C.A.L.L. offers several summer classes, trips in Casa Grande

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - The Central Arizona Lifelong Learners (C.A.L.L.) program is offering seven classes over the summer in Casa Grande.

C.A.L.L. is an enrichment program designed to meet the educational needs of adult learners. It provides a variety of short-term, informal, low-cost, high-quality classes.

Introduction to Yoga opens the summer session. The class meets June 7, 14 and 21 from 11 a.m.-noon at the From the Heart Yoga Studio located at 422 N. Florence St., Suite 3 in Casa Grande. The class teaches participants yoga postures, proper body alignment, meditation and breathing techniques. The cost is $15 for C.A.L.L. members and $22 for non-members.

A seminar entitled Those Pesky Pests will be held at the Central Arizona College Corporate Center on June 11 from 1-4 p.m. Participants will learn how to deal with insects and other creatures.

Gail Hughes, University of Arizona’s Pinal County agricultural extension agent, will explain how to get rid of pests. The seminar is free to C.A.L.L. members and $10 for other members.

If bees are bothersome, then Kevin Rice - a University of Arizona Cooperative Agricultural extension agent and entomologist - will explain everything there is to know about the honey makers.

The two-hour program is June 18 from 1-3 p.m. at Central’s Corporate Center. Admission is free for C.A.L.L. members and $10 for non-members.

C.A.L.L. has arranged for a special behind the scenes tour at the Harkins Casa Grande. The 30-minute tour through the facility will provide information about the corporation, the distribution and release of movies, insider information about theater operations, discussion about the future of movies, and the workings of the snack bar.

This tour is limited to 25 participants and begins at 9:15 a.m. on July 8. The theater is located at 1341 North Promenade Parkway, Casa Grande. The tour is free for C.A.L.L. members and $5 for non-members.

A free two-hour class called Citizen Involvement with Law Enforcement features Marcia Romano, administrative manager of the Volunteer Services Bureau of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office as a speaker.

Romano will explain volunteer services, victims’ rights and different ways people can become involved with law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office has several volunteer opportunities. The class is July 9 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Corporate Center.

Learn to pack like a pro by attending C.A.L.L.’s Travel like an Expert class on July 16 from 10 a.m.-noon. Hope Wallace from ADA Travel will show participants how to get the best information for planning a trip and scoring bargains. The class, which will be held at the Corporate Center, is free for C.A.L.L. members and $10 for non-members.

People in China have used acupuncture for more than 2,000 years as a way to reduce pain and promote healing and well-being. Learn more about this ancient medical method when C.A.L.L. presents Understanding Acupuncture, Aug. 4 and 11 from 10 a.m.-noon each day at the Corporate Center.

Dr. Kathleen Bishop, an anesthesiologist and acupuncture specialist, will talk about the 500 points on the body used in acupuncture. C.A.L.L. members are free while non-members pay a small $15 registration fee.

C.A.L.L. organizes local trips and tours, as well as international travel.

On June 10, C.A.L.L. has schedule a tour of the Wells Fargo History Museum in Phoenix. The museum has a collection of everything you would find in the Old West, including real gold nuggets, stagecoaches, and working telegraph system.

The museum has a collection of western oils and a history of banking. The tour is free for C.A.L.L. members and $10 for non-members. The group will leave the Corporate Center at 9:15 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. tour.

Want broader horizons? C.A.L.L. is offering a 40-mile trip down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon by Boat trip is scheduled for Sept. 19-21, 2008 or May 18-20, 2009.

The trips will take place in Peach Springs, Ariz., and are limited to 45 people. The September tour costs $549 for C.A.L.L. members and $638 for non-members.

In May of 2009, the price of the trip is $554 for members and $643 for non-members. Non-member fees include an annual membership to C.A.L.L. The package includes transportation, two nights lodging in a double-room, lunch, a pontoon boat, tips and a helicopter ride.

The Copper Canyon area of northern Mexico is rich in culture and natural beauty. C.A.L.L. is offering an 11-day tour beginning Sept. 19. Travelers will see ruins, cultural attractions and breathtaking landscapes. Take a train ride in which you travel through 85 tunnels, over 37 bridges and down an 8,000-foot gorge.

The travel package includes all transportation, lodging, meals, snacks, bottled water, bilingual guides and entrance fees. The cost is $2,549. Non- C.A.L.L. members will pay an additional $89 membership fee. Passports are required.

If the lands of Mexico aren’t enticing, maybe the warm waters off the Pacific Coast are. Take a Baja Whale Watching Safari by Baja California, Mexico, Feb. 4-11, 2009.

Every winter gray whales migrate to the Pacific Coast to give birth. This seven-day trip travels up and down the Baja, stopping at every point in between.

Other site-seeing opportunities include the gardens of Catavina, the San Vicente Community Museum, a bird-filled salt marsh and sandy beaches. The trip includes all transportation, lodging, meals, bilingual guides and entrance fees. The cost is $1,418 or $1,507 for non-C.A.L.L. members.

C.A.L.L also is offering its Lunch and Conversation program in people meet at a specific restaurant for a no-host lunch and time to chat. Ruth Walter, a member of the C.A.L.L Advisory Council, is the conversation facilitator. All luncheons run 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The only charge is the cost of lunch; however, seating is limited to 25 so participants are encouraged to register in advance. The schedule includes:

  • May 27: Tag’s Restaurant, 156 N. Arizona Blvd., Coolidge
  • June 24: Mimi’s 839 N. Promenade Parkway, Casa Grande
  • July 22: The Big Wa, 519 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande
  • Aug. 19: Robson Ranch, 5750 N. Robson Blvd., Eloy

A year-long membership to C.A.L.L. is $89. There is no limit to how many free classes members can attend. Some classes offered may have additional supply or travel fees.

For more information, to have a catalog mailed, or to register for a class, please contact Joel Beck at 480-677-7721 or 520-494-5444, ext. 7721 or email joel.beck@centralaz.edu.

Central Arizona College’s Corporate Center is located in the Palm Center at 540 N. Camino Mercado, Casa Grande, AZ 85222. The center is located just off of Interstate 10 and Florence Boulevard.



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