By: Wanda Campbell
It is the 21st Century and we are transitioning from the great Industrial Age to the Age of Knowledge (Nine Shift: Work, Life, and Education in the 21st Century, by William Draves and Julie Coates). Today many are carrying the internet in their pockets and conducting every aspect of their lives on the smart phone. About nine million have had their identity stolen or business networks hacked.

A few weeks ago (Oct 13, 2017) the headline on WHNT-TV “Cyber Security is a booming business and people are needed to fill positions” was posted by Aaron Cantrell. In that posting, Cantrell quoted Carey Pool, ISSA North Alabama Chapter President saying, “There’s a huge gap in the current industry for people who understand computers, how to secure them, how to configure them.” PeopleSec CEO Joshua Crumbaugh said that he thinks everyone should go through a cybersecurity class so they can be better educated on the matter.

At the Center for Lifelong Learning, we will be offering two classes on cybersecurity this semester. The first is an introductory class so that managers and the general public can learn the basics of threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks. Threats and Vulnerabilities in Cyberspace is offered Friday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the CyberProtex Training Center in Madison. For more information about this class, call us at 256-233-8262 or go on the website for more information.

The second class covers the essentials of understanding best practices in network security and risk management. This comprehensive exam preparation course will prepare the participant to take the Security+ exam. This is a foundational course and six months to one year of experience is recommended. CompTIA Security + 5-day Exam Prep Boot Camp will be offered Monday, March 5-Friday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CyberProtex Training Center in Madison.

The learning starts early in this Age of Knowledge. “A study by scientists at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows that a series of play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds.” (News release from University of Washington by Molly McElroy, April 15, 2016.)

Molly McElroy quoted lead author of the study Christina Zhao, a post-doctoral researcher at I-Labs, as saying, “Our study is the first in young babies to suggest that experiencing a rhythmic pattern in music can also improve the ability to detect and make predictions about rhythmic patterns in speech.”

The article also quoted co-author Patricia Kuhl as saying, “Infants experience a complex world in which sounds, lights, and sensations vary constantly. The baby’s job is to recognize the patterns of activity and predict what’s going to happen next. Pattern perception is an important cognitive skill, and improving that ability early may have long-lasting effects on learning.”

If you are looking for a program to encourage learning in your babies or toddlers, the Center will be offering MusikGarten classes starting March 7. Family Music for Babies and Toddlers is scheduled for eight weeks on Wednesdays, March 7-April 4. Class is scheduled from 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Center. Suncatchers for 3-5 years olds is scheduled Wednesday, March 7-April 4 from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Call us at 256-233-8262 or check out all of our classes on the website –
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By: Wanda Campbell
The motto of Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning is Never Stop Learning. There is a Jewish Proverb that says, “An educated man can never be poor.” Lots of commentary, reports, and articles have said that continuing your education enhances your self-image, improves your marketability, increases your job skills, and furthers your career. The great thing about our classes at the Center for Lifelong Learning is you don’t have to take tests (unless you want to) and don’t have homework. You can start right out of high school or after you retire, and anywhere in between.

We offer Certificate courses and Certification courses and personal interest courses to spark you interest or continue your interest in a particular subject. You can find a listing of all of our courses at

What is the difference between Certificate courses and Certification courses? Most classes for career development will provide a certificate at the end of the class. This is your verification that you attended the program. Sometimes a job will require a certain number of certificates to renew a license or earn a promotion.

Some classes are skill driven and require testing to prove you have mastered the skill. These courses are Certification courses. Sometimes you are required to earn a certification before you can get a job, and sometimes you have to have a certification for promotion to the next level.

On January 9, we will begin the Yoga classes. Classes are Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. You can attend one day a week, two days a week, or attend all week. Classes are $5 each and you can pay at the door, or get a punch card and attend when you can.

January 22, we will provide ServSafe Training for food service managers in restaurants, nursing homes, and daycares. This class is at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, located at 133 Second Ave, NE. Class is from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and includes the test for your certification. The fee is $175/person.

