ALL activities ahead!
by Judy Kohlrus and Tom Bolinger, Membership Co-Chairs, LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
TOM: ALL is beginning a new year of membership, with our annual kickoff event on Thurs., Aug. 18. It’s open to the public, and there is no charge to come and join us between 10 a.m. and mid-afternooon. It’s an easy way to check us out and learn about the many things we have going on.
JUDY: Our new president, Kathryn Ransom, is setting the tone for a great year. It was her idea to have this event as a day of sample learning activities and fun, complete with pink lemonade and a picnic, plus a movie.
TOM: Weather permitting, we’ll be both outside for some activities and inside LLCC’s Trutter Center where it’s air-conditioned for others. And the activities will show off the diversity of our programs and interests.
JUDY: I’m looking forward to what our Pedal Pushers biking group will have for us to see: a “tricycle” that is built for seniors, and we can try it out. The Around Town committee plans to have an activity that will help us guess some special destinations around Springfield, as a way of reminding us that there are many interesting places for us, as a group, to visit locally. For instance, the Around Town plans include a special presentation inside the Sangamon County building in September, a visit to a business that has a very busy October early that month, and a tour of the Illinois State Military Museum in November to see their exhibits including one that showcases the U.S. entry into WWI.
TOM: At the Kickoff, our Games group will have things going on both inside and outside, showing the diversity they offer each month, from board and card games to some more physical games like badminton or pickleball.
JUDY: You know, that’s important for prospective members to understand. We have 14 different programs, and each meets from six to 12 times a year. You can do different things each month or be a regular for a monthly program that you like best. Each month, a member chooses what he or she wants to go to. Sometimes they might attend only one event. Sometimes they could choose four or more learning events.
TOM: You can be as active as you want to be! You might be interested in Shakespeare, highlighted in a Chautauqua series this year. If that’s not your thing, instead go to the Tech Talk demonstration class about iPads, or attend the Breakfast Round Table to hear a speaker about the K-9 Corp. of the IL State Police. All of these are planned for this coming year.
JUDY: Every month is different. Every year is different. This one promises to be chock full of interesting things to learn, places to go, new friends to meet.
TOM: And, a special note: at 1 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the kickoff, we’re showing off another one of our programs with a movie. The Flicks on Friday group, which shows classic movies throughout the year, has arranged for us to view “The Gazebo,” a great comedy from 1959 starring Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds and Carl Reiner.
JUDY: And don’t forget our other big event this coming Sept. 18, the one that you are again co-chairing with Len Leiberman.
TOM: Oh my goodness, yes! Our second annual Chilli Supper will be held at Temple B’rith Sholom from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, again featuring the chilli of Les Eastep, our member and a chilli winner in many contests. New this year too is a Trivia Contest beginning at 2 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets for both, please call 217.786-2477.
Please consider joining us. We welcome you to attend the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s Annual Kickoff and find out about about becoming a member. Or come one time as a guest to sample a particular ALL program. Bring along a friend too. For more information, please call 217.786.2477.