2017 Summer Courses


Course 17S01A What if? A Review of Alternative History
(1 Session)
Course 17S02A Carbon: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
(1 Session)
Course 17S03P Jamestown Sailing Program Replicating the Godspeed
(1 Session)
Course 17S04A Investing Strategies
(1 Session)
Course 17S05A Financial Planning for Future Widow/Widower Status
(1 Session)
Course 17S06P What Is Happening in the Real Estate Market This Year?
(1 Session)
Course 17S07P More Apple Apps
(1 Session)
Course 17S08P iPhones and iPads for Beginners
(1 Session)
Course 17S09A Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original
(1 Session)
Course 17S10A Next Level! Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original
(1 Session)
Course 17S11P Voyage of the Vikings
(1 Session)
Course 17S12P Wonder Woman and Women's Suffrage
(National Park Service) (1 Session)
Course 17S13P Pop Culture in DC
(National Park Service) (1 Session)
Course 17S14P Bicycle Riding for the Chronologically Gifted
(1 Session)
Course 17S15P Chemistry for Those Who Hate or Flunked Chemistry, Part II
(1 Session)
Course 17S16A Building Fine Boxes: From Rough Board to Final Product
(1 Session)
Course 17S17P Make Your Own Necklaces by Finger Knitting
(1 Session)
Course 17S18P Study/Travel: Cruising Burgundy and Provence to the Cote d'Azur
(2 Sessions)
Course 17S19A Experience the Labyrinth
(1 Session)
Course 17S20A Off-Loom Bead Weaving: Spiral Rope Stitch
(1 Session)
Course 17S21A Understanding and Coping with Depression in Oneself and Others
(NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 17S22A FDR and Churchill: A Not So Grand Alliance
(1 Session)
Course 17S23P Poetry and You
(4 Sessions)
Course 17S24A Polymer as an Art Form
(2 Sessions)
Course 17S25P AARP Safe Driving Course for Mature Adults
(2 Sessions)


Course 17S01A What if? A Review of Alternative History (1 Session)

Discover that history is not an inevitable march of dusty names, dates, and places, but a precarious, careening ride that could have taken us to any number of destinations.

Date & Time: Monday, June 19; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Greenspring Village(Village Square Theater), Springfield

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. Unlimited

LLI Coordinator: Doug Johnson (703) 628-3115 (C); llinovadoug@gmail.com

Leader: CHARLES McCLELLAND grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and has travelled extensively throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He has studied in Mexico, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia. Charles is a professional instructor and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In his spare time he is a guest lecturer for Holland America cruises.


Course 17S02A Carbon: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1 Session)

Carbon is present throughout the natural environment in many forms. Carbon in solid form varies from graphite, through the coal sequence, to diamond. As a gas, carbon dioxide contributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming. We will look at carbon and carbon compounds and their impact on the earth, the environment, energy, and economics.

Date & Time: Monday, July 10; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Philippa Centini(703) 658-1545(H), (703) 472-5269 (C); phil.centini@verizon.net

Leader: BARRY CENTINI, Ph.D. in geology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Barry has been offering geology and science classes to LLI members for several years.


Course 17S03P Jamestown Sailing Program Replicating the Godspeed (1 Session)

This course will discuss the importance and significance of the sailing program at Jamestown Settlement as well as the construction of the Godspeed replica, completed in time for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Settlement. In 2006, the newly commissioned replica sailed up the eastern seaboard, visiting 6 ports from Alexandria, VA, to Newport, RI. Our speaker, Jim Dillard, participated as a sailor and interpreter on this floating museum during the anniversary sail, and will share his adventures with us.

Date & Time: Monday, July 24; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.) Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Philippa Centini (703) 658-1545 (H), (703) 472-5269 (C); phil.centini@verizon.net

Leader: JAMES DILLARD, B.A., history, William and Mary; M.A. American University. Jim is a retired Fairfax County Public Schools teacher and principal (30 years), a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates (32 years), and is currently a member of the State Board of Education. He is an avid long-distance and racing sailor, woodworker, and antique car owner. For 10 years Jim served on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board.


