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 – www.athens.edu/cll – 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 – www.athens.edu/cll 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 wanda.campbell@athens.edu.

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 – www.athens.edu/cll – 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 – www.athens.edu/cll – 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 www.athens.edu/CLL 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 www.athens.edu/cll.

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

There is still a lot of summer left. At the Center for Lifelong Learning, we have eight camps available for children.

Starting the week of July 10, we have Hip Hop Camp and Soccer Camp. Pop! Lock! Break! The Hip Hop Camp explores the most popular dance craze in the world. Learn high-energy steps that you can combine with your own freestyle form to create the perfect hip-hop combination. Family and friends will be amazed when you show off your latest moves. No previous dance experience required. Hip Hop Camp is offered Mon-Thu, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, in the Mezzanine of the Center. The fee is $95 and you can register online or by calling our office at 256-233-8260. Soccer Camp is also offered the week of July 10, Mon-Thu, from 9:00am – 11:00am. The fee is $75.

The week of July 17 there will be four camps – two Art Explorers, Gross Science, and CSI for Kids. The Art Explorers camps focus on each child’s creativity through the use of imagination and art mediums. Campers will discover different themes and various techniques to express themselves artistically. Be prepared to get messy — each day will be a brand new art adventure! The camp for 8-12 year olds is scheduled from 9:00am to 12:00pm while the Art Explorers from 5-7 years old will meet from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Camp runs Mon-Thu, July 17-20, and will be held at the Center. The fee is $65.

Gross Science and CSI for Kids will be held on the Athens State University campus in Waters Hall, Room N302. Gross Science is a fun exploration of the slimy, smelly, weird things that happen in the human body. This camp is scheduled Mon-Wed, 9:00am to 12:00pm, July 17-19. The fee is $75. In the CSI for Kids camp, you’ll be amazed at the mysteries you can solve simply by using your keen eye, profiling skills, and analytical expertise! Be a modern-day sleuth, and put your detective skills to the test. Camp is scheduled Mon-Wed, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, July 17-19. The fee is $75.

The last week of July, our camps will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. Monday through Thursday, July 24-27, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Art Explorers will be exploring art mediums and having a creative time. From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dr. Seuss’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp will have different STEM challenges based off Dr. Seuss’ classic books. Build a tower for Yertle, have a Butter Battle, play with Oobleck, and much more! Great camp for kids who love to create and build! The fee for Dr. Seuss’ STEM Camp is $115.

You can find out more about our camps by calling 256-233-8260 or check out our webpage www.athens.edu/CLL.

We look forward to seeing your children at camp.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale now for “The Story Behind The Song: Songwriters Showcase,” which will be presented on Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 122 Second Avenue, Decatur, Alabama. Tickets are $15 each.

The Songwriters Showcase features Nashville songwriters Phillip White, Monty Holmes, and Mark Narmore performing an array of award-winning songs that they have written for Country Music’s Top Recording Artists. Each songwriter will also talk about what was happening in their lives that inspired the song to “come to life” and how they worked with the singers and recording artists to tell the story. White, Holmes, and Narmore have each received numerous awards and accolades, including ACM Song of the Year (Phillip White), Songs from Grammy-Award Winning Country Album of the Year (Monty Holmes), and Most Played Country Song on the Radio (Mark Narmore).

Phillip White is an Alabama native who has spent the last 20+ years writing songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Bonnie Tyler, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, and Neal McCoy are some of the artists who have recorded Phillip’s work. Rascal Flatts recorded White’s “I’m Movin’ On,” which won the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year. White has been recognized in the TV and film industry as well, writing “I’m A Survivor,” the theme song for Reba McEntire’s self-titled hit TV show. His work is also featured on the soundtrack for the film Act of Valor.

Monty Holmes’ love of traditional country music was instilled in him as a child growing up in Lubbock, Texas. Monty has penned several hit songs for George Strait, including the chart toppers “I Know She Still Loves Me,” “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” and from the 2009 Grammy award winning Country Album of the Year, “Troubadour” and “House of Cash.” In 2009, “Troubadour” was honored with the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International’s “One of the 10 Songs I Wish I Had Written” award, which is voted on by fellow songwriters. Monty co-wrote Lee Ann Womack’s debut single, “Never Again, Again,” as well as “What I Do the Best” for John Michael Montgomery.

Mark Narmore hails from the music mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He has over 80 major recordings to his credit including the likes of Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Terri Clark, Craig Morgan, Shenandoah, Blackhawk, Brandy Clark, Sylvia, Tracy Lawrence and Michelle Wright. Mark’s first country hit was “The Moon over Georgia,” recorded by Shenandoah, followed by Blackhawk’s “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday.” In 2005, Mark co-wrote the most played country song on the radio that year and also Billboard’s #8 song for the 2000’s decade, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” Mark has a bronze star in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in the Shoals for his achievements.

