Middle East filmaker to kick of spring LRP season

The Tabor College Learning in Retirement program will begin Thursday, Feb. 13, as Carl Wiebe, a professional film producer, and his wife, Marcella, share their experiences living and working in an Arab country during a presentation titled “Just Thirty Minutes from the Pyramids.”

The Wiebes have lived and worked in the Middle East for 16 years.

Located just 30 minutes from the pyramids, the couple built a television-production team that produces award-winning programming. The team also dubs and distributes the Arabic version of the VeggieTales series.

Marcella’s background in nursing has enabled her to counsel and mentor within the culture. She also directs a local children’s vocal ensemble.

Carl, Marcella and their son, Daniel, are temporarily residing in the United States to spend time with family.

Older adults are invited to attend this event as well as others offered during the spring semester.

Sessions will be held in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center every Thursday morning from 10:10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Enrollment is $15 a person a semester, $28 per couple or $4 a session at the door. First-time visitors will be admitted free of charge.

An optional lunch for registrants is offered for $3.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, LRP coordinator, at 947-5964.

Following are the topics for sessions scheduled for spring.

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Feb. 20: “Rocky Mountain High.” Corbin Graber of Divide, Colo., will whet the appetites of all who attend for spending time at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite camp, where he serves as director.

Feb. 27: “North Koreans and Old Grain Drills.” Dwight Flaming, local dairyman, and Lee Wheeler, ag engineering consultant from Hesston, will tell about their recent trip to North Korea in which they introduced American equipment to farmers.

March 6: “Lincoln’s Humor and Humanity.” Nationally known historical interpreters, Robert and Janet Taylor of Tulsa, Okla., will take on the persona of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd. They have portrayed the couple hundreds of times over the past 25 years.

March 13: “Focus on the Ukraine: From Rivne to Marion County.” Exchange student Dana Depo will give insights into her Ukranian home as well as her impressions of the West. Her host parents are Gerald and Jeannie Rziha of Tampa.

March 20: “Focus On the Ukraine: Exciting Ventures.” Mennonites who fled Ukraine during the late 1920s and early 1940s have recently begun using their wealth to rebuild the places they left. Wilmer Harms of Newton will use slides to illustrate.

March 27: Spring break. Learning in Retirement does not meet.

April 3: “Focus on Youth.” The 16-voice choir of Newton Christian High School will begin the hour, performing a concert of sacred selection. Deborah Toews of Hesston will direct. Following the choir, Wendell Loewen, assistant professor of biblical and religious studies at Tabor, will address the current state of youth.

April 10: “The Joys and Heartaches of Grandparenting.” Roy and Jean Keller of Hillsboro will share how they show love and support to their adoptive and biological grandchildren. The session will begin with highlights from Tabor’s newly formed Adopt-a-Grandparent program.

April 17: “What Really Did Happen On the First Easter?” Dale Warkentin of Fresno, Calif., has served overseas as well as in North America, and will share views from two faith perspectives.

April 24: “Doing Drama with Prisoners.” John McCabe-Juhnke, Bethel College drama director, will share his life-changing-experiences inside the Lansing and Hutchinson correctional facilities.

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