Course 17S04A Investing Strategies (1 Session) This course will cover general knowledge of different types of investments, risks in investing, and risk management strategies. It is designed to provide a general overview of investing and the basics of different types of investments and their characteristics. It also covers asset allocation, and the principle of diversification as it relates to portfolio management.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 6; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.) Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Scott Pinckney (703) 323-9361 (H), (703) 300-6177 (C); spinck3@aol.com

Leader: JOSHUA GOULDING is a Certified Financial Planner-practitioner and joined McLaughlin Ryder in 2012 as a first vice president. He holds series 7 and 66 licenses and is a graduate of Georgetown University.


Course 17S05A Financial Planning for Future Widow/Widower Status (1 Session)

According to the National Center for Women and Retirement Research, 75% of women eventually become widows. The emotional toll of losing a spouse is unimaginable. For those who face this reality, there is a laundry list of financial items that needs to be addressed and the clock starts ticking immediately. This presentation is paired with a checklist to help recent widows assemble their professional team and check all the boxes. This is an excellent course for those advising recent widows/widowers and those who have recently lost a spouse.

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 18; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.) Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Scott Pinckney (703) 323-9361 (H), (703) 300-6177 (C); spinck3@aol.com

Leaders: KELLY CAMPBELL is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (DMFC), and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF). He is an investment advisor representative, and the founder and CEO of Campbell Wealth Management.
EVAN BEACH is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA). He is a wealth manager with Campbell Wealth Management.


Course 17S06P What Is Happening in the Real Estate Market This Year? (1 Session)

This course will cover current market conditions and strategies for buying or selling real estate in Northern Virginia. Real estate is a local business. Learn what is going on in your backyard.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 13; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.) Class Size: Min. 25, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); Nickie@yoursbydesign.com

Leader: LYNN HOOVER is a certified senior advisor (CSA), a senior real estate specialist (SRES), and an associate real estate broker with McEnearney Associates. She has spent over 40 years helping folks buy and sell real property. Assisting and counseling her many over-55 clients and exploring their options is a large part of Lynn's business and one she treasures with each relationship she and her clients build together.


Course 17S07P More Apple Apps (1 Session)

Did you know there are over a MILLION apps offered in the Apple App Store? But how do you know which ones are good? If you want to edit photos, stay organized, learn a new language, watch movies, or simply play a few great games, there's an app for that! And what about some apps to help your different devices work together? We'll cover that too! Join Kyla Lupo for an interactive and informative roundup of the best apps available to Apple users. NOTE: This class will focus exclusively on Apple products and the App Store (iPads and iPhones). This is not a class for Android devices (like Samsungs or Motorolas Amazon/Google devices) or the Google Play store or Amazon Marketplace. If you have not updated your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS (iOS 10.2), please contact Kyla Lupo at (571) 357-4022 prior to class so she can guide you through the steps. Please bring your phone fully charged.

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 18; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Main Community Room), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Pat Daniels (703) 354-3792 (H), (703) 517-9725 (C); patdaniels63@gmail.com

Leader: KYLA LUPO has been teaching adults about the wonders of technology for 10 years. As the CEE (Chief Executive of Everything) at Smart Again!, she has been specially crafting classes and workshops for the technophobic, the impatient, and those who consider themselves lost causes. After spending 4 years teaching high school photography, Kyla set out on a new journey: empowering adults to conquer technology. She also consults with small businesses to help them maximize technology to increase profits, and works with individual students, or small groups, in their homes on independent projects.


Course 17S08P iPhones and iPads for Beginners (1 Session)

Did you know your iPhone has a compass? Or that you can get walking or public transportation directions, not just driving directions? That you can send an email or a text using only your voice? Your iPhone and iPad can also video chat with other devices (like iPhones, iPads and even Apple computers). And what about that awesome digital camera that's right in the device? (Don't worry, we'll also cover how to answer a phone call and listen to your voicemail!) Join Kyla Lupo for this fun and interactive class where we will unearth all the hidden treasures in your iPhone, iPad and iOS 10. Bring your questions, and your phone fully charged. NOTE: This class will focus exclusively on iOS 10 and iPhones and iPads. This is not a class on Android or Windows devices (like the Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Razr, the Amazon Fire or the Microsoft Surface). If you have not updated your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS (iOS 10.2), please contact Kyla Lupo at (571) 357-4022 prior to class so she can guide you through the steps.

