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EdAdvance Adult Education FALL 2022 Catalog

Personal Development

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia ( Online )


with Jennifer Labrie

Calendar Nov 17, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.

Mindfulness Meditation (In Person) Litchfield


with Sheila Klapper

Calendar Nov 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

In this class, you will learn how habitual thought patterns contribute to stress and lack of ease in daily life. Learn basic mindfulness meditation techniques that help cultivate a different relationship with our mind, fostering resilience and peace. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to understand the role of thought and use targeted techniques to embrace present moment awareness and engagement. We will discuss the nature of the mind and thought, the neuroscience of habit, supporting philosophies of meditation, and skillful ways to find presence. 

Astronomy & The Star Of Bethlehem (Online)


with Ronnie Zicone

Calendar Dec 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This course introduces you to a brief history of the famous Star of Bethlehem. Past and current theories and the mysteries behind one of the most fascinating and popular historic stories in religion and astronomy will be discussed by an award-winning photographer and educator. Is the story behind the “Star” fact or fiction? What was its impact on culture and religion, and how did the oldest science of astronomy play a role?

The Life & Times Of Herman Melville (Online)


with Jana Laiz

Calendar Dec 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Arrowhead Writer-in-residence Emertis Jana Laiz leads an in-depth history of the early life, works, and relationships of Moby Dick writer Herman Melville. She will lead a virtual tour of Arrowhead, Melville's historic house museum in Pittsfield, MA. Prior to the first class, students are urged to but not required to, purchase & read the optional Melvilleinspired children's book written by the instructor, Billy Budd in the Breadbox: The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor (Crow Flies Press) [ISBN # 978-0-9983139-1-7],which can be purchased at in-the-breadbox 

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Early Years (Online)


with Robert Williams

Calendar Dec 5, 2022 at 7 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Award-winning novelist and director of the documentary "Gatsby in Connecticut", will teach this course which offers a greater appreciation of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife/muse Zelda and their impact on literature & the 1920s. Prior to first class, students should have read the novels The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, and Scott’s essay "The Cruise of the Rolling Junk" (the above can be purchased or taken out of a library). Also recommended is to watch "Gatsby in Connecticut" for rental or purchase. The documentary, featuring Sam Waterston, explores the above works and delves into Scott’s personal life and his courtship and marriage to Zelda. 

Haunted History & Folk Tales Of CT (In Person) Pomperaug HS


with Leon Dimartino

Calendar Dec 6, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn about Connecticut’s haunted history and which places are involved in the colorful history of CT.

The Rankin-Bass Holiday Specials (Online)


with John Witiw

Calendar Dec 7, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

TV and culture writer/blogger John Witiw will explore the history and cultural impact of creators Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass and their legendary studio's beginnings. Also covered will be their famous specials (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman) as well the more obscure ones (The Cricket on the Hearth, The Stingiest Man in Town). 

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