1-22-2016 11-04-35 AMI know it is cold outside and the weather is miserable this time of year. These frigid days are a good time to curl up with a good book. If you don’t mind getting out on these cold nights, I suggest the Athens State Book Club meetings.

The Athens State Library sponsors a book discussion group that meets once a month during the fall and spring semesters. Anyone is welcome! Reading selections are chosen by members. There are no fees, and there is no pressure to join or participate. Meetings are held at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the scheduled day at 7:00 pm.

The February selection, “K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist,” written by Peter Carlsen, will be discussed on Tuesday, February 16. The book chronicles Khrushchev’s 1959 trip across America. If history is not your thing, you might prefer the March selection “Silas Marner” by George Eliot which will be discussed on March 15.

If reading doesn’t ring your chimes, the Center is offering other events you might consider.

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The first is the Hand Gun Safety Course. In the first session, Thursday, January 28, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, you will learn liability and handgun laws in Alabama, the psychology of defense, handling and storage issues, how to maintain your handgun, how to hold your hand gun, and the fundamentals of handguns. This session of the class will be held at the Center for Lifelong Learning and refreshments will be provided.

The second session, Saturday, January 30, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, will be taught at the firing range. You will receive directions from the instructor on Thursday. Remember to bring your handgun to class both days. DO NOT bring your handgun loaded; remove the ammunition prior to entering the building. You will need to bring your ammunition with you to the range.

The fee for the Hand Gun Safety Course is $65 per person. You can register in person at the Center, by calling 256-233-8260 or go online at www.athens.edu/CLL.

Another event is the Sweet Melodies Valentine Lunch, which is scheduled for Friday, February 12, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, at the Center. On a day when romance is in the air, nothing will warm your heart more than sweet melodies sung the way they were meant to be. Join us for a wonderful lunch event and music provided by Barry Kay. Kay was born in Huntsville and raised in Lacey’s Spring, Alabama. He graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College and is a local favorite in Athens. Bring your best friend or beau and bask in the warmth of friendship and “sweet melodies.”

The fee for this event is $40/couple. You can register in person at the Center or call 256-233-8260 or go online at www.athens.edu/CLL.

One other class offered in February is the Business 101 course, cosponsored with the Decatur Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center. This is an all-inclusive 9-week class that includes real world expertise from small business owners. Participants will be involved in strategic planning and the establishment of a solid foundation It is designed for entrepreneurs with a new business start-up, for owners of a growing business, employees of small business that desire to add value and support in their job, and anyone desiring knowledge of entrepreneurship and how to start a business.

This class is offered on Mondays, February 22 – April 25, from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $350 per person. You can register in person at the Center or call 256-233-8260 or go online at www.athens.edu/CLL.

Keep watching the website for more classes in March, and never stop learning.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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1-8-2016 10-41-13 AMJanuary is here, and the weather is colder, so we are moving slower and making plans to stay inside. January is named for the Roman god Janus, who was the spirit of doorways. There were lots of archways, doorways, and ceremonial gateways built in Rome to honor Janus. Encyclopedia Britannica says that some scholars believe Janus was the god of all beginnings. The beginning of the day, month, and year were sacred to him. The festival for Janus was January 9.

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In the time of Julius Caesar, the calendar was 365 days divided into 12 months of either 29 or 31 days. This Julian calendar was developed by Julius Caesar in 45AD. The Julian calendar was adjusted in the time of Pope Gregory XIII (1582), and the Gregorian calendar is what we use today. As I was reading up on the history of the calendar, I discovered that even the Julian calendar had to be adjusted so that the equinox was about the same time each year. The equinox is either of the two times in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator, and day and night are of equal length.

The adjustments to the Julian and Gregorian calendars were called leap years. This year – 2016 – is a leap year. That means we will add in an extra day to make sure the calendar stays lined up with the astronomical year. “It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds – to circle once around the sun. This is called a tropical year. The Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!” http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leap-day.html

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January is one of seven months in the year that has 31 days. You remember the rhyme – 30 days has September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31, except February. If you can’t remember this rhyme, you can use the knuckles and spaces between the knuckles to remember how many days in a month. When I was in school, my teacher taught me that the knuckles had 31 days and spaces between the knuckles had 30 days. If you start on a knuckle with January, the space will be February and so on. It will always line up even if you start on the opposite end.

