SPRING 2023 CLASSES


Membership and registration for classes for the Spring 2023 term have closed. Spring 2023 classes are listed below.

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10th Mountain Division and Camp Hale: our newest National Monument
Learn about the idea for, and formation of, the 10th Mountain Division, the selection and establishment of their training site at Camp Hale (between Vail and Leadville, CO). There will be a very brief overview of their WWII military campaigns in Italy, followed by their lasting national legacy, and finally the establishment of "Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument!" Instructed by the son of a 10th Mountain Division soldier/instructor who served at Camp Hale and was part of the campaigns in Italy. NOT A CLASS on Military Battles.   (Class limit:  55)

Tue 2/21/23, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

First Presbyterian - Fellowship Hall
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Ken Mabery
Ken worked 40+ years for the National Park Service that included international assignments.



Aging with Mary Oliver
Using poetry as a catalyst, the class will discuss issues relating to aging, including the one raised in Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day" that asks, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Other poets will help us explore the impact of grief and loss, fears about aging, seeking and giving support as we age, and our views of the future.   (Class limit:  15)

Tue 2/7/23, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

First Congregational - Chapel
1425 N 5th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Lyn Fraser
Lyn has taught at Texas A&M University and Colorado Mesa University. A retired hospice and palliative care chaplain, she is the author of two books on the psalms.

Maureen Neal
Professor of English: CMU (retired), former high school teacher.



Ancient Wisdom for Post-Modern People: Confucius
What did Confucius *actually* say? This ND course offering is dedicated to looking at the man, the myth, the legend of Confucius, and the corresponding school of thought (Confucianism) to understand how this ancient wisdom has practical application for post-modern people (us!). We will be looking at key concepts, themes, important ideas and questions, as well as the cultural and historical context of this tradition. We will take time to listen and learn from the teachings of Master Kung Fu-Tzu (Confucius) by reading and discussing portions of The Analects.

Class starting on Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023  (Class limit:  20):
Wed 2/8/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 2/15/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 2/22/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 3/1/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 3/8/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 3/15/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Church of the Nativity
2175 Broadway
Grand Junction, CO 81507
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Class starting on Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023  (Class limit:  50):
Wed 2/8/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 2/15/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 2/22/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 3/1/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 3/8/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Wed 3/15/23, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Zoom
 
Lauren Larkin
Rev. Lauren R. E. Larkin is the Priest in Charge of The Episcopal Church of the Nativity.



Archaeological Rock Art Recording Techniques at Canyon de Chelly National Monument
This course focuses on an actively deteriorating rock art site that lacked complete site documentation located in Canyon de Chelly National Monument of Navajo Nation and northeastern Arizona. The presented research involves a range of advanced site recording procedures and the elemental analysis of pictographs with a non-destructive portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) device. The study aims to evaluate rock art documentation techniques and the accuracy of pXRF for identifying mineralogical differences between shades of color. The pXRF examination generates qualitative data regarding the chemical composition of coloring agents for red, yellow, black, green, white, and orange pictographs. The research highlights the effectiveness of pairing pXRF analysis with recording procedures, such as DStretch, site forms, Gigapan photography, and photogrammetry for effective southwestern rock art investigations.   (Class limit:  50)

Mon 3/13/23, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

ZOOM
 
Heather Morrison
Heather Morrison is an archaeologist, wildland firefighter, and fire line resource advisor with the National Park Service and National Forest Service.



Art on the Corner Slide Show
Join Sarah Dishong, Project Coordinator of Downtown Grand Junction, on an educational slide show tour of Art on the Corner's beginnings, along with an introduction to the temporary and permanent exhibits displayed throughout the community. We will talk briefly about the City of Grand Junction's art collection and curation as well. Learn about the sculptures and their artists.   (Class limit:  50)

Wed 2/15/23, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Sarah Dishong
Sarah Dishong is the Project Coordinator for Downtown Grand Junction.



Art on the Corner Walking Tour
Join Sarah Dishong, Project Coordinator of Downtown Grand Junction, on an educational walking tour of Grand Junction's permanent art collection displayed along Main Street. Learn about the sculptures and their artists.

Class starting on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023  (Class limit:  15):
Tue 3/7/23, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

This part of the tour will be from 7th Street to 5th Street along Main.
Meet in front of the Avalon Theater.
Tue 3/14/23, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

This part of the tour is from 2nd Street to 5th Street along Main.
Meet in front of the Chrome Buffalo on 4th and Main.
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Class starting on Thursday, Mar 9, 2023  (Class limit:  15):
Thu 3/9/23, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

This part of the tour will be from 7th Street to 5th Street along Main.
Meet in front of the Avalon Theater.
Thu 3/16/23, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

This part of the tour is from 2nd Street to 5th Street along Main.
Meet in front of the Chrome Buffalo on 4th and Main.
 
Sarah Dishong
Sarah Dishong is the Project Coordinator for Downtown Grand Junction.



Astroblemes: Impact Craters
Have you ever observed the Moon through a telescope or binoculars and marveled at its pock-marked surface? Have you seen NASA’s pictures of impact craters on Mars and other bodies in our solar system? Aerial photography and satellite imagery reveal some significant impact structures on the face of planet Earth, as well. This program explores the mechanics of impact and the evolution of our understanding about astroblemes, literally “star wounds.”   (Class limit:  45)

Mon 2/13/23, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Hank Schoch
Hank Schoch is a retired national park ranger, cabinetmaker, and a self-taught photographer.



