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SPRING 2015: OLLI Course Index

OLLI members have first priority registration for courses. Anyone may register for an OLLI class; however, nonmembers must pay $25 additional fee per class. Up until the week before the course begins, nonmembers may be dropped from the course if space is limited and members wish to enroll.

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Course Title Day of Week Start Date
Composing & Rendering Still Life Su 02/15
OLLI at the Opera: Capuleti Su 03/22
Traveling: How to Pack Option 1 M 02/02
Intro to iPad Basics FULL  
Learn to Draw Option 2 M 02/02
Gentle Yoga 1 M 02/02
Tai Chi Made EZ Part 1 M 02/02
Memoir Option 1 M 02/02
Last Words: Write Your Obituary M 02/16
Brain Health M 02/23
Matewan M 03/02
Gentle Yoga 2 M 03/02
Tai Chi Made EZ Part 2 M 03/16
The Universe in a Nutshell M 03/30
What is a Healthy Diet These Days? M 04/20
Guide to the Beatles’ Best Songs M 04/06
Simple Video Production M 04/06
Gentle Yoga 3 M 04/06
Landscape Design M 04/06
Gentle Yoga 4 M 05/04
Book Arts: Concertina Spine T 02/17
Special Interest Group: Jung Group T 02/03
Alaska: Ultimate Travel Destination FULL 02/03
Rise of Sexual Art in Vienna T 02/03
Fanning the Fire T 02/03
Learn to Draw Option 1 T 02/03
Ottoman Empire & Middle East T 02/03
Native American Spirituality POSTPONED  
Special Interest Group: Writing T 02/10
Creative Travel Photography CANCELLED  
Creative Nonfiction Writing T 02/17
Special Interest Group: Bridge Group T 02/24
Communication in Crisis CANCELLED  
Memoir Option 2 T 03/03
Surfing the Silver Tsunami T 03/03
North Coast Artists Showcase T 03/24
Unconventional International Travel T 03/24
Exploring the Eastern High Sierra T 03/24
Walking the Camino T 03/24
Let Our Voices Twine T 04/14
Fun with Glass Etching T 04/14
Five Remarkable Jetliners CANCELLED  
Pain: Family Doctor’s Perspective T 04/07
Fossils & the Evolution of Life T 04/07
Book Arts: Coptic Stitch CANCELLED
Using Your iPad as a Mobile Library T 04/14
It is Your Estate T 05/05
Art of Living W 02/04
Appreciating Poetry I Option 1 CANCELLED  
Selling Your Books W 02/11
Opening the Gates: SoulCollage® W 02/11
Special Interest Group: SoulCollage® W 02/11
Special Interest Group: Writing Critique W 02/11
Basic Audio Principles Option 1 W 02/18
Special Interest Group: Book Group W 02/18
Managing Photos on your iPad W 02/25
Pilates Plus for OLLI Option 1 W 03/04
Contract Bridge for Beginners W 03/04
Contract Bridge for Intermediates W 03/04
Appreciating Poetry I: Option 2 CANCELLED  
Eureka Symphony Concert - March CANCELLED  
ISIS W 03/25
Walking: The Universal Cure W 04/01
What the Buddha Taught W 04/01
Spaghettis: The Last of Westerns W 04/01
Eureka Symphony Concert - April W 04/15
Pilates Plus for OLLI Option 2 W 04/22
Appreciating Poetry II CANCELLED  
Basic Audio Principles Option 2 W 05/25
Appreciating Poetry III CANCELLED  
Basic Audio Principles Option 2 W 05/20
Eureka Symphony Concert CANCELLED  
Special Interest Group: Genealogy Th 02/05
The Brains of Leonardos Th 02/05
Traveling: How to Pack Option 2 Th 02/05
Death, Tea & Cupcakes Th 02/05
Well-Being & Happiness Option 1 Th 02/05
Life & Films of Katharine Hepburn Th 02/05
Understanding French Culture Th 02/05
Explore South African Travel Th 02/12
Special Interest Group: Tattered Pages Th 02/12
Photography Using iPad, iPhone Th 02/26
Galapagos: Darwin & Natural Selection Th 05/07
Learn to Draw: Light & Shadow Th 03/26
Papyrus to Pixels Th 03/26
Well-Being & Happiness Option 2 Th 03/26
Similar Bird Species Th 04/23
Pain: Family Doctor’s Perspective Option 2 Th 04/09
Intro to Steel Drums Option 1 F 02/06
North of the “River of Doves” Option 1 F 02/06
Intro to Steel Drums Option 2 F 03/06
Botanical Drawing Workshop F 04/17
Arthritis in Our Community F 04/17
Watershed Heroes FULL 05/01
Restoration & Renewal RNSP F 05/01
Video Production Option 1 CANCELLED  
North of the “River of Doves” Option 2 Sa 02/07
Seven Principles for Relationships Sa 02/14
Conscious Elder CANCELLED  
Community Media Orientation Option 1 Sa 02/21
Video Production Option 2 Sa 03/07
After the First Draft Sa 03/07
Community Media Orientation Option 2 Sa 02/21
Community Media Orientation Option 3 Sa 04/18
Armchair Traveler: Architecture Sa 04/18
Making the Most of Your Second Half Sa 04/18
African Song Circle Sa 04/25
Community Media Orientation Option 1V Sa 05/01
Humboldt County Redwoods Sa 05/16
Straight From the Horse’s Mouth Sa 05/02

The Art of Living

Brown Bag Lunch
Presentations & Discussions

All sessions are noon-1:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatics Center, Eureka

FREE to OLLI Members (27851)

1st Wednesday...

Senior Village Exploration

Join with others interested in the Senior Village concept in an exploration of important topics related to designing the right Village for our communities.

Feb. 4 - It Takes a Village: Exploration

A review of the initial exploratory steps needed locally and more detailed information from the survey.

March 4 - It Takes a Village: Ideas for Action, Part I

Discussion regarding where a Village should focus its initial services and efforts. What types of services are priorities starting out?

April 1 - It Takes a Village: Ideas for Action, Part II

Continuing the discussion from March. What is still missing? What is next?

May 6 - It Takes a Village: Development Phase

We have been doing a lot of exploratory activities. Are we ready to move into the development phase? A review of what it takes to develop a Village after the exploratory phase.

