Current OLLI Course Listing

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 30% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices.

Should you have any questions, or need reasonable accommodations please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-639-3210 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you. All courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

 

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, January 4, 11, 25, 2016
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45

*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (7 sessions total) for only $50!

Description: This series introduces first-time beginners to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation.

 

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesdays, January 6-27, 2016
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (7 sessions total) for only $50!

Description: Continuing yoga practice for beginners to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation.

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, February 1–22
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Marsh Hall 112
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (7 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and lighthearted way, it is easily accessible for any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, February 3–24
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (7 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and lighthearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance, and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Great Decisions

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, February 6–27
Meeting Time: 10 am–noon
Instructor: OLLI Members
Location: Lafayette L200
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Join us for insightful, thought-provoking discussions about some of the most pressing foreign policy challenges that our country faces today. Great Decisions is a nationwide civic education program supported by the Foreign Policy Association (www.fpa.org).

 

Middle East Alliances

with Greg Vaut
February 6

 

The Rise of ISIS

with Bill Harwood
February 13

 

The Future of Kurdistan

with Greg Vaut
February 20

 

Migration

with Bill Harwood
February 27

 

Coming Home: Spring Birding

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, February 29–March 14, and Saturday, March 19
Meeting Time: Mondays, 5–6:30 pm, and Saturday, 8:30–11 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Living and Learning A162
Member: $70  Non-Member: $105

Description: Every single day from late March through the end of May, birds are returning to Vermont or passing through on their way to more northern breeding grounds. Let’s enjoy spring’s birding excitement! First, we’ll study spring migration in all its diversity and wonder, and then we’ll discuss grassland birds and related conservation issues. We will then spend a class investigating local birding “hot spots,” including why and how the land was preserved and made public; looking at trails; and of course talking about many of the birds that can be found in those locations. Transportation is on your own for the Saturday field trip.

  • Week 1: Spring Migration
  • Week 2: Vermont’s Grassland Birds
  • Week 3: Local Birding Hot Spots and Field Trip

 

 

Home Exchange and Low-Cost Travel

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 3 and 10
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Julia Blake
Location: Waterman 400

Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Discuss the process of home exchange and show ways of traveling economically, lower-cost airfare, B&Bs, cottage rentals, etc. Swapping your home with someone far away is a great way to travel! Class emphasis is on Britain, but the skills apply anywhere.

  • Week 1: Full discussion of how to exchange homes
  • Week 2: Additional information on lowering travel costs

 

 

Stephen King’s Different Seasons: Four Novellas

Register NowMeeting Dates: Online, March 7–April 1
Meeting Time: Online
Instructor: Bill Biddle
Location: Online
Member: $40  Non-Member: $70

Description: Stephen King has described Different Seasons as “a book with stories in it about an offbeat prison break, an old man and a boy locked up in a gruesome relationship based on mutual parasitism, a quartet of country boys on a journey of discovery, and an offbeat horror story about a young woman determined to give birth to her child no matter what (or maybe the story is actually about that odd club that isn’t a club).” Each week Bill will introduce the reading and offer some topics and questions for the online discussion board, inviting participants to pose additional topics. Then during the week participants will all engage in group discussion. At the end of the week Bill will summarize several of the discussion strands, again asking participants to summarize responses as well. In this four-week online class, engage and discuss with your OLLI peers in a fun, user-friendly online format; presession guidance and support available.

Materials:  The paperback book Different Seasons, by Stephen King

  • Week 1: Hope Springs Eternal: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
  • Week 2: Summer of Corruption: Apt Pupil
  • Week 3: Fall from Innocence: The Body
  • Week 4: A Winter’s Tale: The Breathing Method

 

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, March 7–28
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Billings Library B308 (Billings Marsh Lounge)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and lighthearted way, it is easily accessible for any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Tai Chi for Life

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 8–29
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Mann Hall 105 (Mann Auditorium)
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started and help to keep you going by connecting you with other tai chi players in the area. Tai chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle, and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone in any location. Tai Chi for Arthritis is a safe joint activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance and agility, and increase lower and upper body strength. The instructor is trained through CVAA’s Tai Chi program, in conjunction with Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain, which is used worldwide. The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information, you may go to www.taichiproductions.com.

