From Kathak to Cartoons, North Hill Spring Courses and Events Schedule Features Something for Every MetroWest Senior

North Hill, the next evolution in senior living , has released its spring line-up of True North Courses and Events. Nine classes and programs have been scheduled, with topics ranging from the Northern Indian dance tradition “Kathak” to an interactive session on greenhouse gardening to a “late night cartoon snack” with Boston Globe cartoonist Dan Wasserman. Each class is designed to enrich the lives of vibrant seniors in Boston’s MetroWest.
“There is a great deal of excitement packed into the next two months of True North Courses and Events,” said Paul Duffy, of North Hill Community Development. “There are a wide range of lifelong learning topics included, and we’re thrilled to be able to put on several of these programs in the beautiful new and upgraded spaces on North Hill’s campus.”
For example, North Hill’s new WellSpring Landing will host the interactive exploration of the Indian dance form “Kathak.” The brand new Art Gallery will be the setting for a premiere exhibition of work by Ilana Manolson called “Fragile Navigations.” North Hill is nearly finished with phase one of a multimillion dollar campus transformation.
Most of the True North Courses and Events are free. A portion of the proceeds from registration fees for a select few classes will be contributed to the new North Hill-Olin College Fund for Innovation in Aging. The spring schedule includes:
·        Kathak: A Northern India Dance Tradition. Kathak means to tell a story, and expert Anjali Nath will be telling stories, playing music, teaching steps and sharing the context and history of this classical dance form. Monday, April 22 at 2p.m. at North Hill. FREE
·        What happens in the Greenhouse, Stays in the Greenhouse, led by Master Gardener Joe Rajunas. Learn the basics of greenhouse gardening and try your hand at “air-layering.” Tuesday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at Elm Bank in Wellesley. $10/person
·        Artist Reception, “Fragile Navigations.” Celebrate the opening of North Hill’s new Art Gallery and the installation of its premiere exhibition, by Canadian-born artist Ilana Manolson. Tuesday, May 7 at 5 p.m. at North Hill. FREE
·        The Life and Legacy of Harry S. Truman, commemorating President Truman’s birthday with a discussion of his impact on the country and the world. Led by Jason Edwords. Wednesday, May 8 at 2 p.m.; location TBD. $10/person
·        Norman Rockwell: Beyond Idyllic Images. Tom Daly of the Norman Rockwell Museum will share surprising information about the painter best known for puppies and patriotism. (Did you know he depicted the women’s suffrage movement of the 1920s, and violence in the American South in the 1960s?) Tuesday, May 14 at 10 a.m.; location TBD. $10/person
·        Spring Interval Walking. Enjoy the season, camaraderie and better health with this walk through Wellesley’s Elm Bank. Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. FREE
·        Caravaggio: Story & Scandal, a second spring offering in the True North Painter Series. RISD’s O”ren Sherman explores the history and work of this 17th century Italian master. Tuesday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at North Hill. FREE
·        A Late Night Cartoon Snack, with noted editorial cartoonist Dan Wasserman, who enjoyed a legendary career at the Boston Globe. Motivations, mentors, muses and miscalculations – it’s all in this event! Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Free Library. FREE
·        Robotics and Healthy Aging. In celebration of the launch of the Fund for Innovation in Aging, Olin College Professor Drew Bennett will discuss some ingenious projects having a positive impact on aging. Wednesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at Olin College. $5/per person, with all proceeds going to the fund.

Open to vibrant older adults in Needham, Wellesley, Newton and throughout Boston’s MetroWest. Some classes have limited enrollment. For details or to enroll online, visit Registrations also are welcome by phone at 781-433-6400.
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