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Why RISE - Rio Salado Education

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 Summer Term: Monday, June 6 Through Thursday, July 28

12:00 AM

RISE classes for the summer semester will begin on Monday, June 6, 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 Summer 2022 classes.




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,


Canceled Class:


Thursday, June 9th at 10:00 a .m. - Healing Vortex with Sandra Hickman, Class #409


Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m. - Dysart Community Center with Annie Ansell, Class #422


Thursday, June 30th at 1:00 p.m. - America's Patriotic Music with Gretchen Dempsey, Class #401


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.


"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


Following are the RISE Classes for the Week of Monday, July 4th. 

RISE members may register online at or call 480-377-4262 or 480-377-4296 for assistance.  As a reminder, dues must be current to be able to register, unless you registered prior to June 30th.

Monday, July 4th


Tuesday, July 5th


1 - 3 p.m.

Legacy Letter Writing with Dr. Diane Lukich (Zoom only), Class #419-Z

Wednesday, July 6th


1 - 3 p.m.

Self-Defense Training with Adults with Pat McGannon, Class #411

Thursday, July 7th

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fibromyalgia - Why Do I Always Hurt? with Dr. Scott Timko, Class #415 and #415-Z

Cruising the Panama Canal with Dr. Michael Moore, Class #441 and #441-Z

1 - 3 p.m.

Summer Movie:  Gifted Hands:  The Ben Carson Story, Class #437


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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