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The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Lone Star College-North Harris offers affordable activities for older adults

One of the fastest-growing trends in America is for seniors to move near colleges and universities to take advantage of low-cost artistic and cultural activities. If you are age 50 and older, join the Lone Star College-North Harris Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL). The Academy of Lifelong Learning offers more than 100 classes and seminars, social activities and skills development each year.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is a membership community that offers free and low-cost classes, events and activities for adults age 50 and better. Members can choose from a variety of offerings in technology, health and wellness, financial planning, community service projects, literary discussion groups, genealogy, arts and crafts, Texas history and more.

Membership costs $20 per academic calendar year and allows members to register for any ALL class offered at LSC-North Harris from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. Some courses may require additional materials or an entry fee. Or, older adults can purchase a global membership for $55 which allows them to enjoy the ALL programs at each of the six Lone Star College campuses.

In addition to classes, ALL member benefits include monthly lunch and learns, movie matinees and day trips throughout the Houston area.

Upcoming classes and events include:

Spring Museum and Cemeteries, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At the Spring Historical Museum in Old Town Spring, learn about the area’s earliest families and what they are doing today. Afterwards, visit two notable cemeteries in Spring - Wunsche Cemetery and Budde Cemetery.

Fraud Prevention, Sept. 15, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fraud is an act of deceit or misrepresentation. It can devastate families, destroy a company or cost investors billions of dollars. The Hilbun Law Firm, P.C. and Lone Star College Academy for Lifelong Learning are offering a free seminar on fraud awareness and prevention to educate individuals on how to avoid becoming victims of fraud and scams.

Financial Wellness in Retirement, Sept. 17, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Are you worried about your money lasting throughout your lifetime? Do you have a life insurance policy, but don’t know how it “really” works? This workshop will help those that are retired, or approaching retirement, by learning about the things that can take your money and ways to safeguard against them.

Beading, Sept. 21, from 1:15 to 3 p.m.
Make elegant but simple, beaded jewelry that will be a treasure to give or to keep. You do not need to have prior beading experience.

Shopping Online, Sept. 21, from 3:15 to 5 p.m.
Want to get that holiday shopping done without wearing out your feet or searching for parking? Learn how to search for just the right items and find the best prices. Students will also get tips on how to stay safe while shopping online.

Gardening with Essential Oils, Sept. 23, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Pests are never fun to have around, and using dangerous pest-control chemicals can be even less fun. However, essential oils are great for repelling pests, without harming them, and are much safer to use. At this class participants will receive customized pest control recommendations to deter the pests that are bugging them the most.

Healthifying Your Recipes, Sept. 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to take common everyday recipes and replace unhealthy items with healthy ingredients.

Sewing with Harriet, Sept. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Learn about men’s alterations, buttons, darts and many other simple sewing procedures for the amateur and seasoned sewer.

For more information about the ALL program call 281.618.5602, or visit LoneStar.edu/all-nharris.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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