Educational Programs

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Cultivating a Home Yoga Practice

When and how do you make time for yourself? Many of us lead busy, over-scheduled lives. Developing a home yoga practice can help you stay grounded and present. Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, this class will give you strategies for cultivating a personal practice. Learn about different breathing (pranayama) and meditation exercises, poses (asanas), and self-care regimens. You will leave with a manageable routine for your home practice, attuned to your schedule and needs.
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Embroider Letters!

This introductory class, held in Room A-3, will teach you how to use the running stitch, back stitch, and chain stitch to make your text-based embroidery dreams come true. Create a monogram, a name, an initial, lyrics, or a motto! Bring your own embroidery materials (a hoop, needle, embroidery floss, and muslin fabric). If you don’t have those items, you can borrow a set from the teacher.
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Who’s That Dead White Guy on a Horse?

D.C. is brimming with marble and bronze likenesses. You can hardly turn a corner without being met by the solemn face of a statue. As the nation’s capital, our public spaces hold the special honor (and at times, burden) of commemorating historical figures. But have you ever wondered what made these individuals noteworthy and why someone thought they were significant? When was their significance decided upon, and who made the decision to honor them? And finally, what rights do D.C. residents have in terms of statue selection and placement?
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Stress Relief with Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga is a group exercise of voluntary and prolonged laughter. Thought by practicioners to provide many of the same physiological and psychological benefits of physical exercise, laughter yoga is built on eye contact, physical touch, and playful games amongst participants. You’ll learn the basics of laughing techniques, laughter “ignition,” and meditation. At the end, you’ll be asked to share your experience and hug to two students you didn’t know before the class.
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Mysteries of the 1040 Form and Other Tax Basics

Taught by two certified tax volunteers, this interactive class will cover the history of U.S. tax policy and go through a step-by-step tutorial on how to complete the forms for free (for those with income less than $60,000 a year). Then, get ready for a tax game in which YOU are the contestant — don’t worry, you’ll be armed with all of the information you’ll need to win. You’ll learn about the many tax credits/deductions you may be eligible to receive, and about how the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) might affect your returns.
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Cybersecurity 202: Encrypt Your Data

In Cybersecurity 101: Protect Yourself Online, you learned the basics of keeping your online privacy intact. (If you didn’t, that’s OK. You can still take this class.) What about the files that live on your physical device, and/or in the cloud?
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Silly Dummy, Tricks are for Bridge

Bridge can be enjoyed as a casual matchup with friends, a game with money on the table, or as a club or tournament competition. Whatever level appeals to you, this class will get you started with the basics. We’ll go over the rules of bridge, basic scoring, bidding, and card play. If you’ve played some trick-taking card games like “Hearts” or “Spades,” you’ll have a bit of a headstart, but no prior experience is necessary. Before you know it, you may wander into work or class bleary-eyed from a bridge all-nighter.
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Cybersecurity 101: Protect Yourself Online

Ever since the Snowden news broke in 2013, issues of individual online privacy and security have attracted unprecedented attention. (Especially when Jennifer Lawrence is involved.) Technical security topics are often presented as black and white: Either an individual is totally vulnerable and clueless, or he/she is a super-secure, badass hacker.
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Writing Science for the Masses

Many scientists do amazing things, then write about them in a way that is comprehensible only to a handful of other experts. How do you tell a compelling science story to broader audiences, such as policy makers and the general public? In this class, we’ll analyze an exemplary piece of popular science writing, as well as workshop pieces written by students. We’ll also talk about strategies for placing stories with newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
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Global Climate Change: Challenges Now and in the Future

Join Dr. Robert Beauchamp, retired Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies and Management Program at UMD for a lecture on global climate change.   Dr. Beauchamp will discuss topics related to this pressing issue and answer any questions Mt. Pleasant community members might have. Come learn about and discuss: