The Center for Life and Learning:
   Free Member-Run Programs

Our member-run programs are available for all to enjoy! These groups were created by CLL members and are open to all 60 and older. One not need be a member of the CLL to participate. For information on any of these programs, contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.


Cinema Group
CLL Bridge Group

Men's Discussion Group
CLL Monthly Book Club


Cinema Group

Fridays, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16
AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)
Time and film announced the Wednesday before (matinee showing)

Seeing films is always more enjoyable in the company of others, and if you can never seem to find someone to go with, now you have company! 

This group meets the third Friday of every month for a matinee movie at AMC River East 21 Theatre. An email will be sent out the Wednesday before with the film and time.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email Susan Quaintance or give her a call at 312.981.3386.

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CLL Bridge Group

   December 11, January 8 and 22, February 12 and 26, March 12 and 26,
    April 9 and 23, May 14,
and June 11 and 25
   Organized by CLL Member Janet Reece 

   Contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386) to inquire about joining
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary
Interested in playing bridge? The CLL Bridge Group meets every other Monday at the church to enjoy a game. Eight players are needed each week for games to take place. If you are interested, substitute players are always needed!

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Men's Discussion Group

   Wednesdays, December 13, January 17 and 31, February 14 and 28,          March 14 and 28, April 11 and 25, and May 9 (year-end luncheon
         at Ditka’s Restaurant)

   10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
   Led by members of the group
   Contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386) to inquire about joining

The CLL men’s discussion group has met faithfully since the fall of 2006 and come together to discuss foreign and domestic policy issues as they relate to the United States. In the fall the group selects articles from Foreign Affairs Magazine and in the spring the group participates in the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” study series. This group is facilitated by members and come from a variety of different backgrounds. All are welcome.

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CLL Monthly Book Club

   Tuesdays, December 19, January 23, February 20, and March 20
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

In its third year, the CLL member-run book club enjoys books selected by members who wish to lead the discussion. Grab a great read, and bring a friend!

Tuesday, December 19
   Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
   by Jeanette Winterson

Remember all those recipes in Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival? This collection of imaginative and magical holiday stories also includes recipes for each of the twelve days of Christmas. We’ll celebrate the season with good writing, visions of good food dancing in our heads, and good company.

Tuesday, January 23
   An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic
    by Daniel Mendelson

If you’re unsure about returning to your high school days with Homer’s Odyssey, think again. In this blend of classroom drama, travel writing, biography, and literary criticism, classics scholar Daniel Mendelson writes with humor and grace about what happened when his octogenarian father decided to sit in on one of his classes on the epic poem. “What catches you off-guard about this memoir is how moving it is,” says Dwight Garner in The New York Times

Tuesday, February 20
   An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
    by Khazr Khan

One of the most memorable moments of the 2016 Democratic National Convention was the speech by Khazr Khan, a Muslim American Gold Star father who offered to lend Donald Trump his worn copy of the U.S. Constitution. Here he tells his own story, as well as that of his family, and in so doing, sheds light on what it means to be an immigrant and a citizen in the twenty-first century United States.

Tuesday, March 20
   Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Lab Girl takes its readers on a journey in which a girl grows from playing in her father’s college laboratory into a woman whose love for geobiology has made her into one of the most engaging science authors writing today. Her wisdom extends beyond the walls of the lab as she paints vivid pictures of her family, co-workers, and the world around us all.

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