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FESTIVAL LEARNING

Fall 2019
CLASS SCHEDULE

Photo Credit - Carol Komassa


Photography “12 Tips For Capturing
Sunrises & Sunsets” - Thursday, Nov. 14
POLY SCI
I Ching Drumming
Op-Ed Wednesdays Instructor: Phyllis Muniz
Instructors: Doug Chatem and Gail Reese 1 Session: Monday, Dec. 2
4 Sessions: Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 20, Dec 4, 18 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10 a.m. - Noon Cost: $10
Cost: $40
The Tao Te Ching, a Chinese book of divination,
Op-Ed Wednesdays is a discussion forum for po- was written probably about 2,500 years ago and
litical, social and economic issues. For each class has since undergone numerous translations. The
session, class members are asked to select a topic I Ching is based on binary mathematics and it
suited for discussion based on a published article was not until the 2nd half of the 20th century
or short video, such as a TED talk or a public that binary mathematics found wide application
speech. Videos will be shown just prior to discus- in the western world with the advent of the com-
sion, although links and articles will be distributed puter. “Tao” translates roughly into the Ultimate
in advance to allow participants to prepare for Unknowable. The use of rhythm and music/sound
each meeting. Each reporter is asked to explain allows us to access the mid‐brain limbic system,
why he/she chose his/her topic and provide reac- which is the gatekeeper between consciousness
tion to the group’s discussion. The instructors will and unconsciousness, where we can communicate
facilitate all discussions. with our basic natural rhythms and where we find
the seat of our emotions. Combining drumming
with sound, color, symbol engages the Neocortex
or intellectual/logical part of the brain. We per-
haps begin to find that intellect and creativity/
intuition are not exclusive of one another. Bring a
MUSIC
small hand‐held drum as we learn about this and
experience drumming the I Ching. We will focus
Introduction to the Harmonica on the 8 trigrams used to comprise the 64 hexa-
Instructor: Eric Brown grams of the I Ching. You can purchase or make
1 Session: Friday, Nov. 15 your own drum easily, there are many websites
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. available for this from complex to very simple.
Cost: $10 Amazon has them from $10 and up. Remo is one
reputable brand.
Thinking about learning to play the harmonica?
Do you enjoy listening to music, be it blues, rock
or folk and would you really like to play the har-
monica along with some of your favorite tunes?
Come join Eric Brown’s interactive introduction
to the 10 hole diatonic harmonica. This one hour
introduction will focus on why you want to play,
your favorite bands and musicians, and the play-
ing by ear technique Eric uses to help you learn, as
he does not use sheet music. This class will not be
providing harmonicas, nor do you need to bring
one. This is an introduction to see if you would
like to take his class in the Spring.

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SCIENCE
Astronomy I – Basics of Astronomy and the
Birth of the Universe
Instructor: Joseph Aibinder LAW
4 Sessions: Tuesdays, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Asset Ownership, Disability and Health
Cost: $40 Management, Passing Assets at Death,
and Estate Planning in Arizona
The course begins with the basic science of astronomy Instructor: Robert F. Jeckel
and evolution of telescopes to the discovery of the big 4 Sessions: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13
bang creation of the universe, the development and life 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
cycle of the stars and sun, to their death in supernovas Cost: $40
and their remnants as white dwarfs and black holes.
The course is highly visual with the use of images from The instructor will present Arizona law on asset
the great ground-based and spaced-based telescopes ownership, powers of attorney, and medical deci-
and videos/simulations from NASA, ESA and leading sions. He also covers living wills, “do not resus-
universities. citate” orders, and methods of passing assets at
death and beneficiary options. Class materials will
Astronomy 2 be provided to students.
Instructor: Joseph Aibinder
4 Sessions: Tuesdays, Nov 19, 26, Dec 3, 10 Constitution / the “Living Document”
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Instructor: Linda Wangner
Cost: $40 2 Sessions: Oct. 22 and 23
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Using ground based and space based telescopes and Cost: $20
interplanetary space probes, the solar system’s forma-
tion, evolution, its major and minor planets, moons, This phrase has been used to describe the roots of our
asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud will be government, the Constitution allows for change.
explored. Going beyond our immediate solar system, This class is focusing on reviewing the distribution
distant galaxies, galaxy clusters, theories of dark mat- of power in the government; amendments; electoral
ter and dark energy and the evolution of the universe college. Promise of no homework. and an original ap-
and possible multiverse will be examined. Finally the proach to understand and remember how the Federal
search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence will be Government works. Review of the enumerated pow-
explored. ers, elastic clause as well as the way our Democratic
Republic works. Resulting two party system
Review of the personalities, leaders who orchestrated
many of the changes that has created the elements of
the government as we know it today.

