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HISTORY

Behind the Scenes at the
Arkley Center for the Performing Arts

OLLI at HSU in partnership with the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, will give OLLI members an exclusive behind-the-scenes VIP experience like no other. This is the first in a series of behind-the-scenes experiences and classes, customized for OLLI members only.

You may remember the Arkley Center as a 1920s vaudeville house, a movie theatre or Daly’s department store. In 2007, Cherie and Rob Arkley restored the theatre to become Center Stage for the community. It is truly a “jewel in the crown.”

Behind the Scenes: History of the Arkley Center

With Jill MacDonald

Explore the history of the Arkley Center and what opportunities and challenges brought the building from its origins to the hub of cultural events it is today. The optional building tour* will give you a behind-the-scenes look at dressing rooms, backstage areas, orchestra pit and more. Cherie Arkley will join the class at a private reception in the main lobby following the lecture and tour. After class, students can enjoy a variety of Arts Alive! activities in Eureka. 

* Tour requires navigation of multiple stairways. An optional limited mobility tour of selected areas will be available upon request.

Day & Date: Sat., Nov. 7

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47618

Location: Arkley Center for the Performing Arts

Jill MacDonald graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in architectural history and an MS in historic preservation. She helped found the College of the Redwoods Preservation Program, Eureka Main Street, and the City of Eureka’s preservation ordinance and commission. Currently she sits on the Arcata historic landmarks committee.

Behind the Scenes: Costume Design

With Gailey Browning and Rima Greer

North Coast Dance (NCD) costume designers take students inside the mind of the costumer. Get an overview of how the costumes are created from concept to construction. Learn the secrets behind the creation of beautiful gowns, tutus, and character masks designed for NCD’s lavish annual production of The Nutcracker.

Day & Date: Tues., Dec. 15

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47619

Location: Arkley Center for the Performing Arts

Gailey Browning has been dressing creatures up since she was a small child: cats, dogs, bunny rabbits. She drew from her childhood interests and studied design in college. She earned an M.A. in costume design, followed by a MFA in theatrical design.
Rima Greer: See biography under "Make Your Hobby Pay for Itself."

The Nutcracker

Buy tickets through OLLI at HSU and get a VIP Experience at the Arkley Center.

Special discounted rate for OLLI members only: $18 (children $12). Choose one or both show options:

Opening Night with After-Party

Friday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30)

Tuesday Evening Performance

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

For more information, call OLLI at HSU: 707-826-5880


The Armchair Traveler:
Around the Bay in One-Twelfth of a Day

With Jerry & Gisela Rohde

Humboldt Bay is ringed with the remnants of centuries of human occupancy. We’ll look at photos old and new, maps and charts, and feel the salty bayside breeze brush against our cheeks. Whether it’s the creation of King Salmon or the recreation at the Sequoia Yacht Club, you’ll find yourself experiencing the excitement of life on and near the water, while remaining high and dry in your OLLI armchair. Historic locations in and around Humboldt Bay come to life in this PowerPoint tour of lumber mills, railroads, whaling stations, and more.

Day & Date: Sat., Sept. 26

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47482

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Jerry & Gisela Rohde have led OLLI classes since the beginning. They have written four books about Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

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10 Years

Falk: Town to Forest Ground

With Julie Clark

Take an easy two-mile walk along the paved Headwaters trail, which meanders along Elk River and stops at the past location of the historic mill town of Falk. Falk’s mill was in operation from 1884-1937. After the mill closed, Falk was a ghost town for 40 years. Although most of Falk’s buildings are gone, organic evidence and memories remain.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 7. Release of Liability form required in advance of the trip.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 14

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47484

Location: Elk River Parking Lot

Julie Clark works for the Bureau of Land Management and has been the Headwaters Park Ranger since 1999.

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10 Years

The History of Humboldt County in 120 Minutes

With Jerry & Gisela Rohde

Want to find out what Humboldt County history is all about? Here’s a summary of 120 years of the county’s people, places, and events, presented via PowerPoint in just 120 minutes. Logging, ranching, mining; the native peoples and the white arrivals; bridges, roads, and ferries; towns, rivers, and forests. See how they all change between the 1850s and the 1960s. See if you, too, are hooked on Humboldt County history.

Option 1

THIS SESSION IS FULL.

Day & Date: Sat., Oct. 17

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Option 2

Day & Date: Sat., Oct. 24

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47711

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Jerry & Gisela Rohde: See biography under "The Armchair Traveler."

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Two Progressive Presidents:
Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson

With Donald Murphy

Republican Theodore Roosevelt and Democrat Woodrow Wilson were dynamic, innovative presidents in a new urban industrial America, the Progressive Era (ca. 1900-1920). Both dramatically expanded the power of the Presidency in both domestic and foreign affairs. This class explores the substance and style of their leadership, their achievements and failures, through critical discussion and documentary videos.

Day & Date: Thurs., Oct. 15-Nov. 5

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47485

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Donald Murphy received his masters and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught at Cleveland State University, CSU Chico, Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods. He was a Fullbright teaching fellow in Italy and taught at the University of Maryland, European Division. He has edited two readers of interpretive essays and primary documents on the subject of World War I.

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A Framework for Judging the U.S. Supreme Court

With JeDon Emenhiser

To promote informed discussion and democratic deliberation, this class -- with the assistance of the instructor -- will develop a framework combining the policy results and legal arguments of several current cases, including Obergefell, King, Zivotofsky, and Hobby Lobby.

Day & Date: Mon., Oct. 19-Nov. 2

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47487

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Dr. Je Don Emenhiser has served on the faculty of the University of Redlands, Utah State University, Humboldt State University, and Junior State Summer School (Stanford University) teaching American politics and culture, constitutional law, and research methods. He received Fulbright professorships to the University of Saigon, Vietnam and to the Université de Mons, Belgium. He was staff director of the Legislative Study Committee of the Utah Legislature, visiting scholar at the Congressional Research Service, visiting fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the National University of Ireland, Galway, visiting professor for the University of Utah in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, and visiting professor in the inter-university American Studies master’s program in Belgium.

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Skepticism: Progress Through Doubt

With Robert Rasmussen

Historically, skepticism has served as the driver of intellectual and material progress. Join this interactive exploration of skepticism and its impact on our past and the role of skepticism in the hindrance of progress in the modern era. We will review the history of intellectual activity from animism, to pantheism, to "revealed" monotheism, exploring the seminal moments where each passed the torch to the next among prominent philosophers. Explore the cycle of doubt in recasting each new progression of orthodoxy to heresy.

Finally, the role of doubt in the process of science and the acceptance of scientific opinion will be discussed. Will we reach any new conclusions? I doubt it.

Day & Date: Thurs., Nov. 5-19

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47489

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Robert Rasmussen’s 50 years of doing and teaching science; dabbling in philosophy and history; and consorting with the purveyors of Western religions have resulted in an emeritus professorship in botany and an almost curmudgeonly attitude towards those who "know."

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Passages to Northwest Humboldt

With Jerry & Gisela Rohde

Let’s look at historic northwestern California from the Mad River to the Klamath. We’ll go up the coast, linger at Trinidad (the first seat of Klamath County), and take a side trip into the Bald Hills. We’ll find wagon roads and railroads, logging sites and tourist stops, and even a lumber mill owning anarchist. There’s something for everyone on our Northwest Humboldt Passage.

Choose one of two sessions:

Option 1: Wed., Nov. 4 & 18

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47488

Location: Trinidad Library

Option 2: Sat., Nov. 7 & 14

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47491

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Jerry & Gisela Rohde: See biography under "The Armchair Traveler."

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Before Columbus: Who Came Here First?

With Barry Evans

The ongoing investigation into who "discovered" the Americas is a fascinating study of science, history, and even politics. We’ll discuss why most archeologists now believe the earliest humans arrived here around 17,000 years ago, either by foot across "Beringia" (between present-day Siberia and Alaska) or by skin boats following the coastline from Asia.

We’ll also discuss the Norse "Vinland" settlement, along with fantastic tales of voyages by Greeks, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Irish, Welsh, Turks, Chinese and Israelites. Hear about Madoc and the Mandan tribe, Saint Brendan, Admiral Reis, the Kensington Runes and the Davenport Tablets, Fusang, the Mormon tradition and the voyages of Admiral Zheng.

Day & Date: Thurs., Nov. 12 & 19

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47492

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Barry Evans, who writes "Field Notes" column for the North Coast Journal, is a Welshman who puts more credence in Prince Madoc’s voyage than he probably should.

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The Celts in the British Isles and Ireland

With Bernadette Cheyne and Richard Woods

The Celts represent a fascinating collage of peoples. Their existence ranges from prehistoric times to the present, and they populated lands through much of present-day Europe into Eastern Asia. Their influence remains significant and tangible, particularly among diverse populations in the British Isles and Ireland.

Explore the Celts’ rich and sophisticated cultural and artistic contributions, both in their historical context and ongoing expression through modern times. Despite centuries of warfare and the imposition of other languages, cultures and religious belief systems, many Celtic traditions not only survived, but experienced a resurgence through the 20th Century, which continues to the present day.

These cultural expressions serve to underscore the ongoing significance of Celtic traditions in shaping our modern world as well as influencing future cultural development.

Day & Date: Thurs., Sept. 3- Oct. 22

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $85

Class #: 47480

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Richard Woods is a retired member of the HSU theatre arts staff and a former coordinator for the HSU Media Center. He is currently writing a historical novel set in 6th century Wales, has traveled extensively in that region, explored his own Welsh ancestry and continues to correspond with many people living in the western U.K.

Bernadette Cheyne was a professor of theatre at HSU for 24 years, specializing in acting, directing and vocal production. Dialect studies included a three-week journey through Scotland and Ireland to record and transcribe local dialects, as well as exploring local cultures and traditions. Her family tree includes a Scottish heritage that has been traced back to 16th Century whalers in Petershead.

