Class Schedule

From painting to current events, writing to law, February offers a number of interesting and compelling classes for our friends. Classes will be held at the Rollins Campus, Westminster Winter Park Towers, Oviedo Mall,  and other locations. Courses are only $65 each.

prevention guidelines: mammograms? psa’s? bone density? cholesterol level treatment? blood pressure level treatment? annual physicals?

INSTRUCTOR: John Sutherland, M.D.

DESCRIPTION: Are you confused about the right preventive measures for you? Let’s talk about the ideal screenings and the reasons for them. Recommendations from various organizations such as the US Preventive Services Task Force, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association will be reviewed. Ample time for audience participation will be allowed and encouraged. 

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 207 on Rollins main campus

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how can positive psychology help seniors go from happy, to happier, to most happy? cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Zena Sulkes  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: This class will explore the literature of positive psychology to define it as we see its effect on us.  After we formulate our definition of happiness, we will look at some meaningful forms of happiness and how we can apply them to our lives.  What are the happy moments in your life? What puts a smile on your face?  Come with a smile on your face and curmudgeons need not register for this class.

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 CANCELLED

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use your ipad, iphone, smart phone, android, or tablet to take great pictures

INSTRUCTOR: Sheryl Odza

DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wondered, “How do I use this thing and take pictures?” We will learn how to use the basics of the technology to take beautiful photos. We will also learn framing, cropping, and positioning plus simple editing techniques using your phone or tablet. We will learn about editing a photo using our phone plus options of downloading Apps. Also learn how to share them on Email, Facebook, texting, or posting. We will go over basic elements of composition and use surrounding area for photo subject matter. No need to have prior knowledge of photography.

DATES: Mondays, February 8, 15, & 22 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 102 on Rollins main campus

NOTE: Bring the device you want to learn about!

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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, as noted in the course description, 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, February 1, 15, 22, & 29 (not 8th) from 10:30am-12:30pm

LOCATION: Westminster Winter Park (Club Room), 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

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community engagement: 101

INSTRUCTOR: Gregory Jackson and Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

DESCRIPTION: Are there community issues that you would like to help change, but have no idea where to start? This class will explain how to work collaboratively with and through groups of people to address community issues that you care about. Learn how you can become engaged as a means to positively affect your community and its members. This is a highly interactive, introductory course that will introduce students to community partner organizations and spark additional opportunities for ongoing engagement

DATES: Mondays, February 8, 15, 22 & 29  from 10:30am to noon

LOCATION: Crummer Hall room 220 on Rollins main campus

NOTE: This class is free to RCLL students: limited to first 25 participants

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golf

INSTRUCTOR: John Koestner

DESCRIPTION: The class is designed to help students have a better understanding of the golf swing, the ball flight laws and what makes the golf ball travel in the direction that it does. The class will also include a discussion of putting and the short game. In terms of the flight of the golf ball, it is important to know the ball flight laws and what causes a ball to go straight, right and left. Understanding the concepts is critical to success. The class will discuss how the face of the club and the path of the club affect a golf shot. We will then talk about how to control the clubface and path to produce the best results. In addition to understanding the full swing better, the class will address putting and the short game. 60--‐65% of shots occur under 100 yards of the hole with 40% occurring on the putting green. The mechanics of these short game area shots are critical to improving golf scores.

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 11am to 12:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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elements of bridge 2

INSTRUCTOR: Zena Sulkes

DESCRIPTION: This class is designed for students who have taken our Bridge class I or a previous class on basic bridge or used to play years ago and need a refresher. We will explore how the player of the contract designs a plan to bring home the correct number of tricks.  We will play some hands in the class and evaluate the
hands after they are played to see if the correct contract was bid and made.  We will look at strategies for a winning defense and the importance of cueing your partner and other important winning ways.

