COURSES - SPRING 2015
December 18, 2014:
WNMU & WILL Office closed for Holidays.
January 6, 2015:
WILL Office resumes normal office hours.
Thursday, January 8, 2015:
WILL Spring Course registration begins at 8 a.m.
Registration WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BEFORE 8 a.m.
MEMBERS: Remember, if you use the phone to register, leave only your name and phone number. Do not leave your course list as our phone can garble your list. All calls will be returned in the order received.
Thursday, January 15, 2015:
Sign-up Social begins at 5 p.m. WNMU, Global Resource Center.

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Art, Music, Dance
1) Garden Stone Mosaic
Participants will learn basic mosaic techniques and concepts while designing their own glass mosaic garden stones.

FACILITATOR BIO: Diana has a BFA from Tyler School of Art and has worked as an artist throughout her life. She opened Leyba & Ingalls Arts in 1996, and prior to moving to Silver City owned Ingalls Fine Craft & Art in Philadelphia. Diana also runs the Youth Mural Program for the Mimbres Region Arts Council. Their artwork is on display all around town and includes many mosaic and painted murals.
Facilitator: Diana Ingalls Leyba
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 3 sessions: Wednesdays, March 25, April 1, 8, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $25.00 for materials.
2) Dyeing with Natural Dyes
We will use yarn and natural dyes like cochineal, black walnut, indigo and osage orange to get colors ranging from reds to pinks, blues to light blues, browns to tans, and yellows to greens. We will also be over-dyeing 2 colors: purple and green, oranges. Each student will get 6 ounces of yarn and can bring up to 1/2 pound of yarn per person.

FACILITATOR BIO: Hosana Eilert is a master weaver who has been weaving for the past 20 years. Her work is primarily in the Rio Grande/Chimayo tradition, and all of her pieces are original creations. She engages in every aspect of the weaving process including designing, carding, spinning, natural dyeing, and weaving.
Facilitator: Hosana Eilert
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Sunday, February 8, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $50.00 for materials. Participants will get 6 ounces of different colored yarn.
3) A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll
A look at American Roots Music using the PBS 2001 series. We will trace the origins of folk, blues, country, gospel, Cajun, Tejano music and more. Each video session runs an hour which will allow for some additional material and ample discussion time.

FACILITATOR BIO: Ron has facilitated (and co-facilitated) a number of music and movie classes for WILL.
Facilitators: Ron Groves
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Wednesdays, February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: none
4) Acoustic Guitar Building
A visit to my workshop for an overview of how an acoustic guitar is made. We will go over the techniques used to bend wood for the guitar sides - inlay and bracing of guitar tops and backs - soundbox assembly - and the neck construction. How humidity affects wood instruments - an especially important topic for instruments here in our dry New Mexican climate - will be covered as well. If you have guitars about which you have questions - bring them along and I will comment on them.

FACILITATOR BIO: Don has built acoustic guitars as a profession for forty years and his instruments have been owned and played by musicians such as Bob Dylan, Bono, and Neil Young.
Facilitator: Don Musser
Enrollment Limit: 6
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday, April 15, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
5) Looking at Drawing with a New Perspective
How to increase depth in your drawings and paintings. We will take a look at one and two point perspective and atmospheric perspective. We will also look into the process of push and pull of color - when different colors placed next to each other create an illusion of depth. Please bring your own pencil and paper to class.

FACILITATOR BIO: Rita was born and raised in Detroit, where she studied advertising art in high school and received a BFA in drawing and painting from Wayne State University. She is finishing a Masters in interdisciplinary studies at WNMU. Rita has worked in the art departments of the Detroit Historical Museum and Wayne State University, and has taught drawing and painting classes in night schools and recreation departments in the Detroit area. Before moving to Silver City, she taught painting and drawing to Ford Motor Co. employees, through the UAW Union, for stress release and relaxation purposes. Her work hangs in churches, homes and businesses from Windsor, Ontario, Canada to California. Landscape painting is her passion, especially the Gila River.
Facilitator: Rita Sherwood
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
6) The Art of 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 18 drawing credits from UNM and still finds that there is a lot to learn about drawing. It's a kind of mindful practice she'd love to share.
Facilitator: Carolyn Kane
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: $35.00 for materials.
Literature, Film and Theater
7) Las Obras de MIguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The course will be conducted in Spanish and is intended for those WILL members who are already relatively proficient in Spanish and wish to practice their language skills. There will be discussions on the life of Cervantes and the Golden Age in Spain and we will cover the entremeses (short plays), a novela ejemplar (short novel) and selected chapters from Don Quixote using a modern translation that is not difficult to read. The works of literature will be used as a basis for vocabulary building and practice using the Spanish language at a high level.

FACILITATOR BIO: Patricia is a retired professor of Spanish and has facilitated Spanish courses for WILL in the past.
Facilitator: Patricia Cano
Enrollment Limit: Minimum 5/Maximum 15
Date/Time: 12 sessions: Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
8) American New Wave, Movies of the Early '70s
There was a short period in American film history just after the general public got sick of the mundane, cloying dramas and comedies of the '60s, but before the studios discovered the lucrative benefits of franchises like Jaws and Star Wars during which the studios could pile sequel upon sequel, rake in merchandise proceeds, and guarantee a steady stream of big money regardless of artistic merit. In that odd little interval, studio executives had no better idea than simply throwing money at talented directors and hoping to get lucky. The result of this brief loosening of the studio chains was a decade of profound filmmaking that many think surpasses anything that came before and everything that's followed.

FACILITATOR BIO: Ron has facilitated (and co-facilitated) a number of music and movie classes for WILL.
Facilitator: Ron Groves
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 6 sessions: Wednesdays, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
9) Films of Sam Peckinpah
David Samuel Peckinpah was a film director who was known for innovative screen work which included explicit depiction of violence and action and is considered a revisionist of Western movies. Though he abhorred actual violence, he wanted to portray the conflict between ideals and values of human character. Known as "Bloody Sam," he was famous for his battling the studio and his film crews. The series will include some lesser known films such as Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Straw Dogs and The Wild Bunch.

FACILITATOR BIO: Ted is a film lover and facilitator of numerous WILL film classes.
Facilitator: Ted Presler
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 5 Sessions: Tuesdays, February 3, 17, March 3, 17, 31, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
10) Meet Jason Bourne
Don't forget to look over your shoulder. Jason Bourne is out there. We'll watch the Jason Bourne trilogy, based on Robert Ludlum's masterful novels. Matt Damon nails Jason on the big screen, in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. A refresher: Jason Bourne, a product of "The Program," has super-human abilities, but is not a super-hero. The 3 movies show him dealing with his amnesia, using his wits and physicality to foil the bad? good? guys and chasing around the globe in exotic locales. Oh, and we get plenty of explosions, car chases and fight scenes. And a back love story (sort of). Each of the 3 classes screens a movie (in chronological order) and follows up with extra bits, such as how to stage a fight scene or how to pick "on location" locations. Bring the popcorn and we'll have a gripping time, following the ever-surprising Jason.

FACILITATOR BIO: Liz Mikols never went to film school, never took a film class in college and still can't remember what a best boy does. But ever since she saw Dr. No (the 1st James Bond movie), she got hooked on "smart" action/spy/thriller movies. "By chance, I picked up The Bourne Identity in a $5 DVD bin. I was astounded by the cinematography, the action, the character portrayals, and the entire craft of the movie. I then bought the other two DVDs and now want to share them with my fellow WILLians."
Facilitator: Liz Mikols
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Wednesdays, January 28, February 4, 11, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: none
11) Dracula: A Novel You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
First published in 1897, Dracula is one of the most successful books every written. It has infiltrated our culture through innumerable spin-offs in the movies and on TV. But few have read this classic tale of horror that still has the power to terrorize the reader. The novel is also surprisingly high-tech for its day. Plus it matches any present day thriller. Although not a single movie version is true to the story, various film clips will be shown. But be warned - do not read this story at night.

FACILITATOR BIO: Frost teaches the Shakespeare classes for WILL, along with other classics of literature. She was attracted to this book by how good it was for the time period even though now it is dismissed by critics.
Facilitator: Frost McGahey
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
12) Atomic Kaleidoscope
One world ended and another began. Some physics. Some history. Some biography. Some fiction. All New Mexico: White Sands and Los Alamos. With any luck, by bits and pieces, we'll emerge with a completed picture of the time, the people, the problem, the place. Participants will please read The Wives of Los Alamos. We'll have handouts from American Prometheus, from Trinity, from The Woman at Otowi Crossing and Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman.

FACILITATOR BIO: Tom got A's in introductory chemistry. He believes that anyone who has read Charles Bowden's Trinity would want to assemble a course like this. He has read Trinity.
Facilitator: Tom Hester
Enrollment Limit: 16
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Tuesdays, April 21, May 5, 12, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
13) Minds At War
Based on David Roberts' collection of War Poetry, this course will review and discuss some of the classic British poets of World War I. In particular we will read works by Vera Brittain, Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Katharine Tynan, Muriel Stuart and Wilfred Owen. The pertinent history of the War will be discussed.

FACILITATOR BIO: Doc Campbell has been with WILL since its inception and has facilitated many classes over the years. She has been on the Curriculum Committee for some years and admires all who volunteer for WILL. Doc has an MA and a Ph.D. in History, and her particular interests are in history, health, spirituality and Sherlock Holmes.
Facilitator: Doc Campbell
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
14) A Biographer's Journey: Some Ideas and Experiences
Ron began writing biographies doing 1000-word sketches for newspaper wire services, a capital daily, a university magazine and Sunday supplements about politicians, athletes and literary figures, including Michael Shaara, Pulitzer Prize winner of The Killer Angels. His works include a family history called The Bursums of New Mexico, a group biography of 50 New Mexicans entitled New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures and a standard biography of former Silver City Episcopal clergyman Ross Calvin, author of Sky Determines. His next project will blend fact and fiction on pioneering early 20th century cartoonist Harry Palmer. He holds three degrees in journalism and English, including a Ph.D. from Texas A & M, all of which he concedes probably don't help all that much. A strong sense of curiosity and knowing what questions to ask are much better substitutes.

FACILITATOR BIO: Ron Hamm is a retired professor of English at WNMU. He has written several biographies.
Facilitator: Ron Hamm
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 Session: Monday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: None

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History and Current Affairs
15) The Repatriation and Deportation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the 1930's
During the depression era, Mexican workers and families in the U.S. (along with their American born citizen children) were subjected to wholesale punitive measures by the American public, business, and government in the belief that they were depriving "Americans" from jobs that could help end the depression. Jobs were taken away, harsh laws were passed, and mass deportation roundups and repatriation drives were instituted. Between 500,000 to 1,000,000 Mexicans and Mexican-Americans went back or were sent back to Mexico between 1929 and 1939. We will focus on why and how this happened, who was involved, and why it is never mentioned in our history books. The U.S. government has never apologized for this event in our history.

FACILITATOR BIO: Melvyn has a B.A. in history from the University of New Mexico and is a retired New Mexico Public Health Nurse.
Facilitator: Melvyn Gelb
Enrollment Limit: 40
Date/Time: 1 Session: Wednesday, March 18, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
16) Billy the Kid and the Art of Studying History
This class will provide a comprehensive examination of the life and legend of Billy the Kid, the most famous person to live in Silver City. The Kid's biography has been a topic of numerous dime novels, movies, television shows, books, and even a ballet. He has co-starred with characters, both real and fictional, from Jesse James and John Chisum to Donald Duck and Dracula. His biography has also inspired countless novelists, poets, songwriters, and artists to create works of art exploring the timeless story of a boy living on the wrong side of the law. In examining the process of how history is written and how historians know what they know, students in this class will look at the ever-changing myth of Billy the Kid and discover what it reveals about changes in American culture. Special attention will be paid to the importance of Silver City in the creation of the Kid's myth.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jim Smith is a former history teacher who has been recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the National Teachers' Hall of Fame. In his current profession as an education consultant, he leads workshops on how to teach history and writing. He has made presentations throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. His recent online class for Rice University titled "The Art of Teaching History" reached over 5,000 students from 130 nations. A routine component of Jim's presentations is his use of the life and legend of Billy the Kid to explain the process of how history is written. Jim is the author of numerous articles and three books, including Catherine's Son, a novel based on Billy the Kid's life in Silver City.
Facilitator: Jim Smith
Enrollment Limit: 50
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Wednesdays, January 21, 28, February 4, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: $5.00 to cover cost of the book.
17) History of Ft. Webster II, Mimbres, New Mexico
A discussion about the second Fort Webster located in the Mimbres from 1852-1853. There will be artifacts set up for viewing. Questions, answers and further discussion will follow the viewing of a DVD.

