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Bodywork, Stargazing and Ancient Religions await you – Explore!


There are many wonderful classes still on the Winter schedule …and a few Spring sessions have been added as well. Watch for more to join the list in the coming weeks! Here are just a few of our more popular classes being resurrected this year. Enjoy!

HEALING MASSAGE FOR COUPLES, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 and Monday, March 13, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Acacia room, limited to 20 people; $25 fee.

This class will cover the history and benefits of massage, research and contraindications, as well as demonstrations and practice with your partner to give and receive neck and shoulder massage, hand massage, foot massage, and face and head massage.

Instructor Tammy Roecker is a CEP, LMT, CPT. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and active member of the American Massage Therapy Association for over 21 years, as well as being a Certified Personal Trainer through AFAA. She is a full-time massage therapist, specializing in working with older adults and pregnant women. Tammy is the Founder and President of the Early Bonding Foundation, whose mission is to educate and support parents and professionals in raising secure, joyful, empathetic children through touch therapies, education, training, and evidenced-based research, to strengthen families and to create a more compassionate world.

STARGAZING THE NIGHT SKY, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, Beardsley Park; $20 fee.

View the night sky through telescopes and binoculars. Learn how to find and identify bright stars and constellations, the legends behind them and other interesting sky facts and fiction. View the moon, the planets and deep space objects like star clusters, nebulae and galaxies through our telescopes. Everyone attending will receive a sky map for March and learn how to use it. Bring your camera (cellphone, tablet or simple digital camera) to take pictures of the craters on the Moon! High-power green lasers will be used to sketch out the constellations in the sky, identify the planets and name the bright stars. This class includes an outdoor presentation on the night sky followed by telescope viewing in the park. Dress appropriately and bring water and a blanket or jacket or the event.

Instructor Tony LaConte has over 60 years of experience as an amateur astronomer and has been a Professional Stargazer for more than 30 years. He and his team have presented Stargazing programs in Arizona for more than twenty years. Tony holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the NY Institute of Technology and numerous graduate level courses in applied mathematics and electrical engineering. His work history includes underwater acoustics, sonar systems engineering, commercial avionics engineering and International Space Station technology.

ANCIENT AND EXTINCT RELIGIONS, 6 pm to 8 pm, Tuesdays, April 4, 11 and 18; Beardsley Recreation Center, Copper Enameling Room; $35 fee.
Learn about fascinating civilizations and religions that existed hundreds of years ago, and how they have impacted current cultures, a few of which still exist in some form. Specific ancient religions to be explored include Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism and Mammonism and how these civilizations and belief systems have influenced today’s thinking and practices. Explore what people believed, how they worshiped and why people have religion.

Instructor Rabbi David Rosenberg was born in Israel in 1950 and eventually came to the US. He began his religious at an early age in England at Gateshead Rabbinical Seminary and studied Biblical Hebrew, Arimaic, Talmud and codes. Returning to America in 1968, Rabbi Rosenberg attended Wright Junior College in Chicago where he studied Jewish Law and attained a Rabbinical Ordination at Telshe Yeshiva. Later he studied Comparative Religion, Early Christianity and Buddhism, and earned a BA in Religious Studies from the University of California Riverside. At Fuller Seminary he gained further education in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Ugaridic studies. After meeting his wife he settled into a Rabbinic career with a strong background in ancient mid-Eastern religions, early Christianity and Judaism.

Register in person at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center Administrative Office, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Program Coordinator Tamra Stark is available to answer your questions or help you with registration at 623-544-6194 or

  1. Rosemary abrami says:

    Looking for confirmation of date of postponed Apache talk. Also that my paid reservation will transfer

  2. Multimedia says:

    Hello Rosemary, I shot an email with your query over to Explore! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark. She’ll be in this afternoon. You can also give her a call at 623-544-6194.

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