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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!


MAY 30

Memorial Day Holiday, Rise And Rio Closed

12:00 AM


Rise Spring Term: Monday, June 6 Through Thursday, July 28

12:00 AM

RISE classes for the spring semester will begin on Monday, March 21, 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 Spring 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,




Class #329-Z: Be Your Own Fairytale with Dr. Diane Lukich

Class #344: Rebel Women of Mathematics with Janet Teeguarden

Class #351: Sikhism with Jaswant Sachdev

Class #319-Z: Healthcare Decisions with John Beshears
Class #364-Z: Not Virtual Reality but Augmented Reality with Dr. Stephen Davis
Class #305/#305-Z: Why The Demise of the Performing Arts? with Paul Burgess
Class #358 - Jainism with Mahendra Shah




Class #320/320-Z Successful Brain Aging with Dr. Mark Huentleman is now on Thursday, May 12th at 1:00 p.m.


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

Below is the list of upcoming classes for the week beginning Monday, May 9, 2022.  This is the last week of the Spring Semester.

Monday, May 9th

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Current Events, Class #328-Z (Zoom Only Class)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Top 5 Medicare Mistakes with Allison Lubenow, Class #314

What’s Life Got to Do With It? with Pam Prine and Kimberle Dyer, Class #315

The Art of Abundance with Dr. Diane Lukich, Class #347-Z (Zoom Only Class)

Tuesday, May 10th

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Living Trusts vs. Wills with Bob Mariner, Class #316

Forever Young Book Club facilitated by Ruth DiBene, Class #902

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Musical Comedians with Elizabeth Giannini, Class #306 and #306-Z

Wednesday, May 11th

10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Arizona Law with Robert Jeckel, Class #307

Mastering the Art of Relationships with Claudia LeBaron Islas, Class #338-Z (Zoom Only Class) 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Great Decisions 2022 with Dr. Bonnie Saunders, Class #331 and #331-Z

Thursday, May 12th

10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

Travels in Western Europe with Mark and Waynette Brown, Class #368 and #368-Z

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Successful Brain Aging with Dr. Mark Huentleman, Class #320 and #320-Z


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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