FACILITATOR BIO: Anthony Romero is a retired school administrator who enjoys local history. He is a long-time local resident and his other WILL courses included The Janos Trail from Santa Rita to Janos, Mexico.
Facilitator: Anthony Romero
Enrollment Limit: 24
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, January 22, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
18) Tour of Churches in The Mining District
This will be an off-site course where students will go on a bus tour of three historical churches found in the mining district, St Mary's Theotokis in Hanover, St Anthony's in Fierro, and a 3rd church TBD. Students will travel to each church where they will disembark and hear a docent explain each church's history and significance in the community. St Mary's, as it is built into the side of a hill, has stair steps and uneven ground thus NOT wheelchair accessible.

FACILITATOR BIO: Becky has lived in the mining district for ten years, surrounded by the rich historical, geological, and cultural offerings found there.
Facilitator: Becky Shumway
Enrollment Limit: 26 Maximum/10 Minimum
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: TBD
Fee: $5.00 to cover cost of Corre Caminos van.
19) Mine Tour
Ride in a comfortable Corre Caminos van along Highway 356 in the mining district with interpretive stops along the way to the Santa Rita pit overlook. View and discuss the last of the remaining old mineshaft head frames in the mining communities of Bayard, Vanadium and Hanover. See the Empire Zinc mineshaft head frame that inspired the infamous 1951 strike and resulting 1954 documentary, Salt of the Earth, the only film banned by the U.S. Government. Your guide will be Terry Humble, a native Grant Countian whose father also worked the mines of Grant County. Terry is a retired Santa Rita Mine mechanic, and a local historian who's co-written two books about this area's mining. Come along as he discusses the fascinating history of the most productive mining area in the entire state of New Mexico. of the inscrutable cartoons.

FACILITATOR BIO: Born in Santa Rita, Terry is a lifelong resident of the Grant County mining district. In addition to being a local historian, he is a published author and winner of the 2010 Rodman Paul Mining History Award. Terry retired from Phelps-Dodge in 2000 as a mine mechanic.
Facilitator: Terry Humble
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $5.00 to cover cost of Corre Caminos van.
20) Ibn Khaldun: The First Social Scientist
Ibn Khaldun was a 14th century scholar, judge, diplomat, teacher, politician, theologian and government official who lived and worked all around the Mediterranean Sea. At the age of 43 he sought refuge from political enemies with a Berber tribe in the south of Algeria. In his 3 years there he began one of his major works, titled Universal History. In his refuge, he wrote the 1st of the 7 sections of his Universal History, the Introduction (Muqaddimah). The Mugaddimah introduced new tools for the study of history including what we would now call sociology, political science, climatology and economics. The history of the U.S.A. in the 21st Century would fit perfectly in Ibn Khaldun's theory of the rise and fall of states and dynasties. Arnold Toynbee, considered to be the most eminent historian of his time (mid-20th century), wrote that the Muqaddimah was "...undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever been created by any mind." We will read and discuss short sections of the Muqaddimah in class.

FACILITATOR BIO: John's Ph.D. studies concentrated on Middle Eastern history. He has taught courses on the Middle East at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. John was trained as an historian at Carleton College, the Universities of Montana, Iowa, UCLA and Utah. He read a review of the Rosenthal translation of the Muqaddimah in 1959 that led him to buy all three volumes of that work and to change his field of history from the Ancient and Medieval periods to Middle Eastern history.
Facilitator: John Lawson
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Thursdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: None

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Science and Nature
21) Birding in the Chiricahua Mountains
The confluence of four ecosystems makes the east side of the Chiricahua Mountain Range one of the best birding spots in the US. Cave Creek, South Fork, Southwest Research Station, George Walker House and other birding hot spots located near Portal, AZ are just some of the locations we'll visit in search of the rarer tropical birds that come to this area. There may be walks of up to a 1.5 miles round trip to get to some birding areas. Good walking/hiking shoes are recommended. Birding will conclude at about 2:00 p.m. (AZ time). There might be an option for a catered lunch at the George Walker House; this will be optional. There are B & B's in the area as well as camping (see note below) for those wishing to come down the night before. Participants that do come down the night before will have an opportunity to do some owling. (NOTE: On September 17-19, 2014 heavy rains in the Chiricahua Mt. Range caused severe flooding in the lower portion of Cave Creek Canyon, washing out roads and infrastructure. Currently, all campgrounds in the lower canyon are closed to all human entry. South Fork, the main birding area, is closed to automobiles. A final decision will be made in early May if this trip can go ahead or will be cancelled.)

FACILITATOR BIO: Karen has a BSc from Colorado State University in Zoology. One of her main hobbies and interests is bird watching and attracting birds to her yard. She enjoys sharing her love of birds with other bird enthusiasts. She has led many birding outings and is very familiar with the area. She also has contacts in the area so can find out what rare birds are there and where to find them.
Facilitator: Karen Beckenbach
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 1 Session: Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (all times AZ time)
Location: TBD
Fee: TBD
22) Rio Grande Winter Migratory Birding Outing
The Rio Grande and wetlands between west El Paso and Mesilla are a significant stopover location for winter birds. Several species of ducks, gulls, cormorants, heron, egrets, wading, and shore birds populate this area in great numbers. This is a good introduction to anyone interested in seeing migratory water birds on their wintering grounds. It takes about 3 hours to get to the first wetland. There is minimal walking. At any one location there would be about half a mile walk, all on level ground.

