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.

Spring 2017 Courses

Stories of Immigration

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 1-22
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Read and discuss immigrant stories – fictional and nonfictional, historical and contemporary – of coming to the United States. Reading material will include short stories, poems, stories shared on online websites, and journalism pieces. Participants are encouraged to share their own stories or family’s stories. We will consider historical trends and statistics, with a special look at Vermont’s history of immigration.

 

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Pamela Beidler
Location: TBA
Member: Free  Non-Member: Free

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and the resources available. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Week 1:  The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Week 2:  Know the 10 Signs
  • Week 3:  Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
  • Week 4:  Effective Communication Strategies

 

Creative Writing Workshop

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, March 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

This instructor-guided workshop will work on particular areas of focus, e.g. point of view, narrative tense, writing within genres, ethics in the memoir, subject matter, themes, fact checking, and creative non-fiction, etc. Time will be provided to work with other writers, to expand your skills and potential productivity. Open to the novice, intermediate, and experienced writer, across all genres. Attendees are welcome to contact the instructor prior to the sessions to discuss particular goals within their writing.

Participants are encouraged to bring writing implements, a notebook of their choice, and what ever particular writing they may wish to work on, such as their short story, section of a novel, memoir, essays, documentary, scientific research, etc. It is NOT required that participants have writing prepared, they are welcome to come and begin writing as well!

  • Week 1: Introductions, guided writing exercises, group participation, discussion and goals in project development.
  • Week 2: Guided writing exercises, group participation, discussion, one-on one w/instructor pertaining to individual’s writing, and advancement on writing projects.
  • Week 3: Guided writing exercises, group participation, discussion, one-on one w/instructor pertaining to individual’s writing, and advancement on writing projects, where do we go from here?

 

Beginning Yoga I (Session 1)

Register NowMeeting Dates:Mondays, March 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: TBA
Member: $40*  Non-Member: $60

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

*Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in the same session -  Eight classes for only $60!

 

Beginning Yoga I (Session 2)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: TBA
Member: $40*  Non-Member: $60

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

*Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in the same session -  Eight classes for only $60!

 

Beginning Yoga I (Session 3)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, May 1-22
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: TBA
Member: $40*  Non-Member: $60

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

*Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in the same session -  Eight classes for only $60!

 

Tai Chi for Life – Session I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member:$90

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 joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance, 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, that is used worldwide. The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information, you may go to:www.taichiproductions.com.  Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

 

Understanding Verdi’s La Traviata

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, March 7
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

Discuss Verdi’s tragic opera masterpiece about a young woman, Violetta, who finds love with a nobleman. His father breaks them up, she resumes the party life, contracts TB, and dies in his arms.  Explore this first grown-up opera about 19th century life in Paris. This class will prepare you for viewing the Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of the opera on March 11 or 15, 2017 at Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington. Performance transportation and tickets are on your own.

 

Beginning Yoga II (Session 1)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 8-29
Meeting Time:
5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: TBA
Member:$40*  Non-Member:$60

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 light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (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.

*Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in the same session -  Eight classes for only $60!

 

Beginning Yoga II (Session 2)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: TBA
Member:$40*  Non-Member:$60

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 light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (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.

*Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in the same session -  Eight classes for only $60!

 

Beginning Yoga II (Session 3)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: TBA
Member:$40*  Non-Member:$60

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 light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (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.

*Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in the same session -  Eight classes for only $60!

 

Understanding Vermont Migrant Farmworker Food Security and Isolation

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesday, March 8
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Teresa Mares
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member:$10  Non-Member:$30

Dr. Teresa Mares, UVM Professor and scholar on Latino/a migrant worker food access, discusses why Vermont Latino/a migrant workers, who help put food on our plates, are among the hungriest and isolated in the country.

This talk examines household food access among Latino/a dairy workers in Vermont, the majority of whom have migrated in recent years from central and southern Mexico. As a border state with an active presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, many of the same fears, anxieties, and dangers that are connected to the southern border are reproduced in the state of Vermont with significant consequences for food security, diet-related health, and the overall well-being of migrant workers.

 

Italian for Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 9-30
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Michele McCaffrey
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member:$90

Learn basic Italian language skills including common words and expressions, terms used in travel and sightseeing, telling time, greetings, and more. Classis very interactive with lots of time to practice speaking Italian and to ask questions. Required book: “Italian Now! Level 1: L’italiano d’oggi!” 2nd edition by Marcel Danesi.  ISBN-13: 978-1438000060/ ISBN-10: 1438000065.

