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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Special Events, Activities and Trips - Summer 2017 


Lifelong Learning Institute
 in Chesterfield

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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.
Lifelong Learning Institute
in Chesterfield


Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1090
Midlothian, VA  23113


Physical Location:
13801 Westfield Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
Office Hours 
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm



 
FALL 2017 CATALOGS
are now available inside or outside in a bin at our office and under "classes" in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

FALL 2017 
Session

Sept 5 - Dec 15

You may register
ONLINE
at any time!


Open Registration
onsite:

August 21-23 
9:00am - 3:00pm




Sessions
Spring: Jan-April
Summer: May-August
Fall: Sept-Dec

   

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are available for
LLI membership! 
Email info@llichesterfield.org
for details or call the office
at 804-378-2527.
LLI  follows the
Chesterfield County School
winter weather closings. 
If schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, LLI is also closed. If the schools have a delayed opening of any kind,
 LLI will open at 10 am.
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Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is a registered IRS 501c3 non-profit. You can support its educational programs by donating online here.
Thank you!



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.
 Fees must be paid at time of registration in order to be registered. As we must remit payment 30 days prior to all trips, refunds will not be made after that period unless we are able to fill the seat with someone from a waiting list.

Full refunds will be given with written cancellation prior to the 30‐day cutoff.
If you are not confirmed for a trip at the time of its
departure,
you will be given a refund in full.
All seats are reserved for the individual registered, regardless of who
made the payment, and will be filled with the next registrant from the waiting list upon cancellation. In order to be fair to all registered, transfer of the reservation to another individual is not permitted. Trips are only open to guests if seats remain
available after open registration. All trips have minimum and maximum capacities.

Information Sessions
Tuesday, May 2

Instructor: Rachel Ramirez
  
Orientation for New Members

11:30AM-1:00PM 
Course: IA172999

Are you a new member and want to know some inside tips on how to make the most of your membership? Or are you a current member but have never attended an orientation? Join us for our New Member Orientation and tour of the building. If you can't make it to Orientation, just stop in the office anytime with your questions!
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  Q&A for Current Members
  1:30-2:30PM 
Course: IA172997

Do you have questions or just want a better understanding of how things work at LLI? Have you been curious about how the chair lift works? Join us for this question and answer session to get the latest update on the Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield. We will also do a demonstration of the chair lift, provide step-by-step instructions and give everyone a chance to take a ride!

Senior Story Slam:
New Words from Old Mouths

Thursday, June 8

9AM-11AM 
Course: IA172110

Instructor: Les Schaffer

What is a story slam? Based on the poetry slam format and similar to popular radio shows like NPR's "The Moth" or "This American Life", a story slam is a festival for the spoken word. LLI story-slammers can register to sign up to tell a short story on the day's theme. Stories may be as short as four to five minutes, but no longer than eight minutes. Up to seven story-slammers will be selected from those registered for the starting line-up. At the live show on June 8, as time permits, procrastinators or late starters may put their names in a hat to be selected to tell. The theme for our first Slam is “My Brush with Fame”. Slammers may broadly define this topic in any way. The only rules are that it must be real, must be told and not read. No notes, paper or cheat sheets allowed during the live performance. The audience will be expecting real life adventures. The best stories have a beginning, middle and end. They have a point and should be clear about why it's important for you to tell. This course is presented in two parts. We'll start with a two-hour informational and coaching session for prospective slammers on May 18. This mini-workshop (EL172044) will help you develop, hone and practice your story in a safe, fun and informative environment. Then, you'll have an opportunity to tell your story to a friendly, live audience of fellow LLI'ers on June 8 (SE172110). Register for the workshop to participate or for the special event to be in the audience!



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Discover George Washington's Alexandria Tour

