It is hard to believe that it has been four years since the Center for Lifelong Learning opened our doors. It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for the grand opening, which was held April 26, 2011. It was a rainy day and we just knew the rain would keep everyone away. We were fortunate to have over 100 people attend the event.
Just two years ago, we started the Academic Travel Program with a trip to Chickamauga. This summer, we will be offering two trips. The first is a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium. Bring your kids or grandkids with you as we travel to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Come see for yourself why visitors rate the Tennessee Aquarium the best aquarium in America. Enjoy a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea as you explore above and below the surface in the Aquarium’s two buildings. Bring your sense of adventure as you discover cool creatures around every corner.
Put yourself in the boots of the Aquarium’s animal caretakers during a 45-minute backstage experience. Reservations for backstage pass are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are leaving the Center for Lifelong Learning at promptly 8:00am, Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
The fee for the excursion is $85, which includes transportation, entry fees, and lunch. There is an additional fee of $15/per person for the backstage pass. There are only 15 spaces for the backstage pass so register early.Make your reservation by June 1. You can register online at our webpage – www.athens.edu/cll – or call us at 256-233-8260.
Our next trip will be an overnight trip to Memphis. The trip is scheduled for two nights, and three days, September 21-23. Monday and Wednesday will be travel days. We will be staying two nights at a Tunica, Mississippi area Casino Resort. On Tuesday, we will have free time on Beale Street, a guided tour of Memphis area, and a visit to Graceland. Two breakfasts and two dinners are included in this package. Our motor coach is equipped with restroom and video capabilities.
In case you don’t know about our tour sites, Beale Street is a street in downtown Memphis, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the Blues.Today, the Blues clubs and restaurants that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis.
Even if you are not a fan of Elvis Presley, Graceland is a must see in Memphis. It is the former home of Elvis and is the one of the most visited homes in America. Although Elvis had homes in Los Angeles as well, Graceland was considered his home base. Today, Graceland is a museum.
The fee for this three-day trip is $229, double occupancy. Be sure to make your reservation for this trip by August 7. At this price, I expect to fill up fast, so don’t wait too long. You can register online at the website – www.athens.edu/CLL or call us at 256-233-8260.
Whether you are sticking around town, or traveling with the Center for Lifelong Learning, it is always fun to learn something new.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262