New Adventures In Learning

Gene Lariviere's upcoming class is based on The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Gene Lariviere’s upcoming class is based on The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Add Sizzle to Your Lazy Days of Summer!

Mary Kenny

The long days of summer are great for lounging about, reading a good book, hanging out at the pool, and leaving routine and chores behind. It is also the perfect time to learn something new, whether you remain here in the neighborhood or spend summers elsewhere. New Adventures in Learning (NA) continues to offer its classes via Zoom in June and July, so you can participate no matter where you spend your days.

Some of the classes being offered this summer include the following:

* “The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921” by Gene Lariviere

* “Gmail—Beginner to Pro” by Rob Truman

* “Mary Tyler Moore in the Age of COVID-19” by Jim Evans

* “What is Antifa Anyway?” by Bill Gates

You can also join a class presented by JoAnne Gaudioso (on essential oils), Richard Lewin (on scams), Jim Evans (on war planes), Bill Haskell and Pat Sohler (book discussions), Jenn Lopez (on digital books), and Joan Campbell (on travel safety and another on being safe in public).

Additional classes you might enjoy include a roundtable on “What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness” presented by Bobbie Reed, and join Mary Kenny live for one or both of her “Let’s Walk” classes at nearby spots. See the curriculum guide for more information and more classes.

As noted above, Gene Lariviere is presenting “The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921” this summer. He notes that this is the 100th anniversary of one of the worst racial tragedies in American History. How did it start? A young black man accidentally steps on the foot of a young white woman elevator operator. She screams. A lynch mob forms, and blacks come to protect the young man. A riot erupts which destroys 36 square blocks of the country’s most successful black neighborhood. Hundreds of blacks die, and thousands lose their property and homes. To learn more, sign up for Gene’s class, being offered twice this summer.

Summer semester registration begins on May 19 at 10 a.m. The first day of class will be on June 1, and the last is July 29. Most classes meet only one time during the summer.

Visit to learn about classes and to register. On NA’s home page, select “Classes” in the box on the left. Opt for a class list or for the curriculum guide, which includes additional information. The guide can help you choose the classes to take, and it also includes information you will need for registration. The procedure for registering is clarified in this section. For newcomers, the registration process begins with contacting Vincenza Heisler. Current members can follow the website directions. If help is needed, contact Vincenza by email at [email protected] or call NA at 480-857-5500.

If you haven’t had a chance to discover learning via Zoom, access NA’s Zoom training video at If you need additional help, call Vincenza’s office. Volunteers are available to assist.