Fall Session is Here!
Can you believe it’s fall already?  Slide into the holidays with Lifespan Academy.

This session will be at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
2517 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Classes are from 10:15 am to 3:00 pm
Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 and is an additional $10

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10:00 am to 11:00 am

Take Your Pick

You get to choose:

We have two regular classes during our 10 am hour (non-activity classes).  And, in order to take advantage of great presenters and new ideas, we are doing a little mixing and matching with the schedule.  So we are letting you select which of the sessions you want to attend each week.  Here are the topics you will have to choose from.  Two of these will be available each week.

Game Changers – Brandt Ross

Stories (and the folk music) of people/events that changed our history

Sept. 13th –  Abigail Adams – “Founding Mother”
Sept. 27th -“Stephen Decatur and the Barbary pirates“ – “events that changed the world!”
Oct. 4thRemember the Alamo – “Why this was so important to our westward expansion?”
Oct. 11th“Women of the West” – “Cynthia Ann Parker, Women of the Oregon Trail, Annie Oakley”
Oct. 25th –“Two stories from the Civil War – “ a love letter from Sullivan Ballou” and “Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin’s leadership at Gettysburg”.
Nov. 1st – “ John Wesley Powell –“soldier, explorer, & scientist” and the first expedition through the Grand Canyon.

Game Changers in History

Tell me a Story – Cele Covatta – Sept 13, Sept 20th, Oct 4, & Oct 18th

Tell me a story…about nearly anything!  Come and join us for a new take on a couple of old favorites.  We go beyond “I Remember and “Listen to a Life” to make sharing your story casual, informal and fun.  Come tell us a story about you…your best day (or night) ever, a peak experience either interesting or enlightening or both, a personal victory, the most favorite outfit you ever wore!  The possibilities are endless.  No need to rehearse, or to write anything down.  Just drop by and Tell Me a Story!

Older But Still Getting Wiser – Sept 20th, Sept 27th, Oct 11, Oct 18th and Oct 25th.

Our favorite series returns.  October 11th we will have a session on Medicare Updates for next year with Piedmont 60 +.  On October 18th, Christina Fisher will join us from Mindful Transitions to talk about their services.  And on October 25th, Jeanie Christian will talk about “Where are you going next?.”  Sept 20th and 20th to be announced.

November 1st – Michael Schaffer – Special Talk and Book SigningIn Memory of Self and Comrades:  Thomas Wallace Colley’s Recollections of Civil War Service in the 1st Virginia Cavalry.  

Michael K. Shaffer


Michael K. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, instructor, lecturer, newspaper columnist, and author. He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and Georgia Association of Historians. Shaffer teaches Civil War Courses at Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, and frequently lectures to various groups across the country. After the talk, Shaffer will have copies of his books available for purchase!

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10:00 am Activity Classes

Tai Chi – Tina Rasheed

Our own Tina Rasheed will again be leading us in Tai Chi.  Tina has a 26-year career as a public health researcher at the Morehouse School of Medicine and has applied her mission as a martial artist to bridge the health disparity gap by teaching self-applied health enhancement techniques such as Qigong and Tai Chi as a strategy to promote health and prevent disease.   Tai Chi is a gentle exercise program that is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Derived from the martial arts, Tai Chi is composed of slow, deliberate movements composed of mental focus, deep breathing, and stretching which enhance physical health and emotional well-being.




What you will get in your SAIL Class:

  • One hour of fun, energizing exercise
  • Exercises that are adapted for your individual physical abilities, you can
    sit or stand & still benefit
  • Activities specifically designed to help maintain & improve your balance
  • Free Copy of “Stay Active and Independent for Life: An Information
    Guide for Adults 65+”
  • Fun, Laughter, Friends, & Fitness (and maybe a chocolate treat!)

Get the Full Flyer HERE.

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Words that Moved a Nation – Part Three—Richard Botter

A look at the documents, speeches, literature and music that inspired the American people during the presidential terms of Andrew Johnson (1865) to Calvin Coolidge (1929).



Town Hall with Ray Nixon and Dusty Miller 

Ray and Dusty will lead a discussion of current events, using a town hall format.  These two are Lifespan favorites.  We are sure to have a lively discussion, particularly considering this most interesting election season.

Line Dancing – Rose Haven 

Our own Rose Haven will be bringing us line dancing again this fall.   Rose Haven has been a line dance instructor since 1992. Rose is the founder and director of two award winning competition dance teams.  Rose brings all that line dancing expertise to her Lifespan low-impact, low-risk line dancing class.  Enjoy the music and the moves. 



1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Art with Mimi and Norma 

Mimi and Norma are offering their art class again this fall, but with an exciting change.  Our budding artists don’t think one hour is enough to soak up all of the wonderful expertise that Mimi and Norma have to offer.   So it’s moving to two hours in the afternoon.  Come and learn if you are a beginner, or enhance your skills if you have been painting for a while.  Here are the supplies that they recommend you bring along.  You only need three tubes of color and one tube of white, along with some canvas. You can mix to get most of the other colors you need.  They recommend the Liquitex brand.

Here is the list of supplies Mimi and Norma recommend for the class:

Cadmium Yellow Light – heavy body
Cadmium Red Light – heavy body
Ultramarine blue – heavy body
Titanium white – heavy body
Matt medium – one bottle
Three or four brushes – flats and brights

Ukulele Group 

Sound intriguing?   NO MUSICAL TRAINING REQUIRED, BUT LOTS OF FUN TO BE HAD!   Here are the details:

Who:  For anyone who enjoys singing.  Add a few chords played on a ukulele and there is music!  And joy! 

How?  Beg, borrow or steal, oops I mean buy, a soprano ukulele – the simplest and the smallest.  And a gig bag to carry it in.  Also, get an electronic tuner to keep it in tune.  If you want some information, you can go to www.beginnerukuleles.com, or just google ukuleles and find lots of options for the whole kit!

Finally, get The Daily Ukulele Book, by Liz and Jim Beloff – also called the “Yellow Book.”  This book contains words and music to 365 songs – along with the chord chart and how to hold it.  The chords are simple diagrams placed above the words.  Simple!  Easy!

Learn the Ukulele

And have a lot of fun!

The Yellow Book

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If you are more musically inclined, you should know that there are several types of ukes:

  1. Soprano
  2. Tenor
  3. Concert
  4. Baritone


The first three are tuned the same way, but the Tenor has one string lower.  The Concert has longer fret board.  The Baritone is tuned like the two 4 guitar strings.  If you pick the Baritone, make sure you get the “Orange Book” for Baritone ukuleles.  They all come in many woods and colors – you may find yourself collecting them!


Mary Crook Moran:  Mary is an Atlanta native recently returned from Florida, where she spent most of her life (Naples).  She has her Bachelors from Agnes Scott and is a mother of 3 with 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Mary is a painter of landscapes in oil, acrylic and was a co-owner of the Dennison-Moran Gallery in Naples for 19 years.  She is a music lover who held a ukulele group for the last three years in Florida, meeting weekly, performing at all local libraries and other venues.  Come and join the fun.



Come and join the group and play along. By the Way, this group does play the Japanese version of Mahjong.  They think it’s a lot of fun.  Don’t know how?  Want to learn?  Folks are more than willing to teach.



I Remember – Rosemary Glenn 

The I Remember group has decided to meet in the afternoon for two or  three times this Fall Session. It keeps all of the members working on their writing, helping each other and talking about their stories.  But it also allows them to attend some of the morning sessions that they find interesting.  We will let you know the exact dates as the session moves along.