Courses - SPRING 2017

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Members can register for up to 5 classes

Art, Music, Dance

Facilitator: Jim Smith
Enrollment Limit: 60
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesday & Wednesday: January 31, February 1, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Beethoven’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies are among the most analyzed, influential, and popular pieces of music ever composed. This class will help listeners identify key elements of both symphonies and how Beethoven used music not only to describe the pain and uncertainties of life but also a faith in the human spirit and hope for a future based on brotherhood, peace, and joy.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jim Smith is a former history teacher who now works as an education consultant, writer, publisher, and apostle of great music. In addition to the numerous presentations he has made for WILL since 2013, he has also made presentations on music history at Rice University, TCU, UTEP, and NMSU. Jim maintains a website on music history at www.ClassicalTyro.com.
Facilitator: Melvyn Gelb
Enrollment Limit: Max 50/Min 10
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesday & Thursday: May 2, 4: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Today’s political cartoons are many and varied. Liberal and Conservative, well drawn and poorly drawn, many worded and powerful, or few words and still powerful. But are they like early political cartoons from the 18th century? And where did our well-known cartoon symbols come from: elephants for Republicans or donkeys for Democrats? We will explore this primarily through the works and times of Thomas Nast, who, in fact, gave us our vision of political party figures, as well as Father Christmas, and more.

FACILITATOR BIO: Melvyn Gelb is a retired Public Health R.N. with a B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico. WILL allows him to vent on various topics of interest in his avocation!
Facilitator: Dan Davidson
Enrollment Limit: Max 20/Min 6
Date/Time: 6 sessions: Fridays: February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $20

We will be learning basic drawing skills, e.g. contour line, gesture, geometric construction, portrait drawing. Each requires different materials that will be introduced. This is a class for all skill levels - especially for those who have never drawn before.

FACILITATOR BIO: BFA-Art Institute of Chicago, MFA-Yale University. Taught for 14 years at College of Ceramics, Alfred University, NY. Taught at a variety of other universities including WNMU from 2005 to 2008.
Facilitator: David Kent
Enrollment Limit: Max 40/Min 5
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: February 16: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

In the decade of the sixties, North Americans were reading Doonesbury (1968- ), The Family Circus (1960- ) and Peanuts (1950-2000). In Argentina (and later all South America), people were reading Mafalda, created by Quino. Mafalda is a precocious middle class child in Argentina who is very concerned about world peace, poverty, human rights, women’s rights, and the environment. Mafalda’s social critique will be presented in a context of Argentina from 1964 to 1973; covering 1960s Argentina & Quino, characters in Mafalda’s world and issues addressed by Mafalda. Come enjoy Mafalda’s antics and expand your Spanish vocabulary through the Mafalda comic strip.

FACILITATOR BIO: David Kent is a native-English speaker, married to a native-Spanish speaker. He lived 12 years in Colombia where he worked as a librarian in two bilingual K-12 schools, published in Spanish, and was kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas who also read Mafalda. He says he was freed after telling the guerrillas too many bad jokes.
Facilitator: Paula Geisler
Enrollment Limit: Max 30/Min 15
Date/Time: 5 sessions: Thursdays: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2: 6:30 - 8:15 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Each of the Five Eras in Western Art History has its unique themes, media, & other elements of Art Criticism. Like rocks, kept images & structures look unique to their place in Art History: Pre-Historic, Ancient, Classical, Modern, & Postmodern. By the end of our time together you will be able to recognize & identify the defining characteristics of each era and defend your preferences against uneducated bores. In art, more is more! We will utilize prints, magnifying glasses, & the Socratic method as we re-construct our visual history. Bring your magnifying glasses.

FACILITATOR BIO: Paula Geisler taught Art Appreciation at WNMU for many years. She received a BA from Centenary College in Shreveport, La, and a MA from NMHU in Las Vegas, NM. Post-grad work at Louisiana Tech. She is most indebted to their insistence on formal vocabulary, aka "Art-Speak,” when discussing art history, art-making, and art critiquing. The greatest privilege of her early working life was the creation of the Arrott Art Gallery at NMHU in 1984. She has also curated art shows at the McCray Gallery here at WNMU; such as John Stermer, Paul Wilson Retrospective, and Eddie Sulca Tapestries. She has participated in many state-wide juried shows. For many years she has been Artist in Residence at the historic John P. Risqué House in Silver City, where she maintains Geisler Studio and shows Ghost Murals (videos) at night on the Wall!
Facilitator: Wendi Kitting Oliveira
Enrollment Limit: Max 12/Min 3
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Wednesdays: April 5, 12: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $8 for materials

Letterboxing is an activity that combines outdoor exploration, navigational challenges, and an artistic sensibility into a hunt for treasure hidden all around us. It is an intriguing hobby that involves using clues to find letterboxes, which contain “prizes” of miniature works of art, in the form of hand-carved rubber stamp images. Once found, you stamp the image into your own personal logbook, adding to your growing collection of these small, beautiful creations, while at the same time leaving behind your own personal mark. Letterboxing offers you the opportunity to explore and learn new things about the parks, forests, landmarks, and public spaces around you, collecting memories as well as unique keepsakes from your travels along the way. In the first class, we will explore the tools used in letterboxing, create and bind our own personal logbooks, and carve our own “signature stamps.” (Don’t worry—anyone can do this!) Then, during the second class, we will go out in small groups and find up to three letterboxes hidden in downtown Silver City especially for this class. Before the first class, you may want to think about your trail name and a small, simple image that might represent you (to carve into your signature stamp). Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes during the second class. Level of difficulty is easy (mostly paved roads around downtown, some dirt or grassy areas).

FACILITATOR BIO: Wendi Kitting Oliveira has been exploring and creating for most of her life! As a geocacher, I had experience with outdoor treasure hunts, but when I discovered letterboxing three years ago, it appealed more to my creative side as well, allowing me to share the experience of creating and sharing unique images with others from around the world.
Facilitators: Jean Hill & Susan Porter
Enrollment Limit: Max 12/Min 6
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: February 23: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $5 for materials

This class will teach the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Rigid heddle looms are very simple, portable tools for creating hand woven projects such as scarves or table runners. These looms are now very popular and are especially suitable for beginning weavers as they are quite inexpensive and require little space. This class will be mainly a hands-on weaving experience so you can take your project home at the end. Information will be given about the many resources for using these looms. Looms, tools, and yarn will be provided. If a student has his or her own rigid heddle loom, contact instructors at least 2 weeks ahead of class about using it in class. Looms will be prepared ahead of time so students can begin weaving quickly. An assortment of weft yarns will be provided. Students can also bring any knitting or other yarns they might want to use.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Jean Hill learned to weave at WNMU in 1999, and has been weaving ever since. She has three 8-harness looms, and is a member of several weaving groups and guilds. Jean has been a member of Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective from the beginning, volunteering as a board member, a store worker in The Common Thread Gallery, arranging classes and workshops, traveling to do SWFAC shows out of town, and participating in the planning and staging of all three Fiber Arts Festivals.

