Institute  for  Learning

in  Retirement

NOTES FROM THE OFFICE:  9/10/2021 update 

*IMPORTANT!  Fall classes are being changed to Zoom format only.  The Board recently made this difficult decision.  The updated schedule of classes is posted.

*In-person social activities will continue as planned!  See the appropriate flyers at 'Current Forms & Flyers' tab for details.

*The ILR Office is open on a limited schedule.  TCC is closed to visitors at this time.   

*If Mac users have trouble registering for classes or renewing membership, these directions may prove helpful.  Click here.

*Current Members can join our Facebook Group at 

    Member Artists Share their work in virtual show

    Click here to bring an entire art exhibit into your home.  Members of the ILR have sent digital images of their creations so you can enjoy the range of talent and likewise be inspired to dabble in the arts.  Let the slide show run or click the side arrows (< and >) to enjoy each image at your own pace.

    In the spirit of reinventing an ILR event and conversation, you will find the list of artists below the exhibit gallery. Click each name in the article "Meet the Artists" to learn more about the people and their inspirations.  Provide your own beverage and canap├ęs to create the full experience of an art opening. 

    Several of our exhibitors began exploring their talent only when they retired from careers.  We hope more ILR members will step out of their routines with paintbrush or camera in hand and see life with renewed intensity.  Perhaps in quarantine you can find your inner Picasso--or Norman Rockwell--and be ready to enter our next show.  Stay safe and inspired!

    The pandemic forced us to cope with many changes.   Below members shared some of their brighter moments in quarantine.  Click to read more.

    One of the most fun and memorable things our family did to stay connected was to have “Throwback Thursdays,” where each week one of us would share, via group texts, family photos from both recent and long ago times, then in a flurry, we’d all send a comment in response. What interesting remembrances the many photos generated! Looking back on this most challenging time, and one we’re still dealing with, I have appreciated the less hurried pace and will remember fondly our special family “remote” get togethers.    --Pat

    For me one of the best surprises recently was finding out I could continue to be a member of ILR even though I moved to CT in May of this year. An added bonus was participating in Linda and Ed Dye’s Zoom class. Thank you for expanding membership and offering assistance with zoom.  -Betsey

    Travel by Website

    The travel committee again hopes you keep your eyes on the world as the restrictions and safety of touring improve.  To stay curious about other cultures and to plan ahead for a real visit, the committee offers these websites for virtual tours.  Soon you will wander again around the globe making new friends and adventures.  So explore the options now.        Click here to sample their suggestions!

    ZOOM into learning

    Beginning in August, our classes have been offered with ZOOM, a video conferencing program. Members now navigate their devices rather than roads and parking lots to enjoy ILR presentations.

    To help everyone make this transition to meeting friends and presenters on a screen rather than in person, we now offer revised instructions for particular devices.  The list below is repeated under the blue tab Current Forms and Flyers.

    ZOOM APP download instructions

    ILR Zoom on an iPad

    ILR Zoom on Computers and Laptops

    ILR Zoom on iPhones, Small Tablets, and Smartphones

    ILR Zoom on Phones   

    If you have moved from the area, you can maintain your membership and attend  ZOOM classes. 

    Introducing ILR at TCC

    The Institute for Learning in Retirement is a group of active seniors who are committed to life-long learning.  Based at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, we enjoy intellectually stimulating lectures,  discussion groups, social events, and trips.  

    For a yearly membership fee you will receive a quarterly schedule of our programs and events.  Classes, trips, discussion groups, and socials require registration and payment.  Read more to see if joining ILR might enrich your retirement life as well.

    Contact information:

    Office Phone Number:  (757) 756-4861


    Mailing address:  

    Institute for Learning in Retirement
    TCC--Virginia Beach Campus
    Princess Anne Bldg.  Room A--103
    1700 College Crescent
    Virginia Beach, VA 23453


    Current Members can join our Facebook Group at 

    Anyone age 55 or older is welcome to join without regard to race, creed, color, or gender.  

    Institute for Learning in Retirement is a life-long learning group operating in a partnership between Tidewater Community College and ILR . We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Copyright 2019

    Hours: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday
    Email:  Office@ILRVB.ORG
    Phone: 757-756-4861

    Copyright 2021

    Institute for Learning in Retirement is a 501(c)(3)
    non-profit organization.

    Institute for Learning in Retirement
    TCC-Virginia Beach Campus
    Princess Anne Bldg. A-103
    1700 College Crescent
    Virginia Beach, VA 23453

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