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February 2018 Newsletter
March 2018 Newsletter
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List of Winter/Spring 2018 Classes
Winter-Spring 2018 Catalog
Winter-Spring 2018 Digest

Next LLI Forum

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:30 a.m. - Refreshments
10:00 a.m. Speaker
Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale

See the March Newsletter
for details.

LLI's January Forum speaker was Hilary Hart Falk, Vice President of Regional Conservation of the National Wildlife Federation. She spoke about how habitat loss, invasive species and severe weather has led to dramatic declines in many species of wildlife in North America. She also addressed some of the programs and activities that are underway to raise public awareness and support for conservation efforts and how we can aid in these efforts.

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.

Aging in Place Service Providers

Aging in Place is for those members who want to live in their home for as long as possible. The web site contains Service Providers by category of service for easy access to multiple providers. Members may find the help they need to make living safer and more comfortable as the need arises. For members still considering the alternative options to Aging in Place, various options are also presented, such as moving to a “Village”, Senior Living Facility, Long Term Care Facilities and Nursing Homes.

LLI Aging in Place provides names and contacts for services and does not make recommendations. It is the member’s responsibility to contact the service provider and arrange for the service.

To access these services providers click on the title “Aging in Place Service Providers” above.

LLI Student Scholarship Program

Ten outstanding NOVA-Annandale students were awarded 2017 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.

LLI's field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum kept the group fascinated as guide explained the many cipher devices that have been used for capturing and encrypting information through the years.
Some of the items seen at the museum were versions of the Enigma machine and a replica of the Rosetta Stone.

During a recent meetup, LLI member and National Gallery of Art docent, Anna Dixon, is shown briefing some of our members on the Bazille exhibit.

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.

The artists! Working with instructor, Davi D’Agostino, LLI members had big fun painting their own acrylic masterpieces in just a single class session on October 11, 2017 at Spring Hill.
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.

Pat Daniels presents a thank you bouquet to Kyla Lupo after her last "in person" iPhone/iPad course. Kyla is moving to Illinois but plans to conduct video conferencing type classes for us in the fall. She will be missed as she has shared a wealth of technology knowledge with LLI throughout her many years of teaching with LLI. We wish her well.


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.

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


The Next 8 Days at LLI

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.

Save April 21/22 for LLI/NOVA Visual and Performing Arts SIG Art-filled Spring Outing to Baltimore

Study Travel Trips

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

2019 Travel

We started our search for our 2019 trip with more than 20 general destinations. In the first selection round, in October, you reduced this to five general destinations. The Study Travel Committee then researched those destinations to see what tour providers offered, based on 2018 travel data. This resulted in our review of more than 100 tours from approximately 18 tour providers. In our initial summary analysis, we identified 11 different types of tours that covered those 5 general destinations.

During December, you were asked, based on the summaries, to select up to 4 of those 11 categories of tours as ones of interest so that the Committee could provide additional specific research and recommendations on a reduced number of choices.

After analyzing the results, the following three destinations appear to be our top choices for 2019:

    California State/National Parks w/Yosemite
    Northern Tier National Parks with Southwest Parks
    Rhine River Cruise including the Main and Danube

If you are interested in helping to select our trip for 2019, join the Study Travel email list. To do so, contact Bob Huley at 703-534-4819 or roberthuley@cox.net. In addition, we are looking for more help on the Study Travel Committee to evaluate destinations and tours for future trips and to provide the Study classes for our destinations. Please let Bob know if you are interested.

2018 Travel

Our primary trip will be CIE’s 11-day tour “Dubrovnik to Venice.” This tour of the Adriatic coast will depart from Dulles on Monday, May 14, 2018, and return Friday, May 25, 2018. This will be an LLI Study Travel exclusive tour (i.e., not open to the public), but friends and family are welcome. For more information, click on the links for the tour flyer and tour information sheet. If you would like information on the tour, you can also contact Bob Huley. The tour is now open for reservations, but space is limited, particularly single rooms.

Our secondary trip will be Grand Circle Travel’s 14-day tour, “The Canadian Maritimes: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island.” This tour will depart Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from Dulles, and the return will be Tuesday, August 21, 2018. For more information, click on the tour flyer and tour information sheet. If you would like information on the tour, you can also contact Bob Huley. The tour is now open for reservations, but space is limited.

2017 Travel

Our primary trip was to Scotland, CIE’s 12-day "Scottish Isles and Glens" tour. We departed on June 18 and returned on June 30. This was a LLI exclusive trip.

Most of the Scotland group gathered in front of the Edinburgh Castle in a wee bit of weather.

Our secondary trip is Grand Circle Travel/Grand Circle Cruise Lines 13-day tour "Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur." We departed on August 24 and returned on September 5.

The LLI group visited a bull farm in the Camargue of Southern France and met French cowboys!

To join the Study Travel email list and get announcements of Study Travel activities, contact Bob Huley at 703-534-4819 or roberthuley@cox.net. You can also contact Bob if you have questions about our 2018 trips.

Twelve people enjoyed another successful meet-up at the Supreme Court.

Bouquets were presented to outgoing LLI Board members at the June Forum, Delsa Hildebrandt and Susan Alexander.

2017 Holiday Party Pictures
2016 Holiday Party Pictures
2016 Annual Valentine's Day Party Pictures
2015 Holiday Party Pictures
2015 Annual Information Fair Pictures
2015 Annual Valentine's Day Party Pictures
2014 Holiday Party Pictures
2013 Holiday Party Pictures
June 2012 Picnic at Fort Hunt Park Pictures
2012 Annual Valentine's Day Party Pictures
2011 and 2012 Holiday Events Pictures

Other Photos

LLI Photography Special Interest Group

Members periodically select specific subjects or themes for their photographs. The current theme is “The Year in Review - 2017.” Members were asked to choose their favorite photos taken during calendar year 2017. The following photos, taken and selected by members, exemplify that theme.

The Year in Review – 2017

by David Drachsler
by Kathy Dillon

by MaryLu Bednarsky
by Phil Hodges

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).

LLI Gourmands had a delicious lunch on December 20, 2017 at L’Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls.

LLI Walkabouts Special Interest Group

Hearty and talkative Walkabouts enjoy a trek in September.

LLI Favorite Books Special Interest Group

At the April LLI book club meeting, we asked author
Urmilla Khanna about her book Boundaries of the Wind.
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