April 28, 2004
The Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) has planned a half day of Adult Living & Learning Seminars perfect for a spring getaway.

The Adult Living & Learning Seminars will be held at the HACC Campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, on Thursday, May 20. The day will start with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and includes two 1-1/2-hour sessions concluding at 11:45 a.m.

The event is open to adults of all ages. Each of the two sessions includes nine course offerings. Those registering select a first and second choice for each session.

Session One seminars include the following:

- Intuitive Gardening - Gardens can be pure joy, without overdoing the formalities. Learn about design and sensibilities, along with common sense and survival tips by a life-long organic gardener/artist.

- Songs & Stories of Old Railroad Days - Dressed in old-time railroader clothes, Matthew Dodd takes listeners on a journey through time, featuring new, old (and even older!) railroad songs. He also tells stories of famous trains, train wrecks, engineers, brakemen, passengers, railroad builders, railroad legends and ghosts, railroad lore, jokes and superstitions and more. Dodd sings and plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo and mandolin.

- Come Get the Shock of Your Life: AEDs - This course is a demonstration of Automated External Defibrillators. Every year in the U.S., sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 250,000 people and hundreds of thousands more worldwide. Today, fewer than 5% of SCA victims survive, largely because defibrillators do not reach them in time. In most cases, their key to survival is prompt defibrillation therapy. More than 90% of SCA victims survive when defibrillation occurs within two minutes of sudden cardiac arrest onset.

- Roses, Roses to Light Up Your Switch Plate - A great way to decorate your light switch plates, this project is great for your painting your first roses. These easy roses can be painted with your fingers. The background will be marbleized with plastic wrap.

- The First Americans: Clovis Man vs. Meadowcroft, PA - This program reviews traditional theories that man came to North America via the Bering land bridge, then offers new evidence to dispel that theory, including the archaeological evidence of Pennsylvania's Meadowcroft Rock Shelter. The pros and cons of both Clovis Man and revisionist interpretations will be discussed.

- The Evolution of the American Musical - Through musical examples, this class will chart the evolution of the American musical from minstrel shows to revues to a melding of book and music.

- Astrology: An Introduction - This course serves as a basic introduction to the ancient art of astrology. It covers the birth chart and its major aspects including the Sun Sign, the Moon Sign and the Natal Ascendant, as well as basic personality and compatibility charts. Students will learn how to make a birth chart and the basics of interpretation.

- How to Work with an Interior Designer - If you've never worked with an interior designer before, this course will get you started by explaining what is involved in a basic consultation and what to expect.

- The Eisenhowers in Gettysburg - Through a living-history presentation as Mamie Eisenhower and Ruthmary McIlhenny will reflect on the lives of the Eisenhowers, focusing on the two times they lived in Gettysburg.

Session Two seminars include the following:

- About Zelda Fitzgerald - Feminist Art-Martyr or Simply Crazy? - This class will take a look at the fascinating cultural context of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's lifestyle, along with an analysis of her biography by Nancy Milford, her own extensive works, and her creative struggles.

- Songs & Stories of Old Railroad Days (Description in Session I)

- Come Get the Shock of Your Life: AEDs (Description in Session I)

- Roses, Roses to Light Up Your Switch Plate (Description in Session I)

- The First Americans: Clovis Man vs. Meadowcroft, PA (Description in Session I)

- The Evolution of the American Musical (Description in Session I)

- Feng Shui - What's Your Chi? - This course covers the basics of "Chi" or energy and how to apply the "Bagua" to a home or office environment. Using the Bagua, students can learn to enhance certain areas of their lives, including relationships, careers, and wealth.

- Learn to Create Your Own Decorating Style - Learn the basics of how to pull your style together so that your home reflects your unique personality. Topics include designing a floor plan, coordinating colors and fabrics, and selecting furniture, wall and floor coverings, and window treatments.

- The Eisenhowers in Gettysburg (Description in Session I)

Cost of the half-day program is just $30. Registration deadline is May 13.

A brochure with class details and registration form is available by calling (717) 338-1010. Information also is available in HACC's Summer 2004 Noncredit Schedule on the Web site below.

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