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Membership is $40 per person per semester (Fall, Spring), $30 for the Summer semester, or $99 per year.

Membership includes:

  • Unlimited use of Wellness Center
  • Unlimited WaLLI courses
  • Seminars from Community partners
  • Trips
  • Social luncheons
  • WaLLI T-shirt (with one-year membership)

Upcoming WaLLi Schedule

View Spring 2019 WaLLi Schedule - REGISTRATION WILL OPEN NOV. 26!

Quick Look - Spring 2019 WaLLi Schedule

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Quick Look - Fall 2018 WaLLi Schedule

Spring 2019 WaLLi Schedule

The Wallace State Lifelong Learning Institute (WaLLi) is open to area residents aged 50 and over. Registration is $99 for the year (beginning in August) or $40 for the Spring semester.

Semester – long Activities

Exercise Class        M, W, F                                 8 – 9 am                       Wellness Center

Volleyball                 M, W, F                                 8 – 10 am                     Wellness Center

Stretch Class          M, W                                     9:30 – 10:15 am           Wellness Center (Class begins Jan. 23)

WaLLi Walkers       Thursday                               8 – 9 am                       Coliseum

Book Club            (1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/26)            9:30 am                        WaLLi Classroom (WC 111)

Game Days          (1/28, 2/25, 4/22)                     10 am                            WaLLi Classroom (WC 111)

Movie Days          (1/30, 2/27, 4/24)                     1 – 3 pm                        AVC Theatre

Bunco                  (1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8)               1 pm                              WaLLi Classroom (WC 111)

Living Well Series

Six Weeks to a Healthier You

Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center

Optimal health is different for each of us but there are lifestyle habits, which if improved, can lead us to the best we can be! Come join us and be part of our healthy community for fun and accountability over the next six weeks. You’ll be glad you did! Classes led by Sandy Seibert, Certified Health Coach

Week 1 (Jan. 7): The Habits of Eating Healthy Made Simple

What we eat matters but so do some other key things. We’ll talk about some ways to help you know how to choose healthier and we’ll help you calculate how much you should be eating to maintain your weight or lose a few pounds moving forward.

Week 2 (Jan. 14): The Habits of Water

Getting in the habit of drinking water can bring a lot of health benefits. Get tips to drink more water to keep hydrated all day long.

Week 3 (Jan. 28): The Habits of Sleep

Sleep is nature’s nurse. When we limit its role in our lives, we can’t fully enjoy the benefits that regular, restful sleep provides. We’ll share some great strategies that can help you bring about a more peaceful slumber! ZZZZZZ

Week 4 (Feb. 4): The Habits of Movement

We’ll talk about the difference between physical activity and exercise and how you can ramp up and burn more calories during the day just by adding some simple and very doable techniques.

Week 5 (Feb. 11): The Habits of Less Stress

Stress does different things to different people. It also does different things at different times to the same person. Learn what you can do to beat stress and curb inflammation with healthy behaviors.

Week 6 (Feb. 25): The Habits of a Healthy Lifestyle

We are going to take the momentum we’ve started over the past five weeks and look ahead to building even more health habits for 2019.

Self Defense Class for Women

Friday, Jan. 18, 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m., WSCC Cheer Room, Wellness Center

The main focus of this class is to teach you basic skills and what you need to know to survive an attack from someone bigger and stronger than you. The training deals with real life scenarios and everyone trains at a level appropriate for their age and fitness level, and advances at their own pace. Due to the requirements of the training methods, this class is for women only. This class will be physically demanding. Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Class is limited to 25 participants.

Essential Oils Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center

In this course, led by a certified Wellness Advocate, you will learn about the fundamentals, benefits, and safe usage of a variety of essential oils. Learn about the history of the oils mentioned in the Bible, while exploring those used today for food preparation, beauty treatments and health-care practices. Start experiencing your desired benefits by gaining valuable information as how essential oils are right for you! Want to learn how to use essential oils? Join this class for fun and informal learning. Instructor: Libby Ford

CPR and AED Training

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time. Instructors from the WSCC Emergency Medical Services department will show us when – and how – to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and basic CPR techniques that can help you save a life. This is not a certification course for CPR or AED.

