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The adult learning program is a dynamic learning environment that provides a variety of classes and tours for ongoing learning.  The curriculum spans social and cultural topics.  This adult learning program benefits the whole community and offers an amazing catalog of classes.  These sessions occur at PORA and they are a great way to glean knowledge on topics you might not have considered.

PORA also offers FREE Presentations to those residents interested in learning and engaging in discussions for a variety of subjects. Presentations allow the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals with similar interests. PORA will continue to add to our calendar of classed and seminars. Check our calendar for the most up to date information. Click here to view the calendar

Current Date: 4/13/2024

Adult Learning Class and Presentation Registration

2024 CLASS SEASON PREVIEW

We are working on our classes for the Spring season, and we are excited to say we have a new resident to Sun City West who will be teaching some fun crafty classes.  Her name is Kathy Garton and she is from Wheatland, Wyoming and worked as the Outreach Coordinator for Eastern Wyoming College.  She has taught all kinds of craft classes for the last 7 years and now brings that skill to us here in Sun City West. The first couple of classes will be painting little lady bugs and caterpillars on ordinary concrete pavers.  Later she will do a class on painted gnomes for Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day on ordinary shelving boards.  Each class will include the cost of materials and you will take your completed project home with you that day!  The first class, Lady Bugs will be on January 10 at 12:30 PM and the cost will be $25.  She also teaches the art of painting “barn quilts” and will be offering a class later in the spring.

Lou Annacone of “DearOldFolks.com” has some in person classes coming up in the spring, but also has weekly ZOOM classes on his website.  These ZOOM classes cover topics such as eldercare, how to plan for it, how to pay for it, and less expensive alternatives for eldercare.  His ZOOM classes are on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM and can be accessed by going to his website.  He also has Friday Gabbers Sessions where you can have the opportunity for group help and guidance anonymously without pressure sales, and gain insight from the experience and suggestions of others who have “been there”.

Ed Madden will be back in January with his ever popular “Cut the Cord – Fire your Cable or Satellite TV Provider” class.

Want to learn Tai Chi but have heard it will be too difficult? Then try this class – we will be learning the Yang style 10 form set, which is very short, very simple, and lots of fun. Our classes will start with warm-up exercises, and ease into the forms of the set. This form set is designed for standing, but can be easily adapted for those who need to stay seated. Each lesson builds from the previous, so set your calendar now for this 8 week session which will start on Friday, January 12 at 10:00 AM.  This class will be led by Jan Stittleburg.  Jan has been practicing Tai Chi and Qigong for over 20 years, and teaching for 15.  Her classes are a blend of techniques learned directly from grandmasters and masters of the Yang and Wudang styles.

We are working on scheduling some astronomy and history classes.  We will have our usual classes about estates and estate planning, as well as Medicare 101 for those you of you turning 65 in the near future.

Our Amazing Instructors

Ed Madden is retired Network Engineer Poly One Corp.  Ed is a U.S. Army Veteran, married to Ester and lives in Sun City West.  Ed serves the community as a member of the SCW Posse and SCW Prides.    Additional Information: CUTTING THE CORD COURSE OUTLINE Equipment and Services needed for successful cord cutting. Say goodbye to your cable subscriptions and bundles. What do you really watch?  What you really need from them? Instead, customize your TV experience and save money.

Jan Stittleburg has taught various forms of Tai Chi and Qigong at fitness centers and senior centers for over 15 years, introducing the slow moving martial art to hundreds of beginners. She enjoys the looks on their faces as they realize the benefits of slow, thoughtful movement, and the amazement as they realize the hour of Tai Chi actually produced a sweat! Students range in age from 8 – 97!  Classes include seated classes, gentle stretching for those with limited movement, standing Qigong and more advanced Tai Chi formsets.

Jim Bish is a Nebraska native and a Sun City West, Arizona snowbird from Virginia after retiring in 2015 after a thirty+ years teaching career in Prince William County, Virginia and working at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Jim currently volunteers with many Virginia and Arizona museums including the Museum of the Sun Cities in Sun City. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for both, Historic Prince William Virginia and the Museum of Culpeper Virginia History.

