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class schedule

From Latin American art to current events, writing to law, June offers a number of interesting and compelling classes for our friends. Classes will be held at the Hamilton Holt building, the Rollins Campus, Westminster Winter Park Towers, the Oviedo Mall, and other locations.

issues at the end of life

INSTRUCTOR: Reverend Clifford A. McKay, Ph.D.

DESCRIPTION:"Issues at the End of Life," the tension between the sanctity of life and  definitions as to  when life has ended, the balance between continued medical treatment and an individual's self- determination, and the decisions a family might face in caring for their loved one.  The course will help navigate the difficult waters as life ends and identify some of the issues which become the background and basis for decisions.

DATES: Mondays, June 1, 8, & 15 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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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, June 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 1pm to 2:30pm CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium


paperless to digital – your personal ‘green journey’


DESCRIPTION: The Egyptians invented paper 6,000 years ago and since the invention of the printing press in the mid 1400’s people have been addicted to paper.  Some predicted in the late 1980’s, with the increased use of computers, that in 25 years we would eliminate paper. However paper usage has grown 400%.

Everyone wants to be ‘GREEN’ and save the planet, but lack the technical skills; so here’s your opportunity to learn how.  If you are a recycler, as most of us are, then move forward into the digital world of a paperless life. Simplify, eliminate paper clutter, keep the important stuff where and when you need it.  Yes less really is more!

It’s easy to do, costs you less time, money and the hassles of filing, storing and retrieving everything you have at your home or office.  Plus it’s easy to find and access and share wherever you are and whenever you need it.  Going from paper to digital is not just for large companies who stand to save billions of dollars going ‘digitally green’ but every individual and small company can benefit.

DATES: Mondays, June 1, 8, & 15 from 1pm to 3pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 201 on main campus

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basic photography


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: Mondays, June 1, 8, & 15 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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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: Mondays, June 1, 8, & 15 from 6pm to 8pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED



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DESCRIPTION: This class will delve into Alan Clements' book Instinct for Freedom: A Maverick's Guide to Spiritual Revolution.  It will challenge students to look into their own life journeys, contemplative practices, aptitude for compassion, and openness to participating in spiritual community.

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

LOCATION: ParrFireside Dining Room, Westminster Winter Park Towers, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 CLOSED


memory improvement full closed

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Frederick Lee  

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. Please bring highlighters to class.

DATES: Tuesdays, June 2, 9, & 16 from 11am to 1pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 201 on Rollins main campus


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. This is a discussion/debate format.

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

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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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. This is a discussion/debate format.

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

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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colonial underpinnings in latin american art

INSTRUCTOR: Amy Galpin, Cornell Fine Arts Museum Curator

DESCRIPTION: With an emphasis on art produced in Mexico, this class will address architecture, painting, and decorative arts produced during the viceregal period. Comparisons will be made between illustrated manuscripts in Peru and in Mexico. Class lectures will focus around the concept of hybridity and emphasize how colonial art is the result of multiple cultural influences. Extending beyond the colonial period, the class will also include a discussion of the remnants of colonialism in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. In the final class session work by artist from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and the Puerto Rico will be discussed.

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

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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DESCRIPTION:  Markers, plaques, small sculpture, windchimes 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: Tuesdays, June 16, 23, & 30 from 6pm to 8pm CLOSED

Location: Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue,  Winter Park, FL 32792 - Turn at the corner of Dundee and Lakemont driving past church and park in the lot behind the church near the playground.  The class will be held in the Art Center.  


zentangle! the art of mindful doodling, a mixture of drawing & meditation!

INSTRUCTOR:  Maria Leone Garcia

DESCRIPTION: Zentangle is the mindful act of doodling, which imbibes deep concentration. This process enables the ‘artist’ to create in a thoughtful, quiet atmosphere resulting in relaxation and mediation, as well as creativity. The process was ‘begun’ by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. A video and PowerPoint demonstrating the process, as well as instructor demonstration, will then be followed by hands-on creative sessions. We will also explore the additions of Collage and color. Each student will create 1 or more individual designs and develop a lifelong skill they can expand upon and share with family and friends! Cards! Bookmarks! Fine Art! You are only limited by your imagination.

