UVM Continuing and Distance Education Current OLLI Course Listing - UVM Continuing and Distance Education

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

Spring Courses

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Beginner Pilates Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 22-April 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
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. No class April 12.

 

Women’s Voices: Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 28-April 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Read and discuss short excerpts of essays, short stories, and poems speaking of women’s experiences. Participants are invited to share their own perspectives, as women or men. Authors include women at the forefront of women’s movements, past and present, and authors of fiction and poetry focused on women’s points of view: Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Gail Collins, Susan Faludi, Rebecca Solnit, Roxane Gay, Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and others.  Examine contemporary women activists around the globe: Nawal El Saadawi, Sylvia Tamale, Lydia Cacho, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Malala Yousafzai, Malalai Joya, and Vandana Shiva.

  • Week 1: History: Voices from the Past
  • Week 2: Theory: Contemporary Voices
  • Week 3: Creation: Fiction and Poetry
  • Week 4: Global Activism: Contemporary Issues

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 2

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Mondays, April 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
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.

 

Tai Chi for Life Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started, and help to keep you going, by connecting you with other Tai Chi players in the area. Tai Chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle, and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone in any location.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is a joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance, agility, and increase lower and upper body strength.  The instructor is an authorized trainer and certified instructor for Tai Chi Vermont. She serves as a volunteer instructor for Tai Chi for Fall Prevention for Age Well (formerly known as CVAA). She is a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute under the direction of Dr. Paul Lam.  The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information you may go to: www.taichiproductions.com. Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

 

Introduction to Western Music

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: James Stewart
Location: Aiken 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Discuss the origin of musical expression and practice and the history of music notation, look at some the highlights of music history and how it intersects with world history, and discover the differences among Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Learn more about your favorite composers and classical pieces and discover new music and characters.

  • Week 1: The Unanswered Question – Where does music come from?
  • Week 2: Discovering a Musical Language – Explore different notational practices from around the world and follow the evolution of our modern musical notation
  • Week 3: Monteverdi to Beethoven – The Baroque and Classical Eras
  • Week 4: Beethoven to Today – Discuss the last two hundred years of musical expression

 

Memoir Writing: Telling Your Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 3-May 8
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: Living and Learning A102
Member: $120  Non-Member: $180

Develop skills associated with writing the contemporary memoir, such as “truth” in memoir versus authenticity. Explore ways of writing that involve your important people, e.g. family members, friends, etc. Examine memoir, autobiography and biography, the importance and development of scene, dialogue, character development, time lines, structure, the narrative voice of memoir, and the revision process.  All levels of writers are welcome! Please bring a writing instrument and paper.

  • Week 1: Memoir, Autobiography, & Biography. Authenticity vs. Truth
  • Week 2: Character development in memoir & writing our important people
  • Week 3: Narrowing in on single event/ongoing circumstance, establishing a time line, developing the quest
  • Week 4: Writing Dialogue in memoir; Outlines as our tools
  • Week 5: The Narrative Voice of memoir. Bringing research into memoir
  • Week 6: Endings, revision, and where do we go from here

 

Beginning Yoga II Session 2

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 4-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Jeffords 127
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.

 

Cannons and Nukes in the Champlain Valley

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 5
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Scott McLaughlin
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Learn why the Champlain Valley was one of the USSR’s major targets for their intercontinental ballistic missiles during the 1960s. This presentation explores the connections between the Champlain Valley’s forts, naval and air bases and the nuclear defense system, as well as the recent debates over the F-35 Lightning warplanes and making Camp Ethan Allen a missile defense battery.

 

English Handbell Musicianship

Register NowMeeting Dates: Fridays, April 6-May 4
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Jerilyn Bergdahl
Location: Shelburne Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Discuss the many facets of the musical art of ringing English handbells, taught by members of the advanced handbell ensemble, Northern Bronze. Learn basic handbell skills as well as handbell organization, history, and lore with the goal of performing a simple piece of music together. Ringing handbells is a whole body, physical activity.  The handbells used in this class will weigh approximately one-half pound to five pounds, requiring strength to lift and hold the bells. No musical experience necessary.  Transportation to Shelburne Trinity Episcopal Church each week is on your own. No class April 20.

