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class schedule

From mystical poetry to current events, writing to law, March 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.

Also see our February and April classes. Scroll down to see the list of classes.

small clay works for the garden

INSTRUCTOR:  Catherine Cross

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:  Mondays, March 2, 9 and 16 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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your life in words (part ii) cancelled

INSTRUCTOR:  Yvonne Vassel

DESCRIPTION: This class is most appropriate for those who have taken the introductory session of Your Life in Words, or have already begun writing their Life Story/Memoir. It will function as a guided writing group where writing exercises are given, your efforts shared, feedback given, and you are provided with methods you can utilize to move through the personal challenges that always come when delving into past events and the emotions they create. This class will keep you on the road to publication.

DATES: Mondays, March 2, 9, and 16 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CANCELLED

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

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historic preservation: its history, its significance, and its meaning to our quality of life

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jack Lane/ Casa Feliz Board of Directors

DESCRIPTION: History has shown that there is a powerful relationship between a city’s quality of life and its commitment to historical preservation and in turn historic preservation is possible only when it is supported by an informed citizenry. The purpose of this course is to explore the nature of historical preservation, how tangible and intangible characteristics create a strong feeling of sense of place, and what Historic Preservation means to the our quality of life.

The first class will present a brief history of historic preservation and how to identify historic architectural styles that have contributed to our heritage.

The second class will identify the types and styles of historic landscapes and selected landmarks in the city of Winter Park.

The third class will explore Casa Feliz, its history, how it was saved, how it has been restored and how it serves as a model for historic preservation.

In the final class, participants will bring present different styles of architecture in their own neighborhoods followed by a discussion about how we all can contribute to preserving our historical heritage.

DATES: Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 10:00am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Casa Feliz House, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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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, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

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

NOTE: Only 16 spots are available (Full but can go on wait list)

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resolving the dilemmas of ethical living

INSTRUCTOR:  Zena Sulkes

DESCRIPTION: We will look at how the concepts of ethical living enter our style of life and help us make decisions regarding ideas of self and our community.  Come prepared to share and discuss as we look at our society and issues today. Such as: Providing for the needs of all to receive an appropriate education, medical marijuana, death with dignity, etc. as determined by the group.

DATES: Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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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: Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Orlando Hall 215 on Rollins main campus

NOTE: Only 22 spots are available

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the writer's group at rollins

INSTRUCTOR:  Catherine Cross

DESCRIPTION: Do you love to write?  If you answered yes, then you will want to join this group.  As a result to the positive responses in our "Your Life Story Writing Workshop" this group offers an opportunity for both published and unpublished writers of poetry, fiction, memoirs/essay, autobiography, historical documentation, children's stories...whatever your subject to come together for sharing through readings and discussion.  Inspiration, ideas, current trends and constructive critiques will prevail as beginners become more confident with your direction and published writers are inspired to stay the course.

DATES: Mondays, March 2, 9 and 16 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium 

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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, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 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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art and spirituality cancelled

INSTRUCTOR:  Roger Barrows

DESCRIPTION: Throughout the world, art has offered a glimpse into spiritual realms, a window into the divine.  Like music, art can express what words often cannot say about the spiritual dimension of life.  In this course, we will explore how the sacred art and architecture of the world’s major faiths convey the viewer from the visible to the invisible, as well as ways in which modern painters express spirituality.  French cathedrals, the path of pilgrimage, and the changing image of Christ will also be considered. 

 DATES: Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, and 30 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm CANCELLED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CANCELLED

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time travelers to tuscany, prep

INSTRUCTOR:  Bob Lemon           

DESCRIPTION:  This class is for those attending the RCLL Study Abroad trip to Italy in March 2015. The first class will examine prevailing social conditions in Siena and Florence, 1300-1500. The second class will survey predominant artistic principles of Siena and Florence followed by “what you need to know before you go.”

DATES: Tuesdays, March 3 and 10 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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painterly prints

INSTRUCTOR:  Catherine Cross

DESCRIPTION:  This fun class will offer participants a chance to explore painting and printmaking through monotype, collograph and gelatin (Gelli) plate.  A colorful and surprising experience with art.  We will look at artist works, learn a little art history and enjoy hands on creativity from the first class. A visit to the Cornell Museum will be included to get the creative juices flowing.  No experience necessary.  

DATES:  Tuesdays, March 3, 10, and 17 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

LOCATION: 1st class at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on main campus, remaining 3 classes at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church,  400 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 3279

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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: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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.