FACILITATOR BIO: Karen has a BSc from Colorado State University in Zoology. One of her main hobbies and interests is bird watching and attracting birds to her yard. She enjoys sharing her love of birds with other bird enthusiasts. She has led many birding outings and is very familiar with the area. She also has contacts in the area so can find out what rare birds are there and where to find them.
Facilitator: Karen Beckenbach
Enrollment Limit: 17
Date/Time: 1 Session: Monday, February 2, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Note: Carpooling is mandatory due to limited parking.
Fee: None
23) Science in Fiction: A Cure for Aging?
The Postmortal, by Drew Magary, is written in the form of blog posts and tells the story of a man who takes a newly discovered "cure" for aging in the year 2019. In this one-session course we will discuss the moral and ethical questions raised in this work of fiction: questions about overpopulation, adverse environmental effects, immortality, interpersonal relationships, and income inequality. Some of the biological causes of aging and the real possibility of such a "cure" will also be discussed. Although encouraged, reading The Postmortal prior to the course meeting is optional.

FACILITATOR BIO: Lynn Haugen is an Associate Professor of Biology in the Natural Sciences Department at Western New Mexico University.
Facilitator: Lynn Haugen
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 Session: Monday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
24) The Plants that Surround Us: How Can I Get to Know Them?
This is a basic course in becoming familiar with some of the native woody plants of Grant County. Students will learn enough basic botany to determine the common and scientific names of some of those species that occur in their environment. Some attention will be given to selecting those species appropriate for personal lawns and gardens. Students should bring to class the literature they normally use to identify plants. Two woody plant identification books will be available during the class.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jack became aware of the flora that surrounded him on 10 acres of Kansas pasture at about age 12. His enthusiasm for the flora of planet earth has been continuous for over 70 years. He considers plants to be the most important organisms on earth. His personal research has centered on plant evolution and geography. Most of the waking hours of his life have been devoted to the study of natural history and the environment.
Facilitator: Jack Carter
Enrollment Limit: CANCELLED
Date/Time:
Location:
Fee: None
25) Silver City: A Natural History of Place
What did Silver City look like when indigenous peoples lived in the area and before Hispanic and Anglo settlement? What are the factors that shaped the present day landscape of Silver City? How will climate change influence our environment and in turn the plant, animal and human communities in our corner of New Mexico? This overview of the natural history of Silver City will examine the geology, hydrology, ecology and cultural history of Silver City and its watershed. A classroom presentation will present an overview and two field trips will provide a basis for reading and understanding the landscape.

FACILITATOR BIO: Allyson Siwik is the director of the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), a non-profit environmental organization that promotes community health by protecting the environment and natural resources in southwestern New Mexico. She also serves as the director of the Gila Conservation Coalition, a partnership of three conservation organizations -- GRIP, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance and the Center for Biological Diversity -- that works to protect the free flow of the Gila River, New Mexico's last wild river. Ms. Siwik graduated with a BA in biology from Colby College in Waterville, ME and a Master of Environmental Management in Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University School of the Environment. She will be joined by various experts in the classroom session and field trips.
Facilitator: Allyson Siwik and special guest Peter Russell
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Saturdays May 9, 16 (Fieldtrips), 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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Health and Fitness
26) Beginning 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.

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: 12 Sessions: Mondays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: $3.00 for use of equipment.
27) Intermediate Pickleball
This class is a continuation of the beginning pickleball class and will emphasize improvement of basic skills and attainment of new skills and strategies.

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: 12 Sessions: Mondays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: $3.00 for use of equipment.
28) Pickleball Mania
This course is for those who absolutely can't survive without playing pickleball, but are beyond the intermediate level. Game situations and game play will be emphasized.

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: 12 Sessions: Mondays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: $3.00 for use of equipment.
29) Back to the Bowling Alley
At the Silver City Bowling Alley get some basic instructions from the owner about ball selection, how to properly address the lane, and where to place the ball on the lane. Then enjoy taking your turn at the best score you can get in 3 sessions over 3 weeks. The kitchen at the bowling alley turns out some great burgers and other food, so we can order our lunch while playing and eat after bowling.

FACILITATOR BIO: Doug is an experienced WILL leader.
Facilitator: Doug Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Wednesdays, March 18, 25, April 1, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: TBD
Fee: $15.00 ($5.00 per session) for use of facility and equipment.
30) Get Fit Seniors Beginning
Be part of an ongoing project between WILL and Get Fit Western/WNMU Kinesiology Department! Participants will have an initial evaluation session, a work-out program will be designed specifically for each person to meet his or her goals, and there will be regular follow-up to evaluate how it is working. Must be willing to attend all 12 sessions.

FACILITATOR: WNMU Kinesiology Department
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 12 Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, April 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
31) Get Fit Seniors Intermediate
Be part of an ongoing project between WILL and Get Fit Western/WNMU Kinesiology Department! Participants will have an initial evaluation session, a work-out program will be designed specifically for each person to meet his or her goals, and there will be regular follow-up to evaluate how it is working. Must have completed Get Fit Seniors Beginning or have permission of the instructor. Must be willing to attend all 12 sessions.

FACILITATOR: WNMU Kinesiology Department
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 12 Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 27, 29, February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, March 3, 5, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
32) Feldenkrais
Want to feel better and move better? Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons consist of verbally directed, sophisticated movement sequences designed to create the conditions for improved functioning. Sensory-motor activity is used to free us from habitual patterns and allow for new patterns of thinking, moving, and feeling. The lessons involve tremendous variety, helping to make the learning intriguing and enjoyable.

FACILITATOR BIO: Dixie has been involved with the Feldenkrais Method since 1988. She became a certified practitioner in l996 and has been in practice since then in a physical therapy setting, Mercy Hospital's Integrative Services, and private practice. She became certified in Bones for Life in 2005 which is based on the Feldenkrais Method. Her enthusiasm for both modalities has remained consistently high since her first exposure to them.
Facilitator: Dixie Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 22
Date/Time: 6 Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 27, 29, February 3, 5, 10, 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
33) Fall Proof
This course is designed to increase balance and decrease the probability of injury-causing falls. Participants will complete a circuit of activities to improve strength, flexibility and balance. Tennis shoes required.

