2020 Fall Courses

(Because of the health concerns and uncertainties caused by Covid-19, classes for our 2020 fall semester will be delivered online via Zoom. If you register for a class and are unfamiliar with how to use Zoom, please let us know. We’ll be glad to provide help.)


  • The Academy for Lifetime Learning is an all-volunteer organization of men and women who share their interests and life experiences to provide a rich and varied menu of courses.
  • Sign up for membership by paying the $25 per semester enrollment fee. This fee entitles members to sign up for as many courses as they likebut please read the schedule carefully as class times often overlap.  
  • Register early, as classes fill up quickly. You will be notified by e-mail that you are enrolled.  If a course that you want to take is full, you can sign up for a wait list.
  • If you register and then find you cannot attend, please notify the Registrar so that the seat can be made available for another member.
  • You can register here or by mail.
  • Any class fees assessed by the instructor are payable directly to the instructor on the first day of class unless other directions are given in the Course Description.
  • You can browse through the courses below or download a PDF of the course descriptions here.
  • Thanks for your interest in the Academy for Lifetime Learning.







Instructor: Cyndi Downing, cannonpoint@verizon.net

Learn some easy, basic, and fool-proof techniques to arrange flowers like a pro. Arranging flowers is something anyone can do given the right tools. Learn how to make something out of nothing, or use “roadsideinna” (stuff from the side of the road).

Flowers 1

Need a quick bouquet? Learn how to use what’s growing in your yard or along the roadside to create it.

Five Zoom Sessions: Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, and 8, 10:00-11:30 A.M.
Materials Fee: $55. This fee covers all supplies, vases, and most of the flowers. Participants are asked to send the payment to Cyndi Downing, P.O. Box 527, Onancock, VA 23417 by August 31. Note: Only those who have submitted their fee by this deadline will receive an invitation for the ZOOM session and supplies purchased for each class. If you miss the Aug. 31 deadline, once you’ve enrolled and the fee is paid, supplies will be purchased for you for the classes. All participants will receive an email with instructions on when and
how to pick up your supplies.

Cyndi Downing’s biographical information appears following the course description for A.L.L.-Stars: More Fun with Flowers, Part 2.



Instructor: Cyndi Downing, cannonpoint@verizon.net

A.L.L Stars is a continuation of Flower Arranging Anyone Can Do, Part 1, the Basics. Part 2 is for those participants who have taken Part 1. In this workshop the major focus will be a more advanced use of mechanics while applying the elements and principles of floral design.


Building on the basic skills learned in Flower Arranging Anyone Can Do, Part 1, participants will create more advanced floral arrangements.

Six Zoom Sessions: Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, and 22, 1:00–2:30 P.M
Materials Fee: $50, plus cost of book. Materials will be a combination of the fresh materials and supplies provided along with participants providing flowers for a particular session. Bring the tool kit from Part 1. If you are interested in a professional grade pair of clippers (cost is $37.50), email Cyndi by Feb.10, 2020, so you will have them for the first session.
Materials fee: $50, plus cost of book. Materials will be a combination of the fresh materials and supplies provided along with participants providing flowers for a particular session. Participants should have on hand their tool kit from Part 1. Note: Directions will be sent on where and how to pick up supplies for the sessions. An invitation to the ZOOM session will be emailed to each ALL-STAR enrolled for the Fall session.

Cyndi Downing retired after 30 years in education. She is a self-taught flower arranger, learning from many different professional arrangers and local experts. She now enjoys a cottage business called Simply Fresh: Flowers for Events and Home, working from referral or commission for special events and weddings creating custom floral designs.



Instructor: Carrie Jacobson, carrieBjacobson@gmail.com

In class we will make paintings that help you become looser and more confident. We will work from photographs and will move quickly. Your instructor will be using oils and a palette knife; you may use whatever you like for your artwork.


Carrie Jacobson works with oils and palette knife to create vibrant and emotion- filled canvasses like “Iowa Storm,” shown here.