2nd Wednesday...

Conversations on Aging

Feb 11: Mari Bongiovanni

Join us for a lively, open discussion of the many program offered by Road Scholar. Not-for-profit Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Newcomers should walk away with a knowledge of the breath and depth of learning adventures available to them in the U.S. and abroad.

March 11: Louisa Rogers

Louisa grew up abroad and has lived in eight countries. She has enjoyed a range of careers, from ESL teacher to weight loss consultant, freelance writer to management trainer/ coach. Currently she maintains a part-time consulting and training business while still managing to live in Mexico part of the year, explore other countries, try different fitness pursuits, and write. Her articles on personal development and wellness have been published internationally.

April 8: Mary Gelinas, Ed.D. & Roger James, Ed.D.

Mary and Roger are the managing directors of Gelinas James, Inc., an organization development consulting and training firm in Arcata. They are also co-directors of the Cascadia Center for Leadership. They have served organizations and boards of directors in local and national business, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors. Mary and Roger have co-authored many books, articles, and papers in the areas of organization and leadership development, consulting, and change management. For additional information, visit and

May 13: Jane Hill

Jane Hill has served as executive director for a variety of performing arts organizations including the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera Omaha and currently the Eureka Symphony. Hill was co-founder, master teacher of melodrama and development director for Dell'Arte International.

3rd Wednesday...

Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright implements some of the world's most prestigious and innovative scholarship programs, providing talent from around the world with access to leading institutions of higher education and international experience. These programs are critical to promoting mutual understanding, and developing global leaders. Three of Humboldt's Fulbright Scholars will share about their studies, experiences and travel.

Feb 18: Tom Gage

Professor Emeritus in English, Dr. Tom Gage served as Senior Fulbright Scholar in American Studies at the University of Aleppo in 1983-84. In the Faculty of Letters, he taught American Literature in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and a graduate class in Syntax.

March 18: HSU Spring Break closure

April 15: JeDon Emenhiser

Professor Emenhiser received Fulbright professorships to the University of Saigon, Vietnam in 1964-65 and to the Université de Mons, Belgium, in 2004, where he was a visiting professor in the inter-university American Studies master's program.

May 20: Tasha Souza

In January 2014, Tasha Souza received the Fulbright Teaching grant award at UWI-Cave Hill in Barbados, where she teamed with the newly established Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). There, she facilitated workshops and supported and developed programs for faculty.


4th Wednesday...

Creating Community Assets: A Community Forum

Individuals and groups in Humboldt County have visualized and created positive change resulting in programs, businesses and environmental achievements. Learn the creation stories of some major community assets.

Feb. 25: Cindy Bedingfield, Executive Director, Redwood Acres

Many have visited Redwood Acres for various events. Learn how this active events center was created, and how it developed a multitude of functions including stables, a race track, campground, the housing of a native plant business, and the incubation of a growing gluten-free dessert business. How's it working, and what's next?

March 25: Paul "Yashi" Lubitz, Co-Owner, Holly Yashi

The distinctive jewelry produced by Holly Yashi is well recognized both locally and internationally. This innovative company has become a destination for travelers to Arcata who tour the facility and observe artisans manufacturing jewelry. Discover how these two entrepreneurs, Paul and Holly, envisioned and developed this thriving business.

April 22: Janne Gibbs, President, Eureka Woman's Club

The Eureka Woman's Club was founded in 1901 as a gathering of women to both socialize and work together in the interest of promoting civic and social issues. Learn about the group that founded the club, its mission, its activities, and how that mission has evolved to address the needs of today, including its new venture for women at work.

May 27: Jemima Hart, Executive Director/Curator, Humboldt Arts Council

The Humboldt Arts Council at the Morris Graves Museum provides a unique view of local art history and an array of educating and entertaining arts programs, with multiple annual exhibitions featuring local and regional artists. Visit with Jemima Hart as she tells the museum's story and evolution into the multifaceted treasure we experience today.

5th Wednesday...

April 29: Membership Meeting

OLLI Members are invited to share what they like about OLLI and in what direction they would like to see the program develop. OLLI leadership will share strategic planning efforts guiding the future of OLLI at HSU.


Gentle Yoga

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 .......... Mon., Feb. 2-23

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27772)

OPTION 2 .......... Mon., March 2-23 (no class March 16)

fee .......... members $50/all others $75 (27773)

OPTION 3 .......... Mon., April 6-27

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27774)

OPTION 4 .......... Mon., May 4-18

fee .......... members $50/all others $75 (27775)

ALL SESSIONS .......... Mondays, Feb. 2-May 18 (no class March 16 or 30)

fee .......... members $230/all others $330 (27776)

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.


Walking: The Universal Cure

Want to have more energy? Gain strength? A better mood? Live longer? Lose weight? Not only is walking in nature restorative, it’s affordable and accessible to anyone. In this class we’ll discuss the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of walking, including how to get started on a walking program that works for you; where, when and how often to walk; how to build speed and distance, how to stay safe; and walking as meditation. With Louisa Rogers.

date .......... Wed., April 1

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $25/all others $50 (27777)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Louisa Rogers is an “adult-onset fitness lover,” a business trainer, management consultant and former weight loss counselor. She grew up overweight and out of shape, but became active in her 20s, lost 30 pounds, and never looked back. Her articles on fitness, self-development and well-being have been published nationally and internationally.


Brain Health

When we’re not as sharp as usual, we’re told it is due to getting old. Then some day we may be given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s with no good treatment options. These diseases do not just rise out of a vacuum. New research shows there is a predictable pattern leading to brain degeneration.

By learning how to take care of one’s brain, we can live life to the fullest. The goal of this class is to empower you to be aware of how your brain is affected by what you do, and how you can develop the knowledge to make healthy choices. With John Yamas.

date .......... Mon., Feb. 23 & March 2

time .......... 7-9 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27783)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

John Yamas has a professional certificate in Oriental Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. John became a California licensed accupunturist in 1986 and earned his doctorate from the SAMRA college of Oriental Medicine in 1988. He started his Carcat practice in 1988. He has been studying various forms of natural medicine since then.


What is a Healthy Diet These Days?

