March Mini Series – Punta Gorda

Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus

26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

LEARNING – JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!

PublishingJames Abraham
Monday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Room E-121 ONE SESSION ONLY – CANCELLED

From the cloistered monks of medieval Europe to the infinite realm of cyberspace, printing and publishing have moved from a closed circle to an open range. But along the information superhighway, folks, there are highwaymen who are more than willing to take your money and spoil your dreams of publishing. James Abraham, whose Book-broker Publishers of Florida has produced more than 300 books, will give an informative and entertaining talk on publishing and what you need to know to realize your dream.

James Abraham, a former literary critic and newspaper editorial writer, is the principal of Book-broker Publishers, which specializes in histories, memoirs, and fine literature. He is the 2012 Arts and Humanities council Charlie Award winner for his work to further literary achievement in Charlotte County.

Petticoat SoldiersJacqueline Brown
Tuesday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Room E-121 ONE SESSION ONLY

Official Civil War records indicate that nearly 400 women served in the military, yet unofficially the number of women who served as nurses, laundresses, cooks, spies, and soldiers are well over 1,000. In this “history is her-story too” class, students learn the stories, triumphs, and tragedies of the “Petticoat Soldiers.”

Historical Program Coordinator Jacqueline Brown joined the Charlotte County Historical Center team in 2008, bringing with her both academic and practical experience. Brown researches, organizes, and produces the educational programs and events of the Charlotte County Historical Center on Bayshore Road in Charlotte Harbor. A longtime resident, she earned her BA in history from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the Organization of American Historians, the Florida Historical Society, and the Charlotte County Historical Society. She also co-authored scholarly work on Afro-Cuban segregation in late 19th century Tampa and continues her research in local and state history.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

An Interactive Introduction to the Greek GodsSharon Whitehill, PhD
Tuesdays, March 18—March 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Room E-119 (2 weeks)

To master the names of heroes and gods of any mythology can boggle the brain, especially in just a brief time. This class, however, aims to make that a memorable effort. You’ll be invited next fall to enroll in the follow-up class entitled “Ancient Soap Opera: the Greek Gods and Heroes,” where we’ll go into more detail. But for now, just gather your props—your tridents, fire-tongs, wine bottles, and Burger King crowns—for a hands-on introduction to the Greek gods of Olympus.

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: $20.00


Non-Member Price: $25.00

The Basics of Selling on eBayJackie Jolin
Tuesday, March 18, 3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Room E-121 ONE SESSION ONLY

This course will be an introduction to selling on eBay; it will include a one-hour PowerPoint presentation and then an hour of questions and answers. The eBay web site is the # 1 on-line shopping destination. Whether you are looking to supplement your income or embark on a fun and rewarding hobby, this presentation will get you started.

Jackie Jolin has been a member of eBay since 2007 and quickly learned firsthand what works. With over 12 years in retail management and training as well as a passion for selling, she soon became a Top Rated Power Seller. As an Education Specialist trained by eBay, she can teach you how to sell effectively in addition to giving eBay tips and practices.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

The Basics of Interior DesignSharon Breay
Wednesday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Room E-121 ONE SESSION ONLY

Learn the first things a professional interior designer addresses to make a successful project. We will cover the items seldom addressed on TV or in magazines. You will practice and take home the six basic principles of design and learn the steps needed to carry a project through to completion.

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

Color for Interior DesignSharon Breay
Wednesday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Room E-121 ONE SESSION ONLY

Ever wonder if you’re using color correctly, and if the colors used are the best for YOU? Learn how to create the ideal color scheme for “your own” personality and setting. Be amazed by examples of how colors change in relation to one another. Learn why color trends don’t work. Fun exercises give you the ability to create your own color schemes.

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

African American Espionage During the Civil WarMartha Bireda, PhD
Date Change: Wednesdays, March 19—March 26, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Room E-119 (2 weeks)

This two-hour course provides an overview of a little-known chapter of American history, African American spies during the Civil War, and their impact upon the war’s outcome. The first class session will be one hour at the Edison campus. For the second session, students will meet at the Blanchard House Museum to view the exhibit and for discussion.

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: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

The ABCs of Whole FoodsShari Leiterman
Thursdays, March 20—March 27, 3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Room E-121 (2 weeks)

Make a meal in 15 minutes or less – no cooking, no mess, easy to clean and eat! Learn how to incorporate more whole foods in your daily meals and get all the proper nutrients. Tips for the kitchen, shopping, and menu planning. Learn lifestyle eating for better health and weight loss. Staying healthy is a choice and can happen at any age. Let’s start today! For best results, please attend with a friend or spouse.

Shari Leiterman has been a Raw Foods Coach, Educator, Speaker, Caterer, and a Specialized Presenter for over 20 years. She holds a BS in exercise physiology and BA in organizational communications. She embodies fitness and a raw/vegan foods lifestyle, and teaches a holistic approach for achieving your potential for health.

Member Price: $20.00


Non-Member Price: $25.00

Worms: Nature’s Soil BuildersSean Moore
Friday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Room E-121 ONE SESSION ONLY

Green Leaf Worm Farm is a local working farm in Charlotte County. Sean Moore will explain how important worms are to the environment, how to make a worm bin, and how he got started in the business. For more information, please visit www.greenleafwormfarm.com.

Member Price: $10.00


Non-Member Price: $15.00

If you prefer to register via mail please click Membership and Class Registration for a registration form.