  • Week 1: Handbell warm-ups, stance, stroke, basic chords, basic notation and history
  • Week 2: Handbell “stopped” techniques, continue handbell notation, continue ringing basic handbell composition
  • Week 3: Handbell groups in Vermont and overall organization – Continue techniques and ringing basic handbell composition
  • Week 4: Demonstration of advanced handbell techniques by members of Northern Bronze, summary, wrap-up and performance

 

Dobra Tea: Experiencing Tea and Tea Cultures  from Around the World

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 7
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Nina Beck and Stacy Jolles
Location: Dobra Tea, 80 Church St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Tea is the oldest beverage in the world. Join us for an experiential class devoted to this drink that comes from many diverse cultures around the world. Taste the teas and food pairings from around the world, and view photos of tea production. Learn about tea production and experience a bit of the diversity of tea culture. Tea has played a significant and influential role in starting wars, settling peace agreements, and in cultural exchanges throughout the ages.

 

Burlington Geographic: Creating A Sense of Place & Sustainable Future

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, April 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Walter Poleman
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

The PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Director will discuss the findings of a UVM community outreach program known as Burlington Geographic, which creates opportunities for fostering a sense of place and a sustainable future for the City of Burlington, Vermont. By giving voice to diverse stories, showcasing partnerships and sustainability initiatives, connecting educators with local experts, and infusing energy and ideas, Burlington Geographic aims to engage the whole community in a celebration of place. Over the past year, PLACE staff has worked closely with community members to develop an integrated series of presentations, field workshops, and web-based resources designed to deeply explore Burlington’s cultural heritage, natural history, and ecological potential.

Burlington Geographic, and this unfolding story of Burlington’s place-based identity, is the current focus of the  PLACE  Program, an initiative of The University of Vermont and Shelburne Farms. Since 2001, the PLACE Program has worked with 16 communities in Vermont and beyond to explore the intersection of natural and cultural history, and to deepen the connection between people and the landscape in which they live.

 

Backyard Birds

Register NowMeeting Dates/Times: Thursday, April 12, 5:30-7 pm & Saturday April 14, 10 am-noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Living and Learning A162
Member: $35  Non-Member: $60

Learn about common backyard birds, such as robins, chickadees, starlings, crows, and blue jays. The second session includes a field trip to observe these backyard birds; the viewing area is only accessible via 3 stone steps.  Field trip transportation is on your own.

  • Week 1: We’ll spend classroom time learning about common birds and their uncommon selves.
  • Week 2: Field trip to the instructor’s backyard to watch and listen to feathered visitors.

 

Edible Landscaping: Creating a Permaculture Oasis

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 14
Meeting Time: 9 am – noon
Instructor: Jacob Holzberg-Pill
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

In this course, participants will learn about the basics of Permaculture Design. We will explore different ways to create landscapes with the goal of meeting human needs while preserving and increasing ecosystem health. This class will cover multiple strategies such as edible forest gardens, perennial polycultures, and designing luscious landscapes and ecosystems. Participants will have the opportunity to explore designs for their own backyards or community garden plots.

 

We the People: Understanding the Constitution

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Sandra Baird
Location: Living and Learning A162
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

After the successful waging of the American Revolution in 1781, and after the initial experiment with a loose confederation of states, representatives from all over the former British colonies met during hot summer days in July 1787 to “form a more perfect union.”  The heated arguments of northern and southern delegates resulted in the U.S. Constitution–perhaps the first written document in history–full of contradictions and compromises, failures and successes. Yet that document still exists today and is the rule of law which we rely on to preserve our liberties and our republican form of a government “of, by and for the people.” Sovereignty was guaranteed from below or from the grassroots, and Monarchies and aristocracies were eliminated in this first successful anti-colonial struggle.