Are you left confused or overwhelmed by too many messages in the media about what’s healthy and what’s not? This course will cover cutting-edge nutrition theories:

  • Why calories-in/calories-out has been replaced by a new model
  • Why good fats are essential for maintaining a balanced metabolism and weight loss
  • Why eliminating gluten is more and more common
  • How gut-ecology is the basis of a strong immune system
  • How sugar consumption impacts the body
  • How to assess the claims of super foods
  • How diet is related to contemporary health conditions such as inflammatory diseases, autoimmune disorders, and diabesity.

You will receive tools such as food plans, a guide to local alternative food sources, online resources and recipes that will aid those inspired to make changes. With Carlisle Douglas.

date .......... Mon., April 20-May 4

time .......... 3-5 p.m.

fee .......... members $55/all others $80 (27784)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Carlisle Douglas, MA, CMT, is passionate about the power of nutrition to build healthy lives and communities. She has been conscientious to maintain a healthy diet through the decades and observant of how the definition of healthy diet keeps changing over time. 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 in Arcata, facilitates a dietary change support group, and is currently an online student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.


Tai Chi Made EZ

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.

In Part II, we will be adding new movement called Sun Style, that will build on what we learned in Part I. Students must have taken Part I or have taken a previous Tai Chi course with the instructor to register for Part II. With certified instructor Glenda Hesseltine, MA.

Choose one or both sessions held 3-4:30 p.m. at the Arcata Presbyterian Church, 670 11th St., Arcata:

PART 1 .......... Mon., Feb. 2-March 9

fee .......... members $70/all others $95 (27778)

PART 2 .......... Mon., March 16-April 20

fee .......... members $70/all others $95 (27779)

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.


Pilates Plus for OLLI

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.

Bring a mat, towel and water bottle.

Choose one or both sessions held 10-11:30 a.m.:

OPTION 1: Eureka

date .......... Wed., March 4-April 15 (no class March 18)

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27780)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

OPTION 2: McKinleyville

date .......... Wed., April 22-May 13

fee .......... members $50/all others $75 (27781)

place .......... United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer, 1944 Central Ave., 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.


Pain: A Family Doctor’s Perspective

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. With Dr. Michael Willett.

Choose one session held at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center:

OPTION 1 .......... Tues., April 7-21

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $55/all others $80 (27900)

OPTION 2 .......... Thurs., April 9-23

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $55/all others $80 (27901)

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.


Arthritis in Our Community

Join this interactive discussion on arthritis presented by health care professionals.

Following a complementary buffet lunch, participants will learn about the types of arthritis, the impact and various treatments of the disease.

An optional aqua-arthritis exercise class will be provided in the Vector warm water pool at no additional cost. With various health care professionals.

date .......... Fri., April 17

time .......... 12:30-4:30 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27782)

place .......... Vector Aquatic Center, 3289 Edgewood Rd., Eureka


Contract Bridge for Beginners

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. With Robert Fornes.

date .......... Wed., March 4-April 15 (no class March 18)

time .......... 10 a.m.-noon

fee .......... members $75/all others $100 (27809)

place .......... 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.


Contract Bridge for Intermediates

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 a completed the Beginning Bridge class and all others who are comfortable with bidding. With Robert Fornes.

date .......... Wed., March 4-April 15 (no class March 18)

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $75/all others $100 (27810)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Robert Fornes: See biography under “Contract Bridge for Beginners.”


The Universe in a Nutshell: An Introduction to Modern Astronomy

This course will help provide a conceptual foundation of the universe as we currently understand it, including origins of, energy and forces within, and interactions throughout.

We will explore the latest discoveries from within and outside of our solar system, as well as how we have gathered and interpreted this information from across the universe.

Hands-on activities will be an integral part of each presentation to demonstrate key scientific principles and apparatus used by astronomers in their quest for understanding our universe.

Weather permitting, we will also schedule an evening under the stars to observe the universe first-hand through telescopes and with the naked eye. With Mark Bailey.

This class includes a field trip. All participants will be required to complete a release of liability form in advance of the trip.

date .......... Mon., March 30-May 11, one date TBD

time .......... 4-6 p.m.

fee .......... members $75/all others $100 (27785)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center/Field Trip

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 every grade level in the sciences from kindergarten to college level college courses and emphasizes exploratory learning as well as the latest up-to-date topic matter.


Similar Bird Species

Are you a beginning birder who feels frustrated trying to identify similar birds? A slide show, lecture and hand-outs will help you learn to recognize key characteristics. A Saturday morning field trip to the Arcata Marsh will provide the opportunity to try out your new skills. With Louise Bacon Ogden.

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.

date .......... Thurs., April 23 & Sat., April 25

time .......... Thurs.: 6-8 p.m. Sat., 9-11 a.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27786)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center/Field Trip (Personal vehicles to Arcata Marsh)

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.


Fossils & the Evolution of Life Through Time

Using the collections at the new HSU Natural History Museum we will look at the origins and evolution of life from the origin of the Earth to recent times.

The course will focus on the displays of the museum’s “Life Through Time” exhibits. With Richard A. Paselk.

date .......... Tues. & Thurs., April 7-23

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $75/all others $100 (27899)

place .......... HSU Natural History Museum

Richard A. Paselk, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Humboldt State University, received his BS in biophysics from Cal State Los Angeles and his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Southern California. He has volunteered at the HSU Natural History Museum since 1996. He was appointed associate curator in recognition of his work. With his wife, Gail, he updated and refusbished the “Life Through Time” exhibit cases at the Museum.


The Brains of Leonardos: A Discussion of Leonard Shlain’s Posthumus Essay on da Vinci

The class will discuss Leonard Shlain’s posthumous work Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius. Dr. Leonard Shlain’s neurological generalizations provided insights into one of the world’s greatest minds.

Shlain was recognized as a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery. As a practitioner operating on scores of patients at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, Shlain derived hypotheses into the relationship between art and science, into how literacy influenced mythology, religion, and misogyny, and revealed how women introduced reason to human evolution. Each of these hypotheses resulted in several national best selling books. In his last book, Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius, Shlain focused on a particular case from which generalizations of earlier essays explain how artists create and how scientists discover. With Tom Gage.

Recommended reading (books by Leonard Shlain): Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius; Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light; The Alphabet versus the Goddess: The Conflict between Word and Image; and Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 5-26

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27787)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Tom Gage is Professor Emeritus in English, HSU. Gage, a personal friend of the author Leonard Shlain, edited Shlain’s last two books and has taught a number of OLLI classes on Shlain’s essays, featuring the author and recently featuring his widow.