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: 12
Date/Time: 6 Sessions: Thursdays, January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
34) Racquetball
Racquetball history, rules, equipment and strategy will be presented followed by warmups, practice and play. Players should be in good health. Come to class wearing court shoes, protective eyewear, racquetball equipment, and be ready to play racquetball.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Fred and Joe are experienced Racquetball players.
Facilitators: Joe Wlosinski and Fred Grahn
Enrollment Limit: 6
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Mondays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None

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Outdoor Experience
35) Table Top Mountain Hike
Carpool from Visitor Center at 8:30. Hike to the top of Table Top Mountain in the City of Rocks State Park. The hike, rated moderately strenuous, is about 4 miles round trip, with 500 feet of elevation gain. Beautiful 360 degree views from the top, with great rocks to sit on while eating lunch. There are picnic tables in the park if you prefer to sit on a bench while you eat instead of at the top of the mountain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring a hat, at least 1 quart of water, snacks or lunch, and a jacket (the mountain top can be windy). A small museum describes the geology and ecology of the area. The drive is 35 miles one-way from Silver City.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Jeff has led many hikes for WILL.
Facilitator: Jeff Boyd
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $5.00 entrance fee per vehicle.
36) Hike It, Bike It, Ride It, Repair It... Trail Maintenance
If you use the trails around Silver City, learn how to help keep them in shape. Learn proper techniques for trimming and trail maintenance. One classroom lecture and two field trips will get you started. Have fun and enjoy the trails, stay in shape and meet new people. You must be in good physical shape and be able to perform required tasks. Some hiking and physical activity will be involved. Tools will be provided for field trips.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Richard and Carol have volunteered to help build sections of the Continental Divide Trail around Silver City working under the direction of the Forest Service. They also help maintain 25 miles of the CDT from Burro Mountain north close to Hwy 180. Richard and Carol helped maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail and several local trails in the Hampton Roads area of VA.
Facilitators: Richard and Carol Martin
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Wednesdays, February 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, February 18, 25 (Fieldtrips), 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
37) Pony Hills/Frying Pan Canyon Petroglyph Exploration
Students will explore the petroglyphs in two different areas south of Cook's Peak near Deming. First, the class will view the petroglyphs in the Pony Hill area and then drive to a nearby parking area where we can access Frying Pan Canyon. We will hike about 1.5 miles into the canyon to explore the petroglyphs there and have lunch. During lunch a discussion of sites and the area history will ensue.

FACILITATOR BIOS: The Edmunds live in Deming and have extensive knowledge of the area.
Facilitators: Peter and Polly Edmunds, Dom Bassi
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, April 16, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
38) Two Hike Field Trip
Two nearby hikes that offer great views. The Silver City Range offers fine hiking opportunities a short distance from town. We will do two short hikes, McComas Peak (3 miles round trip, 700 feet elevation gain), and Little Bear Mountain (2 miles round trip, 350 feet elevation gain). McComas Peak has a trail we will follow, Little Bear Mountain has a primitive 2 track road to hike. McComas is rated moderately strenuous, Little Bear Mountain is moderate. Drive 8.5 miles from the Silver City Visitor Center, about 4 miles is on a dirt road accessible by passenger car.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jeff has led many hikes for WILL.
Facilitator: Jeff Boyd
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
39) Fort Bowie Hike and Ranger Tour
Join us for a ranger-led hike in the unique and beautiful Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The hike of 3+ miles will take us through the history of the bitter conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. Military. Note: this is not a walk, the terrain is uneven and rocky and there is an elevation gain of 200 plus feet. Bring snacks, lunch, hat, and water.

FACILITATOR BIO: Cindy is an avid outdoors person who enjoys nature and hiking. Cindy has participated and shepherded numerous WILL sponsored hikes.
Facilitator: Cindy Gagnon
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, February 27, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
40) Hiking for Beginners
Hiking for Beginners is designed to introduce participants to hiking for exercise and enjoyment. Topics included are trail safety, equipment, and the Silver City area trail system. Each class period will include a hike, the length of which will be determined by the abilities of the participants. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven ground for a minimum of two miles.

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: 12
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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How to and Self-Improvement
41) Round the World in a Meal: Hawaii
The participants will make either an appetizer, salad, main course, or dessert, then meet in a central location to enjoy each other's creation and company. In order to accommodate all members, if a participant wishes to include meat in a dish, s/he must also make a vegetarian version. Participants should bring information on some aspect of the culture, eating habits, ingredients, etc., of the location in which we are dining. Email will be sent out to participants 2 weeks before with instructions and recipes.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Karen Murphy has been around the world herself, sampling and/or cooking delicious foods from the Far East, the Middle East, Australia, the U.K., Western Europe, Canada, and Mexico.

Doc Campbell has been with WILL since its inception and has facilitated many classes over the years. She has been on the Curriculum Committee for some years and admires all who volunteer for WILL. Doc has a MA and PhD in History and her particular interests are in history, health, spirituality and Sherlock Holmes.
Facilitators: Karen Murphy and Doc Campbell
Enrollment Limit: 10 Maximum/5 Minimum
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, February 6, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $1.00 for the use of the kitchen
42) Natal Astrology - Nuts and Bolts
In this series of six 90-minute presentations, Matthew introduces the foundations of astrology. Though often misrepresented in mainstream media, astrology is an art, a science, and a powerful tool for conscious living. These interactive discussions will explore what astrology is, what it isn't, and why it works. We will also delve into the building blocks of astrology, so that anyone can have a deeper understanding of their own astrological imprint starting from the ground up. Topics covered will include the relationship of astronomy and astrology, the construction of the natal chart (i.e., horoscope), the planets, the elements, the qualities, and the archetypes. These presentations are suitable for anyone with an interest in astrology. No previous knowledge of astronomy or astrology is necessary. Registrants are asked to provide their birth data (date, time, and city) prior to the start of the first class, so that we can use their natal charts as examples during class.