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 12pm to 1:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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intermediate mah jongg cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Meril Salzburg  CANCELLED

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, February 1, 15, 22, & 29 (not 8th) from 1pm to 3pm

LOCATION: Westminster Winter Park (Club Room), 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL
32792

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mold matters – solutions and prevention cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Charles Dobbs CANCELLED     

DESCRIPTION: Attendees will learn about mold from mold detection experts and authors of Mold Matters – Solution and Prevention, and Mold Prevention Tips for the Green Build Industry. Topics include: what is mold, how it affects health and building structures, the 3-step process of fixing a mold problem, hurricane preparedness, and mold in green buildings. 

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 2pm to 3:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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the crazy world of british colonial america

INSTRUCTOR: Patricia Farless

DESCRIPTION: This course examines how British colonists transplanted, modified and rejected British gendered economic, social and legal systems.  In doing so, they made active decisions to “carry,” rather than “receive” British law and customs.  By looking at British Colonial America through the intersections of gender, law, religion and social practices, we are able to understand how the Anglo-Indian Frontier developed from potential friendship to hostility, why the Puritans became so intolerant, why a unique form of slavery developed and how we ended up fighting against our very own in the American Revolution.

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 4pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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introduction to existential philosophy

INSTRUCTOR: Trig Johnson, PhD, MA, MSt

DESCRIPTION: What does mean to be a human? For instance, are there any certainties in life? Does life have a purpose and/or meaning? Why not commit suicide? These are but some of the questions that are perennially deliberated by the popular philosophy that is existentialism. This class entertains these and related questions, vis-à-vis an elucidation and examination of the tenets of prominent existential philosophers, such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre.

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Crummer 108 on Rollins main campus (moved from lawrence on 2/3/16)

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prohibition in the u.s. the dry & the wicked

INSTRUCTOR: John Klein

DESCRIPTION: The rise and fall of prohibition in the United States is explored. The 18th Amendment went into effect in 1920 and allowed bootleggers & the Mafia to line their pockets and implement violence to further their own ends. We’ll discuss the Temperance movement, the Roaring Twenties, Speakeasies, the Mafia’s business enterprise, Al Capone’s stronghold over Chicago, and Capone’s eventual downfall at the hands of Eliot Ness’s Untouchables and the IRS. The course will conclude with a discussion of the 21st Amendment and America’s end to Prohibition in 1933. 

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Oakmonte Village, 1021 Royal Gardens Circle, Lake Mary, FL 32746

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animal communication

INSTRUCTOR: Jo Maldonado  

DESCRIPTION: If you have ever wondered what your dog or cat is thinking, why that squirrel crossed your path, or you work or would like to work with animals, this class is a "must." In this 4 week series students will learn how to “hear” what animals are saying and receive information from them, and how to send and communicate information to them! Students will work with photos of animals, hands on exercises, with a live animal guest or two and with animals that have passed! Class contents will include, but is not limited to:Using your “Other Senses”; Knowing Animal Behavior; Developing Your Own Language; Reading through Their Eyes; Recognizing Energy; Levels of Communication; Acknowledging your Blocks; Enhancing Your A.C. skills; Communicating with your Body Language; Communicating with your Thoughts; Communicating with your Voice; Communicating with Body Mechanics such as how fast your blood moves or your heart beats.

DATES: Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 6:30pm to 8pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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cultural history of puerto rico and puerto ricans cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Deliz    CANCELLED 

DESCRIPTON: Puerto Ricans are Central Florida's fastest growing demographic and major contributors to the region's development over the last three decades. This course will utilize music, film, food, and documents to bring to life the story of the island of Puerto Rico, as well as the centuries of cultural and social development of its people.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 from 9am to 10:30am

Location: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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songs of the greatest generation ii: 1920 1959

INSTRUCTOR: Amado Bobadilla

DESCRIPTION: Picks up where Songs of the Greatest Generation left off. Same great decades, all new fun facts and songs. Come and continue our journey through the century…or join us for the first time. Either way, it’ll be a trip down memory lane you won’t want to miss! Hope to see you there!

