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Big Bands Revisited, Modern American Presidency, Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

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Program #21186RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 13, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. Many rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. The hotel is a smoke-free facility. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required and may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Independent Arrivals
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel after 4:00PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that instructor availability and local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. Many rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. The hotel is a smoke-free facility. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required and may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - A fascinating set of lectures exploring the three...
A fascinating set of lectures exploring the three topics: The Big Bands of the Swing Era; the Modern American Presidency; and elements of theater with a focus on “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: The Modern American Presidency

Dr. John Pendleton will examine the role of the US Presidents as national symbols, political leaders, and economic pace-setters. He will focus on elections from 1960-2012 and presidents who served during other critical historical periods.

Morning: CLASS: The Big Bands Revisited

Shelly Cohen, former assistant conductor with Johnny Carson, will conduct a journey back in time to the Swinging Sounds of the Big Bands, a musical era which reached its peak from 1935-1946. Not only will you hear the stories behind the music but, most of all, you will listen to some of the most toe-tapping music you’ll ever experience.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: CLASS: “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”: Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

You will learn about the elements of play production and what’s happening in American theater from Brian McDonald, the Rubicon Theater’s Education Director, and others throughout the week.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: CLASS: History of Ventura

People have lived along this stretch of the California coast for at least ten thousand years. San Buenaventura, the ninth of the California missions, was founded in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra. He named it after the Italian St. Bonaventure, hence the nickname Ventura, which means "city of good fortune."

The City of San Buenaventura was incorporated in 1866. Ventura became the County seat when Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties split in 1873. That same year a courthouse and wharf were built, a bank was opened, and the first public library was created.

An oil strike in 1914 fueled rapid growth. In the years following World War II, farmland gave way to outward suburban development. Ventura has matured into a seaside community known for its scenic coastline and hillsides and rich culture.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. Many rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. The hotel is a smoke-free facility. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required and may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - A fascinating set of lectures exploring the three...
A fascinating set of lectures exploring the three topics: The Big Bands of the Swing Era; the Modern American Presidency; and elements of theater with a focus on “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: The Modern American Presidency

Dr. Pendleton will continue his presentation of the role of the US Presidents as national symbols, political leaders, and economic pace-setters. He will focus on elections from 1960-2012 and presidents who served during other critical historical periods.

Morning: CLASS: The Big Bands Revisited

Shelly Cohen, former assistant conductor with Johnny Carson, will continue his musical journey back in time to the swinging, feel-good sounds of the Big Band era. Not only will you hear the stories behind the music but, most of all, you will listen to some of the most toe-tapping music you’ll ever experience.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: CLASS: “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”: Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

In this continuing series of lectures, you will learn more about the elements of play production

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Theater Sports: A group of improvisational actors

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. Many rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. The hotel is a smoke-free facility. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required and may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - A fascinating set of lectures exploring The Big B...
A fascinating set of lectures exploring The Big Bands of the Swing Era and the Modern American Presidency, and a visit to the Rubicon Theater for a special evening performance of “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”.

Note: Able to get on/off bus and walk 2 blocks on sidewalk to theater. Free-time activities involve some walking from the hotel on paved sidewalks to Ventura's historical district, located about 4 blocks from the hotel or walks on the beach or paved promenade.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: The Big Bands Revisited

Shelly Cohen, former assistant conductor with Johnny Carson, will continue his musical journey back in time to the swinging, feel-good sounds of the Big Band era. Not only will you hear the stories behind the music but, most of all, you will listen to some of the most toe-tapping music you’ll ever experience.

Morning: CLASS: The Modern American Presidency

Dr. Pendleton will continue his presentation of the role of the US Presidents as national symbols, political leaders, and economic pace-setters. He will focus on elections from 1960-2012 and presidents who served during other critical historical periods.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore Ventura on your own.

Suggest a visit to the Museum of Ventura County which celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region, OR visit San Buenaventura Mission, OR walk along the ocean promenade.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: FIELD TRIP: Attend a performance of “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY” at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura. Enjoy a Talk Back session with the solo actor and crew following the performance.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. Many rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. The hotel is a smoke-free facility. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required and may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - A fascinating set of lectures exploring the three...
A fascinating set of lectures exploring the three topics: The Big Bands of the Swing Era; the Modern American Presidency; and elements of theater with a focus on “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: The Modern American Presidency

Dr. Pendleton will complete his series of lectures about the role of the US Presidents as national symbols, political leaders, and economic pace-setters. He will focus on elections from 1960-2012 and presidents who served during other critical historical periods.

Morning: CLASS: The Big Bands Revisited

Shelly Cohen, former assistant conductor on the Johnny Carson Show, will conclude his musical journey back in time to the swinging, feel-good sounds of the Big Band era.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: CLASS: “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”: Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

Participants will discuss the previous evening's performance of ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY and critique the elements of the play.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Morning class followed by independent departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: CLASS: “ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY”: Backstage at the Rubicon Theater

In this final lecture of the series, you will learn more about the elements of play production.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed this 3-course program and will join us for other rewarding adventure in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Ventura, California
Channel Islands National ParkFive of the 8 Channel Islands make up the National Park which is home to more than 2000 species of plant and animals-145 of which are unique to the islands. Anacapa Island is just 14 miles from Ventura Harbor. Accessible for day trips and overnight camping. Park established by Congress in 1980.
For additional information, visit: www.islandpackers.com
Museum of Ventura County100 E. Main Street

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 653-0323

One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costume.
For additional information, visit: www.venturamuseum.org

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau101 S. California Street

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 648-2075 or (800) 333-2989

Ventura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel
For additional information, visit: www.ventura-usa.com


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