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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8-7-2015 2-52-23 PMIt is official: Fall catalogs are available at the Center for Lifelong Learning. These catalogs are chock full of lots of activities.

For those who are CAREER minded, we are offering four new online classes – Responsive Web Design, $109, and Understanding the Cloud, $109. Both are available Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 12, and Dec 10. Conflict Management, $245, and Workplace Ethics & Etiquette, $145, are offered September 8 through October 2. Conflict Management is 24 hours or 2.4 CEUs and Workplace Ethics is 16 hours or 1.6 CEUs. Both courses are approved by HRCI for 16-hour general credit toward recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Look for more information on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL – or call us at 256-233-8260.

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We will begin a new Lunch and Learn Series: Transformational Leadership. Classes will be offered once a month during the lunch hour beginning Thursday, October 8, with Self-Leadership, $25. Those who can attend five sessions and do the homework assignment will earn a Leadership Certificate. ServSafe Training, $175 is scheduled September 14, from 8:00am – 5:00pm. The fee is $175 which includes the textbook, study guide, and exam. You need to register by August 31.

If your LIFE is too busy for classes, you might want to come by The Center for our events. August 14, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, we will be participating in Friday After Five with Spirit of Athens. There will be lots of activity, discounts, food, and fun on the Square that night. Tour our beautiful facilities, pick up our new fall catalog of classes and events and don’t forget to stop by Square Clock Coffee® for a Fiesta Fruit Smoothie. Grab your family and friends, park your car and enjoy an evening on the Square in downtown Athens.

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It is not too late to register for the Memphis/Tunica trip, September 21-23. Registration has to be in soon, but we still have a few spaces. Come with us to see Elvis’ home (Graceland), shop and eat on Beale Street, and visit the Tunica Museum. The fee is $229 double occupancy, $299 single. Fee includes transportation, hotel, entry fees, and four meals – 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners. Check out the website for more information on trips happening at the Center.

8-7-2015 2-52-44 PMWhen you have some LEISURE time, you might want to check out the Blacksmith classes. We offer Basic Blacksmith, $85, Blacksmith Project, $85, and Intermediate Blacksmith, $95. If Sewing is your thing, we have a class for that. There are also several music classes offered. We offer private lessons in violin, piano, and guitar. You will need to call Wanda Campbell at 256-233-8262 for spaces available. We offer 15-, 30-, 45- and 60-minute lessons. Fees are determined by time.

If you want to learn about rhythm, we are offering a new class – It’s All About the Rhythm, $75. This class is for teens and adults. Join us 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 3rd and 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 for use by the first keyboard student to sign up & request it. Sheet music will be provided. Classes are offered on Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Center, starting October 13.

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Everything at the Center is too much fun. Stop by to talk with us about what you want to learn. Call us at 256-233-8260 or email us at CLL@athens.edu.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

7-17-2015 1-25-32 PMI am such a baby about hot weather. I whine and moan and groan to my family about how uncomfortable I am and how much I hate to sweat.

Have you noticed it’s hot outside? For the past few weeks, temperatures have been in the high 80s, 90s, and low 100s. As far as I’m concerned, it might as well be 1000 degrees. I thank God everyday that I have an inside job! Of course, I do have to go out in the heat several times each day. Like you, I have to water the plants and run errands. But even the little bit I am in the heat can be a major problem.

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None of us drinks enough water. Most doctors recommend we drink 8 glasses of water a day, in addition to the soda and tea we drink. The primary cause of heat exhaustion is dehydration – not enough water. And you don’t have to be outside very long before you show symptoms of heat exhaustion.

There are two types of heat exhaustion. Water depletion symptoms are excessive thirst, weakness, and headache. When not enough salt is the reason for heat exhaustion, the symptoms include nausea, muscle cramps, and dizziness. Either way, the best solution for these symptoms is to drink plenty of fluids. That does not mean go have a “coke;” it means get a big glass of water. Other things you can do are take off any tight or unnecessary clothing, take a cool shower, or sit in front of a fan for a little while.

If you are one of those folks who have to work outside in this heat, you need to watch for heat stroke. It happens quickly. The symptoms of heat stroke are high body temperature, agitation, slurred speech, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart rate, and headache. Remember, the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke is when you have heat stroke you don’t sweat.

7-17-2015 1-26-00 PMIf you are having heat stroke, you should find medical assistance immediately. You need to get indoors or in the shade and sponge off with cool water and wet towels on your head, neck and armpits. The risk of heat-related illness is higher when temperatures are 90 degrees or higher. It is also important to pay attention to the heat indexes and to remember to stay out of direct, full sunshine if you can.

Weather stations report the heat index as well as the temperature nowadays. Heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity. The human body cools down by sweating (Eww!). When the sweat evaporates, you feel cooler. When the humidity is high, your sweat can’t evaporate and it feels hotter. That is how the heat index works. Information about heat exhaustion and heat stroke is available both on the Internet and from your doctor. When in doubt, always check with your personal physician.

