Public Programs

LearningQUEST has presentations open to the general public. All are welcome to attend these programs, so please join us.

P1-The Beatles Come to America: The 1964 British Music Invasion

Instructor: David Lilly
Dates: Monday, Sep. 25
Time: 10 – 11:30
Location: AUD

The Beatles came to America in early 1964, and while doing so, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, conquered the American music scene, and changed pop music and culture forever. This talk will examine how the Beatles accomplished all of this and, in doing so, became the biggest thing in the world. It is a story of serendipity; events had to happen in the right order at the right time for maximum effect, and they certainly did. We’ll look at newspaper and TV news reports and the Beatles’ Ed Sullivan appearances and reveal how a 14-year-old Maryland girl played a key role in making all this happen. We’ll also talk about the British rock groups that followed the Beatles to America during that summer of 1964 and end with a rarely seen early performance by the Rolling Stones.

P2-City Council 101

Instructor: Jennie Robinson
Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 18
Time: 1-2:30
Location: North Huntsville Public Library – Community Rm

City Council Member Jennie Robinson, who has served on the Council since 2014, will provide detailed information on how the City Council of Huntsville operates. Participants will learn about the inner workings of the city’s organizational body. Did you know city council members serve staggered terms? Find out who normally attends the meetings, locations and dates/times of meeting, steps to be taken if you want to address the Council, the role the Mayor plays in the Council meetings, how to access the agendas for the Council’s regularly scheduled meetings, and more.

P3-Goldie B. Locks & the Three Singing Bears

Instructor: Opera Huntsville
Dates: Saturday, Oct 21
Time: 10:00 – 10:45 and 11:30 – 12:15
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church – Wesley Hall

Great family fun! Bring grandchildren, family, and friends and see Opera Huntsville present an operatic version of Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears. In the original story, Goldilocks never actually meets The Three Bears; operatic Goldie begins to interact with the Bear family early in the story. Trying to find her way home after eating soup that doesn’t belong to her, Goldie meets Peek, a little bear. Peek confides to Goldie that a sneaky robber snuck into his family’s house that very morning, licked his spoon, and ate his soup. Goldie is horrified, for she knows, of course, that she’s the sneaky soup robber. What should she do? Should she risk getting in trouble by telling the truth? Should she be dishonest and hope to avoid being punished? Goldie B.’s story unfolds much like the traditional Goldilocks, but with one important difference. Goldie finally learns that honesty is always the best choice. Goldie resolves to tell the truth always, and whenever troubles make her sad, to share them with a trusted grownup, like a teacher, police officer, mom, or dad. The program will be presented in Wesley Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL. Note: There will be two performances at 10:00 and 11:30. Seating for each will be on a first-come, first-served basis up to the occupancy limit.

P4-“Sittin’ Down Talkin” with the Fourth Estate!

Instructors: John Archibald, Kyle Whitmire
Dates: Friday, Nov. 3
Time: 12 – 1
Location: AUD

Ably representing the Fourth Estate are John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire of Alabama Media Group, both bold masters of the op-ed. They are courageous and tenacious, award-winning journalists, read by many readers from Alabama to Vermont and the UK, including those who fiercely disagree with them. John joins us for the third year in a row. This is Kyle’s first appearance with LearningQUEST. They will share some of their back stories and will be eager to field all our burning questions.

P5- You Are There! The 1901 Alabama Constitution Convention

Instructor: Anna Blair
Dates: Sunday, Dec. 3
Time: 2-3
Location: AUD

The 1901 Alabama Constitution was the state’s lawmakers’ and citizens’ seventh try at a governing document. Some claim it is the world’s longest constitution in place today. This presentation of dramatic readings features real people who were living in Alabama during the turn of the century. A few actually had a hand in the drafting of the constitution. A few should have. The cast and our audience will step back into the late 19th and early 20th centuries to experience an event that continues to have an effect on all the people who live in this state today. If you really want to get into the spirit of this event, come dressed in the costume of the day.