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Are You Game?

by suzanne Walsh

Remember when you were fully engaged in a board game like Clue? Was it Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with the candlestick? Playing Modern Board Games taught by Gary Page, is your opportunity to recreate the feeling you had in days gone by.
What can you expect?
According to Gary, “If students are expecting to play older games such as Monopoly, Risk, Uno, Checkers, or Chess, to name a few, they will be disappointed. Come to class with an open mind and realize that these games cannot be mastered in one or two turns. Be prepared to exercise your brain muscles. Other students in the class are very helpful if you get stuck. Winning is not important; the activity is.”
The first day of class you will meet your instructor, a tall smiling man carrying a very large duffle bag full of board games. With consideration and clear instructions, Gary patiently selects and teaches a game. For the remainder of the class you are stimulated, challenged, and delighted to learn and play a new game or two with other like-minded classmates. The bonus is that at the end of class, he sends out an email detailing the games played that day, the complexity score and where to buy them. It’s a stress-free, uncompetitive win-win! The only requirement is that if you sign up, you must show up. The small class size means that every member counts - and your co-players are relying on you!

Gary had a 34-year career teaching English for LAUSD. He grew up in a household that always had board games, so he was introduced to them at a young age. He offers this class because he believes that “It’s important to keep the mind and body active as much as possible.” In the last two years, he has more seriously played and collected board games while also engaging in sports, such as badminton and pickle ball.

Mind Over Mood

by Tom Hood

Every day life is filled with challenges. Some of these challenges may lead to anxiety expressed in different ways. A person may be dealing with the loss of a loved one, transitioning into retirement with its increased leisure time, suddenly becoming a caregiver, or experiencing self-imposed stress brought about by perfectionism. Judy Hails creates a safe space for participants who wish to talk voluntarily about some of their fears in an environment that is free of pressure.
This Mind over Mood class will help you gain some insights into how you personally process and deal with stress. It will also provide useful tools to make your life less stressful. As you develop awareness on how your thoughts are formulated, it will help you cope more effectively. Once learned, this skill set can be broadly applied to anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, anger, and a variety of other problems.
She recommends the text: Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, 2nd Edition 2015, by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. It is available on in paperback and Kindle editions.
Judy is a Professor Emerita from the Department of Criminal Justice (now School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management). She taught for many years at CSULB, and was also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
The class will meet  on Fridays January 4 to February 22 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Come and see if your Mind is ready for a new Mood!