Adventures in Lifelong Learning
Focus groups are formed by members who have common interests. Ongoing groups explore gardening, enjoy hiking, play bridge, and discuss art and books. Members are encouraged to form additional groups.
If you are interested in any of the below focus groups - click the Contact us button for the group and ask to be added to the group email list!
Current Focus Groups
ALL-A-Bloom is a group devoted to members’ interests in horticulture, nature and exploration of area public and private gardens. Meetings are usually on the third Wednesday of the month from Spring to Fall at 10am.
The 2022 tentative schedule will begin with a meeting on July 20 with the ALL-A-Bloom Annual Picnic. For other dates, check your APB.
ALL Books All the Time
The ALL Books All the Time focus group will alternate between selections of fiction and non-fiction, including general fiction, mysteries, science, and/or historical fiction, plus a variety of non-fiction books. The only criteria are to read the book and be ready to enter into the conversation. Our group normally meets via Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 pm. Up coming titles include Thursday Murder Club, and The End of the Line.
Social Bridge is a friendly group of players who try to improve their skills and practice strategies. We are meeting on campus in Tallent Hall Thursdays at 1:30 pm. To be dealt in, email Patti to be included in our schedule.
Current Affairs Discussion
Meetings are held at noon on the third Monday of the month in the Orchard Room in Tallent Hall on campus. At these sessions we try to solve the problems of the day. We search for solutions that seem to elude leading politicians, economists, and leaders in business, labor and education. We attack local, state, national and international issues, all with equal gusto. And we generate a better understanding of the issues due to the diversity of our participants. Simply put: we learn from each other. Join our spirited discussions. To be added to the email list, click on the Contact Us button.
The Duplicate Bridge focus group has a lot of fun while learning to play and score a round for 2 or 3 tables, or learning how to use the Stayman Convention. We are meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 1-3:30 pm in Tallent Hall on campus. You do not need to have a bridge partner to join the group. If you want to be dealt in, email Patti to be included in our schedule.
The Great Books group gives members the opportunity to read examples of important writings and to participate in lively discussions. A key component of the discussion is skillful listening. Reading carefully, listening closely and occasionally offering thoughtful input creates an atmosphere where personal opinions and ideas flow quickly and freely. The group reads shorter selections compiled in one book. Meetings are 10-11:30 am on the fourth Monday of each month. We are currently meeting on Zoom. We take turns leading the discussions. Everyone is welcome.
Great Decisions began late in 2007 when the Education Study /Futures Committee was reclassified as a focus group. Developed by the Foreign Policy Assn. in 1954, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Members purchase a study guide booklet each year in the fall and attend discussion meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of February, March, April and May from 1 - 3 pm. The group has not yet decided on whether to meet in person or in Tallent Hall in 2023. Use the Contact Us button to contact our new leader.
The coordinators plan hikes to start in May and begin at 9:30 am and go until about 11:30 am. Afterwards the group often gathers for lunch at a local restaurant near the hiking location. There is usually no cost to participate in the hike except for an occasional park fee or lunch if interested. This year the group has been rotating through 4 sites for walks: Pike River Pathway, Kenosha Lakefront, Petrifying Springs Park, and the Racine Lakefront. Details about each hike will be emailed to all hiking participants in advance.
Non-Fiction Book Club
The small but vibrant Non-fiction Book Club meets by Zoom every second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am. This group will focus on the non-fiction category. A list of non-fiction books will be compiled for future discussion. Everyone is welcome. Check the latest APB for a list of titles.
The poetry group is for those who enjoy poetry, want to understand more about it and wonder where the rhymes are. Members take turns leading and the leader suggests a poet or poem to be discussed, interpreted, and better understood. This group meets on the second Monday of each month from 10-11:30 am via Zoom.