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Genealogy: Beginning to Know Your Family


with Kathy Mastin

Calendar Feb 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Looking to begin the exploration into your family’s history and learning how to document your findings? Join instructor and enthusiastic genealogy hobbyist Kathy Mastin in this four-part class, and begin your family history journey with an experienced guide. Using checklists, forms and writing stories, Kathy will show you how to get started. From there you’ll learn how to research, document resources and how to talk to relatives. Kathy will help you explore economical options for compiling your information and incorporating photos and stories chronologically.

Register by Feb. 3

Instructor Kathy Mastin has a B.S. in education with a minor in art from Kansas Wesleyan University. She has researched genealogy for herself and others for many years. Her love of family and history started at a young age, listening to her grandparents talk about their lives and ancestors as they made their way across the Atlantic, and generations later, making their way to Kansas. Kathy also enjoys embroidery and has made over 30 quilts

Learn to Play Mah Jongg


with Linda Smittle

Calendar Feb 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Learn to play Mah Jongg, a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. With a very small amount of time and effort, you’ll become familiar with the elementary principles of the game: the tiles (dots, cracks, and bams instead of clubs, hearts, diamonds, and hearts) and the rules (like the “Charleston” and “Standard Hands”). Like many games, a bit of luck and some strategy help create a winning hand. You course fee includes your own copy the National Mah Jongg League card, the official standard hands and rules. Join millions of players around the world who enjoy playing “Mahj.”

Register by Feb. 4

Linda Smittle is a lifelong learner and teacher. She learned how to play Mah Jongg about 10 years ago and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with others.

Bonsai for Beginners


with Gerrett Morris

Calendar Mar 5, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

You will be introduced to every aspect of the art of bonsai in this six hour introductory course. To start professional horticulturist Gerrett Morris will introduce you to what bonsai is, keeping bonsai trees alive in the Kansas climate and the horticulture behind the plant. Next you will plant your very own two-year-old bald cypress seedling into an 8-inch training pot. From there you’ll learn concepts for growing and designing your bonsai. Class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and hands-on activity. Students will be invited on a field trip to a nursery on a Saturday outside of class.

Register by Feb. 27

Gerrett Morris has been the zoo horticulturist at Rolling Hills Zoo for 20 years and has been studying bonsai over 10 years. He has also completed Master Gardener training. Gerrett has 15 bonsai trees in his personal collection, made up mostly of Elm and Bald Cypress. First introduced to bonsai after visiting the Chicago Botanical Garden's bonsai collection, Gerrett has been inspired to read many books on the art, viewed hours of training video demonstrations, and is taking an extensive online course. His future goal is to start a bonsai club in Salina for the region.

The Accelerating Expanding Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And Einstein’s Cosmological Constant, or Why Jim Peebles was Awarded Half of the 2019 Physics Nobel Prize.


with Bharat Ratra

Calendar Mar 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Dark energy is the leading candidate for the mechanism that is responsible for causing the cosmological expansion to accelerate. In this non-technical talk, Bharat Ratra will describe the astronomical data which persuade cosmologists that (as yet not directly detected) dark energy and dark matter are by far the main components of the energy budget of the universe. He will review how these observations have led to the development of a quantitative “standard” model of cosmology that describes the evolution of the universe from an early epoch of inflation to the complex hierarchy of structure seen today. He will also discuss the basic physics, and the history of ideas (many developed by Jim Peebles), on which this model is based.

Register by March 23

Bharat Ratra, distinguished professor of physics, works in the areas of cosmology and astroparticle physics. He researches the structure and evolution of the universe. Ratra's research has appeared in 100 scholarly publications, which have been cited more than 12,500 times in scientific literature. Ratra joined Kansas State University in 1996 as an assistant professor of physics. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ratra earned a doctorate in physics from Stanford University and a master's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.

Local Media Bootcamp


with Greg Stephens

Calendar Mar 28, 2020 at 10 am

Learn how you or your organization can become part of Salina's local community media. This short workshop will feature three topics: 1. Understanding Salina's local media. 2. Creating smart phone digital movies. 3. Utilizing Salina Media Connection's Media Maker Space facilities. Plus there will be surprise guest speakers.

Register by March 25

Instructor Greg Stephens has volunteered for Salina Media Connection for over 25 years. Greg also teaches in the Technology Management program at K-State Polytechnic. Instructor Jason Beets, Salina Media Connection staff, has a journalism degree and has worked in media for over three years.

Spring Chess


with Anatoly Karpov School of Chess

Calendar Mar 31, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Playing the game of chess offers players a unique opportunity for lifelong learning including strategy, tactics and concentration. Each week, chess instructors Dwight Ford, of Anatoly Karpov School of Chess, and Glenn Gustitus will support players with handouts and encourage the use of strategy through instruction before club play. While playing, you will learn common patterns, how to methodically build a position, set traps and analyze variations depending on your level of play.

Register by March 28

Instructor Dwight Ford is the current President of the Anatoly Karpov School of Chess in Lindsborg. He helps with teaching kids and adults beginning chess fundamentals and tactics. He manages the "Social Chess Hour" in Lindsborg on Monday evenings for adults and is a volunteer with the Salina Area Chess Club. He teaches a tactics class in the fall for middle school aged youth. Instructor Glenn Gustitus holds a Master of Arts in psychology and specialized in child and adolescent counseling. He has been playing and teaching the benefits of chess as president of the Salina Area Chess Club. He is the social outreach committee chair with the Anatoly Karpov Chess School of Lindsborg.

House Plant Parenting 101


with Sheila Kjelberg

Calendar Apr 18, 2020 at 10 am

Join potted plant enthusiast Sheila Kjellberg as she guides you through the basic plant care requirements for potted plants in and around your home. Sheila will share her tips and tricks for troubleshooting house plant care. During class you will mix your own potting soil. Then in a modern terra cotta pot, you’ll plant your zig zag cactus and string of pearls into the freshly mixed soil to take home. Wear clothes that are comfortable and can get a little soil on them.

Regiser by April 11

Sheila Kjellberg is a novice plant parent. What started as one cactus has become a potted plant family. When she’s not making sure her plant babies get the love they need, she is reading a book, slinging coffee at Ad Astra or assisting in the birth of a new baby.

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