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Ageless Learning Seminars

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Meramec | South County | Online

Informative, historical and fun presentations designed to open a world of knowledge to continue your lifelong learning.

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Class schedules subject to change.

Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which may include, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements. For the latest requirements, review STLCC’s COVID-19 Information page.

Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

Robots in St. Louis

We are approaching the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first robot that could do useful work. Nowadays, there are 230,000 robots working in American factories and there are many types of robots supporting the US military. In St. Louis, we can buy our own personal robots at Lowes™ or Best Buy™. We find robots working in St. Louis hospitals and supermarkets. Find out where robots are made in St. Louis and how St. Louis is encouraging people to explore and advance the robot world.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F23 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Doug Schneider
Oct. 6 | Online

Amusement Parks In St. Louis: Past and Present

St. Louisans have memories of bygone amusement parks: big ones (Chain of Rocks, Holiday Hill, Forest Park Highlands) and small ones (Westlake Park, Hashagen’s Park, Mannion Park). Nowadays, St. Louisans make memories at Six Flags, which covers 323 acres. Come take a virtual tour of the amusement parks that have called St. Louis home.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F08 Th 10-11:30 a.m. | Doug Schneider
Sept. 2 | Online

St. Louis Favorite Haunts

Ghostly tales and strange happenings abound in our old river city homes and area. Some may of the stories you may not have heard may have taken place just down your street; others will be familiar. It’s not every town that can claim a well-known exorcism and one of the most famous haunted houses in America. If you have your favorite Halloween joke, you may get a treat but no tricks!
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F02 Tu 10-11:30 a.m. | Joan Huisinga
Oct. 26 | MC-SW 108

A Traveler’s Journey of Everyday Life in Urban Egypt

Take an intimate trip into the local life of everyday people in Cairo, Egypt! Amber shares her personal experience with love and family, and what it’s really like to be a woman in Cairo. Get immersed into a new world of music, customs, clothing, dance, food, and culture as you explore urban Cairo through a multi-media and hands-on experience. Prepare for laughter and joy in true Egyptian style!
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F34 F 1-2:30 p.m. | Amber Skye
Sept. 3 | MC-Student Ctr 201

Crossing the Sahara

The Sahara used to be green: a place of grasslands, lakes, hippopotami, and folklore. It is now a 3.5 million-square-mile desert. Join a journey across the Sahara. Discuss traditional and modern methods of crossing the Sahara and learn about ergs, oases, atomic testing grounds, human trafficking, and how to hitch a ride on a camel. Discover why your worst enemies in the Sahara are your own eyes.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F11 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Doug Schneider
Nov. 3 | Online

Islands of the Eastern Caribbean: “The Road”

People who live in the Eastern Caribbean talk about going “up the road” and going “down the road” as they travel from island to island (including Grenada, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Martinique, St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin.) Explore the colonization and history of these islands, the effect of volcanic activity, and the bane of sugar cane. Join in a discussion about the decapitated statues on one Eastern Caribbean island and a town that sits in an active volcano.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F16 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Doug Schneider
Nov. 17 | Online

Castles of Scotland and Ireland

Learn the importance of castles in the formation of two familiar nations: Scotland and Ireland. Although separated by water, their Celtic roots often traversed paths due to water crossings. Learn about the Pirate Queen, Bonnie Prince Charles, Edinburgh and Stirling Castles plus the Rock of Cashel.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F09 Tu 10-11:30 p.m. | AWTY? Dea Hoover
Nov. 30 | Online

Grace Kelly

Take an in-depth look at the relatively short, yet memorable film career of Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly! Journey from her first major motion picture, High Noon, through her last Hollywood film, High Society. Interesting behind-the-scenes photos accompany this royal presentation.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F14 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Mary Saputo
Nov. 17 | FV-CWI 136

Classic Hollywood Horror

This genre of films made its debut during the silent era. But when the talkies emerged in the 1930’s, so did the sound effects that we all loved: creaking doors, rumbles of thunder, and that music! Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price are all waiting to see you ...
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F10 F 10-11:30 a.m. | Mary Saputo
Oct. 29 | MC-Student Ctr 201

Hollywood Welcomes Rodgers and Hammerstein

Even as Hollywood beckoned Broadway’s dynamic duo to bring their works to the big screen, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were not big fans of Tinseltown. Learn about their incredible career that eventually brought us such hit films as State Fair, Oklahoma, Carousel, The King and I and The Flower Drum Song. Hear the fascinating story and explore their journey through beautiful film clips.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F15 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Mary Saputo
Sept. 15 | MC-Student Ctr 200

A Hollywood Classic Christmas

Get in the spirit of the holidays with this festive presentation featuring movie trivia and film clips from your favorite holiday classics including “Holiday Inn,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas” and many more.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F07 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Mary Saputo
Dec. 8 | MC-Student Ctr 201

Scrimshaw: The Folk Art of Sailors

Learn about historic American folk art created by 18th and 19th century sailors aboard whaling ships during this lively presentation. See actual finished works by a scrimshaw artist.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F01 W 7-8:30 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
Nov. 10 | Online

An Artist’s Life: From Crayons to the White House

How did a childhood love of art turn into a career as an artist, arts administrator and arts editor? Follow Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky’s amazing, creative journey that led her on some incredible and unexpected paths, all the way to projects at the White House.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F03 Th 10-11:30 a.m. | Mike Ochonicky
Oct. 21 | Online

