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    Schedule — CLL Online Classes for January 2021

    Special Note: All courses meet for 8 consecutive weeks
    unless stated otherwise in the course's description.
    Also, unless stated otherwise,
    all classes begin the week of January 18th.

    American Sign Language for Fun and Function
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Monday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: Did you know there are approximately 804,000 Americans that are functionally Deaf and in total 9,862,400 Americans are hard of hearing? Have you ever encountered a deaf person and wished you could communicate better with them? Do you love charades? ASL is considered a foreign language and is available in FL and many other states’ universities to fulfill the foreign language requirement. Come join us to learn basics of ASL and to stimulate your brain.
    Class Leader: Jackie Youngblood
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Jackie Youngblood has been teaching with CLL for over 20 years and has taught a variety of classes, including Tap Dancing, Basic Computers, PhotoGraphics and American Sign Language. She learned ASL over 20 years ago to help ‘talk’ with a deaf friend. She also signs songs in church occasionally.

    Brave New World and Other Socialist Utopias
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: We will look at Aldous Huxley’s Story of a Brave New World, written in 1932 and see how past and present events are drawing us into his Utopian nightmare.
    Class Leader: Robert Brim
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Bob is a retired engineer and a veteran of the Vietnam War and wife Gina is a retired school teacher/librarian.

    Color, Color, Color
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Wednesday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: What in life can stimulate or suppress you? Color. Through the ages, color has subtly and acutely affected our world. We’ll look into this aspect of our everyday lives from a scientific to artistry aspect. How does color affect you? Have fun discovering your color palette during this is a 6-weeks class, meeting January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3.
    Class Leader: Karen Lauer
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Karen Lauer is an artist trained at the Art School at Syracuse University. She was an illustrator and computer analyst for several companies and currently designs unique pieces of jewelry under the logo of Beadmarks. Denny Lauer has primarily a scientific background with an interest in art and design.

    Connecting Lines in your Family History
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Thursday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: This class is a repeat of the genealogy class taught with the same title in 2020. It will include elements from previous basic, introductory, and fundamentals classes. The intent of this class is to build and reinforce a foundation of genealogical elements and techniques to help the participant connect the lines of their family history. This is a 6-week course.
    Class Leader: Edward Pfeifer
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Ed Pfeifer is a retired classroom teacher, school administrator, curriculum coordinator, and Deputy Chief of Education for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in the Pacific Area. He has been following his family history line for approximately twenty years.

    Death Penalty in America
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Thursday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: 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: Kathy Johnson
    Class Leader Bio(s):: 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.

    Dinner, Dining and Decor - Entertainment for Fun Cancelled
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 1:00 to 2:00
    Course Description: Looking for a productive Hands-On dining and decorating workshop? Manners, social skills, and so much more that is now mostly a forgotten art. Socially, or professionally, these workshops will give you hands-on ideas for your next event. Our workshop teaches you the various ways to be creative and utilize your local resources for your decorating and dinner ideas. The workshop is intended to heighten participants' awareness and appreciation of basic table manners, dining skills, and fun decorating. We will do one POTLUCK Dinner planning during the course IF we are live. This is a 6-weeks class meeting January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23.
    Class Leader: Juanita Harvin
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Juanita Harvin, is a retired Host Nation Relations and Protocol Director. Her European family roots make her efforts in entertaining FUN. She is an Army brat, wife of a retired AF service member and the mother of 2 DoDDS graduates. Her skills reflect her previous art and computer educator careers.

    Equities, Fixed Income, Insurance and Your Portfolio Cancelled
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: This course will discuss the suitability of stocks, bonds, annuities and life insurance and how they fit into your portfolio.
    Class Leader: Matt Ritter
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Matt Ritter is celebrating his 20th year in the Financial Service Industry with the same firm.

    Everyday Yoga for Everyone: Sequences
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Monday 1:00 to 2:00
    Course Description: This course will review the poses learned last semester and use them in sequences for balanced movement or targeted purpose, i.e. building strength, improving balance or promoting relaxation.
    Class Leader: Ann Hoffman
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Ann Hoffman has been an educator for over 30 years. She now pairs her joy of teaching with her passion for sharing the benefits of yoga, focusing on movement as a means of enhancing quality of life for her students.

