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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host June classes on history, successful writing practices

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its June Academy classes, which will feature informative discussions on Vietnamese history and successful writing practices. Classes will take place on June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 23 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

“Vietnam: Its History and Culture” will trace the origins of the Vietnamese people and their heritage during a series of lectures, presented by Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr. The first session, “Prehistory & Early Northern Kingdoms,” will delve into the foundation of the early northern kingdoms, colonization and the rise of communism. The second session, “The French War, American War, and Present-day Vietnam,” will utilize a sequence of photographs to depict how the Viet heritage has produced a vibrant, colorful and unique religion. The series will conclude with “Da Nang and the Ancient Capital Hue,” illustrating the still-evident divide between the North and South.

The series includes:

  • “Prehistory & Early Northern Kingdoms” – Monday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m.
  • “The French War, American War, and Present-day Vietnam” – Monday, June 11 at 4:15 p.m.
  • “Da Nang and the Ancient Capital Hue” – Monday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m.

Shell Point will also present “Writers’ Workshop: Successful Writing Projects” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, led by award-winning author and historian Robert Macomber. During the three-hour workshop, Macomber will share tips on how to organize, start and complete a successful writing project. The course will teach guests how to keep a project on schedule, offer ways to edit without angst and provide ideas to inspire memorable writing. Attendees are encouraged to bring a large notepad and a pen or pencil with which to write.

Ticket to attend the classes with Kerr are $10 each, and the writing course with Macomber is $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling 239-489-8472. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative that provides approximately 80 classes each semester, and encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults, from computer technology to financial, travel, artistic, entertainment, historical, and more. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

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