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class schedule

From mystical poetry to current events, writing 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 other locations.

 

small clay works for the garden closed

INSTRUCTOR:   Catherine Cross  CLOSED

DESCRIPTION:  Markers, plaques, small sculpture, and wind chimes come to mind as students consider their options for building small works with clay.  Students will utilize hand-building techniques, learn about tool use, underglaze and glaze, expand their vocabulary and leave with clay pieces fired in the kiln.   Students will have the opportunity to choose what they would like to make from a variety of offerings that are within the small works curriculum, both functional and decorative and holiday works for the garden.  Working with clay provides wonderful fine motor benefits for our hands while engaging our minds with the creative process.  The only requirement for this class is a willingness to laugh and have fun.  Supply fee $10.00, collected at first class for each session to cover the six hour program.

Dates: Mondays, April 13, 20, and 27 from 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

 

the music of place closed

INSTRUCTOR:   Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: Music is the universal language.  Yet it is born in places.  This class will look at where various forms and styles of music were born and took shape before being shared with the rest of the world through recordings and technology.  We will see how landscape, culture, community and spirituality contribute to the music of place---we will also listen to and delve into some wonderful music.

DATES: Mondays, April 13, 20, and 27 from 9:30 am to 11:30am

LOCATION:  Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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mah jongg for beginners +

INSTRUCTOR:   Meril Salzburg

DESCRIPTION:  Mah Jongg (commonly referred to as Maajh) is a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards, originating in China.  It uses a Card of Official Standard Hands and Rules by the National Mah Jongg League, against which all games are played.  The game is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with millions of dedicated players around the world.   In this class, participants will learn the elementary principles of the game, leading to mastering the fine points of Mah Jongg.  Patience and practice will be repaid many times by the keen enjoyment invariably derived from the game.  Keep your mind active and vibrant by playing Maajh!  Also, the game is played with "Mah Jongg Cards," which cost $8.00 each. Thus any students continuing the game will need to buy this card in order to play, which they can buy from me. I will have cards with me when teaching and then they can purchase them.

DATES: Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 10:30am to 12:30pm

LOCATION:  Crosby YMCA, 2005 Mizell Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

NOTE: Only 16 Spots available 

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board or bored member? closed

INSTRUCTOR: Shami McCormick

DESCRIPTION: So, you've been asked to be on the Board of a Non-profit organization.  What it means to say "yes" and when to say "no".  This workshop explores Non-profit governance, the responsibilities of Board members and your potential to become a terrific, engaged and effective Board member without losing your sanity.  Appropriate for both veteran and virgin Board members as well as non-profit Executive & Nominating Committees and their Program Directors who want to build a better Board.  Sample discussions will include:

 

  • Making friends with Roberts Rules of Order.
  • Why By-laws make good friends.
  • Cleaning strategies for a dust-free long-range plan.
  • When to form another committee.
  • To be or not to be?--how to manage a crisis.
  • The Miss Manners' approach to winning friends and influencing people.
  • Bottom lines and why they should never come first.
  • Mission and Finances: how opposites can attract.
  • Collegiality: when not to toga.
  • So, how much money do we really have?: Understanding a budget.
  • You want me to ask him for how much money? Fundraising strategies for the faint of heart.
  • Behind closed doors: What you should and shouldn't do in Executive session.

DATES: Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, & 27 from noon to 1:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

intermediate mah jongg

INSTRUCTOR:    Meril Salzburg

DESCRIPTION:  Mah Jongg (commonly referred to as Maajh) is a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards, originating in China.  It uses a Card of Official Standard Hands and Rules by the National Mah Jongg League, against which all games are played.  The game is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with millions of dedicated players around the world.   In this class, participants will learn more about hands and rules on game playing, strategy and scoring. Keep your mind active and vibrant by playing Maajh!   

DATES: Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 1:00 pm to 3 pm

LOCATION: Crosby YMCA, 2005 Mizell Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

NOTE:  Only 16 spots are available 

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homeland security closed

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Schmidt CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: This course will Introduce students to the vocabulary and important components of Homeland Security.  We will discuss the importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Security and their interelated duties and relationships. We will examine current and historical events that impact Homeland Security.  We will examine the most critical threats confronting Homeland Security.  Agencies discussed will include Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service, TSA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Coast Guard.