This is the second Songwriters Showcase offered by Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning, and we are so pleased to bring this summer concert once again to North Alabama. To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.athens.edu/CLL. Then click on “Current Courses,” and find the Songwriters Showcase on June 23 in the Events Calendar. Tickets are also available by calling 256-233-8260 or by stopping by the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 South Marion Street in Athens.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

I am a big fan of old wives tales and Mother Goose rhymes. As I was cleaning out the closet in my youngest son’s room to turn the room into an office, I came across a Disney encyclopedia of old wives tales and nursery rhymes called Hodge Podge. I remember buying it for the kids and I remember reading it to them a lot, especially my youngest.

It seemed like every day I was reading the “Monday’s Child.”
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child that is born on a Sunday,
Is bonnie and blithe, and good and gay.

This rhyme was first recorded in A. E. Bray’s Traditions of Devonshire (Volume II, pp. 287–288) in 1838 and was based on folk tales of a child’s fortune according to the day they were born. When I read the poem I was hoping to be a Monday’s child, but it turned out I was a Saturday’s child.

While researching “Monday’s Child,” I found it published in a collection of Mother Goose tales. Mother Goose tales were told in France and England in the 1590s. They were published in the United States in 1786. There are many, many tales of Mother Goose. Most are just fun rhymes, some have morals, and some just retell ideas from the past, like “Monday’s Child.”

Mother Goose tales are a great way to get kids interested in words and reading. They are fun stories, they rhyme, and they are easy to read. Albert Einstein said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

This summer, the Center for Lifelong Learning will host a Kids’ Enrichment Challenge, Monday – Thursday, June 12-15, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for the child who loves to learn – even in the summer! Reading and mathematical abilities will be further advanced through challenging, enriching, and thought-provoking activities. Critical-thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills will also be incorporated into each fun and exciting day. This camp is a MUST for every child who thrives on academic challenges and social interaction. Recommended age: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. You can register for this program online at www.athens.edu/cll or call us at 256-233-8262.

The Center is offering many camps this summer. If you have not registered, don’t wait too long. Three camps are already filled. Camps are offered in Athens and at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. Children from age 5 and up can come to camp. Camps are designed for specific age groups for better learning and safe fun.

For the whole family, we will be offering the Songwriters Showcase – The Story Behind the Song. This concert is Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave. NE, Decatur. Get your tickets online at www.athens.edu/cll or call us at 256-233-8260.

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

In 1934, DuBose Heyward wrote “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” George and Ira Gershwin put the music and lyrics together for the musical Porgy and Bess. The song, “Summertime” quickly became a favorite jazz standard.

In 1958, the Jamies recorded another summer time favorite – “It’s summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime.” I sing that song in my head every summer at least 100 times. It is a snappy tune and you can remember the words because – “It’s summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime.”

This summer, at the Center for Lifelong Learning, a group of kids will be writing their own words in a summer camp called “Words Alive: Adventures in Writing and Illustrating Short Stories.” Students will develop their own story web; and from there the stories will take off! This camp, recommended for ages 10 and up, is June 5-8, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Center for Lifelong Learning. More information is on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL.

We have added two new camps to our summer listing. These did not make the catalog and you don’t want to miss them.

ART TROPICS will be offered on June 26-29, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave, NE, Decatur, Alabama. Artist Lessons ~ Projects ~ Music ~ Outdoor Activities and a ton of smiles, laughs and FUN! We will go on new adventures with famous artists, discovering their artwork and experiencing their techniques. This camp is for ages 5-10 and there is more information on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL.

The other new camp is COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGN CAMP offered June 19-22, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. also at the Alabama Center for the Arts. Have you ever wanted to learn to draw on the computer or learn Photoshop? This camp will spark creativity, engagement, exploration and individual expression. This camp is for ages 10 and up. You can find more information on our website or call us at 256-236-8260.

Two more camps will be held by the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. ART EXPLORERS, July 24, 9:00 a.m. – noon and DR. SEUSS STEM CAMP, July 24-27, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ART EXPLORERS focuses on each child’s creativity through the use of imagination and art mediums. Be prepared to get messy – each day will be a brand-new art adventure! At the DR. SEUSS STEM CAMP, we will have different STEM challenges based on Dr. Seuss’ classic books. This is a great camp for kids who love to create and build!

Do you have a child who loves to learn – even in the summer? We have the Kids’ Enrichment Challenge, June 12-15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This camp is a reading and math challenge full of enriching and thought-provoking activities. Critical thinking and reasoning skills will be incorporated into each exciting day. This camp is for rising 3rd – 6th graders. Call 256-233-8260 or check out the website – www.athens.edu/CLL.

Our summer camps start in just two weeks. We have camps for future engineers, artists, writers, and chefs. You will need to register early for your favorite camps. Summertime is going to great fun at the Center for Lifelong Learning.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262