 17th century. Involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points, using a cribbage board for score-keeping, and learning the unique scoring system. It is recommended that a knowledge of cards prior to this class is helpful. This class will teach you the basics or refresh your knowledge to be able to enjoy one of the best card game pastimes.

Class starting on Monday, Feb 10, 2020  (Class limit:  10):
Mon 2/10/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Thu 2/20/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Thu 2/27/20, 10:00am-12:00pm
Thu 3/5/20, 10:00am-12:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
- OR -
Class starting on Thursday, Feb 13, 2020  (Class limit:  10):
Thu 2/13/20, 1:00-3:00pm
Thu 2/20/20, 1:00-3:00pm
Thu 2/27/20, 1:00-3:00pm
Thu 3/5/20, 1:00-3:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Tony Hober
Tony Hober
Member of the American Cribbage Congress and an advanced photography hobbyist.

 


Daily Sentinel: Under the Tent
Things have been changing in the print media world and at the Sentinel over the past years. Jay will discuss the current situation, his concerns, and will invite participants comments and questions.   (Class limit:  75)

Thu 3/5/20, 9:00-10:30am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Jay Seaton
Jay Seaton
Publisher, The Daily Sentinel

 


Dementia & Alzheimers: Effective Communications Strategies
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.   (Class limit:  50)

Wed 3/11/20, 1:30-3:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Debra Bianchi, MPH, MS
Debra Bianchi, MPH, MS
Western Slope Regional Director for Alzheimer's Association of Colorado.

Judy Williams
Judy Williams
MSN, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences CMU

 


Difficult Conversations
Do you ever converse with people of a different political party or religion? Would you have coffee with someone who does not share your beliefs? Why is it our friends and social circles are usually mirrors of ourselves? How can we find common ground?

Through viewing TED TALKS and discussion, this course will explore how to regulate our emotions and engage in civil discourse in a way that is respectful and edifying. Come prepared to think about your own presuppositions and propensities, and to practice self-regulation in active discussions. This journey of self-discovery can open your mind and heart to the value of civil discourse in our society.   (Class limit:  32)

Thu 2/27/20, 2:00-4:00pm
Thu 3/12/20, 2:00-4:00pm

First Presbyterian Church
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Heather O'Brien
Heather O'Brien
Mother, wife, cyclist, poet, teacher, friend

Jean Gauley
Jean Gauley
Retired educator, New Dimensions co-founder and volunteer committed to lifelong learning.

 


Enstrom Candies History and Tour
Tour of the Enstrom factory by Jim Simons and a history of the company by Jamee Simons.

Class on Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020  (Class limit:  15):
Wed 2/12/20, 9:30-11:00am

701 Colorado Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
- OR -
Class on Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020  (Class limit:  15):
Wed 3/25/20, 9:30-11:00am

701 Colorado Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Jim Simons
Jim Simons
Fourth generation owner and Vice President of Sales for Enstrom Candies.

Jamee Enstrom Simons
Jamee Enstrom Simons
3rd generation owner and Vice President of Marketing.

 


Eureka! McConnell Science Museum Tour
Come join us for a fun filled 90 minute tour at the Eureka! McConnell Science Museum's new building on the CMU campus (previously known as the "John McConnell Math & Science Center located at New Emerson School). Experience all the new exhibits and grandeur of this newly designed-high tech building. Staff will share the history of the Center, the mission and its future plans. Learn more about classes, programs and upcoming events including Eureka! Explorers trips for active 55+ adults.   (Class limit:  20)

Mon 3/9/20, 1:00-2:30pm

Eureka! Science Museum
1400 North 7th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Briana Board
Briana Board
Program Director for Eureka! Science Museum

 


Fur Trade: Beaver Hats and Steel Traps
The first class will look primarily at how male hat fashions drove the fur trade for hundreds of years and how we trapped beaver nearly to extinction. The second class will look at Antoine Robidous, operator of Western Colorado's first retail outlet, which was a fur-trade post near present day Delta, and how the fur trade helped shape this part of Colorado.   (Class limit:  50)

Wed 2/12/20, 10:00-11:00am
Wed 2/19/20, 10:00-11:00am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Bob Silbernagel
Bob Silbernagel
Author, retired journalist, and frequent contributor to the Daily Sentinel.

