Since Master the Possibilities Lifelong Learning Center educates participants daily, I thought I would give just a quick bit of history regarding the famous April Fools’ Day. Although I am not one to celebrate this day myself, I have witnessed its popularity among many when the first day of April rolls around.

There is much speculation about the origination of the day. Some say it originated when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Others believe it started with ancient Roman celebrations, or that it was tied to the vernal equinox because of the weather change. Whatever the exact origin, the historical event seems to have stayed throughout history and is still famous today.

I can promise there will be no trickery at Master the Possibilities on this date, as we host more than 14 courses in our Education Center. Participants may expect to enjoy events like Yoga, pottery, stained glass, Tai Chi, and more.

As part of our learning theme this term, The American Journey: Pioneering American Artists and Musicians begins at 1:30 p.m. April 1. Dr. Sarah Satterfield will be facilitating this course, which will explore visionary Americans who created masterworks in art and music during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the lives of pioneering figures that helped shape our country's musical landscape, as well as look at examples of their art and listen to recordings of their music. Cost to attend this three-week course is $22 for members and $27 for non-members.

Another exciting event this month is the presentation by Kevin Sheilley on an Overview of the Ocala Metro Economy. Sheilley is the President and CEO of the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership, which received the Chamber of the Year this year, and will speak about the driving force of Ocala and Marion County’s recent success with growth and economics. He will explain why what is going on with the local economy impacts every Marion County resident. This event is being held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center on April 14, and costs $2 for members and $7 for non-members.

Join Jessica McCune for National Healthcare Decision Day 2021 to discuss planning with Advance Directives, to help ensure that individuals feel as well as possible, as long as possible. Come and learn about National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) and the plans at Hospice of Marion County for this community initiative on Wednesday, April 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Education Center. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Every year NHDD is on April 16.

There are always quality, educational events happening at Master the Possibilities. The Month of April has more than 200 options by which to choose. For a complete list of upcoming courses, visit our website at, where registration is available 24/7. For help with registrations, or for more course information, feel free to contact a team member from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (352) 861-9751.

One definition states that: Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.

The Lifelong Learning program at MTP touches on all these aspects. But it takes a lot of talent and effort to make it happen. Would you considering helping?

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