COURSES - SUMMER 2015
There is no Early Registration. The first chance to register for Summer Courses takes place at the Annual Meeting on April 23. After that, email registration starts at 8:00 AM on Friday, April 24.

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Art, Music, Dance
1) Kumomi - Finding Meaning in Randomness
Kumomi is a mash-up of the Japanese words for clouds and seeing--basically, cloud gazing. As conceived by Karen Elaine, it is a mindful, meditative art-making practice that, used regularly, can improve your overall well-being. Artistic skill is not required to enjoy these benefits. This one session, three-hour class will introduce participants to the practice of Kumomi. There will be a course fee which will provide each participant with a materials kit that will enable his or her on-going practice.

FACILITATOR BIO: Carolyn has a B.A. in Art with additional art studio and art history work at UNM and Stanford University. She still finds that there is a lot for her to learn about drawing... a kind of mindful practice for her and she would love to share it with you.
Facilitator: Carolyn Kane
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $35.00 for materials.
2) Paint the Town!
This course will build on past WILL drawing classes to further explore problems of perspective and learn the essential skill of visual editing. We will meet at a different intersection each week and spread out along a street to capture the many charms of Silver City, using whatever media you choose. NOTE: Must bring your own supplies.

FACILITATOR BIO: Carolyn has a B.A. in Art with additional art studio and art history work at UNM and Stanford University. She still finds that there is a lot for her to learn about drawing...a kind of mindful practice for her and she would love to share it with you.
Facilitator: Carolyn Kane
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
Literature, Film and Theater
3) Katherine Hepburn Films
Katharine Hepburn made her first film in 1933. Over the next 70 years, she was nominated 12 times for Academy Awards, winning 4 times. For this course, we will view 4 of her more well-known movies: The African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Woman of the Year, and Adam's Rib.

FACILITATOR BIO: Doc has taught several WILL classes involving film.
Facilitators: Doc Campbell
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
4) Academy Award Nominated Best Films of 2014
Here is a chance to see 5 of the Academy Award nominated best films of 2014. After watching the film each week, we will have a brief discussion about what made it one of the 8 best films of the year.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jim Huse loves the variety that the Academy Award nominated films offer and finds the experience of having a discussion with other viewers to be very insightful.
Facilitator: Jim Huse
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 5 Sessions: Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
5) Rocks With Wings
Viewing and discussion of the documentary film Rocks with Wings, which is about Jerry Richardson, an African-American, and his experience coaching the (mostly Navajo) girls' basketball team at Shiprock High School. From the film's publicity: this " . . . is an inspirational story about the meaning of winning and losing, set against a complex background of race, heritage and societal expectations."

FACILITATOR BIO: As a recent transplant to the Southwest, Suzanne finds our proximity to the Navajo Reservation to be a spur to try and learn more about Navajo culture and the ways in which it clashes with Anglo culture. She would not be offering expertise so much as an opportunity. Most of her contact with Navajo culture is from reading, or visits to reservation trading posts and the Crownpoint rug auctions. Her mind was further opened by this film; she would expect to learn more from the participants than she could offer them.
Facilitator: Suzanne Thompson
Enrollment Limit: 30 [ WAIT LIST ONLY ]
Date/Time: 1 Session: Monday, August 3, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
Science, Nature & the Outdoors
6) Drought Strategies for Vegetable Gardening
In the Southwest, from Texas to California, the scarcity of water is plainly visible. Drought is not inevitable, it is happening now. Reliable indicators have it continuing for many more years. The return to home garden practices is also inevitable as well as a simple, healthy and wise choice. This class will take a "solutions" approach to growing your own food while using water responsibly, ensuring a more secure future for all of us. This class will also take a "systems" approach to gardening, considering the seasons and crop selections, crop rotation and cover crops. We will discuss the components of gardening: plot size, containers, soil profiles, compost, mulches, plant choices, and yes, watering system and methods. The class style will be very interactive; presentations will make use of visuals; there will be show-and-tell and resource handouts. BRING YOUR PICNIC LUNCH. (Healthy snacks (cookies and apples) for the teacher assures high marks.)

