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Classes and Workshops

Fall 2021 Registration Dates

Special Early Online Registration (No add/drop) – August 4 & 5

Regular Online Registration – August 10 & 11

Late & Final Online Registration – August 17 & 18


Registration Fee:  $5.00

Class/Workshop Fees:  $5.00 Per Class or Workshop (unless otherwise indicated)

Fine Arts Class & Theater Class supply fee:  $10.00

[Scholarships are available for qualifying participants]


Payable to: The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation

There is a $35 charge for returned checks

Yoga:  Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increased flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 min/30 max        Instructor: Laura Lerman
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am             Room:  Hannan Center


Belly Dance:  A Middle-Eastern dance fitness class that will get your body moving.  You can expect to learn Tribal, Egyptian, Lebanese, and North African dance style and technique.  Benefits include strengthening and toning your body and relaxing your mind. Participants can purchase course materials from instructor.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 min/20 max  Instructor:  Stephanie Carr
Time:  11:45 am—12:45 pm                 Room:  Hannan Center

Meditation:  In this course we will explore the various techniques of meditation. Learn and develop the practical skills of mindfulness and meditation, including methods for (a) deepening concentration and (b) responding skillfully to physical pain, stress, and difficult emotions and thought patterns.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 min/30 max        Instructor: Vernice Daniels
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm             Room:  Hannan Center


Sing Out! (Men’s Multi-Style Singing Group):  Come sing with us! Join in the joy of group singing as we sing great music from the Swing and Be-Bop eras, as well as Blues, Doo-wop and Motown. The instructor is Alina Morr from the Grammy-nominated jazz group Straight Ahead.

Requirements: All skill levels are welcome     Class size: 8 min/25 max        Instructor: Alina Morr
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm             Room:  Orchestra Hall

Advanced Fitness: Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Handheld weights, exercise ball, elastic tubing with handles and chairs are utilized.

Instructor: John Barber Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am   Room: Hannan Center
Class size: 15 min/30 max


Tai Chi:   Provides an opportunity for participants to learn the ancient Chinese form of moving meditation and relaxation while creating balance between the mind and body. The flowing dance-like movements are able to improve muscular strength, flexibility, joint movement, balance, and cardio-respiratory fitness.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 min/30 max   Instructor: Bobby Calhoun
Time: 10:15am-11:15am                      Room:  Hannan Center


Zumba Gold:   A dance fitness class that will get your body moving to Latin and other genres of music. You can expect to hear fun & festive music that will inspire you to dance, walk in place and move your hips and arms while standing or sitting in a chair. The benefits include improving your physical and psychological health.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing Class size:  10 min/30 max   Instructor: Sheila Gerard
Time:  11:30 am—12:30 pm                Room:  Hannan Center

Art and Design 101:   Be yourself and DO ART. Explore your possibilities in drawing, painting and collage. This course is for beginners and those who want to review working with the process in art-making. Course goals: working with a variety of materials to understand what is possible; gaining self-confidence; and learning about artists past and present.

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm      Class size: 9 min/15 max           Instructor:  Nancy Wolfe
Room:  Hannan Center


Theater:   This class will provide the opportunity to explore aspects of theater performance and production.  Through various theater techniques, such as improvisation, oral history and storytelling, the group will develop and share their creativity with an audience.

Time:   10:15 am—11:45 am       Class size:  6 min/10 max         Instructor: Assata Haki  Room:  Hannan Center      Supply fee per term:  $10.00

Drums Alive: Golden Beats –   This class is a drumming and movement workout this is specifically designed to enhance emotional and cognitive health as well as social engagement.  Class meets May 31 – August 9

Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am   Class size: 10 mini/20 max    Instructor: Meida Ollivierra
Room:  Hannan Center  Requirements: Wear Loose Clothing


Gentle Yoga:   Gentle yoga for all levels of abilities. We will do seated and standing poses, with floorwork being optional. Plenty of helpful modifications will be suggested.  Gain flexibility, balance, range of motion and even muscular strength.

Time: 10:15 am-11:15 am   Class size: 15 min/30 max    Instructor: Trina Campbell
Room:  Hannan Center


Fine Arts:   Learn the skill of printmaking, collage, figure drawing, mandala making, and painting self-portraits. Students are able to learn and create in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere that welcomes all who are interested in self-expression and using their imaginations.

Time: 12:30 pm-3:00 pm        Class size: 10 min/ 20 max        Instructor: James Puntigam
Room:  Hannan Center                  Supply fee per term:  $10.00

Creating a Vision Board for Lifestyle and Purpose

Participants will discover through pictures and words how to create a visual narrative that will help them achieve their long and short-term goals to aid in living a life of purpose.

Thursdays, February 6 – 27  /  1:00pm – 3:00pm

Instructor: Cecelia Covington   Location: Hannan Center

Class Size: 8 min/12 max

Materials Needed: Foam board can be purchased from Blick Art Materials. The size would be 18″ X 24″ and they come in packages of 2 for $4.99. Item number is 13228-1029. Also need scissors, glue sticks, and CLEAR thumbtacks.


Creative Writing Workshop for Mature Adults 

This workshop is for adults interested in writing fiction and/or poetry as well as other forms of creative writing such as essay, memoir, correspondence, journaling, description, narrative and criticism.  Over the four sessions of the workshop, participants will compose and edit an original short story and an original work of poetry. Through the various exercises, participants will gain practice in free writing, overcoming “writer’s block,” identifying and appreciating the elements of story and formal verse, and working cooperatively with other writers.

Tuesdays, March 10 – 31  /  10:00am – 11:30am

Instructor: Michael Madigan    Location: Hannan Center

Class Size: 8 min/12 max

Materials Needed: Composition Book and Pen


Calligraphy and Lettering for Fun

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting.  In this 6 week course, students will be able to use this skill to creatively address envelopes, create certificates, design greeting cards, and make unique works of art using their favorite quote or scripture. We will also dabble in designing letters for monograms suitable for framing.

Thursdays, March 5 – April 9  /  1:00pm – 2:30pm

Instructor: Sheryl Heading-Alexander

Class Size: 8 min / 20 max

Materials Needed: It is suggested each student have their own chisel point calligraphy set to practice at home. They are available at Michaels, Amazon, and other craft stores.


African Americans in Classical Music – Lecture 

This course considers the diversity and complexity of African Americans within the context of classical music. By rejecting enduring stereotypes, this course treats the historical black experience in classical music within a cultural context. This dynamic and multifaceted process is explored using a range of interdisciplinary materials. The course will consist of a lecture, visual videos/DVDs, and group discussions that encourage dialogue and critical analysis.

Friday, February 14  /  11:30am – 1:00pm

Instructor: Dr. Caroline Campbell      Location: Hannan Center

Class Size: 12 min/25 max