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 25; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Main Community Room), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Pat Daniels (703) 354-3792 (H), (703) 517-9725 (C); patdaniels63@gmail.com

Leader: KYLA LUPO has been teaching adults about the wonders of technology for 10 years. As the CEE (Chief Executive of Everything) at Smart Again!, she has been specially crafting classes and workshops for the technophobic, the impatient, and those who consider themselves lost causes. After spending 4 years teaching high school photography, Kyla set out on a new journey: empowering adults to conquer technology. She also consults with small businesses to help them maximize technology to increase profits, and works with individual students, or small groups, in their homes on independent projects.


Course 17S09A Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original (1 Session)

Class participants need no prior painting experience, as Davi D'Agostino will walk them through the process, step-by-step, to create their very own small masterpieces! Participants will learn how to use acrylic paints, deal with composition, understand perspective, and shade and highlight using paint. They will go home with their own signed originals surprised at how well they can paint! Participants should bring an apron or old shirt to paint in. Acrylic paints, canvas, and brushes will be supplied. An $8.00 materials fee (exact change please) will be collected at the beginning of class. Note: To attend this class, you must have a confirmed registration. There are two classes being taught by Davi D'Agostino. You may register for one or the other, but not both.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 26; 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 12

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5463 (C); njoi2day@aol.com

Leader: DAVI M. D'AGOSTINO began drawing and painting as a child and returned to painting in her retirement years. She has sold several of her works and won several awards, showing her oil and acrylics paintings throughout Northern Virginia in juried and judged shows. She is a member of the Vienna Arts Society and the Art Guild of Clifton. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Vienna Arts Center and Gallery, Green Spring Gardens, and the Fairfax Art League's Galleries. Davi was the Art Guild of Clifton's June 2015 and 2016 Featured Artist at the Clifton Wine Shop and Tasting Room and her paintings won awards in two 2017 international juried competitions. Visit her website at www.davifineartsgallery.com and Davi Fine Arts on Facebook.


Course 17S10A Next Level! Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original (1 Session)

Davi D'Agostino is "promoting" LLI NOVA participants by increasing the canvas from 8x10 to a larger 11x14! Class participants need no prior painting experience, as Davi will walk them through the process, step-by-step, to create their very own masterpieces! Participants will learn how to use acrylic paints, deal with composition, understand perspective, and shade and highlight using paint. They will go home with their own signed originals surprised at how well they can paint! Participants should bring an apron or old shirt to paint in. Acrylic paints, canvas, and brushes will be supplied. A $10.00 materials fee (exact change please) will be collected at the beginning of class. Note: To attend this class you must have a confirmed registration. There are two classes being taught by Davi D'Agostino. You may register for one or the other, but not both.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 9; 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 12

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5463 (C); njoi2day@aol.com

Leader: DAVI M. D'AGOSTINO began drawing and painting as a child and returned to painting in her retirement years. She has sold several of her works and won several awards, showing her oil and acrylics paintings throughout Northern Virginia in juried and judged shows. She is a member of the Vienna Arts Society and the Art Guild of Clifton. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Vienna Arts Center and Gallery, Green Spring Gardens, and the Fairfax Art League's Galleries. Davi was the Art Guild of Clifton's June 2015 and 2016 Featured Artist at the Clifton Wine Shop and Tasting Room and her paintings won awards in two 2017 international juried competitions. Visit her website at www.davifineartsgallery.com and Davi Fine Arts on Facebook.


Course 17S11P Voyage of the Vikings (1 Session)

Last summer, Ann and Lorrin Garson embarked on a 35-day cruise to the stomping grounds of their Viking ancestors, those 8th to 11th century raiders and traders in Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe. Join the Garsons for a cool way to escape the summer heat of Virginia, as they visit Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, the Isle of Man and Ireland. The reward will be beautiful scenery, historic locations, and interesting people.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (Room 304), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: Paul Hopler (703) 978-9381, (703) 409-8443 (C); phopler4@gmail.com

Leaders: LORRIN and ANN GARSON began traveling internationally in 1978. They have visited all seven continents and 119 countries and have given multiple travel presentations to various audiences. They enjoy seeing not only the "must see" places, but also encountering the traditions, people and culture of their destinations.


