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class schedule

From gardening to Shirley Temple, religion to law, October 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 more.


Instructor: Marci Arthur

Description: Come to a class teaching new approaches to COOKING. For this class, we recommend you bring a notebook and a pen.

Demonstration Classes are an intimate, interactive look at cooking. Each class features an entertaining and informative lesson by Marci Arthur and one of her professional chef-instructors, plus generous tastings of every dish prepared in class. Take notes as you watch our chef work and ask questions throughout the process, to walk away able to recreate the menu at home.

Equipment for your home will be discussed that will help you become a better cook, as well as methods of how to prepare foods to make cooking easier.

Dates & Location: Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 1pm to 3pm
Truffles & Trifles (need address)

something more: faith beyond religion

Instructor: Rev. Greg Limongi, MDIV, Hospice Chaplain

Description: As a healthcare chaplain grappling with life and death issues every day I hear it all the time and maybe you do, too. I know there’s something out there...maybe it’s God…but everything else feels up for grabs. Look at the polls, they will tell you the same thing. Over ninety percent of people believe in God but participation in organized religion continues to plummet. What in the world is going on—and is there any way forward without losing the ‘rest’ of our faith? This class is designed to turn that question on its ear: What if we are meant to live a new kind of faith, one which doesn’t offer ready made answers, but allows us to live honestly and courageously with the sort of questions that inevitably dominate our complex world? To this end we will seek to creatively engage religious texts as well as take a look at some of the many interesting attempts to intentionally live out faith in the world today. Let this course be a defining step for you in your own journey…as you claim that inherent human right to believe…and to doubt.

Dates & Location: Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

understanding aristotle

Instructor: Trig Johnson

Description: Dante’s “Master of those who know,” Aristotle possessed a range of knowledge unmatched during his day. This class elucidates and examines the basics of Aristotle’s philosophy, laying emphasis on Aristotle’s metaphysics, epistemology and moral philosophy.

Dates & Location: Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Winter Park Towers, 1111 S. Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

historical neighbors: maitland and eatonville

Instructor: Joy Wallace Dickinson

Description: With roots going back to Florida’s Seminole Wars, Maitland is rich in history, and as a home of art. We’ll look at the ties between Maitland and its historically significant neighbor, Eatonville—one of the nation’s oldest incorporated African-American communities—and the bonds between them, including the work of Maitland Art Center founder Andre Smith and the acclaimed novelist Zora Neale Hurston, who called Eatonville home. This is a field-trip class, with three of the four classes "in the field," visiting sites in Eatonville and Maitland.

Dates & Location: Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, &23 from 10am to 11:30am

The first session will take place in the Hamilton Holt Auditorium. The remaining sessions will take place at a historic site in Eatonville, for one session, the Maitland Art and History Museum, for two sessions, where we'll have an opportunity for behind-the-scenes looks at historic sites, including at Maitland Art Center, a architectural and artistic gem that's on the National Register of Historic Places. (In addition to class tuition, class expenses of $4 a person to support the sites we'll be visiting.)

engagement with life: an introduction to the practical and spiritual wisdom of the bhagavad gita

Instructor: Paul Jacob

Description: The “Gita” is a sacred scripture of the Hindus, which calls for selfless action and engagement with the world. This book has inspired many world leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi, to stand up to tyranny. The setting of the Gita is on a battlefield, where Prince Arjuna is in conversation with Lord Krishna. The battlefield setting has been interpreted as an allegory for the ethical and moral struggles of the human life. In this class we will look at key passages and lessons from the Gita 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 Gita and those of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels.

