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Mary Karen Solomon: CNCC’s Craig campus offers plenty this fall and beyond

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Mary Karen Solomon

Fall is whizzing by at Colorado Northwestern Community College, with new opportunities to add color to your life. The first weekend in November brings a Taste of Education to Craig, a new film festival has begun, and plans are underway for our Spring Break 2015 trip.

Taste of Education is a great opportunity to come visit us at CNCC and be entertained!

There is a plethora of interesting classes to raise your consciousness and stimulate your grey cells, including Photoshop techniques, trouble-shooting and analyzing engine problems, understanding and building habits for success, strengthening your memory, writing limericks, and drawing on the right side of your brain to open up your artistic talent. Many other classes are available as well.

Preregistration is a great way to guarantee getting the classes you want. However, you can also register that morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 8. There are three 45-minute sessions: 9:15 to 10:00, 10:15 to 11:00 and 11:15 to noon. After the classes, CNCC will provide a free lunch and a drawing for scholarships and prizes.

CNCC is offering a Science Fiction Classics film festival this year, free, screened on the second Friday of every month at 7 p.m. in Room 185 of the Academic Building, hosted by David Johnson and myself. Sept. 12 offered "Forbidden Planet," the classic "Tempest"-inspired big-budget '50s film that introduced Robby the Robot. Oct. 10 was the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," also a '50s classic, low-budget B-film, but well done, fast-moving and provocative.

On Nov. 14, we will present "2001: A Space Odyssey," and on Dec. 12, the original "Star Wars" from 1977. Be sure to mark your calendars and come join us!

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Our 2014 trip to Barcelona went beautifully. With an extremely enjoyable and adventurous group of people, we visited Girona first and helped celebrate their famous flower festival. Girona is a fascinating medieval town, with a beautiful cathedral, and a Jewish old town, from before the Jews were driven out of Spain in 1492.

Barcelona was as cosmopolitan and colorful as my memories of it from the '70s.

We took a catamaran voyage out into the Mediterranean, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Some of us visited the famous Aquarium; others signed up for a whirlwind, three-country tour (Spain, Andorra, and France, in one day by van); all of us walked by the beach. We visited Roman ruins, the Barcelona Cathedral, and the gothic basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church and Parc Guell were favorites with many of us.

This year's Spring Break trip, March 20 to 28, will be to Berlin, with day trips to Leipzig and Poland. Across the border in Poland, we will visit Stalag Luft, the site of the famous WWII Great Escape. In Leipzig, we will visit the home/museum of Johann Sebastian Bach, The St. Thomas Church, and enjoy Leipzig's famous cuisine and concerts.

In Berlin, we will infuse ourselves with its history, see the remnants of the Wall, and visit the famous Egyptian Museum, with the beautiful bust of Nefertiti, the Pergamon Museum to gaze on the Blue Ishtar Gates of Babylon, and other amazing works of art and culture.

We will also visit SS and Stasi museums to better understand Berlin and its history. So if you are a history buff or an art enthusiast, you will love Berlin. Come join us!