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Bilingual at Any Age


with Melanie Dugan

Calendar Apr 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm

This course is designed to dispel the myth that children learn languages better and faster than adults. The contrary is actually true as long as the adult seeks to learn as a child does. This course will not teach a foreign language, but is designed to help you discover the best ways to learn a language on your own using all the resources available. You will learn how to value your mistakes, and design your own learning that best suits your needs and learning style. We will explore some of the current research in language acquisition, learn the benefits of multiple languages on brain elasticity, and explore what holds most people back. With that knowledge, you will have the power to move forward to acquire a second or third language.

Instructor: Melanie Dugan, M.Ed.

Melanie has a passion for language acquisition. She herself acquired Spanish as a second language as an adult. She knows first-hand the challenges and rewards of learning a new language. She has designed and taught dual language programs in the Monroe and Burlington, Washington school districts. She taught bilingual education in Salt Lake City, Utah. She lived in Ecuador for over a year and has taught English as a Second Language both abroad and here in Washington. She has over 34 years of experience as an educator. She raised a bilingual son, documenting his linguistic development. She has studied Linguistics and Language Learning at Washington State University. She presently works as an artist with her husband in Anacortes and teaches Spanish to adults and children in their studio.

Health Fads — Fact or Fiction


with Patricia Downing

Calendar Apr 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Almost every day the media bombards us with some new astounding scientific, sometimes contradictory, advice about our health. Drink coffee. Don’t drink coffee; Eat chocolate. Don’t eat chocolate; Take a daily aspirin. Don’t take aspirin; Everyone should limit salt. Salt restriction is not necessary. Having trouble deciding what to believe? This course provides current, fact-based information about these and other health topics chosen by the instructor and the class – which fads to believe; which ones to ignore; and how to tell the difference. Spoiler Alert: The news about chocolate is getting sweeter and sweeter!

Instructor: Patricia Downing, BSN, MN, R.N.

Patricia Downing is a clinical nurse specialist, and nurse educator with extensive experience in clinical nursing, nursing research, and health education inside and outside of the United States. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Wayne State University and a Master’s degree in Adult Nursing from the University of Washington. Her informal teaching method encourages the active participation of her audience, and makes complex health issues easy to understand.

Full Course

NW Washington Logging – The Past in Picture and Stories


with Eric Erickson

Calendar Apr 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class will delve into the details of logging from the past: loggers, transportation, and lumber mills in Washington. Highlighted will be the unique all-wheel drive locomotives used for transportation to and from logging camps, the lives of a logger – tools/clothes/camps, and various types of mills (saw, shingle, hoop and shake). Eric will share his vast collection of old photos, historic implements, and stories related to the early twentieth century of logging in the Pacific Northwest.

Instructor: Eric Erickson (and Judy Hakins assisting)

Eric is the author of more than eight logging and sawmill history books and has had 30 years of extensive railroad travel in northwestern America. The retired Manager of Engineering Services for the Seattle Water Dept., he has served as a board member of several history organizations and museums and has presented countless interactive slide shows on logging, sawmilling, and railroad histories in northwestern Washington.

Physiology of Exercise


with Bob Weathers

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

Human motion imposes demands on all of the body’s systems. This course examines the responses of these systems during acute bouts of physical activity as well as the effects of habitual activity on the functions of these systems. Special emphasis is given to the nervous, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.

Instructor: Bob Weathers, Ed.D.

After getting a B.A. in art from John Brown University, Bob earned a master’s in physical education from the Univ. of Arkansas, and his doctorate in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. He then completed a post-doctoral program in the Univ. of Minnesota’s Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene before taking a position at Seattle Pacific University in 1978. During the following 32 years at SPU, Bob led the exercise program and taught a variety of courses – primarily Exercise Physiology and Wellness.

The History of Tools


with Paul Thorne

Calendar Apr 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The Invention and use of tools has defined human history.  Tools enable people to accomplish tasks that exceed their limited natural capabilities.  This class will examine how tools developed and how they affect our daily lives.  The tools that we use today were developed from the end of the stone age through the iron age; all of our modern instruments and devices derived from these basic implements.  We will look at tools as they moved us through recorded history and into the Industrial Age.

Instructor: Paul Thorne

Paul is a master blacksmith with over thirty-five years’ experience in industrial, architectural, and artistic forge work. He currently teaches blacksmithing through group and private classes at his Anacortes studio. You can view his work at

World War One – From Beginnings To A Hopeful “End Of All Wars”


with Jim Strong

Calendar Apr 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

While the world was no stranger to conflict, war between many countries and encompassing most of Planet Earth was indeed a new phenomenon. World War I indeed stretched across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It involved the Far East, the Near East, Europe, Eurasia, Africa and North America. It was the first war to be fought in three dimensions. It was also the first war that involved the horror of chemical warfare. It was a war that proved the ages old adages of "Vengeance begets vengeance" and "Brutality can work if you win".

This course will address the beginning and end of the formal war and study in more detail the factors which set the war on its course of ultimate brutality and failure. The entrance into and action of the United States in the war will occupy some time and will include a primer on the US home front before and during the war. In order to cover this enormous event, the course will be fast and crowded. It will not cover smaller and over the horizon campaigns.

Instructor: Jim Strong

Jim received his B.A. in Chemistry from Southwestern at Memphis and his M.S. from the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville. He taught Chemistry, Geology, and Oceanography in Michigan and Pennsylvania and retired in 2005 after 20 years at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. In addition, he spent five years in research and development in the steel industry.

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