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Center for Lifelong Learning: June 9, 2015 "Walking Across America" with Jeff Rudisill. Cost is $10 per member, $18 for non-member.



Jeff Rudisill is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, but moved to Daleville, Virginia in 1975. After 49 years of marriage, Jeff is now widowed with the death of his wife in 2012. He has three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

He retired in 2006 from Wachovia Bank (First National Bank Exchange, Dominion Bank, First Union, Wachovia, now Wells Fargo).

In additional to walking across America, Jeff has also walked the entire Blue Ridge Parkway from Afton Mountain, Virginia, to Cherokee, North Carolina (469 miles, 28 days.) He enjoys boating, walking, gardening, and travel.

Jeff’s presentation will detail his five month walk across the United States...from the idea to the aftermath. He will talk about the idea, the planning, highlights of the walk, and the post walk impacts. He will also include pictures from the walk.



Saturdays @ Phoebe Needles: June 13, 2015 "Are You A Wizard? The Everyday Magic of Harry Potter"  with Dr. Lana Whited.  Cost is $25 and includes lunch.


While much of the Harry Potter series concerns Harry’s extraordinary magical abilities and his uniqueness as “the Chosen One,” his creator, J. K. Rowling, makes very clear that Harry’s truly remarkable abilities involve choices and decisions available to all of us: how we treat our friends and family, how we manage human differences, how we deal with fear, and how we confront our own mortality and the mortality of those closest to us. As the wise mentor Albus Dumbledore reminds The Boy Who Lived, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Through examination of what the Sorting Hat would do with us and how we would cope in the Hogwarts environment, participants will explore our own wizardry.

About the facilitator...
Lana A. Whited is editor of The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon (Missouri, 2002) and co-editor, with M. Katherine Grimes, of Critical Insights: Harry Potter (Salem Press, 2015). She is currently working on a Critical Insights volume on the Hunger Games series. Dr. Whited is professor of English and director of the Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College in Virginia (USA). She earned degrees at Emory & Henry College (B.A.), The College of William & Mary (M.A.), Hollins College (M.A.), and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D.).






The Phoebe Needles Center offers lodging, dining and recreational facilities for summer camps, retreats, conferences, workshops, quiet days and meetings to church, government, school, youth, college and private groups.

Our 85 acre facility is located near Roanoke, Virginia, and in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We are minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

SUMMER CAMP programs run during June, July, and August. Camps are open to all rising fifth through twelfth graders. Programs include backpacking, canoeing, climbing, rappelling, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, environmental activities and more.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION conferences and retreats are scheduled at least quarterly. Topics have ranged from “Christianity and Islam” to “A Journey Through the Old Testament.” Most retreats are held on weekends, and allow time for walking, journalism and meditation. Outside speakers facilitate the programs.

CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING @ PHOEBE NEEDLES is a series of educational seminars for senior adults. Programs are scheduled in the morning followed by lunch at noon. This year round series is a great opportunity for learning and fellowship in a beautiful setting.

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