Materials: Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

 

Aging and Creativity

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 8 and 15
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Richard Finkelstein
Location: Lafayette L111
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Is it true that engagement in the arts is healthy for older people? What are the latest findings from neuroscience with regard to the aging brain? And what are the implications for the creative process as we age? What faculties show a decline, and surprisingly which functions remain intact and may show improvement and why is this good news for the creative process as we age? How are different cultures engaging elder persons with the arts? And how is age and creativity understood in the Hindu life cycle? There is worldwide interest in the intersection between the elderly and the arts. Become part of the discussion!

 

Bridging Science and Spirit: Dying, Death, and Life After Death

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 9–30
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 458
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Best-selling author Dr. Eben Alexander’s book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife is the true story of a science-trained medical doctor who had a profound near-death experience. The experience radically altered his previous beliefs about the afterlife. While using his book as a major reference, we will also consider the broader evidence for this phenomenon as well as the aftereffects on the lives of those who have had this experience. What encounters with deceased relatives are common before and after death? Finally, we will explore Raymond Moody’s description of the “shared death experience” where a relative is witness to the initial stages of the postdeath journey.

 

Introduction to Zentangle

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, March 9
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Join Carolyn, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), and be introduced to the creative art of Zentangle and leave with a solid knowledge of the basic principles of the Zentangle method. You will create an assortment of tangle patterns, using a simple step-by-step process, and finish two Zentangle tiles of your own. Once you have Zentangle skills, you will be able to create forever. It is fun and relaxing, intensifies focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being. Zentangle is for everyone—you do not need to be an artist to create beautiful art. Fee covers all materials, including a Zentangle kit to take home.

 

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 9–30
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Billings Library B308 (Billings Marsh Lounge) 
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and lighthearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance, and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Facing Up to Facebook and Twitter

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 9–30
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Southwick 200D
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Social networking has become a regular part of our day-to-day lives, but it can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know how to use the tools. Would you like to know more about social networking and online communities such as Facebook and Twitter? In this entry-level course, the class will work together to get acquainted with Facebook and Twitter. As part of this process you will become more comfortable and secure with communicating online. In addition, you will discover many options social networks provide in maintaining communication with family and friends, and have the opportunity to make new acquaintances from many different cultures all over the world.

  • Week 1: Introduction to Facebook and setting security, finding people to communicate with
  • Week 2: Q&A about Facebook and hands-on creation of posts, posting photographs, etiquette
  • Week 3: Introduction to Tweeting, learning the rules of Twitter and how to tweet, discussion of how to use it
  • Week 4: Q&A on Tweeting; making lists; notifications, moments, and any other features the students are interested in

 

 

End-of-Life Choices in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Dates: Online, March 10–31
Meeting Time: Online
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Online
Member: $40  Non-Member: $70

Description: Discuss the continuum of care at end of life with a special focus on Act 39, Vermont’s Death with Dignity law. We will review other care options including unwanted medical treatment, inappropriate medical treatment, voluntary stopping of eating and drinking, as well as care options appropriate for your advance directive. In this four-week online class, engage and discuss with your OLLI peers in a fun, user-friendly online format; presession guidance and support available.

 

Reading Workshop: US Poet Laureates

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 10–31
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Aiken 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Read a sampling of poems from the eight most recent US poet laureates: Donald Hall, Charles Simic, Kay Ryan, W.S. Merwin, Philip Levine, Natasha Trethewey, Charles Wright, and Juan Felipe Herrera. Learn a little about their lives, spend time with their poetry, and discuss elements of the craft. Poems will be provided the week before each class, including one week before the first class.

  • Week 1: Donald Hall and Charles Simic
  • Week 2: Kay Ryan and W.S. Merwin
  • Week 3: Philip Levine and Natasha Trethewey
  • Week 4: Charles Wright and Juan Felipe Herrera

 

 

Low-Calorie Desserts for Spring

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, March 19
Meeting Time: 9:30 am–1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Science Kitchen
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: Celebrate spring with low-calorie fruit desserts! You will learn to make fast and easy recipes featuring seasonal fruits and sweeteners, such as honey and maple syrup. Enjoy simple treats, such as instant pineapple-coconut sorbet, rhubarb-blackberry compote, and maple-walnut roasted pears. There will also be a discussion of sweeteners and alternatives to refined cane sugar. Recipes include nutritional analysis. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers to take home leftovers.

