PAST CLASSES

Here is a look at some past classes that we have had for our Lifelong Learning meetings.

Exploring the Azores

Have you always wanted to visit the Azores?  Then join us as Al Pinheiro from Caravelle Travel talks with us about the culture and atmosphere of the beautiful Azores off the coast of Portugal.  The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, are an        archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. The islands are characterized by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and     hedgerows of blue hydrangeas. São Miguel, the largest, has lake-filled calderas and the Gorreana Tea Plantation. Pico is home to the 2,351m Mt. Pico and vineyards sheltered by boulders.

Infection and Immunity

Are you concerned for your health?  Would you like to learn more about your immune system and how it protects the body, how we can aid in that protection? Join us as Linda D. Caren, PhD and Biology Professor Emerita at California State University, Northridge presents information on infection and immunity. 

The immune system is a double-edged sword that can cause allergies and auto-immune diseases. With aging, part of the immune systems may be less robust, but that decline may help protect us from the increased incidence of autoimmune disease seen in seniors.

Dr. Caren has taught Medical Microbiology and Immunology throughout her career. She is coming to talk to us once again about the following important topics: vaccines, infections,  immune system and immunotherapy for cancer.

The Power of Media

​“If we lose our free press, we lose our freedoms.  If we lose our freedoms, we lose America.”  Marty Cheek and Robert Airoldi from Life Media Group (publisher of Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy Life newspapers) will discuss the importance of the news media in today’s America and why hyper-local sources of news can positively impact the quality of life for everyone in a community.  The two will describe how to communicate effectively through the medium of newspapers and websites to promote nonprofit organizations or to share an opinion on local concerns. 

Marty Cheek is the publisher and co-owner of Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy Life newspapers.  He has worked in the journalism field for more than three decades.  He is the co-author with Congressman Jerry McNerney of the book “Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels.”

Robert Airoldi is the editor and co-owner of Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy Life newspapers.  He has worked in journalism for nearly four decades and has won several awards.  He recently married Kathryn Walker and the couple now live in Hollister. 

Naval Aviation

Come join retired US Navy Captain and Naval aviator, Rich Hinnenkamp, as he talks about his experience in naval aviation and gives us a run down of naval aviation training and flying as well as airline and corporate flying. His presentation will include basic air traffic control, navigation, aircraft simulation technology, as well as rudimentary aeronautics, aerodynamics and safety.    Employment potential and some of the various avenues to a professional pilot career will be discussed.

Rich Hinnenkamp is a retired US Navy Captain and Naval Aviator. He was based in Pensacola, FL, Corpus Christi, TX,  Rota, Spain & NAS Alameda. Upon leaving active duty he joined the naval reserve and had a short career flying for 3M before joining United Air Lines. He retired at the mandatory age of 60 (at that time) as a 747 captain.  He then flew corporate jets for 10 years for a company called NetJets that is owned by Warren Buffett.  He currently does a little bit of contract flying of corporate aircraft on a fill in basis.

Astronomy, "How Do We Know That?"

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.”— Plato, Philosopher

 

From the earliest times, mankind has looked up at the night sky in wonder, trying to determine what it all means. Over the ages, as our knowledge expanded, so did our awareness of the size of the universe and our place in it. Join Bill Hudson, a Fremont Peak Observatory Presenter, as he answers the age old question, “How do we know that?”  He will focus on new discoveries and new technologies in today’s world. 

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