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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Leisure Activities - Spring 2020

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield             

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Genealogical Problem Solving                                 

Monday                                           LE201178           

1:30-3:30                           

Jan 6, 13, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 20, 27

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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Learn to Play Mah Jongg                                           

Tuesday                                           LE201010           

1:30-3:00                           

Jan 7, 14, 21, 28

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 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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Knitting Circle                                 

Wednesday                                     LE201032           

1:30-3:30                           

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29

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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Beaded Lanyard for LLI Name Tag A                                     

Thursday                                          LE201143            $5

12:30-3:30                        

Jan 9

Instructor(s): Donna Whitfield

Please  register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to  participate. 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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Make-n-Take Card Making                                       

Friday                                 LE201122            $8

10:00-12:00                      

Jan 10

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. Students will receive supplies and instructions to make two or three cards during the class session. Stamps, inks, and tools are shared with everyone. The number of cards will depend upon the complexity of designs and techniques used. Required materials to bring: 3x3 clear stamp block, adhesive tape runner (prefer Tombow brand in blue or pink but not green), and snips (small sharp scissors). You only need to bring your happy self and those three supply items. Plan to arrive five minutes early. Class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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Sympathy Card Making                              

Friday                                 LE201130            $12

1:00-3:00                           

Jan 10

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

Giving a handmade sympathy card is a true expression of love and support when it is needed the most. In this course, students will learn two simple and beautiful card designs. Then, everyone will make two of each design for a total of four sympathy cards to have at-the-ready. Stamps, inks, and tools are shared with all students. The number of cards will depend upon the complexity of designs and techniques used. Required materials to bring: 3x3 clear stamp block, adhesive tape runner (prefer Tombow brand in blue or pink but not green), and snips (small sharp scissors). You only need your kind heart and those three supply items. Plan to arrive five minutes early. Class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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Beaded Lanyard for LLI Name Tag B                                     

Wednesday                                     LE201147            $5

12:30-3:30                        

Jan 15

Instructor(s): Donna Whitfield

Please  register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to  participate. 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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Beauty on Frosty Mornings: Ice Flowers and Much More                                           

Thursday                                          LE201243           

1:30-3:30                           

Jan 23

Instructor(s): Jim Carter

There will be frosty mornings this spring 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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Beginning Pine Needle Baskets                               

Monday                                           LE201241            $12

11:00-1:00                        

Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 24

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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Cooking Soup with Ginny: Soups On                                    

Friday                                 LE201005            $10

10:00-12:00                      

Jan 31

Instructor(s): Ginny Brown

This course will provide the basics to soup making. Students will experience old standbys and learn a few new soup ideas including a recipe for a soup side dish. Treat yourself to a soup luncheon. Course fee covers the cost of food.

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Glacier National Park: Day Hiking and Wildlife                                 

Tuesday                                           LE201248           

9:30-10:30                        

Feb 4

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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Introduction to Crochet                             

Thursday                                          LE201249           

1:30-3:30                           

Feb 20, 27

Instructor(s): Dalhia P. Cavazos

Learn the basics of how to crochet, starting at the very beginning, even if you've never held a hook before or don't know a slip knot from a single crochet. Crochet is an easy craft to learn because you only need to know a few stitches to be able to make a wide variety of different projects. This course will cover the most common beginner crochet stitches as well as how to make a slip knot, chain stitch, single stitch, double stitch, triple stitch and abbreviations. The instructor will be using US terms for crochet stitches. Students will learn to crochet a cotton face scrubby, coffee cozy and/or a washcloth which are all easy and fast projects for beginners. Students are responsible for bringing the following supplies to each class: a skein of yarn (no fuzzy, fancy, dark or multi-colored yarn at first), a variety of crochet hooks, a darning needle, and scissors.

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Amazing Clay Bead Making Class                                           

Friday                                 LE201220            $10

10:00-12:30                      

Feb 21

Instructor(s): Linda Rubin

Warning! If you feel uncomfortable receiving compliments from people you do not know, do not take this jewelry class! Students will join the fun of making a one of a kind beaded necklace that is easy to make and requires no skills or talents. Students will create a necklace that can be worn for years to come and learn how to continue the fun 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, students will have a fun and creative time together. Course fee will cover all materials needed to make a fashion statement.