Three Zoom Sessions: Tuesdays, October 13, 20, and 27, 1:00–2:30 P.M.
Note: Some painting experience is required.
Class Limit: Minimum: 3
Materials: Whatever tools and materials you are comfortable with are fine.

Carrie Jacobson started painting when she was 50. She is a self-taught professional painter, with buyers and collectors across the country and around the world. She is the artist in residence at Jacobson Arts and The Accidental Artist.



DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Taking Control of Your Camera
Instructors: Helen Putre, hputre2@gmail.com and Suzy Quigley, susanpeden@charter.net
(Please note: This course is intended to teach you how to use your digital camera; it will not cover cell phone or film photography.)

You just set your digital camera to Auto, and usually you’re satisfied with the results. But sometimes the picture you get isn’t quite what you wanted or expected. Is that a description of the relationship between you and your camera?

If it is, this course will teach you how to take control of the photographic process. You’ll learn to use the controls on your camera to put you, not the camera, in charge of the results.

Get to Know Your Camera

Beginning photographers can find themselves bewildered by the array of buttons, dials, and menu items on a new camera, whether it’s a basic point-and-shoot or something more advanced. But once you learn a few basics, you can take great photos with even the simplest camera. It’s all in learning to take advantage of whatever features your camera has.

Five Zoom sessions: Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28, and November 11, 2-3:30 p.m., plus one live workshop in conjunction with the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust at one of their member sites on Wednesday, November 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. (Note: The live workshop will be subject to adherence with whatever state mandated requirements for social distancing are in effect at that time.)
Materials: Your digital camera
Class Limits: Minimum 5, Maximum 10

Helen Putre has been fooling around with cameras since she was a teenager, but she really began to be serious about photography several years ago when she inherited a fancy DSLR and didn’t know how to use it. She doesn’t claim to be an expert, but she enjoys sharing what she’s learned and helping others to expand their own photographic horizons.

Suzy Quigley was a public-school art teacher in Connecticut and has been taking pictures for more than thirty years, with some formal photographic education and lots of practical experience. She loves to share and help with the technical and the art portions of photography.



Instructor: George Budd, buddgc1@gmail.com

The class will present approaches for landscape and wildlife photography. It is best suited to those who use a DSLR or mirrorless camera. Advanced photographic methods will be presented, including shooting in manual modes and photographing birds in flight. Information to be presented will be updated from previous classes. The course is structured to be taught using Zoom to stream the presentations.

Nature Photography

Students will learn how to use their cameras effectively for nature and landscape photography and how to visualize their shots before pressing the shutter to capture an image that is more than just a snapshot.

Four Zoom Sessions: Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2:00–3:30 P.M.
These sessions will cover the following areas:

  • Photography Basics
  • Landscape Photography
  • Bird and Wildlife Photography
  • Macro Photography
  • Color Management
  • Photo Editing
  • Printing
  • Storing and Backing Up Work
  • We can discuss a possible field trip, but that will depend on safety issues given the pandemic.
    Class Limit: Maximum 10

    George Budd is a local nature photographer who also teaches nature photography. He makes frequent presentations on the subject and sells his work locally in the form of prints and greeting cards.

    Instructor: Kris Califano Hebert, Krist29@comcast.net, 850-508-7293

    Free Motion Quilting

    Once you drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine, all sorts of fanciful designs can be created!

    Learn the basics of free-motion machine quilting. You will be dropping the feed dogs on your sewing machine and learning how to manipulate the fabric to make your quilting motifs. We will learn on a practice 18” x 22” muslin quilt sandwich with cotton batting. You must be comfortable with your machine and its basic capabilities, be able to drop the feed dogs or cover them, and have a free-motion or embroidery foot compatible with your machine.
    One Zoom Session: Wednesday, November 4, 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. There will be a 15 minute break for lunch.
    Materials and Supplies Needed: Working sewing machine able to perform as described above. Supply list, instructions, and free-motion patterns will be emailed to you before class. Kits available for purchase in advance from Kris for $10, includes quilt sandwich ready to go.

