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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. Most courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

Summer Courses

Summer Olli Courses at a Glance (Printable PDF)

 

Government Dysfunction and the Future of Democracy

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Meeting Date: Thursday, July 12
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America’s democratic institutions are under severe strain. A mere 20% of Americans now trust the federal government to “do the right thing”. This opening session will explore the many forces currently adding to the dysfunction of the nation’s governance systems, from gerrymandering to ballooning undisclosed political spending, social media advertising, fake news, voter restrictions, and the partisan manipulation of legislative procedures. Can traditional democracy survive? Is it possible to have full national sovereignty, “liberty, fraternity, equality”, and globalization simultaneously?
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Paint & Sip: Smooth Sailing

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Meeting Date: Friday, July 13
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Teresa Davis
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Sail through the process of creating an acrylic painting on a stretched canvas inspired by beautiful ocean and lake scenes. Guided step by step through a painting, you will leave with a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. No two paintings will look alike. This class is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced painters alike.
The price of this class includes one glass of wine or beer. Snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase.

 

A History Tour of Burlington

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Meeting Date: Saturday, July 14
Meeting Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Gary DeCarolis
Location: Meet at the Ethan Allen Park parking lot, 1006 North Avenue, Burlington
Member: $65  Non-Member: $90

Explore Burlington’s amazing historical past from pre-European settlement when Algonquin and Iroquois Nations ruled the area to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Review the importance of the small rock outcrop off Shelburne Point referred to in Algonquin legend where Wo-ja-ho-sen (“He who created himself”—Abenaki legend) resides, to how it became known as Rock Dunder today. Travel back in time when the village was first settled down at Water Street and near the Winooski Falls. Learn about the unique topography of the City and how it influenced travel in the early days of the city.  Visit the University of Vermont from its founding in 1791, hear stories of three incredible Civil War generals who are buried in Lake View Cemetery, and conclude with a bit of Burlington history of General Ethan Allen. Transportation by van provided for tour.


Can We Reverse Inequality?

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Meeting Date: Thursday, July 19
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Damon Tweedy,Associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America has defined itself as an egalitarian meritocracy, where anyone can pursue the “American Dream”. However, social, economic, and educational inequality have grown and become intertwined and deeply rooted in our society. The result: millions of Americans with limited education and low-paying jobs (or no jobs at all), facing a bleak future and creating social instability. Globalization, automation, the demise of labor unions, and possibly the new Tax Reform Act have widened this inequality. In addition, gender inequality persists, with barriers to advancement and harassment and assault behavior still present in the workplace and beyond #MeToo. This session will identify ways these trends might be reversed.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Healthcare Issues and Answers

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Meeting Date: Thursday, July 26
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Kathy EdinBloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Two major healthcare challenges facing America in recent years have been the development of the Affordable Care Act and the onset of a raging opioid crisis. Although the ACA has been in effect for almost eight years, it remains highly controversial. It has extended care to millions of Americans, including those with limited means or pre-existing conditions, but has also provoked heated, divisive partisanship. What are the implications, in the new Tax Reform Act, of eliminating the ACA Mandate? The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Death rates from opioid overdoses now surpass those of AIDS during the 1990′s. New, more lethal opioid products keep coming on the market. This session will provide possible solutions to these problems.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Bleu Lavande & Colby-Curtis Museum Tour

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Meeting Date: Friday, July 27
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Gutterson Garage, 95 Spear Street, South Burlington
Member: $95  Non-Member: $130

Visit the enchanting lavender fields at Bleu Lavande lavender farm in Fitch Bay, Québec. Take a guided tour of the farm and learn how lavender flowers are distilled into oil, the many uses of lavender and how the farm’s founder figured out how to grow organic lavender in Québec’s cold climate. You will have the opportunity to shop in Bleu Lavande’s store. In the afternoon, visit the Colby-Curtis Museum in nearby Stanstead, Québec, where you will tour the historic house and gardens and enjoy an English tea. Pack a lunch and picnic at the Bleu Lavande’s picnic pavilion or purchase lunch at the farm’s snack bar. Premier Coach Bus transportation provided.