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 9am to 10:30am

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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handbuilding with clay in the morning

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Cross

DESCRIPTION: All levels welcome.  Explore and create with clay.  Tools, clay, glazes and kiln firings will have participants in this class going home from fun learning experiences and new three dimensional works of art.  Supply fee: $10.00

DATES: Tuesdays, February 16 and 23, from 9am until noon

LOCATION: Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. Turn by the church off of S. Lakemont onto Dundee, follow along the church turning right into the back parking lot.  Park in this lot and across from the playground, look for the door that has the sign "Art Room."

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kickboxing for longevity

INSTRUCTOR: Tim Hetz     

DESCRIPTION: Kickboxing for longevity is geared towards older adults, and does not require any kickboxing experience. You will learn basic kicking, punching, and
blocking techniques while seated, and standing, as well as work on your core muscles (back & abs). This low-impact cardio workout will help you build better balance, coordination, strength, posture, flexibility, and increased oxygen/blood circulation. Chairs will be used during the class. Wear comfortable/loose clothing, and sneakers or walking shoes. Please bring a towel, and a bottle of water.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Westminster Winter Park (Multipurpose Room), 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

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jews in american history cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Murray Toborowsky  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: This course begins with teaching about the three waves of Jewish immigration into America; the Sephardic, then German, followed by the East European. We will discuss the impact that Jews had on America and where and when Jews began coming to America.     We cover questions such as was Columbus Jewish? How did a famous old western sheriff wind up with a Jewish wife? What Jewish family owned Monticello longer than Thomas Jefferson? 
    Why was this 19th century Jewish business man's portrait hanging in many Southern African American homes? What effect did the Hebrew Bible have on the puritans? The objectives are to create pride for our American Jewish heritage and conclude the course with knowledgeable students who understand the roles that Jews have played in the creation of the American fabric for over three-and-a-half centuries. 

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 207 on Rollins main campus

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basic photography

INSTRUCTOR: Rinat Halon

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for all camera owners (point & shoot, SLR, or even a smart phone) who want to understand how to photograph better, using their own cameras. No previous photography education is required. This course has class and field work combined. In class 1 we will go over the basics: getting to know the
camera – the language of photography (camera body, lens, the digital system, ISO, rule of thirds, freezing motion, & depth of field). In class 2, learn to use pre-set features, and ISO, plus practice what we learn in class. The third class will be a review of work and the different options to transfer photos from the camera to the computer, as well as basic editing, sharing your photos via email, Facebook, and other social media. 

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9 & 16 from 10 to noon

LOCATION: Hauck Hall room 106

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beginning quilting

INSTRUCTOR: Connie and Ken Gleason

DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wanted to make a quilt, but didn’t know where to start? They look so lovely and difficult to make. Well, they are simple to put together and we will show you how to get started. In this class we will sew and quilt a square suitable for a pillow top, framing, or continue with more squares to make your first quilt. We will discuss purchasing your material, batting, needles and how to quilt. Do you want to do it by hand or machine quilt? We will show you both methods. We will also bring to class many different types of quilts that we have made or purchased over the years. Ken is also a quilt appraiser and would be glad to answer any questions that you have. Classes will go over how to buy material, needles, and batting; piecing process of their quilt square; and quilting the square.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, & 23 (not 16) from 10am to 12pm

LOCATION: Westminster Winter Park (Creative Arts Center, Top Floor), 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

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patient advocacy cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Dianne McElroy  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have marketing, risk management and patient advocate staff, but operating 24/7 365 days/yr, with limited resources and often conflicting demands, at times they struggle to provide good customer care. Even with challenges such as HIPPA laws; staff, family, friends, professional patient advocates, even community volunteers can help improve patient care. Class will be given strategies, resource information and links, case examples of good and poor customer service, and will be invited to provide personal accounts and discuss potential challenges possible solutions.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 212 on Rollins main campus

