- Who We Are
- Current Speakers
- April 2020 Courses
- Register to Attend
- Get Involved
Life Long Learning, a non-profit corporation, was organized on March 11, 1993. Its purpose is to offer individuals residing in or near the Upper Perkiomen Valley opportunities to learn through hearing talks and participating in discussions on many topics including history, the arts, health, religion, travel, gardening, cultural diversity, cooking, literature, finance, and much more.
Life Long Learning fulfills its purpose by offering a series of seminars in the spring and fall each year. Three concurrent one-hour seminars are held before a thirty minute coffee break and three concurrent seminars are held after. Participants may choose two seminars – one from each time frame. Field trips may be planned to enhance the classroom experience. It is our hope that there will be something to interest everyone with each spring and fall session.
Life Long Learning is intended primarily for senior citizens in the Upper Perkiomen Valley and surrounding areas, but people of all ages are welcome to participate. There is a modest charge for the educational series to cover refreshments, facility costs, insurance, postage and equipment. The New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ graciously provides rooms and the necessary clerical and custodial services. The Upper Perkiomen School District generously assists with technology needs and printing requirements.
Life Long Learning has no paid staff. Its board of directors and all of its faculty members are volunteers, freely contributing their time, talents, and energy to what has become an important and popular part of the Upper Perkiomen Valley’s cultural life.
Board of Directors
Eliza Mann, President
George Bonekemper, Vice President
Annette Thompson, Treasurer
Priscilla Kistler, Recording Secretary
Sharon Muntz, Recording Secretary
Maribeth Reigner, Communications Secretary
Robert DeFuccio Roselyn Parry
Sally DeFuccio Susan Royer
Gail Gerhard Charles Shagg
Glenn Gilbert Jean Thobaben
Thomas Henry Kathie Utz
Dr. Allyn J. Roche, Upper Perkiomen School District Liaison
Rev. James Roth, Audio-Visual Coordinator
Each speaker contributes their time to the Life Long Learning program and we express
our deep gratitude for their kind assistance.
Scott Armstrong – Author, publisher, teacher
James J. Coffey – Retired science teacher (Upper Perkiomen SD)
Jeanne Cove – Director of Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, book lover, literacy advocate
Gabe Delp – Guitarist, songwriter, college student
Kathy Doyle – Volunteer co-director of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY Associate Program
Dr. John Farris – Retired dentist, US Army Dental Corps veteran, Vietnam tour
Jay Fischer – Electrical power systems background, Italian Renaissance art hobbyist, extensive travels in Italy
Kathy Halpert – Master Gardener, retired teacher (Upper Perkiomen SD), Art Smart volunteer and organizer
Bradley Hendershot – Award-winning contemporary representational artist of rural life of both PA and Maine
Clyde Hoch – Pennsburg native, veteran, author
Hometown Veterans – Local service men and women
Katharine Krieg – Contemporary artist and teacher with students in Green Lane, PA and Monhegan Island, ME
Matt and Charlotte Kulp – Monarch hobbyists
Dave Luz – Executive Director of Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, avid reader
Eliza Mann – Retired teacher (Upper Perkiomen SD), LLL President
Amy Morse – Director of Music, Perkiomen School
Maribeth Reigner – Retired teacher (Upper Perkiomen SD), LLL Board Member
Sally Sue Richmond – Penn State Master Gardener
Charles Shagg – Retired history teacher (North Penn SD), Vietnam veteran, Green Beret, LLL Board Member
Linda Shagg – Retired nurse, daughter of a Norwegian Sea Captain from Brandal, Norway
Dr. Mark Thomas - Supervisor of Music, Upper Perkiomen SD
|SESSION 1 - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.|
|A. Travel||B. Musical Performances||C. Nature: The Good, Bad & Ugly|
|SESSION 2 - 11:00 am to Noon|
|D. Literacy Lovers: Books, Stories, History, Mysteries & Foreign Lands||E. The World of Art & The Artists||F. Serving Our Country|
The entire cost of the four-week educational series is $20 which covers coffee breaks and incidental expenses. Participants can register for one course at 9:30 for all four weeks and one course at 11:00 for all four weeks and attend the courses for which they are registered. Everyone is welcome!
All registration is by mail. Click here to open the registration form and then mail it with $20 non-refundable fee to:
Life Long Learning
New Goshenhoppen UCC
1070 Church Rd
East Greenville, PA 18041
Enrollment is limited. Prompt registration will ensure your place in the classes of your choice. Please indicate your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for each session.
Classes will be held on the following four Tuesdays in 2020 (April 7, 14, 21, 28) One session of three concurrent classes will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Following a half-hour coffee break, a second session of three concurrent classes will be held from 11:00 a.m. until noon.
All sessions will be held in the Educational Wing of the New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ in East Greenville. Parking and elevator access are available next to the main church building.
Tuesday, April 7th is the opening day and an orientation session will be held at 9:00 a.m. Please make every effort to attend.
For more information, call Gail Gerhard at 215-679-6523.