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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.

May 2, Thursday, Strangers in a Strange Land: Picturing Florida's History Through Art:  Our speaker will be Mallory O'Connor, a member of the Writers' Alliance of Gainesville, an art historian, musician, and non-fiction author.  Ms. O'Connor taught art history at UF 1969-78 and at SFC 1995-2005.  She was director of the City of Gainesville Thomas Center Gallery from 1984-94. Since retiring from SFC, Ms. O'Connor has written several award-winning novels.

May 9, Thursday, Dinner OutAT 5:00 PM.  In past years, we've had a potluck cookout at San Felasco Park to wrap up our program season.  This year, to avoid the heat and chance of rain, we will be meeting at BJs Brewhouse - 6611 W Newberry Rd. in front of Oaks Mall - for an evening of food and visiting.  No bugs, no need to bring food well each select from BJs menu with its wide variety of choices and prices.  Make a reservation no later than Tues., May 7th, by 8 PM.   You can sign up at the May 2nd PTI program or by letting Prue Tucker know at or 352-373-8552.

May 16, Thursday, How to Avoid Becoming an Elder Orphan: Building Inter-Generational Support Teams and Friendships:  The world of senior living can be confusing and overwhelming. Nearly 8.6 million Seniors are 'elder orphans,' coping with aging without a spouse, family support, or a network of younger friendships which would help them live well and age more successfully.  We want to make informed decisions for ourselves or our loved ones, but don't know where to turn to get the needed answers.  As a Senior Community Strategist and Aging-in-Place specialist, Star Bradbury helps guide seniors and their families as they develop a plan that is right for a particular situation.  By consciously building a support team, including professionals and caregivers younger than yourself, you can actively put in place plans that will help you live well and independently into your 80s and 90s.

May 23, Thursday, America's Grand Social Experiment: The Orphan Trains:  It all began in the mid 19th century -- the idea of "rescuing" orphaned, homeless, and abandoned children from the streets of New York and sending them west to live with families.  Over the next 75 years, approximately 250,000 children would be part of this influential social experiment.  This presentation by Barbara Oberlander (who previously provided several programs on First Ladies) will look at the origin, philosophy, success, failure, and controversy associated with America's orphan trains.

This wraps up PrimeTime Institute's 2018-19 Program Year.  Have a great summer and look for information in August about future programming.

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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