Academy of Lifelong Learning - "Enrichment"



travelWhite Violet Center for Eco-Justice
Join us for a tour of The White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Their ministry focuses on fostering a way of life that respects the interdependence of all Creation. The tour will include a discussion of the ministry, its history with the Sisters of Providence, its gardens and alpaca herd, and a brief video presentation on perspectives on the environment. Tour the working rooms of the Center, including the weaving rooms, the fiber processing areas, and a yarn spinning demonstration. Weather permitting, we will go outside and visit the alpaca herd. Purchases from the gift shop are welcomed. Transportation and entrance fee are included. Bring money for lunch after our tour.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Depart from EIU Blair Hall Staff parking lot 8:45 a.m.
Return 2 p.m.

1 Sisters of Providence 
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
Robyn Morton, Associate Director

Academy member:  $26
Non-member:  $52

Register by January 9, 2014
(limit 14 participants)


workshopsHow Can EIU Booth Library Serve You?
Learn about the research resources and services Booth Library provides to community members, and how they differ from and supplement your public library’s collections and services. Learn how to access streaming videos, financial, business and industry research and other resources in Booth’s collections that are available to Booth Library patrons. Take a brief tour of the physical building before we go to the e-classroom for a more hands-on session. Bring a photo ID to apply for your community borrower card.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1–2 p.m.

EIU Booth Library— meet at the south entrance (indoor lobby) of the library
Steve Brantley, Head of Reference Services 
EIU Booth Library, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by January 20, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


multimeeting Learning About Your New Digital Camera
Spend your lunch hour learning how to be a better photographer or just how to use that digital camera you got for Christmas. This three-meeting course helps you learn the basics of your camera, teaches you essential composition skills and helps you understand how to create a well-exposed photograph. The hands-on style lets you learn on your own camera and gives you plenty of chances to practice both in class and through weekly assignments.  Best of all, it’s going to be fun.

Thursdays, January 23, 30 & February 6, 2014
Noon–1 p.m.

EIU Blair Hall, Room 3108
Patrick Early, Instructor

Academy member:  FREE!
Non-member:  $30

Register by January 16, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


multimeeting Book Club:  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Find a cozy chair, a hot cup of coffee and relish discussion of our first classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. We’ll make sense of quotes like, “It’s jest no use tryin’ to keep Miss Eva here. She’s got the Lord’s mark in her forehead,” while we share observations about those problematic times in history. Future book selections will be chosen by our club members.

Alternate Tuesdays, March 4 & 18; April 1, 15 & 29; May 13, 2014
5–6:30 p.m.

Jackson Avenue Coffee Shop
708 Jackson Ave., Charleston, IL
Marita Metzke, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by February 25, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


lunch Unexpected Las Vegas:  What You Didn’t Know About Sin City
Las Vegas is famous for the glamour, glitz and gaming on the “Strip.” This presentation goes beyond that image to reveal some surprising activities and destinations in and around the city of Las Vegas. Learn about history, parks, art, hiking and more. You’ll be amazed that many of these activities cost little or nothing.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Charleston Carnegie Public Library 
Rotary Room B
Bob & Mary Jorstad, Instructors

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by March 5, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


workshopIdentity Theft & Fraud
Do you know what phishing, vishing, spoofin and skimming are? Do you know that approximately 12 million identities are stolen every year, along with approximately 140,000 children’s IDs? Come to our Identity Theft and Fraud class and learn about the different ways your ID can be stolen and the different types of frauds and scams that threaten your identity. Learn now how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
10–11 a.m.

Charleston City Hall 
Meeting Room, Lower Level 
520 Jackson Ave., Charleston, IL
Scott Mills, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by March 18, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


workshopLynch Humanities Lecture Series: Do Animals Grieve?
We casually ascribe familiar emotions to our earliest childhood encounters with animals. But scientists have long cautioned against such anthropomorphizing, arguing that it limits our ability to truly comprehend the lives of other creatures. Recently, however, things have begun to shift in the other direction, and anthropologist Barbara J. King is at the forefront of that movement, arguing strenuously that we can—and should—attend to animal emotions. Join us to learn more from Barbara J. King about animal grief.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
5 p.m.

EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center 
Lecture Hall
Barbara J. King, William and Mary College, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by March 12, 2014


multimeeting Basic Computing
Learn how to use a computer, how to turn it on and shut it down safely, and how to access and search the Internet. Find out about free tools available to protect your computer from nasty viruses. This course will offer the extreme basics for brand new or very inexperienced users. We will progress at your pace and offer plenty of time for questions and answers. This class will include a component on saving photos, presented by the ever-popular Tracy Valinevicius. Due to limited computer stations, registration is requested.

Thursdays, March 27, April 3 & 10, 2014
3–4 p.m.

EIU Buzzard Hall, Room 1430
Marita Metzke & Tracy Valinevicius, Instructors

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by March 20, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


lunch Japanese Gardens
In April 2010, Doug and Joann Meyer traveled with a group from Japan House at the University of Illinois and toured 35 Japanese gardens in ten days. This Lifelong Learning visual experience will focus on the Japanese garden as an art form, its sacred/secular beauty, the key elements that form garden structure, and the primary principles of Japanese gardening. Three Japanese garden types will be emphasized:  the residential garden, the stroll/pond garden, and the Zen rock/dry garden. Outstanding examples of each garden type will be visually represented, dating from the 13th to the 20th century. Tranquility and peace awaits the Japanese garden explorer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Charleston Carnegie Public Library 
Rotary Room B
Doug & Joann Meyer, Instructors

This is a FREE Event!

Register by April 2, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


workshopCraniums and Geraniums
University of Illinois Extension Educators Dave Shiley and Cheri Burcham will teach participants the connection between gardening and physical/mental well-being while helping them create a take-home garden. Planting seeds, transplanting plants, and developing vegetable/flower containers will be covered, as well as safety and adaptive gardening methods. Foods that build brain power and brain fitness techniques will also be discussed while participants learn how to continue gardening into their golden years.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
1–3:30 p.m.

4-H Center  
Coles County Fairgrounds 
Dave Shiley &  Cheri Burcham, Instructors

Academy member:  $18
Non-member:  $36

Register by April 17, 2014
(limit 20 participants)


lunch China Revisited
Take a tour of Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. Learn about the new China, its capitalist economy, customs and culture compared to the old China of 1988.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Charleston Carnegie Public Library 
Rotary Room B
Hanna Eads, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by April 30, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


lunch Gentle Giants, Salt Flats and More…
From the “Gentle Giant” Sequoia trees of the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains to the salt flat below sea level in Death Valley, the western U.S. national parks provide these and other magnificent displays. Join us for a visual and narrative journey west to see parks including Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Saguaro, and others.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Noon–1:30 p.m. 

Charleston Carnegie Public Library
Rotary Room B
Martha Brown & Cheryl Birkhead, Instructors

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by June 4, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


workshopCaptivating Calligraphy
Calligraphy is the ancient visual art of fine writing or script used to enhance printed materials. In some countries, people consider calligraphy a highly skilled art form. Some current uses are wedding invitations, greeting cards and scrapbook entries. Learn to beautifully script your name or monogram in this session! All required tools will be loaned for this free introductory session.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
5–6:30 p.m.

EIU Blair Hall - Room 2116
Brett Bensley, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by June 17, 2014
(limit 15 participants)


workshopDiamonds and Gemstones
Learn from an expert about various topics in the field, such as the mining and cutting of various gemstones, aspects of the diamond trade, appraisals, and custom design. Our own IJO Master Jeweler, Terry Davis, owner of Towne Square Jewelers, will be sharing his expertise with us.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Charleston Carnegie Public Library 
Rotary Room B
Terry Davis, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by July 9, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


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