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    • January 10, 2024
    • February 28, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Pavilion
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    Course Description:  The course will carefully examine certain very popular songs to discover how and why they ascend to the category of true artistic expression, gaining the ability to move the listener emotionally

    Location: Pavilion

    Dates/Times:  Wednesdays Jan 10 to Feb 28, from 11 am -12:15 pm

    Instructor:  Jerry Bilik

    Jerry Bilik joined a large jazz-band while in the sixth grade and has been writing and performing popular music since then.

    • January 10, 2024
    • February 28, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Pavilion
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    Course Description:   More buildings have been designed and built in the first quarter of the 21st century than were constructed in the previous two centuries. Through lectures and slides, this course will examine the work of the current star architects, from Rafael Aranda to Peter Zumthor. The work of many Pritzker Prize winners such as Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano will be discussed, as well as the rising stars. The course will examine how economics, climate change, new materials, and the computer have changed the way architects design buildings. We shall examine buildings in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia.

    Location: Pavilion

    Dates/Times:  Wednesdays Jan 10 to Feb 28, from 2 pm - 3:15pm.

    Instructor:  Robert Cassway

     Robert Cassway is an award-winning architect who has taught at the University of Michigan and Temple University in Philadelphia. He was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches at Ringling School of Art, Life-Long Learning Institute. He has won over two dozen, local, state, and national design awards. He has designed projects throughout the United States, Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Great Britain.
    • January 10, 2024
    • March 06, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Pavillion
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    Course Description:   The class will review the history, technology, and applications of Medical Imaging, from the X-Ray and Ultrasound to CT, MRI and Nuclear Imaging. We will discuss the technologies and clinical applications of each modality so you can understand why a physician orders a particular exam. During my career I was fortunate to work with many of the people who were developing the new imaging technologies in Ultrasound, in CT, and in MRI. Part of my goal in this course is to tell the story of who they were and how they developed the new tools that led to our ability to see and diagnose disease. 

    Location: Pavillion

    Dates/Times:  Wednesdays Jan 10 to Mar 6, from 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm. (No class on 02/14/24) 

    Instructor: Reuben Mezrich

     Initially trained as an Electrical Engineer, Dr. Mezrich obtained a Ph.D. and worked for 14 years in research, mostly at RCA labs in Princeton. He then went to medical school and completed an internship in medicine and residency in radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. After 11 years of private practice, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught and was appointed Interim Chair of Radiology. He later joined the faculties of Brigham and Women's Hospital and MIT, and was then recruited to become Chairman of Radiology at the University of Maryland. He has published 75 papers and received 25 patents. 

    • January 11, 2024
    • March 28, 2024
    • 12 sessions
    • Harbor Club
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    Course Description:   This is a continuing discussion group, which has been meeting at Pelican Cove all year. The focus of our discussions is current events: what’s happening now.

    Location: Harbor Club

    Dates/Times:  Thursdays Jan 11 to Mar 28, from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

    Instructor: Michael Karp

    Michael Karp practiced as a civil law trial attorney for 45 years,  in Sarasota for 30 years. He has been moderating discussion  groups in the Sarasota area for the last eight years. 


    • January 12, 2024
    • March 15, 2024
    • 9 sessions
    • Harbor Club

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:  Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs with content created by the Foreign Policy Association. If you are hungry for thought-provoking discussions on world issues, many with serious implications for America, this course is for you. The program covers eight timely topics, which will be presented in each of the discussion sessions. Discussions, led by the study group facilitator, Carol Kunik, will begin with the current situation including conflicting goals, benefits vs costs, opposing geopolitical interests, etc. Then the conversations will move to implications for the future. Should U.S. policy be modified and if so, how? Some topics have sub-set topics appropriate for breakout group discussions and reporting key points back to the class.The reading for the class will be the Great Decisions 2023 Briefing Book in paperback, $35 from the Foreign Policy Association. A less expensive digital book is available for Kindle from Amazon. PLEASE do not enroll unless you are sure you can attend almost all sessions and you are willing to read the Briefing Book prior to class so you can participate intelligently to the class discussion. 