 

Muffins, Scones & Other Teatime Treats

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, March 11
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member:$90

Learn techniques for making simple but special baked goods that incorporate whole grains. Discover unique and delicious flavor pairings like Earl Grey tea with dried apricots. In addition to recipes using wheat flour, the class will include some gluten-free options. To accompany their creations, participants will enjoy specially-selected brewed tea and learn tips for making the best brewed teas. Join Patsy Jamieson for a fun informative morning baking with OLLI friends. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to Essex Resort & Spa kitchen is on your own.

 

Self-Compassion in Action

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, March 14
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Ellen Albertson
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

How do you typically react to difficulties in life, such as work stress, relationship problems, rejection, health issues, or financial troubles? Do you instinctively fight uncomfortable experiences or fault yourself when things go wrong? What if, instead, you took a moment to comfort and soothe yourself when you felt bad – as you would do for others? Self-compassion, a learnable skill, can help. Research has shown it boosts happiness and optimism, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. In this workshop you’ll learn the science behind self-compassion and discover essential tools for living your life fully and wholeheartedly. You’ll learn how to stop being so hard on yourself, boost security and self-worth, handle difficult emotions with greater ease, motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism, and use self-compassion skills in daily life.

Please bring paper and pencil/pen for journaling exercises.

 

Henry David Thoreau Today

Register NowMeeting Dates: Monday, March 20
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Bob Pepperman Taylor
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member:$10  Non-Member:$30

Written during the height of New England abolitionist agitation, Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” didn’t find a large domestic audience until the Civil Rights and student movements of the second half of the 20th century. In what ways does this classic essay, originally titled “Resistance to Civil Government,” continue to speak to American political conditions in the 21st century? In this lecture, Taylor will discuss how Thoreau’s essay has been thought to contribute to American protest politics, and the more focused but important manner in which it has opened an essential conversation about nature and democracy for the future.

 

Estate Planning for Retirees

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, March 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Luitjens
Location: TBA
Member: Free  Non-Member:$30

Lions, tigers and bears – oh, my!  Is there a yellow-brick road for retirees to follow in the world of estate planning?  Although there are many unknowns, there are some planning tools that help all individuals better prepare for life’s uncertainties as well as the inevitable.  We will explore the traditional estate plan (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and medical directives) as well as long-term care planning.

 

Vermont’s Response to the Opiate Crisis

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesday, March 22
Meeting Time: 2-3:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Harry Chen
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM
Member:Free  Non-Member:$30

In January 2014, Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State Address to the Opioid Crisis in Vermont. Dr. Harry Chen, VT’s State Health Commissioner, will highlight the epidemiology of the crisis in Vermont and outline the comprehensive response.

 

End-of-Life Choices in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, March 25
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

We will review the history of end-of-life  rights and discuss legal end-of-life  choices in Vermont including voluntary stopping eating and drinking, refusing unwanted medical treatment, and Act 39, Vermont’s death with dignity law. We will also review various advance directive forms in preparation for completing or updating advance directives.

 

Getting Smart About the Smart Grid

Register NowMeeting Dates: Monday, March 27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Marshall
Location: Delehanty 219
Member: Free  Non-Member: Free

The State of Vermont recently became the first state-wide smart grid in the United States. In this class, PhD students from the UVM Smart Grid IGERT Program will provide an introduction to the smart grid: what it is, why we need it, and what it will mean for you. The transition to the smart grid will have an enormous impact on electricity usage in the state and on how consumers interact with their electric utility. This course will explain what the smart grid is and how it will impact energy usage in Vermont.

 

Vermont’s Birds and Our Agricultural Heritage

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, April 1-22
Meeting Time: 10-noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member:$90

Our state’s long farming history has gone through many phases. Right now is a particularly exciting time, with so many people trying out new crops, joining forces in cooperative arrangements, and providing fresh food for restaurants, hospitals, schools, and individuals. The changes in land-use have impacted birds and other wildlife. We will spend two classes talking about birds that can be found in agricultural areas, not just during the summer breeding season, but year round. We’ll also look at some exciting conservationist-farmer partnerships, such as The Bobolink Project. The other two classes will involve field trips to working farms. Note: Each field trip will involve one to two miles of walking on dirt roads; the Shelburne Farms visit could also be done with cars only. Local field trip transportation on your own.

 

Completing an Advance Directive – Exploring Your Options

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, April 1
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

Review the details of an advance directive form including how to register the completed form with Vermont’s registry. We will discuss Vermont’s DNR/COLST forms and spend some time practicing how to talk to our doctors and our families about our choices.

