2-20-2015 1-20-39 PMYou 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.”

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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.

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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

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2-6-2015 10-44-52 AMIn March, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be taking a trip to Savannah, Jekyll Island, and Beaufort, South Carolina. The trip is scheduled during the school spring break – March 23-27. The trip includes 8 meals, four nights lodging, transportation costs, and tour fees. We will leave from the Center at 8:00am on Monday and return on Friday. The fee is $455 double occupancy or $555 for single occupancy. This is going to be a great trip.

We will start our journey in Savannah with a guided tour of this beautiful, historic town. There are oak-lined street and several “town squares” with lovely gardens and statues. We will have the opportunity to explore River Street with its 18th Century cotton warehouses that have been turned into unique shops and restaurants.

2-6-2015 10-44-59 AMOn Wednesday, we will take a little trip over to see how the nation’s wealthiest citizens lived and played on Jekyll Island. We will tour the exclusive “Millionaires Club” and stroll among the moss-draped oaks.

Thursday will feature a short drive over to Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort has a long history, dating back to the 1500s. Its mansions and landscapes have been used in films such as “Forrest Gump” and “The Big Chill.” We will also visit Parris Island Military Base, where 22000 Marines complete their basic training each year. We will tour the Iwo Jimo Monument, parade field, and Parris Island Museum.

Friday we will be coming home with lots of great pictures and good memories of this exciting area. It is not too late to reserve your space. You can get in on this trip by calling 256-233-8260 to register. The last day to register is February 17th.

Meanwhile, back in Athens, we will be continuing the Our Town Series with an exploration of County Services and Organizations. Even if you have lived in Athens or Limestone County all your life, this series will introduce you to “Our Town.” Forget the pie charts and pie-in-the-sky, get the real rundown on how County Government works and how your officials are working for you. Join us for mouthwatering pie and stimulating conversation as we get to know our city and county better, one piece at a time.

We will kick off County Services with a visit with the President of Athens Limestone Hospital. David Pryor will speak on Tuesday, February 17, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Did you know Athens-Limestone Hospital opened its doors on May 28, 1951 and over 3,000 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on May 25, 1951? Today, Athens-Limestone Hospital is a 101 bed, high-tech, state-of-the-art hospital providing general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room patients, and so much more.We hope you will come out to discover what more is going on at the hospital.

Our March talk will feature Rebekah Davis and information about the Limestone County Archives. Rebekah is all about Preserving and Sharing the Legacy of Limestone County. Ever wonder when Limestone County officially purchased The Square, and from whom? Do you know what Our Town looked like in 1924? Have you discovered the in-laws – and outlaws – in your family tree? Learn how to find the answers to these and countless other burning questions at the Limestone County Archives, home to county government documents dating to 1818, more than 15,000 historic local photos, thousands of family and local history files and references, and two dedicated archivists ready to help you discover your story.
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell

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1-16-2015 11-15-25 AMOne great thing about the holidays is you get to see so many people you haven’t been able to see all year. So you whip out the camera and start taking pictures.

While everyone else is pointing and clicking with their phone, I have to whip out the old camera and try to get one or two good pictures. My problem is I have big thumbs that show up in at least one or two, and I can’t always remember how I worked the camera last time. I have deleted a lot of these photos.

Fortunately, at the Center for Lifelong Learning, we have a wonderful instructor who can help us take better pictures. Cindy Cummings, owner of Southern Exposure Photography, will be teaching a class – Better Family Pictures – that is open to the public on Saturday, January 31, 10:00am-12:00pm, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This course will focus on improving your photos, no matter what your skill level or what camera you use. Topics include lighting, posing, perspective and more! The fee for the class is $45.

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Cindy also teaching a private camera class for those who would rather have the one-on-one experience. In that class, you bring your camera and booklet and she will show you everything you always wanted to know about your camera. Classes are scheduled by appointment only, Monday – Friday. The fee is $65 for two hours of personalized training.

You may not know it, but the Center for Lifelong Learning has a whole library of online courses for those who don’t have time to come to class. There are even photography classes available. Discover Digital Photography is a broad overview of the basics of photography including equipment, software, and practical uses.

The Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera class focuses on the many aspects of outdoor photography as well as your camera controls and features. For the traveler, there is a class called Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer. This class addresses the special needs and techniques digital photographers need to capture scenes from around the world and bring them home.

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When you get your picture home, you will want to store then and get them ready to display. You can take the online Photoshop Elements 11 for the Digital Photographer class. Learn how to use the application to do everything from quick fixes to detailed enhancements that will greatly improve the look of your images.

Our online classes are available every month, last six weeks, and are fun and affordable. You can find more information on our courses at www.athens.edu/CLL.

It is time for a new catalog at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Call our office at 256-233-8260 for more information, or you can look at the courses listed on our webpage – athens.edu/CLL.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

1-3-2015 2-35-55 PMI learned to cook when I was very young. Like most kids, my first recipes were for sweets. My mom had the best recipe for brownies. It was easy to mix, only had six ingredients, and I remember that it seemed to come out great every time. In all this time, I have never found a better recipe for brownies, and I have tried lots of them.

For me, the holidays are a great time to practice baking. In the past, my kids and I would bake together – lots of sugar cookies, peanut butter fudge, and applesauce cakes. Since my kids are all grown now, I don’t have as many opportunities to bake sweets. This Christmas, I missed the baking but got my sweet fix at family gatherings and holiday parties. Thank goodness other people like to bake for the holidays, too.

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One of my favorite holiday recipes is Fantasy Fudge. The recipe used to be on the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Cream jar. It only takes ten minutes to make, is always perfect, and you can adapt the original recipe for your favorite types of fudge. My personal favorite is peanut butter fudge, and I use crunchy peanut butter so I don’t need to add nuts.

Two months ago, the Center for Lifelong Learning started a Cookbook Club. During November and December, the group experimented with recipes for appetizers. This month we will be starting on soups and stews, and I will be contributing my favorite beef stew. Other members will be contributing Friendship Soup, Wedding Soup, Tortellini Soup, a couple of chili recipes and chowder. I am really looking forward to the meeting, which will be held Monday, January 5, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the CLL Training Room.

If you would like to join us, bring a sample of your favorite soup or stew, and the recipe card to the meeting. Membership is free, and the meeting is very informal. We are working our way through a meal, and will be compiling the recipes into a cookbook of our own at the end.

The club is a way to experiment with recipes, make your own adaptations, and show off your culinary skills. The group is friendly and welcoming. For more information, you can call me at 256-233-8262.

Our winter/spring catalog of classes will be coming out soon, and I hope you will join us for a class, trip, or event. Here’s that promised fudge recipe, and we’ll see you soon at the Center for Lifelong Living at Athens State University.

Peanut Butter Fudge
3 cups granulated sugar
¾ cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup (5oz can) evaporated milk
½ cup peanut butter (or 12oz package chocolate chips)
1 (7oz) jar marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Butter a 9×13 pan. Mix butter, sugar, and milk in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a full boil for five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter (or chocolate chips). Beat in marshmallow cream and vanilla. Transfer fudge to pan and let cool before cutting into squares.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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12-19-2014 11-04-24 AMOn July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon. I was in high school in Germany at the time. We were released from class to go home for lunch and listen to the landing on the AFN (Armed Forces Network) radio. It was so exciting to listen to the landing. We talked about it for several days afterwards.

When I was in school, Pluto was still recognized as the ninth planet. Now, there is a question over whether Pluto is a planet or not. In 2003, an astronomer located a star beyond Pluto and named it Eris. This led to a debate about what makes a planet a planet. Today, Pluto is called a dwarf planet because of its size. If you want to know more about Pluto, you can check out the information available at www.nasa.gov.

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While you are looking into Pluto, you might want to read up on the New Horizon project. Launched nearly nine years ago, New Horizon has been in hibernation for the longest space flight in history. On December 6th, the New Horizon vehicle was activated so that it could explore Pluto. It is expected to start the exploration of Pluto in 2015. It is currently more than 162 million miles away. You can read more at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/.

The truth is, I never liked science before the moon landing. And, honestly, I did not think too much about science after that; that is, until the Hubble Telescope was launched in 1990.