Susan Porter began weaving on inkle looms while in college during the 1960’s. She began her serious pursuit of multi-harness weaving in 2007 when she studied weaving at WNMU. She weaves mostly on four and eight shaft looms. She is particularly fascinated by the many ways threads can be interlaced to form patterns, and she designs many of her own weaving drafts. She is currently working on the 24 shaft computer assisted loom at the weaving studio at WNMU. Handwoven Magazine has published two of her articles in the last couple of years. She has been a member of several weaving groups and guilds, and she participated in the planning and staging of the last two Fiber Arts Festivals where she also was a vendor.
Facilitator: Wendi Kitting Oliveira
Enrollment Limit: Max 8/Min 3
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Wednesdays: February 8, 15: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $10 for materials

Ever wondered how yarn is made? Are you a knitter, crocheter, or weaver who is ready to explore the other side of things? Just want to be better prepared for the zombie apocalypse? Come learn to spin your own yarn using a simple drop spindle and some wool fiber. We will also explore plying two singles together and discuss how to finish your yarn for the type of project you want to create, as well as learning about different kinds of spindles and yarn.

FACILITATOR BIO: Wendi Kitting Oliveira has been a fiber arts fanatic since she taught herself to knit at the age of 11. She has tried pretty much everything including knitting, crochet, wet felting, needle felting, bobbin lace, tatting, spinning, kumihimo, cross stitch, candlewicking, applique, fabric printing, weaving, papermaking, printmaking, and bookbinding.
Facilitator: Julia Miller
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Friday: March 31: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $40 for materials

We will learn the basics of basket making. Participants will make an Easter basket (or market basket) and learn how to use reeds to incorporate a handle, build the sides, add color and finish the rim. Course fee will include all materials. NOTE: there is a morning session, break for lunch, and then an afternoon session to finish up the baskets. Participants will need to attend both sessions.

FACILITATOR BIO: Julia received a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in art education from Northern Arizona University. She retired from teaching after 36 years in 2007. She started making baskets in 2001 and incorporated many basket activities in her classroom. One of these was making Easter baskets with her students. Basket making is an ancient art and is a part of all cultures of the world. Many baskets are still all handmade. They cannot be factory produced. She has taken many WILL art classes and this is her way to give back.

Literature, Film & Theater

Facilitator: Jennifer Olson
Enrollment Limit: Max 25/Min 5
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday: February 8: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

In the course, Jennifer will describe how freelance travel journalism works and offer tips for getting started. She will share some of her experiences, give examples of do's and don’ts, and discuss how to place a story and choose an angle or a destination.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jennifer earned her journalism/English degree from the University of New Mexico, worked as an editor at Women's Adventure Magazine for five years, and has traveled all over the hemisphere - as far north as Haines, Alaska, and as far south as El Salvador - on assignments. Born and raised in Silver City, she is currently the editor of The Independent and also freelances for regional publications.
Facilitator: Mike Scherer
Enrollment Limit: Max 15/Min 8
Date/Time: 3 sessions: Mondays: April 10, 17, 24: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

We will read one of the great novels by a great author, as well as take a look at his turbulent life and times. Crime and Punishment delves into human psychology as well as the quandaries of society's strivings and desertions, all in a finely told dramatic story. Class discussions will explore the multivalent meanings to be found in this great work. Dante said he wrote his Divine Comedy with 4 levels of meaning. How many levels can we find in Crime and Punishment? Crime and Punishment is divided into 5 parts plus epilogue. Course participants are requested to read part 1 before the first class meeting. A note on translations: Constance Garnett's is a traditional choice, and certainly provides a fine read. A newer translation by Oliver Ready has received high acclaim.

FACILITATOR BIO: Crime and Punishment resonates deeply in Mike’s thoughts on history and human relations. He sees Dostoevsky's work as profoundly wise, plus terrific storytelling. He looks forward to sharing his thoughts and to learning more through classroom discussions.
Facilitator: Elise Stuart
Enrollment Limit: Max 12/Min 5
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Tuesdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28: 10:00 -11:00 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

This course will include basic elements of poetry. Verse: The line, line-breaks, solid and fluid forms, stanzas and free verse. Meter: The iambic foot, explained! Examples of monometer through heptameter given. Rhythm and Repetition: Examples of repetend, anaphora. Also other examples of rhythm and repetition. Images: Metaphor, simile; importance of image in a poem - examples. Writing and Knowing: Experiment with writing a poem. Discuss subject matter, emotion, voice. Revisiting Your Poem: Tightening and revision/reading of original poem. Bring favorite poem to share with others.

FACILITATOR BIO: Elise Stuart is the current Poet Laureate of Silver City for the third year. She has given 70 workshops to youth in schools around Grant County on poetry in the last two years. She intends to continue this work, but at a milder pace. Students composed their original poetry after three workshop sessions and wrote their poems on muslin, then illustrated them. The name "poem flags" was coined and they have been displayed around Silver City. Currently they are in Yankie Creek Coffeehouse, Javalina's, the Silver City Public Library and Millie's Care Center. She has given numerous readings in Silver City and Bayard. Her own work has been published in The Silver City Quarterly and The Independent, and in Poems Squared, a book of art and poetry.
Facilitator: Frost McGahey
Enrollment Limit: Max 20/Min 3
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Prince Hal’s father, Henry IV, has usurped the Throne of England from his cousin. Hal is so upset by this that he rebels against his father by drinking and wenching with Falstaff. The fat man is Shakespeare’s greatest comic figure. With Falstaff’s need to subvert authority and undermine order, he’s a dangerous companion for the future king of England. Another great character is Hotspur, the same age as Hal and everything he is not as King Henry laments. Impetuous and spirited, Hotspur will give everything to find honor as he leads a rebellion against Henry. Prince Hal is the middle ground between these two extreme men. The class will start with an overview of the play Richard II, starring Derek Jacobi. This is where the game of thrones begins. Two excellent versions will be shown, one from the BBC in 1979 and a recent one as part of the Hollow Crown series starring Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons.

