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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Life Services - Spring 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                   

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Tax Preparation Assistance                                        

Monday - Friday                                              LS181020             

9:00-2:00                             

By Appointment

Instructor(s): Gary Ellenberger

This will be by appointment. You will be contacted to set your appointment once you have registered. This "class" is one-on-one assistance with the preparation of your Federal and Virginia Tax Returns. Using popular tax preparation software, the instructor will assist you in answering the questions posed by the software's interview process. There will be two meetings. By the end of the first meeting (1-1.5 hours), the data entry and the initial quality review process will have been completed. In preparation for the second meeting (15 to 20 minutes), the instructor will complete a second quality review and print the returns for delivery to you. It will be your responsibility to mail the returns. Although the instructor has been involved in tax preparation for many years and has completed tax courses from several leading tax preparation companies and a popular senior volunteer organization, he will not be acting as a paid Tax Preparation Professional. Instead as an unpaid assistant, he will lead you through the tax preparation process. This is a self-help class (although the instructor will be completing the data entry and the quality reviews). This free service is limited to only personal (non-business) tax returns. In cases of a complex tax return, you may be referred to other tax services. Please bring all of your tax information to the appointment (recent Tax Returns, W-2's, 1099's, 1098's, etc). This is a free service. No compensation, gift or gratuity of any kind will be accepted.

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Workshop for LLI Instructors                                     

Wednesday                                      LS181077             

10:30-12:30                        

Jan 3

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston and Rachel Ramirez

This workshop will have two primary objectives: 1) To increase the connectivity and collegiality among LLI faculty; and 2) To share ideas about ways to improve the LLI experience for both faculty and students. Whether you are a first-time or experienced faculty member, our hope is that you will find something of value in this workshop. Members who are instructing/facilitating this session or plan to in a future session are invited and welcome!

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First Flight Creations Informational Session                                       

Wednesday                                      LS181108             

2:00-3:30                             

Jan 3

Instructor(s): John Kaldy and First Flight Creators

Join us for this one-hour information session to learn about a new service class being offered four times this session (LE209). Students will have a chance to partner with special needs or special “abilities” youth in the creation and finishing of home decor items sold by First Flight Creations. This class is for anyone - regardless of artistic ability - with a willingness to share their time and experience. Come learn more about First Flight Creations and the special needs community they serve!

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Public Speaking Tips                                     

Monday                                              LS181117             

11:30-1:00                          

Jan 8

Instructor(s): Martha Steger

Whether it's delivering an oral report to an audience of 50, dealing with potentially hostile questions after a presentation, or overcoming a case of nerves before speaking to 500, specific tips will help you prepare for future public talks. If you choose, come with an outline of a specific talk, and try it out in this small-group environment. The instructor's experience comprises 30+ years' speaking at local, state, national, and international levels on subjects including English and American literature, freelance writing, magazine publishing, current local events, tourism, and public relations.

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CIS of Chesterfield: How to Help At-Risk Students in Chesterfield                                          

Tuesday                                              LS181106             

11:30-1:00                          

Jan 9

Instructor(s): Jay Swedenborg

Are you interested in making the difference in the lives of students and families in-need in Chesterfield County? We need you! This course will cover how to get involved with students in-need through Chesterfield County Public Schools and Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chesterfield. There are a lot awesome opportunities for people to invest in strengthening our community. Join us for a discussion that will focus on identifying your strengths, your passions, and how you can get connected to non-profits and schools in our community so you can make a difference in Chesterfield County and the Greater Richmond community!

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Time Management: How to Make Better Use of Your Time and Energy                                

Tuesday                                              LS181084             

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 16

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide a number of practical time management strategies and an effective time management system. Students will learn how to make better use of their time and their energy!

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Improving All Relationships                                      

Tuesday                                              LS181085             

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 23, 30

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will both identify the most common obstacles to more satisfying relationships and enable participants to enhance the communication and other skills it takes to create them. Students will discover, and have the opportunity to apply or practice effective ways to improve EVERY relationship. The first class will provide an overview and discussion, and the second class will be an opportunity to review the discoveries and discuss applications.

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Senior Living Options: Assisted Living Communities and More                                 

Wednesday                                      LS181097             

10:30-12:00                        

Jan 31

Instructor(s): Marc Friedlander, MBA CSA

Roughly 44 million Americans (one out of six) provide unpaid informal care each year to the older US population. Using a proactive approach, the class will discuss the many benefits an Assisted Living Community can provide, how the assisted living community can be a positive influence as an individual embarks on a new stage in his or her life and when is the right time to explore assisted living options. This class will also illustrate the differences between an Assisted Living Community and a Skilled Nursing Facility. There will be time for a Q & A Session as well.

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Experiencing Forgiveness: Steps to Becoming a More Forgiving Person                                               

Tuesday                                              LS181115             

9:00-11:00                          

Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13

Instructor(s): Elnora H. Allen

Generally people want and need to forgive (and be forgiven). This course is for students who have been hurt, wounded or offended by a hard to handle transgression, want to forgive but have not been able to forgive. The method the participant learns is aimed at forgiving one single hurt or offense. You will learn to REACH forgiveness by working with a hurt or offense that you might have tried repeatedly to forgive. You might have granted forgiveness (or you might not have granted forgiveness), but the peace and the emotional experience of forgiveness might have eluded you on this particular event. This course will teach you how to REACH an experience of lasting emotional forgiveness by working with a particular hurt. It uses group experiential exercises and a workbook. This course meets once a week and runs for six consecutive sessions of two hours each which build on each other and is ordered to lead the students through experiencing forgiveness in the group. Regular attendance in each session is strongly encouraged. The course is built on the work by Dr. Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Virginia Commonwealth University utilizing his 5-Step Model to REACH Forgiveness.