On January 8, our Winter Catalog will be available to the public. If you attended a program in 2015, you are automatically on our mailing list. If you did not attend, you can give us a call and we will mail you one, or stop by the lobby of the Center for Lifelong Learning and get one.

On January 14, Mayor Ronnie Marks will be the featured speaker for the Lunch and Learn segment called Effective Leadership. This course is part of the Transformational Leadership Certificate Program. Students who wish to earn the certificate must attend five sessions of the certificate program and read at least one suggested text. The program is scheduled from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Fee for this segment is $25/person and includes your lunch. You can register online at www.athens.edu/CLL or call us at 256-233-8260.

Learning is just beginning for January.
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell

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12-18-2015 2-52-23 PMOn December 12th, the Center for Lifelong Learning took a group to Franklin, Tennessee for the Dickens Festival. We arrived early – thank goodness – and were able to see most of the exhibits before the crowds arrived.

There were characters from Dickens’ novels dressed in costume everywhere. Constable Bob, Fagan and the Artful Dodger, Santa, Ebenezer Scrooge in his nightgown, Tiny Tim, and Mrs. Cratchit walked the streets and posed for pictures with visitors. More than 100 exhibits were filled with books, gift ideas, decorations, candies, pastries, and other treasures.

I spent a little time in the gift shops, a lot of time in the book stores, and enough time in the candy shops. There were peanut butter truffles, lots of fudges, fresh squeezed lemonade, and my favorite – old fashioned donuts, fried and dipped while you wait. MMMM good!

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My traveling companions bought books signed by their authors, salsas, and yard decorations. All of us had a great time and thought the trip was well worth the effort. If you get a chance, you should go next year.

As you probably know if you read this column, the Center goes on four or five trips a year. Some are local like the Dickens trip, which was only a day. In March 2016, we will be returning to Franklin for a Glass Blowing Class. Participants will attend the Glassblowing Studio and learn how to blow ornaments, paper weights, or cups. We will have lunch in Franklin before heading home. This trip is scheduled for March 22nd. We will leave at 8:00am and return about 4:00pm. The fee is only $99, which includes your class fee, transportation, and materials for the glass project. You can make your reservation by calling 256-233-8260 or register on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL.

Some are overnight – like the Savannah trip we took in March. In 2016, we will be going to the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia in April and we will go to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in October. Watch for details on the website, or call us at 256-233-8260.

Some are international trips. We will be going to Israel in November 2016. If you have ever thought about going to Israel, now is the time to do it. Our group will be traveling with a local guide to keep us out of trouble. It is the opportunity of a lifetime if you can go. The tour is reasonably priced with round-trip air from Metro Airport in Nashville, Tennessee. The fee includes airfare, fee and surcharges, hotels, and 15 meals – 7 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 7 dinners. If you think you might be interested, even if you are not sure – come to the Israel Presentation on Tuesday, January 12 at 5:30pm. Lots of your questions will be answered and you will get more information about the trip. Call Wanda Campbell at 256-233-8262 for more information about this trip.

On Thursday, December 17, the offices of the Center will close for the holidays. We will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016 for regular office hours. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

While we are gone, Square Clock Coffee will be open for coffee and lunches. Be sure to stop by for a great cup of coffee or a soup and sandwich.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

12-3-2015 11-00-24 AMI sit here after eating the best Thanksgiving dinner, stuffed to my eyeballs with turkey and trimmings, and I am so thankful. For one thing, we have a place where the whole family can gather. Since Momma comes from a large family, there are lots of aunts, cousins, and cousin’s children. We had nearly fifty at dinner this year. Most of us live in town, but some years this is the only time we get to see each other. I am sure you know what that is like. Everyone is so busy these days.