 

The Immigration Dilemma

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Meeting Date: Thursday, August 2
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Steve Yale-LoehrAmerican law professor at Cornell Law School and immigration law attorney.
Location: Jeffords Hall 112, UVM Campus
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America’s exceptional status as a nation of immigrants is being challenged by globalization. An anti-immigration sentiment has grown among many Americans, despite the many positive achievements of immigrants in our society. Our nation is divided about what to do about the 10 million illegal immigrants who currently reside in our country, including young Dreamers. What should our national immigration policy be? Meanwhile, overt profiling of immigrants, has become more prevalent. This session will cover all these immigration issues, and probe the overarching question of whether America is on a slippery slope toward isolation or can once again boldly affirm its openness.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Tackling Racism

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Meeting Date: Thursday, August 9
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Senator George Mitchell, American lawyer, businessman, author, and former Senator of Maine
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

153 years after abolishing slavery in 1865, much of America is still a slave to its racist past. The presence of racism – particularly the treatment of black Americans – seems deeply rooted, despite the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts and anti-discrimination laws (including the Supreme Court decision on outlawing “separate but equal” schools). Many Americans don’t wish to recognize that discrimination of blacks continues as an endemic problem. A recent Pew study found a wide gap between black and white opinions on whether blacks are treated unfairly when dealing with the police, the court system, or in the workplace. The result: racial inequality and the near impossibility of many blacks to break the cycle of poverty or avoid being part of the “school dropout-to-prison” pipeline. This session covers this problem and suggests ways to create an environment that promotes justice and healing, while fostering an emerging culture of respect and belonging.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

How Can We Unite Americans Again?

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Instructor: Susan Dentzer,President and CEO, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation; Senior Policy Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Health Policy Analyst, PBS NewsHour

Meeting Date: Thursday, August 16
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

For many years, predictable social order prevailed in the U.S. However, there is now a rising tide of dug-in polarization due to the rapid growth of minorities and the emergence of fundamental inequalities, resulting in an increasing number of Americans feeling “left behind”. Whenever change happens quickly, there are always loud voices of dissent that want to return to the good old times. This has created a populist furor in America. The more this furor rises, the more our country feels hopelessly divided. This session provides perspective on how America can end the divisiveness that is currently undermining its strength domestically and in the world. Simply stated, how can we unite Americans again? Our future depends on it.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Fall Courses

Fall Olli Courses at a Glance (Printable PDF)

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

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Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, August 29-September 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
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.

 

Beginner Pilates

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Meeting Dates: Thursdays, September 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

This class is designed to challenge the beginner and the practicing Pilates student. Mat classes are a great way to learn the fundamental principles of the Pilates method. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Each exercise is designed to promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for creating a strong body core. Bring a padded mat, at least equivalent to 2 yoga mats.

 

Strength and Stretch – Session 1

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Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 11-October 2
Meeting Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Janet Franz
Location:Jeffords 110
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Improve overall strength, range of motion, mobility and balance through pilates, yoga, calisthenics, and functional strength training. We use a variety of equipment, including stability balls, hand weights, and resistance tubing for an aligned and defined you! Various options will be offered so that all levels can participate, from beginners to advanced exercisers. Bring your own mat.

 

Wildlife Tracking

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Meeting Date: Saturday, September 15
Meeting Time: 1-4 pm
Instructor: Mike Kessler
Location:Jericho Research Forest, 127 Tarbox Road, Jericho, VT
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45

Discuss techniques and time-tested science and art-of-tracking wisdom and apply it in a rich wildlife setting. Elements of physical, life, and social sciences will be covered. Participants may work individually or together. Transportation to the Jericho Research Forest is on your own.

 

The Mueller Investigation, Trump, and Russia

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Meeting Date: Wednesday, September 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Garrett Graff
Location:UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20 Non-Member: $30

Garrett Graff, who covers the FBI and has written a biography of Bob Mueller, explains the state of the investigation and Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

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Meeting Date: Thursday, September 20
Meeting Time: 1-4:15 pm
Instructor: Elise Guyette and Gail Rosenberg
Location:Meet behind ECHO building, 1 College Street, Burlington, facing the waterfront
Member: $65 Non-Member: $95

During this 3-hour walking tour, we walk 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. Eat at five restaurants committed to serving farm fresh foods. You should be able to walk almost 2 miles on the tour, both on flat terrain and up hills.