Course 17S12P Wonder Woman and Women's Suffrage (National Park Service) (1 Session)

Demigoddess. Amazonian warrior princess. Mousy secretary. We all know these qualities make up the one and only Wonder Woman, but what is perhaps less known is that her tools of the trade, her Lasso of Truth, bullet-repelling bracelets, tiara, and her existence itself, are based on incidents and images straight from the life of eccentric creator William Moulton Marston. Marston was inspired by the women's suffrage movement of the 1910s and the intelligence of both his wife and girlfriend to create a new type of woman whom he believed should rule the world. Debuting in 1941 as an antidote to the hyper-masculinity and violence of other comic book characters like Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman was an immediate success and 75 years later continues to be an icon of strength and liberation for generations of young girls and women.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 19, 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Main Community Room), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 25, Max. 90

LLI Coordinator: Rick and/or Pat Daniels (703) 354-3792 (H), (703) 517-9725 (C); rwdaniels63@gmail.com

Leader: HEIDI DIETZE is a Minnesota native who spent much of her childhood traveling through several mid-western states, visiting sites from the Santa Fe Trail to the Corn Palace. From this random trundling she developed an interest in history that led to an undergraduate degree in Holocaust studies and a graduate degree in film history. Ranger Dietze came to National Mall and Memorial Parks as a park ranger in 2002 following two years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Course 17S13P Pop Culture in DC (National Park Service) (1 Session)

Washington, DC, and the area within its boundaries that are administered by the National Park Service are no strangers to events commanding national attention. However, not all of these headline-grabbing occurrences involve diplomacy or the workings of our federal government. Sometimes what is discussed at the water cooler is dominated by popular culture. Iconic figures of entertainment, whether it's sports, film, music or other varied aspects of leisure time, have dominated discourse in the federal city at one time or another. This course is a trip down memory lane, filled with nostalgia. Memories may be rekindled, and some surprises may be had. Nevertheless, fun and trivia abound!

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 26; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Main Community Room), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 25, Max. 90

LLI Coordinator: Rick and/or Pat Daniels (703) 354-3792 (H), (703) 517-9725 (C); rwdaniels63@gmail.com

Leader: BRAD BERGER, B.A. in European history; M.A. in American colonial history. Brad served as a security specialist in the U.S. Air Force, and interned for the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Ranger Berger currently serves as a park ranger at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC where he helps coordinate operations for presidential inaugurations, annual National Independence Day celebrations, and National Cherry Blossom Festivals.


Course 17S14P Bicycle Riding for the Chronologically Gifted (1 Session)

Bicycle riding for older people can be a source of enjoyment and a health benefit or an exhausting, aching, and miserable experience depending on how you go about it. This presentation is aimed primarily toward those who haven't ridden in years or have never mounted a bike. What are the risks and benefits? What are appropriate kinds of bikes and what do they cost? Where are good places to ride? How does one get started? How does one stay safe? The presenter has ridden 26,000+ miles since retirement and will provide useful insights from experience.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 9; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (Room 304), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: Paul Hopler (703) 978-9381 (H), (703) 409-8443 (C); phopler4@gmail.com

Leader: LORRIN GARSON trained as an organic chemist. In 2002 he became a chief research scientist. For 30+ years he has been involved with the development of methods to acquire and disseminate chemical information electronically, including database development, traditional online systems, optical media, and the World Wide Web. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from the University of California at Riverside, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maine. In 2005 he was awarded the Herman Skolnik Award for his pioneering work to develop and enhance electronic editions of chemical journals. Following retirement, Lorrin co-edited the standard reference book The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information (3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, 2006).


Course 17S15P Chemistry for Those Who Hate or Flunked Chemistry, Part II (1 Session)

What's going on in chemistry these days? How do chemistry and related sciences affect important issues such as energy, transportation, the environment and our health? What are some controversial issues? How do some discoveries in the past impact us today? How do scientists communicate? Some whimsical topics will be included as well. These and other themes will be addressed, with emphasis on why it matters.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 16; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (Room 304), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: Paul Hopler (703) 978-9381 (H), (703) 409-8443 (C); phopler4@gmail.com

Leaders: LORRIN GARSON trained as an organic chemist. In 2002 he became a chief research scientist. For 30+ years he has been involved with the development of methods to acquire and disseminate chemical information electronically, including database development, traditional online systems, optical media, and the World Wide Web. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from the University of California at Riverside, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maine. In 2005 he was awarded the Herman Skolnik Award for his pioneering work to develop and enhance electronic editions of chemical journals. Following retirement, Lorrin co-edited the standard reference book The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information (3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, 2006).


