ALL Talks

Academy of Lifelong Learning

ALL Talks are a potpourri of interesting topics, presented by exciting and knowledgeable local experts. The discussions are completely online (via Zoom) and cover a range of intriguing subjects that change each month. ALL aficionados and non-members alike can register and attend. Also, please invite any friends who may be interested in the topic even if they are not familiar with ALL.

ALL Talks are 100% online.

September ALL Talk

Monday, September 19, 2022
2 - 3 p.m.

From the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru to the floating villages at 12,500-foot elevation on Lake Titicaca, Peru is a beautiful country filled with courteous and colorfully-dressed people. This Talk concentrates on three distinct features of the country: The Inca ruins located at the higher elevations which naturally includes the improperly-named Machu Picchu; the people, their homes and their colorful clothing; and the area around Lake Titicaca to include the floating island villages. The segment on Panama is brief and focuses on the difference in the instructors' expectations of what the canal would look like and its actual configuration. At the conclusion of the Talk, all attendees receive, via email, an illustrated document that provides more in-depth information than that given during the PowerPoint presentation. Sorry, Peruvian guinea pig and coca tea is not served during the talk.

Registration ends: September 15, 2022

Instructor: Jeff Eastman

For 42 years Jeff taught overseas for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (now DoDEA) where students are the dependent children of U.S. military personnel. Although he taught a variety of subjects over the years, one of his favorite endeavors was to help teachers and their students get off-base to see local historical, cultural and geographical features of our host nations. Personally, Jeff had always wanted to visit Machu Picchu and see the reed boats of Lake Titicaca since learning about them in elementary school. The Panama Canal also intrigued him since childhood, especially from the time his grandfather quizzed him about the canal’s geographic orientation, something that fascinated his grandfather during his transit of the canal back in the 1950’s.

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October ALL Talk

Monday, October 17, 2022
2 - 3 p.m.

Elder abuse is one of the most under reported crimes in this country. Although it sometimes takes the form of physical violence or abuse, it more often involves financial exploitation of vulnerable elderly people by family or trusted caregivers.

Many times, the victims are not able or willing to report the abuse to authorities because of embarrassment, dependency or family relations.  

Anyone who knows elderly people with cognitive losses or very serious health problems, especially those living alone, should be aware of these crimes and be keeping an eye out for the safety of vulnerable friends and family.

Registration ends: October 13, 2022

Presenter: Jane Relin

Jane Relin is a retired social worker, Geriatric Care Manager and Geriatric Mental Health Specialist. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and an MSW from the University of Washington. Jane directed a team of Geriatric Care Managers at Jewish Family Service in Seattle, working with many holocaust survivors and low-income seniors with health or mental health problems. She also taught geriatric mental health to postgraduates at UW for 10 years. Jane is a member of the ALL Curriculum Committee.

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November ALL Talk

Monday, November 21, 2022
2 - 3 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what the birds have seen of Whatcom County history? Join Troy Luginbill, local historian, for a bird’s eye view of Whatcom County history using Google Maps. Learn about the history of today’s communities and about those which have disappeared over the decades. Discover landmarks, learn about geologic features and how the landscape has changed, discover old trails and lost communities all for a better understanding of how Whatcom County became what it is today.

Registration ends: November 17, 2022

Presenter: Troy Luginbill
Troy Luginbill is the manager Lynden Village Books and Paper Dreams. A former Director/Curator of the Lynden Pioneer Museum, Troy has devoted over 27 years studying Whatcom County history. Troy enjoys sharing the many stories and rich history of the fourth corner of the US.

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December ALL Talk

Monday, December 19, 2022
2 - 3 p.m.

Start with a family that is committed to service and stir some coffee and what do you get? A team that is committed to putting the guest first in all we do at Woods Coffee. What does that mean? Taking the opportunities we are given, to see how we can make someone's day, bring delight and genuinely see others where they are. Over the last 20 years, Woods has looked for ways to grow this culture and invite others to join us in delivering on this promise to make our guests the heroes. We provide the experience along with the fuel for people to take on their next adventure, wherever that may lead.

Registration ends: December 15, 2022

Presenter: Wes Herman

Wes Herman started his entrepreneurial journey at age 21. After owning and operating several businesses, in 2002, along with his wife and four teenage children, Wes started a small coffee shop in Lynden, WA called Woods Coffee. Now over 20 years later, their family business has grown into one of the region's premier coffee companies with 19 locations all around the Pacific Northwest. Woods Coffee employs over 350 people throughout four counties in Washington State and continues its mission to “Serve Others, Make a Difference and Have Fun.”

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