Options Program for Mature Learners

OPT 01          KNOW YOUR ANTIQUES   & COLLECTIBLES     
Monday
12:30 – 2:00pm
Madeline Mandel 

5 Sessions

  •  10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 
  •   Merrill Rm #8

Explore topics, eras and eBay as part of our study.  Bring in an item for research/appraisal.

  
OPT 02            EASY COMBO WORKOUT      

Monday
12:30pm-1:20pm
 Ann Marie Franzese            

 9 Sessions

  • 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10
  •  Merrill Rm #4

All of the exercises will be done in a standing or sitting position. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing to be able to move freely. Always bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. You need to bring weights for resistant training, which may be 2 - 16oz cans of fruit or vegetables.  Or 2 – 16.9 fl. oz. bottles filled with dried beans). You can also bring 1, 2 or 3 lb. hand weights.  For the 3rd week of classes, a tie or a cloth belt, or dish towel will be needed.  And on the 6th week tennis ball or soft ball (to squeeze) will be used. 

•    1st week – Discussion on Endurance, Strength, Flexibility, and Balance. Reducing the Risks and Preventing Injury. 20 frequently asked questions about exercising.  
•    2nd week – Let’s move to “Original Oldies” favorite songs, followed by easy upper and lower body strength training.
•    3rd week – Flexibility (stretching) and balance exercises.  If you have a man’s tie or a cloth belt or a dish towel, please bring it to this class.
•    4th week – A cardio workout to some fun music, and we will do upper body exercises using free weights.  
•    5th week – Lower body exercises and balance exercises.
•    6th week – Cardio workout, and flexibility stretching.  Hand and wrist exercises, (please bring a tennis ball or hand grips).    
•    7th week – Upper and lower body workout using free weights and bands.
•    8th week – A light warmup, introduction to Qigong (Chinese movements) and balance workout.
•    9th week – final workout covering endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance.

Our body is very efficient NOT to waste energy on feeding limbs and organs that aren’t being used, as the saying goes “IF YOU AIN’T USING IT’ then your body says “YOUR LOSING IT!  SO LET’S START USING IT!  JOIN MY CLASS! 

OPT 03                  CROCHET 
Monday 
1:00pm-2:00pm   
Anita Frimere              

3 Sessions

  • 10/15, 10/22, 10/29
  •  Merrill Rm #9

Have fun learning a new skill – help an existing skill – learn to read patterns. All in a warm “chatty” atmosphere.

OPT 04              SHAKESPEARE’S      
Monday
1:30pm-3:30pm
Two Gentlemen of Verona                 
Joan Hartman 

6 Sessions 

  • 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/ 19
  • Merrill Rm #7

We’ll read another of Shakespeare’s early comedies, probably written at the same time as The Taming of the Shrew. We’ll consider its plotting, its language, and its staging.  We’ll also look at Roman comedy and its influence from Shakespeare’s time to the present. Please purchase the Folger edition of the play ($6.99).

OPT 05            EDUCATIONAL TRIVIA  
Monday
2:15pm-3:15pm
Henry Plotkin            

7 Sessions

  • 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26
  • Merrill Rm #8

You have no place for your worldly knowledge.  Join us for trivia that covers a diverse range of subjects.  The format will involve small groups, probably three or four, competing against each other.  The following is a partial list of the topics covered:

•    The Woodman – The movies of Woody Allen
•    Poly The Many – Words with the prefix, poly
•    They Got the  Goods  and the Money – Fortune 500 brands
•    A Picture is Worth…………………Photos of historical significance
•    The US Without the Map – Participants name bordering states without map    
•    The Prestigious Eight – Ivy League Schools
•    Call Me a Doctor – Well known doctors of the past and present
•    Before Their House Was White and Their Hair Was Gray – Photos of  Presidents before they were president
•    I Love Paris – Places to visit in Paris

OPT 06            DREAM DOODLE      
Monday
2:30pm-3:30pm
Anita Frimere      

3 Sessions

  • 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 
  •  Merrill Rm #10

With just a pen and paper you can dream, doodle, relax and create amazing art.  Come learn this calming art.  No artistic ability required!!!  Materials needed: plain unlined white paper and regular black gel pen.


