Bend in the River

Winding river

Welcome to Bend in the River at Tunxis Community College. Bend in the River, a non-credit program of short courses and workshops, is for people who love to learn and experience new challenges. There are no exams to take or grades to worry about. Our courses are designed for intellectual stimulation and enrichment. For more information and to register, please call 860.314.4700.

The name, Tunxis, is loosely translated from the Native American Indian word meaning “the point where the river bends.” We hope that our program will inspire you to follow the river’s bend to new opportunities to learn and grow.




Academy Award Winners







Join film professor Bob Kagan for an exploration of three films that received Academy Awards. Each class features background material on the evening’s film, a look at how the director uses cinematography, sound and editing to tell a story, insights into the cultural context of the film and a lively post-film discussion.

The class will screen the 1977 classic “Annie Hall,” starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Many critics consider this to be Allen’s best movie; “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), which Clint Eastwood directed and starred in and which features Hilary Swank as an amateur boxer determined to go professional; and “Crash” (2005) which explores racial and ethnic stereotypes in contemporary America and features and ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Ryan Phillippe.

October 15, 22, 29 (Th.) 6 – 9pm

Location:  Building 200, Room 213

Fee: $25 for all three films.

Instructor: Bob Kagan is a professor of communication at Manchester Community College and Central Connecticut State University. He is the director of the International Film Series at Manchester Community College and also leads film discussions at The Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford.

Mindfully Stress-Less!


“The quality of care you give to others is related to the quality of care you give yourself.”—Sharon Gutterman

You have the inner capacity to deal with the stresses that life brings along your path. You also have the capacity to savor life’s joys. Learn how to practice mindfulness so that you can live a calmer, more satisfying life. This workshop will cover present moment awareness, mindful meditation, stress management, body scan, mindful communication, mindful eating, and handling strong emotions.

October 10 (S); 9 AM– 2:30 PM

Location: Bristol Boys and Girls Club, West Street, Bristol

Fee: $65

Instructor: Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D., teaches mindfulness practices to people from all walks of life in the United States and internationally. She trained in the highly successful Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed and taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.


How to Understand the Art of Painting

Join painter and educator Edith Skiba LaMonica on a journey to discover how painters including Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Matisse used light and color to convey their unique visions. You will be able to apply these insights to your favorite artists of the past and present. This two-part series is aimed at enhancing your enjoyment of museum and community art exhibits

October 2, 9 (F) 2 – 4PM

Location: Building 600, Room 6 – 173

Fee: $35

Instructor: Edith Skiba LaMonica is a painter and educator and a featured artist at galleries throughout the Northeast. Represented by the ARTWORKS Gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, her paintings are part of several collections including the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and UCONN Health Center. LaMonica is a member of the UCONN Art Advisory Committee and Gallery on the Green in Canton, CT.


Passages and Pathways

Each stage of life presents us with challenges and choices. We can’t always anticipate our life passage or have a clear sense of direction over what path to take. This interactive workshop will provide ideas and tools to navigate the journey.
Topics will include:
Overview of Life Stages
Emotions and Finances
Learning and growing through the Process of Change

October 23,(F) 1 – 4pm

Location: Building 600, Room 6 – 173

Fee: $45

Instructor: Susan Levine, MA, LPC provides counseling services to people facing major life transitions related to career, retirement, aging, bereavement, separation and divorce and recovery issues. Levine spent more than 30 years in synagogue clergy and 18 years as a pastoral counselor before devoting herself full-time to her counseling practice.