FACILITATOR BIO: George is co-owner of Axle Canyon Ecological Preserve, 28 miles from Silver City. In 2006 work was begun to restore the riparian area of Mulberry Canyon and convert raw southwest soil into a productive garden, sustainably providing seasonal food for two people. George brings nine years of experience to this class.
Facilitator: George Farmer
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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Health and Fitness
7) Pickleball
Pickleball, named for a dog, is played with a paddle and a perforated plastic ball on a badminton-sized court. It combines skills used in tennis, badminton, and table tennis to provide a challenging, yet easy-to-learn game for America. Success comes quickly in pickleball, with many players participating at a fun and competitive level after only a few lessons. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in Senior Olympics.

FACILITATOR BIO: June taught physical education and coached a variety of sports during her professional career. She has also participated in sports and outdoors activities for the majority of her life.
Facilitator: June Decker
Enrollment Limit: 18
Date/Time: 9 Sessions: Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: $3.00 - Pickleballs & paddles from Intramural Gym & 4 badminton nets
8) Tennis for rusty Players
3-session tennis refresher classes for players who have played in the past but are rusty.

FACILITATOR BIO: Coach Bob Benevidez is a long standing member of the community and has taught baseball, basketball, and tennis at the local high schools and at WNMU. He plays senior baseball every year, and currently teaches private or group tennis lessons several times per week. Must commit to all sessions.
Facilitator: Bob Benevidez
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Mondays, June 1, 8 15, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None

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Outdoor Experience
9) Hike Tadpole Ridge
Hike out and back 4 to 5 miles on Tadpole Ridge from Hwy 15. Need hiking gear and plenty of water.

FACILITATOR BIO: June Decker has been involved in teaching and leading outdoor activities for over 30 years. She is a Continental Divide Trail addict, having hiked approximately 150 miles of the trail in southwestern New Mexico. Her philosophy is that hiking should be safe and fun and should not resemble a forced march activity! She is a retired Movement Science professor from WNMU.
Facilitator: June Decker
Enrollment Limit: 12 [ WAIT LIST ONLY ]
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, July 7, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
10) Continental Divide Trail Hike: North of Red Rock Road
This little-travelled section of the Continental Divide Trail offers great views of the Mogollon Mountains as it heads north towards Bullard Peak. Moderate difficulty with some uphill. Need hiking gear and plenty of water.

FACILITATOR BIO: June Decker has been involved in teaching and leading outdoor activities for over 30 years. She is a Continental Divide Trail addict, having hiked approximately 150 miles of the trail in southwestern New Mexico. Her philosophy is that hiking should be safe and fun and should not resemble a forced march activity! She is a retired Movement Science professor from WNMU.
Facilitator: June Decker
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
11) Upper Gila Box Hike to Proposed Diversion Sites
Hike along the Gila River in the Upper Gila Box to the confluence of Turkey Creek. Along the way we will view several proposed river diversion sites as well as proposed tunnels and canals. A great chance to see first-hand what the Interstate Stream Commission is planning to do to our great river and canyon. Total hike is 3 miles round trip. Very scenic! Bring your camera! Moderate difficulty. Expect to walk across the river (if it's low enough) several times; otherwise, to avoid crossing the river some scrambling on rocks may be necessary on a short section. Relatively flat hike in a very scenic area. Drive about 34 miles on paved roads, 2 miles on a gravel road, and 10 miles on a primitive road. Bring shoes you don't mind getting wet, sunscreen and plenty of water.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jeff is a retired GIS Analyst and past leader of WILL Outdoor Experience. He has led numerous hikes for WILL.
Facilitator: Jeff Boyd
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Wednesday, June 17, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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How to and Self-Improvement
12) Hands-on Dutch Oven Cooking
Participate in preparing recipes for a complete lunch. Participants will be provided (or may provide) recipes and shopping lists for their part of the meal. Participants will bring the ingredients and will work with the experts to prepare some wonderful Dutch oven dishes, participate in the charcoal procedure, and generally have fun.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Mickey grew up in Silver City, and Rawlins moved here 20 years ago. They have been involved in Dutch oven cooking for many years and won a 1st place in Desserts and 2nd place Overall in the 3 years they have been competing at the Glenwood Dutch Oven Cook-off.
Facilitators: Rawlins and Mickey Lemon
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: Food costs - less than $7.50 per person
13) ESL at WNMU: How to Share Your Silver City Experience with Others
Want to meet new people and learn more about the world we live in? Students from Mexico and other parts of the world will be attending the WNMU Language Institute this summer. If you have a talent, organization, business, or just want to share a meal, bake some cookies, host a small cookout, we should be able to match you up with some interesting people. The students have many different levels of English speaking abilities and have found Silver City to be a friendly town to live in. You can do as much or as little as you like but if you share your experience and your time with some students you will help them improve their English skills and you will make new friends. This course will give you information about how you can be involved in this wonderful learning experience and also will give you information about the job opportunities that are available to people interested in teaching ESL.

