Free day of drop-in learning

movie photoSummer TED Extravagana participants

After last summer's successful TED Talk Summer Extravaganza, we've decided to repeat it so those who were away for the heat can enjoy it.

The TED Talk Winter Extravaganza will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 in the Renaissance Theater from 10 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Admission for this event is free.

For residents unfamiliar with TED Talks, its first conference was held in 1984 around the topics of technology, entertainment and design (TED). Six years later, organizers adopted the mission of “ideas worth spreading” and the TED phenomenon became an annual event in Monterey, California. Today, there are more than 3,000 recorded TED Talks and the roster of presenters has broadened considerably to include business and religious leaders, musicians, philanthropists, philosophers, scientists and many others. (All at

On Jan. 30 you can listen to 29 prerecorded TED Talks on different, intriguing topics presented each hour (with a lunch break.) You are welcome to come for an hour or stay all day! No registration is required.

The schedule for the day is:

10 - 11 a.m.               Artificial Intelligence – Boundaries?

11 a.m. - noon           Planet Earth

Noon - 1                    Lunch on your own

1 - 2 p.m.                  Health Developments / Aging Gracefully                  

2 - 3 p.m.                  Animal Behavior  

3 - 4 p.m.                  Technology Breakthrough

4 - 4:15 p.m.             Bonus (4 Favorite Short Talks)