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 2015

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, January 7 – 28
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Great Decisions

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, January 31 & February 7 – 28
Meeting Time: 10 am-12 noon
Location: Jeffords 127 (except for Feb. 14 – Stafford 101)
Member: $25  Non-Member: $40
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 nation-wide civic education program supported by the Foreign Policy Association. (www.fpa.org).
January 31 – India Changes Course with Jim Phalen
February 7 – Brazil’s Metamorphosis with Jim Phalen
February 14 – US Policy Toward Africa with Greg Vaut
February 21 – Human Trafficking in the 21st Century with Frank Driscoll
February 28 – Russia and the Near Abroad with Greg Vaut

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, February  4 – 25
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”: A Reading & Writing Workshop

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, March 9 – 30
Meeting Time: 4 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Mary Jane Dickerson
Location: Living and Learning A162
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Read and discuss a sampling of poets on the American experience that will provide a context to compose your own poems on what it means to be American in the twenty-first century. For many, America is still a dream yet to be totally “achieved”. From the beginning of our literary history, poets have voiced what such ideas and ideals should mean for all America’s peoples, and not solely for those who arrived here from Europe looking for freedom of religion and freedom to pursue economic opportunity. At this juncture, at this moment and place in our nation’s history as a democracy, it seems appropriate to take heed of our heritage and what our obligations are to all citizens of this democracy in order to, in the words of James Baldwin, “achieve our country and change the history of the world” (“The Fire Next Time” in Collected Essays, 147). Our poets have much to tell us about what it means to live in a democracy and what its obligations are. In this reading and writing Poetry Workshop, we will read a sampling of how American poets have addressed the concepts and realities of living in an American democracy always in the process of becoming. In a mutually supportive atmosphere, we will attempt our own poetic expressions of roles we play even in our daily lives as citizens of our towns, of Vermont and of the United States of America. We will work with each other in small groups to encourage each other in crafting our poems to say what only poetry can express.
Materials:  Reading packets will be provided

  • Week 1: Introduction and reading and discussion of poems in course packet. Writing prompt to get ideas and material flowing. Participants are encouraged to bring poems by favorite poets to class to share.
  • Week 2: Continued discussion of poems in packet and those brought in to share. Continued workshop time to share and discuss work by participants.
  • Week 3: Workshop session followed by individual consultation time with instructor in preparation for final session of sharing work with group.
  • Week 4: Final session to share work accomplished by class members and to discuss what it means to be a poet in a democracy.

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Option 1: Mondays, March 9 – 30
Option 2: Wednesdays, March 11 – April 1
Option 3: Mondays & Wednesdays, March 9 – April 1*
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!
This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Tai Chi for Health

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 10 – 31
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Hills 122
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Learn to improve balance, agility, and increase lower and upper body strength, with this ancient  program based on Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain. 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.

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.

 

Essential Digital Photography

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 11 – April 1
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Lafayette L302
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
In this hands-on class, discuss the basics to help you improve your digital photography skills. Are you new to digital photography, or have you been using a digital camera and want to know more about how to take advantage of all its features? This course covers the basic rules of photography and helps you familiarize yourself with the equipment so that you can improve your photography skills. You will learn about f-stop/aperture, shutter speed, exposure, light, and the automatic and the manual settings that you find on your camera. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to share photographs that you take during class and learn to develop an analytical eye to help you take stunning photos. Bring your digital camera!

  • Week 1: Introduction, discussion of what makes a great photograph, examples
  • Week 2: Share your best photographs & Critique Aperture Basics
  • Week 3: Share your best aperture use examples Shutter Speed Basics
  • Week 4: ISO and White Balance

 

Bridging Science & Spirit: Life After Death

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 11 – April 1
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Using Dr. Eben Alexander’s book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife as a reference, we will consider the broader evidence for the life-after-death phenomenon. This 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 after-effects on the lives of those who have had this experience. Finally, we will explore Raymond Moody’s description of the “shared death experience” where a relative is witness to the initial stages of the post death journey.