Dates & Location: Thursdays, October 2, 23, & 30 from 11:45am to 1:45pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

your "forever home"...creative design ideas for living at home longer canceled

Instructor: Monarcha Marcet

Description: What would your “forever home” be like? Is it possible your existing home could meet your needs now and in the future? What exactly is Universal Design? In this course, you will be introduced to the concepts of “aging in place”. Utilizing a presentation with lots of pictures and real life examples of projects you will garner ideas that may be useful if you are contemplating remodeling or building new, ideas which could make your home life “easier”. The National Association of Home Builder's Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) certification will be explained and we'll explore other acronyms of the “contracting” world and how to qualify contractors. We'll explore the process a designer uses when presented with cases involving clients with physical and other challenges. Class members may bring in floor plans to the last class and a portion of that class time will be spent hands on reviewing the plans and discussing possible modifications using the principles learned in the class.

Dates & Location: Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

travel writing: seeing the world in a new light

Instructor: Gary McKechnie

Description : Whether it’s Mark Twain’s epic journeys or Charles Kuralt’s cross-country road trips, travel stories have the power to immerse readers in a world of exciting ideas and endless possibilities. At the conclusion of this four-part course you will know how to research, develop, construct, and deliver your own travel story based on personal observations and experience. Whether you intend to write for pleasure or profit, your ability to tune into your surroundings, narrow your focus, organize your thoughts, and share your discoveries will help you inspire others through your words. Ultimately, the tools of travel writing will find you living in the moment and thereby enhancing your own voyages of discovery.

Dates & Location: Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, & 23 4pm to 5:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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 & Location: Fridays, October 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10am to 11:30am
Annie Russell Dance Studio on main campus

follow the bouncing ball

Instructor: Amado Bobadilla

Description: Ever find yourself singing a song from your--or your parents'--childhood but revert to humming after the first line? Wish you knew the rest of the song, but don't have the time to Google it? Ever wanted to sing those songs, but the Karaoke machine only goes back to the '60s? Then join us as we study the life and times of some of the most popular songs of the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s. We'll listen to some old (and some not-so-old) recordings and then learn to sing those songs (there may even be time for a solo or two!). And you'll take home all the lyrics, so you'll never be at a loss for words again...at least not when you're singing!

Dates & Location: Fridays, October 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 11am to 12:30pm
Winter Park Towers, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

exotic ports in far away places

Instructor: Lisa Didier

Description: Whether you are an arm-chair traveler or planning an exotic cruise, Professor Didier’s series of PowerPoint programs will take you on a virtual tour of countries all over the world. Every 1.5 hour presentation uses colorful slides and maps to tell the history, culture, native customs, and the flora and. We will explore Australia & new Zealand.

1. Australia: the founding of a Nation Continent
Legends, facts and fiction regarding the aboriginal people of Australia and Britain’s ‘convict’ colony. Hear historical anecdotes about some of the convicts, why they were sent to the colony and how they helped build a great nation.

2. New Zealand and Australia: Development of the Science of Criminology
Using historical criminal cases of the mid-1800s in New Zealand and Australia, Professor Didier explains the evolution of ‘mug shots’, when and how the 1st fingerprints were used and offers anecdotes concerning several bizarre crimes of that era

3. New Zealand’s History and Culture
Discover the history, culture, flora and fauna of New Zealand from Captain Cook’s 1st encounter with Maori tribes through the settlement of these 2 beautiful islands by Europeans.

Dates & Location: Mondays, October 6, 13, & 20 from noon to 2pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

mah jongg for beginners + full!!!!!

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 & Location: Mondays, October 6, 20, & 27 from 1pm to 3pm
Winter Park Towers, 1111 S. Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

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 & Location: Mondays, October 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

bring your ancestors to life

Instructor: Patricia Charpentier

Description: You have all of this wonderful genealogical information, boxes, folders, and binders filled with priceless names, dates, places, and historical information. Add to that the stories you’ve gleaned from family members, and you have an amazing tale to tell. Bring your family stories to life and learn a variety of approaches to transform genealogical research into interesting & compelling stories. Turn names, dates of births, marriages and deaths, census data, and historical information into stories of people so alive you’’ swear they could walk right off the page. No previous writing experience is required for this fun, hands-on class.