 


Geopolitics: Prisoners of Geography-Ten Maps that Tell You Everything You Need to Know about Global Politics
The purpose of this class is to engage in discussion about geopolitics as presented in the book, “Prisoners of Geography" written by Tim Marshall. Tim is an award winning journalist who examines the geopolitical strategies of world powers including Russia, China, and the United States. Geopolitics looks at ways in which international affairs can be understood through geopolitical factors. Class members will be engaged in small groups discussing several major areas of the book led by group facilitators. The class will be conducted by Kent Brown and Eileen Lepisto who will serve as lead facilitators; there will be no formal lecture or presentation.

Class members should read the book with emphasis on the first six chapters and come prepared to discuss the complexities of geopolitical strategies. An awareness of current world geopolitics will form the discussion.   (Class limit:  60)

Tue 3/17/20, 9:00am-12:00pm
Tue 3/24/20, 9:00am-12:00pm
Tue 3/31/20, 9:00am-12:00pm

Redlands United Methodist Church
527 Village Way
Grand Junction, CO 81507
Kent A. Brown
Kent A. Brown
Has an interest in geopolitics.

Eileen Lepisto
Eileen Lepisto
Interested in geopolitics. Facilitated the previous class on Prisoners of Geography

 


Ghosts of Old St. Mary's Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital opened at 11th and Colorado Avenues in 1896. The 1912 and 1921 sections of the old hospital still house many reminders of the medical facility. Tour of the site will include seeing what once was the operating room, the infant's infirmary, and the secrets of the seldom visited basement.

Class on Sunday, Mar 22, 2020  (Class limit:  25):
Sun 3/22/20, 2:00-4:00pm

Old St. Mary's Hospital
1129 Colorado Avenue
Grand Junction, CO, 81501

Parking in the back.
- OR -
Class on Sunday, Mar 22, 2020  (Class limit:  25):
Sun 3/22/20, 5:00-7:00pm

Old St. Mary's Hospital
1129 Colorado Avenue
Grand Junction, CO, 81501

Parking in the back.
Dave Fishell
Dave Fishell
Former historian for Museum of Western Colorado: author of books on Grand Junction.

 


Gluten, Fat, Sugar and Other Modern Day Buzz Words
This class offers the opportunity to examine what facts and fables are out there. You will learn about the explosion of disease in the last 40 years and what gluten, sugar and fat (or no fat) may have to do with it. We will also explore the cozy relationship of big pharma, big ag, and government entities.   (Class limit:  25)

Fri 3/20/20, 1:00-3:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Don Aust
Don Aust
Don is a semi-retired general dentist who practiced in Grand Junction for 37 years, retired, and since has worked part-time at the Grand Junction VA dental clinic.

 


Grand Junction Regional Airport Exploration
This class will involve an in-depth conversation and overview of the capital improvement projects taking place at our airport, as well as an update on air service development efforts. Also included is a tour of the airport campus and the Commemorative Air Force Museum.   (Class limit:  25)

Tue 3/24/20, 10:00am-12.00pm

Walker Field Airport
2828 Walker Field Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506

(3rd Floor Conference Room. Park in the main parking lot, and bring your parking voucher in with you to be validated so that you don't need to pay for parking.)
Angela Padalecki
Angela Padalecki
Angela is the Executive Director at the GJ Airport, with a master's degree from CU Denver

 


Hike a Local Trail and Learn about Your Public Lands
Get out onto the trail and explore the beauty of this area. Enjoy a local five mile hike in Kodel’s Canyon Trails and learn some natural history. We will also be delving into where public lands are in our county and country and who manages them. Why are public lands important to us now and in the future? Bring your questions and be ready for a great discussion.

Bring a lunch, good walking shoes and water. Walking poles or binoculars are helpful if you usually use them.   (Class limit:  12)

Tue 3/24/20, 11:00am-3:00pm

To access the trail from Grand Junction, travel west on I-70 to the Fruita exit. Turn left ( south) onto Broadway and in 1.5 miles turn right onto Kingsview Road, there is also a sign indicating Horsethief State Wildlife Area. Continue on this paved road and take a left in 1.3 miles to the Devil’s Canyon Trailhead. Meet at the kiosk by the restroom.
Laura Johnston
Laura Johnston
A former teacher, Laura now spends her summers as a park ranger in Grand Teton Nat. Park

 