North of the “River of Doves:” Historic Sites from Little River to Klamath River

The “Rio de las Tortolas” (River of the Doves) was the name given to the Little River by the Spanish in 1575. We’ll start with the doves and move north all the way in Del Norte County, looking at locations both scenic and historic.

Learn about the first seat of Klamath County (Trinidad), the “Teddy Bear” fire of 1908 (Luffenholtz), and the fraud that preceded a president’s wife (Lady Bird Johnson).

We’ll conclude at the Rio de los Osos (River of the Bears) -- the Klamath. With Jerry and Gisela Rohde.

Choose one session:

OPTION 1: Trinidad

date .......... Fri., Feb. 6, 1-3 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27788)

place .......... Trinidad Library

OPTION 2: Eureka

date .......... Sat., Feb. 7, 1-3 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27789)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Jerry and Gisela Rohde teach OLLI courses every semester. They have co-authored four guidebooks to the Pacific Northwest and frequently give public presentations. They have visited and studied most parts of Humboldt County, except for certain agricultural areas.


The Celts in the British Isles & Ireland

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. With Richard Woods and Bernadette M. Cheyne.


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.


The Armchair Traveler: From Temples to Trading Posts -- The Architecture of Humboldt County

From Classical Greek to Frontier Rustic, Humboldt County has been home to hundreds of striking structures. We’ll see several score, both vanished and still visible, as we take to our armchairs for another adventure into the county’s history.

We’ll compare the “twin” banks, designed by Humboldt’s premier architect; we’ll view a quartet of beautiful bridges by the master of reinforced concrete, John Buck Leonard; we’ll look at hotels and inns, saloons and stores, and all the other types of buildings that have defined the appearance of Humboldt County. And we’ll do it all in the comfort of the classroom in our OLLI armchairs. Come along for the ride! With Jerry and Gisela Rohde.

date .......... Sat., April 18

time .......... 1-3 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27792)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have rambled over Humboldt County for over 35 years. They have given tours for the HSU Natural History Museum, the Humboldt County Historical Society, Elderhostel, RoadScholar, and OLLI.


Humboldt County Redwoods: From Trees to Logs to Lumber

Humboldt County made its reputation with its redwood products. We’ll trace the transformation of old-growth redwoods into first logs and then lumber as we look at old-time logging “shows” that levelled large tracts of forest; transported the resultant logs by water, trains, and trucks; and then cut them into lumber in picturesque but often primitive mills.

We’ll also look at 2x4s and other products that were shipped by land and sea. So don your hard hat, hitch up your suspenders, and join us among the steam donkeys as we yard in yet another load of logging memories. With Jerry and Gisela Rohde.

date .......... Sat., May 16

time .......... 1-3 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27793)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Jerry & Gisela Rohde teach OLLI classes each semester. They have written four guidebooks to the Pacific Northwest, led numerous tours, and frequently give public lectures on Humboldt County history.


After the First Draft: Revision Strategies for Writers

You’ve banged out a first draft of an essay, or a story, or a memoir ... and while you’re reasonably happy with what’s emerging, you know there’s more work to do. But how? What do you do next? What’s involved in that murky step called “revision,” where you add and cut and tune up your lines to make your text a better experience for your readers?

In this one-session dunk-tank of a class, we’ll look at various revision strategies that will help you revisit your work, both at a global level and at the sentence level. We’ll borrow the wisdom of writers like Peter Elbow, Steve Almond, Joe Glazer, and Carol Bly, and in-class exercises will sharpen our eyes and our ears.

Please arrive with a finished draft of one piece of your own writing, anywhere from one to ten pages. With Heal McKnight.

date .......... Sat., March 7

time .......... 10 a.m.-noon

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27794)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Heal McKnight is a recent transplant from the Midwest. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, and has taught college-level writing courses for 13 years. Her essays have been published in Brevity, poemmemoirstory, and Brain,Child.


From Papyrus to Pixels: Evolution of the Book

Although it’s taken 5,000 years to get from the earliest writing to e-books, some steps on the way have been so groundbreaking that they changed just about everything -- invention of the alphabet; discovery of papyrus and papermaking; transition from the scroll to the codex (i.e. book); moveable type; invention of reading glasses; Gutenberg’s mechanization of the printing process; and the computer revolution.

Take a whirlwind tour through five millennia of writing and book history, with particular emphasis on how the revolution wrought by Johannes Gutenberg changed the world; and what today’s digital revolution bodes for the future of reading. With Barry Evans.

date .......... Thurs., March 26

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $25/all others $50 (27791)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Barry Evans’ fascination with writing and books stems from seeing 4000-year-old cuneiform clay tablets in the British Museum many years ago. He writes the “Field Notes” column for the North Coast Journal.


Creative Nonfiction Writing

Creative nonfiction is artful writing about real stuff: historical events, interesting people or places, moments from your life that you’d like to examine further. It’s travel writing, nature writing, and other things called “essays” -- but not just the essays you may have written in school. These essays are better. Lifelike. Honest. The creative nonfiction writer works to show his or her readers how a quirky, alert, and thoughtful mind makes sense of real life’s dazzling and befuddling offerings.

This class gathers together people interested in writing creative nonfiction. We’ll familiarize ourselves with the genre by reading the work of published writers, then we’ll turn our attention to the work of people in the class. With Heal McKnight.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 24, 31, April 7

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $75/all others $100 (27795)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Heal McKnight: see bio under “After the First Draft: Revision Strategies for Writers.”


Selling Your Books

You’ve just completed your first book, or your twelfth. That’s the easy part. Now comes the real work: selling your book -- a process for which most writers feel no affinity.

This course will help writers to think of book marketing as an extension of the creative process. Learn to master the unfamiliar challenges of selling books, use the various sales and promotional channels, understand the economics and trade-offs of each one and finally, select the ones that best fit your needs.

Learn to use Google Analytics, Amazon and Google reports and other software tools to produce and sell industry-standard books. With JJ Semple.

date .......... Wed., Feb. 11-March 11

time .......... 4-6 p.m.

fee .......... members $70/all others $95 (27799)

place .......... 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.


