Academy for Lifelong Learning

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Welcome to ALL

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Explore local and regional sites.

Enjoy new connections.

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Whether you are new to the community or a long-time resident, Academy for Lifelong Learning offers you opportunities to continue to learn and grow.

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“ALL has done a great job of gearing up for online classes in a stressful time. From those of us who don't get out much anymore, thank you for keeping us connected to new ideas.”

“ALL helps me keep my mind active.”

“I want to thank everyone at ALL for their excellent job with the quick switch to online classes. You've helped brighten this dark time.”

Donation Information

The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) is a volunteer-led community providing a variety of educational and cultural programs in a pressure-free environment and offers short, college-level courses and other educational events - without homework, tests or credit. We fill a critical need in our community by providing valuable opportunities for learners to explore important local and regional sites, enroll in academic and cultural programming, and create new connections with like-minded individuals. 

Please consider supporting our work and contribute to our Endowment. For further information, contact Michou Yenokida at

Click on "Give Today" above to donate with your credit card or send a check to:

WWU Foundation-ALL
516 High Street, MS 9034
Bellingham WA 98225

Memo: Academy for Lifelong Learning


ALL Membership Information

Enjoy Member Benefits

Due to complications with COVID-19, some of the WWU member benefits may not be available.

  • 20% discount on fees for courses and excursions with member discount code (membership must be purchased first).
  • Borrowing privileges at Western's library
  • Student rates at University events, including performing arts performances
  • Invitations to special membership and social events
  • Student privileges at Lakewood Boathouse (on Lake Whatcom) and Viking Union Outdoor Center
  • Use of the Wade King Recreation Center at Alumni & Affiliates rates. Included in this benefit is use of the pool from Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 10:00am and Saturday – Sunday full access all day beginning July 1, 2022.
  • 10% discount at Village Books:
    • Buy 20 books and receive a discount equal to the average cost
    • On your birthday receive a 25% discount on the purchase of 1 book
    • As a birthday gift receive a free drip coffee, tea or fountain drink from the Colophon Café or a free drip coffee or lemonade from the Book Fair.
  • Participation in complimentary, self-directed Interest Groups such as our Contemporary Readings Discussion Group, our History Discussion Group, and our World Affairs Discussion Group
  • Access to ALL Talks. All Talks, a new program beginning this fall, will provide monthly, one-hour presentations on a mélange of topics. Using Zoom, there will be sessions of interest for everyone, with both local and international focus, provided by knowledgeable and passionate devotees from the Bellingham area.

  • In addition, you will be helping to support ALL as we continue to offer exceptional learning experiences during this difficult time.

Membership Cost

Effective July 1, 2019, Academy for Lifelong Learning has decided to eliminate half year memberships. Please find the annual membership option below for the upcoming academic year:

  • Full Year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) - $49

How to Purchase a Membership

  • Pay online, using a credit card (Visa, M/C, AMEX, Discover). You will need to create an account in our new registration system first. Questions about the membership purchase process? Please contact our office at (360) 650-4970 if you are unable to purchase a membership online and we will assist you manually.

Other ways to join and support ALL

ALL Interest Groups

  • Contemporary Readings Discussion Group - First Monday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon
  • History Discussion Group - First Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • World Affairs Discussion Group - First Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon

Our Interest Groups are available via Zoom at no charge and no registration is required. If you want to participate and are not currently on our email lists, please contact Michou at


Since its beginning in 1997, the Academy for Lifelong Learning has been led by dedicated volunteers. ALL volunteers plan, schedule and coordinate classes, excursions and other events. They also assist with membership, program evaluation and scheduling.

If you wish to become a volunteer, please fill out the ALL Volunteer Signup Form
For additional information about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at or (360) 650-4970.


Contact Us

Emails us at or call (360) 650-4970.


For specific contact information, please see below:

Board of Directors

Russ Carlsen
(360) 961-1300

Curriculum Committee

Adam Moles
(360) 738-4342

Excursion Committee

Monica Ackermann
(360) 756-1451