4-15-2016 5-09-09 PMGuess what? It is only 25 days until the last day of school! My, how time flies. It seems like we just barely got finished with Christmas and New Year’s.

This year, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be offering several new camps. Be sure to watch backpacks for the announcement going home from schools or the News-Courier for a Sunday insert. Or you can check out our website – www.athens.edu/CLL – for more information. You can always call us at 256-233-8260 and we will mail on to you.

Here is what we are offering:

ARCHERY CAMP is for ages 8-12. It will be held June 6-10, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carter Gym on the Athens State Campus. Boys and girls are welcome to spend a week with us learning everything you ever wanted to know about archery. Camp is limited to 20 students.

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FROM COWS TO COTTON is an introduction to agriculture for ages 8-12. It is scheduled June 13-16, from 9:00 am – 12 noon. We will start out at the Center for Lifelong Learning and visit local farms to learn about raising animals and crops. Camp is limited to 12 students.

SMART PHOTOGRAPHY will use your smart devices to take pictures around town. This camp is for ages 10 and up. It is scheduled June 20-24, 9:00 am – 12 noon. Camp is limited to 15 students.

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STOP MOTION ANIMATION is an opportunity to make your own movies. This camp is designed for ages 8-13. It will be held June 20-24, from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm. Don’t miss this change to be your own movie producer. Camp is limited to 12 students.

4-15-2016 5-09-28 PMCHESS CAMP is for ages 8-12. It is an opportunity to learn game strategies and how the pieces move. Camp will be held July 11-15, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. This camp is limited to 30 students.

ART EXPLORERS is for ages 8-12. This camp is an exploration of art mediums. Camp is scheduled July 11 – 15, from 9:00 pm – 12:00 pm. This camp is limited to 15 students.

THE GREAT BRICK ADVENTURE is for ages 5-13. Camp is scheduled July 18-22, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Like Stop Motion Animation, this camp is co-sponsored with Bricks 4 Kidz. It is a chance to build adventures with LEGO bricks and is sure to be lots of fun. Camp is limited to 20 students.

GROSS SCIENCE is a fun exploration of the slimy, smelly, and weird things that happen in the human body. Camp is for ages 8-12 and will be held July 25-27, 9:00 am – 12 noon.

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ANCIENT ART will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. There are three weeks available depending on your age. Camp is for 5-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds or ages 12 and up. Each camp is limited to 20 students.

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

4-1-2016 12-11-03 PMJust five short years ago, the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) opened its doors on April 26, 2011. The opening was attended by city, county, and state officials. Many from the community came to ask the ever present question – What is it you do here?

Last year, we offered nearly 400 programs with more than 7,000 people coming to the Center. We collaborated with community organizations like Spirit of Athens, Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce, and Storytelling Festival, to host events or provide speakers. We held classes for children of all ages – music lessons, summer camps, ACT Test Strategies, and Tutoring in Math and Reading. We offered classes for adults in everything from art (Blacksmithing and Photography) to personal interest (Ballroom Dance, Sewing, and Academic Travel programs). We also offered classes for business professionals, both online and in-class programs.

It is very easy to register for our classes or events. Just go online at www.athens.edu/CLL or call us at 256-233-8260.

This month, our leisure classes will include Intermediate Blacksmithing, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Classes will be held at 208 Commercial Dr, Athens, Alabama. The class is taught by Travis Fleming and Al Stephens, both well-known blacksmiths. It is recommended that you take Basic Blacksmith prior to taking this class. The fee is $99/person. Class size is limited to eight.

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Saving Money on Groceries & More will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This class is taught by Kristan Stanton. Classes will be held at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

If you are looking for professional or career courses, look no further. For the accountants in our area, we are offering Implementing SSARS 21 for Accountants. Class will be held at the Center on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. The instructor for the course is Mike Brand, of Johnson, Feigley, Newton, and Brand. The course is approved for 3.5 CPEs in Accounting and Auditing. The fee is $75/person.

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May 16-19, 2016, we will offer ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Training. Classes will be held 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. This course satisfies both the competency based and qualification based Exemplar Global auditor certification training requirements. The fee is $1995/person. Classes will meet at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

The Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership will be offered on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m – 12 Noon. Class held at the Dynetics Solutions Complex Main Conference Center, Huntsville, Alabama. This workshop is $65/person.

For the adventurous among you, we have a program called Academic Traveler. This month we are offering a trip to Montgomery, Alabama for The Comedy of Errors on April 30, 2016, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival – Octagon Theater. The fee is $99/person. The deadline to register is April 8.

Check the website – www.athens.edu/CLL – for upcoming trips to Gettysburg and Israel. Or call me at 256-233-8260 for all your questions.

And don’t forget our birthday on Monday, April 25 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon; we will be serving birthday cake.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

3-18-2016 11-01-39 AMWhat is on your bucket list? A bucket list is a list of things you want to get done or to see before you die.

For a long time, my big bucket list wish was to graduate from college. You know how it is, life gets in the way. First, there were kids, then money issues, then we moved and so much more. Life happens. But after nearly 20 years and four colleges, I finally got my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, in 1996. There was not anyone prouder that day on that stage.