 

Birds and Birding in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Dates/Times: Thursdays, March 12 – 26, 5 – 6:30 pm & Saturday, April 4, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Lafayette L308
Member: $65  Non-Member: $100
Learn about some of the most charismatic of the 300+ species of birds that nest in VT, and visit a local birding “hot spot” on Saturday. Transportation is on your own. Note: For students enrolled in the Fall 2014 Birds and Birding in Vermont class,  this class will be all new information.

  • Week 1: Backyard Birds – including how to make a bird-friendly yard and tips on feeding the birds (and not the squirrels!)
  • Week 2: Birds of The Forests and Mountains – and related conservation issues
  • Week 3: Birds of Vermont’s Lakes, Swamps and Rivers
  • Week 4: Field Trip – location to be determined by weather and where the birds are – The weekend field trip will be adjusted to meet the physical needs of participants. It might involve stationary bird-watching, or we might walk up to two miles on flat ground.

 

Reading Workshop: Classic and Contemporary Short Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 12 – April 2
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Aiken 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Read and discuss a set of renowned and inspiring short stories. Examine how they convey their meanings and learn about their authors: Chekhov, Munro, Joyce, Trevor, Baldwin, Proulx, Paley, Saunders. Readings will be provided a week ahead of each class.

  • Week 1: Anton Chekhov and Alice Munro
  • Week 2: James Joyce and William Trevor
  • Week 3: James Baldwin and Annie Proulx
  • Week 4: Grace Paley and George Saunders

 

Three Monotheisms: Unity and Disjunction

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, March 24
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: Stafford 101
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30
Discuss the basics of the relationships among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Christianity began as a Jewish sect, and the earliest Muslim community prayed toward Jerusalem. All three purport to worship the same God, but each has its own interpretation of that God’s activity in the world. The class will explore historic roots with an eye toward better understanding our contemporary world.

 

Home Exchange and Low-Cost Travel

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 26 & April 2
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Julia Blake
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Learn about the process of “home exchange” and 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

 

Cooking the Mediterranean Way

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, March 28
Meeting Time: 9:30 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Sciences Kitchen
Member: $55  Non-Member: $80
In this hands-on class, prepare a selection of healthful tapas, meze (small dishes served before the main meal), and an easy fish entrée as well as sample a selection of olive oils.These dishes have been linked to a wide range of health benefits. Home to rich culinary traditions, the Mediterranean region is a source of recipes that are both healthful and delicious! In this cooking class, we will explore recipes that illustrate key messages of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. This class includes both demonstration and hands-on participation sections. All recipes include complete nutritional analysis and have been developed and carefully tested by instructor Patsy Jamieson. Aprons are provided. Please wear comfortable closed-toed shoes, tie hair back, and bring food storage containers to carry home leftovers.

  • Week 1: Define Mediterranean diet. Discuss health benefits. Participants will prepare recipes that illustrate key messages of the Mediterranean diet, such as Turkish red pepper-walnut spread, orange and olive salad with fennel, fish packets with tomato-olive sauce

 

Introduction to Zentangle

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, March 31
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Hills 17
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Intensify your focus, increase your sense of well being and create beautiful images from repetitive patterns, using a simple step-by-step process in this fun and relaxing workshop. 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. Finish two Zentangle tiles of your own. No art background required. Students will be creating intricate patterns, which requires focusing up close.
Note: Fees cover all needed materials, including a Zentangle take home kit.

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Option 1: Mondays, April 6 – 20
Option 2: Wednesdays, April 8 – 22
Option 3: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 6 – 22*
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (6 sessions total) for only $50! This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Amazing Ancient Egypt

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 6 – 27
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: David Ian Lightbody
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Discuss the chronology and geography of Egyptian history. Survey the culture, art, technology and Egyptian interactions with other cultures of this ancient world. The prominence of women in the Ancient Egypt culture, and biblical connections with the world of the Old Testament are special themes that will be incorporated. Students will be provided with the ability to identify key facts and reliable general level information relating to historical events.

  • Week 1: The chronology and landscapes of Ancient Egypt. Dating events in the Nile Valley.
  • Week 2: The Old Kingdom of Egypt. The first pharaohs and the great pyramids.
  • Week 3: The Middle and New Kingdoms. Egypt’s imperial ages. The important role of women in the New Kingdom.
  • Week 4: The Late Period, biblical connections and the arrival of the Greeks.

