Listed below is the schedule for the 2017 Fall Learning Sessions.
All sessions are held in classrooms on the Charlotte campus of Florida SouthWestern State College, unless otherwise specified.
Online registration buttons are included with each session description.
A registration form can be downloaded from the home page (on the "Download Registration Form Here" button), completed and mailed with payment to the LLI Office at P. O. Box 510849, Punta Gorda, FL 33951.
If you would like to have a printed copy of the fall schedule, email or call the LLI office to make your request.
We hope you find several topics of interest!!!!!
Thursdays, October 26 – November 16, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (4 weeks), Classroom D101 "Writing Poetry" with Dorothy H. Brooks In this course we will discuss elements of craft, such as imagery, metaphor, endings, etc., using as examples poems from contemporary poets. Students will have an opportunity to compose a poem, as well as a chance to bring in a poem for critiquing if they wish. Students who have previously taken this class, or have other experience writing poetry, are most welcome to attend. Dorothy H. Brooks writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in numerous literary magazines. She has a Master’s degree in education from Tulane University and has taught fiction in the continuing education program of Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Her full length book of poetry, A Fine Dusting of Brightness, was published in 2013 by Aldrich Press.
Monday, October 30, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "Scuba Diving" – Angela Rademaker and Laura Ferrell This class focuses on the underwater world of SCUBA diving with special attention to “what’s down there:” video and picture slideshow highlighting what’s in and around Florida waters; display of historical items found as well as fossils from our local waters; and the importance of artificial reefs and ocean conservation. Laura Ferrell hails from Virginia and has lived in Florida for nine years. She has been a certified SCUBA diver for 18 years and has experienced more than 500 dives. She enjoys diving because it is a peaceful and unique environment and her favorite dive sites are reef walls. Angela Rademaker has lived in Florida for about 20 years and is a newly certified SCUBA diver with 10 dives under her belt. Her favorite thing about diving is all of the small creatures she gets to encounter on each dive and her favorite places to dive are sprawling reefs.
Tuesday, October 31, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "Florida Graveyards and Ghost Towns" with Judy Berger Cemeteries can talk if people take the time to listen, and some of the cemeteries in Florida are 200 years old, and have a wealth of stories to tell. Towns can spring up because of a single industry and when that industry fails the town is abandoned. Judy Berger is the LLI Curriculum Coordinator and has a fascination with cemeteries. Florida has ancient shell mound cemeteries where the native people respectfully interred their loved ones, rural plots which were used by one or two families, above-ground cemeteries and the more familiar park-like settings. They all tell us about the communities and people who lived before our time.
Monday, November 6, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "Florida Scrub Jays in Peril" with Kate Borduas The charming Florida Scrub Jay (Florida’s only endemic bird) is in real danger of extinction. Numbers of these social, highly specialized birds have plummeted due to habitat destruction and urban sprawl. We’ll explore how things got to be so bad so fast and what is being done to help the surviving population. Learn what you can do to help save what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has called a “Species of the Century.” Kate Borduas is a self-described “adult-onset” Naturalist. A transplant from coastal Maine, she is trained as a Florida Master Naturalist and as a Certified Interpretive Guide. Kate gives frequent walks and talks in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties with a specific focus on Scrub Habitat and the Endangered Florida Scrub Jay.
Tuesday, November 7, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "Florida Fossils and How They Got Here" with Bob Fuqua Class starts by explaining how the Florida landmass evolved to include the terrestrial and marine animals that lived here during that timeframe; then describes the fossilization process with emphasis on how it happened in Florida; and follows with a fun discussion of which fossils are found in Florida, how to look for them and identify your finds. A wide variety of fossils and fossil books will be available for students to examine. Mr. Fuqua found his first fossil shark teeth in western Kansas when he was a small boy. After earning a mechanical engineering degree from Kansas State University, he had a 30+ year career in intelligence. Throughout his career he continued to hunt and study fossils every chance he had. Upon retiring and moving to Florida, fossils now get all the attention and study they deserve. He routinely lectures on fossils and has written two books on fossil shark teeth which he will have with him and offer at a special class discount.
Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "What to Keep and What to Throw" with Karen White Karen White, the owner for Quality Treasures of Punta Gorda, will share her expertise o n what types of items currently have resale value. She invites class participants to bring a photo (on cell phone or printed) of an item you question. Karen has a great deal of experience in the Resale business. She helps and advises decorators, designers and home stagers from all over the state. Her successful shop is located on E. Ann Street.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 “The Culture of Japan” with Dr. Allan Stern This class discusses the culture of Japan: why you would want to visit and what are some things to do when there. Dr. Allan Stern is a retired professor of Marshall University, Huntington, WV. He has traveled extensively to 60 countries around the world. This class is an introduction to Japanese culture in preparation for the March 21 trip to the Morikami Museum & Garden.
Thursday, November 9, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D104 "Estate Planning in Florida: Hidden Issues" with Jill C. McCrory and Phyllis A. Walker Estate Planning: Hidden Issues Related to Second Marriages and New Florida Residents. This class covers estate planning issues related to spousal rights and how they impact estate planning & leaving assets to children from former relationships, and identifying when you need to update your estate plans once you relocate to Florida. Jill C. McCrory is a transactional attorney focusing on Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Succession Planning, and is the owner of the McCrory Law Firm. Jill is a triple Gator: receiving her BS, JD and Masters of Law, Taxation from the University of Florida. She is currently a board member for the Charlotte Community Foundation and Tidewell Hospice. Phyllis A. Walker has been a licensed attorney for over 25 years, is an attorney with the McCrory Law Firm and practices in the areas of Family Law and Probate and Trust Administration. Phyllis received her BA from UCLA and JD from Southwestern Law School. She is currently a board member for the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic and a past board member and past president of LLI.
Monday, November 13, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "Charlotte Harbor Estuary" with Capt. Betty Staugler Students will explore the history of Charlotte Harbor and how past events, both natural and human related, have shaped the estuary of today. Students will learn how the estuary’s water quality, habitats, and fish/wildlife are monitored, and trends over time will be highlighted. We will also discuss ongoing and emerging threats to the estuary and possible strategies to mitigate these threats. Students will learn key ecological concepts as they apply to the Charlotte Harbor estuary and important plant and animal species will be highlighted. Betty Staugler, M.S. has been a Sea Grant Agent with the UFL IFAS Extension Service since 2004. She is heavily involved with the Florida Master Naturalist Program in Charlotte County, bay scallop restoration, derelict trip recovery and waterway access planning, among other marine pursuits.
Tuesday, November 14, 10:00 – noon (ONE DAY ONLY) "Peace River Botanical Garden Tour" with Rev. Bill Klossner After more than a decade of development, the Peace River Botanical Gardens will open the first of its phases to the public in October. Featuring large outdoor sculptures created by world artists and unique botanical "rooms" highlighted by thousands of plants, the class will enjoy a "field trip" with a dedicated guide and learn about the history & future of this sanctuary of art and nature which is predicted to become a world-class destination. Rev. Bill Klossner serves as the president of the board of the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the Garden. He has lived in Punta Gorda for 29 years, retiring in 2014 after 26 years as the pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ. Bill is a well-known volunteer throughout the community. NOTE: This class will meet at the Garden, 5800 Riverside Dr., Punta Gorda 33982
Wednesday, November 15, 1:00 - 2:40 p.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "Charlotte County's Beach Nesting Species" with Rebekah Augustinowicz nd Jamie Scudera An overview of Charlotte County’s nesting populations of sea turtles, seabirds and shorebirds. Rebekah Augustinowicz was born and raised in Charlotte County. Rebekah graduated in 2016 with an Associate degree in arts and an Associate degree in science from State College of Florida. She has assisted Charlotte County with surveys and field work regarding the beach nesting species since 2010. She was hired as an Environmental Specialist for the county in 2016. Jamie Scudera was born and raised in Charlotte County and has a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Jamie has worked for Charlotte County Government for a total of 11 years; first as an environmental specialist with the Zoning Department and currently as a projects manager with the Parks and Natural Resources Division.
Thursday, November 16, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (ONE DAY ONLY), Classroom D108 "Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Tells All" with Judy Berger Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 years old when her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, was published in 1932. Its popularity spurred the publication of seven more children’s books based on Laura's and her husband's experiences growing up. How did this elderly farmer's wife create a new life as a best-selling author? Judy Berger is the Curriculum Coordinator for LLI. She has been an educator for fifty years, with a deep interest in literature and history.