2022 Fall Courses


      • The Academy for Lifetime Learning is an all-volunteer organization of men and women who share their interests and life experiences to provide a rich and varied menu of courses.
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2022 Fall Semester Course Catalog

(Click on any category or class title in the list below to go directly to that item in the catalog.)









Instructor: Carol Storz, (clstorz@bellsouth.net)

Mahjong is a challenging four-player tile game that incorporates skill with luck, and wit. Some liken it to a combination of playing rummy and poker. The game originated in China many centuries ago and was brought to the West in the 1920s.

Mahjong is an interactive community-building activity, but it can seem intimidating to those who aren’t familiar with the rules. In this class you will learn American Mahjong using the National Mahjong League 2022 card and rules. The course includes game background, theory, strategies, rules, and practice play.

Four sessions: Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10:00—11:30 a.m.
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, North St., Onancock
Materials: Mahjong set and all materials will be provided.
Note: Students are encouraged to plan on attending all classes as skill building tips and strategies are built on previous classes.
Class-size limits: Minimum 2, Maximum 4

Carol is an avid Mahjong player, playing regularly with two groups on the Shore. Carol also plays online and via Zoom calls with distant friends. Carol has achieved a first level Brown Belt ranking in online play. Carol is eager to introduce National Mahjong League style Mahjong to the area.

Instructor: Richard Press (rpresssr@aol,com))

Students will learn the concepts of composition, including the elements of art and principles of design. They will marry art and design using a creative process allowing them not only to create a meaningful work of art, but also to be able to discuss art in its many facets.
Artists of different eras including contemporary artists will be discussed, i.e. classical and Harlem Renaissance.

The students will create a work of art that demonstrates the elements of art and principles of design that have been discussed.
Materials will be introduced and discussed in a general format, and separately as they are applied to the lesson.

Two sessions: Fridays, October 7 and 14, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Notes and Materials: Students should bring #2 pencils and a drawing pad (optional) and any other material they might want to bring pertaining to drawing and painting.
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Richard Press is a retired high school art teacher, having taught seven years after being twice retired from other occupations. Even though being published in USA Today, Virginia Pilot, and other media is gratifying, he finds the classroom and assisting students, in general, is much more gratifying. He believes that everyone can express themselves through art. and the lessons he presents in these classes will serve to help prove that.

This is your opportunity to meet four well-known local artists in their studios. The artists will talk about their love of art, how they got started, and how they discovered their own personal techniques. These will be small groups with lots of time to ask questions.  A separate registration is required for each tour you wish to attend.

Instructor: Carrie Jacobson (carrieBjacobson@gmail,com))

Visit Carrie’s painting studio and hear about her journey from newspaper journalist to professional artist. You’ll also be able to see her new paintings and ask any questions you’d like to ask.

One session: Monday, Sept. 12, 10—11 a.m.
Location: Carrie Jacobson’s studio in Wachapreague
Class-size limits: Minimum: 1, Maximum 10

Carrie Jacobson uses a palette knife to make vibrant florals, landscapes, dog portraits, cowscapes, and more.

Instructor: Laura McGowan (lm@lauramcgowanfineart,com))

This class will be a discussion and a painting demo. Laura will talk a little about her studio and how she became an oil painter. She will discuss some of her work and do a demonstration of how she paints ocean waves. Questions along the way are welcome.

One session: Wednesday, October 19, 10—11 a.m.
Location: Historic Onancock School, Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum 3, Maximum 9

Laura McGowan is somewhat well known locally for her wave paintings. She also loves painting landscapes.

Instructor: Margie Bradach (magpienow@aol,com))

Come visit Margie Bradach’s working artist studio where she paints and her husband carves. She will discuss her journey as a self-taught artist beginning in her retirement.

One session: Monday, November 14, 1:00—2:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Onancock School, Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum 1, Maximum 10

Margaret Bradach’s work is shown in galleries on the Eastern Shore in Virginia and Maryland. Her specialty is pet portraits from a photo.