Atomic Legacy Cabin, 80 Years of History on the Colorado Plateau
The Atomic Legacy Cabin was once the epicenter of the nationwide search for uranium that was started by the Manhattan Project and escalated during the Cold War. This presentation will delve into 80 years of history beginning with the historic log cabin as Grand Junction’s little-known Manhattan Project site, as well as show how uranium left a lasting impact on the surrounding region. Participants will also discover the connection between the past and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management mission today.

Lecture attendees are encouraged to follow up the lecture with a visit to the Atomic Legacy Cabin for a free guided tour of exhibits during public hours any day that the cabin is open.   (Class limit:  50)

Mon 3/6/23, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

First Presbyterian - Fellowship Hall
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Ashton Peterhans
Ashton is an Interpretive Specialist and contractor for the DOE Office of Legacy Management.



Backgammon for Beginners
Learn to play backgammon. This three-meeting class starts with a short lecture about backgammon’s history and rules. The lecture is followed by playing the game with assistance. The class will meet in the Board Fox Game Store and backgammon boards and dice are provided. Backgammon players will be there to assist you with your strategies and to answer any questions you may have as you play.

To Mr. Pineda backgammon is a metaphor, he says: “In backgammon you are faced with a set of decisions and you do what you believe to be the best option at that time. You prepare for the future without really knowing what the next set of circumstances are going to be. It’s really a lot like life.”   (Class limit:  12)

Mon 2/6/23, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Mon 2/13/23, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Mon 2/20/23, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Board Fox Games
623 Main Street
Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501
 
Sergio Pineda
Sergio organized the Board Game Club at Orchard Mesa Middle School where he teaches.



Backyard Beekeeping: an Introduction
CMU President Emeritus, Tim Foster leads a panel of local beekeepers with a range of experience. Learn how to get started and what to expect. Experience first-hand the trials and tribulations of beekeeping.   (Class limit:  40)

Thu 3/9/23, 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Tim Foster
Tim Foster served 17 years as President of Colorado Mesa University.



Beginner/Refresher Zoom Class
This class is for members who have registered for a class offered on Zoom who are unfamiliar with Zoom or want a review of the Zoom features used in New Dimensions classes. Functions like raising hands, participating in chat, how to mute and unmute yourself, ways to customize your view, and the use of video filters and backgrounds will be covered. Zoom can be used on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.   (Class limit:  20)

Mon 2/6/23, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Zoom
 
Dave Karisny
Tech Support for New Dimensions.



Beginning American Mah Jongg
Learn the basics of American Mah Jongg using the National Mah Jongg Associations card of possible hands. By the end of the sessions you will be playing Mah Jongg. Participants will be expected to purchase the 2022 card of Mah Jongg hands for $7.25 payable at the first class.   (Class limit:  16)

Tue 2/7/23, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Tue 2/14/23, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Tue 2/21/23, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Tue 2/28/23, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

First Congregational - Mayflower Rm
1425 N 5th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Kim Sutherland
Kim is an experienced player and instructor of Mah Jongg.



Beginnings and Early Years of Motion Pictures
We will take a journey to the beginnings of capturing motion through photography up through the beginnings of motion pictures as an art form, sight, sound, animation and color.   (Class limit:  45)

Fri 2/24/23, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Zoom
 
Scott Warren
Scott owned Tintype Studio’s, Manufactured reproduction antique equipment & over 40 years in Motion Picture sound recording in Hollywood, New York , Florida



Birding for Beginners
This class if for those who wish to learn the fundamentals of bird identification, observation, and bird biology. The class will travel to various birding hotspots in the Grand Valley, seeking out resident birds and wintering migrants, as well as early arriving Spring migrants.

Participants must provide their own binoculars and be able to walk 1-2 miles on uneven trails.   (Class limit:  10)

Thu 2/16/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Thu 2/23/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Thu 3/2/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Thu 3/9/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Instructors will notify participants by email each Monday with instructions and directions to the meeting spot for the upcoming class.
Cary Atwood
Retired teacher, park ranger, naturalist, birder, and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys lifelong learning in the great outdoors.

Ron Lambeth
Retired BLM biologist and world birder who enjoys botanizing and birding on all travels.



Birding-Spring Songbird Migrants
This class will travel to various birding sites and hotspots searching for migrating songbirds that pass through the Grand Valley on their way south. Participants must provide their own binoculars and be able to walk 1-2 miles on uneven trail. Due to COVID concerns, we will not arrange any carpooling. The instructors will notify students by email each Monday with instructions and directions to the meeting spot for the upcoming class.   (Class limit:  10)

Wed 3/1/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wed 3/8/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wed 3/15/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Various hot spot locations. Participants will be notified by email.
Mike Henwood
Colorado Ornithologists; Field guide Audubon of Greater Denver and the Grand Valley.

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



Bison Tale: Prehistoric Bison Hunting in Western Colorado
The Western Colorado Bison Project, a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant activity carried out by Dominguez Archaeological Research Group (DARG), has produced unprecedented data on where, how, and by whom bison were hunted west of the Continental Divide in Colorado. Recent excavations and research have resulted in the recovery of over 500 specimens that include culturally modified bison bones, bison bone tools, associated projectile points, and other artifacts. Radiometric testing results indicate bison existed in western Colorado from 45,000 years ago to the late 1800s. The presentation will include known and recent discoveries and explore how the collected data has expanded our knowledge of human/bison interaction specific to western Colorado. An interactive display of bison skulls, bones, furs, artifacts, and research tools will include a microscope you can use to examine a culturally modified bison bone.   (Class limit:  45)

Mon 2/6/23, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Holly "Sonny" Shelton
Archaeologist, faunal analysis specialist with Dominguez Archaeological Research Group.



