Focus Groups

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 2023 meeting dates have been announced. We meet at 10 am in various locations. Future dates will be 5/17/23, 6/21/23, 7/19/23, 8/16/23, 9/13/23 and 10/18/23. We plan to visit a member's personal garden and make pottery in her studio, and visit the Root River gardens. Contact Dawn if you would like to invite the group to visit your personal garden. Please click here for the current list of events.

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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 The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus and Haben by Haben Girma. No meeting in June 2023.

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Bridge (Social)

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.

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Current Affairs Discussion

Meetings are held 12-1:30 pm 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.

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Duplicate Bridge

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 the Tallent Hall break room 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.

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Great Books

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, Great Conversations 3.  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.

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Great Decisions

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 meets in The Orchard Room in Tallent Hall. Use the Contact Us button to contact the leaders.

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Hiking Group

The hikes have resumed for 2023. Hikes are on Thursdays at 9:30 am and go until about 11:30 am. To receive information on the location of the hikes and be included on the email list, contact Nancy Barda at: We will also add special locations during the season. It needs to be 50 degrees minimum temperature to walk. There is usually no cost to participate in the hike except for an occasional park fee or lunch if interested.

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Non-Fiction Book Club

The small but vibrant Non-fiction Book Club meets by Zoom every second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm (new time).  This group will focus on the non-fiction category.  A list of non-fiction books will be compiled for future discussion.  Upcoming reads include Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harare. Everyone is welcome. Check the latest APB for a list of titles.

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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 online via Zoom. Check the current APB for titles.

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Adventures in Lifelong Learning

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900 Wood Rd.
Kenosha, WI 53144 

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