FACILITATOR BIO: Eric Ockerhausen has worked for the WNMU Language Institute and taken Spanish classes from them. He has also taught English in China.
Facilitator: Eric Ockerhausen
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, June 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
14) Brownies, Of Course
Brownies - those delectable bites of chocolate loveliness! But at high altitude they can become gummy, gluey, or dried out if you're not using the right techniques. Join me in making three different types of gourmet brownies. Wear baking-appropriate clothing. Calorie counters beware!

FACILITATOR BIO: Maryanne is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) in NYC. She holds a Grand Diplome' in Classic Pastry Arts.
Facilitator: Maryanne Coppinger
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, July 16, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $4.00 for food & use of church kitchen
15) Facebook and Social Media 101
The social media explosion has connected us closer together as a society. Now you can communicate with your friends and family with just a click of the button. Learn the ins and outs of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (the triad of social media giants). Course includes social media history, creating your accounts, connecting with others, updating/posting, privacy settings and filters. For better, or worse, the technological revolution is picking up speed, so don't be left behind in the dust.

FACILITATOR BIO: Dubbed the "Early Adopter of the Southwest" by a former boss, Milligan was programming computers when a mouse was still only known as a rodent. She was working in the WNMU Computer Lab when the first two Macintosh computers were hooked up to the internet. Though the Lab Director said the internet would never catch on, Milligan knew differently and within six months she helped connect every computer in the lab to the internet. Since then she has worked for the WNMU Mustang newspaper and the Silver City Sun-News, before settling into her role as Assistant Coordinator of the Grant County Community Health Council where she oversees their social media and community efforts. She has taught classes on social media and community connecting to non-profits and individuals, most recently during Silver City Social Media Day.
Facilitator: Kendra Milligan
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
16) Let's Play Poker
Learn the basic of Texas Hold 'em. Class will teach you the skills to play in the Clay Festival Poker Tournament.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Cindy has played in poker tournaments including the Clay Festival Poker Tournament. She is an enthusiastic WILL member who enjoys exploring a variety of topics. Chris Allen has also has played in the Clay Festival Poker Tournament
Facilitators: Cindy Gagnon and Chris Allen
Enrollment Limit: 18
Date/Time: 2 Sessions: Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
17) Recess
Are you tired of always having to learn stuff in WILL classes? Here is your chance to re-experience the other side of school. Let's get together just for fun and games. Bring your favorite game and share it with other like-minded game players.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Jim and Vicki love to play games and long ago realized that it isn't the winning or losing that mattered but just the joy of playing.
Facilitators: Jim Huse and Vicki Johnson
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: 2 Sessions: Thursday, June 18, Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None

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Local Adventures
18) Following the Explorers' Route to Machu Picchu. Explore the Islands of Lake Titicaca
Follow the footsteps of Hiram Bingham III when he discovered Machu Picchu. We will share the experience of a long, spectacular and strenuous hike crossing the entire Vilcabamba mountain range from the Apurimac River to the Urubamba watershed. It is approximately 115km long (72 miles) with almost 6,000m of both ascent and descent with passes up to 4,600m and river crossings as low as 1,450m. Way off the beaten track, we visit Choquequirao, the "Cradle of Gold," an amazingly preserved Inca outpost, comparable in size to Machu Picchu and dramatically located on a promontory nearly 1,700m above the roaring Apurimac River and other minor archeological sites. All only accessible via a tough trek with high passes, perfectly preserved Inca trails and awesome Andean peaks all ending with a spectacular and rarely seen view of Machu Picchu from the top.

