Welcome to LifeLong Learning

LifeLong Learning at PebbleCreek, a volunteer organization, provides opportunities to expand the knowledge and horizons of the community’s residents. Our goal is to provide programs to entice you to explore new subjects and discover new places in the Metro Phoenix area. Our devoted volunteers offer quality programs to keep your mind active and engaged.

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The 2022 - 2023 LifeLong Learning season is here
and is bigger and better than ever!

Be prepared: Do not wait until the last minute, a LifeLong Learning account is required to register for most events and it is easy to create using the Create Account link on the right side of this page. Watch this space for event registration dates of all events. Announcements will also be in the LLL e-newsletter LifeLine, PebbleCreek Post and PebbleNews.

Complete event description and registration information can be accessed from the menus above by hovering over one of the category menus at the top of this page, and choosing an event.

For technical assistance or questions about LifeLong Learning send an email anytime to info@lifelonglearningatpc.org A LLL volunteer will be happy to assist you.

 

Monday Morning Lectures:
Presentations are at the Tuscany Falls Renaissance Theater, no registration required. The lectures begin at 10 a.m. and cost $5 at the door.  Each lecture lasts 60-90 minutes and most will have closed captioning.The theater is equipped with a loop system which is a special type of sound system for people who use hearing aids. The loop system provides a magnetic wireless signal that is picked up by a hearing aid when it is set to the T-setting (telecoil).

Feb 6: What Has Happened to the News Reporting I Remember as a Child?
Gilbert Zermeño, investigative producer and award-winning photojournalist for Channels 3 and 5, will help us to understand how  removal of the Fairness Doctrine, invention of AI algorithms, the insatiable greed of corporate America, and the far-reaching interests of outside investors have co-opted news stations into "echo chambers." The news has changed, but more importantly – what can you do to seek out the truth?

 

Registration is limited to one person for each LLL user account. Complete event description and registration information can also be accessed from the menus above by hovering over one of the category menus at the top of this page, and choosing an event.

Feb. 7/14: How to Really Enjoy Your Next Museum Visit 
Too often a museum trip can be an excuse to go to lunch, but wouldn’t you like to be able to find art and artifacts a bit more interesting? Bonnie Brown, a docent and volunteer trainer since 2000, will present this unique class and provide tips for looking at art and how to enjoy it. Learn about subject matter, elements and principles of art in a small class where you can discover why people love to look at art. It might be something you didn’t realize you could love.

Brown, M.Ed., is a PC resident and docent from Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA. She is also a Past Chair, The Greater Philadelphia Area Docent Consortium.

This is a two-session class.  The second session depends on the previous one and you cannot take the second unless you attend the first. There are no exceptions.

Feb. 8: Electrifying Our Future  Encore presentation
PebbleCreek resident and solar expert Dru Bacon examines how electric vehicles will impact our world. Bacon, a chemical engineer and star of the award-winning 2018 documentary, “Current Revolution,” will present the advantages and dangers of electric and self-driving cars, electric grid scale storage and a comparison of fossil fuel production to solar and wind energy with battery storage. 

Feb. 15: Developing a Photo Slide Show
There are many ways to create slideshows, ranging from Lightroom and PowerPoint to several software applications dedicated to the creation and presentation of effective and beautiful slideshows. Adriana Greisman, a professional photographer and PebbleCreek resident, will demonstrate several different approaches and applications, pointing out the pros and cons for each one.

Feb 16: Genealogy - Finding Your Scottish Roots
There are extensive free online resources for those interested in tracing their Scots ancestors, including  statutory registers, church records, tax records, and land registers, court records, military and maritime sources, burgh and estate records, emigration records, and much more.  Denise Beeson will help you learn how to explore the options available. You will be able to source out your own historical bonnie lads and lassies!

Trips:

Be sure to take a look at all the trips we have scheduled for you. If an event is sold out you may register for the wait list. Trip fees include bus and venue fees; unless otherwise noted, lunch is included. Opening date of registration varies; refer to the specific trip for the opening date of registration; opening time is always 8 a.m. Registration is limited to two persons for each LLL user account.

March 28: St. Vincent de Paul Society and Hall of Flame
Visit the multi-faceted service agency, St. Vincent de Paul Society, to see how it functions from the inside. Your day will begin with a tour of the society’s downtown service center, which houses delivery of food to the entire Phoenix area. Also learn about the organization’s homeless ministries, medical and dental clinics, dining rooms, and urban farm.
At the Hall of Flame there are more than 100 marvelously restored fire trucks and other equipment that date back to 1725, tracing the evolution from bucket brigades and hand pumps; horse-drawn to gas engines; and hydraulic engines that pump thousands of gallons of water per minute. The museum also celebrates the heroism of firefighters, including tributes to the 343 NYFD souls who gave their lives on 9/11 and the 19 Prescott Valley FD/Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in June 2013 fighting the Yarnell Hill Wildfire. The docents are retired firefighter and they will lead you through the museum, answering all your questions and sharing some fascinating stories about the history and lore of firefighting—the public service you hope you never need.

Premier Lectures:
Registration is required and is limited to four persons for each LLL user account. Programs are held at the Tuscany Falls Renaissance Theater and begin at 7 p.m. on a Friday.

Feb. 24: Setting the Record Straight - The Rosa Parks Story
Spend an evening with Rosa Parks that will help us understand who she was and how her activism was a natural outgrowth of her life experience. Becky Stone will present an in-character presentation of Rosa Parks and help us to understand Rosa Parks and what she has meant to United States history.

March 3: The Speed of Life
A story of hope, overcoming obstacles and daring to dream! Brian Shul tells his compelling story of living fearlessly and embracing opportunities presented each day. Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and was severely burned upon crashing. He was rescued and miraculously survived.
 

PC Reads:
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month. This book discussion group gives you an opportunity to discuss a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books with others who also like to read.

Featured book for February 2:
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

PC Reads Nonfiction:
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month. This nonfiction discussion group is for readers of history, military history, sports and other topics that the group decides to pursue.

Featured book for February 9:
Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, by Amy B. Zegart

All PC Reads and PC Reads Nonfiction book discussions are free events. Registration is required. Registration is limited to one person for each LLL user account.

 
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Need help creating an LLL user account or registering for events?

Be prepared:  A LifeLong Learning user account is required to register for all Classes, Great Decisions, Premier Lectures, Trips, and PC Reads. To create a LifeLong Learning user account, begin with the Create Account link on the upper right side of the page.

For weekly updates about LifeLong Learning events, be sure to subscribe to the LifeLine. Subscribe at the boxed link on the upper right side of the page.

For technical assistance or questions about LifeLong Learning send an email anytime to info@lifelonglearningatpc.org A LLL volunteer will be happy to assist you.

 

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