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Class Leader Bio: Lt. Col. (Ret) Bradford Gay is a history buff who has lived in Florida and Alabama most of his life.

A Land Called Florida

Friday — 10:15 to 11:45

This class will present some interesting information about Florida. This includes: The origins of local towns and the location of the step in the northern borders of the state with Georgia and Alabama; the cancelled sale of Northwest Florida west of the Apalachicola River to Alabama. Highlights from Ponce de Leon, first documented discoverer; General Andrew Jackson, first American territorial governor; and Florida before and after the American Civil War.


Class Leader Bio: Tolliny Rankins is a certified life coach, consultant, entrepreneur and adjunct professor. She works with companies, leads seminars, instructs leadership training and more. She's very active in local organizations and specializes in teaching others the importance of being themselves.

Art of Discovering Me

Thursday — 2:45 to 4:15

This personal enrichment class offers tools to help individuals create a more fulfilling lifestyle. You'll actively engage as you're being taught, trained and motivated how to bring out the best in you. By applying practical and useful information, along with a positive attitude, you'll uncover new life in a simple way. Whether it's to awaken purpose or reignite passions, get started as you discover and appreciate the Silverlinings in your everyday life.


Class Leader Bio: Carol Dickson has been weaving baskets since 1984 while living in NC. Weaving became a passion that has continued throughout the years and now, since moving to Santa Rosa Beach, FL, in 2001, has taken the opportunity to teach and share her knowledge of weaving. She also paints and teaches watercolor, locally.

Baskets Made Simple—intermediate

Monday — 1:00 to 4:00

This class is for students who have had some basket weaving experience and want to learn more detailed techniques. This would include braided handles, twill weave bases and unusual weaves using reed and natural materials. You will have several completed baskets at the end of the course. Class meets the last 4 weeks of the semester on February 13, 20, 27, and March 6. A $35 non-refundable supply fee will be collected at registration to cover all materials.


Class Leader Bio: Miriam Merriwether fell in love with square dancing in her teens. As an adult, she wanted to share her love of the dance and she honed her calling and teaching skills by attending Callers’ College and seminars. Her belief is that learning to dance should be fun and stress free. She makes every dance a party!

Beginner Ballroom Dance

Thursday — 1:00 to 2:30

Beginner Ballroom Dance: Waltz and Two-Step. No partner required. Come learn to move across the floor in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere. We can't wait to dance with you!


Class Leader Bio: Rachel Godwin has 21 years of experience as a Sign Language Instructor for Community Education night classes.

Beginner Sign Language

Tuesday — 10:15 to 11:45

This class is for hearing people who want to learn to sign. Learning objectives will include: numbers, alphabet, and building a vocabulary for those who desire to learn to communicate in basic signs.


Class Leader Bio: Hilma Jenus and Thomas Sajwaj are amateur genealogists, having at least 40 years of experience between them in genealogical research.

Beginning Genealogy

Friday — 8:30 to 10:00

This class is a systematic overview, for the beginner, of how to get started researching one’s family history. It will help you know how, where, and even why to begin compiling your family history. Use of a home computer is desirable but not required. Both instructors enjoy class participation, so sharing your questions, ideas and products is encouraged.


Class Leader Bio: Carolyn Tilburg is a retired quilt shop owner from Finger Lakes area of New York. She enjoys teaching and loves to introduce newcomers to quilting.

Beginning Quilting

Tuesday — 10:15 to 1:15

Learn to choose fabrics for your quilts, cut fabric properly, sew blocks together, lay out a quilt, sew on a border, quilt the quilt, and finish with binding. This is a 6-week class during which you will finish a quilt! Class starts on January 16. Stitcher’s Quest gives 10% discount for student purchased supplies – Sewing machine required for all students. Bring the manual and be familiar with your machine.


Class Leader Bio: Ashley Bailey is the Crime Prevention Mgr. with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. The Florida Crime Prevention Assoc. awarded Ashley the 2011 Crime Prevention Practitioner of the year for the State of FL.

Best Safety Tips for Crime Prevention

Monday — 8:30 to 10:00

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit will instruct citizens on ways to protect themselves and their belongings. Some of the topics covered in the course will be fraud, scams, ID theft, personal safety, and home safety.


