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101. South China Sea
The South China Sea and the struggle for power in Asia: We will have pictures, maps, background and discussion of interaction and confrontation in US-China relations in the context of this major sea artery as claimed assertively by China and fearfully by neighboring states and as seen by the U.S. and its allies as a threat to freedom of the seas.
Thursday, April 2, 7 – 9 p.m.

Leader: Brice Harris Cost: $5

Host: Esther Ames

Place: Villa Gardens Pasadena
102. Aboriginal Art in Contemporary Culture
This talk, together with numerous pictured examples, will focus on what Robert Hughes has called “the last great modern art movement”, aboriginal painting as it has appeared in the modern art world.
Thursday, June 4, 7 – 9 p.m.

Leader: Erika Esau Cost: $5

Host: Brice Harris

Place: Villa Gardens, Pasadena
103. The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer

We form our beliefs for a variety of reasons in the context of our environments; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations follow. Reality exists independent of human minds, but our understanding of it depends upon the beliefs we hold at any given time.

Mondays, 7 – 9 p.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11

Leader: Gay Bruveris Members $22

Host: Helen Saltman Non-Members: $32

Place: Pasadena
104. Being Mortal Full
Atul Gawande’s masterful exploration of aging, death, and the medical profession’s mishandling of both, is his best and most personal book yet. Dr. Gawande shows how patients in the terminal phase of their illness can maintain important qualities of life. . . . Being Mortal doesn’t gloss over what awaits us all, but it fixes our attention on the ways in which a patient’s wishes might be fulfilled.
Fridays, 2 – 4 p.m., April 24, May 1, 8, 15

Leader: Peggy Norman Members: $21

Host : Harriett Lyle Non-Members: $31

Place: Sierra Madre

105. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brilliant British surgeon. Conjoined at birth and orphaned by the death of their mother and the disappearance of their father, they come of age on the brink of Ethiopian revolution and move from Addis Ababa to New York City and back. This is a story of love and betrayal, medicine and miracles—and the brothers whose fates are intertwined.
Mondays, 2 – 4 p.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11

Leader: Susan Trauger Members: $21

Host: Joyce Newman Non-Members: $31

Place: Pasadena

106. Ham on Rye and Factotum

Charles Bukowski used his writing to depict the depravity of the urban downtrodden.  He never met a job he didn’t hate. Without trying to make himself look heroic, he writes with humor and a nothing-to-lose truthfulness.  He hails from Pasadena, his archives reside at Huntington Library and most of his stories take place in greater LA.  This heavy drinker and cult hero is the subject of several films, including Barfly and Factotum.  

Tuesdays, 2 – 4 p.m., April 7, 14, 21, 28

Leader: Linda Centell Members: $39

Host: Helen Brown Non-Members: $49

Place: Pasadena
107. The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War
During the 1950s and the Cold War two powerful brothers led the U.S. into foreign ventures whose effects are still felt. John was secretary of state and Allen director of the CIA. Propelled by American fears and delusions, the two launched numerous campaigns against foreign nations they saw as threats. Examples: Vietnam, Guatemala, Congo, Cuba, and Iran. Why does the U.S. behave as it does? Author Stephen Kinzer provides incisive though disturbing answers.
Wednesdays, 7 – 9 p.m., April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

Leader: Lee Johnson Members: $23

Host: Cornelia Fuller Non-members: $33

Place: Pasadena
Laemmle Theatre Groups
The Laemmle Theatre always has some interesting films showing. Guided by your tastes, we’ll choose the best, meet for an afternoon matinee, stroll to a nearby restaurant for a drink, snack and a discussion of the movie. Laemmle Wednesday will avoid movies with sub-titles. Several days ahead of time, Carolyn Karpin will send you instructions about where and when to meet. Drink and movie ticket not included.

