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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Leisure Activities - Summer 2017 

Lifelong Learning Institute
 in Chesterfield             

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Knitting Circle                                  

Wednesday                                      LE172032             


May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Pat Herman

All knitters are welcome to chat and share their craft. Anyone who knows the basics and is working on a project or wants to gain inspiration for a new project is encouraged to join this circle. This is not a class to learn the basics, but assistance with projects is provided, as needed.  Bring your current project or one you want to start and prepare yourself for a productive and enjoyable time!


Beaded Lanyard for LLI Name Tag                                            

Thursday                                            LE172143              $5


May 11

Instructor(s): Donna Whitfield

Learn the basics of stringing a necklace while making a beaded lanyard for your LLI name tag. Bring your name tag to class. All materials, as well as a wide variety of bead colors, will be provided. Detailed instructions are given at the beginning of class, so please be punctual!


Genealogy 201                                 

Monday                                              LE172178             


May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Bette Kot

Extend your pedigree chart by means of an organized approached to research. Using two books, recommended by the instructor, and the internet we shall review what is readily, and not so readily, available. Join us for adventures in the endless chase for ancestors.


Handmade Cards: Summertime Stamping                                          

Wednesday                                      LE172130              $5


May 17

Instructor(s): Marie Ireland

Participants will make four to five handmade cards and coordinating envelopes using various stamping and papercrafting techniques. Select from various sentiments to make one of a kind greetings. Cards made in class will be different from those offered in previous classes. Students must bring a two-sided tape runner, pencil, ruler, and scissors to class. A supply fee of $5 will cover all the other supplies, including paper, special tools and embellishments, and will be provided by the instructor. This instructor requires cancellation notice at least three business days prior to the start of the class for in order to receive a fee refund.


Discovering the Road Scholar Adventure                                             

Thursday                                            LE172207             


June 22

Instructor(s): Catherine Dodson

Learn about the transformation of Elderhostel to Road Scholar programs offered in the United States, including many tantalizing programs. Come hear about Road Scholar from our local expert!


Solving Rubik's Cube...the REAL Way                                    

Tuesday, Thursday                                         LE172205             


June 27, 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25

Instructor(s): Wells Iles

Looking for a few good men (and women)! Are you up for a challenge? Do you enjoy puzzles? Have you ever wanted to learn how to solve Rubik’s Cube? Nowadays anyone can solve the cube simply by watching some YouTube videos and memorizing a series of moves. Unfortunately, memorization is boring and it doesn’t lead to any real understanding of how the cube works. A puzzle – like Rubik’s Cube – shouldn’t be solved by using a cheat sheet but rather through trial and error, and the use of intuition. Join the instructor on a quest to solve the Cube the way it was meant to be solved. Note: cubes will be provided during class, but participants will need their own cube for practicing at home. The instructor recommends purchasing a stickerless cube called Dayan Zhanchi (less than $10 on Ebay for the 57mm).


Wooden Ginger Cottage Workshop                                       

Tuesday                                              LE172086              $8


July 11

Instructor(s): Glenn Crider

Here’s your chance to become one of Santa's elves by building your own Ginger Cottage to celebrate Christmas in July! TRC Designs has spent literally hundreds of hours filling their cottages with secrets and details. Each cottage has a small hole on its underside designed to borrow a standard bulb from your tree. Upon lighting your cottage, you’ll immediately discover the first secret—a little scene inside each and every one. But that’s only the beginning… Throughout the collection you’ll find all sorts of other surprises to delight and mystify in the joy and discovery of all that is Christmas! In this workshop, we'll explore a brief history of TRC Designs, Inc. which is the only manufacturer of nutcrackers in North America. The conversation will include the inspirational "true life" story of this once starving artist who never gave up on his dream. Unemployed in 2008 as so many others, Glenn optioned to "hire himself" to build a multi-million dollar corporation with thousands of customers nationwide providing local jobs in creating Christmas memories. Course fee will provide everything needed and guidance to build your very own Ginger Cottage which is guaranteed to become a Christmas memory that you will want to share! Good manual skills and patience in assembling a kit are all that is required.


Folding Journal Workshop                                         

Friday                                  LE172206             


July 28

Instructor(s): Jennifer DeRusha

Students will make a super-quick, no-sew folding book for their art studies or journaling. They will also create an art cover for the journal in this three-hour class. Required supplies include: 1 sheet of 18" x 24" watercolor paper plus 2 (no smaller than 8" x 10") sheets watercolor paper, all 140# cold press; 2 pieces of mattboard cut to 6 1/4" x 4 7/8"; a see-thru ruler for measuring; a pencil; an exact knife and cutting mat OR rotary cutter and mat OR paper scissors; craft glue; art supplies to create the front and back covers (these can be stamps and ink pads, stencils, watercolor pencils, graphite pencils for sketching, colored pencils, markers, Zentangle supplies - perhaps, to include Micron pens #01, #05, brush pen, watercolor paints, old artwork that you might have created in the past). Optional supplies include: Tombow adhesive roller, spray sealer, and matte finish.


Advanced Card Making Techniques: Measure Twice - Cut Once                                               

Wednesday                                      LE172139              $7


August 9

Instructor(s): Marie Ireland

This class is for experienced crafters who can follow multi-step directions and are independent with card making techniques. Students will make four or five advanced style cards with various images and practice masking, layering stamps, and ink techniques in this class. Heat and dry embossing, resist, and other techniques may also be used. Students will cut all papers during class using their own paper trimmer and make cards following a model in real time. Each person should be able to follow directions independently, measure and cut papers to the 1/4 inch using a paper trimmer. The course fee covers all paper, ink, and stamp supplies. Directions will be provided to the group. Teacher will demonstrate the technique and students will create their cards in real time. Students are responsible for bringing the following supplies to complete their cards: A 12-inch paper trimmer with a swing-out arm for extended measurements and a permanent 1/4 inch grid (available at Michaels, JoAnn fabrics, or AC Moore), tape runner (any permanent two-sided adhesive runner from the scrapbook section such as Tombo, Craft bond, Elmers, or Xyron will work), small scissors for paper trimming, a pencil and a ruler. This instructor requires cancellation notice at least three business days prior to the start of the class for in order to receive a fee refund.


About Fees
Your Lifelong Learning Institute membership gives you access to all of LLI classes and trips, most without any additional costs. There are some classes and trips which require additional fees. Where there are additional fees, those fees must be paid at the time of registration. Fees can be paid by check, cash or credit card. If paying by check, please clearly indicate the classes and trips being covered.