DATES: Wednesdays, June 3, 10 & 17 from 10am to noon 

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

NOTE: Students will need a sketchbook and pencil. Students may wish to later make additional purchases at their favorite supply store of card stock paper, color pencils, fine point markers… the latter are all discretional and optional and materials will be discussed in class.

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INSTRUCTOR:  Maria Leone Garcia CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: Through suggestion, example and imagination we will explore creating personal visual journals. Both imagery & writing will be encouraged and explored. Various techniques and forms of two dimensional expression will be demonstrated and even a mini formal Italic calligraphy lesson will be offered.

DATES: Wednesdays, June 3, 10 & 17 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm 

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED

NOTES: Hardcover sketchbook (size of your choice), pencil, eraser, asst. pens, markers, color pencils, & anything else you want to create with, such as: old cards, photos, printed images, scrap book die cuts, ribbon, different papers, stencils, paints, modge podge for paper... the only limitation is your imagination!!


painting a masterpiece for beginners

 INSTRUCTOR: Denise Manara  

DESCRIPTION: Get hands on instruction on how to paint with acrylics! We provide everything you need to complete your masterpiece: the brushes, paint, easel, apron, instruction, and a 18×24 stretched canvas. There is no experience needed! We will guide you step by step. Not only you will take home a beautiful painting, but you get the chance to meet new people, have fun, and maybe even discover a new passion.

DATES: Wednesdays, June 3 & 10 from 1pm to about 4pm

LOCATION: The Winey Wench Oviedo. At The Oviedo Mall, 1760 Oviedo Mall Boulevard, Oviedo, FL 32765

NOTES: The mall has several entrances, the closest one is by The Zoo Gym and Chamberlin's Natural Food Market. We recommend parking at the area designated by the pole 2E. For more information on the location, go to www.thewineywenchoviedo.com or call (407) 366-0330

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understanding our neighbors; a look at judaism christianity, and islam


DESCRIPTION: Today’s American melting pot is very different than that of the nineteenth & twentieth centuries.  We compare and contrast the three major religions came from a small space in the Mideast.  We will explore the role of the clergy, the meaning behind their sacred texts, and their religious practices. Are we more alike than we are different?

DATES: Wednesday, June 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 3pm to 4:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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unlocking spontaneity, creativity, and joy through improv


DESCRIPTION: This class will explore the basics of theatrical improvisation as a performance art form and how its fundamental tenants as a discipline relate to the creative process. It will also be a lot of fun! Popularized through television on the hit-show Whose Line is It Anyway? improv is a diverse and exciting style of performance that requires nothing other than a willingness to try. Students will spend their time in class actively playing through different improv games and scenes to discover stories, relationships, and characters in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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

LOCATION: The Fred Stone Theatre on the Rollins main campus

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your life in words part i

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. Through a combination of short writing exercises, photo and artifact prompts, group reflection, published examples, and guided discussion, you will begin the process of writing a life story. We will also look at the pros and cons of some available publishing/printing resources.

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

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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DESCRIPTION: Get the inside story on our Governments Efforts to protect the United States from Terrorists.  Learn the untold story of the events that have taken place…and the people and places where the fight is taking place.  Get information on how to travel in a safe and secure way. 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: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED


strategies for retirement 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: Thursdays, June 4, 11, & 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Crummer Business Scool on Rollins main campus room 110 CLOSED


what was i thinking – steps to getting involved in local politics closed

INSTRUCTOR:  Gregory A. Jackson, Jr. Esquire CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: Proposed Course Description: As many seniors transition from their business life, during retirement many have a desire to become more involved in their communities through the political process. This course will provide seniors with a step-by-step guide of what they can do to become involved in politics, either as a community advocate or an actual candidate in a small local race.

