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Upcoming Courses

Fall 2017 Course Schedule
Course Instructors Dates Day and Time Cost

Morning Class - Session One

Learning to Draw and Its Role in Art History

Marja Lorencak Kiker
Sept 5 – Oct 3
Tuesdays 10:30am - noon $20

Afternoon Class - Session One

Feel Your Fear and Do It Anyway

Shirley Riga
Sept 5 – Oct 3
Tuesdays 1:30pm - 3:00pm $20

Morning Class - Session Two

Literature of the Sea

Susan Alves
Oct 17 – Nov 14
Tuesdays 10:30pm - noon $20

Afternoon Class - Session Two

Qi Gong

Carolyn McDonald
Oct 17 – Nov 14
Tuesdays 1:30pm - 3:00pm $20

 

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning for Boston's LGBT Seniors and Friends!

All Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender seniors and friends are welcome to register for Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute Boston courses!

Our daytime courses take place on Tuesdays on the first floor of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, located at 630 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. Our classroom is wheelchair accessible. Please use the Mass Ave entrance to the church to attend both courses and Brown Bag talks.

The church is located on the 77, 79 and 350 MBTA bus lines. Directions and information on parking are available at the First Parish newcomers' page at http://firstparish.info/Newcomers/location.html

Please see our registration page for more information on signing up for a Rainbow LLI Boston course today!

Brown Bag Speakers Series

Most Tuesdays, during the lunch period between our morning and afternoon courses for LGBT seniors and friends, Rainbow LLI Boston hosts a Brown Bag Speaker for a one hour talk. Speaker's presentations take place from 12:15pm to 1:15pm at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA.

Brown Bag presentations are free and open to the public. Please see our speakers series page for a list of the Fall 2017 Brown Bag Speakers Series line-up.

Please use the Mass Ave entrance to the church to attend Brown Bag talks.

Course Descriptions

Morning Class - Session One

Wolf Drawing

Learning to Draw and Its Role in Art History

Marja Lorencak Kiker

This is a beginning drawing course.  You will learn the fundamentals of basic drawing, such as perspective and transferring ideas to paper.  We will be using both pencils and watercolors.  I hope and expect course participants to learn about the joy and passion for drawing…as I have myself. This is the most important thing. It is never too late to +++++learn something new, especially something one loves to do. I would like to share my experiences and knowledge with people interested in the fine arts. Art, good food and music are so important for our happiness, our souls and our lives.  These are what make our lives richer and more beautiful.  We will have an exhibition of our work at the end of the course.  You will be expected to purchase some inexpensive basic materials in advance.

Enrollment limit: 15

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Afternoon Class - Session One

Feel Your Fear and Do It AnywayFeel the Fear Book

Shirley Riga

Do you find it hard to get past your fears? 

How do you hold your fear?

This course explores how one can make positive changes in one’s life using the techniques found in Susan Jeffers’ book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.

Students develop a toolkit for empowering themselves through class discussions, writing, interactive activities, and handouts.

Prerequisite: Read Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

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Morning Class - Session Two

SeaLiterature of the Sea

Susan Alves

Summer may be over, but many of us are still drawn to the sea.  Writers of all sorts and over the course of history have been inspired by the sea.  We will sample the nonfiction of Thaxter, Lindbergh and Carsen, the fiction of Martel and Hemingway, and the poetic works of writers such as Hughes, Holmes, Walcott and Agosin.  We will consider how the sea is represented through image and metaphor. Through close reading and lively discussion, we will explore what the sea means personally, culturally and spiritually.

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Afternoon Class - Session Two

Qi Gong

Carolyn McDonaldQi Gong at Sunrise

"Qi-Gong - pronounced chee gong - Is a practice that involves individual movements including slow circular movements, controlled breathing, focused meditation and self massage.'

'One unique feature of Qi-Gong is its ability to train the mind to direct the body's energy, or chi, to any part of the body. Some believe that when moved correctly chi can bring your body to a natural state of balance. Qi-Gong is believed to relax the mind, muscles, tendons, joints, and inner organs - helping to improve circulation, relieve stress and pain, and restore health. ‘

Over the next five weeks I hope share 15 to 20 movements with the goal to make them yours.

Qi-Gong, movement meditation, is part of my daily life. Over time I have seen my balance, stamina and strength improve. I find it a valuable resource to reduce stress. It helps me to focus on what I want in situations and not on what I don't want, giving me the energy and vision to act.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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