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class schedule

From photography to current events, writing to law, May offers a number of interesting and compelling classes for our friends. Classes will be held at the Hamilton Holt building, the Rollins Campus, Westminter Winter Park Towers, the Oviedo Mall, Oakmonte Village, and other locations.

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, croppings, and positioning plus simple editing techniques using your phone or tablet. 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, May 4, 11, & 18 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

NOTE: Bring the device you want to learn about!

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encounters with mavericks

INSTRUCTOR: Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: This class will delve into various celebrated essays and speeches written/presented over the past few years by some of the world’s most fascinating artists and luminaries.  The object of this class
will be to take an in-depth look at the intersection of technology, wonder, spirituality, food, culture and communication in today’s world through the unique experiences and lenses of various interesting creators and innovators.

DATES: Mondays, May 4, 11, 18, & 25 from 10am to 11:30am

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

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jewish artist study & project closed

INSTRUCTOR: Sheryl Odza   CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: Join me in finding out about artists and their works. We will investigate their religious influence and learn about their individual styles of artwork. Be prepared to listen then get creative using some of the same techniques of the artist to create your own piece of artwork! No need for any previous art experience. Looking forward to expanding your knowledge about Marc Chagall (drawing), Amadeo Modigliani (painting), and Louise Nevelson (sculpture).

DATES: Mondays, May 4, 11, & 18 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED

NOTE: For drawing, bring colored pencils, erasers, and drawing paper; For painting, bring paintbrushes and any paints you like (acrylic, watercolor, etc); For sculpture, bring various objects you want to use & a shoebox (items found at Walmart or Michaels)

 

basic photography closed

INSTRUCTOR: Rinat Halon CLOSED

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, we will do a photo tour of Park Avenue, learn to use pre-set features, ISO and white balance. The third class will be a review of work.

DATES: Mondays, May 4, 11, & 18 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

 

photography ii closed

INSTRUCTOR: Rinat Halon  CLOSED

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.

DATES: Mondays, May 4, 11, & 18 from 6pm to 8pm  CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

 

augustine's philosophy

INSTRUCTOR: Trig Johnson, PhD

DESCRIPTION: Augustine of Hippo is widely regarded as one of the most important theologians in history. He is also widely regarded as a first-rate philosopher.

This class explores the intellectual development of Augustine's thought, particularly the conceptual interplay between his philosophy and theology. Emphasis is placed upon Augustine's concepts of reality and his theory of knowledge.

DATES: Mondays, May 11 & 18 from 6pm to 9pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 210 on Rollins main campus

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jews in american history closed

INSTRUCTOR: Murray Toborowsky  CLOSED

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, May 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 11am to 12:30pm  CLOSED

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

 

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 class format.

DATES: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 11am to 12:30

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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constitutional law closed

INSTRUCTOR: Bob DiConsiglio   CLOSED

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 class format.

DATES: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1pm to 2:30pm  CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

 

the irish national theatre: folklore, romance, history and ghosts

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kathleen Hohenleitner

DESCRIPTION: At the turn of the century, Irish writers W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory founded the Irish National Theatre as an artistic resistance to British colonialism. We will read short plays from throughout the 20th century that include folklore, history, romance, and hauntings. Classes will include historical and literary background and group discussions of the plays. One small drama collection contains all the plays we will read: Yeats’ Cathleen níHoulihan, Gregory’s Spreading the News, Synge’s Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea, Friel’s Translations, and McPherson’s The Weir.

Warning: the most recently published play does contain a wee bit of salty language!

DATES: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room102, Rollins main campus

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the writer's group at rollins closed

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Cross   CLOSED

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. Bring your writing aids and any material that you would like to share.

DATES: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, & 19 from 1pm to 3pm CLOSED

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 212 on Rollins main campus

 

your life in words part i closed

INSTRUCTOR: Yvonne Vassel   CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: Writing your life story is not an exercise in self-indulgence. Indeed, your story will be a gift to your family and future generations, and is a way to ensure the memories, special events, and lessons of your existence do not entirely disappear. You will also value the opportunity to look at your life events with the benefit of distance and understanding. 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: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 3pm to 4:30pm CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

 

kant's philosophy

INSTRUCTOR: Trig Johnson, PhD

DESCRIPTION: Immanuel Kant is widely regarded as one of the most important philosophers in the history of philosophy. His thought is also notoriously difficult to understand.

This class elucidates and examines the basics of Kant’s philosophy, laying emphasis on Kant’s metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy and aesthetics.

