Institute for Lifelong Learners
Membership is $40 per person per semester (Fall, Spring), $30 for the Summer semester, or $99 per year.
- Unlimited use of Wellness Center
- Unlimited WaLLI courses
- Seminars from Community partners
- Social luncheons
- WaLLI T-shirt (with one-year membership)
Upcoming WaLLi Schedule
Fall 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 M, W, F 8 – 9 am Wellness Center
Stretch Class M, W 9:30 – 10:15 am Wellness Center
Chair Exercise T, Th 8:30 – 9:15 am Wellness Center
WaLLI Walkers Th 8 – 9 am Coliseum
September 20 9:30 am WSCC Library
October 18 9:30 am WSCC Library
November 15 9:30 am WSCC Library
August 27 1 – 3 pm AVC Center
September 24 1 – 3 pm AVC Center
October 22 1 – 3 pm AVC Center
November 19 1 – 3 pm AVC Center
WaLLI Lunch Bunch (at your expense) – meet at the location indicated
August 28 11 am Johnny’ BBQ – Cullman
September 25 11 am Wood Fire Grill – Cleveland
October 24 11 am Cullman Career Center – Vinemont
November 21 11 am Branding Iron Steakhouse – West Point
Healthy Cooking Demonstrations
Healthy eating is easier than you think! If you want to improve your eating habits and overall health, come check out these tasty meal idea alternatives. Sandy Seibert will be cooking balanced protein, carbohydrate and healthy fat meals that are low glycemic for keeping your blood sugar balanced.
September 16 10:30 am Healthy Mexican WaLLI Classroom
October 14 10:30 am Healthy Pizza WaLLI Classroom
November 18 10:30 am Healthy Holidays WaLLI Classroom
Want to learn how to play volleyball so you can join the others during the week? Khelea, WSCC Assistant Volleyball Coach and WaLLI staff member, will teach you the rules and well as “the right moves”!
August 20 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
August 27 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
September 3 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
September 17 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
September 24 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
Pickle Ball Clinic
Pickle Ball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. During this clinic you will learn the rules and practice with our new equipment.
October 8 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
October 15 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
October 22 8:30 – 9:30 am Wellness Center Gym
Pot Luck Lunches – JBC 12th floor
August 22 11 am End of the Garden Season
Special Guest – Greg Screws, WHNT News Co-anchor
Greg is a Hartselle native and will share stories of his experiences of covering news, sports, personalities and overcoming life’s difficulties. After lunch, hang around for a game of cards or line dancing, led by WaLLI’s own Patricia Quick.
September 12 11 am Tailgate Foods
Special Guest – Dr. Theresa Jones, Alabama Cooperative Extension
Topic: Healthy Identity and Assets – this workshop will show you strategies to help protect your identity. Stay after lunch for bingo and prizes awarded to winners!
October 17 11 am “What a Crock” – Favorite Crock Pot Dish
PTA students will be in attendance to perform health measurements related to balance, fall prevention, dementia risk, etc.
November 14 11 am Bring you Fall Favorite Dish
A lively game of Bunco will follow lunch.
December 10 11 am Christmas Luncheon
Meats will be furnished by the College. Stay afterwards for some Bingo action and prizes!
Living Well Series
WSCC Physical Therapist Assistant Students, under the direction of faculty, will provide a series of topics pertinent to seniors. Sessions may include: fall prevention; how to fall-proof your home; how to properly use assistive devices such as canes and walkers; back safety; caring for yourself or a loved one after orthopedic surgery; how to make home modifications to age-in-place; proper hand hygiene to prevent infection. Some of the workshops will provide hands-on instruction.
September 9 10:30 – 11:30 am WaLLI Classroom
September 11 10:30 – 11:30 am WaLLI Classroom
September 25 10:30 – 11:30 am WaLLI Classroom
October 2 10:30 – 11:30 am WaLLI Classroom
October 28 10:30 – 11:30 am WaLLI Classroom
November 6 10:30 – 11:30 am WaLLI Classroom
Sharpie Tie Dye Shirt August 26, 10:30 – 11:30 am, WaLLI Classroom
Sandy Siebert will teach you how to make great designs using Sharpie markers! Bring a white t-shirt or tank top and create your masterpiece!
Talk of the Town Tour August 29, 8 am – 4 pm, Bus departs @ Colisuem
Our tour begins with history at Crooked Creek Civil War Museum and Park in Cullman County. The museum is located on a battle site where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Colonel Abel Streight fought for several hours at Crooked Creek, then went on to engage in the Battles of Hog Mountain and Day's Gap in April, 1863. Admission is $5 payable at the door. Afterward we head to Chef Troy’s Talk of the Town Restaurant in Houston for lunch (at your expense). This unassuming, hidden gem has delicious food and was recently named the best restaurant in Winston County. After lunch we head back toward home with a stop at Highway Pickers Antique Mall, one of the largest indoor flea markets/antique store in the south.
Intro to Birding and Campus Walking Field Trip Tuesday, September 10 , 8 am – 10 am, WaLLI Classroom
Vince Meleski will teach us about birds and birding and an on-campus field trip will be a part of the workshop. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.
Small Engine Repair Tuesdays, September 10, October 8, November 5, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Hopper Nursery Bldg
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 trouble-shooting and repairs for small engines (weed eaters, chainsaws, lawnmowers, etc.) Class limited to 20 participants. Instructors: Jason Bynum and Travis Kress.
Getting to Know Your Engine (Sept 10)
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 (Oct 8)
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 (Nov 5)
Bring a small engine and we will work on it in class. Dress accordingly and bring supplies/parts needed.