Last Words: How to Write Your Own Obituary

Through reflective writing and discussion, we will venture beyond the “nuts and bolts” of obituary writing with an historical overview of how societies mark members’ passing, survey the time-honored ways of paying tribute to someone’s memory, and learn skills for writing your own or another’s story. With Carol McFarland.

date .......... Mon., Wed. & Fri., Feb. 16, 18 & 20

time .......... 2-3:30 p.m.

fee .......... members $55/all others $80 (27798)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Carol McFarland’s interest in obituaries began at age 15 as an intern journalist when she acquired the basics of obituary writing; and as a result of this early experience she remains a lifelong reader (and sometimes writer) of obituaries since they stimulate the autobiographical and historical research family legacies are founded upon.


Memoir: Writing Your Life Story

This course is designed to help you write your memoir. To that end, you will engage in the process of life review, reflection and assessment through drawing and writing exercises. Word association, memory clusters, questions and class discussion will help you remember and recall memories and sort and organize essential information.

The focus of this course is to discover and write about what matters most to you. It is an invitation to encourage you to explore your authentic self. Your story is a journey to wholeness and a treasured gift to loved ones.

The class welcomes participants who are just starting to think about writing their memoir or those who have taken other memoir writing classes and have a project started. Includes workbook. With Sharon Ferrett.

Choose one session:

OPTION 1: McKinleyville

date .......... Mon., Feb. 2-March 2

time .......... 4-6 p.m.

fee .......... members $60/all others $85 (27796)

place .......... Timber Ridge of McKinleyville, 1400 Nursery Rd., McKinleyville

OPTION 2: Trinidad

date .......... Tues., March 3-31

time .......... 4-6 p.m.

fee .......... members $60/all others $85 (27797)

place .......... Trinidad Library

Sharon K. Ferrett, PhD, 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.


The Galapagos, Darwin & Natural Selection: The Tour Without the Airfare

Sit back and enjoy a tour of the Galapagos Islands, best known for wonderful and exotic wildlife: giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, blue-footed boobies, giant frigate birds, waved albatross, and many more.

Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos in 1836 while travelling with Robert Fitzroy on the voyage of the Beagle. During his five weeks in the Galapagos, Darwin observed many bird species endemic to particular islands, which were similar to those on other islands but differing in their adaptation to their local environment. These observations were a primary influence in his development of his theory of natural selection. With Rollie Lamberson and Rick Vrem.

date .......... Thurs., May 7 [Note: This date has changed]

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27800)

place .......... 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 travel extensively and recently visited the Galapagos.


Five Remarkable Jetliners: Amazing Facts & the Stories

From the Wright Brothers to the Airbus A380, investigate the current line-up of popular jetliners by Boeing and Airbus, notably the 747, 777, Dreamliner, A330 and A380 and look at the major themes in the future of aviation. The sessions will be illustrated by videos and accounts of major incidents.

A retired 747 pilot will also join the class to discuss fear of flying, share his personal experiences as a pilot, and open a dialogue with the group. With Laurent Cleenewerck.


Laurent Cleenewerck is a regular OLLI faculty member with a long-standing passion for jetliners and airline safety.


Explore South African Travel

Geckos in your shower, lions wandering through camp, and a waterfall that dwarfs Niagara -- these are just a few of the wonders of southern Africa.

In this class discussion we will visit game reserves in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, explore Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Soweto and much more. Discuss planning and arranging your dream trip to Africa: options, considerations, and realities. With Rollie Lamberson.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 12 & 19

time .......... 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27801)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Rollie Lamberson is retired from the HSU faculty where he was a professor of mathematics and coordinator of the environmental systems program. He has traveled extensively in southern Africa and lived in South Africa at the time of the transition from white to black government.


Alaska: The Ultimate Travel Destination

Learn about the five distinct travel regions of Alaska, including their incredibly diverse artistic, cultural, economic, environmental, geographic and visual attributes. Alaska is an ever-changing destination with many travel opportunities. Learn what has changed over time and what hasn’t.

If you are planning or thinking about a trip to Alaska, then this is the class for you. Plan an itinerary to maximize your vacation or extended stay in our 49th state. Alaskan modes of transportation, accommodations, tours, events and activities will be discussed for the state and the regions. With John Palmquist.


date .......... Tues., Feb. 3 & 10

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

place .......... 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.


Exploring the Eastern High Sierra of California

This course will provide information and inspiration to people wanting to day hike and backpack in California’s beautiful eastern high Sierra mountains. We will cover the area from Horseshoe Meadows in the south to Yosemite in the north, all approached from the east where the high country is easily accessible.

Learn about necessary equipment, food, access points and logistics, possible routes and their difficulty, and best times to go. With Peter Lehman.

date .......... Tues. & Thurs., March 24 & 26

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27802)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Peter Lehman is founding director of the Schatz Energy Research Center and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Resources Engineering at HSU. He is an avid wilderness traveler and mountaineer. Together with his wife Carolyn, he has backpacked and canoed extensively in the western U.S., Canada, and Alaska. He is especially fond of the eastern high Sierra of California where he has hiked and climbed for over 40 years.


Unconventional International Travel

Explore the many creative, non-standard options for international travel available today. Not only are these more economical than conventional ways of traveling overseas, but they offer more opportunities to meet local people and learn about their culture. Among others, we’ll discuss house-sitting, home-stays and home exchanges; room and house rentals (including Airbnb and VRBO); “couchsurfing” and Servas; walking tours; and volunteering on farms, boats and with aid organizations. With Louisa Rogers and Barry Evans.

date .......... Tues., March 24

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $25/all others $50 (27804)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Louisa Rogers and Barry Evans have implemented many of these ideas, including volunteering (all expenses paid) in Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Ghana and Bangladesh.


Traveling: What to Take & How to Pack

Considering the needs of a mature traveler and today’s travel environment, learn what and how to pack realistically. Which documents to take, personal medical needs, security of belongings and TSA requirements will also be addressed.

Presenter will provide packing lists and tips to help participants learn packing techniques and to share ideas for more enjoyable travel experiences. With John Palmquist.

Choose one session:

OPTION 1: McKinleyville

date .......... Mon., Feb. 2

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27806)

place .......... McKinleyville Library Conference Room

OPTION 2: Eureka

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 5

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27807)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

John Palmquist: See biography under “Alaska: The Ultimate Travel Destination.”