    Food - Processing, Regulations and Chemistry
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: This class covers selected topics about food, including: Who are the major food processors; Food Safety - what is it, who regulates it and what are companies doing to comply; Food and Nutritional Labeling - GMO’s, natural, gluten free, organic, allergens, etc.; Nutritive and Non- Nutritive (Artificial) Sweeteners - where do they come from, facts and myths; Basic Chemistry of Food — what are proteins, oils and carbohydrates; Food Ingredients from grains and how corn is processed to make sweeteners and other food ingredients. 7 - weeks class starting on Jan. 19, other dates to be determined.
    Class Leader: Sharon Purvis
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Sharon Purvis has a BS degree in Chemistry from Kent State University and is the retired Quality, Food Safety and Regulatory Director for an International Food and Grain company, where she worked for 42 years. She also served on the Corn Refiners Association Technical committee for 35 years. She has been working with CLL for 5 years.

    French for Beginners
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Monday 3:00 to 4:30
    Course Description: Topics covered in this introductory course will include greetings, family, activities, travel, numbers, and that all-important aspect of French culture: food. In class we will practice basic vocabulary and structures. Afterwards, two free online programs will provide you with opportunities to practice speaking, listening, reading, and even writing the material as much -- or as little -- as you wish.
    Class Leader: Christine Lanoue
    Class Leader Bio(s):: After studying French in high school and college, Chris went to France for a summer "to become fluent" -- and stayed for 17 years. She has taught French for 20 years.

    French for Review and Conversation
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Friday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: If you took French in school and feel like you've forgotten it all, you may be surprised at how much will come back with a little practice. After reviewing vocab & structures in class, we'll practice in small groups using breakout rooms. If you wish, two free online programs will allow you to practice more between classes.
    Class Leader: Christine Lanoue
    Class Leader Bio(s):: For the last twenty years, Chris has taught French in Okaloosa County at all levels. An avid traveler, she is fascinated by foreign languages and cultures.

    Fundamentals of Investing
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Thursday 3:00 to 4:30
    Course Description: 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. Starts Jan 28th.
    Class Leader: Nicholas Barlotta
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Nicholas Barlotta is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Financial Consultant with Barlotta Cauley Wealth Management Group of Benjamin F. Edwards Co.

    Gardening in the Florida Panhandle
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Monday 10:00 to 11:00
    Course Description: Six weekly home horticultural classes presented by the Okaloosa County Master Gardener Volunteers and University of Florida Extension Agents. The course will cover: New plants for your yard, Bulbs, Dooryard fruits, Edible landscape, Pet/Child friendly plants, Native plants. Classes will meet January 25, February 1, 8, 22, March 1 and 8.
    Class Leader: Alene Ogle
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Alene Ogle and Debbie Sewell, Okaloosa County Master Gardener Volunteers. Both past Presidents, Board of Directors and team members of propagation nursery.

    Grand Tour of the Universe
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: There have been many scientific revolutions in the last 120 years, from Relativity, Quantum Theory, to the discovery of Black Holes, the expansion of the universe and the mysterious Dark Matter and Dark Energy. This course takes a very lite look at topics in astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology through the lens of these revolutions in knowledge. The discoveries and their discoverers will also be put into historical context, for example, what accepted wisdom did the revolutions overturn and what was the impact.
    Class Leader: Louis Cerrato
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Louis Cerrato has a Ph.D. in engineering and worked for the Defense Dept. for over 40 years. He has a keen interest in all the physical sciences and tries to keep up with the latest discoveries.

    Guide to Estate Planning for FL Residents
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Thursday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: This 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: J. Mark Fisher
    Class Leader Bio(s):: J. Mark Fisher received his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 1984. He has limited his practice to the field of Estate Planning, Probate, Wills and Trusts, and Nursing Home Medicaid Planning for over 30 years and has been teaching classes at UWF for 24 years. J. Mark Fisher has offices in FWB, Pensacola, and Panama City.

    iPhone Photography
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Wednesday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: Which camera takes the best pictures? The one you have with you, of course! In this class, you will learn how to get more out of the iPhone camera. Topics will include becoming a better photographer, adjusting your iPhone camera, editing pictures on your iPhone, photo and video editing, creating and sharing albums, and downloading your iPhone pictures for actual prints to enjoy and share. Sorry, this class is specifically for iPhones/iPads; users of other brands of smartphones may not derive any benefit.
    Class Leader: Nicole Blatt
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Nicole Blatt takes lots of pictures! Her last phone had over 8,000 pics and some were even good. She retired from the USAF in 2011 and now has an awesome 9-year-old son named Bodie.

    Meet the American Presidents
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Wednesday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: Meet all the individuals that served as America’s Presidents: the great ones, the average ones and the not so great ones. Each profile will also offer a peek at their VP and the First Lady. This course covers Presidents Washington through Carter.
    Class Leader: David Beine
    Class Leader Bio(s):: David Beine is a Wisconsin snowbird. This year, 2021, will be his 11th consecutive season on the Emerald Coast and 8th successive year teaching at the CLL.