Dates & Location: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 9am to 10:30am
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

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: 2014 Congressional elections and Governor's election in Florida, 2016 Presidential election, The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), the IRS, Russia and Putin, Middle East, Syria, Bengazi, Ukraine, Radical Islam, Iran's appointment to the UN Council on Women, legalizing marijuana, America's standing in the world, is there a decline in American culture?, gun control and any other matters that are happening at the time of the class and any other subjects the class would like to discuss.

Dates & Location: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 11am to 12:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

every day law canceled

Instructor: Bob DiConsiglio


(1) Contracts - Offer and acceptance, oral and written contracts, capacity to enter into a contract, consideration i.e. the thing of value given.

(2) Torts - The difference between torts and crimes, assault and battery, slander and libel, negligence, invasion of the right to privacy.

(3) Criminal Law - Intent to commit a crime, Constitutional safeguards, search and seizure, the exclusionary rule, entrapment, Miranda Warnings.

Dates & Location: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

what is religious fundamentalism?

Instructor: Patrick Powers, Dean, Knowles Memorial Chapel

Description: Religious Fundamentalism: What is it? Why is it so popular? What are the advantages and disadvantages of it and what are the alternatives? We will also discuss the art in the Chapel from a Fundamentalist point of view and from a non-fundamentalist point of view.

Dates & Location: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Knowles Memorial Chapel 2

shirley temple, the little girl who fought the depression canceled

Instructor: Catherine Cross

Description: When Shirley Temple Black died in February 2014, the story made the busy modern news cycle for only a day or two. Obituaries were dutifully posted by the major publications, and a few veteran cultural critics offered longer remembrances. It was a quiet farewell for the little movie star who, in the 1930's, was probably the single most popular and well-known public figure on the planet. We explore the life of Shirley Temple with visuals and the new book, “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression,” by cultural historian and UNC-Chapel Hill professor John F. Kasson.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/05/31/4942623/book-review-the-little-girl-who.html#.U6jWWvldWYE#storylink=cpy

Dates & Location: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

jewish, catholic and protestant wisdom on the environment (canceled)

Instructor: Zena Sulkes

Description: The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship agreed upon in February, 2000 by the Action Institute has been promoted by the Interfaith Council. Three essays were written which contain the different religious views written by respected thinkers of each faith flesh out the theoretical statements contained in the Cornwall Declaration.

In this class, we will use the created essays to engage in our own contemporary conversations about environmental stewardship, helping us see our moral and religious responsibilities to safeguard our environment for future generations. Come and participate in the conversations and add your own interpretation to this important issue.

Dates & Location: Wednesdays, October 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 9am to 10:30am
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

your life in words (part ii)

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 & Location: Wednesdays, October 8, 15, & 22 from 11am to 1pm
Hamilton Holt Auditorium

the fun florida garden

Instructor: Keri Byrum

Description: Learn about all of the fun things you can do in your Florida garden! This four week program will cover butterfly gardening, adding easy flowers and containers, using air plants for live ornaments and low maintenance ssucculents for fun ideas. This educational and entertaining series will inspire you to make the most of your space, large or small. You do not need to have a green thumb to learn about these easy ways to add some life to your yard, garden or balcony, just a willingness to experiment with the unexpected.

Dates & Location: Wednesdays, October 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 5:30pm to 7pm Winter
Park Towers, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

the family

Instructor: Dr. Kistler and her Anthropology students

Description: Join Dr. Ashley Kistler from the Department of Anthropology at Rollins College and her students for a discussion about kinship and family around the world. This course seeks to answer the following questions: What is “kinship?” What is a “family?” How do other societies define these institutions? This course will explore the roles that medical innovations, political controversy, new reproductive technologies, and globalization play in determining the way in which we define the family. We will also look at the unique family structures of societies around the world. During the last class, Dr. Kistler will also talk about her own research on kinship and family in Maya communities in Guatemala.

Dates & Location: Wednesdays, October 8, 15, 22, & 29 from7pm to 8:30pm
Winter Park Towers, 1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792