The Center for Life and Learning:
   Free Member-Run Programs

Our member-run programs were created by CLL members and are open to all 60 and older. One not need be a member of the CLL to participate.

For information on any of these programs, contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.

CLL Monthly Book Club
CLL Bridge Group

Men's Discussion Group
CLL Games Group
Great Decisions Discussion Group
Cinema Group

CLL Monthly Book Club

   Tuesdays, January 22, February 19, March 19
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

Come join us to see what our regular members chose for us to explore.

Tuesday, January 22
   The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

This 1997 Man Booker prize-winning debut novel by Indian author Arundhati Roy is a story about a set of twins struggling to make sense of the world, themselves, and their strange and difficult family in southern India. The New York Times review called it “a novel that turns out to be as subtle as it is powerful, a novel that is Faulknerian in its ambitious tackling of family and race and class, [and] Dickensian in its sharp-eyed observation of society and character.”

Tuesday, February 19
   Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher’s hilarious 2008 autobiography covers topics ranging from growing up with celebrity parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher to her addictions, electroshock therapy and bipolar disorder, and the effects of playing Princess Leia in Star Wars. A light, enjoyable read for a short and dark month.

Tuesday, March 19
   Autumn by Ali Smith

Short-listed for the 2017 Man Booker prize and one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2017, Scottish writer Ali Smith’s latest novel, in the words of an NPR review, “knits together an astonishing array of seemingly disparate subjects, including mortality, unconventional love, Shakespeare's Tempest, a rhyming advertisement jingle, and the xenophobia underlying both Nazism and current populist neo-nationalism.”

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CLL Bridge Group

   Mondays, January 14 and 28, February 11 and 25, March 11 and 25 
   1:00–4:00 p.m. 
   Organized by CLL Member Janet Reece 

   Contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) to inquire about joining
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary
    
Interested in playing bridge? The CLL Bridge Group meets every other Monday at the church to enjoy a game. Three tables are needed each week. If you are interested, substitute players are always needed!

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Men’s Discussion Group

   Wednesdays, January 9 and 23, February 6 and 20, March 6 and 20
   10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
   Led by members of the group
   Contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) to inquire about joining

The CLL men’s discussion group has met faithfully since the fall of 2006 and come together to discuss foreign and domestic policy issues as they relate to the United States, with articles selected from Foreign Affairs magazine. This group is facilitated by members and come from a variety of different backgrounds. All are welcome.

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CLL Games Group

   Thursdays, January 17 and 31, February 14 and 28, March 14 and 28
   2:00–3:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

The simplest ideas are usually the best: the name of this group says it all! We put the games (Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and the like) out every other Thursday afternoon, and those who show up decide what they want to play. Join the fun!

 

Great Decisions Discussion Group

   Tuesdays, January 8 and 22, February 5 and 19, March 5 and 19
   1:00–2:30 p.m.
   Facilitated by Barlow Nelson
   Free, open to all 60 and older

   Contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) to inquire about joining

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs run through the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year critical issues from nuclear security to trade to the future of Europe are tackled.

Note: There is no cost to the class, but participants are in charge of ordering the book and completing the study before each class.

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Cinema Group

   Fridays, January 18, February 15, March 15
   AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)
   Time and film announced the Wednesday before (matinee showing)

Seeing films is always more enjoyable in the company of others, and if you can never seem to find someone to go with, now you have company! 

This group meets the third Friday of every month for a matinee movie at AMC River East 21 Theatre. An email will be sent out the Monday before with the film and time.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email Sue Hakes or give her a call at 312.981.3389.

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For more information about the Center for Life and Learning, contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386), Director of the Center for Life and Learning.