Lifelong Learning announces April & May classes

Posted Mar 6th, 2018 by Helene Sheets  Category: Events


The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is pleased to offer the following April and/or May classes. Unless otherwise stated, the classes are held at various Lourdes University classroom locations, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

To review the entire list of Lifelong Learning spring 2018 classes, visit or email To register, please call 419-824-3707.

Registration may be made by credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to Lourdes University and mailed to: Lourdes University Lifelong Learning, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania OH 43560.

Exploring the World of Wines
Instructor: Nick Kubiak

Tuesdays, April 3, 10 and 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost per class: $58 members; $70 non-members

Ever wonder why some wines cost $10 and others $100? Why are some producers famous while we never hear of others? Do you just buy wine from one country because you’re not familiar with other places? Well, this class is for you!

This class will help you better know the grapes, producers and regions which are pivotal to the wine world. Each week, break down the what, who and where of the Wine World and learn what you need to know to be a better wine enthusiast!

Six wines will be provided each week along with instruction from Certified Specialist of Wine Nick Kubiak. You are encouraged to bring your own food for pairing.

Thinking Outside the Box #10
Instructor: Barbara Mauter

Thursday, April 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

The “Thinking Outside the Box” challenge continues with our tenth class! The Roman numeral for 10 is “X” hence, an “X-rated” workshop? No, not so! Think again! An “X” may represent a kiss or the name of a person that is not known.

This course presents more metacognitive activities (“thinking about thinking”). You will be challenged to explore lateral thinking and take part in interactive “thinking” activities. This workshop will include a “Top 10 of 10” plus challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to stimulate your thinking.

Civil War
Instructor: Dr. Dwayne Beggs

Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3 and 10 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $43 members; $55 non-members

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States. To many southerners, this was the last straw – they no longer wanted to be part of the Union; a union they believed was attacking their very way of life and that ultimately would relegate them to a life of poverty. By 1861, several States had seceded from the Union and the Civil War was launched.

Join us as we examine what events brought on the Civil War, who fought – and why they fought – the Generals who led the fighting, major battles fought, life on the home front and the events that brought the war to a conclusion.

Dr. Dwayne Beggs has taught popular classes on many military conflicts for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Beggs earned a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from Bowling Green State University. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor / Associate Pastor for 22 years.

The Heroes Among Us

Instructor: Bud Fisher

Friday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Cost: $20 members; $32 non-members

Hear moving stories of men and women, all veterans of the U.S. military. Andrew “Bud” Fisher has been collecting stories for The University of Toledo / Library of Congress Veterans History Project since 2002, during which time he has interviewed more than 800 veterans.

Fisher will discuss the significance of this history project and highlight stories from veterans living in this area. Serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he would later earn both bachelor and master’s degrees from The University of Toledo. He then settled in Sylvania and ran a wholesale heating and air conditioning company before retiring. Fisher has published two books of selected interviews, What a Time It Was and 30 Below on Christmas Eve.

The South in Cinema

Instructor: Loryn Clauson-Hodge

Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $58 members; $70 non-members

When we think of the American South, we may picture imagery from such famous films as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire and In the Heat of the Night. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, film has not only depicted the South but it has helped shape our vision of both the Old and New South.

How has slavery been depicted throughout film history? How have women been portrayed? Have those characterizations changed throughout time? Is it possible to separate fact from reality when some films are so deeply imbedded in our history?

In this class, we will look at various southern cultural elements and how they have been shown on film throughout history. We will compare and contrast several films to try to understand the basis for our cultural fascination with both the Antebellum South and the Post-Civil War New South. Come learn more about the South and delve deeper into the history of some of these famous films.

Loryn Clauson-Hodge received her a master’s degree in History from Kansas State University. Her thesis focused on Reconstruction Era Alabama and is entitled “A Missed Opportunity: United States v Hall and the Battle Over the Fourteenth Amendment.” She enjoys teaching at Lourdes University and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in history. Clauson-Hodge is married to Adam Hodge, an Associate Professor of History at Lourdes University.

Enjoy the Game of Bridge!
Instructor: Ben Beazley

Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $87 members; $99 non-members

This class is designed for beginners or those coming back to bridge. Learn correct bidding and defensive play using the most popular systems. All sessions include bidding, playing and discussing pre-dealt hands. A student book is included.

