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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Leisure Activities - Fall 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield             

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Mah Jongg 101                                 

Tuesday                                              LE183010             

1:30-3:00                             

Sept 4, 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Marilyn Mare

This class is for students who have never played Mah Jongg and want to learn; however, students who haven't played in many years are most welcome.  Mah Jongg originated in China during the days of Confucius, which makes it the oldest game in the world. Mah Jongg is a game for four players and involves skill, strategy, and calculation, as well as a certain degree of chance. You will find it a wonderful way to spend time with your friends and keep your mind active, too.  Participants need to be available for all sessions, as four players are needed per table. A special thank you to Mary Jane Murphy and Donna Whitfield for assisting the instructor in this class.

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Knitting Circle                                  

Wednesday                                      LE183032             

1:30-3:30                             

Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19

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!

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Fun Floral Card Making A                                            

Friday                                  LE183130              $8

10:00-12:00                        

Sept 7

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Easy enough for beginners, but these four fun floral cards are also lovely enough to be enjoyable for experienced card makers. Students should bring an adhesive tape runner (remember to have a refill on-hand) and paper snips (small, pointy, sharp scissors). Easy-peasy indeed! Course fee will provide all the other supplies, including paper, special tools and embellishments. Please arrive five minutes early or call to cancel if you cannot attend, since this is a very popular class. The class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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Joy of Indian Cooking: Delicious, Healthy, Simple and Fast                                         

Friday                                  LE183202              $7

10:30-12:00                        

Sept 7

Instructor(s): T Kulkarni

This course will provide students with an opportunity to have fun and learn to cook authentic Indian food! Delicious, healthy, fast and inexpensive, Indian recipes will be a great addition to anyone’s cooking repertoire. There will be food available for tasting, too! Course fee covers the cost of food.

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Fun Floral Card Making B                                            

Friday                                  LE183131              $8

1:30-3:30                             

Sept 7

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Easy enough for beginners, but these four fun floral cards are also lovely enough to be enjoyable for experienced card makers. Students should bring an adhesive tape runner (remember to have a refill on-hand) and paper snips (small, pointy, sharp scissors). Easy-peasy indeed! Course fee will provide all the other supplies, including paper, special tools and embellishments. Please arrive five minutes early or call to cancel if you cannot attend, since this is a very popular class. The class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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Brain Aerobics: Fun Ways to Keep Your Mind and Body Young and Fit                                  

Monday                                              LE183197             

10:00-11:30                        

Sept 10, 24, Oct 15, 29

Instructor(s): Howard Wynn

If you enjoy card games, BINGO, Sudoku or brain teasers, this is the class for you! Brain Aerobics is a thought-provoking educational experience with fun ways to keep your mind and body young and fit. This class is designed to provide students with brain-challenging games, as well as physical and mental exercises. A variety of activities will be presented to make students think, and they'll find it rewarding to feel the cogs spinning as they search for answers and solutions. Like physical fitness, cognitive fitness can be the result of consistently challenging brain workouts. Come give this class a try!

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Genealogical Problem Solving                                 

Monday                                              LE183178             

1:30-3:30                             

Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 19

Instructor(s): Bette Kot

This course will consist of round table discussions for the intermediate genealogist. Students should bring a written description of their problem, and the class will offer suggestions. Everyone will have the opportunity to review old sources and learn new ones. The class will also plan several trips to local libraries for further research.

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Introduction to Bridge (Part 3)                                  

Tuesday                                              LE183016              *$15

9:00-10:30                          

Sept 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Jean Bosch

This introductory course is a continuation from the Spring and Summer sessions for students who have no regular experience playing bridge and want to keep learning! Students will continue to use the helpful book, "Bridge for Everyone: A Step-By-Step Guide to Rules, Bidding, and Play of the Hand," to learn the basics and some advanced tips on playing this fascinating card game. A combination of instruction, presentation of examples, group discussion, and just playing will provide a strong start to student’s enjoyment of Bridge. Basic bidding, playing techniques, and scoring along with advanced communication and playing tips will be presented. This course is specifically being offered for students who have not played bridge and would like a beginner’s course. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration. After this course, students are welcome to join any of the weekly Bridge groups.

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Guitar Building in a Home-Shop                                              

Wednesday                                      LE183208             

10:30-12:00                        

Sept 12

Instructor(s): Joe Lenzi

This course will present an overview of the materials, tools, techniques and shop space needed to build an acoustic guitar. The objective is to provide a general-interest discussion of a home-shop guitar luthiery. All students will be invited (by appointment) to visit the Woody Strings guitar building shop in Bon Air.

