The Adult Learning Institute (ALI) has announced the lineup of programs for September 2012.
Mondays, September 10th and 24th  at 1:30pm in the Faculty/Staff Lounge our Open Pinochle Group continues to meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.  Whether you’re a novice, an expert or fall somewhere in between, our pinochle group welcomes you.  This group provides a wonderful chance to learn, share and meet people with a similar interest.
Wednesdays, September 12th,19th and 26th, Italian Enrichment in Room 134 from 1:00-2:00pm.
Come and enjoy some additional ways to learn the Italian language as ALI member Frederick Skelding, continues his Italian Enrichment class. The program will offer cultural enrichment including Italian  Conversation in class and learning grammar.
Thursday, September 13th from 1:30-3:00pm in the Faculty/Staff Lounge, Dale Flansburg presents a program on The Albany Southern Fast Line…ca 1917
Enjoy a slide presentation covering what a passenger would have seen along the right-of-way…
Stations, creameries, ice houses and several scenes at Electric Park.  If time permits, a short program on the Hudson branch of the Boston and Albany RR from Chatham will be included.
Mr. Flansburg has been a 55+ year resident of Germantown, lifelong rail fan and collector of “Railroadiana”.  He worked as an engineer for IBM from 1955-1993 with time out for a hitch with the US Marine Corps.  He is currently active as a Railroad Historical Society director on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad.  In addition, he maintains a private RR museum in Germantown, open upon request, containing much of the “Stuff of Railroading”.
Monday, September 17th People & Books in Room 507 (Arts Bldg) from 1:30-3:00 pm.
ALI member Joan Niessingh returns with our People and Books program.  This month members will discuss Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  The story is a riveting saga of twin brothers, Marion and Shiva Stone, born of a tragic union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa.  Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, and bound together by a presentational connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.  But it’s love, not politics--their passion for the same woman--that will tear them apart and force Marion to flee his homeland and make his way to America,
finding refuge in his work at an under funded,  overcrowded New York City hospital.  When the past catches up to him, wrecking havoc and destruction, Marion has to entrust his life to the two men he has trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.
Monday,  September 24th, from 2:00-2:45pm in room 613 (PAC Bldg) the Chair Yoga program under the direction of Mary Ellen Gallagher continues.
The emphasis for Chair Yoga is gentleness and relaxation making it a good choice for  most anyone.
Mary Ellen is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia-Greene Community College and has succeeded in making Chair Yoga one of our most popular programs.  New members are always welcome to join and participate.
Thursday, September 27th, Listen and Learn: Civil War and Greene County.  Program presented by David Dorpfeld from 10:30am-12:00noon in the Faculty Staff Lounge.
The program will include a discussion of how we have been commemorating the 150th anniversary (2011-2015) of the Civil War in Greene County and highlight stories about many  of the men from the county who served in the 20th (80th) and 120th NYS Volunteers as well as other units.
Dave Dorpfeld was born in Greene County and spent most of his life there with stops in western
New York, South Carolina, Indiana and Washington, D.C.  He graduated from Trine University and did graduate work at George Washington University in D.C.  Dave worked for 26 years as an auditor and investigator for the Government Accountability Office in D.C. and Albany.  He finished his career as Auditor Director for the Children and Family Services after 12 years with New York State.  David is a 35 year member and Treasurer of the Greene County Historical Society.  He was appointed Greene County Historian in 2009.  Dave writes a weekly history column for the Register Star Newspapers in Greene County.  He is a Vietnam era Marine Corps veteran.
Listen and Learn is open to the public.  Please call or email the ALI Office to register
Tuesdays, September 11th, 18th and 25th, the Open Level Bridge Group meets in the Faculty/Staff Lounge from 1:30-4:00pm. We are always looking for new ALI members who would like to learn to play bridge and this could be your year to give it a try, and meet the friendly group of players.  September 4th the group will meet for lunch and cards at Koch’s Restaurant at Noon.
All programs are held at Columbia-Greene Community College located at 4400 Route 23,
Hudson, NY 12534.  Call the ALI Office for information on any of the programs offered or joining  ALI (518) 828-4181 ext 3431.  Email