To the description of the new government in the Constitution, the first 10 amendments were added. Called “the Bill of Rights,” these amendments guaranteed more than a republican form of government but guarantee liberty against the tyranny of that government. Unique in the world, the Bill of Rights mandates that people have human rights that the state cannot abridge, freedom of speech, to worship or not to worship, freedom of the press and assembly, and to privacy.

In this course we will discuss the compromises of the Constitution which haunt us today and the current breaches in our Constitutional liberties which trouble us now.  But we will also glory in this remarkable document which our founding fathers had the sense to adopt and which we hope now to reserve.

 

Fairbanks Museum Tour with Mark Breen

Register NowMeeting Date: Friday, April 13 (Please Note Date Change)
Meeting Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Instructor: Mark Breen
Location: Meet at Gutterson Garage, 95 Spear St., South Burlington
Member: $65  Non-Member: $95

Learn what tools and skills meteorologist Mark Breen needs to make a forecast. Explore the night skies in the Museum’s planetarium and relate to what is seen as science, mythology, planetary science and current events. Enjoy lunch in town at a restaurant of choice or your own bagged lunch in the Museum. Coach bus transportation to the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury is provided. Note: The planetarium is only accessible via a 25-step large spiral staircase.

 

Satisfying Salads with Grains & Beans

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 21
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

Prepare a selection of hearty salads featuring whole grains, beans, and legumes. These recipes are practical and perfect for spring potlucks and gatherings. Learn how to cook a variety of whole grains and how to match them with seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, and dressings. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided.

 

Conflict and Cooperation in the South China Sea

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 26
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: David Rosenberg
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Bordered by many of Asia’s rapidly-growing, export-oriented countries, the South China Sea contains the busiest ports and shipping lanes in the world. Coastal countries have an extraordinarily high degree of inter-dependence and cooperation on matters of trade and commerce. Why then have there been so many recent maritime confrontations, resource conflicts, and competing territorial claims in the region? How will regional security be affected by China’s militarization of its possessions in the South China Sea and by the new nationalist, protectionist, and unilateralist policies of the Trump administration in the United States? This program will discuss these questions and examine policy options for resource sharing and maritime security in the South China Sea.

 

Gnosticism: Ancient Ideas about the Nature of the Universe and Our Place in it

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, April 30
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Gnosticism was a religious/philosophical movement of the second and third centuries C.E. based on “gnosis,” or “knowledge”– esoteric saving knowledge about the nature of the universe and human beings.  It has seen a revival in recent decades since the 1945 discovery of ancient texts at Nag Hammadi, Egypt (many of them “Gnostic”), which offer alternative interpretations of the Jewish and Christian traditions that have been passed down over the centuries.  In this class, we will explore the central ideas of Gnosticism and other related movements in the ancient world, and we’ll get a sense of what those long-lost Nag Hammadi texts have to say.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 3

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Mondays, April 30-May 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
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.

 

Drawing for the Terrified

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, May 1-22
Meeting Time: 9:30 am-noon
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: The Residence at Quarry Hill, 465 Quarry Hill Rd., South Burlington
Member: $45  Non-Member: $60

This workshop is for beginners or for those with some drawing experience who think they might benefit from more instruction. Lessons are based on the premise that drawing can be an acquired skill, not just a talent, and that most can learn how to draw if they spend the time and energy needed. Since drawing is foundational for representational painting, artists who paint in watercolor and oil could benefit from this class.  This course is taught as a collaborative learning experience, including individual assistance from the instructor and class critiques. Come prepared to draw, learn how to use graphite, charcoal and ink, how to create the illusion of light and depth in a drawing, and the basics of composition. Share your work with other beginning students, and have a good time. Bring a notebook and something to write with. Transportation each week to The Residence at Quarry Hill is on your own.

 

Beginning Yoga II Session 3

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
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.

Summer Courses

Fleming Museum Tour: Self Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, May 3
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Christina Fearon
Location: Fleming Museum of Art, 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

Join the Fleming’s curator of education for a private tour of the exhibition, “Self Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel.” Explore Bechdel’s work as a writer, an artist and an archivist of the self, who mines and shares her personal experiences to communicate about the human condition. Bechdel is known for her pioneering comic strip about the lives of a group of lesbian friends, “Dykes to Watch Out For,” and her family memoirs “Fun Home,” which was the basis of the Tony-award winning musical of the same name and “Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.”

