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

Our member-run programs are available for all to enjoy!

For information about our special-topic classes, contact Sue Hakes at 312.981.3389.

Cinema Group
CLL Bridge Group

Men's Discussion Group
CLL Monthly Book Club


Cinema Group

A New Member-Run Opportunity!
Open to all 60 and older 

Are you interested in meeting up for a weekday matinee movie?

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! CLL member Janice Gerstein is starting a new member-run cinema group for those who want to go to the movies. Dates and times are still to be determined.

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

   September 11, 25, October 9, 23, November 13, 27, December 11
   1:00—4:00 p.m. 
   Organized by CLL Member Janet Reece 

   Please contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) for details
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary
Interested in playing bridge? The CLL Bridge Group meets every other Monday of 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, September 13, 27, October 11, 25,
         November 8, 29, and December 13

   10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
   Led by members of the group
   Contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) 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, September 26, October 24, November 28, and December 19
   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, September 26
   Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
   by Gail Honeyman

We’ll kick off another year of engaging discussions with a novel that Janet Maslin of The New York Times called “satisfyingly quirky.” The story of a socially awkward office worker who happens into life-changing relationships will start us off laughing and considering what we think is really essential. If you loved A Man Called Ove or The Rosie Project, this could be just the book for you.

Tuesday, October 24
   by Yaa Gyasi

“Homegoing is an inspiration.” So says Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me. Gyasi’s prize-winning debut novel, which tells the story of Effia and Esi, born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana, made it onto a bunch of “Best Books of 2016” lists. Readers follow the two sisters’ descendants through 300 years of Ghanaian and American history in this richly-researched and beautifully-written work.

Tuesday, November 28
   Hillbilly Elegy
   by J.D. Vance

A year after the presidential election we will continue to discern what it all means with a consideration of what the loss of the American Dream has done to the white working class in the United States. A memoir by a former marine and Yale Law School grad who grew up in coal country, this is a work that not only delves into one family’s reality but also a culture in crisis.

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.

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