    Kris T. Califano Hebert’s business is Kris T Designs. Her biographical information may be found following the class description for Sewing: Jelly Roll Rug.



    Instructor: Kris Califano Hebert, Krist29@comcast.net 850-508-7293


    Think of how proud you’ll feel when a visitor to your home admires your jelly roll rug and you modestly reply, “Oh, that? Thank you. I made it myself.”

    Come join the fun and learn how to create this fun, colorful rug. Grab a “Jelly Roll,” batting, and your sewing machine and join us. We will be learning the technique to create a rug that is approximately 30” x 44” if using one jelly roll.

    Two Zoom Sessions: Wednesdays, October 7 and 14, 10:00 A.M.-Noon
    Equipment and Materials Needed: Sewing machine that does a zig zag stitch, the pattern R.J. Designs “Jelly Roll Rug,” oval or round only please. Supply list will be available upon registration.

    Kris T. Califano Hebert has been sewing for almost 50 years, quilting for 28. She attended The Florida State University and has a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising, as well as a teaching certificate in Human Sciences. Kris taught sewing and quilting in Florida for 20 years, 10 of those years in her own stores, The Quilting Patch, in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Florida. Kris has recently relocated to the Eastern Shore and continues to share her love of sewing and quilting.



    Instructor: Jan Andrejco, rjandrejco@gmail.com

    Sudoku is a great way to exercise your brain. Don’t be afraid of the numbers. Only #1-#9 are used! This class is for beginners or for those who seem to get stuck when working a Sudoku puzzle. We will start with a smaller number of squares and move up to the classic 9×9 grid. There are many strategies. You will learn one or more and some guidelines that will save you frustration. Soon you will be able to complete the Sudoku in the newspaper.


    Let the Brain Games begin! What was once frustrating suddenly becomes fun once you master a few tricks for solving sudoku puzzles.

    Three Zoom Sessions: Tuesdays: September 22, 29 and October 6, 1:00–2:30 P.M.
    Class Limits: : Minimum 2, Maximum 10

    Jan Andrejco has been working Sudoku puzzles for many years and can give you resources for electronic versions of the puzzle if you prefer. There is even a way to start learning the puzzle by using colors, if numbers really frighten you!




    Instructor: Keith (Kim) Miles, kmmiles01@gmail.com


    What would you do if…? Life is full of complex and perplexing choices.

    This is a discussion of some of the real and hypothetical issues that may perplex us today in politics, policy, culture, parenting, relationships, and religion. Together we wade through why we think and feel the way we do about thorny ethical problems. Different views are encouraged. Participants are asked, but not required, to bring at least one ethical or moral dilemma that they would like to discuss during the two sessions (can be submitted anonymously). Humor greatly appreciated.

    Two Zoom Sessions: Fridays, September 11 and 18, 9:00–10:30 A.M
    Class Limit: Maximum: 10 curious folks

    Suffice it to say that Kim Miles loves a good discussion and finds ethical issues the most perplexing and interesting. If you want to know about his background, he says that he can be bribed.



    Instructor: Instructor: Tony Picardi, Anthony_picardi@alum.mit.edu

    Most of your children will survive beyond 2050, and some of your grandchildren will live to 2100. Between now and then, global warming will continue to accelerate. The consequences will be felt by everyone in the world and will impact your children. Dr. Picardi will review some evidence of global warming acceleration. He will propose a comprehensive and sweeping change we can all make. It will significantly reduce the damages expected from global warming. It will cost us nothing. He will review the Carbon Fee and Dividend concept now included in the Carbon Fee and Dividend Acts: H.R. 763 and S. 3791.


    If you’re concerned about the effects that the choices and decisions we make today will have on future generations, you won’t want to miss Dr. Picardi’s thought-provoking presentation.