January 29, we will begin the Freezer Meals Cooking Class at Food Fite on the main Athens State Campus. Classes are in the Sandridge Student Union Building from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The cost is $155 and includes all supplies.

The month of February will bring Sign Language classes, Dance classes, Photography classes, Communication classes, and so much more. Details about all of our classes are available on our website – To request a catalog, give us a call at 256-233-8260.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By Eric Betts,
Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics,
Athens State University.

I remember many years ago while living on the West Coast, I made a trip from Nevada to Alabama. I had a layover in Atlanta, but had it fixed in my mind that when we arrived in Alabama, I would be in the Central time zone. However, after arriving in Atlanta, somehow I kept thinking about the Central time zone, unmindful that Atlanta was East Coast time. The second flight from Atlanta to Alabama was missed by an hour because of my miscalculation of time zones. Is it possible that those who are reading this article could be missing opportunities in life because of miscalculations?

One of the chief miscalculations for missed opportunity in the lives of so many is that of second guessing of oneself. Many question their own abilities or giftedness. They convince themselves that they are not as good as the last person who seized their opportunity and found success. Opportunity is not an advantage that belongs only to those who have the most resources or the best connections. There may be those who reason within themselves that opportunities will never come because they are not well known in the community. Brian Vaszily said it best, “Opportunity is always knocking. The problem is that most people have the self-doubt station in their head turned up way too loud to hear it.” Once you begin to shake off the self-doubt, you will be in a better position to recognize opportunity when it comes and to seize it.

A second miscalculation that causes so many to miss the flight into the land of opportunity is that of hard work. Some calculate that the opportunity that lies before them will take too many years to work on. Others declare that it is too mentally draining to do it, or that they will have to sacrifice too many enjoyable activities in order to pursue it. None of these are reasonable excuses for missing opportunities. Thomas Edison understood this best. Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Sometimes, going on a trip takes hard work and planning; packing, dragging luggage, walking through airports and the discomfort of the plane are often considered well worth it when considering the enjoyment which is to come at the destination.

A third reason why so many miss the trip into the land of opportunity is because they have failed so many times before. Remember that Michael Jordan, arguably the best professional basketball player ever, was cut from his high school basketball team when he first tried out. His coach did not see the value in his abilities the first time around. He went on to win a championship for his team at the University of North Carolina, and six championships for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. What if he had given up the first time he did not succeed? Henry Ford, one of the great inventors of automobile manufacturing, understood that failure is not a barrier to future opportunity. Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Failure simply educates those who are making the attempt on what they should do or not do the next time opportunity comes.

Interestingly, many miss their opportunities because they do not seek them out and do not go where they are. One of the greatest mistakes that people make when in this area is that they wait for opportunity to come to them. Delay is a major hindrance to opportunity. I saw a marquee on a church sign which said, “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” Live your life ever seeking for opportunities to grow and improve. Do all that is within your power to fulfill your goals and dreams. Think of small things that will move you closer to your goals and act on them. The comedian Milton Berle said something similar when he stated, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

One way of building doors to opportunity is community engagement and involvement. The more engaged you are, the more opportunities will appear. Every day opportunities come your way. Opportunities are often viewed as a new job or a promotion. What are you doing when it comes to the often unnoticed opportunities? These may involve good deeds, reconciling differences, spending time with your children, visiting the elderly, making a phone call and checking up on someone, encouraging someone, volunteering for the homeless, visiting the sick, and showing hospitality. It may also include sending a thank you card to show your appreciation, sending a care package to a college student, or listening to someone’s story. When smaller opportunities are taken, this creates room for more open doors of greater opportunity.

Most of all, rather than complain about the difficulties of life, understand that with every difficulty there are opportunities. The words of Winston Churchill are timeless, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
By Eric Betts,
Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics,
Athens State University.

