Monday, June 4th from 1:30-2:30pm in Room 134 the Open Pinochle Group will have its first meeting.
 
Calling all pinochle players!  At our first meeting on June 4th, we will determine the best day, time and
frequency of future meetings.  Then the plan is to play a game of pinochle while we are together.  If you are “rusty” and haven’t played in a while-do not worry.  This program invites learners as well as experts.
It has the same philosophy as the open level bridge group which is to provide an opportunity for learning a new skill and having fun while doing it.
 
Wednesdays, June 6th,13th,20th and 27th,  Italian Enrichment in Room 134 from 1:30-2:30pm.
 
ALI member Frederick Skelding has decided to continue his Italian Enrichment class through the summer months.  The program will offer cultural enrichment including Italian conversation in class and learning grammar.
 
Monday, June 11th,  Bruce Feller, will present a program on Cumberland Mountain Outreach in Room 134 from 1:30-2:30pm.
 
Cumberland Mountain Outreach (CMO) is an ecumenical faith based non-profit, 501 (c) (3), is about rebuilding homes and hope, an organization for children at risk in impoverished counties in the Appalachian Region. (Sentence doesn’t make sense; rewrite as it appeared in attachment I sent.) CMO was founded by Bruce and Cindy Feller in 2000 as a Kid’s Day Camp and a work camp to help low-income families meet basic home repairs (should be “repair”) needs.  In 2002, CMO became a recognized year-round mission station that provides support for low income-families in the form of food, clothing, household items, home repairs, Kid’s Day Camp, and holiday gifts.
 
CMO is located two hours southeast of Lexington, Kentucky, in the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest, just 20 miles south of the Natural Bridge State Park, and the must-see Red River Gorge.  It’s hard to believe that such poverty can flourish in such beauty.  In poverty situations, the children suffer the most.  Our experience is that a safe home can change a child’s life.  A safe home contributes to a positive outlook, better sleep and thus better concentration in school.  Every year, CMO repairs 15 to 20 homes for families with children in need.  Work teams come weekly during the summer to work in rural communities assisting church leaders working on locally initiated grassroots efforts.
 
Bruce Feller came to Columbia County, NY via northeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky to join his family.  His careen (should be “career”) started in giftware manufacturing where he was introduced to the business of manufacturers’ representatives.  He left his corporate position and formed his own giftware manufacturers’ sales team in the 1970’s and the team grew to over 20 sales representatives.  He opened his own showroom in the Columbus Wholesale Gift Mart in 1979.  He retired from the giftware business and moved to Kentucky in 2000 to serve the less fortunate. Cumberland Mountain Outreach was founded and he will share his rewarding experiences.
 
Monday, June 18th People & Books will meet in Room 134 from 1:30-3pm. Under the direction of ALI member Joan Niessingh, the group will be discussing The Boy in the Stripped (should be “Striped”) Pajamas  by John Boyne.
 
The cautionary tale is about two boys, one the son of a commandant in Hitler’s army and the other a Jew, who come face-to-face at a barbed wire fence that separates and eventually intertwines their lives.
 
Set during the Holocaust, Bruno is only nine-years-old when his father, a commandant in Hitler’s army, is transferred from Berlin to Auschwitz.  The house at “Out-With”, as Bruno calls it, is small, dark and strange.  He spends long days gazing out the window of his new bedroom, where he notices people dressed in striped pajamas and rows of barracks surrounded by a barbed wire fence.  Bored and lonely, and not really understanding the circumstances of his new existence, Bruno sets out to explore the area and discovers Shmuel, a very thin Jewish boy who lives on the other side of the fence.  An unlikely friendship develops between the two boys.  When Bruno learns that his mother plans to take her children back to Berlin, he makes a last effort to explore the forbidden territory where the boy in the stripped (should be “striped”) pajamas lives.
 
Thursday, June 28th,, Listen and Learn from 10:30am-12:00noon in the Faculty/Staff Lounge, Veronica Kosich will speak on Estate Planning-The Importance of Protecting Your Assets.
 
Veronica M. Kosich, Esq. attorney at law obtained her master’s degree (LLM) in Estate Planning and Elder Law on May 17, 2008 from Western New England College School of Law.  The office provides estate planning and related legal services to clients of all ages, with a focus on the needs of older and disabled individuals and their families.
 
Based on Hamburg Road in Catskill, the law office provides the following services:  Estate Planning:
Comprehensive Estate and Medicaid Planning Evaluations; Guardianship and Conservatorship Services;
Long-Term Care Planning; Medicare and Medicaid Advocacy; Personal Injury Settlement Advice;
Planning for People with Disabilities; and Planning for Parents of Children with Disabilities.
 
The office’s focus is on estate planning and public benefit needs of individuals and families.  This enables the office to be particularly sensitive to the multiply (should be “multiple”) stresses that these individuals and families confront on a daily basis, which are compounded by the complexities of the American legal and health care systems.  Veronica helps her clients navigate this system by providing answers where they are are (delete one “are” and add “hard”) to find and identifying solutions to the clients’ particular needs and goals.
 
Listen and Learn is open to the public.  Please call or email the ALI office to register.
 
Our Open Level Bridge Group meets every Tuesday at 1:30pm in the Faculty/Staff Lounge.  The group is always looking for new members. Join the Adult Learning Institute and become a member of our friendly group of players.
 
For more information on these and other programs or to register for a program, sign up for an event or learn how to become a member or (should be “of”) ALI call the office at (518) 828-4181 ext 3431 or email Ali@sunycgcc.edu. All programs are held at the college located at 4400 Rt.23, Hudson, NY 12534