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OLLI Fall Course Preview set for September 13

9/1/2009 —

For adults who never want to stop experiencing life and learning, Penn State York invites you to be a part of a community that celebrates learning in a relaxed and accepting environment, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State York (OLLI). Learn more about this exciting organization in York at a fall course preview on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Conference Center, Main Classroom Building, at Penn State York. OLLI is open to all adults who love to learn.
 
Through the efforts of three women, Charmaine Kissinger, Olive Padden, and the late Gussie Petron, and their thirst for knowledge and mental stimulation, OLLI at Penn State York began offering courses in April 2008. OLLI now boasts more than 200 members.
 
Stimulating courses are the primary focus of OLLI. Fall classes begin the week of Oct. 5. Instructors will be available during the preview to meet and talk with participants about their upcoming courses. OLLI courses are taught by volunteers who want to share their expertise and talents including college faculty, hobbyists, artists, schoolteachers, and practicing professionals. The six-week classes beginning in October are offered during the day and are 90 minutes in length. To cover costs, OLLI has a $50 yearly membership fee that covers two semesters. There is also a $20 fee for each course taken.
 
Classes for fall are: Secrets of the Lost Empires, Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m.; Symphonic Literature, Mondays, 11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m., Writers Workshop, Mondays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Sing, Sing, Sing!, Mondays, 2-3:30 p.m.; Pueblo Indian Pottery and Culture, Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30 a.m.; Brain Owners Workshop, Tuesdays, 11a.m.- 12:30 p.m., U.S. Presidents, Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Maximize Your Retirement, Tuesdays, 12:45-2:15 p.m.; Great American Citizens, Tuesdays, 3:45-5:00 p.m.; Pharaohs: Their Time, Talents, and Legacy, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.; Comparative Religions: Nature Church, Interfaith Ministries, Sufism and Buddhism (Path of the Heart), Al-Islam (The Way of Peace), and the Salvation Army, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; The English Language Your Teacher Never Taught You, Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.; America Before Columbus: What You Didn’t Learn in School, Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m.; A Lovely War, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Book Club: To Kill a Mockingbird (Oct. 8 and 15), The Color of Water (Oct. 22 and 29), and Them (Nov. 5 and 12) Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m.; and Wines of the World, Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m.

In addition to courses, OLLI is offering a brown bag lunch and learn series. Sessions are held in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building at Penn State York from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The cost is $5 for each session for members and $10 for nonmembers. Participants can bring a brown bag lunch or purchase one on campus in the Lion’s Den or in The Bistro at Penn State York. The series includes: Oct. 7, The Fascinating World of Fungi; Oct. 8, A Welcome Frost, Loretta Claiborne Building, 605 S. George St.; Oct. 14, Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests; Oct. 21, Rebuilding Poland and its People; Oct. 28, Recognizing a True Antique; Nov. 2, Belsnickel and Belly-Guts: Holiday Traditions, York and Beyond; Nov. 5, On Safari and with the People of Kenya and Tanzania, Loretta Claiborne Building, 605 S. George St.; Nov. 9, Getting the Last Word: Writing Your Own Obituary, and Nov. 11, Salvaged Art Mosaics.
 
Two bus trips are also planned for fall: Oct. 23, Delta, The Slate Story, $40; and Nov. 13, Egyptian Exhibit at the Walters Museum in Baltimore, $50. You must be an OLLI member to attend a bus trip.
 
OLLI is a nonprofit, volunteer driven organization established to enrich the lives of mature adults living in York County by providing a variety of educational and social enrichment activities. OLLI at Penn State York is one of more than 100 lifelong learning institutes across the nation that is supported by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The grant was made available locally through Penn State which now has three OLLI sites; University Park, Mont Alto, and York.
 
Please call (717) 771-4015 or e-mail olli@yk.psu.edu to receive registration and activity information or to register for the open house. Visit OLLI at Penn State York on the Web at http://olli.yk.psu.edu/.

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