108. Laemmle Wednesday afternoons, April 1, 15, May 6, 20

109. Laemmle Thursday afternoons, April 2, 16, May 7, 21

Leaders: Carol Criqui, Carolyn Karpin, Audrey Vaughan

Place: Laemmle Theatre, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena Cost: $5
110. PALAC-Caltech Connection
Participants will receive an article, written in layman’s language, about a field of interest to the student leader. Join us as we discuss the article, facilitated by the student leader. (At this time we cannot supply the topic or the exact date.) Indicate your interest by (1) calling our office, (2) writing “110 Caltech Connection” on your registration form or (3) checking our web site. We will contact you as soon as the information is available. Limit 15. Your fee will be refunded if the topic or date is unsatisfactory.
One evening only, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., in May

Coordinator: Marie Slonski Cost: $10

Student Leader:

Host: Caltech-Y

Place: 505 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena

201The Best American Science and Nature Writing FULL
Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of The Poisoner’s Handbook, has selected 25 special articles ranging from the impact of technology on the human brain to the corrosive effects of man upon nature. The articles are selected from a larger selection of writings from the New York Times, National Geographic, Harvard Review, Harpers, The Atlantic, Scientific American and several other sources, with timely and important topics for discussion.
Mondays, 2 – 4 p.m., July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Leader:   David Whitcomb Members: $20

Host: Coralie Whitcomb Non-Members: $30       

Place: Glendale

202. Great Decisions 3
The Foreign Policy Association, an independent non-profit organization, yearly publishes Great Decisions, a series of 8 in-depth articles by policy experts and global thinkers.  Through this national program we are provided background information, news and context for anyone seeking to understand global issues and eager to discuss them. Here’s one last chance to join 2015’s Great Decisions.
Mondays, 7 – 9 p.m. June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Leader:  Brice Harris           Members:  $25        

Host:    Brice Harris Non-Members:  $35

Place Villa Gardens, , Pasadena
203. A Right-Brained Approach to Ourselves and the World
More than a road map for future economic endeavors, A Whole New Mind offers lots of ‘brain candy’ for retirees too! Daniel Pink explores how our brain works, and briefly sketches the socio-economic forces that have led us to a right-brained future in the U.S. The greater part of the book is filled with creative ways for us to explore our own professional success and personal fulfillment that should provide lots of opportunities for discussion!
Tuesdays, 7 – 9 p.m., July 7, 14, 21

Leader: Deborah Fox Members $21

Host: to be determined Non-Members: $31

Place: South Pasadena

204. Extremism
Extremism, a book in the Opposing Viewpoints series, presents opposing arguments by different authors on hot topics. Our authors believe that their arguments will sustain or discredit the extreme behavior of groups or individuals. The reader must decide what to accept based on the evidence provided.
Wednesdays, 2 – 4 p.m., June 24, July 1, 8, 15

Leader: Judy Jacobs Members: $34

Host: Helene Jacobs Non-Members: $44

Place: Alhambra
205. The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
This is a story of love and the effects of war (WWII and the just ending Korean War). It is set in a climate of fear and repulsion - political, sexual and racial - during the year 1953 in San Francisco. It reveals a great deal of what was not understood and the resulting human conflicts of that era.
Wednesdays, 2 - 4 p.m., August 5, 12, 19

Leader: Coralie Whitcomb Members: $20

Host: Jaine Urban Non-Members: $30

Place: Pasadena

206. The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution

Marcia Coyle’s brilliant inside analysis of the High Court captures four landmark decisions—health care, money in elections, guns at home, and race in schools. Coyle examines how those cases began and how they exposed the great divides among the justices, such as the originalists versus pragmatists and corporate speech versus human speech. She shows how dedicated conservative lawyers have strategized to find cases that will travel the judicial road to the Supreme Court and be heard by a receptive conservative majority.

Wednesdays, 7 – 9 p.m., July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26

Leader: Audrey Vaughan Members: $22

Host: Sue Hogan Non-Members: $32

Place: Pasadena
Laemmle Theatre Groups
For description see 108 - 109

207. Laemmle Wednesday afternoons, July 8, 22, August 5, 19

208. Laemmle Thursday afternoons, July 9, 23, August 6, 20

Leaders: Carol Criqui, Carolyn Karpin, Erika Esau

Place: Laemmle Theatre, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena Cost: $5
209. An Acting Workshop
We will talk about acting as an art form and address anxiety, concentration, observation and building character. We will utilize various techniques, such as theatre games, interviews, readings, improvisation, relaxation, monologues and scenes in the future. Join us as we stretch our imaginations.
Thursdays, 2 – 4 p.m., July 2, 9, 16,

