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3050 N Hwy A1A

Indialantic, FL


9:00 AM

WHAT IN THE WORLD:  Robin Cramp (bio) 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.  Even if you do not take this course, see Robin and sign up for his monthly newsletter on current world affairs.    


FLORIDA GARDENING:  This semester we will get ready for spring gardening. Florida's Arbor Day is in January, so it’s a good time to consider planting a Florida native tree. Cool temperatures may have done damage to your tropical plants, and they may need to be trimmed or replaced. Bring your gardening questions. This is an interactive class with Jane Mandeville (bio), a master gardener with the Department of Agriculture.

MAGIC FOR EVERYONE:  Tom Sanders (bio) is again teaching this class for both beginners and experienced magicians.  This 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 can learn something new.  Please bring a deck of new cards to the first class.

CRAFTY CORNER:  Come join Nancy Dennee (bio), Margaret Moore and Bernadette Matousek when they offer another craft class for Spring, with maybe a Christmas craft snuck into the list of projects.  We know you’ll love creating hearts, shamrocks,  iris paper folding cards, and perhaps some goodies for a favorite Valentine.  The class is a chance to keep your brain learning, your fingers moving, and the conversation flowing. 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: Barbara Alexander (bio) offers this class as an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) and will include a brief history of the Deaf/deaf culture.  You will learn the alphabet to master "finger spelling," signs for common greetings and responses, grammar, common nouns and verbs and more.  A critical component in learning any new language or skill is PRACTICE. Please be prepared to apply the communication skills you learn in the classroom.


10:00 AM


THE SCIENCE OF MODERN PHYSICS:  This entertaining DVD course is taught by a researcher from Fermi Labs.  In the course, the lecturer will cover most all the topics of Modern Physics from Relativity to Quantum Physics to the Universe.  In all the lectures, he will concentrate on HOW we know that these theories are correct.  Of course, we will also discuss current topics in science as they come up. The course moderator is Tom Sanders (bio).

INTRODUCTION TO THE SPANISH LANGUAGE:  Señora Isabel Ochoa-Youssef (bio) 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.  This term, in our Spanish Made Simple book, we will start with Chapter 11.  Purchasing this book in class is significantly less expensive than outside sources.

KNITTING:  Come join Shannon Miller (bio) and a great group of ladies knitting and chatting!  Update your knitting skills, if necessary, and have fun!  Crocheters are also welcome.

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 (bio), 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 11           Rules of the Road

JAN 18           Ready or Not? Preparing for the Unexpected

JAN 25           Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts

FEB 1             Creating your estate plan

FEB 8             Focus on Fixed Income

FEB 15           Health care and your retirement

FEB 22           Outsmart the scammers 

FEB 29           Tax Free Investing

HOW OUR GOVERNMENT WORKS – DESIGNED vs. ACTUAL:  Retired Army colonel, Chris Acker (bio), will borrow on his extensive military and civilian education coupled with thirty-nine years of experience in multiple interdisciplinary roles in the military.  During this term, Chris will navigate you through our Nation’s history that provided us a foundation for our present government.  Some of the other topics he will discuss are:

  • Money matters: Budgeting, funding, taxation, appropriations v. authorizations

  • Political parties: process on how senators and House members are elected

  • Do elected representatives represent the voter or the party?

  • Do we need Constitutional Amendment changes?  New Amendments?

These and many other engaging government topics will be vigorously discussed.  Join Chris in his inaugural teaching experience at Shepherd’s Center-Beachside!

POSTURCIZE:  Learn a fun and simple 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 (bio), 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.  


DETECTING THE TREASURE COAST:  He’s back!  Last winter’s term, Terry Shannon (bio) captivated us with his humor and vast array of treasures found on the beach.  We are very fortunate to have this distinguished author, blogger, and treasure hunter, 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.  He will have available to sell some of his five published books on metal detecting treasure hunting.


11: 00 AM

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH:  Señora Isabel Ochoa-Youssef (bio) will offer, using various modalities such as talking, reading, and writing, experiences that will help you master and speak basic and intermediate Latin-American Spanish.  Some familiarity with the language is required to attempt this class. 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 says the class will become proficient enough to take a trip to Mexico. She suggests purchasing Spanish Made Simple. Purchasing this book in class is significantly less expensive than outside sources.  

