Lend your VOICE

Along with April classes, we are looking for volunteers to help teach kids about healthy eating habits. Learn more about this great program.

class schedule

From gardening to Shirley Temple, religion to law, April offers a number of interesting and compelling classes for our friends. Classes will be held at the Hamilton Holt building, the Rollins Campus, Winter Park Towers and more.

brush up on your shakespeare

Instructor: Eric Zivot

Description: The impact of Shakespeare is universal...on young and old, native and foreign, specialist and layman, professional and amateur, in the past, present and the future. He is read and seen by the school boy, the people of the theatre, the person in his study and the person by his fire. His words and phrases have rooted themselves in the language, his themes and attitudes become sounding boards for all people everywhere. This brief survey of his plarys will examine the brilliance of his story telling, the beauty of his poetry, and the incomparable characters. Class discussions, video / film presentations will enhance our understanding. The requirements are reading a minimum of three plays - a brief presentation to the class and a possible one page paper on a selective topic.

your life in words

Instructor: Yvonne Vassel

Description: Writing your life story is not an exercise in self-indulgence. Indeed, your story will be a gift to your family and future generations, and is a way to ensure the memories, special events, and lessons of your existence do not entirely disappear. You will also value the opportunity to look at your life events with the benefit of distance and understanding. Over four sessions we will combine your words and photos to put together a mini life story that’s ready for you to publish. We will also look at the pros and cons of some available publishing resources.

the zen of zentangle

Instructor: Catherine Cross

Description: A line will take you anywhere you want to go.  Starting small and moving into journaling and larger works participants will explore doodling at a whole new level.  Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by simply drawing creative structured patterns.  With a focus on creativity and process the artistic satisfaction of not having to be an "artist" provides for an increased sense of personal well-being.  No experience necessary.  Join the fun and the enjoyment of doodling as a relaxing method for uplifting your spirits through creativity.

fundamentals of microsoft word

Instructor: Candy Hamblin

Description: Need to make holiday card labels or manage your organization’s phone directory?  This class will show you how to make address labels, newsletters, resumes, and personal letters on stationary…as well as the basics of navigating the complex world of Microsoft Word.  We will change fonts, manage margins, insert photos and clip-art into our documents, plus more! This class is for the beginning Microsoft Word user who already knows how to use the computer.

freedom to move

Instructor: Missy Barnes

Description: This course will teach student to move with greater ease through study of the Alexander Technique. Each class will incorporate gentle movement explorations, including walking and sitting/standing. “The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities.” www.alexandertechnique.com

“navigating the health care system “won’t my doctor tell me what to do?”

Instructor: Anissa Mitchell

Description: Historically, Americans have sustained the ‘doctors are gods” complex by placing the totality of their trust in the hands of physicians. Clinging to the belief that doctor knows best, many leave their major healthcare decision-making totally in their hands even at times when they question a diagnosis or treatment. Instead of being passive passengers, today’s patients must become informed, responsible active drivers of their health and healthcare choices. As such, today’s patient is called an E-Patient: Empowered, Educated, and Engaged.  In this course, we will learn how to become an E-Patient by utilizing all available methods and tools (including technology and social media) to become better informed and prepared healthcare consumers.

basic spanish for practical purposes (section 2 same as february class)

Instructor: Jessica Jacob

Description: This is a beginning Spanish language course meant to teach basic skills for communicating with Hispanic individuals either within the US or while traveling abroad.  We will cover common phrases through skits and dialogues such as ordering food, introducing oneself, making a payment, and of course, asking for the restroom. 

quo vadis eastern europe?

Instructor: Anca Voicu

Description: This course provides a brief exploration of the Central East European economy and culture in the context of our changing world, and discusses some perspectives on the future of these former communist countries. Through real life examples and the use of media and the internet  students will be offered a glimpse into the lives of real people in pre- and post-revolutionary Central and East Europe

health & wellness (section 3) cancelled

Instructor: Wendy Kimelman, Audrey Hauser Burnett, Debbie Sherwin, Lee O’Donald & Dari Entsminger (from Orlando Health)


Week 1: We will review the types of traumatic injuries seen most frequently in those over 60.

Week 2: Memory Disorder- What Does It Mean, How Does It Impact me and What Can I Do About It?

Week 3: Wellness- What Is It, Opportunities Available and Why Is It Important

Week 4: Living Wills, Advanced Directives and Healthcare Proxy- What Are They and Do They Matter?

"who do you think you are?" the self, society and culture

Instructor: Lydia Ammun

Description: We are all born into a culture, an experience that shapes us, defines us and expects us to live according to its rules. And yet, as Disney reminds it is truly "A Small World" (Don't we all know that ride!) a world that may have very different expectations and perceptions than the world in which we first saw the light of day.  This is an excursion into your own cultural upbringing that touches on other cultures , a congenial exploration of differences and similarities. Learning about our own culture and other cultures , we learn more about who we are."

constitutional law and the major issues of our time (section 3 same as february and march class)

Instructor: Robert DiConsiglio, J.D.

Description: This class will discuss the major issues of our time and how they relate to the Constitution. The topics to be discussed may include but not be limited to: Obama Care, separation of powers, federalism, separation of church and state, first amendment, fourth amendment and the NSA, abortion and the right to privacy, the president as commander in chief and his authority to take military action., the voucher system in our schools, the second amendment and gun control, affirmative action and higher education, voter id, and any other subjects the class would like to discuss.

fitness through motion & imagination (section 3 same as february and march class)

Instructor: Bob Sherry, J.D. &Robin Wilson

Description: Dance gets people engaged, moving, socializing, and feeling their bodies. Beginning with the proposition that there is no wrong movement, this course is open to all. Our bodies need to move! The class, performed to live piano accompaniment, begins with the participants in chairs and proceeded to upright movement (although a seated option is always available). The chairs create a sense of support, and allow participants to experiment and expand their movement range from a steady and reliable base. Participants will be encouraged to approach this movement exploration with an open the mind and heart. This allows everyone an opportunity to enjoy an imaginative, individualized, movement experience.

coming into the home stretch (section 3 same as february and march class)

Instructor: Robin Wilson

Description: Flexibility promotes a more youthful body and mind . By blending of the art of dance, the power of yoga and the science of pilates this class is designed to do just that! The special benefit  is that each student will  gain the ability to perform these  movements and exercises in the privacy of their own homes for many years to come.