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

The WALLA Focus Groups are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, February 3 in the west conference room at the MCL Cafeteria on Sagamore Parkway and Salisbury St from 9:00 AM to Noon. This is an important meeting at which ideas for courses, presenters and coordinators for future classes, but particularly for the 2015 FALL SESSION can be suggested and debated.

The participants break into groups and discuss ideas of different interests of the WALLA audience. The groups' ideas are then summarized and transmitted to the Curriculum Committee. Refreshments and drinks will be available at no charge before the meeting and at the mid-session break.
Traditionally this meeting has been a great source of ideas for future WALLA classes. Please do come with your suggestions and enjoy the companionship of other WALLA participants. Al Williams and Bob Slagel look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to open the flyer with more details and the RSVP form but all WALLA members are welcome with or without reservation.

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Dwayne Daelher will take us on another  Photo Journey through the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  Those of you who missed the opportunity the last time this was offered are fortunate that you have another opportunity. This time Duncan Hall will be the location where we will gather on Sunday,  January 18, 2015 from 6:30-8:00p.m.  If it is a chilly evening it will soon melt away for us as we are welcomed by bagpipes, enjoy some light refreshments and have the pleasure of enjoying the photographs Dwayne has selected to share with us.  This is free and open to the public but an RSVP is appreciated @ 765-742-4788 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

opera-smJoin your WALLA friends for a day at the Opera on Saturday, January 17. Meet your friends at Puccini's for lunch at 11:00. Puccini's is located at 300 Brown Street across from Wabash 9 theater in West Lafayette. A private room has been reserved. You may order from a varied menu that includes pizza, calzones, pastas, sandwiches and chicken dinners. Wine and beer are available, and if you have room left, you may enjoy a tiramisu for dessert. A detailed menu may be seen on line at

Around 12:30 we will walk across the street to the Wabash 9 Theater where Lehar's enchanting operetta, The Merry Widow, will be shown live from the Met in New York starting at 12:55. Renée Fleming stars as the woman who captivates all of Paris, Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo, and Kelli O'Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Of course if you prefer you may go directly to the show.

If you are attending, it is suggested that you park your car in the Wabash 9 parking lot immediately east of Puccini's parking. Make sure you DO NOT park in the shopping center parking area. Cars are towed.

See the flyer in the November Newsletter for the reservation form.  Deadline is December 18th.