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OLLI Spring Course Preview set for March 31

OLLI spring course preview at Penn State York
Penn State York's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at Penn State York) has a spring course preview set for Wednesday, March 31 at 2 p.m.
3/16/2010 —

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 spring course preview on Wednesday, March 31 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 day courses in April 2008.  Now just two years later, OLLI boasts more than 300 members.

Stimulating courses are the primary focus of OLLI. Spring classes begin the week of April 12.  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 April 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 and a $20 fee for each course taken.

Classes for spring are:

  • Alfred Hitchcock Film Fest, Mondays, 8:45-10:45 a.m., April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, and 17
  • Geology of Our Region (maximum 30), Mondays, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 12, 19, and 26
  • Sing, Sing, Sing!, Mondays, 2:30–4 p.m., April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, and 17
  • Six Local Artists and Their Work, Mondays, 2:30–4 p.m., April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, and 17
  • The Centennial Campaign, Tuesdays, 9–10:30 a.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, and 18
  • Telling Your Story (maximum 15), Tuesdays, 9 – 10:30 a.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, and 18
  • Book Club:  Selected Works by C.S. Lewis (maximum 12), Tuesdays, 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, and 11;
  • Our Current Economy, Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4 p.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, and 18
  • Shakespeare:  Enjoyment of the Great Bard (maximum 20), Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4 p.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, and 18
  • Japan during World War II (maximum 20), Wednesdays, 9 – 10:30 a.m., April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19
  • Symphonic Literature, Wednesdays, 11a.m.–12:30 p.m., April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19
  • Kick Start the Muse (maximum 15), Wednesdays, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m., April 21 and 28
  • Literature and Its Relationship to History (maximum 15), Wednesdays, 2:30– 4 p.m., April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19
  • Bible Translation, Thursdays, 9– 10:30 a.m., April 15, 22, 29, and May 6
  • Before and After Death (maximum 20), Thursdays, 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m., April 15, 22, 29, and May 6
  • Exploring Ethics (maximum 18), Thursdays, 2:30–4 p.m., April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20
  • Comparative Religions:  Roman Catholic, Judaism, Unity Church, Independent Catholic, and Wicca, Thursdays, 2 -4 p.m., April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20
  • Dream Works, Fridays, 11 a.m–12:30 p.m., April 16, 23, 30, and May 7

In addition to courses, OLLI is offering a Lunch Time Learning Session 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:  Take Me Out to the Ballgame:  A Baseball Scoring Workshop (maximum 15), Monday, April 12; Old Mills, Wednesdays, April 14; Art Comes to OLLI, Monday, April 26; How to Pack and Travel Safely, Thursday, April 29; Alchemy:  The Midas Touch, Monday, May 3; Doing the Right Thing:  Moral Decision Making, Wednesday, May 5; Mission Work in India, Thursday, May 6; Civil War Era Music, Thursday, May 13; and Ghana:  Building Solid Foundations, Tuesday, May 18.

Four bus trips are also planned:  Old Mills of York County, Friday, April 30, York County Geology (maximum 30) on Monday, May 10, National American Indian Museum, Friday, May 14 ($50), and Back Roads and Byways of York County, Monday, May 24.  You must be an OLLI member to attend a bus trip.  Cost per bus trip is $40 unless indicated otherwise. .  Groups meet at 8:30 a.m. in the lower parking lot at Penn State York.

In addition, two special events are planned:  Star Watching, April 21, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., John C. Rudy County Park; and a Walking Tour of the Murals of York (maximum 15), May 21, 10 a.m., Farmer’s Market, Penn Street, York.

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 course preview.   Visit OLLI at Penn State York on the Web at http://olli.yk.psu.edu/

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