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Master the Possibilities Education Center strives to be on the cutting edge of life-long learning and as such is a focal point of our active community. Located in the new Circle Square Commons Town Center, our exciting educational programs provide hundreds of opportunities throughout the year to learn and grow. Our outstanding faculty is involved in designing classes that build on our active adults' knowledge and experiences and stimulate and challenge them to become more engaged in education.

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VISITING ARTISTS

Visiting Wildlife Scholars and Photographers: This winter’s schedule includes four outstanding programs featuring nature and wildlife. Guest speakers represent an international view from former president of the World Conservation Society, two award-winning nature photographers/speakers highlighting America’s Everglades and the Galapagos Islands, and a scientist duo sharing the tremendous impact that citizen scientists are making in the conservation of birds and habitat. Click on the Science section of the course schedule for details.

 

 

NEW CLASSES

The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan: Topsy-Turvy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1-3:30 p.m.

To wrap up our “Best of Gilbert and Sullivan” series, we will show this recent movie that will cover Gilbert & Sullivan. Topsy-Turvy will introduce who they were, what they did, and how they did it. It will also focus on the creation of The Mikado.


Silver Springs International Film Festival - History and Celebration

Friday, April 3, 2015

1-2 p.m.

Learn about Marion County’s film legacy and the festival that was created to celebrate that history. The Silver Springs International Film Festival was initiated last year to promote creative and cultural discovery through the medium of motion pictures. The event features four full days of screenings and events. Get more details about the event and pick up the festival schedule for April.


Haiku: Simple and Beautiful Japanese Poetry

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

What better way to celebrate Bonsai week than a workshop about Haiku – one of the simplest and most important from of traditional Japanese poetry. Come learn and practice creating or just sharing a favorite Haiku poem. Paper and pens will be provided or bring your tablet or pc. No experience needed.


Origami Demonstration

Thursday, April 9, 2015

2:30-3 p.m.

Join Christine Randle as she provides an origami demonstration using handmade paper from Nepal. Come view the art of Japanese paper folding and get more information on the origami course that will be offered in the summer semester.


The Thoroughbreds of Marion County: An Overview

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 AND Tuesday, April 21, 2015

9:30-11:30 a.m.

A short drive from home in any direction will take you past lush horse farms. No wonder that Ocala is called "The Horse Capital of the World." In this introductory class you'll learn the basics from breeding to the starting gate. This two-meeting course will be divided into classroom time and a field trip. Each class has a related field trip the same month to the Ocala Breeder's Sale. (Many of these equine athletes will fetch upwards of $100,000!) You are living in horse country, and this is a great primer on the Sport of Kings .... and Queens!


Financing for Home Improvements through Property Assessed Clean Energy

Thursday, April 16, 2015

10-11 a.m.

Learn about a new program that provides financing that may help you make your home more energy efficient, safe and beautiful. This new financing program allows approved participants to make certain energy efficient and storm safety improvements to their homes and finance the purchase through their property taxes. The financing is available for 100% of the improvement cost with no credit score requirements. The assessment is collected with your annual property taxes and is available to all property owners, even those with multiple houses, rental properties, and even commercial property.


What You Don't Know About Religion (But Should)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2-4 p.m.

This presentation by Dr. Cragun’s is based on his book of the same name. It is an introduction to the social scientific and sociological study of religion for non-experts. Using clear and simple statistical analyses with US and international data Dr. Cragun provides the answers to many important questions.


Sheriff's Citizens Academy

Begins Thursday, May 7, 2015

9-11:30 a.m.

Master the Possibilities is proud to host the Sheriff's Citizens Academy. The Sheriff's office is sponsoring a 12 weeks course to teach about the Marion County Sheriff's operations starting May 7 through July 30, including graduation.


Compassion & Choices - End of Life Discussions

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1-2:30 p.m.

Terminally ill, mentally competent adults have choices about end of life care, such as voluntary stopping of eating and drinking, refusing unwanted medical treatment, or discontinuing life-sustaining treatment. End of Life counselors can help people to understand the choices available and what is needed to make their choices a reality.



Business & Industry Tour: Southern Marble Tour

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Since 1987,Southern Marble Manufacturing, Inc has supplied contractors and homeowners with Cultured Marble products for showers, tubs, and countertops. Join us on May 19 to experience up close how these products are made. Meet the owners of the company Gary and Connie Palpant and gain insight into how they built a successful family run manufacturing business right here in Ocala.


Business & Industry Tour: R & L Carriers

Thursday, May 28, 2015

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

R&L Carriers is one of the largest most respected freight shipping companies in the United States and is a major player in cargo delivery. The office is located at the previous home of Taylor Bean and Whitaker. This ornate building still holds the artwork and flashy decorations that defined the now failed mortgage lending building. In many ways, this education session will be juxtaposition between the failed economics of the mortgage industry in 2008 and the renewal of the great American success story in R&L Carriers.

NEWS & UPDATES

The Master the Possibilities Winter Catalog is now available online, at the Education Center and at various libraries. There are 530 classes and 150 brand new offerings to help you learn, grow and have fun. Register early to insure you get your top choices. Some classes fill up fast.

Master the Possibilities Receives National Recognition
Master the Possibilities Center for Lifelong Learning has been identified as a national model for adult education. The Center was recognized by Retire Magazine (2012) and Where to Retire (2014) Magazines as a “stunning success” with “cutting edge programming.”


Read the recent Ocala Star Banner article on Master the Possibilities: Lifelong learning through Master the Possibilities at On Top of the World


Click here to read "College For Seniors" an article about Master the Possibilities that was published in Ocala's Good Life magazine.


Online Classes
Virtual classes are available 24/7 which means you can take the class when it is most convenient for you. The process of taking online classes is very simple, please watch this short video. http://www.dataimageme.com/online_classes.html

After you register successfully and pay for the class you will receive the credentials to allow you to start the class. For most classes when you finish viewing the class videos and Power Point presentations, you contact the instructor. He forwards you an exercise that you complete at your own pace at home. Then the finished material is posted back to the instructor via email. He will make suggestions and provide notes in regard to your finished work. All your questions will be answered at any time during the two or six month subscription to the class material. For more information on how the class works, please use this link http://www.dataimageme.com/Online_MTP.html