Winter 2022 Course Schedule

ANNOUNCEMENT  For all in-person courses, coordinators and participants are required to observe social distancing guidelines and wear masks when inside any of our host locations at all times.

All coordinators and participants must follow the host location’s additional COVID-19 Protocols.

Check with the coordinator if the host location has any added requirements.

Printable Winter Course List (PDF) 

Revised December 14, 2021

Click on a course title below to view information about the course including the meeting dates, course description, and participation level.  All course registrations are handled by the course coordinator.







9:30 am - 10:30 am Classic Films Tobey Marsceill, Wes Marsceill, Bob Fry  Virtual


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Exploring Creativity Karen Wulff Christ Presbyterian Church


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Film History Jim O'Brien Oakwood West


9:30 am - 12:00 pm Fictional Detectives: Police/Private Maurice Better Madison Senior Center

Winter 2022 Course dESCRIPTIONS

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Classic Films


Name  Email Phone
Tobey Marsceill 954-695-2778
Wes Marsceill 608-276-7373
Bob Fry 608-233-0622

Course Description

Virtual meetings to discuss a film, selected from TCM programs offered the previous week. People who register will be sent a notice inviting them to join a meeting by clicking a button to access the Google Meet site. We need to generate an email list so that we can keep you up to date, including time or times of the TCM screening. 

Please contact Tobey Marsceill to register.

Location Virtual
Meeting Day Monday
Meeting Time 9:300 am to 10:30 am
Start Date January 10, 2022
End Date February 7, 2022
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size 35
# of Sessions 5
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Exploring Creativity


Name  Email Phone
Karen Wulff 954-695-2778

Course Description

Class will be a workshop where individuals work on their personal art goals in a sharing environment. Participants can exchange knowledge and offer gentle feedback to each other if they want to. Bring the supplies you will need for your own project. Everyone must bring a plastic or similar material sheet or tarp to put under their workspace. We are fortunate to be invited to use the space and therefore this requirement is a must. Also, the church requires that anyone entering the church MUST WEAR A MASK.

Location Christ Presbyterian Church
Meeting Day Monday
Meeting Time 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Start Date January 10, 2022
End Date February 14, 2022
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size 10
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions
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Film History


Name  Email Phone
Jim O’Brien 608-286-1946

Course Description

From The Jazz Singer to Steamboat Willy will bridge the difficult transition to sound, with varied success and financial consequences. Steamboat Willie initiates the vast Disney empire and challenges his competitors in the Animation field.

Location Oakwood West
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Start Date January 5, 2022
End Date February 9, 2022
Participation No reading to minimal reading
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions
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Fictional Detectives: Police/Private


Name Email Phone
Maurice Better 608-255-3912

Course Description

We will read a detective story a week and in the following order: 

Jan. 13 “Ice” Ed McBain (87th Precinct Squad)
Jan. 20 “Simisola” Ruth Rendell (Chief Inspector  Reginald Redford)
Jan. 27 “The Snack Thief” Andrea Camilleri (Detective Salvo Montalbano)
Feb. 3 “The Speckled Band” Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)
Feb. 10 “Borkman’s Point” Hakan Nesser (Inspector Van Veeteren)

At our weekly meeting, we'll watch a video based on the assigned book followed by a discussion of the methods of detection used and the clues uncovered that led to the solution of the case(s).

Location Madison Senior Center
Meeting Day Thursday
Meeting Time 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Start Date January 13, 2022
End Date February 10, 2022
Participation Regular reading/discussion expected
Class Size 12
# of Sessions 5
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

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