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Council Lifetime Learning Classes – Spring 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019 to Monday, June 17, 2019

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Founded in 1946, Council Lifetime Learning (CLL) is the first and longest established cultural center for older adults in New York City.  Many of our programs are designed and facilitated by CLL members and volunteers. CLL is the place to be for active New Yorkers who value life-long learning and broadening their social networks. CLL attracts the best and brightest teachers, volunteers and members to and provides a wide range of arts, humanities, cultural, educational and recreational programming. Research has proven that arts and culture offer a natural, joyous means of learning, sharing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through all stages of life. An average of 200 older adults come through our doors each week, and over the last year, approximately 500 active seniors have participated in a broad range of programs.

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CLL programming is only open to members of NCJW NY.
Membership costs $72 per year. Become a member here.
For those in financial need, scholarships are available.
No classes will be held on 4/26, 5/27, 6/10

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-52-29-amOPEN STUDIO
Mondays, 10AM to noon (Apr 8 to June 17); Thursdays, 1PM to 3PM (Apr 11 to June 13) | $35

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Twice a week the art studio is open for individuals to come work independently on their artwork. For en-rolled art students, this time is included in the class fee. There is a small charge for individuals who wish to work during this time who are not enrolled in art classes.

Mondays, 10AM to noon | Apr 8 to June 17| $35 | Rena Rappaport | Materials Included or Bring Your Own

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Start your Monday off beading among friends. Some equipment will be provided, and students are encouraged to bring their own. Beaders can bring broken necklaces to fix, jewelry needing redesign or they can make new jewelry. Open to beginners!

Tuesdays, 10AM to noon | Apr 9 to June 11| $90 | Donna Levinstone | Materials included

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This class explores traditional collage, using paper and various found objects. Students are encouraged to explore printmaking techniques and a variety of drawing and painting materials. At the end of each class students hang  their work on the wall and have a group discussion. This provides endless inspiration as each student expresses him or herself in unique ways. Students are also exposed to the work of professional collage artists and painters to learn about different styles and techniques throughout time.

Tuesdays, 10AM to noon | Apr 9 to June 11 | $65 | Yvette Bendahan | Materials included

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Private, individualized instruction for all levels. Students learn how to cut the glass, assemble pieces according to a pattern or create something original in color, shape and form. The final accomplishment is a thing of beauty in color and design.

Wednesdays, 10AM to 1PM | Apr 10 to June 12 | $115 | Gene Wisniewski | Bring your own materials

Wednesdays, 2PM to 5PM | Apr 10 to June 12 | $115 | Gene Wisniewski | Bring your own materials *FULL

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Students will enjoy highly personalized instruction in drawing and painting in a fun, casual atmosphere. They will learn to express themselves and improve their technical skills in all media including charcoal, pencil, oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Students can work from photographs or develop their own abstract style.

Thursdays, 1PM – 3PM | Apr 11 to June 13 | $65| Al Bukszpan | Materials included

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This class covers watercolor tints, mixing colors and manipulations with a watercolor brush. Students will create still life and landscape pieces. Open to beginners and advanced students.

Fridays, 10AM to noon | Apr 12 to June 14| $150 | Jamie Boyle | Materials Included or Bring Your Own

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Learn traditional weaving techniques—and invent your own—this spring! Experimentation and play are encouraged as we learn and build upon new skills in the weaving studio. This instructional class is perfect for absolute beginners and experienced weavers alike. We will cover the basics for those new to the process and those seeking a refresher. Experienced weavers will have the opportunity to expand their skills through individualized projects.

Fridays, 10AM to 12:30PM | Apr 12 to June 14 | $120 | Donna Levinstone | Materials included

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The pastel class explores traditional and abstract pastel drawing. Students learn about the different types of pastel that are being used today, including soft pastel, hard pastel, oil pastel and even water soluble oil pastel. Participants work both from observation and imagination. Work includes pastels in a mixed media capacity combining them with other medium such as marker, watercolor and even collage. Students will have an opportunity to learn about pastel painting through looking at different artists throughout history. At the end of each class, they will also have an opportunity to look at each others work and share their process and thoughts.

Fridays, 1PM to 3PM | Apr 12 to June 14 | $65 | Jon Rettich | Materials included

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Drawing from the nude is one of the classic pillars of fine art.  It offers exciting insights into how to see and experience the ways the figure can be used in art and what intrigued the artists whose work is in galleries and museums. The instructor offers brief but individualized instruction to help people enjoy this class and build on what they have. This is not a novice class, students should have some knowledge of figure drawing.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-52-36-amZUMBA GOLD
Mondays, 3PM to 4PM | Apr 8 to June 17 | $60 | Roger Puckett

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A lower intensity Zumba class designed to focus on balance, range of motion, and coordination. The Zumba Gold choreography is easy to follow and you will leave feeling empowered and strong! .

Tuesdays, 10:30AM to 11:30 | Apr 9 to June 11 | $60 | Margot Townsend 

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These effective and comfortable guided lessons will help you to improve your balance, flexibility and ability to function in daily movements.