FACILITATOR BIO: Frost McGahey has a bobble-head doll of Shakespeare. Need we say more?
Facilitator: Doc Campbell
Enrollment Limit: Max 60/Min 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Tuesday: January 24: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

A brief look at the life, work, and legacy of the ‘Ayrshire Bard.' We will look at the poet's biography as well as the politics and history of the times, enhanced by hearing some of the poems, songs, letters and prose writings by Burns. In honor of the Scottish poet, Burns Night Supper happens all around the world on January 25. Come join us on the 25th for a traditional celebration by signing up for the WILL class Burns Night Supper (# 52).

FACILITATOR BIO: Scottish descent and Scotophile; student of history, autodidactic study and loves to cook.
Facilitator: Ron Groves
Enrollment Limit: Max 40/Min 10
Date/Time: 5 sessions: Tuesdays: March 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

An appreciation of documentary films over time. Five examples of the art of telling a non-fiction story on film that both informs and entertains.

FACILITATOR BIO: Ron has facilitated many film classes for WILL.
Facilitator: Ted Presler
Enrollment Limit: Max 35/Min 15
Date/Time: 5 sessions: Wednesdays: March 8, 22, April 5, 19, May 3: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Michael Cimino was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, author, who majored in graphic arts at Michigan State, then went to Yale to study painting, art history and architecture. After Yale he moved to New York where he became a star director of TV commercials including products such as United Airlines, Pepsi, Kodak, and L’eggs Hosiery. He then went to Los Angeles to start a career as a screenwriter. He also was given a chance by Clint Eastwood to direct Thunderbolt and Lightfoot; following that was a chance to do two screenplays for the films Silent Running and Magnum Force. After that he co-wrote, produced and directed The Deer Hunter. This class will see and discuss Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, Year of the Dragon and his last film, Sunchaser.

FACILITATOR BIO: Ted has facilitated numerous courses for WILL including film, and ancient civilizations.
Facilitator: Chris Aquino
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday: February 1,10:30 - 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Come and join us in a tour of our local, newly renovated, historic theater. Go backstage and learn what it takes to operate a single screen theater that is open 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

FACILITATOR BIO: Chris has worked at several theaters and in many capacities. He has been operating the Silco Theater for 7 months now.

History & Current Affairs

Facilitator: Eric Ockerhausen
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: 1 session: Tuesday: February 28: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

HistoriCorps saves and sustains historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers, and provide training and education. It is a little bit like Habitat for Humanity only for historic buildings. You volunteer for a week and depending on the specific job, volunteers have the option to hike into areas, camp on the site, work on old historic properties, and get three meals a day plus snacks for their efforts. Some work sites allow you the option of staying in your camper or RV. HistoriCorps has projects all over the United States. We will look at the HistoriCorps website and see what projects are being planned for the spring, summer, and fall of 2017 and learn how you can volunteer. At each work site, you will have a HistoriCorps trained construction manager to work with, and safety is always a number one priority. They usually also have a construction supervisor that serves as the cook for the work team. If you are interested in seeing the country, meeting new people, and doing something good for the country then this organization may be of interest to you.

FACILITATOR BIO: Eric Ockerhausen signed up as a volunteer in 2016 and was very impressed with the professionalism of this organization. He learned about HistoriCorps by reading The New York Times article that was part of The New York Times travel section. The project he signed up for was the preservation of Simpson Lake Cabins near Dubois, Wyoming in the Shoshone National Forest.
Facilitator: Tom Hester
Enrollment Limit: Max 50/Min 10
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesdays: February 7, 14: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

The story of the American West, particularly its mining and railroading, cannot be fully told without accounting for the Chinese. At the time when the British were imposing trade restrictions on a failing Chinese empire, thousands of impoverished Chinese men were recruited to harsh labor conditions in California, Mexico and Peru. Chinese immigrants made their way to the Caribbean and Canada. In the declining years of the 19th century, Silver City had a vibrant Chinese community, drawn to the town by the same lure that brought Americans and Europeans--precious metals. This course will sketch in two sessions the stories of Chinese residents in the nation and in Silver City. For Silver City, we can learn how the Chinese made a living, how they survived brutal discrimination, and what myths surrounded their presence here. The 1888 "mass meeting" to exclude Chinese residents will be presented, as will a famous murder case.

FACILITATOR BIO: Tom, an amateur in New Mexico history, worked with local newspaper sources to uncover the history of our town and its neighborhoods.
Facilitator: Doc Campbell
Enrollment Limit: 8
Date/Time: 1 session: Tuesday: May 9: 8:30 - 10:00 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Walk back in time to the nineteenth century by joining pioneering businesswoman Elizabeth Warren for a tour of part of historic downtown Silver City. We will explore Gospel Hill and an area near the Big Ditch on this hour and a half walking tour. Easy/moderate because of length of walk, irregular ground, quick pace. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring water (and any snacks you may want) and a hat! We will meet at the Silver City Museum.

FACILITATOR BIO: Scottish descent and Scotophile; student of history, autodidactic study and loves to cook.
Facilitator: Terry Humble
Enrollment Limit: Max 10/Min 6
Date/Time:1 session: Friday: April 21: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $5 for Corre Caminos

Ride 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 was a mechanic for Santa Rita Mine & retired in 2001. He is a local historian who has co-written three 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.

FACILITATOR BIO: Born in Santa Rita, Terry is a lifelong resident of Grant County mining district. Local historian; published author; and winner of the 2010 Rodman Paul Mining History Award. Terry retired from Phelps-Dodge in 2001 as a mine mechanic.

Science & Nature

Facilitator: Sonnie Sussillo
Enrollment Limit: Max 15/ Min 5
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Wednesday, March 8: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm & Saturday Mar 11: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location:TBD
Fee: None

This course is a basic introduction to identifying tracks and other signs of animals that you'll see in your backyard and local trails along the Gila River and forest trails. Classroom activities will include: (1) learning the right questions to ask in order to identify a track; (2) learning to look for the number of toes per foot, which is the first step to identifying the animal; (3) identifying an animal by the contents of scat; (4) documenting and submitting tracks for online data collection to organizations such as iNaturalist and how that documentation may be used. A field trip to a nearby locale will provide practice in using the techniques learned in class. This is not a certification class.