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction -MBSR
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 10:00 to 12:00
    Course Description: Experience an online Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) class. Participants will explore how to increase self-awareness, respond rather than react to stress, and approach life with more composure. Starting withan orientation session on January 12, class meeting dates are January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 9. An additional Day Retreat meets on February 19. To enroll, you need a laptop, tablet, or desktop and have a high-speed internet connection.
    Class Leader: Mary Patricia Peterson
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Mary retired from the Okaloosa Schools as an assistant principal. Mary holds a B.S.in Special Education, M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a M.S. in Educational Leadership. Mary has been practicing meditation since 2009. She completed the MBSR Teacher Advancement Intensive Class with Brown University in 2020.

    Modern Russia
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Friday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: From the czars to the commissars to Putin, the Russian people have soldiered on. We will cover from pre-Revolution to the current day. This a 7 - weeks course meeting January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5.
    Class Leader: Dr. Daniel Robison
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Dan Robison has a Ph.D. in history from Auburn and has taught several European history courses for CLL.

    Music and Movement - Seated Dance Fitness Class
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 1:00 to 2:00
    Course Description: Music and Movement is a highly successful seated fitness program for individuals with cognitive and physical challenges.  The program uses both music and movement to strengthen the body, mind and soul, bringing energy and joy into the participants' lives.
    Class Leader: Dawn Hamilton
    Class Leader Bio(s):: 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 Senior Center. She has worked together with the founder of Music & Movement to bring this format to the Fort Walton Beach area.

    Observational Astronomy - The Basics
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: What is it? Where is it? How can I find it? The basics of Observational Astronomy; no scientific mumbo-jumbo, just the directions! This is a 4-weeks course February 2, 9, 16, and 23.
    Class Leader: David Beine
    Class Leader Bio(s):: See Meet The American Presidents (Dave Beine has been an observational astronomer for 50 years.)

    Old West: History and Myths
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Monday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: Nothing has been more distorted in American History than the Old West! Meet the real people of the Old West: the icons, the lawmen, the outlaws, the pioneers, the Indians and the myth makers. In depth profiles of Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Billy The Kid, Wyatt Earp , the Oregon Trail and The Pony Express. 7-weeks course starting January 25.
    Class Leader: David Beine
    Class Leader Bio(s):: David Beine is a Wisconsin snowbird. This year, 2021, will be his 11 th consecutive season on the Emerald Coast and 8th successive year teaching at the CLL.

    Taking Better Pictures - Intermediate Edition
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Wednesday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: This course is an intermediate course and much of the course will depend on students understanding basic photographic terms and accomplishing the assigned weekly homework. The practical portions will be at preannounced locations where you can practice. Each student will post/email a sampling of their weekly work to a central location. The class will focus on rules of design, value and hue balance, composing in both 2 and 3 dimensions, photographic terms and their impact on photos. The camera and the lens etc. Students must have a method to access and display their work using zoom. THIS IS NOT A CLASS FOR BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHERS.
    Class Leader: James Eustace
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Jim Eustace and his co-workers have been involved in photography since the earth cooled. Jim is the self-proclaimed art critic with his Canon camera. Louis Cerrato is our analytical sciences/Nikon go-to person. Dale specializes in telephoto, night, strange instruments and macro-mé. Steve Penner is our console operator and computer specialist. Our fighter jock is Nicole Blatt; our iPhone expert and translator.

    Ten More Ways to Grow Your Family Tree
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Friday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: Students will experience a class that is open forum (questions they have or remarks), preceded by a short presentation on a particular topic, such as; Using the Family Tree at FamilySearch; What is BMD and Why Do I Care?; Basic Research in the age of Technology, etc. Our goal will be to find ways to grow a healthy (resourced) family tree. Beginners are welcome.
    Class Leader: Margaret M. Harris
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Margaret Harris is a native of Northwest Florida. She volunteers at the local Family History Center and is an active member of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County.

    Transform Your Life through WELLthier ™Living
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesday 12:00 to 1:00
    Course Description: Transform Your Life through WELLthier ™ Living, a Zoom class series presented by local experts in various areas of health and well-being. Topics will include factors affecting our individual health and well-being; preventive measures for physical and mental/emotional health; global healing practices; integrative health; functional medicine; and new scientific approaches addressing the root cause of chronic illness.
    Class Leader: Daralyn Chase
    Class Leader Bio(s):: The series is hosted by Daralyn Chase, publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine of Northwest Florida, and sponsored by KnowWEwell.com, a new national platform where visitors can find peer-reviewed information on a vast array of subjects related to regenerative whole-body health; be matched with practitioners and providers in these areas; and connect with like-minded people.

