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January 2016 Newsletter
February 2016 Newsletter
Winter/Spring 2016 Listing of Classes
Winter/Spring 2016 Catalog

Notes: LLI Course 16W43A, What Does it Mean to Be "Good"? Practicing Individual Ethics Today. Due to a change in Professor DeGidio's teaching schedule next spring the course will be offered on Thursday, March 31, 2016 instead of Friday, April 22, 2016.

The gate to the Spring Hill Club House will open one half hour before the start of any class there and will remain open for only one hour.

Next LLI Forum

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
9:30 a.m. - Refreshments
10:00 a.m. Speaker
Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale

See the
February Newsletter for details.

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.
Right after the Forum, we are meeting to continue to plan for the 2017 Study-Travel Trip.

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.

LLI Student Scholarship Program

Pictured above are some of the members of the Scholarship Committee, NOVA Advisor Maureen Lawson, and the NOVA-Annandale students with family who were awarded 2015 LLI scholarships at the June Forum. Four additional students were unable to attend the ceremony.

Pictured above are members of the Scholarship Committee and the NOVA-Annandale students who were awarded 2014 LLI scholarships at the June Forum. Two additional students were unable to attend the ceremony.

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.

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.

LLI members enjoyed another display of LLI artistic talent at the 2014 Arts & Crafts Exhibit.

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

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

The artists! Working with instructor, Davi D’Agostino, LLI members had big fun painting their own acrylic masterpieces in just a single class session. A future classwill be on March 9, 2016.
Earlier Art Class Pictures


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:

Maureen Cyron
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.

The Next 8 Days at LLI

LLI Course 16W33A Downsizing Your Home has been rescheduled for Wednesday morning, February 10th, at 10:00 a.m., still at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.

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.

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.

Future Travel

Day Trips

Study Travel Trips

(Trips of over a week in length with classes about the given destination offered before the trip)
  • Our June 11 to June 26, 2016 trip to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany (Grand Circle Travel’s “Romantic Villages of Alpine Europe") is now fully booked. We have established an LLI wait list. More information is available about the trip at the link, or you can contact Bob Huley at .
  • Our 11-day Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) trips “Untamed Iceland Tour” departing on both July 12, 2016 and July 13, 2016 are fully booked so we now have a wait list. These two “small group” tours will overlap extensively, spending half the nights together in the same hotels. Consequently, friends on either trip will be able to meet up. More information is available about the trip at the link, or you can contact Sidney Sachs at .

LLI folks on our 2015 tour of Sicily and Rome. The second on the right in the front row is our excellent tour leader Gabriella Prestigiacomo from Grand Circle.

LLI Photography Special Interest Group
Current Photo Theme

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

Looking Up

by Buck Myers

by Conne Rubinstein

by Joy Meyer

by Richard Martin
Earlier themes

LLI Gourmands Special Interest Group

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 (pattivolz@verizon.net) or Linda (linda.cyr@verizon.net).

The Gourmands enjoyed delicious Thai food and good conversation at Duangrat’s in Falls Church in January.

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.

March 3rd National Gallery

Meet Up

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.

If you have questions or want additional information, contact Pat Harrison at (703) 550-7530.

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