Now at Bard LLI
WinterFest is coming to a laptop, tablet or desktop near you in January! Click here to view the whole lineup of classes in ProClass (no registration required) or check out the website catalog here. If any adjustments to the class lineup are made, they will be noted in the catalogs and also communicated to you by MailChimp emails.
Looking Ahead: LLI is always looking for volunteers to serve as Session Managers for our full slate of virtual classes. Click here to learn about being a Session Manager. We provide training and guarantee you will love the new friends you gain and the new skills you learn. Information on all current volunteer opportunities at LLI is here.
Life Goes On, Even When We Are All Staying Home: Our LLI members have put together a stupendous list of resources for LLI members and all of our friends and neighbors. Ways to stay connected, stay entertained, stay educated and to stay safe. Click here to read the whole list.
For more information, see the Bard College COVID-19 page. The page is updated frequently and includes the most recent information available. Bard has issued notice that the campus is closed to any person who does not live, work, or study at Bard, until further notice.
News + Notes
January kicks off our 2021 election cycle for Council, the main governing body of LLI. Council consists of elected officers (five), elected members at large (four), and appointed standing committee chairpersons (six). This year we will nominate and elect members for:
- 2nd Vice President
- Two Members at Large
Council meetings will give you the opportunity to contribute your ideas about how LLI can be run while working with some interesting,
One of LLI’s core values is transparency. Anyone may request an invitation to LLI Council meetings to see how the sausage—the process of producing dozens of classes and keeping LLI running—is made. For those of you who haven’t attended a Council meeting,
The 62 members of the LLI class of 2020 met the challenge of joining LLI with enthusiasm as it, of necessity, transformed itself into a vibrant online community. Most found their classes rewarding, despite the need to become familiar with Zoom.
Bard LLI managed to produce their Online Programs starting with SummerFest in June 2020. The team that produced these programs had never heard of Zoom prior to March or April, and the success of Bard LLI’s online programs was the result of hours and hours of meetings,
LLI members often have strong opinions, which we are willing to share when given a chance. That chance came when we were asked to complete our evaluation forms for the fall classes. As usual, those forms asked specifically about course content and presenter.
Like three of the four founders of Bard LLI, Sara Hardman had recently moved to the area. She worried that there would be no cultural life. Little did she know! In her first week in her new home, she called the Red Hook Library hoping to find a book group.
|Start Date||End Date||Event|
|Dec 7||Newsletter published|
|No December Curriculum Meeting|
|Dec 21||Council Meeting|
|Jan 6||Feb 3||WinterFest on Zoom (Five Wednesdays, beginning January 6)|
|Jan 7||Jan 25||Call for Council nominations|
|Jan 7||Newsletter published|
|Jan 12||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|Jan 19||Council Meeting (MLK, Jr Day is Monday, Jan 18 - this is a Tuesday)|
|Feb 7||Newsletter published|
|Feb 9||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|Feb 16||Council Meeting (President's Day is Monday - this is a Tuesday)|
|Feb 26||Spring semester catalog available|
|Mar 4||Spring semester registration opens|
|Mar 7||Newsletter published|
|Mar 9||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|Mar 15||Mar 29||Election Voting|
|Mar 15||Council Meeting|
|Mar 18||Apr 30||Spring classes on Zoom, Thursday and Fridays on March 18, 19, 25, 26; April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30|
|Mar 26||Last day to register for a spring course|
|TBD||Seniors to Seniors Tea- 3 - 5 pm|
|Apr 4||Newsletter published|
|Apr 13||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|Apr 19||Council Meeting|
|TBD||Recruit mentors for 2021-2022 new members|
|May 7||Newsletter published|
|May 11||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|May 14||Annual business meeting, on Zoom; budget presented and election results announced|
|May 14||SummerFest catalog available|
|May 17||Annual survey sent to members|
|May 21||SummerFest registration opens|
|Jun 1||Jun 21||Member renewal and electronic payment|
|Jun 1||Jun 21||New member applications accepted|
|Jun 4||Jun 25||SummerFest 2021 - Four Fridays in June 4, 11, 18, 25|
|Jun 7||Newsletter published|
|Jun 11||Last day to register for SummerFest Class|
|Jun 15||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|Jun 21||Council Meeting|
|Jun 30||End of academic year|
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Should there be a serious emergency – medical, fire, etc. – call TWO numbers in the order below.
First call: 9-1-1
For Dutchess County Emergency Services. It is available 24/7.
Second call: (845) 758-7777 or from emergency call boxes: 7777
For Bard College Emergency Medical Services (a trained campus emergency response team).
Bard EMS is always to be called second. While the service provides the fastest response, it follows the college academic schedule and is therefore not always available.
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