That’s right, our fall term began on Sept. 9 with 11 courses and another robust registration. You might enjoy this snapshot of just one of these courses, “Seeing Energy as a Kaleidoscope of Alternatives, taught by Richard Schulte. As with many of our courses, it included time away from our traditional classrooms, and we carpooled to Faribault on Oct. 14 and had an excellent tour of the Faribault Energy Park.
The Faribault Energy Park is located west of the city, and is described as a dual cycle, gas-fired electricity generating station. This means that clean-burning natural gas is used to drive a turbine similar to one in a jet airliner. That turbine drives the first generator. The excess heat from the first turbine is captured and converted to steam, which drives a second turbine and a second generator. The combined electrical power can peak at 265 megawatts, enough to power 265,000 homes in our region. This plant is considered a model of green engineering, and emits 97% less noxious materials than a coal-fired plant.
Aerial view of the attractive Faribault Energy Park
We were hosted by the plant manager, Bob Birchfield, who got his start in the energy field on a nuclear submarine.
View of the control room
View of the steam turbine
You can have your own personal tour of the Faribault Energy Park by seeing a You Tube clip. Copy and paste this into your browser:
Click the tab Enrollment Fall 2014 at the top of this webpage for current enrollment numbers and the class enrollment limits for all classes. Registrations are accepted until the first class meeting. There are two spots left in Mike Leming’s Tuesday morning class, Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement. There are four spots left in Anne Aby’s Wednesday morning class, 1964 – Reexamined Fifty Year’s Later. There are seven spots left in Marie Gery’s Thursday morning class, Who Are These Folks and How Do They Fit Into My Life’s Story? There are seven spots left in Robert Scholz’s Thursday morning class, Britten’s War Requiem. There are twelve spots left in Jim McDonnell’s Friday morning class, The Poetry and Times of Seamus Heaney.
Registration for fall term began on Monday, August 11, 2014. There were 162 registrations at the end of the first day of registration. The current enrollment in each class is available by clicking the tab Class Enrollment Fall 2014 at the top of this webpage. Ten classes are still available.
Two courses were filled and closed on the first day of registration:
Gratitude and Belief: Noticing the Whole Picture taught by Bruce Roberts and Howard Thorsheim
Amish in America taught by David Sudermann (28 people registered but only 15 were chosen by random selection. Those not chosen have been notified. The instructor has said he will offer the class again, but no date has been set.)
CVEC Fall Class Preview Talks
The Senior Center sponsors these talks with the CVEC. The talks are free and open to the public. They will give you an idea of the classes the CVEC will be offering this fall.
Aug. 4, 12:30-1:30P: Mike Leming “The Business Of Dying”
Aug. 5, 12:30-1:30P: Marie Gery “Looking At Old Photo Albums: Who Are These Folks?”
Aug. 6, 12:30-1:30P: Richard Schulte “Getting Electricity From Residential Solar Panels.”
Aug. 7, 12:30-1:30P: Hartley Clark: “Gaza War” and Bruce Roberts: “Expressing Gratitude – A Life Changing Part Of Everybody’s Tool Kit.”
Here is a downloadable newsletter describing the 11 courses available for the fall term.
Web Newsletter, July 2014
Here is a downloadable registration form. Registration forms can also be found at the Senior Center. And each class is again at the bargain price of $50.
Reg form fall 2014