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March 18, 2015

Community Education invites you to travel the Morgan Hill!

Gavilan College Community Education presents the Armchair Series

Learn about your favorite destinations from a world traveler. No need to gas up the car or hunt for the cheapest airfares. Find out about cultural nuances, history of the region and all around cool facts! Join us for this travel experience from the comfort of Gavilan campus in Morgan Hill.

Led by Rick Deutsch, who lives the Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) lifestyle. He gives 12 talks per month to share his adventures.


The Panama Canal: Men Move Mountains

Did you know that 30,000 men died building this essential link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans? Learn why the French tried and failed. It took Teddy Roosevelt's resolve and inspiration to construct this engineering marvel. Find out about the past and future of the Panama Canal. Many records were set: the world's largest earthen dam, the largest man-made lake and the largest concrete structure of the time Since first sighted by Balboa in 1513, it was a dream to carve out this 47-mile long ditch - and we're digging again with new locks to be opened in 2015.

Wed, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM; 1 session on 4/1


Ancient Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs

The Egyptians were the first civilization and they flourished for 3,000 years. Of over 125 known pyramids and royal tombs, only King Tut's has been found intact and full of treasure. Cairo's "must-see" sights include the Giza pyramids, the first pyramid at Saqqara and the Museum of Antiquities. Here you can view the gold King Tut burial mask and 13 mummies, including Ramses II. 400-miles south, the Luxor and Karnak temples are across the Nile from the Valley of the Kings. Further south, the temple of Abu Simbel was raised and reconstructed to allow the building of the Aswan Dam. Wed, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM; 1 session on 4/8


Galapagos: Garden of Eden?

Located 600 miles off Ecuador, this is the home to many unique and wonderful creatures: giant tortoises, flamingos, blue-footed boobies and even penguins. Charles Darwin studied the flora and fauna of these 12 remote volcanic islands as the source of his evolution writings. You will witness dramatic support for the origin of species through natural selection. This sensitive area is highly controlled with guide-led excursions. Take an ‘armchair’ excursion with one experienced guide and learn all about Galapagos.

Wed, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM; 1 session on 4/15


The cost is $19 per person for each class. All classes meet in at the Morgan Hill campus, room 11.


To register go online to or call 408-852-2801.


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