School might be out for the summer, but class is always in session at The Villages Lifelong Learning College.
The Lifelong Learning College offers Villagers the opportunity to conveniently explore learning in a wide range of topics. They offer over 400 classes each year on topics ranging from Aquatics and Yoga, to Cooking and Dancing, to Finance and History.
Life in The Villages is all about taking the time now to pursue those interests you were always too busy to pursue before, and the Lifelong Learning College offers residents that opportunity.
There is no need to feel pressured, though. Classes at the Lifelong Learning College do not involve tests or grades; they just focus on learning and having fun with friends and neighbors. Classes are open to Villagers and their guests, and Villagers who expect to take multiple classes can receive a discount by becoming a Lifelong Learning College Patron for a small annual fee.
Upcoming Summer Classes
Some of the most popular courses offered at the Lifelong Learning College are the cooking classes. The reason that they are so popular is pretty obvious: You get to eat what you cook! Cooking classes also provide one of the best social atmospheres of any of the classes.
Joy and Roger Dudis are leading a Dinner Parties for Dummies class on Thursday, August 1. The class will start at 1 PM and last until 4:15 PM. Students will be shown how to prepare two complete six-course meals. Joy and Roger are also instructing a Hors D'oeuvres for Dummies class the following Thursday. That class will teach students how to prepare a simple hors d'oeuvre buffet.
If you've always wanted to learn Ballroom Dancing, but never found the time to do it, the Lifelong Learning College has a number of classes just for you. John and Geri Conrad teach a dozen different dancing styles in a social environment. They have 40 years experience running dance studios, and have been teaching dance even longer. Each of their classes meet for one hour, once per week, for six weeks. If you are completely new to ballroom dancing, their All About Ballroom class starts Monday, August 26 at 5:15 PM.
Classes about Crafting are also very popular at the Lifelong Learning College. Gina Ball is teaching a class on August 9 called Basic Jewelry and Beading. In this class, students will each make a necklace and set of earrings from glass beads. Villagers can also attend Yvonne Santiago's class on Decorating Egg Shells on August 17.
If you are looking for something more active, there are also classes on Scuba Diving and Snorkeling offered this summer. The Lifelong Learning College also has dozens of classes covering the topics of Computers, History, Genealogy, Music, Hobbies, and Fitness. If you have an interest, odds are there is a class about that interest.
In addition to all of the classes offered by the Lifelong Learning College, they also bring in Special Speakers to give lectures on different topics. The speaker for August is Ed L'Heureux. He will be speaking at 6PM on Wednesday August 21 at the Laurel Manor Regional Recreation Center. He has a personal connection to the secret real estate deal that brought Walt Disney World to central Florida. He will be discussing many of the details and strategy that was involved in creating the world's largest theme park.
The Lifelong Learning College also sponsors monthly day trips to various events and attractions. On Wednesday, August 14, a group will be taking a bus trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, which is the sixth largest science center in the country.
Villagers will be able to see the IMAX movie, Flight of the Butterfies, as well as the museum's Butterfly Garden. The museum also features the Saunders Planetarium and its new space simulator projection system.
See the full catalog of classes and upcoming events at: http://www.thevillageslifelongcollege.com/