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For another thing, the year is winding down – there are only two weeks until our break. The Center offices will close for the Christmas holidays from Thursday, December 17 – Monday, January 4, 2016. Remember, the Center offices will be closed but Square Clock Coffee will be open during this time. You can still come in for coffee, lunch, or pastries.

Although the year is coming to a close, the Center is not slowing down. As soon as one event is over, we are setting up the next one. Right now we are developing the Winter Catalog of courses, hosting several birthdays and wedding receptions, (rehearsal dinners too,) and getting ready for the Committed Concert. If you don’t have your tickets to the concert, you can call 256-233-8260 to request available seats or stop by the Center at 121 South Marion Street.

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On Thursday, December 10, we will have Lunch & Learn Transformational Leadership Course. This session is Conflict Resolution, a very popular topic. Class is from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Marsha Sloss, director of Athens Human Resource, is the guest speaker. The fee is $25 and includes lunch.

We seem to be growing in leaps and bounds. We are really close to having 100,000 visitors to the Center this year. They come as guests at parties, they come for a cup of coffee or lunch at Square Clock Coffee, or they come for classes. There were nearly 1000 visitors for the Christmas Open House and Merry Market on November 21-22. If you have never been to the Center, be sure to stop by. We will be happy to show you around and tell you the story of the renovation and past stores that were housed in our building.

As one year ends, another begins. In 2016 we will be offering Archery Classes for kids and adults, Hand Gun Safety Classes, and Tatting. We will also be doing Academic Traveler trips to Israel, Warm Springs, GA and Gettysburg, PA. These are just a few of the things that we have on our agenda for the next year. Winter Catalogs will be available beginning January 4. Also, watch our website for updates as soon as they happen. Our website is 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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11-20-2015 3-34-42 PMHey, it is me again, Margaret. I am back for my second installment of “The Center of Everything.” It has been a crazy few weeks since my last article. In that time, the Center has had a surprise birthday party, a baby shower, hosted the Storytelling Festival, and held a local political announcement. Whew, it has been a wild ride, and that is just what happened last week. We have so much more planned for the upcoming holiday season. Can you say “party, party, party?” Still needing a place to host that family Christmas brunch? We have great spaces, and a few Sunday afternoons left.

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Speaking of the holiday season, have you started your shopping yet? I am usually finished by this point, but this year I am a little behind. I recently read the following gifting guideline: select something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. The last part of that list really spoke to me. I love to read. I am rarely without a book in my car, purse, or on my nightstand. I am talking about real books, people. You know, the ones with paper pages and spines. The ones you can stack on bookshelves and share with others once you are done. I am not knocking e-books, but they just aren’t the same. How do you wrap an e-book? Don’t bother contacting me about this; you will not be able to change my mind. Technology is great, but some things are better old school.I am planning on giving a book or two.

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So this holiday season, I think I might need to spend a little time in a bookstore with my favorite cup of coffee and do some shopping. Whether you are young or old, you never stop learning, and what better way to do that than read? Reading a classic to a child during the holidays is a great memory/moment for both the reader and the child. The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas, If You Take A Mouse to the Movies, Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear – there are so many great books to choose from, I may be shopping for a while. Look out local merchants, here I come!

Did you notice I said local merchants? In our little slice of hometown heaven, there will be two special upcoming retail therapy events. Park, walk and shop – it is that easy. We have already decked the halls for the Christmas Open House, November 21st and 22nd here at the Center. Santa will be here, so don’t forget to bring your list! And I can’t wait to shop the vendors of our on-site Merry Market. There will be over 12 vendors participating this year. Also, remember Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 28th. Stop by the Center that day or anytime to enjoy sweet treats, hot chocolate, coffee, and other goodies from Square Clock Coffee and take a peek at our Santa in the window.

Now, I know I said this last time but just in case you missed it and you needed a last minute gift idea, we still have a few tickets left for the Committed Holiday Concert. The date is December 6, 2015 and will be held at McCandless Hall at 7:00 p.m. This a cappella singing group from Huntsville was NBC’s “The Sing Off” Season 2 champions. Reserved seating is available for only $15. Call me at the Center at 256-233-8264 for tickets and information.

