Wednesday Classes

Islam Begins: 29 January
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Venue: Presbyterian Church Hall, Keen St., Lismore
Tutor: Hendrik de Vries 6689 1233
With Islam in the news almost daily, often in a negative way, people may wonder whether it is a religion preaching violence. Religion is at the base of quite a few modern conflicts: in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, among others. Islamic State is still not completely defeated. So what is Islam, is it compatible with our democracy, is it necessary for women to hide behind a veil? What is the difference between a sunni and a shi'ite, what is an imam or an ayatollah?
Form your opinion on these topics on a better informed basis. We use a $5 booklet as a guide through the course and this gives us more time for discussion, while keeping ‘notes’ to a minimum.
Conversion to Islam (or any other religion) is NOT one of my aims!

Dance Class
Resumes: 5 February
Time: 9.00 to 10.00 am
Venue: 118 Woodlark St., Lismore
Tutor: Miriam Torzillo 0404 539 312
This class is designed to benefit the body, mind and creativity. All three combined are what makes dance a great activity at any age.
Each class includes a warm-up of gentle stretches and exercises for strength, co-ordination and flexibility. This is followed by set sequences, made up of steps you might remember from social dance and everyday movement. Finally, there is an opportunity to activate the mirror neurons, muscle memory and creativity with some improvisation and choreography.
The class is open to any experience level and physical ability. The class can be done seated or standing, depending on mobility.

Resumes: 29 January
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Venue: Lismore Workers' Club, Keen St.
Contacts: Eric Hocking 6629 1020,
Barry Slattery 6624 1682
Ancient Mesoamerica: Maya to Aztec — uncovering the fascinating rise and fall of the Maya and Aztec civilisations — continuing in Term 1.

Improve Your French
Resumes: 29 January
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Venue: Participants' homes
Convener: Ed Bennett 0431 205 770
This is a continuing self-help group (not for the beginner). Some knowledge of vocabulary and grammar is required.

Travel Forum
Starts: Meets monthly — 26 February and 25 March
Time: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Venue: Presbyterian Church Hall, Keen St., Lismore
Convener: Marion Andrew 0409 141 601
Do you like travel? Are you thinking of travelling soon? If so, then you might find this monthly group of interest. We discuss all things Travel — the nuts and bolts of how to get the most out of the experience and also some great ideas of places to go — both overseas and in Australia. Each month we will focus on a broad topic, then there will be time for questions that you might want to put to the rest of the group as well as an opportunity to share photos of your favourite places. If you would like to share some photos, pop them onto a USB stick and bring them along. Remember, this is not a venue for an in-depth slide show of your last holiday, but an opportunity to show some highlights — about 10 – 20 photos.
Topics in Term 1 will be 26 February: Australia and 25 March: Airline bookings.

Read a non-fiction book aloud
Resumes: 29 January
Time: 2.00 to 4.00 pm
Venue: Lismore Workers' Club
Convener: Lyn Sandstrom 0427 823 177 This is an enjoyable way to be in a book group without having to beg, borrow, steal or buy a short to medium-sized book or have to read any of it ahead of time! The book is read aloud on the day. New members welcome.
For further information please contact Lyn.

Aquatic Fitness Class
Continues throughout the year except for Public Holidays from 2 January.
Time: 2.00 to 3.00 pm
Venue: Summit Sport & Fitness Centre, 791 Ballina Road, Goonellabah
Contact: Dot Lawn 0423 150 048
Cost: $5 per person per visit.
Gentle and intermediate aqua exercises. This class will be in the heated pool at The Summit.
See also Monday and Thursday's classes.

Senior Macintosh Users' Group (SMUG)
Resumes: 29 January
Time: 2.00 to 4.00 pm
Venue: Lismore Workers' Club, Keen St.
Conveners: Eric Davison 6624 4537 and
Ros Sharp 6628 3921
SMUG meets weekly and it's great to be able to learn, practise our skills and solve problems on the spot. All are welcome to our friendly, helpful group, whether beginners or experts. We are happy to learn from each other with guidance from Ros.

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