Instructor: Elizabeth Rhoades (erfineart@yahoo,com))

A professional painter for 50 years, Elizabeth Rhoades will explain her journey into recognition and sales, as well as her painting materials and process. She will expose the students to professional pastels and oil paints, as well as substrate materials. The presentation will include both a lecture and a studio tour. She will welcome questions from the students.

One session: Tuesday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Studio near Belle Haven
Class-size limits: Minimum 1, Maximum 10

Elizabeth Rhoades taught art in Connecticut public schools for 35 years. She is a signature or elected artist in over 14 national art associations, is represented in galleries across the country, and has won over 50 awards. She is an award-winning plein air painter and has been represented in national magazines multiple times.

Instructor: Michaela (Mickey) Palmer (mtp26@msn,com)

The instructor will present an overview of bees and beekeeping, its trials and tribulations, and the fascinating life of bees. The class will be presented as a lecture and discussion with questions and answers throughout to provide as much useful information about beekeeping as possible. Hopefully the students will learn a little about the mechanics and requirements of beekeeping and its joys.

One session: Friday, October 21, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Materials: No materials needed, just an inquisitive mind.
Class-size limits: Minimum: 4, Maximum, 15

Mickey Palmer has a love of bees and beekeeping which has led her to become the recently elected Vice President of the Bee Club here on the Eastern Shore.

Instructor: Guy Shover (guyshover3@gmail,com)

In two presentation style sessions, the participants will become familiar with the Lost Wax Method used to create a bronze sculpture: the pattern making, casting, and finishing of a bronze sculpture.

Two sessions: Fridays, September 16 and 23, 9:00—10:30 a.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

Guy Shover has been a resident of the Eastern Shore of VA since 1989. His bronze sculptures and wood carvings vary from whimsical characteristic mice to realistic portrayals of the magnificent wildlife found on the ESVA and beyond. What Guy finds most enjoyable is seeing the abstract forms in nature and manipulating them to create a unique, one-of-a-kind bronze sculpture thru the Lost Wax Method. In addition, Guy is a master at transforming forgotten salvaged wood into original carvings. For the past twenty-eight years, Guy has been employed as a Foundry technician and currently as a Master Pateneur for William H. Turner and Dave H. Turner at Turner Sculpture Gallery and Foundry in Melfa, VA.

Instructors: Helen Putre (hputre2@gmail,com) and Suzy Quigley (susanpeden@charter.net

Students will learn how to do basic image editing. Content will be determined by what students want to learn to do. Editing techniques may include, but will not necessarily be limited to, cropping, resizing, straightening, adjusting exposure and color, dealing with highlights and shadows, sharpening, reducing noise/graininess, removing unwanted elements, inserting new elements, and removing dust spots. The instructors will supply images on which they will demonstrate the techniques using Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022, as well as supplying copies of the images for students to practice on.

Four sessions: October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 9:00—10:30 a.m..
Location: ESCC
Materials needed: Students will need a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022 installed on their laptop before the first class since that is the editing software the instructors will be using for demonstrations. We recommend that rather than purchasing a copy of the software, you download and install a free 30-day trial copy from the Adobe website a couple of days before the course begins. If you wish to purchase your own copy later, the instructors can supply you with the documentation needed to purchase a copy at the discounted rate Adobe provides to students and teachers.
Note: Although you can derive some benefit from the course just by observing in class, ideally you should have a laptop with the Adobe software installed on it that you can bring to class so you can “play along” as the instructors demonstrate techniques.
Class-size limits: Minimum 2, Maximum 6

Instructor information follows Photography: Taking Control of Your Digital Camera.

Instructors: Helen Putre (hputre2@gmail,com) and Suzy Quigley (susanpeden@charter.net

Today’s digital cameras have so many controls that you find them confusing, so you just set your camera to Auto, and usually you’re satisfied with the results. But sometimes the picture you get isn’t quite what you wanted or expected. Is that a description of the relationship between you and your digital camera?

This course will teach you how to take control of the photographic process. You’ll learn to use the controls on your camera to put you, not the camera, in charge of the results.