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Hubble is a huge telescope that takes pictures of space. When it was first launched, there was a problem with the mirror on the telescope and the pictures were fuzzy. A Space Shuttle mission was organized and they fixed the mirror. Now the images are spectacular. You can see a whole gallery of pictures at http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/. They update the site with the best pictures so you can see some amazing images and learn more about the telescope and its mission.

Now I read everything I can about space, stars, planets, and moons. It was very exciting to move to the Athens area and have access to the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center and the NASA channel. If you have not made the trip over, it is a great way to spend an afternoon, or even a whole day. The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian affiliate and the official NASA visitors’ site. It has the largest collection of space memorabilia in its permanent exhibits. There are also theaters where you can see digital explorations of space and stars. In addition, they have special exhibits like the 101 Inventions that Changed the World. From stone tools to the Internet, you can learn about the inventions that changed our lives. This exhibit is going on until March 2015.

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The newest thing on the NASA channel is the Orion Spacecraft. Orion is meant to be a manned deep space exploration craft. NASA is just beginning to test the craft. You may have read about the recovery of the capsule recently. You can learn lots more about Orion at www.nasa.gov.

So many things happen in our lifetime. Ancient explorers looked to the stars and were amazed. Today we forget to look up. There are meteor showers, comets, stars, and planets. While we are having longer nights, take a few minutes to look at the stars.
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell

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12-5-2014 3-34-50 PMOnline learning is convenient, reasonably priced, and fun. Some people don’t want to take an online class because they are intimidated by the technology. Some people don’t want to take classes online because they are not motivated to stick with it. Some people just really prefer the interaction of an in-class course.

At the Center for Lifelong Learning we offer more than 300 online courses. We have partnered with four companies that provide excellent opportunities for learning. Each company has its own time frame, its own selection of classes.

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Virtual Education Software, Inc (VESi) specializes in teacher courses for continuing education and professional learning credit. Thousands of educators across the country have registered for and completed VESi courses to fulfill their continuing education needs. In an effort to meet the growing needs of students, teachers, and universities, VESi has begun partnering with institutions to develop asynchronous and blended certificate and degree programs. These programs will make it even easier for students, teachers, and other professionals to access high quality educational courses to complete re-licensure, program certification, additional educational endorsements, or advanced degrees. These courses are offered each semester. Visit the website at http://www.virtualeduc.com/athens/ for more information.

ED2GO offers instructor-facilitated online courses that are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive. Their instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. New course sessions begin each month. Most courses run for six weeks (with a ten-day grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any of these courses entirely from your home or office and at any time of the day or night. Visit the website at http://www.ed2go.com/cll/ for more information.

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We have also partnered with the Career Training department of ED2GO to offer online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. These programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed. These courses will prepare you to take national certificate exams or to be certified in topics. Visit the website at http://careertraining.ed2go.com/athens/ for more information.

Our final partner, UGotClass, (a division of Learning Resources,) makes online learning easy and fun. These classes will boost your productivity and your organization’s bottom line. The online certificates are provided by expert instructors and students can participate day or night from any computer. Their focus is on business skills and social media. These courses run for one month unless you are taking a certificate course. You can visit the website at http://www.yougotclass.org/catalog.cfm/Athens for more information.

When you are ready to take an online course, I hope you will visit our website at www.athens.edu/CLL for a long list of options. Learning happens everywhere now. See you there.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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11-21-2014 6-18-42 PMIt seems like just a minute ago it was summer. The weather was hot, the sun was shining, the day was long and we got lots of work done. Today it is cold, the days are short and it is cold. Did I say it was cold?

I actually like the cold, and when it comes down to it I really like all of the seasons. When it gets cold, it reminds me that soon we will be celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and family birthdays.

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However, I just don’t like the short days, because it feels like I need to go to bed at 6:00pm now. It is not only dark already by then – it is really dark – like 9:00pm dark. Then I wake up feeling like I did not get everything done.

Usually by Thanksgiving I have my Christmas cards ready to mail. This year I have not even bought them. I think I had some left over from last year but I could not even begin to tell you where they might be.