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Scaling Regions: Western Eurasia

With Elena Matusevich

The course will introduce the critical perspectives on official historical and public reconstruction of Western Eurasia region -- a process in which multiple representations about the past contend for recognition, for moral judgment, and emotional impact. Examine the close interconnectedness between Eastern-European societies across cultural, geographic, and linguistic borders and the consequences of such entanglements on the global and the local level.

Day & Date: Thurs., Sept. 3-17

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47479

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Elena Matusevich, Ph.D. (cultural studies), spent her youth in the former German Democratic Republic and witnessed the Berlin Wall coming down. She lived in her native Belarus during the collapse of the Soviet Union. The daughter of a Ukranian mother and Russian father, she was always taught to love her country and learned to respect and admire cultural differences. She is a Carnegie Fellow and served as a lecturer at many European universities.

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SCIENCE

If the Redwoods Could Speak

With Diana Heberger

Experience the Sequoia sempervirens. Explore the science of how redwoods grow, how the tree is used in traditional Indian culture, and how the redwoods fit into their oral history. A ranger-led field trip to the Sumeg village at Patrick’s Point State Park will bring the past into the present.

Day & Date: Postponed to Spring 2015

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: TBA

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center/Field Trip will be by carpool using personal vehicles

Diana Heberger is a retired teacher of 40 years. She started a Montessori-based school in San Francisco, taught at CR and HSU and worked at Garfield School for 25 years. She has been a teacher trainer and consultant for districts in Humboldt, Trininty and Del Norte County. Yurok culture, and its interelationship with native plants and animals, has been her focus of study since the early 1970s. In 1974 she lived in Requa, Calif. at the mouth of the Klamath River and collected stories from Yurok elders. In 1999 she was awarded a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship to develop a curriculum based on traditional Yurok teaching stories.

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Spineless: Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest

With Susan Middleton

Marine invertebrates are the protagonists in the history of life on earth. This course explores that role while viewing original slide images of these intricate, fascinating and colorful creatures primarily found in the waters of the Pacific northwest. Susan will discuss the biological history of life on earth as it was shaped by the most numerous and diverse group of species in existence, invertebrates. She will also discuss the techniques used to produce wall-sized, precise portraits of these elusive, and often tiny, subjects.

Day & Date: Sat., Dec. 5

Time: 1-4:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47497

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Susan Middleton is an acclaimed photographer, author, lecturer, and Guggenheim fellow. Blending art and science, she specializes in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures; has worked extensively with National Geographic and currently serves as Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. Her most recent book is Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life (Abrams 2014). Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art and the National Academy of Sciences. She lives in San Francisco.

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Once and Future Flows in the Eel River: Obstacles and Opportunities for River Recovery

With Friends of the Eel River

The vast, complex, and magnificent Eel River watershed is a key piece of northwestern California’s natural heritage, but remains little known even to many North Coast citizens. The five branches of the Eel offer some of our best opportunities to restore and maintain iconic native fisheries like coho and chinook salmon, steelhead, as well as the lamprey for which the river was named. Like the landscape it ties together, the Eel is a river of extremes, carrying sediment loads higher than any other in North America, and varying in its flows from more than the Mississippi to a dry riverbed.

Much of the water in the upper mainstem of Eel River is still diverted to the Russian River through the Potter Valley Project diversion tunnel. The tunnel and two dams are up for relicensing by 2022.

Accounting for precipitation changes, declining streamflows in the Eel point to the lingering effects of landscape changes from the 19th century to the present.

We’re zeroing in on new ways of estimating the flows fish need, and figuring out how communities can co-manage their limited surface water supplies.

Day & Date: Tues., Oct. 6-20

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47494

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

The speakers in this series will address Eel River flows and their relationships to fisheries recovery from varying angles:

  • Scott Greacen, J.D., executive director, Friends of the Eel River

  • David Keller, Bay Area director, Friends of the Eel River; Darren Mierau, Ph.D., North Coast regional director, Cal Trout

  • Eli Asarian, Ph.D., Principal of Riverbend Sciences

  • Alison O’Dowd, Ph.D., co-director of the HSU River Institute and associate professor in environmental science and management


Mushroom Walk

With Dick Wild

Fall is the perfect time of year for identifying Humboldt’s broad variety of very tasty, beautiful and strange-looking fungi, including poisonous ones! We will take vans (rain or shine) to the beautiful rain forest where Roosevelt Elk, bear, and deer love to roam.

Recommended text: Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora.

Register by Oct. 28.

Day, Date & Time: Thurs., Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47496

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center: Meet OLLI vans at the Arcata Community Center

Dick Wild has been a trip leader, mushroom aficionado and member of the Mycological Society since 1972. He has identified and eaten over 70 varieties. He has picked mushrooms in Northern California, Montana, Colorado and Southern Germany in the Black Forest.

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Worlds of Rock & Ice: An Adventurer’s Guide to the Solar System

With Mark Bailey

Join us for an informative introduction to the planets, asteroids, comets, and other objects zipping around in our solar system. What would it take to go to these places? What are the hazards? What are the rewards? Examine the characteristics of these objects, the spacecraft that have visited these bodies, how they did it, what is planned for the future.

Day & Date: Tues., Oct. 13-Nov. 10

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $80

Class #: 47495

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic CenterField trip by personal vehicle

Mark Bailey is a longtime science instructor who has taught multiple topics over a 30-year career in science education. His subject areas of expertise include astronomy, earth sciences and biology. He has taught a wide variety of science topics from kindergarten to college level courses. He emphasizes exploratory learning as well as the latest up-to-date topics.

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WRITING

Visual Journal Workshop

With Margaret Kellermann

What do you like to do, and how deeply do you want to spend the rest of your years? Find out. Create a journal with both words and images, experiment with collage, watercolors, and more, in a welcoming and non-judgmental setting for artists, writers and those who don’t know they already are.

Day & Date: Tues., Sept. 8-29

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47499

Location: Blue Lake Studio239 Railroad Ave., Blue Lake

A writer, artist and musician, Margaret Kellermann opened Blue Lake Studio & Gallery in 2015. She has taught journal workshops in Ireland, Canada, and across the United States to adults, as well as children. As Margaret D. Smith, she authored Journal Keeper (Eerdmans, 1992), on starting and keeping a creative journal.

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An Ecology of Grief: Practicing Haiku in Uncertain Times

With Gina Belton

"Poems stir us, encourage us to wake, breathe deeply and experience -- poetry joins the personal with the universal," said John Fox, founder of the Institute for Poetic Medicine. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Join us in exploring this expressive form of poetry.

Day & Date: Tues., Sept. 8-29

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47498

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Virginia (Gina) Subia Belton is a scholar, thanatologist and end-of-life community educator whose research examines the complex and myriad expressions of end-of-life relationships cross-culturally as well as across the continuum of care.

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Everyone Has a Story

With Tracey Barnes Priestley

Oral history has a rich tradition in our culture, but sharing significant experiences and memories that have impacted our lives is quickly becoming a lost art. The first step in preserving your unique oral history is to get your words on paper in the form of a rich and entertaining personal essay. This class covers the fundamental elements of writing. Through examples, activities, and prompts, you will learn how to craft your story so that it becomes a piece that can be shared with others. All levels of experience are welcome.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 23-Oct. 21

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47502

Location: SPACE, Studio B, Arcata

Tracey Barnes Priestley, MA, enjoys a career as both a writer and therapist, turned life coach. In addition to her coaching practice, she also writes a print column and blogs about life in the second half.

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Writing Your Oral History: Those Fascinating Fifties

With Tracey Barnes Priestley

This class will focus on one of the most pivotal decades in our nation’s history, the 1950s. Whether you lived through these intriguing years or simply value the impact they have made on your current life (rock’n’roll anyone?), there are countless stories to be written about this fascinating decade.

Humboldt Light Opera Company’s new Boomer+ Troupe is in development. Their first production, Those Fascinating Fifties, will debut in Feb. 2016. Care to join the fun? The following course, while not required to audition, will focus on the show’s theme.

Using the "Fascinating Fifties" as the theme, this class will focus on writing about a topic of your choice. Through examples, discussion and exercises, participants will focus on combining plot, character development, description, and pace to create an entertaining story. Polishing the written word will be emphasized. Skills and techniques that enhance presentation of story will also be examined.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 28-Nov. 18

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47503

Location: SPACE, Studio B, Arcata

Tracey Barnes Priestley: See biography above.

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Writing As A Spiritual Journey

With Bonnie Shand

Allow your writing practice to be an adventure into surprising and unexplored territory.

Risk stretching your creative intentions and aspirations to discover how your poetry or prose can transport you into a deeper place of truth. Learn to trust your muse and follow where she leads you.

This is not a class for people new to writing, but for individuals who have taken at least one writing course or who possess an understanding of the basics of creative writing and what it takes to breathe life into words on a page.

Students who have previously taken this class last semester are welcome to return and continue working on the project they began or to start another.

The instructor offers a safe place for you to expand and deepen your writing practice, share your work and receive feedback from others on the journey.

Day & Date: Tues., Nov. 3- Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $85

Class #: 47504

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Bonnie Shand, M.A., is a practicing and published poet. She has taught writing through OLLI since 2009 and began teaching Creative Writing in 1983 through the Retirement College and Elderhostel at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona. She continued to teach through Sonoma State University Extended Education and for 18 years to dedicated older writers at the Oakmont Retirement Community in Santa Rosa.

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Close To The Bone: Writing From The Inside Out

With Bonnie Shand

It is never too late to become a writer, to dig deep and write about the things you want to express. If you are concerned that you lack the skills to tap into your experiences, imagination and feelings, this class will offer you the opportunity to both learn and create.

Whether you are new to writing or not, a process will be taught to help catapult you into your right brain and free you to write through your senses whether in poetry or prose. You will be shown how to weave music into your use of language, to give it breath and a heartbeat.

A safe environment will be created for you to share your work and receive constructive feedback if you desire it.

The instructor will offer examples from contemporary writers as models for inspiration.

Students are asked to make copies of their writing each week to share with the class.

Day & Date: Tues., Sept. 15-Oct. 20

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $85

Class #: 47501

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Bonnie Shand: See biography under "Writing as a Spiritual Journey."