By: Wanda Campbell
It is not often that I get to sit in a room full of relatives while they tell stories about my parents. This Thanksgiving, it was particularly nice to have my Aunt My, Mom’s younger sister, visiting from Florida. She remembers all the good stories about growing up with my mother.

Like most young kids, Mom was special for kissing my boo-boos and making fudge. And, like most teen-agers, I felt that Mom just did not understand. It is only as an adult that we can come to respect all that our parents do for us growing up, and if you are lucky enough to have an Aunt My, you can see your parents as individuals.

Marshall P. Duke wrote an article in the New York Times called “This Life: The Stories that Bind Us” in March 2017. He and Robyn Fisvush conducted research asking 20 questions about family history. They used their particular questions because respondents could not have learned the family history first-hand, they had to learn the information another way. He said “higher scores on the scale were associated with higher levels of self-esteem, an internal locus of control (a belief in one’s own capacity to control what happens to him or her), better family functioning, lower levels of anxiety, fewer behavioral problems, and better chances for good outcomes if a child faces educational or emotional/behavioral difficulties.”

He also said that the family history was relevant because “some people have to talk and some have to listen. The stories need to be told over and over, and the times of sitting together need to occur over many years to get the best results.”

One of my most treasured possessions is a recording of Mom’s brothers and sisters telling stories about their childhood. We were lucky to have a family member who could video tape the group telling the stories. We also had another person who added old photos of the person who was talking. It is quite the treasure.

If the technology scares you off, you can always write your family history. To begin, you can interview and record family members talking. To make the stories interesting, look for world events that happened at the time of your story. You can produce an entire book using Word. To get your family history published, you could contact some of the self-publishing services. No matter what you write, your family will appreciate your book, even if you copy it into a notebook.

Learning about family is like learning about history. Never stop learning.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By: Wanda Campbell
The Center for Lifelong Learning is starting a Travel Club. To be a member you are required to attend at least two meetings a year and to keep your contact information up-to-date as long as you are a member. There is no fee for membership.

The Travel Club will meet three times a year to plan trips. You do not have to go on a trip; we will have a slide show of the tours at the next meeting. Travel Club members will get $10 off every local trip scheduled.

The first meeting of the Travel Club will be Monday, December 4, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The meeting will be in the mezzanine upstairs. Refreshments are available.

Travel Club membership is from January-December 2018. Plan to attend and bring your friend.

Don’t forget the deadline for going to the Gaylord’s Opryland Resort Trip on Friday, December 1 is November 20. You still have time to sign up; there are four spaces left. The fee ($75/person) includes transportation, lunch and a ride through the 12 days of Christmas.

If you like to travel overseas, I hope you will join me for a trip to Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, October 13-19, 2018. The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. We will spend time seeing glaciers, volcanoes, Folk Art Museum, turf built homes, and floating icebergs. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Call Trish DiLullo at 256-233-8184 for more information.

The Center for Lifelong Learning is also looking for volunteers who might be interested in developing a Lifelong Learning Institute. The institute would include members, ages 50 and up, who are interested in continuing their learning and perhaps teaching a course based on their hobby or special interest. Those who might be interested should call me at 256-233-8262. If we can get enough volunteers, we can get the institute started.

We will have many new classes for 2018 that you might consider. If you are interested in what is happening in the world, you will enjoy Dessert and Discussion – Great Decisions. The discussion group will talk about several different topics – The Future of Europe; Trades, Jobs, and Politics; Conflict in the South China Sea; and Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons. Watch for more about that in our catalog.

We will also be bringing back a favorite – Caring for Older Adults Series. This time the classes will focus on Dementia/Alzheimer’s; Social Security, Estate Planning, and Medicare Rules. Watch for more about Caring for Older Adults in our catalog.

If you are not on our catalog list, you can always LIKE us on Facebook – Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University. We announce all our courses on this platform regularly. We are also on Instagram and Twitter and you can follow us at #CLL@ASU. Our winter/spring courses will start showing up on our website – – by December 1. You can check out the courses and register at the same time.

