Do you know geocaching?

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Central Arizona College’s Lifelong Learners program is inviting the public to participate in its All About Geocaching event in March at Central’s Superstition Mountain campus in Apache Junction.

Have know idea what it is? Steve Ventre, the class instructor, explains the growing phenomena.

“Geocaching is a game of finding and hiding treasures,” he said. “It is played throughout the world. The game is designed to teach participants navigational skills with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system and then go out in the field to find hidden caches, place some of our own, and track a travel bug as it journeys across the continents.”

Ventre’s C.A.L.L. class will be held in Room 441 from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, March 3, and Monday, March 10.

During the second day, attendees will participate in a geocache game within a five-mile radius of the campus.

The two-day class is free for C.A.L.L. members and $20 for non-members who are interested in participating and learning more about the C.A.L.L. program.

“People can bring their own GPS receiver if they have one, but they don’t need to own their own to enjoy this class,” Ventre said. “They can also bring a small trinket to leave in our cache.”

As a charter member of geocaching.com, Ventre has spent several years making the GPS an indispensable tool in his recreational activities, as well as a teaching tool for his primary classes.

A former judge and attorney who served as judicial officer in the Arizona Superior Court (Maricopa County), a Justice of the Peace (Pro Tem), and a judge in municipal courts of Arizona, Ventre first became acquainted with computers with the release of the IBM PC and developed software applications for use in his law office and the courts.

He also served as an instructor for the Arizona Judicial College and the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev. Following his departure from the bench, Ventre spent eight years as director of business development for a computer software company specializing in court case management systems before retiring this past fall.

For more information about the C.A.L.L. program, to sign up for a class, or to receive a current catalog, please contact Vera Walters (480-677-7707 or 520-494-5444, ext. 7707 / vera.walters@centralaz.edu) or Joel Beck (480-677-7721 or 520-494-5444, ext. 7721 / joel.beck@centralaz.edu).

C.A.L.L. is an enrichment program for adult learners of any age without regard to previous education. C.A.L.L. provides its members with a variety of informal, low-cost, high-quality classes, study groups and field trips.

With an unwavering commitment to serving the citizens of Pinal County and the East Valley, anyone can join the C.A.L.L. program for just an $89 annual membership fee – an unbelievable bargain that entitles participants one year of unlimited classes from the date of registration.

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