Academy of Lifelong Learning organizing spring open house

Spring is in the air – hopefully – and so, too, is the promise of another inspiring round of classes and tours, courtesy of the Academy of Lifelong Learning, an educational organization for senior citizens in the Tri-State Area.

ALL is preparing to launch its six-week spring term of classes which will run from March 31 through May 12 and has planned an open house to welcome returning members and prospective new ones.

A preview of the curriculum and enrollment for classes and academy tours will be held March 15 at a 1 p.m. open house in the St. Joseph Center on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Class instructors or facilitators will present details on the spring agenda, which will cover a variety of topics

All classes will be held in the Ottino room at the St. Joseph Center unless otherwise arranged.

Classes will include:

“Mysteries in Story and Verse”: Pete Thomas Caleodis is the instructor. “Everyone loves a mystery. Come join us as we explore this intriguing genre in short stories and poetry, featuring such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King. Relax with us and enjoy this popular reading experience.”

“Have Fun While Learning Computer Skills”: Chris Fenstermaker is the instructor. “Chris will put you right on a computer and with guidance from her students will teach you how to create a greeting card; keep all your friends’ and family’s addresses in one place; and be able to print address labels with just one click of a button. Also, create a personalized calendar with your own photos, learn how to scan photos into your computer and add to your calendar.”

“Build Your Own Family Tree”: Sandy Day, local historian of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, is the instructor. Day will start with beginners genealogy and move on to a tour of the genealogy materials in the Ohio room of the library. One of the classes will focus on Internet genealogy sources.

“Learn How to Really Appreciate Art”: Gerald Van Scyoc is the instructor, guiding students into a better understanding of the art they’re viewing whether it’s classics or contemporary. Learn what makes some art “great” and how to identify the appropriate characteristics.

Academy choir: Instructor Joel Everly and his “dedicated group of singers will welcome any newcomers to join this class. You don’t have to know how to read music or have any experience – just enjoy adding your voice to the chorus.”

“Meet the Titans of Industry”: The Rev. Ed Rudiger, instructor, will explain the good and the bad of some of the well-known early capitalists of our country.

Art class: Gerald Van Scyoc will lead another art class, following up on a request from last year to introduce water colors.

“The Everyday Gourmet:” Eunice Lincoff, the academy’s president, will be the instructor. The DVD-based class is “the happy result of a collaboration of the Great Courses (formerly the Teaching Co.) and the Culinary Institute of America. It is conducted by Chef Bill Briwa of the institute, who has been called a living legend lecturer by the Los Angeles Times. The chef demonstrates remarkable yet uncomplicated menus while imparting kitchen wisdom and hints that anyone could learn from. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, you can’t help but appreciate these 30-minute lessons.”

“John Boleigh Presents!”: In the first class of this series, Boleigh will explain the endangered species – what’s new on the list and what is no longer endangered. Class two will take up springtime wildflowers and plants, and the third class will train participants’ ears to identify what spring sounds they should be hearing.

The spring semester also will include two trips, including the first on April 24 to the Cabaret at Theatre Square in Pittsburgh. The other is May 1 in Canton for a tour of Abigail Fillmore’s first White House Library collection and the Saxton McKinley House, home of the wife of President William McKinley. Then it’s on to Akron to the art museum.

The academy membership fee is $50 per person per semester. This entitles members to sign up and attend any or all classes and to sign up for the trips, which are an additional cost and vary in price.

Interested area seniors are invited to the open house event, which will include a social time and opportunity to visit with class presenters and facilitators.

Refreshments will be offered.

The academy is in its 14th year of offering a broad scope of educational as well as travel and social opportunities for both men and women in the Upper Ohio Valley region. Other officers are Gloria Renda, vice president; Joan Westover, secretary; and Judith Irvin, treasurer.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville is the sponsor of the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

For information concerning the academy or its programs, interested individuals can contact Lincoff at (740) 282-2105 or the university office of community relations at (740) 283-6406.