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Dances of Political Economy


with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Calendar Apr 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Dances of Political Economy


Policy-making games and how they affect our quasi-market economy. We will examine the structural basics of the U.S. government, various economic systems & policies, relative virtues & weaknesses of a free-market economy, and the different roles of government in our economy. Emphasis will be given to the incentives and actions of interest groups and their “dances” with politicians and bureaucrats, a co-dependence that results from human nature and expansive governmental powers. Lots of current events mixed in, also, as usual….

Instructor:  Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Michael holds a BA in French and an MA in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Dep’t of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos,       CA for 30 years. He has found refuge in Anacortes for the last 15 years.

Dive into Padilla Bay’s Eelgrass


with Susan Wood

Calendar Jul 11, 2019 at 3 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Nestled in the heart of the Salish Sea, Padilla Bay is home to one of the largest eelgrass meadows in the United States. At more than 8,000 acres, this forest of seagrass provides critical habitat for hundreds of species such as herring, Dungeness crab, and juvenile salmon. Waterfowl and marine birds also abound. Join educators from the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve as we explore the wonders of the mudflats and eelgrass meadow, and look at processes that drive this unique and important ecosystem. The class will include a field component suitable for all abilities.

Instructors: Susan Wood & Chandler Colahan

Susan Wood has worked at Padilla Bay teaching people of all ages about estuaries since 1988. She has an M Ed degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She loves walking through eelgrass, poking around in the mud, and hiking around the forests and shores near her home on South Fidalgo Island.

Chandler Colahan has taught environmental science in the Pacific Northwest since 1999. She has a BA degree in Ocean Science, Education, and Creative Expression from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College. When she is not exploring the mudflats with students, you can often find Chandler exploring the waters of the Salish Sea looking for wildlife.

All classes are held at the Breazeale Interpretive Center, just north of Bayview. The Breazeale Interpretive Center houses an aquarium, exhibits, theater, and library as part of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

From the stoplight on Highway 20 (at the Farmhouse Restaurant) take Bay View- Edison Road north about 5 miles. The Breazeale Interpretive Center will be on your right, 1/4 mile past Bay View State Park.

Investing in Stocks and Bonds


with Bill Short

Calendar Apr 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

In this course, we will explore the nature of different kinds of investments – cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, limited partnerships, etc., examining the characteristics of each. How to develop an Investment Portfolio will also be covered, as will Estate Planning.

Instructor: Bill Short

Bill’s career included experience as a design engineer, aircraft administrator, college instructor in business and economics, restaurant owner, and finally as an independent stockbroker of his own firm for 18 years. Retiring to Anacortes in 1997, Mr. Short enjoys sailing and is active in the Kiwanis Thrift Store. He is serving his fourth term as Anacortes Port Commissioner.

Memorable Forest Insects


with Robert Gara

Calendar Apr 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Of all known types of animals on our planet, 75% are insects—over a million species! First, we will be introduced to the insects and learn how to identify four insect orders. We will examine insect anatomy, forms and functions, and see how insect anatomy is unique. Insects evolved to fit the ecological roles they play, e.g., as beneficial pollinators, predators, herbivores, parasitoides, etc.

We will also discover how forest insects produce severe changes to our forests and we’ll be introduced to specific species that change forest ecosystems.  During our discussions on specific forest insects, we’ll understand how they drastically affect forest management and explore ways to manage pest outbreaks. We will also discover how insects interact and compete with us for food and fiber as well as how they degrade our health and our standard of living.

Instructor: Robert Gara, Ph.D. [Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Washington]

Dr. Gara earned a BS in Forest Management at Utah State University and later worked in East Texas as a forest manager. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology are from Oregon State University. He directed a research lab for the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Texas, taught forest entomology at the State College of Forestry at Syracuse University and came to the College of Forest Resources, UW, in 1968. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile, Venezuela & Ecuador, consulted as an entomologist for the UN in Vietnam and was the entomologist for an NSF biological expedition to the Kuril Islands. He retired to Anacortes in 2006.

The Tankers of Puget Sound


with Sol Kohlhaas

Calendar May 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This brief course will involve exploring the mighty tankers that come and go every day around our enchanted island. Types, sizes, structure, crew, and missions will be explained by one who knows these great vessels intimately.

Instructor: Captain Sol Kohlhaas, USCG licensed Master Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans.

Sol has sailed on a variety of oil tankers on the U.S. East, Gulf, and West coasts. He also managed tank ships and Articulated Tug Barges(ATBs) for OSG out of their headquarters in Tampa, Fl. Sol is currently the Port Captain for Marathon (formerly Tesoro) here in Anacortes where he ensures all vessels working on the Salish Sea contracted by Marathon operate as safely and with as little impact on the environment as possible.

Your Brain Efficiency and Your Personal Health


with Rhonda Dupea

Calendar Apr 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

The Neurodevelopmental Approach is a developmental way to keeping your brain working efficiently and The Ki Method is a light touch, hands on approach for health. In this class we will look at a quick overview of neurodevelopmental work and give you specific activities to do for your brain to maintain memory, comprehension, as well as counteract aging. We will also do a short overview of the Ki Method (ki-iki jutsu) which is a type of energetic medicine that utilizes your own hands for balancing the body’s bio-electrical energy. You will learn some basic sequences you can do at home.

Instructor: Ronda Dupea, MIT (Masters in Teaching), Certified Neurodevelopmentalist with ICAN (International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists), and Certified Instructor with the King Institute.

Ronda got involved with neurodevelopmental work when her son was diagnosed with high functioning autism. She learned the Neurodevelopmental approach to help her son overcome his limitations. Later she went back and got her masters in teaching at City University and then was certified with ICAN to help other families. During her work in neurodevelopment with ICAN, she also trained to help families (and herself) with The Ki Method. She has found both of these methods to be effective for all ages of brain efficiency and personal health.

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