OPT 07             ALASKAN GOLD RUSH  
Tuesday
11:30am – 12:30pm
John Rossi     

1 Session

  • 11/20
  • Merrill Rm #4

1898, one of the largest events to affect Alaska’s future was the discovery of Gold! However, the real gold is the beauty surrounding Alaska.

OPT 08               ALASKA
Tuesday
11:30am – 12:30pm
VIBRANT and BEAUTIFUL              
John Rossi  

1 Session

  • 11/27
  • Merrill Rm #4

In 1967, called “Seward’s Folly when then Secretary of State William H. Seward made the purchase of Alaska from Russia.  In 1959 President Eisenhower signed in Alaska as the 49th state of the Union.

OPT 09              ALASKA
Tuesday
11:30am – 12:30pm
The Final Frontier     
John Rossi  

1 Session

  • 12/4
  • Merrill Rm #4

There are over 100,000 glaciers in Alaska, covering three percent of the landscape and creating most of its rivers.


OPT 10            STATEN ISLAND HISTORY 
Tuesday
12:30pm-1:30pm
Patricia Brady  

4 Sessions

  • 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
  • Merrill Rm #8                            

Would you like to know about “The Isle of Staaten” from 12,000 years ago to the present day? This is a group discussion course (not like a regular 101 History course) that will take everyone back to the Great Mastodon Era as the first indigenous people made their way to our great island.    


OPT 11             FUN WITH EASY MATH
Tuesday
 12:30pm-2:30pm
Allan Meyers

10 Sessions    

  • 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/06, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4,12/11        
  •  Merrill Rm #7     

When I say easy math, I mean easy math, if you think 2 x 2 = 5.  Please do not take this class! But with simple arithmetic you can learn to play roulette, black jack, Texas Hold’em and many other games.

             

OPT 12       THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS 
Tuesday
1:00pm-2:30PM
Harold Hellman          
                                
5 Sessions

  • 10/9, 10/16, 10/23,10/30, 11/6
  • Merrill Rm #9

The course discusses the importance of happiness; the difference between something making you happy in the moment and happiness as an ongoing experience; the relationship between perfection, choice and happiness; and the core elements which lead to a happy life.  The course includes a guided meditation and other experiential elements in which the participants will develop “happiness skills.”


OPT 13           PAINTING          
Tuesday
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Oil & Watercolor            
Jaeyeun Park         

3 Sessions  

  • 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
  • TBA

Expressive watercolor; learn the 4 basic watercolor techniques which will open a wide range of water color techniques, wet on dry, wet on wet, dry on wet, dry on dry.  Learn how to paint in your own way with colors, shapes and tones which you get from nature (flowers, still life, and landscape.)  Learn to love the fluidity and spontaneity of water color. 

Expressive oil painting; oil painting is the easiest medium to learn; even the beginners can make masterpieces!  Learn how to paint and understand the chemistry of warm and cold colors. Supply list will be given at registration.

OPT 14     FILM SERIES ABOUT THE ARTS
Tuesday
2:30pm – 4:30pm
TAKE 3            
Harvey Rosensfit

5 Sessions

  • 10/9, 10/16, 10/23,10/30, 11/6
  •  Merrill Rm #8

This time around we will discuss topics including Ella Fitzgerald, Norman Lear, Paul Strand and more music.  And whatever happened to all those “Annie’s” after Broadway?     


OPT 15              THE NEW –   101 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE WHO NEVER EXISTED         
Wednesday
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Allan Meyers 

10 Sessions

  • 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/07, 11/14,11/21, 11/28, 12/05,12/12
  •  Merrill Rm #7

Who knows who the masked man is?
Who knows whose Archie Andrews favorite?
Who knows if Damon Runyon’s characters really exist?
Who knows why Mary Richardson laughed at the funeral?
Who knows if skits and plays will be performed?
The “SHADOW” knows!