Class Leader Bio: Jean Williams is a 500-hour certified teacher. She wants to encourage everyone on their journey of self-awareness by this easy approach to yoga.

Chair Yoga

Wednesday — 1:00 to 2:15

An 'easy does it' class using a chair for support and ease in the postures. Great for the senior crowd and anyone needing a smooth and sweet class.


Class Leader Bio: Frank Gray is a retired U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot. He has taught this class for six years.

Civil War: Human Aspects

Friday — 10:15 to 11:45

We will discuss the American Civil War. Topics include: Attack on Fort Sumter, Lincoln's Generals and Admirals, the role of women, Confederate leadership, and other important people who operated behind the scenes of this war.


Class Leader Bio: Dr. Patricia Moran holds a PhD from FSU, an MA from UNL, and two undergraduate degrees. She has been with CLL since about 2006. Courses have included “Women and the Harlem Renaissance,” “International Prize Winners,” and "Canadian Humanities."

Danny Boy, the Potato Famine, and Riverdance

Friday — 1:00 to 2:30

This class provides a starting place for study of Irish history and culture. Topics: (1)"The Troubles," the potato famine, and the exodus. (2) Your Irish Relatives and Pat Moran's stories. (3) Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Maureen O'Hara and Brenda Fricker. (4) The Irish Tenors and Step-dancing. (5) Recipes and Shepherd's Pie. (6) Jonathan Swift, Enda Walsh, James Joyce, and William Butler Yeats. (7) Robert Henri pix of children and landscapes. (8) Classic movie clips.


Class Leader Bio: Robert Huffman is a retired 27-year Air Force NCO.  He was a C-130 Crew Chief and also retired from Boeing.  He has been married to his wife Brenda for 37 years and has two sons.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  

Depression Era Outlaws

Tuesday — 10:15 to 11:45

Course will focus on early 1930 prohibition America and some of the more famous criminals that robbed hundreds of banks, and had incredible shootouts with law enforcement.  Such criminals as Machine Gun Kelley, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde will be discussed.


Class Leader Bio: Certified art instructor with Grumbacher & Winsor Newton, promoting their products. 30 years teaching, award winning artist in Portrait, wildlife, collage, pen and ink.

Drawing, Painting, in Pen and Ink

Monday — 8:30 to 10:00

Learn various techniques with ink,adding watercolor, colored pencil, etc. Learn drawing from flowers to portrait.


Class Leader Bio: Helen Harris has been doing some form of art most of her life and fell in love with encaustics about 8 years ago. She loves sharing this free and easy art form.

Encaustics Plus

Monday — 1:00 to 4:00

Learn to paint with wax! It's fun and each week you will go home with several art masterpieces on various formats! This is a 4-week course consisting of double sessions at HH Arts. Classes will be held January 15, 22, 29 and February 5. A $35 non-refundable supply fee is payable at registration.


Class Leader Bio: Lura Struzinski is an Essential Oil educator, Licensed Esthetician, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She is passionate about educating the community on how essential oils can benefit their daily life.

Essential Oils for Everyday Living

Friday — 8:30 to 10:00

Beginners welcomed! Come learn what essential oils are and how they can benefit your daily life. This is a Make-N-Take class with things to use in cooking, cleaning, aromatherapy, health, beauty, pets, emotions, and detoxing. There is a non-refundable $30 materials fee collected at registration.


Class Leader Bio: Jean Lee-Jackson, a Registered Physical Therapist, is now a consultant who specializes in home health care. From years of experience, she sees the detrimental effects from a lack of exercise.

Exercise for Flexibility and Balance

Friday — 1:00 to 2:30

Flexibility and balance are two on-going challenges for older adults. This class concentrates on stretching routines to improve flexibility, and on balancing techniques. Students proceed at their individual paces and are encouraged to practice outside of class.


Class Leader Bio: Bunny Klein was a teacher in Okaloosa County for 35 years. She taught line dance to her students and they loved it. She started taking line dance classes in 2010 and would like to share what she has learned with others. She is a retired physical education teacher who was an instructor of deep water jogging at the YMCA for many years. She teaches a similar course for the CLL.

