Course Offerings

SPRING 2017 Course Offerings

Here's a list of the upcoming Spring 2017 courses.

  • Mah Jongg
  • Introduction to the Bruderhof Communities
  • Permaculture in Your Backyard
  • The Essence of T'ai Chi
  • Identity Theft and Your Legal Check Up
  • Beginning & Intermediate Color Pencil Drawing
  • Book Club
  • The Viet Nam War
  • Hiking
  • The Beatles: From Liverpool To Abbey Road
  • Petticoats To Prostitutes: Women During The Civil War
  • Collage 101: Collage From Your Heart
  • Bridge: Intermediate & Advanced
  • Hands-On CHinese Culture & Arts
  • Films For Everyone
  • Identity Theft: Don't Just Beware, Be Aware!
  • The Process of Aging in Orange County's History, 1617-2017
  • The Life of Joseph Brant
  • Galapagos Island
  • Hand Drumming For Beginners
  • Laymen's Guide to "Possible Illusion of Time"
  • Introduction and Beginning Bridge
  • Aquazize
  • Tour of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Special Bonus)


To see the complete course descriptions, scroll down below this list. You will also see the dates, times and places for each course. Once you receive your registration packet in the US Mail, you may register. If you wish to join and register, please contact us at 341-4896.

These learning opportunities are scheduled within the college’s academic calendar and are assigned to available areas after the credit classes have been scheduled.  Since this schedule is completed at least two months before classes begin, neither Encore nor its instructors can make changes after that.  The only exception would be a college-wide postponement, cancellation, or rescheduling i.e. snow day. So choose your courses carefully.

Please remember to note for each course:

  • the number of sessions
  • the exact dates of those sessions
  • the location (building & room)

Because of content and/or classroom size, many courses have enrollment caps. Registrations are processed on a "First Come-First Served" basis.


MONDAY Classes Spring 2017

*** MAH JONGG: 5 sessions 1:00 - 3:30 pm Monday, March 27, April 3

                                                            April 17, 24, May 1

                                                  ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

This course is the next step after beginner.  The American version will be our focus. This course can also serve as a refresher course for those who have played before.  Participants will need to purchase their own Mah Jongg cards.  Instructor will order these after 1st class.  Approximate cost $8.00.

Instructor:  Florette Soroka, Pat Blau

Florette has played Mah Jongg for over 35 years and has been teaching others to play for numerous years in Chester, at Middletown Mulberry House, Encore and at the Town of Wallkill Wildflower Community Center.



Tuesday Classes Spring 2017


                                                       2:30 pm – 4:00pm Tuesday, March 7

                                                       ROOM – Library 130 (Gilman Center)

This will be an introduction to history and beliefs of the Bruderhof Communties. We will present a film of the beginnings of the community made by the Bruderhof school children.

Instructors: Matt & Joelle Hine

Matt & Joelle are members of the Bellvale community in Chester, NY where they live with their

3 children

***PERMACULTURE IN YOUR BACKYARD: 2 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm

                                                                    Tuesday March 14, 28

                                                                     ROOM – Library 221

Learn how to integrate land, resource, people and environment through mutual beneficial synergies in your homestead for food production, energy conservation and protect your environment. The principals and practical exercise will be covered in the sessions.

Instructor: Peter Lai

Peter, Cornell master gardener and agronomist, conducted permaculture design certification training program in the U.S. and Haiti. A board member of Organic Environment, a nonprofit organization to protect the environment of Orange County.

***THE ESSENCE OF T’AI CHI:  6 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Tuesday

March 14, 28 April 4, 18, 25, May 2

                                                             ROOM: GYM 1 (Phys. Ed Building)

Students will learn the first set of movements from the Yang Style long form of T’ai Chi Chuan. Qigong movements for meditation will also be taught. Students will need to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

NOTE: Students will be standing for a prolonged period. If they have any physical limitations, they may want to consult a physician to see if this activity is suited for them.

Instructor: Joseph Petrosi

Joe started studying T’ai Chi over 25 years ago as an alternative to having back surgery.  He has studied T’ai Chi with some world renowned masters and also teaches T’ai Chi Sword, Walking Stick, Staff and Spear.  He is a Certified Qigong Instructor.



