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9:00 AM

101     WHAT IN THE WORLD:  Robin Cramp has traveled extensively throughout the world and lived overseas giving him a deep insight on how the U.S. is viewed by our friends and foes.  His weekly sessions cover current events, and surveys the geographical limitations, political upheavals, and economic struggles of these areas.  Robin’s abounding professionalism and his enchanting British delivery causes this class to fill up rapidly.  

102     FLORIDA GARDENING:  This semester, we will get ready for spring.  Florida is the first state to get to see the new seeds for the year.  Companies are happy to present colorful and rare introductions for our gardening pleasure.  If you are a seed catalog recipient, you may see them over the winter break.  We will focus on garden landscapes this semester. Garden problems and questions are always welcome.  Come join the conversation with Master Gardener, Jane Mandeville.

103     MAGIC FOR EVERYONE:  Tom Sanders is again teaching this class for both beginners and the experienced.  The class is aimed at anyone interested in entertaining grandchildren and family.  The course will cover magic with cards, ropes, coins, and other everyday items.  Tom introduces new “tricks” each session, so you “old timers” can learn something new.  Please bring a deck of “new” cards to the first class.

104     BASICS OF PERSONAL FINANCE:  This course is designed for those new to investing who would like to more deeply understand some concepts related to budgeting, investing and planning.  Rusty Stuart, financial advisor for Edward Jones, will explore areas many retirees utilize but would like to know more about.  His eight-week lesson plan is as follows: 

JAN 6             Rules of the Road

 JAN 13           Ready or Not? Preparing for the Unexpected

JAN 20           Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts

JAN 27           Preparing Your Estate Plan with Attorney Scott Dixon

FEB 3             Focus on Fixed Income

FEB 10           Retirement by Design

FEB 17           An Investors Tour of Mutual Funds 

FEB 24           Tax Free Investing



10:00 AM

201      SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE:  Tom Sanders will lead this course that explores the physics of everyday events and is both informative and fun.    It’s more than a course in physics, and more than a laundry list of "how things work!" In fact, it combines the two, offering a back-and-forth interplay between everyday applications of physics and the concepts needed to understand them. This semester we will explore the physics behind the operation of electricity and electronic devices including computers and the communication devices we all use.

202     CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY:  This course will concentrate on several of the most famous and important myths of Greco-Roman culture.  Some of these myths you will be familiar with, some not.  Leslie Johansen hopes that her “faithful” students will continue this phase of their journey with h

203      LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL CURRENT EVENTS:  As a former history and civics teacher, as well as a championship Florida high school football coach, Mike Vogt blitzes the classroom with his arsenal of knowledge about local, state, and national events that shapes the week.  He will begin the class discussing beachside current events and moving on to state and national news.  Occasionally Mike will detour off on that dreaded p-word (politics). Class participation is highly encouraged!

204      A CLOSE LOOK AT SOUTH BREVARD COUNTY:  Are you interested in learning more about beautiful South Brevard County?  Elaine Butts will teach this course with a myriad of audio-visual medium as well as guest speakers.  Elaine is a long-time resident, educator, and community volunteer.  This is her debut as a teacher at Shepherd’s Center and she has chosen a block-buster subject that will be of interest to locals as well as winter visitors.  Come join her!  Some of the topics covered are:

  • Enriched Lives/Arts and Cultural Programs

  • Protecting the Natural Environment

  • Fun & Inexpensive Activities (not usually found in most tourist guides)

  • Making a Difference - Volunteerism

  • Planning for the Future

  • History of South Brevard Count

205     INTRODUCTION TO THE SPANISH LANGUAGE:  Señora Isabel Ochoa-Youssef will introduce us to easy Spanish phases and sayings in this session.  If you are new to this language, this is the session for you.  Basic terms such as days, time, counting, food, and travels are a few of the topics Isabel will cover.  Isabel suggests you may want to purchase Spanish Made Simple.  Some copies are available for purchase at a discounted rate. Isabel will be continuing from the last term and begin on Lesson 3.  New students will be expected to catch up from the beginning.

206      POSTURCIZE:  Learn a fun, simple to do exercise routine that will strengthen your muscles for good posture and improve joint movement.  Look and feel great, keep fit, and prevent pain!  This session is led by Janet Harazda, a Registered Nurse (FL 936802) and Licensed Massage Therapist (MA24421) specializing in Hoshino Therapy©, a manual technique and body of practical knowledge for the rejuvenation of overused or stressed tendons.  Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring an exercise mat.

207     KNITTING:  Come enjoy some conversation while knitting or crocheting.  We will also try to throw in some new techniques such as making cables, adding beads or felting.  Join Shannon Miller for this hour of fun while learning something new.

11: 00 AM

301     THE SCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION:   This course is a continuation of study of the science behind meditation as the path to well-being. In recent decades, modern science has dramatically confirmed what advanced meditators have long claimed—that meditation, correctly practiced, offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being.  The many practical benefits of meditation include

  • marked and lasting reduction of stress

  • increased ability to focus and concentrate, as well as clarity of thinking

  • freedom from detrimental patterns of thought and emotion

  • increased learning capacity and memory; and

  • greatly enhanced well-being and peacefulness.