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Special Interest Group


Writing Critique Group

Group Leader: Darlene Marlow

Participants read and critique each others‘ writing, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Day: Every other Wednesday of each month

Dates: Aug. 12, 26, Sept., 9, 23, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2, 16

Time: 2-4:30 p.m.

Class: 47468

Fee: OLLI Members $20

Annual Class #: 47475

Annual Fee: OLLI Members $50

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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Writing Books for Children

With Michael Elsohn Ross

Writing books for children is very different than other genres, because the ultimate audience is kids, but it also must appeal to publishers, editors, consumers, and librarians who are all adults. Discover the wide variety of styles and formats of current books, and pick up some useful writing and publishing tools. This is an entertaining and informative class for anyone with a love of children’s literature and an interest in writing or illustrating books.

Day & Date: Sun., Oct. 18

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47658

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Michael Elsohn Ross is an award-winning author of over 40 books for young people, including his young adult biography, Salvador Dali and the Surrealists. What’s the Matter in Mr. Whiskers’ Room? was nominated for the Arizona Young Reader’s Award and his bedtime book, Snug as a Bug, is a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year. Cricketology, a Scientific American Young Reader’s award winner, is one of his eight books in the popular Backyard Buddies series. Ross’s work as a naturalist and environmental educator in Yosemite National Park has inspired him to write books that actively invite kids to wonder and explore. His newest books are Baby Bear Isn’t Hungry, Mama’s Milk, Play with Me and She Takes a Stand. Michael has taught writing workshops at CSU Fresno, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Humboldt State University, CSU Sonoma, CSU Stanislaus, and University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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LITERATURE

10 Years

Book of the Year: War Dances

With Sharon Campbell, Facilitator

Award-winning author Sherman Alexie’s War Dances was named the 2014/15 Book of the Year at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods. It was the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Both heartbreaking and hilarious, War Dances tells the stories of ordinary men and women on the brink of exceptional change. Join the OLLI Special Interest Book Group for a lively discussion of this collection of both stories and poems published in 2009 by Grove Press.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 28

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10*

Class #: 47620

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

* Free to SIG book group members.

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Special Interest Group

Book Group

Group Leader: Sharon Campbell

Choose and discuss books from all genres. All readers are welcome.

This Fall the Group is reading:

  • Sept.: A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
  • Oct.: War Dances, Sherman Alexie
  • Nov.: Peace Like A River, Leif Enger
  • Dec.: Kristin Lavransdatter, Vol 1, Sigrid Undset

Day: Third Wednesday of each month

Dates: Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Class #: 47467

Fee: $10

Annual Class #: 47474

Annual Fee: $25

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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TRAVEL

10 Years

AFS: Opportunities with Student Exchange Program

With John Palmquist

Learn about volunteer opportunities for you with AFS, an exchange program for high school-age students. Presenters will explain the diverse volunteer opportunities for people over 50; such as taking students on local excursions or attending cultural events put on by the students to educate and engage local groups about their home countries. Also learn how to help send your grandkids abroad for an intercultural learning experience.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 23

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47505

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

John Palmquist has extensive travel experience, including travel to all seven continents. He has taught business at the College of the Redwoods and Alaska Pacific University. His education and work experience include business and public administration, management, economics and finance.

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Special Interest Group

Travel Group

Group Leader: John Palmquist

Do you like to travel? Do you want to start traveling? Explore the options and possibilities.

Day: Fourth Wednesday of each month

Dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 18*, Dec. 16*

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Class #: 47471

Fee: $10

Annual Class #: 47478

Annual Fee: $25

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

* Exception to regular meeting date

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Take It Slow, Take the Train

With Louise Bacon-Ogden & David Ogden

Are you retired and want to slow down and travel? Do you find air travel frantic and frustrating? Have you considered the slower experience of riding the train?

If you have longed to try a journey on a train, learn the ins and outs of preparing for the trip. Secrets of packing, ordering tickets, sleeping and dining will be discussed. Find out about amenities and services. Discover if train travel is for you!

Choose one of two sessions at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC):

Option 1

Day & Date: Thurs., Oct. 8

Time: 3:30-6 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47506

Option 2

Day & Date: Thurs., Oct. 15

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47507

Louise Bacon-Ogden and David Ogden have traveled extensively on Amtrak. They have ridden the rails on the north, south and middle routes through the United States. They enjoy every minute of experiencing the nation through the train car window.

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Alaska/Yukon: The Ultimate Travel Destination

With John Palmquist

Discuss the five regions of Alaska plus the Yukon and the distinct attributes and travel opportunities of each. Assist participants in developing their itineraries to visit Alaska/Yukon. Modes of transportation, accommodations, tours, events and activities will be described.

Day & Date: Tues., Nov. 3-17

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47508

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

John Palmquist: See biography under "AFS: Opportunities with Student Exchange Program."

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Traveling: What to Take and How to Pack plus Safety Tips

With John Palmquist

Realistic packing for mature persons in today’s travel environment. Travel documents, medical needs, TSA requirements and safety tips.

Day & Date: Thurs., Nov. 5 & 12

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47509

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

John Palmquist: See biography under "AFS: Opportunities with Student Exchange Program."

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Go Europe: Easier and Cheaper Than You Think

With Barry Evans & Louisa Rogers

Whether you’re a well-traveled Europhile or a day-dreamer who hankers to see the Louvre and the Leaning Tower, you’ll come away from this class with loads of information and encouragement to Just Do It. We’ll discuss where and when to go, getting there (including the magic of frequent flyer miles), traveling around, accommodation (including free and near-free options), language, money, food, health and safety.

Day & Date: Tues., Nov. 10 & 17

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47510

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Louisa Rogers, who grew up overseas, and Barry Evans, from the UK, are seasoned travelers who have bussed, taken the train, driven, cycled, flown, walked and hitch-hiked across nearly all of Europe.

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The Heart of India: The Tour Without the Airfare

With Rollie Lamberson & Rick Vrem

India is a country of ancient cultures, spectacular structures, and incredible color. We will visit Delhi, Agra (the Taj Mahal), and Jaipur, India’s golden triangle; along with the Ranthambore game reserve, the ancient temples of Khajuraho and Varanasi, the holy city on the Ganges.

Day & Date: Tues., Dec. 8

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47511

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Rollie Lamberson and Rick Vrem are both retired from the HSU faculty where Rick was provost and Rollie a professor of mathematics and coordinator of the environmental systems program. They have travelled extensively on every continent except Antarctica.

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HEALTH

The Simplicity of Nutrition

With Carlisle Douglas

Learn the constituents of a healthy diet, the link between diet and health, and how to create simple, nutritious, and budget-minded meals. This class will also review the nutrient needs throughout the life cycle.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 16-Oct. 7

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47512

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Carlisle Douglas, MA, is passionate about the power of nutrition to build healthy lives and communities. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition health coaching program. Carlisle has taught courses in sociology, women’s studies, leadership, life-skills and massage over the last 30 years. She maintains a massage therapy private practice and facilitates dietary change support groups.

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Making Guided Imagery Work for You

With Kerima Furniss

This practical introduction to guided imagery alternates brief lectures and short guided imageries. Learn skills to use your imagination to ease stress, pain and worry, move toward positive goals, and help family and friends.

Day & Date: Tues., Oct. 6

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47625

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Kerima Furniss, LCSW, is a medical social worker with almost 20 years of hospital and hospice experience. She is also certified in Interactive Guided ImagerySM. Kerima maintains an informational website and blog about chronic pain, and has facilitated pain management classes at a local medical practice.

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Guided Imagery for Chronic Pain

With Kerima Furniss

Use your imagination to manage chronic pain! This hands-on class will alternate guided imageries with brief lecture and give you practical individualized tools for chronic pain management. Come prepared to discover new ways to use your imagination, relax and have fun.

We will look at how to individualize imagery to fit your needs and imagery style. Several different types of imagery will give you practical tools for your own pain management, as well as to support family and friends during stress or injury. We will end each evening with a longer, relaxing guided imagery.

This particular interactive style of guided imagery was developed at UCLA in the 1980s and is highly recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil.

The course "Making Guided Imagery Work for You" is not a prerequisite, but could be used as an introduction.

Day & Date: Tues., Oct. 13 & 20

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47626

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Kerima Furniss: See biography under "Making Guided Imagery Work for You."

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10 Years

Ten Miles or Ten Minutes: Let’s Walk

With Janette Heartwood

Learn to use Janette’s website as a way to explore hundreds of trails within a 10-60 minute drive from HSU. Decide where to walk, how far to go, what to wear and other preparations for a delightful and interesting outdoor experience. Students can exchange stories, knowledge and tips to find walking companions in a fun and sharing atmosphere.

Day & Date: Tues., Sept. 22

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47513

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Janette Heartwood spent the summer of 2013 with nine other Coastwalk members, hiking 1,200 miles from the Oregon State Line to the Mexican Border. In 2007 she relocated from Laguna Beach to Arcata to be close to the redwoods, pristine beaches, and historic landscapes. Janette loves to explore Humboldt with friends and share her photographs. Learn more at her website.

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10 Years

The Games People Play

With Jayne McGuire

Discover the wildly popular games of bocce and pickle ball through this interactive workshop lead by HSU students enrolled in a leisure and aging course. No prior experience necessary.

Day & Date: Thurs., Oct. 15

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47514

Location: Larson Park, Arcata

A lifelong leisure enthusiast, Jayne McGuire is passionate about the role leisure plays in individual health and well-being, as well as its role in creating community. She is an associate professor of recreation administration at Humboldt State University.

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10 Years

Ten Steps to End Your Sugar Cravings

With Carlisle Douglas

Dietary sugars are now recognized as a major cause of inflammation in the body contributing to most contemporary illnesses including heart disease, depression, autoimmune conditions and dementia. Sugar and refined carbohydrates taste so good and have found their way into our daily eating habits. Explore new research about sugar addiction and offer tools for dietary change. Learn what you can do to effectively change your habits, feel better now, and reduce your risk of developing chronic disease. It’s not about willpower -- it’s about developing smart habits to shift the physiological and emotional dependence on this powerful drug. Discover how energized and even-keeled you can feel once you kick the sugar habit.