 This is a two-part course

*** Part 1: YOUR LEGAL CHECK-UP: 1 session 2:30 – 5:30 pm

                                                           Tuesday, April 25

                                                            ROOM – Library 130 (Gilman Center)

How is your legal health?  Do you have a will?  Do you need a power of attorney? What is a Living Trust and how can it benefit you?  If you need long term care at home or in a nursing home, how can Elder Law Planning protect your assets for you and your family?  These will be addressed in your legal check-up.

Instructor: Sanford R. Altman, Esq.

Sanford has been practicing law in Orange County since 1983 and now focuses on areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business Law, and Probate and Estate Administration. Sandy is Chairman of the Town of Montgomery Seniors Independence Project, member of the Advisory Council for the Orange County Office for the Aging, the Adult Protective Services Task Force, The Advisory Council for the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Region, The New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Trust and Estates Sections, and the Orange County Bar Association.



                                                  1 session 2:00 – 4:00 pm Thursday, April 27

                                                     ROOM: Library 221

Understand WHY identify theft has been the #1 consumer complaint 15 years in a row!  It manifests itself in many different ways: Social Security fraud, Driver’s License fraud, medical fraud, tax return fraud, (IRS) scams, credit fraud and criminal character fraud,  We’ll discuss some tips, victim’s stories and important updates and phone #s, privacy monitoring and security monitoring.  Please bring a notebook and pen to class.

Instructor: Nancy Wolff

Nancy is an Ambassador with Orange County Chamber of Commerce as well as serving on the Consultants Committee. She is also Sr. Director Business Solutions Broker Division of Legal Shield and is licensed in NY, NJ & PA Life, Health & Accident.


                                            1 session 2:00 – 3:30 pm Tuesday, May 2

                                             ROOM – Library 130 (Gilman Center)

Examine how people over 65 lived quality lives, how families cared for older members, how  governments helped or hindered?  What changing rolls did older people play in their families and in their communities?  What did people do in their retirement?

Instructor: Dr. Richard W. Hull, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus of History, New York University, Dr. Hull is now Official Town Historian of Warwick and 2014 Citizen of the Year.  He is four time winner of New York’s Teaching Excellence Award and the author of eleven books.  He’s also received the U.N. Distinguished Citizen Award.

Wednesday Classes Spring 2017



                                                           6 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Wednesday

                                                       April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

                                                       ROOM – Harriman Hall 207

Beginning students will learn to draw various objects like flowers, scenery.

Intermediate students who have taken the class before will learn some new techniques to add to their talents. Students should bring in pictures as studies to draw from.

NOTE: Students will need to purchase the following: color pencils (Crayola set of 72 pencils is good) usually priced under $8.00, drawing pad ( a nice vellum heavy weight 10 x 12 or larger), eraser kneaded or white plastic, pencil sharpener, ruler, small package of grafite transfer paper, Derwent burnisher and blender set.

Instructor: Joe Petrosi

Joe is an accomplished artist. His works hang in many private homes and businesses, both here and abroad.  In 2012 he was voted the Best Ink and Pencil Artist in the Hudson Valley.  His work has been exhibited in both multi-artist and one man shows in the tri-state area.

***BOOK CLUB: 2 sessions 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 5, 19

                                                  ROOM – Library 130 (Gilman Center)

We will discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith on April 5.  For the April 19th class, we will discuss The Boys in the Boat, written by Daniel James Brown.

Students will be required to read each book prior to class.

Instructor: Marlena Lange

A long time Encore instructor, Marlena has also been a teacher of English at Chester High School, SUNY Orange, Harriman College and Mercy College.  She has worked in many local prisons and is an active member of Friends of Thrall Library.

***THE VIETNAM WAR 2 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm Wednesday, April 19, 26

                                                        ROOM: Rowley Center 010

This course will look at the involvement of America in Vietnam.  It will explore how the U.S. got involved, our role in the conflict, and the conduct of operations.  We will also look at America at this time as well as the feelings and actions of the American People.

Instructor:  Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber

Dr. Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Global Studies at SUNY Orange.  She is actively involved in teaching classes in the Honors program as well as for Encore.  Currently she is working on the establishment of a Holocaust Center here at SUNY Orange.

***HIKING: 2 sessions 2:00 4:00 pm Wednesday, April 26, May 3

Please note: Students must be able to walk for 2 hours on sometimes rocky terrains.