Caregiving at Home: Caregiving Resources

Of the nearly 44 million family caregivers in the U.S., many are often over-burdened and under-informed. Both the caregiver and care-receiver will benefit from having access to quality resources that support them in their respective roles. Learn valuable information about the basics of caregiving and receive helpful resources and tips for navigating your role as a family caregiver.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F06 Th noon-1:30 p.m. | Chien Hung
Oct. 14 | Online

Welcome to Medicare†

If you’re turning 65 or planning to retire soon, it’s time to start thinking about Medicare and your coverage options. CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will explain how Medicare works using clear, easy-to-understand language. CLAIM does not represent or sell insurance products. While there is no course fee associated with this offering, there is a small STLCC administrative fee required for registration. This class is offered through CLAIM, Missouri’s official State Health Care Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F29 W 1-2:30 p.m. | MO CLAIM
Sept. 8 | Online
F30 W 1-2:30 p.m. | MO CLAIM
Oct. 13 | Online
F31 W 1-2:30 p.m. | MO CLAIM
Nov. 10 | Online
F32 W 1-2:30 p.m. | MO CLAIM
Dec. 15 | Online

Medicare Part D: Preparing For Open Enrollment†

Do you have Medicare and prescription drug coverage? Did you know the plan that met your needs this year can change so much it won’t match your needs for next year? The annual Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Part D is Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2021. You may find your drugs are no longer covered or cost too much. CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will share the questions you need to ask to find the best plan for you. CLAIM does not represent or sell insurance products. While there is no course fee associated with this offering, there is a small STLCC administrative fee required for registration. This class is offered through CLAIM, Missouri’s official State Health Care Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F18 W 1-2:30 p.m. | MO CLAIM
Sept. 15 | Online
F19 W 1-2:30 p.m. | MO CLAIM
Oct. 20 | Online
F20 W 1-2:30 p.m. | MO CLAIM
Nov. 17 | Online

Selfish Vs. Self-Care: From Evolution to Revolution

Learn what self-care looks like and discover the roadblocks keeping you from putting yourself first. Work on strategies to dismantle these roadblocks, and work on a plan to move one more step to self-care.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F25 Sa 10-11:30 a.m. | Carmen Guynn
Aug. 21 | Online

Basics of HIV/STI for Seniors

Latest statistics show that the fastest growing segment of the United States HIV population is individuals 50 and older. Discuss HIV and AIDS are, how they are transmitted, who is at risk and HIV symptoms. Gain an understanding of the importance of testing and methods of treatment. Participants will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge of key concepts and develop a basic understanding of HIV transmission and risk reduction.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F04 Th 5:30-7 p.m. | Jordan Braxton
Sept. 16 | Online

Surviving the Change of Life While Having Fun!

Understand your sexuality after 60 and know what it looks like. Explore the positive changes as we grow older. Terminology, transmission, and risk reduction will be discussed.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F05 Th 5:30-7 p.m. | Jordan Braxton
Oct. 14 | Online

Surviving the Holiday Gossip

Gossip can damage lives and relationships. Learn to recognize gossip and the tools to avoid its pitfalls in your communication. This will include powerful tools such as The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. These and other practical communication tools will help you to build healthy interpersonal relationships through positive and effective communication in your life, workplace and family.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F28 Th 6-7:30 p.m. | Sheri Bilderback
Nov. 4 | Online

Tis the Season to Be Aware: Personal Awareness and Safety Strategies

One of the most important steps you can take for your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. Learn tips and techniques to be alerted to dangerous situations to help avoid being a victim of a potential crime. Learn how to move from awareness to avoidance with valuable information you can use every day. This is especially important information entering the holiday shopping season.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F33 Th 6-7:30 p.m. | Sheri Bilderback
Dec. 2 | Online

Predators of the Pandemic: Gen Z and Social Media

Now more than ever, predator use of social platforms has dramatically increased because of the pandemic, including their use for the recruitment of children for sex trafficking. Discuss things to look for with social media and the youth in your life. Upon completion, you’ll recognize different platforms and how they’re used for sex trafficking.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F22 Th 6-7:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
Oct. 21 | MC-SO 107
F21 Th 6-7:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
Nov. 4 | Online

Gone in a Flash

What is human trafficking? What is sex trafficking? Discuss myths and perceptions that have defined the industry for decades and how to debunk them. Learn how to recognize red flags and how some of our past fears are actually aiding traffickers in exploiting more victims. The windowless white van is not the only thing to look out for!
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F12 W 6-7:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
Aug. 18 | STLCC-SoCo 120
F13 Th 6-7:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
Sept. 9 | MC-SO 107

Stranger Danger

Sex trafficking is a $150 billion industry annually worldwide, with $975 million coming from the U.S. alone. Each year, approximately 199,000 incidences occur in this country, branding the U.S. as one of the worst countries for human trafficking. This year, Missouri ranked seventh in the country. During this course, you’ll uncover the truth about the hidden, but highly profitable human and sex trafficking industry. Discussions will examine its prevalence in the United States with a focus on Missouri.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F26 W 6-7:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
Sept. 1 | STLCC-SoCo 120
F27 Th 6-7:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
Nov. 11 | Online

Science and Ethics of Trans

Explore the science behind what makes a person transgender as well as the ethics.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F24 Tu 6-7:30 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Sept. 21 | Online

Living My Best Trans Life

Hear a short narrative written by a friend of a transwoman when first coming out and the struggles she and her family have faced over a 20-year period.
SENR-702 | 1 session | $9 AGE 60+ | $9 REG
F17 M 6:30-8 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Oct. 11 | Online


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