12-2-2016-9-36-47-amIn December 1946, James “Jimmy” Stewart (1908–1997) starred in a movie titled It’s A Wonderful Life. The film was directed by Frank Capra and also starred Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell.

This movie did not do well at the box-office, but was praised critically and nominated for several Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Its popularity grew over the years as the movie won the favor of new generations through annual airing of the movie and the success of DVD sales.

In the movie, George Bailey (Stewart) has so many problems that he is thinking about ending it all on Christmas! The film shows his life in flashbacks as George’s situation is discussed in heaven. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence (Travers). Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

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Clarence says, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

If you have never seen the movie, plan to watch it on NBC on December 3rd or on USA on December 10th. Keep the Kleenex handy and enjoy it with your whole family.

In case you don’t know about Jimmy Stewart, he was an American actor, World War II and Vietnam War veteran, and Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve who appeared in many film roles. From the beginning of his career in 1935 through his final project in 1991, Stewart appeared in more than 92 films, television programs, and short films. In 1999, he was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age of Hollywood by the American Film Institute. Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant were number one and number two, respectively.

Other family friendly films starring Stewart include Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, also directed by Frank Capra; Harvey, directed by Henry Koster; and my favorite, The Cheyenne Social Club, which also starred Henry Fonda and was directed by Gene Kelly.

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama about a newly appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt political system. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington was controversial when it was released, but also successful at the box office, and made Stewart a major movie star.

Harvey is a 1950 comedy-drama about a man whose best friend is a “pooka” named Harvey — in the form of a six-foot, three-and-a-half-inch tall invisible rabbit. A pooka is a creature of Celtic folklore who brings both good and bad fortune. The movie is a lot of fun for the whole family, but it is dated.

The Cheyenne Social Club is a 1970 Western comedy starring James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Shirley Jones. It’s the story about an aging cowboy who inherits a brothel and decides to turn it into a respectable boarding house, against the wishes of both the townspeople and the ladies working there. I have never laughed so hard during a movie.

Stewart did not stop with being an actor. He also published a collection of poems and stories about his everyday life. Jimmy Stewart and His Poems is available at Amazon.com, and you can watch him reading selections on YouTube.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

11-4-2016-10-51-48-amAthens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning will be hosting The Story Behind the Song: A Songwriters Showcase. The event will be held on Friday, November 11, 2017, at 6:30 pm in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus.

We are so excited to bring these talented musicians to McCandless Hall in an unplugged format. Each songwriter will play his songs and talk about the inspiration behind his writing.Tickets are $20 for the reserved seating show and are available now for purchase at the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 South Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. For more information about the concert, call 256-233-8260 or visit www.athens.edu/cll.

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Songwriter Phillip White is a Rogersville native, a graduate of Austin High School in Decatur, and the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year for his hit “I’m Movin’ On” (Rascal Flatts). He has written songs for artists such as Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, George Strait, and Kenny Rogers. During the past twenty years he’s been published by some of music row’s most respected publishers including Murrah Music, Disney, Universal, and Sea Gayle Music. He recently signed with Fluid Music Revolution and Spirit Music Publishing.

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Monty Holmes grew up in Lubbock, Texas. His grandfather exposed him to a great record collection and such artists as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. From Ray Price to the Rolling Stones, Holmes’ songs reflect his varied musical influences. Throughout the years, Holmes has worked with Whitey Shafer, Hank Cockran, Glenn Martin, Don Sampson, Donnie Kees, Tony Mullins, Leslie Satcher, Scotty Emerick, Brice Long, Buddy Cannon, and Phillip White. He has written songs for George Strait, including chart toppers “I know She Still Loves Me,” “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” and the 2009 Grammy Award winning Country Album of the Year, “Troubador” and “House of Cash.” Holmes is currently an ASCAP writer but is a multiple BMI “million-air,” an honor for writers with over 1 million broadcast performances.

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Clint Daniels is a Florida native, inspired by bluegrass music. After graduating from high school, he moved to Nashville to pursuit a career in country music. He had two singles on the charts – “A Fool’s Progress” and “When I Grow Up.” Since leaving Epic Records, Daniels has co-written songs with other country artists, including the Number One hit “Brokenheartsville” by Joe Nichols and “Roll with Me” by Montgomery Gentry, as well as Brooks and Dunn’s “God Must Be Busy.”

This is going to be a wonderful concert. I know you will enjoy yourself. The show is sponsored by Guitar Center, Huntsville. Stop by the Center to pick up your tickets today.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

10-21-2016-2-55-54-pmAlfred Nobel (October 21, 1833 – December 10, 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. He was best known for inventing dynamite. He held 355 different patents for inventions during his lifetime.

