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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Special Events, Activities and Trips - Spring 2020

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


Early Summer 2020
Online Session

May 4 - June 12


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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.
 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.

Norfolk Presents: Virginia International

Military Tattoo Tour



May 3

Instructor(s): SignaTours with Bill and Reta Good

Come join your LLI friends as they travel, once again, to Norfolk to see the inspirational 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 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.  You’ll have several options once arriving and enjoy lunch overlooking the water. Marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II and honoring the courage and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation, this year’s Virginia International Military Tattoo Show held at the Norfolk Scope Arena, offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show stopping drill team maneuvers, colorful and elegant dancers, and much more.  The 24th annual Tattoo features over 1,000 performers from eight countries and promises to be one of the most moving ever, as they commemorate, remember, and celebrate the men and women who changed the course of history, not only for the United States but for the world. The displays of stirring music, historic photos and video, tributes from military bands, and special appearances by veterans make this an event beyond comparison. Trip fee includes: round-trip motorcoach transportation, lunch at Smithfield Station, excellent seats for the Virginia International Tattoo, refreshments aboard the motorcoach en route home, driver gratuity, and all tax and gratuity on inclusions.

Information Sessions
Wednesday, January 8

Instructor: Rachel Ramirez
Orientation for New Members

Course: IA201999

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: IA201997

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

March 27



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

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony                                        

Friday                                 IA201018            


Jan 10

Instructor(s): Dr. John Lemza and the LLI Board of Directors

All members are invited to join the LLI Board of Directors and local dignitaries at this Ribbon Cutting Ceremony where the completion of the new parking lot will be celebrated. As we continue to fund raise for the construction of the new parking lot, this will be a great opportunity to hear the story of the Expansion Project, see the finished product and celebrate all that we have accomplished together. The ceremony will conclude with refreshments and a meet and greet with the Board of Directors. Please register, so we can plan adequately.


January Luncheon                                        

Tuesday                                           IA201001             $3


Jan 21


This month's luncheon will help kick off our Spring session! Entertainment will be provided by our very own Nena Woods and the Advanced Spanish Class (Un Poco de Todo). Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by El Patron in Chester.


Breakfast Out                                 

Thursday                                          IA201020            


Jan 23, Feb 27, March 26, April 23

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 23 - Southern Taste Diner: 9951 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23236; Feb 27 – Route 60 Grill: 11001 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235; March 26 - IHOP: 12321 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23112; April 23 - Brick House Diner: 13520 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113.


Monthly Member Birthday Celebration                              

Tuesday                                           IA201100            


Jan 28, Feb 25, March 31, April 21

Instructor(s): LLI Office

The monthly member birthday celebration will usually 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                                           IA201002             $3


Feb 18


This month's luncheon will celebrate Black History Month! Entertainment will be provided by LLI Members and friends. Be sure to sign-up in the office to participate.


March Luncheon                                          

Tuesday                                           IA201003             $3


March 17


This month's luncheon will celebrate St. Patrick's Day, so don't forget to wear green! Entertainment will be a special Celtic performance by our very own Sharp Flats. Sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by The Crossings at Bon Air.


April Luncheon                              

Tuesday                                           IA201004             $3


April 28


This month's luncheon will be a special spring celebration! Entertainment will be a 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 

Tuesday                                           SE201099            $22


March 2

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 9:00AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA 23803. Tour starts at 10:00AM and will conclude by 2PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 3PM.


Blandford Church and Cemetery Tour: 300 Years of History                                      

Tuesday                                           SE201142            $10


April 14

Instructor(s): Martha M. Atkinson

Step back in time on this tour of Blandford Church in Petersburg, an 18th century Anglican church built in 1735, and learn of the church’s 20th century rebirth as a memorial chapel complete with priceless Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass windows. This tour will also explore 300 years of Blandford Cemetery history while learning about early American attitudes toward death and the language of funerary art. Students will learn about some of Petersburg's most interesting permanent residents including a British Major General who is buried somewhere in the cemetery. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Course fee covers admission and booklet. Members who wish to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:00AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 111 Rochelle Lane, Petersburg, VA 23803. Tour starts at 10AM and will conclude by 12PM. Carpools could arrive back to LLI by 1PM.


Virginia Holocaust Museum Guided Tour                                          

Friday                                 SE201113            $12


May 1

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.