FACILITATOR BIO: A retired New York banker, Esperanza moved to the Burro Mountains with her husband 14 years ago and is active as a firefighter, gardener, yoga teacher and avid hiker. She has travelled over the years to many places in the world, culminating with a journey to Spain in 2013 when she hiked the full length of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and, most recently in October 2014, with a hiking trip to Peru.
Facilitator: Esperanza Quintero
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
19) Visit to Glenwood Labyrinths
We will travel to Glenwood to walk the labyrinths at the Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths. We'll have lunch in Alma, and then return to Silver City.

FACILITATOR BIO: Cordelia Rose founded Glenwood Yoga in 2003 and combines the centering and meditative aspects of labyrinths and yoga when teaching. Her first labyrinth was completed in 2002 and now five labyrinths of different designs and the plan of a maze make up Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths. Cordelia has built labyrinths at retreat centers, at museums with Art in Public Places awards, at an international labyrinth conference, and for private clients. She has made short films showing the uses of labyrinths for humans, horses and healing. Renewing interest in equine labyrinths, Cordelia has been leading workshops and riding her horses in her equine labyrinths since 2002.
Facilitator: Cordelia Rose
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
20) Four People, Three boats, Three Rowers and the Queen of Green
A view of the Desolation-Grey stretch of the Green River in eastern Utah from the vantage point of three rafts, three rowers and one "Queen" on an 8-day trip in October 2014. Enjoy the scenery and stories while learning the process to prepare for a private or commercial trip on the Green.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Rich and Mary have been on the Desolation-Grey stretch of the Green River twice. Both trips were private with friends and, on the first trip, young kids. Other local rivers they have rafted or kayaked (inflatables) are the Gila, San Juan and San Francisco.
Facilitators: Mary Stoecker and Rich Bigelow
Enrollment Limit: 40
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, July 30, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
21) NMSU's Chile Institute and Old Mesilla
Back by popular acclaim! The epicenter of international "chiledom," that fiery kingdom which includes both the mild jalapeno and the scorching habanero, is the Chile Institute at New Mexico State University. The institute has developed new varieties of chiles for New Mexico growers, and among its many services is a demonstration garden that includes all the basic types of chiles (except the single type that grows only in the tropics). WILL-ites will journey to the gardens located between Las Cruces and Mesilla and will enjoy a tour while a guide shares lore and hot, hot facts about New Mexico's favorite fruit. Wear head gear, slather on sun block, and take a water bottle because you'll have to walk across a plowed field in the baking Las Cruces sun. Afterwards, you can join the tour at Peppers, on the Mesilla plaza, and dine on chiles rellenos (or any other plato). We'll be back in Silver City around 2:00pm.

FACILITATOR BIO: Cindy is an enthusiastic WILL member who enjoys exploring a variety of topics.
Facilitator: Cindy Gagnon
Enrollment Limit: 18 [ WAIT LIST ONLY ]
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, July 17, 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None, other than cost for lunch
22) California Dreamin' at Vicki's Eatery
Vicki's Eatery will serve a delightful summer meal reflecting the sophisticated, playful, and FRESH cuisine of California. Chef Joseph Ramirez and owner MaryAnn Marlar will interpret California's unique approach to eating with locally grown produce and ingredients based on California's long history of good food. Please indicate at least one week before event if you are vegetarian or have food allergies.

FACILITATOR BIOS: MaryAnn Marlar and husband Gregory Bond purchased Vicki's Eatery in 2004. MaryAnn was introduced to California-eating by her father, a native Californian. She and Greg came to Silver after 20+ years in Northern California.
Facilitators: MaryAnn Marlar and Chef Joseph Ramirez
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, June 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $30. includes gratuity. Because it is a private party, participants may bring their own beer or wine.

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