FACILITATOR BIO: Matthew is a Certified Shamanic Astrologer with a variety of experiences as teacher, instructor and mentor in astrology, as well as in previous professional incarnations (engineer and massage therapist).
Facilitator: Matthew James
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 6 Sessions: Mondays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
43) Joy (and Pitfalls) of Travel in Spain and France
Recent travels in France and Spain complete with preparation advice, historical vignettes, recipes, and home movies (or maybe slides). Jeff and Allison Boyd spent 9 weeks in Spain and France while Pam Bryant and Ron Groves spent 6 weeks in Spain this past spring. Although all too familiar with each other in Silver City, they managed to avoid running into each other while abroad. Until now! Come and let us share our experiences.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Ron, along with his partner Pam Bryant, has been an enthusiastic traveler in various parts of the world. Together they walked the walk and talked the talk (driving was a bit more difficult than walking and the talk was just so much gibberish to our hosts).

Jeff is a long time contributor to WILL.
Facilitators: Ron Groves and Jeff Boyd
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 2 Sessions: Thursdays, February 19, 26, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
44) Guide to Understanding Beer Using All of Your Senses
Ever wonder what makes a stout a stout or what exactly an IPA is? Well join us for an evening with our local brew masters from Little Toad Creek for answers that your mind and taste buds will understand. Not only will you get the Periodic Chart of Brewing explanation, but you will get to taste the end results. You will also be able to sample some of their delicious accompaniments.

FACILITATOR BIO: Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery is a craft producer of beer and spirits.
Facilitator: Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 Session: Monday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $12.00 for tastings
45) Guarding Against Scams and Identity Theft
The latest scams and forms of identity theft will be presented along with methods to lower your chances of becoming a victim.

FACILITATOR BIO: Joe has been collecting information on these topics for over six years.
Facilitator: Joe Wlosinski
Enrollment Limit: 40
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, May 1, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
46) Laughter Yoga or Hohohahah!
Learn about the many health benefits of laughter. Experience laughter yoga and learn the secret signal that shows you have experienced laughter yoga. Suitable for all activity levels. Laughter yoga involves lots of laughing, breathing and clapping. There are no jokes. Only kidding! No really, there are no jokes, and sometimes not even any talking. Intrigued yet? Come join us and find out more!

FACILITATOR BIOS: Rebecca and Mary Ann are certified laughter yoga leaders and laughter wellness instructors. They both lead laughter club sessions locally and nationwide and they get a big kick out of themselves.
Facilitators: Rebecca Summer and Mary Ann Finn
Enrollment Limit: 22
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 28, 30, May 5, 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
47) Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
This hands-on course is for absolute beginners who have an interest in learning small-scale backyard hobby beekeeping. The course will include: introduction to the history and practices of beekeeping (apiculture); hands-on introduction to beekeeping equipment, and how to acquire your own; introduction to the biology, life cycle, and behavior of domesticated honeybees; how to inspect a living beehive, what to look for, and how to interpret it; the hobby beekeeper's calendar of seasonal tasks (care, maintenance, and harvest); common problems / challenges of beekeeping, and how to solve them. Those who are interested in getting up-close to inspect and observe living beehives will have an opportunity to do so each week of the course; beehives are located within 2 blocks of the WNMU campus in a residential neighborhood with easy access. The instructor has a couple of spare veils to loan out, and will provide instructions on what else to wear during hive work and inspections. You may also purchase your own veil through any beekeeper's supply house. Participants cannot have known allergy to bee stings.

FACILITATOR BIO: Manda Clair Jost teaches Entomology at WNMU, and is a hobby beekeeper herself.
Facilitator: Manda Clair Jost
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 5 Sessions: Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
48) Cooking Mexican-Sytle Street Vending Food
Mexican street vending and cooking styles in local restaurant menus and how to integrate them.

FACILITATOR BIO: Simon is owner and operator of El Gallo Pinto Grill and Restaurant in Silver City.
Facilitator: Simon Ortiz
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, March 24, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $5.00 for food.
49) International Tips for Travel
This "skype" presentation will focus on immunization recommendations (in general, not for a specific country); when shots should be started, how long immunity lasts, where to go for shots, food and water precautions, traveler's diarrhea, and malaria. All immunization recommendations are current from Shoreland Travax, a website that provides continuously updated information for each country using resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and other global authorities.

FACILITATOR BIO: In conjunction with the Medical Director (Dr. Benj Diven), Carol oversees the travel immunization clinic at the NMSU Campus Health Center which is the designated "travel" clinic site for our area. Carol Nevarez has been the Nurse Supervisor at NMSU Campus Health Center since 2008. She is a registered nurse and has a baccalaureate degree in nursing and holds a MBA. She has been employed at NMSU since 2004.
Facilitator: Carol Nevarez
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 1 Session: Wednesday, February 18, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fees: None
50) Windows Fundamentals
In this course, your instructor will guide you through the fundamentals of Windows in a relaxed, friendly environment so that you can learn the basic functions of a PC, including internet web browsing, emailing, basic word processing (including creating files, saving, and printing), and the basics of file organization. During the course, you will also have the opportunity to request a topic to be covered and we will cover as many as we can (time permitting). This course will take place in a computer lab so that each participant will have access to a computer.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jonathan Dockstader is currently employed at WNMU as a Programmer Analyst and has been working at WNMU since 1999. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and has a passion for technology. He enjoys designing and building computers from spare parts, and is currently interested in developing programs for smart phones. He has an advanced knowledge of the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems; however, he prefers to work with Windows on his home and office computers. Previous to his current position, he worked for 10 years in the WNMU computer labs helping and instructing students of all ages on both Windows and Apple/Mac computers.
Facilitator: Jon Dockstader
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 4 Sessions: Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
51) What Exactly Is It? What Exactly Can It Do? Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, Etc.
Abe will walk us through the various "wonderful" technology options available to us to help us determine whether or not we want to own one or not, and how to decide which one if we do.

FACILITATOR BIO: Abe is employed at Western New Mexico University where he has served as the Director of Communications since 2008. Abe's background in the news media is an advantage to WNMU as he seeks to tell the institution's story in various forms of new and traditional media. Abe has been successful in building relationships with news media throughout the southwestern United States. In addition, he spearheads and oversees the branding, marketing, communication and social media efforts for WNMU.
Facilitator: Abe Villarreal
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: WMNU
Fee: None
52) Energy Saving Tips For The Home
Learn ways to save energy at home and live more simply. Subjects include how to save on lighting, hot water, heating, water usage, insulation rebates, passive solar and more.