Each class will end with various forms of meditation practice.  Come and join Leslie Johansen as we explore this fascinating practice.


302      CREATIVE WRITING:  Stephanie Andrews returns with her fascinating session on how to improve your writing skills.  Stephanie is more than qualified to lead this class.  She has been past president of Seaside Poets, author of first published book, “Memories of Wine & Poetry,” scriptwriter-cast Pigeons Picasso, Associate-John Campbell School, Associate-Atlantic Center for the Arts, and other literary activities.  Join her class to partner with other writers, stretch, search, and solve the reason of words.

303    DETECTING THE TREASURE COAST:  We are very fortunate to have this distinguished author, blogger, and treasure hunter, Terry Shannon, to share stories about discovering varied treasures on our nearby Treasure Coast beaches.  A former county sheriff from Minnesota and now a winter resident in Melbourne Beach, Terry has been metal detecting for the past 15 years and has amassed countless pieces of jewelry, coins, and other artifacts from the 1715 Spanish Galleon Fleet.  He will share many of his tips and secrets of treasure hunting.  Be prepared to hear some fascinating stories and view many of Terry’s treasure finds.

304      BEGINNING UKULELE (Ukulele I):  Beginning Ukulele will start at the very beginning. Parts of the instrument, some history, how to hold a uke, tuning, strumming, some chords and several simple songs.  Linda Paul, accomplished ukulele player, will cover techniques to improve as a player and resources. Students should bring pencils and paper; a ukulele and a music stand if they have them. Several handouts will be provided. A few loaner ukuleles and music stands will be available for in class use only, but students are expected to provide their own instrument after the first class. (They need to be able to practice at home.) 

305      THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF FLORIDA:   You may come from somewhere else and stay for a few months.  However, you’re here now so let’s learn about what’s here to see, do, and explore!  

  •      Learn where the largest diversity of palm trees is located

  •      Learn about a Florida town that feels like Greece

  •     Where is the largest and oldest Spanish restaurant in the country?

  •     Where is the largest public display of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture?

  •     Where is the largest and most powerful and scenic freshwater springs?

  •     Where is the largest ocean reef in the U.S.?

  •     What are the culinary specialties and restaurants of Florida?

If you want a full class syllabus, you can email your instructor, Lee Rosenkranz, CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) at or call 321-259-6300.

306     CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH:  Señora Isabel Ochoa-Youssef will offer various modalities of teaching such as talking, reading, and writing, experiences that will help you master and speak basic and intermediate Latin-American Spanish.  Spanish has become the second language of many Americans especially here in Florida.  Some knowledge is almost mandatory in south Florida.  You have an opportunity to learn from a native of this language.  Isabel suggests purchasing Spanish Made Simple.  Copies will be made available in class at a discounted rate.  This term, the class will pick up at Lesson 10.  New enrollees are responsible for “catching up” to this point.

12:00 NOON


401     BEACHSIDE BOOK CLUB:  Jan Case moderates this group and invites new members to join all the veterans for a fascinating hour.  The group has selected the following contemporary books for the winter term:


WINTER 2022:


JAN 6             Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

JAN 13           The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

JAN 20           The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

JAN 27           The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

FEB 3             Maine: a novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

FEB 10           Transatlantic by Colum McCann

FEB 17           The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood 

Feb 24             LUNCHEON!!!


402      ENNEAGRAM OF PERSONALITY TYPES:  The Enneagram of Personality Types is a modern synthesis of several ancient wisdom traditions containing components from mystical Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and ancient Greek philosophy.  Stemming from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol), the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct personality types for relating to the self, others, and the world.   Each Enneagram type has a different pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting that arises from a deeper inner motivation or worldview.  Study of the Enneagram helps us to see ourselves at a more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on our path of self-knowledge and in relationships. Join Marty Berry and Debra Bara as they return to enlighten you about hidden traits about yourself.


403      THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA:  It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from our experience. This The Great Courses lecture series is taught by Dr. Mark Steinberg, will cover early Russian history through the dramatic changes of Peter the Great and contributions of the inteligencia, including Russia's National Poet, Alexander Pushkin.  Jack Blasy is the moderator for this course.  After each video, Jack will share with you some of his adventures and interesting stories of his travels to Russia.

404      BEYOND BEGINNER UKULELE (Ukulele II):  Ukulele II is designed for the “Beyond Beginner” ukulele player.  Students bring pencil, paper, music stand and ukulele. Handouts will be provided.  Linda Paul, accomplished ukulele player, will focus on new chords, chord variations, strums and fingerpicking for riffs and melodies.  We will discuss music styles and the chord patterns that are used with them.  A little music theory, as it applies to the ukulele.  We will start an individual repertoire. Our final class will be an open mike day where everyone will perform one memorized song of their choosing, alone or in a group.  Any song, even if only 2 chords!



