Come and participate in the Lake Chapala Society's new Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) 2018.1 series. This is one response to our members call for more programs, both entertaining and fun.
Our next series of programs features four highly qualified experts: Rachel McMillan, Francisco Nava, Paul Basset, Kassandra King and Anna Cassilly. Each one will be presenting topics that will elucidate an understanding of yourself and Mexico.
The courses are easy to choose from and consist of 2 - 8 class sessions. The prices are very affordable, and the class sizes are small.
Course Fee: $800 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/20Course Dates: January 8 - February 12, 2018Course Time: Monday, 2:00 - 4:00 PMCourse Location: South Campus Board Room
Course Description: Creative writing is considered an art, a door to express thoughts and emotions with imagination. We'll learn how to use language and 'voice', character development, dialogue, narration, backstory, theme, point-of-view, plotting, how to create the story Arc, and, of course editing and critiquing.
Enrollment ends: January 4, 2018.
Rachel McMillenContact: email@example.comCell: (Mex) 333.442.3054 English Language & Literature (University of Melbourne)Dip. Ed. (Melbourne)Adult Education (Vancouver College)Rachel McMillen is the author of four books, with a fifth scheduled for release in 2018. Two of the books were nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award. She has also written articles for various publications including Pacific Yachting and Seasons Magazine.
Course Fee: $400 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/20Course Dates: January 10 - February 7, 2018Course Time: Wednesday, 12:00 - 1:30 PMCourse Location: South Campus Board Room
Course Description: From the Big Bang to life as we know it, we trace the universe’s evolution through three stages - cosmic, chemical, and biological. Each stage operates by vastly different rules, but an underlying pattern suggests our corner of the cosmos may be close to catalyzing a new stage. What are our prospects for self-destruction? For fantastic futures? "The Singularity" promises to be the most profound event since life itself. What will trigger it? We see tantalizing glimpses of the fourth stage. Paul will provoke discussions on de facto immortality, mind melds, super humanity, civilizations on steroids, the purpose of life, God ....
Enrollment ends: January 5, 2018.
Paul BassettWork Experience:He is a retired software engineer, author, entrepreneur, and inventor. His invention of Frame Technology (used around the world to automate software development) won him CIPS’ Technology Innovation Award. He's published numerous papers and a book (Framing Software Reuse), was a member of IEEE's Distinguished Visitor Program, given keynote addresses, taught computer science at York University, and co-founded several businesses, including two successful software engineering companies. His M.Sc. in artificial intelligence (U. of Toronto) imbued him with a life-long passion for divining the role and future of life in the universe.
Course Fee: $580 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/25Course Dates: January 12 - February 9, 2018Course Time: Friday, 1:30 - 4:30 PMCourse Location: Sala
Course Description: An examination of four of the films of Akira Kurosawa. Each class will consist of an examination of the director's technique and what set him apart from other directors. This will be followed by a viewing of the film.
One class will be devoted to a different Japanese director. The final class will feature a screening of THE SEVEN SAMURAI, quite possibly the greatest film ever made.
Marshall KrantzWork Experience: Teacher at Winthrop Senior High School (MA.) and Adjunct professor at Anna Maria College (MA.)
Course Fee: $500 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/20Course Dates: January 31 - February 28, 2018Course Time: Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:30 PMCourse Location: Sala
Course Description: Based on tried and true approaches, this class teaches caregivers communication styles that work (words to use and those to avoid, phrasing, non-verbal cues), how to partner successfully to accomplish activities of daily living (grooming, eating, medication administration), how to turn repetitive or out of context questions into fruitful conversations, and how to engage a loved one in activities that empower the person with Alzheimer's disease or a similar form of cognitive impairment. You will learn how to guide the person, and yourself, to support a life well lived throughout this challenging process. Rementia methodology has been well received and effective by both family caregivers at home and professional caregivers in organized care settings.
Kassandra KingContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgKassandra’s involvement with the geriatric population began early in her teen years as a volunteer with The Holiday Project and with the high school chorus. She has always enjoyed the company and wisdom of her elders, and she has a natural ability to connect with persons who have Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive impairment. Kassandra received a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Texas and a post graduate certification in longterm care administration at Texas State University. Kassandra has been employed as a nursing home administrator at several large facilities with special units for residents with Alzheimer's. She holds skilled nursing home administrator licenses in both California and Texas, and a Residential Care Facility Administrator license. Her assisted living experience includes memory care program director and Rementia Care Training educator. As Public Policy Director and Professional Education Manager, Kassandra served at two chapters of the Alzheimer's Association. She is the owner of Alzheimer's Connection, a company that provides family consultations, private care management, and Rementia Care Training. Kassandra is the author of Getting REAL About Alzheimer's - Rementia through Engagement, Assistant, and Love. The book is published by Plainview Press and available on Amazon.