Friday
June 9
7:00AM-6:30PM
$120

Course:  SE172109

SignaTours

Just five miles from the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, bustles with life as locals and travelers stroll streets lined with sidewalk cafes, stylish boutiques, and treasure-filled gallery.  With more than 20 historic sites throughout the city, Alexandria takes pride in preserving its unique history as George Washington’s hometown.  Arrive in Alexandria in the morning for a guided tour of the George Washington Masonic Memorial.   Patterned after the lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, the Memorial stands as a living reminder of Washington’s life and leadership.  The Memorial displays a magnificent 17 foot bronze statue of George Washington and an outstanding collection of Washington memorabilia.   Enjoy a plated lunch today at Gadsby’s Tavern, a fine dining establishment in Old Town which has been serving lunch and dinner since 1770. Next, a step-on guide will board the coach for a riding tour of historic Alexandria. This educational and entertaining tour takes you through the charming streets of this quaint town. You’ll see many of Old Town’s significant landmarks and little known sites.  Learn the early history of Alexandria and discover what a popular place it has become to visit and live.  If available, a stop will be made at Christ Church, where Robert E. Lee was confirmed and George Washington was on the vestry.    After your touring, there will be some time to explore the unique shops in the quaint downtown area.  One place you don’t want to miss is the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where 160 professional artists, create, exhibit and sell their works in a renovated torpedo manufacturing plant. The Trip Fee Includes: Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation, Admission to the George Washington Masonic Memorial, Guided Tour of Alexandria, Lunch at the Gadsby’s Tavern, Tax & Gratuity for Meal, Refreshments aboard the Motorcoach, and Driver and Guide Gratuity.





Getting to Know Your Neighbors:
King William Tour 

Monday
October 9
9:00AM-4:00PM
$50

Course:  SE173116

Instructor: Lillie Stratton

Join other LLI members and friends to experience the history in nearby King William County, continuing our "Getting to Know Your Neighbors" tours. A bus tour has been arranged to see some exciting sites in King William County, including the Pumunkey Indian Reservation Museum.  A wonderful lunch will be enjoyed together at the King William Historical Society. The afternoon adventure will include a tour of historic churches and homes in the area! The trip cost of $50 will cover transportation, driver gratuity, admission to the Indian reservation museum and lunch, which must be paid at the time of registration.  This tour is on Columbus Day.  LLI will be closed in observance of the holiday, so you will not be missing out on any of your Monday classes to attend this amazing tour! Bus will depart LLI at 9:00AM and return by 4:00PM.

More Special Events, Activities and Trips

Indian Food Out: Lunch at Taste of India                                              

Thursday                                            SE172114             $12

12:00-1:30                          

May 11

Instructor(s): T Kulkarni

As a sequel to the Indian Cooking class T offered in the spring session, she has offered to accompany her fellow LLI members on a visit to Taste of India, an Indian restaurant in Midlothian. Join this class to learn more about and how to appreciate Indian food. Course fee covers cost of buffet lunch. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 11:30AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 9930 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235. Lunch starts at 12PM and will conclude by 1:30PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 2:00PM.

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Flying Squirrels Tour of the Diamond                                    

Friday                                  SE172088             $8

10:30-12:30                        

May 19

Instructor(s): Flying Squirrels Staff

The Richmond Flying Squirrels are the minor league baseball team in Richmond. The team, which is a part of the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league club and plays at The Diamond. The name the Richmond Flying Squirrels was chosen through a Richmond Times-Dispatch readers "name-the-team-contest", which ended on October 15, 2009. Join other LLI friends for a behind-the-scenes look at the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the Diamond! Trip fee includes a grand tour of the stadium and clubhouse, a pizza lunch after the tour and a General Admission ticket to an upcoming game! Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:30AM. Members can choose to drive directly to the Diamond at 3001 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230.  Tour starts at 10:30AM, and lunch will conclude by 12:30PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1:30PM. Go Nuts!

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Virginia House Museum and Gardens Tour                                        

Friday                                  SE172112             $15

10:00-12:00                        

June 16

Instructor(s): Kathryn Lewis and Virginia House Staff

Spend the morning at Virginia House, an English manor relocated to Richmond, Virginia in 1925 by Ambassador Alexander Weddell and his wife, Virginia. Filled with artworks, furniture and textiles acquired during the 1930s and 1940s, the house museum is now owned by the Virginia Historical Society. Guests will take guided tours of both the museum and the gardens, designed by Charles Gillette, and have the option of bringing a bag lunch to enjoy afterwards on the lawn or terrace. The museum and garden tours will begin at 10AM and will each last about an hour. Around noon, members are welcome to bring a bagged lunch to eat in the gardens. Lawn games from the 1930s and '40s will be available on the property until 2PM, including croquet, bocce, card games, old board games, and badminton. The trip fee will cover admission and guided tours and must be paid at the time of registration. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:00AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 4301 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221.  Tours start at 10AM and will conclude by 12PM. Carpools will arrive back to LLI at different times, depending on if they want to stay for lunch and games.