EZ Line Dance

Monday — 10:45 to 12:00

Introduction to basic line dances. Learn the dances done at family gatherings and more and we will exercise your brain and heart at the same time. Easy line dances will be taught for the first part of the class. The last 20 minutes will be beginner dances, which are a little more difficult. Even if you don’t get them at first, keep trying, a challenge is good for your brain. You will love the music and at the end of class we’ll play the music for the dances taught. This should be fun for all. The class meets in Pasarda Hall, 17 Industrial Street, FWB, and will start Monday, January 15.


Class Leader Bio: Margaret Harris is a native of Northwest Florida. She is on the staff of the FWB Family History Center and a board member of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County. Jon Sheperd is an avid genealogist who, in his former life, was in the United States Air Force. He is currently the president of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County.

Family History on the Internet

Friday — 10:15 to 11:45

Similar to the FBI, this class will help you to “get your man” (or ancestor) most every time! Your “dragnet” involves extracting data from the Internet. We will show you how! This course’s prerequisite: Access to the Internet and computer literacy. Teacher will e-mail participants from time to time with supplemental info.


Class Leader Bio: Paul Wendel Brock has a B.A. in History; an M.A. in Educational Leadership. He taught Advanced Placement (college level) History at Ft. Walton Beach High School and retired after 30 years.

Foundations and Principles of the U.S. Constitution

Tuesday — 10:15 to 11:45

Class will study the “Original Intent” of the Framers using writings of the Founders. A study of The Federalist Papers and other writings by the Framers will be used. Mr. Brock has developed a system for memorizing parts of the Constitution. In addition, a Dramatization of the events at the Constitutional Convention will be shown. $3.00 for cost of materials and a pocket size Constitution to be collected in class.


Class Leader Bio: As a lifetime exercise enthusiast with 25 years of gymnastics and running coaching experience, Lori Hupp believes in the incredible benefits that the body, mind, and breath achieve through athletics/fitness/movement as it gently carries over into all areas of personal growth, business relationships, and life’s triumphs and trials. Lori possesses the knowledge, passion and love for motivating athletes of all abilities and ages and would be honored to be a part of your wellness path.

Fun Flow Yoga

Friday — 10:00 to 11:15

It’s Friday, and you deserve a little TLC. Fun Flow Friday inspires students to breathe in the moment and connect with continuous movement of the body through asana, postures. As the body is warmed the focus shifts to developing a deeper understanding of a particular asana, posture or sequence of movements. After the effort, comes the relaxation. Each class ends with a well-deserved restorative posture … creating the time to slow down and turn inward to savor the moment, and breathe in your space.


Class Leader Bio: Carolyn Williams is an artist in watercolor, acrylics and mixed media. She is owner of Sand Dollar Cottage, an art gallery and gift shop. Dorothy Edens is a graduate of Art Inst. Of Ft Lauderdale, works in watercolor and mixed media. Both are members of ADSO.

Fun with Alcohol Inks

Monday — 10:15 to 11:45

Alcohol inks are fun, quick and easy to work with. We will be using them on tiles, glass, ceramics, paper and metal. The inks will be applied with pens, brushes, Q-tips, straws, and droppers. Supply fee: $35 for 5-6 projects. Class starts Monday January 22.


Class Leader Bio: Nicholas Barlotta is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Financial Consultant with Barlotta Cauley Wealth Management Group of Benjamin F. Edwards Co.

Fundamentals of Investing

Thursday — 2:45 to 4:15

This class will equip investors with information on why investing is important, information on specific investment types, specifics of investment planning, and macro-economic discussion on interest rates, inflation, currencies, and more.


Class Leader Bio: Karen Lauer is an experienced artist and CLL class leader. She loves to play games and introduced Wizard to the CLL community and camp conferences. Fran Dumas is a retired PE teacher and has years of experience introducing new games in the Okaloosa County school system.

Games Galore

Tuesday — 1:00 to 2:30

Want to expand your social skills while having fun? This class will give you an opportunity to do that by learning new board and card games. Try your hand at Booray, Wizard, Qwirkle, or Pinochle, along with other familiar and not so familiar games. Class meets at Covenant Community Church.


Class Leader Bio: Okaloosa Master Gardeners receive extensive and on-going training from University of Florida staff and horticultural experts. They volunteer to share what they’ve learned under the auspices of the University of Florida and the Okaloosa County Extension Office and Director. Mary Grace Evors and Debbie Sewell are the course coordinators. Class meets Monday January 22 – Monday March 12.