9:00 AM

501     ZUMBA GOLD WITH RO - EXERCIZE IN DISGUIZE:  Join Rochelle Lawandales and find your happy place as you dance your way to fitness, having fun, staying healthy while not even realizing you are   exercising!  This class is designed for everyone, but primarily those new to Zumba, returning to or starting an exercise program – or just wanting to shake it!  Designed for “older” folks – this class will have you smiling and shaking. 

502      TRIVIA:  You asked, and we brought back this exciting game!  Teams will have a great time trying to remember songs from their youth (distant past), and try to answer trivia questions on travel, geography, history, current events, literature, etc.  Want to have great fun, laugh, be challenged, and rewarded, then come join the game.  Longtime trivia student, Maryann Risi debuts as the interim Trivia moderator.  She brings new material that will surely stump you.

503      GET TO KNOW YOUR iPHONE:  Join Debbie Olinick for this new class on how to use your iPhone.  This will be a beginner’s session on the functions of the iPhone.  She will be discussing email, apps, and other tutorials on how to understand and use all that the iPhone has to offer.  Debbie will show you how this instrument can put your desktops in your pocket.  Many of you have asked for this class, and we are fortunate to have Debbie who has the knowledge, experience, and ability to teach us how.   MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN APPLE iPHONE AND NOT AN ANDROID.

504     CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH - The Friday Edition:  Señora Manuela Vasey debuts as our newest Spanish teacher for Fridays.  She will assess your level of proficiency and begin teaching by having you talking, reading, and writing Latin-American Spanish.  Spanish has become the second language of many Americans especially here in Florida; some knowledge is almost mandatory.  You have an opportunity to learn this beautiful language from a native of Ecuador.  Manuela suggests purchasing Spanish Made Simple. Copies will be made available in class at a discounted rate. 

10:00 AM

601     THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR:  This session will look at the events that shocked the world as the Thirteen Colonies defeated the super European power of Eighteenth Century England.  We will discuss the events leading to the war, the important leaders of both sides, the major battles, and the outcome.  Bill Ross, a retired history teacher of forty years, will be the instructor for the class.

602      HAVING FUN COOKING WITH ROSI:  Be one of the twenty people who get accepted for this class.  Due to the small size of the kitchen, registration is limited.  Rosi Oberlaender has traveled all over the world and has accumulated many delightful recipes and culinary tidbits along her journeys.  Rosi’s cooking talents are renowned locally and she is willing to cook for us and share her recipes.

603     DIGITAL PAINTING WITH iPAD: Nancy Williamson will teach this new and rewarding course. This class is especially for beginners who would like to create amazing paintings.  No previous drawing or painting skills required.  You must have an Apple Pencil and an iPad that is compatible with the Apple Pencil.  See information below for iPads that are compatible with the Apple Pencil and the “Procreate App” which must be downloaded to your iPad before the first class. Make sure Procreate is supported on your particular iPad before attempting to download.  The App is available in the Apple App store ($9.98). As a special inducement to take this course, Shepherd’s Center will credit you $10.00 on next term’s registration fee.  There may be other stylus that can be used with the iPad; however, they may not work with the app, or the results may be unsatisfactory.  Questions about requirements?  Contact me at  A sampling of Nancy's art is shown on separate page. Click here.              

604    BEGINNING GERMAN:  Inge Flynn is making her debut teaching appearance at Shepherd’s Center, but she brings a wealth of knowledge about Germany, especially its culture, and its language.  Growing up, German was her first language plus she taught German in the local area.  This session she will be using the study guide, German in 10 Minutes a Day.  If you cannot readily get a copy, Inge will have copies of the lesson of the day.  You don’t have to have any prior knowledge of the language but will complete this basic course knowing simple greetings, time, and travel phrases.  This course will greatly assist you when you book your next travel trip to Germany.

11:00 AM


701      GAMES PEOPLE PLAY:  Come on down!  Our new moderator for games, Gina Latimer will conduct this three-ring circus of games.  Rummikub, Dominoes and cards are some of the games from our past times that can once again be enjoyed.  Do not delay since class size is limited and it fills up quickly.  Come join the fun - let’s do it again!


702      QUILLING:  Jeanie Grabka will be introducing us to a new art form - Quilling, which is the art of rolling narrow pieces of paper, forming shapes, and gluing them closed.  The shapes are then put together to make earrings, greeting card, pictures, or mobiles.  The class will make several projects; your imagination is all that is needed.  Bring a small pair of scissors and a 12" ruler.  Paper, quilling tool and glue will be provided.


703    MAHJONGG FOR BEGINNERS:  Mahjongg is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing Dynasty.  It is commonly played with four players, and is a game of skill, strategy, calculation and involves a degree of chance.  Judy Carr will be the instructor for this limited size class.


12:00 NOON


801     LINE DANCING – INTERMEDIATE:  This class is mainly for those folks with skill levels well above “Beginners.”  However, Vicki Little wants you to know all are welcome.  This session takes the joy of Line Dancing to another level with our resident “pro” Vicki, leading the way.  Come join us and have FUN!

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