Summer classes begin at New Adventures

Sandy Shepoiser helps Professor Dan Peterson of ASU gather original research on physical agility in aging.

Catherine Hammond

New Adventures in Learning, a lifelong learning program, will again offer a wide range of classes for the summer semester. Several of these events are based on research by the presenters. The class ASU Student Research on Aging Issues will share results from original research over the past couple of years that explored physical agility in older people. According to Bobbie Reed, registration chair, these tests were “conducted by students of Drs. Sydney Shaeffer and Dan Peterson of ASU with members of New Adventures in Learning.” Jim Evans, the Airbase Speakers Bureau Chairman, presents five talks that feature a wide range of military operations. Colonel Evans is a retired Air Force Boeing KC-135 pilot with over 4,000 hours of flying time.

Other classes come from presenters who have gathered information in their professional lives. Susan Lockwood Knaus, a human service professional, explores Dissociative Identity Disorder, Understanding the Divided Mind. Caroline Cateil, a certified Anti-Money Laundering Senior Analynst, explains money laundering and fraud schemes that often include elder abuse. Three women have put together a morning-long Widow’s Retreat with elements they have each used in their own work. Marie Burns is a Certified Financial Planner; Diane Markus speaks locally on women’s issues. Elena Porter is the director of Christ Centered Yoga at Mountain Park Church.

Several of the other events are just for fun. Jan Bobbett explores the pleasure of analogies. A new series, “Summer Movies @ New Adventures,” features a classic movie every week, along with popcorn. The On-Going New Adventures Book Club begins with Lilac Girls, a novel set in World War II. The Out to Lunch group will go to two restaurants this summer; hamburgers first and then Chinese. Cheryl Hovde helps people learn Mah Jongg. Nita Pangan repeats her popular class on card making.

For more information, check out the website, Online registration began on May 22, 2019, and remains available for open classes all semester. For additional information, call 480-857-5500 or visit the Sun Lakes Center at 25105 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes, AZ. New Adventures in Learning is a membership organization that has been encouraging lifelong learning since 1998 and is affiliated with Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Membership is $65 and paid annually to New Adventures. That amount includes a $15 fee at that time that goes to CGCC for the semester. An additional $15 also occurs for every other semester in which a member registers for a class or an event. Registration and payment are available online.