Rockford, Illinois

CLR News

Get caught up on the latest news from the Center for Learning in Retirement!


2015 Spring Catalogs

Spring catalogs were mailed on December 19th. They are available throughout the community, on this website and in the CLR office. Assistance with walk-in registrations will begin on Wednesday, January 14th. Mailed registrations will be processed first as they arrive.


Art in April: CLRArtShowcase

Mark your calendar for the first CLR Art Showcase at the Bell School Road Center, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.

The creative talents of CLR members and instructors will be on display, and some of the works will be available for purchase.

For artists interested in showing their work, contact the CLR office. Reservation deadline for exhibit space is March 13.

Senior Learning Network - SIG

On Deck: Baseball and Black History

The next Senior Learning Network presentation will be on Negro Leagues Baseball at 1 pm on Monday, Feb. 23.

The session, titled "Baseball & Black History: Live from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum," will be conducted by curator Raymond Doswell of the museum in Kansas City Mo. The cost is $5.

The presentation in March will be "History of Hallmark Cards".  It's scheduled for Monday, March 30 at 2 pm.

Quarterly Newsletter

Spring Newsletter was mailed on Friday, February 13th. Take a peak at all the wonderful trips, classes & social events coming up. There are some policy changes coming up and they can be reviewed in this quarter's newsletter.

Bus Trip: Lyric Opera of Chicago

There are still seats available for the Sunday, March 22, bus trip to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a rare backstage tour. This Chicago venue offers such behind-the-scenes visits just three days a year, so it's an exceptional opportunity. And photo-taking is encouraged.

It will even be spring then!

The bus will leave Rock Valley College at 8:45 a.m. and return by 6 p.m. A box lunch will be served. The cost is just $80 for CLR members, $95 for non-members.

Call the CLR office at 815-921-3931 to make your reservation.

In Memoriam:

Sadly, long-time CLR member, Elizabeth Walgren, passed away on December 30, 2014.  Liz was still teaching at East High School when CLR first began and was instrumental in defining the workable organizational structure of CLR.  She served three years as the Steering Committee chairperson (1994-1997) and was actively involved on the Curriculum Committee which reaches out to and schedules class presenters and she also facilitated many classes.  She will be greatly missed.

What's the Word?
  Trimming Sails

In an interview on the heels of his State of the Union speech, President Obama indicated that the November election results would not persuade him to change his program priorities. The president said "my job is not to trim my sails and not tell the American people what we should be doing." The use of "trim" in this nautical phrase means to "adjust", not to "scale back". To trim the sails of a ship is to put it in the proper position and condition for sailing. Of course, the view of his political opponents is that he should cut back on his proposals. But the president was signaling that he saw no reason to correct the course he has set for the ship of state.

What's the Word is written by Barry Wood, former Rockford Register Star columnist and CLR Publicity/Media Committee Chairperson.

Auburn High School Choir a Hit at Holiday Party

Eighty-five people were treated to a merry afternoon at the Holiday Buzz Bash on December 3, 2014. The Auburn High School CAPA Chamber Choir led by director Beth Heuer provided the outstanding entertainment – truly wonderful! In addition to enjoying the beautiful holiday music, partygoers had fun playing the card game "Buzz" and savored an array of delicious foods. Some even went home with prizes.