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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Leisure Activities - Fall 2017 


Lifelong Learning Institute
 in Chesterfield             

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Knitting Circle                               

Wednesday                                   LE173032           

1:30-3:30                         

Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13

Instructor(s): Pat Herman

All knitters are welcome to chat and share their craft. Anyone who knows the basics and is working on a project or wants to gain inspiration for a new project is encouraged to join this circle. This is not a class to learn the basics, but assistance with projects is provided, as needed.  Bring your current project or one you want to start and prepare yourself for a productive and enjoyable time!

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Beginner Handmade Cards                                     

Monday                                         LE173130            $5

9:30-11:30                       

Sept 11

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman and Marie Ireland

Participants will make four to five handmade cards and coordinating envelopes using various stamping and papercrafting techniques. Select from various sentiments to make one of a kind greetings. Cards made in class will be different from those offered in previous classes. Students must bring a two-sided tape runner, pencil, ruler, and scissors to class. Course fee will provide all the other supplies, including paper, special tools and embellishments and will be provided by the instructor. This instructor requires cancellation notice at least three business days prior to the start of the class in order to receive a fee refund.

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Hold the Pasta A                                        

Monday                                         LE173217            $5

12:00-1:30                       

Sept 11

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Do you love pasta but not the carbs? Are you trying to eat healthier and would like to learn to use "veggie noodles" to prepare some healthy alternatives to pasta? If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions then this class is for you. The instructor will make three dishes using zucchini, yellow summer squash, tomatoes and cauliflower. Each student will have the opportunity to sample each dish. The course fee will cover the cost of food. This instructor requires cancellation notice at least three business days prior to the start of class.

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Basic Genealogy                                          

Monday                                         LE173045           

1:30-3:30                         

Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Bette Kot

This course will provide students with personal, practical help in searching for their family's unknown past. Students will learn how to file for immediate access to what they know, learn how to locate what is readily available, comprehend the secrets of the census and uncover library holdings. Have you always wanted to learn how to record your findings in a manner so relatives will be pleased to share in your adventure? Come join the merry chase!

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Sterling Silver and Bead Bypass Ring                                   

Tuesday                                         LE173175           

10:00-12:00                     

Sept 12, 19

Instructor(s): Diane Drummond

In this course, students will create a bypass ring with a semiprecious bead in the center. Students can purchase silver at Packard’s Rock Shop at the intersection of Old Buckingham and Midlothian Turnpike, next door to the bank and the vet office. Supply list: ring shank silver 1 1/2 times the circumference of your finger you want the ring to fit, one 4mm to 6mm semiprecious bead and about 3" of 20-gauge silver wire (make sure the silver wire goes through the hole in the bead), a standard set of jewelry pliers including flat nose, bent nose, flush cutter, and nose pliers. Please also bring an old nail file (nonmetal), jewelry files (optional), jewelry saw (optional), ring mandrel (optional) and a non-metal head hammer (optional).  There will be one set of the optional items to be shared, but it will speed up the process if there are more sets available.  Students may want to make these for Christmas presents!

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First Flight Creations: Creating Products with the Special Needs Community                                   

Wednesday                                   LE173209           

1:30-3:30                         

Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13

Instructor(s): John Kaldy and Staff

Spend two hours interacting with special needs or special "abilities" youth, creating products that will be sold for profit. This cooperative environment allows you rewarding time to use your creative skills as you partner with the special needs individuals. Someone from the First Flight Creation staff will guide you on the finishing of the products provided, e.g. birdhouses, home decor items. There is no cost, and all materials will be supplied. First Flight Creation staff as well as other students will benefit greatly working side by side with experienced LLI members who can share their skills, support, and artistic techniques. Think of this as a community service art class! Please register for the informational class (LS108) to hear all about this company and how they’re serving our community.