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Fun with Wire Pendants                                           

Monday                                           LE201232            $10

9:00-10:30                        

March 2, 9, 16, 23

Instructor(s): Judith Onesty

Students will make a beautiful gingko leaf, a beaded spiral, an ocean wave and a wrapped large stone. Adding beads to wire will make the design come to life and students will create some amazing pendants. Course fee will cover the wire and beads.  A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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From Snapshots to Photographs                                           

Tuesday                                           LE201189           

11:00-12:00                      

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14

Instructor(s): Gilpin Brown

This is a course for all. Whether you have a point-and-shoot, a fancy SLR, or a phone, you are welcome. Whether you are an occasional shooter or you incorporate it into your life, you are welcome. The focus of the fun will not be very technical. The course will cover composition, lighting, perspective and attempt to turn casual snapshots into photographs that draw the interest of the viewer. Students will have weekly assignments for practice. There may also be a practice session (field trip) outside of class time arranged during the session.

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Road Scholar Education Travel: University of the World                              

Tuesday                                           LE201207           

11:30-12:30                      

March 3

Instructor(s): Cindy Graunke

This course will explore Road Scholar educational travel. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization with over 5,500 travel-based courses annually both in the United States and abroad. Road Scholar is also associated with Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide. Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) is committed to being the preeminent provider of high-quality and affordable educational opportunities for adults. Come hear about the myriad of learning opportunities and how these learning opportunities can change your view of the world.

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Stamp Set Plus Card Making                                    

Wednesday                                     LE201139            $40

1:00-3:00                           

March 11

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman

This course will provide students with a new stamp set PLUS additional items such as embellishments, ribbon, patterned paper, and/or a punch to make beautiful cards. Students will make two or three card designs during the session and then take the new supplies home. No waiting for stamps to be passed around during class because everyone gets to use their own set. Sample cards using this stamp set will be available to inspire creativity. This course is a great way to enjoy new cards designs, learn new techniques, and then continue the fun at home. The stamp set will be from a new catalog, so chances are you do not already have it. Required materials to bring: 3x3 clear stamp block, adhesive tape runner (prefer Tombow brand in blue or pink but not green), and snips (small sharp scissors). You only need to bring your happy self and those three supply items. Plan to arrive five minutes early. Class will begin on time, and materials may not be saved for late arrivals or no-shows.

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Indian Cooking with Instapot                                  

Friday                                 LE201202            $7

12:00-1:30                        

March 13

Instructor(s): T Kulkarni

Indian cooking is healthy, simple and delicious. Instapot has removed the planning and judgement part of Indian cooking. This course will provide students with some handy and healthy recipes. Students will also get to eat a sample dish. Students can send requests to the instructor at Truptikulk@yahoo.com with Subject: LLI Indian Cooking. Course fee covers the cost of food.

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Memory Wire Bracelets                                             

Monday                                           LE201175            $6

1:30-3:30                           

March 30

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.  Course fee will cover everything needed for this one-of-a-kind bracelet; however, students need to bring an 8" strand of 6mm or 8mm beads of their choice and a pair of needle-nose pliers.

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Introduction to Freeform Crochet                                         

Friday                                 LE201250           

1:00-3:00                           

April 3, 17, 24, May 1

Instructor(s): Dalhia P. Cavazos

This course is for beginner students, anyone who knows the basics of crochet, and anyone who has taken an introduction to crochet class and desires to learn the basics of freeform crochet. Freeform crochet means you don’t follow a pattern. Stitches are added anywhere you see fit. This type of crochet can be used to create clothing, scarves, bags, and combined or appliquéd on another finished garment. They can also work as finished objects themselves. It is also used to make motifs and appliqués to add to garments. This course will start with a small crochet circle patch and add stitches on all or part of the circle and change yarn colors. One- and two-color spirals and surface crochet will also be taught. Several different pieces will be created, often using different colors, textures, and stitches, and then joining them to create the finished piece. It looks complicated, but it’s not. It is also a great way to use up leftover yarn. Students will leave class with a finished project of their choice and are responsible for bringing the following supplies to each class: a wide variety of yarn fibers in various colors (no fuzzy, fancy, dark or multi-colored yarn at first), a variety of crochet hooks, a darning needle, a sewing needle, strong sewing thread, scissors and safety pins.

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The Joy of Herbs                                           

Wednesday                                     LE201238           

1:30-2:30                           

April 15

Instructor(s): Shirley Longan

Students will learn how to grow herbs in a garden or containers and dry them for family and friends as well as how to make herb vinegars and condiments with fresh herbs. This course will also cover decorative herbs adding interest to a flower bed, deck or porch.

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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.