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Beaded Lanyard for LLI Name Tag                                            

Wednesday                                      LE183143              $5

12:30-3:30                          

Sept 12

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. Course fee covers all materials, including a wide variety of bead colors. Detailed instructions are given at the beginning of class, so please be punctual!

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Metal Earrings and Colored Pencils                                        

Monday                                              LE183232             

9:00-10:30                          

Sept 17, 24

Instructor(s): Judith Onesty

Students in this course will create a pair of colorful earrings to compliment that special outfit by using colored pencils on copper. These beautiful dangling earrings are enhanced with silver wire. In this course, students will learn some basic metal-working techniques such as: making a pattern, shaping, filing, cutting, sanding, bending wire, etc. They will also learn to prepare the metal for coloring, how to apply the color, blending, etc. Once students have learned the basics, they will be able to use these techniques again to create more beautiful pieces of jewelry! Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office.

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Virginia Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel                                      

Monday                                              LE183160             

11:30-1:00                          

Sept 17

Instructor(s): Martha Steger

From Clifton Forge and Covington in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains to a plantation in Norfolk and Virginia Beach to Marriott Ranch 70 miles west of the nation's capital…this course will provide tips for fall travel in Virginia. Come learn where to enjoy a hike, leisurely stroll, or Segway trip at destinations often overlooked across the Commonwealth!

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Knitted Knockers                                            

Tuesday                                              LE183226             

11:30-12:30                        

Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 23, 30, Nov 13

Instructor(s): Sharon B. Thompson

Students in this course will learn to make Knitted Knockers, which are knitted breast forms for women who have had breast removal surgery due to cancer or other causes. Soft, comfortable, non-allergenic Knitted Knockers save women from having to wear a heavy vinyl breast form. Students may give their Knitted Knockers to a friend, add them to those being offered for free to LLI members, or donate them to the National Knitted Knockers organization. All-cotton yarns from a specified list are required, and more details will be available on the supply list. Instructional videos will be viewed to learn how to best use the patterns. Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office. Students are responsible for having supplies for all classes.

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Amazing Clay Bead Making Class                                             

Wednesday                                      LE183220              $15

1:00-3:30                             

Sept 26

Instructor(s): Linda Rubin

Warning! If you feel uncomfortable receiving compliments from people you do not know, do not take this jewelry class! Join the fun of making a one of a kind beaded necklace that is easy to make and requires no skills or talents. Create a necklace you can wear for years to come and learn how to continue at home making gifts for friends and family, special occasions and holidays too! Work in Sculpey, a polymer clay that bakes rock hard in the oven. With fun music in the background, give yourself a fun, creative day that lasts all year long. Bring any small size costume jewelry and earrings you never wear, and possibly they can go into your designs. Course fee will cover all materials needed to make your fashion statement. New and returning students are welcome! Returning students will enjoy an open studio to make something new and exciting.

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Science and Guitar Building                                       

Thursday                                            LE183234             

9:30-11:00                          

Sept 27

Instructor(s): Joe Lenzi

This course is designed to be an informative and entertaining overview of the role of science in the craft of stringed-instrument making (luthiery). Topics discussed will include: acoustic guitar mechanics (i.e. how does a guitar work?); calculating fret spacing; explaining how pickups work; and answering the question, "What happens when a musician, a luthier and a scientist combine their talents?" There will be time for Q and A at the end.

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Introduction to Medieval Chainmail                                      

Monday                                              LE183227             

9:00-11:00                          

Oct 1

Instructor(s): Ben Strohm

Join this course to learn an ancient art that can be used to make everything from epic jewelry to mighty armor! All tools and supplies provided, plus enough rings for you to keep on working at home.

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Falling Leaves Necklace                                               

Monday                                              LE183233             

9:00-10:30                          

Oct 1, 15

Instructor(s): Judith Onesty

Students in this course will create a beautiful, asymmetrical necklace that they will want to wear often by stylizing leaf shapes using wire’s natural curve. While the technique needs to be precise, the design’s beauty is that it mimics the randomness of fallen leaves. Students will learn basic wire working techniques as well as adding beads to their work. Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office.