 

Italian for Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 – 28
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: David Tomasi
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Learn conversational Italian focusing on what you really need to know when traveling to this wonderful country! Join Professor Tomasi, a native of the Trilingual Autonomous Region of South Tyrol in Northern Italy, and immerse yourself in the language, culture, and history of Italy! Learn the basics: discover and pronounce Italian phonemes; employ vocabulary and grammatical/syntactical structures to participate in simple interpersonal exchanges, from “ciao” to introductions, requests, and more. Learn how to converse in Italian! Identify concepts from the areas of family, environment, daily activities, food and fashion. Describe basic aspects of Italian traditions and culture. There are no prerequisites, although some knowledge of a Romance language might be an advantage..
Materials:  Please bring pen, paper and/or laptop

  • Week 1: Greetings, introductions and basic sentences
  • Week 2: Explore Italy’s geography, history and culture
  • Week 3: Learn how to interact and enjoy conversation… the Italian way!
  • Week 4: Develop your ability to create new sentences and improve your vocabulary

 

Having Fun with Your iPad

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 – 29
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Start using this new, fun, extremely portable technology to all of its potential. This class is targeted at the new and experienced users who need help in doing the basics, like navigating the iPad, finding apps or music, downloading, organizing, or working with the iPad settings and making the device do what you want it to do. Bring your own iPad to class and be prepared to discover a new world of fun. No other tablets please.

  • Week 1: How to adjust basic settings and finding Apps
  • Week 2: Learn multitouch gestures – run apps & sound adjustment, 5 finger close app, 4 finger drag to go from app to app; Download apps and check for updates; Move apps around and create folders; Use the pages, keynote, iPhoto, garageband, and prezi to create a folder; Use mail; Get books using iBooks – Free Book: iPad at Work; Camera; Contacts – groups are set up in iCloud (web browsing to iCloud on iPad is not possible) or on Mac; Calendar; Use Siri; Recommended Apps, how to find and install.
  • Week 3: Use iTunes to Synch your iPad, delete apps, choose music
  • Week 4: Work with your pictures

 

Bridging Science & Spirit: After Death Communications

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 – 29
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 455
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Explore the whole field of after death communications, from personal messages for those grieving the loss of a loved one, to scientists studying the physical manifestations produced by fellow scientists on “the other side.” What are the many ways in which our loved ones try to communicate with us after they have died? Direct communications as well as indirect communications via mediums will be explored and perhaps demonstrated.

 

Understanding & Enjoying Shakespeare’s Language

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, April 9 – 30
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Richard Roy
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Read aloud and discuss Hamlet to make even the most difficult passages understandable and enjoyable! Have you ever attended a meeting with your child’s English teacher; had the teacher tell you the class was going to be reading a play by William Shakespeare, and responded, perhaps with an embarrassed smile, that you  never had much luck in understanding Shakespeare when you were a student? This course provides a chance to change that luck. While reading Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous play, we’ll find that his language is not only understandable, but enjoyable, beautiful, and frequently, humorous.
Materials:  Any edition of Hamlet.

 

Creative Memoir Writing

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, April 9 & 16
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Martha R. Lang
Location: Jeffords 234
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Learn to overcome writing blocks, understand the memoir writing process, and organize your ideas into a well-written story. Discover the importance of your life’s events and create stories you can share with family and friends.

  • Week 1: Beginning Your Memoirs: Everyone Has A Story
  • Week 2: Reviewing Students’ Work and Their Future Writing Plans

 

Zentangled Garden

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, April 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Hills 17
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
It’s Spring in Vermont and how does your garden grow…. wild, whimsical or weedy? Come enjoy the art garden growing process by creating stunning works of art using the Zentangle Method. We will be working with gray and tan toned paper, white pencils, and our familiar micron pens and pencils while learning a full bouquet of tangle patterns inspired by nature. This is a wonderful way to move beyond the Zentangle tile into Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA). Please bring your Zentangle supplies to class. All other materials will be provided. Pre-requisite: Students must have completed Introduction to Zentangle course first.