Black Homesteaders on the Great Plains Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
The call of free land offered Black Americans a welcome reprieve from a cycle of poverty driven by sharecropping and racialized violence in the South. The Homestead Act of 1862 helped at least 3400 Black farmers build homes across the Great Plains. Their perseverance and grit helped Nicodemus not only survive but later become a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service. In this distant ed class, we learn from a park ranger how Black Americans gained life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through homesteading.   (Class limit:  40)

Wed 2/15/23, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Zoom
 
Jonathan Fairchild
Historian at Homestead National Historical Park.



Bridge for Beginners
If you enjoy playing cards and are looking for a more challenging game, Bridge is that challenge. If you previously "tinkered" with Bridge and want to continue your journey, this is that opportunity.

Lessons are based on the book, Bridge for Everyone, by D.W. Crisfield. The book is available for purchase from Out West Books at 533 Main Street. Purchase of the book is optional.   (Class limit:  16)

Mon 3/13/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fri 3/17/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Mon 3/20/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fri 3/24/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

First Congregational - Mayflower Rm
1425 N 5th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
JoLynn Phillips
JoLynn has played bridge for many years and helped teach it, too.



Center for Independence: Emergency Preparedness
Emergencies are often situations that develop suddenly or unexpectedly, typically with little to no warning preceding their onset. Emergencies and disasters can happen both at home and on a greater scale within a community. When they happen, whether natural or human-made, the consequences of emergencies and disasters tend to be harder on older adults than on younger age groups.

People with disabilities along with older adults, often have unique needs during an emergency or a disaster. Do you know what to do, where to go, and who to ask for help if needed?

Long before a crisis happens, it is critical to plan and prepare in advance so you know how to respond safely and effectively. In this class you will learn how to be prepare for emergencies and disasters. Plus, there will be tips and tricks on how to build your own toolkit customized to meet your individual needs.

The class will be held in the gymnasium at the Center for Independence. As a Covid protocol, entry to the CFI requires participants to have a non-contact temperature scan and to answer several health questions similar to those currently required to enter any healthcare facility in Grand Junction.   (Class limit:  25)

Fri 3/10/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Center for Independence
740 Gunnison Avenue
Grand Junction, CO. 81501
Joanne Stamp
Joanne is the CFI Low Vision & Senior Programs Manager.

Billy Allen
Billy is Director of Programs & Operations at CFI.



Crisis on the Colorado River
The Colorado River flows through seven western states and into Mexico. Use of water from the River is governed by the Colorado River Compact, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022, and by a complex set of court decisions, compacts, treaties and regulations known as the “Law of the River.” The Colorado River is in the midst of an historic drought which is impacting the 40 million people who rely on water from the River and the millions of acres of farmland irrigated by that water. In this course you will learn about the Colorado River Compact and the Law of the River, how water flows in the Colorado River drainage have been affected by the changing climate, current negotiations between the states and directives from the federal government regarding dwindling water supplies, and how all of this could impact the Grand Valley.   (Class limit:  50)

Mon 2/13/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Mark Hermundstad
Mark is a retired attorney with extensive experience in water law.



Culture and Communication--Surviving in Another Culture
This course will explore various cultures and communication styles around the world, including both verbal and non-verbal communication. It will also explore the reasons for and stages of culture shock when encountering a new culture. The approach used will be experiential and interactive rather than lecture based.

Maureen Neal will be a consultant for this course.

Topics include:
• Definition of Culture
• Cultural Knowings: Knowing What, Knowing Why, and Knowing How
• Cultural Intelligence: Description versus Interpretation—not jumping to conclusions
• High Context versus Low Context Cultures
• Non-verbal communication—proxemics, gestures, body language, mono- versus poly-time cultures
• Culture Shock—the four stages and moving through them   (Class limit:  25)

Tue 2/14/23, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Tue 2/21/23, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Tue 2/28/23, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Eureka! McConnell Science Museum
1400 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ron Bradley
Earned an MAT-ESOL degree in 1971. Trained teachers in culture and teaching methodology in more than 70 countries.

Ellen Bradley
Earned an MAT-ESOL and French in 1971 & trained teachers in culture and teaching methods in many countries.



Engage Your Brain
By challenging your brain to learn new and novel tasks, you activate underused pathways and connections. The games you will learn to play during this two-session, two-hour class will encourage a fit and flexible mind. And, most importantly, the class will be fun. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.   (Class limit:  12)

Tue 3/21/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wed 3/22/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Redlands United Methodist - Back Area
527 Village Way
Grand Junction, CO 81507
 
Victoria Johnson
Vicki is a licensed mental health counselor who has taught this class for many years in Silver City, New Mexico.



Experience a Day in the Life of a Frontier Child
Experience what life was like for children living on the American Frontier in the late 1800s. Discover the chores they did, games they played, jokes that they told, clothes they wore, education they received and more.   (Class limit:  30)

Tue 3/7/23, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Redlands United Methodist - Fellowship Hall
527 Village Way
Grand Junction, CO 81507
 
Peter Booth PhD
Peter MacMillan Booth, Ph.D., is a retired museum professional who has worked in cultural institutions throughout the West.



Exploring the Canyons of our Local National Conservation Areas
Western Colorado is home to three Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Conservation Areas (NCAs). These crown jewels: Gunnison Gorge, Dominguez-Escalante, and McInnis Canyons are part of the National Conservation Lands, a system of over 900 units covering about 35 million acres, designated by Congress and the President to conserve special natural and cultural features.

