In addition to study groups, the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) schedules several special programs each term, which are planned by the social and special programs committee or membership and promotion committee.
Lunch and Learns are held at lunchtime, between classes. These programs give members the opportunity to enjoy academic lectures, slide shows and presentations by fellow members or outside speakers. Program suggestions from members are always welcome. Members bring brown bag lunches to this activity.
Other special programs may include: guided tours of local museum exhibits; one-day sessions on topics of interest, for example Victorian illustrated books using the rare books collection of Skidmore College; attendance at theater productions; a day at Wiawaka, the last surviving Women's Retreat from the Progressive Era; or a day at the ballet with lunch at the Hall of Springs.
To enliven the winter interval, January through March, A.L.L. often schedules one or more special programs. Members may be treated to a lecture, concert, discussion, exhibit, film or other special event. In recent years, an A.L.L. open-to-the-public program has been the annual Storytellers Series, featuring a different professional storyteller during the lunch hour each week for the first six Wednesdays of the year.
Other special programs may be planned throughout the year by members with the approval of the executive council.