Class Schedule – Punta Gorda

 

Florida SouthWestern State College
Charlotte Campus

26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

LEARNING – JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Boat: The Archaeology of Booze and BeveragesMelissa Timo
Tuesday, October 28, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

Before supermarkets and vending machines, how did the residents of southwest Florida get their beverages? How did this all change on January 16, 1919 with the passing of the 21st amendment? Listen to the evidence archaeologists and historians have for the role Florida’s maritime heritage played in keeping the good times rolling.

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

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Charlotte County’s Cabinet of CuriositiesScot Shively
Friday, November 14, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-120

Cabinets of Curiosities are described as encyclopedic collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. The first recognized collections began in 16th century Europe. This cabinet of curiosities will highlight some lesser known peculiarities of Charlotte County’s people, places, and things. So yield to your natural curiosity, polish your magnifying glass, and roll up your sleeves as we delve into the curious and, sometimes shocking, facts, fiction, folklore, and legends of the place where we choose to visit or live. Highlights include murders, pirates, treasure, dangers, legends, explorers, ghosts, unidentified sightings, entrepreneurs, scoundrels, and tragedies.

Scot Shively received a BS and MS in management and is a retired US Air Force officer who moved to Charlotte County in 2006. He is the historian at the Blanchard House Museum of African American Culture and History of Charlotte County, a genealogist, and a cemetery researcher. He is also a co-author of Punta Gorda, Images of America.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

EgyptSharon Graham
Thursday, November 13, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-119

When was the first time you heard about Egypt? Perhaps it was Moses from Sunday school, pharaohs, pyramids and King Tut, a travel down the Nile, or maybe Cleopatra and Anthony. Take a journey to this fascinating county. We will discuss history, culture, and art of the ancient sites, Cairo, and the Sinai Desert.

Sharon Graham and her husband raised a family in South New Jersey and moved to Punta Gorda in 2003. Sharon is a retired Medical Lab Technologist and enjoys sharing her travels to some of the most amazing places.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Foundations of InvestingAdam Cummings
Wednesday, November 5, 3:00 – 4:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

This educational program is geared to people who are either new to investing or need a refresher. Participants will learn the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation, and the influence of inflation on your long term goals.

Adam Cummings is a licensed financial advisor with Edward Jones. He earned a Master of Business Administration while serving as a Charlotte County Commissioner. His reputation for being able to make the most complex subjects understandable stems from a deep love of learning and a passion for passing on that knowledge. Throughout his career he has striven to help those he serves to make more informed decisions.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Introduction to Tai Chi and Qi GongRichard Curtis and Mary Herbert
Tuesdays, October 28 and November 4, 3:00 – 4:50 p.m. (2 weeks)
Room E-119

Attendees will receive 3 hours of classroom education on the history and current practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. They will also experience a total of 1 hour of meditation and actual Tai chi and Qi Gong forms.

Richard was introduced to Tai Chi Qi Gong in Orlando in 1985 and upon retirement and moving to Punta Gorda, sought out and became the student of Sifu Vanessa Wu of Sarasota East West College of Medicine. Richard has been certified to teach Tai Chi Qi Gong I and II (18 movements); Wudang Hun Yun Primoridal Qi Gong and Wudang Yang Sheng Qi Gong by Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen) and is proficient in numerous other Tai Chi Qi Gong Forms.

Member Price: $20.00


Non-Member Price: $25.00

Lighting DesignSharon Breay
Wednesday, November 5, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

Lighting is the most important part of designing our interiors (and exteriors, too!). Yet it is the MOST misunderstood aspect and the MOST overlooked aspect of design. Learn how lighting will visually change the shape of your room, create the mood you wish, and add to the beauty of your room. Learn where to place it and why, and the best fixtures and bulbs for the space being designed. Please note: Optional workbook to accompany class is an additional $10, payable to the instructor on day of class.

Sharon Breay, ASID/NCIDQ, has been assisting clients and giving informational programs and workshops on design for many years. She is principal of Breay Design Associates since 2002, has served terms as board member of American Society of Interior Designers, and has contributed to various legislative efforts in her industry. Breay is author of an upcoming book Interior Design… What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why and articles and research in various periodicals and newspapers.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Memoir Writing – Development of PersonalityEdwin R. Ellis
Mondays, October 27 – November 17, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (4 weeks)
Room E-119

Memoirs tend to encompass the writer’s entire life span, focusing on the development of personality. The quality of the work is determined by its context and technique. The writing is generally from the first person point of view. This course provides the student with a valuable set of time tested tools and techniques with the objective of creating a story which can be enjoyed over time to future generations.

Edwin R. Ellis is currently a part time instructor for the Ringling College of Art and Design – Englewood Art Center. His skills and experience include the development of marketing communications, and he enjoys helping individuals reach their writing goals. He is founder of the Englewood Authors, as well as a volunteer for the Englewood Computer Club.

