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Jenks Learning Connection

Funded through a grant from The John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation, the Jenks Learning Connection (JLC)  provides evening classes for several weeks in the fall and spring, offering opportunities for adults in the community to expand their knowledge and skills.


Initiated in October 2002, the JLC program presents a variety of courses on Wednesday evenings that extend four to eight weeks each session.  Topics include history, art, music, quilting, drama, bridge, mindfulness, gardening, tai chi, and more. 


Specific classes vary each season.  We welcome suggestions for courses and instructors.  Forward ideas to 

Maria Rutnam, Program Manager at the Jenks Center.

Below are the JLC Programs for April 2023

JENKS CENTER: Palladio 101: Architecture and Global Influence with Lecturer John McConnell

Wednesdays, April 5, 19 & 26 - 6:30 pm - Cost: 3 classes: $30:  John McConnell will be presenting a three- lecture course which examines Andrea Palladio’s Architecture.  The first segment will focus on his major works and then the enthusiastic Palladianism which followed from it for centuries in both Europe (in part 2) and America (in part 3).  Learn how Palladio was the most widely influential architect in Western history (1508 – 1580).  How he achieved prominence for work in the area around Venice.  How he was adopted into a circle of learned men, where he rose from an apprentice stone cutter to the pinnacle of his profession as an interpreter of Imperial Roman art and culture and how his fame and influence spread far and wide, from Bombay to Boston along with the eventual publication of his books in many languages.  In shaping this heritage to his clients’ benefits, he arrived at a unique personal architectural style.


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JENKS CENTER: Improvisational Quilting with Denise Konicek

Saturdays, April 1, 8, 22 & 29 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cost: 4 Classes: $40:  Are you ready to go beyond the cookie-cutter patterns and have a quilting adventure?  The improvisational process is fun for the quilter who is not timid about cutting and stitching without a set pattern and would enjoy the thrill of designing “on the go”.  Artist/quilter Denise Konicek will guide your traditional, classical quilting skills and bring you beyond the grid to explore this new means of expression.  Bring your sewing machine and learn different techniques for improvisational piecing, select your style and fabrics to create a quilt top or piece of art.  A list of supplies is available upon registration.  Space limited. 

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JENKS CENTER: Flower Planting with Jessica Zander

Wednesday, April 12 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Cost: 1 Class: Free: Do you ever look at your yard and know that it could be nicer, but you don't know how or where to begin? Or are you a new homeowner and unsure what kinds of plants you have or how to maintain them? It can be overwhelming. Join garden consultant and coach, Jessica Zander, for design tips and practical skills on where to start to make your outside space look its best. A few simple things can make a big and immediate difference to your landscape. With over 55,000 followers on Instagram and Titktok combined, she is passionate about making gardening accessible to everyone. All you need is your enthusiasm, energy, and some basic tools.


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A great place for 55+ and their companions to connect and learn! Meditation classes, lectures, yoga, language lessons, special events, etc."

Eric C.

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