Class Schedule – Punta Gorda

 

Florida SouthWestern State College
Charlotte Campus

26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

LEARNING – JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!

 

The Curious Archaeology of Spanish Explorers in FloridaMelissa Timo
Monday, March 16, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

We’ve all heard the tales: Leon’s ingenious discovery, Narvaez’s tragic expedition, de Soto’s monumental trek across the southeast. We have old Spanish documents recounting their feats, but can their stories hold up to the archaeological facts? Come and learn about what previous field work has told us about the first Spanish visitors to Florida and how current, cutting edge archaeology is changing the story.

Melissa Timo, MA, RPA is the Outreach Coordinator for the Southwest Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University. She has participated in excavations and artifact analysis across the eastern US over the last 14 years. Her specialties within archaeology are historical archaeology, African American archaeology, and cemetery studies.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

The Gullah: African Culture in AmericaDr. Martha Bireda
Mondays, March 16 and March 23, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (2 weeks)
Room E-121

In this course, participants will learn about the history and culture of the Gullah people who live on the Sea Islands of the Southeast United States. The Gullah have maintained more of their African culture than any other group of African Americans in the US.

Dr. Martha Bireda is Director of the Blanchard House of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. Bireda is a native Floridian and the descendant of African American pioneers in Punta Gorda. She is the author of six books, including one for youth which describes the values of African American pioneers in the area.

Member Price: $20.00


Non-Member Price: $25.00

Successful Trip PlanningBeth Shively
Tuesday, March 17, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

Everyone needs to get away. Have a dream vacation in mind but don’t know how to plan it? Traveling on a budget? This class will provide tips and give you the tools to get the most out of your travel: how to plan, make your own guide book, budget, pack, and avoid pitfalls.

Beth Shively retired from 27 years of federal civil service as a chemist and moved to Punta Gorda in 2014. She has planned her own cost effective travels to Hawaii, London, Paris, Italy, Maine, Utah, and other locales. Besides traveling she enjoys genealogy, reading, and collecting fossils.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Basic DNA and GenealogyLarry Peck
Tuesday, March 17, 3:00 – 4:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

This class is a guide for the beginner in one or both fields. It will include an outline of the three DNA streams used in attempting to match ancestors. Items that will be discussed are: who the current major players in this field, and what you can reasonably expect to resolve in matching DNA and your genealogy. Basic terms will be discussed as well as a few of the pitfalls that can occur.

Larry Peck received an AS and BS in law enforcement and retired after 30+ years in that field. He worked the last three years as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner. He served in the US Army and US Coast Guard – both on active duty and in the reserves – retiring in 2008. He is the current Genealogist for the Elizabeth Tilley Mayflower Colony and for the Charlotte County Genealogy Society. He has been working on his family’s genealogy for over 25 years.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Four Descriptive Nature Hikes on Trails in Charlotte and DeSoto CountiesJohn Phillips
Wednesdays, February 18 – March 11, 8:30 a.m. (4 hikes) – Various Locations

Wednesday, February 18 – Charlotte Flatwoods Preserve: This is a Charlotte County preserve consisting of pine flatwoods, wetland marsh, and freshwater pond habitats. The trail circles a wetlands marsh. A number of wading birds can usually be seen, along with carrion eating birds such as vultures and eagles. It will also be a place where participants can see and learn about a number of exotic, invasive plant species.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Wednesday, February 25 – Deep Creek Preserve: This is a Southwest Water Management preserve consisting of well-managed pine flatwoods, wetland marshes, and hardwood hammock habitats. Possible animal species that might be seen include white-tailed deer, wild hogs, a variety of birds, and gopher tortoises. A variety of plant species that grow in the different habitats will be seen and discussed.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Wednesday, March 4 – Shell Creek Preserve: This is a Charlotte County preserve purchased with special funds dedicated to the Conservation Charlotte program.  It consists of pine flatwoods, scrub, and hardwood hammocks bordering Shell Creek. A wide variety of birds will be seen as well as plants in an interesting sequence of habitats from dry pine flatwoods, through overgrown scrub, to the hardwood hammock bordering Shell Creek.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Wednesday, March 11 – Footprints Trail: This is a trail designed and built by graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program on the State-owned Babcock Ranch. It traverses through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, and a cypress swamp. Animal species that might be seen include white-tailed deer, wild hogs, wild turkeys, and a wide variety of birds.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Please note: Each walk takes 2 – 3 hours. Participants should meet at 8:30 a.m. at FSW campus in the parking lot in front of the Auditorium, then follow the instructor to the location of the hike. The instructor may be able to take several participants in his vehicle. Each hike is limited to 20 people. Due to the conditions of the trails, participants should be in good physical condition and dress appropriately.

John Phillips is a retired college administrator from northern New York State. He is a graduate of the New York State Ranger School, earned a BS in communication arts and an MS in extension education from Cornell University, and earned another MS in higher education administration from SUNY at Albany. He is a Florida Master Naturalist and certified as an instructor in the Florida Master Naturalist program.

A Tour of Hobcaw BaronyJudith Berger
Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

Hobcaw Barony is located on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. The word “barony” refers to the original land grant to noble Englishmen from their King in 1718. The present day barony is made up of five former rice plantations. The tour will teach you the history of the rice plantations. You will see original slave quarters and a historic cemetery where owners and their families were buried. You will see how the land is being used today as a scientific research center: to educate and to preserve the environment as well as the historical buildings.

Judith Berger was an educator for forty years. She is a member of the LLI Board and Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Myanmar-BurmaSharon Graham
Thursday, March 19, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

‘This is Burma’ wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘It is quite unlike any place you know about.’ Turn the clocks back and discover an exotic land. Learn about this beautiful country, history and culture.

Sharon Graham and her husband Joe are independent travelers who have been to many places around the world. Sharon writes and lectures about her experiences. She was a medical technologist in Pennsylvania for thirty years before moving to Punta Gorda in 2003.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Try Prose, Not ProzacTammie Diehl
Thursdays, March 19 – March 26, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (2 weeks)
Room E-121

You will learn how to analyze what bugs you, why you react the way you do, and how to deal with issues in a simple, safe, and sane way. Reading, thinking, writing, discussion and laughter at any age.

Tammie Diehl has degrees from Auburn, Missouri, and the University of Georgia. She spent 30 years teaching high school and college literature and writing. Diehl served on the state writing standards board, county curricula drafting, and she wrote the curriculum for Southern American and English literature. She has written two books in her “chick lit” series.

Member Price: $20.00


Non-Member Price: $25.00

 

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