By Laura Stewart
Pacific Lutheran University will play host to a series of educational classes offered through Elderhostel’s Learning is ForEver series. Following is a schedule of Fall Quarter Classes:
- New Adventures in Africa
- What Did Darwin Discover?
- Habitat for Humanity: Building Houses, Building Hope
- Atlantic Crossings by O.A.R. Life and Career of Enrico Caruso
- The Center for Urban Waters: Overview of Research Activities and Tour of Facility
- Large Carnivores of the Pacific Northwest
- The Harp- From Hunter’s Bow to Concert Hall
New Adventures in Africa – Join artist, Becci Crowe, as she presents new video, photos, stories and art from her latest trip to Africa. Specializing in wildlife and tribal portrait art, Becci returned to Zimbabwe to help the Painted Dog Conservation track, collar and collect data on this endangered species. Tuesday, September 10th, 10:30 a.m. Garfield Book Company at PLU
What Did Darwin Discover? Charles Robert Darwin is considered one of the most influential figures in human history. William Catton, a former university professor and writer, will speak on Darwin’s background, voyages on the Beagle, and how his observations led to the development of his theories on evolution. Wednesday, September 18th, 10:30 a.m. Garfield Book Company at PLU
Habitat for Humanity: Building Houses, Building Hope Sue Potter, Director of Development and Communication for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity will speak on their impact on our community, and specifically the plans to create a new Energy Star certified neighborhood called “The Woods at Golden Given.” Pacific Lutheran University is helping to build one of these homes, which is breaking ground this month. Habitat is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with families of all backgrounds and beliefs in need of safe, decent, affordable housing. Monday, September 23rd, 10:30 a.m. Garfield Book Company at PLU
Atlantic Crossings by O.A.R. This past winter, Jordan Hanssen captained a 29 foot rowboat from Senegal to Florida. On the 73rd day, the boat capsized off the coast of Puerto Rico, sending the crew of four into the sea. The team’s rescue was all over the news, but Seattle-based Hanssen comes to tell “the rest of the story.” The Foss Waterway Seaport will open the doors to the Working Waterfront Maritime Museum to host this presentation. – Wednesday, October 9th, 10:30 a.m. at Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma
Life and Career of Enrico Caruso Norm Hollingshead is known to scores as the one who drew back the curtains on that grand form of singing we call opera. Norm returns to L.I.F.E. to present a class on “the world’s greatest tenor”- Enrico Caruso. Expertly weaving the story of the performer’s early life in Italy with excerpts of recordings from the dawn of recording industry, Hollingshead shares his love of opera. Wednesday, October 23rd, 10:30 a.m. Garfield Book Company at PLU
The Center for Urban Waters: Overview of Research Activities and Tour of Facility Keeping water clean as it flows through an urban area is a major challenge. Once known as one of the more polluted areas in the Pacific Northwest, now Tacoma is leading the way in water remediation. Dr. Joel Baker, Science Director of the Center for Urban Waters, and Chair of UW Tacoma Environmental Science, will be our speaker for this class. A community of environmental scientists, analysts, engineers and policymakers work at this relatively new facility, which has been awarded the LEED “Platinum” rating for design, construction and operation. – Wednesday, November 6th, 10:30 a.m. The Center is located on the east side of Foss Waterway, at 326 East D St, across from downtown Tacoma.
Large Carnivores of the Pacific Northwest Lorna and Darrell Smith, wildlife biologists and ecologists from Western Wildlife Outreach, will present a class on our area’s four largest carnivores: black bears, grizzly bears, cougars and gray wolves. They’ll cover basic biology, ecology, and population status of these mammals. WWO’s aim is to educate and promote understanding of these carnivores and the role they play in the ecosystem. The Smiths will illustrate how to safely live and recreate in bear/wolf/cougar country. -Tuesday, November 19th, 10:30 a.m. Garfield Book Company at PLU
The Harp- from Hunter’s Bow to Concert Hall Music is a part of every human culture on earth. We seem universally drawn to it. Along with the drum and the flute, the harp is one of our oldest musical instruments. Patricia McNulty-Wooster will play her harps, and teach how it has evolved in different cultures. A music professor at PLU and UPS, she also gives instruction at her own music studio. Tuesday, December 10th, 10:00 a.m. PLU campus- Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Room 306
Pierce County’s Learning Is ForEver (aka L.I.F.E.) celebrates twelve years of offering educational classes for active, mature adults (ages 50+). L.I.F.E., a nonprofit organization, was founded on the premise that learning should be a lifelong pursuit. We are affiliated with Pacific Lutheran University, and Elderhostel International.
Many of our classes are held at the Garfield Book Company at PLU. It is located at 208 S. Garfield Street, and is handicap accessible. Class fees are $10. Register by contacting Laura Stewart at (253)241-4166 / email@example.com More information about our classes can be found at our webpage- www.plu.edu/lifeelderhostel