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GARDENING

Fall Container Gardening


Instructor: Carol Komassa
1 Session: Thursday, Nov. 7 HOBBIES
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $10 Photography “12 Tips For Capturing
Sunrises & Sunsets”
Get color and variety into your yard with Fall Instructor: Carol Komassa
container gardening to brighten your home and 1 Session: Thursday, Nov. 14
help pollinators (hummingbirds, butterflies and 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
bees) survive in the desert. How to select the right Cost: $10
plants, locations, potting soils, irrigation and
suggested fertilizer options for success. Specific – for beginners to advanced Camera users.
designs for pots, along with recipes and sizes to We have wonderful sunsets/sunrises here in Arizona,
select will be covered. Container gardening for our not so easy to capture correctly in your camera. Learn
other States will also be briefly covered. what’s really happening behind the scenes, plus some
easy Tips on how to capture the right colors/light to
accurately capture your photographs! Please bring
your camera/device (DSLR, Mirrorless or Point &
Carescape Southwest Winter Gardening
Shoot, Tablet) to class with you.
Instructor: Harry Graham
1 Session: Friday, December 6
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: $10

Learn about planting, care and techniques to help


your new plantings survive the winter freeze and
how to renew their growth in the spring. Proper
soil preparation, required watering and fertiliza-
tion requirements specific to Arizona winters will
be discussed, as well as how to prevent damage
and loss to plants due to freezing temperatures. We
will also share helpful tips and ideas specific to the
homeowner’s property.

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Montezuma Castle & Tuzigoot National
HISTORY Monuments
Instructor: Lou-ellen Finter
Captain James Cook the 250th Anniversary 1 Sessions: Tuesday, Oct 29
Instructor: Digby Cook 10:00 a.m. – Noon
4 Sessions: Tues and Thurs, Dec 10, 12, 17, 19 Cost: $10
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $40 Come learn the history of these amazing Monuments.
Montezuma Castle National Monument stands in a
Captain James Cook the 250th Anniversary sheer limestone cliff recess about 100 feet above the
Captain Cook was one of the most famous navigators Verde Valley in Camp Verde, Arizona. The dwellings
of the 18th Century and was responsible for a daz- were built and used by the Sinagua. Tuzigoot National
zling array of discoveries including continents, islands, Monument preserves a 2- to 3-story pueblo ruin on the
peoples, flora, and fauna plus an impressive array of summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge just east
nautical aides. of Clarkdale, Arizona, 120 feet above the Verde River
floodplain. The Tuzigoot Site is an elongated complex
This is a 4 session presentation; of stone masonry rooms that were built along the spine
Class 1: We will meet the man and learn about his of a natural outcrop in the Verde Valley.
early life which led to his career as an officer in the
British Navy.
Canyonlands National Park & the Fremont
Class 2: The 1st Voyage of Discovery, to observe the people
transit of Venus over Tahiti and then attempt to find Instructor: Lou-ellen Finter
the great southern land (Australia) that was believed to 2 Sessions: Tuesdays, Nov 5, 12
be in the South Pacific. 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $10
Class 3: The 2nd Voyage of Discovery, to find another
great landmass that many believe lay in the southern Carved by the Colorado River, Canyonlands National
oceans but further south than Australia. Park offers visitors hiking, stargazing, camping, and
technical rock climbing. Established in 1964, the park
Class 4. The 3rd Voyage of Discovery, to discover the preserves 527 square miles of colorful landscape that
northwest passage around the top of Canada. He dis- has eroded into countless canyons, mesas, arches and
covered many Pacific islands and the northwest Cana- buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The
dian and Alaskan coasts before being killed in Hawaii. Fremont people, whose origins are more obscure,
lived across the Colorado River to the northwest of the
ancestral Puebloans. Both groups left their mark on
Canyonlands. In all three areas of the park, there are
scenes of hunting and harvesting, stylized figures and
abstract designs left by ancient artists working in stone
for purposes that remain unclear

