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Ready to get back into the classroom? This month as school-aged children return to the classroom, it is also a great time for adults to return to the Education Center to learn new things. What is great about this latter option, is adult students get to create their own transcripts and learn for fun. 

Gone are the days of needing to rise and shine before the sun comes up and catch a school bus at least an hour before the tardy bell. Now, students may arrive to the campus in style, with even a coffee in hand. With more than 225 class choices this month, and none of the class times starting before 8 a.m., going back to the classroom has never been easier. 

New to Florida and not sure what those weird looking bugs are that surround your plants? Bugs in My Yard on Monday and Wednesday August 2 and 4 from 10 a.m. to noon in Cypress Hall will cover many of Central Florida’s insects and pests. Learn how to identify and manage insects. Listen to the pros and cons of pesticides and alternative methods for controlling pesky bugs. Find out what bugs are actually good for your yard. Cost to attend this two-day event is $11 for members and $16 for non-members. 

Did you know that Master the Possibilities partners with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) department to help educate Floridians on many important topics? For those wanting to learn more about this Marion County resource, join UF/IFAS Extension Marion County: Who, Where, Why? from 1 to 2 p.m. on August 3 to hear about all the resources this extension office has available to county residents. Many covered topics include agriculture, landscaping, nutrition and healthy living, and conserving natural resources. There is no cost for members, and $5 for non-members. 

Dr. Don Wyman will be hosting Benjamin Franklin: The First American from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 6. Dr. Wyman will be discussing how he believes Benjamin Franklin was affected by a secret counter plot by the Massachusetts Bay Governor to keep Americans from removing English control of the colonies. Learn how this event cost Franklin his political standing, reputation, and any hopes of concessions or compromise with the crown of England. Cost to attend this event, which will be held in Live Oak Hall, is $11 for members and $16 for non-members. 

Instructor Billy Bass will be speaking about The Era of Good Feelings from 1815 to 1828 Thursday, August 19 in Live Oak Hall. This course will touch upon historical events of that time period which includes the emergence and growth of the United States. It will also help answer questions like- Why was there only one political party during this time? Why was it that no one opposed President Monroe? There has been mention that there was a corrupt bargain against Andrew Jackson. Did that really happen in 1824? To find out the answers to these questions, register before this course fills. Cost to attend is $6 for members and $11 for non-members. 

For a complete list of courses this month, including Art, Health & Wellness, and Out & About, visit our website at masterthepossibilities.org. Registration is available online 24 hours a day. To register by phone or in person, visit or call our main office at (352) 861-9751 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.