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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 include but are not limited to the following: 2016 Presidential election; ACC subsidies and King v. Burwell; gay marriage and impact on religious liberty Obergefell v. Hodges; Iranian nuclear deal; ISIS; Immigration and the President’s executive orders; separation of powers; is there a decline in America’s standing in the world?; voter ID laws; gun laws; is there institutional racism in America?; and any other matters that are happening at the time of the class and any other subjects the class would like to discuss. This is a discussion/debate format.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 11am to 12:30pm 

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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the power of place

INSTRUCTOR: Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: This class will explore how our total environment affects the depth and quality of our life.  We will look into where students have lived and traveled to, their hometowns, where they live now, places they might like to move to and how their specific dwelling place, local neighborhood and greater town or city all contribute deeply to who they are and what they are experiencing at this moment of their life. We will also look at where various artistic movements sprung up---and
why.  You will never look at place the same again.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 11:30am to 1pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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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 limited to: King v. Burwell (ACC subsidies); Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage) impact on religious liberty; Hobby Lobby case; Immigration cases and executive orders; separation of church and state; Second Amendment; First Amendment; voter ID laws; other Supreme Court cases that come down during the course; and any other subjects the class would like to cover. This class is a discussion/debate format.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 1pm to 2:30pm 

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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photography ii cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Rinat Halon  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for all camera owners who want to continue their education in basic photography, using their own cameras. The basic photography
RCLL course is a pre requirement. This course has class and field work combined.
In class 1 we will go over camera functions such as white balance, metering, black & white captures, using fill flash, & more. In class 2, we will do a photo tour of Rollins. The third class will be a review of work and camera options – “how to choose your camera.”

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9 & 16 from 1pm to 3pm

LOCATION: Hauck Hall room 106

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broadway’s greatest musicals

INSTRUCTOR: Arnold Breman    

DESCRIPTION: 100 years of American Musical Theater. A visual and informative historical tour of American Musical Theater. From the "Black Crook," the first long running musical in 1866 that introduced such staples as scenic effects, colorful costumes and rows of bare-limbed dancing girls to the spectacle of Andrew Lloyd Webers "Phantom of the Opera."

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 2pm to 3:30pm

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 207 on Rollins main campus

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terrorism in the united states and around the world

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Schmidt

DESCRIPTION: This class will examine the state of the terrorist threat in real time.  We will look at the current threat inside the United States.  The events in Europe as well as cover the fight against ISIS in the Middle East.  We will look a border security, the status of intelligence community, and our immigration policy.  The class will discuss safety tips in traveling both in the U.S. and overseas. The class will include a field trip (car pool) to look at security in Central Florida.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 3pm to 4:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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stopping by woods: robert frost & his contemporaries

INSTRUCTOR: Roger Barrows

DESCRIPTION: This class will explore the life and work of Robert Frost and the many ways his poems speak to us. Using a seminar format, we will read and discuss a range of his poems--from those exploring what may seem an indifferent universe to those expressing his understanding of the human condition.  In the process, we will relate him to other poets of his time, including T.S. Eliot, E. E. Cummings, Ezra Pound, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others.  Our aim will be to find the ineffable pleasure in the beauty of language, sound, and insight experienced in the fleeting experience of poetry.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 4pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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the sistine chapel up, down and sideways

INSTRUCTOR: Bob Lemon

DESCRIPTION:  Most people gaze at the handsome ceiling and ignore the rest of the room. We will explore the history of the building, function of the chapel, fresco technique, its relationship to the Temple of Solomon, decoration on the walls, ceiling and the Last Judgment.

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 4pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: University Club, 841 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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the fundamentals of estate planning & probate: what every senior should know

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Merrell Bailey, Esq. and Hallie Zobel, Esq.

DESCRIPTION: Join local law partners Hallie Zobel and Merrell Bailey of Your Caring Law Firm for this informative series on the fundamentals of estate planning and probate. This fun, interactive, and practical class reveals what you always have wanted to know about estate planning and probate. The instructors will use pop-culture examples from movies and celebrities to engage the audience as they illustrate topics such as:

What is the difference between a will-based estate plan and a trust-based estate plan?

