Wide Variety Of Programs Offered In Eldredge Library's Spring Learning Series

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Learn mindfulness, the philosophical underpinnings of Hinduism, flower arranging, gardening secrets, how to golf and all about the Cape's freshwater ponds in the spring Learning Series at the Eldredge Public Library.

The series of more than 20 programs, which begin this month, is held at the Main Street library (with a few exceptions) and cost a mere $15 each, a true deal considering that many of the instructors are at the top of their fields. Course brochures and registration materials are available at the library circulation desk, and the brochure may be viewed online at www.eldredgelibrary.org. Enrollment of some classes is limited.

Monday courses include “Art of the Ancient World” with Mary Lanctot, “Prose or Poetry” with Peter Saunders (this course is already underway; inquiry about availability), and “Flower Arranging” with Irene Mitchell and Jean Mangiafico. On April 10 there will be a one-session program with Stephen Kinzer, author of “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Kerry Brown will teach a four-week course on Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing” on Tuesdays beginning April 4, while John Kennedy will be the instructor for “America and the Great War: Before, During and After” starting April 11. PGA Assistant Golf Professional from Eastward Ho! Country Club Andy Walkey will taken “Starting New at Golf” on Mondays beginning April 18; there will be two sessions, at 2 and 3 p.m., held at Eastward Ho.

Also on Tuesdays Cape Cod Healthcare will sponsor a series of three programs entitled “Your Good Health: Cape Cod Healthcare,” which will explore the services offered by the nonprofit organization. The programs run April 11 and 18 and May 12. Another three-week course entitled “Freshwater Ponds: Jewels of Cape Cod” looks at the peninsula's ponds in depth with scientists and educators from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod beginning May 2.

More environmental programs are slated for Tuesdays: Garden Pleasures will be taught by Karen Moore, and a three-week course on “Trees, Glorious Trees” will be taught by Peg Black, Kristin Andres and Oonie Burley.

Wednesday programs include “Afghanistan: The Untamable Kingdom,” a four-week course taught by Michael McNaught; “Song and Dance,” a five-week exploration of Broadway and Hollywood musicals taught by John Whelan and Steve Bornemeier; and “Notes on Notation,” held at St. Christopher's Church, when Joan Kirchner will talk about written music.

The Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory will sponsor a three-week course, also held at St. Christopher's Church, beginning April 5. The three programs will explore Baroque music, great composer's masterpieces, and an introduction to the Symphony's final concert of the season, Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony paired with “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” by Andre Previn and Tom Stoppard, a play for actors and orchestra about cellmates in a Soviet asylum.

“The Upanishads,” a four-week course on Thursdays beginning this week, looks at the texts underpinning Hinduism taught by Vincent Gulotta. “Lost World of Indian Buddhism,” also on Thursdays beginning March 16, is an in-depth look at early Buddhism taught by Paul Schlansky. In “The Hungry Traveler,” held at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, Carol Yindra will screen films about foods and also feature samples and wines from Israel, Portugal, Burgundy and more.

On April 20, journalist Morton Dean, a Chatham resident, will screen his documentary “American Medevac,” in which he tracks down the men who flew a medevac helicopter in Vietnam whom he covered as a war correspondent. The film is set to screen on PBS in the fall. The program takes place at the community center.

Finally, beginning April 14 and continuing for four Fridays, James Kershner will teach “The Secret of Happiness: The Mindful Path to Joy” at the community center. He will explore the use of mindfulness meditation and other stress reduction techniques to increase happiness and decrease suffering.

The Learning Series if sponsored by the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library.