Mindful Movement for Every BODY! – Mindful Movement for Every BODY is a dance class that expands our physical and mental capabilities. It can be done either standing or seated. The program uses simple gestures, repetition of movements, and measured rhythm as a basis for timing. It also incorporates simple yet effective breathing techniques to strengthen our relationship to breath and body. This class is both relaxing and energizing, and ultimately expands our awareness of the differences between movement and stillness. Whether sitting, standing, walking, or lying down, Mindful Movement will provide tremendous benefit using a gentle approach.
Exploring the art and craft of photography is an excellent creative outlet that anyone can enjoy. Learn the basic functions of a camera – even the one on your own phone!
Discover techniques that draw the viewer’s eye and give emotion and depth to the two-dimensional. Learn to see like a photographer and choose the best way to capture your subject. What gives an image its impact? How do great photographers make their pictures stand out? How do you want to tell your story?
Photography classes help students to see their surroundings differently and encourage exploration of seemingly familiar places. Learning new ways to look at things can also help to gain a new perspective on life.
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- Cyanotypes (Sun Prints) – The word ‘photography’ means ‘writing with light’. In this class we use the light of the sun to create an image on light-sensitive paper that the student can keep. Students will create an image/layout with found objects and transparencies, and then watch as the light makes its mark on the paper. Development takes place within minutes and students see their own image preserved. This class touches on photography fundamentals, silhouettes and basic development procedure (using only water) and demonstrates the limitless potential of the art using readily available objects. (1 hour class plus $2 per person for materials) Note: If the day is cloudy we will do an inside “Point of View Photo Walk” instead (see below)
- Self-Portrait – We will learn about some famous self-portrait examples, then think about and discuss how the students will portray themselves in their own self-portrait. Props will be provided. If time allows, students may select their favorite image to project and/or print and discuss with the class. Practice getting creative and explore photography as a tool to express what’s within! (1 hour class plus $1 per person for materials) Please let us know if you would like us to provide the cameras, or if the students will use their own digital or cellphone cameras.
- Point of View Photo Walks – Point of View is a component of photography that can be used as a technique of self-expression or creativity. We will have a short discussion of one or more photographic concepts and then guide students to examine their own point of view and explore new ones. What does the carpet or the bark of a tree look like up close? How about a potted plant from underneath? Students are encouraged to reexamine their surroundings and find new ways to look at potential subjects. We will then discuss anything interesting in the images or things discovered along the way. Can be done indoors or outdoors. (1 hour class plus $1 per person for materials) Please let us know if you would like us to provide the cameras, or if the students will use their own digital or cellphone cameras.
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Serves 5 (3 clusters each) / Prep Time: 25 min / Source: Delish
1-1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 T coconut oil
2 c. (10 oz.) blueberries
Sea salt (coarse or flaky) or fresh-ground Himalayan pink salt
- Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a medium glass bowl in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
- Using a teaspoon, spoon a quarter-sized dollop of chocolate on parchment and top with a pyramid of 4 blueberries (3 on the bottom and 1 on top). Drizzle more chocolate over blueberries. Sprinkle with a few grains of salt.
- Freeze until set, about 10 minutes.
Serves 6 / Prep Time: 20 min / Source: Bon Appetit
A green celebration of spring. If you can’t find fava beans, substitute English or sugar snap peas.
1/4 cup coarsely chopped raw pistachios
1-1/2 cups shelled fava beans (from about 1-1/2 pounds pods)
1 small shallot
2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1 bunch asparagus
2 cups watercress or arugula
1/2 cup mint leaves
2 tablespoons tarragon leaves
2 tablespoons chive blossoms (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Boil water for step 4.
- Chop pistachios and toast on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until fragrant but not browned, 5–8 minutes. Let cool.
- Chop shallot finely. Combine with vinegar in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper and set aside at least 10 minutes.
- Cook fava beans in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a colander set in a bowl of ice water. Drain, remove skins, and transfer beans to a small bowl.
- Slice asparagus thinly lengthwise on a mandolin. Trim watercress or arugula. Coarsely chop mint and tarragon. Mince chive blossoms, if using.
- Whisk oil into shallot and vinegar mixture.
- Combine beans, asparagus, watercress, mint, and tarragon in a large bowl. Add vinaigrette and pistachios and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving platter and top with chive blossoms, if using.
