Senior News, Nov/Dec 2018, Jan 2019
Keeping it fresh! Special winter events with ALL
by Judy Wagenblast, President, Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
In this issue, I want to tell you about some of the unique activities that are part of the Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) this year. We have 14 great continuing programs, but it’s fun to have some “specials” too for seniors since we’re special people. Don’t you agree?
We now have a six-day travel opportunity. ALL members and individuals from the public can join us as we go on an upcoming Road Scholar charter trip to Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama from March 24-29, 2019. As we head into these cold months, consider a spring trip that will include flowers, architecture old and new, an arts colony, a pontoon ride in Mobile Harbor and more. Did you know that the first Mardi Gras was started in Mobile, not New Orleans? We’ll go to the Carnival Museum and visit the famed Bellingrath Gardens and antique-filled Mansion. We should see lots of azaleas and other flowers and shrubs in bloom there and in the bay town of Fairhope, which started as a Utopian community and became a creative arts colony. Both walking and motor coach architectural tours are part of the week, as well as free time.
We’re also starting to host programs to enhance those offered by our existing program groups. The first one coming up is a special event hosted by our Scribes group of writers and storytellers. Each month, 10-16 individuals meet and most read aloud a short piece of writing they have prepared. Several of those same people will participate in a one-time special event called the ALL Open Mic Coffeehouse: Sharing the Stories of Our Lives on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 20, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. The coffeehouse atmosphere will make it fun, and the stories will probably bring laughter and tears. This event is open to the public and there is no admission, so please consider joining us at the LLCC Trutter Center.
Finally, we are once again hosting a Winter Celebration for our members and guests on Thurs., Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. in Trutter Center. This isn’t exactly a new event but by renewing itself every year with a different theme and a corresponding activity, it’s like new! This year, our theme is Abracadabra, featuring professional magician Mitch Williams who weaves in inspiring thought about the importance of wonder and play in our lives. We are looking forward to astounding magic, humor and audience involvement! Call us to come as a guest for this event illustrating the way learners in the Academy of Lifelong Learning approach the winter doldrums.
I view all our programs as special (isn’t that natural for a president of an organization!) The real reason is because being a senior is so much better when you can continue learning while being around people who want to do the same. We try to be a welcoming group, so know that we would be happy to have you come for one of the programs listed here or for one of our ongoing activities throughout the year.
We welcome you to attend one of our programs as a guest. Come and sample an ALL activity and bring along a friend too. Find out more by calling the Community Education office at LLCC, 217-786-2477.