 

What’s Your “What’s Next” in Life?

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, March 22
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:30 pm
Instructor: Patricia Sears
Location: Lafayette Hall L111
Member: FREE  Non-Member: $30

Description: This free workshop is designed to help you understand where you are in life and what your next move could be. Engage in reflective activities and guided conversation as part of AARP’s Life Reimagined Program designed to help people identify and navigate their next chapter in life—something many boomers and seniors are going through at this stage in life. The Life Reimagined Check-Up facilitates you to see where you have been and what you would like to do next. Whether someone has retired, lost a job, divorced, moved, or had another life transition, the Check-Up has proven to be a very helpful tool and guide to help you move forward—on little goals or big dreams! The Check-Up is the cornerstone of the in-person Life Reimagined experience and has been very popular across the country.

 

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, March 28
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Miv London
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Mindfulness has been getting a lot of publicity and has been widely touted as a remedy for a vast array of problems from stress to psoriasis. In this class we will review what exactly mindfulness is, how it works, and its proven benefits. The formal practice of mindfulness meditation will be introduced, as well as informal practices that can be integrated into everyday life. Resources will be provided for exploring and practicing mindfulness on your own.

 

Introduction to Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, March 30
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:30 pm
Instructor: Michiko Oishi
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Description: Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, is also called “Kado, the Way of the Flowers.” This disciplined art form is steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature. The history and culture of ikebana in Japan will be shown through a PowerPoint presentation. Through discussion and demonstrations, the participants will learn the basic concepts and rules of ikebana, including the preparation of materials and arrangement.

 

Changing US–Cuban Relations

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, March 31
Meeting Time: Noon–2 pm
Instructor: Caroline Beer
Location: Living and Learning A162
Member: FREE  Non-Member: $30

Description: Learn about the recent changes in the relationship between Cuba and the United States.

 

Drawing Botanicals in the UVM Greenhouse

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, April 2–16
Meeting Time: 10:30 am–1 pm
Instructor: Jean Carlson Masseau
Location: Jeffords 127 and UVM Greenhouse
Member: $75  Non-Member: $115

Description: Learn to draw botanical subjects in a supportive atmosphere that combines classroom instruction with field drawing experiences. Jean will share observation skills that allow artists to capture a likeness and point out how understanding plant structure can aid the drawing process. Learn to make the most out of graphite pencils, progressing from simple line drawings to shading and rendering techniques. Each day will begin with enough classroom time to provide a foundation before heading into the greenhouse to choose from the amazing variety of plants to draw. Assignments will include leaves, flowers, plant segments, and page design with room for individuality. Historical and contemporary examples of botanical illustration will provide inspiration. All ability levels are welcome, including and especially beginners. Participants will bring their own supplies and a camp-type stool or small, portable folding chair if possible.

Materials: Artist-quality drawing pencils: H, HB, B; a handheld pencil sharpener (the kind with two holes); a kneaded eraser; a white plastic eraser. Paper options: A pad of good-quality drawing paper (not “sketching” paper). Bristol is my favorite choice because of its smooth surface and heavier weight, 9×12. Optional: A couple of Micron “pigma” pens in different sizes; graphite pencils 2H, 2B.

 

Essential Digital Photography

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 4–25
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: In this hands-on class, discuss the basics to help you improve your digital photography skills.

  • Week 1: The characteristics of a great photo and how to capture that in your work
    Week 2: Controlling aperture and depth of field
    Week 3: Working with shutter speed to do stop motion and blur
    Week 4: Working with ISO, white balance, and more

 

Release the Writer in You: A Concise Course on Writing Short Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 4–25
Meeting Time: 5–6:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Plot, setting, conflict, dialogue or not to dialogue? What does it all mean? We will investigate the components of the short story and begin creating our own modern classics while writing down our own inventive narratives. Come to the class knowing this will be fun, relaxed, informative, and above all, rewarding!

