CommUnity University – Intergenerational Day of Learning

C’YA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is partnering with C’YA (Champions of Youth Ambitions) to present CommUnity University 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The cost for this intergenerational learning opportunity is $10.

Students of all ages are able to attend five learning sessions in areas ranging from introductory guitar, photography and science to art history.

The Los Alamos Bridge Club will hold a session on learning to play bridge with Jerry Fleming and friends, while Octavio Ramos will offer a course on self-defense for those with a cane or walking stick.

The Family YMCA will hold fitness presentations called PiYo fitness and Insanity, while Mary Lutes will offer a session from Blue Sky Pilates and Yoga, with UNM-LA’s Laurel Conner.

“We are not only happy but ecstatic to host this event,” said Accelerate Career Technical Advisor Grace Willerton of UNM-LA. “We have been looking for ways to offer our facilities and resources to the community, and this is the perfect way to do so. We are offering classes for all ages, truly, so that we can serve every level of our hometown.”

Course offerings include a class for ages 0-5, with Dr. Greg Schneider of Music Together and another by the Los Alamos Derby Dames on roller derby.

UNM-LA professors have rallied to support the event with staff members volunteering to offer sessions on art history, pumpkin carving, and workshops on Medicare, Social Security, and financial readiness for those transitioning from high school to college.

“I am personally excited to have an opportunity to take some seminars from our own instructors whose regular classes I have wanted to take, but haven’t been able to so far, like art history and introductory guitar,” Willerton said.

Some sessions are limited in size, so early registration and payment is advised to insure your seat in popular sessions.

Volunteers from both the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and cadets from the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) will serve as greeters and guides and will assist with the sale of lunch to benefit local programs.

Lunch time sessions are offered for those that would like to maximize educational opportunities.

During this time, a panel of doctors from the Children’s Clinic will host a question and answer session, facilitated by Assets In Action.

If you prefer a break from the sessions, lunch can be enjoyed while playing with puzzles from Mathamuseum or strolling among booths offering information on additional resources in and around our community.

Registration is available on-line at and those that would like assistance or an opportunity to register in person may call Willerton at 663-3402 or Champions of Youth Ambitions at 672-4089.



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