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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.

March 21, Thursday, Learning about Seniors' Cognitive Functioning:  Catherine Price, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Clinical and Health Psychology in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions.  As part of her NIH-funded research, she assesses individuals who are concerned about memory, problem solving, thinking changes, cognitive decline, dementia, and cognitive complications following various medical procedures.  Her work explores relationships between cognitive ability and neuroanatomical integrity, as well as how both predict outcome after interventions, such as surgery or anesthesia.

March 28, Thursday, Tour of Wilmot Gardens and Greenhouse (Note change in time and location.):  After a presentation last spring on Therapeutic Horticulture by program director Leah Diehl, there was interest in visiting the Gardens and Greenhouse on the UF Campus.  Ms. Diehl will show us the program they offer in the Greenhouse and Dr. C. Craig Tisher, director of the Gardens, will lead us along the paved paths to appreciate the camellias in bloom and other plantings. We will meet from 9:30 to 11 AM at Wilmot.  Tour details, directions, and parking information will be available at PTI meetings or at THIS LINK.  Sign up at meetings or by email ( or phone (352-373-8552) by Mar. 21st.

April 4, Thursday, Presidential Humor:  Retired UF Professor Lee McDowell shared his interest in the humor of early U.S. presidents with PTI in a well-received previous program.  He now returns with tales from President Benjamin Harrison up to and including President Trump.

April 11, Thursday, What was it like to live in Florida 50+ years ago?:  Two PTI members who are native Floridians will describe what it was like to grow up in Florida 50+ years ago before air conditioning and the interstate highway system - and before millions of people relocated here.  Stan Blomeley grew up in the Miami area and Jean Outler in North Florida.  Audience participation is encouraged for other natives to share their memories and experiences of life here more than 50 years ago.

April 18, Thursday, TBD

April 25, Thursday, Alachua County's Friends of the Library:  Have you ever wondered what you can donate to the Friends of the Library?  You may be surprised at the variety of items.  Have you ever been to a sale and wondered how it all developed?  Come hear about this large all-volunteer organization and the commitment of its volunteers.  Do you know that FOL does more than just support the Alachua County Library?  Doris Harvey, Volunteer Coordinator for Friends of the Library, will be speaking about Friends of the Library and the various benefits it offers to our community.

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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