 

Reading Workshop: How Democracies Survive

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Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 26-October 17
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location:Aiken 110
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Reading excerpts from Levitsky and Ziblatt’s 2018 book How Democracies Die and from other contemporary writings, we will consider where the U.S. falls in the current global democratic regression/authoritarian wave; discuss the responsibility of political parties and the role of media and social media; read true and fictional stories of living under authoritarian rule; and reflect on what actions are best for saving democracy under threat, including what makes for effective protest marches to boycotts to protest poetry.

  • Week 1: Global Democratic Regression: 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Week 2: Stories of Living Under Authoritarian Rule
  • Week 3: Political Parties, Media, and Social Media
  • Week 4: Saving Democracy: What Works?

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 2

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Meeting Dates: Mondays, October 1-22
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:Mann Hall Gymnasium 005
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 Session 2 – Eight classes for only $60!

 

Beginning Yoga II Session 2

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Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
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. Completion of Beginning Yoga I course required.
*Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in Session 2 – Eight classes for only $60!

 

Understanding Verdi’s Aida

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Meeting Date: Thursday, October 4
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location:Aiken 102
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Discuss themes and characters from Verdi’s grandest of grand operas, Aida, written in 1870 to open the Cairo Opera House. Radames, the four-star Egyptian general, loves Aida, the Ethiopian slave girl and daughter of the Ethiopian general. Examine the highlights, what to listen for and look for in the performance, and what happens behind the scenes. This class will prepare you for viewing the Metropolitan Opera in HD presentation on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington. Performance transportation and tickets are on your own.

 

Painted Pottery

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Meeting Date: Friday, October 5
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Jen Labie
Location:Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $35 Non-Member: $50

Enjoy painting a pottery piece of your choice with your own colors and designs. Each artist will be guided through the process of painting on bisque ware (cup, plate, bowl, jar with lid). All materials provided.

 

Pressure Cooking with Confidence

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Meeting Date: Saturday, October 6
Meeting Time: 10 am-1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location:Essex Resort & Spa J.K. Adams Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Learn recipes and tips for using a modern pressure cooker to prepare dishes in one-third of the time it takes to cook conventionally! In addition to saving time and energy, a pressure cooker intensifies flavors and tenderizes budget cuts of meats beautifully. The popular multicooker (Instant Pot) has made pressure cooking approachable and convenient for many cooks. The class will cover both new-generation stove-top pressure cookers and electric multicookers and include recipes for appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Resort & Spa Kitchen is on your own.

 

Burlington Tree Tour

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Meeting Date: Saturday, October 6
Meeting Time: 10 am-12 noon
Instructor: Brian Sullivan
Location:Meet at Hilton Burlington’s Mounted Cat Patio, 60 Battery Street, Burlington
Member: $20 Non-Member: $30

Join us for a two-hour walking tour to familiarize yourself with Burlington’s urban forest. Explore unique and common trees both large and small! Discuss how trees function and the challenges trees face. This is a moderately-paced walking tour with some flat surfaces and some uphill and downhill walking. We will stay mostly on paved sidewalks and we’ll stop at many of the trees for lectures, questions and discussion. Tour participants will be on foot for most of the two hours, though we will be in the urban setting. A quick break on some benches might be possible. Please wear good walking shoes, bring water, and consider the weather conditions.

 

Avian Migration Mysteries

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Meeting Dates/Times:  Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, October 20, 10 am – noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location:Waterman 402
Member: $50 Non-Member: $75

Marvel at the astounding journeys that many birds undertake each fall. Examine the various obstacles that get in our way as we attempt to observe birds. Local field trip transportation on the third session is on your own.

  • Week 1: Fall Migration
  • Week 2: Birding When Nature Throws Curve Balls
  • Week 3: Field Trip to see migrating shorebirds or waterfowl or hawks (depending on the group’s interests and what’s being seen in our area).