FACILITATOR BIO: Mike has built and lived in an off the grid passive solar adobe house with integral greenhouse. Currently working for the Silver City Office of Sustainability as Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Specialist.
Facilitator: Mike Sauber
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 1 Session: Thursday, February 5, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
53) Dancing With The Tarot
This class will help participants develop a deeper understanding of some Major Arcana; develop skills in creating their own spreads and layouts; and cover energetics, intuition, and more advanced reading practices. Participants should have some experience with the Tarot - including a basic familiarity with the Major and Minor Arcana, and some experience with doing spreads and giving readings. Some tarot decks are easier to work with than others. Even though this is an intermediate class, working with more easily-read imagery will make it more fun and useful. Therefore, participants must bring their deck to class and procure their deck from one of the following three: Rider-Waite Tarot deck (probably the most common deck used in the US, originally published in 1910. Any book that you read about the Tarot likely references and uses the images from this deck), Morgan-Greer Tarot deck (my favorite deck from the 1970's. This rework of the earlier Rider-Waite deck has lovely images), or Robin Wood Tarot deck (this deck has continued to gain popularity among earth-centered-spirit users. The art is vibrant.)

FACILITATOR BIO: Linda has worked with the Tarot as a process of personal revelation and as a spur for creative thinking for close to 40 years. She is an experienced teacher, with over 20 years of formal classroom experience at the university level.
Facilitator: Linda Aiman-Smith
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Fridays, February 6, 13, 20, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None
54) Astrology Discussion
More practice reading and interpreting charts. We will look at the progressed chart in relation to the natal chart for clues about where we have been and the directions in which we are evolving. We can also take some time to talk about the charts of some well know people to illustrate how their astrology expresses in their lives.

FACILITATOR BIO: Don has studied astrology for 20 + years. His studies have included work with an advanced professional astrologer - Dawn Bodrogi - on the progressed chart and synastry, and relationship issues. He hosts a biweekly discussion group which delves into self, making use of astrological symbolism to facilitate awareness.
Facilitator: Don Musser
Enrollment Limit: 8
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Thursdays, March 19, 26, April 9, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
55) End of Life Choices and Options
Growing up we are taught to have goals for our life and to make plans for achieving them. An area not included in this is the planning and preparation for our life's end and how we want that experience to be for ourselves and our loved ones. The difficulty in contemplating this reality often leads us to prefer the Scarlett O'Hara approach: "I'll think about it tomorrow" or not at all, abdicating our empowering birthright of choice, and opting, by default, for just letting "nature take its course." In this course we will be looking at many facets and issues involved in addressing our mortality. These options will address financial, care and treatment, family involvement and impact, life remembrance and celebration, saying good-bye, and the grieving process. I: Options & Choices in End of Life Care; II: Advance Directives; III: How do I talk to... spouse, children, physician, family, etc.; IV: Legislative & Legal Issues & Actions.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Kelduyn has a Ph.D. and D.Div. and has been a transpersonal Body Mind therapist, trainer and consultant for over 40 years. She has held the position of associate and/or adjunct professor in colleges and universities throughout the US and in Southeast Asia. She has consulted and trained nationally and internationally. She has worked extensively supporting people in Birthing In, Birthing Within and Birthing Out, in providing geriatric mental and behavioral health services, and in addressing major life transitions. In additional to her professional experiences, she has had her own personal experiences with death and dying, and end of life choices that have strengthened her advocacy for people's right to choose and prepare for a passing ["birthing out"] that is peaceful and loving, with dignity and honor.

Adrienne Dare, Ph.D., is a retired university professor who has been a resident of Silver City for the last 27 years. In 2002 she traveled to Oregon to be with her mother, who was able to take advantage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and physician aid in dying, and by doing so was in charge of her own dying process and circumstances. Since then Adrienne has been passionate about a person's right to comfort, calm and choice at the end of life, with physician aid in dying being one of those choices. Currently, she is a member of the Executive Council of the New Mexico Compassion and Choices organization.
Facilitators: Kelduyn Garland and Adrienne Dare
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 5 Sessions: Thursdays, March 5, 19, 26, April 16, 23, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
56) Chakras 101
What are chakras? Are they real? How do they affect our day-to-day living? Basic principles and teachings will be shared, with a short experiential using guided meditation in order to balance and clear each chakra center.

FACILITATOR BIO: Madonna has a Ph.D. in Hypnotherapy, a BA in Holistic Studies, and is an NATH Certified Hypnotherapy School/Trainer in all levels of hypnosis and hypnotherapy/regression. She is the author of two books, the creator of many self-hypnosis and meditation CD's and the Be in Love Oracle Deck. She facilitates all levels of Spiritual and Psychic/Intuition Development classes and workshops. Madonna is passionate about empowering people to live fully and remember their Divine Selves.
Facilitator: Madonna Kettler
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 1 Session: Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
57) Self-Hypnosis and Regression Hypnotherapy
All about what self-hypnosis is and is not, and how it can help us in our everyday life. The difference between clinical hypnosis and regression/hypnotherapy. What is a suggestion vs. an affirmation? Experientials in both sessions. Wear comfortable clothing and if desired, bring a blanket and pillow for the experiential.

FACILITATOR BIO: Madonna has a Ph.D. in Hypnotherapy, a BA in Holistic Studies, and is an NATH Certified Hypnotherapy School/Trainer in all levels of hypnosis and Hypnotherapy/Regression. She is the author of two books, the creator of many self-hypnosis and meditation CD's and the Be in Love Oracle Deck. She facilitates all levels of Spiritual and Psychic/Intuition Development classes and workshops. Madonna is passionate about empowering people to live fully and remember their Divine Selves.
Facilitator: Madonna Kettler
Enrollment Limit: 35
Date/Time: 2 Sessions: Fridays, January 30, February 6, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: WNMU
Fee: None

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Community/Local Issues & Adventures
58) Heard Museum, Blame Museum and Taliesen
We will check into our hotel in Old Scottsdale at about 3 p.m. on Friday. That evening, we'll visit Taliesen West at sunset and enjoy its unique architecture and the lights of the city under the evening skies. Saturday morning we'll have a tour of the world famous Heard Museum. After a long lunch break we'll have a "firefighters' tour" of the Flame Museum in the afternoon. Saturday evening will be on your own - perhaps a movie or shopping spree near our hotel. Or, take in a concert at the Musical Instrument Museum. We will return to Silver City Sunday morning.

