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FALL 2017

FREE Brown Bag Lunch Presentations and Discussions


Everyone is invited to attend! Admission is FREE!

Join OLLI at HSU each MONDAY at NOON at a NEW LOCATION: Hospice of Humboldt Conference Room, 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka.

This is an opportunity for some of the community’s most talented and creative people to share about the second half of life and activities in this region. Learn about resources available, creative projects, ways to create change and/or build community assets.

Presentations last about an hour, and there is always time for questions. Bring your lunch and a friend -– OLLI will provide treats and engaging presentations! OLLI membership is not required to attend.

All sessions are MONDAYS from noon-1:30 p.m. at the hospice of humboldt conference room [map]


  • Sept. 11: Humboldt Mediation Services
    Chip Sharpe, Peggy Pryor, et al.: Hear about the history and activities of Humboldt Mediation Services, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting participants in resolving disputes before they reach the level of lawsuits. You'll also learn when to involve mediation for improved communication.
  • Sept. 18: Ferndale Music Company
    Learn how Paul Beatie started and developed the Ferndale Music Company in the context of a local landmark, and his plans for the future. Not only does this business host a variety of musical acts in its Old Steeple venue – it also hosts a live streaming owl cam, where many witnessed a nest of owlets hatching and growing up in the building's bell tower.
  • Sept. 25: HealthSPORT & Fitness Over 50
    Megan Lynch, Fitness Director: HealthSPORT's five locations provide valuable venues for maintaining health through indoor exercise. Explore the options from exercise bikes and treadmills, to swimming and water aerobics, as well as a variety of group classes and personal training opportunities. Also learn how you can quality for membership through the Silver Sneakers program.


  • Oct. 2: Advance Directives & Beyond: Health Care Choices That Will Count
    Jenny Hanson & 7-Friends health care choice support group: So your lawyer did an advance directive for you. Do you know where it is, or what it says? Have you talked with the person who will take care of your health care decisions and needs if you can't? Jenny and 7-Friends will highlight the complexities of planning for future health care choices, and share some of their experiences. They will discuss the benefits of working on advance directives in a supportive group, and give some tips on how to start such a group.
  • Oct 9: Art of Living: Lori Dengler's Crusade
    Lori Dengler, a recently retired HSU geology professor geology, has focused her career on researching and educating the public on earthquakes – including the handbook, Living on Shaky Ground. Her frequent Times-Standard columns provide valuable insight into the nature of this local nemesis. Hear her story and about her crusade to educate and safeguard us all.
  • Oct. 16: North Coast Journal
    Judy Hodgson, Publisher: Publishing print media presents major challenges in today's high-tech environment, where people are increasingly accessing their news online. The Journal, as a free weekly publication, has been a major outlet for local advertising, current events, and discussion. Judy will tell the "creation story" of the Journal, and address current challenges and goals.
  • Oct. 23: Art of Living with Wesley Chesbro
    ​Wesley Chesbro's political life as our State Senator and Assembly member, who represented us in Sacramento, has transformed into Wes Chesbro, private citizen. How does he assess his former role in politics, and the current state of California and U.S. political affairs?
  • Oct. 30: Ghost Stories
    Eric Vollmers & Alex Service, local historians: Join us where spooky and history collide in a Halloween paranormal presentation on Eureka's bawdy past and its haunted present.


  • Nov. 6: Miranda's Rescue
    Shannon Miranda tells the "creation story" of Miranda's Rescue, a community asset that rescues and rehabilitates a wide variety of abandoned, abused and injured animals. Then the animals are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and loving homes are found for them. Miranda's Rescue can be contacted if you're looking to adopt an animal, or have one that needs to be re-homed. Thrift stores in McKinleyville, Eureka, and Fortuna help fund Miranda's Rescue.
  • Nov. 13 Community Choice Energy: Local Control of Our Energy Future
    Matthew Marshall, Executive Director: Redwood Coast Energy Authority recently became Humboldt County's locally-controlled electricity provider, working with PG&E to offer affordable rates, more renewable energy, and the same reliable service. You might not have even noticed the switch, since you still just get one PG&E bill. Learn why local government has chosen this path. Find out why this matters to you and our community, and ways to be more involved.
  • Nov. 20: Closed for holiday
  • Nov. 27: No meeting


  • Dec. 4: Adult Protective Services: When to Call
    Ashley Shively, Social Worker: Learn how the county's adult protective services program was developed to meet the needs of our most vulnerable. Find out more about the program's functions and how its services apply to you, your family, and your neighbors. You'll learn when it's important to contact the program, and what, if any, legal liabilities are entailed.
  • Dec. 11: Redwood Coast Village Community Meeting
    Redwood Coast Village staff: This year, after successfully launching volunteer-based services to help older people continue living their own homes, Redwood Coast Village (RCV) has become an independent nonprofit. Get an introduction to RCV and a report on the progress of this member-driven organization. Meet people, share your feedback and sign up. Get more information at [NOTE: This is the last Brown Bag Lunch Presentation for 2017]