May
24
1:30 PM13:30

James Whistler: For Art's Sake

In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Whistler was an American artist who painted during the 19th century, largely in the United Kingdom. Rather than explore psychological or moral issues, Whistler believed in producing art for its own sake. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture tracing the development of Whistler’s unique style. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Whistler work, focusing on his ideas of painting paralleling music compositions. upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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May
27
10:30 AM10:30

Gardening 102

In this class, we will continue from our Gardening 101 series by turning over the ground, increasing garden bed sizes, adding fences, composting, and planting veggies and herbs (as discussed and voted on by residents in attendance) in the gardens outside Aarondale.

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Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Relay Calls

This presentation and training involve how relay calls work, how to properly answer and receive relay calls and the benefits for businesses and facilities throughout Virginia. It’s extremely beneficial to understand that the Relay Friendly Partner program is designed to eliminate hang-ups by educating businesses and individuals on how to identify, receive and place relay calls.

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Jun
4
10:30 AM10:30

News Headlines & Stories with Pamela Benson

Come discuss current events in this week’s paper with an award-winning journalist, Pamela Benson. Pamela reviews all sections of the paper, highlighting topics of importance and interest. She has extensive experience producing, reporting, and managing both domestic and international news content for radio, television, and the web. Enjoy a thought-provoking conversation with her.

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Jun
5
10:30 AM10:30

Fiddler on the Roof

The story of Fiddler is the story of people; a culture oppressed throughout history to a point where their very existence was as precarious as “a Fiddler on a Roof.” Eastern Europe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries was a time of pogroms, the sanctioned persecution of ethnic or religious groups, notable the Jews. In this presentation and this musical, we follow the daily life and cultural stresses of a Jewish family scratching out a living during this time in 1905 Russia.

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Jun
17
1:30 PM13:30

Global Cuisine: Brazil

Luis will make Romeu e Julieta, a traditional Brazilian finger sandwich made of guava paste and white cheese. It is also made as an empanada. Luis will also share about his experience opening a Taste of Brazil restaurant in Colorado with another chef.

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Jun
18
10:30 AM10:30

News Headlines & Stories with Pamela Benson

Come discuss current events in this week’s paper with an award-winning journalist, Pamela Benson. Pamela reviews all sections of the paper, highlighting topics of importance and interest. She has extensive experience producing, reporting, and managing both domestic and international news content for radio, television, and the web. Enjoy a thought-provoking conversation with her.

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Jun
21
1:30 PM13:30

Elaine de Kooning: Energized Forms

In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of Elaine de Kooning. De Kooning was an Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-works War II era. Early in her career, much of her work was composed of watercolors and still lives, and later much of her art fused abstraction with mythology, primitive imagery, and realism. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture examining de Kooning’s most famous works. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a de Kooning work, replicating her energetic abstraction of the human form. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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Jun
24
10:30 AM10:30

Gardening 102

In this class, we will continue from our Gardening 101 series by turning over the ground, increasing garden bed sizes, adding fences, composting, and planting veggies and herbs (as discussed and voted on by residents in attendance) in the gardens outside Aarondale.

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Jun
26
10:30 AM10:30

Broadway Musicals: South Pacific

South Pacific premiered on Broadway in 1949 and was an immediate success with the public. This is notable, as its underlying theme was a sensitive treatment of racial prejudice. This musical does so by portraying the life and loves of U.S. Navy personnel during WWII who are stationed in a tropical paradise. In addition to listening to several popular songs from this work, we also examine the dark side of social prejudice during and before the Civil Rights movement.

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May
22
10:30 AM10:30

Broadway Musicals: Lion King

In 1994, Disney Studios released another full-length cartoon movie titled The Lion King, The animated drawings of wild animals were a challenge to Disney artists, but not as great as hat faced by producers tasked with making audiences believe Broadway actors were actually endearing animals! In this presentation, we go behind the scenes for the making of both the cartoon movie and the Broadway musical, and, along the way, enjoy several of the memorable songs written by Elton John.

