Lifelong Learning Events

November Holiday Luncheon

Noon to 2:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
$15 lunch and performance or $10 performance only
KCC’s Binda Performing Arts Center, 450 North Ave, Battle Creek

Nov 2017 Luncheon Flyer

Lois Sprengnether Keel tells stories from around the world and back through time. Join her in kicking off the holiday season as she performs “The Hired Girl at Victorian Christmas.” Discover what was involved in being a “hired girl” who served families during their holiday celebrations. Learn about the Christmas traditions of yesteryear, how they shaped our modern day festivities, and enjoy stories and music of the period.

A certified Word Weaving instructor, Lois loves to spread the joy of storytelling and its many uses. She has been storytelling since 1970. Some of the workshops she offers include the Basics of Storytelling; Storytelling Thematically for Teachers; Story Starters for Your OWN Stories; and Preserving Memories through Oral History.

Lunch will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, rolls, dessert & drinks.

Reservations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2017.

RSVP by Phone at 269-965-4134!


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 Davidson Building in Battle Creek and the Fehsenfeld Center in Hastings.


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.

Nov. 3
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Dec. 1
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
When one of the secret hiding places an architect cleverly devised for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris fails horribly, their immense suffering becomes incredibly personal to him. Written by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every life the architect tries to save.

Jan. 5
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
by Daniel James Brown
In this gripping narrative, new light is shed on one of the most infamous events in American history. The Donner party was a group of American pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train in May 1846. They were delayed by a series of mishaps and mistakes, and spent the winter of snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Following every painful footstep of a young woman’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

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.

Nov. 17

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.

Feb. 23

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.
May 4
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.