Walking the Camino

Are you intrigued by the ancient pilgrimage routes of Europe? Can you imagine yourself walking in the footsteps of medieval Christians, Moors, Romans, and ancient Europeans through the stunning rural countryside of Northern Spain?

This workshop will help you get started planning your own customized adventure. Find out how to choose a route, what to pack, how to find your way and where to stay.

This conversational workshop includes hands-on materials, photographs and handouts including a packing list, tips on traveling light, and a Spanish for Pilgrims glossary. With Carolyn Lehman.

date .......... Tues. & Thurs., March 24 & 26

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27808)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Author and educator Carolyn Lehman walked the full 500-mile Camino Frances across Northern Spain in fall 2013 and returned to hike in the Pyrenees in spring 2014. At HSU, she taught in the English department for the School of Professional Studies. With her husband Peter, Carolyn leads wilderness trips throughout North America. She is the author of Strong at the Heart.

The Seven Principles for Making Relationships Work

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 lectures and private couple exercises.

No one will be asked to disclose personal details in front of others. Come and anticipate spending some quality time with your partner on this romantic Valentine’s Day weekend. With Lou Ann Wieand.

Please register by Feb. 6.

date .......... Sat & Sun, Feb. 14 & 15

time .......... 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $70/all others $95 (27903)

place .......... Harry Griffith Hall, HSU campus

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


Foundations of Well-Being & Happiness

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. With Marilyn Montgomery.

Choose one session held at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center:

OPTION 1 .......... Thurs., Feb. 5-26

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27811)

OPTION 2 .......... Thurs., March 26-April 16

time .......... 4-6 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27812)

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.


Making the Most of Your Second Half

By mid-life all of us have accumulated experiences, skills and wisdom. In this interactive, energizing workshop, we’ll explore where each of us is and where we want to go. Through small group and individual activities and facilitated discussion, we’ll rediscover and honor the strengths we already have and channel them toward our goals.

Whether you want to develop a new talent, tap into your creative side, revive a former dream, or give back to society, this workshop will help you make intentional, thoughtful choices about your future. You’ll leave with a vision, a personal action plan, and a sense of community and support. With Tracey Barnes Priestley and Louisa Rogers.

date .......... Sat., April 18

time .......... 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27813)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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.

Louisa Rogers has lived in 8 countries and 6 states. She’s a management and leadership trainer, a writer, and a coach. Today she divides her life between Eureka and Guanajuato, Mexico.


Opening the Gates of Insight & Wisdom with SoulCollage®

SoulCollage® is an intuitive, expressive art process in which you construct a card deck that becomes a visual journal with deep personal meaning that will support you with life’s questions and transitions.

This process grew out of the work of Carl Jung and James Hillman, the founders of archetypal and depth psychology.

As you start to discover the language of the symbols and images on your cards, they become gateways into your inner wisdom, and you discover a tangible way to know and appreciate the diversity and depth of who you are.

In this series of classes, you will learn how to create the cards, using images that will be provided. The work of card making is easy and fun; you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the process.

This course is designed for both beginners and those who are experienced in the SoulCollage® process.

All materials will be provided. With Marilyn Montgomery.

date .......... Wed., Feb. 11-March 4

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27814)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Marilyn Montgomery is a SoulCollage® facilitator and is passionate about the transformative power of working with images and symbols in ways that enrich our lives. She has been trained as a voice dialogue teacher, a psycho-spiritual modality that evolved from the work of Carl Jung.


The Conscious Elder: Arousing the Body, Mind & Soul

“The final third phase of life is a great opportunity for spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth. It’s a time to celebrate a life journey, to harvest the wisdom of those experiences, and to share what was meaningful in the company of others. And yet in our youth-obsessed culture there is a lot of fear and anxiety about growing older, especially for those who enter their later years alone.”

– Conscious Aging, Institute of Noetic Sciences

Join us to discuss conscious aging with thought leaders of international renown: author Kathleen Dowling Singh and Frank Ostaseski in a unique instructor experience combining the virtual and face-to-face formats with Conscious Aging facilitator, Gina Belton.

This two-part series can be followed by an optional day retreat with author Dr. Charles Garfield, PhD. Separate registration is required. See the College of eLearning & Extended Education website for details on the Conscious Elder Retreat.


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.


Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Enhancing Your
Communication Skills

Horses communicate with honesty and clarity. This workshop will include interactions with horses to demonstrate clear, honest and effective communication choices. Participants will engage with each other and horses using exercises designed to increase and improve the use of both verbal and nonverbal expression.

Participants will gain a better understanding of how energy, voice and body language affect our relationships with those around us. No horse experience is necessary. With Terri Jennings.

date .......... Sat., May 2

time .......... 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

fee .......... members $60/all others $85 (27835)

place .......... Fickle Hill Rd., Arcata (directions will be given with course confirmation)

Terri Jennings, PhD, is a licensed psychologist. She has worked in the field of psychology for 20 years. During graduate school, Dr. Jennings rekindled her love of horses at a local barn. There she learned how transformative horses can be and decided to combine her psychological training with her love of horses. Dr. Jennings founded Healing Hooves Psychotherapy, Inc., in South Florida where she ran a successful equine assisted therapy program.


It Is Your Estate

OLLI is teaming up with the Humboldt Area Foundation and St. Joseph Hospital Foundation to offer OLLI members a free seminar series designed to help understand the best estate planning practices and evaluate their personal estate. With Butch Poovey.

date .......... Tues., May 5 & 12

time .......... 4-6 p.m.

fee .......... Free to OLLI Members (27836)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

James D. “Butch” Poovey is an attorney who has practiced law in Humboldt County for over 35 years. In his practice, Mr. Poovey emphasizes estate planning, probate, real property, corporate, and business law. He is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.


Death, Tea & Cupcakes

Gather to eat cupcakes, drink tea and discuss death.

Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. Based on the format of the Death Café, these meetings are always offered with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action - alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cupcakes!

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

Death, Tea & Cupcakes is a group and community process intent on harvesting the emergent phenomenon of collective wisdom in the moment and as such, meeting topics will be determined by participants in each group meeting.