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May
21
10:30 AM10:30

News Headlines & Stories with Pamela Benson

Come discuss current events in this week’s paper with an award-winning journalist, Pamela Benson. Pamela reviews all sections of the paper, highlighting topics of importance and interest. She has extensive experience producing, reporting, and managing both domestic and international news content for radio, television, and the web. Enjoy a thought-provoking conversation with her.

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May
20
1:30 PM13:30

Caption Telephone Service

Various types of Caption Telephone Services along with the specialized equipment available for individuals who are Virginia residents will be covered. This program and the equipment are free to those who are hard of hearing, allowing an individual to speak over the phone and read along with the conversation.

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May
17
10:30 AM10:30

Gardening 102

In this class, we will continue from our Gardening 101 series by turning over the ground, increasing garden bed sizes, adding fences, composting, and planting veggies and herbs (as discussed and voted on by residents in attendance) in the gardens outside Aarondale.

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May
7
10:30 AM10:30

News Headlines & Stories with Pamela Benson

Come discuss current events in this week’s paper with an award-winning journalist, Pamela Benson. Pamela reviews all sections of the paper, highlighting topics of importance and interest. She has extensive experience producing, reporting, and managing both domestic and international news content for radio, television, and the web. Enjoy a thought-provoking conversation with her.

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May
1
10:30 AM10:30

Broadway Musicals: Cats

Cats is a British musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based an Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. It tells of a tribe of back-alley cats called the Pellicles, and the night they choose which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. In this presentation, we trace the history of this work and its songs, from the first performance in London’s West End to the current success on Broadway.

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Apr
30
10:30 AM10:30

News Headlines & Stories with Pamela Benson

Come discuss current events in this week’s paper with an award-winning journalist, Pamela Benson. Pamela reviews all sections of the paper, highlighting topics of importance and interest. She has extensive experience producing, reporting, and managing both domestic and international news content for radio, television, and the web. Enjoy a thought-provoking conversation with her.

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Apr
29
1:30 PM13:30

Gardening 102

In this class, we will continue from our Gardening 101 series by turning over the ground, increasing garden bed sizes, adding fences, composting, and planting veggies and herbs (as discussed and voted on by residents in attendance) in the gardens outside Aarondale.

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Apr
24
10:30 AM10:30

Broadway Musicals: Les Miserables

From the despair of 19th-century France, Victor Hugo brought forth an array of characters who epitomized the best and the worst of human qualities. The thesis of his famous book, Les Miserables, is one of social injustice and inequality set amidst a background of political turmoil. Portrayal of these themes in a Broadway musical continues to resonate with people from around the world, and in this presentation, we learn why.

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Apr
22
1:30 PM13:30

Traditional Relay Services

All the various traditional relay services and the specialized equipment used by individuals throughout the entire state of Virginia will be covered. These services are provided to those who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and who may have difficulty with speech. It is a free public service. The conversation is relayed between the two callers by a specially trained Virginia Relay Communications Assistant.

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Apr
19
1:30 PM13:30

Edgar Degas: Movement, Color, and Studies in Isolation

In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of French artist Edgar Degas, famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, more than half of which depict dancers. Although Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, he preferred to be called a realist and was particularly interested in depicting movement of dancers, racehorses and the nude female form. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture contrasting Degas’ early easily with his later Impressionist-styled works. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Degas painting, replicating his fascination with movement. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minue critique of our work.

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Apr
16
10:30 AM10:30

News Headlines & Stories with Pamela Benson

Come discuss current events in this week’s paper with an award-winning journalist, Pamela Benson. Pamela reviews all sections of the paper, highlighting topics of importance and interest. She has extensive experience producing, reporting, and managing both domestic and international news content for radio, television, and the web. Enjoy a thought-provoking conversation with her.

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Mar
20
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Classical Opera: Opera Performance

Opera skillfully blends theatrical performance, drama, music, and dance into a torrent of passionate emotions which have influenced, not only individuals, but the history and politics of governments as well.  Join Dr. Roger Koment in this 6-lecture series as he describes the various components of opera and demonstrates how composers combine these to create works of great emotive power. 

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