Leader: Joel Polinsky 818 231-9309 Members: $10

Host: to be determined Non-members: $20

Place PALAC 2nd floor conference room, 1015 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

210. What Makes Essays So Compelling

David Brooks, NY Times columnist and PBS commentator, edited the annual collection The Best American Essays in 2012. Aiming to pick essays "with new or daring ideas that will alter how you look at the world,” he included things like “The crazy State of Psychiatry,” “Creation Myth,” “Getting Schooled,” The Accidental Universe,” and “How Doctors Die.” We will explore about half of the essays in the volume.

Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m., August 6, 13, 20, 27

Leaders: Bill Urban Members: $20

Host: Lois Derry Non-Members: $30

Place: San Marino
S01. Tour of Norton Simon Permanent Exhibition, Western Art Galleries

This tour will discuss ”a la Sister Wendy” the Western artworks in the Norton Simon Collection that span the period from the early Renaissance through the early 2oth century, with a focus on the development of western art from naturalist representation and three-dimensionality into the modernist depictions of “art for art’s sake.” During the first meeting we’ll delve into the historical development and at the second we’ll tour the gallery and stop at the Museum Café for a snack. PALAC member Erika Esau is an experienced art historian and teacher. Cost excludes museum entrance fee and refreshments.

Wednesday, April 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

Place: Villa Gardens, 5th floor, 842 E. Villa St., Pasadena

Host: Esther Ames

Leader: Erika Esau Cost: $5

Wednesday, April 15, 2 – 4 p.m.

Place: Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Park in

Museum lot and meet at Museum entrance.

S02. Homeboys Tour

Homeboys, founded by Father Greg Boyle, is a model for rehabilitation known around the world. On the tour we’ll see the Homeboys’ programs in action, learn how social enterprises work and discover the sense of community that exists for the young men and women who seek to leave their gang involvements and find hope for their futures. No host lunch at their Café following the tour. We recommend lunch payment in cash.

Thursday, April 23, 10:00 – 2 p.m.

Leader: Linda Centell Cost: $15 (includes donation)

Place: Meet on the platform of the Del Mar metro station on Raymond Ave, Pasadena. Metro senior fare ($.25 each trip except during rush hour) applies with a Metro Senior ID card or a $1.00 tap card. Otherwise adult day pass $5.
S03. Chinese Mineral and Stone Exhibit
Earth Trove Minerals, Rocks and Fossils is “rock-hound heaven”! We’ll take a self-guided tour of the collection of more than 50,000 specimens, including minerals and cave formations, ranging in size from the miniature to the monumental. The collection was excavated from ageless caves and mineral ores in various Chinese provinces. The collection fills a 60,000 square-feet showroom and warehouse. After seeing the collection we’ll have a no host dim sum lunch at the Golden Dragon in Chinatown.
Wednesday, May 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Leaders: Suzanne and Bob Diller Cost: $5

Place: Park on West Walnut Street (lots of free street parking). Meet at the

corner of Walnut and Orange Grove Blvd. at the Pasadena Museum sign.
S04. Tour of the Nethercutt Collection
The Nethercutt Collection contains over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997, some of which won “Pebble Beach Concours d’elegance” awards or were owned by royalty, movie stars or other notable personalities. It also has rare mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture. No host lunch following the tour.
Thursday, July 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Leader: Susan LaComb Cost: $10

Place: Park on West Walnut Street (lots of free street parking). Meet at the

corner of Walnut and Orange Grove Blvd. at the Pasadena Museum sign.
S05. Art Center College of Design and Williamson Gallery Tour
The Art Center’s mission is to teach artists to create and to influence change, with a commitment to socially responsible design. We’ll tour the college facilities and see exhibits of student works and a special exhibit entitled “Two hundred years of Chair Design”. Following the guided tour, we’ll relax for coffee and conversation in the cafeteria.
Wednesday, August 5, 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Leader: Bonnie Brown Cost: $5

Place: Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena

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