Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) is a community made up of adults age 50+ for whom learning has never gone out of style. We are located in the CyFair area of Houston at the Lone Star College-CyFair campus. We look forward to you joining our group.

A.L.L. classes are held in HSC 106 unless otherwise noted.

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CLASS FOR THE REST OF THE SEMESTER

Wednesday, April 22

1:30-3:00 Past Life Regression

Thursday, April 23

10:00-11:30 Photo Special Interest Group (instead of Friday)

1:30-3:00 Corkboard Kit

Monday, April 27

1:30-3:00 Russian-American Relations

Tuesday, April 28

10:00-11:30 Journey Smokey Mountains

1:30-3:00 First Ladies of America

Wednesday, April 29

1:30-3:00 Cruising the Seine River & Paris

Thursday, April 30

1:30-3:00 Corkboard Kit Final Class


BUS TRIP INFO

Third Quarter 2015 CyFair ALL Bus Trips

Sign-up for Bus Trips will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, May 5th in our regular classroom, HSC 106.

If you have questions, contact Sharon Samson at ssamson1980@gmail.com.

1. July 12 (Sunday) – Hairspray (the musical)

In July we’re going to the matinee performance of the musical comedy “Hairspray” at the Art Park Player’s Theater. You can’t stop the beat in this big, eight time Tony Award winning, Broadway musical. After the play, we will enjoy dinner at Kelley’s Restaurant in Pasadena. It has great country cookin’ food at reasonable prices. The cost is $15 each for tickets to Hairspray, plus your dinner at Kelley’s.

2. August 13 (Thursday) - Space Center Houston

Join us as we visit Space Center Houston, the area’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area. The center features more than 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program – all for the amazing pre-paid group rate of $21, which includes lunch and a drink.

3. September 10 (Thursday) – Federal Reserve Bank / Southern Apache Museum

Back by popular demand, we have a guided tour of the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. (Note: This tour is not recommended for someone with mobility issues) Lunch will be at the ever popular Treebeards at the Cloisters. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the Southern Apache Museum. The tour includes a short video, popcorn, drinks, a packet of information and a kit for making an authentic necklace. If time allows, we will browse Thompson’s Antique Center, adjacent to the museum. The total cost is $10, with lunch additional.


END OF THE SEMESTER PARTY

It's the perfect excuse for a party for the A.L.L. students

When: Friday, May 8, 2015 from 11am to 1pm

Where: HSC Rooms 105 and 106

Please plan to attend and bring a sweet or savory finger food dish to share.

A great way to end the semester and be able to talk and visit with your A.L.L. classmates you have met during the year.

Maureen Cummings, Event Chairperson


CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

The Curriculum Committee needs YOUR help in planning classes. Please get involved. Contact Lou Master or Donna Smith to schedule a class. Lou's email lou.n.sue@comcast.net, phone 832-687-4175. Donna's email smithill@comcast.net, phone 832-392-2295.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stamp Collecting & Postal History

Jonathan Topper, of Topper Stamps and Postal History, gave a very informative presentation not only on stamp collecting but about the history of the postal service. He covered the period of time from the early 1800’s to the present. He addressed the evolution of this important service in terms of who paid for mailing letters and eventually packages, how stamps came into being and the history that can be found in the cover’s (envelopes) and the letters that they contained. We will try to have Jonathan back next spring to give another presentation for those that missed this class.
Topper Stamps & Postal History
Jonathan Topper
11210 Steeplecrest Dr., Suite 120
Houston, TX  77065
Near Sam Houston Tollway and Hwy 290
Office Hours: By Appointment Only, Monday-Friday
To schedule an appointment, complete the form at http://www.topperstamps.com/contact-us/

Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Professor Sophia Mrouri, Professor of Political Science, gave us a great program on the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. The two winners for 2014 were Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and their right to education for all children. To view her presentation, click here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Moroccan Kefta Tagine

Professor Sophia Mrouri shared some of her adopted Moroccan culture with us this morning by making a Moroccan Kefta Tagine. This is a wonderful dish with small meatballs in a flavorful tomato sauce. To see the recipe, click here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

What Makes Happy People Happy

Dr. Nicholas Spezza led a lively discussion on What Makes Happy People Happy. He credits Jacob Sokol with organizing 12 attributes of Happy People. The group members expressed their ideas and experiences on this interesting subject. To review the discussion topics click here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blending of Cultures - The Asian Connection

We had a wonderful class this morning with Rick and Catherine LeBlanc. Their son, who lives in Singapore, recently married a lady who's heritage is from India. The LeBlanc family was able to visit both Singapore and parts of India. There was in-depth discussion about both cultures. Rick showed us some of the pictures from the wedding that were wonderful expressions of the colorful nature of India. To view the pictures, click here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mushroom Tortellini Soup with Creamed Corn Bread

Chef Louie pleased the crowd as again. This time he made Mushroom Tortellini Soup with a side of Creamed Corn Bread. Both were yummy and easy to make. Lou prefers to use the "Baby Bella" mushrooms in the soup for more flavor. Be sure to have all ingredients prepared and standing by as you make the soup....then it's 1,2,3 and simmer until it is soup. For the recipes click here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Tour of Scotland

Nathalie Brandes, LSC-Montgomery Professor of Geosciences, took us on another great trip through the country of Scotland.  We learned about the country's geological formations, some interesting archeology and history.  Nathalie also shared places to visit off the beaten path.

To view her presentation, click here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Colored Pencil Theory and Techniques

Marianna Wood is an ALL member who loves drawing with colored pencils. We are lucky that she shared her experiences with us in a class. To understand color theory you must first know the color spectrum. The first exercise in this class was to learn the difference in warm and cool colors, the density of coloring and how colors are changed by blending and whitening each primary color. Students are to return the second week with a colored chart of 144 color variations using reds, yellows and greens. To see the chart she provided the students click here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Amazing Folding Photo Album

Mary Ellen Walsh was with us today showing us how to make the Amazing Folding Photo Album. This is a fun project that can be used to make photo albums for yourself, family and friends. These make wonderful gifts for any occasion. To see instructions: click here. Additional info, through experience the teacher prefers to make the covers first, then make the inside sheets.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Identify, Detect and Eliminate Toxins

We live in a toxic world. Since the Industrial Age, humans have been "making things better?", but the reality is that we have been getting further away from the natural world. Donna Fry, Naturopath, spoke with us today about how our bodies react the many toxins we encounter daily. For a personal consultation, contact Donna directly....to view her business card, click here.  Her website address is http://sphereofserenity.com/.