S.S.S. (Strength, Stamina and Stability):  Join Wendy Simpson (bio) to improve your overall fitness. Simple movements like marching will get the blood pumping and strength exercises will build muscle endurance and strength. Also included will be exercises to improve your balance and stretches for the entire body. Most of the class can be performed in a chair, if needed. 

DISCOVERING THE HISTORY OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS INDIAN WARS THROUGH RESEARCH AND METAL DETECTING: Author, historian, and metal detectorist, Fred Banke (bio), will guide you through this course in helping you understand the complexity of the Northern Plains Indian Wars. He will tell you how these wars started, take you into the lives of the military and Indian leaders, provide you information on forts used to support these expeditions, the battles, and the massacres involved. Fred will delve into the history using photographs and metal-detecting finds.

BEGINNING UKULELE (Ukulele I):  Beginning Ukulele will start at the very beginning. Students will learn the parts of the instrument, some history, how to hold a uke, tuning, basic strumming, some chords, and many simple songs. Teacher Linda Paul (bio) will cover simple techniques to improve as a player and resources for further study. Students should bring pencils; a ukulele and a music stand if they have them.  Class 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. (It’s important to practice at home.)

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ADVENTURES (AND MISADVENTURES) Part II: Do you have a serious case of wanderlust? Whether you are an independent, group or armchair adventurer, come and enjoy! A couple travel junkies will share experiences on how to save money, stay safe and have the adventure of a lifetime! Each class will focus on a different destination: Tibet, Provence (France), Turkey, Camino de Santiago (Spain), China, Canal du Midi (France), Barcelona (Spain) and Argentina & Peru. In addition, information will be shared on travel hacks (air tags, home exchanges, mobile passports, google flights, avoiding pickpockets, cell phones, Euro-rail passes, jet lag, car rentals, international driver’s licenses, insurance, currency exchange, etc.). The presenters are academic colleagues and bring very different approaches to travel. Stan Helm spent eleven summers teaching graduate courses in China and has traveled worldwide. Bob Cox is the retired director of Webster University’s Melbourne campus, an adjunct for Barry University and has enjoyed many international adventures.  

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.

THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA:  Russian history is particularly pertinent today since many historians believe that a country's historical experience and development greatly affect its present-day cultural philosophy and attitudes. This course will help you understand how Russia's past has affected it's present. We will be using The Great Courses lectures by Dr. Mark Steinberg covering Russian history from the unsuccessful Revolution of 1905 through social developments leading to the successful October Revolution of 1917. Moderator Jack Blasy (bio) will share some his experiences and insights from over 40 trips to Russia. 


12: 00 AM

BEYOND BEGINNER UKULELE (Ukulele II):  Ukulele II is designed for the “Beyond Beginner” or “Intermediate” ukulele player.  Students bring pencil, music stand and ukulele. Handouts will be provided.  Linda Paul (bio), experienced instructor, 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!

BEACHSIDE BOOK CLUB:  Joanne Birnberg (bio) leads 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 2024:

11 Jan   Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

18 Jan   Code Girls by Liza Mundy

25 Jan   The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett


1 Feb    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


8 Feb    The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley


15 Feb   Infinite Country by Patricia Engel


22 Feb   The Chancellor by Kati Marton


Inside: Museums & Mansions, Theaters & Tours

Outside: Nature Sites, Beaches, Parks, Ranches, Gardens, Springs & Scenery

Both Inside & Outside: Culinary Florida Restaurants & Resorts

Your Instructor, Lee Rosenkranz (bio), CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) and International Tour Guide for Florida Greeters/Dayaway Travel, escorts you virtually through enchanting destinations. For more information request a syllabus and/or field trip guide from

BEGINNING FRENCH:  This new class and new teacher will be taught by            Danyele Murchison, with over 20 years of French teaching experience, born and raised in France. “At the beginner level, I will emphasize simple conversations. Everyone will be encouraged to participate. It will be fun and lively. Homework will be given at the end of each class. No book required. Please bring a notebook and pen reserved for your French lessons.”  Welcome to Shepherd’s Center Danyele.


1053 Pinetree Drive

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida


9:00 AM

ZUMBA GOLD WITH RO - EXERCIZE IN DISGUIZE:  Join Rochelle Lawandales (bio) 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.

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.  Maryann Risi (bio) is the moderator for this delightful class.  

