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Along with November classes, we are looking for volunteers to help teach kids about healthy eating habits. Learn more about this great program.

class schedule

From painting to current events, writing to law, November 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, Oviedo Mall,  and other locations. Courses are only $65 each.

travels with charley

INSTRUCTOR: Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: This class will journey along with John Steinbeck and his French Poodle, Charley, as they travel across America together.  We will look deeply into the concepts of community, regionalism, nostalgia, home and place within the 21st century American landscape and mindset.

DATES: Mondays, November 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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your life in words (part ii)

INSTRUCTOR: Yvonne Vassel

DESCRIPTION: This class is most appropriate for those who have already begun the process of writing/recording a Life Story, or taken Part I of Your Life in Words. It will function as a guided group where writing exercises are given, your efforts shared, group feedback elicited, and you are assisted through the personal challenges that often arise when delving into past events, as well as the difficulty of putting the pieces together in a coherent, interesting narrative. This class will keep you on the road to completing your project. 

DATES: Mondays, November 2, 9, & 16 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 108 on Rollins main campus

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complimentary and alternative medicine(cam)

INSTRUCTOR: John Sutherland, M.D.

DESCRIPTION: This would focus on defining alternative medicine and discussing the variety of products used, including but not limited to herbs, vitamins, meditation, massage therapy, energy medicine, and spinal manipulation. Also included would be the reasons people use CAM and the frequency and cost of their use. The grade of evidence of benefit and usual dosages of supplements would be defined. Regulations that exist and quality measurements will also be covered.

DATES: Mondays, November 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 207 on Rollins main campus

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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 the instructor.

DATES: Mondays, November 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 10:30am to 12:30

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

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colonial american history from a to z

 INSTRUCTOR: Anne Gardepe

DESCRIPTION: This course is perfect for those who love American history. The instructor will present facts for every letter of the alphabet and then some, for example, B is for Bed and Bath, F is for Fashion, M is for Money, P is for Punishment and so on. The class will provide an overview of life in the American colonies of the 18th century, with special emphasis on Colonial Williamsburg. The instructor will bring an array of visual aids, including replicas, to demonstrate concepts. Students will be invited to participate in demonstrations, as well. The instructor promises to show up in period costume at one class. This course will be informative as well as entertaining, and both humorous and interactive. It will bring the past into your presence.

DATES: Mondays, November 2, 9, & 16 from noon to 2pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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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, November 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 1pm to 3pm

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

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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: Mondays, November 2, 9, & 16 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 208 on Rollins main campus

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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 – “how to choose your camera.”

DATES:  Mondays, November 2, 9, & 16 from 6pm to 8pm

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 208 on Rollins main campus

songs of the greatest generation: 1920 – 1959

INSTRUCTOR: Amado Bobadilla

DESCRIPTION: Popular songs have ruled the airways since the birth of radio. The ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s all had their hits and the stars that made them famous. We carry these all-but-forgotten tuneful gems in our hearts until the music begins to play. Then it all comes flooding back. Ah, the memories! We love to hear and sing these classics. Yet, try as we might, we often can’t get past the first couple of lines before we start humming wordlessly. Well, if you want more out of your singing experience, this class is for you! We’ll explore the most popular songs of each decade; get the low down on how they were written and first performed then hear and watch the original hits. Finally, with lyrics in hand, we’ll even have a go at singing them together! AND, if you’re one for “Fa-la-la-la-la-ing,” you’ll REALLY love the last two weeks as we study and sing the most popular Christmas songs and carols. Come, join the fun and sing in the holidays with us! You won’t want to miss it!

DATES: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 9am to 10:30am

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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basic words of wall street i

INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn Joseph

DESCRIPTION: Equities, bonds, fixed income, treasuries, coupons…words that you hear but do you know what they mean really? A twenty year financial industry professional will go through these basic building blocks of investment at the same time cracking the code of a mutual fund statement. No knowledge needed!  Just common sense and an enquiring mind required!

DATES: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 108

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preventive medicine and periodic health examinations closed

INSTRUCTOR: John Sutherland, M.D. CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: This would focus on the what is the ideal health screening program and the measures of screening effectiveness for various diseases and conditions. It would also cover the current recommendations by various medical organizations, including the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Audience participation and interest would guide the discussion and presentation.

DATES: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10am to 11:30am

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 207 on Rollins main campus

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: Tuesday, November 3, 10, & 17 from 10am to noon

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.  

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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, November 3, 10, & 17 from 11am to 1pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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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 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, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 1pm to 2:30pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

applied social psychology film festival

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Paul Harris and a team of Rollins Psychology Majors

DESCRIPTION:  Applied social psychology uses scientific theory and research to identify, understand, and find solutions to social problems. This approach has been applied in areas such as business, education, health, law, media, and sports, to name a few.  This class is being taught by Professor Harris, but also by a group of Rollins students taking his undergraduate senior seminar in psychology.  These students have spent their fall semester learning about applied social psychology and making short films to educate others about the topic. You will have an opportunity to watch these films and engage in a dialogue with the student filmmakers about their work.  Come and learn about applied social psychology, but also come to help teach a group of budding young scholars how to communicate science to the public.

