You haven’t heard of CRI?

If you are an older adult interested in intellectual stimulation and a chance to make new friends, CRI might be for you
By John Nadeau | Dec 20, 2012

“My physician, who has always lived in Edmonds, told me he’s about to retire and has never heard of CRI,” my friend informed me.

Hmm …. How disconcerting.

Believe it or not, many of us at the Creative Retirement Institute, that is CRI, invest considerable time and effort, plus as much money as our budget permits, to promote this lifelong learning program at Edmonds Community College.

For example, take this newspaper you’re reading.

Before each term, CRI buys ads that tell about the program and list the upcoming courses.

This column, always about CRI, appears each month. (No snide remarks, please.)

Dick Gibson, a CRI member and former board chairman, conducts faculty interviews on the community cable TV channel throughout the academic year.

You can also find CRI on the web at

There, you’ll get the latest information about courses and special events like the luncheons that feature local celebrities as speakers.

Course brochures, published several weeks before the start of each term, are the most comprehensive source of information, including how to register for classes.

You can usually find these brochures at locations like public libraries, senior centers, post offices, and recreation centers.

You can always find them at the CRI administrative office at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Avenue North. (That’s at the intersection of Fourth and Bell.)

Staff there will answer your questions in person or by phone. Call in advance at (425) 640-1830 to check on office hours, or you may simply leave your name and address to get on the mailing list.

Note, however, that you can't register by phone. You do that by mail, fax, or a visit to the Conference Center.

If you have Internet access, you can add your name to the CRI announcement and discussion list.

Go to and click on “announcement and discussion” for an ongoing stream of information.

Occasionally, CRI provides speakers for local service club luncheons. Their program chairmen have a standing invitation to contact us.

Of course, word-of-mouth advertising, such as my friend provided to the physician, is very important. We encourage all our participants to spread the word.

So the information is out there. Really.

Keep in mind, though, that we don’t offer classes in water color painting or cabinet making. Our courses concentrate on the humanities and sciences along with current trends.

If you are an older adult interested in intellectual stimulation and a chance to make new friends, CRI might be for you.

We invite you to tune in to CRI, which welcomes everyone, regardless of educational background.



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