Gardening in the Florida Panhandle

Monday — 10:15 to 11:45

Whether you’re interested in edibles, flowering plants, or simply learning how to enjoy your yard more by working less, these classes are for you. Topics will include seasonal suggestions for both beginner and experienced gardeners, based on research-based guidelines from the University of Florida. Learn how to garden more effectively in a Florida-friendly way. The class will have a new and different Master Gardener each week to moderate the class. The location for the class meetings is the Extension Annex at 127 Hollywood Blvd. NW, FWB. Class meets on Mondays, January 22 to March 12.


Class Leader Bio: Cindy Barber has been doing Genealogy research since 1982. She wrote "Genealogy Workshop," one of the first genealogy programs for home computers. Cindy loves genealogy for the 'thrill of the hunt' and is always exploring new ways to attempt to break through those brick walls.

Genealogy – In Depth

Tuesday — 10:15 to 11:45

Join us as we look at Genealogy sources in depth. Learn how to use as much information as possible from records, go beyond "the facts", and learn methods to organize and analyze your data. Students should have some experience in genealogy research.


Class Leader Bio: Thomas Sajwaj and Hilma Jenus are amateur genealogists, having at least 40 years of experience between them in genealogical research.

Genealogy Forum

Friday — 1:00 to 2:30

This course provides a forum for the discussion of genealogical topics and especially the development of possible solutions for genealogical brick walls. Topics for the classes will cover the range of genealogical interests and research. The course is open to those experienced as well as those new to genealogy. Participants may present material to the class, if they wish. A formal curriculum is not followed, but discussion and brick wall topics may be proposed by the participants and the moderators.


Class Leader Bio: Col. Leo Weeks is a retired Army officer who has dealt with the German language for over 50 yrs. He had a college minor in German. He spoke German daily during three tours of duty in Germany and also during subsequent tours of duty at the American Embassies in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland. After retiring he taught German to newly arrived American soldiers in Germany.

German for Beginners

Wednesday — 10:15 to 11:45

This course provides students the ability to perform basic communications in German language. This includes being able to greet people in the German language, shop in a German store, order meals and drinks in a German restaurant, get a room in a German hotel, tell time, count, seek and understand directions, and perform other basic skills in the German language. The course emphasis is on the spoken language, versus reading or writing.


Class Leader Bio: Floyd Clarkson has been a golf-club professional for 20 years and has taught golf professionally for 26+ years.

Golf 101

Monday — 8:30 to 10:00

This course will cover all aspects of golf for the novice, to include etiquette, terminology, grip, what club to use, etc. Class meets at the Shalimar Point Golf Course where a fee of $5 per person per class will be collected. Class starts on January 15.


Class Leader Bio: J. Mark Fisher is a 1977 graduate of FWBHS. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from FSU School of Business in 1981 and his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 1984. He has been a licensed Florida attorney since 1984 and has concentrated and limited his practice to the field of Estate Planning, Probate, Wills and Trusts, and Trust and Will contests.

Guide to Estate Planning for FL Residents

Thursday — 10:15 to 11:45

The course provides an overview of estate planning, probate issues, estate taxes, Medicaid planning, asset protection, and guardianship. A non-refundable $15 materials fee is due at registration.


Class Leader Bio: Jacky Huhn is a Certified yoga instructor and Personal Trainer. She currently works at Hurlburt Fitness Centers and Volunteer at the AFEV.

Hatha Yoga

Monday — 8:30 to 10:00

The class is centered on all levels of fitness and will link several poses together to create strength, flexibility and balance. With each breath there is movement. Mind Body Breath.


Class Leader Bio: Dolores Noechel is a former Ruckel math teacher, OCSD Instructional Technology and Media Services Specialist, and Assistant Principal at Fort Walton Beach High School. Hal Pruett will assist Dolores.

iLearn, iUnderstand, iPad

Monday — 10:15 to 11:45

Are you ready to learn how to use your iPad effectively? This course will take you from the very basics to making your iPad your own. Individual needs will be addressed to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn. We will explore the most popular iPad tricks and topics, including how to get the most out of your iPad experience. Students must bring their own iPads to class.