FACILITATOR BIO: Sonnie Sussillo is a member of a tracking team that surveys the same transect every six weeks, and reports that data to Sky Island Alliance in Tucson, AZ. She also uses tracking skills when participating in wilderness inventories for NM Wilderness Alliance, who then provides information to the US Forest Service on the potential for wilderness designation and wild-and-scenic river designation. She has taken two certification courses through Sky Island Alliance.
Facilitator: Jessica Swapp
Enrollment Limit: Max 30/Min 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: March 2: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Vermiculture in our Southwest climate is faster and better than composting. In this class you will learn how "red wigglers" (worms) can do the work for you in building healthy, rich, soil amendments for improving your garden.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jessica Swapp has a B.S. degree from NMSU in Agricultural Business, and a M.S. degree from Texas A&M in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication. Presently she works as the Agricultural/4H agent for the Grant County Cooperative Extension Service or NMSU.
Facilitator: Gary Jenks
Enrollment Limit: Max 9/Min 3
Date/Time:1 session: Tuesday: January 24: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

The pruning of fruit trees, when to prune, goals in pruning, what tools to use and more. We will touch on disease/pest control. How to determine the best tree height. Also covered, shaping of trees and removal of suckers. In addition, we will touch on preparation of trees for grafting and the associated trading of scions. All of this will take place at Gary's orchard. Bring your favorite pruning tools!

FACILITATOR BIO: Gary has 45+ years of gardening and tending orchards. In his previous location he had 35 fruit trees, many of which had 3 or 4 varieties on the tree. While living on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo County, Gary had opportunities to learn pruning from experts in commercial orchards. These experts were from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly is known for its expertise in things agricultural, much as NMSU is known. As a member of California Rare Fruit Growers, Gary was able to be a part of many activities. There are 14 fruit trees (and counting) at the 12th Street orchard.
Facilitator: Kristin Lundgren
Enrollment Limit: Max 25/Min 5
Date/Time: 3 sessions: Mondays: March 20, 27, April 3: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Learn some tricks and tools to have successful gardens in the high desert. We'll cover topics including: regionally appropriate plants, soil building, low water irrigation, pest control, wind management, high temperatures, frost protection, and more! Time will be divided between hands-on work in the garden and classroom work.

FACILITATOR BIO: Kristin Lundgren is the garden coordinator at The Volunteer Center of Grant County and has worked with school gardens for the last 7 years. She has been gardening in Silver City for four years and in high elevation Southwest before moving here.
Facilitator: Alex Mares
Enrollment Limit: Max 25/Min 5
Date/Time: 1 session: Monday: March 6: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Park ranger, Alex Mares, will provide a lecture presentation with props and artifacts to inform students about Native American knowledge and use of native plants for food, medicine, first aid, war and clothing. Students will get to handle an array of objects made from native plants. Following the lecture, participants will have time for lunch & then the park ranger will lead the group in a guided walk through City of Rocks State Park to instruct students on how and where to locate and identify between 10-20 native plants. Plant identification will include vocabulary from 3-4 different languages from the Southwest. Guided walk will be of easy to moderate difficulty. Bring lunch, water & wear appropriate clothing, shoes, sunscreen, bug repellant, etc.

FACILITATOR BIO: Alex Mares served for 15 years as lead ranger for the world renowned archaeological and sacred site known as Hueco Tanks State Historic Site in Texas and still serves there as a volunteer certified guide. He is currently a park ranger in law enforcement for New Mexico State Parks at Leasburg Dam State Park. In addition to working as a park ranger for over 28 years, he has served as a board member of the Chihuahuan Desert Education and is a Certified Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation. Ranger Mares is of Dine and Mexican-American descent.
Facilitator: Julian Lee
Enrollment Limit: 60
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Thursdays: April 6, 13: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

In this short course we will identify the origin of wildland fire suppression “hand crews” known as hot shots, trace their development from their inception to the present, and examine the changing philosophy with respect to the role of wildland fire in the management of the public lands. The course will include a detailed examination of the Decker and Loop Fires, which claimed the lives of hot shots in southern California in 1959 and 1966, respectively.

FACILITATOR BIO: Julian Lee grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and San Francisco, California. He studied biology at UC-Davis, took a Master’s at San Diego State, and a PhD at the University of Kansas. During his undergraduate years he was a seasonal employee with the U.S. Forest Service, working on a hot shot crew in southern California. He taught biology at the University of Miami for thirty years and is author of two books on the amphibians and reptiles of the Yucatan Peninsula, both published by Cornell University Press. He and his wife, Dr. Lynn Haugen, a fellow biologist, moved to Silver City in 2006.

Health & Fitness

Facilitator: June Decker
Enrollment Limit: 18
Date/Time: 12 sessions: Mondays: January 30 – April 24: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $3 for pickleballs

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: Dixie Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: 6 sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays: March 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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: Judy O'Loughlin
Enrollment Limit: Max 20/Min 8
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays: February 7, 9 14, 16: 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

This is an introductory strength training class for both men and women. It is based on the popular Strong Women, Strong Bones program that has been ongoing in Grant County for more than seven years. Strong Women, Strong Bones is an evidence based program developed at Tufts University for women aged 50 and up. It was created for increasing women's physical independence and safety, improve balance, bone density and self-confidence. The program is done using free weights and improving upper and lower body deep muscle tissues.

FACILITATOR BIO: Judy O’Loughlin has been a Home Economist for 10 years, and serves as the Director of the NMSU's Grant County Extension Service. Their programs include: the 4H program, agriculture related issues, Master Gardener Program, and other health & wellness related programs.
Facilitator: Liz Mikols
Enrollment Limit: Max 40/Min 6
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Wednesdays: February 15, 22, March 1, 8: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $4 for facility rental

Zumba Gold® is designed for beginners and older adults. It’s an exercise class that feels more like a party. We use Latin music, some rock'n'roll and other international beats that are fun and get your heart pumping. All movement is low impact, but the instructor will show higher intensity for those students who desire to work at a more energetic level. Shoes with support, laces or ankle straps, and leather soles work best. You can also dance in your socks or barefoot. Gym shoes are okay, but you need to be able to pivot without a lot of resistance or “grab.” And of course, wear comfy clothes. Bright colors encouraged. Bring water, as you would to any exercise class. If you attended the fall 2016 class, please sign up again! We'll do some of the same songs, and try some new ones. Fun pretty much guaranteed.

