New Adventures in Learning, a lifelong-learning program affiliated with Chandler-Gilbert Community College, will offer more than 80 classes and events between Sept. 30 and Dec. 13. Several of these focus in one way or another on travel.
Carole and Ed Rockland will present “Travels on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.” The Rocklands will “discuss the history of the Camino and our experiences cycling the famous pilgrimage route. Pilgrims have been traveling the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James for more than 1,000 years.” The Rocklands are retired teachers who have enjoyed biking throughout the United States and in 17 foreign countries. Dianne Zimmerman and David Zapatka, who have traveled the world together teaching bridge on cruise ships, will explore “Eight Adventurous Days on the Amazon” through stories, pictures and videos. Wayne Wright will share his own story, “Adventures of Medical Practice in the Canadian Arctic.” Wayne explains that he “practiced medicine in the Canadian Arctic in the 1960s before specializing in surgery.” His talk will describe “the unique features of living and practicing medicine north of the Arctic Circle and will also include general information about the Canadian Arctic.”
Other presenters will focus on trips within the United States. In a program called “A Ribbon of Highway,” Bill Gates will give an account that begins 100 years ago with “mid-level Army officer Dwight Eisenhower in an eye-opening trek, going cross country along America’s rutted and chaotic roads.” Forty years later, Eisenhower became instrumental in developing America’s highway system. Bill, a retired daily newspaper editor, will also look at the future challenges that highway system now faces. Van Newville will discuss life and travel in Arizona in three different courses: “Exploring Southern and Western Arizona,” “Arizona 101 Basics,” and “Wildlife Viewing in Arizona.” As a second-generation Arizona native, he says he has spent more than 50 years “exploring Arizona via four-wheel drive vehicle, horse, canoe, and by backpacking.”
For those New Adventures’ members who are looking for an adventure even closer to home, Evey Freed and Carol Jacobson will again host “Out to Lunch” for three events. Their restaurants will feature Mediterranean food, cornish pasties and farm-to-table cuisine. Participants will order from the menu and receive their own separate checks.
For more information on these or the other many classes, check out the website, www.NewAdventures.info. Online registration begins on Sept. 18, and remains available, along with payment of fees, for open classes all semester. Annual renewal of membership is currently convenient online. For additional information, call 480-857-5500 or visit the Sun Lakes Center at 25105 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes, AZ. New Adventures in Learning is a membership organization that has been encouraging lifelong learning since 1998 and is affiliated with Chandler-Gilbert