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Classes resume at Institute for Learning in Retirement

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Board member Kathy Flood, board member Andy Johnson, president Verna Call, vice president Rich Thornhill and board member Tom Call pose for a portrait in a classroom at the Institute for Learning in Retirement in Slippery Rock on Feb. 8. Joseph Ressler/Butler Eagle

SLIPPERY ROCK — When the calendar flips to March, it will herald the annual return of Lent, blooming crocuses and the spring session of the Institute for Learning in Retirement which will again offer classes for lifelong learners in subjects such as local history, health and financial planning.

The catalog of upcoming courses, trips and tours went online at the Slippery Rock-based institute’s site,, on Monday. Regular and Zoom-only registration begins Feb. 21. The first day of classes, both in-person and through Zoom, will be March 7, as will second-chance registration for classes left unfilled during the first round of registration.

Tom Call, an institute instructor, said the institute hopes to return to offering indoor tours and trips, such as a library tour at Slippery Rock Univesity. Indoor tours and class trips had been curtailed last year because of COVID restrictions.

“We had to cancel a lot of trips, and teaching classes by Zoom brought it’s own learning curve,” Call said.

Institute president Verna Call said, “We are almost in the swing of things right now. We will start officially in March.”

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