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MEMORABLE BROADWAY HITS, 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall; $15 fee.

 Come and enjoy a marvelous evening of the some of the most memorable hits from Broadway. This class is presented through lecture and song. Informative as well as entertaining program, during this program you will recall some of your favorite Broadway tunes and shows.


Instructor Baruch Koritan has extensive musical theater credits, including the title roles in Most Happy Fella, Sweeney Todd, (Arizona premiere), Lancelot in Camelot, Paint Your Wagon (Windmill Dinner Theatre) and Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Mesa Amphitheatre).  He performed Academy Award winning songs with Judaic Orchestra at Tempe Center for the Arts and holiday songs at Phoenix Symphony Hall. His video of touring Broadways shows was presented at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium and he has been teaching classes about Broadway/Hollywood composers and personalities since 2010. He studied piano privately and at Philadelphia Institute of Music, where he also pursued voice, theory, and composition. A Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Koritan studied humanities at University of Madrid. In addition to singing Opera and other genres, Baruch was conductor-pianist for Don Cornell, Roberta Sherwood and Ernie Menehune; pianist for the Victor Lombardo and Frankie Carle orchestras, and was teatime pianist at Phoenician Resort for seven years he has sung our national anthem before a Phoenix Suns home game and performed for presidents and royalty.


GETTING PUBLISHED, with your first or next novel, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15 and 22, Men’s Club, Stampede Room, limited to 15 people; $20 fee. 

The publishing world has changed dramatically in the past decade and authors have more options than ever to get their first or next novel published. While there is no “easy” route to take, this workshop is designed to introduce writers to the major avenues available – traditional publishing and self-publishing. The workshop will span two sessions, each for two hours. The first session will outline traditional publishing and will address the key elements – writing a query letter and submitting a query, submitting a manuscript, finding an agent and/or publisher. The second session will describe self-publishing and will examine the differences between vanity publishing and real self-publishing, pitfalls to avoid, formatting a manuscript, choosing a printer/publisher. Both sessions will address marketing and creating a marketing plan. Even large traditional publishers insist their authors come prepared with a solid plan to sell their books on the world marketplace.


Instructor Ann Goldfarb, a New York native, spent most of her professional life in education as a teacher, principal and staff developer. Writing has always been integral to her world and her real passion is writing mystery/suspense adventures for young adult audiences. She has seven published novels and has written non-fiction for Madavor Media/Jones Publishing. Time travel, the vehicle she embraces, is her hook into historical fiction. Instructor Gale Leach’s first book, The Art of Pickleball, won the Arizona Book Award in 2007. This success spurred her to try fiction, a lifelong dream. In 2010 she established her own publishing company, Two Cats Press, and published her first novel, Bruce and the Road to Courage, along with the books of several other authors. Gale added three more books to the “Bruce and Friends” series, all of which captured multiple awards, and is writing another. She also recently completed the first novel in a new YA epic fantasy series and is seeking an agent for traditional publishing.


WRITING YOUR MEMOIR, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, March 14, 21 and 28, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, limited to 20 people; $35 fee.

Writing a memoir doesn’t have to be scary. Here you’ll learn how to write the story of your life and have fun doing it. Bring pen and paper, because you’ll be writing. A seven-page guide with questions will help you gather your thoughts and organize your life history and memorable stories. You will be well on your way to finishing your memoir when you complete this class.


Instructor Betty Webb is the author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series (Desert Wives, Desert Noir, Desert Wind, Desert Rage, etc.) and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries (The Puffin of Death, The Llama of Death, etc.). Before beginning to write full time, Betty worked as a journalist, interviewing everyone from U.S. presidents, astronauts who walked on the moon, Nobel Prize-winners, and polygamy runaways. She and has been a nationally-syndicated literary critic for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years, she has been a columnist and reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine. A partial list of the creative writing classes Betty has taught include: Master Classes at ASU’s Virginia Piper School of Creative Writing; Phoenix College; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); writing classes for the Maricopa County Library Association for one summer (2013); writing classes for Arizona State Library for two summers throughout the state. Among the classes and workshops Betty teaches are: “Writing the Contemporary Novel,” “Writing the Mystery Novel and Thriller,” “Get Five Story Ideas a Day, Every Day,” and “Writing the Memoir/Family History.”


RE-PACKING YOUR LIFE, 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Acacia Room, limited to 25 people; 15 fee.

Examining what’s Holding You Down – Tips for Unleashing Your Time, Your Thinking, Your Stuff… and the Life You Want to Lead. You have a dream; you are ready to go.  Ever packed for a trip and realized you had way more than you needed to take along?  Or, you arrived at your destination and wished you had packed fewer shoes or shirts so that you could take home some mementos.  Planning for life’s next act is very similar.  You may have to change a few things to get going on your journey.  To live the life, you envision, you may need to make new choices so you can lighten the load to savor new beginnings.   Assess the places, activities, people and things that may be holding you back.  Explore ways to unclutter your life, and pack the bag you need to get started on your life’s next adventure.


Instructor Linda Burridge, is a facilitator, certified professional coach, muse, and a catalyst for personal change. She spent 35 years as a facilitator, consultant, and global leader in corporate leadership development. As president of Next Act Solutions, she applies her expertise to help others to grow professionally. Her commitment is to building vision, connections and actions that can help people successfully navigate transitions that are a part of life’s journey


ANCIENT AND EXTINCT RELIGIONS, 6 to 8 p.m., 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 Mormonism 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 online at or contact Program Coordinator Tamra Stark TODAY to register. She can be reached at 623-544-6194 or

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