Next LLI Forum
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
See the February Newsletter for details.
At the January Forum, Professor Callan Bentley of NOVA-Annandale provided fascinating insights about Snowball Earth and other extreme climatic periods over millions of years that have influenced plant and animal life on our planet.
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.
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.
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.
Invitation to LLI Members
2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
Monday, March 7, 2016
LLI will not be organizing a trip to this year's Philadelphia Flower Show. However, Excursionaire, a company with whom we have worked on LLI trips, has invited LLI members to the Show on Monday, March 7th on the trip they are sponsoring for the McLean Community Center. Because this is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, there will be Park Rangers from around the country at the show to help make the many beautiful gardens and parks come to life. Horticultural artists from the East Coast are inspired by the mountains, wind-swept coasts, grassy plains, and the incredible wildflowers of the parks that are our national treasures.
The trip will be departing at 6:45 a.m. from the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA and will return at approximately 8:00 p.m. The cost is $135.00 per person, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, tickets to the Flower Show, morning snack, and driver tip. Lunch will be on your own to sample from the many food vendors at the Convention Center or across the street at the historic Reading Terminal Market.
If you are interested in accompanying Excursionaire to the Flower Show, make your check payable to Excursionaire and mail to:
5205 Olley Lane
Burke, VA 22015
If you have questions or want additional information, please contact Excursionaire directly on 703-323-9040.
Any cancellation must be made in writing to Excursionaire no later than 14 days prior to the trip departure date. At that time, a full refund will be given minus a cancellation fee.
There will be an additional makeup class for Course 16W02A Understanding Opera, Part II on Monday, February 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. at Little River United Church of Christ. The regularly scheduled class on Monday, February 8th, will be held as planned.
LLI course, Of Microbes and Men: The Dynamic Interplay¯ which was cancelled on January 22 due to inclement weather has been rescheduled. It will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016, 10-11:30 p.m. in the seminar rooms on the second floor of the CE Building.
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.
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.
The Gourmands will not be hosting an event in February. Watch for news of our March event in the March newsletter. As always, should you have any questions about our SIG, please contact your co-chairs Patti (email@example.com)or Linda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 3rd National Gallery
Meet some of your fellow LLI members at the National Gallery on Thursday, March 3rd for lunch and to see the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World. The exhibition features 50 bronze works that survey the development of Hellenistic art. The plan is to meet in the Gallery main cafeteria for lunch at Noon. Following lunch, we will watch a 30 minute video before touring the exhibition. We will finish up by 3:00 pm and proceed to the West Building Lecture Hall for a 3:30 lecture by Anthony Kaldellis, professor of classics, Ohio State University. Seats for these lectures are available on a first come basis and are eagerly sought after and fill up quickly. LLI member Anna Dixon is a 20-year docent at the National Gallery and will be with us throughout this meetup. Additionally, Anna will be giving a morning tour prior to our planned arrival. She welcomes us to join her earlier tour; Glimpses of the 17th Century at 11:30. This tour will meet in the West Building Rotunda.
If you are interested in joining us, please register for this "meet-up" by emailing your name to the LLI Administrator, Janice Viola, by Thursday, February 25th. Individuals are responsible for getting to the Gallery on their own, and use of Metro is highly recommended; the closest Metro stop is Gallery Place. A list of attendees will be emailed to all attendees in the event you want to arrange to travel along with another member. Confirmation and more information will be provided at a later date to those who register for the tour. If interested, you are encouraged to register early as there could be a tour limit.