DATES: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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critical disability studies: understanding disability and aging across the lifespan

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Stacey Coffman-Rosen CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of disability studies. A critical disability studies perspective examines disability not as a medical issue, but as a developmental and lifespan issue that we will all experience at one time or another. A critical disability studies perspective compares disability as an issue of social and structural inequality similar to racism, sexism, classism, etc. Disability will be studied through a variety of lenses including: culture and identity, psychology and interpersonal communication, stigma, and media and digital culture. You will understand the shifting landscape of disability studies and question “normative” concepts of the body, self, sexuality, and aging. We will use artifacts from popular culture (books, film, and television) to aid in our understanding of course content and objectives.

DATES: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm CANCELLED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CANCELLED

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basics of estate planning and probate

INSTRUCTOR:  Gayle A. Owens, Attorney            

DESCRIPTION: What is the difference between a will and a trust? What is a revocable “living trust” and how does it work?  When should your estate plan include a trust? What is involved in the probate of an estate and why do so many people think you need to “avoid” it? Can a trust really help your heirs avoid probate?  Will your estate be subject to a “death tax?” Can trusts help your estate avoid a “death tax?”  How do insurance policies and IRA, 401k, and other retirement accounts fit into your estate plan? What are “POD” and “TOD” accounts?  Answers to these questions and more will be discussed.  You’ll also learn why a durable power of attorney, living will and designation of health care surrogate fit are important features of any estate plan.

DATES: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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live at home… confidently…in your forever home. cancelled

INSTRUCTOR:  Monarcha Marcet  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: What three simple things can you do to your home to make sure you can stay in your home as you get older? 1..., 2...., 3....? Presenting real life examples and pictures of actual projects to make your home life easier.  It is possible to live in your own home confidently for the long term with a little planning ahead.

DATES: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm  CANCELLED

LOCATION: TBA main campus  CANCELLED

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thomas merton: the spiritual evolution of a questioning monk

INSTRUCTOR:  Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: Thomas Merton is one of the most famous and influential Christian writers who ever lived.  In this class we will study the spiritual evolution of his life, which includes excerpts from several of his books and documentaries on his life.  We will see what we can learn from his early bohemian life, to his years as a Trappist monk, to his questions on community, his travels, and studies in Zen.  Through his journey---we shall inquire into the nature of our own journeys.

DATES: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Hauck Hall 110 on Rollins main campus

NOTE: Only 22 spots are available

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cooking demonstrations and techniques

INSTRUCTOR:  Marci Arthur

DESCRIPTION: I will teach you recipes and cooking techniques which will help you learn to love the kitchen – creating small masterpieces that will be healthy, teach portion control, flavor balance and impress even the toughest critic. We will discuss how to discover a creative way to create a lifestyle that will work for you.

DATES: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 1:00 pm   

LOCATION: Truffles and Trifles; 711 W Smith St, Orlando, FL 32804   

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plein air sketchbook

INSTRUCTOR:  Catherine Cross

DESCRIPTION: Pick up and go! The most portable, no clean-up way to enjoy watercolors on location.  Plein air pocket sketching will let you carry your supplies in a way that makes it ideal for travel, journal entries, bicycling and cafe' sitting. Create rich sensitive drawings onsite using felt tip markers with watercolor or colored pencils. First work indoors, learning techniques, composition, perspective and how to enhance your drawings with color.  Then, take the techniques outside.  Prepare to leave with sketching skills to record your next vacation or scenes around your home. Be inspired to create your own travel postcards.Walking short distances near the Hamilton Holt Building will be involved.

DATES: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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marge, zora, john d. and more

INSTRUCTOR:  Joy Wallace Dickinson

DESCRIPTION: Florida boasts a rich literary heritage, ranging from writers who were raised here, such as Zora Neale Hurston, to those who found second homes here (Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams). We’ll read and learn about the lives of an eclectic range of authors, with a special focus on Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and mystery writer John D. MacDonald.

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9:15 am to 10:45 am

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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film, fantasy, and food: a tasting of spanish cuisine and culture

INSTRUCTOR:  Patricia Tome

DESCRIPTION: This seminar is designed to introduce students to Spanish history, cuisine, and culture following the Spanish Civil War. Knowledge of the Spanish language is not required as all readings are in English and the films are in Spanish with English subtitles. We will explore the integral role food as metaphor plays in three fantasy films. Additionally, each film discussion will include a food sampling, the menu for which has been designed around the dishes featured in each film. The food samplings will follow selected readings and recipes from the only required text for the course, Penelope Casas’s La cocina de mamá: The Great Home Cooking of Spain. Critical readings will be made available online and handed out in class.