What are the typical legal documents one might see in an estate plan?

Why should I care about estate planning?  I’m solidly middle-class, not wealthy!

Who has the authority to make financial and medical decisions for me as I age?

What is the difference between probate and a trust administration?

How do I pass my retirement plan assets?

Is there anything my legacy can do to protect my loved ones from creditors, predators, and their own bad choices?

How can I prevent my wealth from going to my daughter-in-law’s next husband?

How can I avoid “ruining” my grandchildren with an inheritance?

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 6pm to 7:30pm 

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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handbuilding with clay in the evening cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Cross   CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: All levels welcome.  Explore and create with clay.  Tools, clay, glazes and kiln firings will have participants in this class going home from fun learning experiences and new three dimensional works of art.  Supply fee: $10.00 made payable to the instructor.

DATE: Tuesdays, February 16 and 23, 6:00 pm until 9:00pm

LOCATION: Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. Turn by the church off of S. Lakemont onto Dundee, follow along the church turning right into the back parking lot.  Park in this lot and across from the playground, look for the door that has the sign "Art Room."

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chair yoga cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Pamela Ocana, M.A., E-RYT  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: This workshop is designed for those who would like to explore or continue the practice of Yoga and would do so by using the chair as the main prop.  People who enjoy Chair Yoga include those who would like to learn how to practice anywhere (at the office, an airport, a park, etc.), those recovering from health issues and in a journey to reestablish wellness, as well as our Golden Senior Citizens.  You will learn: the history, philosophy, and psychology of Yoga; the anatomy and importance of the breath; a complete series of chair poses; and then enjoy a final deep relaxation which may be done sitting or lying down depending on your preference at the moment.  At the end of the workshop you will have a fair understanding of the practice and will have directly experienced its many positive gifts and applications! 

The workshop is open to all.  Please bring a yoga mat or blanket, wear comfortable/relaxing clothes, and do not eat anything heavy for the 2 hours prior to the workshop (a little juice or something similar 1 hour prior is okay). Se habla Español

DATES: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 WPT or Lawrence

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an introduction to how the internet (cyberspace) works cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Joel Crichlow  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes so that Google can answer your questions about almost anything in what seems like seconds? Or what are the processes in the world of the Internet that allow you to purchase an item with a few clicks on Amazon.com? Or how your text, pictures, audio, and video can travel to almost any place in the world after you have made a few key strokes or clicked some e-device? We are all amazed and spoiled by the information sharing capabilities that now form a ubiquitous part of our lives. This course will give you an understanding of what happens in Cyberspace while you are interacting with your favorite or not so favorite online application.

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 208 on Rollins main campus

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american poetry from poe to frost

INSTRUCTOR: Alan LaCerra

DESCRIPTION: In this class, we will read and discuss select poems by four famous American poets: Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost.

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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west african history and culture

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Deliz

DESCRIPTION: For over 500 years West African societies have contributed to the cultural and social development of all Atlantic societies. West African origins of modern American music and southern food, are but the tip of an iceberg of cultural transfer that began with the transatlantic slave trade.  This course will look at the history and culture of West Africa and their everyday manifestations across the Americas. 

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24 from 10:00am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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read a life story, write a life story cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Patricia Charpentier CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Read a published memoir and learn how to write your own life story. In this class, we’ll use the work of a well-known memoirist, discuss his/her story, and explore what the author is doing to create this compelling tale. We’ll then use the text as a way to learn writing techniques we can apply to our own life stories. The published memoir will be revealed before the start of class so participants may obtain a copy. No previous writing experience is required to take this class. The motto of the
workshop is: The only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10:30am to noon

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 102 on Rollins main campus

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computer basics

INSTRUCTOR: David Stendel

DESCRIPTION: Explorer Windows 7. Learn the difference between click, double-click, and right-click. Learn about Windows Explorer, and create things like folders, files, and shortcuts. Understand what a context menu is. Discuss the dangers such as scams and viruses, and how to keep yourself safe. Learn about browsers and search engines in order to find answers online. If time and equipment permitting, explore other systems like the iPad. Requirements: None.