He is also known for the Nobel Prizes given each year. These prizes recognize five categories regardless of country of origin. Three of the prizes awarded are Physical Science, Chemistry and Medicine. Another prize given is Literature and the fifth prize is given for the furtherance of Peace.

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In The Nobel Prize: The First 100 Years, Kjell Espmark states that “[a]mong the five prizes provided for in Alfred Nobel’s will (1895), one was intended for the person who, in the literary field, had produced ‘the most outstanding work in an ideal direction’.”

I tell you all of this because Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman May 24, 1941), singer, songwriter, author, and artist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, announced that the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

When I heard the announcement last week, I was jumping up and down and dancing in my seat. It was too exciting. I understand that some people think that he should not have been awarded such a distinguished prize. His nasally, mumble voice is very difficult to understand at times. But, the lyrics are “work in an ideal direction.” And, I love to read the lyrics – the poetry. The songs are full of imagery and symbolism.
Dylan has been around for five decades. Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards. He won eleven Grammy Awards for songs that included “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Mr. Tamborine Man,” “Like a Rollin’ Stone,” and “Highway 61 Revisited.” He won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for the song “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys.

Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

If you have never listened to (or read) the works of Bob Dylan, I recommend you surf the web and check out this talented word master. You will not regret it. If you would like to hear Bob Dylan locally, you can try to get tickets to the Von Braun Center on October 29th.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

10-7-2016-12-32-28-pmIt is already October; just 79 days until Christmas, and 42 days until Christmas Open House. Where does the time go?

AND, this week-end is the Fiddlers’ Convention. The Center for Lifelong Learning will have a booth on the campus of Athens State University, next to McCandless Hall. Y’all come see us there! We will have tickets to the Songwriters’ Showcase on November 11th, raffle tickets for an acoustic guitar and a month of lessons from the Guitar Center in Huntsville, and the Lifelong Recipes cookbook that was just published. We will tell you about dance lessons and blacksmith classes, about upcoming trips, and so much more. Even if you are not interested in those things, stop by and say hi!

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Coming up next week is the Leadership Lunch and Learn. The theme for this year is The Ethical Leader. This short-term, focused series is an ideal way to add to your skill set or update a previously completed certificate. The Ethical Leader Certificate will be awarded to those students who attend all five sessions and complete the outside reading assignment. This program will begin October 13th, and continue to April 13th. Courses are scheduled once a month, on Thursday, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is one outside reading assignment. This program is approved for 20 contact hours of training or two (2) CEUs. The fee is $25/per session, but is you register for the whole series you can save $30. Chamber Members can register for $15/per session. Sessions are held at the Center for Lifelong Learning, located at 121 South Marion Street in Athens. Because lunch is provided, pre-registration is required. The program begins with lunch at 11:00 am, class will start at 11:30 am and end no later than 1:00 pm.

10-7-2016-12-32-48-pmThe October 13th class is The Ethical Leader, taught by Dr. Robert White, director of the Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics, and professor of religion at Athens State University. For more information about the course, you can contact Wanda Campbell at 256-233-8262 or email wanda.campbell@athens.edu.

October 19th we will conclude the Caring for Older Adults program with Linda Spalla, author of “Catch Your Breath: Tender Meditations for Caregivers.” The program will be held in Huntsville at the Dynetics Solutions Complex, 1004 Explorer Boulevard, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch is provided with this program, and the first 50 people who register will receive a copy of Ms. Spalla’s book. The fee for the program is $25 which includes lunch. Limited transportation to Huntsville is available on a first call, first served basis. To register for the program, and reserve your seat in the van, call 256-233-8260. Also available for this program are local experts who will discuss transition to assisted living, hiring sitters, and managing medicine as well as other topics.

If you want to know more about what is happening at the Center for Lifelong Learning, stop by 121 South Marion Street, in Athens – on the east side of the Courthouse, or give us a call at 256-233-8260. You can find us on Facebook – Center for Lifelong Learning – Athens State University, and on the web at www.athens.edu/cll.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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9-16-2016-10-31-12-amSeptember is always a busy month at the Center for Lifelong Learning. We have just published our fall catalog with the course offerings for the rest of the year. If you did not get a catalog, you can stop by the Center, located at 121 South Marion Street, in Athens.

This fall we offer Blacksmith Classes taught by Travis Fleming and Al Stephens. Classes are offered on Saturdays – September 17, October 8, and November 5. Sign Language will start on September 20, and the Lunch and Learn Series: Caring for Older Adults will start on September 28. And this is just the beginning of the offerings.

