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  Upcoming and Recent Events

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.

September 13, Thursday, Ruth Gruber: Legendary Photojournalist and Human Rights Activist:  Barbara Oberlander, who has shared several presentations on First Ladies with PTI, will introduce us to Ruth Gruber, a pioneer photojournalist and humanitarian whose life is an amazing chronicle of professional success.  The daughter of Russian immigrants, Gruber spent seven decades chronicling many of the major events of the 20th century in Europe and the Middle East, including the famous tragedy of the ship Exodus.  In the process, she became a compassionate, tireless advocate for refugees and human rights.

September 20, Thursday, Our Amazing Ears: Understanding How We Hear and Exploring Disorders of the Ear:  Dr. Ryan Baker, an Audiologist with Accent Physician Specialists, will explain the anatomy and physiology of how the human ear processes sound and describe different disorders of the ear, including presbycusis, noise induced hearing loss, and tinnitus.  His clinical expertise includes diagnostics and amplification, serving musicians' hearing needs, and promoting the installation of hearing loop systems.  (He donated the hearing loop in the Senior Center room that PrimeTime uses.)  Dr. Baker is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.

September Sept. 27, Thursday, Evidence of Massive Prehistoric Floods:  In the Northwest US Fifteen thousand years ago, as the glaciers were melting, a large lake formed in the Pacific Northwest.  It eventually flooded over 3,000 square miles. This summer, Jean Outler traveled to eastern Washington State with the Road Scholar program.  She will share information about this massive flood, including dry waterfalls much larger than Niagara Falls today.

October 4, Thursday, Be a Locavore: Eat Seasonally, Buy Locally:  Stefanie Samara Hamblen publishes the Hogtown Homegrown, a free monthly newsletter which has her recipes using area produce.  She also writes a food column for Gainesville Magazine, gives private cooking lessons, does public cooking demos, and runs a cottage food business, The Illegal Jam Company.  Hamblen will fix a dish using local produce and talk about the benefits of shopping at Alachua County farmers markets.

October 11, Thursday, Elder Law Update:  Shannon Miller and Scott Anderson, attorneys with The Miller Elder Law Firm, will present: Legislative Update: Federal and State Law changes affecting seniors and their families, AND What's best for me and my family - a Will or a Trust or neither of these at all?  Shannon Miller is board certified in Elder Law.  Scott Anderson works extensively in the community to stop exploitation of vulnerable adults.

October 18, Thursday, Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery: A Rehab Therapist's Perspective:  Meghan Hollen is a speech-language pathologist at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital and clinical guest lecturer for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She will describe her services for patients that have suffered strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, and spinal cord injuries, including evaluation and management of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and aphasia (loss of ability to understand or express speech).

October 25, Thursday, Field Trip to the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo:  The Santa Fe College Zoo is one of only two teaching zoos in the U.S. Our tour guide will be a student in the college's Zoo Animal Technology Program.  Tour of the shaded 10-acre property begins at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately one-hour.  This student-maintained zoo is home to over 75 different species and includes a new walk-through aviary.  Arrive by 10:15 a.m., cost $5 cash. Sign-up required at a PTI program by October 18 where more details are provided.  You may bring a bag lunch and join us at the picnic tables after the tour.

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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