Study Groups


The Fall Catalog is now being designed and will be printed for distribution online and by mail in July.

A print version will be distributed to the mailing list and the electronic version will be available on the website. We are not sure of the exact date yet.

Once you have a catalog, you may send in your membership form and study group registrations at any point; however, all registrations received prior to August 18, 2015, will be date-stamped August 18, the day of the Open House.  If you were wait-listed for a course in the Spring, you will be given priority if we have your registration  by August 18 AND if you have checked off the appropriate box on the registration form requesting priority.

You can, of course, register after August 18 through Friday, September 4, the date registration ends.

Those with a legitimate priority request – that is, they were wait-listed for the same study group in the spring and have checked the priority request box – will be given first consideration.  After that, if a study group is over-subscribed, then members will be chosen by lottery. Quite frankly, we expect this to be the case in only a few study groups. Those not filled on August 18 – and this will be the majority of them if past experience is any indicator – will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can get a quick of the Study Group list as it was being finalized in April can be found  here.

The Fall Semester  begins September 21 and runs through early December. The next spring semester begins in February of 2016 and runs through early June.

Here’s the calendar for the coming year.


2015 – 2016

Fall 2015

Catalog mailed to mailing list and published on web site – July

Open House – Tuesday, August 18, 1:00PM, Westport Library

Fall Registration Begins on Tuesday, August 18

Fall Registration Deadline – Friday, September 4

Labor Day Holiday – Monday, September 7

Confirmation Mailing – Thursday, September 10

Board of Directors Meeting, Monday, September 14 – 2:30 p.m.

*Study Groups Start – Monday, September 21

Board of Director’s Meeting, Monday, October 5 – 2:30 p.m.

Columbus Day Holiday – Monday, October 12– no study groups meet 

Board of Directors Meeting, Monday, November 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Veterans Day Holiday – Wednesday, November 11 – no study groups meet

Deadline for Study Group Proposals – Friday, November 20

Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 26 – no  study groups meet

*All Study Groups end no later than Friday, December 4

Board of Directors Meeting, Monday, December 7 – 2:30 p.m.

Holiday Luncheon– Wednesday, December 9

Spring 2016

New Year’s Day Holiday – January 1

Catalog mailed to mailing list and published on the web site – January

Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 18

Open House – Wednesday, January 20

Spring Registration Begins on January 20

Board of Directors Meeting, Monday, February 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Spring Registration Deadline – Friday, February 5

President’s Day – Monday, February 15

*First Study Groups Start  meeting– Tuesday, February 16

Board of Directors Meeting, Monday, March 7 – 2:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting, Monday, April 4 – 2:30 p.m.

Patriots Day Holiday – Monday, April 18 – No Classes

Deadline for Study Group Proposals for the Fall – Monday, May 2

Board of Directors Meeting, Monday, May 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Spring Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting– Wednesday, May 25

Memorial Day Holiday – Monday, May 30 – no classes

*Classes End – Friday, June 3

Board of Directors Annual Meeting – Monday, June 6 – 9:30 a.m.

Study Group Leaders Luncheon – June 15 – Site TBA



Every semester’s offering is a mixture of old study groups, revised , and new ones.  To get an idea of what we offer, see the current  Spring 2015 Course Catalog   And if you really want to see a full range of possibilities you can review older catalogs from  Fall 2014,  Spring 2014, and Fall 2013. Please keep in mind these are out-dated catalogs. Wait for the current catalog, issued each s emester, to apply for membership and register for study groups.

Application to become a STudy group Leader

Interested in teaching, sharing an experience, talking about a hobby?  Fill out this application and present it to the Curriculum Committee (By sending it to The Second Half office).  Submit your study group ideas for the Fall 2015 semester.   Link to the Fall 2015 New Course / Facilitator Form

One must be a member of The Second Half to attend courses and most events. To learn more,
go to the Membership Page.