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.

Learning to Look: Works of Art Across Time and Cultures

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, May 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Christina Fearon
Location: The Fleming Museum of Art, 61 Colchester Avenue
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

Art is a heady source of interesting ideas and sensory pleasures that can engage both the mind and heart at once. In this program, we’ll look at a range of European, American, Asian, and African artistic expressions from the Fleming Museum of Art. We’ll also take a look at prints brought out from storage especially for this program, including a large-scale print by Leonard Baskin, and a print with racially charged text by contemporary artist Glenn Ligon. Join Christina Fearon, the Fleming’s curator of education, as we explore how artists use visual elements to bring their ideas to life.

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

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, May 20
Meeting Time: 8 am -5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect 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 to the public. We’ll then visit the Atwater Market. Premier coach transportation provided.

Water Lily Flower Painting

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, June 6, 20, 27
Meeting Time: 4:30-7 pm
Instructor: Bryan Briscoe
Location: Hills 17
Member: $75  Non-Member: $115

Learn how to draw a water lily by interpretation with line and contour using watercolor pencils and brushstrokes. Select one of your sketches to produce your own original painting. No class on June 13.

Materials:

Watercolor Paper:

9 x 12 and or 10 x 14 inch Watercolor Pads, (Ideal: Arches 140lb cold or rough press surfaces) Watercolor Paint: 2 Options Option 1: individual 15ml tubes Tube Colors Option: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Phthalo or Thalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Lamp Black Option 2: Watercolor Sets (tube or pan sets) List of optional set brands ***Holbein (Vermont Art Supply, formerly Black Horse) ***Winsor and Newton (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Academy (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Grumbacher (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Reeves (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Aquarelle (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Van Gogh, Online Watercolor Brushes: white synthetic watercolor brushes

Round: (1 of each) no. 4 and/or 6; 10 and 12 white synthetic

Flat: (1 of each) 1/2 or 3/4 inch brush and a 1”

Liner or Rigger

Watercolor Palette: white palette w/mixing sections (Note: some watercolor paint sets come with palettes) Art Box, (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Waymart has nice easy to carry small-medium lightweight tackle boxes Art Portfolio, larger than paper sizes

1             Lent-Free Rag

2             Small Yogurt Cups (to hold water)

Here a list of Where to Purchase your art materials Michael’s Arts and Crafts, Burlington VT Black Horse, (now Vermont Art Supply), Burlington VT ONLINE Shops:

DanielSmith.com

DickBlick.com

Cheapjoes.com

Utrechtart.com

  • Week 1: Instructor Demonstration/Students: create a watercolor sketches
  • Week 2: Instructor Painting Demonstration/Students: work on paintings
  • Week 3: Instructor works with class to finish their paintings

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005, Gymnasium
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This introductory yoga course 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. Participants should wear loose, but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

Materials:  Students should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

Wildlife Tracking – Reclaiming Our Shared Humanity

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, June 7
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Mike Kessler
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

We were not born too late to track like the ancient trackers. Because we have been conditioned to look for the wrong thing, the wrong way, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, we are often the tracking equivalent of someone trying to run with their shoes tied together on the wrong feet. This presentation gently, yet dramatically, launches participants upon their individual paths to becoming master trackers. Indoor discussion is followed by outdoor exploration to survey the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of the lost art of tracking. Once aware of our amazing sensory capabilities and shared birthright as trackers, the inexhaustible journey into the world of wildlife tracking begins.

No prior experience is necessary, and often preferred. Only an open mind, open heart, and respect for others is required.

Bonsai Tree Painting

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, June 12-26
Meeting Time: 4:30-7 pm
Instructor: Bryan Briscoe
Location: Hills 17
Member: $75  Non-Member: $115

In this beginning to intermediate level watercolor class, enjoy learning how to paint your very own “Bonsai Tree” using traditionally-proven and effective watercolor techniques.

