Lifelong Learning Events

February Luncheon

Noon-2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Lew Boyd Room, Kool Family Community Center, 200 W Michigan Ave, Battle Creek
$15 per person

Join us as we welcome musician Bob Holderbaum! Bob has a versatile voice and is a skilled acoustical performer who accompanies himself on a 5-string banjo and 12-string guitar. His repertoire includes an eclectic catalog of hits from superstars such as John Denver, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Woody Guthrie and more. There is sure to be something for every music lover at this luncheon, so beat the winter blues by joining us for an afternoon of delicious food, good company, and a great musical performance!

Lunch will be provided by Paula Tucker Catering and includes your choice of lemon chicken or lemon-garlic tilapia, rice, key west blend vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage.

Reservations must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2018.

RSVP by Phone at 269-965-4134!

February 2018 Luncheon Flyer/Reservation Form


Weekly Card & Game Days

Fridays 10 a.m. to Noon FREE to members
Join other Lifelong Learning Members to gather and play your favorite card games… euchre, bridge, etc…. or board games, such as checkers, chess and more. Game days are held in the Lane-Thomas  Building, Room 304 in Battle Creek and the Fehsenfeld Center in Hastings.

These will begin again on Friday, March 2, 2018.


Monthly Book Club

The Book Club is held from 1 to 3 p.m.  on the first Friday of each month in Battle Creek at the Davidson Building, Room 107 on KCC’s Main Campus. The Book Club is FREE to members.

Feb. 2
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a curiously charming debut and a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.


March 2
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm is a short political fable by George Orwell based on Joseph Stalin’s betrayal of the Russian Revolution. It is about a group of animals who rebel against the humans who run the farm they live on and run it themselves with hopes of being equal, free, and happy. It is one of the most famous political allegories in the world.


April 6
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

TED Talks

On a quarterly basis Lifelong Learning will host our salons, where attendees will view one of the year’s most popular TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) Talks followed by a facilitated discussion. TED talks are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Davidson Building, Room 107 and are FREE to members.

Jan. 26

Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability.
Brené Brown studies human connection – our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.


March 16

Matthieu Ricard – The Habits of Happiness.
What’s better: a life of happiness or a life of ups and downs so we can appreciate the sweetness when the suffering ends? In his TED Talk, “The Habits of Happiness,” French Biologist-turned-Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can find a deep sense of serenity and fulfillment. Not simply a pleasurable sensation, but a state that pervades and underlies all of the joys and sorrows that life throws at us. Ricard says the answer lies in training our minds in habits of well-being, just as we train our bodies for fitness.
Aug. 17
Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts.
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.