MARCH & APRIL
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
LLCC Courses & Events are Suspended
Dear LLCC Members & Friends,
Effective 8 a.m., Thursday, March 12, all LLCC classes & activities are suspended until further notice due to the spreading impact of COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation very closely, and we will continue to provide health information as the crisis goes on.
Much as we value these opportunities to gather together as a community, nothing matters more than taking sensible precautions to help keep one another safe.
We are hoping that the courses we are cancelling now can be rescheduled later in the year. We will notify you immediately if circumstances change. If you have registered for courses to be held in March or April, you will be receiving refunds from Brown Paper Tickets for what you paid.
We want to thank all of the instructors and other volunteers who work so hard to make the courses such fun and informative events. We are grateful, as always, for their energy and enthusiasm.
We know that news of the coronavirus is unsettling. Here are the precautions we're taking, and ask that everyone take, to help make our community as safe as possible for all:
wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds
use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available
stay home if you're sick or even suspect you might be getting sick
be evaluated by a medical professional if you have respiratory symptoms
avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
cover coughs with a tissue or flexed elbow
use touch-free friendly gestures as greetings, rather than shaking hands or hugging
clean phones and keyboards regularly
It's time to renew your membership or become an LLCC member for the
We have decided to celebrate our seven-year success with "$20 for ’20" special rates next year. It is an opportunity for us to give something back to everyone who has supported us over the years.
For the year 2020, we are reducing the minimum contribution that you need to make to become an LLCC member from $25 to $20. Also for the year 2020, we are reducing the per-session cost of a course for members from $5 to $4.
LLCC memberships are annual. They begin in January and end in December. You will need a new 2020 password to get a discount on courses that are being offered in 2020. We will email the new password to you once you become a 2020 member.
A single tax deductible membership contribution of $20 or more makes you part of an exciting learning community and gives you a chance to take our courses at a substantial discount. Go to our Membership page for information about how to become a member.
Most of our courses cost $4 each session for members or $10 each session for non-members.
Please be aware that our memberships are individual, not family memberships. You must be a member yourself to use a password to take advantage of the member discount.
Just click on the Membership tab near the top of the page to become a LLCC member online using PayPal or a major credit card. Of course, you can still become a member through the mail by sending a check. If you do send a check, please also send an email to to let us know. That we we can send you the password for course discounts as soon as possible. As a member, you are entitled to register for courses for a substantially lower cost.
LLCC Policy on Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Some people attending our courses recently have noticed a dog in some of our classrooms. LLCC needs to take a position on whether this is appropriate.
U.S. and California law allows persons with disabilities to bring trained service dogs and trained psychiatric service dogs to all public places. Several different California laws set out the rights of people with disabilities who use animals to assist them. LLCC welcomes people who have service animals to bring their dogs with them to our classes and other events.
Many individuals—both with and without disabilities—derive emotional support and comfort from dogs and other animals that are not specially trained to perform specific tasks directly related to a physical or psychiatric disability.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) considers such “emotional support animals” to be distinct from trained service dogs, and treats them differently. The ADA does not grant emotional support dog owners the same right of access to public places that it gives to individuals who use trained service dogs. That means that under the ADA, an organization that offers courses to the general public, for example, must allow trained service dogs to accompany their owners into the classroom but can refuse to admit individuals with emotional support dogs.
LLCC does not allow people who have emotional support animals or other pets to bring their animals with them to our classes and other events.
If You Find it Difficult to Register for Courses Online, You May Now Register for Courses by Telephone Instead at
Brown Paper Tickets
LLCC uses Brown Paper Tickets to register people for courses and events. Brown Paper Tickets describes itself: "We answer to us - the ticket buyers and event producers of the world." You can register from links to there on our website, or you can now also register for a course by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. You will be connected to a live agent after you press the right buttons on your phone to "buy a ticket." Just tell the live agent which course you would like to sign up for and your password, if you have one.
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