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Usually by Thanksgiving I have all my shopping done. This year I have not even started. How did it get to be Thanksgiving so fast? It was summer a minute ago.
The bright side is, now that the days are short and the temperatures have dropped, there are new ways in our building to bundle up, warm up, and get your holiday shopping finished in cheerful comfort. The former campus bookstore has been remodeled and transformed into a boutique called Epiphany. If you are looking for items that are unique, either for yourself or women on your shopping list, make it a point to come and see what Epiphany has to offer.

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Our own ASU Undergrounds Café has undergone remodeling and has a trendy new look and name, the Square Clock Coffee House. The same warm service awaits you, with hot coffee drinks, tea, sweet treats, and a place to rest after you have finished shopping. You might even work on your Christmas cards!
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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If you are like me, you are wondering where the time went. How can so much time have passed so quickly? November is upon us and that means parties, Christmas Open House, and Celebrate the Season at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

Since we opened in April 2011, we have offered the Center to the community as a place to host events, parties, meetings, conferences, and more. So far, we have hosted just about every kind of event at the Center. If you are looking for a place for a graduation party, the company Christmas party, a company retreat or brainstorming session, the Center can provide the space you need.

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We have a training room that will seat 12 comfortably and has a state-of-art projection system for digital or video presentation. Our conference room will seat 20 for that strategic planning session. When you have more than 20 attendees, we can seat you upstairs in the Mezzanine where you can configure the room to suit your needs. The mezzanine will seat up to 200 attendees, depending on your setup. We also rent the lobby area for receptions and small parties.

For information about renting our spaces, you can contact Dr. Diane Sauers, director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Her email is diane.sauers@athens.edu and her phone number is 256-233-8261. We have some of the most reasonable rates in town.

The Christmas Open House is our chance to show off some of our classes and to collaborate with Spirit of Athens and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. On November 22 & 23, the Center will host “Pictures With Santa” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Santa will be at the Center for Lifelong Learning on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Center is located at 121 South Marion Street, on the east side of the Courthouse Square in downtown Athens.

Also featured that weekend will be a class on “Building Wreaths For All Occasions.” The class is taught by Pauline McElyea, a decorator from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Learn how to make low-cost, recyclable wreaths for every occasion. Topics include bargain hunting, shopping hints, seasonal and non-seasonal ideas, hands-on demonstration. Supplies are included in the fee, which is $15/person. Class will be held on Saturday, November 22, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, at the Center. Make your reservation by calling 256-233-8262.

As we have done in the past, we will have cupcakes to decorate while kids are waiting for Santa. The cupcakes are one for $1, or get six for $5. Cupcake decorating will be available starting at 1:00 pm until we run out of cupcakes on Saturday, November 22. This is a very popular event during the Open House.

For those who want to go to Greece with us in April, final payments will be due on December 8th. We have 14 traveling with us so far. Dr. Diane Sauers and Dr. Ron Fritze will be leading the group. Dr. Fritze will help students become familiar with the history of the areas we will be visiting. The tour, called Greece: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul, is an 11-day excursion that includes a three day cruise of the Greek Islands and Turkey. Stops are planned in Mykonos, Ephesus, Santorini, Thessalonki, Meteora, Delphi, and the Acropolis, and well as the ancient cities of Athens and Corinth. For more information about Greece, visit our website – www.athens.edu/CLL, or call us at 256-233-8261.

Celebrate the Season is the name given to a tour to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. The trip is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2. We will be leaving from the Center for Lifelong Learning at 9:30am and returning about 8:00pm. The fee is $55 and includes round-trip transportation. Meals are on your own. More than two million dazzling Christmas lights draw visitors from all over the world. Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend.

Join us as we prepare for another holiday season full of fun and learning at the Center for Lifelong Learning.
By: Wanda Campbell

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11-7-2014 2-36-44 PMOctober is one of the busiest months at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Our fall catalog with all the new courses listed has been mailed, and our thoughts are turning to music.

By the first week in October, the Center for Lifelong Learning had begun rehearsals for the Community Chorus. Also, the students involved in our music lesson programs are getting ready for their fall recital. This year, we have invited a guest solo hand bell artist who has performed all over the United States to perform a concert. Let me tell you about these happenings.