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TRAVEL
LITERATURE
European Travel Tips
Instructor: Judy Romano Book Discussion: Into the Beautiful North
1 Session: Thursday, October 17 by Luis Alberto Urrea
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Instructor: Nancy Middlemas
Cost: $10 1 Session: Thursday, Dec. 5
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Get the scoop on travel in Europe from someone with Cost: $10
nearly annual trips “across the pond” and ten years
of living in Germany and Italy on her travel resume! When drug lords threaten a tiny Mexican village, no
Learn what you need to know before you go and while one can stop them, for the town’s men have all left for
you’re there: how to deal with foreign money; how to Los Yuniates (the US) in search of work. But after
safeguard your belongings; how to get around once watching the Yul Brynner classic, The Magnificent
you’re overseas; and what’s the best way to stay in Seven, three girlfriends determine to travel north as
touch while you’re traveling and more. well – to cross the border and bring back their own
Siete Magnificos to restore their village to its former
Survival Spanish 2 peace and glory. We follow their amazing quest,
Instructor: Jeff Ekery brought to life with compassion and humor by author
4 Sessions: Mon/Wed Nov 11, 13,18, 20 Luis Alberta Urrea. Prepare to have your heart both
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. warmed and broken, like the shared history of both
Cost: $40 countries. (Class size is limited to 14. The instructor
will send enrollees a Reader’s Guide.)
This course will introduce students to the Spanish
language through listening and speaking. It will be an
expansion of Survival Spanish 1 (summer 2019). Note
that survival Spanish 1 is not required and we will re-
view much of that course on the first day. Included will
be basic pronunciation, grammar and syntax. We will
focus on situational conversations you may encounter
when traveling in Mexico or even in certain situations
here in Arizona. Time is also set aside during class to
explore Hispanic culture and customs. Our primary
goal will be to give each student enough knowledge
and confidence to begin speaking Spanish.