Hike: Flume Canyon
Flume Canyon is located in the Blackridge Canyons Wilderness Area and is a five-mile loop with 800 feet of elevation gain. The trail is rated moderate due to its length, uneven terrain, and sandy areas. Large step-ups and exposures are minimal. Hiking time is approximately two and a half hours. The trail winds up the canyon on the east side of Pollock Bench and then down the gorgeous Flume Canyon with amazing views of sandstone slick-rock, canyon walls, and balanced rocks. You will need good hiking shoes, layered clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and the ability to carry your own water. You may also want to bring a light snack.   (Class limit:  13)

Fri 3/13/20, 1:00-4:00pm

Pollack Bench Trailhead in Blackridge Canyons Wilderness Area.
Those enrolled in this class will be sent directions to Pollock Bench Trailhead closer to the hike date.
Dave Orton
Dave Orton
Dave is an outdoor enthusiast who has led a variety of hikes over the years.

 


Historic Tales of Settlers of Colorado's Grand Valley
Colorado’s Grand Valley has an extensive geological and human history going back millennia. Franciscan priests worked in tandem with the native Ute people to plot passage through the territory, opening the valley to unprecedented settlement. The region became a playground for enterprising visionaries, murderous outlaws, hooligans and harlots alike. This class will tell the tales of these adventurers that came into the Grand Valley making the way for today. Come hear about the consequences for the Ute nation, mysterious murders and showdown with the Ku Klux Klan.   (Class limit:  60)

Thu 2/27/20, 1:00-2:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Kate Ruland-Thorne
Kate Ruland-Thorne
Newspaper editor, history author--has spent a lifetime writing history stories.

 


Impeachment: History and Process
In this course we will review the provisions of the impeachment clause contained in Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution and its history. The course will discuss Judicial impeachments which make up the bulk of impeachments in the United States. Finally, we will review the history of Presidential impeachments starting with President Andrew Johnson and moving through President William Clinton. Along the way, we will discuss the basis for impeachment including the term “high crimes and misdemeanors”. Since President Trump has now been impeached, we will discuss the process for his impeachment and its resolution in the Senate.

Glenn was a trial lawyer for most of his 44 year career. In private practice and in government practice, he was involved in numerous cases addressing various provisions of the U.S. Constitution.   (Class limit:  50)

Wed 2/5/20, 1:00-3:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Glenn Whitaker
Glenn Whitaker
A trial lawyer for over 40 years representing US Dept of Justice, CIA, FBI among others.

 


In the Know @ MCL: Finding Great Reads with NoveList, OverDrive and RBdigital
Find your next good read with Novelist-Author read-alikes, book recommendations, and OverDrive, which includes downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and RBDigital-downloadable magazines you keep as long as you like.   (Class limit:  8)

Wed 2/19/20, 1:00-2:30pm

Central Library
443 North 6th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Jennifer Murrell
Jennifer Murrell
Librarian at MCL who is highly skilled in recommending books for all ages.

 


In the Know at MCL: A Brief History of Mining in Mesa County
From the late 19th Century through the mid-20th Century, the development of Mesa County has been highly influenced by our ability to obtain natural resources from the ground. This presentation will cover a history of the different types of mining that occurred in the county.   (Class limit:  40)

Thu 3/12/20, 9:30-10:30am

Mesa County Central Library
443 North 6th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ike Rakiecki
Ike Rakiecki
Ike is a librarian who is responsible for the Rashleigh Regional History Room at MCPL.

 


In the Know at MCL: Prehistoric Living Spaces of Western Colorado
Humans have been living in Mesa and Montrose Counties for thousands of years. At several prehistoric sites, archaeologists have discovered material remains that prove human habitation and activities. This class will unearth the findings from some of those sites.   (Class limit:  40)

Wed 3/4/20, 1:00-2:00pm

Mesa County Central Library
443 North 6th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ike Rakiecki
Ike Rakiecki
Ike is a librarian who is responsible for the Rashleigh Regional History Room at MCPL.

 


Inside the FBI: Defending the Indefensible
This course will examine the findings and recommendations of the recent Inspector General’s report regarding FBI misconduct and abuse of the FISA process in the investigation of Carter Page and potential Russian interference in the 2016 election. Topics of discussion will include the FISA process, FBI leadership, former Director James Comey, the future of the FISA Court, future FBI reform, and other FBI-related topics of interest to the class.   (Class limit:  75)

Wed 2/19/20, 2:30-4:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Jane Quimby
Jane Quimby
A retired Special Agent, legal advisor, and police instructor for the FBI.