These three NCAs are the only three such designated areas in Colorado. All are within a 60-mile radius of Grand Junction, making for excellent opportunities to explore their canyons. The presentation will discuss the NCAs in greater depth and highlight a variety of trails and rivers to explore along with tips on trip preparation and Leave-No-Trace principles.   (Class limit:  55)

Thu 3/2/23, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

First Presbyterian - Fellowship Hall
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Chris Herriman
Chris Herriman has been the Executive Director of Colorado Canyons Association since January of 2021.



Ford's Theater and the Lincoln Assassination
What was Washington, D.C., like for President Lincoln and some of the people he met and knew? Explore his assassination at Ford's Theatre and consider President Lincoln's legacy. In this interactive program, participants will look closely at historical and contemporary images including maps, photographs and illustrations. This program will provide an opportunity to deepen knowledge and understanding of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, the significance of his death, and the legacy he left our nation. Learn from Lincoln’s powerful oratory, about his love for theatre and the historic site where he died.   (Class limit:  50)

Wed 3/8/23, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

ZOOM
 
Alexandria Wood
A member of the Ford's Theater Educational Staff will present the program



Fraud: Don't be a Victim
The class will focus on fraud and scam trends and ways to prevent becoming a victim!   (Class limit:  40)

Wed 3/15/23, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Kristi Knowles
Member of the Investigations Unit of the Grand Junction Police Department.



Genealogy -The Next Step
Interested in your family tree? Don’t know where to start or have started and run into roadblocks? Allan Weinand, a graduate of the Boston University Genealogical Research program and an experienced genealogist, will help you get started or get past the roadblocks. This class starts with a 1.5-hour meeting where Allan will present the “Why”, “How To”, and “Where” of conducting a family search. That meeting will be followed by two, 1.5-hour meetings dedicated to problem solving and providing more advanced search ideas.

To get the most out of the class, attendees should bring a pad or laptop computer.   (Class limit:  13)

Mon 2/6/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Mon 2/13/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Mon 2/20/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Allan Weinand
Allan is a member of the National Genealogical and Mesa County Genealogical Societies.



Gentle Yoga for Health and Wellness
After practicing Yoga for almost 10 years Laura was inspired to attend Yoga Teacher Training. Yoga Teacher Training taught her the enormous benefits of Yoga for everyone, especially as we age.

Each hour will include a gentle yoga practice including gentle movements, balance work, breath work, and meditation. Half the class will be lying on our backs or seated and half will be standing. Please bring mats and props, if you have them! Laura will have extras if needed.   (Class limit:  20)

Fri 2/17/23, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Fri 2/24/23, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Fri 3/3/23, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Fri 3/10/23, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Institute of Dancing Arts
2148 Broadway Suite C-4
Grand Junction, CO 81507
 
Laura Daniels
Laura is a 285 hour Certified Yoga Instructor.



Geology of Bryce Canyon National Park
On this virtual field trip, a park ranger will teach you about the formation of the famous hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park! Hoodoos are beautiful, bizarre, and colorful spires of rock that fill our amphitheater. During this lesson, the park ranger will explain how rocks and fossils can provide insight into ancient environments and how weathering and erosion sculpt magnificent landscapes.   (Class limit:  55)

Tue 2/28/23, 10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Zoom
 
Bryce Canyon National Park Ranger



Hello Girls in World War I: National Army Museum's Virtual Field Trip
On March 2, 1918, a U.S. Army Signal Corps unit boarded the Celtic, a transport ship, destined for England and eventually the battlefields of France. The unit, comprised of female telephone operators, would make history as the first women to actively support combat operations on a regular basis. In doing so, they paved the way for expanded roles for women both in the U.S. Army and at home.

Telephone communications were vital to the success of U.S. Army operations during World War I. The first troops shipped overseas were members of the U.S. Army Signal Corps to establish telephone lines at the front. These lines required hundreds of operators to connect calls between the front and higher headquarters. The Army turned to French speaking, female, telephone operators to connect calls. Over 200 women served the American Expeditionary Forces in the First, Second, and Third Army Headquarters. The women, nicknamed the “Hello Girls,” worked tirelessly, under at times combat conditions, to connect calls on behalf of the Army.

Explore the commitment, sacrifice, and challenges of the Hello Girls during World War I. Learn more about how these female telephone operators were recruited for specific skills and how their contributions were critical to effective U.S. Army wartime communications. Also examine how they fought to achieve appropriate recognition and military benefits after the war. This Virtual Field Trip is supported by the U.S. Army Women’s Museum.   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 3/9/23, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Zoom
 
Jenifer Dubina
Jennifer Dubina is a Museum Educator at the National Museum of the U.S. Army.



Hike Echo Canyon
This is one of Michael's favorite hikes in the Monument because it leads into an intimate canyon filled with vegetation, a springtime stream and an echo. Plan on a 3.3 mile round trip starting at 9:00 and returning before 12:00. He calls it moderately strenuous because of an uphill slog over slickrock and the boulder strewn canyon trail can sprain an ankle. We will return through a nearby canyon to view native American petroglyphs. The pace of the hike is casual, (it's the journey, not the destination) with frequent stops to talk about geology, botany and the purpose of life.

Class on Friday, Mar 17, 2023  (Class limit:  12):
Fri 3/17/23, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Enter the park at the east entrance (remember your park pass and ID) and park at the left-hand lot about a half mile from the entrance. Gather at the upper/south end of this lot near the trailhead to "No Thoroughfare Canyon". If this lot is full, there is another parking lot to the west and you'll need to walk to the meeting place.
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Class on Friday, Mar 24, 2023  (Class limit:  12):
Fri 3/24/23, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Enter the park at the east entrance (remember your park pass and ID) and park at the left-hand lot about a half mile from the entrance. Gather at the upper/south end of this lot near the trailhead to "No Thoroughfare Canyon". If this lot is full, there is another parking lot to the west and you'll need to walk to the meeting place.
 