Herbs for Natural Beauty

Monday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center

Learn to prepare your own herbal cleanser and moisturizer using Rosemary Gladstar’s famous recipes. 

Classes for Crafters, Artists, and Cooks

Making a Rug

Class A: Tuesday, Jan. 15 , 10 a.m.-3 p.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

Class B: Tuesday, Jan. 31 , 10 a.m.-3 p.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

Raydonna Sims from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service will show us how to make rugs using cotton material and old sheets. Participants should bring 100% cotton sheets (must be cotton) in colors of choice. You should also bring a sack lunch as you will be working through lunch. You should register for only one of the classes. Each class limited to 10 participants.

Painting a Sunset

Thursday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center

Come learn to paint a peaceful sunset. The $10 class fee includes all supplies and materials to create your work of art. Class limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Baylee Johnson

Valentine Cookie decorating and recipe exchange

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., WaLLI Classroom, Wellness Center

Bring three dozen baked cookies and the recipe with you and we will have a tasting and cookie exchange. We will also decorate cookies to add to the mix. Leave with a variety of cookies to share with your Valentine as well as new recipes.

Welcome Spring Art Classes

Class A: Wednesday, Feb. 13 , 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

Class B: Thursday, Feb. 14 , 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

Let’s get ready to welcome spring and make those winter blues take a backseat! Baylee Johnson of Just Crafting Around will show you how to create door or wall hangings to bring in the season. The $10 fee includes the wooden cutout of your choice, all supplies, instruction, finishing ribbon/bow and hanger. Each class is limited to 20 participants. 

Knitting for beginners

Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 19-20, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. , Bevill Building, Room 609

Our instructor will teach us how to knit a great beginner project – a cowl for those cold days. Participants will need to bring the following supplies: Knitting needle US size 8 [5.0 mm], 16 inch [40 mm] circular needle (suggested is a Chiaogoo needle, bamboo); Scissors; Stitch marker (optional but recommended); small, flexible tape measure; Yarn (any color in a worsted weight). Instructor: Lisa Tarvin

Painted clay pot workshop

Class A: Wednesday, March 6, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

Class B: Thursday, March 7, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

Bring a clay pot the size you wish to paint and get ready to make beautiful indoor or outdoor containers. The $6 fee includes all supplies except for the clay pot. Each class is limited to 20 participants.

Easter Décor Art Classes

Class A: Tuesday, April 16, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

Class B: Wednesday, April 17, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center 

One of our favorite crafters, Baylee Johnson of Just Crafting Around, will show you how to create door or wall hangings to bring in the holiday season. The $10 fee includes the wooden cutout of your choice, all supplies, instruction, finishing ribbon/bow and hanger. Each class is limited to 20 participants

Activities for Foodies

WaLLi Lunch Bunch

Meals at your expense, meet at restaurant:

Stone Bridge Farms, Cullman, Thursday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.

Pop’s Place, Dodge City, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.

Williams BBQ, Cullman, Thursday, March 21, 11 a.m.

WSCC Culinary Arts Cafeteria, Wednesday, April 10, 11 a.m.

Potluck Lunches

Bring your special dish to share in these delicious lunches. Each one has a theme so try to bring something that would go with those types of foods.

Bailey Center, 12th floor, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Soups and Sandwiches, Wednesday, Jan. 16

Bring your favorite soup, sandwich or dessert to warm us up!

An Italian Feast, Tuesday, Feb. 26

Who doesn’t love pasta, pizza, spaghetti and all those Italian desserts?  

Mardi Gras, Tuesday, March 12

The day may have been last week but we will continue the celebration! Bring something that you might taste in New Orleans or Mobile.

Bring Your Best, Wednesday, May 8

Bring whatever you think is your special dish that you make the best. We will register for summer activities at the luncheon.  