 


Intro to E-Bikes: For (Not-So) Dummies
E-bikes are revolutionizing the cycling industry. They are similar to regular bicycles, with an added “boost” to ease the difficulty of pedaling. With the power of an e-bike, you can travel more easily on paved paths, backcountry trails, gravel and dirt roads. Riding an e-bike can be a challenging workout, off-road adventure, or a cruise down a paved path.…your choice! This class will cover the basics of e-bike technology, drive systems, power options, and what to look for before purchasing a bike. We will discuss some of the available options based on your preferred riding style and where you would like to ride. We will have a variety of bikes for you to look at, and even hop on for a short test ride! The session will provide an overview of everything you’ve always wanted to know about e-bikes.   (Class limit:  25)

Thu 3/19/20, 2:00-4:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Jane Quimby
Jane Quimby
A retired Special Agent, legal advisor, and police instructor for the FBI.

Justin Manupelia
Justin Manupelia
Sales manager for Colorado E-Bikes, a local bike shop.

 


K-9 Dogs: Learn about the Dogs and their Officers
Officer Joey Gonzalez will share information about K-9 dogs, where the dogs come from, and the unique way of training them. He will talk about using dogs to track drugs and, of course, perpetrators. He and his dog Merlin will show bite techniques and possibly search tactics if weather permits.   (Class limit:  40)

Wed 3/11/20, 10:00am-1:00pm

Canyon View Vineyard Church
Room T-105
736 24 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Joey Gonzales
Joey Gonzales
Officer Joey is the K-9 Officer for the Grand Junction Police Department.

 


Keeping up with School District 51
Mesa County Valley School District 51 Superintendent, Dr. Diana Sirko, will discuss current and future initiatives in our local schools. Topics will include curriculum and instructional practices, technology, school safety, student services, finance and budget. Time will be allotted for questions.   (Class limit:  50)

Tue 2/25/20, 2:00-3:30pm

Harry Butler Board Room
R-5 High School
455 North 22nd Street
Grand Junction CO 81501

(One block north of D51 Administrative Center at 2115 Grand Avenue.)
Dr. Diana Sirko
Dr. Diana Sirko
School District 51 Superintendent

 


Leitner-Poma of America Tour
Come tour the amazing facility of Leitner-Poma of America. It offers a complete line of cable transport systems, including surface lifts, chairlifts, gondolas, MiniMetro ® urban transport, trams, inclined elevators, industrial trams, etc. Its worldwide network has installed more than ten thousand transportation systems, in sixty-one countries, and safely transport eight million passengers each hour!

Must wear closed toed shoes; safety glasses will be provided

Class on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020  (Class limit:  12):
Thu 2/27/20, 10:00am-12:00pm

Leitner-Poma Facility
2746 Seeber
Grand Junction, CO 81506
- OR -
Class on Thursday, Mar 12, 2020  (Class limit:  13):
Thu 3/12/20, 10:00am-12:00pm

Leitner-Poma Facility
2746 Seeber
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Steve Dugdale
Steve Dugdale
Retired - worked at Poma for 33 years.

 


Medicine Cabinet: Show me what's in yours and I'll show you what's in mine.
This 90 minute interactive discussion will outline how a New Dimensions' learner might prudently stock her/his/ medicine cabinet. Participants will "understand how to skillfully self-treat a score of common maladies . . .diarrhea to fishhooks."   (Class limit:  15)

Thu 2/13/20, 9:30-11:00am

Primary Care Partners Conference Room
3150 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Garden Level Conference Room
Phil Mohler, MD
Phil Mohler, MD
Retired Family Practice Physician, official at RMHP

 


Meditation and Mindfulness
Learn how to incorporate meditation and mindfulness (the ability to be fully present in the moment) into your daily life.   (Class limit:  14)

Mon 3/9/20, 10:00-11:00am
Tue 3/10/20, 10:00-11:00am
Wed 3/11/20, 10:00-11:00am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Bobbie & Boz Bosworth
Bobbie & Boz Bosworth
They have taught meditation and mindfulness to people of all ages.

