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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Special Events, Activities and Trips - Summer 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



 
SPRING 2020 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.

Spring 2020
Session

Jan 6 - May 1

You may register
ONLINE
at any time!


Open Registration
onsite:

December 9-11
9:00am - 3:00pm




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

   

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Chesterfield County Public Schools 
inclement 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 10AM.
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View of DC and the National Law Enforcement Museum Tour

Friday
June 7
7:30AM-7:00PM
$150

Course:  SE192135

SignaTours

Washington, D.C., may be the epicenter of American politics, but these days you’ll find so much more. You’ll discover an innovative foodie scene, award-winning theater, booming neighborhoods offering their own charm, and world-class museums like the one you’ll visit on this tour. We’ve also added another brand-new Observation Deck and a fantastic lunch to make this one tour you don’t want to miss! You’ve never seen the capital like this before. There’s only one place where you can take in the full grandeur of the D.C. metropolis, where you can get a 360° panoramic view of the city’s most majestic monuments, famous landmarks and natural beauty: The Observation Deck at CEB Tower. Wander the sleek 12,000-square-foot space, gaze out through floor-to-ceiling windows and get a new perspective on the nation’s capital—from the old-world charm of Georgetown to the soaring Washington Monument to the emerald green banks of the Potomac. The more daring can try HoverDC, an immersive flyover experience around DC aboard a glass bottomed hover ship (you stand and look over a video screen on the floor), providing a unique perspective as passengers “fly” through restricted airspace over our nation’s capital. Enjoy lunch at Clyde’s of Georgetown—the original legendary saloon that started it all. Ever since joining the neighborhood in 1963, Clyde’s has become a favorite among residents of Northwest Washington and helped to transform M Street from a row of dimly lit watering holes to the commercial destination it is today. Lunch choices will be Salmon or Chicken and include potato du jour, a vegetable, dessert, fresh rolls and coffee or tea. Finally, you will spend the afternoon at one of the newest museums in Washington D.C., the National Law Enforcement Museum. The Museum’s core mission is to introduce visitors to the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement in an experience you can’t find anywhere else.  Enjoy a guided tour entitled, “Ride Along though History” which introduces visitors to the more notable objects in the museum as they relate to the law enforcement profession. Trip Fee Includes: Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation, Admission and Guide Fee at the Law Enforcement Museum, Admission to The Observation Deck at CEB Tower, Lunch at Clyde’s of Georgetown, Tax & Gratuity on Inclusions Refreshments served aboard the coach en route home, Driver Gratuity.

 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, May 9

Instructor: Rachel Ramirez
  
Orientation for New Members

9:30-11:00AM 
Course: IA192999

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
  12:30-1:30PM 
Course: IA192997

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!


Mount Vernon Tour

Course:  SE201066

Friday
March 27
7:30-6:30

$135


SignaTours

Come discover two of Virginia’s most historic homes – one home to the “Father of Our Country,” George Washington and one home to Virginia’s Declaration of Rights author, George Mason. Enjoy guided tours of these homes as you travel back in time to the birth of our great nation. Gunston Hall, constructed 1755-59, was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights (on which the United States Bill of Rights was based) and a framer of the United States Constitution. The life and times of this American patriot are vividly evoked by his magnificent house and 550 acres of grounds overlooking the Potomac River. The mansion is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. The elaborate carvings in the interior serve as an impressive backdrop for guided tours discussing the 18th century Chesapeake household. Upon arriving at Mount Vernon, enjoy a buffet lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn, followed by time in The Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. With its dramatic 18-minute film and many exhibitions, the centers give visitors an overview of the Mount Vernon experience.  By exploring numerous galleries and theater spaces, visitors will learn about Washington’s exceptional life and accomplishments through interactive displays, exhibits and short films.  The centerpiece of a visit to this 500-acre estate is a guided tour through 14 rooms of the mansion, whose oldest part dates from the 1740s. Mount Vernon is filled with memories of George and Martha as they have both left an indelible stamp of personality and private tastes throughout the home and grounds. Washington himself designed the landscape on the property which includes 13 trees that stand today as the last living witnesses of Washington’s lifetime. The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association purchased Mount Vernon from the Washington family in 1858 and opened the estate to the public in 1860. Since that time, more than 80 million visitors have toured Washington's home. There are also many outbuildings to tour including a kitchen, slave quarters, smokehouse, coach house and stables. Please wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking on this tour. Trip fee includes: round-trip motorcoach transportation, admission to Gunston Hall and Mount Vernon, lunch at Mount Vernon Inn, tax and gratuity on inclusions, refreshments on coach en route home, and driver gratuity.

