Special Interest Groups


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.

Front Porch Conversations

Dates: Third Wednesday
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Location: Second Floor Events Room

Topics of current social, philosophical, and political issues will be considered, with civility, in a structured environment which allows each member of the class an opportunity to actively participate in the dialogue. The purpose of meaningful conversation is to come to an understanding of the other, not to determine if they are good, bad, right, or wrong. It requires deep reflection and the ability to disagree with others while still respecting their sincerity and decency. Members will custom design the course by choosing the topics and identifying
questions to be considered. Contact Larry West, larrykwest@gmail.com to become a member and 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.


Dates: Fridays (Sept 17 – Nov 19)
Time: 9:00 am

Fridays:Explore a variety of local hiking trails with hiking leader Barbara Roberts. Enjoy leisure 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.


Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Time: 2:00 – 3:00
Location: Downtown Library, A/B 1st Wednesday; Online 3rd Wednesday

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.

Poets’ Corner

Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month
Time: 1:30 – 3:00
Location: FCR

This special interest group is for members who enjoy reading or writing poetry and want to share that enjoyment with others. Whether you are a neophyte or a published poet, come join our conversations! Poems will be written, shared, and discussed. Our conversations may include poetry by well-known as well as, perhaps, lesser known poets whom we have enjoyed. The group will be loosely structured according to participants’ interests. The purpose is to participate in a poetic appreciation of life! For more information, contact Liz Hall (256-881-4505) or hall14@wowway.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  – 3:30 pm
Location: Downtown Library, Second Floor Events Room and Online

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.