    One Zoom Session: Friday, September 25, 2:00–4:00 P.M.
    Class Limit: Minimum 4

    Dr. Picardi spent thirty-two years in international development and the software industry. He retired in 2007 to the Eastern Shore of Virginia where he creates wildlife habitats, gives nature seminars and leads birding, butterfly, and mushroom tours on his farm.



    Instructor: Jan Andrejco, rjandrejco@gmail.com

    Medicare can be a confusing topic with all of the letters and plans. Selecting a plan is very individual. It is not something you select because a neighbor, friend, or family member has a “good” plan. This class will explain the language of Medicare and show you the best way to shop for a plan that is economical and best for YOU.


    Nothing as huge as the Medicare program can be truly simple. Jan Andrejco’s knowledge of the system has been hard won through personal experience. Let her give you a head start in finding your own way through the maze of regulations and options.

    One Zoom Session: Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. Individual guidance can be provided at a second individual session.
    Class limits: Minimum 2, Maximum 12

    Jan Andrejco started to learn about Medicare 10 years ago when she began to help her mother with her medical care. She has since read many resources and consulted with many agents on the topic to get a clearer understanding of Medicare. Jan Andrejco is NOT an insurance agent and does not endorse or sell any insurance products.





    Instructor: Ken Schultz, ken@kenshultz.com

    This is an updated reprise of a class Ken Schultz gave in the fall of 2012. Via a Powerpoint presentation, he’ll talk about this species (locally called “rockfish”), its local habitat and foods, where to find them in the shallows from September into November, and then in open and deeper water from November through the end of the year. He will also review what tackle and lures to use to catch stripers.


    Ken Schultz’s knowledge of the habitat and habits of the striped bass extends beyond theory to action and results. Most of his fishing trips end with him “bringing home the bass.”

    One Zoom Session: Wednesday, September 16, 7:00–8:30 P.M.
    Class Limits: Minimum 6, Maximum 20

    Ken Schultz was a longtime editor and staff writer for Field & Stream magazine, the former fishing editor of ESPNOutdoors.com, and the author of nineteen books on sportfishing and travel topics. Earlier this year he was appointed to the VMRC’s Menhaden Management Advisory Committee. He has relentlessly pursued striped bass in Chesapeake Bay since he moved to the Shore in 2010.



    LEARN ABOUT and PLAY GOLF: Golf 101 and 102
    Instructor: Jay Williams, Retired PGA professional

    If you ever wanted to learn about the game of golf, here is a very affordable way to get into the game. On-course instruction will be conducted at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club (ESYCC). Golf clubs will be made available for those who do not have their own. ESYCC now has a brand new clubhouse and pro shop.

    The course is offered in two phases—Golf 101 and Golf 102. Each comprises six sessions. One can take the two courses in succession, as one follows the other. This approach permits new golfers to decide whether golf is for them before having to commit to more than just the six sessions of Golf 101; it also permits those who may have some golf experience to pick up the game again by just joining the Golf 102 program.


    Golf is a great way to spend some time outdoors, alone or with friends. Here on the Shore the weather makes it an activity you can enjoy the majority of the year.

    Instruction, in no particular order, will cover: objectives of the game; basic rules and etiquette; equipment; proper club grip; proper set-up over the ball; golf club swings for drives, pitches, and chips. Instruction will go back and forth among the driving range, the putting green, and eventually the course itself, and the order of things will partly depend on weather conditions. For any play on the course, carts will be provided. While using club facilities, participants are asked to observe the same club rules as members. Instruction will be in a relaxed atmosphere, the learning experience will be fun, and hopefully weather conditions will be favorable.

    Golf 101: Six Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept.15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and Oct. 1, 10:30 A.M.- Noon
    Golf 102: Six Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 13, 15, 20, 22, 27,and 29, 10:30 A.M.-Noon
    If the weather is too inclement to hold a session, rain dates will be arranged with the participants. Drinks, some food, and snacks are always available in the pro shop if the restaurant is closed.
    Location: Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club, end of Country Club Road, Melfa, VA
    Class Limits: Minimum 4; Maximum 10
    Materials Fee: $89 for Golf 101 or Golf 102 (a total of $178 if both six-week sessions are taken), payable at the first class of each session. This includes use of the range for the course itself. Unlimited use of range during the six-week session is only $20 more.