Michael Wallace
Passionate to discover whatever is around the next bend in the trail and over that hill.



Hike to Independence Monument
Monument Canyon to Independence Monument Hike. Five total miles out and back, approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours. This hike starts at the Monument Canyon Trailhead just off Hwy 340 west of the Deer Park Subdivision heading towards Fruita. The hike is located within the Colorado National Monument and is approximately five miles round trip with an elevation gain of a little over 700 feet. The trail is well used, but does have a couple of steeper elevation gains and lots of rock step-ups. Please be conscious of your physical abilities. As always, we'll take our time to enjoy the scenery and talk about the history of the canyon. A desert bighorn herd is often in this canyon, so we'll be on the lookout for them. Further details will be emailed to participants.   (Class limit:  13)

Thu 3/16/23, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM

Monument Canyon Trailhead off Hwy 340 just west of the Deer Park Subdivision heading towards Fruita.
 
Dave Orton
Dave is an outdoor enthusiast who has led a variety of hikes over the years.



History of Gerrymandering
Gerrymandering has been a part of our elections in the United States during most of our history. This course will examine the history of gerrymandering and its effect on elections.   (Class limit:  50)

Fri 2/24/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Glenn Whitaker
Retired trial attorney with 44 years of experience including many constitutional issues.



Hope and Climate Action
With the constant stream of extreme weather events and climate pessimism in the news, it is challenging to be optimistic about the future of our planet. But there is much to be hopeful about. Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment in climate solutions in U.S. history. While it is a good start, more action is needed. We need to reach 50% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030 and net-zero by 2050 to rein in the worst impacts of climate change and restore a healthy climate for future generations. In this class, you will 1) learn about the incentives and programs in the Inflation Reduction Act that will benefit individuals and local governments, 2) learn about additional policies such as carbon pricing, healthy forests and building electrification and efficiency that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and 3) learn how we as individuals can create political will for fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 2/9/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Susan Hess
Co-leader of the Grand Valley Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter.

Aaron Hoffman
Co-leader of the Grand Valley Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter.



Innovations and Inventions: Science and Technology along the Silk Road
This presentation engages students to consider the many contributions to math, medicine, science and technology pioneered in Central Eurasia during the period known as the "middle ages."

At the time, the silk road did more than just link Europe to Central Asia and other parts of the world - it brought Europeans many inventions and scientific breakthroughs from the far corners of the Islamic world. Many of these innovations remain important even today.   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 2/16/23, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Zoom
 
Michael Krautkraemer
Michael has his PHD in Central Eurasian Studies and is from the Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University.



Inside Wood
This presentation reflects David Bryen’s fall into wonder with wood’s beauty. What is it that shines through wood and smites the heart? Wood’s exquisite patterns, fragrances, textures, and musical tones are locked inside until human activity releases them. Not unlike human life, a wound is often required to reveal the character and splendor of wood. A craftsman hears the sawn tree as it sounds its invitation: “Stay awhile… you too have come into the world to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine” (Mary Oliver). To open wood is to discover the Beauty that feeds the soul and summons us back to the home inside ourselves.   (Class limit:  50)

Fri 2/17/23, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

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David Bryen
Retired psychotherapist, writer, craftsman, builder, and collector of exotic hardwoods.



Introduction to Pickleball
Learn pickleball basics in a two-day workshop designed for entry level players. Learn rules for playing doubles, including scoring, court strategy and basic strokes for this fun, popular game. Participants will be playing doubles as well as observing game play. Bring a pickle ball paddle, or if you don’t have one, there will be paddles available to borrow. there will be $5 fee to use the courts payable at the first class.   (Class limit:  10)

Tue 3/28/23, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Wed 3/29/23, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Bookcliff Country Club (tennis courts)
2730 G Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Nancy Burford
Nancy Burford is a life long tennis player and pickleball player/instructor.



Journey of Cultural Discovery: the other Georgia
The class explores an odyssey of cultural exploration to the country of Georgia (between the Black and Caspian Seas). A brief historical background provides context to understanding the country’s culture, before diving into the scenic resources, food, entertainment and folk ways. The course concentrates on the years 1991 to present (the instructor’s in-country experiences), with a brief touch point on the effects of the Ukraine-Russian War on the country of Georgia.   (Class limit:  45)

Tue 2/28/23, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

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



Learning the Way of a Therapy Dog
Have you ever wondered what it takes for a dog to become a therapy dog? Or what is the difference between a therapy dog, a service dog or an emotional support animal? Marisa, a professional dog trainer, will share her passion for training the team of a dog and their human companion to offer support in a variety of community settings such as nursing homes and schools. As part of the class, Marissa will also have people who have their own therapy dogs share their experience.   (Class limit:  35)

Wed 3/1/23, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Marisa Kuhr
Marisa Kuhr is a dog trainer for Angels in the Making and has been in this profession for almost 3 ½ years. She is certified through the American Kennel Club.



Lighthouse of the Sky: The Historic Cincinnati Observatory
This program is about a man, a vision, an enduring public commitment, an institution, and a mystery. But there’s more: How many times a day do you consult your watch? How often do you watch a weather forecast? Have you ever eaten a Pringles potato snack?   (Class limit:  45)

Thu 2/9/23, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Hank Schoch
Hank Schoch is a retired national park ranger, cabinetmaker, and a self-taught photographer.