OPT 16              STORY OR OPINION    
Wednesday
1:30pm – 2:30pm     
Thomas Wortmann  

4 Sessions  

  • 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
  • Merrill Rm #9

We’ll discuss the media, its history and how it reports.  Learn some interesting facts about today’s current events and how and why they are reported.  A free and open discussion on what you read, what you didn’t read and why.  Keep the politics at home.  Join us!


OPT 17           KNITTING WORKSHOP
Wednesday
12:30pm-3:30pm
Diane Frankel

8 Sessions

  • 10/17, 10/24, 10/31,11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 2/5, 12/12
  • Merrill Rm #4 

First time knitter or lifelong crafter, learn to knit, finish a work in progress, learn a new technique, stitch or make a DYI holiday craft.  Knit for an hour or stay as long as you wish.  Join us for some relaxing fun! Yarn will be provided for the holiday craft projects.  Each holiday craft project takes approximately an hour or two to make.

October 17th – Pompom snowman and Pompom wreath (bring thin wire hanger for wreath)
October 31st - little Christmas tree wreath and Knitted Hanukkah Menorah
November 14th – tiny holiday sweater ornament an mini holiday stocking       


OPT 18                    ENERGY WORK     
Wednesday
 2:30pm-4:00pm
Connie Tabbitas

4 Sessions

  • 10/24, 10/31, 11/7,11/14         
  • Merrill Rm #8  

Energy work is a general term for modalities that are based on the idea that the human body consists of energy fields that can be stimulated through various techniques to promote wellness.

 

OPT 19          ONE HUNDRED UNANSWERED AND VEXING QUESTIONS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES AND   RENAISSANCE, WHICH PLAGUE US,  (AND PROBABLY WILL TILL THE END OF TIME).  

Thursday
10:00am – 11:00am
Peter Whitehouse  

5 Sessions

  • 11/8, 11/15, 11/29,12/6, 12/13
  • Merrill Rm #5

Some examples:
Was Francisca Hernandez saint or sinner, or both? 
Is the Virgin Cave a real thing?  
Was Impressionism first practiced as early as the Renaissance? 
So which are really the Seven Deadly Sins?  
Is the Luxembourg Palace and grounds the #1 outlier of all French architecture?
Was Raymon Liull a madman or a genius, or a mad genius? 
How did Cranach get away with painting such racy nudes in reactionary Germany?
Come, but don’t expect irrefutable answers.

 

OPT 20                THINKING BASEBALL 
Thursday
10:00am – 11:00am
Andrew Mele      

7 Sessions

  • 10/11, 10/18, 10/25,11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29
  • Merrill Rm #4                                

From Ty Cobb to “Willie, Mickey & the Duke” WE’LL COVER IT ALL!
                                

OPT 21       “OUR NOTABLE STATEN ISLAND  NEIGHBORS”  
Thursday
11:00am – 12:00pm    
Andrew Mele 

7 Sessions

  • 10/11, 10/18, 10/25,11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29
  • Merrill Rm #4   

Discussions of Staten Islanders and their achievements – Some you may or may not know.   


OPT 22              UNIQUE AMERICA
Thursday
11:00am – 12:00pm
John Paul Culotta 

8 Sessions

  • 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6  
  • Merrill Rm #8


A look at our country through the history of our political, social, economic and cultural life.

 

OPT 23         THREE RENAISSANCE  WOMEN ARTISTS
Thursday    
11:00am – 12:30pm
Snjezana Smodlaka 

3 Sessions

  • 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
  •  Merrill Rm Lab

During their lifetime great Renaissance artists Sofonisba Anguisola, Lavinia Fontana and Elizabetta Sirani achieved international fame and recognition, but in spite of that they were forgotten by art history for more than three and a half centuries. The recent interest in their artwork revealed exquisite paintings representing women, their fashionable clothing and jewelry as well as their attitude towards society.
Each artist will be presented separately, with the aid of Power Point presentations.

 

OPT 24        THE LANGUAGE OF FILM     
Thursday
12:30pm – 3pm
Fred Grieco 

5 Sessions

  • 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8
  • Merrill Rm #8

View and discuss classic and contemporary movies.

