PORA Education ProgramWelcome Back to PORA!

New P.E.P Educational Program: ALL registrations for our Summer 2021 classes (member and non-member) will be at our usual discounted price of $10.00 per class*. We accept cash, checks, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).


P.E.P. or the PORA Education 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 education program benefits the whole community and offers an amazing catalog of classes.  These sessions occur on the PORA campus and they are a great way to glean knowledge on topics you might not have considered.

We are developing possible tours and day-journeys that are educationally based.  Recent tours include Luke Air Force Base, PING Headquarters, Wrigley Mansion, and the Wickenburg Dude Ranch.  The P.E.P. team will continue to add to our educational offerings.

* With the exception of the Oil and Acrylic Painting class. This course is a series of seven classes and has a discount price of $25.00.


The 2021 Summer Classes

Click on the class below for a full description and a registration link.

Suffering from Abdominal & Stomach Pain – IBS
Dr. Scott Timko, Th, 8/12: 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or I.B.S. is one of the most common digestive disorders in the United States. It is epitomized by abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive issues. This broad range of symptoms can be a mere inconvenience or a severe disability. Research shows there is a strong possibility for treatment, cure, and maintenance of many G.I. disorders. In this class, you will learn the steps to prevent and recover from I.B.S. You will also gain the tools, resources, and knowledge to combat Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Leaky Gut.

Cut the Cord: Fire Your Cable Company
Edward Madden, Fr, 6/11, 7/16 & 8/20: 11AM to 1PM
Tired of paying for cable television? Sick of exorbitant rates that increase every year? If so, this is the course for you! You will learn various ways to get programming without paying a cable company. It will cover the logic behind cord cutting and explain how free T.V. is available to everyone. We will cover Digital T.V. Signals, Wi‐Fi Internet, Smart Televisions and Streaming Devices. Also, we will discuss why pay services like Netflix, HULU and Amazon Prime are great additions. You will leave with a basic idea of how to cut the cord and the equipment needed.

The Power of Home Solar
Michael Shepp, Fr, 6/11, 7/23 & 8/13: 1PM to 3PM
If you own or are buying a home and you have not invested in Solar, then this class is a must. Learn the common mistakes homeowners make with solar panels and dire consequences that can occur. For the seniors who choose wisely, home solar has wonderful financial benefits. Be one of the 68% who make the well‐informed decision. Join this informative, fun class and it will give you the “power” of knowledge.

Oil and Acrylic Painting
Elaine Katz, Fr, 6/4 to 7/16 & 7/23 to 9/3: 9AM to 12PM
This class is for anyone who loves art. If you can write, you can paint with instructor Elaine Katz. She will provide individual attention to each student. Being creative requires a fearless atmosphere and the ability to try new things. It does not matter if you are a beginner or a Rembrandt, Elaine brings out the artist in everyone. Be sure to pick up the list of materials you will need to purchase for this course. There are oil and/or acrylic supply lists.

Power Over Diabetes and Neuropathy
Dr. Scott Timko, Th, 7/15: 9:30AM to 11:30AM
One out of three people have prediabetes! Nine out of ten of these people are not aware they have it! Diabetes is one of the most under‐diagnosed conditions and it is often fatal. Many complications can arise from the development and progression of this disease. Connections have been made to heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, and blindness, just to name a few. The common understanding about diabetes, regardless of type, severity, or level of progression, has always been that it is irreversible. Increasing research, however, has disproved this and offers solutions for both prevention and reversal of diabetes with various lifestyle choices. During this experience, you will finally get the chance to reclaim your health and win the fight against diabetes.

Thinking of Purchasing a Handgun
Paul Horvick, Th, 6/24 & 7/22: 9:30AM to 11:30AM
This class is a “hands‐on” examination of many popular models and styles of handguns. We will examine revolvers and semi‐automatics, so you can make an informed decision on what is best for you! We will review basic safety issues and the fundamentals for proper handling. This class also covers loading and unloading, grip, stance, aiming and trigger control. Next comes the fun part! Using some of the models you have examined, we will load them with laser cartridges. This is a non‐firing (no bullet) 100% safe round of ammunition. The guns will shoot a laser pulse at an electronic target. By doing this you will quickly learn how to safely use several handguns. Since you are “shooting” real handguns, the experience is the same as would be at live‐fire range, except there is no noise or recoil. This is a great way to fine tune your choices before you venture out to the store.

The Autoimmune Matrix
Dr. Scott Timko, Th, 6/17: 9:30AM to 11:30AM
While it is true genes do come into play with autoimmune diseases, we also have control over how our genes are expressed. According to the field of epigenetics, our environment, lifestyle choices, and dietary habits can turn on certain genes. These genes can cause the development of autoimmune complications. Conventional medicine believes the only weapon against autoimmunity are drugs (which only mask the symptoms and suppress the immune system). Research has shown that there are many effective, alternative treatments to consider. Health is represented in different forms such as chemical, physical, and emotional. It is imperative to address all these simultaneously in order to achieve optimal health. Join Dr. Timko to learn how to take control of your health by getting to the root of autoimmunity, addressing deficiencies, and becoming a more active participant in your healing process.

Our Amazing Instructors

Dr. Timko has over twenty-six years of experience treating patients for a multitude of health issues.  He constantly strives to improve and update his knowledge in the field of health, nutrition, and functional medicine.  In addition to his extensive schooling, he has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education to further his knowledge in these fields. Dr. Timko is always ready to use his expertise to help you in matters of health and healing. His lectures are designed to give you the information you need on very relevant topics in a concise, easy to understand format while still being entertaining and fun. Join him for one his talks and learn how to take charge of your health, so you can add life to your years and years to your life!

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.

Paul Horvick’s classes are limited to 8 each session and we typically sell out.  This class will be offered in the Conference Room with plenty of room for social distancing.  Further, Paul has always practiced sanitizing the tools used and shared by attendees between each use and will continue to do so.  He personally cannot wear a mask but is fine with students wearing masks. Even though we will be running a concurrent art class (same day and time), classes will be at opposite ends of the hall.  Art will meet in Camino 3 and/or 4 and enter the building through the end hall door.  Handguns will meet in the Conference Room and enter through the main entrance.

Michael Shepp has been lecturing regarding home solar with the Maricopa County Community College System, Sun City Grand and a host of other cities and communities.  Michael is also Pearl Certified, which means he is accredited with the National Association of Realtors, The Building Performance Institute, U.S. Department of Energy and the Appraisal Institute.

Elaine Katz started her career in painting over 15 years ago, taking several classes and joining the Sun City West Art Club. She discovered her love of painting her love of teaching art. Elaine was a physical therapist for over 45 years, in Massachusetts and Phoenix. She was Director of Physical Therapy at Phoenix Baptist Hospital and John C. Lincoln Hospital. She retired from active care after 10 years of home care physical therapy at St. Josephs.

How to Register for Classes

  • By Phone

    Contact PORA 623-584-4288.

  • Online


Policies & Procedures

Payment is due at the time of registration
Welcome Back to PORA! New P.E.P Educational Program: ALL registrations for our Summer 2021 classes (member and non-member) will be at our usual discounted price of $10.00 per class. We accept cash, checks, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).

PORA Membership 

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


Classes are priced based on quantity of offerings per class and are available at a discounted rate to PORA Members.

Cancellation Policy

PORA is committed to not cancel classes. When circumstances prevent a class from meeting students will be notified via phone or e-mail as time permits.

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.