Archive for the ‘Tips & Interests’ Category

By Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana Fear of public speaking is a common phobia. It can range from slight nervousness to paralyzing fear and panic. Many people with a fear of public speaking avoid public speaking situations altogether, or they suffer through them with shaking hands and a quavering voice. But with preparation and persistence, you can […]

By Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana It’s unavoidable: there are difficult and demanding people in the world. Sometimes it feels like there are quite a few of them. There’s always one: the toxic coworker or boss that can drive you crazy and question your self worth. They make your work life more difficult and you may feel […]

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By Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana (Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana is teaching a two-part “Assertive Communication Skills for Women” workshop March 31 and April 7 at SMC Community Education.) Do you want to be seen as a highly credible, authoritative communicator who commands attention and get things done? Communication is vital in creating and maintaining a relationship, whether […]

By Debbi Harper Instructor, “Body Moves for Brain Power” & “The Brain Class – Change Your Mind” Movement is so crucial to brain health that some of the cognitive changes blamed on aging may in fact be the result of inactivity. Indeed, research is showing that movement and certain activities help decrease the onset of Alzheimer’s […]

By G. Bruce Smith Like many people, I’m amazed by the quality of photos that can be taken on cell phones. Apple has even capitalized on its iPhone photography capability by running huge billboard ads with striking images (presumably taken by ordinary citizens) and the simple but arresting caption: Taken on an iPhone. An iPhone […]

By Christy Wilhelmi, Organic Gardening Instructor Although many will disregard companion planting and see it as old wives’ tales, many plants, flowers and herbs do defend themselves against insects by being poisonous to them or developing a strong scent that frightens them away, and it is possible that a plant growing close by might benefit […]

Ayurveda Seasonal Cleanse

Posted: 10th February 2015 by Bruce Smith in General, Tips & Interests
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By Lois Leonhardi (Lois Leonhardi will lead an Ayurveda Spring Cleanse Retreat in April, the first time SMC Community Ed is offering this.) Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic system of medicine from India that has been used successfully for thousands of years. It emphasizes preventing disease using diet and lifestyle recommendations tailored to the individual. […]

A Quick Look at Sumi-e, or 墨絵

Posted: 4th November 2014 by Alice Meyering in Tips & Interests
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Community Education is  excited to introduce a new class in the upcoming winter semester, to add to our already vibrant  selection of art classes.  In a bygone era in China and Japan, the art of Sumi-e is considered a pastime worthy of undertaking by a cultured gentleman or gentlewoman.   Sherry Davis, whose many accomplishments include being an […]

You. On Stage. Comedy Store!

Posted: 14th October 2014 by Bruce Smith in Tips & Interests

By Alice Meyering How many times have people told you, “You’re so funny you should be a stand-up comic?” Well, now you can hone your talent and wit – and graduate at the famous Comedy Store in Hollywood! Students celebrating post show in front of the world famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip. (Instructor and funny man […]

Our Organic Gardening instructor, Christy Wilhelmi, is a fount of knowledge. Here is her latest post on her blog, Gardenerd.  Fa By Christy Wilhelmi September 23rd marked the beginning of fall, the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It couldn’t be more welcome after all the heat we’ve been having. It brings with it a […]