Check that one off, and now what?

As soon as I got my Bachelor’s, I wanted a Master’s degree. I was nearly 50, and not sure I could work and go to school. It was hard to do, but I really wanted to do this. Back on my bucket list it went – graduate with a Master’s degree. It took nearly four years, and I was not sure a couple of times I could finish what I started. But I got to cross that one off, too!

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Now what?

I really thought I was finished with my bucket list. I felt very successful. Then in 2007, a movie came out that changed everything.

The movie was The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The jacket on the movie box said, “Billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and car mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) are complete strangers, until fate lands them in the same hospital room. The men find they have two things in common: a need to come to terms with who they are and what they have done with their lives, and a desire to complete a list of things they want to see and do before they die. Against their doctor’s advice, the men leave the hospital and set out on the adventure of a lifetime.”

If you have not seen the movie, I highly recommend it. It reminded me that there are things to see and things to do before you die that have nothing to do with success.

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At the Center for Lifelong Learning, we host Academic Traveler journeys on a regular basis. This year we are going to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to see the museum, and watch A Comedy of Errors on April 30. In October, we will be going to Gettysburg, with stops in Hershey, and Washington DC. But the real trip of a lifetime is the trip to Israel in November.

Israel: The Holy Land is a guided tour of Tele Aviv, Jerusalem, and surrounding areas. Of course, I am a little afraid of the unrest in the region. And, of course, I am worried about the flight. For me, this is a spiritual pilgrimage. And probably it will be my last trip overseas. There is lots of information on our website about this trip. Check out Academic Travel under current courses for trip information. The website is www.athens.edu/CLL. I hope you will consider going with me on this special journey. Call me at 256-233-82692 if you have questions or concerns.

With this trip, we can pack a lifetime of learning in just 10 days.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

3-5-2016 10-04-06 AMAs adults, we will spend more than one-third of our life at work.

All business is people business – no matter where you work, you will be involved with people. In the people business, everyone is your customer. Sometimes you are selling something to your customer, and sometimes you are selling yourself to a boss or co-worker. Practicing effective business etiquette builds a foundation for satisfaction.

Good salesmanship is empathetic. Empathy means you can identify the feelings, thoughts and attitudes of others. If I am watching television or reading a book, and really getting into it, the character throws a punch and I stand up and throw a punch too, that’s empathy. This is not to be confused with sympathy. Sympathy is agreeing with the feelings of others. When someone gets hurt and we feel sorry about it, that is sympathy.

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In business, rapport is essential. It starts with body language – a smile, a friendly wave, a sincere handshake, a kind word. During the day we “entertain” many guests – the mailman, customers, co-workers, vendors. Good business etiquette makes encounters more productive and allows people to agree to disagree.

On Friday, April 1, the Center for Lifelong Learning will host Meetings, Messages, and Media: The Modern Mastering of Professional Communications from 8:00am to 3:00pm. The course will feature Dr. Darlene Turner-White, discussing Social Media and Digital Communication. Also included is a segment on Email Etiquette and Professional Business Writing with Dr. Thomas Pieplow. Dr. Kimberly Jack will talk about Professional Dress: Appropriate Attire for Interviews and the Workplace. The final segment of the workshop is Establishing a Professional Climate. The fee for the workshop is $65, and includes lunch.

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On Friday, April 21, we will be offering a workshop for accountants. The workshop, Implementing SSARS 21, will feature Mike Brand. The topics include Implementing SSARS 21 during your busy season, engagement letter best practices, what about independence, and FASB ASU updates. This course has been approved for 3.5 CPEs in accounting and auditing. The fee for the workshop is $75. The workshop will be held at the Center for Lifelong Learning from 8:00am to noon.

If you are looking for fun and have not registered for the Glass Blowing trip on March 22, you will need to do that by March 10. We are going to the Franklin Glassblowing Studio. The Studio offers unique glass art, home décor, and lighting. They also offer glassblowing classes. We will join a class that is making paperweights, ornaments or cups. All materials will be included in the fee, so there will not be an additional cost for the class. Lunch is on your own. We will gather at 8:00am at the Center for Lifelong Learning for the trip. Expect to be back home by 4:00pm. This trip is limited to 12, and we still have a couple of spaces left.

You can register for any of the above classes or trips online at www.athens.edu/CLL or give us a call at 256-233-8260. Remember we are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too. You can keep up with what is happening at the Center by liking us on Facebook, Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State, or following us on Twitter or Instagram at CLLatAthensState.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

2-19-2016 11-37-42 AMOn Saturday, February 27, the Center for Lifelong Learning will host a performance called Songs of the Sixties by the Athens State Community Chorus and the Decatur Civic Chorus. The show will take place in the Sandridge Student Center Ballroom on the Athens State University campus. Dinner will be served from 6:00pm-7:00pm, and Sounds of the Sixties concert will be from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Tickets are available at the Center for Lifelong Learning for $25, which includes your dinner and the show. Get your tickets by Thursday, February 25!