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 11am to 12:30pm

LOCATION: Olin Lakeview Computer Lab room 225 on Rollins main campus

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your life in words (part i)

INSTRUCTOR: Yvonne Vassel

DESCRIPTION: Whether written or spoken, your life story is not an exercise in self-indulgence. Indeed, your story in your words will be a gift to your friends, family and future generations. It is a way to ensure the people, special events, and lessons of your existence do not entirely disappear. Through a combination of short writing exercises, photo and artifact prompts, group discussion, published and recorded visual examples, you will begin the process of compiling a life story. 

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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introduction to spring vegetable gardening cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Caitlyn Glatting  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Does Spring weather have you itching to get outside and grow your own vegetables but are you unsure where to start? This course will go over the many ways to garden and how to choose what will work best for your home. You will gain an understanding on the basics of soil health and its significance in plant growth, and plant parts and how they can be utilized. You will be able to participate in hands-on seed starting and planting activities.

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 25 from 3pm to 4:30pm

LOCATION: Mead Garden, 1500 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789 (Discovery Barn, across from the Grove stage)

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writing your inner child cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Yvonne Vassel  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Who is your inner child and what does she/he have to say to you? Writing that child's view of the world you lived will surprise you and add a new dimension to your memories, and impact how you feel about life today. Writing Your Inner Child is a fast-paced, poignant, and fun excursion into life as you once experienced it.

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 3pm to 4:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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how to read music and play instruments!

INSTRUCTOR: Peri Sedigh

DESCRIPTION: Participants in this workshop will receive a recorder instrument (similar to a flute) and a music book to practice along with. Students will learn how to read musical notation focusing on beat and pitch.  Students will also experiment with percussion instruments. This class is for beginners, and is fun and easy,
you will be surprised at how quickly you will learn to read music! [This class is taught by a certified art and music teacher that has taught music for over a
decade] ($10 fee for supplies made payable to instructor).

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 4pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. Possible recital at end.

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introduction to postmodernism

INSTRUCTOR: Trig Johnson, PhD, MA, MSt

DESCRIPTION: Postmodernism is internationally recognized as a dominant philosophy. Contemporary film, painting, music, architecture, literature, philosophy, religion, and psychology (for example)—each routinely champions postmodern values in the cultural milieu that is postmodernity. This class brings the sometimes-slippery postmodern ethos into bold relief, whilst entertaining philosophical issues pertaining to postmodern epistemology and aesthetics, in particular.

DATES: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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abraham lincoln and the jews

INSTRUCTOR: Murray Toborowsky

DESCRIPTION: We will discuss the first meeting of Lincoln with early Jewish Immigrants in the Midwest, and how Lincoln helped the Jews when they were
expelled from parts of the South during the Civil War. We will also look in to how a Jewish friend loaned him a jacket so he could take a picture as well
as how Lincoln got a Jewish Confederate soldier out of prison to visit his dying father. We will delve in to why Jews mourned so hard after his Lincoln’s
death and learn more about Lincoln and the Jewish Chaplaincy Controversy.

DATES: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary

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nazi germany: the holocaust and its lasting effects

INSTRUCTOR: Gary Prager

DESCRIPTION: This class will serve as an introduction to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and its impact on the Jewish community of Germany. In an informal round table discussion, all the events leading up to the creation of the Nazi State will be addressed, including the inability of the other Western Countries to foresee the tragedy that lay ahead.

Everyday life in Germany from 1933-1945 will also be examined, exploring how the average German’s life was affected by the war. It should be noted however, that the plight of the Jews will be emphasized as it was they alone who were primarily singled out for discrimination and, ultimately, for a final destruction.   

We will also discuss the American entry into the conflict, with emphasis on the strong feelings for non-involvement in the European conflict. This conversation will include the role of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders in concentration camps across Poland and other parts of Europe.