More Special Events, Activities and Trips

May Luncheon                                 

Tuesday                                              IA192005              $3

11:30-1:00                          

May 21

Instructor(s):

Our May luncheon will celebrate Memorial Day! Entertainment will be provided by LLI's own line dancing and tap dancing classes. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate.  Sponsored by Brookdale Home Health.

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Breakfast Out                                   

Thursday                                            IA192020             

8:30-9:30                             

May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug 22

Instructor(s): Betsy Michael and Barbara Gauker

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. May 23 - Route 60 Grill: 11001 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235; June 27 – First Watch: 1403 W Huguenot Rd Suite A, Midlothian, VA 23113; July 25 - IHOP: 12321 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23112; Aug 22 - Crazy Greek: 14640 Hancock Village St. Chesterfield, VA 23832.

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Monthly Member Birthday Celebration                                               

Tuesday                                              IA192100             

12:00-12:30                        

May 28, June 25, July 30, Aug 27

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!

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June Luncheon                                

Tuesday                                              IA192006              $3

11:30-1:00                          

June 18

Instructor(s):

This month's luncheon will celebrate the start of summer! Entertainment will be provided by LLI's own Advanced Readers Theater led by Sandy Phillips. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate. Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate.

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July Luncheon                                  

Tuesday                                              IA192007              $3

11:30-1:00                          

July 16

Instructor(s):

Please bring school supplies on or before the July luncheon. Lists of requested items will be available on the table outside the office. We need your help to contribute to the annual Always Best Care school supply drive for the children of their caregivers. Entertainment will be provided by LLI's own Sharp Flats and vocal soloists led by Sandy Phillips. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by Laurels of Willow Creek and Laurels of Bon Air.

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August Luncheon                                            

Tuesday                                              IA192008              $3

11:30-1:00                          

Aug 13

Instructor(s):

This month's luncheon will celebrate the end of summer! Entertainment will be provided by John Byrd with an encore Ventriloquism performance. Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate.

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Eden Woods Moss Garden Tour                                              

Friday                                  SE192134            

10:00-11:30                        

May 17

Instructor(s): Norie Burnet

Come join us for a magical moss garden tour in historic Bon Air. Eden Woods was created by Norie Burnet, the owner and master gardener in a wooded area with many shade-loving plants and shrubs. You will see a Sunken Garden, Moss Trails, Step Garden, Circle Garden and much more. These gardens have been featured in many national publications and on TV. A new book, “The Magical World of Moss Gardening” by Annie Martin (Timber Press) also features Norie’s garden with photos and text. Visitors find this garden celebrates its natural environment, and it has become a haven for meditation, reflection and wonder. In 2005, Eden Woods was documented by the Smithsonian Institute into its Archives of American Gardens. The gardens include uneven and various terrains, so members should plan footwear accordingly. Members are encouraged to carpool due to limited parking and should meet inside LLI at 9AM. If driving directly to Eden Woods, the address will be provided. Tour will start promptly at 10AM and conclude by 11:30AM with everyone welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy in the gardens. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1PM.

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Agecroft Hall and Gardens Tour                                               

Wednesday                                      SE192126             $14

1:00-3:30                             

May 22

Instructor(s): Katie Reynolds

Experience Agecroft Hall, a majestic Tudor mansion brought to Virginia piece by piece from Manchester, England. The home is located on 23 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking the James River in the neighborhood of Windsor Farms, not far from downtown Richmond. The gardens were designed by prominent landscape architect, Charles Gilette. Students will experience guided tours of the historic home, museum and gardens. The formal gardens also offer lovely views of the James River. Please note: the garden tour will be on a variety of surfaces and include some steps. The trip fee will cover guided tours and must be paid at the time of registration. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 12PM. Members can choose to drive directly to 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221. Tour will start promptly at 1PM in the Reception Room and will conclude by 3PM with extra time to explore the museum exhibits and gift shop independently. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 4PM.