FACILITATOR BIO: Liz Mikols has taught group fitness classes for 17 years. She is certified in Zumba®, Aqua Zumba®, and Zumba Gold®, in addition to Elder Fitness, Pilates, Step and Aqua Aerobics.
Facilitator: Barbara Harrison
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays: May 4, 9, 11, 16: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Vinyasa means “moving with the breath.” Also called Flow Yoga, our practice will consist of basic yoga poses done in a sequence. I will demonstrate and perform each movement with the class, as we explore the poses which make up the Sun Salutations and the Warrior series, designed to increase both strength and flexibility. Emphasis will be on breathing, which connects our body with our mind. We will go into rest positions throughout our practice, and I will present modifications for each pose, as well as options for those who want to go deeper into some poses. And most importantly, we will listen to our bodies. Our yoga practice is non-competitive. It is what each of us wants to make of it.

FACILITATOR BIO: Barbara Harrison is a yoga instructor certified by Yoga Fit, a worldwide yoga instructional organization dedicated to making yoga accessible to everyone. She has taught yoga for the past 10 years. She has also substituted as an instructor at Lotus Yoga in Silver. She led yoga classes at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, FL, as well. Her background in movement prior to yoga was dance: the study of Russian ballet followed by study with the Martha Graham Troupe. As the Graham technique is based on yoga, she has been doing yoga a good part of her life.
Facilitator: WNMU Department of Allied Health
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time:12 sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays: January 31, February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 March 2, 7, 9: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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. In the event that WNMU students are unavailable for instruction for this class, it may be cancelled.

FACILITATOR BIO: WNMU Kinesiology Department
Facilitator: WNMU Department of Allied Health
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time:12 sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays: March 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

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. In the event that WNMU students are unavailable for instruction for this class, it may be cancelled.

FACILITATOR BIO: WNMU Kinesiology Department

Outdoor Experience

Facilitator: Kathy Whiteman
Enrollment Limit: 8
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Saturdays: May 13, 20: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $100/ person (includes gear & transportation). Can also rent a wet suit from WNMU's The Outpost (outdoor gear rental facility) for an additional $5. There are a limited number of wets suits available. They are great for keeping warm when the water is cold, though not necessary.

This course will introduce participants to the basics of flat water kayaking in area lakes (Bill Evans and Lake Roberts). During the first weekend session, participants will learn about kayaks, practice basic entry and exit techniques and use paddle strokes to maneuver around Bill Evans Lake. The second weekend session, we will explore Lake Roberts and the ecology of lentic (still water/pond) ecosystems. Beginner level and we will not be rolling kayaks or maneuvering in whitewater. Lunch is not provided. Students should plan to get wet and dress accordingly. Bring water, a lunch, sunscreen, a hat, water shoes and a towel. There is a weight limit of 250 pounds for participants & you will have to fill out a WNMU health information sheet.

FACILITATOR BIO: Kathy Whiteman is the Director of the WNMU Outdoor Program and holds a Ph.D. in Biology. Her goal is to use adventure based experiences to get people outside and connected to the place where they live and the Gila, being one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America, is the perfect place to do just that!
Facilitator: Jeff Boyd
Enrollment Limit: Max 18/Min 3
Date/Time: 1 session: Friday: February 24: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: TBD (Money for gas, entrance fee, etc.)

Day hike to Dripping Springs in the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces. A moderate 3.5 mile round trip hike to a very scenic and historic area at the base of 1500 ft. high cliffs of the Organ Mountains. The destination has a spring, lush vegetation, and a ruined resort which was later converted to a sanatorium. There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle.

Follow this link for more information

Drive 126 miles, just over 2 hours, all on pavement. Bring lunch, water, hiking shoes, sunscreen, and hat. Clothe yourself in layers to accommodate changing temperature conditions as we hike from sun to deep shade. An additional optional hike will be offered to La Cueva, a short 1.5 mile round trip hike to a cave which once housed a hermit who was mysteriously murdered in the 1800's.

Follow this link for additional information. We will meet at the Silver City Visitor Center at 8:00 am. This is an all-day trip & will return after 6:00 pm.

FACILITATOR BIO: Allison and Jeff have led numerous hikes for WILL, including this specific hike about 4 years ago.
Facilitator: June Decker
Enrollment Limit:12
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Tuesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Four hikes, 3 - 5 miles each, easy to moderate terrain. Specific hike to be determined by capabilities of the class.

FACILITATOR BIO: June has 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: 1 session: Thursday: April 6: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Out & back hike on a seldom used portion of the Continental Divide Trail. This hike is moderate / difficult with one significant uphill.

FACILITATOR BIO: June has 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.

Out of Town Excursions

Facilitators: Ron Groves & Doc Campbell
Enrollment Limit: Max 25/Min 6
Dates/Times: 1 session: Wednesday: March 15: 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $2.50 Entrance fee + share gas

Located in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, the 935-acre Asombro Institute site is a topographically and biologically diverse example of this beautiful desert. We will carpool to Las Cruces in the morning, and with an Asombro docent, walk the 1.5 mile Desert Discovery Trail, which has a 1.2 mile easy loop around a hill, learning about some of the local flora and fauna. If time, weather and willingness permit, we will add an optional 0.3 mile, more difficult spur trail to the top of the hill. Spectacular views of the Organ Mountains, San Andres Mountains and the Jornada Basin are also visible from the park. There are shaded picnic tables on site for those who want to spend more time there. Otherwise, we will continue back into Las Cruces for lunch (on your own), and then regroup for a tour of the Railroad Depot Museum for a look at the history of Las Cruces and the effect of the railroad on southern New Mexico.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Ron and Doc have both facilitated many WILL classes.
Facilitator: Doug Dexter
Enrollment Limit: Max 12/Min 6
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: May 18: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $50 for horse rental + share gas

Join us on a 1/2 day horseback trip from Gila Hot Springs Ranch. Guided by outfitter Becky Campbell, travel for about 4 - 5 hours on her trusty mounts. Plan to visit Alum Camp and the old mine. Have a picnic lunch and hear some of Becky's great history and culture stories. Clothing for the weather, for sure long sleeve shirts. Need to bring lots of water, morning and afternoon snacks and picnic lunch. No experience necessary. Becky's horses do the right thing no matter the rider.