 

Beginner Pilates

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location: TBA
Member: $40  Non-Member:$60

Improve strength, flexibility, balance, muscular symmetry, and promote elongated and toned muscles to create a strong body coreDesigned to challenge the beginner and the practicing Pilates student. . Bring a padded mat, at least equivalent to 2 yoga mats.

 

Memoir Writing Workshop: Telling Your Story

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member:$90

Explore the format of the contemporary memoir while engaging in writing exercises surrounding “your” story. All levels of writers are welcome!

Participants are encouraged to bring writing implements, a notebook of their choice. It is NOT required that participants have writing prepared, they are welcome to come and begin writing as well!

  • Week 1: Truth, fact, and “fiction” in the memoir. Establishing credibility.
  • Week 2: Narrowing in on central ideas and events.
  • Week 3: Hints on how to deal with living relatives, friends & significant others.
  • Week 4: Critical points in revision and avoiding pitfalls.

 

The Art of Tuscany

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, April 4
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio
Location: Williams 301
Member:$15  Non-Member:$30

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, UVM Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will give an overview of the art produced in the Tuscany region of Italy from the time of the ancient Etruscans through the Renaissance.  We will especially look at the artistic centers of Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano and Siena.

 

Tai Chi for Life – Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 4-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member:$90

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 joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance, 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, that is used worldwide. The program is easy to learn, safe and effective. For more information you may go to: www.taichiproductions.com. Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

 

Healing and the Mind

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: TBA
Member: $60  Non-Member:$90

Examine how our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs play in determining our general state of health and our recovery from illness and surgery and discuss the scientifically-proven benefits of meditation, prayer, social support, and a positive outlook on the physical state of the body.

 

Creating Pollinator Habitat in Your Landscape

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 5-26
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: Jane Sorensen
Location: Jeffords 101
Member:$80  Non-Member:$120

As we domesticate the landscape, it is up to us domesticators to create habitat for pollinators in our own landscapes.  Learn about what makes a good pollinator habitat and the various forms they can take, from meadows to formal gardens.  Jane will share her extensive list of habitat plants and suggest where you can find seeds, plants, and more information to empower you to enhance your pollinator landscape.

No materials required other than curiosity!

  • Week 1: Role and Status of Pollinators and the Basic Elements of Pollinator Habitats
  • Week 2: Landscape Design for Bees and All the Other Pollinators
  • Week 3: Pollinators Plants:  Jane’s picks of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, herbs, grasses and annuals
  • Week 4: Field Trip to view Jane’s pollinator gardens and plant collections at her farm, River Berry Farm, in Fairfax, VT (Transportation on our own.)

 

A Sixty-year Journey in the Comparative Study of Religion

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, April 6
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: William Paden
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member:$10  Non-Member:$30

UVM Emeritus Professor William Paden reflects on the key stages of his intellectual journey in the comparative study of religion, from his first curiosity to his current interests in an evolutionary world view applied to religious behaviors. Talk followed by discussion.

 

History Tour of Burlington (Session 1)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, April 8
Meeting Time: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: Meet at Battery Park Parking Lot, Burlington
Member:$55  Non-Member:$80

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 to present day. 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 de Carolis is a great storyteller. Burlington’s history will come alive on this fun and informative 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.

 

History Tour of Burlington (Session 2)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, April 8
Meeting Time: 1:30 – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: Meet at Battery Park Parking Lot, Burlington
Member:$55  Non-Member:$80

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 to present day. 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 de Carolis is a great storyteller. Burlington’s history will come alive on this fun and informative 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.

 

The Book of Revelation

Register NowMeeting Dates: Monday, April 10
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

Explore the fascinating early Christian text from the New Testament, the Book of Revelation.  Students should read the text beforehand, and come with questions.  Discuss when and why the text was written, and look at examples of similar Jewish and Christian texts that survive from around the same time period.  This has long been one of the most intriguing and puzzling books from early Christianity, and in this class we will unpack the symbolism in an effort to make sense of the author’s message.

 

Introduction to Zentangle

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, April 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: TBA
Member: $40  Non-Member:$60

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.

 

Understanding Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin Opera

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, April 11
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

Discuss Tchaikovsky’s tragic Russian opera masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, about a young playboy scorning a romantic girl with much regret when she eventually chooses another. This class will prepare you for viewing the Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of the opera on April 22 at the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington. Performance transportation and tickets are on your own.

 

De-Mystifying Recycling: What REALLY happens to all that stuff?