Course Fee: $350 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/20Course Dates: January 25 - 26, 2018Course Time: Thursday, Friday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PMCourse Location: Sala
Course Description: We can more gracefully navigate these challenging times when we are equipped with high-level communication and conflict resolution skills. Learn to communicate in a conflict with clarity and compassion, in order to build a culture of peace and nonviolence. Whether you want to be more adept in dealing with your children, co-workers, spouse, or community group, this workshop will give you an introduction to the tools you need. The workshop is fun, engaging, and interactive.
Anna CassillyContact: email@example.comOver the past twenty-five years Anna has utilized her skills working as the training coordinator for a community mediation center, as the program coordinator for a non-profit retreat and learning center, and providing services through her training and consulting business. She has worked with a wide range of clients including major corporations, government agencies, university staff, small businesses, and private individuals.
Course Fee: $700 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/20Course Dates: January 9 - February 1, 2018Course Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PMCourse Location: South Campus Board Room
Course Description: What is special about gardening lakeside? Monthly garden calendar: What blooms when? Effective communication with your gardener: Mexican POV v.s. Ex-Pat POV. Garden Spanish: beginning vocabulary and phrases. Full sun gardens, shade gardens, formal v.s. casual gardens, organic gardens. Starting plants from seeds, garden pest and disease management, draught tolerant gardens. Pruning and weeding. Composting, mulching, guided tour of the LCS garden.
Francisco Javier Gonzalez NavaContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgCell: (Mex) 333-599-2260M.A. USC - Instructional Technology.A.A. Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment Technology (AET)UCLA School of Architecture - Architectural Design.Apprenticeship in sustainability mentored by Lois Arkin, founder of Los Angeles Eco VillageTeaching Experience: Santa Monica College; Department of Architectural Interior Design.Signed on to work with Living Homes, a forerunner of the reestablished pre-fabrication home construction movement. Francisco monitored and researched new "green" materials, bringing them to the attention of the Living Homes' architects & designers. He was asked (by the Dean of the School of Architectural Design) to author and teach the first sustainable design course at Santa Monica College.He created La recicladora de la Ribera de Chapala (RRC), a plastics recycling center in Riberas del Pilar.Francisco and his associates started the Chapala Public School District's - Ramon Corona Elementary School, Children's Organic Garden Project in the Tepehua area of Chapala.Francisco is presently part of the Growers Group, an organization of worldwide gardeners that continues to provide Francisco with new gardening knowledge.
Course Fee: $700 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/20Course Dates: January 9 - February 1, 2018Course Time: Tuesday, Thursday, 2:00 - 3:00 PMCourse Location: South Campus Board Room
Course Description: Soil; What makes the perfect soil? Collecting and testing samples, specifying adjustments and amendments for horticulture, microorganisms, soil composition. Collecting, preparing and propagating from seed, an intensive look. Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms. Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders. Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation materials. Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamental gardens. Four seasons of planting at Lakeside. Preparing a crop and/or landscape plan.
Francisco Javier Gonzalez NavaContact: email@example.comCell: (Mex) 333-599-2260See Francisco's bio above.
Course Fee: $580 MXNMin/Max Students required: 11/25Course Dates: February 1 - March 8, 2018Course Time: Thursday, 10:30 - 12:30 PMCourse Location: South Campus Board Room
Course Description: As Lakeside Expats attain Mexican immigration status and meet local residents who lived "on the other side" (north of the Rio Grande) the complexity of immigration and deportation issues are revealed.
Focused on the voices of immigration, the new PEP class, "Coming Home: Echoes from the Wall" promises to take class members far beyond policies and politics to the stories -- fictional, journalistic, biographical and factual - of immigration.
The classes will present these personal views of the complex issue in a variety of interactive ways:1. All will be asked to select, read and discuss at least three of the non-fiction books or novels from the vast list that will be available for students at sign up.2. The class mentor will share a wide overview of the issue from the visa application process through the history of the migrant worker in the 20th century, to deportation, US veterans and dreamers.3. Area residents will visit sessions to tell their own experiences as a US and their re-entry to Mexican life.4. "A Day Without A Mexican" a humorous and poignant view of the immigration issue will viewed by the class.
Enrollment ends: January 29, 2018.
Judy KingContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgCell: (Mex) 331-301-6783Journalist, Real Estate, BusinessPublisher, online magazine "Living at Lake Chapala", 2001 - 2013Editor, Lake Chapala Review, 2008 – 2014Columnist, Guadalajara Reporter, 2015-2016Author, "Living at Lake Chapala," 2014 Living in Ajijic since 1990