Want to get your creative juices flowing, see the sights, make new friends, improve your health? Don’t miss Lone Star College-CyFair’s open house to learn about Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) classes designed for active adults 50 and better.
“I love being a college student and enjoy what A.L.L. has to offer. The programs on campus continue to stimulate, enrich and educate me,” said Bonnie Johnson, an A.L.L. member since 2010. “The craft classes help keep my creative juices flowing and absolutely delight my family to receive something hand made by Grandma.”
After a 30-minute fitness class in 2015, Johnson said she felt great but every other Tuesday was not enough. So Johnson organized the "Stepping Out" program, a group who walk the campus Tuesday mornings. Three years later, the walking program expanded to include Fridays and other neighboring communities.
“I realized you’re never too old to try something new,” she said. “We have become friends through A.L.L. and improved our health at the same time.”
Retired teacher Gloria Spacek and her husband have been a part of the campus community as A.L.L. members since 2017. They’ve enjoyed a variety of benefits, such as the discounted theatre programs, bus trips, cooking classes and social interactions as well as informative talks and discussions.
“The highlight of being in the A.L.L. program for me has been the opportunity to teach again. I found this new hobby of Cricuting and asked if there would be an opening for such a class at the college. There was and through this opportunity I have made some friends with similar interests,” she said. “I can hardly wait for the next semester catalog to come out so I can see what is available.”
Approximately 80 classes are offered each semester in arts and crafts; culinary arts, food and cooking; health, fitness and nutrition; home and auto; photography; science and nature; travel and culture and more.
Among the returning fall favorites are Mah Jongg, A.L.L. Readers Theater, AARP Drivers Safety, Disc Golf, and the 290 Construction Update. Some new classes for this semester include Friday at the Improv, Fire Safety for Seniors, a multi-session Music Appreciation class and many history classes, including the Scopes Trial, the Runaway Scrape and the Halifax Explosion.
An annual membership fee of $20 allows members to attend most classes free (with some requiring only a nominal event, supply or entrance fee.)
Other benefits of membership include use of the college gym, discounts at plays, concerts, movies and restaurants.
Learn more at the A.L.L. open house from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 17, which will be held in the Conference Center at 9191 Barker Cypress.
For a course schedule, registration or information, visit the Continuing Education office in the Center for Academic and Student Affairs (CASA) Room 116, call 281.290.3460 or go to LoneStar.edu/cyfair-ALL.