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Why RISE - Rio Salado Education

Want to learn to paint with watercolors? Have you been curious about acupuncture or ancient middle eastern goddesses? Maybe you want to write the next great American novel. These choices and 350 more are yours for only $65 per year. Join in the excitement at RISE where we offer classes from Tai Chi to Car Repairs. There’s something special happening at RISE. Come be a part of it!


MAR 16

All Rise Classes Cancelled Through Friday, April 10

12:00 AM


In keeping with Governor Ducey’s “Stay At Home” executive order for Arizona, to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the RISE Governing Council has cancelled the remainder of the Spring Semester and to safeguard the health of our RISE members, have also made the decision to cancel the Summer Semester.

We encourage you to explore the online Universal Class option that is available – click the tab on the RISE home page. (Instructions on how to enroll  are available on page 30 of the spring catalog).



RISE Spring Term Catalog Corrections

The registration form on page 48 of the catalog is the correct registration form.  The registration form on the inside of the back cover is missing four class numbers.  These classes are in the catalog, but the numbers were left off the cover as they had to be printed ahead of time.  The class numbers are:

#407 – Thursday, April 30th at 1:00 p.m. (Alzheimer’s Dementia – Dr. Edilita Jamis)

#408 – Monday, April 13th at 1:00 p.m. (Better Blood Flow – Janice Winscot)

#409 – Monday, April 13th at 1:00 p.m. (An American Success Story – Steve Held)

#410 – Tuesday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. (Cotton Bolls to Golf Balls – Steve Held)

Class #334 – Gentle Yoga (Shel Fanelli) – there is a total of 7 sessions beginning Tuesday, March 24th and ending on Tuesday, May 5th

Class #351 – Mindfulness (Beth Cornell) the schedule on page 40 is missing two dates – Wednesday, April 29th and Wednesday, May 6th, both at 9:30 a.m.  The catalog description on page 17 is correct.

Class #306 – The Thyroid Autoimmune Revolution (Dr. Lena Martinez) – the description erroneously shows Dr. Fernandez.  It should read Dr. Martinez.

Class #379 – Animal Totems (Marilyn Poscic and Frankie Eklund) – it is Thursday, April 9th – a portion of the title shows Tuesday.


Class #399 - Who Am Eye? (Jim Verghis), six week session beginning April 3rd is cancelled.


#359 - Living Through Forgiving (Rob Corbin), this two-session class is rescheduled to Wednesday, April 29th and Wednesday, May 6th at 1 p.m.



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Did you Know ... with your RISE membership you get 500+ FREE online, instructor-led classes through Universal Class.  These classes can be taken from any computer, anywhere.  Check your Catalog for more information.


RISE uses seven learning tracks: *Natural Sciences *Social Sciences *Health and Wellness *Spirituality and Religion *The Arts *Finance *Technology

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.



Important Notice re: Cancellations and Changes

When we have to cancel or change a class date, it is very difficult to get the message to everyone. If you are registered for a class that cancels, we email everyone in the class first and call anyone who doesn’t have an email listed.  If the class cancels at the last minute, we call everyone who has registered for that class.  Then we send an email blast about the cancelled class to those who have email. We will then note it on the home page of the RISE website,  For those who don’t have email or the internet, we print a sign and post it on the RISE bulletin board and on the windows by the classrooms. That is another reason it is so important to register for classes whenever possible.

Remember to check your name off the attendance sheet at the door or
add your name if you are not pre-registered.  
We just need a headcount!

ALWAYS remember to wear your badge when coming to classes or in the building.  

Did you lose your badge?  Your first badge replacement will be free of charge,
HOWEVER, the next replacements 
will cost you $5.00 (cash only) each.


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

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