Four Sessions: Fridays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Materials needed: Digital camera
Note: This course is intended to teach you how to use your digital camera; it will not cover cell phone or film photography.
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

Helen Putre has been fooling around with cameras since she was a teenager, but she really began to be serious about photography several years ago when she inherited a fancy DSLR and didn’t know how to use it. Since then she has picked up her knowledge of photography and photo editing skills informally through attending demonstrations combined with a lot of practice and experimentation. She doesn’t claim to be an expert, but she enjoys sharing what she’s learned and helping others to expand their own photographic horizons.

Suzy Quigley was a public-school art teacher in Connecticut and has been taking pictures for more than thirty years, with some formal photographic education and lots of practical experience. She loves to share and help with both the technical and the art portions of photography. Her background in editing includes some formal training with editing software in addition to years of practical experience.

Instructor: Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera (JLDIAZH28@gmail,com)

In this class you will be able to get a general understanding of the history of the harp in the world from ancient times through today, and particularly its proliferation in the Americas. You will also gain a basic understanding of the different types of harps and learn the difference between a diatonic vs. a chromatic musical instrument. Material will be presented using a slide show and live demonstrations. The last session will consist of a recital of Venezuelan harp music.

Two Sessions: Fridays, November 11 and 18, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Optional Cost: Printed copies of the slide presentations will be available for purchase from the instructor.
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 25

Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera grew up in Venezuela where the harp is the national instrument. He learned to play it from an early age. Living in the USA since 1983, he has formed several groups who play folk music from South America. Today he gives solo recitals aided by accompaniment instruments from his computer. He is an experienced educator retired from high-level positions in higher education.

Instructor: Susan McGuire (susan.mcguire1@icloud,com)

Susan McGuire will dispel the myth that watercolor is “hard.” She says that with some information and practice, you can actually find out that watercolor is fun. No kidding!

She’ll show you some techniques and “cheap tricks” to (hopefully) change your mind. Try it. Some art experience will help you navigate the key elements—water, paint, and paper—and let go of any need to control the outcome.

Four sessions: Fridays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 9:00—10:30 a.m.
Location: ESCC
Materials fee: $40 (payable to the instructor on the first day of class) will cover materials, paper, and paint.
Notes: 1) Suggested supplies that students should bring are paper towels; #2 pencils; a 16×20” piece of cardboard, gator board, or a drawing board; and a clear plastic or glass jar with a lid. (2) Experience level: Some prior art experience is needed.
Class-size limits: Minimum 6, Maximum 10

Susan McGuire has a terrible reputation for helping you see (and paint) things in a whole new way! She has worked in watercolor for the past thirty years. Susan loves painting and is a past president of the Eastern Shore Art League. Her newest venture is The Hello Art Gallery in Onancock. Contact Susan (susan.mcguire1@icloud,com) for details.

Instructor: Martha McClenny Williams (martha.williams62@gmail.com)

Discover little known facts about the history of Norfolk Botanical Garden. Today the garden is a 175-acre natural beauty with over 60 theme gardens. It is one of two formerly WPA (Works Progress Administration) gardens in the country. A PowerPoint presentation will inform the class how 200 African American women and 20 African American men cleared swampland to transform it into a classical landscape (Norfolk Azalea Garden) during the Great Depression.

One Session: Friday, September 23, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Note: A tour of the Norfolk Botanical Garden is the destination for the Oct. 5 session of Lunch and Learn. To participate in that trip, sign up for the session separately in the Lunch and Learn series.
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Martha M. Williams, PhD, is a retired educator. She grew up on the family farm in Southampton County. Family farming gave her a deep appreciation for working the land. She enjoys both beautiful farms and all types of gardens. During her 31-year career as an educator, Martha’s 10-year tenure at Hampton University led her to engage in many community service projects and boards. Serving on the Norfolk Botanical Garden board provided an opportunity to participate in the unfolding history of the garden. After hours of collaboration and research, she published WPA Original Gardeners in May 2016.


