The Center for Life and Learning:
   Special Events

Our special events are a terrific way to meet CLL members and visit new Chicagoland destinations. Registration for excursions and events is open to anyone age 60 and more who would like to attend.

To RSVP or register
To register for an excursion or event, register online or contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386. Registration is complete when payment is received. Events often fill up quickly, and RSVP dates are firm, so please make your reservations on time. Upon registration, please confirm the location of luncheon and meeting spots for excursions. Reservation refunds will not be available past the RSVP deadline.


Creche Tour at LUMA
Annual CLL Member and Friends Memorial Service
New Member Tea
American Writers Museum
Sounds Good! Choir: Gold Coast
Oscars Preview Luncheon
Good Memories Choir
Valentine Cookie Decorating with the Fourth Church Day School
Night Out: Mity Nice Bar and Grill
February Luncheon: The Nobility of Nelson Mandela
March Luncheon: “The Wives of Henry VIII”
CLL Art Opening
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Night Out: Mozzarella Store

 

Creche Tour at LUMA

Creche Tour at Loyola University Museum of Art
Friday, December 20
11:00 a.m.
820 N. Michigan Ave

Register online here

You are invited to join CLL members and friends on a tour of over 100 Christmas creches on exhibit at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) located at 820 N Michigan Av, just a block south of Fourth Church (next door to The Mozzarella Store). This year's collection represents a portion of the more than 550 Christmas creches from around the world that have been the hobby of Amelia and James Govan. Come see how the birth of Christ is represented through the cultures of Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The tour will be led by Dave Schanding, a CLL member who has led us on a number of LUMA tours in past years.

Annual CLL Member and Friends Memorial Service

Tuesday, January 14
12:00 noon in Buchanan Chapel
No RSVP necessary

We will gather as a community to remember our CLL members and friends who have died in the past year. This is an opportunity to reflect, in the peace of Buchanan Chapel, on good friendships. No need to RSVP.

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New Member Tea

Friday, February 28
11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Invitation emailed to new CLL members this quarter

Each quarter the CLL welcomes new members to come and become better acquainted with the CLL and meet fellow new members at a noontime tea. At this gathering you will meet CLL staff, learn about the CLL organizational structure, emergency procedures and Fourth Presbyterian Church resources available to you. If you are a new member, please look for your invitation via email. Tea and sweets will be provided!

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Night Out: Eduardo’s

Thursday, January 16
5:00 p.m. (Meet at 1212 N. Dearborn)
RSVP by Tuesday, January 14

Register online here

Eduardo’s is a cozy restaurant and wine bar serving Italian favorites, including pizza, and pasta. All on one floor, it is accessible, and most of all, fun!

Dutch treat

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American Writers Museum

Friday, January 17
10:00 a.m. (Meet at 180 N. Michigan Ave.)
RSVP by Tuesday, January 7

Register online here

Open since May of 2017, the AWM is billed as “the first national museum devoted to American writers.” Learn more about the history of the “Tools of the Trade” which examines the tools that have made writing possible through the years.

$20 for CLL members/$25 for guests

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Sounds Good! Choir: Gold Coast


Rehearsals: Mondays, starting January 27, 2020
12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. at the Clare (55 E. Pearson)
Free all-choir concert in early May at Fourth Church
See below for registration info


The Gold Coast Encore Choir is cosponsored by the CLL, the Clare, and Skyline Village Chicago

Come sing with Encore on the Gold Coast this spring! The 15-week session starts Monday, January 27, 2020 and runs until May, concluding with the all-Encore performance for combined choirs at Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, Chicago. Repertoire is glorious music from the American Songbook, Broadway, and film, including “It Had To Be You,” “Moon River,” “Blue Skies,” “Edelweiss,” and “The Impossible Dream,” and many more.

Registration is $175 for the fifteen-week session and includes a practice CD, online practice tracks, and sheet music to keep. Find out more and register online here.

When you order you’ll receive e-mail confirmation, and you’ll also receive a reminder e-mail before the first rehearsal. Sheet music (to keep) and practice CD will be distributed at the first rehearsal, and online practice tracks allow you to rehearse on the go.

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Oscars Preview Luncheon

Thursday, January 30
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room
RSVP by Tuesday, January 14

Register online here

Come enjoy a lecture on this year’s Oscar nominees as Associate Pastor for Children and Families (and movie enthusiast) Matt Helms discusses the exciting awards season upon us. Matt will discuss and analyze several Best Picture contenders for the ninety-second Academy Awards, primarily through the lens of what each movie’s opening scene tells us about its artistic and narrative direction. We will also celebrate January birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in January.