I am really excited about this concert. The Sixties were my era. My prom song was Crimson and Clover, by Tommy James and the Shondells. I can put a memory on most of the songs from that time period.

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In the sixties, there was music from Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Pat Boone, The Highwaymen, Chubby Checkers and Frank Sinatra. And as I sit here writing this, a flood of favorite songs are coming back to me.

Do you remember Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini? It was a song from 1960 written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. The song was released by Brian Hyland with an orchestra conducted by John Dixon. It was about a shy girl going to the beach in a bikini for the first time. Boy, how I could relate! Bikinis were so skimpy after all those one-piece bathing suits.

Maybe you don’t remember that one, but what about Travelin’ Man by Ricky Nelson? I know you remember Ricky Nelson. His whole family was on television in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (mom and dad). Ricky and his brother David were not the stars, but they provided enough entertainment so that they were interesting to watch. Besides, Ricky was SOOOO CUTE when I was a teenager. I could just listen all day – “I’m a travelin’ man, I’ve made a lot of stops all over the world, And in every port I own the heart, Of at least one lovely girl…..”

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Maybe the early sixties are too early for you to remember. What about 1968? That is when Otis Redding did (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. Or maybe you remember Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel. How about Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley?

I know you remember I Heard it Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye. That song was used in a popular commercial for raisins in 1986. It was a commercial made for California Raisins and had raisins dancing and singing “I heard it through the grapevine.” It was very popular for several years. Burger King even had California Raisins as the toy in their kids’ meals.

Whatever the song, I am sure you can sing along with me during the concert. Don’t forget to get your tickets by February 25. And if you have not gotten your registration in for the Women’s Symposium – Leadership Next: Defying Gravity — on March 2, you will need to do that by February 25, too.

We are doing so much at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Whether you like travel, want to take classes, or need professional development courses, the Center is the place to never stop learning. Just check out the web site – www.athens.edu/CLL or call us at 256-233-8260.

And remember, we are all over social media. You can follow us on Instagram at centerforlifelonglearning. You can tweet us at ASU Center@CLLatASU, or you can like us on Facebook at Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University.
By: Wanda Campbell

2-5-2016 4-59-01 PMOn March 2, Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning will be hosting a team of well-respected, successful female leaders across a multitude of disciplines including aerospace, business, broadcast journalism, engineering, entrepreneurialism, sports technology, higher education, and cancer research. Each of these highlighted women either currently lives in North Alabama, or has strong ties to our area.

This event will be held at the Dynetics Solutions Complex Main Conference Center. The Complex is located at 1002 Explorer Boulevard in Huntsville. The event is scheduled from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Your $85 registration fee includes admission to the event and access to speakers. Also included are a continental breakfast, lunch, networking breaks, and interactive discussions. This is an opportunity for purposeful communication and strategic leadership development.

A complimentary autographed copy of celebrated author Linda Spalla’s Leading Ladies: 30 Tips for Dynamic Female Leaders, a survival guide for women at any level of management, will be provided to the first 50 registrants.

Our featured speakers include former astronaut Dr. Jan Davis, vice president and general manager of Jacobs Technology (ESSA), and Paula Payton who is SmartSports chief commercial officer, consultant and Past Director of NYU’s Department of Strategic Communication, Marketing, and Media Management.

Hadiyah-Nicole Green, is a St. Louis, Missouri native and has more than ten years of training and research experience, initially in optics and nanotechnology and subsequently in the applications of nano-bio-photonics to cancer research. She was recently awarded a $1.1 million VA grant for Cancer Research.

Ms. Lisa Williams was the co-founder and president of 3D Research Corporation from 1997-2006. 3D Research was acquired by the Schafer Corporation in December 2005. After the sale of 3D Research Corporation, Ms. Williams took over as president of Systems Dynamic International in February of 2011 after their president died unexpectedly. She was able to put the company back on track for success and left SDI in March 2012. Ms. Williams is currently president of the Solder 1 Corporation.

Angela Henderson brings a special mix of family and career development knowledge blended with leadership and direction enabling men and women to realize their potential as parents, co-parents, and productive citizens. For more than eleven years, she provided leadership and direction for Calhoun Community College’s Alabama Parenthood Initiative where she could impact the future to strengthen entire families.

Linda Spalla was one of the first females in top corporate television management in the deep South, one of the early few for CBS and the first for the New York Times Broadcast Group. During this time, she was a wife, mother, daughter and community enthusiast who never lost her femininity or her Southern roots.

Lori King-Taylor has extensive experience in leadership development and organizational effectiveness and has worked with a wide variety of industries including automotive, financial services, manufacturing, aerospace, technical and non-profit organizations. King-Taylor specializes in helping companies and their employees develop skills and strategies needed to improve individual, team and organizational performance.

So mark your calendar today and call in your reservation. Reservations can be made online at www.athens.edu/CLL. This program is listed under Concerts and Conferences. You can also call us at 256-233-8260 or email us at CLL@athens.edu and we will get back in touch with you.

What are your goals for this year? Is “leadership next” on your list of life goals?
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell

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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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