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Brown's Rummy 101 A                              

Thursday                                       LE173211           

1:30-3:30                         

Sept 14

Instructor(s): Gerry Ferguson and Helen G. Brown

By popular request, two members have agreed to teach this card game: Brown's Rummy. If you are interested in learning how to play it, sign up for one or more of the three sessions – A, B and C. Come and bring your 80 cents in dimes to learn how to play this scintillating game.

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Discovering the Road Scholar Adventure                                         

Friday                               LE173207           

11:30-1:00                       

Sept 15

Instructor(s): Jessica Lyon

Road Scholar, originally Elderhostel, is a not-for-profit organization. They are the world’s largest and most innovative creator of experiential learning opportunities and have guided generations of lifelong learners on transformative learning adventures from San Francisco to Siberia and nearly everywhere in between. Road Scholar is proud to offer 5,500 learning adventures in 150 countries and all 50 states, serving more than 100,000 participants per year. At any given time, 2,000 Road Scholars are experiencing the world on our learning adventures. Come hear about international and local Road Scholar adventures from someone who knows!

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Brain Aerobics: Fun Ways to Keep Your Mind and Body Young and Fit                               

Monday                                         LE173197           

10:00-11:00                     

Sept 18, Oct 2, 16, 30, Nov 13, 27, Dec 11

Instructor(s): Howard Wynn

If you enjoy card games, BINGO, Sudoku or brain teasers, this is the class for you! Brain Aerobics is a thought-provoking educational experience with fun ways to keep your mind and body young and fit. This class is designed to provide students with brain-challenging games, as well as physical and mental exercises. A variety of activities will be presented to make students think, and they'll find it rewarding to feel the cogs spinning as they search for answers and solutions. Like physical fitness, cognitive fitness can be the result of consistently challenging brain workouts. Come give this class a try!

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Brown's Rummy 101 B                              

Thursday                                       LE173212           

1:30-3:30                         

Sept 21

Instructor(s): Gerry Ferguson and Helen G. Brown

By popular request, two members have agreed to teach this card game: Brown's Rummy. If you are interested in learning how to play it, sign up for one or more of the three sessions – A, B and C. Come and bring your 80 cents in dimes to learn how to play this scintillating game.

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Arts and Culture and the Future of the Richmond Region                                        

Tuesday                                         LE173221           

11:30-1:00                       

Sept 26

Instructor(s): Scott Garka

“About Travel” recently said, “This is Richmond's moment. It's still a charming, small Southern city…but with the style and cultural offerings of cities 10 times its size.” This course will explore the multiple facets of the arts and culture community that come together to make Richmond the most artistic mid-sized city in the USA. We will discuss why arts and culture are so critical to our region's future and look at ways students can get involved in arts and culture and in making the Richmond region a great place to live, work and play.

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Brown's Rummy 101 C                              

Thursday                                       LE173213           

1:30-3:30                         

Sept 28

Instructor(s): Gerry Ferguson and Helen G. Brown

By popular request, two members have agreed to teach this card game: Brown's Rummy. If you are interested in learning how to play it, sign up for one or more of the three sessions – A, B and C. Come and bring your 80 cents in dimes to learn how to play this scintillating game.

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Celebrating Mosses                                   

Friday                               LE173219           

12:00-1:30                       

Sept 29

Instructor(s): Norie Burnet

This course will include a slide lecture detailing the development of the Eden Woods Moss Gardens, which is in our backyard in Bon Air, VA. Students will learn all about the identification and care of local mosses, shade loving perennials, native plants, and wild flowers. The instructor will share her secrets to creating a shade garden to welcome and nurture visitors.

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Gems and Jewelry: Care and Valuation                             

Tuesday                                         LE173210           

10:00-11:00                     

Oct 3, 10, 17

Instructor(s): Benjamin Stahl

This course will provide a discussion of the historical and current birthstones along with their folklore and meaning. The instructor will then dovetail to the care of gems and jewelry and continued maintenance over time. Finally, there will be a discussion of valuation and appraisals both for insurance and estate purposes.