Instructor: Margo Digan (maggie.digan@gmail,com)

In this class students will learn the basic game of bocce, the rules, and strategy. We will play in 2 teams of 4 (a total of 8 players) with the bocce balls provided.

Four sessions: Thursdays, September 22, 29, October 6 and 13, 10:30 a.m.—noon, weather permitting
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, North St., Onancock.
Note: Comfortable clothing and sport footwear are recommended. Bocce supplies will be provided.
Class-size limits: Minimum 8 (more IF people are willing to take turns on teams), Maximum 12

Margo Digan is a non-athletic person who discovered the joy of bocce as a young child. She played in France and Italy with residents. Bocce is an international sport.

Instructor: Claire Poole (cpoole422@gmail,com)

This class will introduce you to a stretch practice that will safely, gently, gradually, and effectively increase your flexibility from head to toe. Your posture and general sense of well-being are likely to be improved as well. Movements will be tailored to every level of flexibility from complete beginner (as in stiff as a board) to flexibility rock star. You just need to be able to get down on the floor and back up again.

Eight sessions: Mondays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and November 7, 1:00—2:00 p.m.
Location: YMCA in Onley. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to attend this class.
Materials: Wear comfortable “workout” clothing and bring a yoga mat with you. A yoga block, towel, or small blanket are very helpful as well.
Note: If you have significant joint or muscle problems, or any other chronic health conditions, check with Claire and/or your doctor/physical therapist before class begins just to be sure it’s okay for you to participate. Students will be asked to sign a waiver of liability.
Class-size limits: Minimum 8, Maximum 17

Claire was a massage therapist for 20 years before retiring in early 2020. She has practiced yoga and Pilates for 12 years and took stretch classes for 3 years with an instructor who trained the Denver Broncos. (Claire is nowhere near as tough as this woman was.)

Instructors: Ken Schultz (ken@kenschultz,com) and Sandy Schultz (sandy@kenschultz,com)

The class focuses on hands-on paddling basics, paddling a kayak in a river environment, understanding the river tides, and emphasizing boating safety. Kayakers will also be looking at the varying river and creek environments. This is an easy 5-mile trip on flowing, flat tide water. There are no rapids. We go with the tide!

One session: Tuesday, September 20, meet at 10:30 a.m. for a 3 to 4-hour trip
(Rain date: Wednesday, September 21)
Location: Class will meet at Winter Quarters Landing in Pocomoke City, MD. (Winter Quarters Drive is the first right turn just past Lowe’s off northbound US Rt. 13.)
Materials: Bring your own kayak or arrange in advance to borrow from Ken and Sandy.
Class-size limits: Minimum 10, Maximum 20

This is a popular program that Ken and Sandy Schultz have been offering through ALL since 2015. This trip will be a repeat of the Dividing Creek offering. A shorter trip will also be an option for people reluctant to take on a 5-mile (with the tide) journey.

Instructor: Sue Thatcher (suethatcher1@gmail,com)

Students will learn basic line dance steps and will learn beginner dances using those steps. Before you know it, you’ll be dancing to a variety of music (not just Country) and having a great time. No experience is necessary.

Six sessions:
Section 1: Mondays, September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 10, and 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Section 2: Mondays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, and December 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Onancock School, College St., Onancock
Materials: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that will slide on the wood floor.
Fee: $10 for use of Historic Onancock School (payable to instructor at first class)
Class-size limits: Minimum 10, Maximum 15

Instructor information follows the listing for Experienced Beginner Line Dance.

EXPERIENCED BEGINNER LINE DANCE (for those who have had some lessons and want to learn more)
Instructor: Sue Thatcher (suethatcher1@gmail,com)

Students will review basic line dance steps, learn additional steps, and will learn more difficult beginner line dances. Before they know it, they will be dancing to a variety of music (not just Country).

