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May Member of the Month

We are happy to introduce our May Member of  the Month, Jack Little.  Jack has been a member of the Academy since its inception in 2006. He believes that people should never stop learning because it helps us to stay young. There are so many interesting topics out there to learn about and Jack wants to learn them all!

His hobbies include photography and travel. Travel is a learning experience in itself because it requires immersing yourself in a different culture; his last big trip was to Ireland in 2012. One of his favorite memories at the Academy was touring the WEIU TV and Radio station. Jack recommends the Academy to all his friends and family!  Thanks, Jack!  You rock!

Field Trip: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Funerals But Were Afraid to Ask

Wednesday, June 4
Departure from EIU Blair Hall parking lot, 1:15 p.m. – Return 4 p.m.

When and why did the profession of Funeral Director start? Is cremation or burial the best? What exactly is embalming and is it required by law? How is the body prepared for viewing? Come for a tour of the beautiful Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland and get your unspoken questions answered. Learn the reasons families tend to stay in these businesses for generations.

To register, call 217-581-5114 or email learn@eiu.edu

Academy member: $18
Non-member: $36
(Register by May 28)

Cooking and Wine Appreciation

You can take advantage of Academy members' exclusive discount with visiting instructors from Florence, Italy!  Classes are scheduled to meet four nights weekly from May 19–22 and May 27–30. Reserve your space now! Click on the web page link below for all the details!  http://www.eiu.edu/adulted/culinary.php

Coming of Age: Explore Your Future

Monday, June 2
Thursday, June 5
Monday, June 9
Thursday, June 12

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, in Rotary Room A.

Explore Your Future is a four-session workshop that gives people who are near retirement or recently retired a unique opportunity to look at "what's next" in their lives. The workshop is about life planning, and focuses on the social and emotional elements of retirement that require thoughtful and intentional planning to prevent conflict and frustration.

Take this opportunity to evaluate what has influenced your decision to retire, as well as who you are and what roles are important to your identity. Work with facilitators to create goals and objectives that will facilitate positive and successful aging.

Read more about the workshop at: http://comingofage.org/

Members and non-members: $20

Register online at: http://www.eiu.edu/humanres/training/comingofage.php

Want to Join an Academy Chess Club?

The Academy is considering developing a chess club, where members can meet, play and improve their skills. We are open to suggestions on how to structure the club meetings, and would like for you to share your ideas with us.  If you are interested in being a part of an Academy Chess Club, contact Mark Hillard at haze0008@gmail.com

Gentle Giants, Salt Flats and More...

Wednesday, June 11
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Charleston Carnegie
Public Library
Rotary Room B

Martha Brown and Cheryl Birkhead are back! From the "Gentle Giant" Sequoia trees of the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains to the salt flats below sea level in Death Valley, the western U.S. national parks provide these and other magnificent displays. Join us for a visual and narrative journey west to see parks including Sequoia, King Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Saguaro, and others.

This event is free and open to the public.
(Register by June 4)

To register, call 217-581-5114 or email learn@eiu.edu

Field Trip: Coles County Animal Shelter Tour

Thursday, June 19
1-2:30 p.m.

Coles County Animal Shelter
6818 North CR 1120E
Charleston, IL

Meet us for a tour of the newly renovated animal shelter in rural Charleston. We'll learn about the joys and challenges of working with "furry people." Jason Wallace will share some of the most compelling statistics, return-to-owner efforts, daily schedules, investigations and personal stories. Don't miss this heartwarming opportunity to understand the complexities of caring for these four-legged friends.

This event is free and open to the public.
(Register by July 8)

To register, call 217-581-5114 or email learn@eiu.edu

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