Tunxis Community College will offer “Bend in the River,” a series of short non-credit courses this spring for those who love to learn and experience new challenges. With no exams or grades to worry about, courses are designed for intellectual stimulation and enrichment, and are taught by Tunxis faculty and other experts in their fields. All classes are held on campus in Farmington. A few of the courses offered are listed below. For more information on these courses, visit tunxis.edu/bend, or call 860.314.4700.
• Memoir Workshop, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
An intensive workshop with Tunxis professor Sally Terrell will help participants start writing their own memoir. Class includes writing exercises, learning how to apply writing elements, discussions of models and peer feedback.
• Love and Romance in the Cinema, Feb. 20, 27 and March 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
View and discuss three of the world’s top romantic films from the past 20 years. Learn how different directors from different cultures explore this topic. Films include “Midnight in Paris,” “A Very Long Engagement,” and “Il Postino.” Instructor Bob Kagan teaches film study at Manchester Community College and leads film discussions at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford.
• An Invitation to Mindfulness, March 22, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Learn how to practice mindfulness and be more present in the moment. Instructor Sharon Gutterman is an acclaimed presenter on helping people use mindfulness strategies to manage stress and cultivate health, balance and energy. Her teaching is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author and founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
• Hartford Symphony Orchestra Pre-Show Presentation: Mozart’s Requiem & Bernstein’s Jeremiah, March 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
A presentation by Jeffrey Martin, HSO’s director of community engagement and education, will provide a more complete understanding of the live concert performance with these two explorations of faith through music. Those who attend will receive a voucher to purchase a $10 ticket for the HSO’s performances of these works. Concert performances are April 10-13 at The Bushnell.
• Rebooting Your Career and Life, April 11 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Come to this workshop to re-discover who you are and identify what you want to do with your career and life. Awarded the “Distinguished Professional Award” by the Connecticut Counseling Association, instructor Eleta Jones, Ph.D., LPC, brings more than 30 years of experience as a career coach and counselor to her work.
• Poetry Reading and Writing, April 12, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Gain confidence in analyzing poetry, writing a poem, and presenting your work. This day-long workshop will explore several poems ranging from classic to contemporary. Celebrated poet, teacher and author John Stanizzi will help you become more adept at close reading, gain a better grasp of some great poems, and create your own draft of a potential poem or two.
Tunxis Community College is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. See the college website for directions and maps.