Matt Helms is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. Religious Studies) and has been Fourth Church’s children’s pastor for the last seven years. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs and was raised to love Oscar movies (and movies in general)–his family has watched the last twenty-four Oscars together and has had a friendly competition for guessing winners for the past eighteen years (including a traveling trophy)!

$15 for CLL members / $20 for guests

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Good Memories Choir


Good Memories Choir: Gold Coast
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, starting February 4
10:00–11:30 a.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church
See below for registration info


Good Memories is a fun, upbeat community where people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners sing together, enjoying familiar music that they love. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the growing family of singers, volunteers, and supporters who make Good Memories together. Tell your friends about our work! Find out more and register online.

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Valentine Cookie Decorating with the Fourth Church Day School

Thursday, February 6
12:15–1:15 p.m.

Register online here

The CLL and Day School will be coming together for another fun intergenerational event, celebrating love (and frosting). Get ready for smiles and hugs with some cookie-decorating fun with the pre-school kiddos!

We are in need of twenty participants, open to all 60 and older!

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Night Out: Mity Nice Bar and Grill

Thursday, February 6
5:00 p.m. (Meet at 835 N. Michigan Ave)
RSVP by Tuesday, February 4

Register online here

Mity Nice Bar and Grill serves American comfort food with a modern twist.

Dutch treat

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February Luncheon:
The Nobility of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, February 13
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room  
Register by Tuesday, January 28

Register here

Johann Baes, who spoke at the March 2019 luncheon on “The Human Obsession with Music,” will join us again, but this time he will reflect on his encounters with Nelson Mandela, who was released from prison thirty years ago this month. Baes says: “Nobility is a word used superficially today. Three times I encountered the rare circumstance of EMBODYING nobility: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Born and raised in the noble household of a chief, he was groomed with empathy, selflessness, deep commitment to justice . . . Faith! Twenty seven years in prison refined these characteristics at the hands of oppressors who exploited power. They operated out of fear, Mandela out of nobility. My encounters testify to his life released from prison thirty years ago.”

Dr. Johann Baes, Associate Professor of Musicology at Wheaton College, was tenured in musicology both at the University of Georgia (1989-97) and Wheaton College (2003 to present). He holds degrees and diplomas from Ball State University, the University of Cape Town, the Orff Institute of the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, and the University of the Western Cape, among others. He was a post-doctoral Rockefeller Research Fellow during 1995 and 1996 at the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) and held a Fulbright Fellowship in 1982 and 1983. His scholarship ranges from performance history of early music to the aesthetics and reception history of black music between the United States and urban centers in Africa.

$20 for CLL members/ $25 for guests

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March Luncheon:
“The Wives of Henry VIII”

Thursday, March 19
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
RSVP by Tuesday, February 25

Register here

The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Six women and six stories. These fascinating women led equally fascinating lives—apart from the manner in which they ended. Educational entertainer Martina Mathisen artfully interweaves tales of power, personality, and politics. Do these six famous wives deserve their popular labels? Meet the six wives of Henry VIII and decide for yourself!

We will also celebrate March birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in March.

Martina Mathisen began Edu-tainment Living History in 2013 because she wanted to share history with others in a dynamic way. The first program, Meet Marie Antoinette, quickly surged in popularity which led to the additions of more characters from different time periods. In full costume, Martina explores these historical characters by bringing them to life in dramatic presentations that thrill audiences. Martina travels throughout the Midwest—previous locations include Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.—delivering programs that are educational, engaging, interactive, and fun.

$25 for CLL members / $30 for guests

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CLL Art Opening

Thursday, March 12
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Reception in Anderson Hall of Fourth Presbyterian Church

Free; no RSVP necessary

See how CLL artists have searched their everyday lives for the extraordinary and expressed it with their words, their pencils, and their watercolors. The show will hang in the Loggia of Fourth Presbyterian Church through Tuesday, March 31.

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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Friday, March 13
8:45 a.m. (Meet at 126 E. Chestnut)
RSVP by Tuesday, March 3

Register online here

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a few museums in the nation that focuses exclusively on the history, culture, and arts of the American Indian and First Nation peoples of the United States and Canada.

Following time at the museum, we’ll walk a block to Curt’s Café. Curt’s Café improves outcomes for young adults living in at-risk situations through work and life skills training.

$35 for CLL members / $45 for guests

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Night Out: Mozzarella Store

Thursday, March 19
5:00 p.m. (Meet at 822 N. Michigan Ave.)
RSVP by Tuesday, March 17

Register online here

Enjoy authentic Pizza Napolitana crafted by a Master Pizzaiolo from Italy or try one of their appetizers, paninis, salads, or specialty plates.

Dutch treat

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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.