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Beaded Lanyard for LLI Name Tag                                       

Tuesday                                         LE173143            $5

12:30-3:30                       

Oct 3

Instructor(s): Donna Whitfield

Learn the basics of stringing a necklace while making a beaded lanyard for your LLI name tag. Bring your name tag to class. Course fee covers all materials, including a wide variety of bead colors. Detailed instructions are given at the beginning of class, so please be punctual!

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Guitar Building in Your Home Workshop                                         

Thursday                                       LE173208           

10:00-11:30                     

Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16

Instructor(s): Joe Lenzi

This Guitar Building course will feature practical discussions and demonstrations of the methods of contemporary acoustic guitar construction. Particulars covered include the selection and milling of music-grade woods, machining and joining guitar parts, inlays and final assembly. Along the way, the course will discuss the practical aspects of in-home (or garage) luthier shop requirements. A visit to Woody Strings luthier workshop in Bon Air is planned, if practical. The six-week course will present demonstrations of various aspects of guitar building. The instructor will have a workbench and tools right in the classroom! Participants will observe and ask questions, but only the instructor will handle tools. By the end of the six-week course, participants will have witnessed the construction of a steel string acoustic guitar.

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Intermediate Photography: the Next Step                                      

Monday                                         LE173222           

10:00-11:00                     

Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Gilpin Brown

If you have taken the “Snapshots to Photographs” course at LLI in the past few years, or if you are somewhat familiar with composition, perspective, f-stops and shutter speed, then this is the course for you.  This course will explore and dabble in some more advanced aspects of photography.  The topics will include, but not be limited to: portraits, landscapes, close-up photography, night photography, motion and other topics chosen by the students.  There will be assignments each week, and students will gently critique each other’s work, as well as the instructor’s images.  Most of all, everyone will have fun!

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Mah Jongg 101                             

Tuesday                                         LE173010           

9:00-10:30                       

Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7

Instructor(s): Marilyn Mare

This class is for students who have never played Mah Jongg and want to learn; however, students who haven't played in many years are most welcome.  Mah Jongg originated in China during the days of Confucius, which makes it the oldest game in the world. Mah Jongg is a game for four players and involves skill, strategy, and calculation, as well as a certain degree of chance. You will find it a wonderful way to spend time with your friends and keep your mind active, too.  Participants need to be available for all sessions, as four players are needed per table. A special thank you to Mary Jane Murphy and Donna Whitfield for assisting the instructor in this class.

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Birding 101                                    

Tuesday                                         LE173214           

10:00-11:00                     

Oct 24

Instructor(s): Betsy Saunders

This hour-long class will introduce members to local birds and give tips on how to attract and identify them. It also will give students an opportunity to look at optics and examine bird identification books and apps. As a follow up to the class, the instructor will meet students for a couple hours the following Tuesday morning (Oct 31) at 10AM at Midlothian Mines Park to bird beside the lake. They’ll also make a brief foray into the woods to see what birds can be found there. Students will need walking shoes and a pair of binoculars. No strenuous hiking required, since birders do a lot of strolling and stopping.

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Hold the Pasta B                                         

Tuesday                                         LE173218            $5

11:00-12:30                     

Oct 31

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Do you love pasta but not the carbs? Are you trying to eat healthier and would like to learn to use "veggie noodles" to prepare some healthy alternatives to pasta? If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions then this class is for you. The instructor will make three dishes using zucchini, yellow summer squash, tomatoes and cauliflower. Each student will have the opportunity to sample each dish. The course fee will cover the cost of food. This instructor requires cancellation notice at least three business days prior to the start of class.