    Location:  Harbor Club

    Dates/Times:  Fridays Jan 12 to Mar 15, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. (No class 03/01/24)

    Instructor:  Carol Kunik

    Carol Kunik is a clinical psychologist, leadership development coach, and skilled facilitator. She describes herself as a concerned citizen who wants to learn about the issues of the day. She took the Great Decisions course at Learning in Retirement at Tufts University and then taught it for two years at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.

    • January 29, 2024
    • March 11, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Wilbanks Blue Wave

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:  Students will read four Irish novels in the course. Class will be held every other week to give students time to finish their assigned reading. The class is interactive with in-depth discussions of the books and their themes.  

    The books to be discussed are:

    1) Small Things Like These and Foster by Claire Keegan for the first class

    2) Undecided between Normal People by Sally Rooney or Tresspasses by Louise Kennedy

    3) Love by Roddy Doyle

    4) The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry

    Location: Wilbanks Blue Wave

    Dates/Times:  Mondays Jan 29 to Mar 11, from 9:30 am - 10:45 am. Sessions every other week

    Instructor: Alice Goodman

    Alice Goodman has an MA and BA in English Literature. She has taught adult literature classes, most recently at Pelican Cove University.


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    • February 02, 2024
    • March 08, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Pavilion (Mar 8 in Harbor Club)
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    Course Description:  Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, issued by Folkways Records in 1952, brought unknown parts of America's musical landscape from the late 1920s and early 1930s to the public's attention. This course will use the anthology as a primary resource to explore the history, culture, and musical traditions that define and influence the American folk music genre. The goal is to deepen students’ understanding of the rich and diverse heritage of American folk music, from its origins in the early 20th century to its contemporary expressions today.  Topics include Appalachian ballads and old-time music, Blues and Gospel music, early Country and Bluegrass and Folk music as activism. 

    Students will listen to and analyze the music, lyrics, and historical context of songs featured in the anthology and learn how these songs continue to influence modern folk music. Class sessions may also include live examples of selected styles performed by the instructors. 

    Location:  Pavilion

    Dates/Times:   Fridays Feb 2 to Mar 1, from 1 pm - 2:15 pm. (No class on Feb 9).

    NOTE: On Mar 8 the class will be in Harbor Club.

    Instructors:  Beth Falk, Dan Herman, Bill Caspary

     Beth Falk and Dan Herman are longtime folk musicians, songwriters and leaders of the Shovel Ready String Band, which performs folk, old time, blues, bluegrass and country music in New York’s Hudson Valley. 

    Bill Caspary was swept up in the folk revival of the late 50’s and the 60’s.  He got to hear some of the great old timers at festivals and music camps and learned tunes from them.  He has played music in many front porches and living rooms and the occasional bar.


    • February 02, 2024
    • March 01, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Harbor

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:  This course will explore Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights and their works that reflect our world today. Participants can be readers (actors) and/or the audience and discussants. Students are encouraged to read the plays beforehand and be ready to join the discussion. We also will read two plays aloud with class members assuming the roles of the characters.  The plays will include the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Sweat. by Lynn Nottage, and Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. We will stay with each play for two weeks. If time permits, the class will look at other 21st century Pulitzer Prize winning plays, such as August: Osage County and Doubt.

    Location: Harbor

    Dates/Times:  Fridays Feb 2 to Mar 1, from 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm. 