Ben Beazley has been a Bridge Life Master for many years and enjoys playing regularly in local duplicate games. He has extensive experience as a bridge instructor; has tutored students individually and taught The University of Toledo faculty groups as well as courses at Belmont Country Club and the Ottawa Hills Village Life Program.

Better Bridge: Bid Better – Play Better!

Instructor: Ben Beazley

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7 and 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $86 members; $98 non-members

This class focuses on the variety of challenges facing all bridge players. Helpful conventions and suggestions will be offered with pre-dealt hands that can be bid, played and discussed. If you have a partner or play in a group, you are encouraged to enjoy these lessons together.

The Rise of American Musical Theater
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $43 members; $55 non-members

This class examines the history of the American Broadway musical with special attention given to its roots in nineteenth-century European operetta and growth into a barometer and engine of popular taste.

Session 1 discusses the collision of operetta with Tin-Pan-Alley in the musicals of Victor Herbert (Naughty Marietta), Rudolf Friml (Rose Marie), Sigmund Romberg (The Student Prince), George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin.

Session 2 discusses what is sometimes considered the “golden age” of the musical in the hands of Jerome Kern (Showboat), George Gershwin (Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band), Cole Porter (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate) and Rogers and Hart (Connecticut Yankee, Pal Joey).

Session 3 highlights the great musical theater teams of the 1950s and 60s: Rogers and Hammerstein (South Pacific, Sound of Music), Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Camelot) and Bernstein and Sondheim (West Side Story).

The last class is concerned with the musical and the modern condition, particularly in the works of Stephen Sondheim (Company, a Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Assassins).

Global Climate Disruption

Instructor: Dr. Andy Jorgensen

Wednesdays, April 11 and 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $22 members; $34 non-members

Climate change is a very intense topic in our country which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement among participants. Each talk utilizes participant clickers in order to determine audience views and compare these to answers from other groups. Discussion of ideas is encouraged.

Session 1 focuses on how we know about climate change and the role of humans in what has occurred in recent years. The effects for humans and other living organisms is also explored.

Session 2 provides information on what can be done individually and collectively to reduce the impact of the problem. Finally, long-term goals are described.

Dr. Andy Jorgensen is a Retired Associate Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Sciences, at The University of Toledo and a Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Jorgensen has studied the science of climate change and how best to present the facts about the problem to a wide range of audiences.

American Indian Tribes of the Southeast

Instructor: Jamie Oxendine

Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25; May 9, 16 and 23 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $59 members; $71 non-members

Who were the first people to live here? Discover the culture of Native American tribes that settled around the Great Lakes and their enduring legacy. Join us even if you missed last spring’s popular class “Native American Culture.”

Of Lumbee/Creek ancestry, Jamie Oxendine is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He is a professional educator, musician, writer, storyteller and civil rights activist. Jamie is also director of the Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation.

Spanish Conversation

Instructor: Raquel Bravo

Mondays and Wednesdays, April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; May 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, and 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost per session: $58 members; $70 non-members

Come speak Spanish with us! Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or learning for fun, this is a comfortable and supportive way to learn. Class time focuses on speaking this beautiful Latin language with useful vocabulary and scenario dialogues, as well as a little of its culture and history. Students are invited to practice Spanish during lunch at the Lourdes Café after class (price of lunch not included). The required textbook for this class, “15-Minute Spanish”, includes two audio CDs and is available commercially.

Raquel Bravo is a native Spanish speaker who has taught English/Spanish bilingual education and adult education. She is a retired school administrator who has enjoyed traveling to Spain, Mexico and South America extensively. She is eager to share her love of the Spanish language with you!

Crocheting: Starting Stitches

Instructor: Mary Jo Blohm

Tuesdays, April 24; May 1 and 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $42 members; $54 non-members

Learn to crochet! One stitch at a time, this course covers the basic fundamentals of crocheting. Class size is limited to allow for individual attention. Basic materials are supplied to get you started!

Mary Jo Blohm recently retired and enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. Introduced to crocheting at an early age, she taught herself to follow various patterns and create individualized projects. Some of Blohm’s crocheted items are sold at All Good Things.

Fun & Easy Exercises for Your Brain

Instructor: Barbara Mauter

Thursday, April 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

We all know that exercising our bodies is good for us, but how does one go about exercising his or her mind? Join us for a fun interactive brain workout! No weights or bands required. Based on the principles of how our memory works, this course presents various tips and techniques on enhancing your memory. Participants also have the opportunity to take part in activities to help keep their brain in shape.