 

Risotto Demystified

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 18
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Adele Dienno
Location: 233 Marsh Life Sciences Kitchen
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75
Learn the simple techniques necessary to produce a fabulous creamy (yet low fat) risotto using local seasonal fresh vegetables. In this class, you will use Italian rice and other grains such as farro and barley utilizing the same basic steps. We will end our class with a hearty tasting of two different risotto dishes and a salad. Aprons are provided. Please wear comfortable closed-toed shoes, tie  hair back, and bring food storage containers to carry home leftovers.

 

Learning Online

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, April 21
Meeting Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Waterman 113Q
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30
Join this interactive workshop about learning online. This hands-on course will provide an experience where you can practice being an online student. Using Blackboard, one of the leading learning software systems, we will navigate a sample online course and use the interactive communication tools commonly used in online courses. This experience will help provide a sense of what it takes to be a successful online learner. We will explore opportunities for learning in a variety of online educational contexts at UVM and beyond, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

 

The Legacy of Mime:  Marcel Marceau

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 23
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Rob Mermin
Location: Waterman 427
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30
Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, and student of the legendary French mimes Marcel Marceau and his teacher Etienne Decroux, presents his memories of training with the masters. Rob introduces pantomime techniques with rare and delightful film clips of Marceau and Decroux, bringing to life the essence of the art Marceau called “the Silent Language of the Soul.” The legacy of Marceau encompasses not only his virtuosity in mime, but also his work in the French Resistance saving Jewish children from deportation during WWII. Marceau’s life as artist and humanitarian earned him the respect of the world.

 

Visual Thinking Through Drawing: What Drawing Reveals

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 30
Meeting Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: Lafayette Hall L403
Member: $25  Non-Member: $45
Learn about the foundational aspects of how we think and learn through drawing. Drawings we make of things we see are not just what we perceive with our senses, but something more and also something less. They are conceptions of what we perceive, not the perceptions themselves. When we draw, we extract from our perceptions what we think are the important parts. We may, for example, ignore the foreground and draw only the tree, or leave out the background and draw only the figure. We might ignore a data point on a graph so the line through all the other points is smoother, or draw repeating sequences to imply motion.
This lecture will explore the process of creating and problem solving through drawing. Without drawing or visualizing an idea, problem-solving and other creative tasks can be difficult. We often need to make a sketch or diagram to see clearly what we are working on. It is in this process of drawing and redrawing where revision inspires continuing and creative change as we “talk” to ourselves in order discover what we know. Examples of this process across the disciplines will be discussed.  Sketching can provide a path to concept formation. Rough-drawn images are seldom created for framing or hanging on a wall, but they are of seminal importance. They clearly establish the role of visual representation in understanding, expressing and communicating-to oneself and others-important theories, artistic work, and ideas. Almost everyone who thinks and writes also sometimes draws images that represent thought in ways that words cannot. These drawings are often not just a particular animal, plant, melody, apparatus, design or map. Many times, drawings are of a group of similar things; and the process of visual perception that is required to make them is often concerned with the bigger picture, the related families of animals, general forms of crystals, and the classes of molecules, muscles, melodies, cells or shells. Drawn images are often about relationships between one thing and another within a class, and their similarities and differences. In this way, drawing is foundational for concept formation.

In what ways do you use drawing in your own life? This question, addressed to participants, will be explored and discussed during the presentation.
Materials:  Just bring a small drawing pad and pencil to the lecture.

OLLI Course Listing – Summer 2015

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 13-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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.

Materials:  Students should bring their own yoga mats

 

Reading Workshop: Classic and Contemporary Short Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, June 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords Hall 112
Member Fee: $60   Non-Member Fee: $90
One line description: Read and discuss a pair of classic and contemporary short stories each week, by the following authors: Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Ivan Turgenev, Isaac Babel, Eudora Welty, Edith Pearlman, Mavis Gallant, Yiyun Li. We will learn a little about the authors, their craft, and the stories’ historical and literary contexts.

 

Beginning Yoga

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

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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.