This “Club” helps men to reminisce about old times, and bond with each other over common experiences. The discussion and hands on interaction in each of the sessions helps provide mental stimulation and dexterity practice. Even those with cognitive challenges will benefit from the present-moment discussion. Women are also more than welcome to join!
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- Vintage Toys – Participants will discuss toys of their childhood, reminisce on favorite toys, and discuss/demonstrate toys that will be available in the session. This may include pictures of toys and compare toys of yesteryear to the toys of today. 1 hour session including discussion, hands on and brain stimulating memories.
- The Old Neighborhood – Participants will reminisce about their old neighborhood, where they grew up, the street or community, their home, is it still there, what was their fondest memory, changes, have they been back. Pictures of old neighborhoods from the Cleveland area and other large cities will be provided to stimulate discussion. 1 hour session that includes the discussion and $1 for a vintage postcard to take back with them.
- Basketball then and now – Participants will discuss their basketball history or at least observation of basketball from school, neighborhood, etc. Will also include discussion of the evolution of basketball players and some of the highlights of high school, college and professional players. Participants will then take part in a table basketball competition. 1 hour session including discussion and game.
- Baseball through the years – Participants will talk and reminisce about their baseball memories whether as a player or spectator. Discussion will include little league, high school, college and minor/major league ball. This will include players that stood out to them, debate the greatest players ever and predictions of the current major league season. Participants will then take part in a table top baseball game to stimulate their competitive spirit. Props will include ball, glove, bat, facemask, as well as the game. 1 hour session including discussion and game.
- Gardening and farming – Participants will share their experiences in gardening or farming, what they grew, best crops/harvests, tools they used, and how big their gardens/farms were. Some props of tractors (mini sized) will be provided. Participants will then be provided pots, dirt and seeds to plant a small seedling to tend to after class have ended. 1 hour session and $2 fee for pots, dirt, seeds.
- Tool Time – Participants will share their experiences with tools and how they used them. This many include hand tools, power tools, tractors, trucks, etc. props will include some vintage tools and tools of today to stimulate discussion and provide some hands on usage of the tools. This may also include pictures of vintage tools compared to tools of today. 1 hour session including discussion and hands on usage of tools.
- Travel memories – Participants will recall and reminisce of travel locations through their lives. This may include family trips as children, as parents, as an armed services person, and discuss locations that were memorable. Props will include National Park book, Rt. 66 book, and maps. Activity will include passing out a USA map and have the participant mark off each state they visited. 1 hour session and $1 fee for maps.
- Good Old Golden School Days – Participants will travel down memory lane about their schools whether it be elementary/grammar or high school. They will have opportunity to talk about books, classes, teachers, classmates, activities, and extra-curricular events (i.e. social, sports). Props will include old year books from varied schools, vintage school books and photos from old high school socials. Participants will then have their picture taken as their “senior picture”, printed immediately and put in a small frame. 1 hour class and $3 for the picture/frame.
- Football season – Participants will talk and reminisce about their football memories whether as a player or spectator. Discussion will include high school, college and the NFL. This will include players that stood out to them, super bowls of the past, and current favored teams/players. Browns will be in discussion of course. Participants will then take part in a table top football game to stimulate their competitive spirit. Props will include footballs, as well as the game. 1 hour session including discussion and game.
- Ancestry-odd or notable relatives – Participants will share memories of relatives of their childhood that were notable (good or bad) and stories of what made them notable (i.e. moonshiners, veterans, etc.) Where were their ancestors originally from and how did they get to America? A blank family tree will be provided to each participant to fill out as part of their discussion and take with them to share with their families. 1 hour session with discussion and tracing family tree. $1 for family tree activity.
- Thank you for your service – Participants will provide their experiences or observations of the military service, wartime, and travels in the service. Flags of the various branches of service will be provided as well as a small USA flag. Discussion will include discussion of movies/TV shows that depicted military and the participants view on the movie/show as to being realistic. Trivia questions will also be provided on military branches to have a little fun as well. Session will conclude with a CD playing the national anthem. 1 hour session and $1 fee for flag.
- Holiday traditions – P articipants will stroll down their memory lane to discuss their family traditions from growing up to becoming parents, grandparents of their own. What did the holidays mean to their family? What were their strict traditions? What did they eat? Where did they go to spend the holiday? Was it stressful, fun? Did you carry on the tradition from childhood to adulthood? Do you still carry out the traditions? Props will include pictures of various holiday traditions to stimulate discussion and memory. 1 hour session with discussion.