Day & Date: Sat., Nov. 7

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47515

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Carlisle Douglas, MA, is passionate about the power of nutrition to build healthy lives and communities. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition health coaching program. Carlisle has taught courses in sociology, women’s studies, leadership, life-skills and massage over the last 30 years. She maintains a massage therapy private practice and facilitates dietary change support groups.

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10 Years

Introduction to Core Exercise

With Joanne Fornes

Using breath and body awareness, learn some basic moves to gently and effectively engage your core abdominal muscles, no matter what your activities may be.

This one-day class is an introduction to the longer OLLI Pilates Plus courses offered Spring and Fall.

Day & Date: Wed., Dec. 2

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47523

Location: Church of the Joyful Healer, McKinleyville

Joanne Fornes believes exercise, done with awareness and attention, is the key to longevity, vitality and health. Older adults have been her specialty for the past 12 years, emphasizing abdominal core work using Pilates. Having studied, practiced and taught various forms of movement for more than 40 years, and passionate about lifetime fitness, Joanne delights in helping people find grace, comfort, and self-empowerment through movement.

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Movement: Essential Foundation to Fitness

With Corey Jung

If health, fitness, and quality of life are a concern, try a long-term sustainable approach. Learn to feel, move and perform better in activities of daily living to meet your health and fitness goals. First move well, then move more often.

Day & Date: Sat. & Sun., Oct. 3 & 4

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47521

Location: Upright Movement, 901 O St. Suite B, Arcata

Corey Jung has been involved in the field of human performance for over two decades. Beginning in his youth with being active in the outdoors to strength training for high school sports, and continuing through his service in the United States Marine Corps. Corey is committed to excellence in service by assisting others to feel, move, and perform better. Corey specializes in post-rehab, injury reduction, athletes from teens to seniors, activities from daily living to tactical operations. He is the founder and performance specialist of UpRight Movement.

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Tai Chi Made Easy

With Glenda Hesseltine

Learn a short version of Tai Chi made up of simple, smooth, circular movements designed to stretch, limber, tone and strengthen the body. Tai Chi is excellent exercise for those interested in improving balance.

Choose one or both sessions held 3-4:30 p.m. at SPACE, Studio A, Arcata:

OPTION 1

Day & Date: Mon., Sept. 7-Oct. 12

Fee: OLLI members $70

Class #: 47627

OPTION 2

Day & Date: Mon., Oct. 19-Nov. 23

Fee: OLLI Members $70

Class #: 47628

Glenda Hesseltine, MA, has been a Tai Chi instructor/practitioner in the Yang style for 30 years. She is certified in Tai Chi for arthritis by Dr. Paul Lam of Australia and endorsed by the American Arthritis Foundation. Glenda brings 36 years of meditation training from many disciplines and a deep commitment to help people heal. With a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a specialty in psychosynthesis, she uses guided imagery and sound toning in her classes.

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Seeking Balance

With Justus Ortega

Do you feel like you might be losing your ability to balance? Would you like to have your balance assessed? Come join Dr. Ortega and his team from the HSU Biomechanics Lab for a day of balance and fall risk assessment.

During the first meeting, the Biomechanics lab team will use a force-sensing platform and a series of stationary and dynamic balance tests to help determine your postural stability. OLLI members will be individually assessed and given personal results.

The following week, Dr. Ortega will meet with the full class to discuss the implications of reduced balance and provide strategies for improving stability and reducing the risk of falls.

Day & Date: Wed. & Mon., Sept. 30 & Oct. 5

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47621

Location: SPACE, Studio A, Arcata

Justus Ortega, Ph.D., is the director of the HSU biomechanics lab, where he and his students conduct novel research in the energetics of human locomotion, and provide the community with health and performance-related biomechanical testing and evaluation. His research with the STRONG program is aimed at increasing opportunities for seniors to stay active in our community.

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Creating Balance: Building Strength

With Randi Swedenburg

Over 200 OLLI members have taken the Seeking Balance course and received individual balance and mobility assessment results. This class is designed to support OLLI members who are interested in trying the exercises recommended in their individual reports from Dr. Justus Ortega. This exercise class focuses on improving balance and building strength to reduce the risk of falling.

Choose one or more sessions held 1-2 p.m. at SPACE, Studio A, Arcata:

Option 1

Day & Date: Mon. & Wed., Oct. 12-28

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47622

Option 2

Day & Date: Mon. & Wed., Nov. 2-18

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47623

Option 3

Day & Date: Mon. & Wed., Nov. 30-Dec. 16

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47624

Randi Swedenburg, M.S., has a long history of involvement with fitness. She was a triathlete, professional ski instructor and worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant in a practice that specialized in cardiac rehabilitation. Currently she has completed courses in balance and mobility training for older adults as well as group fitness instruction.

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Gentle Yoga

With Patricia Starr

Join us for a gentle and powerful yoga class. You will learn methods to relax your body and calm your mind. We will practice yoga stretches and poses for all levels and body types.

You will learn to improve your balance, strength, flexibility and concentration. Yoga can also help strengthen the immune system and improve spinal alignment.

All levels of experience are welcome -- especially beginners!

Bring a blanket, mat and a water bottle. Some mats will be available.

Choose one or more sessions held 1-2:30 p.m. with Patricia Starr at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center:

Option 1

Day & Date: Mon., Sept. 14-28

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47516

Option 2

Day & Date: Mon., Oct. 5-26

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47517

Option 3

Day & Date: Mon., Nov. 2-16

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47518

Option 4

Day & Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 14

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47519

Complete Series: 10% Savings!

Day & Date: Mon., Sept. 14- Dec. 14 (No class Nov. 23)

Fee: OLLI Members only $198

Class #: 47520

Patricia Starr is a certified yoga teacher trained in Iyengar yoga, body/mind centering and yoga therapy. She also has a strong foundation in the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. Her 38 years of training and practice and 24 years of teaching have brought Patricia to the here-and-now of enjoying every moment with her students.

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OLLI Pilates Plus

With Joanne Fornes

Build a stronger, healthier body and improve your balance with Pilates! OLLI Pilates Plus classes are designed to gently and effectively teach you principles of breath and movement which engage your core abdominal muscles.

Using the elegant and flowing movements of Pilates, the goal is to strengthen your "powerhouse" (rib to pelvis connection), enabling you to more safely engage in all your normal activities.

This class is well-suited for people of all ages and fitness levels. It includes traditional Pilates mat exercises, adding in light weights and TheraBands.

Adaptations can be made for specific needs.

Give yourself a boost to remaining mobile, agile and flexible for years to come! With Joanne Fornes.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 7-Nov. 18 (no class Oct. 14)

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47522

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Joanne Fornes: See biography under "Introduction to Core Exercise."

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SELF

How to Work with the Mind through Buddhist Meditation

With Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk

Explore the practice of Buddhist meditation. Studies show meditation helps to reduce stress, normalize blood pressure and help people to feel more relaxed.

This class will cover various types of meditation employed within the Buddhist tradition. These tools are geared toward working with the mind and taming errant emotions.You will learn the Four Truths, Shamata (also known as Calm Abiding Meditation), Bodhicitta (which is based on genuine compassion and loving kindness), the techniques of Tonglen meditation (which are based on Bodhicitta), discussion on the nature of one’s mind, and Awareness meditation.

These classes are open to everyone. Learn these techniques in an informal environment. You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend them, or to derive great benefit from them.

Day & Date: Wed. & Fri., Oct. 7-23

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47538

Location: HSU Campus: Science B, Room135

Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk was born in eastern Bhutan. After completing a nine-year course in Buddhist studies, he received a Master’s degree (MA) in Buddhist Philosophy from the Nyingma Institute Taktse. In 2006, the title of Khenpo (equivalent to a Ph.D.) was conferred upon him. Since then, he has been splitting his time between the United States, Taiwan, India, and Bhutan, giving teachings tirelessly and conducting ceremonies in all of these places with a light heart and friendly disposition.

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Seven Principles for Making Relationships Work

With Lou Ann Wieand

Take an OLLI class with your partner! Would you like to improve your friendship, fondness and admiration in your significant relationship? Are you contemplating retirement and thinking about what this will mean for you and your partner?

In this course, those who are in committed relationships will learn new tools for improving communication, enhancing romance and intimacy, managing conflict, and creating rituals and shared meanings to last a lifetime.

There are many benefits in working through these principles in a class setting. There will be structure and encouragement to work separately on your relationship in the context of other couples who are doing the same thing.

Even though the text uses "marriage" in the title, same-sex couples and couples not married who have made long-term commitments to each other are encouraged to attend.

Based on John Gottman’s significant research that defines what makes a relationship fail or survive, this workshop includes discussion, lecture and role play.

Bring your partner and anticipate spending some quality time together.

Register by Sept. 30.

Day & Date: Sat., Oct. 10

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47539

Location: HSU Campus: Harry Griffith Hall 225

Lou Ann Wieand is an emeritus professor of psychology at HSU.

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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm & Confidence

With Marilyn Montgomery

The cultivation of happiness is one of the most important skills anyone can ever learn. It’s not hard to do when we know the way to water and nourish the wholesome seeds which are already there in our consciousness. Life isn’t easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad, and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed instead of confident, secure, and happy.

Based on neuropsychologist Rick Hansen’s book, Hardwiring Happiness, this series of classes will cover the neuroscience of happiness, and introduce different practices and meditations unlocking the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures that attract happiness, peace and contentment.

Day & Date: Thurs., Oct. 15-Nov. 5

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47540

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Marilyn Montgomery, RN, has been teaching mindfulness and self compassion practices for over 30 years, having studied with a number of teachers, including Jon Kabat Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama. Since becoming a senior, her experience of the power of these practices in bringing a deeper sense of inner peace, self acceptance and well being inspires her to share them with others.