    U.S. Supreme Court: Its History and Role
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Thursday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: Article III of the Constitution provides for the Supreme Court of the United States. Since 1790, it has functioned as the third branch of government. This course will examine the Court’s history and traditions, role of the chief justice, qualifications of the justices, nomination and confirmation process, daily operations, caseload, and opinions. We will examine the concept of judicial review and the Court’s impact on American society from the early years to the new millennium.
    Class Leader: Dr. Marie Hallion
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Dr. Marie Hallion is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School and the School of Undergraduate Studies of the University of Maryland Global Campus. She specializes in organizational theory and a wide range of courses in government and politics. Awards she has received include the UMUC Teaching Excellence Award, the Graduate School Commitment to Excellence Award and the Professional Achievement Award.

    Universe Through the Eyes of a Dragonfly
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Friday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: Please join Bob and Brenda on their quest to learn the nature and truth of all things. Through a new eclectic mix of discussions, they 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.
    Class Leader: Dr. Robert (Bob) Kitahara
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Bob Kitahara holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, an MBA, MSSM, and is halfway through a degree in Art. After 28 years in industry, he taught for Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business. Brenda Kitahara spent most of her professional life in the Insurance and Medical Equipment industries. Together they are travelling inquisitively through life.

    Virtual Global Tours
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Wednesday 11:00 to 12:00
    Course Description: Weekly we will discover various parts of the world, with insight of places I have visited and have done tours to. (Germany, Spain, England, Morocco, Dubai….) From castle hoping to golf course explorations, and European car factory tours, we will discover a variety of special locations. Students will also have an opportunity to share a travel story of their own. This will be a 6-weeks class meeting on February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 and 10.
    Class Leader: Juanita Harvin
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Juanita Harvin, is a retired Host Nation Relations and Protocol Director. Her European family roots make her tours very extensive. As the owner of EurWay Tours, an Army brat, wife of a retired AF service member and the mother of 2 DoDDS graduates, have allowed her to visit many countries.

    Wake - Up! Coffee Talk Zoom Yoga
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 to 9:00
    Course Description: Do you miss the social connection and energy received from group exercise classes? This is a quick “wake-me-up” to get your day started with friends. We will sign on to zoom and have a short chat over coffee and then do a 15-min (approx.) yoga vinyasa flow. Probably best if you have some yoga knowledge as there will be no way to correct your form. Yoga flow via YouTube instructors.
    Class Leader: Nicole Blatt
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Nicole Blatt is NOT a yoga instructor. However, we will be using YouTube videos from great yoga instructors. Nicole retired from the USAF in 2011 and now has an awesome 9-year-old son named Bodie.

    Weather and Geology 101
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Wednesday 10:00 to 11:30
    Course Description: Topics are divided into three general areas. Part 1: Instill a basic understanding and appreciation of the science behind geology, meteorology, climatology, and even a little oceanography and solar science. We’ll also discuss how these disciplines interact with and impact each other. Part 2: Discuss earth science “current events,” and how you can become a savvy consumer of the data that bombards us daily from so many sources. Part 3: Provide personal anecdotes from over 30 years’ experience as a meteorologist and “glorified data collector” (aka, “World Famous Hurricane Hunter”).
    Class Leader: Christa Hornbaker
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Christa spent 28 years as a USAF Weather Officer, and served 18 of those years as an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter. She has a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from LSU, B.S. in Meteorology from St. Louis Univ, and an M.S. in Earth Sciences/Education from Mississippi State.

    Yoga Mindfulness
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Thursday 10:00 to 11:00
    Course Description: Yoga Mindfulness classes will explore Hatha yoga through breathing, feeling and listening to the body. The class is designed for anyone interested in beginning a Yoga Practice. The class will introduce basic breathing techniques, stretches, poses, and meditation.
    Class Leader: Annette Seda
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Annette Seda has completed 200-Hour Teacher Training through YogaFit, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200 Yoga Alliance.

    Zoom
    Class Location: Online
    Meeting Time: Wednesday 1:00 to 2:30
    Course Description: Whether meeting friends and family or hosting a virtual meeting or get together, in this class you will learn how to navigate through Zoom to make your experiences easy and fun. This is a 4-weeks class meeting January 20, 27, February 3 and 10.
    Class Leader: Dolores Noechel
    Class Leader Bio(s):: Dolores Noechel is a former Ruckel math teacher, OCSD Instructional Technology and Media Services Specialist, and Assistant Principal at Fort Walton Beach High School.
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