2020 Ongoing Programs

As of March 12, 2020, all in-person 5CLIR programs are suspended until further notice. Some programs are continuing online; please email the contact person for information.

To participate in a Special Program, members should contact the facilitator.
No registration form is needed.
For questions regarding accessibility, parking, guests, etc. contact the program facilitator.
All events and locations noted may be subject to change.

Facilitator:  Naomi Yanis
Day and Time:  Monthly on varying Fridays, September – May
(not conflicting with Opera Prep), 2:00-4:00 PM
Location:  By arrangement

This group meets once each month from September through May, from 2:00-4:00 PM, on various Friday afternoons, not conflicting with Opera Prep.  Responsibility for leading the discussion of each book is rotated among the membership of the book group. The choices for the year are made early in the summer, so some of the reading may be done when more time for reading might be available.
For information, contact: (naomi1937@comcast.net, 586-3399).


Day and Time:  Fridays, 10:00-Noon
Location:  Applewood in Amherst
Enjoy our programs reprising some outstanding, seminar presentations that members believe would be of general interest.  Occasionally we host outside speakers who discuss topics of interest to our membership.  Information about specific programs is listed in the monthly 5CLIR REPORTER

Facilitator:  Judith Poole
Day and Time:  as per organizer
Location:  Judith’s home in Northampton

This is a group of 5CLIR members who enjoy speaking and learning French.
Contact Judith to register your interest in this program (jpool41@msn.com, 586-2190)

2019-2020 Opera Prep Schedule

Facilitator:  Peg Bedell
Day and Time: Fridays preceding Operas, 2:00-3:00 PM
Location:  The Inn at Easthampton Lathrop, Garden Room

A series of HD video productions by the Metropolitan Opera is shown at the Hadley Cinemark Theater on Saturday afternoons.  Peg Bedell offers an introduction to each opera and the featured performers the Friday before the opera showing.

Facilitator:   Lenore Miller
Dates and Times:  As arranged for each performance
Locations:  Various theaters, most around one-hour drive

The Theater Interest Group enjoys attending professional-quality live theater plays and musicals at the many active theaters outside our usual familiar communities yet most still within an hours drive.  Matinees are preferred and transportation will be arranged.  Sometimes the performance will include talks related to the show offered by the theater.  Sometimes lunch might be arranged on a “pay your own” basis.  Group discounts make the shows more affordable.  Physical needs will be considered (such as hearing assistance, wheelchair ramps).  Guests outside of 5CLIR may come with you.  Possible venues are Springfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, Adams, Pittsfield, Greenfield, and Worcester, MA, and Hartford and East Haddam, CT.

Facilitator:  Jay Russell, Nancy Mihevc
Day and Time:  3rd Thursday of each month, year round, 12:30-2:00 PM
Location:   UMASS/ Five College Credit Union, Rte. 9, Hadley

This is an open, informal, spontaneous discussion group, a fresh departure from the formal presentations and discussions in our seminars.  However, it does adhere to our peer-learning mission.  While preparation is not required, at each session several topics proposed by participants are discussed – topics which may be drawn from a whole spectrum of events and trends in society/culture, concerns over developments in public/private life, issues in the humanities/technologies.  Discussions over such matters, drawing on the spontaneity, spirit, thoughtfulness, and good humor of its seasoned participants, are indeed enriching learning experiences.  For more information, contact Jay at j7m4russell@gmail.com).

…coming in January 2020

Facilitator:  Elizabeth Armstrong
Day and Time:  TBA
Location:   TBA