PERSONAL SAFETY:  Amy Akbas (bio) will cover many facets of safety from personal safety in the home or public places to active shooter situations, severe weather hazards, mass disasters, or any situation that requires an emergency response. There are basic principles to help one stay focused and ready to respond appropriately. She will cover a range of scenarios, risk mitigation procedures and strategies.   


10:00 AM

iPHONE BASICS:  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.

BEGINNING BRIDGE (this is a TWO (2) HOUR CLASS so please do not register for any 11:00 classes)  Marie Gerlach’s session is for those who have never played or need to relearn a lost skill.  PLEASE, this is a class for beginning players, not a place for the experienced to practice.  Marie will cover the basics:  bidding, responding, making a plan, conventions, and practice…practice…practice!

MAHJONGG FOR BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS:  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.  Sally Dunn and Judy Lukeman will host this two-hour class. New players will be given specialized attention to learn the game while the more experienced players will play independently.

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 Oberlander (bio) 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.


SURVEY OF OUR PRESIDENTS of the UNITED STATES (POTUS):  This class is about the How’s, Who’s and What’s of our first 16 presidents.   From George Washington through Abraham Lincoln, you will learn many facts and secrets you may not have known such as, how much does the President earn, are presidential executive orders enforceable, what was the imperial presidency, and what can the President accomplish without Congressional approval?  About three presidents will be covered each week. Bill Ross will be the instructor, a former history teacher for 40 years.

BEGINNING LINE DANCING:  Join Vicki Little as she, once again, leads us in the fun and exercise that is Line Dancing.  This is a class for both the beginner and the experienced since Vicki introduces something new each week.  One of the joys of Line Dancing is it requires no partner, so come join the fun of this low impact exercise

THREE TIME THREE (3X3) Part II: “Part One of 3 x 3 described my story into the world of duality and my spiritual awakening including my three Near Death Experiences spread over the last 77 years. Like all humans on this planet called Earth, I have free choice and I desired to be here as our beloved planet, Gaia made Ascension. Part Two is about Gaia and how its changes affect you and our Ascending Planet Gaia. If you are reading these materials, you have experienced change in Gaia and your soul. Nothing seems to be the same. It is the magnetic force field of Gaia has changed and you and your soul feel it. Part Two will introduce you to Gaia as she is today and what you can be as a Light Barrier or not, it will briefly reintroduce you to who I am and my three near death experiences. Teaching will then go into who Gaia is and how she has developed from her very beginnings. More. . ..” Come join Candace Drake (bio) as she discusses this topic.

One of my students said about my class: This class has taught me it is ok to think differently, have more spiritual feelings and thoughts and experience things differently than others, even if some people think maybe I am just a little off balance. 


11:00 AM


A Survey of Jesus’ Bible.  Jesus has returned to his hometown. On Friday evening he steps into the synagogue where he is asked to read during worship. The attendant hands him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus unrolls it and finds the place where it is written, 


“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to bring Good News to the poor…”


What scroll did Jesus open? Where did it come from and what gave rise to the prophecy Jesus read? What was Jesus’ bible and what circumstances giving rise to its’ writing? What kind of world gave rise to the sixty-six books (scrolls) that formed Jesus’ bible? How did they give rise to the narrative of Jesus’ ancestors and their survival on a dangerous, violent, tumultuous world stage? Come and learn. Join us as we explore the Big, Big Story of Jesus’ Bible and the world events that gave rise to that story. 


Jesus’ Bible, the Big, Big Story involves a survey of world history and its impact upon the ‘people of God’.  More importantly, it will survey the interplay between the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and Jesus’ mission and ministry.  Ideally, we will demonstrate how and why Jesus is the fulfillment of the Hebrew Bible AND why The BIG, BIG STORY is also your story. Join Pastor Rob Cosmas (bio) for this exciting adventure.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY:  Whether you started playing games as a child with your family or finally have the time and desire to try something new, come join us for games.  There’s something for everyone: card games of every sort or board games such as Rumikub, Dominoes, or Qwirkle.   Want to teach everyone your favorite game? We’re open to that as well.  Do not delay since class size is limited and it fills up quickly.  Come join Nancy Dennee (bio) for loads of fun.

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. 

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 (bio) 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!                         

LINE DANCING – HIGH BEGINNER/IMPROVER:  This class is a follow-on to our beginner class.  High beginner adds different steps and Improver is just a little harder. If you are a beginner, you should be able to keep up with us.  Don’t let it scare you – Vicki Little wants you to know Everyone is Welcome!

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