If you don’t like doing web registration, you can always call us. Call us at 256-233-8260, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Never Stop Learning.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By: Wanda Campbell
Every fall, the Center for Lifelong Learning engages in a flurry of activity. From the end of September to near the end of November we are busy with community events, class activities, and planning future classes, events, and activities.

Community Activities

Starting the last weekend in September this year, we hosted the Grease Festival. The next weekend was the Ol’ Time Fiddlers Convention. Starting on October 26, the Athens Storytelling Festival comes to town. And just three weeks after Storytelling, we are geared up for Christmas Open House. If you have not had the opportunity to participate in the community activities, I invite you to come on down. Although the Grease Festival and Fiddlers Convention have already passed, you still have time to attend the Athens Storytelling Festival and Christmas Open House.

The Athens Storytelling Festiva
l is jam-packed with great stories, nationally recognized storytellers, and lots of opportunity to mingle and buy author recordings and books. Donald Davis, Bill Lepp, Bill Harley, Geraldine Buckley, and The Dill Pickers are the featured artists. Get “the Whole Schebang” to come and go as you please throughout the entire festival, including Tuesday’s 5th Annual Dan Williams Local Tellers Competition. Or you can pick and choose what days you’d like to come. Tickets are available online.

The Christmas Open House event is sponsored by the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Athens. With activities scattered around the Courthouse, everyone enjoys the sounds and smells of Christmas. Carolers will be singing many of your favorite Christmas carols as they stroll through downtown. Santa will arrive in style at the Center for Lifelong Learning Center and will take toy requests. During the Christmas Open House, we will host Merry Market in the Mezzanine of our building. Merry Market gives home-based businesses an opportunity to sell on the Courthouse Square. Call Jennifer Williamson at 256-232-2600 for more information about fees and spaces.

Upcoming Classes
It is not too early to mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, April 11. The 2018 theme is Women Who Serve and the line-up of speakers is just fabulous. We are trying something new and offering three Dessert and Discussion Series. The first is a series on Caring For Older Adults. The four-week series will focus on Dementia, Social Security, and more. The second series will focus on Foreign Affairs. The topics for that discussion include Trade, Jobs, and Treaties, Crisis in the South China Sea and more. Our third series will focus on Our Town. Topics include Streets and People and so much more. We hope you will come out and discussion our topics while enjoying a dessert.

Like the iceberg that floats in the sea, what I have mentioned is just the beginning. There is so much more in the planning stages. We have trips, professional development courses, leisure fun, and so much more coming up.

Wait for more here, on our website – or stop by to see us at 121 South Marion Street. We would love to talk with you.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By: Wanda Campbell
A “once-in-a-lifetime” experience is something you will probably only do once. For me, visiting the Holy Land or watching the Aurora Borealis in Iceland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Most of us will only dream about that once-in-a-lifetime experience, but we can make our dreams come true.

In 2007, a movie titled The Bucket List came out. It was about two complete strangers finding themselves sharing a hospital room. They have two things in common: they need to come to grips with their illness and they want to do a number of things before they die. They check themselves out of the hospital and begin their once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The movie stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It is a fun movie about hope and growing old and not putting off experiences. Of course, Jack Nicholson’s character was a millionaire so he could afford everything.

Not all of our once-in-a-lifetime experiences are costly trips to Europe. Sometimes items on our bucket list are free or of little cost, but we put them off for another time. How long can you wait?

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is attributed to both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left over from those who hustle,” said Abraham Lincoln. Michael Landon said, “Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”

What is on your bucket list? I really want to know. You can call me at 256-233-8262 or email

My bucket list has a couple of things on it. I would like to take my kids on the trip of their lifetime. Two want to go to Ireland, and one wants to go to Italy and France on a cooking tour. For myself, I would like to go to Antarctica. I know it is a COLD, desolate place but I want to see it. Since I will probably never get to Antarctica, I have chosen to go to Iceland instead.

