LifeLong Learning at PebbleCreek

Polly Letofsky

Polly Letofsky

Calling all readers for the new LLL PC Reads Book Club

LifeLong Learning’s newest program continues through the summer with the monthly drop-in PC Reads book club. The group’s next meeting is Thursday, August 3 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the LLL Center when the group will discuss 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World by Polly Letofsky. Letofsky’s Premier Lecture last season was lively and enjoyable, and the discussion will likely be as well. The Thursday, September 7 book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which was a recent HBO movie starring Oprah Winfrey. On Thursday, October 5 the book will be These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy Turner.

There is no charge for the program but registration is required and limited to 24 participants. Register for the monthly sessions at

To stay informed about PC Reads, book events at local libraries and news about what various book groups in PebbleCreek are reading, sign up for the monthly e-newsletter. To subscribe, send an email to Connie Armstrong at Want more information about PC Reads? Contact Susie Nee by emailing her at

You spoke: LLL listened

Thanks to your requests and comments, two of our most popular topics and speakers are returning with more educational information. The FBI is headed back to PebbleCreek for the first Monday Morning Lecture, this time to talk about internet crimes against children. Our first Monday Morning lecturer last season, Lance Leising, FBI Supervisory Special Agent with the Phoenix Division, explained to us the role that citizens play in apprehending fugitives. After watching real crime videos, we soon realized how tricky being an “eye witness” can be. Thank goodness there are experts like Lance on the job.

Ted Blank, Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and popular LLL lecturer will return again this season to explain the Cassini-Huygens Mission to explore Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system. Blank will describe how the mission’s probe drifted down through the atmosphere of Saturn’s giant moon, Titan. The mission showed one of the most Earth-like worlds ever encountered.

Thank you for filling out comment cards after each Monday Morning Lecture. We’re interested in what your experience was like and your preferences. We review the comments after each session in order to make improvements for future lectures. Just a few moments of your time makes a difference. Thank you!

John Mullen designs, builds and services commercial grade quadcoptors (drones).

John Mullen designs, builds and services commercial grade quadcoptors (drones).

Drone class set for January and March

Looking for a place to hover January 17 or March 7? That’s when local Surprise drone expert, John Mullen, will present the class Drones of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Students will learn the history of drones (did you know they go back as far as 1918?), how drones are used today and their application into the future.

A Marine from the late 60s to 1970, John was a helicopter crew chief. He says he never really got into flying radio control, but caught the bug “after doing a lot of research about unmanned aerial vehicles and their gyro and stability systems.” Today John designs, builds and services commercial grade quadcoptors (drones). He also teaches safe flying techniques to new pilots.

The drone class will run 90 minutes and, in addition to classroom time, the session will include a brief flight demonstration. Registration for classes begins October 1. Visit the LLL website at in late September for more information about this and other classes presented this season.

LLL approves changes to the Board

At its June meeting, the LLL board approved several changes. Phyllis Minsuk will serve as president. The board elected Emily Grotta as vice president. Emily will continue to direct the marketing and communications team. The board also elected Lorna Bray to serve as director of lectures and Cathy Lindstrom as director of strategic planning. Other members of the LLL Board of Trustees are Ruth Shaffer, treasurer, Nancy Wilson Smith, secretary, Jeanne Chasko, director of volunteers, Mary Gangl, director of classes, Lisa Greenhoot, director of trips, Michael Kramer, director of compliance and Don Simons and Jeffrey Young, directors-at-large. For more information or contact information for any of the board members, please visit and click on About Us.