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There is a possibility that the upper level entrance to the CE (Community Cultural Center) building is closed for repairs. Accordingly, please plan on parking on levels 1 or 2 of the garage and walk left to the CE building, enter the lobby and go up one level. Should you have to park on levels 2 or 3 of the garage you can take an elevator down to level 1.

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Next LLI Forum

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
9:30 a.m. - Refreshments
10:00 a.m. Speaker
Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale

See the
May Newsletter for details.

Our April Forum speaker was Professor Bill Schneider, Professor of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University. He previously served for 19 years as senior political analyst at CNN, is a published author and the recipient of numerous awards. He shared his views on the Post Election Political Scene in the U.S. and Around the World, which was followed by a Q&A session.

The Forum room is located on the second level of the Ernst Cultural Center, NOVA-Annandale Campus. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m.

2017 Annual Arts and Craft Exhibit

Past and Present

An impressive picture of LLI's Presidents. They have all helped to shape our organization into the great one that it is today and we thank you. Seated is Norma Hughes. Standing (L to R) are Ed McKnight, George Chalou, Dick DiBuono, Paul Hopler, Scott Pinckney and Lorin Goodrich (photo by Moe Moser). No longer with us are Knox Singleton and Alan Mayer.

Over the years, we have been very fortunate to have numerous National Park Service rangers present many informative classes to our LLI members. They cover a vast range of interesting historical topics, enjoyed by all those attending.
Pictured are Eric Pominville, Bethany Bagent, Heidi Dietz and Brad Berger.

LLI Student Scholarship Program

Eight outstanding NOVA-Annandale students were awarded 2016 LLI scholarships at the May Forum.

In 1999 LLI established a Student Scholarship Program at the Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale Campus to give much needed financial help to outstanding students. This is in appreciation and recognition of the support provided by the college to LLI, as well as an opportunity to support a most worthy cause.

Incoming LLI President Scott Pinckney with outgoing President George Chalou after the annual election of Board members and officers on June 1st.

Chef Cal worked his magic and showed us many different creative ways to serve salads at his latest Salads & Plate Presentation class.

The artists! Working with instructor, Davi D’Agostino, LLI members had big fun painting their own acrylic masterpieces in just a single class session.
Earlier Art Class Pictures

Did You Know?

As a member of LLI you have a wonderful Northern Virginia Community College Library at your disposal. The library is located on the third floor of the Godwin Building. This is just up the ramp from the Richard J. Ernest Community and Cultural Center. To use the library you simply sign up for a Community Patron card by showing a picture ID. You then can charge out a limit of three books for three weeks and take them home. Also you can renew books online for an additional period. If you have LLI classes on the campus, this resource would be very convenient. Go to http://www.nvcc.edu/library/ for more information.

Kyla Lupo teaching one of the Iphone classes


NVCC does not issue special permits for using the parking spaces designated for the handicapped on the Annandale campus. Appropriate parking permits issued by any state and the District of Columbia are honored. The permit must be properly displayed and used only by the person or persons to whom it is issued. There is no change to the handicap parking regulations on campus.

The parking fee in the NOVA garage has been increased to $2.00 per hour.

The Next 8 Days at LLI

The May 5, 17W45A "Gender in Afghanistan" class have been moved to CA 302.

17W42A "The Great War and the Creation of the Modern Middle East" is being repeated on May 12, same time and place as the March 3 class.

17W24A "Archaeology and History: New Discoveries and New Narratives" is being repeated on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10-11:30 a.m. in Seminar Rooms B, C & D because there are too many for the classroom on May 10.

Sixteen LLI members recently toured the Supreme Court. They were led by a phenomenal docent who shared his in-depth knowledge on the history of the building, the rooms and the past and present justices.

Click here to pictures from the December 2, 2016 Holiday Party

Pictures from 2016 Annual Valentine's Day Party
Pictures from 2015 Holiday Party
Pictures from 2015 Annual Information Fair
Pictures from 2015 Annual Valentine's Day Party
Pictures from 2014 Holiday Party
Pictures from 2013 Holiday Party
Pictures from June 2012 Picnic at Fort Hunt Park
Pictures from 2012 Annual Valentine's Day Party
Pictures from 2011 and 2012 Holiday Events

Other Photos

Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather

If the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) cancel school for the day due to inclement weather, all LLI classes, special activity groups (SIGs), and forums are cancelled regardless of location. LLI morning activities are cancelled if the FCPS announces a 2-hour delay in class openings; LLI afternoon activities are cancelled if the FCPS announces early dismissal. Trips and social events will take place unless cancelled at the leaders' directions.

Study Travel Trips

(Trips of over a week in length with classes about the given destination offered before the trip)

Our group at our Iceland's guide house as part of our 2016 Iceland tour.
  • Our 2017 trip is to Scotland – CIE’s 12 day "Scottish Isles and Glens" tour. We will depart Sunday, June 18, 2017, from Dulles and return on June 30. The trip is currently fully booked, and we are maintaining an informal wait list. If you would like to be on the wait list or like more information about the trip, contact Bob Huley.
  • For 2017, we are offering an additional trip – Grand Circle Travel/Grand Circle Cruise Lines 13 day tour "Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur". The base tour will depart Thursday, August 24, 2017, from Dulles, and the return will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017. We only have a limited number of double cabins still available. See flyer and information sheet.

Our group of 21 folks stop for a picture in Mittenwald, in Bavaria, Germany, as part of our 2016 Romantic Villages of Alpine Europe tour.

LLI Photography Special Interest Group

Members periodically select specific subjects or themes for their photographs. The current theme is “Motion.” The following photos, taken and selected by members, exemplify that theme.


by MaryLu Bednarsky

by Ray Bednarsky

by Charlotte Rosenfield

by Richard Steelman
Earlier themes

LLI Gourmands Special Interest Group

If you have any questions about our SIG, please contact your co-chairs Patti (pattivolz@verizon.net) or Nancy (ekoby3918@aol.com).

The Gourmands enjoyed a delicious lunch at Bazin's on Church in Vienna, VA on March 16, 2017

LLI Walkabouts Special Interest Group

Hearty and talkative Walkabouts enjoy a trek in September.

LLI Favorite Books Special Interest Group

For a Favorite Books Club discussion of a story that revolved around a quilting group, Delsa Hildebrandt brought in a beautiful quilt that her mother had made by herself and entirely by hand.
The LLI Office is located in Room 216D of the Godwin Building on Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale Campus.
The LLI office is open on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Mail address is: Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia, c/o Provost Office CG 202, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Va 22003-3743
Phone (703) 503-0600                     E-Mail: llinova.admn@gmail.com