Course 17S16A Building Fine Boxes: From Rough Board to Final Product (1 Session)

Artist Dan Burke will show us the process of designing and then building a fine jewelry or keepsake box. He will also have hands-on exhibits for us to view. We'll learn about all the stages of box building, beginning with making decisions about shape, proportion, type of wood, visual impact and use. The wood grain is then examined to see which grain patterns work best for the various components. The rough wood is prepared for use, and after cutting, the joinery is prepared. Joinery is chosen depending on the strength necessary and its visual impact. Inside parts are then sanded and the box is glued. Finally, the outside is sanded and a finish applied. As a last step, the box may be lined and installed with components and/or trays.

Date & Time: Thursday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Artisans United Craft Gallery, Annandale

Class Size: Min. 2, Max. 10

LLI Coordinator: Gina Trapp, (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); GTrapp_26@msn.com

Leader: DAN BURKE has been building boxes for 20 years and has studied with several nationally known box builders including Doug Stowe and Stephen Proctor. In addition to exhibiting at the Artisans United Craft Gallery in Annandale, his boxes have been shown at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Dan's work has been sold at a number of juried shows including The Gallery Show (Richmond), the Barn Show (Timberville), and the Fall Foliage Festival (Waynesboro) where in 2016 he was awarded 2nd place in the wood category. Dan has also sold his work in Young at Art (Alexandria), Gifts from the Heart Exhibit (Reston), and at a one-man show at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.


Course 17S17P Make Your Own Necklaces by Finger Knitting (1 Session)

Make your own unique necklaces using only your fingers as tools! Finger knitting is a form of knitting where a knitted cord is created using only hands and fingers, instead of knitting needles or other traditional tools. Finger knitting may be performed by people of all ages, and in contrast to traditional knitting is comparatively simple. This course includes both instructions for finger knitting and the necessary materials. Students will leave with at least two necklaces a great do-it-yourself project for early holiday gifts! Note: A $20.00 fee for materials will be collected in class.

Date & Time: Thursday, June 1; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Artisans United Craft Gallery, Annandale

Class Size: Min. 3, Max. 18

LLI Coordinator: Gina Trapp (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); GTrapp_26@msn.com

Leader: PEG TAVES creative interests have always taken a three-dimensional turn, first as an art student at the University of Vermont and then as a physical therapist working with young children. The artist currently shows and sells baby and children's knitwear at Artisans United Craft Gallery in Annandale.


Course 17S18P Study/Travel: Cruising Burgundy and Provence to the Cote d'Azur (2 Sessions)

In August, members of the LLI Study/Travel program will be taking a 12-day bus and river cruise tour in southern France. The tour will start in Paris, and after 3 days of seeing the highlights, move on through the Burgundy area to join our river cruise ship in Macon. From there, we will cruise on the Saone and Rhone Rivers south through Provence, disembarking in Arles and transferring to Nice. We will sample gourmet food and wine and cheese, and tour renowned cities such as Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, and Avignon. Did we mention wine? In Study/Travel, however, we like to know before we go, so this overview course will provide a very brief introduction to the history, culture, geography, arts, architecture, and perhaps even food and drink of France, with a focus on Paris, Burgundy, and Provence. In two sessions, we will barely scratch the surface of this beautiful area, but it will hopefully prepare us for the main course to come on our trip. Bob Huley will lead the presentation and hopes to have several guest lecturers who have lived and worked in this area of France to provide their personal perspectives.

This course should be of special interest to LLI members who will be participating in LLI's August trip to France but is open to all LLI members interested in all things French.