Six sessions:
Section 1: Mondays, September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 10, and 17, 2:30—3:30 p.m.
Section 2: Mondays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, and December 5, 2:30—3:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Onancock School, College St., Onancock
Fee : $10 for use of Historic Onancock School (payable to instructor at first class)
Materials: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that will slide on the wood floor.
Class-size limits: Minimum 10, Maximum 15

Sue and her team, the Boot Scootin’ Belles, are bringing line dancing to the Eastern Shore. They have taught classes at various places and love sharing this fun experience that exercises both your body and mind.

Instructor: Michael Bono (mkbono23420@gmail,com)

Students will learn how to play the game of pickleball. They will learn the fundamentals of the game.

Four sessions: Fridays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 3:00—4:00 p.m.
Location: Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, Melfa
Fee: $40 (payable to ESYCC at or before the first session). All materials to play the game will be supplied.
Class-size limits: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Instructor information follows Pickleball: Skills and Game Play.

Instructor: Michael Bono (mkbono23420@gmail,com)

This class will expand the skills of pickleball in game play and strategy.

Four sessions: Fridays, October 21, 28 and November 4, and 11, 3:00—4:00 p.m.
Location: Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, Melfa
Fee: $40 (payable to ESYCC at or before the first session). All materials to play the game will be supplied.
Class-size limits: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Mike Bono is a USAA Pickleball Member and a Professional Pickleball Registry Certified Pickleball Coach. He is a health and PE educator in the Accomack County school system and has coached many other sports, including tennis. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn pickleball the right way or to take your game to the next level.



Instructor: Peggy Swan (peggyswan@verizon.net

The class will give participants the opportunity to talk about themselves to a captive audience who will follow up with questions of their own!
Each student will tell a 10-minute story on some aspect of their lives on topics such as: a difficult challenge I faced, the highlights of my life, accomplishments I’m proud of, childhood events that influenced my adult life, life growing up in my family of origin, lessons I learned, how I met my spouse/partner, an experience that changed my life, etc.
Students will choose the topics at the first class. The goal of the class is mutual understanding and appreciation of oneself and others. The classes will be conducted in an informal fashion, with open discussion and, perhaps, personal disclosures. The class will NOT be group therapy—but participants and the instructor may receive therapeutic benefits from the discussions and camaraderie!

Four sessions: Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25, and November 1,10:00 a.m.—noon
Location: The home of the instructor near Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 12

Peggy Swan is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 30 years of experience. She has taught several A.L.L. classes that focus on some aspect of psychology and has taken dozens of classes since A.L.L.’s founding.

Facilitator: MaryKay Mulligan (grammarrules@verizon.net

Too busy for a long book? Join a book club that reads short stories. We will read two or three a week and enjoy, react, and analyze.

Five sessions: Fridays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4, 1:30—3:00 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, North St., Onancock
Materials: Coolest American Stories 2022 January 9, 2022 by Mark Wish (author, editor), Elizabeth Coffey (editor). Available online as well as locally at The Book Bin.
Class-size limits: Minimum 6, Maximum 16

MaryKay Mulligan is a reader, a writer, and a teacher. She loves words.

Instructor: Marilyn Ailes (imailes@verizon.net

Students will learn how to identify a venomous snake, spider, or poison ivy. They’ll learn what diseases are carried by mosquitoes and ticks, and how to recognize the symptoms.

One session: Friday, November 11, 9:00—10:30 a.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 10, Maximum 20

Marilyn Ailes has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Her dissertation was on the salt-marsh mosquitoes of the northern Accomack area. She was also a Certified Pesticide Applicator, providing pest control services to the Navy at Wallops Island. She says “I have donated gallons of blood to the local pest community over the years. If that’s an exaggeration, it never felt like it!”

Moderator: Kim Miles (kmmiles01@gmail,com)

This class is a discussion in which all students can participate (or not) to discuss weighty, thorny issues in social, political, cultural, and everyday life, examining what we would do and why. The instructor will act as a moderator, not a teacher, as he hasn’t figured out this ethical thingy just yet.

