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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Leisure Activities - Spring 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield             

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Introduction to Bridge: Learn to Play                                     

Tuesday                                              LE181016              *$15

9:00-10:30                          

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Jean Bosch

This introductory course is for students who have no regular experience playing bridge and want to learn! Students will use a helpful book, Bridge for Everyone: A Step-By-Step Guide To Rules, Bidding, And Play Of The Hand, to learn the basics and some advanced tips on playing this fascinating card game. A combination of instruction, presentation of examples, group discussion, and just playing will provide a strong start to student’s enjoyment of Bridge. Basic bidding, playing techniques, and scoring along with advanced communication and playing tips will be presented. This course is specifically being offered for students who have not played bridge and would like a beginner’s course. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration. After this course, students are welcome to join any of the weekly Bridge groups.

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Knitting Circle                                  

Wednesday                                      LE181032             

1:30-3:30                             

Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25

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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Historic Genealogy: The Community Analysis                                   

Wednesday                                      LE181224             

2:00-3:30                             

Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Instructor(s): James Triesler

This course will cover how to conduct research using the Federal Census and other primary source records to develop a community analysis booklet as a legacy for future generations. This research practice paints a picture of an entire community to place our ancestors in their historical context. The instructor will share examples and model the research and will help students begin or continue their research.

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

Monday                                              LE181197             

10:00-11:00                        

Jan 8, 22, Feb 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9

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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Genealogy 201                                 

Monday                                              LE181178             

1:30-3:30                             

Jan 8, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 9, 16, 23

Instructor(s): Bette Kot

Extend your pedigree charts by new looks at old sources and some books you may have overlooked. This course will also deal with citations.  Students should bring pedigree charts to the first class. Join this class for more adventures into your family's past!

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Is It Soup Yet? A                                              

Tuesday                                              LE181217              $5

12:00-1:00                          

Jan 9

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B or C) to allow all students a chance to participate. Winter is fast approaching and nothing soothes like a warm tasty soup. In this class we will make two easy soups that can be made from homemade stock or, if time is an issue for you, store bought stock. Recipes for a simple chicken soup and vegan lentil soup will be sampled. Also included will be a recipe for chicken stock. If you would like to take some soup home, please bring a container. 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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First Flight Creations: Creating Products with the Special Needs Community                                     

Wednesday                                      LE181209             

1:30-3:30                             

Jan 10, Feb 14, March 14, April 11

Instructor(s): John Kaldy and First Flight Creators

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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Advanced Card Making Techniques A                                   

Thursday                                            LE181139              $7

10:30-12:30                        

Jan 11

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman and Marie Ireland

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class is for experienced crafters who can follow multi-step directions and are independent with card making techniques. You will make 4 to 5 greeting cards that are as lovely to give as gifts as they are to send. You will use skills that you learned in Beginning Card Making and stretch into new techniques that are taught during the session. Please bring a 12x12" paper trimmer (such as Friskers or Stampin Up!) that has a swing arm for measuring paper that is longer than 6.5" and has measured increments to 1/8". You will also need a two-sided tape runner (plus a spare refill if your tape runner is not new), bone folder, pencil, and paper snips (small scissors that have very fine points to cut intricate details as needed). 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. Please note that bringing the required tools is a prerequisite for participating in the session.

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Advanced Card Making Techniques B                                    

Thursday                                            LE181200              $7

1:30-3:30                             

Jan 11

Instructor(s): LaVae Hoffman and Marie Ireland

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class is for experienced crafters who can follow multi-step directions and are independent with card making techniques. You will make 4 to 5 greeting cards that are as lovely to give as gifts as they are to send. You will use skills that you learned in Beginning Card Making and stretch into new techniques that are taught during the session. Please bring a 12x12" paper trimmer (such as Friskers or Stampin Up!) that has a swing arm for measuring paper that is longer than 6.5" and has measured increments to 1/8". You will also need a two-sided tape runner (plus a spare refill if your tape runner is not new), bone folder, pencil, and paper snips (small scissors that have very fine points to cut intricate details as needed). 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. Please note that bringing the required tools is a prerequisite for participating in the session.

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Is It Soup Yet? B                                              

Tuesday                                              LE181218              $5

12:00-1:00                          

Jan 16

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B or C) to allow all students a chance to participate. Winter is fast approaching and nothing soothes like a warm tasty soup. In this class we will make two easy soups that can be made from homemade stock or, if time is an issue for you, store bought stock. Recipes for a simple chicken soup and vegan lentil soup will be sampled. Also included will be a recipe for chicken stock. If you would like to take some soup home, please bring a container. 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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Beaded Lanyard for LLI Name Tag (DC)                                  

Monday                                              LE181143              $5

12:30-3:30                          

Jan 22

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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Is It Soup Yet? C                                              

Tuesday                                              LE181223              $5

12:00-1:00                          

Jan 23

Instructor(s): Alice Kane

Please register for only one session (A or B or C) to allow all students a chance to participate. Winter is fast approaching and nothing soothes like a warm tasty soup. In this class we will make two easy soups that can be made from homemade stock or, if time is an issue for you, store bought stock. Recipes for a simple chicken soup and vegan lentil soup will be sampled. Also included will be a recipe for chicken stock. If you would like to take some soup home, please bring a container. 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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Introduction to Guitar Building                                

Wednesday                                      LE181208             

11:00-12:30                        

Jan 24

Instructor(s): Joe Lenzi

This class will feature a slide presentation of contemporary methods of home-shop guitar construction. Particulars covered include shop set up and tools; the selection, purchase and milling of music-grade woods; machining, bending, and joining guitar parts; as well as inlays and final assembly. Selected guitar woods, tools and assembled parts will be on display to complement the slide presentation. The class will focus on the practical aspects of in-home (or garage) luthier shop requirements. An opportunity to visit the instructor's guitar building workshop in Bon Air will be offered to students attending the class.

