Spring 2023

Welcome to our OLLI Rutland program. This semester our program will be six lectures, held at 1:30pm Friday afternoons on the dates listed below at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland, VT.

Health/Safety Guidelines: UVM sponsored non-credit functions/activities/offerings, whether held at UVM or at a non-UVM facility or location, are governed by the same health and safety policies. As such, UVM expects event participants, visitors and guests will be vaccinated. Masks are optional and welcomed. If the event is taking place at a non-UVM venue, consideration must be given to the requirements of the host site and the more stringent requirements will apply.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS! We can no longer take any payments at the door/onsite. All attendees/members should pre-register prior to the start of the program.

Semester Membership: Sign up as a member and attend all 6 lectures at the discounted price of $25! Single lecture fee is $8 each.

To register, click on the “REGISTER NOW” button below and you will be brought to our online system where you can register using your credit card for the full membership series special ($25) or for individual lecture(s) ($8 each).

April 7, 2023

An Artist at Work
Peter Huntoon

Peter is a well known artist from Middletown Springs. He will explain his process and technique while he creates art before us. Peter paints from photos, sketches, on location and from his imagination using a multitude of mediums. This promises to be an entertaining program not to be missed.

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April 14, 2023

Neurographic Art: Connecting Science and Art
Mary Fran Lloyd

Mary Fran Lloyd, an abstract artist, and promoter of art in Vermont for the past 30 years, will introduce us to Neurographic Art. Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev created this mindfulness activity in 2014, which connects science with art. Mary Fran will demonstrate and guide us in experiencing this art form.

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April 21, 2023

Political Cartooning, Different Now?
Jeff Danziger

Mr. Danziger began drawing and writing for the Rutland Herald in 1975, and was quickly picked up by and syndicated in national papers. He has won many awards and has published 10 books of drawings, two novels and a memoir. Danziger will share a description of years of cartooning Vermont and American life and politics, with his take on the recent shift in what is considered acceptable or over the line in comedy and cartooning.

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April 28, 2023

The Common Loon is Back
Dr. Scott MacLachlan

Dr Scott was a veterinarian for 31 years in Poultney. Now retired, he volunteers with the Vermont Loon project, revisiting his early career as a biologist for the NH Audubon documenting the loon population. His program will present research about Common Loons in the late 70’s when the NE population was at a critical low.  We will explore their ecology, the impact of human activity on loon survival and the loons’ comeback in southern Vermont.

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May 5, 2023

Ordering Your Affairs
Cynthia Stradler

Cynthia Stadler is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. She will present how gathering important documents and information in one place is a profound gift to our loved ones in the event we become unable to manage our affairs on our own. The talk focuses on how to prepare our documents, important information, and even personal possessions as an act of love for those who will survive us.

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May 12, 2023

Playing God in the Meadow
Martha Molnar

Martha Leb Molnar has a certificate in Botany from the NY Botanical Gardens. She is a freelance writer and commentator, and this is her third book. Martha will talk about, Playing God in the Meadow: How I Learned to Love My Weeds, in which she and her husband, having found their dream acreage in Vermont, try to stave off the non-native invasives. This is not just for gardeners! You can buy the book from Phoenix to read ahead of time, or just come and enjoy Martha’s compelling rendition.

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Prefer to pay by check? Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or complete this registration form (PDF, opens in a new window) and send with your check payment (made out to The University of Vermont) to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
23 Mansfield Ave
Burlington, VT 05401

PLEASE NOTE: Allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing.

For registration assistance or to pay by phone using your credit card, please call our UVM OLLI office at 802-656-5817 during regular business hours.

Download Rutland’s Spring 2023 OLLI program brochure (PDF, opens in a new window)

Become a member today!

Membership in the Rutland OLLI entitles members to attend programs in our other OLLIs throughout Vermont. And, if you are currently a paid member of a statewide site (Fall or Spring only), you can take OLLI UVM campus programs at the member rate; just call 802-656-5817 to get the special discount code to use when registering for a UVM campus class.