FACILITATOR BIO: Doug is a master trip planner and horseman.
Facilitators: Kim & Steve Allen
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 session: TBD with 2 weeks’ notice: 7:30 am & return on your own time
Location: TBD
Fees: None

Join us for a spring round-up at the Deming ranch of Steve and Kim Allen. Our visit will allow you to see what needs to be done on a working ranch when cattle are out on the open range. You will see cattle getting their vaccinations, basic medical check, ear tagging, castration, branding, and the roping of calves. You will see what needs to be done so that cattle can be identified on the open range and everyone knows that your cattle pose no health risk to other cattle. The ranch is south of Deming and on a decent road. You can come and watch and then go on to Palomas for lunch, back to Deming, climb Cooke's Peak, or visit a vineyard. We are planning to leave the Silver City Visitors Center at 7:30 AM giving us enough time to stop in Deming for a breakfast snack or coffee before arriving at the ranch around 9:30 AM. Steve and Kim have been ranching for 35 years and have been nice enough to allow us to observe the spring round-up. You can bring your camera. Just note that because this is a spring round-up and is dependent on a lot of things, we cannot just pick a date and say when it will be. The Allens will need to find people to help, order, and pick up the medicine so we will know ahead of time what day they will do the work. We will be able to call you a couple of weeks ahead of time so you can plan your day. We will not call at the last minute and say "it is tomorrow." Just be a little flexible. Dress in appropriate clothes and footwear. When we contact you, we will make sure you have directions and phone numbers.

FACILITATOR BIOS: Steve and Kim have been ranching for 35 years raising Angus and Hereford cattle.
Facilitator: Eric Ockerhausen
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 1 session: Monday through Wednesday: May 1, 2, 3: 8:00 am Monday and returning Wednesday.
Location: TBD
Fees: See description below

We will do a trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park that could include a tour of the main cave, a May 2 morning ranger tour of Slaughter Canyon Cave, the night bat flight out of Carlsbad Caverns (if the bats have returned), the morning bat flight back to the caverns, and a May 3 morning ranger tour of the Hall of the White Giant, which is a crawling around cave tour. You are free to do as much as you want, book a hotel, camp, whatever you like. The Slaughter Canyon Cave tour will require you to be able to do a hike that would equal going to the top of Boston Hill. It is a tour that you want a reservation for. The dates are Monday, May 1, leave Silver City Visitors Center at 8 am and drive to Carlsbad. If you have time, you can tour the main cave or just check into your hotel or campsite and relax before checking out the bat flight in the evening. Bats are in the cave, depending on the weather. This year they showed up in late March. May 2, the Tuesday morning ranger tour of Slaughter Canyon Cave should be fun. This cave requires a person to be able to hike up to the entrance and if you can do Boston Hill, this hike should be okay. It is a ranger tour into a cave that has no lights. It is a flashlight tour and should be interesting to see. After this tour you could visit the main cave at Carlsbad or find a place for a later lunch or happy hour. If the bats are at the park, you could return and watch them leave the cave. If anyone wants to stay until Wednesday, May 3, we could do a morning ranger tour of the Hall of the White Giant. This cave tour requires some crawling around through little holes, etc. and may not be for everyone. Slaughter Canyon cave is $15.00 ($7.50 for seniors) and the Hall of the White Giant is $20.00 ($10.00 for seniors). All the information is on the Carlsbad Caverns website. We can book the cave tours after the social if you want and pay for them or you can book your own tours. Tours are limited and reservations are necessary. You are free to book your hotel and do whatever you like. The main cave does not require a reservation. We are going to try and do this trip as a group; where you want to stay, what you want to eat and what tours you want to do is up to you.

FACILITATOR BIO: Eric Ockerhausen has been to Carlsbad and has done the Slaughter Canyon Cave tour on the Illinois Central College Southwest Science field trip. He thinks it is interesting to see and if the bats are in the cave you will probably want to see them fly out. He will probably not wake up early to see them return but some people might like that.

Armchair Travel

Facilitator: Esperanza Quintero
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday: April 26: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

The “French Way”--the ancient route connecting Jerusalem to Rome’s Saint Peter’s Basilica (Italy), Le Puy-en-Velay Cathedral (France), Canterbury Cathedral (England) and the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (Spain) is mostly known by its famous section in Spain. However, over the last few years, the Italians have re-established the Via Francigena after being lost in time. Through this course, I will share the experience of walking 350 km of the 800 km long Via Francigena, crossing what is probably the most beautiful sections of the less trodden pilgrim route, beginning the journey at the ancient fort town of Monteriggioni, crossing Tuscany, sections of Umbria and Lazio and ending in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome. This course is more about people and the experience of walking than about architecture and history.

FACILITATOR BIO: As a storyteller, Esperanza Quintero has presented the stories of her travels in other WILL courses. She loves people, traveling to other countries and experiencing first-hand the uniqueness of the various cultures which influence and mold their inhabitants.
Facilitators: Sunny Yates and Harry Kellerman
Enrollment Limit: Max 40/Min 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Monday: January 30: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

In January 2016, Sunny Yates and Harry Kellerman toured part of Thailand and spent an additional three days in Bangkok with Harry's son, Travis, who was living and working there at the time. We visited three cities: Bangkok, Kanchanburi (the location of the movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai) and Ayutthuya. We toured temples, palaces and ancient ruins, sampling native fare and learning about the history, culture and customs of this beautiful country. We will share our experience with you, complete with photos!

FACILITATOR BIOS: No particular background qualifies them to offer this session, other than (a) having made the trip and (b) they have presented a version of the session to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Silver City.

Self Discovery

Facilitator: Mar Bartlett
Enrollment Limit: Max 25/Min 5
Date/Time: 4 sessions: Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20, and 27: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Participants will learn self-hypnosis to benefit any area of their life (physical, mental, spiritual & financial).