Certified and Appointed for over 30 years. Lou has been Licensed by many states and providers. An entertaining and engaging speaker, he has spoken at dozens of venues including American Association of Individual Investors Chapters, Military and Service Organizations, Humana service centers and hospitals. He is a decorated Air Force Officer with Vietnam service. Past President of AAII and MOAA local chapters, both national organizations. He and his wife, Donna have been married over 50 years with 2 kids and 3 grandkids.

For fifteen years David has served residents of Arizona in all their estate planning needs. His passion to safeguard the temporal heritage built by small business owners, non-profit organizations, industry professionals, and every day families has only intensified during that time.

January 2024 Adult Learning Classes and Presentations

Day of WeekDateClass TitleStart TimeEnd TimeCostPresenter
WednesdayJanuary 3, 2024What is PORA and why should I be a member?9:30 AM11:00 AMFREE
PORA Staff
TuesdayJanuary 9, 2024Aging Care Planning10:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA-$20 Non PORALou Annacone
WednesdayJanuary 10, 2024Crafting with Kathy - Lady Bug Garden Decor12:30 PM2:30 PM$25 Includes suppliesKathy Garton
ThursdayJanuary 11, 2024A Fresh Look at Reverse Mortgages9:30 AM11:30 AMFREEBill Cave
FridayJanuary 12, 2024Tai Chi Week 1 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Regiistration Fee $6.00 per classJan Stittleburg
WednesdayJanuary 17, 2024So Many Ways to Pay for Elder Care10:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA-$20 Non PORALou Annacone
FridayJanuary 19, 2024Tai Chi Week 2 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$6 per class (see week 1)Jan Stittleburg
TuesdayJanuary 23, 2024Cut the Cord - Fire your Cable/Satellite TV Provider12:30 PM2:00 PM$10 PORA-$20 Non PORAEd Madden
WednesdayJanuary 24, 2024Crafting with Kathy - Caterpillar Garden Decor12:30 PM2:30 PM$35 Includes suppliesKathy Garton
FridayJanuary 26. 2024Tai Chi Week 3 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$6 per class (see week 1)Jan Stittleburg
TuesdayJanuary 30, 2024AARP Safe Driving Class10:00 AM2:00 PM$20 AARP Member $25 Non-AARP MembersMarsha Young
TuesdayJanuary 30, 2024Financial Cautions for Seniors10:00 AM11:30 PM$10 PORA
$20 Non-Pora
Lou Annacone
WednesdayJanuary 31, 2024Krafts with Kathy - Cute Valentine Gnome
12:30 PM2:30 PM$40 includes all materialsKathy Garton

February 2024 Adult Learning Classes and Presentations

DayDateClass TitleStart TimeEnd TimeCostPresented by:
Friday2/2/2024Beginners Tai Chi Class #4 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg Fee $6.00 Per classJan Stittleburg
Tuesday2/6/2024Advanced Elder Care - Part 110:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 Non-PORALou Annacone
Wednesday2/7/2024What is PORA and why should I be a member?9:30 AM11:00 AMFREEPORA Staff
Wednesday2/7/2024Prelude to Greatness - The Young George Washington10:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 Non PORAJim Bish
Friday2/9/2024Beginners Tai Chi Class #5 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg Fee $6.00 Per classJan Stittleburg
Tuesday2/13/2024Cut the Cord - Fire your Cable/Satellite TV Provider9:30 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non-PORAEd Madden
Tuesday2/13/2024Advanced Elder Care - Part 210:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non-PORALou Annacone
Tuesday2/13/2024Fun with Watercolors #1 of 3 classes12:00 PM2:30 PM$60 for series; $25 IndividualDeborah Lazear+
Thursday2/15/2024End of Life Concerns10:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non-PORABill Rogers
Friday2/16/2024Beginners Tai Chi Class #6 of 810:00 A<11:00 AM$20 Reg Fee $6.00 Per classJan Stittleburg
Tuesday2/20/2024Fun with Watercolors #2 of 3 classes12:00 PM2:30 PM$60 for series; $25 IndividualDeborah Lazear
Tuesday2/20/2024TBA1:00 PM2:30 PMFREERealty One Group - Cary King
Thursday2/22/2024Colorectal Cancer Prevention10:00 AM11:30 AMFREESun Health
Friday2/23/2024Beginners Tai Chi Class #7 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg Fee $6.00 Per classJan Stittleburg
Tuesday2/27/2024Are Your Beneficiaries a Mess?10:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non-PORALou Annacone
Tuesday2/27/2024Fun with Watercolors #3 of 3 classes12:00 PM2:30 PM$60 for series; $25 IndividualDeborah Lazear
Tuesday2/27/2024Cut the Cord - Fire your Cable/Satellite TV Provider12:30 PM2:00 PM$10 PORA $20 non-PORAEd Madden
Wednesday2/28/2024Selecting and using a firearm for Self-Defense orTarget Shooting9:30 AM11:30 AM$15 PORA; $25 non-PORA Class Limited to 8Paul Horvick