Materials:

Watercolor Paper:

9 x 12 and or 10 x 14 inch Watercolor Pads, (Ideal: Arches 140lb cold or rough press surfaces) Watercolor Paint: 2 Options Option 1: individual 15ml tubes Tube Colors Option: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Phthalo or Thalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Lamp Black Option 2: Watercolor Sets (tube or pan sets) List of optional set brands ***Holbein (Vermont Art Supply, formerly Black Horse) ***Winsor and Newton (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Academy (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Grumbacher (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Reeves (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Aquarelle (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Van Gogh, Online Watercolor Brushes: white synthetic watercolor brushes

Round: (1 of each) no. 4 and/or 6; 10 and 12 white synthetic

Flat: (1 of each) 1/2 or 3/4 inch brush and a 1”

Liner or Rigger

Watercolor Palette: white palette w/mixing sections (Note: some watercolor paint sets come with palettes) Art Box, (Michael’s Arts and Crafts) Waymart has nice easy to carry small-medium lightweight tackle boxes Art Portfolio, larger than paper sizes

1             Lent-Free Rag

2             Small Yogurt Cups (to hold water)

Here a list of Where to Purchase your art materials Michael’s Arts and Crafts, Burlington VT Black Horse, (now Vermont Art Supply), Burlington VT ONLINE Shops:

DanielSmith.com

DickBlick.com

Cheapjoes.com

Utrechtart.com

  • Week 1: Instructor Demonstration/Students: work on drawings
  • Week 2: Instructor Painting Demonstration/Students: work on painting
  • Week 3: Instructor works with students to finish Final Project.

What’s in a Bird Song?

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesday and Saturday, June 14 & 17
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, 8 -10 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $35  Non-Member: $55

Bird watchers and non-birders alike feel delight when birds start announcing, “Spring is here!” Bird songs and calls add a rich dimension to our enjoyment of nature. In this class, learn how and why birds make so many different sounds. On Saturday, we’ll take a field trip to a nearby park, with an emphasis on quiet listening and enjoying. Transportation to Saturday field trip is on your own.

  • Week 1: Indoors class with lots of pictures and sounds of Vermont’s beautiful nesting birds
  • Week 2: Field trip

Natural History of Local Trees

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, June 20 & 27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Jacob Holzberg-Pill
Location: Oakledge Park, 1 Flynn Avenue, Burlington
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

In this outdoor class at Oakledge Park we will identify some of our common regional trees and discuss traditional and modern uses of each species. The tree identification skills we develop will provide you with the tools to identify trees you encounter at home and out on walks. Trees are the foundation of our local ecosystems, and learning more about them is the perfect way to build naturalist skills. This course is perfect for anyone curious or passionate about nature. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Transportation to Oakledge Park is on your own.

End of Life Options in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, June 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $20  Non-Member: $40

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

“All Men Are Created Equal”: Proverbial Rhetoric in the American Democratic Tradition

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, June 22
Meeting Time: 2:30-4 pm
Instructor: Wolfgang Mieder
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

This presentation looks at the origin, dissemination, history, and meaning of the quotation turned proverb, “All men are created equal.” It is traced from Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence to its sociopolitical employment by major American figures like Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama. It is also referenced in literary works, such as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  We’ll discuss parodies in the form of modern anti-proverbs and its use in cartoons and advertisements, expressing the imperfections of humankind.

Berry Bounty

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, June 24
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Essex Resort & Spa Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Celebrate summer’s beautiful berries in this hands-on cooking class! Discover recipes, such as a berry salad dressing, velvety strawberry mousse, and comforting French clafoutis. We’ll also discuss methods for making jam and preserving berries. Join Patsy Jamieson for a fun, informative morning cooking with OLLI friends. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Transportation to Essex Resort and Spa kitchen is on your own.

Montreal Botanical Garden Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Sunday, June 25
Meeting Time: 8 am -5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect Street for Premier Coach bus transportation.
Member: $85  Non-Member: $120

Enjoy a day strolling through the Botanical Gardens of Montreal, including a guided tour of the Rose, Japanese, and Flowery Brook and Lilacs Gardens. Premiere coach bus transportation included. Eat at the small café on site or pack a lunch.

Burlington Edible History Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, June 29
Meeting Time: 1-4 pm
Instructor: Elise Guyette
Location: Meet behind ECHO buildling, 1 College Street, Burlington, facing the waterfront.
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

During this three-hour tasting and walking tour, we travel back in time to when Burlington was a bustling village, and farm to table was a way of life. We discover the many cultural groups that built the Queen City of Vermont and eat at five restaurants committed to serving farm fresh foods. Most of the two-mile tour is on flat terrain, but one section is uphill from Maple St. to Church St. and may offer a challenge to some.