Class Leader Bio: Dr. Marie Hallion is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School and the School of Undergraduate Studies of the Univ. of Maryland Univ. College (UMUC). She specializes in organizational theory and behavior, global terrorism and homeland security. Awards she has received include the UMUC Teaching Excellence Award, the Graduate School Commitment to Excellence Award, and the Professional Achievement Award.

Impact of the Fall of the ISIS Caliphate

Thursday — 1:00 to 4:15

For the past four years, the Islamic State has dominated the scene in the Middle East. With the fall of the caliphate’s two capitals in Mosul and Raqaa, there is a shift in the political dynamics that has reverberated in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Once again, Al Qaida has emerged as a viable force with thousands of fighters in Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The ISIS threat extends beyond the sleeper cells in Europe to lone wolves. This course will examine these developments. This 4-week course meets Thursdays on January 25, Feb 1, 8, and 15.


Class Leader Bio: Jean Williams: See "Chair Yoga" class.

Introduction to Yoga

Thursday — 1:00 to 2:30

The course explores the basics of Yoga through the four movements of the spine: Extension (mild backbends), Flexion (forward folds), Lateral Flexion (side bending), and Rotation (twists). Physical abilities required are moderate. Students should be able to kneel and stand as we work through the poses. Class meets at Dragonfly Yoga Studio.


Class Leader Bio: Dan Robison and Donna Brantley are members of the Arts and Design Society of Okaloosa and the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters.

Lets Paint!

Thursday — 1:00 to 3:00

Let’s Paint in a congenial, supportive group. No pressure, no must-do’s. We’ll talk about basic concepts: color, composition, and perspective, which are applicable to watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and pencil. We’ll have suggested subjects and examples each week, but students are welcome to bring their own projects. This is 6-week course that meets Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, and 22 at ADSO.


Class Leader Bio: Becky Belcher believes we can all benefit from, and enjoy, focusing on the positive aspects of life in today's world!

Life is Good!

Tuesday — 10:15 to 11:45

Each week, different presenters will highlight some of the positives of varied subjects that contribute to our good life, and may spur you to be creative and productive while staying connected with the world around you.


Class Leader Bio: Arthur H. Lester, M.D., J.D. Oberlin College (1961, B.A.), Chicago Medical School (1965, M.D.), Residency in Ob-Gyn (George Washington University), FSU College of Law (1989, J.D.), (Order of the Coif), USAF (1967-69)

Medicine, Law and Society

Tuesday — 8:30 to 10:00

Survey of history and ethics of legal and medical professions, and their influences on resolution of important contemporary issues in the United States.


Class Leader Bio: Kathy Alexander retired after 28 years as a Systems Engineer at Eglin AFB. Prior to joining civil service, she taught secondary mathematics and science and was an Adjunct Professor at both Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Stetson University. She holds a BA in Mathematics/Chemistry from the University of Evansville, a MEd in Administration from the University of Hawaii, and Masters of Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.

Microsoft Excel 101

Wednesday — 1:00 to 2:30

Students will learn cell basics, modifying rows and columns, formatting cells, page layout and printing, formulas and functions, relative and absolute cell references, data sorting and filtering, pivot tables, and charts. Example workbooks will include address lists, expense tracking, and investment predictions. Students will have the opportunity to request specific workbooks to be created. No previous knowledge of Excel is required.


Class Leader Bio: Cindy Barber worked in the computer industry for over 20 years. A former Microsoft Certified System Engineer and author of many newsletters and flyers, Publisher is her favorite desktop publishing software.

Microsoft Publisher for Beginners - Newsletters

Friday — 8:30 to 10:00

Learn how to create a newsletter using Microsoft Publisher. Publisher is a very powerful program that makes creating publications with graphics easy to manage. While creating your newsletter you will learn many of the features in Publisher that will help you create other documents from flyers to books.


Class Leader Bio: Jim and Gloria Eustace are actively involved in the art world, being members of Artel, A.D.S.O. and CAA. They continue to be involved in themed selections at the various galleries. Jim strongly believes in accepted design principals while Gloria believes that "rules" inhibit creativity.

Photographic Art and Design

Friday — 10:15 to 11:45

The course will review the principals that have been determined to yield better art and design (i.e. the rule of thirds). We review the use of light in the creation of photographic fine art. We will also review all mediums in our examination of these "rules".