Technology & Other Classes

Small Engine Repair

Tuesdays, Feb, 5, March 5, April 2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jack Hopper Nursery Building

Isn’t it frustrating when you are ready to weed-eat or play lumberjack and your equipment doesn’t work? This three-part workshop will help you learn basic troubleshooting and repairs for small engines (weed eaters, chain saws, lawnmowers, etc.). Class limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Jason Bynum

Getting to Know Your Engine (February 5)

We will show you how to decipher an Owner’s Manual, review safety, and learn basic terminology and engine parts. If you have a manual for the equipment you want to repair bring it with you to the class.  

Troubleshooting (March 5)

In this session we will work on determining the issue(s) that require repair, parts and tools needed, and get ready to “tear into something”.

Let’s Do This (April 2)

Bring a small engine and we will work on it in class. Dress accordingly and bring supplies/parts needed.  

Using Your iPhone

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Bailey Center 511

Bring your iPhone and questions and the instructor will address them during this session. Instructor: Brian Allen

Gun Safety Workshop

Tuesday, March 12, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., WaLLi Classroom, Wellness Center

This class is designed to present the basic knowledge and skills and explains the attitude necessary for the safe handling, cleaning and storing guns in the home. The course will also familiarize participants with safe gun handling procedures and guidelines for storing pistols, rifles, and shotguns in the home.

Day Trips

Mercedes Benz Visitor Center Tour

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Vance, Tuscaloosa

We will visit the only Mercedes-Benz museum outside of Germany which has several vintage Mercedes vehicles on display. The Visitor Center is an evolving, interactive tour through some of Mercedes-Benz’s greatest innovations and future automotive technological concepts. It includes vehicles ranging from a model of the 1886 Benz Patented Motor Car, recognized as the world’s first car, to the brand new 2016 GLE Coupe SUV. The museum also features iconic, classic Mercedes-Benz automobiles, authentic Mercedes-Benz race cars, a Mercedes-Benz “peerless safety” exhibit, and a gift shop. After the tour we head to Tuscaloosa for lunch (at your expense) at The Cypress Inn. This iconic restaurant serves Southern family recipes in a beautiful waterfront setting along the banks of the beautiful Black Warrior River. After lunch there will be a mystery stop before heading back to WSCC.  Transportation fee is $5 and the bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot. Completion of travel forms/waiver is required for this outing. Limited to 52 participants.

Lunch Matinée

Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Yesterday’s Events, Athens, Ala.

We travel to Yesterday’s Events venue in Athens, Alabama for lunch and live entertainment. Silvery Moon will perform a Big Band show. The $20 fee includes transportation, lunch, and an hour of live entertainment. The bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot. Completion of travel forms/waiver is required for this outing. Limited to 52 participants.

Celebrating national Popcorn day

Friday, March 8, 10:30 a.m., Kernel Kullman, Cullman, Ala.

At Kernel Kullman in the Cullman Warehouse District, we will sample up to three different flavors of popcorn. As you walk in the door of the shop, to music of the swing era, you will see rows of nostalgic candy, glass bottled soft drinks sitting in ice, homemade fudge, and over 70 delicious flavors of gourmet popcorn. After you have your fill of popcorn you may want to hang around the Warehouse District and visit the unique shops, bakery or have lunch at Mae’s Food Hall. Everyone will meet at Kernel Kullman; transportation is not provided.

American History Trip

Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Columbiana, Montevallo

Due to the popularity of this trip last semester we are offering it again. WaLLi members on the waitlist from November will be offered the opportunity for the first seats and then it will be opened to everyone else. Our journey today takes us to the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington and the Shelby County Historical Society Museum in Columbiana, AL. The GW museum holds more than 1,000 artifacts from the Washington family and their descendants. Did you know that Shelby County is older than the State of Alabama? We will learn many interesting facts about this area and the state. After these tours we will stop for a buffet lunch (at your expense – around $8.50) at the University of Montevallo Banquet Hall. We then travel to the American Village in Montevallo. Highlights of the campus include Washington Hall, inspired by George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon; the Colonial Courthouse; the Colonial Chapel, inspired by one of America’s oldest churches, Bruton Parish Church of Williamsburg, Virginia; and a full-sized replica of the Oval Office, including an exact replica of the Resolute desk used by most Presidents since Rutherford Hayes. The newest addition to campus is the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor, dedicated to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Participants will be responsible for their lunch and will pay the $9 entry fee at American Village. Please note that you need exactly $9 in cash and that any Veteran is admitted at no charge. Due to museum space, this trip is limited to 50.  

