Lifelong Learning offers fun & educational 2019 day trips

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 by: Helene Sheets | Category: Community Interest

The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program presents fun, hassle-free day trips throughout the year. To make reservations, call 419-824-3707 or email I’m Getting Sentimental Over You Saturday, March 9 $56 for members; $66 for non-members An exceptional evening of hits from the Golden Era of Jazz! Conductor Alain Trudel will be joined by legendary jazz pianist Gene DiNovi who has performed alongside all the jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, and Lester Young. After a concert by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, meet Alain Trudel up on stage. Trudel’s acclaim as a conductor led to his new position as the new TSO Music Director. He is also a virtuoso trombonist and composer. We have reserved seats in the center of the main floor area of Stranahan Theater. Get your discounted tickets through Lifelong Learning! The concert begins at 8 p.m. Limited transportation from the Lourdes University campus is available. All My Sons Wednesday, April 17 $113 for members; $133 for non-members Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:30 a.m.; returns approximately at 6 p.m. In 1941, a manufacturing company conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use, resulting in planes crashing and pilots dying. Arthur Miller turned this story into the award-winning play “All My Sons” to explore just how far a man will go to protect his family and his interests. Come see a live production at the Purple Rose Theater. Lunch at the Common Grill is always a treat. A modern American bistro showcasing creative food and small-town charm, the Common Grill has been presenting fresh, imaginative American dishes for over 25 years. In the morning, tour the Chelsea Milling Company factory, home of the ever-popular Jiffy Mixes! Enjoy an easy guided walking tour and a sample of their popular treats. Registration required by March 14. Shipshewana Saturday, May 11 $134 for members; $154 for non-members Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 12:30 p.m.; returns around midnight. Shipshewana is the third largest Amish community in the country with nearly 670 residents. Join us for a guided tour of this quaint town noted for its reputation of hand-crafted wares. Stops will include Amish family owned stores such as Noodles & Honey and the Buggy shop featuring regional specialties including food and furniture. Dinner will be a traditional Amish meal at the Blue Gate Restaurant. A hearty all-you-can-eat meal with the selection of a buffet but brought to the table in bowls and platters. Homemade bread and noodles, chicken, beef, and plenty of sides, plus pie for dessert! After dinner it’s show time! ARRIVAL from Sweden has become one of the world's most popular ABBA show bands. This production has all the features a great ABBA show needs: lovely costumes, extremely talented musicians and breathtaking singers. Millions of people around the world celebrate this show as the best ABBA show in the world. Since its start in 1995, the band has appeared on TV and radio shows all over the world and toured in 60 countries, including 58 successful tours in the US. This production is the closest you will ever get to see ABBA! Registration required by March 10. Ford Day: From the Model T to the F150’s Wednesday, June 19 $119 for members; $139 for non-members Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 a.m.; returns approximately at 6 p.m. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour offers awe-inspiring encounters with America’s celebrated manufacturing past, present, and future. From walking through a real-life truck plant to viewing the “living roof," you'll enjoy some eye-opening encounters with the technology of today while learning about the world-changing past. Get an inside look at the making of Ford’s F-150 truck and rev up your inner engineer as you experience a real factory floor in operation. Our tour includes a film featuring historic footage from the Henry Ford archives including the triumphs and tragedies that took place at the Rouge and how Henry Ford’s soaring ideas became actualities and helped define American manufacturing and industry. The tour also includes a visit to the “living roof” on top of the final assembly building. At 10.4 acres, it is one of the largest living roofs in the world. Offering many advantages over conventional tar and metal roofs, the sedum plants grow in a four-layer, vegetated mat, rather than in loose soil. Lunch will be at The Henry, an upscale hotel named in honor of United States veteran Henry Dearborn. Enjoy mixed field green salad, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, brocollini, and cheesecake for dessert. After lunch, a step-on guide will take us on a driving tour of Dearborn. Henry Ford lived most of his life here, leaving behind a legacy that has touched nearly every part of the city. The final stop will be the Russell Stover Candy Outlet filled with sweet temptations. Russell Stover has been an American-made classic since 1923 and merged with Whitman's Candies, America's longest operating chocolate brand at 175 years old. Registration required by May 16. To the Moon and Back Thursday, July 11 $119 for members; $139 for non-members Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:15 a.m.; returns approximately at 5:45 p.m. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! The Armstrong Air & Space Museum serves not only as a repository of Ohio's aeronautical history and a monument to Ohio's contribution to aviation and space exploration, but also as a tribute to Ohioan Neil Armstrong, whose "one small step for a man" was indeed a "giant leap for mankind." Designed to look like a futuristic moon base, the museum contains a range of artifacts - from Neil Armstrong’s space suits to an entire Gemini VIII capsule to an actual moon rock. Learn from docents, interactive exhibits, three simulators and the Astro Theater, a unique venue showing a 25-minute documentary about Apollo 11’s lunar landing. At Moon City Music and Event Center, enjoy a hot buffet lunch of fried chicken and meatloaf, twice baked mashed potatoes, Italian green beans, bread, and key lime mousse cups. After lunch, the award-winning band New Outlook will entertain us and there will be an opportunity to visit the gift shop. The impact of the first moon landing is still felt in Wapakoneta today. Businesses and streets in the community reflect the pride the city has in its native son. Tour Wapakoneta with a local guide and view Neil’s boyhood home (now a private residence), high school, church and more, plus learn interesting stories about this national hero. Registration required by April 29. Fall Foliage Cruise Thursday, October 10 $109 for members; $129 for non-members Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 a.m.; returns approximately at 7 p.m. Cruise on the Grand River with us! Step back in time by stepping onto the Michigan Princess, a classic replica of a 19th century steam boat with graceful arched windows, beautiful wood trim and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy the fall foliage as we float down the river with all the comforts of a 5-star establishment, including indoor and outdoor seating and climate control. A delicious hot buffet lunch will be served aboard ship followed by live entertainment. Once back on land, enjoy a driving tour of Michigan’s capital city of Lansing. See the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum, Impression 5 Science Center, the beautiful campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing and Old Town Lansing where this region was first established. Tour the magnificent Turner-Dodge House and learn about Lansing's early pioneers in the museum within. Built in 1855, the three story Georgian Revival house has an impressive two-story front porch with Ionic columns, large classical doorways, multiple fireplaces, and beveled and leaded glass windows. Registration required by October 13. National Veterans Memorial & Museum Thursday, November 14 $128 for members; $148 for non-members; $116 for Military Veterans Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 a.m.; returns approximately at 7 p.m. Start the day with a visit to the Great Southern Hotel, a Victorian landmark hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After major renovation and restoration, the hotel has earned its place among Ohio’s finest historic hotels. The lobby is a sophisticated gem; the original marble front desk is still a focal point with two amazing griffin-like figures that flank both ends. Opening the doors to the historic hotel’s ballroom reveals a stunning space illuminated by five great stained glass windows near the ceiling, depicting symbols of hospitality and fine dining. After touring the Great Southern Hotel, see the sights in Columbus during a driving tour. Highlights of downtown Columbus include the Ohio Statehouse, the old department stores and restaurants, the vibrant Short North neighborhood, Goodale Park and more. Return to the Great Southern for a gourmet lunch worthy of its heritage. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened in 2018 to much acclaim. It is a place dedicated to the veteran’s experience. It is a place to celebrate and honor the sacrifice of all of our veterans, past and present, from our Greatest Generation to our recent heroes coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Inside the museum, exhibitions focus on the people – the soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coastguardsman and their families – from answering the call to life after military service. Individual stories and shared experiences are illustrated through personal artifacts, quotes, letters, imagery and powerful films of veterans telling their unique story in their own words. Docents will guide our group through the first floor exhibition gallery and there will be time to explore the upper levels at your own pace. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum connects historical events to current concerns and strengthens understanding and respect between civilians and veterans. ------------------------------------ Lifelong Learning is an exciting educational program at Lourdes University. Open to all interested men and women, the only requirement for participation is an interest in ongoing learning. Lifelong Learning participants enjoy classes on a wide variety of academic subjects, educational field trips and monthly lectures featuring guest speakers. All activities are open to both members and non-members. For more information on upcoming classes and becoming a member of Lourdes University’s Lifelong Learning program, visit Lourdes University Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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