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JMU Lifelong Learning Institute

As an integral part of James Madison University, the member-driven Lifelong Learning Institute (JMU-LLI) promotes lifelong learning by providing affordable, not-for-credit, intellectual, cultural, and social experiences to enrich the lives of adults in the central Shenandoah Valley.

Join our members in their passion to live life to the fullest. While there is no age restriction to our activities, most classes meet during the weekdays, once a week for two hours for five weeks. We offer a wide variety of classes – history, art, music, current events, religion, science, literature, languages, hobbies and many others. Classes meet at a variety of locations across Rockingham County. There are no tests or grades, just the love of learning.

There are also one-hour brown bag learning lunches on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. There is no charge or preregistration to attend the brown bag learning lunches. These are open to the public as a way to get to know LLI. We also offer local, regional and international travel opportunities, common interest groups, a New Horizons Band, and attend events at the Forbes Center for Performing Arts.

For more information about becoming involved in JMU LLI, click here.

Spring course guide

Lifelong Learning Institute Spring Preview
Tuesday, January 10 1:00p.m.
(Snow Date January 12)
Gilkerson Activity Center
305 S. Dogwood Dr. Harrisonburg 

JMU-LLI is going on Spring Break!

Beach Front

Join us this Spring Break in OBX, NC!
Make your reservation NOW at Sea Ranch Beachfront Resort

Where: Kill Devil Hills, NC—Sea Ranch Resort

When: Sunday, March 5 - Friday, March 10

Who: Open to LLI members, family, and friends (limited to 28 people)

Costs & Reservations

  • Two-bedroom oceanfront condo with full kitchen and living room $99 per night + tax (limited number of these rooms)
  • Ocean view with balcony $79 per night + tax
  • Non-ocean view $59 per night + tax
  • ALL meals on your own (15% discount off breakfast at the hotel restaurant)
  • Travel: on your own
  • Monday and Tuesday lectures, Wednesday guided bus trip, orientation and farewell receptions costs payable to LLI ($135.00)

Booking closes Friday, February 10th!

Sea Ranch Resort—Beachfront at Mile Post 7
1731 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Make your own reservation directly with the Sea Ranch by phone or website using promo code JMUL

Sunday 3/5
Drive to OBX
4:00PM Check-in
7:00PM Reception and Orientation

Monday 3/6
9:30-10:30AM 'We Were Never More Merry: Musical Encounters between Native and European Peoples" by song historian Jeanne McDougall Zentz,Ph.D.
11:00-12:00PM "The Sea and the Sound, the Ship and the Sailor" songs of work, family and life, by singer/songwriter and Tidewater Troubadour Bob Zentz
PM free time

Tuesday 3/7
AM Free time and self-travel to Corolla
1:30PM Lecture on NC Historic Hunting Clubs at the NC Wildlife Education Center in Corolla, followed by an optional tour (fee) of the Whalehead Club

Wednesday 3/8
ALL DAY GUIDED BUS TOUR to Ocracoke with narrated history and visits to three lighthouses (local historian/driver)
Thursday 3/9
AM Self-travel to Manteo for various sites: Fort Raleigh, NC Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, and other locations.
7:00PM Wrap-up and Farewell Meeting (Dessert, Coffee, and Tea) at Sea Ranch Resort

Friday 3/10
10:30AM Check out
Drive home to VA

Call us for more information or to register!

LLI Contact Information
127 W. Bruce St. MSC 9006
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Thank you to our sponsors!
American National University
Bridgewater Retirement Community
Sunnyside Retirement Community

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