Current Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) members Ladonna Buckley, far left, and Helen Michelini, far right, interact with potential members Ray and Deborah Kessler at a recent open house.

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(LSC)-Kingwood.

The academy 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 Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the LSC-Atascocita Center and at the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) in New Caney on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 1-3 p.m.

“All adults who are interested in attending lectures, seminars or discussions are encouraged to attend one of our open houses,” said Pat Chandler, LSC-Kingwood continuing education director and 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 and non-credit, and can last from 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 organization will help seniors get out of the house and stay active.”

In addition to the many courses and programs offered, members also take monthly fieldtrips to a variety of attractions in Houston. METRO has transported members to museums, various historical sites in downtown Houston, parks, theaters, Rice University and many more. Additionally, Harris County Precinct 1 buses are reserved to take members on interesting out-of-town trips.

The ALL program began in February 2004 at EMCID and in just 12 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 answer 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 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. EMCID is located at 21575 Hwy. 59 North in New Caney. For more information about the ALL programs, call 281-312-1750 or 281-312-1660, visit lonestar.edu/all-kingwood.htm or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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