 


Movies: Mad About film
We will show films from several different genres. Films are mainly selected from American Film Institute's 100 greatest American movies of all time. Most films shown are considered "classics" and have earned this designation based on critical analysis and acclaim, not necessarily popularity. The presenter will preview the film and facilitate a brief discussion following the showing. The New Dimensions' film license prohibits publishing or marketing film titles in advance of showing.   (Class limit:  100)

Fri 2/21/20, 6:30-9:30pm
Fri 2/28/20, 6:30-9:30pm
Fri 3/6/20, 6:30-9:30pm
Fri 3/13/20, 6:30-9:30pm

Dominguez Hall
Room 111
1248 Houston Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Rob Washington
Rob Washington
Film aficionado

Dick Arnold
Dick Arnold
Dick is a film enthusiast and tries to explore the genres.

 


My Favorite Trees
We often don't think much about trees, but they provide so many benefits, from cooling our homes and yards in the summer to shielding us from the wind, to cleaning the air and providing habitat for birds and other animals. Picking a tree to plant in your yard can be a daunting task, as it's the beginning of a long-term relationship, and you want to choose wisely. Join Dennis as he highlights some of his personal favorites.   (Class limit:  40)

Tue 2/11/20, 9:00-11:30am

Bookcliff Gardens
755 26 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Dennis Hill
Dennis Hill
Part owner and manager of Bookcliff Gardens.

 


Native American Flute Building and History
Join me for a brief description of flutes from across the globe focusing on Native American type flutes and their history. There will be a presentation of approximately thirty flutes. Playing a flute will be included.   (Class limit:  3)

Mon 3/16/20, 10:00am-12:00pm

575 Meadowlark Lane
Grand Junction, CO 81507

(On the Redlands opposite the Church on the Rock, second house on the right.)
Greg Dillon
Greg has been playing and building flutes for years.

 


Opera: Enjoying the Met Live Opera Simulcast of "Tosca"
Tosca is among the most performed operas in Puccini's repertoire. It is a tragic love story featuring a very strong woman, Floria Tosca, plotting to save the life of the man she loves. The live simulcast of the opera "Tosca" will be at the Regal Theater on Saturday April 11th. This class prepares you to view this simulcast. NOTE: Tickets to the simulcast are typically $22 for seniors.   (Class limit:  60)

Thu 3/26/20, 10:00-11:30am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ed Arnos
Ed Arnos
Opera fan and lecturer. He has studied and sung opera and large choral works for 40 years.

 


Police Chief's Goals & Department Tour
Chief Shoemaker will share his core message and goals for the next 2-5 years. He will discuss major topics such as crime in our community, homeless issues and budget. There will be a tour of the Regional Communication Center and other areas of the Police Department.   (Class limit:  30)

Thu 2/13/20, 9:30-11:00am

Grand Junction Police Department
555 Ute Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Chief Doug Shoemaker
Chief Doug Shoemaker
Chief of Police for the Grand Junction Police Department.

 


Prairie Dogs: Architects of the Desert
This class will discuss five species of prairie dogs and their locations, concentrating on the natural life history and habitat of the White-tailed Prairie Dog, its breeding cycle, predators, and benefits to the ecosystem. Eric and other volunteers have relocated 300 prairie dogs from areas of development to a prairie dog preserve near the Utah border.   (Class limit:  20)

Wed 3/4/20, 10:00-11:00am

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Eric Rechel
Eric Rechel
Prairie dog advocate with a PhD in Botany.

 


Radioactive Environment, Nuclear Power and You
The course will describe the types of radiation that exist; namely alpha and beta particles, gamma rays and x rays and how they differ from other types of radiation, such as radiowaves and visible light. The amounts of ubiquitous radiation that we are all subjected to will be summarized. Potential impacts from production of electricity by nuclear power will be described as will potential health impacts from various levels of radiation exposure. A number of frequently asked questions from a large database of expert answered questions will be shown.   (Class limit:  50)

Fri 2/7/20, 10:00-11:30am
Fri 2/14/20, 10:00-11:30am
Fri 2/21/20, 10:00-11:30am
Fri 2/28/20, 10:00-11:30am

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Craig Little
Craig Little
Dr. Craig Little has over 40 years experience in environmental radiation protection.