 

Total Body Strength and Stretch – Session 2

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Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, October 9-30
Meeting Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Janet Franz
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Improve overall strength, range of motion, mobility and balance through pilates, yoga, calisthenics and functional strength training. We use a variety of equipment, including stability balls, hand weights and resistance tubing, for an aligned and defined you! Various options will be offered so that all levels can participate, from beginners to advanced exercisers. Bring your own mat.

 

The Science Behind Cannabis

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Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 10
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Wolfgang Dostmann
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20 Non-Member: $30

The Cannabis plant has an interesting history, and recent policy changes have led to an explosion in Cannabis science. This lecture will provide an overview of the historical, political, and social background of Cannabis, followed by more advanced scientific concepts in pharmacology and medicine.

 

The Constitution Today: What Remains?

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Meeting Date: Thursday, October 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Sandra Baird
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Explore the nature of our Constitution, its past crises, its present condition, and its current threats. We also ask, does the US Constitution still stand?

Born in the chaos and confusion of revolution, emerging from contradiction and compromise, The Constitution of the United States was ratified by the founders of the new republic in 1787. Threatened by the contradiction left intact in the original document between the reality of slavery and the hope of freedom, the Constitution survived the Civil War and was amended in the Reconstruction Era between 1865-1877 to recognize the emancipation of the enslaved peoples of the nation.

Other crises have threatened the founding document of the United States: the economic inequality of citizens, the emergencies of war and rebellion, and the expansion of executive power. Frayed and challenged, the Constitution stands and remains the best hope for the rule of law and the protection of individual liberty.

Since 9/11/2001 and the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the question must be asked: Will the Constitution survive in an era defined as an “age of terror” by the legal protectors of that document, the executive, the judiciary and the congress of the United States? Will we choose the safety of a vastly expanded state over the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? As Benjamin Franklin once questioned, “Will we choose security over freedom and lose both?”

 

Paint & Sip: Vermont Landscapes

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Meeting Date: Friday, October 12
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Janet Hinnes
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Create a beautiful Vermont landscape from start to finish. Each participant will be guided through a step-by-step process of creating an acrylic painting on a stretched canvas. Unlike many other paint-and-sip experiences, each individual’s final piece will be completely unique. Experienced and novice painters are welcome to participate. Fee includes one glass of wine and all materials. Snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase.

 

A History Tour of Burlington

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Meeting Date: Saturday, October 13
Meeting Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Gary DeCarolis
Location:  Meet at the Ethan Allen Park parking lot, 1006 North Avenue, Burlington
Member: $65 Non-Member: $90

Explore Burlington’s amazing historical past from pre-European settlement when Algonquin and Iroquois Nations ruled the area to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Review the importance of the small rock outcrop off Shelburne Point referred to in Algonquin legend where Wo-ja-ho-sen (“He who created himself”—Abenaki legend) resides, to how it became known as Rock Dunder today. Travel back in time when the village was first settled down at Water Street and near the Winooski Falls. Learn about the unique topography of the city and how it influenced travel in the early days of the city. Visit the University of Vermont from its founding in 1791, hear stories of three incredible Civil War generals who are buried in Lake View Cemetery, and conclude with a bit of Burlington history of General Ethan Allen. Transportation by van provided for tour.

 

Backyard Gourmet Mushroom Gardening

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Meeting Date: Saturday, October 13
Meeting Time: 10 am-1pm
Instructor: Alissa White
Location: Jeffords 118
Member: $40 Non-Member: $70

Learn the basics of gourmet mushroom cultivation. Mushrooms are revered for culinary and medicinal qualities and can easily be grown in your home or backyard. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of mushroom life cycles, various cultivation techniques, and their ecological role and potential. Take home the skills and materials to grow your own gourmet mushrooms.

 

A Day at Montreal’s Food Mecca: Jean Talon Market

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Meeting Date: Sunday, October 14
Meeting Time: 8 am-5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect Street in parking lot behind the Continuing Education building.
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Spend the day in Montreal’s best foodie destination filled with local produce and specialty foods, located in the Little Italy district. Premier coach bus transportation provided.