Moonbeams, April 26

This walk is an easy hike; the first part is on the parking lot side of the road.  We walk through open fields, then come into a wooded area and then to the Little Shawangunk Kill, a lovely stream with various flora, such as liverworts.  Then we walk back to the parking lot for the first hour or less.  Those who want can pick up their cars to leave.  The rest of us will cross the road and walk on well- marked trails through gentle woods and a slight inline, following two different connected trails.  This will take an hour or so.  For direction to the preserve, which is owned by the Orange County Land Trust, go to http://www.ocit/moonbeam.htm.  Directions will also be included with course confirmation.

Appalachian Trail, May 3

The hike will start on Route 518 just on the Greenville border with New Jersey.  We will walk the Appalachian Trail for about an hour out and an hour back.  This is a moderate hike but on stony ground so hiking boots or extra sturdy sneakers are advised. 

There is limited parking at the trail head, so please plan a car pool.  We can meet in the parking lot next to the alumni building (enclosed map) at 1:20, leaving by 1:30.  I will supply a small map for the drivers.  Please call 845-665-9200 if you have any questions.

Wear sturdy shoes or sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. – if you have them.  Bring water and sunscreen.  Rain cancels this course.  If you have any questions about the day’s hike, you can call the instructor at (845) 665-9200.

Instructor: Marlena Lange

Thursday Classes Spring 2017


                                                       2 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm Thursday

                                                           March 16,30

                                                       ROOM – Rowley Center 202

Our two-part lecture series will examine the lives, works and influence of the Beatles on contemporary society.  Our journey starts from their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, into the excitement of Beatlemania, through their creative ground breaking studio albums (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers) to the formation of Apple Corps and finally to their remarkable final recordings at Abbey Road Studios.  Coming full circle, we will explore the highlights of each individual’s post-Beatle work.  The course will be enhanced with visual backgrounds and audio clips.

Instructor: Vincent Bruno

Vincent is a rock historian with focus on the Beatles and the Sixties. As a Beatles scholar and storyteller, he looks to both embrace their legacy and to present an entertaining, interactive and informative session for both the casual listener as well as the hard core Beatles fan. He holds an MPA from Baruch College and, as an adjunct instructor for the past 25 years, he has taught courses in Humanities, Manage and Coop Ed.


                                                                 3 sessions 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm         

                                                              Thursday, March 30, April 6, 13

                                                              ROOM – Harriman Hall 207

Take a journey back in time to the Civil War; meet the women who lived, worked, spied and fought during this very difficult period of our history.

Instructor: Yvonne Bigney

Yvonne was a Civil War re-enactor for 10 years participating in many reenactments including Museum Village, Walnut Mt, the 135th anniversary @ Gettysburg, etc.  She belonged to the 15th NY Volunteer Calvary and 124th NY Infantry, the “Orange Blossoms”. She has given talks at historical societies, libraries and schools.

***BEGINNING/CONTINUING YOGA: 5 sessions 11:30 – 12:45 pm

                                                    Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4                                                                            ROOM – Phys. Ed Dance Studio

Whether you are new to the practice of yoga or have had some experience with it, this class is appropriate for you.  If new to the practice, instruction will address the needs of a beginner.  If you have had some experience, you will be able to progress and deepen your practice. Students should wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Instructor: Mary Berrigan

Mary is a 20 year practitioner and teacher of yoga. She has taught classes for Adult Ed programs. She is currently a substitute yoga teacher at Positive Fitness in Middletown, NY.


                                                                       4 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                                      Thursday, April 6, 20, 27, May 11

                                                                       ROOM – Harriman Hall 211A

Whether or not you’ve learned to draw or paint, you’ll delight in freeing your creative spirits through the fine art of Collage. This class teaches a simple, immediate, step-by-step process, easy to master.  You’ll access your individual visual expression while becoming familiar with artistic concepts such as color, composition, and texture.  After a short informational slide show, the class will continue through hands-on experimentation to create your own unique and interesting collage. Supply list for class: 9x12 Smooth Bristol Board Pad, 9x12 Tracing Paper Pad, Acid-Free Glue Sticks, Paper-Mate Sharp Writer Pencils, Fiskaris 5” Micro-tip scissors (preferred) or similar. Art items are available at AC Moore/Michaels. Pencils/Scissors are available at Staples and Joanne’s.

 (Please bring in assorted books, magazines, newspapers, catalogs with lots of images to share with class members.)