Tour VT Statehouse and VT Historical Society Museum Visit

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, June 29
Meeting Time: 10 am -12 noon
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Vermont State House, 115 State St., Montpelier
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Vermont State Curator, David Schutz, will lead a private tour of the Vermont State House, one of the oldest and best preserved of our nation’s state capitols. Explore the Representative’s Hall, the Senate Chamber, The Governor’s office and the Cedar Creek room furnished in American Empire, Renaissance Revival, and Rococo Revival styles. Walk next door to the Vermont Historical Society museum for a brief introduction and self-guided tour featuring the award-winning Freedom and Unity exhibit with VT history from 1600 to the present. Transportation to Montpelier to both locations is on your own. Note: David Schutz’s recently published book, Intimate Grandeur: Vermont’s State House https://www.vtstatehousefriends.org/store/retailbook will be available to purchase and signed by David.

Beginning Yoga I Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, July 3-31
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This introductory yoga class 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. Participants should wear loose, but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat. No class on July 10.

French For Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, July 6-27
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Alysse Anton
Location: Living and Learning A 102
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Learn to navigate French-speaking cities, order delicious food, and find cultural hotspots without feeling lost (literally and in translation…) when you travel to Montréal, Québec City, or one of the 35 other lands where French is spoken. Fantastique!

  • Week 1: Greetings & General Polite Expressions
  • Week 2: Number Practice (oral): Understanding prices, asking/telling time, phone number, and date of birth
  • Week 3: Directions: Learn the name of places in a city, Ask for/Follow directions
  • Week 4: At the restaurant: Menu vs. Carte, order of dishes in a typical French meal, how to order food in a restaurant

Strength and Conditioning

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, July 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: KC Bruch
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Explore functional exercises that can help in everyday life using body weight training and weighted exercises.  People of all abilities are welcome, accommodations will be available if needed! Bring one set of 3-5 lb. dumb bell weights, a yoga mat and a small mini loop resistance band.

Switchback Brewery Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, July 8
Meeting Time: 3-4:30 pm
Instructor: Switchback Brewery Staff
Location: Switchback Brewery, 160 Flynn Avenue, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Join us at Switchback Brewing Company for a tour led by long-time Brewer, Dan Tomaino. Dan will guide us through the facility and the processes that make Switchback unique from start to finish, from brewing to packaging. Afterwards enjoy a brewer-led tasting of four of their beers in the Tap Room.

Introduction to Mah Jongg

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, July 10
Meeting Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Laurie DiCesare
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Mah Jongg is the ancient Chinese tile-trading game of winds, dragons, and numbers. In this introductory session, we’ll play an American version that includes flowers and eight to 10 jokers. Starting with a simplified form of the game, players pick up, trade, and discard tiles to form a winning hand and declare, “Mah Jongg!” We’ll name the tiles, demonstrate a few easy winning hands and tile trades, then play one or two slow-paced games, answering questions throughout. No memorization is needed, as the possible winning hands are displayed in front of you, but awareness of what’s going on around you is helpful and develops through playing.Mah Jongg sets and hand-outs will be available for participants to use.

History Tour of Burlington – Session I

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, July 15
Meeting Time: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: Meet at the Battery Park Parking Lot.
Member: $55  Non-Member: $80

Learn about Burlington’s history from 1609 through the War of 1812, how it grew from a hamlet to a town, village, and finally a city in 1865, up to present day. We’ll discuss unique features of Lake Champlain and why Native Americans treasured this area. Visit key landmarks and even a few little-known spots that played an important role in the development of Burlington, and gain an appreciation of the city’s political life.

Gary de Carolis is a great storyteller, who will make Burlington’s history come alive on this fun and informative two-hour tour. It is bound to leave the participants with anew outlook on this special city.  Transportation by van provided.

History Tour of Burlington – Session 2

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, July 15
Meeting Time: 1:30 – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: Meet at the Battery Park Parking Lot.
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, and 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.