The Athens State Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights from October 13 through October 19, 2018. The trip is seven days and includes 10 meals. The tour includes Reykjavik, Northern Lights Cruise, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Vik, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre, Skogar Folk Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajökull Glacier, and Blue Lagoon.

What an opportunity to discover Iceland, a land forged by fire and ice. It has steaming lava fields and massive glaciers, thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. It is also a rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis — one of nature’s most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights. I have been told that the Northern Lights are going away so I really want to see them, if I can.

I may never be able to pronounce the places that I will travel, but I am sure it will be amazing. If you are interested in traveling with me, there will be a trip briefing on Monday, October 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Waters Hall Conference Room on the 3rd floor. If you plan to attend, call me at 256-233-8262. We will also discuss the trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By: Wanda Campbell
At the Center for Lifelong Learning, fall classes will begin on Tuesday, September 5. Whether you are looking for something for career growth or you want something fun, at the Center we have something for everyone. Check out our website – – for a complete listing of classes or call us at 256-233-8260.

YOGA – Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays, September 5 – December 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $5/per session or buy a 5 session or 10 session punch card.
Have you always wanted to try Yoga? This is your chance to get started. This Level One Class connecting postures (asanas) with breath, flowing from one posture to the next. The class includes standing and floor postures while elevating the heart rate to a moderate level. This means you will be breathing moderately but still able to speak. Depending on how you feel about your progress, the instructor will show ways to both increase and extend the pose or keep the pose at a beginner level. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothing.

CompTIA Security+ (Beginner to Intermediate Course) – Tuesdays, September 5 – October 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $1495/person (includes $375 voucher to take exam, ebook study guide and workbook). No class September 19.
CompTIA(c) Security+ Certification covers the essentials in understanding best practices in Network Security and Risk Management. This comprehensive course will prepare the participant to take the Security+ exam. Topics includes: Network security, compliance, threats, vulnerabilities, malware, penetration testing, application, data and host security, access control and identity management and cryptography.

Ballroom Dance: Waltz – Thursday, September 7 – September 28, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $50/person
Ballroom dance refers to many different types of partner dances. It is a good way to meet people, a fun way to exercise, and can be very competitive. The purpose of our dance classes is to build confidence. Most importantly, it is to have fun.

The first of our ballroom dances is the waltz. The waltz began as a country folk dance in Austria and Bavaria in the 1600s. It was the first dance where a man held a woman close to his body. This class will introduce patterns, steps, and sways for the dance. Bring your favorite person and join us for waltz.

EC-Council CEH Certified Ethical Hacker, Mondays – September 11 – November 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., $2895 (includes $599 voucher to take the exam, ebook study guide, and workbook). No class September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30.
Advanced course requires two years’ work experience in information security. This advanced training course for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam will provide professionals the knowledge and skills that hackers use to target systems so that professionals can work legally and ethically to improve security systems. Participants will be prepared to take the EC-Council CEH exam. Topics includes: Malware operations, mobile technologies, risk assessment, firewalls, cryptography, threat modeling, vulnerabilities, testing, and professional standards.

These are just a few of the courses listed for this fall. Watch for Music Mat for babies and toddlers, 3-5 year olds and ACT Strategies and Prep for teens. And don’t forget the trip to Gaylord’s Opryland Resort December 1. Check out the website – – or give us a call at 256-233-8260.

By: Wanda Campbell
We are about to launch our 3rd Annual Lunch and Learn Leadership Certificate Program. This year our theme is Strengths-Based Leadership based on the book – Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. This certificate program explores our individual strengths as leaders with a concentration on how to best optimize those strengths in our professional and personal lives.

The Strengths-Based Leadership Certificate Program meets in Athens at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the second Thursday of the month, beginning October 12. There are six meetings scheduled to complete the course. If you are planning to earn the Strengths-Based Leadership Certificate, you must complete the following: attendance / participation in five of the six monthly meetings; complete required reading assignments in the textbook; and submit a text summary (book report). You can also attend the meetings without working towards the certificate program. This year we are expanding the program to the Decatur area. We will meet at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave, NE, on the second Tuesday of the month.