DATES:  Tuesdays, November 17, 24, & December 1 from 3:30 pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION:  Bush 176 on Rollins main campus

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tai ji quan: moving for better balance (phase 3)

INSTRUCTOR: Sue Burns

DESCRIPTION:  The health benefits of Tai Chi are being reported everywhere.....reduction of stress anxiety and depression, improvement of mood, increased energy and aerobic capacity, as well as strengthening muscles. Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (pronounced tye gee chuwan) is a low impact exercise program that transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving balance, posture, stability, coordination, and flexibility through awareness and mindful control of body positioning in space. Tai Chi is considered safe for all ages. Please wear comfortable clothing.

DATES: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 3:30pm to 5pm

LOCATION: Westminster Winter Park, 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

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the story of art iii: into the modern world

INSTRUCTOR: Roger Barrows

DESCRIPTION:  The Story of Art is the story of humanity—of human thought and experience.  Besides possessing a power to move us both emotionally and intellectually, art serves as a visual record of where we have been and what we’ve been feeling and thinking.  This course (a.k.a. “Art History Lite”) explores selected western masterpieces from the beginning of human creativity through the first decade of our current century.  This month, we consider Romantics & Realists; Fin de siècle:  Impressionism & Post-Impressionism;  Brave New World:  Early 20th Century; and  Art in Our Age.

DATES: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, & 17, from 4pm to 6pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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strategies for retirement & navigating the social security dilemma closed

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Zagata CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: This course will show you a conservative approach to wise money management and help you identify lifestyle issues facing retirees.  Attendees will learn how to maximize income, investments, Social Security, and retirement plans. This course will show students how to protect 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: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, & 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 108

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

introduction to aesthetics closed

INSTRUCTOR:  Trig Johnson, PhD CLOSED

DESCRIPTION: We often hear that this or that is "beautiful". What makes something, someone or some idea "beautiful"? Is it a matter of sentiment? Is it a matter of taste? Is it a matter of conformity to some aesthetic principle(s)?

This course explores the nature of human artistic experience, including questions of form, perception, and style. A course fundamentally about arts, ideas and their reciprocal conceptual interplay, it situates the student as within the historical-philosophical development of aesthetic theory; and it examines perennial, aesthetics-related philosophical issues, and probes primarily post-Kantian (modern and postmodern) ideas about art, beauty and the sublime. This class is the second class of a two-part lecture series on axiology.

DATES: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 6pm to 7:30pm

LOCATION: Bush 164 on Rollins main campus

understanding aristotle

INSTRUCTOR:  Trig Johnson, PhD

DESCRIPTION: Dante’s “Master of those who know,” Aristotle possessed a range of knowledge unmatched during his day.

This course elucidates and examines the basics of Aristotle’s philosophy, laying emphasis on Aristotle’s metaphysics, theory of knowledge and moral philosophy.

This class is the third class of a four-part lecture series on ancient philosophy.

DATES: Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24) from 7:45pm to 9:15pm

LOCATION: Bush 164 on Rollins main campus

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florida’s cracker heritage

INSTRUCTOR: Joy Wallace Dickinson

DESCRIPTION: In some parts of the United States, you might be slugged for calling someone a Cracker, but in Florida the word “Cracker” connotes a rich heritage. Floridians laud Cracker architecture and read novels called Cracker westerns. We write and read obituaries in which folks say something like, “Daddy was a fourth-generation Cracker, and so proud of it.” All this has come to embody a heritage that has little to do with the dictionary definition of the word. In this class, we’ll examine the roots of Florida’s Cracker heritage and some of its manifestations in Florida’s literature, architecture, and cuisine. In the last class, we’ll visit examples of Cracker architecture Fort Christmas Historical Park.

DATES: Wednesdays, Nov. 4, 11, & 18 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: First two sessions, Lawrence Center. Third session, Fort Christmas Historical Park. Note: Class members drive or carpool to Fort Christmas, which is about 20 miles east of Orlando.

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the way: an introduction to the flowing teachings of the tao te ching

INSTRUCTOR: Paul Jacob

DESCRIPTION: This is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism written by Lao Tzu, which strongly influenced other schools such as Confuscianism and Chinese Buddhism.  Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters and gardeners have used the flowing poetic lines of the Tao Te Ching as a source of inspiration.  In this class we will look at key passages and lessons in order to see how this knowledge can be applied to our daily lives.  We will also look at similarities between the writings within the Tao Te Ching and those of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels.

