Day Trips &
Special Events

Special Events and Travel

Lifelong Learning logoPrices for Special Events and Travel include all admissions and bus fare, where applicable.

Selfridge Military Museum (September 16, 2015)

The Scottish Symphony (October 10, 2015)

On the Waterfront with the NY Philharmonic (October 11, 2015)

Serenade for Strings (November 14, 2015)

Frankenmuth Fun (November 18, 2015)

Israel Experience - Travel & Study Abroad (June 4, 2016–June 18, 2016)

Selfridge Military Museum

Harrison Charter Township, MI​
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
​9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Explore the Selfridge Military Air Museum, home to military artifacts and memorabilia since 1975. Indoor exhibits span the 20th and 21st centuries of aviation, and include aircraft engines, an interactive Air Traffic Control radar display, a Vietnam era A-7, modern era F-16 cockpits, scale models, artifacts, and more. Outdoor exhibits include 31 full size aircraft from WWI to the present, vehicles, and missiles.

Lunch will be at Mulligan's Restaurant on the edge of Selfridge Base in Mt. Clemens. The luncheon buffet  includes a savory chicken dinner or sliced top round of beef with trimmings and dessert is included. Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of the nation’s oldest and most historic military installations. Beginning in 1917, pilots, aero mechanics, aerial photographers, and gunnery personnel trained here for World War I. Many famous aviators trained here, including Charles Lindbergh. Today, Selfridge is the nation’s largest Air National Guard Base with all branches of the military, active and reserve units alike, represented on the Base.

To sweetly start the day, tour the Morley Candy factory where Sanders fine chocolates are made. Watch expert candy makers create luscious treats. And if your complementary sampling box of chocolates is not enough, there is a gift shop!

Please note that because Selfridge is an active military base, everyone attending must submit security information by September 1 that includes driver’s license number and date of birth. No one will be allowed on the base without prescreening and refunds will not be issued. Bus departs from Lourdes University at 9am and returns by 6 pm.

The Scottish Symphony
​Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3

Franciscan Center
Class: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Concert: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 p.m.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform the Scottish Symphony by Mendelssohn at Lourdes. Delve into the music before the concert with Lourdes instructor Ken Hummer and Sara Jobin, new Resident Conductor for 5 the TSO. The class will cover the life of Felix Mendelssohn and the Scottish Symphony, plus a brief discussion of two other works in the concert. Purchase your reserved seats through Lifelong Learning at a discounted rate. The class is not required in order to attend the concert, but we highly recommend it! Ken Hummer teaches Music Appreciation and Applied Music on the classical guitar. 

One the Waterfront with the NY Philharmonic

University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium
Sunday, October 11, 2015
1 p.m. departure; 8:30 p.m. return

The New York Philharmonic will take the stage for a live performance of the only film score written by Leonard Bernstein. The complete film On the Waterfront will be shown above the orchestra. Seats are reserved for us in the mezzanine in University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium. The 1954 Elia Kazan film starring Marlon Brando won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. Brando portrays an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggling to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Dinner after the show will be in the elegant Gandy Dancer restaurant. Situated in the beautifully restored 1886 Michigan Central Train Depot, the Gandy Dancer is an architectural landmark with remarkably good food. Select from three delectable entrees. 

Serenade for Strings
by Peter IIyich Tchaikovsky

Franciscan Center
Class: Thursday, November 12, 2015 from
 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Concert: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8 p.m.

This class will be held in conjunction with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky. There will be a short presentation in class by Sara Jobin, new Resident Conductor for the TSO, followed by a class given by Lourdes instructor Ken Hummer on the life of Tchaikovsky and the Serenade for Strings. Two other works on the program will also be covered briefly. This will be a great opportunity to not only learn about the music but to experience it performed live as well! Discounted tickets are available through Lifelong Learning for reserved seats. Tickets are available to all, independent of the class. Ken Hummer teaches Music Appreciation and Applied Music on the classical guitar.

Frankenmuth Fun

Frankenmuth, Michigan
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
8 a.m. departure; 6:30 p.m. return

This is the most fun you’ll have doing your holiday shopping, and getting it done early! Bronner’s Christmas Store is renowned for the sights, sounds, and spirit of Christmas. Bronner’s is the world’s largest Christmas store and is the size of one and a half football fields! After two hours of shopping, you will be ready for a hearty meal at the Bavarian Inn: roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, dressing, 4 salads, vegetables, bread, beverages and dessert. A guide will give us a tour of Frankenmuth and “Little Bavaria” after which there is more time to explore downtown with its unique collection of shops.​

Israel Experience - Travel & Study Abroad

Jerusalem, Israel
June 4, 2016–June 18, 2016

Cost: $2,600 per person (plus airfare)
The cost includes nearly everything for the entire trip (meals, busses, entrance fees, tips, etc.)

The Israel Experience, led by Program Director, Mary Beth Wielgopolski, allows a small group of 16 people to travel and study abroad in Jerusalem, Israel at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute. The small group package includes the following:

  • 13 nights - accommodations with a double room
    • 10 nights at Tantur Ecumenical Institute – Jerusalem. Amenities include:
      • Coffee and Tea in Coffee Room
      • Verandas and Gardens
      • Library
      • Chapel
      • Wireless Access in Rooms
      • Classrooms and Computer Room
      • TV Rooms
      • Tennis Courts and Game Rooms
      • Laundry Facilities
    • 2 nights - Galilee
    • 1 night – Mediterranean Beach Resort - Nahsholim
  • 38 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a private modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Classes taught by Lourdes University Theology Instructor, Mary Beth Wielgopolski with additional local guest speakers
  • Services of an English-speaking staff at Tantur
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Expert local guides; tips already included
    ** Estimated cost; subject to change. 

See the 2016 Israel Program Flyer for more details about the trip.

See the Life Long Learning Brochure for complete details

To register, please call Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or Linda Stout at 419-517-8940 or email


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Laura Megeath
Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Linda Stout
Administrative Assistant