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Learning program resumes post COVID


Learning program resumes post COVID
ILR program introduced to membership.

Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) is ending its COVID-19 pause with resumption of a full program during the Co-Lin 2022 fall semester with seven workshops, a movie day, a special fun day for play and creative expression, three luncheons with entertainment and a learning event, a brunch with a guest speaker and a Christmas Party that will combine holiday cheer and learning.


At the group’s first luncheon and workshop of the fall semester today at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Co-Lin student Haden Stephens played the acoustic guitar and sang, and Kathy McKone from Co-Lin’s Bio-Medical Research Class focused on the basics of DNA pipetting with a hands-on activity. ILR participants started the semester last week at “National Treasure,” a movie starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean in a treasure hunt linked to the Declaration of Independence.


ILR, a Co-Lin-sponsored membership organization, provides continuing education experiences for retired and semi-retired older adults who define their own informal educational goals and pursue them at their own pace, based on their own choices and talents. Members, who design the group's program, come from wide ranging backgrounds and bring varied experiences to the organization. Co-Lin staff administers ILR and the college provides facilities for the organization, which is fully funded by member dues.


For the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic halted the organization’s activities.


Other events scheduled in the coming weeks are:


September 27. Brunch. In a pre-mid term elections talk, Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield will discuss free and fair elections in a time of political controversy. $12. Co-Lin Thames Center. 10 a.m.


"Painting Your Masterpiece.” A hands-on workshop in which Dawn Marks guides participants in painting thematic works on cypress wood. $25 for supplies. Take home your completed project. Co-Lin Thames Center at 11:30 p.m.


October 4. “Chair Yoga. A fun workshop led by Co-Lin Fitness Instructor Cheryl Myers teaches physical exercises you can continue to practice at home. $10. 10 a.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


October 18. Luncheon with entertainment provided by the Dulcimer Group, which includes ILR member Jennifer Templeton. $12. 11 a.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


“History of Country Music.” A workshop led by Josh McCreary, an officer of the Co-Lin Centurion history club. 1 p.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


October 24. Fun Day. An opportunity to express your creativity by painting pumpkins and compete in playing corn hole – throwing fabric bean bags at a hole on a raised, angled board. Refreshments served. $3 fee. 1 p.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.

November 8. Luncheon with cooking demonstration/class led by Co-Lin Aladdin Campus Dining Executive Chef Chris McSweyn, former owner-partner and cook at Porches Restaurant in Wesson. $22 for meal and class fee. 10:30 a.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


“Safety & Situational Awareness.” Retired police officer and ILR member Allen Cupit will teach participants how to protect themselves by keeping alert in their surroundings. 1 p.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


November 15. “Chair Yoga.” A second fun workshop led by Co-Lin Fitness Instructor Cheryl Myers teaches physical exercises you can continue to practice at home. $10. 10 a.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


“DNA II: Electrophoresis.” A follow-up to the September 13 workshop introducing electrophoresis and analysis of agarose gels. Co-Lin Bio-Medical Research Class Science Instructor Kathy McKone leads the hands-on exploration of DNA. 1 p.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


December 12. “Christmas Cookie Exchange.” A combination holiday party and workshop in which participants share their favorite seasonal cookie recipes or baked samples of them with recipes. In addition to the treats prepared by members, hot chocolate, coffee and other refreshments will be served. $15. 10:30 a.m. at Co-Lin Thames Center.


For information, contact Co-Lin Program Coordinator and Events Coordinator Erin Johnson (erin.johnson@colin.edu, 601-643-8702).


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