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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Special Events, Activities and Trips - Spring 2018

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

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 2018 

Sept 4 - Dec 19

You may register
at any time!

Open Registration

August 13-15
9:00am - 3:00pm

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


Gift certificates
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.
Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is a registered IRS 501c3 non-profit. You can support its educational programs by donating online here.
Thank you!

 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, January 2

Instructor: Rachel Ramirez
Orientation for New Members

Course: IA181999

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!

  Q&A for Current Members
Course: IA181997

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!

New Museums in DC Tour

March 16

Course:  SE181118


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the newest museums in Washington, DC: the Museum of the Bible and the National Museum of African American History and Culture! These world class museums are impressive, to say the least, and you’ll have several hours at each to explore on your own. To enhance this tour, we’ve added a one-hour guided tour at the Museum of the Bible and a delicious lunch. Spend the morning at the Museum of the Bible. With multiple floors, the 430,000 square feet of space is dedicated to the impact, narratives, and history of the Bible. The museum contains over 40,000 objects and artifacts from the time of Abraham through the New Testament period. Planned artifacts include biblical papyri, Torah scrolls, rare printed Bibles, Jewish artifacts and contemporary treasures of Christian and Jewish culture. The museum has also made arrangements to exhibit significant archaeological artifacts owned by collaborating institutions and private collectors. There will be a one-hour guided tour followed by free time to explore on your own. Enjoy lunch at the Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant. Conveniently located in the heart of Washington, DC, on F Street in the old Riggs Bank Building, this architectural beauty displays the traditional elegance of the Capitol. Lunch will consist of a choice of Blackened Fish Sandwich (served with fries), their classic Gordon Biersch Cheeseburger (served with fries), Grilled Chicken Breast (gluten free option) served with brown rice pilaf and sautéed vegetables, or Pasta Marinara topped with parmesan cheese and served with a garlic crostini. Lunch will include a soft drink, ice tea or coffee as well as New York Cheesecake for dessert. After lunch, we will travel a short distance to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Early efforts to establish a federally-owned museum featuring African-American history can be traced to 1915. Although the modern push for such an organization did not begin until the 1970s, a much more serious legislative push began in 1988 that led to authorization of the museum in 2003. A site was selected in 2006, and the museum opened September 24, 2016, in a ceremony led by Barack Obama. It contains close to 37,000 objects in its collection related to such subjects as community, family, the visual and performing arts, religion, civil rights, slavery, and segregation. Trip Fee Includes: Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation, Lunch at Gordon Biersch, Donation to the Museum of the Bible, Ticket to the African American Museum, Tax and Gratuity on Inclusions, Refreshments on Coach, and Driver Gratuity.

Annual State of the LLI Meeting
October 22

Course: IA183016

Instructors: Dr. John Lemza and the LLI Board of Directors

All members are invited to join the LLI Board of Directors at the annual State of the LLI Meeting where the past year will be reviewed and goals for the next year will be introduced.  Presentations will be given by several board members, accomplishments will be celebrated and feedback will be welcomed.  Members will also enjoy a short performance by one of the LLI musical groups.  The meeting will conclude with refreshments and a meet and greet with the Board of Directors. Register now, so we can plan adequately, and please join us!

More Special Events, Activities and Trips

January Luncheon                                          

Tuesday                                              IA181001              $3


Jan 16


This month's luncheon will help kick off our Spring session! Entertainment will be an original version of "A Christmas Story" provided by our very own Reader's Theater. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by El Patron in Chester.


Breakfast Out                                   

Thursday                                            IA181020             


Jan 25, Feb 22, March 22, April 26

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. January 25 - Midlothian Apothecary: 13502 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113; February 22 - Crazy Greek: 14640 Hancock Village St. Chesterfield, VA 23832; March 22 - River City Diner: 11430 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113; April 26 – IHOP: 12321 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23112.


Monthly Member Birthday Celebration                                               

Tuesday                                              IA181100             


Jan 30, Feb 27, March 27, April 24

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 will be provided. No need to register.  Just put it on your calendar!


February Luncheon                                        

Tuesday                                              IA181002              $3


Feb 20


This month's luncheon will celebrate belated Valentines Day! Entertainment will be a hammered dulcimer performance by our very own Bob Wadsworth. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate.  Sponsored by JenCare Senior Medical Centers.


March Luncheon                                             

Tuesday                                              IA181003              $3


March 20


This month's luncheon will celebrate St. Patrick's Day, so don't forget to wear green! Entertainment will be a musical performance by our very own Funtastics Choral Group. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by Spring Arbor of Salisbury.


April Luncheon                                

Tuesday                                              IA181004              $3


April 10


This month's luncheon will be a special end of spring celebration!  Entertainment will be a musical performance by our men and women's ensemble groups. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by the Sunrise at Bon Air.


