It’s back to school for Baby Boomers this fall at Encore University

Late Night Catechism (submitted photo)

Late Night Catechism (submitted photo)

The K-12 crowd is not the only group going back to school this fall.

Hundreds of Baby Boomers are heading for Encore University – a school designed for the 50-plus population in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and surrounding areas.

Actress Patti Hannon, the no-nunsense nun and star of  “Late Night Catechism,” illustrator Bob Boze Bell, Scottsdale historian Joan Fudala and Arizona State University professors emeriti are among a line-up of top-tier teachers  available to active adults attending Encore this fall, according to a press release. The school sits in the shadow of Camelback Mountain on the Valley Presbyterian campus at 6947  E. McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley.

Register for 35 fall classes at or by calling 480-991-6424 ext.165.

Registration is also available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at a free kick-off event on campus featuring food, music and art from former students, the release stated. There are three 5-week terms with the first starting Oct. 13. Classes are $35, stated the release.

Now in its third year, Encore is becoming a perfect place for the growing population of 50-plus adults seeking social interaction and intellectual stimulus. Nearly 800 adults enrolled last year, according to the release.

“This group still wants to learn a little about a lot of things,” stated Encore Director Becky Bennett, in the release. “We’re in a great location and classes are lots of fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

Mr. Bell, a humorist and historian, will teach “Where Truth is Stranger than Fiction” and “The Golden Years of Hollywood.” Former ASU professors will lecture on classical music, literature and exoplanets.

The school is serving up culinary art, visual (pottery and painting), performing arts and art history classes and practical teaching in iPhone operation. Trips are planned for Prescott, Tucson and Turkey, stated the release

Encore’s Saturday Morning Speaker Series features former Sen. Jon Kyl and Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb on Nov. 14, international mountaineer Kevin Cherilla on Jan. 9  and Cita Stelzer,  author of “Dinner with Churchill,”  on Feb. 13, according to the release.

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