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Institute for Learning Retirement begins fall semester

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Institute for Leaning in Retirement members can learn how to paint, cook, dance and save lives, among other things, through five workshops on the Co-Lin program’s calendar during the fall semester September, October, November and December.

This semester, ILR also has four monthly luncheons and four special travel opportunities on its agenda.

A membership organization for persons aged 50 and older who are retired or semi-retired, ILR seeks to provide learning opportunities that are both fun and serious for senior adults, who define and pursue their own informal educational goals at their own pace according to their own choices and talents. Members, who come from wide ranging backgrounds and bring varied experiences to the organization, design its program. Co-Lin, as the ILR sponsor, provides staff and management for the organization, which is fully funded by member dues.

The fall semester’s first luncheon on September 6 featured a presentation on nutrition by Leah Embry, who formerly managed the Wolf Den, the Co-Lin’s snack bar-hangout. Embry reviewed simple daily nutritional basics and discussed aspects of managing diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other lifestyle diseases affected by diet.

Also kicking off the fall events on September 13, ILR members and their friends travelled to Brandon, Mississippi, to see exotic animals and enjoy a lunch at McClain Safari, and tour the Eudora Welty House & Garden in Jackson.

During September, ILR has also scheduled two workshops

  • On September 20, Kaila Denton, an instructor at the Nena Smith School of Dance in Wesson, will start a six-week ballroom dancing course. The workshop and subsequent classes on Wednesdays at the Co-Lin Thames Center will cost $10. Participants can join as individuals without partners. 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

  • On September 27, Co-Lin graphics technician Corey Hart will conduct a demonstration of drones, which he flies for aerial videography. Hart shoots and designs video graphics for Co-Lin, and has worked with Walt Grayson on the Mississippi Roads television program. 1:30 p.m. Thames Center.

Other workshops, luncheons and travel experiences in the weeks ahead:

  • October 5. Luncheon. Co-Lin culinary students will provide lunch for ILR members at the Anderson Building. $10. 10:30 a.m.

  • October 5. Art workshop. Co-Lin Art Instructor Carisa Mitchell will lead a two-hour paint-along class. The $45 cost covers materials fees. 25 students maximum. Just show up an have fun. 3:30 p.m. Smith Building. Room 112.

  • October 19. Day trip. At Star, Mississippi – Faith Hill’s home, ILR travelers will visit Heartwood Birdhouses, where speakers will make a presentation, and they will tour the shipping room and shop for lovely, creative birdhouses made by the company. Lunch at Berry’s Seafood in Florence. $70 (lunch not included).

  • October 24. CPR/First Aid workshop. Co-Lin Workforce Education trainer Randy Castilaw will conduct class. Participants will receive a certification card. Fee is $65. 9 a.m. Thames Center.

  • November 2. Luncheon. Jordan Johnson, a local craftsman, will discuss wood crafting and furniture design, sharing stories about his work and the creative process. Lunch prepared and served by Co-Lin Culinary Arts students. The Anderson Building. $10. 10:30 a.m.

  • November 7. Cooking demonstration workshop. Co-Lin food service manager and Chef Chris McSewyn will learn about preparation delicious food and eat it. $20 fee. Thames Center. 11 a.m.

  • November 29. Two-night trip. At Natchitoches, Louisiana, travelers will kick off the Christmas season at the Festival of Lights, where they will enjoy at gala Christmas production at Northwestern State University, ride on the Cain River Queen Riverboat and tour the Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site. $425-$540.

  • December 11. Christmas luncheon. Special holiday meal prepared by Co-Lin Chef Chris McSweyn with Christmas music. Wear red and green Christmas sweaters. $12. Thames Center. 10:30 a.m.

  • December 12. Day trip. At Natchez, Mississippi, travelers will take a Jeweled Christmas tour of the Towers, lunch on their own and shop downtown. $95.

Throughout the semester, every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Cheryl Myers will continue to coach a chair yoga class for ILR members

For information, contact ILR Coordinator Erin Johnson: or 601-643-8702. Visit the ILR Facebook page at Facebook@ILRCoLin.



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