FACILITATOR BIO: Mar Bartlett has been a clinical counselor since 2004 and advanced hypnotherapist since 1998. A lively presenter who easily can mesmerize you, you will learn how to hypnotize yourself as well. Expect transformation in what you experience.
Facilitator: Debbie Heller
Enrollment Limit: Max 30/Min 10
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesday & Thursday: January 31, February 2: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

In this two-session course we will explore the theory and practice of "friendship" from the ancient past through the eighteenth century. We'll start with a brief discussion of Books VIII and IX of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (widely available online), where he famously defines three types of friendship. (Students may want to familiarize themselves at least a little with Aristotle's theory before session 1 of the course, though this is by no means necessary.) From there, we will travel to the eighteenth century and learn about friendships between literary ladies ("Bluestockings"), and I will suggest that Aristotle's thinking was still deeply influential at this time, informing the way both men and women thought about their friendships. During session 2, we'll jump to the present and talk about how we "do friendship" today and whether Aristotle can still help us understand what we most prize in our intimate relationships with others.

FACILITATOR BIO: Debbie Heller has researched and published extensively on women's friendships in the early-modern era, and each spring she teaches a graduate level course at WNMU, focusing on friendship in English literature (WNMU's English 418/518 - "Friends and Enemies in English Literature").
Facilitator: Dan Musser
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 3 sessions: Wednesdays: April 5, 12, 19: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

An ongoing discussion using the language and symbolism of astrology to illuminate emerging areas of personal growth and change.

FACILITATOR BIO: In addition to facilitating WILL classes for the past five years, Don has hosted regular discussion groups at his home. He also does personal readings.

Cooking and Food

Facilitator: Mark Johannes
Enrollment Limit: Max 10/Min 5
Date/Time: 1 session: Saturday: February 11: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $5 for supplies

Baking bread from 4 ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast. In approximately 3 hours, we will explore two different bread making processes and the ten steps of baking. We will also discuss how other ingredients can be added to alter flavor, texture, and keeping qualities of bread. Students will take away from this class basic knowledge and skill for bread making and a loaf of fresh baked bread. From here they will be able to follow most any bread formula and create their own bread to their own taste. Basic recipe will be given to students to use as their own.

FACILITATOR BIO: Mark Johannes is a 2004 graduate of Western Culinary Institute, Baking and Patisserie Course, and 10 year member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America. For 3 years he worked as baker and pastry chef for two different coffee shops. In 2008 he started a business, The Back Yard Baker. It was a full service and custom service bakery. Much of his product was ethnic breads baked as authentically as possible. Most product was sold through the local farmer's market. While operating his bakery, he placed runner-up twice in America's Best Raisin Bread contest, 2008 and 2009. In 2011, one of his own bread formulas took third prize in a bread baking contest sponsored by Fleischman's Yeast.
Facilitator: Donna Sebastian
Enrollment Limit: Max 12/Min 4
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: March 16: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $6 for supplies

Students will learn how to care for and preserve a sourdough starter. We will cover how to make different types of bread and make a basic loaf of bread in class. All participants will take home a starter for future bread making.

FACILITATOR BIO: Her only qualifications are the making of hundreds, if not thousands, of loaves of bread and eating most of them. Donna has been making sourdough recipes for 40+ years.
Facilitator: Doug Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 15
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: April 20: 5:00 - 9:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $20

Come help prepare and enjoy a three (3) home progressive dinner on Sanctuary Road. Appetizers and libation at the 1st home, main and side dishes at the second, and a nice dessert at the 3rd. Participants BYOB. All homes are minutes apart.

FACILITATOR BIO: Doug has organized and led many WILL classes.
Facilitator: Vickie's Eatery
Enrollment Limit: Max 40/ Min 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday, April 12: 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $35

Chef Joseph Rameriz will show off his Cordon Bleu skills in a Fine French Cuisine experience. The menu will include lobster bisque, celery root remoulade, cheddar wrapped pancetta, grilled salmon with ratatouille in beurr blanc sauce, and eclairs. Diners' vegetarian and gluten free needs will be accommodated IF they are registered and Vicki's Eatery is notified at least 2 weeks before the event. Coffee, tea, soft drinks included. Diners may also purchase wine or beer.

FACILITATOR BIO: Chef Joseph Rameriz has cooked for many Silver City restaurants and has led the kitchen at Vicki's Eatery for 5 years. He trained at Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles. His previous WILL dining experiences, California Dreaming and Fancy Fine Foods from Hispanic Traditions, were hits. He is really looking forward to demonstrating his skills with this French experience.
Facilitator: Doc Campbell
Enrollment Limit: Max 8/Min 8
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday: January 25: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $12

Supper guests across the world on 25 January seek divine blessing on an evening of hospitality and conviviality to mark the birth of the poet Robert Burns and celebrate his life. This combination of religiosity and fraternity can be seen in the poetry of Burns, and in Burns suppers. We will follow the remembrance protocol as close as possible, from piping in the guests, to the Selkirk Grace, to piping in the haggis (ours will not be made of sheep’s offal, but of the vegetarian version), to the toasts, and ending with Burns' most famous song, “Auld Lang Syne.” Wearing tartan is optional! Interested in Scottish history, poetry or learning more about Robbie Burns? Sign up for the Auld Lang Syne: A Short Overview of Robert Burns’ Life & Writings class (# 14) scheduled for 24 January.

FACILITATOR BIO: Doc Campbell is of Scottish descent and a Scotophile; student of history, autodidactic study and loves to cook.
Facilitator: Consuelo Hester
Enrollment Limit: Max 18/Min 6
Date/Time: 1 session: Saturday: February 4: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $1 for facility

Our class will learn how to make two types of tamales: sweet (with dried fruit) and vegetarian (corn and vegetable oil). There will be recipes. The air will be redolent with the scent of corn and spices. Members will need to bring a tablespoon (for spreading the masa) and an apron. Everyone will learn the techniques of making and applying the masa, soaking the hojas (corn shucks), steaming the tamales. There will be hands-on practice and critique of tamal masa spreading styles. Everyone will receive one sample of both types and will be able to buy extra dozens (with the money supporting the Cooperativa de la Frontera in Palomas, Chih., Mx.).