DATES: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 210 on Rollins main campus

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small clay works for the garden closed

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Cross  CLOSED

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, May 5, 12, & 19 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.  

 

meditation practices for health, happiness, and longevity

INSTRUCTOR: Lezlie Laws

DESCRIPTION: Participants in this class will learn 8-10 reflective and meditative practices that will still the mind and give access to your best thinking, your deepest wisdom, and your natural equanimity. Learning to control the fluctuations of an over-stimulated mind will bring health and psychological benefits, too.  You'll learn breathing techniques, meditation practices, easy ways of re-framing (and thus calming) the mind, and how nature, music, and movement can be used as meditative practices.

Please wear comfortable clothing to this class.

DATES: Wednesdays, May, 6, 13 , & 20 from 10 am to  noon

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium 

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synoptic gospels gospels according to mark, matthew and luke closed

INSTRUCTOR: Joseph Gerard Barker  CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: This workshop explores what some biblical scholars are learning and proposing regarding the Synoptic Gospels such as:

The development of the Synoptic Gospels- what are the sources, who is the audience, when did these Gospels evolve and what are the primary differences and similarities between these three Gospels.

1.      What can we learn from other literature, oral traditions and written trends from the time period before and during the Gospel development period.

2.      What can we know about the historic person, Jesus, from these Gospels.

3.      When did these Gospels become a part of the Biblical Christian Testament and how did this occur.

4.      What do we know and not know today about other documents concerning Jesus that were not included in the Christian Biblical Testament.

This workshop will include information presentations, a review of pertinent source documents and open discussions about the information presented.

DATES: Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 10am to 11:30am  CLOSED

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 212 on Rollins main campus

NOTE: There will be reading and reference materials provided at sessions for the attendees. This workshop does not involve a theological or religious approach to the subject and the information presented.

 

 

crossing the river with siddhartha

INSTRUCTOR: Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: This class will read and analyze the novel Siddhartha by the renowned German author Hermann Hesse. This work engages many spiritual life themes such as attachment/detachment, suffering, material prosperity, love/lust, ego/status, and discipline/asceticism.  It is a wonderful book that takes the reader on a soulful adventure through the twists and turns of the life of the main character, Siddhartha.

DATES: Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 10am to 11:30am

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

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painting a masterpiece for beginners closed

INSTRUCTOR: Denise Manara  CLOSED

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, May 6 & 13 from 1pm to about 4pm  CLOSED

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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INSTRUCTOR: Zena Sulkes  CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: This class will offer a continuation of the beginner's class. If you know how to value a hand and the essentials of bidding and playing, you are welcome to join the class. The class will provide some techniques and simple play. This is perfect for someone who played in the distant past.

DATES: Wednesdays, May 13, 20, & 27 from 1pm to 3pm CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium CLOSED

 

unlocking spontaneity, creativity, and joy through improv closed

INSTRUCTOR: Travis Ray CLOSED

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, May: 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6pm to 7:30pm  CLOSED

LOCATION: Busch Science Center Auditorium on Rollins main campus

 

introduction to existential philosophy

INSTRUCTOR: Trig Johnson, PhD

DESCRIPTION: What is the human situation? Is there any certainty in life? Is there any purpose and meaning to life? Why not commit suicide? These are but a handful of the questions posed by the perennially popular philosophy that is existentialism.

This class entertains such questions vis-à-vis an elucidation and examination of the tenets of prominent existential philosophers, such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre.

DATES:  Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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INSTRUCTOR: Dan Zagata  CLOSED

DESCRIPTION:  An Individual will contemplate starting a business for many reasons.  Some enter retirement and are looking to pursue a passion, others have an idea they always wanted to try, and others still might be invigorated by the challenges involved.  Either way, the steps to start a small business can be overwhelming and cause one to hesitate.

In this course we will discuss the basic steps of starting a business and what resources are available to those that wish to undertake this journey.  We will also explore the people that are available to help guide you through the various steps of starting your business. We will loosely follow the SCORE curriculum which helps entrepreneurs create and grow their business. SCORE is the resource partners of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and operates in cooperation with the SBA to provide entrepreneurs with information vital to their success.  Dan Zagata, your professor, is an approved counselor and certified mentor with SCORE. 

Basic topics covered in this course:

Starting your Business

Resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Creating your business plan

How to write a financial plan for your business (even though it doesn’t exist yet!)