If you are out and about on the Square in Athens and the heat is getting to you, stop by Square Clock Coffee for a smoothie or iced coffee. They have several different smoothies to choose from. The Fiddling Bear has strawberry, pineapple, coconut, and orange juice. The Rocket has pineapple, mango, peach, banana, peach, and orange juice. Berry Belle Mina has strawberry, lemonade, raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry. Strawberry Spirit has strawberry, and milk or jet pep. Hank & Oats has banana, oats, peanut butter, and milk or jet pep. Story Tella has banana, hazelnut, milk or jet pep, and mocha. Get Centered has green tea, pear, spinach, cucumber, avocado, lime juice, apple, and cilantro. Jaffe Java has coffee, coconut, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, and milk or jet pep.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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7-3-2015 3-58-10 PMIt is hard to believe that half of the year has already flown by. So what is up for the next half of the year?

Spirit of Athens is sponsoring Friday After 5 on Friday, July 10, as the name says – after 5pm. The event is an evening of art, music, shopping, and dining. It is a Friday night for the whole family to enjoy. At the Center for Lifelong Learning, Elvis will be in the building. We will have free popcorn and you can stop by to talk with Elvis or get a root beer float from Square Clock Coffee.

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Our Elvis will be inviting folks to come by his house when we take a trip to Memphis in September. The Memphis trip is scheduled for Monday – Wednesday, September 21-23 and will feature a trip to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. If you have never been, it is a great experience. The fee is only $229 per person for double occupancy. We will also be visiting Beale Street and Tunica, Mississippi. You will need to register by August 1. For more information call 256-233-8262 or register online at www.athens.edu/CLL.

Since you are coming down to see Elvis, you might as well check out all the stores that will be staying open until 8pm on Friday. Bennett’s will have drawings for free clothing, gift certificates, and more. Snapdragon Kids will have Snappy the Dragon, face painting, and balloons for the kids. We hope to see you there.

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The next Friday After 5 will be the second Friday in August. The CLL will be hosting dancing in the street as we kick off our Ballroom Dance lessons with a Salsa night. Bring your “blue suede shoes” and kick up your heels with us on August 14 on the Courthouse Square. Our regular ballroom dance classes will be held on Thursdays, beginning August 20th. Call us at 256-233-8262 for more information or watch the web page, www.athens.edu/CLL, for more information.

If you watch our web pages often, you will notice lots of classes being added. We are working hard to finish the fall catalog by August 4. If you are not on our mailing list, you can send us an email with your name, address, and phone number to CLL@athens.edu.

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Some of the classes in the fall include blacksmith classes, new sewing classes, several online classes and the new trips to exciting places. Visit our web site often, or stop by the Center to visit our staff and ask questions. We look forward to meeting you.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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6-18-2015 4-12-55 PMAn heirloom is a family possession handed down from generation to generation. Sometimes that heirloom is not a possession, but a treasure of memories and experiences.

This past week-end I drove my mother, Sarah McElyea, and my aunts, Jean and Anne Chittam, to Elberta, Alabama to visit mom’s sister, Myrion Babcock (My), who was celebrating her 80th birthday.

The trip down was filled with laughter, stories, and memories. Before we knew it, we were there. Since we expected 200 guests at My’s party on Sunday, there were errands and set-up to complete. Because most of the food was already cooked, we had plenty of time to talk about family and friends and enjoy each other’s company.

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Anytime you get a bunch of Chittams together, there is a lot of laughter; huge belly laughs that make your stomach muscles ache. My had lots of stories about Mom, Herbert (Jean’s husband) and Paisley (Anne’s husband). Most were happy but some were sad. All of my aunts and uncles were good storytellers. Each one is a treasure to me, heirlooms from my mother.

When you are getting ready to plan your next family gathering, stop by the Center for Lifelong Learning and check out our spaces for rent. Our bright and open 2,500 square foot mezzanine area is designed to accommodate all types of events, both large and small, from 12 to 200 guests. The space is perfect for conferences, receptions, luncheons and dinners, recitals, and wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions. The Loft area, overlooking the Lobby, offers an intimate setting for small groups.

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Schedule your next board meeting, formal training, or business luncheon in our Executive Conference room. The conference room offers comfortable seating for up to 20, and privacy for your event. Our training room will accommodate up to 12. This room may be configured in a number of styles to suit your needs… be that classroom, theater, or boardroom.

A small area of the Center located outside of the conference room may be used as a break out area for seminars/board meetings, receptions, and small group meetings of up to eight people.

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Our lobby area offers a comfortable and casual atmosphere in which to relax while taking advantage of our free WiFi and laptop loan. Enjoy a latte and freshly baked desserts from the Square Clock coffee shop and catch up on some reading, check your email, or just visit with friends. This 415 square foot area is available to host small parties or gatherings up to 75 guests. The lobby may be configured to accommodate 40 to 50 people for more formal presentations.

Catering services may be provided in any room. We have a long list of preferred caterers and can accommodate you dining choices.

Whether you are hosting a formal or informal event, the Center for Lifelong Learning is the place for you.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262