    Instructor: Randy Frankel

    Randy Frankel won a scholarship at age 12 to study the Stanislavski Method of Acting at a well-known acting school in Greenwich Village. She won the Acting Award at the High School of Performing Arts, Manhattan NY, then majored in Speech Theater at CCNY, NYC. and was a member of the Gallery Players in Park Slope Brooklyn. Randy also has a degree in social work from Fordham University. She was able to use her acting experience in her work as Clinical Director at the Counseling Service, directing plays performed by recovering addicts and alcoholics. Randy was inspired by participating in Pelican Cove’s play reading group to reconnect with her passion for theater

    • February 06, 2024
    • March 05, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Pavilion

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:  Does the U.S. have an immigration policy? The course examines immigration policy in America with an emphasis on the period of 1965 to the present. Classes include lectures, discussions and some case analysis. The course will be divided into four 90-minute classes. Major topics include the types of immigration, governmental organizations dealing with immigration, family reunification, refugees and asylum-seekers, the undocumented (including DACA, TPS, and Humanitarian Parole) and “reform” and the future of immigration policy in the U.S.

    Location:  Pavilion

    Dates/Times:  Tuesdays Feb 6 to Mar 5, from 11 am - 12:15 pm. 

    Instructor:  Richard Vengroff

    Richard Vengroff is a political scientist specializing in comparative politics (North America and Africa) and immigration policy and practice. He completed his graduate work at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and is a recipient of Senegal's highest civilian honor, “Ordre National du Lion” for his contributions to higher education and development in that country. He has extensive field experience, having worked in 17 different countries. Mr. Vengroff also served in multiple administrative university positions and was tenured at four different universities. His recent work is on immigration and immigration policy. As a Fulbright Fellow in Ottawa he compared immigration at the state and provincial levels. He is certified by the Justice Department as an immigration counselor. In that capacity he has worked with multiple non-profit groups on immigration cases for refugees, asylees and other immigrants.

    • February 06, 2024
    • March 19, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Harbor Club

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:   The recorder is one of the most popular instruments in America among adult amateur musicians largely because of the relative ease in learning to play it and the enjoyment of playing in a group. No experience in playing a recorder is necessary, but some knowledge of reading music (treble clef) is strongly suggested.  

    The class will be divided into three half-hour sections: First section for beginners and those who took the class last season and progressed halfway through the book; Second session for those who finished most of book one but not started book two. Both groups will focus on learning the fingering for the notes and playing basic rhythms. The third group will work on playing consort music together with some fingering and rhythm instructions along the way.

    Students may bring any recorders (soprano, alto or tenor) to the first class. If you don’t have one, Brooke will have a few loaner instruments that can be used on a temporary basis and she can also recommend where to purchase one.  

    Location: Harbor Club

    Dates/Times:  Tuesdays Feb 6 to Mar 19, 11 AM - 12:15 PM

    Instructor:  Brooke Jaron

     Brooke Jaron was Music Director of the   Philadelphia Recorder Society for 11 years and   performed with Philomel, Orfeo Ensemble and The   Folger Consort. She was a student of Marian   Verbruggen, the Dutch recorder virtuoso, in   Amsterdam, Holland, and also studied with the   noted recorder player, Bernard Krainis, in Great   Barrington, MA. Jaron has been teaching and performing on the recorder for over 40 years, privately and in workshops. She was on the faculty of George Washington University, University of Rhode Island and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. 

    • February 15, 2024
    • March 07, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Harbor Club
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    Course Description:  From the late 15th century onward, European imperialism left a legacy of racism and cultural antagonism as European powers sought to exploit the human, cultural and economic resources of societies across the globe. In recent years, the issue of reckoning with this legacy has provoked intense debate worldwide. Should governments apologize and pay reparations for their actions? Should looted artwork be returned to its country of origin? Should statues associated with racism and colonialism be torn down? Should reparations be paid to the descendants of the enslaved?

    Following the example of the Nuremberg trials after World War II, national governments and local communities have taken a range of actions to address this legacy. This class will explore these topics through lecture and discussion. 

    Class Schedule

    February 15: Five-Hundred Years of European Colonialism: A Very Short History

    February 22: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    February 29: Monuments and Artwork

    March 7: Reparations

    Location:  Harbor Club

    Dates/Times:  Thursdays Feb 15 to Mar 7, from 9:30 am -10:45 am 

    Instructor: Iris Berger

    Iris Berger is Professor Emerita of History at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she held joint appointments in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies. After receiving her B.A. in history at the University of Michigan, she taught in a girls’ high school in Kenya for two years and then received her Ph.D. in African history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has written extensively on African history with a special focus on women’s history and the history of South Africa. 