Mapping Mesa County
Maps can be a great primary resource for understanding how a community was settled, trends in how it grew, and an excellent research tool to understand family, economic, and exploration history. This class will focus on how to use maps (all publicly available) to see how Mesa County was explored and settled by Euro-Americans, how to research homestead claims, trace economic history through Sanborn maps, and understand changes in place names with USGS tools.   (Class limit:  35)

Mon 3/13/23, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Eureka! McConnell Science Museum
1400 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Zebulon Miracle
Zebulon Miracle is a western Colorado native, historian, and is currently the Executive Director of United Way of Mesa County.



Mindfulness Meditation
Meditation is the practice of clearing one’s mind by focusing on something simple, such as one’s breath. Meditation has been practiced throughout the world, in almost every culture since time immemorial. It can reduce stress and anxiety, but is also a potent means of self-reflection, self-exploration, and spiritual realization. This class will explore several different forms of meditation.   (Class limit:  25)

Wed 3/8/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Wed 3/15/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Wed 3/22/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Anne Saunders
Anne has been practicing meditation for 30+ years. She has attended many month-long, silent retreats. She has been guiding practitioners in meditative practices for about 10 years.



Movies: Mad About Film
Our Movie Team is made up of Dick Arnold, Joe Zeni, and Wayne McCormick. 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 2/10/23, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Colorado Mesa University
Houston Hall 138
1248 Houston Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Fri 2/17/23, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Fri 2/24/23, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Fri 3/3/23, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Fri 3/10/23, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Fri 3/17/23, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Fri 3/24/23, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Colorado Mesa University
Dominguez Hall Room 111
1248 Houston Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Movie Guys
Movie Enthusiasts.



Nature Journaling
Learn how to draw a simple sketch! A great way to explore your inner artist while observing the wonderful landscapes which surround us. A Nature Journal can be anything you want it to be. Nature journaling is about observing what is in front of us and learning how to do a quick sketch to capture the moment, or a feeling. These simple sketches can be done through paintings, diagrams, maps, cartoons or even stick figures. Tap into your imagination and add poetry, prose, labels, lists, personal reflective writing and more to your sketches. No experience required. There is a supply fee of $20. For the $20, the participant will receive a watercolor sketchbook, pencil, waterbrush, waterproof micropen, a travel tin of 12 watercolors, and all the watercolor paper brought into class for learning exercises.   (Class limit:  10)

Tue 2/21/23, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Tue 2/28/23, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Tue 3/7/23, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

First Congregational - Chapel
1425 N 5th St
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Barbara Miles
Retired attorney sharing her love of Nature Journaling using the right side of her brain.



Opera: Informance on the opera "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner
The class is intended to present information about opera in general, this opera in particular, the composer, and the performers that will enhance your enjoyment. The simulcast of this opera of the Met in HD live will be at the Regal Theater March 18, 2023, at 10:55 a.m. The class is appropriate for those new to opera as well as addicted opera buffs as "Lohengrin" is an easy and excellent introduction to opera as well as an opera worth studying and hearing many times. Note: Tickets for the live simulcast are typically $22 for seniors.   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 3/16/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

First Presbyterian - Fellowship Hall
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Ed Arnos
Opera fan and lecturer. He has studied and sung opera and large choral works for 40 years.



Palisade Insectary Tour
The insectary opened in 1945 to rear a biocontrol agent in order to protect our local peaches from the Oriental Fruit Moth. The Insectary releases and monitors about 20 different species of biological control agents for use against both weeds and insect pests. Led by Insectary scientists the tour will share the history of bio-control of weeds and learn how insects are raised and what they do.   (Class limit:  20)

Wed 2/15/23, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Palisade Insectary
750 37 8/10 Road
Palisade, CO 81526
Sam Morgan

USDA Scientists



Particles, Colliders and Spooky Action: An Exploration of the Quantum World
The quantum realm of very small atomic particles illuminates many aspects about the birth of the universe and our place in it. During the past century, groundbreaking theoretical insights have provided the basis for an understanding of this tiny world and current tensions with Einstein’s theory of relativity, which governs the behavior of objects to cosmic size. Observations supporting quantum theory have come from a wide array of experiments to include particle colliders such as the Large Hadron Collider, arguably the most sophisticated machine ever created. Open issues remain that will be reviewed in context of future planned research. This class will also cover exciting new related technologies, including quantum computing.   (Class limit:  40)

Tue 3/14/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Scott Perrin
Scott is an amateur cosmologist with graduate level course work in physics and astrophysics.



Patriot Chest of the Revolutionary War
George Smith, in his Green Mountain Boys Uniform, will tell the story of small town/frontier life during the Revolution. He will discuss some of the reasons why Americans rebelled. George will disabuse many preconceived notions about what actually happened in American Revolutionary History.   (Class limit:  30)

Fri 3/3/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Redlands United Methodist - Fellowship Hall
527 Village Way
Grand Junction, CO 81507
 
George Smith
George has been a member of the Sons of American Revolution for 20 years.



Planetary Formation
By studying patterns in our own solar system, astronomers have developed a theory for planetary formation which explains why small rocky terrestrial planets form in the inner solar system and large gaseous Jovian planets form farther out. However, the discoveries of exoplanets, planets beyond our solar system, has shaken this theory in several ways. Many ‘hot Jupiter’s’ have been discovered that are very similar in composition to our Jovian planets, yet they orbit extremely close to their host stars and, therefore, are very hot. Super-Earth’s and Mini-Neptunes have masses and sizes between those of Earth and Uranus/Neptune and seem to be the most common types of planet discovered so far, yet these planetary types are absent in our solar system. This diversity of planets seems to indicate that the process of planet formation is much more complex and dynamic than originally thought.

