What is WILL?

What is WILL?

Will is a grass-roots organization created by residents and a partner of Western New Mexico University in Silver City. At WILL, learning is a lifetime adventure for intellectual and personal discovery in a supportive and informal setting.

Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College Avenue, Juan Chacon
Bldg RM 108, Silver City, New Mexico 88061.
info@will-learning.com | 575-538-6835.

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

WILL members bring talents and life experiences to WILL, making our courses and social events lively places to learn. WILL course schedules are made available to the public weeks prior to the semester start. Members sign up via email, online, or by visiting the office.

Join at the Fall, Spring or Summer semester Sign-up Social and attend great courses!

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

The Artist Lecture Series brings professional artists and writers who exchange ideas in presenting their work in literature, fine arts and a host of other topics. Lectures and Lunch & Learns are free and open to the public.

If ongoing learning outside the traditional classroom appeals to you, then join us.

Join WILL
$75 a year shows your support for Life Long Learning, our community and all the classes you want to take all year long! More . . .

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Joy Harjo, Poet, musician

More about Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Septeto Nacional de
Ignacio Piñeiro

 

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18) HistoriCorps: Workforce for Saving Places
Facilitator: Eric Ockerhausen
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: 1 session: Tuesday: February 28: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

HistoriCorps saves and sustains historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers, and provide training and education. It is a little bit like Habitat for Humanity only for historic buildings. You volunteer for a week and depending on the specific job, volunteers have the option to hike into areas, camp on the site, work on old historic properties, and get three meals a day plus snacks for their efforts. Some work sites allow you the option of staying in your camper or RV. HistoriCorps has projects all over the United States. We will look at the HistoriCorps website and see what projects are being planned for the spring, summer, and fall of 2017 and learn how you can volunteer. At each work site, you will have a HistoriCorps trained construction manager to work with, and safety is always a number one priority. They usually also have a construction supervisor that serves as the cook for the work team. If you are interested in seeing the country, meeting new people, and doing something good for the country then this organization may be of interest to you.
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36) Day Hike to Dripping Springs
Facilitator: Jeff Boyd
Enrollment Limit: Max 18/Min 3
Date/Time: 1 session: Friday: February 24: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: TBD (Money for gas, entrance fee, etc.)

Day hike to Dripping Springs in the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces. A moderate 3.5 mile round trip hike to a very scenic and historic area at the base of 1500 ft. high cliffs of the Organ Mountains. The destination has a spring, lush vegetation, and a ruined resort which was later converted to a sanatorium. There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle.
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7) Introduction to Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving
Facilitators: Jean Hill & Susan Porter
Enrollment Limit: Max 12/Min 6
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: February 23: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $5 for materials

This class will teach the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Rigid heddle looms are very simple, portable tools for creating hand woven projects such as scarves or table runners. These looms are now very popular and are especially suitable for beginning weavers as they are quite inexpensive and require little space. This class will be mainly a hands-on weaving experience so you can take your project home at the end. Information will be given about the many resources for using these looms. Looms, tools, and yarn will be provided. If a student has his or her own rigid heddle loom, contact instructors at least 2 weeks ahead of class about using it in class. Looms will be prepared ahead of time so students can begin weaving quickly. An assortment of weft yarns will be provided. Students can also bring any knitting or other yarns they might want to use.
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58) Retirement and Beyond
Facilitator: James Edd Hughs
Enrollment Limit: Max 40/Min 20
Date/Time: 3 sessions: Wednesdays: February 22, March 22, April 26: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Topics covered in this class will include: retirement, making your money last. Other topics include the following: Time matters: A Women's Retirement Outlook and Standing Guard: Protect What You've Worked For (not related to scams but investing longevity, strategies, rising cost and healthcare concerns).
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