FACILITATOR BIO: This is Consuelo's fourth tamale making class for WILL. She has made tamales since about the age 7. Her tamales reflect mostly the style of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas, Mexico: light on the masa and big on the filling.
Facilitator: Charmeine Wait
Enrollment Limit: Max 30/Min 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Wednesday: March 29: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Learn how to make local acorn meal biscuits! This course will give you step-by-step instructions on how to identify two of our local oak trees, Emory and Gray oaks, that produce edible acorns and use them to make biscuits. We are lucky here in the Southwest, that these acorns do not need to be leached before being made into meal for eating. You will learn how to harvest and process the acorns into a meal to make biscuits. A great fun addition to your holiday meals, the acorn biscuits have a nutty taste and are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

FACILITATOR BIO: Charmeine Wait is the Education/Membership/Outreach Manager at the Silver City Food Co-op and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Forestry.

Games

Facilitator: Geoff Bartlett
Enrollment Limit: Max 14/ Min 10
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesdays: April 25, May 2: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

This class will teach people, both beginners and everyone else, how to play blackjack; what strategies to use and how to bet to win. Learning, practice and play will happen in the 1st session. A blackjack tournament will happen in the 2nd session with prizes for the top three winners.

FACILITATOR BIO: Geoff Bartlett is a retired policeman who, among other things, is familiar with vice squad activities. Geoff worked in both New York state and Maryland. Geoff has lived 15 years in Silver City and has enjoyed playing winning blackjack for 35 years.
Facilitator: Jean Hill
Enrollment Limit: Max 16/Min 12
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: March 2: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: TBD
Fee: None

The players sit 4 to a table at 3 tables (square tables are best, such as card tables). Each table has two sets of partners who play as US or THEM, depending on who is the scorekeeper. After a round of play, some teams switch tables and other teams switch partners in the next round. There are many versions of this game and we'll cover one basic one, playing several rounds, and then try an alternate version or two. Everyone will have a chance to be a scorekeeper. At the end of a bunco session, there are usually several winners – most buncos, most rounds won, most rounds lost, highest dice roll, and the “bag person,” for example.

FACILITATOR BIO: Jean Hill got invited to join a bunco group about 4 years ago, and has played the game monthly with her group. Her group meets at a different member’s home each month, where we visit and enjoy dinner provided by the hostess. We all kick in $5, then we play for two hours, and then award the prize money. She hopes this class will inspire WILL members to form their own group.

How To / Everything Else

Facilitator: Beatriz Giraldo
Enrollment Limit: CANCELLED
Date/Time: 12 sessions: Mondays & Wednesdays: January 30 - March 8: 9:30 - 11:00 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

This is an introductory course designed to develop the four basic skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. It will be taught in Spanish, and its emphasis will be on basic language structure and students’ active learning. The goal of this course is to help students become proficient in communicating in a variety of survival situations (getting food, transportation, lodging, making travel plans) and in discussing interests and activities with native Spanish speakers. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, question words and important expressions will be covered.

FACILITATOR BIO: Beatriz is a native of Colombia who has taught Spanish at WNMU and at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington.
Facilitator: James Edd Hughs
Enrollment Limit: Max 40/Min 20
Date/Time: 3 sessions: Wednesdays: February 22, March 22, April 26: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Topics covered in this class will include: retirement, making your money last. Other topics include the following: Time matters: A Women's Retirement Outlook and Standing Guard: Protect What You've Worked For (not related to scams but investing longevity, strategies, rising cost and healthcare concerns).

FACILITATOR BIO: James Edd Hughs holds the title Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) through the College for Financial Planning. He is a registered securities representative and has passed the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination. He has an extensive professional background in insurance and investments, and has been with Edward Jones for more than 10 years.

Local Issues & Adventures

Facilitator: Patrick Hoskins
Enrollment Limit: Max 30/Min 4
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: March 9: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

A history of the Tour of the Gila, how did the race start, where has it been, where is it going, its racers, its organizers and spectators. How has the sport changed and how does that affect the Tour of the Gila?

FACILITATOR BIO: Patrick Hoskins has been a volunteer for the Tour of the Gila for 8 years with the last 4 as a volunteer coordinator. He has participated in several amateur bicycle races and have been a life-long cyclist. He also serves as the president of the board of directors of the Silver City Main Street Project.
Facilitator: Bill Findley
Enrollment Limit: CANCELLED
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Friday & Saturday: April 28, 29: Friday 1:00 - 3:00 pm classroom & Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm field trip
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Ever consider learning how to pan for gold? Come join us and not only learn how to pan for gold but also about the colorful history behind gold panning in the wild, wild, West!

FACILITATOR BIO: Bill has 46 years of experience in gold panning and is president of the Silver City 49rs Gold Club.
Facilitator: Linda Johnson Lundy
Enrollment Limit: Max 30/Min 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: March 9: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

LJ Lundy will provide an update of the local real estate market including statistics of what is selling and why. She will review how to prepare a property for sale and share information about how to buy property in this market. She will also offer information about how to select a Realtor.

FACILITATOR BIO: Linda Johnson (LJ) Lundy has been a full time Realtor in the Silver City area for 12 years.
SPRING SIGN-UP SOCIAL
JANUARY 19: WILL SPRING SOCIAL
Venue: WNMU Campus, Besse-Forward Global Resource Center on the corner of 12th & Kentucky St.
5:00 pm Doors open & speak with Facilitators
5:30 pm Meeting
6:00 pm Course Sign-up

Course Registration Methods

Email: Please send an email with your name, phone, courses you wish to take and note if you are or are not a WILL member. info@will-learning.com

Phone: When calling WILL, please leave ONLY your name and phone number, even if you wish to sign up for courses. The Registrar will return your call to get the course information. 575-538-6835.

Mail:
WILL–WNMU
PO Box 680-487, Silver City, NM 88062
WNMU Campus Map (PDF)

COURSE REGISTRATION
Members choose from a wide range of courses for a yearly fee of $75.

To make more courses available to all, members may register for a maximum of 5 courses during Early Online Course Registration - Please use the COURSE NAME, not the number when registering. At the Social Sign-Up (two weeks after Early Online Course Registration), members may increase their registration to an unlimited number of courses.

COURSE REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION
Within 3 days of your request for registration in a course(s), you will receive an email from the Registrar, confirming which classes you are enrolled in and which you are wait-listed for. The confirmation will indicate the date and times for each course. Course location will appear, if that information is available at the time you sign up. Two weeks before a course begins, you will receive a reminder in which date, time, location, and other pertinent information will be included.

If you do not have email, please contact the WILL Office Specialist for a printout of your confirmed classes.

If you are not a member of WILL and wish to become one in order to take courses, please go to Membership to learn more, fill out the Membership form and the Travel Form.