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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Leisure Activities - Fall 2019

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield             

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Learn to Play Mah Jongg                                             

Tuesday                                              LE193010             

1:30-3:00                             

Sept 3, 10, 17, 24

Instructor(s): Marilyn Mare

This course is for students who have never played Mah Jongg and want to learn. Students who haven't played Mah Jongg for many years and need a refresher course are also 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 strategy, skill and a certain degree of chance. It is a wonderful way to spend time with friends and keep your mind active, too. Students must be available for all four sessions as the lessons are progressive and build on each other. A special thanks to Mary Jane Murphy, Linda Davis and Donna Whitfield for assisting the instructor with this course.

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Make-n-Take Card Making                                         

Wednesday                                      LE193122              $8

1:00-3:00                             

Sept 4

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

Whether you are new to stamping or a seasoned card-maker, this course offers a creativity boost. We will work with pretty papers, shapes, and embellishments to produce cards that are fun to make and that family and friends will love to receive. This course provides supplies and instructions to make two or three cards. Stamps, inks, and tools are shared with everyone. Number of cards will depend upon the complexity of designs and techniques used. Required materials to bring: 3x3 clear stamp block, adhesive tape runner, and snips (small sharp scissors). Optional materials to bring: Paper-Piercing Tool® or Take Your Pick Tool®, small glue dots, and a bone folder. Please withdraw if you cannot attend. Plan to arrive five minutes early since this is a very popular course. Class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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Knitting Circle                                  

Wednesday                                      LE193032             

1:30-3:30                             

Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18

Instructor(s): Annette Alabaster

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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Intermediate Pine Needle Baskets                                         

Monday                                              LE193246             

10:00-12:00                        

Sept 9, 16, 23

Instructor(s): Diane Drummond

Students with experience in making pine needle baskets will continue creating pine needle masterpieces using pine needles, bone buttons and stitching material from a previous course. Students will provide pine needles, bone buttons and stitching materials as well as a pair of bent nose pliers or needle nose pliers and heavy duty scissors to cut the pine needles.

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Beaded Lanyard for LLI Name Tag                                           

Monday                                              LE193143              $5

12:30-3:30                          

Sept 9

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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Genealogical Problem Solving                                  

Monday                                              LE193178             

1:30-3:30                             

Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16

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.

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Fun with Wire Rings                                      

Monday                                              LE193232              $6

9:30-11:00                          

Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7

Instructor(s): Judith Onesty

Students in this course will learn to take wire and beads and make a variety of beautiful rings. Whether small and dainty or big and bold, everyone will have fun making personalized rings. Students will learn how to use pliers to bend the wire to make a custom-sized ring and finish the class with five or six new, one-of-a-kind rings. Course fee provides a ring mandrel, wire and beads. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Photo SOS                                          

Tuesday                                              LE193228             

9:30-11:00                          

Sept 17

Instructor(s): Lorrie Curley

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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Arts and Culture in the Richmond Region                                            

Wednesday                                      LE193221             

1:30-2:30                             

Sept 25

Instructor(s): Scott Garka

In the most recent NCAR (National Center for Arts Research) arts vibrancy index, the greater Richmond area is ranked 20th in the nation among large cities. The Richmond area scores in the top 10% of all cities on arts providers, arts dollars and government support. This is how the report describes the arts and cultural landscape of our community: "The Greater Richmond, VA, MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) offers an extensive variety of arts and cultural activities. It has a unique way of blending classic and contemporary, southern heritage with progressive art, established with grassroots, honoring the past but making space for the future." Come find out why this matters to you and how you can be a part of the vibrant arts and culture in our region.

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Stamp Set Creative Card Making                                              

Friday                                  LE193130              $22

10:00-12:00                        

Sept 27

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

This course provides a set of stamps that students will use during class and then take home. Supplies, designs, and instructions will be provided to make two or three cards during class. No need to share stamps because everyone in class will have their own. The number of cards will depend upon the complexity of designs and techniques used. This course class is a great way to learn new cards designs and then continue the fun at home. Sample cards using this stamp set will be available to inspire student’s creativity at home. Required materials to bring: 3x3 clear stamp block, adhesive tape runner, and snips (small sharp scissors). Optional materials to bring: Paper-Piercing Tool® or Take Your Pick Tool®, small glue dots, and a bone folder. Please withdraw if you cannot attend. Plan to arrive five minutes early since this is a very popular course. Class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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Beginning Pine Needle Baskets                                

Monday                                              LE193241              $12

10:00-12:00                        

Sept 30, Oct 7, 21, Nov 4

Instructor(s): Diane Drummond

Students will create a pine needle basket using pine needles, bone buttons and stitching material. This course will take you from the very first beginning steps to a completed sealed basket. The course fee will provide all materials and supplies to create this treasure, and there will be handouts on the different stitches that can be used to bind your basket. Students will need to bring a pair of bent nose pliers or needle nose pliers and heavy duty scissors to cut the pine needles.

