Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Offers July Classes on History and Astronomy

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 11, 2015) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community will offer two classes in July that delve into history and astronomy.

The country of Turkey has played a pivotal role throughout the history of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and Professor Adrian Kerr will investigate the most prominent milestones on its long and illustrious journey. Southwest Florida residents are invited to this two-part series, called the Rise and Fall of the Ottomans, held at Shell Point on Tuesday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 14, at 10 a.m.

Session One will examine the spread of Christianity, the birth of Islam, the Christian Crusades, and more. Session Two will cover the growth of the Ottoman Empire, Russia and the Crimean War, and the founding of the Turkish Republic. Tickets for the series cost $20. Or, attend just one session for $10 each. Seats are limited, so reservations and advance payment are required by calling 239-489-8472.

Since 1990, nearly 2,000 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Search for extrasolar planets with Shell Point resident astronomer Doug Heatherly at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 16. “This class is designed for the non-scientist to better understand how astronomers discover planets. We will look at atmosphere, size, and distance from each host star,” said Heatherly.

Weather permitting, guests will enjoy viewing one well-known star, earth’s sun, through special filters. This course is free, but registration is required by calling 239-489-8472.

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 instructive opportunities for senior adults. The Academy 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 and 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 in an active, resort-style environment for its 2,400 residents. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free boat dockage, and other recreational facilities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.orgor call 1-800-780-1131.

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