Virginia War Memorial Tour                                      

Wednesday                                      SE181087            


Jan 17

Instructor(s): James Triesler

Come visit the Virginia War Memorial and enjoy a 2-hour tour led by their Director of Education, James Triesler. Since 1956, the Memorial has honored the sacrifice of Virginians who have served in five different wars. The tour will include displays, such as, a piece of the USS Arizona, a piece of the Pentagon damaged on 9/11, and military uniforms and equipment from all periods of US History. Students will visit the Shrine of Memory with close to 12,000 names of Virginians who have sacrificed for our freedom. Veteran volunteers, like World War II veteran Russell Scott, will be on hand to share their personal stories. The Virginia War Memorial overlooks the James River on one of the most beautiful spots in all of Richmond. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9AM, but members can also choose to meet at the site: 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Tour will start promptly at 10AM, and carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1PM.


Richmond Ballet Professional Company Rehearsal Viewing                                       

Wednesday                                      SE181009            


Jan 31

Instructor(s): Guinn Baker

Visit Richmond Ballet to see what goes into its commitment to keep meaningful works of dance alive! Come enjoy this opportunity to observe the professional dancers as they rehearse The Sleeping Beauty. This local trip meets at Richmond Ballet in downtown Richmond, 407 East Canal Street. The rehearsal will start at 12:45PM. For those who are interested in staying, a tour of the facilities, including the costume shop, and Q & A with the Costume Director will follow at 1:45PM. Carpools, if needed, will leave LLI at 11:45AM and return by 3:30PM.


Sock Hop Dance or Just Listen                                   

Wednesday                                      SE181121            


Feb 7

Instructor(s): Ron West

Are you hungry for some good, clean American fun? Join your fellow members for a traditional 1950s sock hop, with DJ Ron West. Wear your favorite saddle shoes, Bobby socks, poodle skirts or swing dresses. Guys, don’t forget your ducktail hairdo, tightly rolled sleeves, cuffed jeans and leather jacket. Feel free to bring your favorite 1950s music on CD to add to Ron’s collection for the day. Even if you don’t want to dress up or dance, register for this special event to enjoy some good music with your LLI friends!


Fashion Forward: Knock 'em Dead at Any Age                                   

Monday                                              SE181123            


Feb 12

Instructor(s): Linda Rubin

Ladies of LLI, join this new, inspiring, and highly innovative workshop called, "Knock 'Em Dead at Any Age." Teams of participants are quizzed on information cleverly provided on how to dress in the most flattering way for their body shape and proportion. The winning team selects one lucky member to be the "model" for a makeover and color draping right on the spot! Learning moments shared by all.


Magnolia Grange Tour                                 

Monday                                              SE181122            


Feb 12

Instructor(s): Bryan Truzzie

Magnolia Grange, built in 1822 by William Winfree, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a County and State Historic Landmark. The house features distinctive architecture and was home to three families, each who made significant contributions to life in Chesterfield County. The house is furnished with artifacts that interpret life at a country plantation during the 19th century. This tour will allow students to visit the museum house and understand better the lives of the families who called Magnolia Grange home. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 12PM, or members can choose to meet at the site: 10020 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Tour will start promptly at 1PM and carpools should return to LLI by 3:30PM.


WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Mobile Museum                                       

Friday                                  SE181117            


March 2

Instructor(s): VA WWI and WWII Commission

The Commonwealth of Virginia has created a World War I and World War II Commission to commemorate the 100th Anniversaries of WWI and the 75th Anniversaries of WWII.  The General Assembly designated one million dollars for the Commission to use over this five year period. The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour brings an interactive exhibit to museums, libraries, and historic sites throughout Virginia, and they’re bringing their mobile museum to LLI! Modeled on the highly successful Civil War 150 History Mobile tour, Profiles of Honor brings to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, students are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project. This partnership with the Library of Virginia will help preserve the documents and stories of our veterans for generations. Register for this special event and plan to take a tour between 10AM-3PM. The mobile museum will be parked on site at LLI. Feel free to visit their website to learn more: www.virginiawwiandwwii.org/.


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

Wednesday                                      SE181091            


March 7

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"!


The Future of Healthcare hosted at the University of Richmond                                              

Thursday                                            SE181119            


March 15

Instructor(s): Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition

The Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition is sponsoring a free and open to the public event on the Future of Healthcare in partnership with the MCV Hospitals Auxiliary, Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond. This comprehensive overview of the state of health care legislation will cover its impact on hospitals and the American health care system. Deborah Davis, CEO of VCU Health System Hospitals and Clinics and Vice President for Clinical Affairs, will present information on insurance exchanges, health care workforce, health care quality and the future of healthcare. This event will be held at the University of Richmond Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business building. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 11:30AM, but members can also choose to meet at the site: Robins School of Business, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173. The event will start promptly at 1PM, and carpools should arrive back to LLI by 4PM.


Virginia House Museum and Gardens Tour                                        

Thursday                                            SE181112             $15


April 19

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. 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 or on the terrace. 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.