That is all for now, there is a new book calling my name.
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Leisl Stanford

10-17-2015 10-02-57 AMSometimes in life, you jump feet first into a new adventure. The whole “door closes, window opens thing.” Ok, maybe it is more a leap of faith.

That is what has recently happened to me. As of February of this year, I have had the good fortune of working for the Center for Lifelong Learning. I just knew this was the place for me. Can you say “dream job?” I can! Not everyone gets to go to work and enrich their minds, celebrate life’s milestones and travel. Plus, I got to go back to my roots of graphic design and marketing with a little photography thrown in for fun. Every day is different, every day is an adventure.

Speaking of being adventurous, Wanda Campbell, Assistant Director at the Center (and your regular columnist) asked if I would like to give writing a try. “Sure,” I said. “I got this. Well, I hope I got this. I am going to give it a try. I might go down in flames but this could be fun.”

For those of you who know me I am really good at talking. I talk a lot. I usually talk about the things I am most passionate about – my family, my dogs, my job, anything ‘80s and right now planning for the holidays.

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Which brings me to the parties and events we have planned here at the Center. Yes, you read that correctly, I get to attend parties and concerts as part of my job description! Just recently we hosted a baby shower, a bridal shower, a sweet sixteen party and a wedding reception. We just wrapped up Fridays after 5, and soon, we will be having a wedding here.

Holiday parties are next on the agenda. We have several already booked, but we have some great dates left on the calendar. Interested in having your party here? Our original hardwood floors and tin ceilings make for a wonderful backdrop for your holiday event. Call me at 256-233-8264; I would love for you to tour the Center.

Speaking of holiday events, mark your calendar now for Christmas Open House – Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd. The Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce and Spirit of Athens has made special arrangements for Santa to be at the Center again this year. But wait that is not all! This year you can also shop while visiting Santa. Retail therapy and the Jolly Ole Elf can both be found all in one place.

How is that possible? This year the Chamber and Spirit of Athens introduces the MERRY MARKET! For those businesses without a brick and mortar, we have a place for you. Merry Market is the perfect option for home-based businesses! We will have table space available at the Center for Lifelong Learning right next to Santa. The deadline for Merry Market is October 23, 2015. Contact the Chamber at 233-2600 for more information and to reserve your space today.

I have one last thing you will need to mark on your calendar for the holiday season. The Committed Holiday Concert – December 6, 2015 at McCandless Hall at 7:00 p.m. This a cappella singing group from Huntsville was NBC’s “The Sing Off” season 2 champions. Reserve seating only for $15. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 12th at the Center.
By: Leisl Stanford
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

10-2-2015 2-46-18 PMLast week I watched a movie. That is not unusual; I watch a lot of movies. What was unusual is it made me question some of the premise of the movie.

10,000 BC is a 2008 American epic fantasy adventure film from Warner Bros. Pictures set in the prehistoric era. The hero, D’Leh, kills a woolly mammoth and wins a White Spear. Then, raiders come and some from the village are captured. While trying to rescue them, they travel to an advanced civilization in Egypt. There slaves are building a pyramid.

I won’t tell you what happens from there. It was a good movie and I would recommend it to you.

But . . .

While I was watching, I questioned why the producers would use prehistoric characters and pyramids in Egypt. I thought they were at different places on the time continuum. Turns out, they are on the same continuum. How weird is that?

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Did you know that the Battle of the Bighorn (Custer’s Last Stand) was in 1889? So was the birth of Adolf Hitler. Because we study Hitler in World War II (which happened in the mid 1940s), we don’t think about him being around in the time of the Indian Wars.

Did you know that Harry Houdini, a magician and escapist, was born during the time of the California Gold Rush in 1874? During the same time frame, the Great Chicago Fire of 1874 burned down 47 acres of the city, destroying 812 buildings, killing 20 people, and resulting in the fire insurance industry demanding municipal reforms from Chicago’s city council.

When I was in school learning about these things, I learned them as separate incidents and did not make a connection. Kids today look up everything and if they did the same thing I did this morning, they can see the connections right away.