FACILITATOR BIO: Cindy is currently serving as WILL Vice President, and has organized some very successful outings/trips for the WILL curriculum.
Facilitator: Cindy Lindhorn
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 3, 4, 5
Location: TBD
Fee: Hotel and meal charges and museum fees.
59) Tour of Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and DPS Crime Laboratory
On Friday, tour the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Southern Regional Crime Laboratory (approximately 2 hours, 2:00 - 4:00 pm). On Saturday, tour with a docent of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, easy walking (approximately 5 hours with lunch on site).

FACILITATOR BIO: Sue Bridgemon has been a docent at the Desert Museum for over 25 years. Ron Bridgemon started the crime laboratory in 1978 and was its director for 26 years. He still works there part time doing case work and training criminalists. The Bridgemons conducted a Mata Ortiz tour for WILL and led a tour to Copper Canyon in September 2014.
Facilitator: Ron and Sue Bridgemon
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21
Location: TBD
Note: There will be a meeting approximately a month before the trip to discuss the logistics and lodging options.
Fee: $12.50 for museum.
60) Feng-Shui In and About Silver City or The Psychology of Space
Feng-Shui, or Wind and Water are the two most direct manifestations of cosmic influences upon you and all of life. Using the I-Ching, the Bagua, and a compass, we manipulate chi, or élan-vital, to optimize our surroundings. The proof is in the pudding; when Feng-Shui works, you feel better. Good for the home, the work-place, campuses, the town as a whole. It IS teleological, which adds a touch of woo woo...the mythic is easier to recall. But, also, the I-Ching is based on the binary code of the universe (1-2-4-8-16-32-64, etc.) so there is science too. It's a tried and true way to impose order upon randomness using colors and directions.

FACILITATOR BIO: When Paula was a reference librarian at Donnelly Library on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University, in 1984, she was tasked with improving the learning environment in the library. The monolithic card catalog showed her a citation about Feng-Shui; she found the book, implemented the ideas set forth within it, and they worked! She has continued to consult the I-Ching because the advice set forth is auspicious...and it is a window into Confucianism. If any WILL people read John Crow's excellent Silver City blog, Paula's ongoing Feng-Shui thread is one of the longest running. Fenestra is her "nom de plume" there. She likes the kind of class where people read ahead, jot down questions and then have an ongoing round-table discussion.
Facilitator: Paula Geisler
Enrollment Limit: 16
Date/Time: 7 Sessions: Fridays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location: WNMU
Fee: None
61) Dining Out in Silver City - Regional American Cuisine
Our theme this semester is Regional American Cuisine. Join us for Deep Southern Cooking at the Curious Kumquat on February 10th, the Cuisine of New England at Shevek's on March 10th, and the Flavors of the Pacific Northwest at Tre Rosat on April 14th.
Facilitator: Curious Kumquat, Shevek & Co., and Tre Rosat
Enrollment Limit: 22
Date/Time: 3 Sessions: Tuesdays, February 10, March 10, April 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $36.00 for each dinner
62) Trip to Amerind Museum
Tour the Amerind Museum. Founded in 1937 by William Shirley Fulton, the Amerind Foundation is a private anthropological and archaeological museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Native American cultures and their histories. Located in spectacular Texas Canyon in the Little Dragoon Mountains of southeastern Arizona, the Amerind houses one of the finest private collections of Native American art and artifacts in the country. An adjacent art museum is also included. After the museum tour we will stop at the nearby Triangle T Historic Guest Ranch for lunch. This ranch, one of the oldest guest ranches in Arizona, is steeped in history. We will car-pool in private vehicles.

FACILITATOR BIO: Doug has been a long-time WILL contributor.
Facilitator: Doug Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: Museum entrance fee of $5.00 plus cost of lunch at Triangle T Ranch.
63) Museums in Las Cruces
During this day trip to Las Cruces we'll visit a total of 5 museums! The tour will start with a brief overview by a specialist from the Museum of Nature and Science. From there, you will be free to wander through the Museum of Art, the Branigan Cultural Center and the Railroad Museum, all of which are within a block of each other in downtown Las Cruces. Right outside the museums is the famous Farmers Market which features over 300 vendors. Enjoy lunch on your own at the market or in a nearby restaurant. After lunch we'll regroup and head to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat and sunscreen, and plan on a bit of walking.

FACILITATOR BIO: Cindy is currently serving as WILL Vice President, and has organized some very successful outings/trips for the WILL curriculum.
Facilitator: Cindy Lindhorn
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 Session: Saturday, April 11, All Day
Location: TBD
Fee: Museum entrance fee of $5.00 plus cost of lunch.
64) Tour Spaceport America
Take a tour of the Spaceport America site with the exclusive private tour company. This tour will provide an up close and personal tour of the site during this pre-operational phase. (Test flights may start as early as December 2014 with the Branson team.) The tour takes 3.5 hours and consists of transportation from Elephant Butte (45 minutes each way) and a 2 hour visit to the Spaceport America site. Included are Spaceport's operations center, mission control area, emergency center, high bay access, staff quarters and the tarmac. The tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. from Elephant Butte on a tour bus.

FACILITATOR BIO: Cindy has shepherded many WILL classes and is a key member of the Curriculum Committee.
Facilitator: Cindy Gagnon
Enrollment Limit: 14
Date/Time: 1 Session: Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: $49.00 tour fee
65) A Field Trip to a Goat Ranch
Visit an operating goat ranch at the end of "kidding" season to learn about the fun and trials of raising goats for commercial purposes. Learn how the "kids" are handled during their early lives and get a chance to play a little with the goats.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Becky and Ysabel have behind them years of raising goats and operating an outfitting business at the Hot Springs Ranch.
Facilitators: Becky Campbell and Ysabel Leuke
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 Session: Friday, March 27, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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