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Experience these great Explore! classes

Experience these great Explore! classes

Register for Explore! classes 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. Or visit HERE to view the class list and register online.

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

CHINESE WOK COOKING, 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, May 1, Beardsley Park, Ramada 2; $35 fee. Learn to make an entire dinner using a Chinese wok. Menu will include: Buddha’s Delight; Kung Pao chicken and stir-fried cucumbers with spicy ground pork.

Instructor Joanne Lee grew up in Arizona, in the restaurant business – her great grandpa opened one of the first Chinese restaurants in the valley; she recently found a newspaper clipping of him in the AZ Republic from 1965! Joanne loves to cook, following the teaching of grandparents and father. Her family is from Canton, China, the region famous for soups and different types of cooking techniques, steaming, blanching, boiling, deep frying, poaching, double boiling, stir fry and grilling. She challenges herself to try new things in the kitchen and teaches classes at her restaurant, Anna’s Asian Bistro and Bar.

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION CLASS (MBSR), 6 to 8:30 p,m, for eight weeks plus a 7-hour retreat, for a total of 27 hours. Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6 with retreat on Saturday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Acacia Room, limited to 20 people; $180 fee.

This is an intensive class designed to relieve stress and improve health for people with chronic illnesses or conditions based on the teaching and research of Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBSR program is designed to teach mindfulness skills through meditation, mindful movement exercises, inquiry and lecture presentations. Research has demonstrated that participants gain the following benefits from using the skills learned and practiced in the MBSR program: improved ability to manage chronic pain; increased sleep, clarity, focus, and sense of well-being; and lowered blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, and anxiety. If you are interested in this class, please call Tamra Stark at 623-544-6194.

Instructor Lisa Ballard, MA, RN, CCM is an MBSR and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. She is an RN and Certified Case Manager with more than 16 years of personal Mindfulness Meditation experience. In addition to being a RN, she holds a BA in Psychology and Health Care Management and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She has participated in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training through the University of California San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness and with Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. As a registered nurse case manager, Lisa has worked with patients struggling with chronic medical conditions and high levels of stress. She has previously worked at both Boswell and Del Webb Hospitals.

NATIVE ROADS, finding your way to Arizona’s Hopi and Navajo communities, 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 4, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall: $10 fee.
Learn about how to find Hopi and Navajo communities, what to see when you are there, how ask for guided tours of the sacred places and to honor native traditions.

Instructor Jim Turner recently retired from the Arizona Historical Society where he worked with more than 70 museums in every corner of the state. He is co-author of the 4th-grade textbook, The Arizona Story, and his pictorial history book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, contains more than 530 images and has recently updated the third edition of Native Roads, a motoring guide to Hopi and Navajo Lands. Jim moved to Tucson in 1951, earned a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Arizona, and has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 35 years.

FORENSIC BOTANY, How Plants Help to Solve Crimes, 6 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, May 11, RH Johnson Lecture Hall; $10 fee.

Learn about the world of forensic botany and how plants and plant parts, including pollen, seeds, leaves, flowers, fruits and wood are being used in the investigation of criminal cases, legal questions, disputes, or, in non-criminal cases, to ascertain cause of death or former location. Forensic botanists look to plant life in-order-to gain information regarding possible crimes.

Instructor Ken Sweat, PhD has taught various biology courses at ASU since 2000. His previous experience included natural resource consulting, endangered species survey and ecotourism.

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