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Want to learn to paint with watercolors? Are you curious about acupuncture or angels? Are you interested in traveling to the National Parks or the Faroe Islands? These choices and more are yours for only $50 per year. Join in the excitement at RISE where we offer classes from Arizona Law to Psychology in the Light of Spiritual Science. There’s something special happening at RISE. Come be a part of it!



Rise Winter Term: January 3 Through February 24

12:00 AM

FEB 21

Rise/Rio Closed Monday, February 21, 2022, For Presidents Day

12:00 AM

MAR 21

Rise Spring Term: Monday, March 21 Through Thursday, May 12

12:00 AM

RISE Celebrates 25th Anniversary
(1996 - 2021)


RISE classes for the winter semester will begin on Monday, January 3, 2022. Classes will be in-person and also via Zoom and some classes will be Zoom only. Please click the blue "download catalog" button to view the Winter 2022 classes.


Please note that Maricopa County Community Colleges continues to require that all individuals - faculty, staff, students and visitors - wear facial covering while indoors at any of the facilities.


Catalog Changes:

Fun with Math: Math Art with Janet Teeguarden Class #257 - date changed to Tuesday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Class Cancellations:

Self Defense for Adults, Class # 220 (6 weeks beginning January 6th)

Creative Cooking with Veggies, Class #222 (January 18th) ***RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH AT 1:00 P.M.***

Learn to Use Dowsng Rods, Class #256 ***RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH AT 1:00 P.M.*** 

AARP Smart Driver CoursE, Class #242 (January 24th) (Class was cancelled by AARP)

Strengths for the Spiritual Path, Class #260 (February 1) ***WILL BE SCHEDULED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER*** 


RISE uses eight learning tracks:


*Finance and Law*

*Health and Wellness*

*Natural Sciences/Mathematics* 

*Social Sciences*

*Spirituality and Religion*



Mission Statement :  Founded in 1996, RISE is a grass roots community based educational organization created for and by adults to afford them the opportunity for stimulation, enlightenment and interaction with peers in an environment which encourages life-long learning. 

Goals:  To attract people with varied talents who are willing to share as Presenters and thereby give individuals the opportunity to use their talents in a meaningful way. To provide diverse classes in a variety of curriculum areas reflecting the wishes of the membership. To encourage participation in leadership roles by as many of the members as is practical so that RISE truly represents all of the members. To offer forums for exchange of ideas and knowledge in a comfortable and friendly environment. To expand membership and member participation in RISE. To utilize state of art technology to improve RISE classes and administration of the organization.

RISE Classes for the Week of January 31st

Monday, January 31st

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Current Events, Class 231-Z (Zoom Only Class)

The Game is Afoot with Dr. William Blaker, Class #241 and 241-Z

Travel Safety with Joan Campbell, Class #244

1 - 3 p.m.


Tuesday, February 1st

10 a.m. - 12 noon

What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change (and what to do about it) with Diane Lukich, Class #233-Z
(Zoom Only Class)

1936 Olympics:  Manipulation and Propaganda with Mark and Waynette Brown, Class #245 and 245-Z

NOTE:  Class #260 - Strengths for the Spiritual Path with Dr. Diana Warren has been rescheduled to the Spring Semester

1 - 3 p.m.

Guided Autobiography with Diane Lukich, Class #234-Z (Zoom Only Class)

Summer Travels in the Western U.S. with Dr. Michael Moore, Class #271 and 271-Z

Wednesday, February 2nd

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Arizona Law with Robert Jeckel, Class #208

America’s Foundation with Mike Kapic, Class #246

Is the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Safe? With Ken Kaminski, Class # 247 and 247-Z

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Comparison Between the Vietnam War and the Afghan War with Dr. Bonnie Saunders, Class #236 and #236-Z

Taking A Guided Spiritual Journey (Experience a Vision Quest) with Laura Lee Perkins, Class #261

Thursday, February 3rd

10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Silent Thieves of Sight with Tammy Than, Clss #225 and 225-Z

Combatting Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Scott Timko, Class #226 and 226-Z

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Give My Regards to Broadway with Gretchen Dempsey, Class # 206

The Psychology of Personal Growth and Interpersonal Relationships with Dr. James Ulness, Class #237 and 237-Z

Friday, February 4th


Important Information re: Cancellations and Changes

During our in-person classes when we have to cancel or change a class date, it is very difficult to get the message to everyone. The process we follow is first of all to  email everyone who has registered for the class and call the people who do not have an email listed.  If the class cancels at the last minute, we call everyone who has registered for that class. We then send an email blast about the cancelled class to those who have email and note the cancellation on the home page of the RISE website,


"Bells, Bells, Bells! was an EXCELLENT class. Janet Teeguarden is a wonderful instructor and I learned so much about bells. I thoroughly enjoyed it!" ~ Jessica Hoss
The class on the "Palo Verde Nuclear Plant" was so informative, please bring him back! ~RISE Member
"Guided Autobiography is the BEST class I have taken at RISE.  I absolutely love the class!" ~Carolyn Pakan, RISE Member
"I found Dr. Timko, and my essential oils person, my acupuncturist and my reflexologist at RISE!  Through them, I've been led to other fantastic practitioners and have done a complete turnaround;  well, really a work in progress, as I'm not 180 degrees yet, but could never be where I am today without RISE!" ~ Michele Holiday, RISE Member

“I am a relative newcomer to art and exploring all types of art design.  I love my RISE Painting with Watercolor Zoom sessions.  Allen Reamer’s classes are about landscapes, and I have very little experience in that area.  I hope he continues teaching into the next semester!” ~ Julie Manthei, RISE Member
"Caren Marshall presented such a FANTASTIC class this morning.  The content was exceptional, her presentation style and involvement of class participants (including exercises) was superb!!! And...the length of the class was PERFECTION!!" ~ Maurine Dyer Stevens

Do you know someone you think would make a great presenter for RISE? Do you have an idea for a subject that we haven’t touched on yet?  We would LOVE to hear from you!

Contact information is:


Cathy Sheredy, Coordinator

Saundra Stanley, Assistant Coordinator


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