    • February 16, 2024
    • March 22, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Harbor
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    Course Description:   Find out how fun and easy it is to be a scientist. Class participants will learn about opportunities for citizens to collect data for scientific research. Projects from the Mote Marine Labs and Sarasota Bay and Estuary Program will be used as examples of how data collected by citizens is used to assess wildlife and the environment to help make conservation decisions. The class will create and engage in several Pelican Cove specific science projects including an iNaturalist Bioblitz, a Marine Debris Survey, a survey of Noise Levels and a Water Quality Study of the Harbor. Individuals will also learn how they can participate in research in medical diagnostics, music and transcription of historical documents. No previous science experience is necessary. 

    Location:  Harbor Club

    Dates/Times:  Fridays Feb 16 to Mar 22, from 9:30 am - 10:45 am.  

    Instructor:  Dr. Ingrid Deckman

    Dr. Ingrid Deckman is a lifelong scientist, who found her niche in Pelican Cove by joining the Bay, Water and Environment Committee. She earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and had a long career in the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist and patent agent. Ingrid is currently participating in the Florida Master Naturalist Program developed by the University of Florida and is excited to share her love of science and teach others how to be an active participant in local conservation and environmental programs.


    • February 20, 2024
    • March 12, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Harbor Club
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    Course Description:   Why is American healthcare so expensive, while we lag behind the average healthcare of citizens in 10 comparable countries? Why do doctors tolerate this extreme dysfunction? Most importantly, what can be done to restore our healthcare to the level of other wealthy countries at a fair price? This course will provide an unflinching look behind American healthcare’s façade of singular excellence by a family physician and expert in national pharmaceutical litigation. We will discuss specific examples of what we know and don’t know about the benefits of cholesterol-lowering medications for people at different levels of cardiovascular risk, the known benefits and harmful effects of new drugs to treat early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, and other controversies. We will also discuss some concrete reforms that could achieve a more effective and efficient healthcare system. 

    Location:  Harbor Club

    Dates/Times:  Tuesdays Feb 20 to Mar 12, from 9:30 am - 10:45 am.  

    Instructor:  Dr. John Abramson

    After his residency in Family Medicine, Dr. John Abramson completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship, studying epidemiology, statistics, and research design. He served in the National Health Service Corps as a primary care physician in rural West Virginia (1977-1979) and worked as a family physician in a small town about an hour north of Boston (1982-2002). Dr. Abramson was Chairman of Family Medicine at Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA, from 1994-2002, and Lecturer in Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School for more than 15 years. He also served as an expert in pharmaceutical litigation from 2004 to 2023. He is the author of Sickening:  How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It (2022, Mariner Books) and Overdosed America:  The Broken Promise of American Medicine (2004, HarperCollins).



    • February 23, 2024
    • March 15, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Wilbanks Front Lawn

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:  The hands-on class will teach bicycle riders the basics of how bikes and their components work, and how to perform basic, as well as advanced, bike maintenance tasks. 

    Location: Wilbanks Front Lawn

    Dates/Times:  Fridays Feb 23 to Mar 15, from 9:30 am - 10:45 am. 

    Instructor: Bob Goodman

    Retired from his career as a nuclear engineer, Bob Goodman is now a bike mechanic for a 70-person bike club. He has a fully-equipped bike maintenance shop and long experience in building bikes and wheels from scratch. 

    • February 29, 2024
    • March 21, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Harbor Club

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:   How do we use the power of the heart (it’s a real thing which we will learn about through scientific research) to rest, restore, renew and replenish ourselves. In this 4 week class we will learn tools to balance our nervous system so we can become more resilient, think more clearly and learn how to reset ourselves in times of stress. We will look at how our emotions affect our heart rhythms. You will go home with many new tools and we will practice each week.