Completing an Advance Directive

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, July 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $20  Non-Member: $40

This course is open to all, but participants will benefit from having taken Linda’s End of Life Options course. We will review in detail an advance directive form, including how to register the completed form with Vermont’s registry. We’ll also examine Vermont’s DNR/COLST forms and practice discussing your choices with doctors and family.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Register NowMeeting Date: Friday, July 21
Meeting Time: 9 am-noon
Instructor: Dovid Yagoda
Location: Meet at Shelburne Bay Fish and Wildlife access on Bay Road in Shelburne.
Member: $75  Non-Member: $95

True North Kayak Tours is offering a three-hour kayak seminar that includes paddling instruction, safety considerations, and basic boat handling.  The program is taught by coaches from the American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union who have years of experience working with adult learners. Group safety, trip planning, and weather considerations are all covered in this introductory program. Explore the wildlife of Shelburne Bay with experienced instructors and take in some of the natural history of Lake Champlain while learning these lifelong skills. All equipment and handouts are provided, but you can bring your own kayak if you have one.

Adventures in Monochromatic Mediums

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, July 22
Meeting Time: 9:30 am -3 pm
Instructor: Jean Carlson Masseau
Location: Jeffords 100
Member: $80  Non-Member: $110

Using easy-to-draw botanical subjects, discover the beauty of working with a variety of values within a single color in this one-day intensive workshop. Instruction will focus on value and composition as important concepts, including generous use of visual examples to inspire and reinforce understanding. Observation tips will facilitate the process of drawing a simple botanical subject, resulting in a finished piece with warm sepia tones, using walnut ink, brushes, and ink pens. After lunch students will learn about additional limited-color mediums and create another small monochromatic drawing. Emphasis will be on beginner-friendly subjects. All drawing abilities welcome.

A $10 fee is included for materials provided by the instructor, Jean Carlson Masseau, and students will be given a short list of supplies to bring to class. Bring a bag lunch. Jean’s work may be seen on her website, www.jcmasseau.com.

Amazing Odonates: Dragonflies and Damselflies

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, July 25 and Saturday, July 29
Meeting Time: Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturday, 10 am-noon
Instructor: Laurie DiCesare
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Dragonflies and their diminutive “cousins,” the damselflies, are amazing creatures. Spending up to several years as voracious underwater hunters, they emerge to become “Mosquito Hawks,” top insect predators of the air. During this workshop, we’ll talk about their history and folklore, add a bit of biology and ecology, and take a closer look at some of our beautiful and abundant local species. We’ll discuss their elaborate and varied mating rituals (patrolling, tandem flight, the wheel, and egg laying) and learn how to observe, identify, and photograph them. We’ll also talk about their values and the importance of preserving their wetland habitats. On Saturday, apply your skills on site at the Gilbrook Reservoir in Winooski. Transportation to the reservoir is on your own. Raindate for field trip is Sunday, July 30, 10am-noon.

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Vermont’s Birds and Our Agricultural Heritage

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, April 1-22
Meeting Time: 10-noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Jeffords 127
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.

One of our field trips will be to Shelburne Farms, where we will learn about the management of the Farms’ grasslands – and then we’ll meet with Craig Newman of the Outreach for Earth Stewardship, a raptor rehabilitation program housed in the beautiful Farm Barn.

 

Beginner Pilates

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location: Jeffords 110
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: Aiken Center 110
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.

 

Healing and the Mind

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 413
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.

 

The Book of Revelation

Register NowMeeting Dates: Monday, April 10
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: Waterman 401
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.

 

Understanding Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin Opera

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, April 11
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location: Jeffords 110
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: Lafayette L411
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: Jeffords 110
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: Delehanty Hall 219
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: 322 South Prospect Street, Burlington
Member: FREE  Non-Member: FREE

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.

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowInstructor: Amanda McIntire
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40*  Non-Member: $60
Meeting Dates: Mondays, May 1-22
Location:  Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)

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 II

Register NowMeeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Member: $40*  Non-Member: $60
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 3-24
Location:   Jeffords 110

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!

History Tour of Burlington (Session 1)

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, May 6th
Meeting Time: 9:30 – 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, May 6th
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.

 

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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