    ESYCC Personnel: Jay Williams. a retired PGA professional, will conduct the program.



    Instructor: Linda Lang, lindalang@theopen-door.com 301-704-2040

    Enjoy fun-filled and fascinating experiences in adult learning styles and neuroplasticity to maintain a vibrant mind and body, overcome forgetfulness and distractibility, and reverse and slow symptoms of dementia and early Alzheimer’s. Build skills through intellectual pursuits, movement, and meditation techniques.

    Memory Cafe

    Life is a natural progression of transitions from infancy through old age. You can’t avoid the progression, but you can influence how the transitions affect your body and your mind. Learn how to nurture and preserve your intellectual abilities.

    Two Zoom Sessions: Wednesdays September 16 and 23, 11:00 A.M.-Noon
    Note: Participants should wear loose fitting clothing and have bare feet.

    Linda Lang’s biographical information appears following the course description for In-Town Retreat: Residing in the Heart of Wisdom.



    Instructor: Linda Lang, lindalang@theopen-door.com 301-704-2040

    Chair Yoga

    Chair yoga is great for anyone, but it’s especially good for people with conditions that would otherwise make practicing yoga difficult.”

    These two weekly seated practices will help you build strength and flexibility, improve balance, and inspire peace of mind. Fasten your seat belts; we’ll be mostly in chairs or “holding on.”

    Two Zoom Sessions: Wednesdays, November 4 and 11, 11:00 A.M.-Noon
    Note: Participants should wear loose fitting clothing and have bare feet.

    Linda Lang’s biographical information appears following the course description for In-Town Retreat: Residing in the Heart of Wisdom.



    Instructor: Linda Lang, lindalang@theopen-door.com 301-704-2040

    Yoga for Strong Bodies

    In addition to all of yoga’s health benefits, it’s also an activity that can be engaged in from youth to old age, requires little equipment, can be done indoors or out, and can be enjoyed either with friends or in solitude.”

    These four weekly practices are for advanced beginners and intermediate students. Great cross-training for paddlers, rowers, cyclists, walkers, gardeners, fishermen, tennis players, and golfers (past and present). Prepare your healthy body to go from well-being to better-being!

    Four Zoom Sessions: Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 11:00 A.M.–Noon
    Note: Participants should wear loose fitting clothing and have bare feet.

    Linda Lang’s biographical information appears following the course description for In-Town Retreat: Residing in the Heart of Wisdom.



    IN-TOWN RETREAT: Residing in the Heart of Wisdom
    Instructor: Linda Lang, lindalang@theopen-door.com 301-704-2040

    This is an intimate discussion of transitions and change in adult living, and how we negotiate these passages with keen awareness, fierceness, and grace. Instruction will include physical and meditative practices that illuminate the process of interoception.

    Yoga Retreat

    This is the perfect time to understand how yoga can help you to embrace life’s transitions and ease through them both gracefully and fiercely!”

    One Session: Saturday, November 14 10:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M. (includes lunch & discussion)
    Location: This is an on-site small group retreat in Linda Lang’s home on Occohannock Creek near Belle Haven.
    Class Limit: Maximum 8 (Because of the size limit for this class, please sign up only if you fully intend to attend. If you sign up and later unforeseen circumstances arise which will make it impossible for you to attend, please notify the Academy so that we may offer the spot to someone else if there is a waiting list.)
    Materials: Yoga Nidra, by Richard Miller, Ph.D.$12-$16 (instructor provides books)

    Linda Lang teaches yoga therapeutically on the Shore and is a clinical instructor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She conducts symposia for the Smithsonian Associates (next SA series is October 28-30, 2020!) and is a member of the Advisory Council for the International Association of Yoga Therapists.