CALL’s World of Fireworks class sparks early display at Central’s Superstition Mountain Campus

June 12, 2008

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Fireworks aficionados can tune up for next month’s spectacular Independence Day displays during a special presentation on Thursday, June 26, at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus in Apache Junction.

The World of Fireworks will be examined by Karen Cook as part of the Central Arizona Lifelong Learners (C.A.L.L.) summer program.

The class will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 442 of the Superstition Mountain Campus. SMC is located at 273 East Old West Highway in Apache Junction.

Attendance is free for C.A.L.L. members and $10 for non-members.

Cook says the seminar will give participants an increased appreciation of what they will see during Fourth of July celebrations and special events that include fireworks displays.

She noted that the world of fireworks has its own terminology that gives new meaning to such common plant names such as willow, palm and chrysanthemum.

Her presentation will include a colorful history of fireworks, how the explosive devices work, how much they cost, and the dates and locations of some of the most outstanding fireworks shows in the world.

“I’m not, never have been, nor ever will be a scientist,” Cook said. “But there’s a lot more to fireworks than the science of them. I’ll be discussing that part, including the ingredients, for example, and what makes the colors.”

As the seminar’s presenter, Cook has a diverse teaching background that includes English and history. She has served as curator of education at the Arizona Historical Society Museum and was coordinator of the former Elderhostel Program at Central Arizona College. She has been active in local community theater and has done historic reenactment.

As for fireworks, Cook says she has an arsenal of information to launch at the session.

“But the part that fascinates me is the history of fireworks and also how many places in the world celebrate events with them.”

She is hoping her participants are fascinated and entertained.

“It will be a colorful presentation - no pun intended - that I think will please the students.”

C.A.L.L. is an enrichment program designed to meet the educational needs of adult learners. It provides a variety of short-term, informal, low-cost, high-quality classes.

A year-long membership to CALL is $89. There is no limit to how many free classes members can attend. Some classes offered may have additional supply or travel fees.


The C.A.L.L. Summer Catalog can be found at libraries and chambers of commerce throughout Pinal County or online at To register for any of the C.A.L.L. classes or to receive a catalog, please contact Joel Beck at the C.A.L.L. office by phone (480-677-7721 or 520-494-5444, x 7721) or e-mail (


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