Learn for the love of it! Discover something new, plan your next trip, or an amazing meal. A variety of interesting classes are offered throughout the year for adults who enjoy the fun and excitement of learning new things. We offer classes in diverse areas such as history, science, nature, music, current events and places of interest in the Big Bend region.

Our affordable programs are open to anyone 18 years and older. Schedule virtual family time together with your adult children and grandchildren, even if they live out of town. With virtual classes, people can participate from any location with internet access. 

Classes are currently offered on Zoom. If you would like to learn how to use Zoom, please call 850-891-4000 and Senior Center staff will set you up with a volunteer who can help you over the phone or computer. Or click here for our Zoom guide.

For more information, email Maureen.Haberfeld@talgov.com

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ONLINE CLASSES FOR 2021

Great Artists of Spain 

Thu., Jan. 21, 1:30–3 p.m. Spain has produced extraordinary artists over the past 400 years. TSC artist, Tom Friedman, examines the works of El Greco, Velazquez, Zurbaran, Murillo, Goya, FortunySorolla, Gris, Miro, Picasso and Dali housed in the major Madrid museums: The Prado, The Museo Reina Sofia, The Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Sorolla. As an aid to understanding why we consider a small number of paintings to be masterpieces, the artists’ use of composition (placement of objects on the picture), tone (use of light and dark), color and intangibles (such as beauty, shock, inspiration or topical – generally social consciousness) will be discussed. At the conclusion, participants will understand the environment in which art was produced and why.  

Virtual class on Zoom 

Fee $5 

Mindfulness

Tue., Jan. 26, 3–4 p.m. Our world has become increasingly demanding and as seniors it’s easy for us to become isolated and stressed, especially during the Covid era.  Thankfully, there are powerful but easy to use techniques to address these stressors. As Wayne Dwyer notes, “By changing the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This presentation assists in understanding how and why we respond to stress.  Special emphasis placed on strategies – both core mindfulness practices and everyday “dos and don’ts” designed to lighten the burden of stress. Instructor and Psychologist, Al Kircher, of Winnipeg, Canada has most recently worked as a Psycho-Educational Clinician for the EAL Program [adult refugee program sponsored by the Canadian government].  He is experienced in meditation and has a special interest in preventative programs. 

Virtual class on Zoom 

Fee $5 

USSR – Russia Myths, Mysteries, and Spying  

Thu., Jan. 281:303 p.m. Henry M. Quinlan, owner and publisher of Omni Publishing Co. in Massachusetts, lived in Moscow between 1988 and 1994. During his time there he traveled to most of the Soviet Union Republics and later independent Republics. He witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the rise of the new Russia. The presentation will feature iconic places in Moscow such as the Heritage, Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theater. He will discuss the 3 great mysteries of Russia: The Amber Room, The Czar’s Jewels, and the Art taken by Napoleon. Other topics include Soviet Union and WW II, Soviet prison camps, the overthrow of Communism, and spying for the FBI.  

Virtual presentation on Zoom 

Fee $7 

A Trip Through Time: I Love Planet Earth 

Thu., Feb. 4, 1:30 – 3 p.m. What an amazing planet we have. There are so many interesting plants and animals. Neuroscientist, Dr. Karen Glendenning, has tied together some interesting facts about our planet by going through time. When did we have slime, fungus, plants, reptiles etc.? This will lead into presentation # 2 on Feb. 11 which will cover what is intelligence and when did it begin.  

Virtual class on Zoom 

Fee $5 

Ohhh…So, you think you’re so smart! Or…What is intelligence anyway? 

Thu., Feb. 11, 1:30 – 3 p.m. When we think of intelligence, we think about humans. But what about the intelligence of animals, how about plants? Do we need a brain to be intelligent? Do we even need neurons? Join Dr. Karen Glendenning for fascinating insights into intelligence.  

Virtual class on Zoom 

Fee $5 

Explore the Burgundy Region of France  

Tue., Feb. 16, 10–11:30 am. Burgundy is a historical region in east central France. Join experienced traveler and tour guide, Colette Clarke, as she leads you on a virtual journey through this beautiful area rich in history and culture and famous for food and wine. She will explore the fascinating history, culture and lovely scenery of the region, along with the wine and cuisine. Burgundy is one of France’s main wine producing areas, known for both red and white varieties including some of the world’s most expensive wines. The region is also famous for cuisine including Dijon mustard, coq au vin, beef bourguignon, and cheese.  

Virtual class on Zoom 

Fee $5