Institute For Learning In Retirement At SaddleBrooke


Here's some great news for those who are here in the summer: ILR is planning to offer summer classes for the first time ever! The list is limited because we don't know how many people will be interested, but we've included classes by some of our most popular instructors as well as the very popular wine-tasting class from earlier this year.

Besides wine-tasting, we'll also offer a course on great music conductors, one on the history of aviation, and a free class on heart health.

Class descriptions and schedules are shown in the Class Overview (click on Class Overview in the main menu above). Registration for 2018 summer classes is now open. Click on Class Information and Registration to register. If you have questions, email

For the Fall 2018 semester starting in September, we have 15 interesting classes planned, covering topics including music, baseball, mythology, the Arab Spring, our founding fathers, and a lot more, so there should be something for everyone. More detailed information about the classes will be available here on the website in July - at that time you can click Class Overview to get a pdf listing describing all the classes and their schedules. Registration will open later in the summer. More information will be coming out by email, so to insure that our emails do not go into your spam or junk folder, be sure this address is in your contacts list:

Also be sure to read the tips (below) for using the website!

Welcome To The ILR Website -

and some helpful tips

Since its formation in 2005, the ILR has grown to over 1000 subscribers and 15 course offerings each semester. Along with this growth have come challenges in managing the subscriber list and class registrations each semester. In order to continue providing the best possible experience for ILR subscribers, and to preserve the sanity of the Registrar and Treasurer, the ILR Board decided in June of 2015 to implement a new computer system. This website is the portion of the new system visible to subscribers. We sincerely hope that you will find it more convenient and friendly than our old system.

Here are a few tips for navigating the website:

  • Your login ID is your email address. If you were a member under our old system and you have not yet used the new system, your password is password.
  • Each person must have his/her own membership and email address. You cannot put, for example, John and Jane Smith in the name field and have that count as membership for two people.
  • When you register for a class you will receive an email invoice for the cost of that class. When you pay you will receive an email confirmation. If you register and pay in the same session you will receive only the confirmation.
  •  If you are going to register for multiple classes, complete all the registrations before you pay online. That way you will need to fill out the credit card information only once.
  • You can pay by credit card. We use PayPal to handle our credit card payments, but  you DO NOT need a PayPal account to pay by credit card.  Check the PayPal payment page closely, because it can appear that you need a PayPal account, but you do not. We prefer payment by credit card because then we don't have to handle checks, but we'll accept a check if you must.
  • So that ILR messages don't go into your spam folder, add the following address to your contacts list: NOTE: you cannot send email to To send an email use the Help Desk address described below.
  • If you have problems or questions call or email the ILR Help Desk: 520-276-9492,

What is ILR?

The purpose of the ILR is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities for the residents of SaddleBrooke. No tests, no grades, no papers - just a group of people getting together to learn something new. ILR course leaders are SaddleBrooke residents who have knowledge or expertise in certain areas and a desire to share that knowledge with others. The ILR is subscriber-driven and is dedicated to providing an environment that leads to lively discussion and interaction on topics of interest to its subscribers.

The ILR offers two sessions of courses each year: one in the fall, and one in winter/spring. Courses usually last 5 or 6 weeks, depending on the topic, and meet once a week for 2 hours. This allows ample opportunity for discussion and interaction among the participants. The quality, scope and presentation of each course are directed by the ILR Board of Directors. A wide variety of topics is presented in an attempt to cover many areas of interest to residents.

After paying a one-time fee of $25, subscribers can enroll in as many individual courses as are offered, for a very modest fee per course (typically $15) to cover the cost of materials and audio-visual aids.

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