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EXPLORE! offers new, exciting class selections


The Explore! Adult Learning program in Sun City West has added some great new classes! Register in person at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center Administrative Office, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. You may also check out the complete class schedule at and sign up there. You can pick up an Explore! catalog at any Rec Centers’ facility as well.


Explore! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark is available to assist you at 623-544-6194 or Here are a few of the upcoming offerings:


LEARN TO PLAY DARTS, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21, R.H. Johnson Sports Pavilion, limited to 10 people; $15 fee (introductory).

Have fun learning the basics of being a “darter”, the proper stance, arm position, throw and etiquette. Each session will include demonstration, practice, feedback and coaching to help you improve, learn good habits and be eager to play darts.


Instructor Loren Johnson is a “darter”, as he has been playing darts since 1977. He played in leagues for nearly 10 years and then went into competitive tournaments on both singles and doubles teams and is a men’s League Super A champion.


AFRICAN SAFARI, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall; $10 fee.

This class will explore the wonders of safari in the Serengeti and its environs. You will gain tips about travel arrangements, things to take with you and attractions to enjoy while in Africa.


Instructor Matt Dry started on Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Matt gained his safari-guiding credentials from FGASA (Field Guide’s Association of Southern Africa) at the renowned school, Ulovane, in 2007. He worked as a safari guide at Leeuwenbosch, a five-star lodge, for six months and then decided that he wanted to see more of Africa. Matt joined one of Africa’s premiere overlanding companies, Africa Travel Company. He worked as a guide in both East and Southern Africa until deciding to create his own company, TIA Safaris in 2011. Matt then published his

books THIS IS AFRICA: True Tales of a Safari Guide I and II. He continues to take people on safari and share with them the beauty and wonder of Africa.


BUILDING YOUR OWN KALEIDESCOPE, 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, Beardsley Recreation Center, Chicory Room; $25 fee.

In this packed three-hour class, you will have great fun learning the basic principles of kaleidoscope design and construction. You will make a full size (7 ½”) wand kaleidoscope. Working with materials provided you will prepare the barrel, lens, viewing cap, and optic chamber as well as assemble and install the mirror system. This three-mirror kaleidoscope utilizes front surface mirrors and a lens of appropriate focal length. The class fee is $25. There is a separate charge of $20 for required materials. Kits for building additional kaleidoscopes after you have taken the class also will be available for $20 each.


Instructor Gary Kilsdonk is a retired Pharmacist who specialized in Hospital Pharmacy management. He and his wife Eileen have lived in Sun City West for 10 years. As a hobby woodworker for 40+ years Gary has built many large pieces of furniture as well as smaller functional and artistic pieces including kaleidoscopes. Now working with alternate materials his kaleidoscopes have been sold at Catitude Gallery, Tucson Museum of Art gift shop and WHAM Art Center. Gary has been teaching kaleidoscope construction techniques for the past two years.


HOPI CULTURE AND TRADITIONS, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall; $10 fee.

Learn about the rich and complex culture, traditions and the anthropological and oral history of the Hopi in Arizona.


Instructor Wendy Weston, works at the Heard Museum, is a graduate of ASU and actively involved in cultural consulting, building unity and understanding among different tribal communities and non-native people.



FOUR CORNERS USA: Where the Earth is the Floor of the Sky, 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 7, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall; $10 fee.

The region many Southwesterners call Four Corners centers on the geographical “quadripoint,” the only location in the United States where the official boundaries of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico come together. This book, and the PowerPoint presentation, describes the geology, archaeology, Native American cultures, and history of everything within a 150-mile radius of the quadripoint. The Four Corners area is home to the Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo people, and includes Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, Canyon de Chelly, and Chaco Canyon national parks and monuments. Director John Ford and actor John Wayne loved the Four Corners area you’ll see why in this beautiful and informative presentation.


Instructor Jim Turner has written another book and this one covers a lot of ground, literally. Retired from the Arizona Historical Society, he worked with more than 70 museums in every corner of the state. He is co-author of the 4th-grade textbook, The Arizona Story, and his pictorial history book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, contains more than 530 images and has recently updated the third edition of Native Roads, a motoring guide to Hopi and Navajo Lands. Jim moved to Tucson in 1951, earned a MS in U.S. history from the U of A, and has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 35 years.

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