Materials:  Students should bring their own yoga mats

 

E.T. Encounters of the Third Kind

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 3-17
Meeting Time: 5:30-8pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 457
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: What would you want to ask an Extraterrestrial if you had a chance to talk with one?  Various forms of human to extra terrestrial interaction from alien abductions and crop circles to visitations and channeled communications will be discussed along with the main arguments mainstream scientists and our government give for dismissing such phenomena.  Finally, we will consider why other nations differ in the acceptance and interpretation of UFO sightings.

 

Common Scents: Grow Your Own Culinary Herbs

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, June 9
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Sarah Salatino
Location: Full Circle Gardens, Essex Junction
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Explore various types of herbs, growing requirements, as well as how to seed, propagate and harvest them. Learn how to grow indoors in winter.  This will dovetail nicely with Patsy Jamieson’s cooking class.  Pot up herbs to take home.  Herbs may be purchased at Full Circle Gardens for a discount of 25%.  Class will be held at Full Circle Gardens, 68 Brigham Hill Road in Essex. Transportation is on your own.

 

Dragons, Silk, and Jade

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 10 & 17
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Christina Fearon
Location: Fleming Museum, UVM Campus
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Focus on the vibrant and colorful decorative art traditions of China, exploring Chinese innovation in artistic production, the hidden meanings of auspicious symbols, and the trade of luxury goods to the West. Experience objects from the Fleming collection up close, including a striking Qing Dynasty dragon robe, intricate jade belt plaque, and a porcelain teapot made for export.

Materials:

  • Week 1: PPT talk to introduce materials, techniques, and decoration of selected types of objects we will look at in this class.
  • Week 2: Viewing Asian decorative objects and textiles from the Fleming Museum collection.

 

OLLI Poetry Café

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, June 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Tony Magistrale
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Read your in-progress, published or completed works in a relaxed and supportive workshop environment and receive attention from the instructor and other workshop participants.  Poet and Professor Tony Magistrale of the UVM English Department will serve as moderator.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, June 18
Meeting Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Gail Rosenberg & Elise A. Guyette
Location: Burlington. Exact location TBD.
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: On a 2-mile walk, discover the history of Burlington’s early ethnic groups and their food traditions, when farm to table was a way of life. We will stop at 5 restaurants that serve local foods. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

 

Monuments to Labor, Literally

Register NowMeeting Dates: Friday, June 19
Meeting Time: 9am-12noon
Instructor: Joelen Mulvaney
Location: Barre. Exact location TBD.
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Investigate labor issues as told through the monuments at Hope Cemetery in Barre. Discuss the labor history of yesterday with an eye on today.  Focus on Barre’s granite industry, and tour key monuments and their meaning. Visit a working granite sculptor demonstrating the process and the VT Granite Museum. Transportation is on your own. Rain date: June 26

 

Celebrating Herbs – In the Kitchen

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, June 20
Meeting Time: 9:30am-1pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Sciences Kitchen & Lecture Hall
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh herbs in your garden, farmers’ market and local nurseries! There is no better way to perk up your cooking than with the creative use of herbs. Go beyond pesto and explore a selection of simple herb sauces that complement various dishes. Learn new ways to use familiar herbs, such as basil and rosemary, and introduce yourself to unfamiliar herbs like lemon verbena and lovage. You will also learn the best ways to freeze and dry herbs. The class includes both demonstration and practical sections. The recipes, which include nutritional analysis, have been developed and carefully tested by instructor Patsy Jamieson. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided.

 

History of Basketry

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, June 25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Judy Dow
Location: Hills 17
Member: $25  Non-Member: $40

Description: Learn about time-honored indigenous basketry techniques, the materials used by indigenous peoples to make baskets, as well as how social, political, environmental and economic change altered the form and functions of the basket.  Explore how adaptations have led to the use of recycled materials in basketry.

Make and take home your own basket.