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Photo SOS A                                      

Wednesday                                      LE183228             

9:00-10:30                          

Oct 24

Instructor(s): Lorrie Curley

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Disasters and accidents strike each day. How have you safeguarded your memories? Everyone should have a plan in place for protecting the photos and documents that hold one-of-a-kind memories. Don’t know where to get started? No problem! This course will present the importance of having a strategy for protecting your photos in case disaster strikes as well as introduce a process for organizing, digitizing, and protecting photos. Students can gain peace of mind by learning how to secure memories for generations!

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Card Making and Paper Crafting: Paper Pumpkin                                             

Friday                                  LE183122              $20

10:00-12:00                        

Nov 2

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

Beginners and seasoned “pretty paper players” are welcome to register for this fun-filled, leisurely-paced course. Each student will receive a complete Paper Pumpkin kit for making several cards or a 3D paper-crafting project. Contents of the kit will be up to the whim of the kit-maker, but all kit contents will be provided to every student. That’s right! Every student will work with a stamp set and individual ink. No passing ink around. No waiting for stamps. Students can work as fast or slow as they want during the time together. Anything that students don’t have time to do during class, they can just finish at home. Students need to bring their own 3x3 clear stamping block, paper snips (small, sharp scissors), and adhesive tape runner (remember to have a refill on-hand). Course fee will provide all the other supplies, including paper, special tools and embellishments. Please arrive five minutes early or call to cancel if you cannot attend, since this is a very popular class. The class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows. Come have some fun at your own pretty-paper-playing pace!

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Fall Cooking with Ginny: The Reluctant Entertainer                                       

Friday                                  LE183005              $9

10:00-12:00                        

Nov 9

Instructor(s): Ginny Brown

This course is for anyone who wants to entertain their friends and family on a small scale but does not know where to begin or want all that work? Students will find serving up food to their loved ones can be easy and enjoyable. Instead of slaving in the kitchen, have fun and savor foods with family and friends. Come pick up some new kitchen tips and maybe even some decorating tips. Course fee covers the cost of food.

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Photo SOS B                                      

Tuesday                                              LE183229             

11:00-12:30                        

Nov 13

Instructor(s): Lorrie Curley

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Disasters and accidents strike each day. How have you safeguarded your memories? Everyone should have a plan in place for protecting the photos and documents that hold one-of-a-kind memories. Don’t know where to get started? No problem! This course will present the importance of having a strategy for protecting your photos in case disaster strikes as well as introduce a process for organizing, digitizing, and protecting photos. Students can gain peace of mind by learning how to secure memories for generations!

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Holiday Wreaths and Centerpieces                                       

Wednesday                                      LE183121             

1:00-3:00                             

Nov 28

Instructor(s): Lillie Stratton

Join this class to create a holiday floral centerpiece or wreath for your winter home or table. Fanciful or formal, bring cheer to your environment with a beautiful arrangement. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Holiday Cooking with Ginny: The Reluctant Entertainer                                               

Friday                                  LE183006              $9

10:00-12:00                        

Nov 30

Instructor(s): Ginny Brown

With the holiday season approaching, this course will prepare those who want to entertain but are afraid of the time and energy it will take. Join this casual environment to learn how to entertain with delicious foods that will not break the bank and for the most part can be made ahead of time. Students will find they can entertain and have fun with their guests. Come pick up food tips and a few food gift ideas. Course fee covers the cost of food.

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Easel Calendar Card A                                   

Wednesday                                      LE183215              $3

11:00-12:00                        

Dec 5

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Students in this course will enjoy a new twist on holiday cards. This card is a desk top calendar card and is a great way to wish friends a Happy New Year. Your friends will think of you often as the card can be displayed all year! There is no stamping involved. Each student will need to bring a paper trimmer, tape runner and scissors. Students should also bring a scoring board if they have one. The course fee will cover the cost of supplies including stickers and double-sided paper. This instructor requires a cancellation notice of at least three business days prior to date of class.

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Easel Calendar Card B                                   

Wednesday                                      LE183216              $3

1:00-2:00                             

Dec 5

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Students in this course will enjoy a new twist on holiday cards. This card is a desk top calendar card and is a great way to wish friends a Happy New Year. Your friends will think of you often as the card can be displayed all year! There is no stamping involved. Each student will need to bring a paper trimmer, tape runner and scissors. Students should also bring a scoring board if they have one. The course fee will cover the cost of supplies including stickers and double-sided paper. This instructor requires a cancellation notice of at least three business days prior to date of class.

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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.