  • Week 1: Syllabus, outline, and resource list provided. Discuss the differences and similarities between the short story and the novel. Begin looking at the elements of the short story (plot, character). Creative writing exercise within class and possibly beyond.
  • Week 2: Reading, discussion, and review of class members’ writings. Continuation of elements of the short story (theme, point of view). Review and discussion of example works from published authors pertaining to elements discussed. Creative writing exercise.
  • Week 3: Reading, discussion, and review of class members’ writings. Continuation of elements within the short story (fantasy, realism, and tools of craft). Review and discussion of example works from published authors pertaining to elements discussed. Creative writing exercise.
  • Week 4: Reading, discussion, and review of class members’ writings. Reading example works, analysis of value of short fiction. What makes the short story powerful and successful? Creative writing exercise. So what’s next?

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 4–25
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and lighthearted way, it is easily accessible for any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

Tai Chi for Life

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuedays, April 5–26
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Mann Hall 105 (Mann Auditorium)
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started and help to keep you going by connecting you with other tai chi players in the area. Tai chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle, and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone in any location. Tai Chi for Arthritis is a safe joint activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance and agility, and increase lower and upper body strength. The instructor is trained through CVAA’s Tai Chi program, in conjunction with Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain, which is used worldwide. The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information, you may go to www.taichiproductions.com.

Materials: Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

Montreal Museé des Beaux Arts Pompeii Exhibit and Atwater Market Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, April 5
Meeting Time: 8 am–5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Park and Board Bus at UVM’s Gutterson Garage on 95 Spear Street in South Burlington
Member: $90  Non-Member: $120

Description: Explore 200 archaeological artifacts, statues in bronze and marble, mosaics, frescoes, decorative arts, and objects from daily life, which offer an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a once-thriving town of the Roman Empire, shedding light onto its civic and religious customs, as well as the daily life of its inhabitants, their food, sports, and homes. This will be followed by a stop for lunch at the nearby Atwater Market. Transportation by coach included; lunch on your own. Bring a passport or other acceptable identification, such as enhanced driver’s license, Nexus card, or passport card. If you need to cancel your attendance from this travel course, you must notify us by email to uvmolli@uvm.edu at least 21 days prior to the start date in order to receive a refund.

Searching for ET: From Martian Rovers to Contact

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 6–27
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 458
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Are we alone in the universe? One group of scientists believes that the conditions for life may exist in many places in our galaxy. The evidence for this may be found through robotic transmissions, radio astronomy, and the discovery of exoplanets. Other scientists argue that we have sufficient evidence from UFO sightings, crop circles, abductions, and direct individual encounters that we are already being visited. Why do scientists as well as governments differ in their beliefs about the presence of extraterrestrial intelligent life? And, if we are being visited, then what is ET’s interest in us and how can we find out?

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 6–27
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and lighthearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance, and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

Reading Workshop: Short Stories in History

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, April 7–28
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Aiken Center 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: We will read eight short stories with an eye on the significance of the historical backdrops they memorialize. We will look at short stories by Bernard Malamud, Kazuo Ishiguro, Louise Erdrich, Edmund White, ZZ Packer, Naomi Benaron, Deborah Eisenberg, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Learn a little about these authors and explore the relationship between historical era and individual fate as it is illuminated in their work. Stories will be provided the week before the class meets, including one week before the course begins.

  • Week 1: Bernard Malamud and Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Week 2: Louise Erdrich and Edmund White
  • Week 3: ZZ Packer and Naomi Benaron
  • Week 4: Deborah Eisenberg and Jhumpa Lahiri

 

Zentangled Seashells

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 7
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Waterman 338 Memorial Lounge
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: With summer on its way, this is a nice way to begin to think about warm weather and walking on the beach. Using seashells for inspiration, we will use colored pencils and markers to create one sea-inspired tan Zentangle tile with just a hint of color. This advanced Zentangle class will use the Zentangle method and some new techniques, too. All materials will be provided. No art background is required. Students will be creating intricate patterns, which requires focusing up close. Note: Participants must complete Introduction to Zentangle first.

Materials: All materials will be provided.

Mindful Living

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 12–26
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Miv London
Location: Aiken 110
Member: $45  Non-Member: $70

Description: Mindfulness refers to our innate ability to pay attention to the present moment without judgment. This simple practice has been shown to have extraordinary benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health. In this series we will explore a variety of guided meditations and informal mindfulness practices that can be integrated into daily life. Participants will be encouraged and supported to practice on their own in between sessions, with the goal of establishing an ongoing mindfulness practice.