This class will present an overview of the nebular theory for planetary formation of our solar system. Then an update on the latest planet discoveries will be presented in the context of a summary of the latest hypotheses on how different types of planets form and evolve. Plans for the James Webb Space Telescope to study newly forming planetary systems will also be discussed.   (Class limit:  50)

Wed 3/8/23, 6:15 PM-7:45 PM

Colorado Mesa University
Houston Hall - Room 138
1248 Houston Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Dr. Catherine Whiting
Dr. Whiting is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Colorado Mesa University.



Population Dynamics and Social Change: An Intergenerational Class
We all start life the same way: we are born. Most of us eventually have children of our own. Almost all of us make residential moves, maybe just across town but maybe much further. Finally, we all end life the same way: death eventually comes for us all.
But why do these life events occur in different ways and at different times for different people? And how do these differences help us to understand social change? As we think this through together, you'll get to work with and share stories with CMU students to work toward a deeper understanding of generational change.   (Class limit:  30)

Thu 3/16/23, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

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



Resources for Writers of all Skill Levels
Join Melody Jones, President of the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum, as she presents information on the resources available to writers of all skills levels, wannabe writers (she encourages you to let go of “wannabe” thinking – if you like to write, you’re a writer), and anyone interested in learning more about the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit established in 2010. You’ll learn about local and statewide workshops, online resources, Colorado-based conferences, and more.   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 2/23/23, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Melody Jones
Melody Jones is a published author and award-winning poet, former Vice President of the Denver Woman’s Press Club, and President of the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum.



Rock Strata of the Colorado Plateau: an Introduction
The class provides participants with the background to identify the major rock strata (AKA: rock units) visible on the Colorado Plateau of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico; and provides context to identify how the strata was deposited. The standard Geologic Time scale is used. Along the way, a bit of interesting trivia is provided. Full color reference materials will be provided, and technical terms are kept to a minimum.   (Class limit:  45)

Thu 2/16/23, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

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



Sand Creek Massacre
On November 29, 1864, 700 volunteers in the Third Colorado Cavalry under the command of Colonel John Chivington attacked 500 Cheyenne and Arapaho at Sand Creek. Years of distrust and misunderstanding as well as a desire to obliterate any obstacle that stood in the way of America’s manifest destiny resulted in a massacre of approximately 150 men, women and children that day. In addition, the conflict had long lasting implications for Native Peoples as well as Colorado. Join us as we discuss one of the darkest moments in Colorado’s history.   (Class limit:  40)

Mon 3/20/23, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

First Presbyterian - Fellowship Hall
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Peter Booth PhD
Peter MacMillan Booth, Ph.D., is a retired museum professional who has worked in cultural institutions throughout the West.



Survival and Relocation of Prairie Dogs in Mesa County.
This class will focus on the white-tailed prairie dogs of Mesa County, concentrating on their biology, habitat, threats and benefits to the environment. They are a keystone species, so are very important to many other animals and plants. Local volunteers have relocated some from areas of development to a prairie dog preserve to help reestablish an intact ecosystem.   (Class limit:  35)

Thu 3/9/23, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Janet Wyatt
Chair of the Western Slope Sierra Club and prairie dog advocate.

Betsy Greslin
Betsy has a degree in biology, is a member of the Sierra Club, and a prairie dog advocate.



The Art of Falconry
Local falconer, Ray Rickard, gives an insight into the world of falconry. Learn the sport's colorful history and the types of birds used, legal requirements, environmental risks and how he hunts with and exercises his birds.

Meet the birds, see their beautiful hoods, and enjoy Ray's stories.   (Class limit:  50)

Tue 2/7/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Koinonia Church - Sanctuary
730 25 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
 
Ray Rickard
Ray Rickard is a local falconer and for years has enjoyed hunting and flying birds.



The Mike Files: A Story of Grief and Hope
In his latest book, The Mike File (2022 Human Relations Mental Health Awareness Book of the Year), well-known Utah writer Stephen Trimble grapples with his brother's heartrending life and death and looks behind doors he's barricaded in himself.

In 1957, when "Stevie" was six and Mike 14, psychosis overwhelmed Mike. Trimble’s parents had no choice but to commit Mike to the Colorado State Hospital. He never lived at home again and died alone in a Denver boarding home at 33. Journalists used Mike's death to expose these "ratholes" warehousing people with mental illness.

Detective story, social history, journey of self-discovery, and compassionate and unsparing memorial to a family and a forgotten life, Mike’s story will move everyone with a relative or friend touched by psychiatric illness or disability.

Psychiatrist Richard Cohn will draw on a lifetime of experience to join Steve in exploring not only the context of Mike’s institutionalization but how his life parallels our treatment of the mentally ill over the last 70 years.   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 2/16/23, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

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Stephen Trimble
As writer, editor, and photographer, Stephen Trimble has published 25 award-winning books.

Richard Cohn
Dr. Richard A. Cohn is a psychiatrist in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, and has been in private practice for more than 20 years.



Time Travel with the Library of Congress
Explore unique primary sources from the vast collections of the Library of Congress. We will take a close look at original documents from the past and work together to make personal connections, learn about the time period and find new questions for further study. Bring your prior knowledge and your curiosity as we dig into treasures from the world's largest library. We will also examine the Library of Congress website for future research on your own. Bring your own laptop, if you wish, though it is not required.   (Class limit:  30)

Fri 2/17/23, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

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



Understanding our Election Systems in Mesa County
This course provides background information for understanding Election Processes and Systems. If you consider a computer a mysterious black box that can easily be corrupted, this course will illustrate how to manage a computer system (an election system computer or your personal cellphone) to insure it produces the result you desire. The objective of the course is to clarify 4 phases of our elections:

1. Voter Registration Roles
2. Ballot Creation and Control
3. Tallying the Ballots
4. Verifying 1-3 above were done correctly   (Class limit:  50)

Thu 2/23/23, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

First Presbyterian - Fellowship Hall
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Edward Arnos
A computer systems analyst, designer, implementer, maintainer, and manager for many years.