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First of all, the Center for Lifelong Learning sponsors the Athens State Community Chorus. This year the Chorus has joined with the Decatur Civic Choral Group for a concert of Songs Elvis Loved: Gospel, Rock & Roll, and Christmas. Concerts will be held in Decatur on Thursday, November 13, at 7:00pm, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the Decatur show are $12.

The Athens concert will be held in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Union on Sunday, November 16, at 2:30pm. Tickets for the Athens show are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 12 are admitted free. For more information about the Athens tickets, please call 256-233-8260.

Like all of the programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning, the Athens State Community Chorus is self supporting. All proceeds from the concert tickets are used to develop the Chorus music selections, pay staff, and market the program to the community.

The Center also offers private music lessons in violin and piano. At this time, we have 20 students, ranging in age from 5 years old to senior adults. Lessons are offered in 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute blocks during the school year. We also offer 30-minute lessons for two months during the summer. On December 8th, at 6:30 pm, in the ballroom of Sandridge Student Union, the Center will host the student recital. This program is open to the public and is a free event.

Coming in December is a Solo Hand Bell Concert by Danny Lyons. Lyons rings an entire three octave set of hand bells, (37 bells in all,) by himself. You will be amazed by his dexterity, stage presence, and his ability to make beautiful music. Lyons has toured all across the United States, as well as Europe and The Bahamas, playing solo hand bell concerts and teaching hand bells.

Traveling with Lyons is the Bellissimo Handbell Quartet (in which Danny also rings as a member of the quartet). The quartet is made up of four talented bell ringers who will entrance you with their style, showmanship, and musicianship as they weave bells, bodies, and limbs into a unified musical instrument.

The Solo Hand Bell Concert by Danny Lyons will be Sunday, December 7, at 3:00pm at McCandless Hall on the Athens State Campus. There is no charge for this concert. This concert is sponsored by the Livingston Concert Lecture Series and the Athens State Center for Lifelong Learning.

When you think of music, think of the Center for Lifelong Learning; where learning is a lifestyle.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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10-17-2014 3-09-07 PMLast week, the Center for Lifelong Learning held the first meeting of the Cookbook Club. The purpose of the club is to develop a Cookbook for Athens with all the best recipes and favorites of our town. Each month, members will prepare their favorite recipes in a particular food category.

So far, the group is made up of a cookie specialist, a bread specialist, a general cook and a former caterer. As time goes by more people will join and we will have other specialties. Whatever your skill in the kitchen, you are welcome to join.

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To get started the group will try their hand at hors d’oeuvres. Each member of the group is asked to bring a prepared recipe for their favorite hors d’oeuvres. The recipe needs to feed 10. When you come to the meeting, you will need to bring your prepared dish and the recipe card for the cookbook.

The Center for Lifelong Learning will invite “testers” to judge entries for flavor and presentation, and to rank them in order of preference. If you would like to join the Cookbook Club, call Wanda Campbell, at 256-233-8262.

The November meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 10, at noon at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Please call ahead if you plan to bring a sample.

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Also coming up at the Center is an Armchair Travel – Visiting Turkey. Even if you can’t go on the trip, you can still experience a tour of Turkey through pictures as Robert and Laura Glenn talk about their recent trip to Turkey. Learn the ins and outs of traveling in the area from people who have already been there. Join us Monday, October 27, at 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Center for Lifelong Learning. There is no charge for the presentation but reservations are requested. Seating is limited.

On Saturday, November 1 we will host Contemporary Cuisines, a new class at the Center that focuses on the talents of area chefs. Tammy Wilkinson, from Arabella’s Cakes and Catering will show us how to prepare a deep fried turkey meal just in time for Thanksgiving. Join us for a catered dinner from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. If you never tried deep fried turkey, you don’t know what you are missing. The fee for dinner is $20 each.

And don’t forget the trips that the Center is sponsoring. There is no better way to celebrate the season than a trip to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. Join CLL as we travel to Nashville for an afternoon of fun and shopping pm Tuesday, December 2. The bus will leave from the Center at 9:30am. The fee for the trip to Nashville is $55, which includes round-trip transportation and entry fees. Meals are on your own.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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