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
The Climate Group
New Focus Group Is Forming
This is a new focus group. Our first meeting is on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. You are invited to join us in The Orchard Room in Tallent Hall at 10 am. We will be talking about all aspects of the current climate crisis. We will also be collecting data about what organizations ALL members currently support, both globally and locally. Most importantly, we will be discussing what action we can take, both individually and as a group.
Details of future meetings and activities will be available shortly.
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.
Contact Dawn if you would like to be added to the mailing list, learn about current activities, or invite the group to visit your personal garden. Please check the current APB for current meeting information.
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 West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge and Tom Lake by Ann Patchett. Contact Us to join the mailing list and receive the list of books. Check the current APB for meeting notes and titles.
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 break room on Thursdays at 1:30 pm. To be dealt in, email Patti to be included in our schedule.
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 and welcome all viewpoints. 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 the Tallent Hall break room on campus. You do not need to have a bridge partner to join the group. Everyone is welcome to join independent of skill level. 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, Great Conversations 3 from the Great Books Foundation. Meetings are 9:30 - 11 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 is a discussion group whose purpose is to learn about world affairs, using reading materials and DVD short lectures developed by the Foreign Policy Association. Members purchase a study guide booklet from FPA.org each year in the fall and attend discussion meetings on the first Wednesdays of most months (Feb., Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec.) from 1 - 3 pm, in-person only, in The Orchard Room in Tallent Hall. Email LifelongLearning@uwp.edu for more information or to sign up to join us.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Non-Fiction Book Club
The small but vibrant Non-fiction Book Club meets by Zoom every first Monday of the month at 1:30 - 2:30pm. This group will focus on the non-fiction category. A list of non-fiction books will be compiled for future discussion. Upcoming reads include Valiant Women by Lena Andrews, The Revolutionary Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff and A Girlhood Letter to My Transgender Daughter by Carol Hays. Everyone is welcome. Check the latest APB for a list of titles and meeting dates. Contact us to receive the meeting link.
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. The group is currently using the April issue of Poetry magazine as their source which features this year's eleven winners of the Ruth Lilly Prize. Check the current APB for titles.