Tuesdays, 3:00 PM to 4:00 | Apr 9 to June 11 | $65 | Mike Lesser

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This group fitness class will be sitting in a chair as well as standing using the Pilates Principles to build an awareness and connection to deep core stabilizing muscles in a focused fun format. This is a barefoot class to gain better connection to the floor.

Wednesdays, 11:20 AM to 12:20 | Apr 10 to June 12 | $60 | Roger Puckett

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A slow dance that unlocks the energy within you. Awakening the body through gentle and dynamic moves.

Thursdays, 11:00AM to noon | Apr 11 to June 13 | $50 | Ellen Zimmerli

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Nia Technique is an intelligent fitness practice that blends the movements of dance, martial arts, and healing arts.  This wonderful blend of safe and fun exercise is designed to help your whole body feel stronger. You will develop better posture, more flexibility and have more energy for all the things you love to do.

Fridays, 10:50AM to 11:50 | Apr 12 to June 14 | $55 | Agnes Atwood

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Based on Hatha yoga principles and with the support of a chair. This class promotes enhanced alignment and expanded respiration.


Tuesdays, 3PM to 5PM | Apr 9 to June 11 | $110 | William Lyons Lee

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Each class, open to all levels, begins with warm-ups and site reading exercises, and progresses to vocal pieces from various sources. Singing is great for the health and the spirit, especially in groups!

Wednesdays, 3PM to 4:30PM | Apr 10 to June 12 | $110 for 10 Weeks | Scott Klavan

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This class offers the opportunity for high-level work on scenes, monologues, songs and improvisations. Scott is known for providing individualized attention and helping build self-confidence and public speaking skills. Above all Acting is a positive and fun group experience! All levels are welcome.

Fridays, 1PM to 2:30 (Schedule may change) | $45 for 10 classes | Mark York

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Ellie Ressler Musical Theater with Mark York celebrates the classic musical theater songs of Broadway.  All songs are from the 1980s and prior. If you like to sing, whether you have a great voice or not, feel free to join.  All that is required is your love for classic Broadway Music.


The majority of these classes are free to members. Most are offered year-round and do not adhere to our semester schedule.

Mondays, 10AM to 11 | FREE | Demetrios Siatos

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This is a beginners class where, in an informal setting, students discuss national and world current events using a bilingual approach. Students learn basic grammar skills and discuss topics which may affect them such as housing and medical issues, obtaining half fare metro cards, the New York City ID card, etc. The class occasionally visits museums and free cultural events.

Mondays, 10AM to 12 | FREE | Engage Volunteers from the JCC

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A help desk for questions regarding phones, tablets and laptops. Please bring your own devices when possible. Schedule a week in advance by calling (212) 687-5030 x 0

Mondays, 11AM to noon | FREE | Ruth Taller and Betty Feldman

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Each week members read a short story, provided one week in advance, and participate in a facilitated discussion about that story. Discussions are lively and thought-provoking!

Mondays, 12:10PM to 1:10PM | FREE | Marcia Ostwind 

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A space for women to share problems and discuss solutions, while building connections and community. New members are always welcome.

History: Mondays, 1:15PM to 2:15PM | $10 | DVD Lectures, Facilitated Conversations 

Music: Tuesdays, 2:00PM to 3:00PM | $10 | DVD Lectures

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Cultural arts classes are taught by University Professors through a series of professionally produced DVDs. Offerings vary and participant-led group discussions often follow DVDs. Specific offerings vary.

Tuesdays, 11 AM to 12 | FREE |
Tom Kranidas, Professor Emeritus Stony Brook University |

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Each session will pose a famous question from a well-known literary text. Tom will provide background on the text before jumping into a group discussion about the social and ethical issues surrounding the question and its potential answers.

Tuesdays, 12:10PM to 1:10PM | FREE | Howard Fischer

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Male members discuss issues that affect their lives — problems they have, resources they need, how they order their lives, physical and mental health issues, friendship, etc.

Tuesdays, 12:35PM to 1:35 | FREE | Laird Whitehill

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The course begins where you are, and is always at your level. The universe is big, really big. Bigger than you imagine. Even bigger than that. The students’ job in this course is to try to imagine the universe as the teacher takes them through it. The universe is a spectacular place, and members tour it, week by week, as they explore the planets, moons, stars, and galaxies — their histories, their stories, their pictures.

MEDITATION: A Universal Tradition
Wednesdays, 10AM-11:15PM  | FREE | Richard Goldberg

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Members practice the art of meditation through silence, relaxation, gentle movement, and conversation. Newcomers are always instructed in the procedure and all questions regarding practice are answered.

Wednesdays, 1PM to 2PM | FREE | Ruth Taller and Arlene Kossoff

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Members read a new article or non-fiction essay each week and come for a stimulating discussion.

Thursdays, 2:15PM to 3:15PM | FREE  | Howard Fischer

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A weekly discussion of topics pertaining to how it FEELS to age. Topics include coping with physical and mental disabilities, financial concerns, loss of loved ones, etc.

Thursdays, 12:30PM to 2:30PM | 4/11, 5/30, 7/8 | FREE  | Howard Fischer

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Each film will be followed by a Q&A.

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Monday, April 8, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019