Two sessions: Fridays, September 16 and 30, 9:00 — 10:30 a.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 6, Maximum 15

Kim Miles is a widely acclaimed ethical genius. . .a veritable paragon of virtue, who by example alone will imbue the workshop takers with amazing ethical discrimination and powers to resist temptation to cheat, lie, or skirt moral standards. (Wait! No. . .no, that was Ghandi! Kim is just an average guy who likes to think about ethical problems and welcomes discussion of same. Join him for a hoot.)

Facilitator: Betty Martin (bmartin40@verizon.net)

Students will learn about various places in the community and enjoy lunch (Dutch treat) at a different restaurant each week. Group will meet each week in the parking lot of the Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) to carpool to the locations unless prior arrangements are made.  A separate registration is required for each trip in which you wish to participate.


We will spend the better part of the day for this visit, leaving the Eastern Shore Community College at 9:00 a.m. and arriving at the Botanical Garden around 10:15 a.m. Martha Williams, author of WPA Original Gardeners, will join us for a brief time to impart her knowledge/wisdom and to answer questions. We will then be free to roam the gardens with lunch on your own at the café. A tram tour of the gardens is included in the entrance fee.

One session: Wednesday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.—late afternoon
Location: ESCC parking lot south of the Workforce Development Building
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20
Fee: Entrance to Norfolk Botanical Garden is $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and active military. Members are admitted free of charge.

Instructor information is listed under WPA Original Gardeners, Norfolk Botanical Garden.


We will visit/tour Camp Occohannock, meet the new director, and learn about the opportunities offered at this beautiful Methodist-owned camp on Occohannock Creek. BYOL (bring your own lunch). Bottled water provided.

One session: Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.—early afternoon
Location: ESCC parking lot south of the Workforce Development Building
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20


A hidden treasure on the Eastern Shore? You will love it! Dutch treat lunch at a restaurant afterward. Aren’t surprises fun! Trust Betty on this one.

One session: Wednesday, October 19, 9:00 a.m.—early afternoon
Location: ESCC parking lot south of the Workforce Development Building
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20


We will tour YMCA Camp Silver Beach in Jamesville, on the Chesapeake Bay. Learn not only about camping experiences offered kids there but also about opportunities for us locals! As travel expenses increase, more and more are taking “staycations,” and this is perfect for that. Dutch treat lunch at Puppy Drum Market.

One session: Wednesday, October 26, 9:00 a.m.—early afternoon
Location: ESCC parking lot south of the Workforce Development Building
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20


The Cassatt Cottage at 501 Tazewell was built in 1886 by Alexander Cassatt, who constructed 10 cottages on the 500 block of Tazewell for his railroad workers. At one time, the railroad was the most important mode of transportation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and it was Alexander Cassatt’s vision to bring it to the Shore. The first 5 cottages were for management, and the last 5 were for the workers. There are 9 remaining Cassatt cottages.
The library board determined that the 501 cottage served as the first library in Cape Charles when a group of gentile ladies gathered books and distributed them from the porch of the house.
Dutch treat lunch in Cape Charles will follow.

One session: Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 A.M.—early afternoon
Location: ESCC parking lot south of the Workforce Development Building
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Instructor: Edward Murdy (eomurdy@yahoo,com)

This will be the study of relationships between plants/animals and the physical-chemical-biological factors of the marine environment, from open-ocean to coastal and estuarine ecosystems. Special consideration will be given to the biota of the Chesapeake Bay. In the four classes this fall, we will use PowerPoint to discuss: benthic invertebrates (echinoderms – tunicates); benthic life habits; intertidal communities; seagrass communities; coral reefs; and the deep sea. If time permits, we will also discuss human impacts on the ocean such as marine conservation, fisheries, and global climate change.

Four sessions: Fridays, September 16, 23, and Oct 7, 14, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 12, Maximum 24

Ed Murdy received a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. He has approximately 50 scientific publications including four books, two of which deal with fishes of the Chesapeake Bay. He taught Marine Biology at George Washington University from 2009-2016.