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For those who can’t make it to class but want to continue their education, we offer over 300 professional development and leisure courses online, everything from accounting to languages is available. You can check out our website at www.athens.edu/cll – then, click on Online Learning. One of the newest courses to add to the online learning library is Microsoft Excel – Pivot Tables. Most organizations rely heavily on Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables to analyze and report financial information. Your company is probably no exception. With this course, you can impress your coworkers by learning how to create functional and eye-catching interactive dashboards using a combination of Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts, and Slicers.

9-16-2016-10-31-58-amThis fall we have also partnered with the Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics to offer a Bible Studies Certificate Course. Using the book, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation, this course will focus the methods and ethics of interpretation. Dr. Tony Moyers, author of the book, will lead the discussion. Classes are scheduled the first Tuesday of the month and will continue from October 4, 2016 through April 4, 2017. Class is held at the Center for Lifelong Learning from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, each session. The fee is $5 per session. The textbook is available at the Athens State Bookstore.

This course is a non-denominational academic study that will guide students in the understanding of methods commonly used by biblical scholars in the study of the Bible. The methods will focus on historical, literary, and reader-oriented aspects of biblical interpretation. Everyone is welcome to come to the discussions each month. Those students who attend six sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

For those of you who don’t know him, Dr. Tony L. Moyers is a professor of religion and philosophy at Athens State University. He is the department chair of the humanities and social sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Biblical studies from Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. Dr. Moyers did additional graduate work at Vanderbilt University and is also the author of The Moral Life: Obligation and Affirmation.

We hope to see you at one of our classes or on one of our trips. We are going to New Orleans in March 2017 and would love for you to travel with us. Information is available on the website or stop by to get a brochure.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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9-2-2016 2-49-42 PMWhat are you doing Friday night, September 2? Has it been awhile since you’ve been out for a fun evening? Now is the time to get your groove on. From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Friday, the Center for Lifelong Learning will introduce our new dance instructor, Tim Eum. There will be music, fun, and refreshments. The fee is only $20 per couple, and you can check out Tim and what happens in a dance class.

Tim started dancing in college, and has been teaching for 40 years. This semester he will focus on the Swing dances. Here is your chance to learn how to do East and West Coast Swing, as well as Single Swing. So bring your partner and your friends and make it a great Friday night.

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Can’t make it to our meet the instructor event, the East Coast Swing class will start on Thursday, September 6, from 6:00 pm – 7:00pm. Classes are scheduled until September 27. The fee is $45/person. You can register by calling 256-233-8260 or go to our website – www.athens.edu/cll.

Then, on Tuesday, September 6, we will be starting our Bible Studies Certificate Course. This course is a non-denominational academic study. This series of classes will focus on the methods and ethics of interpretation by using the textbook, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation. The discussion will focus on methods commonly used by biblical scholars in the study of the Bible and will focus on historical and literary aspects of Biblical interpretation. Students who attend all eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Class is held on the first Tuesday of the month through April 2017. The fee is $40 for the series or $5 for the session. You can come to all of the classes or just come for the discussion when you can. The textbook is available at the Bookstore on the Athens State University campus, in Sandridge Student Union. Please pre-register for sessions as space is limited. You can register by calling 256-233-8260 or to the website – www.athens.edu/cll.

Friday, September 16, the Introduction to Handgun Safety class will be held at the Center for Lifelong Learning from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. This class is a beginner class for those who want to know basic handgun safety and self-defense laws. Students should not bring their guns to this class. Paul Foreman, another columnist for AthensNow will be teaching the class.

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On Saturday, September 17, the Center will be offering Basic Blacksmith and Saving Money with Coupons. Basic Blacksmith class is taught by Al Stephens and Travis Fleming. Class is held at 208 Commercial Avenue from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The fee is $85 per person. Saving Money with Coupons is taught by Kristan Stanton. Class will be held at the Center from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The fee is $35 per person.

And that is just the beginning. Fall is the busiest time of the year for us. Classes are held nearly every day. For the most recent information or to keep up with what is happening at the Center, LIKE us on Facebook at Center for Lifelong Learning – Athens State University. You can also check out our website – www.athens.edu/cll.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

8-19-2016 9-37-44 AMFootball is the sport that comes to mind most often when thinking about sports in Alabama. I would bet that most of you could name players on one team or another in high school, college, or professional football.

But, did you know that Alabama has many significant athletes with Olympic ties?