 

Intro to Ukulele

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Meeting Dates: Mondays, October 15-November 5
Meeting Time:  6-7 pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall 110 (Martin Luther King room)
Member: $45 Non-Member: $65

Ukuleles offer an accessible on-ramp to music. They are easy to learn how to play, and can provide a lifetime of discovery. Take a light-hearted journey as we learn essential chords and strums. Explore the mechanics of playing, dabble in a touch of music theory, and gain confidence in playing with others. Discuss what you need to know to continue exploring beyond what we cover in class.

Materials: A playable ukulele, a tuner (clip-on electronic tuners are recommended and available online or local musical instrument stores; free tuners on smart phones work acceptably but are more difficult for beginners), a music stand is helpful but not required.

  • Week 1: We’ll learn an easy tune with 4 chords that flow into each other. Using this song, we’ll learn about the mechanics of playing: holding the uke, strumming, getting your fingers to make the chord shapes, and singing, without falling out of our chairs.
  • Week 2: We’ll build on what we learned, answering questions that arose during the week, and introduce more songs that use the same chords to reinforce what they learned in week 1. We’ll introduce 2 more chords.
  • Week 3: We’ll learn 2 more chords and apply them and previous lessons to one or two new tunes that emphasize strumming patterns. We’ll also touch upon fingerpicking, to demonstrate what else can be done on the uke.
  • Week 4: We’ll learn essentials for becoming comfortable playing with others in jams and gatherings, and learn how to read chords from guitars and other ukes. We’ll celebrate what we’ve learned with a fun play/sing-along.

 

Estate Planning for Retirees

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 16
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Jennifer Luitjens, Esq.
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Estate planning involves taking better control of your personal and financial affairs. Estate and elder law attorney Jennifer R. Luitjens will outline the key components of a traditional estate plan, including a discussion of the differences between revocable living trusts and wills and the importance of decision-makers in powers of attorney and medical directives. The session will also address estate tax liability and asset preservation.

 

On the Road to Bali: Author Reading & Discussion

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Meeting Date: Thursday, October 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Lisa Kusel
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Join Burlington author Lisa Kusel as she shares her adventures and misadventures as an expat on the Island of the Gods. She will also read excerpts from her new book, “RASH, A Memoir.” Seven Days describes the book as, “highly readable…consistently frank and hilarious.”

When writer Lisa Kusel stumbled upon a job opening at a school made out of bamboo in Bali, she convinced her schoolteacher husband to apply. Two months later, the family packed up their house in California and moved halfway around the planet. It did not take long for them to discover that it had been a terrible, and–at times, dangerous–mistake.

 

Fused Glass for Beginners – Bowls

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Meeting Date: Sunday, October 21
Meeting Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Alyssa Oxley
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $65 Non-Member: $95

Explore the beautiful and magical art of Fused Glass. Walk through the steps of using hand tools to safely cut glass, and discuss how color and design influence the way the glass will fuse together in the kiln. Create your own unique piece of functional art. Once your bowl is assembled it will be fired in a glass kiln twice. Finished pieces will be ready for pick-up approximately one week after the workshop. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided.

 

Closing the Loop: Where Does My Recycling Go?

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Meeting Date: Monday, October 22
Meeting Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Lauren Layn
Location: 1021 Redmond Rd., Williston, VT
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

See in real time what happens to your blue bin recycling after it leaves your bin or cart! Learn about the recycling industry and witness this essential and fascinating step in “closing the loop.” Tours are partially indoors and partially outside, and take place regardless of the weather. Tour-goers must be able to stand and walk for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour, and will need to negotiate two flights of stairs and some close spaces.

We will provide mandatory safety vests, hardhats, and safety glasses. We also provide optional ear protection and dust masks. Participants MUST wear closed-toed shoes with backs: no clogs, crocs or sandals allowed at the facility.

Is wrapping paper recyclable? How about that eggnog carton? Do I need to look at the numbers on the bottom of my plastic containers? Why should you even care, and what changes can you make now to reduce your waste footprint?!? Learn the answers to those questions and much more in a fun, informative, interactive presentation, and guided tour of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) led by Lauren Layn, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Chittenden Solid Waste District. Lauren will have the details on recycling markets and the local & global differences and impacts of recycling. She will also address how the statewide Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) affects you and how you can best plan to stay true to the “3 R’s” (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!).

