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Greencroft Communities offers seven spring courses for 55+ crowd

Courses topics include immigration, Mary Magdalene, local historic architecture and birdwatching.



Posted on Feb. 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

GOSHEN – Greencroft Communities' Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County (LLI) has announced seven courses for its spring schedule. The courses are designed for people ages 55 years and older.

Registration may be done online at the LLI website or at the Goshen College Welcome Center, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen. Registration may also be made by phone and paid by credit card by calling 535-7566. For cost information visit www.greencroft.org/lifelonglearning.

The seven spring courses are:

Stories for My Grandchildren

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28, March 3, 5, 7.

Where: Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center.

Course description: This class will explore techniques for writing family stories for one's children and grandchildren. The class is taught by Bob Johnson, who recently retired from WSBT-TV and has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Iowa.

(Im)Migration Realities

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 10, 12, 17, 19.

Where: Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center.

Course description: Invited leaders from Goshen’s recent immigrant communities will explore key events and issues important to them but unreported or under-reported by the media. The class is taught by Phyllis Stutzman, a mental health clinician with anthropological experience in Latin America.

The Marriage of Figaro

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 24, 26, 31, April 2.

Where: Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center.

Course description: Goshen College professor Mary Oyer and stage director Debra Brubaker will lead this study of Mozart’s opera, “The Marriage of Figaro.” The play will be performed by Goshen students and faculty on March 28-30, and April 4 and 6. Class guests will include some faculty and student performers. Registration includes attendance at the dress rehearsal on Thursday, March 27. Performance tickets will be available separately at the Goshen College Welcome Center.”

Mary Magdalene

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 7, 9, 14, 16.

Where: Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center.

Course description: This class will examine biblical passages referring to Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, church history, cultural patterns including clergy voices, recent scholarship, artwork and legends. The class is taught by June A. Yoder. She was a professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for 27 years and has studied Mary Magdalene lore for 13 years.

Birds and Birding, Spring Migration

When:10 a.m. to noon April 21, 23, 28, 30.

Where: Rieth Interpretive Center (on Plymouth Avenue across from Shanklin Park).

Course description: Many of the birds that winter in South and Middle America, as well as in the southern U.S., pass through Indiana on their way to nesting locations further north. This class will attempt to see and hear as many of them as possible at a reasonable pace. No birding experience is necessary. Participants should bring binoculars and walking shoes. The class is taught by Bruce Glick, who has been seriously interested in birds most of his life.

Living Joyfully, Dying Well

When:  2 to 3:30 p.m. May 5, 7, 12, 14.

Where: Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center.

Course description: Jep Hostetler and Glen Miller team up to discuss the issues related to aging. The emphasis will be on an active and joyful life as inevitable limitations of aging appear. The class will present steps necessary to prepare for the end of life. Jep is a retired professor, humorist and author whose latest book is “The Joy Factor.” Glen’s career included medical practice, hospital administration and overseas development. His recent book is Living “Thoughtfully, Dying Well.”

Local Historic Architecture

When: 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 19, 21, 26, 28.

Where: Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center.

Course description: This course will include a survey of historic architectural styles in the Goshen area and presentations by Todd Zeiger on Indiana Landmarks preservation programs, David Pottinger and Faye Peterson on preserving commercial architecture, Randy and Rachel Miller Jacobs on preserving domestic architecture, and a choice of field trips to view interesting historic structures. Ervin Beck, professor emeritus of English at Goshen College, has planned countywide tours of historic barns, log houses and National Register properties for the Elkhart County Historical Society.

Expanded course descriptions can be found online by visiting www.life-learn.org and clicking on “Courses.”

Course brochures are available at the Goshen College Welcome Center, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen; and the Greencroft Goshen Community Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd.



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