BY KATIE MATTESON
Lectures. Classes. Day Trips. Focus Groups.
If these activities sound like fun, then you may be interested in joining the 526 members who currently participate in Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL).
According to its 20-year anniversary book, “ALL at University of Wisconsin-Parkside had a rather circumstantial beginning in the fall of 1997. While visiting in California, Mark Marlaire attended a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) class at Claremont College and found the concept of the organization so fascinating that he decided to try the idea in Wisconsin.
“When he returned home, he teamed up with Virginia Burlingame, and they invited local retirees to a meeting to explore the idea of establishing an LLI chapter at Parkside. An overflow crowd of 100 plus people showed up, and 60 were interested enough to pay membership dues in advance based on the promise of future lectures, classes, and field trip to begin in 1998…
“The organization’s first lecture was presented by Bruce Pepich from the Wustum Museum in January 1998. The first annual meeting was held in June of 1998 and Helen Raymond was elected ALL’s first president…”
The group will gather for its 21st Annual Meeting on Monday, June 24. The volunteer-led organization, supported by University Services Associate Vanessa Greco from UW-Parkside, will elect its 2019-2020 Board at the meeting. The new officers include: President Dan Neururer, President-Elect Karen Kempien, Recording Secretary Sharon Acerbi, Treasurer Colin Carter and Immediate-Past President Wren Ide, along with Members-at-Large Therese Constant, Bob Samer, Shelly Underhill, Mary Ann Cassani, Margaret Kraft and Vera Schalk.
Annual membership dues are $50 (plus annual or daily parking permit for UW-Parkside lots) and members enjoy twice-monthly lectures and programs on the UW-Parkside campus on topics such as current events, health, science, travel, the arts and more.
Upcoming talks include: Diseases of the Eye on June 10, Physical Therapy (particularly relating to Parkinson’s disease) on July 1, Industrial History of Kenosha on July 15, Political Cartoons and Cartooning on Aug. 5, The Psychology of Magic on Aug. 29, A Tour of South America and Patagonia on Sept. 16, UW-Parkside Athletics on Sept. 23 and Homeless in Racine/Kenosha on Oct. 7.
For a small fee, classes provide in-depth learning. Music and theater classes often include attending live performances. The annual Week of Learning investigates on topic in depth, usually with one or more field trips.
The Week of Learning for June 10-14 will focus on “Technology – Transforming Our World.” For a current list of classes go to uwp.edu/all.
Day trips add another dimension to learning. Members enjoy interesting trips to museums, art galleries, historic sites, theatrical and musical performances, along with a variety of dining experiences.
Upcoming trips include: Witch/Fish on July 24 (hop aboard the Tall Ship Red Witch, then attend a Kenosha Kingfish baseball game and picnic), Ravinia Pavilion Concert on Aug. 18 (Tchaikovsky Spectacular 1812 Overture), Ethnic Milwaukee Churches on Aug. 27 (tour Sikh Temple with lunch and St. Josaphat Basilica with a Culver’s stop to end the day and an Overnight Trip to Door County on Sept. 23-25 (visit Maritime museum, enjoy a fish boil, watch the Peninsula Players, ferry to Washington Island, learn about lavender, tour Cana Harbor lighthouse, eat breakfast at Al Johnson’s and more).
Focus groups connect members who have common interests. Current groups include: current affairs, various book clubs, gardening, technology, poetry, bridge and hiking.
In addition to the annual meeting, other annual events include a picnic in September and the holiday gala in December.
For more information, call (262) 595-2793 or email LifelongLearning@UWP.edu.