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Flying Squirrels Tour of the Diamond                                    

Friday                                  SE192088             $8

10:30-12:30                        

May 24

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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Henricus Historical Park Tour: Medicine and Healing in the 17th Century                                            

Wednesday                                      SE192107             $16

1:30-3:30                             

June 12

Instructor(s): Terry Marr

Visitors will enjoy an experience with 17th Century Medicines in the re-created site of the Citie of Henricus and the Powhatan town of Arrohateck. First, a PowerPoint presentation will be given on the state of medical practices in early Colonial Virginia followed by a visit to parts of the site to participate in hands-on activities at the Surgeon's station at Mt. Malady, the first English hospital in the New World. Visitors will also work with an herbal specialist at the "Physicks Garden" to see how medicines were made and used as well as compare and contrast with Powhatan medical practices of the time. The entire site has a pea-graveled path, and the tour will include walking; however, there are stops at many venues, and the group can pace themselves. There are no formal benches, but in many areas, there are places to sit down if needed. Personal wheelchairs or mobility devices can be brought on site; those with wide tires do work best. A golf cart is available upon request, so please make request to LLI office in advance to make arrangements. Course fee covers admission to the park and must be paid at registration. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 12:30PM. Members can choose to drive directly to 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836. Tour starts at 1:30PM and will conclude by 3:30PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 4:00PM.

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

Friday                                  SE192099             $22

9:00-2:00                             

June 28

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! Course fee covers 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.

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Pocahontas State Park Tour                                       

Tuesday                                              SE192136            

9:00-12:00                          

July 9

Instructor(s): Rebecca Whalen

Join us for a Ranger led tour of Pocahontas State Park. Start at the visitor center to get an up close look at some native wildlife and then hit the trails for a bit to discover various plants and natural features. To round out your exploration, you’ll tour the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum to learn more about the history of the park. After the official tour is over, you are more than welcome to stay and explore on your own or bring a picnic lunch. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 8:15AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Tour will start promptly at 9AM in the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and conclude by 12PM. Parking fees will be waived for participants by mentioning the LLI Tour at the park entrance. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1PM.

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Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site Tour                                    

Tuesday                                              SE192129            

11:00-12:00                        

July 16

Instructor(s): Ajena Rogers

Maggie Lena Walker devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress. Today, Walker’s home is preserved as a tribute to her enduring legacy of vision, courage, and determination. The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site is comprised of Mrs. Walker's historic home and several surrounding buildings that serve as the site's visitor center and exhibit hall. Together, they cover about a quarter of a city block in Richmond's historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 10AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 600 North 2nd Street, Richmond VA 23219. Some street parking is available on North 2nd Street, and a surface parking lot is available a couple blocks away at Jackson Street and North 4th Street. Tour will start promptly at 11AM and conclude by 12PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1PM.

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Fashion Forward: From the Inside Out                                  

Friday                                  SE192123            

1:00-3:00                             

July 19

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.

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Virginia Historical Society Tour A                                            

Wednesday                                      SE192098             $8

10:30-12:30                        

July 24

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 fellow LLI member, Evamon Fleming. Visit two traveling exhibits at the VA Historical Society, one about John Marshall and one on the black history of Virginia. John Marshall, a Richmond resident, was the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court and very influential in establishing its practices. Also, this year is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia. If you wish, you may end with a guided tour of the Story of Virginia exhibit with artifacts, portraits, and manuscripts tracing our history from before Jamestown to the 20th Century. 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 promptly at 10:30AM and will conclude by 12:30PM followed by time to explore on your own. Carpools should arrive back to LLI between around 1:30PM. Course fee covers cost of admission.

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Virginia Historical Society Tour B                                            

Thursday                                            SE192103             $8

10:30-12:30                        

Aug 1

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 fellow LLI member, Evamon Fleming. Visit two traveling exhibits at the VA Historical Society, one about John Marshall and one on the black history of Virginia. John Marshall, a Richmond resident, was the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court and very influential in establishing its practices. Also, this year is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia. If you wish, you may end with a guided tour of the Story of Virginia exhibit with artifacts, portraits, and manuscripts tracing our history from before Jamestown to the 20th Century. 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 promptly at 10:30AM and will conclude by 12:30PM followed by time to explore on your own. Carpools should arrive back to LLI between around 1:30PM. Course fee covers cost of admission.

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Virginia Holocaust Museum Guided Tour                                           

Monday                                              SE192113             $12

10:00-12:30                        

Aug 5

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, the 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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Visit Taste of India                                         

Thursday                                            SE192114             $15

11:00-1:00                          

Aug 15

Instructor(s): T Kulkarni

Join your fellow LLI members on a visit to Taste of India, an Indian restaurant in Midlothian. Learn more about and how to appreciate Indian food. Course fee covers cost of buffet lunch and must be paid at time of registration. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 10:30AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 9930 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235. Lunch starts at 11AM and will conclude by 1PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 1:30PM.

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