All WALLA participants are welcome to submit entries for our 2016 Spring Online Art Exhibit.  Please email a picture of your art to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, May 27, 2016.  You may subimt any art project that you created in the spring classes or that was inspired by the spring classes.  I know I was inspired by Dwayne Daehler's Finding and Fulfilling Your Photographic Vision: Creating Successful Photos class but I was also inspired by Dorothy Jones' Fascinating Fossils.  Maybe Mary Jo Pflum's Indiana Potpourri or  Robert Pierret's Great Art Museums of Paris II inspired you.  Did you create something in Card Making Fun or Macramé with a Twist or Stay in the Lines, Please?  Take a picture of your creation and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please include your name and a description or a title of your work.

Example:  The Puzzler by Nancy Hartman

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The Programming committee has been hard at work arranging a trip to St. Louis for June 1, 2 and 3. We will visit Cahokia Mounds, a world heritage site in southern Illinois. Then we will travel into the city and  take a riverboat cruise and learn more about the history of the river and the St. Louis waterfront.  We will enjoy a barbeque dinner at Pappy's Smokehouse after checking into our hotel.

After dinner there is free time and we recommend visiting the Old Courthouse where the Jefferson Expansion museum is temporarily housed.  It is open until 10 pm and is only 2 blocks from our hotel.  

After breakfast on your own, we will tour Forest Park and enjoy calzones at a picnic in Shelter #11.  Afterwards, you can enjoy your choice of either the Missouri History Museum or the St. Louis Art Museum. Later, the bus will take us to the famous Missouri Botanical Gardens where we will enjoy a tram tour before exploring on our own. We will have dinner at Mama’s on the Hill in the Italian district.  Free time after dinner.

The next day will see us in St. Charles visiting the Lewis and Clark Boat House, a tour of this historic town that was the first capital of Missouri. You will have lunch on your own in one of the many small restaurants in the area..  Concretes at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard will be enjoyed as we leave for home.  

Sorry about droppng Hannibal from the schedule but during the pre-planning trip we found too much to do in St. Louis to justify the extra miles.  We will have to do it another time.

 The signup flyer is available here.

The WALLA Curriculum Committee will meet on Tuesday April 26, 2016 at 1:30 PM in the WALLA office at Morton Center. At that time we will initiate the program to develop the Fall 2016 class schedule. All WALLA members with ideas or plans for courses this fall are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Click here to download the the suggestions that were made at the February 2 meeting of the Focus Groups that we will use as a basis for scheduling classes.

Mary Gardner, Marshall Duetelbaum and I look forward to seeing you on the April 26.

Dear WALLA friends:
The WALLA Focus Groups are scheduled to meet on Tuesday February 2, 2016 at the MCL Cafeteria from 9:00AM to noon.  This is an important meeting at which ideas for courses, presenters, coordinators and trips for future classes are suggested and debated - with special emphasis on the classes that will be scheduled in the fall of 2016.  The participants break into groups and discuss ideas in different areas of interest to the WALLA audience.  The ideas are then summarized and presented to the Curriculum Committee.  Refreshments will be available at no charge before the meeting and at break points.
The Curriculum Committee just met last week and Mary is now in the process of scheduling some very interesting classes for our Spring class session (March 21 to April 14 of 2016).  Here we are starting to look forward to the future and the Fall session.  Traditionally the Focus meeting has been a great source of ideas for future classes.  Please do plan to come with your suggestions and enjoy the companionship of other WALLA participants and the goodies.  We will look forward to seeing you there.
Best regards,
Bob Slagel and Marshall Duetelbaum
Co-chairs of Curriculum Committee

Your January Newsletter is now available. Click here to view it. Information about WALLA & Friends movies, The Pizza Party, A Day at the Opera and the Winter Get Away.

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Join WALLA for Friends, Food and Movies as we will travel to Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park for the Annual Get Away on February 23-24-25, 2016. Our movie theme is Indiana Connections. We will screen the following films:

  • Some Came Running (1958) F. Sinatra, D. Martin & S. MacLaine, a young man returns to Parkman, IN from WWII).
  • Friendly Persuasion (1956) G. Cooper, D. McGuire, A Perkins. Based on the Jessamyn West novel of the same name, it tells the story of a Quaker family in Indiana over an 80 year span.
  • De Lovely (2004) Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd. This is an original musical portrait of Cole Porter who was born and buried in Indiana.

Registration deadline is February 6, 2016/ Cancellation February 19, 2016. Download the flyer / registration form here.

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Join WALLA for the Community One Great Read 2015: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Programs in September & October

2015 One Great Read partners: Tippecanoe County Public Library, West Lafayette Public Library, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF), Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association (WALLA), and Monticello Union-Township Public Library.

Join WALLA for an interesting trip to Nashville, Indiana on Friday, September 18, 2015.

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MagnoliasDuring the spring 2015 classes, Nancy Hartman and Dwayne Daehler presented a class on digital photo editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements. The class members edited their own photos, some of which were submitted for this exhibit.  Click here to see the exhibit.

The summary of the Focus Groups Meeting on February 3 is available here. A brief summary is available in the March 2015 newsletter.  The suggestions in the report will be used to put the curriculum together for the Fall 2015 session.

Many thanks to all those who were able to attend that meeting. The weather was not good that day and there was a lot of sickness. Thanks also to Jacques Delleur for summarizing the results.

Bob Slagel and Alan Williams, Curriculum Committee Co-chairs