Mary Blake Distinguished Lecture Series

The Mary Blake Distinguished Lecture Series

The LLI Lecture Series honors Mary Blake for her enthusiasm and continuous efforts as Lecture Chairperson on the Board of Directors for many years.  She was dedicated to the goal of providing interesting and unusual presentations that enlighten as well as entertain.  She loved learning.

A special discounted rate is offered for the following three special events:  “Covering News & Weather in the 21st Century“, “Babcock Ranch–Solar Powered City“, and “View from the Charlotte Sun.”  See descriptions below and to register for single events.  FRIENDS member fee for all 3 is $25 and non-member fee for all 3 is $40.  Click on the appropriate button here to register for all three:

$25 Member                    

$40 Non Members        

Rates for “Florida IS a Land Remembered” are the standard $10 for FRIENDS members and $15 for non-members.

Registration for the lectures can be made by clicking on the appropriate “Add to Cart” Button below or  in the LLI office ( 

“Covering News & Weather in the 21st Century”

Featuring Jeff Butera                     and                           John Patrick

ABC-7 Evening News Anchor                            Chief Metereologist

               JEFF BUTERA PIC  John Patrick




January 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting Room O117, Charlotte Campus

Enjoy Emmy Award winning evening news anchor, Jeff Butera, and Chief Meteorologist, John Patrick, as they present an inside look at television news and weather along with personal insights.  Mr. Butera is returning to LLI for a second year and Mr. Patrick is making his first appearance.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        

“Babcock Ranch–Solar Powered City”

With Al DiNicola, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Kitson & Partners

Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting Room O117

Meet Al DiNicola, Senior Vice President on the Kitson & Partners team behind the development of the Babcock Ranch Solar Community.  Get a unique inside look at the design of the first solar powered city in Florida.  Hear about the progress and future of this new age approach to housing and living a solar life style.  Learn about the residential and commericial design of this solar-powered city and just how it works.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        


“Florida IS A Land Remembered”

With Rick Smith

A Land Remembered

March 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

FSW Charlotte Campus Auditorium

This audio-visual presentation includes videos, music, sound effects, and live narration by Rick Smith, son of the author Patrick Smith who wrote A Land Remembered.  Although A Land Remembered is well known as a “must read” for all Florida residents and visitors, Patrick’s other novels played important roles in his evolution as a writer and the program introduces a few of them.

A Land Remembered is the story of Tobias, his wife Emma and son Zechariah in the Florida wilderness in the mid-19th century and continues through three generations of this  Florida pioneer family.  It is a story of the tenacity of American pioneers: how they survived and prospered in an often hostile environment.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        

“View from the Charlotte Sun”

With David Dunn-Rankin, CEO Sun Media Group


Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting Room O117

Mr. David Dunn-Rankin, former publisher of the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and CEO of the Sun-Media group, leads a discussion of “local news coverage in the modern era” from his unique perspective.  In addition, learn about the “newspaper business operations–how they are done.”  Hear his reflection of his father’s legacy to our Charlotte County community.  You read his column each Sunday and now you can meet him in the intimate setting of our LLI classroom.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members