New Adventures In Learning

Sara Salim (standing) helps New Adventures member Laura Garcia register for her summer classes scheduled during June and July.

What’s New with New Adventures?

Jan Bobbett and Mary Kenny

New Adventures volunteers have been very busy preparing for the summer semester and are now able to share what’s in store starting in June. So, let’s get ready.

We are looking forward to a fun and exciting summer semester! Registration will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, and is open throughout the semester. You will be able to get a list of summer classes shortly by visiting

Here’s a sample of classes to enjoy this summer:

* Pandemic Immunity

* Film & Discussion-Digital Disconnect

* Film & Discussion-Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It

* Computer Buying Guide

* Basha Art Gallery Fieldtrip

* Humor in Classical Music

* Understanding Reverse Mortgages

* World War II Battlefield Europe: A Primer

* Gravity … Don’t Let It Win

* Should I Age in Place or Look for Other Options?

* Parli Italiano?

* Doctors Look at Works of Art

* Situational Awareness

* Women in Charge of Their Wealth

* Autonomous Driving 101

* Three-Part Dementia Series

Speaking of classes, we (Mary and Jan) have a piece of history to share. NA had been very successful, but we wanted more. We introduced a new type of class, called a roundtable. Since that day nearly 15 years ago, we have had an array of classes in which we learned, laughed, and (especially) shared. The first one was on how to make good soup, which we both felt we did not do well, but, oh my, did we get tips! Since then, we have had a variety of roundtable topics.

Here’s a challenge for you: Offer a class around a topic you enjoy. Do you have a hobby or special interest to share? Are you a little nervous about standing up in front of others? Consider starting with a roundtable discussion where you interact with a small group who are interested in the same thing. Volunteers are available to guide you through the process from idea to a successful presentation. Contact Susan Bjorn, curriculum chair, at [email protected] to get started.

New Adventures is a not-for-profit, membership organization affiliated with Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). Annual membership is $60, and the semester administration fee is $20 for each semester you enroll in classes. When you become a member during the summer semester, your membership includes the summer of the following year, so you get an extra semester free!

New Adventures still remains a bargain compared to many lifelong learning programs, which charge up to $40 per class. We charge no per-class fee, so your dues and semester fee allow you to take as many classes as you wish at no additional cost. Also, with your membership, you receive CGCC student discounts on many college and community activities.

COVID-19 protocol has been updated. We now recommend masking up when attending in-person classes to protect those New Adventures members who are among the most vulnerable. We will continue to observe social distancing required by CGCC by limiting spaces available in all in-person summer classes.

Have questions or need help? Call 480-857-5500 or email us at [email protected].