DATES: Wednesdays, November 4, 11, & 18 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: Lawrence Center Room A (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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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, November 4 & 11 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

using meditation in everyday life full closed

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Bernstein  FULL CLOSED

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: Wednesdays, November 4, 11, & 18 from 1:15pm to 3:15pm  

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

zentangle! the art of mindful doodling, a mixture of drawing & meditation! 'all levels, beginners or advanced' cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Maria-Leone Garcia CANCELLED

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..

Supplies: 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.

DATES: Wednesdays, November 4, 11, & 18 from 4pm to 5:50pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

feng shui

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Terral  

DESCRIPTION: Feng Shui is based on the ancient Chinese of placement that originated thousand years ago. It is a philosophy that believes that we are influenced by our surroundings, outside, inside, in our residences and places of work. It is the acupuncture of an environment which, by moving, adding, suppressing furniture and objects, frees and redirects the positive flow of energies and enhances all areas of one’s life. Feng Shui has nothing to do with superstition and everything to do with common sense.

Feng Shui seeks to bring in the Yin and the Yang (Balance and Harmony) in the individual’s environment, to enhance the Chi (the positive flow of energies), to make sure that all the 5 elements in nature are represented in the individual’s environment and to detect missing or obstructed areas in individual’s environment. In her four-part course, Jill Terral will give you a general overview of Feng Shui and its principles and will give you tips on empowering yourself and your Wealth, as well as on Relationship and on Health.

DATES: Thursdays, November 5, 12, & 19 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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introduction to islamic law

INSTRUCTOR: Areeji Zufari

DESCRIPTION:  “Shariah” law is often portrayed as a barbaric, medieval system of law that radical groups such as ISIS and the Taliban want to impose. But what does this word mean? What is Islamic law? This course will analyze the roots of Islamic law, its development, and its role in the 20th and 21st centuries.

DATES: Thursdays, November 12, & 19 from 6pm to 9pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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the philosophy of religion: religious ethics and the afterlife?

INSTRUCTOR:  Trig Johnson, PhD

DESCRIPTION: Billions of persons claim to know a god or gods. These claims to religious knowledge typically give rise to prescriptions for how one should live a life of virtue.  Often, the thought is that such virtuous behavior, the quality of one's thoughts included, will lead to a better life in this world, if also to a better afterlife. This course systematically elucidates and examines the core ethical prescriptions of the world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. In so doing, it examines these religions' thought on what one might hope to gain from good behavior. This class is the third class of a three-part lecture series on philosophy of religion.

Please note that this class meets twice for a three-hour duration.

DATES: Thursdays, November 5 & 19 from 6pm to 9pm

LOCATION: Crummer Business School room 108 on Rollins main campus

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a trip into historic volusia: deleon springs, debary hall, and cassadaga full closed

INSTRUCTOR: Joy Wallace Dickinson FULL CLOSED (email psmith@rollins.edu for waitlist)

DESCRIPTION: In this one-day excursion, we’ll venture across the St. John’s River to three Volusia County sites that are links to some of Central Florida’s most interesting stories. After a breakfast visit to the famous Sugar Mill Restaurant at DeLeon Springs, near the vanished plantation where Orlando Reese once hosted John James Audubon in the 1830s, we’ll tour DeBary Hall, built in 1870-1871 as the winter retreat of a European-born wine merchant Frederick deBary, who chose the St. Johns River country for his hunting estate. After a lunch stop, we’ll take a walking tour of the historic town of Cassadaga, begun in the 1890s as a winter camp for Spiritualists. While Cassadaga continues to be known as a center for Spiritualism (dubbed “the psychic capital of the world”) it’s also an important historic site, on the National Register of Historic Places, because of its architecture.

DATE: Friday, Nov. 13

Possible time frame

8 a.m.  Leave Winter Park

9         DeLeon Springs

10:30  Visit to DeBary Hall

12:30   Lunch

2 p.m.  Cassadaga Tour (this is when their tours are scheduled; will try to arrange for earlier one and maybe flip the time frame so Cassa is in a.m.)

LOCATION: TBA

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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, November 6, 13, & 20 from 10am to noon

LOCATION: Annie Russell Dance Studio on main campus

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historical images of oliver cromwell cancelled

INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Herlihy CANCELLED

DESCRIPTION: Oliver Cromwell is a polarizing historical figure. In Ireland he is imagined as a cruel monster who ravished Ireland. In England, there is a wider spectrum of imagination which stretches from those who see him as the first English republican statesman to a dictatorial tyrant who murdered a king. This course will explore why and how these perceptions occur. So if you are interested in England or Ireland, especially in the seventeenth century, then this is the course for you.

DATES: Fridays, November 6, 13, & 20 from 12- 2pm

LOCATION: Lawrence Center (next to Holt School) 200 E. New England Ave, Winter Park

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