With Gina Belton.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 5 & 19, March 5, April 2 & 16

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $25/all others $50 (27817)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Virginia (Gina) Subia Belton: See biography under “The Conscious Elder.”


What the Buddha Taught

When Siddhartha emerged from the forest as the Buddha, he gave three interrelated sermons. First, we will consider the Buddha’s initial teachings. By exploring what he claimed as well as the language in which he claimed it, we will develop a keener understanding of the doctrines of suffering, dependent origination, non-self, and the aggregates. During our time we will discuss the nature of meditation and the limits of language. With Stephen Timmons.

date .......... Wed., April 1-29

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $70/all others $95 (27815)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Stephen Timmons spent most of his childhood in Asia and has an abiding interest in the religious philosophies of India. Not only has he practiced meditation since the mid-1960s he is a founding member of the Prana Yoga Ashram as well as of the Practice Community at Southern Dharma. His doctorate is in developmental psychology with a speciality in psychodiagnostics.


Klimt, Schiele, Freud & the Rise of Sexual Art in Vienna

Explore the art of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in relation to the birth of psychology with Sigmund Freud in Vienna.

Klimt wrote “all art is sexual,” and he and Schiele painted themselves through this lens as well as their lovers and friends. Myth, fashion, and decoration are also key to their innovative art.

This course will explore the rise of Jugendstil (art nouveau) to expressionism in Vienna in the art of Klimt and Schiele. Their self-exploration will be examined through Freud’s emphasis on sex, myth, dream, and the unconscious. With Ron Johnson.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 3-17

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $55/all others $80 (27837)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Ron Johnson is an emeritus professor of art history from HSU. He has taught courses on Impressionism several times and went to Paris to revisit museums and sites of Impressionist paintings.


Photography Using an iPad, iPhone or Smartphone

Learn to use your smartphone/iPhone or iPad camera to take better photographs. This course on use of your device’s camera and apps will assist in creation of artistic works.

This course will cover basics of the Snapseed and Instagram apps, and offer ideas for taking portraits and more. With Bob Doran.

date .......... Thurs. & Fri., Feb. 26 & 27

time .......... 1-3 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27898)

place .......... 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.


The Art & Craft of Landscape Design

Get an introduction to the landscape design process -- a step-by-step approach to creating a landscape that is both functional and beautiful. The basic principles of landscape design will be presented, along with examples of their practical application.

We will examine four major areas that are critical in developing an effective landscape design: aesthetics, functional concerns, horticultural factors, and sustainability issues. With Donna Wildearth.

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.

date .......... Mon., April 6-27 & Sun., May 3

time .......... Mon.: 6-8 p.m. Sun.: 1-5 p.m.

fee .......... members $80/all others $105 (27834)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center/Field trip travel by personal vehicle to various gardens.

Donna Wildearth is passionate about plants and about the landscape design process. She has been a professional landscape designer for 14 years and is the owner of Garden Visions Landscape Design in Eureka. Four of her landscape projects have been featured on local garden tours, and she has taught landscape design and plant identification at College of the Redwoods and through OLLI at HSU.

Book Arts: The Versatile Concertina Spine

Constructing a book with a concertina spine provides an opportunity to create a multitude of books. You decide: pamphlet stitch, longstitch, coptic stitch; folded cover, board cover; double, folded, back-to-back signatures; glue, no glue.

Intended as a class for beginning book arts students, but has many variations for the more advanced. With Michele Olsen.

date .......... Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 17 & 19

time .......... 1-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27838)

place .......... 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


Book Arts: Book of Words with Coptic Stitch

Explore the use of the written word as an art form as you paint pages for your small book. Books will be assembled using a form of Coptic stitch. The book will fit in the palm of your hand, and would be a great gift for someone special. With Michele Olsen.


Michele Olsen: See biography under “Book Arts: The Versatile Concertina Spine.”

Creative Travel Photography

Experience a lively blend of lectures, discussions, and assignments as we tackle the challenges of photographing with creative intent while on the move with a digital camera.

Explore ways to approach and photograph people with sensitivity to cross-cultural issues in foreign countries.

Weekly class critiques will provide you with valuable input. The emphasis is on elevating your creative vision and expanding your photographic techniques. With Lorraine Miller-Wolf. Please bring your camera.


Lorraine Miller-Wolf is excited about teaching this class as it allows her to combine three of her passions: teaching, travel and photography! She has been a professional photographer in Humboldt County for over 30 years and has exhibited her photographs extensively throughout the area and elsewhere. She has had the pleasure of teaching OLLI classes for the past seven years. Check out samples of her work at


Fanning the Fire: Feeding the Flames of Your Creative Passion

Let’s recreate a Paris salon of the 1920s.

This class will offer an opportunity for writers and visual artists to come together in a safe environment to express and share creative work about what ignites your imagination.

Writers of all skill levels who have taken at least one writing class are welcome, and artists are asked to have experience with one or more art mediums.

You will be free to use any form of expression you choose for your work: poetry, prose, paint, sculpture, collage, photography, textiles, mixed media.

The instructor will provide helpful tools and present themes and examples from the work of known writers and artists to energize you to write and/or make art about who and/or what you love.

Sharing of work and ideas will be encouraged and pairs of students can collaborate on final projects.

Please bring a short piece you’ve written or an art piece to share for the first class.

With Bonnie Shand.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 3-April 7 (no class March 17 or 31)

time .......... 1-3 p.m.

fee .......... members $100/all others $125 (27841)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Bonnie Shand, MA, is a practicing and published poet and a visual artist who shows her work locally through the Redwood Art Association. She has taught through OLLI since 2009 and began teaching creative writing and art in 1983 through the Retirement College at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Ariz. She continued to teach through Sonoma State University Extended Education and for 18 years to a class of dedicated older writers at the Oakmont Retirement Community in Santa Rosa.


North Coast Artists Showcase

Six noted Humboldt County artists will share their work and talk about the process of making art. What inspires and motivates them? What becomes subject matter? Why do they work in the medium they do, and what is the process of creating their art? Learn how each artist developed their style. Each artist will set up an informal gallery of work and offer a retrospective.

