Mary Lombardi Kenny
Lifelong learning programs are popping up all around the country as older adults seek out opportunities to keep their minds challenged and engaged. Through our local lifelong learning program, New Adventures in Learning, area residents have access to more than 200 classes every year. Participants can explore new ideas or simply look at familiar subjects in a new light through a variety of topics presented each semester.
Who are New Adventures’ members? They are curious, mentally active and adventuresome. They bring together a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Some are retired while others are still very active in work. Among New Adventures’ more than 500 members, there are high school graduates and college professors, homemakers and entrepreneurs, long-time residents and those who have recently chosen Arizona as their home. Through this lifelong learning program, students are a part of a diverse group that is not only stimulating and educational, but also enjoyable and rewarding. It is lifelong learning at its very best.
If you count yourself among those who strive to maintain a strong mind and spirit, there’s still time to become a New Adventures member and register for one or more fall semester classes that have yet to start. Among the classes that begin in November and December are the following:
American Ideals: Founding a “Republic of Virtue”
Tony Hillerman’s A Thief of Time
Coping with Grief during the Holidays
Shakespeare’s As You Like It
A History of Birdwatching in America
The Nobel Prizes of 2016
On-line Safety for Seniors
Successful Caregiving – How to Keep a Positive Attitude
The Millennial Generation – Generating a Dynamic of Change
New Adventures is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that has been presenting classes in the community for 18 years and is conveniently located in the Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Sun Lakes Center at 25105 S. Alma School Road (northeast corner of Alma School and Riggs Roads). For an informational packet, stop by or call 480-857-5500, or pay a virtual visit to New Adventures in Learning at www.newadventures.info.