OLLI Concord to hold fall preview

  • Fully-outfitted, frequent hike leader Ray Mercier introduces his class at the spring preview. —Courtesy of Jacki Fogarty

  • Bill Faulkner, a math presenter, always challenges attendees with a math riddle. —Courtesy of Jacki Fogarty

For the Monitor
Published: 7/8/2019 1:19:57 PM

How many school catalogs offer a diversity of classes from “All About Ticks” to “CSI N.H. – Cyber Crimes” to “Love and Sex in Ancient Israel?” And that’s just the beginning!

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College wants everyone to enjoy our long-awaited summer, but also to start planning for autumn by introducing Concord’s fall term courses on Wednesday. Fall class preview is free, open to the public and starts at 1 p.m. at Tad’s Place, Heritage Heights, 149 East Side Drive, Concord.

Two-thirds of OLLI’s courses are single session classes at a cost of $20 for members. Nine courses are two or three sessions costing $25 and $30 respectively. OLLI’s array of reasonably-priced classes encourage members to enjoy their favorite topics and try subjects totally outside of their normal experience.

In addition, OLLI offers scholarships to members without financial freedom to enjoy classes in any term.

OLLI offers non-credit courses to adults age 50 and up in two 16-week terms each year. Some of the highlights of the new term, which begins on Aug. 18 include:

■21 history and political courses ranging from “Picking the President 2020” to “Concord Coaches,” “Freedom Trail Stories” to “Those Gals in their Flying Machines,” and “Immigration” to “Historical Roadside Markers in New Hampshire.” Military studies include both Civil War and Vietnam.

■Outdoor courses will include safe and fun bicycling for adults, a walk through the Nottingcook Forest at the height of fall colors and a tour of the Lewis Farm.

■Courses in performing arts range from Bob Dylan’s early love songs to folk dancing from around the world to roots and routes of Jewish humor. Film courses will cover the Old West and movies of Cary Grant.

■Science and space courses include “Rainbows and Halos ... Optical Wonders in the Sky,” “Insects: The Real Rulers of the World,” and “Citizen Science.” Additional natural science offerings include “Life and Survival of Winter Birds,” “Night Visitors to a N.H. Tree Farm” and the “Magic of Migration.”

■Creative arts offerings, both hands-on workshops such as basket-weaving, soap-making and four different painting classes and touring opportunities like a N.H. State House Art Tour and a visit to the Kimball Jenkins Estate.

■Courses in many other categories from “Ticks” to “Tasha Tudor,” “Cornish Colony” to “Creating Income in Retirement,” “On the Campaign Bus with John McCain” to a tour of the Hay Estate.

Covering fewer than half of the coming term’s courses with these examples suggests a need to pick up a catalog to see the rest.

Besides the 77 Concord-based courses there are another 150 equally varied course selections in OLLI’s other three learning sites: Greater Manchester, Seacoast (Portsmouth to Rochester) and Conway. You can review all available courses online on OLLI’s website, OLLI.granite.edu. The print catalog is available at town libraries, senior centers, Red River Theatre and other locations or by calling the OLLI office at 513-1377. Class registration begins Aug. 5.

Annual membership costs only $40 and entitles members to discounts on all courses plus many free fun events, special interest groups such as book club, gardening, hiking and quilting, group travel excursions, a monthly newsletter and talent-sharing opportunities. Perhaps the greatest benefit OLLI offers is the easy companionship and great conversations among engaged seniors with a love of learning and unbridled enthusiasm for active aging. Nonmembers are able to take courses with a surcharge.

OLLI’s courses are 100% member-developed, non-credit and range from single sessions to eight-week sessions, generally at two hours per session.

Most classroom courses are at the local Granite State College campus. OLLI is grateful for the sponsorship of GSC which not only provides classroom space, but administrative, financial, technology and safety support.

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