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Tuesday afternoon classes

All’s Well that Ends Well


with Richard Wagner

Calendar May 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Our culture is notorious for denying death. Most of us will live our dying in a vacuum of useful information and meaningful human interaction. But few of us ask: Will my death be good? Will it be wise? Does it even matter? The marginal status we assign to the end of life, with all its fear, anger, anxiety, and isolation, is what we will inevitably inherit in our own dying days. But, there is a better way. Together, let’s master the Practical Aspects of the End of Life. This fun and interactive class is geared toward seniors and those who love them.  (3 weeks: 5/1, 8, 15) 

Instructor: Richard Wagner, Ph.D. Dr. Wagner – therapist, author, death educator and coach – has been working with terminally ill, elderly, and dying people in hospitals, hospice, and home settings for over 30 years. He facilitates support groups for care-providers and clinical personnel, and provides grief counseling for survivors. 

Health Fads—Fact or Fiction


with Patricia Downing

Calendar Apr 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Almost every day we are bombarded in the media with some new “scientific” finding about what we should do to improve our health: drink coffee, don’t drink coffee; eat chocolate, don’t eat chocolate. Take a daily aspirin, don’t take aspirin; eat salt, don’t eat salt. Avoid carbohydrates; eat fats. What should we believe? This course will include the latest information about these and other current health fads—which to believe, which to ignore, and how to tell the difference. Hint: the news about chocolate is getting sweeter! (Class size limited to 10 students.)

Instructor: Patricia Downing Patricia is a registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, author of nursing texts, and nurse educator with extensive experience in health education inside and outside the U.S. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Wayne State University and a Master’s from the University of Washington.

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The Civil War


with Jim Strong

Calendar Apr 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The American Civil War was one of great complexity and brutality. Families were literally torn apart and in some cases nearly exterminated. The first modern concept of “total war” evolved. This course will explore several aspects of the war, including combat heroes of lessor stature and the all-important home front. The instructor was born and raised in western Tennessee, and has ancestors whose lives were ended in the conflict.

Instructor: Jim Strong Jim earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Southwestern at Memphis and his M.S. in Chemistry 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 Comm. College in Olympia. He also spent five years in research & development in the steel industry.

The History of Tools


with Paul Thorne

Calendar Apr 10, 2018 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 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

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