 


Railroad history of Western Colorado
The unique history of the Railroads of Western Colorado will be brought to life thru photos, stories and maps. Learn about the Grand Valley’s railroads from the unique Uintah Railway, to the little discussed Fruit Belt route, to the legendary Rio Grande.   (Class limit:  25)

Tue 3/10/20, 4:00-5:00pm
Tue 3/17/20, 4:00-5:00pm
Tue 3/24/20, 4:00-5:00pm

Cross Orchards Historic Site
3073 Patterson Road
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Matt Darling
Matt Darling
Curator of Cross Orchards. The Museums of Western Colorado’s railroad historian.

 


Reynolds Polymer: Behind the Scenes
Reynolds Polymer Technologies is constantly reinventing the definition and setting the standard of what can be done with acrylic. For over 30 years, they have provided turnkey projects in the aquarium, architectural, signage, furniture, and scientific industries across the globe. This tour will allow participants to learn more about the process in which Reynolds Polymer manufactures custom projects.

Class on Friday, Feb 14, 2020  (Class limit:  20):
Fri 2/14/20, 9:00-10:00am

Reynolds Polymer
607 Hollingsworth Street
Grand Junction, CO 81505
- OR -
Class on Thursday, Feb 20, 2020  (Class limit:  21):
Thu 2/20/20, 11:30am-12:30pm

Reynolds Polymer
607 Hollingsworth Street
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Kirstin Guptill
Kirstin Guptill
Kirstin is a 3.5 year employee of RPT and is involved with all areas of the organization.

 


Rock 'n Roll 101: A History
The songs of the 1960’s defined a generation of Baby Boomers. This class will study the music
and its origins, its impact on society, influences on culture, the rise of new technologies
(remember your first transistor radio?) and shifts in national consciousness. We will seek to
understand how and why these songs still resonate today. Audio and video clips from this era
will highlight this journey through our musical past. Topics include Origins, Folk Scene, Motown,
British Invasion, and West Coast Sound.   (Class limit:  50)

Mon 2/10/20, 6:30-7:45pm
Thu 2/13/20, 6:30-7:45pm
Mon 2/17/20, 6:30-7:45pm
Wed 2/19/20, 6:30-7:45pm
Mon 2/24/20, 6:30-7:45pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Rick M. MacArthur
Rick M. MacArthur
Rick MacArthur began working in a radio station as a DJ in 1968 in North Carolina.

 


Rock 'n Roll Revolution: The Story Behind the Song
Much of the 1960's music reflects a specific cultural, historical, or social context that song writers, musicians, and singers used to speak to the increasing turbulence of that era. This new seminar will listen to and examine some of the issues which the music addressed. Songs about the Vietnam War, deaths of JFK, RFK, and MLK, student protests, riots in Detroit, and Feminist Activism all spoke to the angst of the Woodstock generation. Our guest one evening will be a local music enthusiast who was at Woodstock in 1969 and returned 50 years later in the summer of 2019.   (Class limit:  51)

Mon 3/2/20, 6:30-7:45pm
Thu 3/5/20, 6:30-7:45pm
Mon 3/9/20, 6:30-7:45pm
Thu 3/12/20, 6:30-7:45pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Rick MacArthur
Rick MacArthur
Rick MacArthur is interested in the intersection of history and culture.

 


Self Defense for Women--Part 1
Participants will learn and practice how to recognize predators and the impending danger, how to deescalate a situation, and how to keep their balance. They will also learn multiple ways to escape being grabbed, being abducted, being choked and strategies to allow you to escape an altercation. These are among many skills available to you to provide safety for you and the ones you love. No degree of athleticism is required with safety first and foremost for everyone.

Class starting on Monday, Feb 17, 2020  (Class limit:  24):
Mon 2/17/20, 9:00-11:00am
Wed 2/19/20, 9:00-11:00am
Fri 2/21/20, 9:00-11:00am

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1425 North 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Enter through door S-1
- OR -
Class starting on Monday, Mar 9, 2020  (Class limit:  24):
Mon 3/9/20, 9:00am-11:00pm
Wed 3/11/20, 9:00-11:00am
Fri 3/13/20, 9:00-11:00am

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1425 North 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Enter through door S-1
Robert McKenna
Robert McKenna
Nationally certified black belt with 35+ years experience.

 


Self Defense for Women--Part 2
This will be a continuation from the basics with practice, practice and more practice. It will expand on the legal implications, will explore your options when you cannot escape and how to take charge of the altercation empowering you with your body weapons to distract, defend and then escape. Simple but very effective joint manipulations, targeted nerve centers and release mechanisms will be taught with plenty of time to safely practice the techniques. Simple effective target areas that can incapacitate the predator long enough for you to get away will be reviewed.