Did you know that for the first time in modern history there are four generations represented in the workplace, each with their own distinct set of values, characteristics, and priorities? This year Millennials (those with birth years between 1980-2000) will enter the workforce as the Boomers (those with birth years between 1946 and 1964) begin to leave.

On October 16, Lori King-Taylor will be at the Center for Lifelong Learning to talk about Managing Across Generations. This course will explore why different generations have different expectations and desires. She will explain the strengths, challenges and personalities of each of the four types. The class is scheduled from 8:30am to 11:30am. The fee is $150 and CEUs will be offered for those who need them for professional development. The fee includes a continental breakfast and handouts.

Lori King-Taylor, M.Ed., holds a Master of Education in Training and Development from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Adult Education from Athens State University. A highly effective workshop facilitator, consultant and executive coach, Lori has worked with individuals at all levels of employment from entry level to executive. Lori has extensive experience in leadership development and organizational effectiveness and is a certified to administer the Everything DiSC Personality Assessment, 360 Evaluations and the Index of Emotional Intelligence. She is also a Certified John Maxwell Trainer and Coach.

You can call 256-233-8260 for more information or register online 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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9-18-2015 4-15-29 PMFall always makes me think of music. My kids were involved in bands and choruses most of their middle and high school careers. When I was little and we visited with relatives, it seemed everyone had a fiddle, banjo, guitar or mandolin. And, of course, there is the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddler’s Convention hosted by Athens State University every October. This year marks the 49th time we have gathered together as a community to pick, grin, buck dance, shop, talk, listen, and eat, and it is one of the highlights of the Fall Festival Season here in Athens!

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On September 7th, rehearsals began for the Athens State Community Chorus concert in November. If you like to sing and want to join our Chorus, it is not too late. Our Community Chorus has joined with the Decatur Civic Chorus, and will sponsor a gospel concert in November. Watch our website – www.athens.edu/CLL – for concert dates. For information about how to join the chorus, call Wanda Campbell at 256-233-8260.

This October, the Center will offer It’s All About the Rhythm. This course is for teens and adults who are interested in forming a rhythm section that will learn to perform, create, improvise and collaborate over a variety of musical genres including pop, jazz, country, rock, blues and classical styles. Barry Kay will lead rehearsals, providing instruction, conducting the group and providing personalized practice tips and arrangements for a few rhythm section tunes based on the instrumentation and the skill level that we have sign up. The final session will culminate in a concert for friends and family which will showcase students’ work. Students need to bring their own instruments; however, an electronic stage piano will be available on first request basis. The course is scheduled on Tuesdays, Oct 7-20, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $75 per person. Those interested in participating can register online or call 256-233-8260 to register.

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On December 6th, the Center will sponsor a concert with Committed. Committed is an a cappella singing group comprised of five well educated, young men who love creativity, music, and God. The group began in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy and perfected their sound while at school at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Committed has grown to be a very sought after a cappella group for many events around the United States, and also overseas. The group was featured on the second season of NBC’s hit singing competition, “The Sing Off,” and emerged as the champions. It has been their strong faith, hard work, and creativity that has gotten them to the point of being called one of the nation’s top ten a cappella groups.

You can check out the latest information about classes, concerts, and events on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL – or our Facebook page – Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University.

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming concerts!
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell

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Taking Care of Business

9-7-2015 10-23-23 AMAt the Center for Lifelong Learning, we have taken on a new initiative. Our new focus will be taking care of businesses. If you have are looking for someone to help your business develop training, please call the Center. We can do needs assessments, develop training with specific curriculum, and locate instructors for your existing training. We offer rooms for company trainings and retreats.

We also have three new courses in the works. We have partnered with the Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center to offer Business 101, a nine-week course that focuses on everything a business owner should know. Class is scheduled Mondays, September 14 – November 9, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at the Center for Lifelong Learning, 121 South Marion Street, Athens, Alabama. The fee for the course is $350. CEUs are available by request for additional $25. A variety of experts will teach the weekly segments of the course.

