You might not know who Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) are, but I am sure you have heard the music they created. Most of their music was for movies and theater in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Songs like Oklahoma, State Fair, Carousel, and The King and I were presented on Broadway, in New York, and then, in movies in the 1950s and 1960s. One of my favorite songs of all times was from The King and I. I still hum “Getting to Know You” whenever I go somewhere new.
Some of their work, like Cinderella, was for television. Even young people have heard the songs in commercials and the new Anna and the King from the 1990s. Rodgers and Hammerstein won 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and two Grammy Awards.
On March 5, the Center for Lifelong Learning will host the Athens Community Chorus and the Decatur Civic Chorus as they present a concert of favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers. This presentation includes dinner and a show. Tickets are $25, which helps to fund the Chorus. You can get your tickets by calling 256-233-8260 or you can order tickets on our web site – www.athens.edu/CLL.
I hope I will see you there. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work is mostly cheery and I know you will be tapping your toes during the concert. Both Chorus groups are filled with excellent singers. And, if you come to the concert, we can all go around humming “Getting to Know You.”
On another note, the Center will also be sponsoring a Brown Bag Lunch Series called “Caring for Older Adults.” We offered this program about 18 months ago and it was very popular. We have had so many requests, we decided to offer it again. The program has five lectures / discussions. You can attend one lecture, or attend them all.
Beginning Tuesday, February 24th, the classes are held each week from noon to 1:00pm at the Center. There is a $5/person fee for each class attended in order to cover costs. Each session will be led by local experts. You can bring your own lunch or buy a lunch from Square Clock Coffee in our building.
Advanced Life Planning, presented Limestone Chapel Funeral Home Staff, will be the first class in the series. Learn how to discuss this very sensitive, but very important topic. This class is Tuesday, February 24, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Center for Lifelong Learning Conference Room.
Shelli Waggoner from Reliance Investment Management will discuss the next two topics. Social Security Benefits is Tuesday, March 3. Estate Planning is scheduled Tuesday, March 10.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Facts will be presented by Brandi Medina, Director of Programming and Education at the Alzheimer’s Association. Class is scheduled Tuesday, March 17.
Our final class, Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship, will be on Tuesday, March 24.
We are offering many more classes and trips at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Stop by to talk about what is happening. Every day is a learning day at the CLL.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262