John W Albright, UGA Interim Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Muriel Pritchett, Rick Johnson, Dorothy Harnish


 An enlightening seminar on how to jump through the hoops to get yourself into a college classroom - without paying any tuition.

A little-known law allows Georgia residents aged 62 and older to enroll in any of the 31 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia tuition free!

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Awaiting your attention are four new posts to the archive worthy of your browsing time. Large audiences saw these programs live and gave them high praises. The archive is designed to extend the availability of quality educations programs "beyond the walls" of the Athens Clarke County Library and Lyndon House Arts Center.

In June, several members of our community gathered to produce Caregiving: The Sweet Burden. The programs began with an original play by Athens resident Muriel Pritchett called Bertie's Last Stand. With humor and insight, the play was presented reader's theater style by several well-rehearsed community members, identifying "spot on" the issues which commonly arise when an elderly parent moves into the house of their children. The play was followed by a panel discussion, led by Dr. Anne Glass. The panelists shared their experiences caring for others. There wasn't a dry eye in the room at by the end of the program and audience members urged us to take the program on the road.

A lighter theme Meat and Three: Athens Food Scene Then and Now was produced in July. To a large appreciative audience Mary Charles Howard, Milton Leathers, Lee Epting and Roy Moseman shared their knowledge about new eateries and menus and those that are now just memories. Audience members elaborated on stories inspired by the slides on the screen. Athens people really enjoyed this view of history.

August was a double header. First, about 1000 gathered at Lyndon House Arts Center to see over 40 Makers of everything from robots to lace. The Athens Maker's Fest 2014 was the first of its kind in Athens but joins the world wide trend of Maker Festivals which encourage creativity by sharing knowledge with people who make all sorts of things. A picture is worth a thousand words, and this recap video will explain it better.

To another large appreciative audience authors Bill Hale and Karen Hankins told captivating stories which pointed to the value of story telling. Octogenarian Hale in Now You Have Time: Write That Book, said that when he was younger, he didn't have the knowledge and perspective to write that book, The Village and Beyond, Memoirs of a Cotton Mill Boy. His  and his daughter Karen's were honest and inspirational.

The cutting edge Athens Maker Fest and meeting a first time octogenarian author in Now You Have Time: Write That Book are August's exciting Reflecting, Sharing, Learning programs.

In the spirit that we are all people who make things, the Athens Maker Fest features 40 area folks who will demonstrate what they make. They hope to inspire new makers or further the knowledge of others. Come join in this D.I.Y. spirit on Saturday, August 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St. It's free and open to the public.

You'll be greeted by Hackberry's motorized Viking Helmet that spits out candy. Peter Loose will show you how he makes clocks from old cigar boxes. Jessica McVey and Brock Gordon will draw your portrait on their tablets and print them out for you. Caroline Ingle will show you the time honored  way to make lace by hand. Ron White and Elsa Russ will create a poem on the spot just for you. You can also learn how to print in 3-D.

There are forty creative demonstrations and hands on activities that will challenge the imaginations of all ages. Hatch Athens, Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center provide this special day through a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information is on our website and


On August 14 at 7 p.m. at the Athens Clarke County Library, come meet author Bill Hale whose first book, The Village and Beyond: Memoirs of a Cotton Mill Boy, was written and published in his ninth decade. That means it is never too late, so what are you waiting for?

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Karen Hankins, Bill's daughter, said when she turned 60, she thought her time had passed to write that book she'd always wanted to write. Now she's changed her mine. "If Dad can write a book in his 80's, I can still write mine."

Bill has long been appreciated for his story telling ability, but he never wrote any of them down. Before retiring, Bill was in great demand as a public speaker, delivering over 200 speeches a year to large audiences. "But he never wrote down any of his speeches," his daughter noted. Even if you don't aspire to write a book, come hear Bill and Karen tell the story of how Bill wrote and published his book. It will be very entertaining and inspiring.

In his book Bill, one of nine children, tells the stories about growing up in a cotton mill town in his boyhood home, Greenville, SC. From the vantage point of the present, he points to valuable life lessons he learned during childhood. "These are stories from a time that is now completely gone," Bill explained. "I wanted to write them down so people would know what life was like in that mill town long ago."