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Photo Organization A                                    

Tuesday                                              LE193244             

9:30-12:00                          

Oct 1, 8

Instructor(s): Lorrie Curley

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Do you have boxes or drawers of printed photos? If you could snap your fingers, would you love to have them organized by person, place or event? Join Lorrie Curley as she offers education, inspiration and time to help you get it done. Students should bring a box of printed photos, a photo storage box to hold approximately 1000 photos up to size 5x7, post-it notes, a Stabillo-All soft art or #2 pencil, and a desire to get organized.

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Beginning Genealogy                                   

Tuesday                                              LE193045             

1:30-3:30                             

Oct 1, 8, 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3

Instructor(s): Bette Kot

This course will introduce personal and practical help in compiling an accurate family history. Students will learn how to record what they know, organize it, and add to it in terms of federal census records. Get ready for an exciting trip into your family's past to be able to give a treasure only you can provide! No previous experience needed to take this course.

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Memory Wire Bracelets                                               

Friday                                  LE193175              $6

10:00-12:00                        

Oct 18

Instructor(s): Diane Drummond

Memory wire has continuous loops and comes in sizes that can be used to create a necklace, bracelet or a ring. It is steel and is very strong, so it will hold its shape and conform to your arm or neck. In this course, students will create three loop memory wire bracelets together.  Course fee will cover everything needed for this one-of-a-kind bracelet; however, students need to bring a strand of 4 to 6 mm beads of their choice.

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Appalachian Trail: Preparing and Thru-Hiking                                   

Friday                                  LE193247             

11:30-1:00                          

Nov 1

Instructor(s): Roger Gorey

This course provides an overview of what it takes to prepare, equip and execute a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail based on the instructor’s hike from March 25 - October 3, 2011. The Trail travels through 13 States from Georgia to Maine covering 2,200 miles.

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Beauty on Frosty Mornings: Ice Flowers and Much More                                             

Thursday                                            LE193243             

10:30-11:30                        

Nov 7, 21

Instructor(s): Jim Carter

There will be frosty mornings this fall that will produce interesting displays of ice on selected plant stems and in perhaps other places. Ice flowers appear on the stems of certain plants in your garden, and you may find needles of ice growing out of the soil. In 2003, the author found ice flowers on native plants in East Tennessee. He brought plants into his yard only to find that he had ice flowers growing there already. He never looked before. He put some photos on the web and soon was hearing from people around the world showing what they found and asking for explanations. Ice occurs in many places in nature and in many cases the display of ice is very attractive and quite unusual. He has tried to understand all that he has been introduced to. As such, he has many interesting photos to show and stories to tell as he tries to explain how and why. At least two poems have been written extoling the beauty of Ice Flowers. For a sneak preview, see: http://my.ilstu.edu/~jrcarter/ice/radio/.

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Amazing Clay Bead Making Class                                             

Friday                                  LE193220              *$10

1:00-3:00                             

Nov 8

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. Course fee is for new students and will cover all materials needed to make your fashion statement. Returning students are welcome to bring their Sculpey clay, neck chain and supplies to make something new and exciting while enjoying an open studio.

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Photo Organization B                                    

Tuesday                                              LE193245             

9:30-12:00                          

Nov 12, 19

Instructor(s): Lorrie Curley

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Do you have boxes or drawers of printed photos? If you could snap your fingers, would you love to have them organized by person, place or event? Join Lorrie Curley as she offers education, inspiration and time to help you get it done. Students should bring a box of printed photos, a photo storage box to hold approximately 1000 photos up to size 5x7, post-it notes, a Stabillo-All soft art or #2 pencil, and a desire to get organized.

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Glacier National Park: Day Hiking and Wildlife                                 

Monday                                              LE193248             

9:30-11:00                          

Nov 18

Instructor(s): Randy Wendell

This course will present hiking in Glacier National Park and will focus on some of the Park's more popular as well as some of its less popular day hikes. Students will learn about the Park's unique geographic features and its wildlife.

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Unique Wire Bracelets                                 

Monday                                              LE193233              $6

9:30-11:00                          

Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16

Instructor(s): Judith Onesty

Students in this course will have a ball making unique bracelets that reflect their taste and are sized to fit. Learn to bend wire into whimsical or sophisticated shapes. Finish it off by adding stones, beads or other embellishments to enhance them. Students will go home with four to six new, one-of-a-kind bracelets. Course fee provides wire and beads. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Paper Craft Complete Kit Card Making                                  

Wednesday                                      LE193139              $25

10:00-12:00                        

Dec 11

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

This course is for paper-crafters at every ability level and will feature a “Paper Pumpkin©” kit. Please note: that’s the name of the producer, and we are not making pumpkins. Beginners and seasoned “pretty paper players” are welcome to attend this fun-filled, leisurely-paced class. Each student will receive a complete kit with the stamps, ink, and supplies for making several cards for a 3D paper-crafting project. No passing ink around. No waiting for stamps. Students work as fast or slow as they want. Anything that is not finished during class can be completed at home. Required materials to bring: 3x3 clear stamp block, adhesive tape runner, and snips (small sharp scissors). Optional materials to bring: Paper-Piercing Tool® or Take Your Pick Tool®, small glue dots, and a bone folder. Please withdraw if you cannot attend. Plan to arrive five minutes early since this is a very popular course. Class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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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.