Dates & Time: Thursdays, July 6, 20; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Main Community Room), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 90

LLI Coordinator: Bob Huley, (703) 534-4819 (H), (703) 489-9045 (C); roberthuley@cox.net

Leader: BOB HULEY has been an active member of LLI since joining in 2004. He is currently Chair of the Study/Travel Committee, which organizes LLI's major travel activities, and has been involved with the study/travel program since he joined LLI. He is also on his third term as a member of the Board of Directors and is the head of the LLI Bridge SIG. Bob and his wife Merry enjoy traveling, especially with LLI. A graduate of Cornell University (M.E.E.), Bob retired from the Office of Personnel Management as Deputy Chief duty and in the Reserves, and retired as a Colonel.


Course 17S19A Experience the Labyrinth (1 Session) Discover the magic of the labyrinth as a tool for individual introspection as well as creating community spirit. Walking a labyrinth offers us the opportunity to reflect on our journey through life and to discover our hidden authentic selves. You are invited to this outdoor location to hear a short introductory explanation and then walk the labyrinth under the guidance of a trained and certified labyrinth facilitator. This labyrinth is located on the church grounds, with plenty of parking nearby.

Date & Time: Friday, June 16 (rain date Saturday, June 17); 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke (intersection of Oak Leather Drive and the Burke Centre Parkway) Directions from NOVA: Drive south on Wakefield Chapel Road, then turn right on Braddock Road. Turn left on Burke Lake Road. Continue about 2.5 miles and turn right on Burke Centre Parkway. Go about 2.3 miles and turn right onto Oak Leather Drive, where you'll see the sign for Burke Presbyterian Church on the corner. The entrance is the second drive (at the enter sign). You'll see the sign for the labyrinth and outdoor chapel on your left, and you can park right next to it. We'll be gathering on the benches at the outdoor chapel.

Class Size: Min. 5, Max. 20

LLI Coordinator: Judy Robison (703) 440-8479 (H), (703) 850-5795 (C); robisonja23@gmail.com

Leader: JEAN ANDO has had an interest in labyrinths since 1999. She did her facilitator training in 2004, was certified in 2005, and received her advanced certification in 2008. She was ordained in 2008 as an interfaith minister by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York, and considers the labyrinth her ministry. Jean has walked labyrinths in locations and cathedrals around the world. She has also created labyrinths at dance camps she attends in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as on the beach in Tortola and in the desert in Morocco. A long-time resident of New York City, Jean loves to share her knowledge and experience of the labyrinth and to introduce people to the labyrinth as a spiritual tool.


Course 17S20A Off-Loom Bead Weaving: Spiral Rope Stitch (1 Session)

Off-loom bead weaving is a family of beadwork techniques in which seed beads are woven together into a flat fabric, a tubular rope, or a three-dimensional object such as a ball, a box, or a piece of jewelry. The spiral rope stitch, the focus of this course, uses seed beads, crystals, curved-shaped beads (i.e., magatamas), and other varieties to create bracelets, necklaces, lanyards, and straps. Join Karen Bowes, an artist from the Artisans United Craft Gallery, as she instructs us in the craft of off-loom bead weaving. Note: The instructor supplies all materials. A $5.00 fee will be collected in class (exact change please). Students are encouraged to bring a craft magnifier or magnifying reading glasses, if possible.

Date & Time: Friday, July 14; 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Artisans United Craft Gallery, Annandale

Class Size: Min. 2, Max. 5

LLI Coordinator: Gina Trapp, (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); GTrapp_26@msn.com

Leader: KAREN BOWES has been beading for about 15 years, discovering the craft after having made a visit to a bead artist's shop in Old Town, Alexandria. She enjoys playing with color combinations and loves the zen-like repetition of creating something beautiful, one tiny bead at a time. In May, Karen will begin her eighth year with the Artisans United Craft Gallery in Annandale. She has also participated in the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild craft shows for the last three years.


Course 17S21A Understanding and Coping with Depression in Oneself and Others (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

We will discuss the symptoms of depression and how it is diagnosed, as well as suspected causes, current treatments, and suggested coping skills outside of treatment. The focus will be on gaining knowledge and developing a compassionate understanding of depression for oneself and loved ones.

Date & Time: Friday, July 21; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich, (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@verizon.net

Leader: DEANNA DEGIDIO is an associate professor of psychology at NOVA-Annandale. She has an M.A. degree in clinical psychology from Cleveland State University, and worked in that field for several years prior to teaching full time. Professor DeGidio is currently completing another M.A. degree at New York University (Gallatin School) focusing on morality and ethics across the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.


