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.
Current Focus Groups
Join other ALL members for lunch at the Brickstone Grill (next to the Student Center Cinema) as they gather at about 12:45pm for chatting and dining before the scheduled lectures. Remember to bring your ALL membership card to receive a discount at the Brickstone Grill checkout.
Current Affairs Discussion
Meetings are held in the Tallent Hall Orchard Room at noon on the 3rd Mondays. 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.
Non-Fiction Book Club (A.M.)
The AM Non-fiction Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of the month in Tallent Hall at 9:30 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.
ALL Book Club ( P.M.)
The ALL P.M. Book Club 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. Meetings will not be held in June or December.
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. 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 in Tallent Hall at 9 am on the fourth Monday of the month. 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 and attend eight monthly meetings February through September, usually on the 2nd Wednesday, 1 - 2 pm. For more information about the upcoming series, download this ALL Focus Groups pdf.
International Student Friendship
The office of International Student Services invites ALL members to participate in the Cultural Connection Program. The program pairs UW-Parkside international and exchange students with members of the community. The CCP is a great opportunity to foster relationships with incoming international students and make them feel welcome at UW-Parkside and in the USA. As a host you share culture, tradition and favorite things/pastimes with the student, as the student's role is to share the same with you! This program aims to provide opportunity to develop mutually beneficial relationships through interacting and engaging with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
The coordinators plan hikes to start in May and usually begin at 10 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. Most of the hikes are in Kenosha or Racine counties with an occasional hike in northern Illinois or Lake Geneva. Afternoon hikes will also be offered from 4 to 6 pm. Details about each hike will be emailed to all hiking participants in advance.
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 2nd Monday of each month at 10 am.
Social Bridge is a friendly group of players who try to improve their skills and practice strategies. We play in the Tallent Hall break room Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 pm. To be dealt in, email Patti to be included in our schedule.
The Technology group will provide opportunities for expanding knowledge of current and new technology including gadgets and gizmos. This will be accomplished through demonstrations and discussions with members helping members or by inviting guests to present topics. Meetings are usually the 4th Monday of each month at 1:30 pm in Tallent Hall. For hands-on instruction, the group meets in a UW-Parkside computer lab.