 

Montreal Musée des Beaux Arts and Atwater Market Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, June 27
Meeting Time: 8am-5pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Boarding the coach bus sat 322 South Prospect Street, Burlington
Member: $90  Non-Member: $120

Description: Join OLLI for a day in Montreal. Visit the Musée Des Beaux Arts and take a guided tour of the new exhibit, RODIN –METAMORPHOSES. Rodin completely revitalized the very language of sculpture with his passion for the creative act. The ongoing interplay of accidents and chance in his work, his figures fragmented only to be reconstituted through this ingenious “cobbling together,” enabled him to interpolate his work in an endless flow of creation.  The topic of the exhibit we will see, metamorphosis, is directly related to his work, without model or witness, in the privacy of the studio. Fragile plasters as well as bronzes, marble figures, drawings, watercolors and photographs all attest to this creative intensity.  We will explore all of this during the morning.      In the afternoon, after lunch, we will visit the Atwater Market, a farmers’ market located in the Little Burgundy area of Montreal. It opened in 1933. The interior market is home to many butchers and the Première Moisson bakery and restaurant. The outside market has many farmer’s stalls which sell both local and imported produce, as well as two cheese stores, a wine store specializing in locally produced spirits and a fish store. Quality is usually very good, and you are bound to find something you will want to bring home. Coach transportation provided. Museum entrance fee included. NOTE: Registrations are refundable up to June 5th.

 

Tai Chi for Health

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, July 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Learn to improve balance, agility, and increase lower and upper body strength, with this ancient  program based on Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain. 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. The program is easy to learn, safe and effective. For more information you may go to : www. taichiproductions.com

 

Digital Photography – Hands On!

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, July 8-22
Meeting Time: 5-7pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Explore the basic rules of photography. We’ll introduce some of the basic concepts and then apply them by walking around campus and taking pictures of flowers, architecture, and people. In the process you’ll learn more about the technical aspects that can help you improve your photography.

 

Kayaking on Lake Champlain

Register NowMeeting Dates: Friday, July 17
Meeting Time: 9am-12noon
Instructor: Umiak Outfitters
Location: North Beach, TBD
Member: $55  Non-Member: $70

Description:Try a new water sport this summer, or improve your kayaking skills with other OLLI members!  Includes two hours of instruction, all equipment, and another hour to paddle on your own.  The class is taught in recreational kayaks, which offer the stability that new paddlers need. You will learn about carrying kayaks, launching and getting out of your kayaks, basic paddling strokes and maneuvering your craft. This is a great way to jump start your paddling, or to help prepare you for more in-depth classes such as Sea Kayaking Essentials or Rolling and Rescue. Our ACA certified instructors will teach you how to get the most from your kayak. Transportation is on your own.

 

Burlington Harbor Shipwrecks Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, July 18
Meeting Time: 9am-12noon
Instructor: Elisa Nelson
Location: Burlington. Exact location TBD.
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: Learn more about the maritime history of Burlington Harbor. Take a walking tour of the harbor, and an educator will shine a light on Burlington’s bustling past. Then, see a shipwreck – without getting wet! An excursion boat takes participants out on the lake to the site of two historic shipwrecks. There, the operator deploys a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) like those used by nautical archaeologists. Participants view the ROV as it explores the details of the sites, instantly relaying images to an on-board monitor.

 

OLLI Tour of the UVM Catamount Farm

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, July 21
Meeting Time: 2-3:30pm
Instructor: Rachel Stievater
Location: UVM Catamount Farm
Member: $10  Non-Member: $25

Description: Come take a tour of the Catamount Educational Farm, located at the UVM Horticultural Research and Education Center. Take an extensive tour of the 10 acre farm and discuss the various components that go into growing organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs at the university. Discuss the types of crops that are being grown, share practical information about growing food in Vermont, as well as provide culinary uses for lesser known food crops.  Come learn more about the Catamount Educational Farm- and you may even get a chance to take home some goodies from the farm! Transportation is on your own.

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, July 23
Meeting Time: 10-11:30am
Instructor: Paddlesurf Champlain
Location: Oakledge Park, TBD.
Member: $40  Non-Member: $55

Description: PaddleSurf Champlain’s Stand Up Paddleboarding class starts with a discussion of the features of the board and paddle, wind and weather considerations, safety practices, and Coast Guard regulations. We’ll learn the basic Stand Up Paddle strokes on land before entering the water, feel the balance point of the board from a kneeling position on water, then get a feel for the board from the standing position. We’ll practice basic and advanced strokes and board-handling skills in the standing position and set out for a short tour. The class will provide a foundation for lasting proficiency and fun in this new watersport. Transportation to Oakledge Park is on your own.

 

 

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