Friday Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn
Fridays, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
East Campus Forum

This traditional LLI series, arranged by LLI’s Special Events Committee, will offer entertainment, interesting information, and fascinating facts. Bring your lunch to the NCC East Campus Atrium, have coffee and dessert, and at 12:30 get your ticket after presenting your LLI Membership card. The program begins at l PM.

January 31- The Serendipity Chorale
The Serendipity Chorale of Southwestern Connecticut founded in 1976 by Gigi VanDyke is comprised of a group of volunteers from all walks of life. For the past 37 years they have performed from Boston to New York, from Harpers Ferry to the Bahamas. Dorothy Grimm has accompanied the group for two years.

The Chorale is nationally known and has received acclaim and honors. In 1998 both CBS and ABC’s Peter Jennings recognized Van Dyke and the group for its valued “service to all mankind.” In 2000 Serendipity Chorale was named a “Connecticut Treasure” by Lt. Governor Rell for its devotion to entertaining schools, churches, synagogues, etc.

The group has performed with many known artists such as Andy Williams, Betty Jones and Pete Seeger. Their repertoire consists of Broadway tunes, Pop standards, Folk songs and Negro Spirituals. Upon request, Patriotic songs will be included at their concerts. The Chorale performs throughout their calendar year which runs from September through June.

February 7- Inside Sing Sing
Jackie Labatt Simon
Ever wonder what a prison is like on the inside? This is a visual and verbal tour of the infamous Sing Sing Correctional Institution. Sing Sing is one of the most known prisons, the home of the electric chair and place of some notorious executions. This pictorial tour will bring you inside the walls of the prison, tell you its history and provide details about what it is like to be an inmate there.

Jackie Labatt-Simon
has volunteered at Sing Sing for fifteen years, working with two unique programs. She goes into the prison at least once a month and knows many of the inmates well.

February 14- The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Carolyn DeRocco
This presentation, a video clip educational workshop, is for those interested in learning about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Topics include dementia vs. normal aging, risk factors involved, ten warning signs, diagnoses and available resources.

Carolyn DeRocco, Senior Director of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, has over 20 years of experience as a therapeutic recreation director for skilled nursing facilities specializing in dementia care and as a support group leader for caregivers and dementia patients.

February 21- A World above the World
Daryl Hawk
***Note – This class will be held in the West Campus Culinary Arts Dining Room ***
Well-known local and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk will present a program about his recent expedition to the Northwest Frontier of Argentina. He traveled over 3,000 miles across the Atilplano Andean Plateau and the spectacular 18,000 foot Andean mountain range, where Chile and Argentina meet. He will share his stories through photographs of his nonstop adventures.

Daryl Hawk, a past LLI Lunch & Learn contributor, has been featured on NBC’s Today show and Fox 5 television. He is a member of the Explorers Club and a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

February 28- Confessions of an Urban Archeologist
Greg Van Antwerp
Greg Van Antwerp will demonstrate his 35 year passion digging for historical treasures at estate, garage and tag sales. He will share with us some of his discoveries of antique paper, unique gadgets and rare valuable items. Hopefully, this presentation will teach us what to keep and what to toss.

Greg Van Antwerp has spent over 20 years of his professional life working in community TV.