 

Mill Girls: Factory Operatives and New Women

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 23
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Susan Ouellette
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20 Non-Member: $30

Explore the opportunities and the shortcomings of factory work for young women in the first century of the Industrial Revolution in New England. Discuss how these women were treated and compensated, the fight for worker’s rights, and the mill’s connection to slavery before the Civil War. Starting in the first two decades of the 19th century, factory employers began to recruit and employ young women of the ages between 15 and 30 to run their machines. Availability was an important factor: in New England there was a surplus of young unmarried women willing to take up the work. The wages were attractive, even though they were paid less than men, and the factory towns offered a freedom and excitement that drew young women from the farms to the developing urban centers. But not all went well.

 

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, & Alzheimer’s Disease

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Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Walter Gundel, MD
Location: Old Mill Annex A303
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. Discuss the difference between normal aging and dementia.

 

Poets of the Piano: Phantasmagoria

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Meeting Date: Thursday, October 25
Meeting Time: 6:30-8 pm
Instructor: Nathan Carterette
Location: UVM Recital Hall
Member: $20 Non-Member: $20

This lecture/recital celebrates the magic and poetry of piano music that transcends the instrument, and explores the haunting themes and moods of the spirit-world: ghostly apparitions, goblins, and imps. Behind each great piece, there is a story that will enrich your experience and open your ears to new possibilities. Music from Liszt, Grieg, Medtner, Scriabin, and Prokofiev will be included. Carterette will guide your discovery of the poetic essence of the music he is performing and share his insights on these musical legends in a 30-minute lecture followed by a 60-minute concert. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Dobra Tea: Teas of the World

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Meeting Date: Saturday, October 27
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Nina Beck and Stacy Jolles
Location: Dobra Tea, 80 Church St., Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $40

Join us on this journey of the senses. Explore and taste teas from from lesser known tea growing regions including Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, Hawaii and Thailand. Discuss tea production, the natural environment and the people/culture of each country. Enjoy traditionally brewed teas and a small snack.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 3

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Meeting Dates: Mondays, October 29-November 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall Gymnasium 005
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45

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.

 

Rumi and Ryokan: A Dialogue on Life’s Mysteries Between a Zen Master and a Muslim Poet

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Meeting Date: Monday, October 29
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: John Hanagan
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20 Non-Member: $30

Celebrate the poetic visions of Ryokan’s Zen and Rumi’s Sufism. Discover many harmonious points of view, made richer by provocative counterpoints. Discuss common themes that lie at the heart of every religion: love, the pain of isolation, the longing for connection, the meaning of wealth, and the tension between materialism and spirituality.

There are also profound differences of both substance and emphasis, but while scholars debate, the poets sing in harmony of life’s chiaroscuro wonders: the interconnections of beauty and sadness, longing and contentment, mind and heart, love and loss, illusion and enlightenment, sleep and wakefulness.

Jalal-ad Din Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273) was born in modern day Afghanistan and is buried in Konya, Turkey. Although he lived his life as a devout Muslim, he is now one of America’s most beloved poets. Many people can recite at least one of his poems by heart, and find inspiration in Rumi’s Wisdom: “Let the Beauty you love be what you do.”

Taigu Ryokan (1758-1831) is one of Japan’s most revered teachers, who taught not so much by his words, but by his life. In his presence, people felt as if spring had come on a dark winter’s day. Ryokan loved nature and children, and found great contentment in simplicity. He had what Buddhists call “Come What May Mind,” finding goodness everywhere. This is exemplified in a poem written after a thief had cleaned out his small hut: “The thief left it behind: the moon at my window.” In a famous poem, Rumi tells us that “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and righting there is a field. I will meet you there.” In this course, we will gather together in Rumi’s field in order to celebrate the genuine heart of love and longing, finding harmonies made richer by provocative counterpoints.