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This all-inclusive nine-week program includes real-world expertise from small business owners and an opportunity for participants to have their questions and concerns answered while developing or improving their business plan. Participants will be involved in strategic planning and the establishment of a solid foundation. It is designed for entrepreneurs with new business start-ups, owners of a growing business, employees of small business who want to add value and support in their job, and anyone desiring knowledge of entrepreneurship and how to start a business.

Another new course at the Center is the Accounting CPE Forum. The class is offered on Friday, September 18, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $150. Continuing education credit for accountants and attorneys is available. Eight CPEs include 4 in accounting and auditing, 2 in tax, and 2 in business. Four CLEs for attorneys are available.

Accounting CPE Forum will feature an accounting update from 8:00am – 10:00am; a tax update from 10:00am – 12:00pm; Securities and Fraud for Financial Institutions will be from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, and an Audit Update will be from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Lunch is on your own. The instructors for the Accounting CPE Forum include John Berzert, CPA, CMA, GCMA; Emily Corzine, CPA, CMA, GCMA; John Gatlin, CPA, and assistant Professor at Athens State University; and Ana Ramos, an investigator with the Corporate Security Department of Regions Financial Corporations in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Another new course is the Basic Archery Instructor Workshop. Did you know that archery positively influences student attendance, behavior, self-esteem, confidence, and on-task behaviors? Do you want to add archery to your Physical Education curriculum? This workshop will help you get certified to teach Archery in your school. Basic Archery Instructor Workshop is scheduled on Wednesday, September 23, from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Carter Gymnasium on the Athens State campus. The course is approved for eight CEUs. There is no fee for teachers in the region but the fee for the general public is $40. We are planning a tournament in the winter semester. For more information contact Kim Bell at 256-233-8260.

Look for more business specific programs to be offered in the coming months. You can find out about all our courses on our website – www.athens.edu/cll – or call us at 256-233-8260 and we will mail you a catalog.
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell

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8-23-2015 12-48-33 PMLast week, the Center was designated a Power Up location by Athens City Schools. Power Up is the Athens City Schools initiative to “provide a challenging, dynamic academic program that integrates the best of traditional education with new and emerging technologies.” The goal of the project is to create greater access to computer technology by giving students access to a MacBook Air laptops. If you want to know more about this project, the school district has a wonderful website with lots of information about the program. You can visit http://powerup.businesscatalyst.com/.

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We are excited to be a Power Up location for the schools. The Center is a safe afterschool location for kids to do homework. Our lobby area offers a comfortable and casual atmosphere in which to relax while taking advantage of our free Wi-Fi. Also, Square Clock Coffee is offering an afterschool special prices for smoothies this week.

Remember we are a Power Up location for adults too. When you take your coffee break, you can stop by and re-group in our lobby, loft, or small lobby. We offer quiet spaces to meet and greet, or just to relax and catch up on reading or email. Square Clock has muffins, coffees, and lunch options available every day.

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Our 415 square foot lobby is also available to host small parties or gatherings up to 75 guests and can be configured to accommodate 40 to 50 people for special occasions. We also have a small lobby outside the Conference Room that can accommodate up to 10 in casual seating or around a table.

Many of our guests prefer the loft area overlooking the Lobby for a casual and cozy setting for smaller groups. The mezzanine is a bright and open 2,500 square area is designed to accommodate all types of events, both large and small, from 12 to 200 guests. It is perfect for conferences, receptions, luncheons and dinners, recitals, and association gatherings.

All of our spaces, including training room and conference room are available for rent. Call Leisl Stanford at 256-233-8264 for more information about fees and caterers.

It is also time to start thinking about the Community Chorus. If you are a singer and miss being in a chorus, we have an opportunity for you. The Athens Community Chorus will join with the Decatur Civic Chorus to perform in November. This chorus is open to teens and adults of all ages. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 8th from 6:30-8:00pm. Transportation is provided to Fort Decatur for the kick-off. Our fall program is a selection of gospel classics.
Call Wanda Campbell at 256-233-8262 for more information.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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