Lifelong Learning Extravaganza Returns This Fall

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Press Release: City of Tallahassee

September 23-27, Tallahasseeans who want to participate in an energized, flexible, weeklong learning experience are in luck! The Lifelong Learning Extravaganza (L3X) is returning for the fourth year, and registration is now open. This unique series provides the opportunity for individuals in our community to gain knowledge and familiarity with the art, culture and history of Tallahassee and the surrounding areas.

Registrants have the opportunity to select from more than 30 different activities, including workshops, lectures, hands-on activities, half-day outings and more! Participants can attend classes on a pick-and-choose basis. Programs begin as early as 8 a.m. and others last until 9 p.m., offering choices for early risers, night owls and everyone in between. With the wide variety of session options, the L3X schedule provides flexibility for both working and retired adults.

If you’re a foodie, you can tantalize your taste buds with the Exotic Flavors Cooking Class, Healthy Cooking with Local Flavors or the ABCs of Italian Wine. History buffs can travel back in time on a trolley tour of the Myers Parks Historic District or learn about the first Spanish explorations of Florida. Music enthusiasts can sway from Bach to Purple Rain and Bach Again or get swept up in the Gamelan Music of Bali: A Hands-on World Music Workshop. Other offerings run the gamut from a class titled Diversity in Early Television Comedies to an outing to the Nation Weather Service.

“Thanks to our sponsors and L3X planning committee, we are able to continuously wow participants with stimulating, fun and diverse offerings every year," said Hella Spellman with Tallahassee Senior Services. "There really is something for everyone. The incredible tours and activities of the L3X program offer a great way for Tallahassee adults to feed their curious minds and adventurous spirits."

A full schedule of tours and classes is available on (both program and registration information is available). All tours and courses vary in cost and are individually priced from $5 to $50.

This year’s closing luncheon at the Senior Center is “Osceola, the Abolitionists, and the Making of an American Myth.” From noon to 2 p.m. on September 27, Dr. Andrew Frank takes listeners on a journey of fallacies surrounding “Chief Osceola.” The story begins in Florida and follows a series of myths created as part of the history of America’s expansion. The engaging session is $10, which includes the meal.

Online registration is encouraged. Visit to sign up today. Participants may also drop off completed registration forms or mail them to the Tallahassee Senior Center, Attn: Hella Spellman, Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. If a class fills, priority will be given to those aged 55 and older. Full payment is required with registration. There will be no refunds unless the class is cancelled.

L3X is sponsored by AARP and presented in partnership with the Tallahassee Senior Center and Foundation, Leon County Senior Outreach, Capital City Christian Church, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College.

The Tallahassee Senior Center is operated and maintained by the City of Tallahassee's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. For more information on its wide variety of programs and events, please contact the Senior Center at 891-4000 or visit the City's website at You can also keep up-to-date by liking the Tallahassee Senior Center on Facebook.

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