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The Biology of Consciousness

With JJ Semple

Explore the question of consciousness. Biological materialists tell us that consciousness is a function of the brain, and when the brain dies, consciousness ceases, just as a computer ceases to be useful when the motherboard dies. New research disputes this hypothesis, asking us to consider the inverse: that, in fact, biology is really a function of consciousness.

To understand consciousness, it’s useful to think of the notion of "Being in the Zone" that athletes and musicians refer to when asked how they accomplish certain extraordinary feats. They usually say something like "I wasn’t thinking about it; I was just doing it. It was like I was out of my body, in another dimension."This course surveys the subject in an evidence-based appraisal of the latest breakthroughs in consciousness research, both from an inside-out and an outside-in perspective. In examining all the evidence, we will take a scientific approach.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 9-Oct. 7

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47535

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

JJ Semple has a masters in marketing from HEC, Jouy-en-Josas, France. He worked in publications at Apple Computer in Paris and taught book production using Quark Xpress and Photoshop at the American University in Paris. He’s the founder of Life Force Books, an independent publishing company that produces print, digital, and audio books.

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Freeing the Mind, Expanding the Heart: The Power of Forgiveness in a Very Angry World

With Sharon Ferrett

Forgiveness is a choice. This course is designed to help you learn to let go of resentments and grievances and create more joy and peace in your life.  The core components of forgiveness will be reviewed with emphasis on practical steps. Practicing forgiveness can lead to better health, a greater sense of well-being and healthier relationships. It is a simple process that anyone can do.

Day & Date: Tues., Sept. 1-29 (no class Sept. 22)

Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47528

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Sharon K. Ferrett, Ph.D., has over 35 years in higher education as a college and university dean, director and professor. She is also a management consultant and a small business owner who brings a real-world perspective to her presentations and books: Peak Performance, Positive Attitudes at Work, Strategies: College and Career Success, and Getting and Keeping the Job You Want.

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Conscious Aging

With Rita Rogers

Conscious Aging is an opportunity to heal our past, find value in our future, and honor and discover our wisdom as planet elders. Consciousness matters and aging consciously will bring light and love to our lives. This program is designed to cultivate wisdom, connect with others, and celebrate life.

Day & Date: Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 12 (no class Oct. 15)

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $85

Class #: 47536

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Rita Rogers has been facilitating self-help and spiritual awakening classes for the last 15 years. She is a certified IONS Conscious Aging facilitator. She is a gifted facilitator for this type of work. Her compassion and kindness set the stage for participants to feel safe.

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Foundations of Well-Being and Happiness

With Marilyn Montgomery

Would you like to bring greater well-being, happiness, resilience, self-worth, love and peace into your mind, your heart and your life? Learn practical steps for touching the peace and joy that are every person’s birthright.

You will learn the practice of mindfulness: learning to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, accepting our thoughts and feelings without judging them-without believing that there’s a "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel in a given moment.

You will learn the art of self-compassion -- being aware in the present moment when one is experiencing feelings of stress or confusion, responding with kindness and understanding, holding ourselves in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being within ourselves.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Marilyn Montgomery: See biography under “Hardwiring Happiness.”

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My Gift of Grace: A Community Conversation Game for Living & Dying Well

With Gina Belton

"My Gift of Grace" is a conversation game covering a wide variety of topics on living and dying well. Join us in cultivating the collective wisdom for living and dying well in compassion as community.

Day & Date: Tues., Sept. 8-22

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47530

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Virginia (Gina) Subia Belton: See biography under "An Ecology of Grieft: Practicing Haiku in Uncertain Times."

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Special Interest Group

Friends of Jung

Group Leader: Barbara Clark

This monthly group focuses on Carl Jung’s concept of Self and Individuation. Varied topics are presented by members, and sessions include personal sharing and experiential learning. We are interested in a deeper understanding of ourselves and others and create a safe environment for discussion. Reading some of Jung‘s writings and writings of other Jungian analysts would be helpful.

Day: First Tuesday of each month

Dates: Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 6, Dec. 1

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Class #: 47465

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Annual Class #: 47472

Annual Fee: OLLI Members $25

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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Danse Macabre: Playing with Our Masks of Living and Dying

With Gina Belton

Oscar Wilde wrote: "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell the truth." Join us in this unique gathering of community where art, death and story will intersect! In an environment of mindfulness, we will tend to each other’s masks creating a unique piece of artwork to tell a collective story of the imaginable-the art of our living and dying.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 30-Oct. 28

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47537

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Virginia (Gina) Subia Belton: See biography under "An Ecology of Grieft: Practicing Haiku in Uncertain Times."

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When Families Go Virtual:
Maintaining Connections from A Distance

With Louisa Rogers

Here in isolated Humboldt, many of us have parents, siblings, children and grandchildren who live out of the area, making visiting a challenge. How do we stay in touch? Technology makes it easier, but can’t bridge all the gaps. In this workshop we’ll pool our ideas, brainstorm solutions to problems, and create a list of best practices on how to create, renew and restore connections with our families across zip codes and time zones.

Day & Date: Thurs., Nov. 12

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $25

Class #: 47564

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Louisa Rogers is a local business trainer and facilitator whose family members live in five time zones in four countries.

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Embracing the Mystery of the Shadow with SoulCollage®

With Marilyn Montgomery

Explore Jung’s concept of the Shadow and how, as we discover the shadow parts of ourselves, we bring more balance and well-being into our lives using the simple, but transformative art process of SoulCollage.®

In Jungian psychology, the Shadow is composed of the dark and unknown aspects of the personality, a vital hidden energy that is out of balance. Paradoxically, it is only by making friends with the shadow, that we are able to deepen self-acceptance, compassion, an understanding of ourselves, and establish healthy boundaries with others.

As we accept these shadow parts, e.g. the inner critic, the procrastinator, and many others lurking in the darkness, we bring more balance and well-being into our lives.

In this series of classes, we will explore the different parts of the personality using the simple, fun, and transformative art process of SoulCollage®, creating cards together. You will learn how to dialogue with the images on your cards in ways that feel safe, supportive, and sometimes delightfully surprised. All material will be provided.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 9-30

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47534

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Marilyn Montgomery has been rediscovering her hidden artist using the SoulCollage® process, after many years of working as a nurse midwife, health educator and wellness teacher. She is a SoulCollage® Facilitator, and is passionate about bringing creativity, fun and joy, to the Humboldt County community.

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Special Interest Group

Soul Collage® Group

Group Leader: Lynn Marchand

This group brings collage materials and then uses Seena Frost’s process for discussing the collages created that morning.

Day: Second Wednesday of each month

Dates: Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec.9

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Class #: 47466

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Annual Class #: 47473

Annual Fee: OLLI Members $25

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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Lightening Your Load:
How to Let Go of Your Stuff and Live More Freely

With Louisa Rogers

As we age, many of us have less need for "stuff," and less energy for maintaining it all. But getting rid of our cherished belongings is not easy. We’ll discuss creative options for how to pare down your possessions, including furniture, tools, books, journals, documents, photographs, sports equipment, music, family heirlooms, souvenirs and more.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 21

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $25

Class #: 47541

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Louisa Rogers and her boyfriend-husband rent a 750-square-foot apartment in Old Town which allows them to come and go lightly.

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Pain: A Country Doctor’s Perspective

With Dr. Michael Willett

Pain is a physical, emotional, and spiritual challenge we all share. This class will present the impact of pain and its management on the individual, their families and the community.

Explore current understandings of the anatomy and physiology of pain. Learn a brief history of pain management with emphasis on approaches used in hospitals and hospice care and discuss some cultural and socioeconomic issues of pain.

Join the discussion of community response to the rising death rate from pain medication overdose.

Day & Date: Tues & Thurs, Sept. 1-10

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47642

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Dr. Michael Willett is a newly retired family doctor who spent 30 years in clinical practice in Humboldt and Siskiyou Counties, California, New Zealand, Scotland, and Malawi, Africa. Sharing his expertise on the Human Genome Project, the impact of socioeconomic prejudice on medical care, spirituality and healing, and international health care systems, Dr. Willett taught medicine and held clinical appointments at the University of Louisville, UCSF, and the University of Dunedin.

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10 Years

From Passion to Transformation: Intro to Philanthropy for Anyone Who Wants to Make a Difference

With Kimberley Pittman-Schulz

Join us during National Philanthropy Week for this one-day course that will empower you to create the change you want to see in the world. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference, but you do need passion, partners and a plan. The day will comprise a 3-part series of exercises, storytelling, information sharing, and discussions. You’ll define your top philanthropic priority, learn how to identify and assess partners who share your goals, and you’ll discover a range of financial strategies and techniques to achieve your vision.

  • Part One: Passion... Focus on answering the question, "What’s important to me?" There are many worthy causes, but focusing on your personal passion is where you’ll experience meaningful results.
  • Part Two: Partners... Explore "Who’s doing what I care about?" While one person can make a difference, partnering with a quality charity and/or a group of like-minded others, will take you further.
  • Part Three: Plan... Address "How do I fund my passion?" Whether you have $10 or $10,000, there are many strategies to stretch and leverage your resources for maximum impact.

Day & Date: Tues., Nov. 17

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47527

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Kimberley Pittman-Schulz has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, including 25 years in strategic gift planning and nonprofit leadership. She is the executive director of philanthropy for Humboldt State University. She has worked at both the international and local levels, including serving as regional team leader and senior philanthropy and planned giving advisor for ChildFund International, and earlier served as president/CEO of two charitable foundations. She is also an award-winning poet and creative nonfiction writer. She enjoys helping individuals from all walks of life make a meaningful impact through giving while meeting the financial needs of their families.

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Make Your Hobby Pay For Itself:
Starting a Home Crafting Business in Humboldt

With Rima Greer

Whether you love to sew, bake, throw pots, bead, or work with wood, you can learn all the quick and easy steps to setting up a crafting business in Humboldt. Learn how to pay less for your materials, figure your pricing, and get great low-cost tips for getting the word out. Now you can do what you love and get paid to do it!