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The Endless Necklace: A Show Stopper                              

Friday                               LE173220            $15

12:30-3:30                       

Nov 3

Instructor(s): Linda Rubin

Warning! If you feel uncomfortable receiving compliments from people you do not know, do not take this jewelry class! Join the fun of making a one of a kind beaded necklace that is easy to make and requires no skills or talents. Create a necklace you can wear for years to come and learn how to continue at home making gifts for friends and family, special occasions and holidays too! Work in Sculpey, a polymer clay that bakes rock hard in the oven. With fun music in the background, give yourself a fun, creative day that lasts all year long. Bring any small size costume jewelry and earrings you never wear, and possibly they can go into your designs. Course fee will cover all materials needed to make your fashion statement.

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Introduction to Model Railroading                                     

Tuesday                                         LE173038           

11:30-1:00                       

Nov 14

Instructor(s): Keith Pritchard

Did you have a train set as a youngster? Are you thinking about buying an electric train for yourself or a family member? Or if you just like trains, this class is for you. Students will learn the basics as the instructor explains the different scales available, how the trains work and how to keep them running well. Using models and a PowerPoint presentation, this class will also introduce you to scenery, wiring, structures and more about this multi-aspect hobby. A visit to his layout may be arranged after the class.

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Holiday Box Cards A                                  

Tuesday                                         LE173215            $5

9:00-10:30                       

Nov 21

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Students in this class will create a multilayered, 3-D holiday card, using stickers, double-sided paper and tape. No specials skills are needed, just a desire to create a card that's as fun to make as it is to receive. The course fee will cover the cost of supplies including stickers and double-sided paper. Please bring scissors, tape runners and pencils to class. This instructor requires a cancellation notice of at least three business days prior to start of class.

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Holiday Box Cards B                                   

Tuesday                                         LE173216            $5

9:30-11:00                       

Nov 28

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Students in this class will create a multilayered, 3-D holiday card, using stickers, double-sided paper and tape. No specials skills are needed, just a desire to create a card that's as fun to make as it is to receive. The course fee will cover the cost of supplies including stickers and double-sided paper. Please bring scissors, tape runners and pencils to class. This instructor requires a cancellation notice of at least three business days prior to start of class.

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Advanced Card Making Techniques                                    

Wednesday                                   LE173139            $7

9:30-11:30                       

Nov 29

Instructor(s): Marie Ireland and LaVae Hoffman

This class is for experienced crafters who can follow multi-step directions and are independent with card making techniques. Students will make four or five advanced style cards with various images and practice masking, layering stamps, and ink techniques in this class. Heat and dry embossing, resist, and other techniques may also be used. Students will cut all papers during class using their own paper trimmer and make cards following a model in real time. Each person should be able to follow directions independently, measure and cut papers to the 1/4 inch using a paper trimmer. The course fee covers all paper, ink, and stamp supplies. Directions will be provided to the group. Teacher will demonstrate the technique and students will create their cards in real time. Students are responsible for bringing the following supplies to complete their cards: A 12-inch paper trimmer with a swing-out arm for extended measurements and a permanent 1/4 inch grid (available at Michaels, JoAnn fabrics, or AC Moore), tape runner (any permanent two-sided adhesive runner from the scrapbook section such as Tombo, Craft bond, Elmers, or Xyron will work), small scissors for paper trimming, a pencil and a ruler. This instructor requires cancellation notice at least three business days prior to the start of the class in order to receive a fee refund.

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Holiday Wreaths and Centerpieces                                    

Thursday                                       LE173121           

9:00-11:00                       

Nov 30

Instructor(s): Lillie Stratton

Join this class to create a holiday floral centerpiece or wreath for your winter home or table. Fanciful or formal, bring cheer to your environment with a beautiful arrangement.  A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office befor

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Holiday Cooking with Ginny                                   

Friday                               LE173005            $10

12:00-2:00                       

Dec 8

Instructor(s): Ginny Brown

With the holidays approaching, this course will offer easy entertaining ideas! Try new and different recipes that feature seasonal foods that your family and friends will enjoy. Also learn how to store your fresh produce so that it stays fresh longer and you have less waste. Course fee covers cost of food.

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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.