DATES: Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED

dante's journey through hell: the inferno

INSTRUCTOR:   Roger Barrows

DESCRIPTION: "Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them; there is no third," claimed one translator of the Divine Comedy.  We will read and discuss controversial ideas concerning ethics, human behavior, and life's purpose as viewed by the Florentine genius.  Dante's great poem has meaty ideas for readers of all ages, often forcing us to change our perspectives on right and wrong and on life itself. 

DATES: Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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art for the mind doodling and visual storytelling

INSTRUCTOR:   Catherine Cross

DESCRIPTION: Whether it's zentangle, doodling or just drawing we will explore easy-to-learn methods of creating art from drawing with an open flow and repetitive patterns.  You may find it similar to meditating or being "in the zone".  Making marks increase your focus and creativity.  With each pencil or pen stroke you are building a deliberate pattern that becomes a stunning masterpiece.  It is simple to understand and easy to enjoy - even if you are convinced you are not an artist.   Art for the Mind is all about keeping those synapses popping while exploring new areas of insight to build your creativity or use as a visual storytelling tool.  No art experience required, just a desire to have fun and make your marks.  Materials provided.

DATES: Tuesdays, April 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

LOCATION: Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792 

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reading plays for pleasure

INSTRUCTOR: Shami McCormick

DESCRIPTION: We read magazines, newspapers, books and the occasional collection of poems, but few of us make a habit of reading plays.  Explore the words and worlds of the playwright through plays that uniquely capture culture, time and place and what it means to be human.  Each session focuses on a different playwright, his/her artistic voice and signature point of view.  Plot analysis, character development and dramatic tension are a few of the topics we'll discuss as we begin our journey into this evocative world and pave the way for life-long appreciation and continued reading.

DATES: Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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social media savvy closed

INSTRUCTOR: Candy Hamblin CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to navigate Facebook, Twitter,  Pinterest, LinkedIn, and other popular sites.

DATES: Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED

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magic and witchcraft in western history

INSTRUCTOR:   Dr. Carol Bresnahan

DESCRIPTION: We do not know how many people – most of them women – were executed for the civil and canon crime of witchcraft. Such uncertainty makes the study of alleged witchcraft all the more important. This Center for Lifelong Learning course examines cursing, torture, judicial process, confessions, and what the authorities had to say about witchcraft. We'll focus on the worry that alleged witchcraft and diabolical magic were growing threats after the 12th century, the height of the witch hunts in the mid-16th through mid-17th centuries, and the surprising end to witch hunts.  We conclude with a comparison of European witchcraft beliefs and those of America, especially a disturbing case from the U.S. in the 1980s-90s. A disclaimer: this course is rated R, as sexuality and beliefs about witchcraft were dramatically intertwined!

 DATES: Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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financial strategies for successful retirement closed

 INSTRUCTOR:   Dan Zagata CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: This course will show you a conservative approach to wise money management and help you identify lifestyle issues facing retirees. Attendees will learn how to maximize income, investments, Social Security, and retirement plans. This course will show students how to protect their hard earned assets from erosion due to inflation and the possible cost of long term health care.

DATES: Tuesdays, April 14, 21, and 28 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Cornell Social Science building room 167 on main Rollins campus CLOSED

 

retirement planning today

INSTRUCTOR:   David Witter, CEO, CFP

DESCRIPTION: Determine the amount of money you need to retire; create your own goals for a successful retirement; eliminate debt and increase cash flow; properly convert your IRA to a Roth IRA; select the retirement plan distribution that is right for you; plan your retirement income to preserve a comfortable standard of living; transfer the risk of potential financial losses before or during retirement; and reduce or eliminate taxes, expenses, delays and legal challenges with estate planning

DATES: Tuesdays, April 14 and 21 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 302

NOTE: Only 20 spots available 

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the botany of desire by michael pollan

INSTRUCTOR:   Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: This class will delve into Michael Pollan’s groundbreaking work on how our desires and the plant world are intricately linked.  He utilizes four different plants: the apple, potato, marijuana and the tulip to present his case.  We shall delve into his theory that human desires are an indispensable and complex part of natural history; and then see which of our desires are in tune with our immediate natural surroundings.