 

Exploring Climate Change in Vermont, One Sector at a Time

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, May 22 **PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

This presentation will explore the ways in which changing climate patterns affect the viability of socioeconomic sectors in Vermont and the Northeast.

 

Musee des Beaux Arts Tour:  African & Oceanic Art Through the Eyes of Picasso

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, May 23
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at Gutterson Garage, 95 Spear St., South Burlington
Member: $80  Non-Member: $120

This exhibition explores Picasso’s fascination with tribal art and the influences he repeatedly drew upon through art, photographs, and writings. Enjoy lunch in or outside the Museum on your own. For a list of restaurants near the museum click here. Private group tour and Premier Coach transportation provided.

 

Shelburne Museum Curator Talk: Marie Zimmerman and the Special Exhibition “In the Garden

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Meeting Date: Saturday, June 2
Meeting Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Kory Rogers
Location: Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education auditorium and Murphy gallery
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Join museum curator, Kory Rogers, for a talk on Marie Zimmerman, the renowned 20th-century jewelry and metal designer whose work is featured in Shelburne Museum’s special exhibition “In the Garden“.  Followed by a Q&A session and exhibit tour, explore the lush display of historical pieces from the museum’s collection and contemporary art that look at the many ways flowers and insects have captivated the imaginations of artists.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

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Meeting Date: Wednesdays, June 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall Gymnasium 005
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.

 

Everything You Wanted to Know about Medical Marijuana but Were Afraid to Ask!

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 12
Meeting Time: 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ada Puches
Location: Ceres Natural Remedies, 190 College St., Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

The Community Outreach Coordinator from Champlain Valley Dispensary—one of the state of Vermont’s legal medical marijuana dispensaries—will present information on multiple aspects of this issue. Learn about the state’s requirements for participation, the types of products patients can purchase, the success of the program, and the history and science of cannabinoid medical use in the US and throughout the world. The first hour of the class will be lecture and discussion followed by a tour of CBD (Cannabidiol) products at Ceres Natural Remedies.

 

Exploring Shelburne Farms

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Meeting Date: Thursday, June 14
Meeting Time: 2:30-5 pm
Instructor: Judy Brook
Location: Shelburne Farms, 611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne
Member: $25  Non-Member: $40

Join us on an open-air, truck-pulled wagon as we head into the 1400-acre National Historic Landmark to learn about its past history and its current life as a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate for sustainability by teaching and demonstrating wise use of our natural, agricultural, and historical resources.   We will tour the Inn, as well as the farm and dairy barns.

Participants should be able to climb three steps into the wagon and walk up to 300 feet as we explore the formal gardens overlooking Lake Champlain and hear about their historic restoration.

 

Paint & Sip: All that Glitters

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Meeting Date: Friday, June 15
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Teresa Davis
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Add a little sparkle to your summer evening and paint with the color gold, inspired by the artist Gustav Klimt. Step by step, each artist will be guided through the process of creating a unique acrylic painting on a stretched canvas. Experienced and novice painters are welcome to participate. Fee includes one glass of wine or beer and all materials. Snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase.

 

Burlington Tree Tour

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Meeting Date: Saturday, June 16
Meeting Time: 10 am – 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.  Tour participants should wear good walking shoes, bring water, and please consider the weather conditions.  Rain date 6/23

 

French For Travelers

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Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 20-July 18 (no class July 4)
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Alysse Anton
Location: Hills 122
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!

In this interactive class, Alysse will lead you in engaging and focused activities all designed for practical communication with Francophones.

  • 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

 

Aging in Place

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Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 20
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Kelly Stoddard-Poor
Location: AARP State Office, 199 Main St., Suite 225, Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets, age-friendly housing and transportation options, access to needed services, and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.  Discuss AARP’s livable community efforts, current trends of the 50+ population, and the programming designed in VT to help make your home and community more livable and supportive of aging in place.