Class Leader Bio: Sherry Cooler has been a teacher of ceramics and pottery since 1996.

Pottery Basics II

Monday — 1:00 to 4:00

This class will be 4-week, 3-hour clay workshop, creating an extruded bowl with a motif of choice. Classes will meet January 15, 22, 29, and February 5. There is a $40 supply fee for clay, glazes, and firings. Class meets at ADSO.


Class Leader Bio: Judy Musteric is owner/operator of Stitcher’s Quest, a quilt shop and BERNINA sewing machine dealership. She has been sewing as a hobby for 30+ years and has created a variety of costumes and clothing for her family. This is the 2nd year she has taught for CLL.

Sew It Up: 5 Machine Sewing Projects

Monday — 10:00 to 12:30

This is perfect for a beginning sewist. Weekly projects are chosen to improve basic sewing skills. Machine sewn projects may include: microwave bowl, potholder, zippered pouch, tote bag, placemats. This is a 5 week course and meets on Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13 and 20. Required: Sewing machine that works well, some basic sewing/quilting tools, and homework before each session. Course will focus on specific skills and machine quilting.


Class Leader Bio: Dolores Noechel: See, "iLearn, iUnderstand, iPad" class.

Social Media Basics

Monday — 1:00 to 2:30

This class will provide the basics for creating accounts and connecting with others. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are just a few of the sites we will explore. Social media safety will be addressed. This six weeks course will begin on January 22. Students must bring their own iPad or iPhone to participate.


Class Leader Bio: Matt Ritter has been in the Security Industry for over 15 years with Edward Jones. He currently holds his General Securities Licenses, Series 7 and Series 66. He also holds an Accredited Management Specialist designation.

Stock and Bond Workshop

Thursday — 10:15 to 11:45

Basics of investing- stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, life insurance, and their place in your portfolio. Topics will include risk management through proper asset allocation, income as well as growth and income strategies for retirees, market trends, and updates.


Class Leader Bio: Helen Harris has studied English History for years, although primarily a Tudorphile, she loves most all their history.

Stuarts of England

Monday — 9:30 to 11:00

Scandals, stories, history, fact and fiction of the Stuart Kings, Queens and Cromwell—learn about them all!


Class Leader Bio: Vickie Shill is a retired librarian and is finally able to check off one of her bucket list items: Tai Chi. Completing her first class in the spring of 2017, she is a newbie to teaching the ancient martial arts form, but she’s eager to share its benefits.

Tai Chi for Rehabilitation

Friday — 8:30 to 10:00

This is a beginner’s class based on Dr. Paul Lam’s video forum. Translation: Tai Chi with training wheels! No prior experience with Tai Chi is needed. We’ll use a step-by-step approach. Result is gentle and fun.


Class Leader Bio: Jackie Youngblood grew up dancing and opened her own dance studio in Georgia while in college. She taught ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, aerobics, and disco for ages 3 through adult.

Tap Dancing for Fun

Monday — 8:30 to 9:30

If you love music and love to dance, this is the class for you. Get your tap shoes and get ready for fun! Class meets at Pasarda Hall.


Class Leader Bio: Jackie Youngblood: See, "Tap Dancing For Fun" class

Tap Dancing for Intermediates

Monday — 9:30 to 10:30

For tappers who want to go to the next level with more technique and lots of fun! Class meets at Pasarda Hall.


Class Leader Bio: Dr. Kathy Johnson received a BS in 1987 and MS in 1989 in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. Her PhD in Criminology is from Indiana University in Pennsylvania. She is currently a tenured associate professor of Criminal Justice for UWF.

The Death Penalty in America

Thursday — 1:00 to 2:30

This class will explore the history and changes in the death penalty. It will include a discussion of both moral and legal issues. Special attention will be paid to the purposes of handing out death sentences and whether those purposes are/have been met. Current topics as well as topics of interest to the class will be included.


Class Leader Bio: Karen and Denny Lauer love to cruise and take land tours, they have lots of experience to share, both general information and specific tips. They have fun in their classes and make sure all enjoy.

