The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Launches Summer Semester with Classes on Art and History

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( April 23, 2015) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community announced the start of its summer semester with two classes in May that focus on art and history. Reservations and advance payment are required by calling 239-489-8472.

Discover the unusual artistic style of batik with presenter Pat Smelkoff during “The Batik Project: Water Lilies,” which will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Sabal Room at The Woodlands. Smelkoff will instruct participants in the batik method, which is a wax-resist process that uses hot wax and watercolor on Ginwashi rice paper to create unique works of art. Each guest will leave with a beautiful batik of Water Lilies in Bloom to frame. The cost to participate is $55, and includes all supplies.

Professor Adrian Kerr will present “Iran: Its History and Today” in two Tuesday sessions on May 12 and May 19, at 10 a.m. in The Grand Cypress Room in The Woodlands. Kerr will trace how the leadership of Iran has become radical in recent times and has been at odds with the West. Session One will explore the history of Iran, examining its first inhabitants, the Fertile Crescent, and other highlights of the country’s development. Session Two will delve into modern times, examining conflicts with rival civilizations, the 1979 Revolution, Islamic Conquest, and many more milestones that affect current affairs. Tickets for each session cost $10.

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 or call 1-800-780-1131.

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