    Location: Harbor Club

    Dates/Times:  Thursdays Feb 29 to Mar 21, from 2 pm to 3:15 pm. 

    Instructor: Shayndel Kahn

    Shayndel Kahn served as an interfaith chaplain for many years.  She currently works as community rabbinic chaplain at JFCS.  She also works  as a spiritual director, helping  people develop resiliency through exploring the connection between mind, body and spirit. As a rabbinic pastor she has taught classes on interpreting Hebrew texts and is excited to bring new understandings of how the lunar cycle can inform and enliven our daily lives. She and her husband Cliff are new full time residents of Pelican Cove.

    • March 06, 2024
    • March 27, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Pavilion
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    Course Description:  The sessions explore the making of dance on film, featuring films Laurence Siegel has produced with various dancers and choreographers. The classes will focus on the process of making a dance film; working with choreographers and dancers; editing film, from taking motion on motion to telling the stories of the dance and the choreographer’s process. Mr. Siegel will also discuss the life of a dance film once it’s shot and how to get it viewed by the public. Each film will present a specific choreographer in the process of creating a dance with dancers to give an inside view of what the choreographer, dancers, and filmmaker go through to make a dance film. Choreographers include Susie Burpee, Allen Kaeja, Carol Anderson, Phyllis Whyte, William Yong, Belind McGuire, and Hanna Keil.

    Location: Pavilion

    Dates/Times: Wednesdays Mar 6 to Mar 27, from11 am - 12:15 pm.

    Instructor:  Laurence Siegel

    Laurence Siegel’s four-decade career in the arts included radio, film and television production, artist management and education. He has been producing screendance for the past dozen years. His practice includes process and documentary work that features the work of contemporary choreographers and dancers setting original work with The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and School of Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as work with independent dancers. He has produced films in Canada and Europe. His work has been exhibited at festivals, education and community settings, institutions and museums.


    • March 07, 2024
    • March 21, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Wilbanks Blue Wave

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:   Language can be a vehicle for reimagining oneself and for discovering something previously unnoticed. The three-session workshop aims at inspiring participants to experiment with the rich and revelatory world of writing their own poetry. We will begin with stories from our lives, unearth their essential meaning and power, and craft them into poems. Each session will involve fresh writing, dialoguing and sharing in small groups, and, when ready, reading to the larger group. The group is open to those who have never written poetry, as well as those who want to enrich their poetry skills. 

    Location: Wilbanks Blue Wave

    Dates/Times:  Thursdays Mar 7 to Mar 21, 11 am - 12:15 pm. 

    Instructor:  Julian Miller

    Julian Miller is a writer, poet, artist, passionate swimmer, aficionado of ballroom dancing and devoté of dark chocolate. He has been a teacher of Tai Chi and other movement arts for 30 years. For many years he has taught classes abroad and at home on writing stories from your life, where participants use prompts to share important moments from their lives. He is the author of three books:  Breaking Through, Freeing Yourself from Fear, Helplessness and Depression, Lifespan Plus; The Definitive Guide to Health and Wellbeing, and I Should Praise, a book of poetry.

    • March 09, 2024
    • March 16, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Wilbanks

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

    Course Description:  Students will learn what causes muscle knots and various ways to release them and ease their referral pain. The second class will involve a two-hour, hands-on demonstration. Students are required to purchase "The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, Third Edition," which is available, used, for about $12 from several sellers on Amazon. The reference book is written in layman's terms with "how-to" sketches. 

    Location: Wilbanks

    Dates/Times:  Saturdays Mar 9 to 16, from 2 pm - 3:15 pm. 

    Instructor: Cherie Kiesler

    Cherie Kiesler has been a nationally-certified Advanced Therapeutic Massage Therapist since 2006. She no longer has a massage practice but wants to share her knowledge of self-care via Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Lymph Drainage.

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