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Lifelong Learning in Evanston, Illinois

Satisfy Your Passion for Learning

University towns like Evanston present a unique opportunity for lifelong learning. Our residents are regular visitors to the Northwestern University campus, just 4 blocks from The Merion. As members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), Northwestern’s senior education program, they engage in a wide-ranging and intellectually challenging curriculum, with activities in and beyond the classroom.

Join a community where you can seek knowledge for the sheer joy of it. Whether you pursue classes at OLLI, or take advantage of the many stimulating clubs, discussion groups or outings offered at The Merion, you’ll meet seasoned learners of all ages, from all walks of life.

Take part in:

  • Writers’ discussions and workshops
  • Current events discussions
  • Computer classes
  • Literary presentations and workshops
  • Multicultural programs
  • Contemporary roundtable talks

Discover myriad opportunities for lifelong learning at The Merion.

October  2017
SSMTWTF
1
10/01/17
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Zumba Fitness w/ Tara
2
10/02/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    "Inspired by Art" Workshop
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Monday Night Football
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
3
10/03/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
4
10/04/17
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Katie's birthday
  • 10:00 am– 11:30 am
    Encore Chorale Rehearsal
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
    Singers begin arriving at 9:30 - rehearsal begins at 10 am and goes to 11:30 am. We provide beverage service.
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Share Your Story
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm
    Senior Connections Volunteer Training Meeting
    Location: Private Dining Room
    Training and orientation for 10-12 new Volunteers for Senior connections. We provide space, beverage service and light snack.
5
10/05/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
6
10/06/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Sabbath Service with Chaplain Jan Footlik
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    Radio Active Players w/ Maura Junius
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Short Story Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
7
10/07/17
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
8
10/08/17
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Zumba Fitness w/ Tara
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
9
10/09/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    "Inspired by Art" Workshop
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Monday Night Football
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
10
10/10/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
11
10/11/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:30 am
    Encore Chorale Rehearsal
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
    Singers begin arriving at 9:30 - rehearsal begins at 10 am and goes to 11:30 am. We provide beverage service.
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Share Your Story
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm
    A World of Taste: French
    Location: The JEM Dining Room
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    An Eastern Voice
    Location: The Sapphire Room
12
10/12/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Computer Drop in With Mickey
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Survey of African American Artists
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
13
10/13/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Psychology Today: Chris Tori
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    NSV- Current Events Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
14
10/14/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Ceramics Studiow./ Charlotta
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
15
10/15/17
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Zumba Fitness w/ Tara
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    A Musical World Presents: The Gershwin Brothers
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
16
10/16/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    "Inspired by Art" Workshop
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Monday Night Football
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Impressionism Presentation: Der Blaue Reiter
    Location: The Sapphire Room
17
10/17/17
  • 9:30 am– 11:30 am
    NSSC Field Trip: The Age of Trump
    Location: The MerionFront Desk
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room
18
10/18/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:30 am
    Encore Chorale Rehearsal
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
    Singers begin arriving at 9:30 - rehearsal begins at 10 am and goes to 11:30 am. We provide beverage service.
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Symphony of Evanston Presents: Ice Cream Social
    Location: TheCrystal Ballroom
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    RJ Lindsey Presents: The Sugeon General
    Location: The Sapphire Room
19
10/19/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Computer Drop in With Mickey
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Spooky Game Day w/Beacon Acdemy
    Location: The Game Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
20
10/20/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:00 am– 2:00 pm
    Oktoberfest Lunch @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:00 pm– 2:30 pm
    ESO Musical Insights
    Location: Crystal Ballroom
    Pre-concert lecture & preview: Beethoven 7 and Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor with William Hagen, Violin
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Oktoberfest Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
21
10/21/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Ceramics Studiow./ Charlotta
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 10:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Halloween with The Girl Scouts of America
    Location: The Game Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
22
10/22/17
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Zumba Fitness w/ Tara
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
23
10/23/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    "Inspired by Art" Workshop
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Monday Night Football
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
24
10/24/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    History with a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Town Hall Meeting
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
25
10/25/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:30 am
    Encore Chorale Rehearsal
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
    Singers begin arriving at 9:30 - rehearsal begins at 10 am and goes to 11:30 am. We provide beverage service.
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Blood Pressure Screening
    Location: TheWellness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Share Your Story
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 3:30 pm
    Merion Dining Committee
    Location: The Private Dining Room
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 4:30 pm– 5:00 pm
    October Birthday Celebration
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    An Eastern Voice
    Location: The Sapphire Room
26
10/26/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 12:00 pm– 1:30 pm
    Women In Business Luncheon
    Location: Crystal Ballroom
    Chamber of Commerce sponsored buffet luncheon - attendees pay C of C, they pay us. Budget (all inclusive - F & B, tax, gratuity) is $15. We will co-sponsor with Symphony - they are primary sponsor, but do not have space to handle 30-35+ attendees.
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Computer Drop in With Mickey
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Guest SpeakerAdlai Stevenson III
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
27
10/27/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    World Religion: Buddism
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    NSV- Current Events Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Short Story Discussion
    Location: The Conference Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Historical Lectures: John Boda, Haunted Chicago
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
28
10/28/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Ceramics Studiow./ Charlotta
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
29
10/29/17
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Zumba Fitness w/ Tara
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    A Musical World Presents: Cole Porter
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
30
10/30/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    "Inspired by Art" Workshop
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Monday Night Football
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings & Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
31
10/31/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Trick or Treat Pastry Demonstration
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    American Musical: Little Shop of Horrors
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Halloween Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room