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Your Family Photo Plan A                                           

Tuesday                                              LE181228             

1:00-3:00                             

Feb 6

Instructor(s): Lorrie Curley

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Having organized photos assures peace of mind. Learn about a system to once and for all get every printed photo, digital photo, and memorabilia organized. We will also discuss digitizing slides, movies, prints; backing up, cloud storage and scanners. You’ll leave with a plan that allows you to access every photo you own in seconds!

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Genetic Genealogy                                       

Wednesday                                      LE181225             

1:30-3:00                             

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28

Instructor(s): Becky Griswold

Have you started tracing your family history and hit a brick wall on one or more of your lines? Are you curious to see if your surname traces back to the American immigrant or even further back across the pond? Are you an adoptee wishing to find one or both of your biological parents? Then this course is for you. Genetic Genealogy is a useful tool for finding out more about your ancestors. Have you taken a DNA test already? While it is preferable if students have taken a DNA test prior to the first class, it is not required for this course. Join us and let's see what DNA can tell you about......YOU!

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Discovering the Road Scholar Adventure                                             

Tuesday                                              LE181207             

1:00-2:30                             

Feb 13

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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Bald Eagles of the James River                                 

Tuesday                                              LE181194             

10:00-11:00                        

Feb 20

Instructor(s): Captain Mike Ostrander

The James River runs through it...through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see bald eagles year round! This tidal river takes you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and overloaded with beautiful scenery. Learn about the majestic bald eagles and osprey, as well as the conservation success story of the bald eagles on the James River, a part of the massive Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Captain Mike will take this class on a virtual tour!

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Introduction to Medieval Chainmail                                      

Tuesday                                              LE181227             

9:30-11:00                          

March 6

Instructor(s): Ben Strohm

Join this class to learn an ancient art that can be used to make everything from epic jewelry to mighty armor! All tools and supplies provided.

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Woven Jewelry: Earrings or a Pendant in Sterling Silver or Copper                                         

Monday                                              LE181175             

10:00-12:00                        

March 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Diane Drummond

Students will be creating a pair of dagger earrings or a pendant out of sterling silver or copper to fit their budget. This project demonstrates silhouette shapes, in the case of a wedge, can be used as stand-alone components to create a very simple yet intricate looking earring or a pendant (for those that do not have pierced ears or just prefer a pendant). If desired, students can add a simple bead dangle to complete the earring and also learn to bend wire and weave a finer wire. Supply list and pictured example will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Knitted Knockers                                            

Tuesday                                              LE181226             

11:00-12:00                        

March 20, 27, April 10, 17, 24

Instructor(s): Sharon B. Thompson

This course will cover making knitted breast forms for women who have had a breast removal due to cancer. Students will make these knitted replacement forms using four double-ended knitting needles and yarn from a specified list of cotton yarns. Directions will be available as well as a list of appropriate yarn. Students should have some experience with knitting. Knitters will need to match the yarn and needles they use to meet a specified gauge to insure the finished product will be usable. Finished products will be made available to LLI members, and they can also be donated to the Knitted Knockers organization. Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office. Students are responsible for having supplies for all classes.

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Folding Journal Workshop                                         

Tuesday                                              LE181206             

12:30-3:30                          

April 17

Instructor(s): Jennifer DeRusha

Students will make a super-quick, no-sew folding book for art, journaling, scrapbooking, or photos. They will create an art cover from their own art supplies (so bring them with you). Some suggestions are stamps and stamp pads, stencils, watercolor pencils and supplies, markers, and Zentangle supplies. Students can also create their cover from recycled artwork such as drawings or an unframed watercolor. Fabric and wallpaper sheets in 9” square pieces also make nice covers and are super easy to glue in place. In addition to helping students create covers, Jennifer will also demo easy screen printing which can be done on fabric or paper and used on covers. Recommended Supplies: 1 sheet of 18” x 24” and 2 sheets of 9” - 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, transparent ruler, pencil, cutting mat and razor blade cutter for cutting matte board, and Aleen’s tacky glue. Instructor will bring one cutter to share.

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Your Family Photo Plan B                                            

Tuesday                                              LE181229             

9:30-11:30                          

April 24

Instructor(s): Lorrie Curley

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Having organized photos assures peace of mind. Learn about a system to once and for all get every printed photo, digital photo, and memorabilia organized. We will also discuss digitizing slides, movies, prints; backing up, cloud storage and scanners. You’ll leave with a plan that allows you to access every photo you own in seconds!

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Springtime Stamped Cards                                         

Wednesday                                      LE181130              $5

9:30-11:30                          

April 25

Instructor(s): Marie Ireland and LaVae Hoffman

Students 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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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.