Special Interest Groups

Bunco

Dates: 4th Monday of each month, beginning January 28
Time: 9:30  – Noon
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

Come join us for a fun-filled morning of Bunco. As it is played today, Bunco is a social dice game played in teams of four, involving 100% luck and very little skill as there are few decisions to be made. The rules are simple and can be learned in five minutes or less. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. For information, contact Joy Anderson at jma82182@aol.com.

Computers, Cameras, and Questing

Dates: 3rd Friday of each month, beginning January 18
Time: 9:30  – Noon
Location: Downtown Library, 2nd Floor Events Room

Meetings begin with several videos and images that will stir your imagination. Members receive an email meeting reminder containing the monthly newsletter. A few of the newsletter technology topics are discussed; then we have an extended group Q & A time. It is a great way to reflect on the issues of our day. To join this SIG or get additional information, contact Glenn Nettleton at glennet@knology.net.

Great Conversations

Dates: every Monday, beginning January 7
Time: 3:00  – 4:30 pm
Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Great Conversations is a literacy discussion group. We read one selection each week and discuss the author, the time period in which the piece was written, and relevance in today’s world. Since there is a new selection each week, prior attendance is not a handicap for the week’s selection. Come when you are available. A newsletter goes out on Wednesday detailing upcoming selection. The anthology we are using is Great Conversations 1. The ISBN is 0-945159- 34-X. For information, contact Marie Held at  heldmc@gmail.com.

Hand & Foot

Dates: every Thursday, beginning January 3
Time: 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

Everyone, beginner to expert, is welcome to play the Hand and Foot variation of Canasta. Instruction and “cheat sheets” are provided upon request. For those who have played for awhile, please share your rules with us. It will be fun to learn new ways to play. For information, contact Janis Warman at jawarman@att.net or 256-653-2399.

Hiking

Dates: Mondays: January 21 to April 29 & Fridays: January 18 to April 26.
Time: 9:30 am (Mondays); 9:00 am (Fridays)

Explore a variety of local hiking trails with hiking leaders Barbara Roberts, Sue Campbell, Bruce Martin, and Jeannie Mackay. 

Mondays: Hikes are generally four to five miles in length and vary in difficulty. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring water. Walking sticks are recommended when the trail is slippery or rough. Liability waivers are required. Notification of hike details is handled via email. Please note: well- behaved dogs are allowed. 

Fridays:Explore a variety of local hiking trails with hiking leader Barbara Roberts. Enjoy leisure hikes, several on paved greenways, that allow time to enjoy the local flora and
fauna. Meet LearningQUEST members for these enjoyable morning jaunts. Liability waivers are required. Notification of hike details is handled via email. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots;
bring water and a hiking stick. This is a good way to find out where to hike around this area. Please note: no dogs at the request of the hikers.

Send email to lqhiking@gmail.com to be added to the hiking distribution list.

Jewelry Making, BYOB

Dates: 3rd Thursday of each month, beginning January 17
Time: 10:00  – Noon
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

Do you need more time in your day for family, home, hobbies, and crafting? Come visit our jewelry making group, bring your unfinished projects, and create with other crafters. This special interest group is also for anyone who needs help with a new technique or has a
problem with jewelry designs. We can help each other and learn new skills as we go along. BYOB (Bring YourOwn Beads). We are opening the group up to any unfinished project in any craft. Finish your unfinished project! For more information, contact Joy Anderson at jma82182@aol.com.

Mah Jongg

Dates: Every Monday, except for holidays, starting January 7.
Time: 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

Mah Jongg players of all levels meet weekly on Mondays to play. A beginning class is available upon request. For information, contact Janet Tedrow at wftedrow@aol.com.

Progressive Christianity Explored

Dates: 1st Friday of each month, beginning January 4.
Time: 9:30  – 11:30 am
Location: Valley United Methodist Church, Drake Avenue

Progressive Christianity is defined on progressivechristianity.org/the-8-points/. The group
discusses Bishop Spong’s newsletters and other aspects of Christianity. We meet on the first Friday of each month at Valley Methodist Church on East Drake Avenue. For additional information, contact Glenn Nettleton at glennet@knology.net.

UkeQUESTors Jam

Dates: Every Sunday, starting January 6
Time: 2:00  – 3:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library, Second Floor Events Room

As a follow-on to the LearningQUEST Beginner Ukulele Class, the special interest group will be an opportunity for ukulele players of all levels to meet to refine and expand their skills, and to “jam” and sing. Basically just have fun! One goal of the sessions will be for participants to gain confidence in their playing ability so they will be willing to perform at events such as the Alabama Uke Fest. For information, contact Keith Fukumitsu at penswd51@aol.com.