Lifelong Learning

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.
If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Patty Ciernia at 664-3709

 

New offering for classes in partnership with the Senior Learning Network. These classes will be held virtually via Zoom (with registration deadlines)

ONLINE – Christmas with the Roosevelts! (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 1
1:00-2:00pm

A program from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum- and it’s a special one! Do you remember Bing Crosby and White Christmas, then you won’t want to miss this presentation! Jeff Urbin uses music, humor and storytelling to explain how FDR celebrated Christmas. It is nothing like what is done today, it was a much simpler time!

Presenter:  Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  12
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  November 29
The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

 

 

ONLINE – Mitchell Caverns Virtual Tour (Zoom)

Thursday, December 3
1:00-2:00pm

Mitchell Caverns, within the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, is a trio of limestone caves, located on the east side of the Providence Mountains. For many years the caves were thought to be “dead”, that is, the formations were no longer growing. However, recent studies have found some signs of life. Numerous paleontological and archeological finds have been made in and around the caverns. Scientists have found the remains of several prehistoric animals, including a sloth. The caverns were a sacred place for the Chemehuevi Indians, and a number of tools and fire pits have been found.

Come join us for a virtual tour with California State Park Interpreter Andrew Fitzpatrick, taking us through a crash course in desert and cave ecology & local history of the Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Desert.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capaci
ty35
Cost:
$9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  December 1
A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

ONLINE – Mystic Seaport and Museum Part 1: Navigation through the Great Explorers (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 8
1:00-2:00pm

We love the Mystic Seaport!
Join us to learn about navigation through the lens of famous explorers. We will examine the instruments and tools used by Columbus, Magellan, and other famous navigators. Ultimately, we will make a connection between technological improvements and safer, more precise movement around the globe.

Presenter:  Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  December 6
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Mystic Seaport and Museum Part 2: In the Footsteps of Galileo (Zoom)

Thursday, December 10
1:00-2:00pm

This program challenges us to take on the role of the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei, and to see exactly what he saw centuries ago as he sought to explain the mysteries of outer space. In this program, we will take Galileo’s observations of the four large moons around Jupiter, and provide historical context into the magnitude of his findings.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  December 8
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

 

ONLINE – A Visit to Ellis Island (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 15
1:00-2:00pm

Prior to 1890, individual states, rather than the Federal Government, regulated immigration into the United States. Castle Garden (now Castle Clinton), located in the Battery of Manhattan, served as the New York State immigration station from 1855 to 1890. Approximately eight million immigrants passed through its doors, mostly from Northern European countries; this constituted the first large wave of immigrants to settle and populate the U.S.
Ellis Island may not appear large on a map, but it is an unparalleled destination in United States history. After welcoming more than 12 million immigrants to our shores, Ellis Island is now a poetic symbol of the American Dream.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  December 13
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center (Zoom)

Thursday, December 17
1:00-2:00pm

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues by exploring the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center’s newest exhibition, DISCOVER GREATNESS: An Illustrated History of the Negro Leagues Baseball. This program displays the remarkable collection of vintage photographs on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Highlights will include a slide-show, video clips about the Negro Leagues, and an augmented reality experience that brings the exhibition to vivid life.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  December 15
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Redwood Heroes: The Women Who Defended the Giants (Zoom)

Tuesday, January 5
1:00-2:00pm

Redwood forests are one of the most ancient ecosystems on planet Earth. In this program, we will explore these ancient giants, the science concepts of ecosystems, and the history of the preservation of these giants, particularly the women who defend the redwoods from commercial logging. Take an adventure to the towering redwoods to gain a perspective into the past and future!

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  January 3
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Live from the Lagoon- More Fun with the Dolphins! (Zoom)

Tuesday, January 12
1:00-2:00pm

We’re going back to visit the dolphins with our friends at Dolphin Research Center!  Join us lagoon-side for an exciting and interactive session all about dolphins!  One of our trainers will be chatting with you while conducting a training session with a member of our dolphin family.  You will be inspired by these magnificent marine mammals during this presentation.  Participants will be able to chat questions to the trainer during and after the session with the dolphin.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  January 10
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Gerda III & “Number the Stars” (Zoom)

Thursday, January 14
1:00-2:00pm

This program uses the resources of several institutions to tell the story of the boat Gerda III, a Danish lighthouse tender that played a critical role in carrying Jews to safety in Sweden during October of 1943.  The program explores the similarities found in the popular young adult novel, Number the Stars by Louis Lowry and the story of the Gerda III.  We will experience survivor accounts, oral histories, and behind the scenes footage on the vessel.  This program is a partnership between The Museum of Jewish Heritage:  A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, and Mystic Seaport Museum.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  January 12
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – Jefferson’s Monticello (Zoom)

Tuesday, January 19
1:00-2:00pm

We’re taking a virtual field trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello!
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd president of the United States of America. His home in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an architectural icon, with its neoclassical design drafted by Jefferson himself.
During this tour, our Monticello educator will use images and Google Street View as well as Q & A time to engage your participants and get a glimpse of life on the “little mountain.”

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  January 17
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – The Art and Architecture of Hearst Castle (Zoom)

Thursday, January 21
1:00-2:00pm

Located in central California, along the Pacific Coast stands Hearst Castle. This architectural wonder, was the home of the famous American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst from 1919 to 1947.  At one time, christened La Cuesta Encantada or The Enchanted Hill by its famous resident, today it is both a California Historical Landmark and a National Historical Landmark. Hearst, a prolific collector of art and antiques, designed the construction of Hearst Castle to provide space necessary to display his vast collection of artifacts.
Come explore the variety of historical architectural structures, all based on what Hearst himself had seen during his travels around Europe.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  January 19
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

 

ONLINE – National Portrait Gallery “Every Eye is Upon Me”: First Ladies of the United States (Zoom)

Tuesday, January 26
1:00-2:00pm

From the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, we will take you on a virtual tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s First Ladies exhibition entitled “Every Eye is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States.”  The time period covered will be from First Lady Martha Washington to First Lady Melania Trump. Learn about First Ladies who came to the White House through marriage or as family friends or relatives who filled this important role. Through portraiture, you’ll will learn about their personalities, experiences, and accomplishments.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  January 24
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.