Founded in 1996, the Lifelong Learning Institute at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College continues to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of South Mississippi’s maturing population. The member led organization is for mature adults over the age of 50 who care about lifelong learning, are self-motivated and want to continue their experiences with other like-minded individuals. Membership fee is $50 annually with a July to June calendar year.
LLI membership includes opportunities for varied activities:
- Monthly Luncheon Lectures near home
- Classes – determined by members
- Opportunities for day and overnight travel
- Monthly Luncheon Lectures at all MGCCC campus locations
- Student rates at MGCCC athletic and performing arts events
- Use of the campus Wellness/Fitness Centers
- MGCCC Learning Resource Centers Access
- Access to LLI activities and classes at all MGCCC campus locations
- Free computer classes
- Opportunities for day and overnight travel
- Student Parking Permit
- Plus 50’s Encore Completion Program for seniors age 65 and over
- Membership in the MGCCC Alumni Association which includes:
- Subscription to Action, the alumni magazine
- Alumni Association membership card and window decal
- Use of campus tennis courts and walking trails at designated times
- Discounted rates for admission to athletic and fine arts events
- Notification of special events
- Gregory War Memorial chapel privileges
To Join or For More Information Please Contact the Campus Near You
Peggy Howell April Grace
George County Stone County
(601) 766-6429 601-528-8931
Judy Platt Jenifer Freridge
Harrison County Jackson County
(228) 896-2549 601-928-6288
Upcoming Lifelong Learning Institute Trips
A Day At The Races
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Members: $55 Guest: $65
Deadline to Register: Friday, January 8, 2016
It’s a safe bet to say you won’t want to miss our party on race day! Join us as we enjoy a day of horse racing fun at the New Orleans fairgrounds for the 144th Thoroughbred Racing Season. Enjoy spectacular views of the track from our seats in the glass front clubhouse where we will enjoy a New Orleans style lunch.
Wear your finest hat and decorate it with ribbons and pearls! Get creative, there will be a prize for the best derby hat on race day !
Creole Plantation Tour A Day At Oak Alley Plantation
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Member: $95 Guest:$105
Deadline to Register: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Come and enjoy the beauty of Oak Alley Plantation. At the time Oak Alley was built, the River Region sugar industry was flourishing, and a chain of stately plantations and their homes that lined the banks of the Mississippi. She offers the enchantment of one way of life without compromising the significance of another. Here indeed is something for everyone.
We will begin with a professionally guided tour of the Big House, followed by a Cajun Buffet Lunch. After lunch you will have time to explore the plantation grounds including: Visit the Confederate Commanding Officer’s Tent • Wit- ness the “Slavery at Oak Alley” exhibit’s reconstructed slave quarters and learn about those who made plantation luxuries possible • Watch the video and learn how sugarcane is grown at the Sugarcane Theater • Explore 25 historic acres using an Interpretive map (self guided) and see the legacies left by those who once resided here • See newly planted pecan trees commemorating Antoine, an enslaved gardener who grafted the first paper shell pecan • Visit the black- smith shop which houses the plantation’s original forge • Stroll the magnificent alley of 300 year old live oak trees lead- ing a quarter mile to the Mississippi River • Enjoy Ice Cream in the Plantation Cafe • Discover keepsakes and unique gifts in the Gift Shop
Broadway in New Orleans
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Member (Double) $165 Guest (Double) $175
Deadline to register: Friday, April 29, 2016
Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office rec- ords and sell out in record time. Winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times).
Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emer- ald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete—and com- pletely satisfying—new musical in a long time” (USA Today).
As we travel to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, we will stop for lunch at Phil’s Marina Café in Slidell.
Jackson County Nature Tour
Gulf Islands National Seashore & The Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Friday, June 17, 2016
Member: $55 Guest: $65
Deadline to register: Friday, May 27, 2016
We will begin our Nature Tour of Jackson County by visiting the Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitor’s Center located in Ocean Springs, MS. The center overlooks the beautiful Davis Bayou. We will explore the park’s exhibits, visit with park rangers, and view a film about Gulf Islands National Seashore, and enjoy a shore nature walk on along the Stark Bayou boardwalk.