It is my intention to engage the class throughout the program and to make the time spent as informative and mentally stimulating as possible. To add a topical aspect to the meetings, areas of recent research will also be introduced. This class will not shy away from controversial topics when appropriate, and expressing personal opinions and unique views will be encouraged and respected.

On a personal note I have a lifetime interest and knowledge of the Holocaust. My Father fled to England from Poland just before the War began, and most of his family perished in Poland under Nazi rule. I currently act as a Docent at the Maitland Holocaust Memorial and Research Centre, where I guide visitors around their permanent exhibit. I have a passion for this subject and hope that my enthusiasm will encourage others to learn and explore the history of Nazi Germany.

DATES: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 11am to 12:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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using meditation in everyday life

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Bernstein

DESCRIPTION: This class is both for those new to meditation, as well as for those wishing to review and strengthen their present practice. You will receive a complete overview of meditation: what it is, what it says, how it works. You will receive instruction in several meditation methods so that you can find one that feels right for you. We will discuss what a mantra is, as well as benefits of its use. You will be helped in selecting a mantra.

   Meditation isn’t a miracle, it’s a method. With a regular meditation practice you can have less anxiety, worry, racing mind, no matter your life situation. It isn't that problems go away, it’s that “gradually” you can “learn” to see them differently, see them from a peaceful mindset. Robert is a 15 year meditation teacher. 

DATES: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 1pm to 2:30pm  

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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strategies for retirement & navigating the social security dilemma

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Zagata 

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 your hard earned assets from erosion due to inflation and the possible cost of long term health care.  You will learn how Social Security can affect your benefits and the possibilities you have for optimizing your
benefits.  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 can provide an essential source of income for many Americans. This course is ideal for those in or approaching retirement and wanting to know more about the Social Security program.

DATES: Thursdays, February 4, 11, & 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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dance the two step cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: David Stendel  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: The two-step is a couple’s dance. Some common two-steps are the Country and Western two-step and Foxtrot. Learn basic moves and turns, which can be translated to other dances such as a one-step or three-step. No dance partner required, but couples are encouraged. Come out and get some exercise!

DATES: Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Westminster Winter Park (Stover Center), 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

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an exploration of florida art & history at the cici and hyatt brown museum of art

INSTRUCTOR:  Joy Wallace Dickinson

DESCRIPTION: The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art in Daytona Beach, which opened early in 2015, features the history of Florida told through works of art. With more than 2,600 paintings, the Brown Collection constitutes the world’s most extensive collection of Florida art. The size and scope of the collection lends itself perfectly to illustrating aspects of Florida’s geography, natural history, and cultural history. We’ll visit the Brown Museum of Art and also the main campus of the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences and enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch at a place to be determined. We’ll travel together by bus (cost included) and will start at 8:30 or 9 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m. (Final schedule to be determined.)

DATES & LOCATION: Introductory session, Lawrence Center, Friday, Feb. 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Field experience, Friday, Feb. 26, circa 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Meet at Lawrence Center). 

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beginner spanish

INSTRUCTOR: Margarita Valenzuela

DESCRIPTION: Introduces simple conversation and vocabulary/grammar for everyday life.  By the end of the course, students will be able to express themselves in the present tense and conjugate some verbs. No prior exposure necessary.  Students will be encouraged to speak Spanish in class. Class will include conjugating verbs (ar-er-ir), reading, spelling, pronunciation and writing.  Will also study past and future tense. 

DATES: Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 10:30am to 12:15pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room B, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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the mystical poetry of rumi and hafez cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Paul Jacob    CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Rumi and Hafez are two of the most widely read poets in the world, yet their words seem to be a puzzle to many Western minds.  In this class we will attempt to look deeper into the metaphorical messages of love and connection blossoming within the lines of these two beloved mystical poets

DATES: Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 11:30am to 1pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center, room A, 200 E. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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stretch yourself

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.

DATES: Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 11:15am to 12:45pm

LOCATION: Annie Russell Dance Studio on Rollins main campus

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