Jesse Owens is probably the best known Olympic athlete from Alabama. Owens was from Lawrence County originally, but moved to Ohio State University for college. In 1936, he ruled the Olympics in Berlin. He won gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, and 4 x 100-meter relay. That record stood until 1984.

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In 1984, Carl Lewis, from Birmingham, won gold medals in the same Olympic events that Jesse Owens won. Lewis went on to win four consecutive gold medals in the long jump in 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996, and two consecutive gold medals in the 100-meter dash in 1984 and 1988.

Remember Mia Hamm? Hamm was a popular soccer athlete from the 1990s. Born in Selma, Alabama, Mia (Mariel Margaret Hamm) led her teams to medals in three Olympics. In 1996 at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, in 2000 at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and in 2004 in Athens, Greece. Mia Hamm retired at age 32 in 2004 with 158 goals and 144 assists in international play.

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The Auburn Swimming and Diving Program is well represented in international competition. Numerous Auburn swimmers have competed in the Olympic Games and 14 have won 32 medals. Kirsty Coventry of Harare, Zimbabwe, is the most decorated Auburn Olympian. She won seven Olympic medals (two gold medals, four silver medals, and one bronze medal) in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. Rowdy Gaines of Florida won three Olympic gold medals in 1984 and was one of the fastest swimmers in the world during his era.

Alabama native Jennifer Kay Chandler (1959- ), from Langdale, won the gold medal for springboard diving in the 1976 Montreal Olympics at the age of 17. She led from the first dive and won by nearly 50 points over silver medalist Krista Kohler of what was then the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. She also competed in the 1978 World Championships and qualified for the U.S.-boycotted 1980 Olympics but retired soon after.

The information for this article comes from the Encyclopedia of Alabama, a free, online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment. The site offers articles on Alabama’s famous people, historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more. It is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Auburn University, and the Alabama State Department of Education.
By: Wanda Campblell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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8-5-2016 11-52-11 AMFor the past two years, the Cook Book Club has met each Monday for lunch. Since that time, we have tested over 150 recipes. The recipes were everything from family favorites to experiments with new flavors and unusual ingredients, and some of the recipes were trial and error. A few were trials of things found on the Internet. Regardless, this was the most fun I have had in several years.

I thought Cook Book Club would be an easy project. It was not. You would think eating good food would be a simple thing. The problem comes from trying to pick the best recipe which contains the newest flavors, and using exotic ingredients. After all, we don’t want the same cookbook that everyone else has published.

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One of our most exotic and versatile finds turns out to be a Mexican turnip called Jicama (pronounced hee-kum-muh). Jicama looks like a dirty potato, and its skin is yellow and papery. The inside is creamy white with a crisp texture like a raw potato or pear. The flavor is sweet and starchy, kind of like apples or raw green beans, and it is usually eaten raw. It can be cut into thin wedges and dipped in salsa, or added to salads, fresh fruit combinations, soups, and other cooked dishes. It was a tasty addition to our offerings.

One of the best recipes I tasted at Cook Book Club was Shrimp with Vanilla Chili Sauce. It was a unique blend of sweet and spicy that made for great flavor. I would never think to add vanilla bean to chili sauce, because I am a little old fashioned and use a traditional mix of carrots, onions, and garlic to season my recipes. According to the cooking shows, this mix of chopped vegetables is called mirepoix (pronounced meer-pwah).

The Cook Book Club also experimented with other combinations. We tasted a pork recipe flavored with marjoram, a leafy, aromatic spice. In addition, we tasted a chocolate cake using zucchini. It was deliciously rich and moist. We used egg roll wrappers to make appetizers as well as main dishes, and we used wonton wrappers to do the same. My favorite was pastrami and cheese with spicy mustard in egg roll wrappers, followed by the Pierogie (potato) wontons.

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There are so many wonderful recipes in the finished product, and we are relieved as well as excited to head to the printers next week. If you would like a copy, you can get one at the Fiddlers’ Convention in October. Look for us in the Arts and Crafts tents. We will be selling cookbooks and tickets to the Song Writers’ Showcase. The Showcase will highlight Phillip White, Brice Long, and Clint Daniels. All of these fellows are country music songwriters and have written for several country stars. You can find out more about the songwriters on our website – www.athens.edu/cll.

Our fall catalog will be out on August 8th. If you don’t get one in the mail, stop by the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 South Marion Street to pick up one. We are all about growing professionally, learning in your leisure time, and traveling to learn.
Come join us!
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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7-16-2016 10-20-30 AMOur fall catalog is almost ready for the printers and will be in mail boxes soon. We have a full schedule of professional and career courses, lots of leisure options, and there are travel options available, too.

