Did You Know It Is 54 Days Until The End Of This Year?!

If you are like me, you are wondering where the time went. How can so much time have passed so quickly? November is upon us and that means parties, Christmas Open House, and Celebrate the Season at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

Since we opened in April 2011, we have offered the Center to the community as a place to host events, parties, meetings, conferences, and more. So far, we have hosted just about every kind of event at the Center. If you are looking for a place for a graduation party, the company Christmas party, a company retreat or brainstorming session, the Center can provide the space you need.

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We have a training room that will seat 12 comfortably and has a state-of-art projection system for digital or video presentation. Our conference room will seat 20 for that strategic planning session. When you have more than 20 attendees, we can seat you upstairs in the Mezzanine where you can configure the room to suit your needs. The mezzanine will seat up to 200 attendees, depending on your setup. We also rent the lobby area for receptions and small parties.

For information about renting our spaces, you can contact Dr. Diane Sauers, director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Her email is diane.sauers@athens.edu and her phone number is 256-233-8261. We have some of the most reasonable rates in town.

The Christmas Open House is our chance to show off some of our classes and to collaborate with Spirit of Athens and the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. On November 22 & 23, the Center will host “Pictures With Santa” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Santa will be at the Center for Lifelong Learning on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Center is located at 121 South Marion Street, on the east side of the Courthouse Square in downtown Athens.

Also featured that weekend will be a class on “Building Wreaths For All Occasions.” The class is taught by Pauline McElyea, a decorator from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Learn how to make low-cost, recyclable wreaths for every occasion. Topics include bargain hunting, shopping hints, seasonal and non-seasonal ideas, hands-on demonstration. Supplies are included in the fee, which is $15/person. Class will be held on Saturday, November 22, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, at the Center. Make your reservation by calling 256-233-8262.

As we have done in the past, we will have cupcakes to decorate while kids are waiting for Santa. The cupcakes are one for $1, or get six for $5. Cupcake decorating will be available starting at 1:00 pm until we run out of cupcakes on Saturday, November 22. This is a very popular event during the Open House.

For those who want to go to Greece with us in April, final payments will be due on December 8th. We have 14 traveling with us so far. Dr. Diane Sauers and Dr. Ron Fritze will be leading the group. Dr. Fritze will help students become familiar with the history of the areas we will be visiting. The tour, called Greece: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul, is an 11-day excursion that includes a three day cruise of the Greek Islands and Turkey. Stops are planned in Mykonos, Ephesus, Santorini, Thessalonki, Meteora, Delphi, and the Acropolis, and well as the ancient cities of Athens and Corinth. For more information about Greece, visit our website – www.athens.edu/CLL, or call us at 256-233-8261.

Celebrate the Season is the name given to a tour to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. The trip is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2. We will be leaving from the Center for Lifelong Learning at 9:30am and returning about 8:00pm. The fee is $55 and includes round-trip transportation. Meals are on your own. More than two million dazzling Christmas lights draw visitors from all over the world. Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend.

Join us as we prepare for another holiday season full of fun and learning at the Center for Lifelong Learning.
By: Wanda Campbell

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