HUDSON — The Adult Learning Institute has announces its programs for June. 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. June 5 and June 19 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. 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. June 6, 13, 20 and 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.
Family History/Cultural Heritage Workshop 2:30-4 p.m. June 7 in Room 105B. Family History/Cultural Heritage Workshop is an opportunity for participants to explore their roots—both family and cultural without the need for a computer at home or trips to the library. The workshop is collaborative which means participants actively help and learn from other participants. Even if you have never given thought about your own and other’s family history and heritage, you may discover how rewarding (and fun) an activity it can be. ALI member Glenn Fisher has been exploring his own family history since the mid-1970s and extensively helping others with their research since his retirement in 2001.
Wicked Plants 10:30 a.m.-noon June 8 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. Join Joanne Schleich as the group listens to Amy Stewart’s recorded lecture given at Cornell University. In her New York Times best seller “Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities,” Stewart takes on Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate and otherwise offend. Drawing on history, medicine, science and legend, Stewart presents tales of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. Schleich is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer for Columbia and Greene counties.
Mahjongg 1:30-4 p.m. June 14 and June 28 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge, with Barbara Troy. The group generally meets twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesday. If an experienced player, just call the office and let Margaret know you will be attending. If you would like to learn to play, call Margaret and be put on the list for the next beginner’s class.
The Best of TED Talks 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 21 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. 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. Presentation of these talks is through a Creative Commons license by the copyright holder.
Listen and Learn: Beer Brewing in Albany in the 1600s and in Leeds in the 2000s 10:30 a.m.-noon June 22 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. Richard Muggeo returns as a guest speaker for ALI. His presentation begins with a review of the part played by alcohol as “the” drink of choice, in terms of the availability of clean drinking water, and concentrates on the arrival of the Dutch and the beer brewing history of Albany. The presentation concludes with a demonstration of how to brew beer at home, with a display of the equipment needed to achieve quality homebrew. Listen and Learn is open to the public. Contact the ALI Office to register.