Instructor: Alyta Felice Adams

Alyta has been a professional artist for over 30 years.  She worked in NYC as an illustrator and graphic designer for the fashion industry, magazines, and book publishing companies. She exhibits her fine art mixed-media collages, assemblages, painting, drawings and photography at local galleries throughout the Tri-State area.

***BRIDGE – INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED: 4 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                            Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27                                                                                                      ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

This course is only for experienced bridge players familiar with basic conventions.  Advanced bidding and play for duplicate bridge players are its focus.

Instructors: Marion Sotelo, Jeanine Kachele, Martha Schuck

All three instructors have been duplicate bridge players for many years.  Marion has attained the rank of Silver Life Master. All three love the game and want others to share their enthusiasm for the game.


Friday Classes Spring 2017

*** Hands-On Chinese Culture & Arts 4 sessions 3:15 – 4:30 pm, Friday

                                                   February 17, 24, March 3, 10

                                                       ROOM – Harriman Hall 207

For 5000 years Chinese culture has transmitted beauty and wisdom to the world.  Our experienced instructor will present hands-on learning in this course.  Students will try: Chinese meditation, exercises, painting and calligraphy, dance and even one or two phrases in Chinese.

Instructor: Liam O’Neill

Liam has taught math and world history before becoming a public school Chinese language teacher. For over 10 years, he taught American middle and high school students Mandarin Chinese. Liam believes learning occurs best when it is hands-on and fun!  He travelled and lived in China for 8 months.

***FILMS FOR EVERYONE: 5 sessions 2:00 - 5:00 pm Friday,

                                                                    March 3, 10, 17, 31 April 7                                                                                 ROOM – Harriman Hall 111                                     

Students will view 6 films which will be both entertaining and informative.  A brief history of each film will be presented before showings; discussions will follow the movie.  The following films will be shown:    

                                               America Goes to War:

  • 3/3       “Glory”   -  1984  with Matthew Broderick
  • 3/10     “The Wind and the Lion” – 1975 with Sean Connery
  • 3/17     “Sergeant York”  -  1941  with Gary Cooper
  • 3/31     “Battleground”   -  1949  with Van Johnson
  • 4/7       “Apocalypse Now”  -  1979  with Martin Sheen

Program is subject to change.

Instructor: Nelson E. Page

Nelson has been affiliated with the motion picture exhibition for the past 30 years.  He enjoys sharing his expertise and knowledge with Encore.

*** INTRODUCTION AND BEGINNING BRIDGE: 4 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                                       Friday, April 7, 21, 28, May 5

                                                            ROOM – Shepard Center – Alumni Room

Learn to enjoy this world famous card game known for keeping minds sharp.  It is a game of communication and becomes a fine way to socialize with friends.  During the course, participants will learn the basics of counting points, terminology, and strategy—all while actually playing the game.

Instructors: Beverly Shulman, Rich Grabowski

Rich Grabowski and Bev Shulman have been playing bridge as partners for many years… and are still together!  They enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for bridge with friends, new and old.

***AQUASIZE: 2 sessions 3:00 - 4:15 pm Friday, April 21, 28

                                                            ROOM – Physical Education Pool

Aquasize is an introductory course for both non-swimmers and swimmers!  Aquasize teaches basic water movements in the low end for exercise.  Students may bring their own equipment.

Please NoteIt would be helpful if the participant’s doctor knew about this exercise. No street shoes on the pool deck!

Meet at the pool deck at 3:00 pm, in swim attire/without street shoes. If pool door is locked, meet at the door! Showers & lockers available. Bring your own lock.

Requirements: the ability to enter and exit the pool independently and the ability to move around the pool independently.

Instructor: Anne M. Condon




This class is a BONUS course; it does not count as one of your other courses.  But you must register for it because seating is limited.  Participants will supply their own transportation and will meet in the lobby of Touro.

***Tour of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine” 1 session 1:00 – 3:00 pm                          Thursday March 2   

Location: 60 Prospect Ave. (Former Horton Memorial Hospital) Middletown, New York


The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to training osteopathic physicians, with a particular emphasis on practicing medicine in underserved communities, and to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine.

Instuctor: Dr. Jerry Cammarata, Ph.D

Dr. Cammarata is the Dean of Student Services at Touro.Dr. Cammarata continues to serve as the United Nations Liaison to the World Safety Executive Officer.