HUDSON — The Adult Learning Institute has announced its programs for October. All programs are held at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson. Call the ALI Office at 518-828-4181, ext. 3431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Open Pinochle Group 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge with Madeline Dickerson. Whether you’re a novice, an expert or fall somewhere in between, the Open Pinochle Group welcomes you. This group, which generally meets twice a month on the first and third Monday, provides a wonderful opportunity to learn, share and meet new people with a similar interest.
Bridge Group 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. The bridge group generally meets every week and is open to all members of ALI. If interested in learning to play bridge, call Margaret in the ALI Office to register.
Mahjongg 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge with Barbara Troy. Mahjongg is a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards and the group meets three Wednesdays each month. If you are an experienced player, just call the office and let Margaret know you will be attending. If you are interested in learning to play Mahjongg, contact Margaret in the ALI Office and your name will be added to the list for our next beginner class.
Family History/Local History/Cultural Heritage Exploration in 511 of the Arts building with Glenn Fisher. Learn about your family history, local history and/or cultural heritage without need for expensive online subscriptions or travel by scheduling a consultation with ALI member Glenn Fisher. Consultation can be a one-time exploration or multiple sessions (no more than once per month). Advance registration is required. One-time trial consultation for non-ALI members is also encouraged. Available times are 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-2 p.m. Nov. 13 and Nov. 15; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 14.
The Best of TED Talks 1-2 p.m. Nov. 14 in room 511 of the Arts building with Glenn Fisher. TED Talks are talks lasting no more than 18 minutes that are given each year in venues across the world featuring talks on just about any subject imaginable. ALI member Glenn Fisher peruses the available videos and each month selects 2 or 3 that are of outstanding quality and sure to be thought provoking and stimulate lively conversation.
Chair Yoga 2-2:45 p.m. Nov. 19 in Room 505 of the Arts building with Mary Ellen Gallagher. CGCC Associate Professor of Nursing Mary Ellen Gallagher teaches our very popular Chair Yoga program. The emphasis in chair yoga is gentleness and relaxation. The group always welcomes new members.
“May God in His Mercy Spare Our Lives, The Civil War Letters and Diary of Eseck G. Wilber, 120th NYV” 10:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 29 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge with Sylvia Hasenkopf. Eseck G. Wilber was just a fresh-faced lad of 21 when he heeded President Lincoln’s call for more volunteers in 1862. He, along with his good friend Nelson Walters, joined the 120th New York Volunteers.
Eseck wrote 80 letters back home to his parents and younger siblings Truman and Hetty which detail Eseck’s day-to-day struggles to find food and shelter, as well as detailed accounts of the battles he was involved in.
Most of the letters were found in the Woodsen Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University in Texas.
The presentation will provide an overview of Eseck G. Wilber’s military career and later incarceration in the most notorious of the southern Civil War Prison Camps, Anderson ville.