Midlothian, VA. 804.378.2527

Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Special Events, Activities and Trips - Spring 2017 

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 2018 

Jan 2 - April 29

You may register
at any time!

Open Registration

December 4-6 
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!

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.
 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
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
Tuesday, January 3

Instructor: Rachel Ramirez
Orientation for New Members

Course: IA171999

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: IA171997

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!

Art Show
Saturday, April 15

Course: IA171039

Join other LLI members, friends and the community as we see some of the amazing artwork that our members have created right here within our walls, during classes, in their homes or around the world.  This will take place on the Saturday during Spring Break week, so plan to come in for this special event that will be sure to delight everyone who attends.  You will not be disappointed! Registration is not required to attend, as this event will be open to the community; however, if you would like to participate by having your art work displayed or volunteer to help with setup and tear down, please register so the co-chairs, Brian Austin and Lillie Stratton, can send additional information about that process at a later date. Thank you for supporting the arts of all kinds at LLI!

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Spy Tour and the Cold War Museum

March 31

Course:  SE171108


Your mission, if you choose to accept it, may be to locate various espionage sites in Arlington, Washington, and Georgetown; observe the former café where a Soviet spy escaped from his CIA handlers; listen in on a briefing about Civil War espionage at Lafayette Park; tour the Berlin Wall at the Newseum; and/or visit drop points used by agents such as FBI spy Robert Hanssen. Since its earliest days, Washington, D.C. has been the scene of international intrigue, espionage, and intelligence activity, as the U.S. government has tried to learn the plans of other countries while keeping its own plans secret. Key players in this non-ending drama include personalities as diverse as Rose Greenhow, Herbert Yardley, Major General "Wild Bill" Donovan, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hanssen. This all-day bus tour will introduce you to many of the locations in and around Washington that have been associated with intelligence and counter intelligence activities for the past two hundred years. Following a catered lunch by Covert Café and wine tasting at Vint Hill Craft Winery, the adventure will continue with a visit to the Cold War Museum near Gainesville, VA. Some walking is required. Cost includes: Deluxe Coach Bus Transportation, Guided Tour of espionage sites in Arlington, Washington, and Georgetown, and Lunch (all taxes and gratuities included).

Norfolk Presents the Virginia International Military Tattoo Tour 

April 29

Course:  SE181120

Instructors: SignaTours with Bill and Reta Good

Come join your LLI friends as they travel 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 on the agenda is to travel to Wakefield, Virginia, for a wonderful buffet lunch at the ever-popular Virginia Diner. The Virginia Diner is a refuge for folks who like down-home cooking. Items you’ll find may include Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, catch of the day, Barbeque, Ham and many vegetables and desserts! Long regarded as the most patriotic of the world's great military tattoos, the Virginia International Tattoo is truly a unique event. Held each spring in Norfolk’s Scope arena, it brings together thousands of civilians, international and domestic communities, NATO dignitaries and residents, and features a 900-person cast from around the world. 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. The 2018 show will include audience favorites such as Norway’s Band and Drill Team of His Majesty the King’s Guard, the brilliantly costumed dancers and drummers of the Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band, and new this year, Poland’s Republic Border Guard, with their iconic instruments and costumes reflecting centuries of tradition. The centerpiece of this spectacular celebration will be a moving salute to Medal of Honor recipients, the highest award for valor in action which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Wheelchairs and mobility devices are always welcome and walking will be minimal. Trip Fee Includes: Round-Trip Motorcoach Transportation, Dinner at the VA Diner, 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

Richmond Ballet Rehearsal: A Midsummer Night's Dream                                          

Wednesday                                      SE171009            


Feb 1

Instructor(s): Guinn Baker

Visit Richmond Ballet to see what goes into its commitment to keep meaningful works of dance alive! Come enjoy this opportunity to observe the professional dancers as they rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream. This local trip meets at Richmond Ballet in downtown Richmond, 407 East Canal Street. The rehearsal will start at 11:45AM. A tour of the facilities, including the costume shop, and Q & A with the Costume Director will follow. Carpools, if needed, will leave LLI at 11:00AM and return by 2:30PM.


Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chester Tour                                       

Thursday                                            SE171074            


March 9

Instructor(s): Courtney Johnson

Did you know there's an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chester? Come see the magic that happens after someone clicks buy on Amazon.com.  Amazon’s slogan is, "Work hard. Have fun. Make History." We hear that in many ways, the operation looks like a real-life version of the Chutes and Ladders board game. Find out what a slam line and ship sorter have to do with an Amazon order being processed. See how each item is carefully received, scanned, sorted, shelved, picked and shipped! See what all the hype is about in this 60-minute tour for LLI members and guests! Members wishing to carpool should meet inside LLI at 9:00AM. Members can choose to drive directly to 1901 Meadowville Technology Pkwy, Chester, VA 23836. Amazon is not affiliated with the Lifelong Learning Institute and does not collect any fees or funds for providing a tour. Tour starts at 10:00AM and will conclude by 11:15AM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 12PM.


PBS and NPR Tour: Inside your Community Idea Stations (WCVE)                                            

Wednesday                                      SE171091            


March 22

Instructor(s): Curtis Monk

Did you know that Sesame Street is right here in Chesterfield County? Learn all about what happens "behind the scenes" at your local NPR/PBS affiliate, the Community Idea Stations. Presentations by the station managers of television and radio programming, representatives from the development and community engagement offices, and CEO Curtis Monk will be followed by a tour of the facilities. Learn about the history, the technology, and the challenges of your local public media company, whose goal is "to educate, entertain, and inspire." Carpools will not be arranged by the office. Tour will start promptly at 1PM and conclude around 3PM. Station is located at 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA 23235, which is off Robious Road. Join your LLI friends to "chase the clouds away"!


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

Friday                                  SE171099             $22


April 7

Instructor(s): Jordan Mock

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 fee 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 9AM and will conclude by 2PM. Carpools should arrive back to LLI by 3PM.


January Luncheon                                          

Tuesday                                              IA171001              $3


Jan 17


This month's luncheon will help kick off our Spring session!  Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by El Patron in Chester.


Breakfast Out                                   

Thursday                                            IA171020             


Jan 26, Feb 23, March 23, April 27

Instructor(s): Barbara Gauker

Join other LLI members for an enjoyable “breakfast out” the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 am. Signups will be on the shelf prior to each outing. Locations subject to change.  Members provide their own transportation or make their own arrangements to carpool directly to the restaurant. January 26 - American Diner: American Diner, 11001 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235; February 23 - Karen's Diner: 3511 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, VA 23236; March 23 - River City Diner: 11430 W. Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113; April 27 - Crazy Greek: 14640 Hancock Village St. Chesterfield, VA 23832.


Monthly Member Birthday Celebration                                               

Tuesday                                              IA171100             


Jan 31, Feb 28, March 28, April 25

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 and drinks will be provided. No need to register.  Just put it on your calendar!


February Luncheon                                        

Tuesday                                              IA171002              $3


Feb 21


This month's luncheon will celebrate belated Valentines Day! Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by Sunrise at Bon Air.


March Luncheon                                             

Tuesday                                              IA171003              $3


March 21


This month's luncheon will celebrate St. Patrick's Day, so don't forget to wear green! Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by Spring Arbor of Salisbury.


April Luncheon                                

Tuesday                                              IA171004              $3


April 18


This month's luncheon will be a special end of spring celebration!  Stay tuned for more details to be released and sign-up in the office to participate. Sponsored by the Laurels of Willow Creek.