A coffee will be offered prior to the season?s first program, from 9:20 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center, hosted by Connie Isaac, who has coordinated the program since 1993.
?With the May 11 program, I?ll have had the privilege of scheduling 300-plus programs, with few repeat speakers,? Isaac said. ?What a wealth of wonderful people we?ve learned from. What great fun it?s been.?
The public is welcome to attend all Learning in Retire?ment programs. Fees are $3 per session or $15 per semester ($28 per couple).
Registration and discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria may be purchased during the half hour before the meeting.
For more information, contact Isaac at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning in Retirement Schedule, Spring 2009
n Feb. 23 (Coffee served 9:20-9:45 a.m. before first meeting): ?Exper?iencing the Jerusalem Seminar in Israel and Gaza.? Just back from leading an interterm trip, Bible professor Doug Miller will bring firsthand information from significant places, including Mount Nebo, Petra, Bethlehem, Hebron, Joppa, Nazareth, Galilee, the Golan Heights, Qumran and Ramallah.
n March 2: ?Going Afar, Upon the Mountain: Grandma Lizzie and Grandpa Henry.? At her grandmother?s knee, Loretta Jost learned of her brave grandparents taking in black children at Elk Park, N.C., during the early 1900s. Hear why they risked their lives in the face of white supremacist townspeople, and more.
n March 9: ?Where the Boys Are: Boy-Friendly Classrooms.? Educational consultant Denise Brown travels the state encouraging schoolteachers. Among her latest research: boys and girls are very different and learn differently. How can we help them succeed?
n March 13 (Friday meeting): ?Straw Baskets and Zwiebach.? As a result of trips to developing countries, Norman and Sharon Ewert, Wheaton, Ill., annually host an impressive sale of Ten Thousand Villages handcrafts in their home. Hear inspiring stories of how this helps the plight of the artisans.
n March 23: Spring break, no meeting.
n March 30: ?Finding Security During Hard Financial Times.? Jon Wiebe, chief executive officer of Mennonite Brethren Foundation, will reduce to simple terms the economic crisis we?ve been hearing about in the news. He?ll also suggest alternate ways to invest retirement funds with safety and confidence.
n April 6: ?Spring Serenade.? Vada Snider (flute), Karen Loucks (piano) and Duane Graham (photography) will bring a program of music and visual images celebrating the beauty and new life unfolding in nature.
n April 13: Easter break, no meeting.
n April 20: ?Letter to Bob: A Journey through Grief.? Robert Grover, retired administrator and faculty member at Emporia State University, experienced the death of his first wife 35 years ago. Based on a book he is writing, he?ll share his long journey to healing, wholeness and faith in God.
n April 27: ?Dementia and Alzheimer?s: Finding Our Way through the Maze.? While nothing is guaranteed, there are things we can do to keep our brains healthy. Kathy Sikes will lead us in looking at simple steps, including diet and exercise, to keep our minds sharp.
n May 4: ?Old-Time Variety Show.? For this fun session, come to applaud the talents of our 60+ friends and neighbors. We?re sure to hear the old favorites we?ve been missing! Popcorn will be freshly popped for everyone.
n May 11: ?The Lure of Western Kansas.? Discover the story of Menno, founded on the western border of Kansas during the early 1900s. We?ll hear of folks from central Kansas who chose to move there.