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.

December  2018
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 1
12/01/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Pilates & You
    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
2
12/02/18
  • 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
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Lyric Opera Stage Artist: Arias & Musical Theater
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
3
12/03/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
4
12/04/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Healthy Tuesday's
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    History with a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Sapphire Room
5
12/05/18
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Tai Chi Fitness w/ Mike McGinn
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
6
12/06/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing 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– 2:00 pm
    Figure Drawing w/ Duffy
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
7
12/07/18
  • 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
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders With Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
8
12/08/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Pilates & You
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an Amercian Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 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
9
12/09/18
  • 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
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    John Boda Presents The Christmas Tree
    Location: The Sapphire Room
10
12/10/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 1:30 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– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
11
12/11/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Healthy Tuesday's
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    History with a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
12
12/12/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Concert Series
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
13
12/13/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing 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– 2:00 pm
    Figure Drawing w/ Duffy
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
14
12/14/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders With Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
15
12/15/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Pilates & You
    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
16
12/16/18
  • 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
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
17
12/17/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
18
12/18/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Healthy Tuesday's
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    History with a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Sapphire Room
19
12/19/18
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Tai Chi Fitness w/ Mike McGinn
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
20
12/20/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing 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– 2:00 pm
    Figure Drawing w/ Duffy
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
21
12/21/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders With Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
22
12/22/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Pilates & You
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an Amercian Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 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
23
12/23/18
  • 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
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    John Boda Presents The Christmas Tree
    Location: The Sapphire Room
24
12/24/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 1:30 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– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
25
12/25/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Healthy Tuesday's
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    History with a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
26
12/26/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Concert Series
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
27
12/27/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing 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– 2:00 pm
    Figure Drawing w/ Duffy
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
28
12/28/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders With Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
29
12/29/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Pilates & You
    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
30
12/30/18
  • 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
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
31
12/31/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA