Midlothian, VA. 804.378.2527

Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Special Events, Activities and Trips - Spring 2019

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.

Spring 2019

Jan 2 - May 3

You may register
at any time!

Open Registration

December 10-12
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
Thursday, January 3

Instructor: Rachel Ramirez
Orientation for New Members

Course: IA191999

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: IA191997

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!

Norfolk Presents the Virginia International
Military Tattoo Tour

April 28

Course:  SE191120

SignaTours with Bill and Reta Good


Join your LLI friends as they travel, once again, to Norfolk to see the moving Virginia International Tattoo Show.  Each year’s show is different with new performers from across the globe, new themes of honor and patriotism, and state of the art technical effects. What never changes - massed pipes and drums, a profound sense of patriotism and an amazingly inspirational finale.  What is a tattoo?  Tattoos are ceremonial performances of military music that have evolved from a European tradition dating to the 17th century. The word “tattoo” is derived from the Dutch word “tap-toe” which quite literally means “turn off the taps.” The signal, which indicated that soldiers should return to their barracks and that the beer in the taverns should be turned off, was transmitted by drum beats each evening.  This eventually developed into a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands.  First thing on the agenda is to travel to Smithfield, Virginia, for a plated lunch at the Smithfield Station Waterfront Inn, Restaurant and Marina.  Located in Smithfield's Historic district and built to resemble a lifeguard station, this restaurant, marina and 44-room waterfront inn lies along the Pagan River.  Enjoy lunch overlooking the water. You’ll have several meal options once arriving. Next stop is the most patriotic of the world's great military tattoos, the Virginia International Tattoo, which is truly a unique event. Pageantry and patriotism, spirit and spectacle, talent and teamwork, precision personified--you have to see it to believe it! Hundreds of performers join forces filling the Scope Arena with music, majesty and might. Expect an unforgettable spectacle of marching bands, precision drill teams, America’s premier fife and drum corps, Irish dancers, choral groups and so much more. In 2019, a highlight will be a moving Salute to Women in the Military. Just 100 years ago, women were allowed to serve in uniform for the first time. More than 30,000 volunteered during WWI. Today, one-sixth of all Active Duty service members are women, and these 230,000+ women serve in every branch in virtually every capacity.  Generation after generation of women have shown not only the courage to protect the nation in times of war, but the commitment to change the nation for the better from within. In signature Tattoo style, they will tell their stories. Trip Fee Includes: Round-Trip Motorcoach Transportation, Lunch at Smithfield Station, Excellent seats for Performance of the “Virginia International Tattoo,” Refreshments aboard the Motorcoach, Driver Gratuity, and Tax and Gratuity on Inclusions.

More Special Events, Activities and Trips


January Luncheon                                          

Tuesday                                              IA191001              $3


Jan 22


This month's luncheon will help kick off our Spring session! Entertainment will be 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                                            IA191020             


Jan 24, Feb 28, March 28, April 25

Instructor(s): Barbara Gauker and Betsy Michael

Join other LLI members for an enjoyable “breakfast out” the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30AM. A sign-up sheet will be on the shelf prior to each outing. Locations are subject to change, and members provide their own transportation to the restaurant or make arrangements to carpool. Jan 24 - Brick House Diner: 13520 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113; Feb 28 – IHOP: 12321 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23112; March 28 - First Watch: 1403 W Huguenot Rd Suite A, Midlothian, VA 23113; April 25 - The Egg and I: 6121 Harbourside Centre Loop, Midlothian, VA 23112.


Monthly Member Birthday Celebration                                               

Tuesday                                              IA191100             


Jan 29, Feb 26, March 26, April 30

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                                              IA191002              $3


Feb 19


This month's luncheon will celebrate the Chinese New Year! Entertainment will be provided. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate.  Sponsored by LLI Member, Lin Hoh.


March Luncheon                                             

Tuesday                                              IA191003              $3


March 19


This month's luncheon will celebrate St. Patrick's Day, so don't forget to wear green! Entertainment will be a special performance by our very own Readers Theater. Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate.


April Luncheon                                

Tuesday                                              IA191004              $3


April 23


This month's luncheon will be a special spring celebration! Entertainment will be a special performance by our very own Funtastics Choral Group. Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate.


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

Friday                                  SE191099             $22


March 1

Instructor(s): Tim Talbott

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 cost of $22 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 9:00AM and will conclude by 2PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 3PM.


Fashion Forward: From the Inside Out                                  

Friday                                  SE191123            


March 1

Instructor(s): Linda Rubin

This course provides students with an innovative, hands-on experience inspired by Family Feud! It is engaging, entertaining, and imparts a lot of information that can be used right away to Fashion Yourself Forward from the inside out. From a discussion of the Law of Attraction to how to dress for individual body shapes, this is a powerful experience. Four students are arranged into two teams of two players in the game with the remainder of students as the audience. Topics are presented as lessons via PowerPoint and many are followed by a question for teams to respond, reinforcing the lesson. The team that answers a question correctly is rewarded play money and the challenge continues, gaining momentum. The audience also participates. The team that answers the most correct answers chooses one person to receive a complete makeover and color draping for all to witness.


Historic Castlewood Tour                                           

Friday                                  SE191130            


March 22

Instructor(s): Bryan Truzzie

Castlewood is a Federal style house built in 1817 by Parke Poindexter, Clerk of Courts for Chesterfield County from 1831-1852. It is an example of a five-part floor plan unique among Virginia's historic structures. The house served numerous uses from a parsonage for traveling ministers to offices for a bank to a private residence. The house has undergone a major exterior and interior renovation. It is listed as a County Historic Landmark. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:15AM, but members can also choose to meet at the site: 10201 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Tour will start promptly at 10AM.