DATES: Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 10:00am to 11:30am

LOCATION:  Winter Park Towers, Parry’s Corner, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

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current events and politics

 INSTRUCTOR:    Bob DiConsiglio

DESCRIPTION: This class will discuss the major current events of the day and how they relate to politics. The topics to be discussed may include but not be limited to the following: aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections and the new Congress; 2016 Presidential election; The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care); Johnathan Gruber; immigration and President's Executive Action; separation of powers; Keystone pipeline; Ferguson and its aftermath; ISIS; ACC subsidies in federal exchanges; legalizing marijuana; is there a decline in America's standing in the world?; and other matters that are happening at the time of the class and any other subjects the class would like to discuss.

DATES: Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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bring your ancestors to life

INSTRUCTOR:   Patricia Charpentier

DESCRIPTION: You have all this wonderful genealogical information—boxes, folders, and binders filled with priceless names, dates, places, and historical information. Add to that the stories you’ve gleaned from family members, and you have an amazing tale to tell. Bring your family stories to life and learn a variety of approaches to transform genealogical research into interesting and compelling stories. Turn names, dates of births, marriages and deaths, census data, and historical information into stories of people so alive you’ll swear they could walk right off the page. No previous writing experience is required for this fun, hands-on class.

DATES: Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: TBD

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memory improvement (full waitlist only)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Frederick Lee (FULL - WAITLIST ONLY)

DESCRIPTION:  In this class you'll learn to use your brain better by creating pictures in order to improve your memory tremendously. You'll learn how to memorize facts, jokes, numbers, passwords, birthdays, to-do-list, names, and everything you would like to keep in your mind. The first hour of this class will check your present memory; then I’ll give you hints on how to do better. We'll discuss special needs in improving the memory. With Dr. Lee's special interactive seminar presentation and your participation, you'll understand how the synapses in your brain are working. Your family and friends will be amazed about your good memory. Previous classes accomplished 80% - 90% in remembering facts and names.

DATES: Wednesdays, April 8, 15, & 22 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center 176

lakes & wetlands

INSTRUCTOR:   Jim (James) Hulbert

DESCRIPTION: This course is for those who have enjoyed viewing lakes and wetlands from cars, trains, boats and planes and have wondered:

What is in, under and on those bodies of water?

What is their values and their contribution to freshwater ecosystem or the planet/biosphere (both environmentally and financially)?

What the different types of lakes/wetlands have in common, as well as, their differences?

What life is in and on lakes/wetlands?

How do these ecosystems call to mind the concepts of “Genius loci” or “Sense of Place”?

Why and how are these ecosystems protected, preserved, understood, valued, appreciated, and respected? This class will also do a walking field trip to Lake Virginia on the main Rollins campus.

DATES: Wednesdays, April 1, 8, and 15 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium & one field trip to Rollins main campus

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the arab israeli conflict: about land or cultural differences? cancelled

INSTRUCTOR:   Teresa Decio, M.A.

DESCRIPTION: Why has the Arab-Israeli conflict persisted for so long?  Is it because of disputed claims over land or due to deep cultural differences between Jews and Arabs?  As part of this course, we will attempt to answer these questions through assigned readings and in class discussion.  This course will also include a brief historical synopsis of the conflict and a discussion of the role the United States has played in attempts to achieve a lasting peace.

DATES: Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: TBA Main Campus

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what is self publishing?

INSTRUCTOR:   Catherine Cross

DESCRIPTION: How would you like to get published?  Do you have a story to share with family or friends?  During this class students will be introduced to what is available in the self-publishing arena.  We will explore options; talk about advantages and disadvantages to self-publishing and work together to go through the steps to publish a book together.  Be prepared at the first class with a story, poem, photograph or illustration to share.  Writing tips, inspiration and lots of fun will be on the agenda.  All levels of experience are welcome.

DATES:  Thursdays, April 9, 16, and 23 from 9:00am to 11:00am

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt

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constitutional law

INSTRUCTOR:   Bob DiConsiglio

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 are not be limited to: ACC (Obama Care); separation of powers; executive action and immigration; Hobby Lobby case; recess appointments; subsidies for those individuals in federal exchanges; separation of church and state; federalism (state's rights); First Amendment; the Second Amendment; Voter ID laws; other Supreme Court decisions that come down during the course; and any other subjects the class would like to discuss.

DATES: Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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leonardo and the two michelangelos ~ buonarotti and caravaggio closed

INSTRUCTOR:   Maria Leone Garcia CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: Let us take a journey back to a time of decadence, disease, and discourse. A time of disreputable people, debauchery and disseat.  One of the most pious and pompous of times that produced three of the greatest artistic geniuses of art history: Leonardo the bastardo of Da Vinci who no one owned, Michelangelo Buonarotti who produced splendors for the Pope he hated and Michelangelo Caravaggio the murderous thug who created art of unparalleled religious verve!!