Course 17S22A FDR and Churchill: A Not So Grand Alliance (1 Session)

This course is the third in a series of presentations focusing on the Lend Lease Act, giving President Roosevelt authority to provide military aid to allied countries fighting the Axis powers. It will provide an overview of the relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during World War II. Michael McGregor will examine the development of a complex relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill from the enactment of the Lend Lease Act in 1941 through the end of World War II, including its impact on the post-war world. Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill and the Second World War by Warren Kimball is recommended reading for this course (optional).

Date & Time: Friday, July 28; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich, (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@verizon.net

Leader: MICHAEL McGREGOR, A.A., Iowa Lakes Community College; B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.A. in history, George Mason University. Michael is a senior policy analyst in the Government and Industry Relations Department at Fannie Mae. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at NOVA-Annandale. His research interest has focused on the diplomatic history of the causes, development and consequences of World War II. Michael has researched the congressional enactment of the Lend Lease Act, giving President Roosevelt authority to provide military supplies to Great Britain, Russia, and other Allied countries.


Course 17S23P Poetry and You (4 Sessions)

Join us for one of LLI's long-time favorite courses and learn that poetry can enrich your life. We share poems contemporary or classic illustrating a theme, form or school, or we may read and discuss one poet and his/her work.

Dates & Time: Fridays, August 4, 11, 18, 25; 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Little River United Church of Christ (Room 8), Annandale

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Marianne Moerman (703) 751-0523 (H); marianne.c.moerman@gmail.com

Leader: RICHARD RISK, B.S., University of Missouri. Richard is retired from the Environmental Protection Agency and is a founding member of LLI.


Course 17S24A Polymer as an Art Form (2 Sessions)

Note: This course meets on two Saturday mornings. Polymer clay is an art medium that is known for its versatility, pliability and simplicity to work with. It is an oven-bake modeling material composed of polymers, resins, coloring agents and fillers. Part one of this course will cover caning and surface techniques in which students will work with polymer. The making of a cane is the Millefiori style used with glass, where a long tube of design is formed and sliced. Texture and paints can be applied to the surface of polymer to enhance the composition of the project. During class, each student will work on a project and will have time to bake and finish it. Part two will cover color blending techniques. Color blending, also known as a "Skinner Blend," uses basic color theory to blend a spectrum of colors on one sheet of polymer. Students will cure their designs and will then be able to take home their finished product. Note: The instructor supplies all materials. A $7.00 fee will be collected in class (exact change please).

Dates & Time: Saturdays, July 8, September 9; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Artisans United Craft Gallery, Annandale

Class Size: Min. 2, Max. 12

LLI Coordinator: Gina Trapp (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); GTrapp_26@msn.com

Leader: KATRINA SARLIN is a polymer artist and digital photographer who enjoys educating and encouraging others. An experienced IT project manager, she is a tool and techniques junkie. She finds the creative process fun and enjoys following an idea to wherever it leads her. Katrina takes techniques and turns them on their ear to see what will happen. This is a form of experimentation and discovery that can encourage creativity for an artist. Her hope is to encourage each person as an individual and as an artist to follow his or her creative voice.


Course 17S25P AARP Safe Driving Course for Mature Adults (2 Sessions)

This course helps aging drivers determine their level of driving skills and presents techniques that enable them to drive safely for a longer period of time. It will cover driving strategies, technology, new laws, and trends. An AARP guidebook and the latest DMV Rules of the Road will be provided. Since the course is approved by Virginia statute, auto insurance companies are mandated to provide an auto insurance premium discount for 3 years upon its completion. Note: Cost is $15 for members (must present AARP card) and $20 for non-members. The course fee will be collected in class. Bring cash (exact change please) or a check made payable to AARP.

Dates & Time: Wednesday, August 23; Thursday, August 24; 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Greenspring Village(Accotink Room, Village Square), Springfield

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 25

LLI Coordinator: Doug Johnson (703) 628-3115 (C); llinovadoug@gmail.com

Leader: DAVE HALL, B.S. in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dave worked for IBM for 30 years as an engineer and projects manager. He has conducted over 100 AARP driving classes, presents lectures, and serves as a docent at the National Archives.