Travel Tips and Tricks

Wednesday — 1:00 to 2:30

"How-to's" on travel vacations, cruising, land tours, and picking the 'compatible’ type of cruise and tour. How to use the various reservation options to get good flights. How to pack, take what is needed, and what not to take. Karen and Denny will share their knowledge and experience and bring in professionals to assist. The class will be interactive with all sharing their info.


Class Leader Bio: Helen Harris read her first Tudor book in 1957 and been fascinated by them ever since. She reads every Tudor-related book and sees every movie.

Tudors of England

Monday — 9:30 to 11:00

Scandals, stories, history, fact and fiction, those Terrible Tudors (and 6 wives too)! Class is at HH Arts and will start Monday, January 15th.


Class Leader Bio: Bob Kitahara holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, an MBA, MSSM, and is half way through a degree in Art. After 28 years in industry he taught for Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business. He has taken pottery and printmaking courses at the Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina. Brenda Kitahara spent most of her professional life in the Insurance and Medical Equipment industries. Together they are travelling inquisitively through life.

Universe through the Eyes of a Dragonfly

Friday — 10:15 to 11:45

Please join Bob and Brenda on their quest to learn the nature and truth of all things. Through a NEW, eclectic mix of discussions we will selectively examine a multitude of topics ranging from art, technology, nature, music, and science to the diversity of culture and cultures, and humanity at its best and worst. The sessions are meant to stir the imagination and generate lots of thought.


Class Leader Bio: Billy Walker has taught Video Processing and iPad classes at CLL for several years. Two of his favorite hobbies are videography and photography.

Video Processing

Friday — 10:15 to 11:45

Intermediate class: basic computer skills required. Learn to make movies, slide shows, burn them to a CD/DVD, post on the internet, or send as an email attachment. Using the free Microsoft programs “Windows Movie Maker” and “DVD Maker," students learn to edit audio and video clips, add music, titles, transitions and special effects, format edited video and burn a DVD. Equipment will be available to convert analog videos to digital format for editing. An additional topic: Digitizing old 8-mm or super 8-mm movies before they deteriorate.


Class Leader Bio: Bunny Klein has been an instructor of water aerobics and deep water jogging at the YMCA for many years.

Water Aerobics - Tuesday

Tuesday — 10:00 to 11:00

This will be a deep- and shallow-water exercise class taught at the same time. Students will learn basic exercises and experience the joy of working out in the water. There is no need to know how to swim; you don't even need to get your hair wet!


Class Leader Bio: Bunny Klein: See, "Water Aerobics - Tuesday" class.

Water Exercise - Thursday

Thursday — 10:00 to 11:00

This will be a deep- and shallow-water exercise class taught at the same time. Students will learn basic exercises and experience the joy of working out in the water. There is no need to know how to swim; you don't even need to get your hair wet!


Class Leader Bio: Watercolor painting has been a creative outlet for Carol Dickson and it was love at first stroke! Sharing all she has learned over the years is her greatest passion. Carol's techniques range from detailed to loose and impressionistic, so there is a good fit for any student. She teaches classes locally and also teaches classes in basket weaving.

Watercolor Painting for All

Monday — 8:30 to 11:45

Step by step instruction on how to paint with watercolor paints. Discussion, demonstrations and hands on painting using many different techniques. Try many types of brushes, different papers and learn how to make corrections. Go home with a finished painting at each class. Class is for the first-time or experienced painter. New material will be covered each semester. All materials are supplied for $30 non-refundable fee. Class will meet for 4-weeks, January 15, 22, 29, and February 5 at ADSO.


Class Leader Bio: Judie Day has been teaching computers at the CLL since 2001 and has been the CLL Computer Club Secretary for the last 16 years. She also serves on the CLL Board of Directors as the Secretary.

Windows 10 Basics

Friday — 10:15 to 11:45

This class is for those of you who are new to Windows 10 and also for those of you who are considering getting the new operating system. We will cover the Start Menu, System Settings, Universal Apps, Taskbar, Cortana Digital Assistant, Task View (Multiple Desktops), File Explorer, Notification Area, Action Center, Show Desktop, and Snap Assist. You will learn how to navigate around this new system.


Class Leader Bio: Jim Cooper has taught computer classes for CLL for many years. He is also president of the CLL Computer Club. Bob Blair has been co-leader in several Windows 10 computer classes.