Facilitator: Karen Gravelle (karengravelle@msn,com)

This class will provide you with the structure and direction to get you started—and keep you going—in writing your memoir. Each week you’ll be given a topic to write about and will share your writing the following week with the class. Through this process, you’ll learn how to pick the experiences that best illustrate what you want to say about yourself and your life, and you’ll receive feedback that will help sharpen your ability to communicate this to others. As we do this, we’ll discuss the issues that frequently come up in trying to write about yourself and talk about what to do with the memoir when you’ve finished it.

Six sessions: Fridays, October 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, and 9, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 8

Karen Gravelle has been a fiction/non-fiction writer of children’s and Young Adult books since the mid-1980s and has over 20 books published by traditional publishers. She has also written two books for adults and worked as a medical writer for 30+ years.



Instructor: William W. Stilwagen (lzflashback@yahoo,com)

Face it: None of us are getting out of this alive.

Most survivors are woefully unprepared for all the intricacies of a funeral service and for the closing out of the life of a loved one. Even if the passing is expected, few folks organize well. Your own efforts beforehand can spare your loved ones from being ill-prepared for the extreme hardship of making difficult, immediate decisions all on a moment’s notice while under great stress and while grieving. Much of this presentation goes well beyond the confines of a will. Leave your family a legacy they can look back on and say, “Our loved one made it easy for us.”

One session: Friday, November 4, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 1, Maximum 25

Bill wrote My Wishes, My Family, which is a guide to preparing your family for your ultimate demise. Facing his own imminent death, he developed the guide to save his family from deciding the intimate details of his wishes for his funeral services and burial, as well as to prepare them for the multitude of bureaucratic, legal, and personal tasks required for closing out his life.

Instructor: Doreen DeSerres-DuJardin (Doreen@NatureSpirit,com)

Students will review the basics of real aromatherapy for wholistic wellness and will experience some pure aromatics, sensing how they affect the mind, spirit, and body.

One session: Monday, September 19, 6:00—7:00 p.m.
Location: Foggy Place Coffee and Gift Shop, Market Street, Onancock. Foggy Place will open at 5:30 p.m. for participants, allowing time to purchase a beverage before the class begins at 6.
Note: Participants must be fragrance free for class (no perfumes, scented creams, hair sprays, etc.)
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

Nature’s Spirit is a lifestyle shared. Through decades Doreen has been formulating synergistic blends with only pure essential oils and carrier bases. Doreen continues creating Nature’s Spirit products for Body, Mind, Spirit, and Soul. She also teaches a variety of classes and workshops dedicated to wholistic wellness.

Instructor Jan Andrejco (rjandrejco@gmail,com)

In this presentation participants will learn how to shop for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan with the lowest out-of-pocket costs and how to find discounts on expensive prescriptions.

One session: Friday, September 30, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 2, Maximum 20

Instructor information follows Navigating Medicare.

Instructor Jan Andrejco (rjandrejco@gmail,com)

Jan Andrejco will explain Medicare Parts A, B, and C and the Medicare supplements. She will clarify the terminology used. Even if you have a private employer’s health insurance policy or a city/county/state/federal health insurance plan, the information will be relevant as it compares such plans to traditional Medicare.

One session: Friday, September 16, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Location: ESCC
Class-size limits: Minimum 2, Maximum 20

Jan Andrejco is not an insurance agent. She learned about Medicare while helping her mother navigate prescription coverage. She then made herself understand Medicare before it was time to make her own insurance choices by reading and asking experts.

This series, presented by Commonwealth Senior Living, is a 6-week informational series designed to provide residents of the Eastern Shore with their options for long-term care needs. The program will also include ways to stay healthy, financial planning for the future, and differences between long-term care programs and services. Local community partners will take turns presenting valuable information as it pertains to aging in place and aging well.  A separate registration is required for each class you wish to attend.

Instructors: Rachel Sengenberger (Rachel.Sengenberger@rivhs.com) and Sarah Chew (sarah.chew@rivhs.com)

Students will learn strategies for maintaining not only physical health but mental health as well. Information will be presented through lecture as well as participation in fun interactive cognitive games/activities.