Class starting on Monday, Feb 24, 2020  (Class limit:  24):
Mon 2/24/20, 9:00-11:00am
Wed 2/26/20, 9:00-11:00am
Fri 2/28/20, 9:00-11:00am

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1425 North 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Enter through door S-1
- OR -
Class starting on Monday, Mar 16, 2020  (Class limit:  24):
Mon 3/16/20, 9:00-11:00am
Wed 3/18/20, 9:00-11:00am
Fri 3/20/20, 9:00-11:00am

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1425 North 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Enter through door S-1
Robert McKenna
Robert McKenna
Nationally certified black belt with 35+ years experience.

 


Shakespeare - An Encore: The Merchant of Venice
Increase your confidence and enjoyment in reading Shakespeare as we explore his most controversial play. Bring your own copy, take parts to read aloud (or simply listen to others read), and discuss the love story of Portia and Bassanio, who must overcome the requirements laid out in Portia’s father’s will and defeat the Jewish moneylender Shylock. Delight in Shakespeare’s word play and cultural commentary and decide for yourself if the play is anti-Semitic.

Participants are asked to bring their own copy of the play. We encourage you to obtain the Folger Edition (its annotations and commentaries are very helpful). Copies are available for $5.99 at Out West Books at 533 Main St. or can be ordered from any bookstore. A kindle version is also available from Amazon.   (Class limit:  15)

Mon 2/3/20, 1:30-3:30 pm
Wed 2/5/20, 1:30-3:30pm
Mon 2/10/20, 1:30-3:30pm
Wed 2/12/20, 1:30-3:30pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Nancy Strippel
Nancy Strippel
Nancy is happy to be teaching her fourth Shakespeare class for New Dimensions.

 


Shooting with your Cellphone – How to take pictures beyond Selfies
Cellphone photography is all the rage with nearly everyone having one in their pocket today. This class will discuss how to improve your cellphone pictures beyond “Selfies” and the “I was there pictures”. Tony will cover basic camera terms, how to adjust the settings on your cellphone, explain how digital close-up works, how to compose pictures, how to frame a subject in an image and how to place objects for a more pleasing image.

Class on Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020  (Class limit:  15):
Tue 3/17/20, 1:00-3:30pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
- OR -
Class on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020  (Class limit:  15):
Wed 3/18/20, 1:00-3:30pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Tony Hober
Tony Hober
Member of the American Cribbage Congress and an advanced photography hobbyist.

 


Snowshoe Hike on Grand Mesa
Join winter enthusiast Cary Atwood for a half-day guided snowshoe hike in the area near Mesa Lakes Lodge. Pack a lunch and water, layer for cold/snowy weather, and bring snowshoes and poles. Participants need to be in good physical condition for hiking at an altitude of 9500 feet.   (Class limit:  10)

Tue 2/18/20, 9:00am-3:30pm

First Presbyterian Church
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506

We will carpool from this parking lot.
Cary Atwood
Cary Atwood
Birder, naturalist, hiker, snowshoer, and explorer who loves to share the outdoors.

 


Social Justice Activism in the United States: An Intergenerational Course
In an interactive course with CMU students, we will explore social justice activism through both historical and contemporary lenses. After a brief overview of 19th and 20th century social justice movements, we will discuss the meaning of a social justice orientation along with the opportunities, risks, and rewards associated with social justice activism today. Both New Dimensions and CMU students will share their insights and experiences in small group discussion.   (Class limit:  40)

Tue 3/3/20, 10:30am-12:15pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Brenda Wilhelm, PhD
Brenda Wilhelm, PhD
Professor of Sociology, Colorado Mesa University

 


The Wine Journey
An introduction to the world of wine with a brief history of wine evolution, wine production, tasting techniques, and areas of the world where wine is created is included in this interesting class. The two class sessions will be followed by a wine tasting event at Grand Valley Vineyards. There will be a $4 fee for wine tasting.   (Class limit:  20)

Mon 3/2/20, 2:00-4:00pm
Fri 3/6/20, 2:00-4:00pm

First Presbyterian Church
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Mon 3/9/20, 2:00-4:00pm

Grand River Vineyards
787 Elberta Ave
Palisade, CO 81526
Pat Kennedy
Pat Kennedy
Director of Sales/Public Relations, Talon Wine Brands. Instructor, CO Culinary Academy.