Day & Date: Fri., Oct. 16

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $35

Class #: 47641

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Rima Greer has been running her own businesses since 1994, including a music publishing company, and an art clothing company. She is a published author, speaker, and owns Eureka Fabrics in Old Town Eureka. She was the costume designer for international touring show Campanile for 20 years, and in 2011 she joined North Coast Dance as the head of the Costume department.

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Contract Bridge for Beginners

With Robert Fornes

Bridge is the best and most challenging of card games. Learn the rules and tools to enable you to completely play the game.

It has been called "the mental pencil sharpener for the senior brain," and is a great tool to enhance cognitive processes, especially memory. It is also a fine social game.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 7-Nov. 18 (no class Oct. 14)

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47524

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Robert Fornes served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and as a teacher in Micronesia. He was a doctor of chiropractic and had a private practice until retiring. For entertainment and competition, he became an American Contract Bridge League master in 1961 while a high school student. Also rated in U.S. Chess Federation and a veteran of the World Series of Poker.

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Contract Bridge for Intermediates

With Robert Fornes

Now that you are familiar with bridge bidding, it is time to sharpen your playing and bidding skills. Learn more about playing and defending in a trump or a no-trump contract, and clarify many complex bidding issues.

This course is open to all who have completed the "Contract Bridge for Beginners" class and all others who are comfortable with bidding.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 7-Nov. 18 (no class Oct. 14)

Time: Wed., 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47525

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Robert Fornes: See biography under "Contract Bridge for Beginners."

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Special Interest Group

Bridge Playing Group

Group Leader: Robert Fornes

Play bridge with other OLLI bridge players. A fun and easy place to play contract bridge and meet more bridge players. All levels welcome; you don’t need to bring a partner.

Day: Last Tuesday of each month

Dates: Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17*, Dec. 15*

Time: 3-5:30 p.m.

Class #: 47469

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Annual Class #: 47476

Annual Fee: OLLI Members $25

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

* Exception to regular meeting date

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The Honest Genealogist

With Michael Cooley

Thousands of poorly-informed genealogies, many still in print, have long existed. The problem has reached critical proportions: The propagation of sometimes contrived lineages on the Internet threatens the integrity of
genealogy itself, already suspect in some circles. This course will reveal some of the tale-tell signs of badly documented, even fallacious, genealogies, and how they instruct us on the methodologies needed to create an accurate genealogical work.

Day & Date: Sat., Dec. 12

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47616

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Michael Cooley has been actively engaged in genealogy for more than 35 years. He has taught several genealogy classes for OLLI and has given presentations in Oregon, Washington DC, and Salt Lake City. He earned a B.A. in history at HSU and is working on an M.A. in English with an emphasis in non-fiction creative writing. A movie lover and former manager of a Santa Cruz movie art house, Michael has also been engaged in presenting movie seminars for OLLI and the Eureka Public Library.

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Stock Market 101

With Scott Erwin

The interactive course is designed for someone who has little or no experience in the stock market, but has always been curious about it. This class will cover the basics to give participants a grasp of the market and how it can benefit them.

Topics that will be covered are vocabulary, risk vs. reward, risk tolerance, diversification, types of stocks, mutual funds, IRAs and 401k, how to value stocks, how to buy and sell stocks, investment strategies, and any related topics participants want to ask about. We will talk about how stocks fit into our retirement plans.

At completion of course, participants will be able to make basic decisions about whether owning stocks is for them, and if so, how to buy and sell them.

Day & Date: Tues., Nov. 3 & 10

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47526

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Scott Erwin has resided in Humboldt County for 35 years and has been employed in the retail, loan servicing and real estate industries. Scott has been a student of the stock market for many years and has been an active participant, following it on a daily basis.

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LANGUAGE

Russian Grammar & Writing 1

With Elena Matusevich

Russian Grammar and Writing 1 will focus on Cyrillic alphabet, pronunciation, punctuation, and spelling, understanding tone and diction and vocabulary development. Instruction will be offered via readings, videos, and various types of classwork.

Day & Date: Thurs., Sept. 24-Oct. 22

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47556

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Elena Matusevich: See biography under "Scaling Regions: Western Eurasia."

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ART

Drawing with Colored Pencil

With Brent Eviston

Colored pencils are excellent for students who want color in their work without the mess or expense of paint. First students will learn to use the pencils while learning about color. Students will leave the class with a firm understanding of color theory, and how color can be used to convert three-dimensional form using color. Perfect for the aspiring painter who wants to get some experience with color in dry media before trying to tackle it in paint or for the artist who wants to bring bright color to their drawings.

This class is a perfect follow up for anyone who has taken Brent’s "Learn to Draw!" classes. Drawing experience is recommended, but not required.

Day & Date: Mon., Oct. 5-Nov. 9

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $85

Class #: 47542

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Drawing has always been Brent Noel Eviston’s passion as well as his primary medium of expression. After studying environmental design, an architecture-based program at Otis College of Art and Design, he has continued to study many forms of drawing, including traditional master draftsmanship, architectural drafting and illustration, master figure drawing, and anatomical drawing. In 2012 he gave a talk at TEDx Eureka, arguing that observational drawing is as essential a skill as literacy and numeracy. Eviston has taught traditional and contemporary drawing through arts institutions and organizations throughout California.

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Draw, Sketch, Paint on Your iPad

With Claire Iris Schencke

Do something really creative and fun with your iPad! The innovative app Procreate has a simple and intuitive user interface, including layers, and a great selection of brushes; additionally it records every stroke and plays it back as a video!

Day & Date: Sat., Oct. 17 & 24

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47544

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Claire Iris Schencke, a pioneering mobile digital artist, has presented her iPad art at iAMDA in NYC; Apple’s flagship store in SF; the first, second and third mDAC exhibits in Palo Alto; the Humboldt Artist Gallery of the Morris Graves Museum of Art and Eureka Studio Arts. She has taught classes in iPad painting at OLLI, Eureka Studio Arts, and at the Mendocino Art Center. She studied fine art at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden, College of the Redwoods and HSU. She holds an M.A. from Stockholm University and an MBA from Stanford University. She has extensive classroom teaching experience, and a community college teaching certificate. She also gives private lessons in iPad painting. For more about her art, go to her blog.

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10 Years

Book Arts: The Basics

With Michele Olsen

Learn the basics about the tools, materials, and techniques required to make your own books. Students will practice accurate measuring, cutting, gluing, and folding; learn about the use of bone folders, sewing cradles, scalpels, beeswax, awls, and metal triangles.

Explore the different types of artist papers and materials available for the book structure. A small sample book will be made that incorporates the basics. A survey of current book arts programs, artists, and resources will also be provided.

This course is prerequisite to more advanced courses.

Day & Date: Thurs., Sept. 3

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47545

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Michele Olsen was a college mathematics instructor for 25 years. She has been making custom books for 10 years, since joining the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. For more information, or to contact Michele, visit www.micheleolsen.com.

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Book Arts: Book of Words, Coptic Stitch

With Michele Olsen

Explore the written word as an art form as you create pages for your small book. Bring your favorite writing or drawing tools -- pens, watercolor, stamps, or colored pencils -- to decorate the pages. The structure is sewn using a double needle Coptic stitch. The cover will include a small window. The book will be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and would make a wonderful gift.

Prerequisite: "Book Arts: The Basics" or an introductory book arts class elsewhere.

Day & Date: Tues. & Thurs., Dec. 8 & 10

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47546

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Michele Olsen: See biography under "Book Arts: The Basics."

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Special Interest Group

Book Arts Group: Tattered Pages

Group Leader: Gisela Rohde

Join us in exploring the exciting world of creative book binding, altering existing books, decorating pages and much more. The meetings feature show-and-tell; demonstrations; techniques and tips; problem solving; discussions about materials and resources and lots of fun!

Day: Second Thursday of each month

Dates: Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Class #: 47470

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Annual Class #: 47477

Annual Fee: OLLI Members $25

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition

With Julia Alderson

From Oct. 17, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016 the de Young Museum in San Francisco will present "Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition." The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, as well as San Francisco’s reconstruction after the 1906 earthquake. To mark this event’s centennial, the de Young will recreate elements of the Expo’s original art display, presenting approximately 250 works by major American and European artists. This course will examine the art and artists highlighted in this exciting upcoming exhibition.

Day & Date: Wed., Oct. 7-28

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47543

Location: Trinidad Library

Julia Alderson teaches art history courses in the Department of Art at Humboldt State University. Her specialization is in the area of American and European Art, 1860 to the present. Her research interests include topics in sculpture, public art, and Land Art, as well as museum methodology and theory.

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MUSIC

Introduction to Steel Drums

With Kate Lang-Salazar

Learn to play the steel drums in this fun and enriching class! Students of all levels are welcome. No previous musical training is required.

By learning to play short tunes, you will be exposed to rhythmic fundamentals, stick technique, and an understanding of the roles of each of the five basic instruments within the steel band orchestra.

You will also be given a brief history of the origins and development of the steel drum. With Kate Lang-Salazar.

Choose one or both sessions from 10-11 a.m. at Pan Arts Network, 1049 Samoa Blvd., Unit C, Arcata:

Option 1

Day & Date: Fri., Oct. 2-23

Fee: OLLI Members $50

Class #: 47629

Option 2

Day & Date: Fri., Oct. 30-Nov. 20

Fee: OLLI Members $50

Class #: 47630

Kate Lang-Salazar has had a lifelong involvement with music. She holds an HSU interdisciplinary studies B.A. combining music, dance and cultural arts. Her focus on percussion began in 1995 as a member of the HSU Calypso Band and the HSU Percussion Ensemble. She co-founded Pan Tectonics Steel Band and Pan Dulce Steel Orchestra. Kate furthered her Pan studies when she traveled to Trinidad, West Indies.

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10 Years

African Song Circle

With Maggie McKnight

Come sing beautiful, traditional folk songs from West and South Africa, in a variety of languages. The songs are ear-catching, melodic, and fun to sing in a joyful and relaxed group setting. Songs will mostly be taught in the oral tradition, and no singing or musical experience is necessary.