Uravan, The Town That Was
The Rimrocker Historical Society will share the timeline of the little town of Uravan from the gold miners, the ranchers, Madame Curie*s radium, the Manhattan Project and the Cold War Learn about the important world changing history of this obscure town site just 100 miles from Grand Junction.   (Class limit:  50)

Fri 3/10/23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Jane Thompson
Jane, President of the Rimrocker Historical Society Of Western Montrose County, and her sister, Sharon, present programs in Montrose County.



Utah Hole in the Rock Expedition of 1879
Bob will recount the adventures and (unnecessary) trials the LDS pioneers faced in selecting an almost unbelievable route through southern Utah and across the Colorado River in 1879.   (Class limit:  35)

Wed 2/8/23, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Eureka! McConnell Science Museum
1400 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Bob Silbernagel
Author, retired journalist, and frequent contributor to the Daily Sentinel.



Ute Water Treatment Plant Tour
Drinking water supplies in the United States are among the safest in the world. In fact, water treatment through filtration and chlorination has been declared as one of the Ten Greatest Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century by the CDC. And yet, most of us take safe drinking water for granted and have little understanding of the people and processes that reliably control pathogenic organisms in water to make it safe for our use. This course and tour will detail the 5 components of conventional water treatment: coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Additionally, this course will address the many ways the Ute Water Treatment Plant staff ensure the effectiveness of treatment and the protection of public health in our community.

To participate in the tour, a background check will be needed and will include your full name, date of birth, and Social Security #. All of this is confidential. This information and a fee of $6.85 per person to cover the background check will be collected once class lists are finalized.   (Class limit:  35)

Thu 3/2/23, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Directions to the Ute Water Treatment Plant will be emailed to participants.
Andrea Lopez
Ute Water Conservancy District External Affairs Manager.

Ben Hoffman
Ute Water Treatment Plant superintendent.



Volcanoes: From Gentle Giants to Explosive Killers
There are a wide variety of volcanoes that exist, many creating picturesque mountains and others creating hellish landscapes. This class will explore volcanoes and volcanic features and will explain what we know about volcano formation, and the ways in which volcanoes have changed our world.   (Class limit:  50)

Mon 2/27/23, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

ZOOM
 
Wendy Van Norden
Wendy Van Norden is a retired geology teacher, a cruise-ship lecturer, and a tour leader for friends, students, and the Sierra Club.



Western Colorado Community College Tour
Tour the campus of Western Colorado Community College and learn about their innovative programs and classes.   (Class limit:  25)

Mon 3/6/23, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Western Colorado Community College
2508 Blichman Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81505

Meet at the Student Services Office in Building B to begin the tour.
 
Kelly Reuss
Director of Student Services at Western Colorado Community College.



Western Slope Weather 101
The class will cover the work life of a forecast meteorologist, the equipment he uses, and the challenges of forecasting Western Slope weather. The difference between climate and weather will be addressed. Jeff is a Warning Coordination Meteorologist/Incident Meteorologist and will explain the different weather hazards associated with the area, how to access hazardous weather warnings, and how to be aware of hazardous weather situations. Jeff will end the class with a Spring weather outlook.   (Class limit:  50)

Wed 3/1/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

First Presbyterian - Fellowship Hall
3940 27 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
 
Jeffrey Colton
Jeff is a Warning Coordination/Incident Meteorologist for the National Weather Service



What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet? Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine!
This 90 minute interactive discussion will outline how a New Dimensions learner might prudently stock his/her medicine cabinet. Participants will understand how to skillfully self treat a score of common maladies--diarrhea to fishhooks and how to avoid unnecessary costly trips to your clinician.

Be prepared for a bout of Covid/influenza/RSV.   (Class limit:  35)

Fri 2/10/23, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

ZOOM
 
Phil Mohler
Retired family physician.



Wildfire Behavior presented by Rocky Mountain National Park
Join a ranger to discover wildfire’s role in nature and to engage in a fun, interactive activity that dives deep into what influences wildfire behavior- topography, weather, and fuel. Participants will learn what causes wildfires to grow and how that knowledge can help us prepare and keep ourselves and our communities safe.   (Class limit:  35)

Thu 3/2/23, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

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Danielle York
Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger.



World Cultures As Reflected On Flags
Many cultures around the world have chosen their national flag to reflect their cultures or cultural values. Learn how the idea of national flags came to be and about the oldest national flag in continuous use. What is the most popular family of flags today? What was the first family of flags to be dictated by political ideology rather than culture? How are religious faiths reflected on flags? Why is the British flag called the “Union Jack?” These and so many more Socio-cultural perspectives will be explored through national flags. A blend of history, culture and art and a must for any International stamp or coin collector.   (Class limit:  45)

Thu 2/23/23, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

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



Zendoodle for stress relief
Did you know that doing repetitive doodling can “calm an anxious mind, increase self- confidence, and cultivate moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindfulness meditation?” Psychology Today, March 2014.

In this class participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the fun and healing art of doodling. There is a class fee $5 per person for materials.   (Class limit:  20)

Wed 3/22/23, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist - Downstairs
536 Ouray Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
 
Connie Robbins Brady
Licensed professional counselor and a traveling art instructor.