 


Victim Advocates: Who Are They?
Victim Advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime. The Victim Advocate Program (VAP) provides comfort and compassion to a person who may have just experienced the worst event in their life. Come learn more about Victim Advocates and find out how they impact Mesa County.   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 3/5/20, 10:00-11:00am

Grand Junction Police Department
555 Ute Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

(Gary Konzak Training Room)
Megan Weaver
Megan Weaver
Victim Services Coordinator for the Grand Junction Police Department

 


Volunteering Enriches Your Life
Volunteering is an activity that benefits so many people, strengthening a community and building relationships and it can create a highly satisfying life experience. There are many volunteer opportunities available that impact the lives of those in need in our own community. Come find out how RSVP impacts Mesa County.   (Class limit:  20)

Mon 2/3/20, 10:00am-12:00pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Diane Barger
Diane Barger
Volunteer Manager of Mesa County RSVP with 25 years experience.

 


Walking Easy
This class is designed for people who are able to walk up to 3 miles on a paved surface. Participants should be able to keep up with a group walking at a reasonable pace for moderate exercise. Outerwear appropriate for the day’s weather, comfortable walking shoes and a stash of water will ensure a positive outdoor experience! There will be 3 walks: The Monument Corridor Trail; Riverfront Trail, Blue Heron Section; and the Riverfront Trail Clifton Nature Park.

Downloaded maps of each area will be emailed to participants and will provide more detailed information.   (Class limit:  15)

Thu 3/12/20, 9:15-11:30am

The Monument Corridor
Meet at the Lunch Loops Trailhead
Monument Road from Broadway (approximately 1.5 miles)
Free parking on the left side of the road.
Thu 3/19/20, 9:15-11:30

Blue Heron Riverfront Trail
Free parking off Riverside Parkway less than a mile west of Glacier Ice Arena.
Thu 3/26/20, 9:15-11:30

Clifton Nature Park
Free parking on D Road less than a mile east of 32 Road.
Jolynn Phillips
Jolynn Phillips
JoLynn taught physical education and coached girls basketball. She is a retired educator.

 


Walking Meditation
This Western adaption of meditation is geared for an ambulatory way of clearing and focusing the mind, stress reduction, and starting to control invasive thinking.   (Class limit:  12)

Wed 3/18/20, 1:30-3:00pm

Riggs Hill parking lot on South Broadway.

Riggs Hill is about one mile west of the traffic circle intersection of Broadway and South Broadway (Redlands Parkway). It is also 400 yards west of intersection of South Camp Road and South Broadway, on South Broadway.
Steve Clark
Steve Clark
Retired mental health counselor and teacher. Has studied meditation/walking meditation.

 


Wintering Raptors In The Grand Valley
With wide open fields and desert among the favored habitat of wintering raptors, join birders Dave Price and Cary Atwood for a closer look at the hawks, eagles and falcons that frequent the Grand Valley this time of year. Spotting scopes will be available for close-up viewing. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them, snacks, drinks and lunch.   (Class limit:  12)

Wed 2/12/20, 9:00am-1:00pm

Canyon View Park
730 24 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Meet to carpool at Canyon View's northwest Parking lot adjacent to 24 Road
Dave Price
Retired NPS ranger with an interest in birding and travel.

Cary Atwood
Cary Atwood
Birder, naturalist, hiker, snowshoer, and explorer who loves to share the outdoors.

 


Zentangle: Meditative Art
Zentangle allows you to create art without knowing you’re an artist and to experience the calming effect of meditation without knowing you are doing it. It’s highly portable and uses simple supplies. Bring a pen of your choice and a pencil you like. You might want an assortment of colored pencils or markers. Also bring unlined paper—anything from watercolor grade to printer paper, to a bound journal. In the first class, we’ll explore ideas for creating your art, and in the second class, we’ll share with each other the magic that each of us has created.   (Class limit:  15)

Thu 3/19/20, 1:00-2:30pm
Thu 3/26/20, 1:00-2:30pm

Koinonia Church
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Linda Stout
Linda Stout
Linda Stout is a retired writer and life coach. She dabbles in many artistic pursuits.