Discovering Hanceville

Tuesday, March 19, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Downtown Hanceville

It’s often said we never know what’s in our “backyard”. Hanceville has grown over the past couple of years and offers dining, shopping and unique gift stores. Everyone will park at the Mission Possible Thrift Store and then we will have a guided walking tour of the businesses – antiques, furniture, clothing, a unique barber shop, a gaming facility and more. After the tour you may want to hang around and have lunch at one of the local restaurants including Bulldog Country Cookin’, Southern Mix, Luna’s BBQ or Hanceville Drug Store (they have great ice cream and banana splits!).

Pickin’ and Thriftin’ Trip

Tuesday, April 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Jasper

Today we head to the Jasper area to look for antique and thrift store finds. Along the way we will stop for lunch (at your own expense). Transportation fee is $5 and the bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot. Completion of travel forms/waiver is required for this outing. Limited to 52 participants.

Lunch Matinée

Thursday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Yesterday’s Events, Athens, Ala.

We travel to Yesterday’s Events venue in Athens, Alabama for lunch and live entertainment. Replay, an oldies group from Decatur, will be the headliner. The $20 fee includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, and an hour of live entertainment. The bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot. Completion of travel forms/waiver is required for this outing. Limited to 52 participants.

Other Travel

The Wallace State Alumni Association has several trips planned for the Spring semester – anyone may join the Association and enjoy discounted travel and member benefits. WaLLi members may join at the student rate of $15 per year.

Spring Fever Tour: Featuring the Smoky Mountain Quiltfest

March 19-21, 2019, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 

Includes two night’s hotel, four meals, the new Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, Smoky Mountain QuiltFest, Smoky Mountain Opry, the Island, shopping at the outlet mall, stops at fabric stores and other fun surprises! Reservation deadline is January 25th. For more information: www.wsccalumni.org/quilt19

Colonial America and the Outer Banks Tour

June 2-9, 2019, Virginia and North Carolina

Featuring transportation, oceanfront hotel in the Outer Banks, 12 meals, Wild Horse Safari, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Roanoke Island, The Lost Colony Dinner Drama, Wright Brothers Museum and Kittyhawk, Yorktown, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, a Tavern Dinner and more. Registration deadline is April 1st. For more information go to www.wsccalumni.org/OBX19  

Concerts & Performances

Broadway Nights

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts

The Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts department presents Broadway hits and favorites. Free – show your WaLLi membership card at the door for admission.

Twin Kennedy

Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m., Betty Leeth Haynes Auditorium

These twin sisters have found their home in country music. With Carli on vocals and guitar and Julie on vocals and violin, these petite powerhouses will fill your soul with joy and warmth through their seamless harmonies and heartfelt songwriting. This is a Cullman Community Concert Association event but is free to WaLLi members – you must show your WaLLi membership card for admission.

Wallace State Services

By being a member of WaLLi, participants may take advantage of services offered through WSCC programs including:

Dental Clinic - $30 teeth-cleaning and x-rays, 256.352.8300

Therapeutic Massage Clinic - $20 for 1 hour massage, 256.352.8424

Salon and Spa Management – full range of services, 256.352.7819 (cut, style, color, perm, waxing, manicures and pedicures)

Automotive Service Technology and Collision Repair – range of services, 256.352.8151 (on vehicles 10 years old or less, cost of supplies plus 20%)

Agriculture and Horticulture – seasonal plant sales, 256.352.8035

Alumni Association – join for student rate of $15, 256.352.8071