Day & Date: Sat., Sept. 19

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47548

Location: SPACE, Studio B, Arcata

Maggie McKnight grew up singing harmonies with her family and studying classical piano and violin alongside bluegrass fiddle. She has sung and played in various choirs and musical groups over the years, and has more recently been leading song circles and helping people reconnect with the joy of singing. She is part of the Arcata Threshold Choir, and is a firm believer that singing is everybody’s birthright.

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Songs of Comfort and Healing

With Maggie McKnight

Singing can bring beauty, generosity, and kindness to those facing a transition or crisis as well as their families and caregivers. We will learn a variety of simple, non-religious songs that can offer comfort and healing in difficult times. In the process, we will enjoy the benefits of connecting with each other through song in a welcoming environment.

The songs we’ll sing range from gentle and soothing to uplifting and lively, and can also be sung for special occasions or pure enjoyment. No musical experience is required, as songs will be taught orally, by call and response.

Day & Date: Sat., Oct. 10

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47549

Location: SPACE, Studio B, Arcata

Maggie McKnight: See biography under "African Song Circle."

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Just Sing!

With Carol Ryder

Do you like to sing, but feel a tad rusty? This course is designed to teach easy vocal techniques to help you learn how to best use your "new" older voice. It is not necessary to have any music-reading skills or even a singing background.

Day & Date: Mon., Oct. 26-Nov. 16

Time: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47551

Location: SPACE, Studio B, Arcata

Carol Ryder has been teaching voice classes for over 25 years at HSU, CR and through Humboldt Light Opera Company (HLOC). In addition, she is active in the musical community as the HLOC artistic producing director, conductor of The Babes, and executive director of The SPACE.

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Let Our Voices Twine: Group Singing for All

With Maggie McKnight

Join us as we raise our voices together in a welcoming, supportive, and fun environment. We will sing simple and beautiful songs from a variety of sources around the world.

At the heart of our singing will be the belief that connecting through song is a means of building community and transforming ourselves and our world. As we let our voices twine, we will celebrate the joys of being together, listening to one another, and singing in harmony.

All levels of musical experience are welcome; we will be learning songs by call and response, not by sheet music. If you’ve always thought you can’t sing, this might be just the place to discover you can.

Day & Date: Thurs., Sept. 10- Oct. 1

Time: 4:30-6 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $65

Class #: 47547

Location: SPACE, Studio A, Arcata

Maggie McKnight: See biography under "African Song Circle."

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25 Songs That Changed the World

With Laura Hennings

The power of words in music is unmistakable! Music for the baby-boom generation has helped unite people to support causes and motivate political movements.

On a personal level, most of us have experienced the power of music that is both deep and profound.

Using background details from songwriters, historical perspective and personal stories from class members, we will explore in detail 25 songs that have and continue to influence the world both politically and emotionally.

Day & Date: Tues., Oct. 27-Nov. 10

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47550

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Laura Hennings is a retired resource specialist with Eureka City Schools. She began a second career as a singer/songwriter, founding the musical groups, the Soulful Sidekicks and the Topaz Trio. As a theatre arts major from HSU and a local singer, she has a flair for public speaking, teaching and a passion for history! Her classes are creative, interactive, and driven with a sense of drama and intrigue.

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FILM

The Plantagenets in Film

With Michael Cooley

The Plantagenet dynasty, fourteen kings from Henry II to Richard III, ruled England for 330 years. We will watch six movies that feature one or more Plantagenet kings. Each class will begin with an introduction and conclude with a discussion about the film.

Schedule is subject to change: Lion in Winter (1968), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Braveheart (1995), Richard II (2012), Henry V (1944), and Richard III (1995).

Day & Date: Thurs., Oct. 1-Nov. 5

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47553

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Michael Cooley: See biography under "The Honest Genealogist."

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10 Years

Percy Adlon’s Bagdad Cafe

With Michael Cooley

Bagdad Cafe is an eccentric and zany combination of German angst, magic, a truck stop in the middle of the Mojave, polka, teenage “like whatever,” broken relationships, and unlikely new ones. Introduction, film (108 minutes), and discussion.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 2

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47552

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Michael Cooley: See biography under "The Honest Genealogist."

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British Films

With Philip Wright

The British have produced many noteworthy and some Oscar-winning films over the decades. In this class, we will screen and discuss seven films produced in the decades between 1940 and 1969, which qualify as "classic" British films.

Day & Date: Wed., Sept. 30-Nov. 11

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $85

Class #: 47631

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Philip Wright has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in theatre arts with an emphasis in film production from Humboldt State University. He has worked more than 30 years in local television production.

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10 Years

A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue

With Marilyn Montgomery

In this class, you will have the opportunity to walk with John O’Donahue, Celtic mystic, poet and philosopher, through the breathtaking landscape of Western Ireland. One of the beautiful insights of the Celtic imagination is that landscape is a living source of beauty, wisdom and transformative spiritual power. Come and join me for an evening of pilgrimage watching a visually stunning film: A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue and introductory teachings on his writings and poems.

Day & Date: Tues., Oct. 13

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47483

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Marilyn Montgomery: See biography under "Foundations of Well-Being and Happiness."

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CULINARY

Cottage Food Operators:
Creating From Your Home Kitchen

With Doris Hicks

If you have been dreaming of turning your kitchen into a source of extra income, the new Cottage Food law might just be your dream come true! This class will give you the basics to determine if this is the right route for you.

Day & Date: Sat., Nov. 7-21

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47555

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Doris Hicks is a Class A cottage food operator. She combines two of her passions, baking and gardening, by developing interesting ways to use herbs in baked goods. She designs wreaths and other natural home decor using herbs and flowers from her garden, roadsides, and yards (with permission of course).

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TECHNOLOGY

Simple Video Production: How to Make a Three-Minute Video

With Matt Knight and JoAnn Schuch

This course will take you through the steps necessary to make a simple video to address an issue, tell a story or pass on knowledge.

The course combines demonstrations and hands-on experience to teach you how to develop a story, create a storyboard, collect media assets (photos, video and music) and edit a video.

Participants will wall out with a finished video and knowledge of how to make a simple video on their own.

The course fee includes two-month access to camcorders and editing computers at Access Humboldt as well as a USB storage device for your video project.

Day & Date: Mon., Sept. 14-Oct. 19

Time: noon-2 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $75

Class #: 47558

Location: Access Humboldt CMC, Eureka

Matt Knight worked as a production specialist at Access Humboldt and is now the facility and training coordinator. He previously worked at KEET TV. Matt has extensive experience both in video and audio productions and teaches many of the workshops at Access Humboldt.

JoAnn Schuch is a local filmmaker and community activist who created the documentary film Tricky Bidness and is a founding member of the Redwood Coast Village.

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10 Years

iPhone Basics

With Claire Iris Schencke

Are you new to the world of Apple smart phones and a bit overwhelmed with all they can do? We’ll help you begin to demystify and navigate this fabulous tool. Learn to effectively and efficiently use your iPhone. You will learn how to organize your phone, dictate instead of write texts, mute your phone at night, and many more tips perhaps previously unknown to you. Basic iPhone photography will also be included.

THIS COURSE IS FULL.

Day & Date: Fri., Sept. 11

Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Claire Iris Schencke, a pioneering mobile digital artist, has presented her iPad art at iAMDA in NYC; Apple’s flagship store in SF; the first, second and third mDAC exhibits in Palo Alto; the Humboldt Artist Gallery of the Morris Graves Museum of Art and Eureka Studio Arts. She has taught classes in iPad painting at OLLI, Eureka Studio Arts, and at the Mendocino Art Center. She studied fine art at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden, College of the Redwoods and HSU. She holds an M.A. from Stockholm University and an MBA from Stanford University. She has extensive classroom teaching experience, and a community college teaching certificate. She also gives private lessons in iPad painting. For more about her art, go to her blog.

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Community Media Center Orientation

With Sean McLaughlin

Learn about your local community media resources available at Access Humboldt, which include a TV studio, video field equipment, editing stations, cable TV channels, online archive and more. With Sean McLaughlin.

This class is free, and not eligible for a Jack Pass.

Choose one option from 10 a.m.-noon at Access Humboldt, Del Norte and L streets, Eureka:

OPTION 1

Date: Sat., Sept. 19

Class #: 47560

OPTION 2

Date: Sat., Oct. 17

Class #: 47562

OPTION 3

Date: Sat., Nov. 21

Class #: 47566

Sean McLaughlin is a RITA®-nominated, award-winning author whose eight novels have sold more than half a million copies worldwide. She spent several years serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Romance Writers of America and was its president in 2014. A former instructor at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, Terry has presented workshops on various writing and publishing industry topics throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

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iPad Basics Introduction

With Annie Reid

The class will explore iPad settings, how to add and delete Apps and organize them into folders and the favorites dock determined by your own usage. Connect to the Internet and learn to create and organize bookmarks. Class time will be spent learning features of the Calendar, Clock, Notes and Camera Apps.

A demonstration will show how to transfer files and photos from your iPad to your computer. Students will be encouraged to set-up an iTunes account.

In this basic course you will learn:

  • to power, lock and unlock your iPad
  • about the iPad Home Screen layout and icons
  • to protect the iPad touch screen
  • about the various iPad ports and buttons
  • to use multi-touch hand gestures the various hidden tips and tricks of keyboard usage

Note: these Saturday classes meet on the HSU campus to utilize excellent internet connection. Weekend parking is free and easily accessible to the lab.

Materials: individual ipad; Apple ID login and password; HSU personal login and password.

Day & Date: Sat., Oct. 3-17

Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47561

Location: HSU Campus: Gist Hall 215

Annie Reid is a designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter who works from her North Coast studio. Her artwork has been reproduced in both national and international projects. Through teaching, Reid has shared her enthusiasm for digital media with others for over 20 years (see her website).

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iPhone Photo Fun!

