“This is a very special time for all of us at Tabor College,” said program coordinator, Connie Issac. “In the fall of 2008 it will be 100 years since the doors opened for the first classes.
“The college has been offering classes for people close to or in retirement for 34 of those years. Since 1974 the 60+ program has become synonymous with education and fun.”
The 60+ programs will be presented in the ground-level Wohlgemuth Music Education Center just north of the campus library. Parking is available south of the library or north of the Wohlgemuth building.
Each session begins at 10 a.m. and ends about an hour later, allowing time to join friends in the college cafeteria for an early lunch.
By picking up a special card that’s available at each meeting, 60+ participants receive a discount on the buffet lunch (only $3.25).
Registration is open during the 20 minutes before each session. Because there are costs to run the program, a semester membership fee of $15 for individuals and $28 per couple is charged.
The public may also attend any program for $3.
Spring semester schedule
Feb. 25: “One Answer to the Energy Crisis: Gray County Wind Farm.” Joe Jury of Ingalls, owner of Sagebrush Feeders, and his neighboring ranchers have become comfortable with turbines on their land. Hear his views and see the “birds” for yourself with the aid of PowerPoint slides.
March 3: “Piano Power: The Fun and the Familiar.” A professional mother-daughter piano duo, Verna Davidson of Delphos and Tanya Davidson Wollenberg of rural Newton, will perform familiar hymns, popular songs and patriotic numbers.
March 10: “Aprons: Blest Be the Ties!” Farm wife and college teacher, Carolyn Stucky of Inman will bring aprons from her extensive collection. She’ll describe how changes in the designs and fabrics of aprons reflect the changing role of women in the home and society.
March 17: “Braids and Straw Hats: Teaching in Neuhof Hutterian Brethren School.” Elaine Ewert Kroeker of Bingham Lake, Minn., has had the rare opportunity to teach Hutterite children. She’ll share experiences and some photos of Hutterite family life with us. Illustrated with PowerPoint.
March 24: “Summer Teaching Program in a ‘Small’ City in China.” Menno and Alice Isaac of North Newton recently spent six weeks teaching English to Chinese public school teachers in Bao Tou, a city of 3 million people in Inner Mongolia, China. Both longtime school teachers, they’ll tell us of this capstone experience.
March 31: Spring break, no program.
April 7: “Dyck Arboretum: Preserving Native Landscapes.” Knowledgeable staff from the arboretum in Hesston will teach us to appreciate the importance of Kansas’ native and adaptable plants. Illustrated with PowerPoint.
April 14: “Patching, Painting and Other Projects with Purpose.” Since 2002, retired farmer Don Fruechting and wife Betty Lange Fruechting of the Aulne area have been active with RV Volunteers in Mission, sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Hear about the hard work they love to do.
April 21: “Birding: A Hobby for All People, in All Places, at All Times.” Former Tabor president Larry Nikkel will show us that because of Kansas’ migratory bird “flyways,” we can find many interesting birds right here in Marion County. Illustrated with PowerPoint.
April 28: “Golden Love.” A few years ago, after losing her husband to cancer, author Carol Muller-Funk became a bride again. Author of the book “Golden Love,” Muller-Funk, Salina, will share some of the joys and surprises of remarriage in the “golden years.”
May 5: “Year-end Party with the Hickenoopers.” Although at their age they’re not apt to make many long range plans, the comedy duo of Manirva and Bruno hope to be around to share “Vit and Visdom for Aging with Humor.” Popcorn will be served.
For more information: contact Connie Issac, 620 947-3121 ext. 1212 or 947-5964, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.