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, April 13
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Michele Morris
Location: Chittenden Solid Waste District, 1021 Redmond Rd., Williston
Member:$15  Non-Member:$30

Learn how the stuff you put in your “blue bin” (or cart) goes from being a mixed-up mess to bales of raw material commodities that are shipped and processed all over the world. Tour the CSWD Materials Recovery Facility in Williston.  Wear sturdy-soled shoes that cover the entire foot and dress for an indoor/outdoor tour that involves some steps and tight spaces, and at least 30 minutes of standing and walking. Transportation to CSWD Facility in Williston on your own.

 

On-Farm Cheesemaking

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, April 13
Meeting Time: 10 am-noon
Instructor: Henry Cammack
Location: Bread and Butter Farm, 200 Leduc Farm Drive, Shelburne
Member:$50  Non-Member:$75

This on-farm workshop teaches you how to make whole milk mozzarella with the freshest milk imaginable. Tour the farm, turn farm-fresh milk into mozzarella, and enjoy a hearty snack with artisan bread and our fresh cheese. Take home a recipe that you can repeat in your home kitchen.  Transportation to Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne is on your own.

 

Orphan Train Riders to Vermont

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, April 13
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Daniel Bean
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

This lecture presents the speaker’s research on two train car loads of orphan children who arrived in Vermont during the fall of 1905.  One car visited Enosburg Falls and the second, East Fairfield.  Review the history of such trains in the U.S.: why they were used, by whom, where they went, and the final disposition of the Vermont children.  The lecture is visual as well as oral and encourages questions and, hopefully, new information on riders that audience members may provide.  A list of additional resources will be provided for those interested in learning more.

 

Downsizing-A Guide to Letting Go

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, April 15
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Deborah Fleischman
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member:$30

Learn the process and benefits of downsizing in all its incarnations – large home to small condo, living comfortably in retirement, or bequeathing, and learn to create action plans to sort, divide, sell, donate, recycle, or dump. Specialized topics include appraising valuables, organizing memorabilia, staging homes for resale, creating a workspace for projects, managing paperwork, as well as the psychological benefits of letting go.

 

Zentangle Beyond Basics: The Illuminated Letter

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, April 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: TBA
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Illuminated lettering is a treasured art dating back to before the Middle Ages. Often decorated in gold, the first letter of a manuscript or book brought exceptional beauty to the beginning of the writing. Participants will embellish two letters of the alphabet by applying a modern twist – Zentangles. Your completed 2.5″-3.5″ letters will be filled with “golden light,” reminiscent of traditional illumination. Upon registering, please inform us of the two letters you would like to tangle and the instructor will bring them ready for you to begin tangling. Please bring a micron pen and pencil to class. All other supplies will be provided. Any part not completed in class will be easy for you to do at home.

 

Making Thought Visible

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, April 20
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Michael Strauss and Tony Magistrale
Location: TBA
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

Explore the role of visual thinking in observation, reflection, problem solving, and creation in both art and science. See what common activities arise in the process of creating a drawing, a painting, or a poem.  A poet and a painter may employ different mediums to express the same snow-blown afternoon in January, but sometimes they find a way to capture the moment in such a way that their respective visions still manage to stir a reverberation, a connection.  Come and see how such correspondences can be experienced.

 

Vegetable Gardening for Bounty and Ease

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, April 20
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Julie Rubaud
Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg
Member:$15  Non-Member:$30

The garden, in an ideal world, is a source of joy, relaxation, and bounty. But in reality, the garden can be a source of guilt, frustration, and disappointment. In this class, the owner of Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, will take you through some of the tips and tricks of the trade that will take your vegetable gardening to the next level and ensure a year’s worth of pleasure from your toil and soil. Topics include season extension (how to grow in cold weather), crop timing (when to plant what and why), garden planning, and simple ways to prevent disease and insect damage. Red Wagon Plants specializes in plants for the vegetable and herb garden, and Julie will share practices that transfer perfectly from her experience as a professional vegetable grower to the homeowner’s backyard garden. The result will be a garden that takes less of your time to produce a healthy, bountiful harvest all season long. Transportation to Hinesburg is on your own.

 

Musee des Beaux Arts Tour of the Marc Chagall Exhibit and Atwater Market Visit

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, May 20
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect Street for Premier Coach bus transportation.
Member: $90  Non-Member: $120

Enjoy a private tour of this large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition which explores, for the first time, the importance of music for Marc Chagall (1887-1985). This exhibit includes 400 works – paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets – many of which are little known by the public. Followed by a visit to the Atwater Market. Premier coach transportation provided.

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