Windows 10—Intermediate level

Friday — 1:00 to 2:30

This course is designed for students wanting to increase proficiency in personal computing using the Windows 10 Operating System. Students will master the basic tasks and obtain a working knowledge of the more advanced features of Microsoft’s latest operating system. A basic knowledge of either Windows 10, or a previous version of Windows, will be helpful. Students are encouraged to bring a Windows 10 laptop to class.


Class Leader Bio: Karen and Denny Lauer have attended Wine Tastings in many parts of the world. They have taught wine classes at conferences and held blind wine tastings in their home.

Wine for Learning and Fun

Thursday — 4:00 to 5:30

This is a fun class designed to broaden your knowledge about wine and food pairings. Themed classes will help you learn about and experience wines from many parts of the world. There will also be a time to socialize and compare notes with fellow students. This is a six week course. A $5 fee for each class day will be collected to cover the cost of the wine and food. Class meets at HH Arts.


Class Leader Bio: Janet Kivisto is a retired nurse educator who loves to write and is highly skilled at avoiding writing. Her work has been published in professional journals and in anthologies of memoirs. She is currently working on a historical novel and is keen to practice and develop her skills with other writers.

Writers’ Circle

Thursday — 10:15 to 11:45

The focus of this class is to develop creativity and writing content skills through a variety of methods. These will include writing practice, active reading of other writers, and sharing our material. We will study principles of revision to edit our work and learn methods of oral interpretation. Beginner or experienced writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry: let’s grow together! Required materials: a clean spiral notebook and a pen that works (or your portable electronic writing device).


Class Leader Bio: Laura Tyree, owner and director of Dragonfly Yoga, is celebrating her 31 years of yoga practice.

Yoga Restorative

Thursday — 10:00 to 11:15

Relaxing Restorative Yoga using yoga props and gentle posture.


Class Leader Bio: Lura Struzinski is a RYT200 Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. She specializes in Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga, which she teaches at Bodyworks by Bull in Shalimar.

Yoga with a Chair

Friday — 10:30 to 11:30

Anyone looking for gentle and gradual ways to increase their range of motion will benefit from this class. No need to get up and down off the floor. We will practice poses while seated in a chair and also use the chair for assistance in some standing poses. All ages, levels of experience, and physical conditions welcomed! There is a $8.00 fee for the course.


Class Leader Bio: Dawn Hamilton has been involved with the Zumba program since 2010. She loved the classes so much that she decided to become an instructor, which she accomplished in 2014. Currently she teaches Zumba Gold at the Niceville Campus of NWFS, co-teaches Zumba Gold with the CLL program, and substitutes for many of the local Zumba instructors.

Zumba Gold – Seated fitness class

Wednesday — 9:00 to 10:00

This is a fitness class for those with limited mobility. The same great music and fun as a regular Zumba class, however, this class is performed while sitting in a chair. Class meets at Moose Lodge located at 215 Green Acres Rd. Meets for 6 weeks, starting Wednesday, January 31.


Class Leader Bio: Jan Comstock is a retired Department of Defense Employee (AAFES) after 32 years service; has lived all over the world; started Zumba in 2008. She is certified in Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning and loves dancing.

Zumba Gold with Jan Comstock

Thursday — 11:00 to 11:45

Zumba Gold is for older, active adults and incorporates zesty Latin music and dance styles. Active older (and not so old) adults want camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of their weekly schedule. It's dance-fitness that feels friendly and most of all, FUN.


Class Leader Bio: Sundy Keichel has been teaching fitness classes for over 5 years. She currently teaches Zumba, Zumba Gold, Pilates, and Senior Fitness in FWB. Dawn Hamilton has been involved with the Zumba program since 2010. Currently she also teaches Zumba Gold at the Niceville Campus of NWFS.

Zumba Gold with Sundy and Dawn

Tuesday — 9:00 to 9:45

Zumba Gold is a dance/fitness class that is designed for the active older adult or beginner. The intention of the class is to move a little and have a lot of fun! Latin and international rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bollywood, Cha-cha, and Swing are used for a low-impact cardio workout that will help improve balance, circulation, strength, and flexibility. All moves can be modified to suit your needs and abilities. Wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water. Class meets at First Baptist Church, FWB.


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