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Academy of Lifelong Learning plans open house

PREPARING FOR OPEN HOUSE — Board members of the Academy of Lifelong Learning who are making plans for the Sept. 21 open house promoting the fall semester of classes and events are, seated, from left, Stan Gaston and President Iris Craig; and standing, Donna Lucas and Mary Ann Parker. The open house begins at 1 p.m. in the Totino Room of St. Joseph Center on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — A variety of educational opportunities and trips promoting learning experiences and fellowship will be showcased when the Academy of Lifelong Learning holds its fall open house on Sept. 21 in the Totino Room at the St. Joseph Center on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd.

It begins at 1 p.m. and will include an overview of offerings that are scheduled from Sept. 30 through Nov. 8 and a chance to meet some of the class presenters. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a Chinese auction and a 50-50 drawing with proceeds to benefit a nontraditional student at Franciscan University who is working toward a degree. There also will be door prizes.

“This semester will be 22 years for our Academy of Lifelong Learning,” notes Iris Craig, academy president, in its fall newsletter. “I am so proud of our growth and recognition. The wonderful members, Franciscan University and board are the reason for each blessed step up we have made,” Craig added.

The academy is open to all Tri-State Area residents age 55 and older. Membership is $60 per person per semester and $80 for a married couple, a cost that entitles members to all classes with some exceptions. Those who recruit a new member will receive a 10 percent discount on their membership fee.

The academy is an educational and social organization for area residents over 55 and is sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville. It offers ongoing educational opportunities with the emphasis on a peer-led, peer-taught learning environment.

Monday classes will be held at the newly renovated and expanded main library, 407 S. Fourth St., of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County with the majority of others at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Pugliese Training Center, 110 John Scott Highway.

Classes include a mix of returning topics and presenters but new ones, too. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, for example, will present an awareness class on scams; Evan Scurti will discuss short- and long-range goals of the Jefferson County Port Authority; and Louise Holliday of the JB Green Team will focus on topics that include the Steubenville Marina and annual River Sweep.

Other tours include one Oct. 24 to the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center; one on Oct. 3 to Amish country; and another Oct. 15 to Historic Fort Steuben. A winery trip is set for Nov. 7.

Trips will involve an Oct. 9 tour of four churches, including Crossroads Christian Church and Colonial Baptist Church, both in Wintersville, St. Mark Lutheran Church in Steubenville and Riverside United Methodist Church in Toronto.

Other classes and presenters will be: “Literature, Short Stories,” Joanne McCraley; “Literary Interpretations,” Pete Caleodis; “Forgotten Communities of Harrison County,” Susan Adams and Kelley Michelli; “The Facts of Life and Funerals,” Jay Foster; “Addiction and Reform,” Shannon Irvin and Judge John Mascio; “The Right to Trial by Jury,” attorney F. Alex Risovich; “The Bill of Rights Seminar,” William E. Galloway; “Aesthetic Pottery, Not Just for the English” and “Flow Blue China, Ohio Potters Interpretation,” Bill and Donna Gray; “Ohio Maple Sugaring,” the Nelson family; “Handmade Tags and Gift Packaging” and “Valentine’s Day,” Ellen Barner; “Medicare Workshop,” Tracy McManamon; “Hair Jewelry,” Denise J. Persohn; “Correctional Institute,” Zane Daugherty; “Owl and Falcon,” Mick Brown; “Greek Mythology,” Joanne McCraley; “Mark West,” Tina Rush; “Jefferson County Historical Museum,” Charlie Green; “Dealing with a Culture,” Tony Foglio; “Glacial Archaeology,” “The East Steubenville Sight” and “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” John Boilegh; “Morgan’s Raid,” Lyle Zerla; and “History of Art,” Gerald Van Scyoc.

The end of the fall semester will be marked by a luncheon at Hidden Acres Lodge and Winery in Mingo Junction.

For information, contact Craig by phone between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at (740) 544-5169 or by e-mail at iris.213@yahoo.com.

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