New Adventures in Learning

Presenters may be experts in the field or people with an interest in the topic.

Registration for the spring semester for New Adventures, the lifelong-learning program affiliated with Chandler-Gilbert Community College, begins online on Jan. 15. 

Classes start on Jan. 27 and run through April 24. 

Nearly 100 classes include lectures, discussion groups, computer classes, field trips, and a fifth category of special or unusual classes. 

 Some meet only once while others meet more often. Presenters may be experts in the field or people with an interest in the topic. 

Marty Brounstein, an author coming from California, will share “Heroes of the Holocaust” based on his book of two Dutch rescuers. 

In Brounstein’s words, this is the “story of a Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II and the Holocaust.”

 Below are some of the many other classes and events available, along with their presenters.

“Making Sense of the Census,” by Bill Gates, a retired daily newspaper editor.

“Personal and Exploratory Writing,” by Gretchen Berning, a former print journalist now teaches college-level writing.

“Living with Dementia: How to Help Your Loved Ones,” by Trish Koester, a physical therapy assistant specializing in neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease.

“Presidential Air Travel from 1911 On,”  by Col, Jim Evans, Airbase Arizona Speakers Bureau Chairman and retired U.S. Air Force pilot.

“Basic Computer Classes with Intel Volunteers,” by Janine Sayers, an instructional designer and certified Intel facilitator. 

“Out to Lunch,” by Evey Freed and Carol Jacobson, who host visits to local restaurants.

“Friday Flicks,” by Larry Noser, who shares seven favorite films.

To learn more about these and other classes go to, find the group on Facebook, call 480-857-5500 or visit the Sun Lakes Center at 25105 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes.

The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to find out more about the upcoming semester. That occurs 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 10, 2020 in room 207 of the Sun Lakes Center.

Organizers say the benefits of lifelong-learning extend well beyond subject matter. Mental and intellectual development along with improving attitude, a general sense of wellbeing.

They also extol “the feeling of friendship and being part of a community” that often comes with participation.

 Online registration remains available at the New Adventures’ website, along with payment of fees. Annual renewal of membership is also online.

 Registration for open classes continues all semester. New Adventures in Learning is a membership organization that has been encouraging lifelong learning since 1998 and is affiliated with Chandler-Gilbert Community College.