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Manet not Monet: His Art and Life
ART Instructor: Allen Reamer
1 Sessions: Monday, Nov 25
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Art and Life of Marc Chagall
Cost: $10
Instructor: Allen Reamer
1 Session: Monday, Nov. 18
Manet became a French Impressionist painter unlike
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
the Monet style of Impressionism. Before Manet be-
Cost: $10
came an Impressionist, he produced two large Realistic
paintings that shocked society. We will discuss these
Marc Chagall was a multi-dimensional artist who
paintings in detail. He also was the teacher of two out-
produced paintings, drawings, stained-glass windows,
standing Impressionists who happened to be women.
prints, ceramics, and tapestries. His images were
We will see a sampling of their work. We will discuss
dream-like, almost surrealistic, of his childhood village
his life, career and art in detail. We will see how the
in Belarus, religious figures, and life. We will discuss
Spanish Baroque style influenced his work and how he
his life and art in detail. We will begin with his birth
influenced the Impressionists and them him. We will
and continue until we run out of time.
begin with his birth and continue until we run out of
time.
Monet: His Life and His Art
Instructor: Allen Reamer
1 Session: Monday, Oct. 28 The Louvre Museum
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Instructor: Allen Reamer
Cost: $10 2 Sessions: Monday, Nov. 4, 11
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Monet was one of the greatest French Impressionist. Cost: $20
He developed a new style of expressing the beauty.
Monet was also the only French Impressionist what The Louvre is most visited museum in the world, with
continue producing paintings in this style all his life. about 10 million visitors a year. It is also one of the
We will look at the artistic background he lived in and world’s largest museums covering 2 1/3 square miles.
his life. In this talk we will cover his unconventional This talk will cover the history of Louvre, from fortress
life and paintings in detail. to museum. With about 35,000 objects, this course
will only be an overview of the collections with some
in depth talk of a few of the objects. We will continue
from collection to collection.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS
FUNdamentals of Essential Oils
Learn about Energy Healing Instructor: Linda Cinnamond
Instructor: Jean-Marie Givens-Myers 1 Session: Tuesday, Nov 12
1 Session: Wednesday, October 2nd 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost: $10
Cost: $10
Essential Oils and aromatherapy have been used suc-
Have you ever wondered if there was a way to com- cessfully for thousands of years to help heal the mind,
pliment traditional medicine creating more overall body and spirit. Recently there has been a resurgence
health? Come learn about energy-based healing. We of interest in the use of these all-natural plant com-
will discuss chakras, the aura, and other ways to bring pounds. You’ll learn why these amazing liquids are
you into balance to facilitate physical, emotional, and showing up in homes, hospitals and medical offices
mental well-being. around the country. In this interactive class, we will
discuss what they are, how they are used and why they
can help you reduce stress, sleep more soundly, achieve
Meditation better physical and emotional health, and save money!
Instructor: Jean-Marie Givens-Myers
3 Sessions: Tuesdays, Oct 29, Nov 5, 12 The Theory of Yoga
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Instructor: Alicia Weinkrantz
Cost: $30 1 Session: Monday, Dec 9
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
This course teaches students five basic steps of medita- Cost: $10
tion, the benefits of this meditation, and several differ-
ent ways to meditate. Each class will be part interactive What is yoga? Who can practice yoga? Do you need
lecture and part experiential. to be skinny, flexible, or strong to practice? What are
some types of yoga can you do? Are you intrigued?
Boost Your Brain You will get answers to these questions and more!
Instructor: Carol Komassa Learn some yoga background and the benefit of do-
1 Session: Wednesday, Oct 30 ing yoga. Join us in this interactive class as we practice
9:00 am - 11:00 am pranayama, a breathing technique. Some yoga props
Cost: $10 will be in this class for you to see, with demonstrations
on how they are used.
It’s never too early or too late to whip your brain into
shape and fight cognitive decline! The brain you have Learn about Energy Healing -December
is the brain you build. If you are interested in turning Instructor: Jean-Marie Givens-Myers
back the clock on cognitive aging this class is for you. 1 Session: Monday, December 9
Based on brain facts and proven research, things that Noon – 2:00 p.m.
work and can be measured, including “Brain Training”. Cost: $10

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to com-


pliment traditional medicine creating more overall
health? Come learn about energy-based healing. We
will discuss chakras, the aura, and other ways to bring
you into balance to facilitate physical, emotional, and
mental well-being.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Intro to Conscious Aging TECHNOLOGY