 

OPT 25        TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT  LIFE MAGAZINE
Thursday
12:30pm – 2:00pm
David Frankel  
                           
9 Sessions

  • 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13
  • TBD                               

Using the special edition of LIFE MAGAZINE from 1936 – 1986, we can study the impact it had on us.  It’s a great history lesson covering everything from war to life here at home.  There will be plenty of discussion to go around for all, surrounding the contents of each edition.  

 

OPT 26           FRIENDSHIP MATTERS    
Thursday
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Ellen Simonetti    

 4 Sessions

  • 10/25, 11/1, 11/8,11/15
  • Merrill Rm #7

Most social scientists agree that human connection is one of the most important contributing factors to longevity. Nevertheless, society doesn’t use all the resources available today to address this problem. Facebook leads us to believe that most are socially well-connected and leading wonderfully fulfilling lives.  Magazines (Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping), TV shows (Friends, Golden Girls, Sex in the City) etc. emphasize the ease and glamour of friendship.

Why, then, do studies report that 75% of us have few close friendships? This disconnects between popular culture and our social reality needs to be addressed. 
Friendship skills do not come naturally for all of us and were never taught in school and are vitally necessary as we age.
This course is a combination of lecture and discussion designed to teach specific skills to find, develop and maintain friendships. It will also discover how our personal psychological style impacts the quality of our friendships.

 

OPT 27               PAPER BEADS  & PAPER BEAD EARRING MAKING
Friday
Lucy Smith

3 Sessions
Merrill Rm #4

  • 10/12
    •  10:00am – 12:00pm
  •  10/19, 10/26
    • 10:00am - 12:30pm

We will be learning to make paper beads from wrapping paper, magazines or creative paper.  For advanced students we will be making earrings from paper beads. 

 

OPT 28            COMPUTERS
Friday
Doriann Hyland

5 Sessions
CSI – 2N - 115

  • 10/19 – 10:30am to 12:00pm    
  • 10/26 – 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • 11/9 – 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • 11/16 – 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • 12/7 – 10:00am to 12:00pm

October 19th – Computer basics (Windows 10)
October 26th – Creating an email account
November 9th – Social Media websites (Pinterest, Facebook etc.)
November 16th – Surfing the internet using a pc or phone
December 7th – Using MS Word to create holiday themed items (i.e.: pictures, cards, menus) 

 

OPT 29        HISTORY OF U.S. COINAGE
Friday
11:00am – 12:00pm
Mitchell Lehrer 

7 Sessions

  • 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30
  • Merrill Rm #9

This course will cover the illustrious and colorful history of U.S. coinage from the U.S. Mint’s inception in 1793 to the present with a heavy emphasis on the early years of coin production.  
Students are encouraged to bring in their coins for evaluation and determination of worth.

 

OPT 30        SILK SCARF WORKSHOP -  Using Black or White Scarves  / Plus sun visors and baseball caps! / NEW - JACKETS
Friday
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Annette Marten

1 Session

  • 11/9
  • Merrill #4

                               
Attend a workshop and learn how to use dyes to create a beautiful hand printed scarf or jacket. The jacket is shaped front collar that drapes down like a waterfall, butterfly sleeves, lower at back, one size. This semester we will be using black or white silk scarves. This semester we will also work with sun visors and baseball caps and jackets. All are welcome.  Materials will be provided for a fee of $25.00 or $35.00 for jackets.


OPT 31                         PAINTING
Friday
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rosemarie Chirdo  
                              
4 Sessions

  • 10/19, 10/26, 11/16, 11/30
  • Merrill Rm #4                              

                                        
Tap your creativity, using the medium of your choice, paint from a still life or a photo you bring in, focusing on shading, proportions, and values.  We may produce a Cezanne or Matisse.  Who knows!  
ALL LEVELS WELCOME!  Supply list will be given at registration.

 

“THE GROUP”    The OPTIONS Student Club     
 Thursday

  •  2:30pm – 4:30pm
  •  Merrill Rm #9

Come and join the fun. We meet every Thursday.  Talk and socialize with other Option students.