March 2024 Adult Learning Classes and Presentations

DayDateClass TitleStart TimeEnd TimeCostPresented by:
FridayMarch 1, 2024Tai Chi #8 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg $6 per classJan Stittleburg
MondayMarch 4, 2024Meet & Greet Kathy Garton - Krafts with Kathy12:30 PM2:30 PMFREEKathy Garton
WednesdayMarch 6, 2024What is PORA and what do they do for me9:30 AM11:00 AMFREEPORA STAFF
WednesdayMarch 6, 2024AARP Safe Driving Class10:00 AM2:00 PM$20 AARP $25 non AARPMarsha Young
WednesdayMarch 6, 2024Workshop - Playing with Paints11:30 AM2:30 PMFor Info contact Po Plantz 425-785-5734or you can email her at poplantz@live.com
ThursdayMarch 7, 2024Living Wills vs Trusts - Straight Talk10:00 AM11:30 AMFREEBob Marianer - Generations Living Trusts
FridayMarch 8, 2024Tai Chi 2 #1 of 8 (New Session)10:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg $6 per classJan Stittleburg
TuesdayMarch 12, 2024Cut the Cord - Fire your Cable/Satellite Provider9:30 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non-PORAEd Madden
WednesdayMarch 13, 2024Aging Care Planning10:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non-PORALou Annacone
WednesdayMarch 13, 2024Workshop - Playing with Paints11:30 AM2:30 PMFor Info contact Po Plantz 425-785-5734or you can email her at poplantz@live.com
WednesdayMarch 13, 2024I can't Tell A Lie: Learn the Truth about George Washington's life including his many anecdotes such as,"The Chopping Down of the Cherry Tree"12:30 PM2:00 PM$10 PORA $20 non-PORAJim Bish
ThursdayMarch 14, 2024Unlocking Home Wealth: A Guide to Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM)9:30 AM11:30 AMFREEFairway Mortgage - Jim & Stacy Brebner
FridayMarch 15, 2024Tai Chi 2 #2 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg $6 Per ClassJan Stittleburg
WednesdayMarch 20, 2024Workshop - Playing with Paints11:30 AM2:30 PMFor Info contact Po Plantz 425-785-5734or you can email her at poplantz@live.com
FridayMarch 22, 2024Tai Chi 2 #3 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg $6 per classJan Stittleburg
TuesdayMarch 26, 2024Cut the Cord - Fire your Cable/Satellite TV Provider12:30 PM2:00 PM$10 PORA $20 non-PORAEd Madden
WednesdayMarch 27, 2024Selecting and using a firearm for Self Defense or Target Shooting9:20 AM11:30 AM$15 PORA $25 non-PORAPaul Horvick
WednesdayMarch 27, 2024Technology for the Aging10:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non-PORALou Annacone
WednesdayMarch 27, 2024Workshop - Playing with Paints11:30 AM2:30 PMFor Info contact Po Plantz 425-785-5734or you can email her at poplantz@live.com
FridayMarch 29, 2024Tai Chi 2 #4 of 810:00 AM11:00 AM$20 Reg $6 per classJan Stittleburg

