PORA Education ProgramWelcome Back to PORA!

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.

The 2021 Fall Classes

Announcement:  We have been informed by AARP that the Smart Driver Class will NOT be held in-person this Fall due to the pandemic.  This is a decision made by their management.  We will update you about on line classes moving forward. 

We are pleased to invite you to PORA’s 2021 Fall classes.  Please  register here.

Additional classes have been added. 

Please register for town hall events here.

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.

Policies & Procedures

Payment is due at the time of registration
Welcome Back to PORA! New P.E.P Educational Program:  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.

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.