One Session: Tuesday, September 20, 3:00—4:30 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, North St., Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Rachel Sengenberger has been a practicing physical therapist for over 22 years, helping patients recover from injury and developing programs for lifelong physical health. Rachel is also very active herself, exercising regularly and finding ways to incorporate physical activity into her daily life.

Sarah Chew has been practicing speech language pathology for about 10 years, which includes helping patients learn strategies for improving their memory and cognition.

Instructor: Douglas Panto (panto@alz.org) and Diana Lumley

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

One session: Tuesday, September 27, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, North St., Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Douglas Panto is the Community Programs Manager for the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Mr. Panto has since dedicated more than 21 years to helping families dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia. He brings practical knowledge and skill to understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia and utilizing local resources to assist with support and care. Douglas is currently a member of the Peninsula Task Force on Aging, the Geriatric Task Force on Aging, Long Term Care Task Force, Senior Services Coalition, and a former Chairman of the Board for the Williamsburg Historic Triangle Senior Center.

Instructor: Julie Warner (Julia.warner@rivhs.com)

Julie Warner will present information about advance directives and what is covered by Medicare and most insurances for skilled nursing facilities, home health, and Hospice. She will give samples of advance directive documents.

One session: Tuesday, October 4, 3:00—4:40 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Julie Warner is a Registered Nurse with a BSN and MSN, BA. She has worked in the hospital setting, acute rehab hospital, BCBS, and Home Health and Hospice.

Instructors: Jaime Gerhardt, PT, DPT (jaime.gerhardt@foxrehab.org) and Stephen Martin, PT (Stephen.martin@foxrehab.org)

Students will learn, via presentation and real-life examples, how they can make their homes safe and what everyday items can be trip hazards. The instructors will also discuss what to do if you fall and review fall recovery. Handouts with helpful information will be distributed.

One session: Wednesday, October. 12, 10:30 a.m.—noon
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Jaime and Stephen are both Physical Therapists who work for Fox Rehabilitation in Virginia Beach; they specialize in working with older adults. Their goals are to help older adults live their best lives and be as independent as possible.

Instructor: John Fiege (john@johnfiege,com)

John Fiege will present the elements of financial planning, with a focus on considerations for older adults.

One session: Tuesday, October 18, 3:00—4:30 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living, Onancock
Class-size limits: Minimum: 4, Maximum 30

John Fiege has been a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) for more than twenty years. Aside from his professional career, John is also involved with many non-profits, including United Way of the Eastern Shore, Christian Businessmen’s Association, Eastern Shore Community College’s Foundation Board, and the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Instructors: Kim Wilkerson and Kristie Annie (Kimberly.wilkerson@commonwealthsl,com)

Commonwealth Senior Living Executive Director Kristie Annis and Sales Director Kim Wilkerson will be providing the differences in senior care and what options are on the Eastern Shore. Also, the instructors will review things like knowing when it’s time, starting the conversation, caregiver stress, and more. There will be time at the end to answer questions that more than likely Kristie and Kim have come across in the past.

One session: Tuesday, October 25, 3:00—4:30 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Senior Living
Class-size limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Commonwealth Senior Living Executive Director Kristie Annis and Sales Director Kim Wilkerson have over 40 years of long-term care experience.

Instructor: Cindy Diggs, LCSW (cadiggsmf@gmail,com)

This course discusses the stress we all felt during the pandemic, work-related stress, family stress, and the physical signs of stress. It covers commonly held false beliefs, also called cognitive distortions, that affect the amount and severity of stress we feel. It also includes self-care methods and suggestions and ways to use and increase our support systems. Brief yoga stretches and meditations will break up the lecture parts.

Three sessions: Wednesdays, October 12, 19, 26, 11:00am–Noon
Location: Franktown United Methodist Church, Franktown
Class-size limits: Minimum 10, Maximum 20

Cindy Diggs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years in mental health treatment and clinical training.