Instructor: Phyllis Muniz
1 Session: Friday, Oct 25
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Basic Understanding of your iPhones and
Cost: $10 iPads
Instructor: Barbara Waggoner, Del Webb Scholar
We all are aging with every breath we take. There 2 Sessions: Mon, Oct 21 and 28
is no magic pill to stop aging. What we do have 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
power over is how we deal with the process. Aging Cost: $20
is indeed challenging, another rite of passage one
might say. How we deal with it is a very individual Do you have an iPhone or iPad and want to learn
thing with no one‐size fits all formula. However, more about the icons, settings, pictures? What is the
it also can be a time of great opportunity for spiri- CLOUD that you hear so much about? Where is it?
tual, emotional and psychological growth. The This course will help you individualize your device to
purpose of this course is to encourage exploration your liking. Help you understand the iOS (operating
of the role that Consciousness plays – the unique system) and why you need to update your device. You
beliefs, emotions, and filters we use that make will learn all this and more.
our worldview and influence how we experience
the stages of life. The tools of the course include
tapping into our own inner guidance through free
writing, attuning to our own beliefs, and self‐re- Cutting the Cable/Satellite Cord
flection journaling; exploring visionary ideas from Instructor: Steve Miller
reading or listening to the ideas of others; sharing 1 Session: Friday, Nov. 8
with others in both small and large groups. So, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
what is aging for you? Come join fellow travelers Cost: $10
to discover where you are in this adventure. “It is
not on any map; true places never are.” ‐‐Herman Want to learn about streaming alternatives to watch
Melville local and cable networks? This class will review the
major companies that stream local stations and many
cable networks including major news, entertainment
Personal Safety and Awareness - WHAT IF? and sports channels. We will review a comparison
Instructor: Barbara Waggoner, Del Webb Scholar of the four major applications that will allow you to
1 Sessions: Monday, Dec 16 drop your cable and/or satellite services. It will also
10:00 a.m. - Noon include a list of stations provided by each company, the
Cost: $10 equipment needed to stream, menu differences, cloud
DVR capabilities and costs. Please note that Internet
Don’t become a prisoner in your own home. Your services provided by Cox or Zona are still required and
best defense is self -confidence and having a plan. you should be familiar with streaming Netflix, Hulu, or
This course you will learn how to think, react, and other online viewing applications.
deal with situations where you may otherwise feel
intimidated. Let’s have fun and play “The What If ”
game.

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MEET THE FACULTY
Joseph Aibinder, B.S., M.S. is a Sun City Festival resident
and Del Webb scholar who served as a Connecticut high Lou-ellen Finter, Ph.D., has been in the educational field
school science teacher, a college advanced placement in- for 50 years. She has taught musicology as well as been a
structor, an adjunct professor at the University of Connecti- guest lecturer across the valley. She shares her passion for
cut, and as a NASA Endeavor Teaching Fellow. Southwest Archeology and History in her classes.

Eric Brown is a Sun City Festival resident who has over 50 Jean-Marie Givens-Myers, B.A., is a Sun City Festival resi-
years of experience playing the 10 diatonic harmonica. Eric dent, a Del Webb Scholar, and a former adjunct instructor
was born and raised in New York City and was fortunate for the Institute of Health and Healing in Newport News,
enough to be surrounded by a great musical environment VA. She has taught classes incorporating energy healing and
growing up. He is the author of eight self published books meditation since 1995.
and also performs a bit of magic.
Robert F. Jeckel, J.D., has practiced law in Sun City for over
Doug Chatem, M.B.A., is a Sun City Festival resident and 40 years and taught courses on various aspects of Ari-
community scholar who has over 40 years of experience in zona and federal law for the ASU Osher Lifelong Learning
information systems engineering and management. Doug’s Program, the ASU Extended Campus, and in the Maricopa
avocations include over twenty years of leading and teach- Community College system.
ing boys and adults for the Boy Scouts.
Carol Komassa (born in London, England) is a Sun City
Linda Cinnamond, B.S.N., Rn (retired) was a practic- Festival resident and spends her time between the desert
ing registered nurse for 38 years. She worked in hospitals southwest and Wisconsin. Carol is an award winning free-
and clinics, as well as in the educational arena for several lance photographer, writer, and photography instructor at
major corporations and community colleges. She owned a the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, and ASU, as well
health club for over 10 years and has a special interest and as at The Cedarburg Art Museum in Wisconsin, the Weyen-
advanced certifications in Health and Wellness, Aromather- berg Library and two digital camera clubs in Arizona. Carol
apy, and Essential Oil Counseling. She is a Sun City Festival is a Photography Coach and teaches on private photo walks,
resident and community scholar. workshops, classes and has gallery representations at The
Pink Llama Gallery in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Her photog-
Digby Cook, Digby was born in Sydney, Australia and raphy articles have also been printed in the Ozaukee News
embarked on a career in corporate finance. He earned his Graphic, Wisconsin.
B. Commerce from the University of NSW and in 1965 was
transferred by his American-based employer to their inter- Nancy Middlemas, M.A., is a Sun City Festival resident and
national headquarters in New York City. As VP of Interna- a community scholar. In her 37-year career as an educa-
tional Finance, he traveled worldwide including being based tor, she taught high school English in Indiana, Georgia,
in Brussels, Belgium for 6 years. In 1986 he was recruited by and California, and retired as curriculum coordinator for a
New York Life Insurance to join their operations in Alaska. national charter school, developing diploma programs for
He earned his CLU, ChFC, and LUTCF from the American at-risk youth.
College in Philadelphia. Digby retired in 2009, and he and
Karen, his wife of 48 years, moved from Anchorage to Sun
City Festival in September 2010.