DATES: Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED

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it’s show time? how to speak in public – for beginners closed

INSTRUCTOR:   Ileana Azcunaga   CLOSED

DESCRIPTION

Do you know what the #2 fear is for Americans? Death.

Do you know what the #1 fear is for Americans? Speaking in Public!

That’s right – we would rather DIE than speak in front of a group of people. How do we get over that? What can we do to overcome this fear? This class will create a safe environment where we can practice, practice, practice speaking in public about different and fun topics. We will also do some “acting” and “role-playing.” This will be a judgment free zone where we can be open about our strengths and our weaknesses. By the last session, you will have the self-confidence to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the next baseball game!

 DATES: Thursdays, April 9, 16, and 23 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium  CLOSED

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coming into the home stretch

INSTRUCTOR:   Robin Wilson

TITLE: Coming into the Home Stretch

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.

DATES: Fridays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 10:00am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Annie Russell Dance Studio on main campus

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elements of bridge

INSTRUCTOR:   Zena Sulkes

DESCRIPTION: This class will focus on basic elements such as the value of cards, requirements for bidding, appropriate responses, and the importance of communication between the partners playing.  Any play during the class will be with open cards to facilitate learning.  This brief introduction to Bridge will let you know if it is something you wish to pursue as a recreational activity.

DATES: Fridays, April 10, 17, and 24 from 10:45am to 12:45pm

LOCATION:Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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your life in words (part 1) closed

INSTRUCTOR:   Yvonne Vassel CLOSED

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.

DATES:Thursdays April 9, 16, and 30 from 10am to 12:00pm

LOCATION:Winter Park Towers, Stover Center, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 CLOSED

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navigating the social security dilemma

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Zagata

DESCRIPTION: When should I take Social Security?

  • Early?
  • Full retirement age?
  1. 1.      How much will I get?
  2. 2.      How is it taxed?
  • Now?
  • Later?
  1. 3.      What happens if my spouse passes away?
  2. 4.      How does my health, or that of my spouse, affect my potential benefits?
  3. 5.      What are the major changes for 2015?
  • Who is covered?

Have you asked yourself or others these questions?  Social Security retirement benefits play an important role in helping you meet your retirement income needs.  Apart from WHEN you claim your benefits, there are many options on HOW you collect your benefits.

This course will help you understand how Social Security can affect your benefits and the possibilities you have for optimizing your benefits.  Record any thoughts or questions you may have.  Then you’ll be ready to discuss and develop your Social Security.  This course is ideal for those who have not yet begun taking their Social Security payments.

Did you know that Social Security is one of the few remaining sources of lifetime, inflation-adjusted income?  Originally created after the Great Depression to supplement and provide a safety net in retirement, Social Security continues to provide an essential source of income for many Americans.  How you decide to CLAIM your benefits depends on your goals and financial needs.  Social Security is an important component of a sustainable retirement income strategy.

DATES: Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 5:30pm to 7pm

LOCATION: CSS 167

NOTES: .  Students would be supplied in class with a Federal Guide to Social Security and a Social Security Workbook for them to take home.

introduction to western theatre and artistic performance closed

INSTRUCTOR:   Sarah Verron CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the history of Western Theater and to the Artistic Performance, based on both discovery of the theater and Performance as an art and a historical journey.The aim is to give an overview of the main movements and practices. This will enable us to have a better understanding of the connection between these practices and the society into which they fit, and what influences them.

DATES:Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23,and 30 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION:Winter Park Towers, Stover Center, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 CLOSED

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the science of play: an improvisational theatre primer closed

INSTRUCTOR: Chelsea Hilend CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: Over the past fifty years, improvisational theatre has grown in popularity both as a tool for the preparation of scripted performance, and as a valuable theatrical experience in and of itself. In this class, I’ll share the fundamental principles of improvisational theatre through a series of interactive exercises. Students will learn to “say yes,” listen more carefully, and embrace spontaneity while gaining an understanding of how improv actors create something from nothing!

DATES: Mondays, April  6, 13, 20, & 27 from noon to 1:30

LOCATION: Fairbanks room 112 CLOSED

 

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