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If you have questions, you may either email or call Jean Outler at (352) 367-8169.
LOCATION:   Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Blvd. (The closest major intersection is Highway 441 and NW 34th Blvd.)
TIME:   Unless otherwise noted, programs will be from 2:30 PM to 4 PM.

November 15, Thursday - DATE CORRECTED, Independent Travel 102:  Have you always wanted to travel independently but you're not sure how to get started?  Jean Zeeb (founder of the Senior Center travel group and presenter of the 101 session for PTI last spring) will share more of her tips for independent and semi-independent travel.  This time, she will include resources for pre-trip planning, useful apps to use while traveling, and tips for packing light and mobile.  Even if you are going on an organized tour, you can learn ways to maximize your free time according to your personal tastes.  Jean is about to embark on a three-month tour of Southeast Asia that she planned herself.  Share your own travel resources in the discussion that follows.

November 22, Thursday, Thanksgiving:  Enjoy your holiday!

November 29, Thursday, Less Stress During the Holidays:  The holidays should be a time of great joy, but sometimes it is hard to enjoy them when we are experiencing a lot of stress!  Dr. Heidi Radunovich, a licensed psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida, will provide information on stress and how to manage it, as well as several of the stress-related issues that come up during the holidays and strategies for managing and avoiding holiday stressors.

December 7, Friday - NOTE Friday, Holiday Luncheon at Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts:  Meal prepared and served by students in the program.  Cost: $17 (includes meal and gratuity)  Registration and pre-payment of $17 are required by the deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 27th.  When paying by check, please make check out to "ElderCare" with "PTI holiday meal" in the memo section of the check.  Sign up and pay by mail to Prue Tucker, 6111 NW 41st Dr., Gainesville, FL 32653.  You may request more information or register by phone by e-mailing to, but your payment must be received by Nov. 27th to hold your registration.

December 13, Thursday, Iceland - Land of Fire, Some Ice, and Lots of Geology:  Prue Tucker, PTI member, will share photos and tales of a visit to an island nation that Europeans really did "discover" - no indigenous peoples were there when the 5th century Vikings arrived.  Geologic forces actively continuing to shape the land are readily visible.  Volcanoes and their lava fields, geyers, glaciers, and waterfalls abound.  The capital Reykjavik offers museums, restaurants (from Burger King to traditional Icelandic), and shopping.

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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