Member Price: $40.00


Non-Member Price: $45.00

A Well Planned Estate: My Last Gift to my Children (How to Help Your Children Avoid Problems with Winding Up Your Affairs)Jeffrey R. Kuhns
Tuesday, November 4, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-119

The topics discussed in this class will be (1) the importance of talking to your children in advance about your end of life planning and tips about what they really need to know; (2) what happens to your assets and liabilities when you die; (3) how a little planning can help your children avoid costly and time consuming delays in the administration of your estate; (4) the impact of various estate planning documents and/or mechanisms on the end of life process (including powers of attorney, health care and advanced directives, will, trusts, and co-ownership of assets with your children; and (5) other paperwork that your children may need.

Jeffrey R. Kuhns is an associate attorney at the McCrory Law Firm concentrating in the areas of Tax Law, Business Law, Wills, Trust, & Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, and Real Estate Law. Jeff is also a Florida Supreme Court certified County Court Mediator. Jeff also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business at Florida SouthWestern State College where he teaches Paralegal Studies.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Poetry of Witness: Exploring Poetry that Dares to Speak OutDorothy Howe Brooks
Thursdays, October 30 – November 20, 10:00 – 11:50 am (4 weeks)
Room E-121

Poetry is more than pretty words and comforting thoughts. It is also a voice, an occasion to speak up and speak out. Poetry of witness is poetry that sees and speaks, giving a voice to those who would otherwise have none. In this class we will read and discuss poems by many different contemporary poets, looking not only at what they are saying but at their craft: how they use the tools of poetry to further their content.

The class will be led by Dorothy Howe Brooks, a local writer of poetry and fiction. Her full-length collection of poetry, A Fine Dusting of Brightness, was published by Aldrich Press in 2013.

Member Price: $40.00


Non-Member Price: $45.00

Coastal Living: The Science and Practice of Using Nature to Build Coastal Resilience Dr. Christine Shepard
Monday, November 10, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

Throughout history, humans have been drawn to coastal areas, running the risks of storms and flooding for the great benefits of coastal living. Historically, coastal residents have relied on seawalls and other hard structures to reduce risk from storms, flooding and coastal erosion. However, recent storms like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy have drawn attention to the risk reduction benefits of coastal habitats including reefs, mangroves and salt marshes. These habitats reduce risk by binding sediments, reducing waves and growing upwards as sea levels rise, thereby protecting coastal lands and populations from erosion, inundation and storm impacts. We will discuss how nature is becoming part of the solution for reducing risk at the coast with an emphasis on projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Christine Shepard is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Program. Her love of the coast and interest in science started early as she was born and raised in coastal Florida. With Zoology and Psychology degrees from the University of Florida and a Doctorate in Ocean Science from University of California- Santa Cruz, Christine has worked on marine science, restoration, conservation and risk reduction projects on all coasts of the United States and abroad. She lives in Punta Gorda with her husband and two children and spends her free time exploring Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Climate Change AdaptationLisa B. Beever, PhD
Monday, November 17, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

The world has experienced climate change ever since it gained an atmosphere. Over the eons, our shoreline has expanded waterward to include the Florida shelf and contracted landward to the Lake Wales Ridge. In recent years, we have seen more severe droughts, hurricanes and other climate effects. What decisions can individuals and government make to improve our climate resiliency? The class will replicate games used by the City of Punta Gorda to develop their precedent-setting Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

Dr. Lisa Beever is the Director of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. She has co-authored several climate change documents, in addition to protecting water flows, water quality and habitat. Her notable achievements include the Dial-a-Ride Program and many trail systems in Charlotte County, acquisition of thousands of acres of conservation land, promoting several water quality projects and moving the program office to the City of Punta Gorda in 2014.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

Those Old Time Religions: Comparing Mythology Then and Theology NowSharon Whitehill, PhD
Wednesdays, October 29 – November 19, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (4 weeks)
Room E-119

Is there a difference between religion and mythology? How are the beliefs we embrace and practice today different from (or similar to) those we now label as myths? If myths developed to answer the timeless questions of all human life (How did we get here? Why do evil and suffering exist? Does human life have a purpose? Does death extinguish consciousness or merely transform it?), surely modern religions do the same thing. To explore this idea, we’ll look at ancient Egypt, pre-Christian Scandinavia (Norse), and traditional Navajo Indian tales – stories of creators and killers, immortals and mortals, destroyers and saviors, and villains and heroes – to compare with our own biblical teachings.

Dr. Sharon Whitehill has a PhD in English literature and taught at the university level in Michigan for 32 years. Since retirement, her love of teaching has taken the form of sermons, lectures, and adult education classes (including a number of courses for LLI at Edison College) in literature, film, mythology, and spiritual consciousness.

Member Price: $40.00


Non-Member Price: $45.00

Your Old Books: Trash or Treasure?Cathy Graham
Wednesday, November 12, 3:00 – 4:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY)
Room E-121

Do you have old books that you’ve kept over the years, maybe given to you by your parents or grandparents, and now you wonder what to do with them? Are they rare? Are they worth something? Join our discussion to find out what makes a book rare, important, and valuable . . . or not. We’ll talk about first editions, limited editions, signed books, condition, and a variety of other details to get an idea of what collectors and book sellers are looking for.

Cathy Graham is co-owner of Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda. Her love of books and learning has been a steady part of her life and work. With humanities and business degrees from Towson and Johns Hopkins Universities, Cathy has worked in education, sales, and management. She is a member of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers and American Booksellers Associations. Cathy collects books by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Isabel Allende.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

 

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