As we make our way along the Coast, we will stop for lunch at a local favorite, the Tiki Restaurant, located on Mary Walker Bayou in Gautier.
After a nice lunch on the Bayou, we will make our way along to Pascagoula River to the newly built Audubon Center. As a gateway to the Pascagoula River, the center provides visitors with a variety of opportunities for first- hand exploration of the river’s rich flora and fauna. The center also features aquaria that interpret the aquatic com- ponents of the river, and displays of the bird and wildlife conservation work of Audubon across the region.
St. Augustine, FL
Wednesday-Saturday, February 24-27, 2017
Member(Double): $795 Guest(Double): $845
Member(Single): $1,025 Guest(Single): $1,075
Deadline to register: Monday, January 25, 2016
$300 deposit due Monday, January 25, 2016
Balance due Friday, February 12, 2016
Cost includes round trip transportation, 3 night double-occupancy hotel accommodations, 7 meals including : 3 hot breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners and entrance to all tours and attractions.
St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s most charming with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, unique shops, and bed-and breakfast inns. Experience the beauty of an early morning that slowly comes alive with locals and tourists setting out to explore historic landmarks. We will arrive in late afternoon and enjoy a group dinner then head to our hotel located along St. Augustine Beach and the famous A1A.
In addition to strolling the streets of St. Augustine, we will enjoy two fun filled days of touring the Historic Downtown area of St. Augustine via the Old Town Trolley and exploring some of the nation’s oldest sights including: Castillo de San Marcos, Colonial Quarter, The Spanish Military Hospital, The Oldest House, Flagler College, The Lightner Museum, Café Alcazar, The Old Jail, The Oldest Store, The Florida Heritage Museum, San Sebastian Winery, and a Riding Ghost Town Trolley Tour. These are just a few exciting places planned for this trip.
Nearly 450 years separate its past from its present, but nowhere is history more celebrated than in St. Augustine. From the coquina walls of its forts and city gates to its brick-lined streets and lush, green park at the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s storied collection of homes, museums and historic sites pay tribute to all who influenced it.
Backroads-Delta Region (Part I)
Wednesday – Saturday, April 27-30, 2016
Member (Double) $495 Guest (Double) $545
Member (Single) $625 Guest (Single) $675
Deadline to register: Friday, February 26, 2016
$250 deposit due Friday, February 26, 2016
Balance due Friday, March 25, 2016
Cost includes round trip transportation, 3 night double-occupancy hotel accommodations, 3 hot breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and entrance to all attractions and tours.
Make checks payable to “MGCCC.” Mail Trip Registration Form and Payments to: MGCCC LLI— P.O. Box 99, Perkinston, MS 39573
Find your Groove in the Mississippi Delta – where the music meets the soul. Come stay a while and let us introduce you to the land, the river, the people, the music and the mystery that makes the Mississippi Delta unique.
We continue our Mississippi Backroads series with the Delta Region. This vast region covers almost the entire Western side of the state along the Mississippi River. This trip will feature the cities of Tunica and Clarksdale which are located in the Northern Delta. Adventurous travelers will find the one-of-a-kind experiences they live for here in the Mississippi Delta. Whether you’re rolling down blacktop, gravel or dust, the Delta’s backroads lead to people, places, events and spur-of-the-moment adventures.
We will begin our journey at the top of the Delta and the Gateway to the Blues, Tunica, MS where we will stay at the sister property to Beau Rivage, The Gold Strike Resort and Casino. While in Tunica, we will visit the Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center and Museum, Tunica River Park, Downtown Tunica, Dine at The Blue and White Restaurant, and Hollywood Café.
The following day we will travel to Clarksdale, MS. It’s the kind of place you will come back to time and time again – even if only in your memories. Clarksdale is Blues to the bone, with the legacies of W.C. Handy, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and so many others living on in the local clubs. We will visit the Delta Blues Museum, Dine at Morgan Freeman’s famous Ground Zero Blues Club. We will also visit the Crossroads Monument, and Explore Downtown Clarksdale.
Make checks payable to “MGCCC.” Mail Trip Registration Form and Payments to:
MGCCC – LLI
P.O. Box 99, Perkinston, MS 39573