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Overcoming Loneliness and Increasing Joy                                         

Wednesday                                      LS181095             

9:30-11:30                          

Feb 14

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide students with a variety of practical ideas, suggestions and techniques for overcoming an increasingly common and debilitating phenomenon in our culture, loneliness, while simultaneously increasing their joy!

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Home Health and Hospice: Everything You Need to Know!                                        

Thursday                                            LS181081             

1:30-3:00                             

Feb 15

Instructor(s): Kristen Kern

This interactive and easy to understand class will discuss everything you need to know about Home Health and Hospice. Whether caring for a loved one during an illness or being pro-active before a scheduled surgery, it is important to understand the services available to assist in the recovery at home. What services are provided? Who qualifies? How much does it cost? How long does it last? How do I set it up? What should I consider when choosing a provider? Are there resources available to help me in my search? These questions and more will be answered in this class.

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Becoming an Optimist                                  

Wednesday                                      LS181099             

9:30-11:30                          

Feb 21

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will help students discover the difference between an “optimist” and a “pessimist”, the advantages of optimism and effective strategies for becoming one.

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CCPL Library Books: Accessing Print and eBook Offerings                                            

Wednesday                                      LS181086             

9:30-11:00                          

Feb 28

Instructor(s): Cindy Arnold

Come learn how to make the most of the print and eBook offerings at the library! Learn how to use the library catalog to find a book, how to access your account to renew items, how to place holds on books, and resources for finding book suggestions. Students will also learn about Libby, the new app to download eBooks. Bring your device if you want help giving Libby a try! This will be a 60-minute lecture followed by 30 minutes of optional hands-on help.

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and EMS Passport Program                                        

Tuesday                                              LS181050             

1:30-3:00                             

March 6

Instructor(s): Sherri Laffoon and Millie Bishop

Are you prepared for the next disaster or emergency? Do you have an emergency supply kit or know what to put in one? Where will you go if you have to evacuate the area? These questions and more will be answered. With the rising cost of healthcare and the new increase in ambulance transportation fees, come find out how you can save some money on out-of-pocket expenses with the EMS Passport! Information will be provided about programs that Chesterfield County offers for ambulance transport costs, as well as the Yellow Dot program and the File of Life.

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From Stuck to Thriving: for Women Only                                             

Wednesday                                      LS181112             

9:30-11:00                          

March 7

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

We all can get stuck from time to time, unable to take action to make changes and reach specific goals. Women artists, women with ADHD, and women in transition are especially prone to get stuck. In this class we will look at common signs of being stuck, causes for getting stuck, how you keep yourself stuck, and how to break the trance of being stuck. You will also have the opportunity to identify your own stuck signs and develop an action plan for getting unstuck.

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Winning the War Against Paper                                              

Wednesday                                      LS181105             

9:30-11:30                          

March 14

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

Paper is unrelenting. It just keeps pouring in, cluttering up our homes and offices. It is the most difficult organizing challenge that we face in our daily lives. Paper clutter can shut down even the best organizers. In this class you will learn what makes paper management so challenging, strategies for clearing paper clutter and daily paper management, what papers to keep and what can be pitched, and habits that will make it possible to prevent future paper clutter nightmares.

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Creating Your Legacy                                    

Wednesday                                      LS181116             

12:30-2:00                          

March 14

Instructor(s): Martha J. Frickert

How do you wish to be remembered? It doesn't require newsworthy acts of valor, wealth, or fame. Instead, thoughtful, intentional planning along with creative follow through are key components. Explore the meaning of legacy and begin to actively create how you wish to be remembered. Learn fresh and innovative ideas for building your legacy with those special little ones in your life. Bring your ideas to share in this fun, thought-provoking session. Learn that it's never too late. You CAN craft your own legacy!

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The Art of the Difficult Conversation                                     

Tuesday                                              LS181102             

9:00-11:00                          

March 20, 27

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will teach participants how to effectively raise and resolve difficult issues. Students will learn and have the opportunity to apply or practice effective ways to be heard and effectively address many of the issues in their personal and/or professional lives. The first class will provide an overview and discussion, and the second class will be an opportunity to review the discoveries and discuss applications.

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From Cluttered to Clear in Just One Year                                             

Wednesday                                      LS181118              *$17

9:30-11:30                          

March 28, April 11

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

The idea of clearing clutter throughout your entire home is probably overwhelming, but it can be done! Join Debbie Bowie, Certified Professional Organizer®, for this two session class designed to motivate and arm you with what you need to know to begin to clear clutter and create good feng shui in every room in your house. You’ll learn key clutter clearing tips and feng shui principles that you can immediately apply to transform your home into a place where you and your family will thrive.

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Disaster Preparedness                                 

Wednesday                                      LS181114             

2:00-3:00                             

April 11

Instructor(s): Stephen Moore

This course will provide students with disaster preparedness information to help prepare for disasters ahead of time to save time, money, and potentially lives.

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Identifying Your Gifts                                   

Tuesday                                              LS181104             

10:00-12:00                        

April 17

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide an overview of why discovering one's gifts and life's purpose is important. After all, gifts are meant to be shared! Students will discover how to identify and apply their gifts.

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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.