Adult Learners Institute

The Adult Learners Institute (ALI) supports lifelong learning and plans a wide range of educational classes to meet the interests of adults in western Washtenaw County.

Lifelong Learning

Based in Chelsea, Michigan, the Adult Learners Institute provides a diverse selection of quality community-based learning experiences and camaraderie for adults in western Washtenaw County. ALI is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) affiliated with the LLI Resource Network at RoadScholar, a group of hundreds of similar organizations. We conduct our programs in cooperation with Washtenaw Community College.

As always, our experienced instructors create a relaxed learning environment where students can ask questions, share experiences or just sit and listen.  And there is no homework!

 

News & Events

May 2021 Classes

The zoom classes in May include: Rhoda Perkins-Boyer’s Here and There Around the World May 21 1-3pm and Ken Phifer’s Religion and Violence class May 12 at 10am. For the in-person classes, there are a few spaces left for Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.  The other two in-person classes are full.  

Go to Registration to sign-up for classes and get more details about them.

Upcoming Spring 2021 Classes

  • “Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”…As the days lengthen and the weather warms and the birds sing and your allergies act up, you may be thinking of planting things. Happily, you don’t have to go to Scarborough  Fair to think about herbs and flowers that you can not only cook with but some that will help cure things. Jennifer Fairfield’s Gardening: Spice up Your Garden and Improve Your Health Zoom class on April 26 10am, still has openings and you might even earn extra credit if you remember who sang that song. A hint: a touch of rosemary will improve your memory
  • For a new perspective on the Russian Revolution in 1917, you may already be aware that what two Russians, Sergei Diaghilev and Igor Stravninksy, did with dance and music in the early twentieth century in Paris was at least as revolutionary as anything that happened in Red Square. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine modern dance without Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe and the choreography of the spectacular dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky. And what would the Ballet Russe have been like without the groundbreaking music of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of SpringFirebird and Petroushka? Happily, there are still opportunities to further explore this longer-lasting revolution in Henry Aldridge’s May 6 at 1pm in-person class on Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes.

Who We Are

 

Based in Chelsea, Michigan, ALI provides a diverse selection of quality community-based learning experiences and camaraderie for adults in western Washtenaw County. ALI is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) affiliated with the LLI Resource Network at RoadScholar, a group of hundreds of similar organizations. We conduct our programs in cooperation with Washtenaw Community College.

We’re always looking for more folks to work with us to continue providing exciting and fun classes for western Washtenaw County area adults.

The 2019 officers are:  Steve Daut Chair, Wendy Broshar Treasurer, and Loretta Thirty Secretary.

To donate, click here to go to the Contact Us section below and follow the donation directions.

To volunteer for committees (see below for description), one-time projects or the board of directors, send an email to: info@AdultLearnersInstitute.org.

ALI 2019 Board of Directors

ALI Board of Directors

Committees

 

Curriculum Committee:

Jan Longworth and Camie Noah, Co-Chairs
Determines class line-up, organizes class schedule, communicates with instructors, schedules facilities, evaluates classes/teachers.

Registration Committee:

Karen Szymanski, Chair
Registers participants, recruits and directs class assistants, maintains demographic records. Develops registration policy and procedures.

Web Committee:

Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Maintains website. Updates web site content based on input from the Board and other chairs.

Technology Committee:

Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Assists with technology issues. Maintains databases and computers.

 

 

Audiovisual Committee:

Mike Muha, Chair
Arranges technical support for classes. Train tech assistants to help during classes.

Public Relations Committee:

Joan Gaughan, Chair
Prepares press releases and other advertising, oversees design of brochure, organizes bulk mailings, designs flyers. Takes photographs and uploads them to the photo repository.

Finance Committee:

Wendy Broshar, Chair
Prepares yearly budget proposals, maintains financial records, reconciles budget report and seek approval for monthly expenses.

Contact Us

Donations 

As the Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea MI is a 501(c)(3) organization, personal contributions are tax-deductible. 

The primary income for the Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea, MI is registration and class fees. However, the Covid-19 crisis has seriously impacted our revenues, while our basic operating expenses continue. While we are taking steps to minimize our expenses, your donations are critically important for ALI to weather this difficult time.  We invite and encourage you to consider contributing to ALI at whatever level you can afford.

Donate by check: Make a check out to ALI of Chelsea MI Inc. and mail it to PO Box 134, Chelsea MI 48118.

Donate by card: To make a credit card contribution CLICK HERE.  

Catalogs

To be added to the mailing list, please send us your name, address, home and/or mobile phone number, and email address via the contact form below or to info@adultlearnersinstitute.org.  Please indicate if you would like a mailed catalog, announcements emailed or both. Catalogs (including calendars and registration forms) will also be available at the ALI office; the Chelsea and Dexter Senior Centers; the front desk at CRC, Silver Maples and the Cedars of Dexter; the Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester District Libraries and the Chelsea and Dexter Chambers of Commerce.

Class Cancellation

ALI classes are cancelled when the Chelsea District Schools are closed due to inclement weather. See their web site www.chelsea.k12.mi.us for closing information. Classes cancelled for any reason will not be automatically rescheduled.

 

Contact ALI

Adult Learners Institute
PO Box 134
Chelsea MI 48118

info@adultlearnersinstitute.org

734-292-5540

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