Special Interest Groups


Dates: 4th Monday of each month, beginning July 23
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 July 20
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. For additional information, contact Glenn Nettleton at glennet@knology.net.

Great Conversations

Dates: every Monday, beginning July 9
Time: 3:00  – 4:30 pm
Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Great Conversations is an anthology of classic and contemporary selections. We will read selections based on the following six themes: 1) Ways of Living, 2 ) Living in Community, 3) Forms of Belief, 4) The Power of Knowledge, 5) Forms of Love, 6) The Perspective of History. We will 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. Newsletter goes out on Wednesday detailing upcoming selection. For information, contact Marie Held at heldmc@gmail.com.

Hand & Foot

Dates: every Thursday, beginning July 5
Time: 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

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


Dates: Mondays: Sept 22 to Nov 12 & Fridays: Sept 21 to Nov 16.
Time: 9:30 am (Mondays); 9:00 am (Fridays)

Explore a variety of local hiking trails with hike coordinators, Sue Campbell, Bruce Martin, and Jeannie Mackay on Monday and Barbara Roberts on Friday. Liability waivers are required to participate. Notification of hiking details is handled via email. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring water. To be added to the hiking distribution list, send an email to lqhiking@gmail.com. Please note: no dogs at the request of the hikers.

Jewelry Making, BYOB

Dates: 3rd Thursday of each month, beginning July 19.
Time: 10:00  – Noon
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

Do you ever 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 Your Own Beads). For more information, contact Diana Canada at dlcbama@gmail.com or Joy Anderson at jma82182@aol.com.

Mah Jongg

Dates: Every Monday, except for holidays, starting July 2.
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 July 6
Time: 9:30  – 11:30 am
Location: Valley United Methodist Church, Drake Avenue

The group discusses Bishop Spong’s newsletters and other aspects of Progressive Christianity. To get additional information, contact Glenn Nettleton at glennet@knology.net.

UkeQUESTors Jam

Dates: Every Sunday, starting July 8
Time: 2:00  – 3:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library, Second Floor

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 in September 2018. For information, contact Keith Fukumitsu at penswd51@aol.com.