DATES: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, &25 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 108 on Rollins main campus CLOSED


food journalism history in florida

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kimberly Wilmot Voss

DESCRIPTION: Food Journalism History in Florida: Learn about the women who produced the food pages of newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, considered the Golden Era of the women’s pages. Florida was the place to be during this time period as new food products were introduced, recipes were exchanged and home cooks were celebrated. It was when Tampa Junior League’s The Gasparilla Cookbook gained a national following thanks to the reviews by food editors. Learn more about the history of key lime pie, Florida lobsters and Cuban bread. Various Florida food editors will be discussed including Grace Barr, Jane Nickerson and Jeanne Voltz.

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

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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coming into the home stretch

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, June 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Annie Russell Dance Studio on main campus

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learning fundamental spanish for travel and basic communication closed


DESCRIPTION: This class will introduce students to basic and useful phrases in the Spanish language that people would need to know when traveling to Latin American countries or when they want to communicate in a very introductory way with Spanish speakers.

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

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


let’s write your memories closed

INSTRUCTOR: Patricia Charpentier CLOSED

DESCRIPTION:  Many people say it’s difficult to write on their own, and they do much better when they are in a class. If that’s you, then this workshop is your solution. Let’s Write is a hands-on workshop includes a half-hour lesson on some aspect of writing life stories, followed by writing in response to prompts—verbal, visual, sensory, etc.—that help you come up with topics you might not have otherwise thought to write about. Each prompt is followed by five minutes or so of writing time where you begin drafting a memory related to the prompt. At the end of the class, you have a handful of bits of memories to take home and build upon, if you so desire. No previous writing experience is required for this fun, hands-on class. Prompts are new and different each session, so you can take this same class over and over again.

DATES: Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED


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DESCRIPTION: We use a model to help you construct your own theology and them compare it to the God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  You may find it very enlightening to see where you fit in the wide spectrum of theologies in our world today.  We will create a “safe space” for people to explore and express their own beliefs.

DATES: Friday, June 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 3pm to 4:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED


dipping into indigo

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Cross

DESCRIPTION:  Engage with history and the opportunity for some hands on fun with demonstrations to experience and learn about the history of Indigo in the Southeast United States and around the world.   Learn about the indigo dyeing process for a variety of mediums and have a hands on experience dying your own yarn or fabric.  You will see blue in a whole new way. Supply fee: $10.00

9:00-10:30, Viewing of Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo, a feature-length documentary (79 minutes) about indigo, a blue dye that has captured the human imagination for millennia.  The documentary share the current day phenomenon that is taking place reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment and bring beauty to the world.

10:30-Noon, Introduction  to Shibori and Batik techniques that involve using rubber bands, hand stitching, wood and clamps to create unique designs will be shared as will as opportunities for batik stamping and painting.  During this time participants will learn about tools, techniques and methods for engaging with the dyeing experience, creating a dye vat and ways to be able to enjoy the process when they go home.  After the introduction participants will begin engaging with the folding process for dyeing after lunch.

Noon-12:30 Lunch 

12:30-4:00 Complete hands on creative indigo dye immersion time.  Ending time may be determined by the group.  If the additional hour is needed then we can create until 6:00

Participants may bring 100% cotton pre-washed old or new items to dye including old textiles, yarns, denim jeans, tee shirts, scarves, towels and linens.   Each participant will receive a square yard of cotton fabric and a cotton scarf to explore techniques as part of the $10.00 supply fee.

In addition, participants should plan to wear clothes during creative times that they do not have to worry about if the dye gets on them.  Gloves and aprons will be provided.

A classroom with access to a sink and room for drying racks.  I provide floor coverage as not to get any colorant on the floor.

All dye products, containers, gloves, floor protection, drying racks...anything pertaining to the dye process is provided.  

DATES: Monday, June 29 from 9am to 4pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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