April 2024 Adult Learning Classes and Presentations

DayDateClass TitleStart TimeEnd TimeCostPresented by:
Wednesday4/3/24What is PORA9:30 AM11:00 AMFREEPORA STAFF
Friday4/5/24Tai Chi 2 - #5 of 8 Sessions10:00 AM11:00 AM$6 Per class w/Registration $10 per class drop inJan Stittleburg
Tuesday4/9/24Cut the Cord - Fire your TV Provider9:30 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non PORAEd Madden
Tuesday4/9/24Advanced Elder Care Planning - Part 110:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non PORALou Annacone
Wednesday4/10/24What is PORA9:30 AM11:00 AMFREEPORA STAFF
Friday4/12/24Tai Chi 2 - #6 of 8 Sessions10:00 AM11:00 AM$6 Per class w/Registration $10 per class drop inJan Stittleburg
Tuesday4/16/24Advanced Elder Care Planning - Part 210:00 AM11:30 AM$10 PORA $20 non PORALou Annacone
Wednesday4/17/24What is PORA9:30 AM11:00 AMFREEPORA STAFF
Friday4/19/24Tai Chi 2 - #7 of 8 Sessions10:00 AM11:00 AM$6 Per class w/Registration $10 per class drop inJan Stittleburg
Tuesday4/23/24Cut the Cord - Fire your TV Provider12:30 PM2:30 PM$10 PORA $20 non PORAEd Madden
Wednesday4/24/24What is PORA9:30 AM11:00 AMFREEPORA STAFF
Friday4/26/24Tai Chi 2 - #8 of 8 Sessions10:00 AM11:00 AM$6 Per class w/Registration $10 per class drop inJan Stittleburg

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To check on additional classes not listed in this calendar, call the Adult Education Department

at 623-398-7879.

Registration is required.

Classes have varying fees and some are free.  This is listed next to the times on the class.  All classes are CASH or CHECK only, no credit cards accepted for classes.

Coming in 2024

Ed Madden will be returning with his popular “Cut the Cord-Fire your Cable.Satellite TV Provider” class

A new SCW resident, Kathy Garton is teaching some Crafting with Kathy classes.  She also does Barn Quilt painting and will be holding a couple of classes on how to design and paint the barn quilts.  You can hang them inside or outside, does that make them “house” quilts?

Jan Stittleburg will be teaching a couple of Tai Chi classes beginning in January.  Each session will be 8 weeks long and will the Yang style 10 form set, which is very short and simple and lots of fun.

We are working on bringing some History classes and Astronomy classes on board for the spring semester as well.  We will have our usual estate planning, medicare, reverse mortgage, solar and trust classes going on as well.

We have 2 Barleens show coming up, one on January 20th for their “Rock’n’Roll” Through the Years show and one on April 6 for their “Season’s Best”show.  Both of these are Saturday Matinees.  The cost of each show is $95.00 per person for PORA members, and $105.00 Per person for non-PORA members.  We do need to have a full bus of 52 to keep the prices as low as we do.

We have reservations for The Duttons on February 17, for a matinee show.  We will travel to Mesa by luxury bus and after the show we will stop for dinner at the Hub Bar and Grill also in Mesa.  We still have some seats available for this show. The cost for this show is $65.00 for PORA members and $75.00 for non-PORA members.  Dinner at the Hub will be on your own.

We are also looking at a group discount for a show at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in early May, 2024.  The show is “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”   More info will be available for this in early February.

We had a great time at our Luke AFB tour in November and we will be contacting them again in August, 2024 to set up another tour in the fall of 2024.  We already have a waiting list for that trip, however, it never hurts to add your name to the wait list as sometimes people can’t go on the specific date we get assigned.

How to Register for Classes and Presentations

  • By Phone

    Contact PORA 623-398-7879.

Policies & Procedures

PORA Membership 

Membership is open to anyone (not just Sun City West residents) for $15/single or $25 household annually.

No Refunds

No credit or refund will be granted after the start of a class.  Refunds may be granted only for extenuating circumstances at the discretion of PORA.  Should a credit be extended it must be used within one year of issue and is not transferable to any other semester.