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 screenings and discussions of three award winning films that explore the timely subject of immigration.

The series will include “Frontera” (2014), a drama about illegal immigration, set along the Arizona-Mexico border and starring Ed Harris, Michael Pena and Eva Longoria; “In America” (2002), about an Irish family seeking the American dream in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen; and “The Visitor” (2007), in which Richard Jenkins plays a widowed college professor who finds two illegal immigrants living in the New York City apartment he owns, but rarely visits.

Dates: April 7, 14 and 21 (Th); 6 – 9pm
Location: TBA
Fee: $25 for all three films.
Instructor: Bob Kagan is co-director of the International Film Series at Manchester Community College and has led film discussions at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford. He also is a professor of communication at the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University.

The Art of Landscape Painting

the-art-of-landscape-paintingJoin painter and educator Edith Skiba LaMonica for an in-depth look at traditional and contemporary landscape paintings. The two-part series will include the artists of the Hudson River School and Impressionism. You will be able to apply insights from class to your favorite artists of the past and present. This series is aimed at enhancing your enjoyment of museum and community art exhibits.
Dates: April 8 and 15 (F); 2 – 4pm
Location: Building 600, Room 6 – 173
Fee: $35
Instructor: Edith Skiba LaMonica is a painter, educator and a featured artist at galleries throughout the Northeast. Her paintings are part of several collections including the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and UCONN Health Center.

“You say you want a revolution” The Beatles and American Culture in the 1960s

you-say-you-want-revolution-beatlesListen to the music and learn about the ways that the Beatles and their music helped to transform American society in the 1960s. Join social historian Steve Armstrong in examining how the music recorded by the Beatles changes as the decade progressed and how that music impacted those who listened to it. Explore some of the reasons Beatles music is still popular today.
April 13 and 20 (W); 6 – 8:30pm
Location: TBA
Fee: $35
Instructor: Steve Armstrong conducts workshops on music and history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival. He is the social studies consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education and history and social studies teacher at both the high school and college levels.

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

Dates: May 2 (M); 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 as synagogue clergy and 18 years as a pastoral counselor before devoting herself full-time to her counseling practice.