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ALL hosts open houses, programs in 2016

ALL hosts open houses, programs in 2016
LSC-Kingwood’s ALL program will host open houses at EMCID and LSC-Atascocita in January.

Retired, semi-retired or working senior citizens who are interesting in making friends, learning a new hobby or having fun are invited to join the Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) through Lone Star College-Kingwood.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is a membership community that offers free and low-cost classes, events and activities for adults age 50 and older. Members and prospective members are invited to attend ALL’s open houses on Jan. 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the LSC-Atascocita Center and at the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) in New Caney on Jan. 21 from 1-3 p.m.

“All active adults who are interested in attending lectures, seminars or discussions are encouraged to attend one of our open houses,” said Pat Chandler, system program manager for ALL. “We cover a wide-range of topics and have lots of locations to make it easy for people to participate.”

More than 150 classes will be offered this spring covering a wide-variety of interests such as arts and crafts, gardening skills, photography techniques, health and wellness, technology, genealogy, yoga, literary discussion groups and many more. Classes are short-term, non-credit, and can last a few hours to several weeks. All programs provide members with a learning environment of continued personal and intellectual growth.

“The ALL program is a great avenue for seniors to mingle with other people, discuss similar problems and keep their minds active,” said Helen Michelini, an ALL member since 2007. “I have made life-long friends since day one and this will help seniors get out of the house and stay active.”

In addition to the many courses and programs offered, members also take monthly field-trips to a variety of attractions in Houston. METRO has transported members to the museums, various historical places in downtown Houston, parks, theaters, Rice University, public art and much more.

“ALL has a great variety of programs, quality instructors and social activities for seniors,” said Roy Lively, an ALL member for 10 years. “The ALL program is offered at all LSC campuses and its structure is similar to those at college campuses across the nation. It is a great way to meet new people.”

The ALL program began in February 2004 at EMCID and in just 11 years, the program has grown to more than 800 active members.  ALL is a volunteer program and courses are taught by members, LSC-Kingwood and LSC-Atascocita Center employees, and area residents.  Additional volunteers are needed to work in the office answering phones, greet and assist members and help set up for classes. Annual membership is $20 from Sept. 1-Aug. 31 and all courses offered are free and taught by volunteers. Some classes may require small event, supplies or entrance fees.  There are no educational requirements.

LSC-Atascocita Center is located at 15903 West Lake Houston Parkway. EMCID is located at 21575 Highway 59 North in New Caney. For more information about the ALL programs call 281-312-1750, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/all-kingwood.htm or email kwall@lonestar.edu.

For more information on available courses or to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five 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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