Introduction to Haiku: Japanese Poetry

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, April 13
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:30 pm
Instructor: Michiko Oishi
Location: Aiken Center 112
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Description: Originally from Japan, haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. It uses imagery in language to convey the essence of an experience in nature, intuitively linked to the human condition. In this presentation, participants will learn the history and culture of haiku in Japan, including the haiku masters and their haikus; the haiku frame of mind; and the benefit of the haiku habit. We will discuss structure and the basic rules of haiku and finally write and comment on each others’ poems.

Portrait, Landscape, and Still Life Paintings—An Exploration of Value Using Water-Soluble Inks

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 14
Meeting Time: 4–7 pm
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: 531 Cook Physical Sciences
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Learn how to create chiaroscuro paintings in black and white using a water-soluble black ink pen and a water brush (or water and a watercolor brush). This class is for beginning watercolor painters who have some drawing skill, though beginners with no experience are also welcome. The course is a good introduction to understanding the importance of the value scale in painting. Once the black and white painting is finished, watercolor may be added. The technique may also be used in Zentangle.

Materials: Pencil, eraser, good-quality watercolor paper, two black TOMBOW pens

Whole Wheat Sourdough Country Bread

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 16
Meeting Time: 9:30 am–1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Science Kitchen
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: Experience the magic of sourdough and learn to make rustic, artisan bread. This class will take you through the process, from making and maintaining a wild yeast starter to making the dough and baking the crusty loaves. You will take home your own starter so that you can continue to make your own fabulous bread at home. A detailed recipe, including variations, nutritional analysis, and step-by-step photos, will be provided. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Aprons are provided.

Advance Directives—Exploring Your Options

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, April 18
Meeting Time: 4–5:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Marsh Life Science 105
Member: FREE  Non-Member: $25

Description: Completing your advance care directive can be complicated. We’ll explore the values tool kit as well as various options available and will help you complete your advance directive. Class will include discussion about how to have “the conversation” with loved ones and family.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, April 20
Meeting Time: 5–7 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: Aiken Center 102
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Description: Explore the significance of one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls, written over 2,000 years ago and discovered in the 1940s and 50s. Learn what they have to say and discuss how their messages might still be relevant. Find out how they have revolutionized our understanding of the history of Judaism and Christianity.

The Body Beautiful: Handmade Herbal Body Care

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 21
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Zettelmeyer
Location: Hills Agricultural Science 017
Member: $35  Non-Member: $50

Description: Enjoy an evening of making luxurious body care products from simple ingredients that nourish the skin and soothe the soul! We will be creating nontoxic products that work wonders on tired, sore, and sun-damaged skin, using natural ingredients that are affordable and easy to access. We will make a facial regime of herbal steams, facial scrubs, and rich body lotion, and also sugar scrubs and bath salts. All intended for personal use, or they make great gifts! All materials and supplies provided.

Green Thumb 101

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 28
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Sarah Salatino
Location: Full Circle Gardens, Essex Junction
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25
Description: So you think you can’t garden? This class is for you! From houseplants to outdoor gardens, come learn the hows and whys of growing plants. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations you will come away with knowing proper soils, watering techniques, potting, propagation, and understanding how plants work so that they can work for you. All you need to bring is your curiosity and your questions. Handouts are available. Transportation to the Greenhouse is on your own.

History Tour of Burlington

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, May 7
Meeting Times: Due to demand, this tour is offered twice. See below.
9:45 am–noon (this section is full) 
1:30-3:45 pm (newly added section)
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: Battery Park Parking Lot
Member: $45  Non-Member: $65

Description: Discuss the Burlington area from 1609 to the years around the War of 1812, how it grew from a hamlet to a town, then village, and finally a city in 1865, up until today. Learn unique features of Lake Champlain. Understand why Native Americans treasured this area. Visit key landmarks and even a few spots that hardly any people know about that played an important role in the development of Burlington. Also, gain an appreciation of the political life of the city. Gary is a great storyteller and learning Burlington’s history will come alive and be a fun and information-filled two-hour tour. It is bound to leave the participants with a whole new outlook of why this is such a special city.  Transportation by van provided.

 

 

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This Spring!

Montreal Musée des Beaux Arts
Pompeii Exhibit
& Atwater Market Tour
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
8 am - 5 pm