Ice Cream Socials First Week of Semester

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Okay, it’s frozen yogurt, not ice cream.  But still delicious.

$4 cash gets you some yogurt and toppings.

Sept. 12, 13 and 14-First week of the semester!
(Tues, Wed and Thurs)
Noon– 1 pm
CBC – Fireplace room – no RSVP
(west side of the Fellowship Hall)

o Meet classmates & visit with friends
o Compare notes on what classes you are taking
o Enjoy before, during, after or instead of lunch!milk cake logo

Yogurt will be provided by Milk & Cake (just west of the Academy, and a portion of the proceeds will be returned to the Academy’s technology fund.


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Members: Free Monthly Presentations

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Music of Latin America: From Mambo to Tango, Lorenz Rychner
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11:30 am-1 pm

This lively presentation will take us on a journey through the fabulous diversity of melodies and rhythms, from Cuba and Puerto Rico via Mexico and Bolivia to Brazil and Argentina.  We’ll compare styles and influences, watch historic footage, and try to keep our tapping toes in check. We’ll need to be careful not to crank the music too loud so the neighbors don’t complain.

Lorenz Rychner took up piano and clarinet lessons as a child in his native Switzerland. He combined a career in publishing with a busy performing schedule. After emigrating to Australia he spent 15 years as a full-time musician. In 1985, while in Los Angeles studying orchestration and conducting, he accepted an invitation to head up the music synthesis and electronic orchestration programs at the Grove School of Music. Many published books and articles later, he moved to Colorado in 1996 and was the at Recording magazine. Lorenz teaches classes regularly at The Academy with a concentration and undeniable love for Jazz.


Tattered Cover

Book Sale at The Academy 

Nov. 7-9, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

A great way to support The Academy and find some wonderful books. The Tattered Cover will give the Academy 10 percent of its sales to benefit our scholarship and technology fund.


And featuring the book,

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Expert-Led Discussion on Nov. 7 at 1:30 pm


This book has been selected by Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the City & County of Denver, and NEA Big Read to invite public discourse through a program called Denver Talks.

Join the discussion about the book with your fellow Academy participants. Explore its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, both as individuals and a part of the community. A limited number of copies are available at the Denver Talks locations, found at

About the book: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen looks at racism today, from everyday slights in the classroom and at the supermarket to police shootings nationwide to incidents involving public figures like Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane. Using a blend of essay, image, and poetry, Rankine thoughtfully examines how these stresses accumulate-impacting the behavior, morale, and potential of individuals and communities.


-Bring one friend for FREE to each of these great FREE presentations. No RSVP required for these.

-First Tech Tips class of each semester is free

-Courtesy coffee in between classes

-In-class tech trouble-shooting

-Expert-led classes with dedicated students

-Smarts, Charm & Wit of your classmates and Academy staff

Presentations take place at: The Academy, 6500 E. Girard Ave. Denver 80224

Print this  by clicking here:  Member Benefit presentation flier


ThESE wERE fantastic presentationS!

Feathered Dinosaurs, Larry Matten
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 11:30 am-1 pm

In 1860, a long-tailed, sharp-toothed dinosaur with feathers and claws was described from Middle Jurassic beds in Germany. This single species, Archaeopteris lithographica, stood as the only transitional form between reptiles and birds for 132 years. In 1992, a large number of specimens of dinosaurs with feathers, birds with feathers, and transitional forms with feathers were discovered in China, Madagascar and Burma. The characteristics of these recent discoveries solidified the scientific determination that birds are modern dinosaurs.

This is a preview of Larry’s Spring 2018 Academy class, “Renaissance of Dinosaur Discovery.”

Larry Matten wears many hats: teacher, paleobotanist, administrator, lawyer and researcher. Above all, Larry loves teaching about his favorite subject – paleontology and evolution. He has spent over 55 years studying and researching the fossil record. Some of his previous subjects taught include: Darwin, human evolution, amazing fossils and the Stories They Tell, and most recently, mass extinctions.


Modern Death & What Matters in the End, George Ho Jr., MD.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 11:30 am-1 pm

Our concept of death has changed from acceptance of the inevitable to death becoming optional because of the marvelous miracles of modern medicine. Recently, death has become more fearful and frightening with scientific advancements compounded by a healthcare system that regards medicine as a business. How, when and where we die have changed in the last century. We will examine why and explore how hospice and palliative care can improve the end of life. “Dying well” and a “good” death are both possible.

For 40-plus years, George worked in Rheumatology and had a special interest in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Now retired, he welcomes the opportunity to apply that professional knowledge, experience and talent to helping members of the Academy navigate the healthcare system through information and self-exploration. Since 2011, he has facilitated the Academy course entitled “Making and Sharing Sound End-of-Life Choices” and the demand for this information has continued.

Here’s what some members had to say:

“Your presentation today was really excellent”

“My husband has already used your Template for a Living Will in his end of life documents”

” I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated your presentation on “Modern Death…” yesterday.  I enjoyed your poems in the handout too and  think the presentation itself was a prose poem of sorts with the sprinkling of cartoons being just the right touch.  You had the entire audience in rapt attention, and I know I’m not alone in saying I hope I have health care professionals with your kindness and concern when that time comes.”

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