Jeff Ekery, O.D. is a resident of SCF and a native of El Paso,


Texas where he practiced Optometry for 43 years. Jeff
speaks Spanish fluently and as a result of his work in the
community has a deep well founded knowledge of both the
culture and language. El Paso is truly a bicultural city where
one will hear Spanish spoken nearly as often as English. He
was also an adjunct professor at the University Of Houston
College Of Optometry in addition to having served on a
number of nonprofit boards.

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MEET THE FACULTY

Steve Miller, B.S., has been a Sun City Festival resident


since early 2007. He was a Principal in a large local CPA
firm located in Los Angeles and was a Chief Financial Linda Wangner, B.A., M.A., is a Sun City Festival resident,
Officer for several companies after his move to Northern a community scholar and a retired New York state high
California. He also started Barrel Buddies almost 10 years school teacher with 38 years of experience teaching Global
ago and was a Neighborhood Representative for three years. Studies, U.S. History and Government, as well as Law. Lin-
da has traveled to most of the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and
Phyllis Muniz M.S., CCC‐SLP, HTP, CMT - A resident has developed an interest in researching background stories
here at Sun City Festival. A certified Conscious Aging related to various political events. She has been sharing her
Facilitator. Completed post graduate studies with Don knowledge on various topics for over five years through the
Campbell, author of the “Mozart Effect”. Retired speech-lan- ASU program and now the Festival Learning program.
guage pathologist in medical facilities treating all ages from
neonates to geriatrics.
Alicia Weinkrantz, E-RYT, RPYT is a Sun City Festival
Allen Reamer, B.A., M.F.A., represents the fifth genera- resident, and has been teaching yoga since 2010. She cur-
tion of a family of artists. He has completed 60 additional rently teaches Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Restorative
graduate credits in art history and education and has taught Yoga at Sun City Festival and is a Registered Yoga Teacher
a variety of studio art and art history courses for 33 years through Yoga Alliance. She has many years in other forms
before coming to Arizona in 1999. During this time, he of physical training in martial arts: Tae Kwon Do, Karate
was the president of a state art education association for and Judo, but found that Yoga fulfilled her needs of physical
ten years and very active for a decade with the National Art strength, flexibility, energy and mental calmness.
Education Association. He has been a member or chair of
various art related boards and has gratefully been recog-
nized in a variety of ways including art teacher of the year,
a fellowship to China, letters from President Clinton and
other elected officials, plus sells his paintings. Allen teaches
for ASU and a number of other educational institutions and
art organizations. He exhibits with his friends in the Neu
Art Group in Arizona.

Gail Reese C.P.A. (retired), is a festival resident who spent


her career in public accounting, and held various state and
local government fiance positions, including two years as
the finance director of the Town of Buckeye.

Judy Romano lived seven years in Germany and three in


Italy as a member of the US Air Force. She and her husband
travel extensively and share their travel stories through their
blog: www.theworldatoz.com

Barbara Waggoner is a Sun City Festival resident and a


Del Webb scholar. She is a retired law enforcement ad-
ministrator with 29 years of experience in personal safety
and awareness and used her training to teach new recruits
and citizens, mostly seniors, in Clackamas County. She has
been involved with computers since the early 80’s and stays
updated on the latest technology mostly related to Apple
products.

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