Sign up for classes from ghost lore to ventriloquism
The way George Broschinsky sees it, everybody has a story to tell even if they think their life is uneventful.
He remembers the immigrant who recounted during his writing class how her mother brought her children to her family's village in northern Japan, leaving Nagasaki just before Americans dropped the world's second atomic bomb.
And he recalls the man who attended the class week after week with his wife, whose memory was failing fast.
"I want to save her life," Broschinsky remembers him saying.
Starting this week , he is once again guiding students through the "Write Your Memoirs" class being offered this fall through the Granite Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program.
The classes, concentrated at Granite Peaks district buildings across the central Salt Lake Valley, have something for everyone and then some. In all, there are more than 400 classes listed in the Lifelong Learning catalogue distributed last month, said Ann Kane, Granite's community education coordinator.
Among the most popular classes, she said, is "Ghostbusters," an exploration of the valley's paranormal hotspots, and the added-by-demand "Sixth Sense," to help students tap into their intuitive intelligence.
But cooking classes, tai chi and gold prospecting draw lots of students, too.
There's a slew of skill classes to help students master languages Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and sign language and to prep for certification in phlebotomy or to learn new business skills, such as bookkeeping.
Some classes aim to rev up metabolism belly dancing or Zumba Latin dance exercise, anyone? while others focus on calming down through meditation or self-hypnosis.
Kane is excited by some of the new offerings this fall, including concealed weapons class and ventriloquism.
The courses are part of the district's community service and have been for almost 50 years, Kane said.
"We have an obligation to our community, not just to our district, but the community at large," she said.
Another benefit is that school facilities, including Cottonwood, Skyline, Kearns, Hunter, Hartvigsen, and Taylorsville high schools, are being used at night rather than sitting idle. And the classes are self-supporting only salaries for the administrative and support staff of about two dozen are paid for by the district, Kane said.
For Broschinsky, the classes offer a chance for people to take stock for an LDS family history, for sharing with loved ones or simply for oneself.
"There are probably kazillions of things in your life you could write about any of us," he said, noting that he keeps an on-again off-again record of his own life.
"What I am trying to do," he said, "is get them to write."
Classes offered throughout the valley
For more information about the latest Granite Lifelong Learning, Youth and Adult Education classes, visit http://www.granitepeaks.org/.