 

Brilliant Beautiful Birds of Summer

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Meeting Dates/Times: Wednesdays June 20, 27, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, June 30, 8-10 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Explore some of the bold, beautiful, charismatic birds of Vermont’s swamps, lakes, and rivers, and some of the jewel-toned warblers around forests, orchards, and backyards. The last session will be a field trip either to a local wetland (Pond Road and Shelburne Pond) or to Geprags Community Park in Hinesburg, depending on participants’ interest and physical ability. Transportation to the field trip on the last session will be on your own.
Materials:

  • Week 1: Birds of Vermont’s Swamps, Lakes and Rivers – Vermont has over three dozen lakes, ponds and reservoirs, more than 40 named rivers and streams, and countless swamps, bogs, fens and wetlands. Some of Vermont’s showiest birds can be found on or near water.
  • Week 2: Avian Jewels: The Warblers  – Neon green, midnight blue, charcoal gray, flame orange, deepest red, canary yellow, snow white, lime, baby blue – Vermont’s warblers fill every spring and early summer with extraordinary color and excitement. Spend an evening
  • Week 3: Field Trip -  If we want to find wetland birds, we’ll walk the flat dirt Pond Road and then spend time in the parking lot and maybe on the trails at Shelburne Pond. If we go to Geprags, we have three options: a leisurely walk on forested trails that include some hills and some uneven footing, or a flat trail that skirts meadows and woods, or we can stay in the location of the parking lot, sitting on folding chairs and watching for Bobolinks, meadowlarks, sparrows, hawks and other beauties.

 

Burlington Waterfront Walking Tour with Britta Ton

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Meeting Date: Thursday, June 21
Meeting Time: 10 am – noon
Location: Meet in front of the ECHO building, 1 College Street, Burlington
Members: $25    Non-members: $40

Join one of Preservation Burlington’s knowledgeable tour guides on this in-depth look at the history and architecture of the Burlington Waterfront neighborhood. This tour will discuss Burlington’s thriving maritime and industrial history and tell fascinating stories of some of the personalities who were involved in the development of the waterfront as Burlington’s former industrial hub. The tour will also explore the architecture of the historic industrial, residential and commercial architecture along the waterfront and lower Battery Street. The tour will commence from in front of the ECHO center at the bottom of College Street and will last approximately two hours. While there will be several opportunities to take a seat throughout the tour, please prepare for two hours of walking.

 

Tantalizing Tapas

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Meeting Date: Saturday, June 23
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

Discover tapas, the little dishes of Spain, and learn how to make a tapas buffet. Perfect for casual entertaining! Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa is on your own.

 

Wine 101: The Building Blocks of Wine

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Meeting Date: Monday, June 25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Brittany Galbraith
Location: Dedalus Wine Shop, 388 Pine Street, Burlington
Member: $55  Non-Member: $75

Join Dedalus’ Director of Wine Education, Brittany Galbraith, as she breaks down the individual components of wine. Taste five wines and learn how to describe the wines you like. Includes a take-home workbook.  This class is a great first step if you’re just getting into wine. It’s also useful for wine drinkers looking for a palate tune-up.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

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Meeting Date: Thursday, June 28
Meeting Time: 1-4:15 pm
Instructor: Elise Guyette and Gail Roseberg
Location: Meet behind ECHO building, 1 College Street, Burlington, facing the waterfront
Member: $65  Non-Member: $95

During this three-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 and eat at five restaurants committed to serving farm-fresh foods. You should be able to walk almost two miles on the tour, both on flat terrain and up hills.  We meet behind ECHO facing the waterfront, rain or shine.

 

 

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 Battery Park Parking Lot, next to Beansie’s & Burlington Police Dept., 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.

 

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.

 

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

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Meeting Date: Thursday, August 2
Meeting Time: 9 am-noon
Instructor: Dovid Yagoda
Location: Meet at Shelburne Bay Fish and Wildlife access on Bay Road, Shelburne
Member: $80  Non-Member: $100

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. Meet at Shelburne Bay Fish and Wildlife access on Bay Road in Shelburne.

 

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