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While the Senior Recreation Center is closed due to the COVID-10 pandemic, all our programs will be presented through online webinars.  To participate, you can log in on your Internet-connected computer, tablet, or phone as the program gets underway.  Advance registration is required.  Please send an email request to with your name and email address.  You will receive a confirmation message and a link to click on so you can join in at the appropriate time.  No camera or microphone is needed to see and hear the presentation.

We appreciate the speakers who provide free programs for our seniors; however, please understand that PTI does not endorse any company, product, or service.

If you have questions, you may either email or call Jean Outler at (248) 480-5672.

DAY and TIME:   Unless otherwise noted, programs will be Thursday afternoons from 2:30 PM to 4 PM.

February 25th, Updates on Senior Recreation Center Programs and Northside Park Upgrades:  Nick Hauzer, Manager, Senior Recreation Center & Volunteer Services at UF Health/Shands with ElderCare of Alachua County, will bring us up to date on services and programs that ElderCare offers.  They include Meals on Wheels, Al'z Place, Independence with Low Vision, and The Senior Recreation Center/Northside Park.  Nick will also share how the organization plans to celebrate their 28 Years of Service in the Gainesville area -- and how you can get involved!

REMEMBER that you must register for the webinars you want to participate in.  Send your name, email address, and the date or title for each to

March 4th, Caring for Aging Eyes:  Our speaker, Diana J. Shamis, M.S., is a certified Orthoptist and certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist.  Shamis has worked at UF Health for over thirty years, including as a visiting lecturer for ophthalmology residents since 2011.  She is also a part-time research technologist at Vitreo-Retinal Associates. Shamis will talk about aging eye problems and keeping eyes healthy.

March 11th, Promises and Pitfalls in Tunisia's Emerging Democracy:  After the fall of Dictator Zinedene Ben Ali, Tunisians had the chance to create a stable and progressive democracy.  This presentation by Dr. Ed Kellerman covers the writing of a new secular, inclusive constitution that won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize and Dr. Kellerman's 2017 faculty study abroad to meet the authors, prize winners, and President of the Republic and report on how effective and sustainable this new government can be.

Ed Kellerman, EdD, is a retired Master Lecturer at UF's Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, specializing in Intercultural Communication and Organizational Leadership.  He has lived and worked all over the world, including as a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia in 2015, and has authored several publications on the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.

March 18th, It Takes a Village - A Team Approach for Cancer Care:  Jade Lemmon,RN, a dedicated nurse navigator and patient advocate from the UF Health Cancer Center, will discuss what patients and caregivers need to know about multi-disciplinary cancer care: How does the doctor know I have cancer? - How serious is my cancer? What kind of treatment will I need? - What will happen after treatment?

March 25th, Lower Your Energy Bills while Helping the Planet:  The Community Weatherization Coalition (CWC) is a local non-profit working to help our neighbors save energy and water and reduce their utility bills, by engaging volunteers, building community, and learning together.  Free home energy tune-up are performed by volunteer Energy Coaches for local community members, saving residents $200-$300/annually on utility expenses.  During this talk by Alane Humrich, CWC Program Director, you will learn how about CWC's new DIY program launched due to COVID-19, and how you can conserve resources while keeping more money in your pocket!

Recent Events

Strolling to the River Sink

Outing to O'Leno State Park
Located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River, the park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, and sandhills.  As the river courses through the park, it disappears underground and reemerges over three miles away in the River Rise State Preserve.  One of Florida's first state parks, O'Leno was first developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.  The suspension bridge built by the CCC still spans the river.  During our visit, park staff gave a fascinating presentation on the exploration of the underground portion of the Santa Fe.
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