Watercolor Techniques

Instructor: Stacy Spinazze

Fridays, April 27; May 4 and 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $46 members; $58 non-members

Experiment and explore with watercolors while learning several watercolor techniques in our first 2 sessions. In the last class, apply these techniques to create individual watercolor paintings. We will focus on getting comfortable with watercolor painting techniques and enjoying the art making process.

This class helps one learn how to apply watercolor with different mediums such as rubbing alcohol, rubber cement, salt, India ink and more. These techniques illustrate some fascinating and unique watercolor techniques that can be used for expressive painting or can be used more specifically for details with a planned out painting. You will be amazed at what you can do! No experience is necessary.

Stacy Spinazze is a local artist who has a passion for many art mediums and enjoys teaching and sharing them with others. A community minded artist who’s involved with helping non-traditional artists explore and experience the arts, Spinazze has a passion for making art accessible and non-threatening. She values the gift that the process and craft allows everyone to explore creativity and self-expression. She has her own art business, “Sprung On You,” and works at a local mental health agency where she facilitates art groups for adults in an art program she started in 2009.

Carl Jung: 20th Century Psychologist, a Soul Mate for Our Spiritual Journey
Instructor: Fr. John R. Blaser

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $58 members; $70 non-members

Carl Jung’s understanding of the human psyche as seeking wholeness and fulfillment fit “hand and glove” into the Christian issues of conversion, holy longing and incarnation. Jung’s insights can rightly be called a “modern mystical path.” This course might be looked upon as a pilgrimage of “re-imagining our understanding of God and our spiritual journey.”

Father John R. Blaser is a priest of the Diocese of Toledo. Ordained in 1964, he has served in various diocesan parishes, campus ministry, diocesan offices and the diocesan mission in Zimbabwe, Africa. Since his retirement in 2009, he has been involved in ministry in state and federal prisons and with parishes as needed. Also in retirement, Father Blaser has taken up an interest in dream work at the Haden Institute in North Carolina where he was introduced to the work of Carl Jung.

Fighting Fires…and More!

Instructor: Joe Walter

Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $58 members; $70 non-members

The Toledo Fire Department still has the same basic mission since its inception in 1837: saving lives and property. How that mission is accomplished has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. Technological changes, the explosion of Emergency Medical Service (EMS), public education, special operations, equipment and safety are some of the topics that are covered.

This class explores how the Toledo Fire Department embraced and instituted changes that occurred from the late 1960’s through today. The final meeting of this class will be held at the Toledo Firefighters Museum for a guided tour.

The course is presented by Retired Assistant Chief Joe Walter who was a member of the Toledo Fire Department from 1972 to 2002.

Ohio’s Wines

Instructor: Nick Kubiak

Monday, May 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $22 members; $34 non-members

Ohio’s rich winemaking history began in the 1850s and continues today with 265 wineries, making the Buckeye state the sixth largest wine producer in the country. Ohio wines offer both novice and experienced wine enthusiasts something sure to please their palates, including Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Franc and Ice Wine. Taste six Ohio wines and learn their background stories from Nick Kubiak, Certified Specialist of Wine.

Crochet a Necklace

Instructor: Jing Meyer

Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $20 members; $32 non-members

Create your own wearable art! Select your colors from the yarn provided and learn to crochet a chic, adjustable length necklace. Basic crochet techniques are used and more experienced students can make bracelets or multiple necklaces as time permits. Please bring a size J crochet hook, a ruler and scissors.

Jing Meyer works at The University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She started learning how to crochet and knit at an early age. She also enjoys paper maché and water color painting. Meyer sells various crochet, knit and paper maché crafts, as well as paintings at different craft shows.

What’s After The Renaissance?

Instructor: Chris Rilling

Tuesday, April 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $20 members; $32 non-members

Goin’ for baroque and rockin’ rococo! How does one top Michelangelo and Leonardo? Artists of the 16th and 17th centuries tried. Instructor Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a Masters in Art Education from The University of Toledo, Rilling taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.

European Art of the 19th Century: Realists, Romantics and Revolutionaries

Instructor: Chris Rilling

Tuesday, May 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $20 members; $32 non-members

Reflecting society of the time, artists of the 19th century coped with the status quo versus the struggle for change.

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