 

Medicare Fraud

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 30
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Mike McCleese
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Discuss best ways Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers can prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse. Examine the latest frauds and scams active in Vermont. The presentation begins with a few skits from Savvy Seniors, a troupe of professional actors from Burlington’s Lyric Theatre Company. Presented by Community of Vermont Elders.

 

How to Rescue Our Representative Democracy

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 30
Meeting Time: 1-2:30 pm
Instructor: Rick Hubbard
Location: The Residence at Quarry Hill, 465 Quarry Hill Rd., South Burlington
Member: Free Non-Member: Free

Discuss why large numbers of Americans feel we have major, well-documented, problems with the structure and financing of our political system that result in improper representation of broad citizen interests by Congress.

Analyze, collaborate, and strategize with audience response technology (you’ll each be loaned an iClicker device) to record and present the audience’s judgments about the following:

  • How serious are powerful threats to diminish or lose our form of democracy?
  • What current practices prevent proper representation?
  • Is real reform most likely to come from Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, or from citizens and legislatures through Article V as provided by our Founders?
  • Is effective reform by statute or by constitutional amendment more likely?
  • Is it fixable without collaboration across all ideologies?
  • What must effective reform include?

 

Shelburne Vineyard: Grapes, Vines, Wines & Your Palate, VT Style

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 6
Meeting Time: 1-4 pm
Instructor: Shelburne Vineyard Staff
Location: Shelburne Vineyard, 6308 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne
Member: $50 Non-Member: $75

Discuss how, in the last decade, VT has emerged as a respected wine producing region with the cultivation of a whole new family of grapes and explore the origins and culture of the grapes that have given rise to this new VT beverage industry.

Begin with a history of the Vineyard and the evolution of the grapes grown by the founder, Ken Albert. Continue with a tour, beginning outdoors in the vineyard, and proceed to the winery where our winemaker, Ethan Joseph, will lead an interactive dialogue on the management of the vines and crafting of the vineyard’s wines.

Conclude with a guided and interactive tasting experience pairing a selection of our wines with locally made cheeses led by our Tasting Room Manager, Tory Walters, who is a certified wine educator. Tory will lead you through an exploration of the taste “method” where you will become familiar with flavor descriptors that identify the language of wine tasting and where to detect structural components like tannin and acidity. Sample key flavor elements by tasting a selection of wines produced from VT grape varieties when paired with a variety of Vermont artisan cheeses and other VT products. Come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the grapes that reflect VT terroir and of how the characteristics of the wine interact and change with those of different foods to create your own impression of taste.

Take home a wealth of new wine knowledge, a souvenir Shelburne Vineyard wineglass and a VT Grape and Wine Council Passport to help you explore VT’s other wineries and vineyards with the knowledge you have gained.

 

The Thanksgiving Table

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Meeting Date: Saturday, November 10
Meeting Time: 10 am-1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Essex Resort & Spa J.K. Adams Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Update your Thanksgiving menus and get ready for holiday cooking in this hands-on cooking class! Prepare a complete Thanksgiving menu, featuring a simple, easy-to-carve glazed turkey breast, seasonal vegetables, and a fresh take on a pumpkin dessert. Discuss strategies for organizing your preparations and creating a menu that will please turkey lovers and vegetarians alike. The class includes both demonstration and practical sections. 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.

 

Moliere’s Tartuffe: Pre-Talk & Performance

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Meeting Date: Saturday, November 10
Meeting Time: 12:30-4:15 pm
Instructor: Royall Tyler Theater Staff and Performers
Location: Royall Tyler Theater, 116 University Place, Burlington
Member: $35 Non-Member: $50

Enjoy a pre-talk and performance of the Royall Tyler Theater’s Moliere’s Tartuffe. This dark comedy follows Tartuffe, a clever man who knows how to work every angle. A family watches in astonishment as Orgon, the head of the household, falls under Tartuffe’s spell of ideal piety. With beautiful women like Elmire and Mariane in the family, it’s difficult for Tartuffe to keep his thoughts turned toward heaven. Tartuffe always has his eye on a prize and knows how to play the game–but will he win in the end? Written over 350 years ago,Tartuffe, with its themes of religion and the power of state, is especially relevant now in this time of the #MeToo movement. Light refreshments will be served.


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