August will kick off with the Accounting CPE Forum on Friday, August 5, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This course includes two sessions beginning with Interpreting Financial Statements: A Review of the New SSARS 21, followed by the Tax Update. The Review of SSARS 21 features such topics as implementing SSARS 21 during the busy season, engagement letter best practices, and FASB ASU updates. The Tax Update will include an overview of individual and small business tax considerations. This course is approved for six hours of CPE credits, including 3.5 in Accounting and Auditing. The fee for this course is $150.

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In August, we will also be taking registrations for the online course, Chris Biffle Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Children. In this course, participants examine an effective, multi-level yearlong classroom management system based on cutting edge learning research. Teachers will learn how to engage students in lessons that involve seeing, hearing, doing, speaking, and feeling. Participants will study the key design elements of a Whole Brain Teaching Model Classroom. This approach fosters critical thinking skills, and nurtures individual student improvement, both academically and socially. The class is scheduled September 12 – December 12. The fee is $150. More information is on our website – www.athens.edu/cll. Be sure to sign up by September 9.

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NEW! This fall CLL is offering the Bible Studies Certificate Course, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation. Using the book, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation, this series of eight classes will focus on two key areas: methods and ethics of interpretation. The discussion will center on methods commonly used by biblical scholars in the study of the Bible, and will focus on historical and literary aspects of biblical interpretation. Everyone is welcome to come to the discussions each month. This class is a non-demoninational academic study. Those students who attend all eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Each session is $5. Classes are held once a month, on the first Tuesday, beginning August 2, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The textbook is available at the Athens State Book Store.

7-16-2016 10-20-49 AMThe facilitator for this course is Dr. Tony L. Moyers, author of the textbook and a professor of religion at Athens State University. He received his Ph.D. in biblical studies from Baylor University. Professor Moyers did additional graduate work at Vanderbilt University, and is the author of The Moral Life: Obligation and Affirmation.

Back to school is just around the corner, and we are ready for you to learn. For more information about these classes or the rest of the catalog, you can watch the web site – www.athens.edu – or call us at 256-233-8260.

You can also get up-to-date information from our social media site. Like us on Facebook at Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University. You can also tweet or follow us at CLL at Athens State on Twitter or Instagram.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

See you in the schoolyard.

7-1-2016 3-03-05 PMSummer does not seem like a good time to learn with the children out of school. But school is not the only way to learn.

This summer, the Center for Lifelong Learning has sponsored several successful camps. Our first camp, Archery Camp, filled quickly and had a waiting list. The kids in that camp learned to shoot arrows and practiced for tournaments.

From Cows to Cotton was almost full as well. We had nine children in that camp. This was a chance for city kids (and farm kids) to get close to animals and crops. The group visited Mrs. Margaret Barnett’s fields where Mr. Darryl Adams was housing some cows. Mrs. Barnett has new born kittens so it was doubly fun to visit and see “farm animals.” We also visited the Tennessee Valley Experimental and Extension Center farm on Mooresville Rd. Mr. Chet Norris explained wheat, corn and cotton crops to us as well as telling us that cows drink a bathtub full of water each day. WOW! At the Farmers Co-op, we picked up some plants to put in our gardens. One student, Raiden, was very excited about his jalapeño pepper. Thanks to Mr. Cooper and Ms Amy, we finished off the camp making home-made butter and ice cream.

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But it is not too late to get into camps. We still have July camps waiting. You can register by phone at 256-233-8260, on the web at www.athens.edu/CLL, or at our offices 121 South Marion Street.

The week of July 11th, we will offer three camps. The first one is Chess Camp for ages 8-12. The game of Chess focuses on strategies which are long term goals and tactics which are short term goals. This camp is for kids who want to learn chess, and for kids who already know how to play. Camp is scheduled July 11-15, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $45.

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Art Explorers will also be running that week – July 11-15, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This camp will use a variety of media to explore the creative side of the children. Ms. Valerie Alexander has been the teacher for this camp for three years, and always has a great program. The fee is $55.

We will be offering Ancient Art in Decatur for ages 12 and up. This camp is taught by Robyn Locke and will center on hieroglyphs, cave drawings, and famous artists and their techniques. This camp is scheduled July 11-14, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. The fee is $95.

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Two other camps are offered in July – The Great Brick Adventure, ages 5-13, July 18-21, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning, and Gross Science, ages 8-12, July 25-27, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. You can find out more about these camps, and all of our camps, on our web page – www.athens.edu/CLL.

Remember, learning is fun at camp!
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262