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Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier                                       

Friday                                  SE172099             $22

9:00-2:00                             

June 23

Instructor(s): Jordan Mock

Journey back into the 19th Century at Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a Virginia Historic Landmark, and a National Historic Landmark, Pamplin Historical Park is recognized as one of America's premier historical attractions and as the most innovative Civil War history park in the country. Travel back in time and experience the Civil War from the common soldier's perspective. A personal guide will take you through The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier's main gallery exhibit, "Duty Called Me Here", where you will be able to follow a soldier through the war and hear his story in his own words. Then, head outside and explore Tudor Hall Plantation and the Field Quarter to learn about antebellum farm life in Virginia. The tour also includes a Rifle Musket Demonstration and visit to the Military Encampment with talks by costumed interpreters. Lastly you will visit the Battlefield Center to see a showcase on the Breakthrough Battle of April 2, 1865, where the Union was finally able to dislodge the Confederacy from their entrenchments around Petersburg and Richmond. Benches are available throughout the tour, scooters are available for rent, and wheelchairs are available onsite for free (upon request). Walking shoes and a water bottle are encouraged! The trip fee will cover admission and a boxed lunch and must be paid at the time of registration. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 8:00AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA 23803.  Tour starts at 9AM and will conclude by 2PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 3PM.

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FeedMore: Volunteer Opportunity and Tour                                     

Thursday                                            SE172073            

10:00-4:00                          

June 29

Instructor(s): Doug Pick

FeedMore is Central Virginia's hunger-relief leader made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen. Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger to enhance lives in our community, FeedMore's programs provide hunger relief to our region’s most vulnerable populations, particularly children, families and seniors.  FeedMore, CEO and President, Doug Pick has extended a special invitation to LLI members to have a tour of the facilities led by Doug himself, have lunch provided on-site at noon, and then to volunteer for a three-hour shift in the afternoon.  Volunteers will be sorting food donations in the Distribution Center, which will include lifting boxes, sorting the items into categories or looking for expiration dates. Volunteers will be standing on a concrete floor for the duration of the shift but will be allowed short breaks.  Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:00AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 1415 Rhoadmiller St, Richmond, VA 23220. Tour will start at 10AM. Carpools will arrive back to LLI by 5PM.  Additional details, such as dress code information will be provided to those who register.

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Virginia Historical Society Tour A                                            

Friday                                  SE172098            

10:30-12:30                        

July 7

Instructor(s): Evamon Fleming

Please register for only one tour (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Take a Guided Tour of the Virginia Historical Society, located in Richmond, at the Boulevard and Kensington Avenue, with docent and LLI member, Evamon Fleming. See the Story of Virginia Exhibit, with artifacts, portraits, and manuscripts tracing our history from before Jamestown to the 20th Century. Visit the landscape painting gallery and see the restored murals of the Civil War.  Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:30AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220.  Tour starts in the lobby at 10:30AM and will conclude by 12:30PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1:30PM.

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Virginia Historical Society Tour B                                            

Thursday                                            SE172103            

10:30-12:30                        

July 20

Instructor(s): Evamon Fleming

Please register for only one tour (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Take a Guided Tour of the Virginia Historical Society, located in Richmond, at the Boulevard and Kensington Avenue, with docent and LLI member, Evamon Fleming. See the Story of Virginia Exhibit, with artifacts, portraits, and manuscripts tracing our history from before Jamestown to the 20th Century. Visit the landscape painting gallery and see the restored murals of the Civil War.  Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:30AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220.  Tour starts in the lobby at 10:30AM and will conclude by 12:30PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1:30PM.

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Elder Tales from All Over and Everywhere: Grey Heroes                                             

Tuesday                                              SE172111            

9:30-11:30                          

August 1

Instructor(s): Les Schaffer

There’s this old tale: "I don't know about the rest of you, but my first gray hairs appeared before I was 30 years old. My wife, thinking she was doing me a favor, pulled the hairs out before I could stop her. "There," she said. "Now no one will ever know." No one would ever know what? That I was getting older? Getting on? Going downhill and falling apart? That I was already plunging into senility, feebleness, old age? I wondered if she meant that I was mellowing, maturing, ripening, gaining wisdom, hitting my prime." Older is better in these wise and witty stories featuring graying heroes and heroines. Traditionally, it's the young warriors, princesses and wise fools who seem to command most of the action. Now, Les Schaffer, LLI's Storyteller-in Residence puts the spotlight on strong, powerful, adventurous older people who meet challenges and adversity with courage, cunning, wit and compassion. We'll revisit favorite tales from Grimm, Aesop, Africa, Appalachia, Asia and real-life. Les's heroes and heroines will prove that you are never too old to be in love, fight an enemy, play a trick, save a king, teach or learn a lesson. Grey Heroes is a demonstration/performance that gives heart to elders and youngsters alike.