This Lunch and Learn features our Coordinating Lecturer, Dr Robert White and several guest speakers. The program begins with a networking lunch from 11:30 a.m. – noon. Speakers will begin their presentations at noon, and you will be ready to go back to work about 1:00 p.m. Lunch is included in the fee for the program.

The series fee is $175, which includes all six sessions, handouts, the textbook, and your lunch at each session. If you are not sure you will be able to attend all of the sessions or you don’t plan to earn the certificate, you can register monthly. The fee for the monthly meeting is $30. You will have to purchase the textbook separately at a cost of $30.

We will begin taking registrations for the series September 1. Remember we are also taking registrations for Dance classes and Yoga.

The Dance classes will start with the Waltz. Waltz is the best dance to learn because it is the foundation for many other dances. Dance lessons increase poise, confidence, and are good exercise. Taking lesson is a wonderful “date night.” Waltz is scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., September 7 – September 28, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $50/person. You can register online at or call us at 256-233-8260.

Yoga is Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the mezzanine of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $5 per session. This is a Level One Class connecting postures (asanas) with breath, flowing from one posture to the next. The class includes standing and floor postures while elevating the heart rate to a moderate level. This means you will be breathing moderately but still able to speak. The teacher will show ways to increase and extend the pose or keep the pose at a beginner level knowing the participants will enjoy the class but see progress in a short time if they stick with it. Bring own mat, wear comfortable clothing.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

By: Wanda Campbell
The Center for Lifelong Learning was really hopping July 17-20.

Gross Science was learning how the body works. CSI for Kids was investigating fingerprints and blood splatter. Art Explorers for 8-12 year olds was doing art in nature and the Art Explorers for 5-7 year olds had fun with art.

Summer camps this year have been so much fun and the kids had a grand time Hip Hopping, playing soccer at Soccer Camp and golfing at Canebrake.

This has been our busiest camp season so far. July 24-27 was the last week for camps. We were at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur for Art Explorers and Dr. Seuss’ STEM Camp. Both camps were for 8-12 year olds.

Art Explorers camp focused on each child’s creativity through the use of imagination and art mediums. Campers discovered different themes and various techniques to express themselves artistically. Each day was a brand new art adventure.

Dr Seuss’ STEM Camp one brick, two brick, red brick, blue brick! It was fun with Dr. Seuss STEM. We had different STEM challenges based off Dr. Seuss’ classic books — building a tower for Yertle, having a Butter Battle, playing with Oobleck, and much more! Great camp for kids who love to create and build! Watch for more STEM and Art camps next year.

Our Fall Catalog will be out in just a couple of days. We will be hosting Yoga during lunch, new Blacksmith classes, and Dance. It is a great time to learn to waltz, foxtrot, and quick step. If you need a catalog for fall, call our office at 256-233-8260 or go online and request a catalog at

Yoga will start first in the fall beginning Tuesday, September 5. Yoga is Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Mezzanine of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $5 per session. Remember to bring your mat and enjoy the respite in the middle of the day.

Blacksmith classes are back with new projects. Travis Fleming and Al Stephens will focus on Plant Hangers at the September 30th class. October 14, the focus will be on a modified coat rack. November 4, the class will work on an advanced project – adjustable colonial candlestick, just in time for Christmas presents. Classes are held at Travis Fleming’s blacksmith shop, 208 Commercial Dr, Athens. The fee is $89 for beginner classes, $99 for advanced classes.
Also returning this fall is our very popular Sign Language classes. Beginning Sign Language is offered from 6-7 p.m. and Intermediate Sign Language is offered from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Classes begin September 26 and last six weeks. The fee is $99/person and there are family discounts.

Learning is an adventure. Learning is a lifestyle.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262