Special Interest Groups

Bunco

Dates: 4th Monday of each month
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
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
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. Contact Bob Stagg at 256-520-0417 for more information.

Hand & Foot

Dates: every Thursday
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 information, contact Betsy Prescott at momprescott@comcast.net.

Hiking

Dates: Mondays and Fridays
Time: 9:30 am (Mondays); 9:00 am (Fridays)

Mondays: Explore a variety of local hiking trails with hiking leaders Sue Campbell, Bruce Martin, Jeannie Mackay, Dan Barron, and Charlie Bonne. 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. Well behaved dogs are allowed. Cancel in case of rain. Liability waivers are required. Notification of hike details is handled via email. 

Fridays: Explore a variety of local hiking trails with hiking leader Barbara Roberts. Enjoy leisurely hikes, with several on paved greenways, that allow you 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. Send email to lqhiking@gmail.com to be added to the hiking distribution list. Please note: no dogs at the request of the hikers. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring water and a hiking stick. This is a good way to find out where to hike around this area.

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

Jewelry Making, BYOB

Dates: 3rd Thursday of each month
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 this jewelry making group. Bring 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 out and learn new skills as we go along. Bring Your Own Beads (BYOB). This class is open to any unfinished project in any craft. Come and finish that unfinished project! For more information, contact Joy Anderson at jma82182@aol.com.

Knitting

Dates: Second Monday
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

Knitters of all skill levels meet to share their talents, ideas, and projects. We seldom solve world problems but we always have fun. For information, contact Barbara Ward at bward@hiwaay.net.

Mah Jongg

Dates: Every Monday
Time: 1:00  – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Library, A/B

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

Progressive Christianity Explored

Dates: 1st Friday of each month
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
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.