Hodgepodge – Leaning As A Lifestyle

5-15-2015 2-33-53 PMToday’s article is a hodgepodge. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a hodgepodge is “a mixture of things.” At the Center for Lifelong Learning, this month is a mixture of lots of things.

On Monday, May 11, the music program hosted its spring recital. The music was varied and the students were great. This summer, the Center will continue music lessons with two programs. The first is a violin and beginner piano program taught by Kristi Coughlin. Lessons will be June 15-July 30 and are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00pm. There are two group lessons for beginners on Thursdays – Discovering Violin I for inexperienced beginner (less than six months practice) and Discovering Violin II for beginners. Call Wanda Campbell at 256-233-8260 for more information.

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The second music program is a Rhythm Camp taught by Barry Kay. Barry will teach the basics of guitar, bass, percussion, and keyboard, as well as how these instruments work together to make rhythm and lay the foundation for music. Class will be held on Tuesdays, from 5:30 to 7:00pm, June 9 – August 4. There is no class scheduled June 22. Call 256-233-8260 to register or for more information.

Since we are talking about camps, there are more camps on our website. We have a couple of art camps–Art Explorers Camp uses a variety of mediums, and Painting Fun is a different painting every day. We also have a Drama Camp–Wind in the Willows for 8 to 15 year olds. We will also be offering the Super Sitter Course again for ages 11-15, who are looking to become exceptional babysitters.

I am sure you have noticed that the weather is getting hot. At Square Clock Coffee they are selling smoothies for the summer, along with iced teas and lemonade. They have also just begun to serve cakes and cupcakes. Their salad menus are light and filling, and just the thing for a nice summer lunch. They also have sandwiches and soups for hearty appetites. Remember, we have free Wi-Fi and laptops are available for use.

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For those of you who want to go to the Tennessee Aquarium with us, the deadline for registering is June 1. That is just a few days away. The trip is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16. We will leave the Center at 8:00am and return about 6:00pm. This trip includes registration fees, lunch, and transportation. There is an option for a back stage pass for those who might like to see what happens behind the scenes at the Aquarium. The base fee is $85. The backstage pass is $15. Call us at 256-233-8260 for more information or to register.

On Tuesday, May 26, the Center will host a farewell reception for Dr. Diane Sauers, director of the Center. The reception is scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00pm and will be held in the Center, located at 121 South Marion Street. Dr. Sauers has been with the Center since it opened in 2011. As director, she has worked with many community groups in our area, including the Decatur Civic Chorus. Stop by to tell her how much she will be missed.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262