DATES: Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26, & April 2 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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follow the bouncing ball ii cancelled

INSTRUCTOR:  Amado Bobadilla CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Well, music enthusiasts, you asked for it! You got it! More popular songs from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s! All different. All hits! With Follow the Bouncing Ball II, we’ll continue our musical journey through the decades with the songs you wished we’d studied in Follow the Bouncing Ball. We’ll look at the stories behind the songs, take another look at the decade, and watch and listen to many of the songs as they originally appeared. Of course we’ll sing them as well… and you’ll take home lyrics and music to share with friends and family. (Prior participation in a Follow the Bouncing Ball class is helpful, but not required.)

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CANCELLED

LOCATION: Winter Park Towers, Multipurpose Room, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 CANCELLED

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fabulous fashionistas: lessons in living long and flourishing

INSTRUCTOR:  Lezlie Laws

DESCRIPTION: In this course you will watch a documentary by Britishfilm-maker Sue Bourne called Fabulous Fashionistas.  You’ll explore the art of ageing in the company of six extraordinary, stylish women.  With an average age of eighty, they’re all determined to make life full, creative, and meaningful, no matter what their life conditions. We’ll examine the qualities of heart and mind that these women bring to their experiences, and how they have managed to keep going, look fabulous, and have fun in the “one wild and precious life” they have been given.

DATES: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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

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basic contract law for non attorneys cancelled

INSTRUCTOR:  Sobrina Cox  CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Individuals enter into contracts on a regular basis with little thought as to the terms in the paperwork. This course aims to educate the non-attorney about what it means to enter into a contract. Topics that will be covered include: what is a contract, who can enter into a contract, how to avoid a contract and much more.

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, and 19 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm  CANCELLED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium  CANCELLED

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impressionism: study of light and diversity

INSTRUCTOR:  Maria Leone Garcia

DESCRIPTION: Love the art of Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Cassatt? Interested in their diverse approaches to arguably the most renowned style during the most highly regarded period of modern art? Come learn the differences and in some cases similarities of these artists and how they paved the way for the future Expressionists, Nabis, and Abstract Artists.

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, (not the 19th), and 26 from 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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spanish for beginners! no problem!?

INSTRUCTOR:  Ileana Azcunaga

DESCRIPTION: This class is for beginners – it is not meant to substitute a grammar course or university course. If you have previously taken a Spanish course, this class may not be advanced enough for you. It is meant for someone who is traveling abroad for fun and would like to learn a little bit of Spanish before they leave – or wants to impress his or her neighbors! Or perhaps you are visiting Miami sometime soon!?

This class will get you on the right track with some conversational Spanish. I hope you are not shy because we will be diving right into it with role-playing and very fun activities for the whole class! Come to class with lots of energy and ready to learn!

DATES: Thursdays, March 12, 19, and 26 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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show, tell, and write

INSTRUCTOR:  Patricia Charpentier

DESCRIPTION: This fun workshop encourages you to bring in mementoes and items from your past or present each week (or photos, if the objects are too large) which are meaningful and hold many memories. We spend time allowing you to share the item with the class and tell its story and meaning to you. Then you learn how to write vivid descriptions of the objects, convey the sentiment attached to each, and detail its history and significance. In doing this, the story, which has made this object so important to you, follows the item to your descendants. This class is like show and tell for big people with a twist—we also do our telling on the page. No previous writing experience is required for this fun, hands-on class. This show and tell concept is currently sweeping the country by members of the Association of Personal Historians, so join others in sharing these important stories.

DATES: Fridays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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coming into the home stretch cancelled

INSTRUCTOR:  Robin Wilson  CANCELLED

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, March 13, 20, and 27 from 10:00 am to noon CANCELLED

LOCATION: Annie Russell Dance Studio on main campus CANCELLED

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write your life story workshop

INSTRUCTOR:  Patricia Charpentier

DESCRIPTION: This workshop is hands-on and 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. The class aims to tap in to your ability to write without thinking ahead too much. When the time limit is up, I ask for volunteers to share what they’ve written. 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.

DATES: Fridays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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a visit to marjorie kinnan rawlings’ home at cross creek and micanopy

INSTRUCTOR:  Joy Wallace Dickinson  

DESCRIPTION: From the old tea-olive bushes at the front door to the hanging-light shades made of wooden butter bowls, you won't find a better place to discover the heart of Florida than the writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home at Cross Creek, now a state park. On the screened porch, Rawlings’ writing table, with a palmetto trunk for its base, holds a typewriter like the one on which she pounded out her books and an immense number of letters that also make fascinating reading. In this one-day field trip class, we’ll venture to Cross Creek by bus, dine (Dutch treat) at the Yearling Restaurant, and also stop in the after12:00pm in historic Micanopy before returning to Winter Park.  

DATES: Friday, March 27  

LOCATION: Tuition of $60 dollars includes transportation and tour at Cross Creek. The bus will pick everyone up at the Hamilton Holt School at 8:15am and return around 5pm. You will need to bring lunch money.

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