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Published:   |   Updated: December 2, 2013 at 09:07 AM

'Passport to Health' to raise HIV awareness

AVON PARK - South Florida State College will hold a "Passport to Health" event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the SFSC Health and Science Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Four free and confidential health screenings including glucose, blood pressure, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases will available to the public from the Highlands and Polk County health departments.

The event, sponsored by SFSC's Allied Health Department, is a chance to raise awareness on the human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in our community. World AIDS Day is held Dec. 1 each year.

The event will feature guest speakers, free food from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., giveaways, community vendors and several student educational table displays.

For more information or to participate, call 784-7021 or email rebecca.sroda@southflorida.edu.

Third Thursday wildlife program at MOFAC

AVON PARK - South Florida State College's Museum of Florida Art and Culture will hold its Third Thursday program, "The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition," at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Theatre for Performing Arts lobby and University Center Auditorium.

A reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will include a screening of the recently released documentary film, "The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee," by Elam Stoltzfus, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

A panel discussion moderated by Florida Wildlife Corridor team member Joe Guthrie will be held 8:30-9:30 p.m.

This exhibition, featuring the photography of Carlton Ward Jr., highlights the journey of four explorers who traveled 1,000 miles in 100 days from the Everglades to Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. Their goal is to raise awareness of the need to protect and restore connected landscapes throughout the Florida Peninsula and create a viable corridor from the Everglades to Georgia.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Exhibition in SFSC MOFAC runs now through Jan. 4. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Third Thursdays at MOFAC is a series that will enhance and inspire the public's perspective on Florida art and culture. Each program focuses on a different MOFAC exhibition. The program is held every third Thursday of the month, is open to the public, and is free.

For more information, contact Mollie Doctrow, MOFAC curator, at 784-7240 or doctrowm@south florida.edu.

Community Education offers several courses

AVON PARK - South Florida State College's Community Education Department is offering a variety of classes this spring.

In pilates, learn to be more flexible and build strength, through a series of stretches and moves that will leave you feeling relaxed. The seven-week class will start at 12:05 p.m. Jan. 15 and run through Feb. 28. Cost is $47 and the course number is 21452.

In Ballroom Dance I, learn the basic steps of the waltz, cha-cha, foxtrot and swing. This class is for beginners. Couples and singles are welcome; no partner is required. It will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 14 through March 4. Cost is $50 and the course number is 21003.

Ballroom Dance II will build on the foundation of Ballroom Dance I and introduce the popular rhythm style dances. It will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 14 through March 4. Cost is $50 and the course number is 21176.

In Creative Writing, award-winning creative writing author Sunny Serafino will teach the basics of writing in an easy, relaxed atmosphere. Learn techniques for bringing words to life on paper. Class will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 27 through March 3. Cost is $44 and the course number is 20528.

In Basic Home Computer I, learn to use the mouse, create email accounts, task bar and navigating the web. This class is for beginning computer students and will be taught with Windows 7. It will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 13 through March 3. Cost is $74 and the course number is 20460.

In American Sign Language III, learn the 10 rules of the ASL language structure and proper communication skills with the signs you have learned. Further develop and enhance your skills by the use of nonmanual signs. Students will also learn ASL sentence structure and its syntax. Class will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 14 through March 4. Cost is $58 and the course number is 21454.

In Conversational Spanish, learn practical Spanish that you can apply to real-life situations. Spanish grammar and pronunciation skills are taught in a fun manner. Class will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15 through March 6. Cost is $58 and the course number is 21453.

In Digital Photography I, learn how to set shutter speed and aperture openings, compose photographs and take pictures of people and events.

An adjustable camera with the ability to set shutter speed and lens opening is mandatory. It will be held on 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 16 to Feb. 27. Cost is $51 and the course number is 21002.

You can register at any SFSC campus or center. For more information call 784-7388 or email CommunityEducation@south florida.edu.

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