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Women's Golf Clinic

Play the game of a lifetime.

Did you ever want to try golf? Now is your chance. Wilkes Continuing Learning is offering a beginner course for women. This includes learning the different aspects of the game: the grip, stance, alignment and the swing. You will be given group and individual instruction. The course will be five - 2 hour sessions and one session on an actual course. Learning will be in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time for questions.

The instructor will be Beth Spencer. Beth has taught golf for 35 years. Currently the Women's Golf Coach at Wilkes, she has extensive knowledge of golf and how it is played

DateThursdays, May 13 - June 10 from 6-8 M at Academy of Golf in Plains and Saturday, June 12 at 3 PM at Lehman Golf Club

Fee: $155 

The Origin of Anthracite in NEPA

This webinar, The Origin of Anthracite in NEPA, addresses, not only the geologic history of the formation of the coal, but explores some interesting questions related to it including:  How does anthracite differ from bituminous coal, charcoal, and coke?  Why did so much of the world’s coal form in a relatively short span of geologic time?  How are the coal swamps related to major changes in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and global climate?  And why is anthracite mining in eastern PA so much more difficult than mining the bituminous coal in western PA?  

Brian Redmond has three degrees in geology: a BS and MS from Michigan State University and a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He taught many geology courses for 41 years at Wilkes University in the Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences and is currently Professor Emeritus of Geology & Chemistry.  He is a registered professional geologist in the Commonwealth of PA and has worked on many geologic projects through Wilkes, founded his own geologic consulting company, HydroTech Ltd, with projects in PA, NY, and NJ, and worked with the Peace Corps in Honduras, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic (Peace Corps volunteer for five years).  Of the many courses he has taught, one of his favorites is historical geology. 

Date: Tuesday, June 1 from 6 - 7 PM (via Zoom)

Fee: $10 (all fees collected will be donated to the First Generation Scholarship Fund) 

Dr. Lori's Virtual Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show

Portait of Dr. Lori.Join Dr. Lori Verderame for this one-evening virtual class on how to tell if your prized possessions hold more than sentimental value. Each participant will receive an appraisal on one item. The class will be held via Zoom - a link will be emailed the morning of the class.

Dr. Lori is an award-winning TV personality and the star antiques appraiser on the hit TV reality show Auction Kings which airs on the Discovery channel. Dr. Lori shares insider information about antiques at and to 9.5 million readers through her internationally syndicated column featured in 406 newspapers worldwide and on her blog for Lifetime Television. Dr. Lori resides in Bucks County, PA.

After years teaching in university classrooms and working as a museum director, Dr. Lori was inspired to start appraising antiques after an unexpected encounter with a 75 year old woman. "This woman told me her story. She had recently sold an historic George Washington document for $50 that was worth $50,000! She said she needed the $50 to pay her electric bill. When I met her, I thought, this woman could be my mother--anyone could make that mistake."  Dr. Lori says, "That woman's mistake inspired me to share my education and expertise. So, I do just that presenting over 150 antique appraisal shows and appraising 20,000 objects that audiences bring me to review every year."

Date: TBA
Fee: $TBA