Marketing your business

Next steps

DATES: Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm  CLOSED

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 210 on Rollins main campus

NOTE: Guest speaker : A representative from SCORE/US Small Business Administration

 

stories of central florida’s past: fascinating floridians

INSTRUCTOR:  Joy Wallace Dickinson

DESCRIPTION:  From its days as a frontier outpost to its role as a destination for millions, the Orlando area may be the least known of America’s best known locales. In this introduction to Florida and Orlando’s past, we’ll look at the some of the fascinating folks who put their stamp on the history of Orlando and Winter Park in the era B.D., before Walt Disney World opened in 1971 (but we won’t forget Walt).

Subjects range from Jacob Summerlin, “king of the Crackers” to space pioneer Joe Kittinger, baseball Hall of Famer Joe Tinker, Rollins’s Annie Russell, and Dr. Phillips – the namesake of Orlando’s new performing art center. Learn the inside stories about some of the fascinating folks who forged Central Florida. (Note: This is basically the same class offered in May and July 2014.)

DATES: Thursdays, May 14, 21, & 28 from 10 a.m. to noon

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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jews in american history

INSTRUCTOR: Murray Toborowsky

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: Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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to be young again… living in the social media world closed

INSTRUCTOR:  Gregory A. Jackson, Jr. Esquire  CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: As more and more seniors are becoming “tech-savvy” and utilizing social media, this is an important and fun course to offer. This course will provide senior with a brief history of how social media came about and the ways to utilize social media to connect to friends (old and new), shop, research issues/people and to be involved in the community. But, let’s not forget some basic things to keep us safe (i.e., be careful when communicating with strangers, do not tell all, etc.). These are the lessons we learned growing up as kids about how to get around in society, which is applied to the modern society of social media.

DATES: Thursdays, May 7, 14, & 28 from 6pm to 8pm  CLOSED

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 301 on Rollins main campus

 

introduction to postmodernism

INSTRUCTOR: Trig Johnson, PhD

DESCRIPTION: Postmodernism is widely recognized as the dominant philosophy in the world today. Film, painting, music, architecture, literature, philosophy, religion, psychology (for example)—each routinely champions postmodern values in the cultural milieu that is postmodernity.

This class explicates the intellectual-historical foundations of postmodernity, brings the postmodern ethos into bold relief, and entertains philosophical issues pertaining to postmodern thought and culture.

DATES: Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Bush Science Center room 210 on Rollins main campus

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discovering rollins’ storied past through the camera lens: how oneextraordinary professor helped shape central florida closed

INSTRUCTOR: Eduard Gfeller  CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: In 1926, Rollins’ legendary president Hamilton Holt made his first faculty appointment: Edwin Osgood Grover, professor of books. By the time Grover retired in 1951, he hadnot only greatly influenced the college’s style of teaching but also put his mark on Central Florida.Grover rubbed elbows with national celebrities at Rollins’ Animated Magazine, corresponded withZora Neale Hurston, camped with the Miccosukee, and helped shape Mead Gardens. His interestsand reach were astounding. Yet, when video-documentary Ed Gfeller set out to study Grover abouta year ago, he first found only basic biographical facts. During the past year, he’s filled in much ofGrover’s fascinating story. This course will look at Grover and Rollins’ “golden age” and also atmaking a documentary: how to get from stark facts to understanding the person behind a historicfigure and turn that into a compelling story.

Students will find practical advice about video story-telling as well as absorbing history.

Background on the Grover project can be found at www.groverprofessorofbooks.com and its associated Facebook page.

DATES: Fridays, May 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 10am to 11:30am  CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium  Possibly 1 class at a garden.

 

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INSTRUCTOR: Patricia Charpentier  CLOSED

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. Each Show, Tell, and Write session is totally different, so you can sign up again without fear of hearing the same information.

DATES: Fridays, May 1, 8, & 15 from 1pm to 3pm  CLOSED

LOCATION: Hamilton Holt Auditorium 

 

memory improvement

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:

Thursdays, May 14, 21, 28 from 11am to 1pm

LOCATION:

Oakmonte Village,1021 Royal Gardens Cir, Lake Mary, FL 32746

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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, May 4, 11, 18 & Tuesday, May 26 from 10:30am to 12:30

LOCATION: 170 W Fairbanks room 114 on Rollins campus

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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, May 4, 11, 18 & Tuesday, May 26 from 1pm to 3pm

LOCATION: 170 W Fairbanks room 114 on Rollins campus

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