Beginning Ballet for Senior Adults Fridays, September 13 – October 18, 9:15 am – 10 am, Wellness Center, Ballet Classroom
This 6-week session will be taught by Brooke Desnoes, head of the WSCC’s new ballet program. Participants will need to wear comfortable clothing in which they can move easily and have a pair of flexible shoes (jazz or ballet shoes).
Whimsical Canvas Cow Painting Class A: September 17, 9:30 am – 11 am OR Class B: September 18, 0:30 am – Noon WaLLI Classroom
Baylee Johnson of Just Crafting Around will instruct you on how to paint a darling cow on canvas. The $10 fee includes all materials and instruction. Each class limited to 20 people.
Lunch Matinee: Yesterday’s Event Center in Athens September 19, 9:30 am – 3 pm
Today’s show is “Elvis Remembered” featuring Michael Dean. He has been performing his "Tribute to Elvis" show since 1994. He travels throughout the United States. He has played in venues in Las Vegas, Branson, Memphis, Gatlinburg and more. The $20 fee includes transportation, lunch and the show. Bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot
True Colors Workshop September 24, 9:30 – 11:30 am, WaLLI Classroom
The true colors personality test is an excellent way of understanding yourself and understanding others. Are you Orange, Gold, Green, or Blue? Find out at this fun and informative workshop. Instructor: Sharon Woodruff
Discovering Alpacas and Anniston September 26, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Our first stop is Blackberry Hill Alpacas, a 60-acre alpaca farm and gift shop. We will learn about alpacas, meet the animals and shop. There is a small gift shop with items incorporating alpaca fleece, including yarn from their own animals (how often do you get to meet and learn the name and story of the creature whose body produced the material for the items you are about to buy? They have hats, socks, sweaters, and stuffed animals for purchase. Lunch will be at your expense and you can choose from Olive Garden, Golden Corral, Dunkin Donuts or other restaurants within walking distance. After lunch we venture to the Berman Museum of World History and the Anniston Museum of Natural History where you may choose to visit one or both of the museums during our 2 ½ hour stay. The Berman Museum features more than 8000 artifacts and offers ancient treasures and objects from around the world. It features four permanent exhibit halls: American West; Deadly Beauty; Arts of Asia; and World War I and II. The Anniston Museum of Natural History was established in 1930, and houses seven permanent exhibit halls which explore various natural history subjects. Participants will pay at the door, $7 for one museum or visit both for $12. The bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot. Transportation fee: $5
Introduction to Casual Calligraphy Class A: October 1, 9:30 am – 11:30 am OR Class B: October 22, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, WaLLI ClassroomKaren
Messersmith, owner of Just Write Cullman, will teach you how to use a calligraphy pen holder (oblique) with pointed nib and dip ink. This is a casual, more modern style of lettering for this workshop and you will work through the lower case alphabet. The $25 fee includes all supplies used in the workshop.
Cullman Oktoberfest Senior Day October 3 , 10:30 am – 1 pm
If you want to enjoy great food, bingo, music and dancing then come celebrate the Cullman Oktoberfest at the Warehouse District/Farmer’s Market. There is no fee to participate in this activity. Everyone interested should plan to meet at the event- transportation will not be provided this year.
Cullman County Fair Senior Day October 9, 11 am – 2 pm
Seniors get free admission today at the annual fair. Everyone interested should plan to meet at the fairgrounds - transportation will not be provided this year.
Fall Pumpkin Painting Class A: October 15, 9:30 am – 11:30 am OR Class B: October 16, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, WaLLI Classroom
Bring a pumpkin and join Baylee Johnson from Just Crafting Around for a fun time celebrating fall. You may choose to paint a traditional jack-o-lantern or do something a bit fancier for your fall centerpiece. The $6 fee includes all supplies except the pumpkin. Each class is limited to 20 participants.
Advanced Tractor Operation and Safety Workshop
Class A: October 21, 9:30 am – 11:30 am OR Class B: October 23, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Hopper Nursery Building
You learned the basics of tractor operation and safety this summer. In this advanced class, Travis Kress, Director of WSCC’s Small Farmer Training Program, will cover front end loader operation, hooking up and unhooking implements, and how to use these safely. Each class is limited to 15 participants.
Discovering Danville November 7, 8 am – 3:30 pm
Today we visit the Jesse Owens Museum and have lunch at the Old Cookstove Restaurant. The Jesse Owens Museum is a tribute to the life and legacy of Alabamian Jesse Owens, track and field great, who captured four Gold Medals in 1936 Berlin Olympics. Jesse’s athletic and humanitarian achievements are depicted through interactive kiosks, displays, a rare documentary narrated by Owens, memorabilia and a museum store. Participants will pay the $5 admission fee upon arrival. After our tour, lunch will be a buffet at your expense ($13.25 per person which includes meal, drink, tax and gratuity) at the Old Cookstove Restaurant. There you will be welcomed by the pleasant aroma of home-cooked meats, vegetables, fresh bread and desserts. Come join the old-time tradition of gathering around the table and talking with friends. The restaurant is located in the heart of the Mennonite community. On the way home we will stop at Steele’s Apple Orchard. The bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot.
Gift Making Workshop Class A: December 3, 9:30 am – 11:30 am OR Class B: December 4, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, WaLLI Classroom
Want to make a special or personalized gift for someone? Then come to this workshop with Baylee Johnson of Just Crafting Around and get busy. You may choose from the shapes shown below. The $10 fee includes all supplies and instruction. Each class is limited to 20 participants.
Christmas Lunch Matinee: Yesterday’s Event Center in Athens December 12, 9:30 am – 3 pm
Kevin Adams will do a special Christmas show today. With his wildly hilarious stage antics and the incredible versatility of his voice, he will have you laughing and singing along. The $20 fee includes transportation, lunch and the show. Bus will depart from the Coliseum parking lot.
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
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