Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Is ForEver - The Basics

What is LIFE?

LIFE is an abbreviation for Learning Is ForEver, a continuing education program for active retirees.

Imagine a school without grades or tests.  A place where the only prerequisites are an active mind and a desire to learn in a congenial atmosphere.  Fill the classrooms with dedicated students of retirement age.  They are a community of learners who design their own classes according to their own needs and interests, people whose common bonds are intellectual curiosity and the experience of their generation.  They share opinions, knowledge, and expertise with humor, creativity and mutual respect.

Where is LIFE located?

Learning Is ForEver offers classes to residents of beautiful Pierce County, Washington, which is located in the South Puget Sound area.

How is Learning Is ForEver affiliated with Pacific Lutheran University?

Pacific Lutheran University, located near Tacoma, WA, offers assistance to LIFE as a community outreach program under the Office of Graduate Programs and Continuing Education.

PLU graciously offers LIFE use of their print shop, website training, campus facilities, as well as their accounting and finance department.  We frequently ask PLU’s faculty to present lectures as part of our class programs.

In response to the college’s generosity, we offer our classes without charge, to any current PLU student, staff, or faculty (unless otherwise noted in the class schedule).

How often are classes offered?

During the school year, Learning Is ForEver generally offers four to six classes per quarter.

Each class will run between 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length.

What are the fees to participate?

Learning Is ForEver fees are $10.00 per class, unless otherwise noted.  Payments can be made online with a credit card or at the door (cash or check).

LIFE - Registration Process

How do I register for a class?

Registration can be done online (link coming soon) or by paying at the door on the day of the event.

May I bring friends? Must they pre-register?

Yes, by all means, invite a friend to join you in a class!

You may include them in your online registration or simply pay the class fee at the door.

If they wish to take additional classes, they can be added to our mailing list.

NOTE:  If the class description indicates there is a class size limit, contact the class facilitator to find out if there is space for your friend.

Will you keep my information private?


We will not share your name, address, phone, or email address with anyone.

If I miss a class for which I am pre-registered, may the fees transfer to a later class?

Yes, your class fee may be applied to a class later in the school year.

Or you may ask someone attend in your place.

See our policy pages for details.

How Do I Contact LIFE?

Who can I contact to ask a question about a class?

All the information about our lectures is on our website and Facebook page. If you have any additional questions, you can email Gene and Dot Giannobile at

If I have a speaker or topic I’d like to suggest?

The Program Committee welcomes ideas for future classes.

This committee, made up of several LIFE members and PLU staff, meets on a regular basis to brainstorm future classes. If you are interested in joining the Program Committee, please contact Gene and Dot Giannobile at