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PBS and NPR Tour: Inside your Community Idea Stations (WCVE)                                            

Wednesday                                      SE172091            

1:00-3:00                             

August 9

Instructor(s): Curtis Monk

Did you know that Sesame Street is right here in Chesterfield County? Learn all about what happens "behind the scenes" at your local NPR/PBS affiliate, the Community Idea Stations. Presentations by the station managers of television and radio programming, representatives from the development and community engagement offices, and CEO Curtis Monk will be followed by a tour of the facilities. Learn about the history, the technology, and the challenges of your local public media company, whose goal is "to educate, entertain, and inspire." Carpools will not be arranged by the office. Tour will start promptly at 1PM and conclude around 3PM. Station is located at 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA 23235, which is off Robious Road. Join your LLI friends to "chase the clouds away"!

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Virginia Holocaust Museum Guided Tour                                           

Thursday                                            SE172113             $12

10:00-12:30                        

August 31

Instructor(s): Megan Ferenczy

Learn more about the history of the Holocaust at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. A trained docent will take you on a guided tour of the Museum's permanent exhibits. Located on the First Floor of the Museum, their core exhibits narrate the complex and sobering history of the Holocaust. As visitors progress through these exhibits—and chronologically through the events of the Holocaust—they are presented with a glimpse into the systematic destruction of European Jewry and the dangers of intolerance. Three hundred artifacts and the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors expand upon this history, representing the tangible and personal realities of this tragic event. At the center of the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s core exhibits is the story of a single family: the Ipsons. The Ipson Saga exhibition shares the experience of a family of local Holocaust survivors whose confinement in the Kovno ghetto and hurried escape to a farm in the Lithuanian countryside highlights the constant dangers Jews faced during the Holocaust. Benches are available throughout the tour. Walking shoes are suggested. The Museum is handicap accessible. The trip fee covers a boxed lunch and drink and must be paid at the time of registration. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:00AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223. Tour starts at 10AM and will conclude by 12PM. Lunch is at 12PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1:30PM.

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May Luncheon                                 

Tuesday                                              IA172005              $3

11:30-1:00                          

May 23

Instructor(s):

Our May luncheon will celebrate Memorial Day! Stay tuned for more details to be released, put your best patriotic foot forward and sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by the Towers Retirement Community.

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Breakfast Out                                   

Thursday                                            IA172020             

8:30-9:30                             

May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24

Instructor(s): Barbara Gauker

Join other LLI members for an enjoyable “breakfast out” the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 am. Signups will be on the shelf prior to each outing. Locations subject to change.  Members provide their own transportation or make their own arrangements to carpool directly to the restaurant. May 25 - Bob Evans, 8700 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond, VA 23235; June 22 - IHOP, 12321 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23112; July 27 - Brick House Diner, 13520 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113; August 24 - Cracker Barrel, 4720 Craig Rath Blvd, Midlothian, VA 23112.

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Monthly Member Birthday Celebration                                               

Tuesday                                              IA172100             

12:00-12:30                        

May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29

Instructor(s): LLI Office

The monthly member birthday celebration will be the last Tuesday of each month and is designed to CELEBRATE the life of each member!  If it's your birth month, plan to come and invite any family and friends you'd like to share in your birthday celebration. If it's not your birth month, plan to come celebrate with your LLI family! Cake and drinks will be provided. No need to register.  Just put it on your calendar!

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June Luncheon                                

Tuesday                                              IA172006              $3

11:30-1:00                          

June 20

Instructor(s):

Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by Capital Caring.

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July Luncheon                                  

Tuesday                                              IA172007              $3

11:30-1:00                          

July 18

Instructor(s):

Bring school supplies (lists will be on the shelf outside the office) on or before the July luncheon.  We need your help to contribute to the Always Best Care school supply drive for the children of their caregivers. Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate.

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August Luncheon                                            

Tuesday                                              IA172008              $3

11:30-1:00                          

August 15

Instructor(s):

Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate.

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