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Dr. Kenneth Simons leads a discussion in his 2007 Freud and Literature class.
Longboat Key Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 7 years ago

LBK Education Center combines old and new

by: Maria Amodio Editor

The Longboat Key Education’s Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but with new classes such as “Facing Facebook” and “Dance Fiesta!” its course offering for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Oct. 18, is anything but old.

“Every year I try to freshen things up,” says Education Center Executive Director Susan Goldfarb. “We have a lot of new things going on this year that I’m very excited about.”

One new addition is a social-networking class entitled, “Facing Facebook: The Basics,” which takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and teaches class members how to post on their friends’ walls and send Facebook messages.

Those looking for something a little more outdoorsy will enjoy “How to Fish in our Local Waters,” which takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Capt. Wayne Genther will discuss fishing techniques and where to find species such as snook, tarpon, grouper and snapper.

The Education Center is also re-incorporating museum daytrips into its course schedule for the first time in four years with the “Museum and Gallery Daytrip” class, which will take students Saturday, Dec. 11, to the Museum of Fine Arts, in St. Petersburg.

Another new addition to the Education Center is its own baby grand piano, which was donated. The piano will be used during music-related classes and as part of the center’s first “Baby Grand Series,” a series of intimate salon-style recitals featuring world-class pianists. The concerts will start in January.

The Education Center is also bringing back some old favorites, such as “You’ve Got to See This Movie,” which takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and “Easy Yoga,” which will be taught by Goldfarb from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

“There is so much to learn here,” says Goldfarb. “It’s important to stimulate the mind. That’s what keeps your spirit young.”

For more information and a full list of course offerings, call 383-8811 or visit The fall term runs from Oct. 18 through Dec. 17. Registration is ongoing.

Looking ahead

The Longboat Key Education Center’s winter term will take place from Jan. 3 through Feb. 28.
Participants are encouraged to sign-up early.

A few highlights include:

• “Hooked on Hitch — A Film Retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock”
— 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays.

• “Backyard Stargazing and Astronomy’s Big Ideas”
— 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays.

• “Obama Abroad and at Home”
— 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Call 383-8811 or visit for more information.

Contact Maria Amodio at [email protected].


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