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Social Spanish

by Rick Adams

The focus of Social Spanish is on vocabulary development and oral fluency. Participants enjoy a friendly, supportive environment to practice their Spanish. “All levels of Spanish speakers are invited to attend,” says instructor Pam Kiwerski.
This is a learn-by-doing class. It is about participating one-on-one and in small group discussions. Each week follows the same creative format. Jim Worsham leads the group in singing a song in Spanish. Then they translate it into English to understand the imagery and lyrics. Ignacio Ruiz helps with pronunciation and practice!
Different verb tenses take the focus each week. Activities then address a topic or theme. As students exchange with each other, they learn from each other and refine their Spanish skills. Topics are personal, such as “tell a partner about a favorite event and discuss it.” This is a practical way to expand your vocabulary and get familiar with how it all fits together.
At the end of the term, the group will go to a Latin restaurant to experience the cultural variations that include food as well as customs. This is a noisy class with small groups interacting all over the classroom. Everyone finds his or her own comfort level.
Pam has an M.S. in ESL and has been certificated as a bilingual teacher by the State of California Department of Education. She comments that she “mostly learned from students and parents in teaching ESL for thirty-eight years.”

Not Your Daughter's Yoga

by Greg Shea

Not Your Daughter’s Yoga is a class that may very well change your mind, your heart, and your way of living. David Hennage has created a supportive and relaxing yoga community here at OLLI, which provides a fun way to stay young in mind, body and spirit. All levels are welcome. He teaches basic yoga skills and philosophy, including how to breathe and exercise to improve stability, mobility, and health. The movements and poses learned here will help you adapt your responses to meet the stresses faced in daily life.
David has been a certified Yoga and Tai Chi instructor for more than a decade and
continues to teach his popular classes at OLLI and Long Beach City College. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and is a retired former director for several non-profit educational, scientific, and health organizations. After retirement he spent two years in the South Pacific as a Peace Corp volunteer on the Islands of Vanuatu. For some four decades, David has been a sculptor and is currently studying and creating sculpture here at California State University, Long Beach.

The mantra David uses at the end of each yoga practice summarizes it very well:
May our bodies and minds be healthy;
May our hearts be filled with love;
May we gain wisdom from the obstacles of our practice;
May we carry that wisdom into the world.
Come and join us on Friday mornings at the LifeFit Center!