With Bob Doran

Is your iPhone filled with photos that you don’t know what to do with? Are you wishing they were better/stronger photos?

This course will teach you the basic principles of great photography and expose you to assorted photo apps. You will learn how to create and share photos that have a WOW factor!

Join a three-week journey into the exciting and creative land of iPhone photography. You’ll walk away from this class bursting with new knowledge of how to produce and share fabulous photos with your trusty companion.

Day & Date: Tues., Nov. 3-17

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $55

Class #: 47563

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Bob Doran is a photographer and journalist who lives and works in Humboldt County. He has taken pictures and written for various local publications. He currently serves as official photographer for the Arcata Chamber of Commerce.

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iPad as Photo Management

With Annie Reid

Learn to locate, manage and store your photos and images on your iPad. You will learn various ways to share your photographs from your iPad. You will connect to the internet via wi-fi and send photographs and images as attachments. You will learn to download and save photographs sent as attachments. The instructor will demonstrate how to download your photographs to your computer and delete photographs from your iPad.

You will review various apps to use with photographs on the iPad. This course does not cover the art of photography on your iPad.

Materials: individual iPad; Apple ID login and password; HSU personal login and password.

Day & Date: Thurs., Nov. 12 & Sat., Nov. 14

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47565

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (Thurs.) HSU Campus: Gist Hall 215 (Sat.)

Annie Reid: See biography under "iPad Basics Introduction."

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ENVIRONMENT

Humboldt Botanical Garden and OLLI at HSU in Partnership

All those registered in these three courses at the Humboldt Botanical Garden (HBG) will receive a commemorative HBG tote bag.

Humboldt Botanical Garden: History & Future

With Susan MG Tissot and Terry Kramer

Learn about the Humboldt Botanical Garden’s history and future direction. Explore how to propagate perennials from softwood tip cuttings and divisions. Get tips and techniques on rooting media, potting soil, watering, transplanting and growing perennials in containers.

Day & Date: Tues., Aug. 25

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47633

Location: Humboldt Botanical Garden

Susan MG Tissot joined the Humboldt Botanical Garden as its executive director June 2014. She has an M.A. in museum studies and a B.S. in anthropology from Oregon State University. Susan has 28 years of non-profit experience working in five western states and is co-author of Planning for Tourists: Contributions of Museums. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Washington State University Vancouver where she taught public history.

Local horticulturist Terry Kramer has been writing the "North Coast Gardening" column for the Eureka Times Standard for over 30 years. She is the site manager at the Humboldt Botanical Garden.

Humboldt Botanical Garden: Temperate Woodland Garden & Native Plant Garden

With June and Tim Walsh and Terry Kramer

Discover what a temperate woodland garden is and how you can have one at home. Explore the Lost Coast Native Plants Garden and learn techniques to apply to your home garden. 

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Humboldt Botanical Garden: All Happy Now Earth Mound

With Peter Santino

Hike through the HBG and up to the 100-foot diameter earth mound created by local artist Peter Santino. Santino will discuss how his travels in Europe led to the creation of the All Happy Now earth mound at HBG. All Happy Now is the only earth mound of its size in North America.

Day & Date: Tues., Sept. 8

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47635

Location: Humboldt Botanical Garden

Fourth generation local artist Peter Santino graduated from Eureka High School in 1966 and left in the early 1970s to pursue a career in the art world, spending time in Seattle, New York City, and Italy before returning to his hometown. Since his return, nearly all of his exhibitions have been in Europe. In 2001 he created a 66’ diameter double spiral ziggurat of earth and grass for an international sculpture exhibition entitled Sonsbeek 9 in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The very popular All Happy Now installation at the Humboldt Botanical Gardens is a larger 100’ diameter earth and grass ziggurat composed of two slowly rising and expanding spiral ramps.

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Living with Birds in Your Home Garden

With Terry Kramer

You can attract a number of song birds to your garden without using vermin-attracting seed feeders. This class will show you how to make a bird-friendly garden using water and bird baths, as well as landscaping with flowers, shrubs and trees.

Day & Date: Mon., Oct. 12

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47632

Location: Humboldt Botanical Garden

Terry Kramer: See biography under "Humboldt Botanical Garden: History & Future."

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10 Years

10 Birding Tips

With Louise Bacon-Ogden

This class is a culmination of the many classes taught by Louise Bacon-Ogden through the history of OLLI.

A "quickie" on equipment, ethics, habitat, bird songs and common birds! To honor OLLI’s ten years, Louise Bacon-Ogden is teaching one class that is the culmination of all the classes she has offered. This is just to whet your appetite. Join the fun!

Day & Date: Fri., Sept. 11

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $10

Class #: 47567

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Louise Bacon Ogden has loved birds since childhood. She owned and operated Strictly for the Birds for 14 years. Since retiring in 2004, she continues to share her love and joy of birds with others.

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Gardening for Birds

With Louise Bacon-Ogden

Do you love birds and also love gardening? Learn how to plant flowers and bushes to attract a larger variety of birds into your backyard. Nectar flowers, berry-bearing plants and trees can create an attractive habitat for birds and humans. For fun, add a bush pile and water features. Creating a paradise for birds can be simple.

Day & Date: Thurs., Sept. 17

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $30

Class #: 47568

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Louise Bacon Ogden: See biography under "10 Birding Tips."

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Joy’s Rustic Garden

With Joy Frasier

Experience the design and hear about the creation of this unique, architectural garden that surrounds a labyrinth design from the 13th century.

Gardens can reflect the designer’s passion through repurposing of treasures and significant imagination. Stroll through Joy’s rustic garden and enjoy this special space created, designed and built for continued pleasure.

Inside the garden walls, students will find a meditational labyrinth walk, antique garden structures, old wood and metal items. Originally a bare piece of ground, Joy’s Garden has grown into a beautiful, vine-covered haven. The unique design includes a long wall with doors and windows which face the Van Duzer River Valley.

This class includes a field trip. All participants will be required to complete a release of liability form in advance of the trip. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for unpredictable weather, and bring water.

Day & Date: Sat., Sept. 26

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $40

Class #: 47569

Location: Joy’s Rustic Garden, Fortuna

Joy Frasier has always been interested in the creative expressive arts. She graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts. She earned her M.A. in drama at Cal State University Los Angeles. She taught drama and directed plays at CR. She earned a Masters of Social Work at U of Hawaii. Presently she is in private practice in the Humboldt area under Joy B. Worrell, LCSW. She published an autobiography with poetry in 2010, What’s Passion Got To Do With It? She has also performed at North Coast Repertory Theater, written two plays, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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Dam-nation or a River Wild? Ten Case Studies of Dams

With Mary Ann Madej

The U.S. has more than 75,000 large dams on rivers, and countless smaller impoundments on ranches, mill sites, etc. Some dams are just 10-foot high earthen structures that form a stock pond for cattle, whereas others, such as the Grand Coulee, Hoover, and Glen Canyon dams, are massive structures affecting water supplies in several states and even other nations. Outside of the U.S., the Three Gorges Dam in China is an example of a dam having large-ranging effects on cities, local cultures, agriculture, politics, etc.

Locally, we have debates over dams on the Klamath River, the timing and size of Trinity River dam releases, and possible diversions of Mad River water to locales outside of Humboldt County. What are the pros and cons of dams? Why would we want to remove dams and what might be the consequences? In these two sessions, we’ll discuss the physical and biological advantages and disadvantages of dams in general, and then focus on local concerns.

Choose one of two sessions:

Option 1

Date: Mon., Nov. 9 & 16

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47570

Location: McKinleyville Library Conference Center

Option 2

Date: Tues., Nov. 10 & 17

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47571

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Dr. Mary Ann Madej worked as a fluvial geomorphologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior for 35 years, where she monitored river channel changes for decades. She has helped assess several dams around the U.S. and has examined dams in many other countries.

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INTRODUCTION TO SEA KAYAKING COURSES

With Larry Buwalda

OLLI members are well-aquainted with the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. This sea kayaking series offers an opportunity to become familiar with the aqua-environment surrounding this beautiful learning space.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking 100: On Land

This on-land session will focus on the anatomy of boats, proper outfitting and gear, and everything else you need to know before you get your toes wet. This is a great way to feel more comfortable and confident about the sport before your first kayaking lesson. This course is the first in a series that will help you become a competent and safe sea kayaker.

This course is not eligible for a Jack Pass.

Day & Date: Mon., Sept. 14

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Fee: Free

Class #: 47637

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Introduction to Sea Kayaking 101

The North Coast has some of the most scenic and pristine coastline available for sea kayaking, and an experienced and professional guiding team can give you the skills and confidence to be able to explore some of it on your own. Instructors will cover boat handling, improved paddling efficiency, tides, currents, weather and water safety considerations.

Day & Date: Mon., Sept. 21

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47638

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Introduction to Sea Kayaking 102

This is the third of four introductory kayak classes; however, beginners are still welcome and able to join! Experienced and professional instructors will continue to cover boat handling, paddling efficiency, and safety techniques. They will also introduce intermediate techniques such as self and assisted rescues and priorities, channel traffic signals, and intermediary paddle strokes.

Day & Date: Mon., Sept. 28

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47639

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Introduction to Sea Kayaking 103

This is the last of four introductory sea kayak classes. Move into more intermediate and advanced sea kayaking topics and skill practices, such as wet exits, bracing, t-rescues, heel hooks, rescue aids, and other techniques to further your experience as a sea kayaker. Experienced instructors will follow you through your progression and give you the feedback and attention you need to become an excellent sea kayaker.

Day & Date: Mon., Oct. 5

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Fee: OLLI Members $45

Class #: 47640

Location: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

OLLI MEMBERS ONLY: Take the complete series and save 10%.

Fee for complete kayaking series: OLLI Members $120

Class #:47656

Larry Buwalda has been sea kayaking the North Coast for over thirty years. He has been involved in the high quality outdoor equipment outfitting business from the inception of that industry. Larry loves to share his passion for kayaking and the outdoors through a deep involvement in our local sea kayaking club, the North Coast Explorers.

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