  • March 24: Steven Vander Meer, animation
  • April 7: Julie McNiel, drawing, painting
  • April 14: Louis Marak, ceramic sculpture
  • April 21: Stock Schlueter, painting
  • April 28: Kathy O’Leary, painting
  • May 5: Patricia Sennott, printmaking

Facilitated by Amy Uyeki.

date .......... Tues., March 24-May 5 (no class March 31)

time .......... 4-5:30 p.m.

fee .......... members $80/all others $105 (27839)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Showcase coordinator Amy Uyeki is a visual artist who has worked in the North Coast area for 30 years. She has worked in art museum education, taught art in the public schools, served on the board for local arts organizations, and is a member of an artists’ collective. She has received local and international recognition for her artwork. Recently, she has been working in animation and documentary filmmaking.


Fun with Glass Etching

Glass etching is a process of making permanent designs on glass, using either an abrasive or a chemical. The design is made by masking some areas of the glass so it remains clear, and etching the exposed areas. We will explore ideas to create designs and various methods of creating the resist.

By preparing a piece of glass for etching, you will gain confidence in making designs for your windows, recycled glass, or drinking glasses. No experience necessary. Glass included. A time and place will be arranged to pick up your finished glass. With Susan Bloch.

Please register by April 3.

date .......... Tues., April 14 & 21

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $55/all others $80 (27843)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Susan Bloch is an artist best known for her carved glass commissions and kiln-formed flower sculptures. Susan has been working in glass for 30 years. Her work is in private, corporate and public spaces. Her art is exhibited internationally. She is a craft (exhibiting) member of the Guild of Glass Engravers and an exhibiting member of the California Clay and Glass Association.


Composing & Rendering Still Life

Get familiar with the art of still life. We will examine the meaning of still life through various cultural contexts. We will also make studies of various still life arrangements provided by the instructor. You will also have the option to compose and make a study of your own still life arrangements individually or in groups.

  • Sighting and rendering from observation; perspective drawing; still life in black, white and shades of gray
  • Creating the illusion of depth; the use of light and shadow
  • Overview of the art elements and principals of design as they relate to still life; a still life using transparent color
  • Historical background and theories of still life

With Anthony Tovell.

date .......... Sun., Feb. 15-March 22

time .......... 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

fee .......... members $75/all others $100 (27847)

place .......... Harry Griffith Hall 225, HSU campus

Anthony Tovell believes that still life is the most direct and accessible way to learn to draw and compose. He has taught at the primary and secondary level, to college and university students as well as developmentally disabled adults and adjudicated youth. He has shown work nationally and internationally.


Learn to Draw

Drawing is not a talent -- it is a skill that everyone can learn. More than just a collection of tricks, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of good drawing in a fun, engaging, and accessible way.

Learn about line, light and shadow, proportion and three-dimensional shapes, the foundation to understanding how to draw anything.

Drawing helps sharpen the mind and allows us to experience the richness and depth of our surroundings. Rejuvenate your mind by revisiting drawing. With Brent Eviston.

Choose one session:

OPTION 1: Eureka

date .......... Tues., Feb. 3-March 10

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $100/all others $125 (27844)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

OPTION 2: McKinleyville

date .......... Mon., Feb. 2-March 9

time .......... 3-5 p.m.

fee .......... members $100/all others $125 (27845)

place .......... McKinleyville Library Conference Room

Brent Eviston studied environmental design at Otis College of Art and Design and has studied many forms of drawing including traditional master draftsmanship, architectural illustration, master figure drawing and anatomical drawing. He is a full-time artist and a sought-after drawing instructor. In 2012 he gave a talk at TEDx Eureka, arguing that drawing and visual literacy are as essential as language and mathematics. Brent teaches for Eureka Studio Arts and is preparing a solo exhibition at Piante Gallery in Dec. 2014.


Learn to Draw: Dramatic Light & Shadow

This class will focus on how light and shadow create the illusion of three-dimensional form.

You will begin drawing from the three primary solids, the cube, sphere and cylinder, and will then move on to combinations and variations of these forms and finally to simple still life arrangements containing both organic and human-made forms.

You will leave the class with a deep understanding of light logic and tonal drawing techniques. With Brent Eviston.

Prerequisite: Must have taken previous class “Learn to Draw.”

date .......... Thurs., March 26-April 30

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $100/all others $125 (27846)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Brent Eviston: See biography under “Learn to Draw.”


Botanical Drawing Workshop

Botanical drawing is a delightful and often profound way to connect with nature.

The class will begin with demonstrations on how to do quick expressive sketches as well as carefully rendered studies.

You will then explore the HSU greenhouse which contains over 1,000 specimens, and choose which plants you want to draw.

This class will also introduce some basic color techniques using colored pencil. With Brent Eviston.

date .......... Fri., April 17

time .......... 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

fee .......... members $100/all others $125 (27907)

place .......... Walker Greenhouse, HSU campus

Brent Eviston: See biography under “Learn to Draw.”

Ottoman Empire & Today’s Middle East

Turkey -- a NATO Member and key ally of the U.S. -- is experiencing its Arab Spring, and may augur the outcome for the region.

With the emergence of ISIL in the neighborhood, the Republic can play a key role in outcomes. Since its first democratic election in 1950, the Republic has endured four military coups. Its present government is emerging as a single party state. Presently, this Islamist party is vilifying the Hizmet Movement.

Explore such topics as Neo-Ottomanism; Islam in politics; laicism and religious tolerance; and advances and obstacles for women in the Middle East. With Tom Gage.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 3-24

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27848)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Tom Gage, Professor Emeritus in English, HSU, has been active in the Hizmet Peace Movement and authored Gülen’s Dialogue on Education, published by Cune Press, Seattle. Gage first visited Turkey in the 1950s and as flâneur has returned more than 20 times.


Understanding French Culture

This course offers a multimedia and interactive presentation of important themes that are keys to understanding French culture, places, and defining authors and artists. With Laurent Cleenewerck.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 5-19

time .......... 10 a.m.-noon

fee .......... members $55/all others $80 (27911)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Laurent Cleenewerck was born and raised in France, and enjoys teaching his native language and culture at every level. He is a graduate from the University of Montpellier and a regular OLLI instructor.


ISIS: What’s the Caliphate to California?

Do you want to learn more about ISIS from today’s headlines? Join this discussion of the emerging threat of the ISIS becoming ISIL, its destabilization of the Levant, and its threat to Homeland Security. Topics include origins, destabilizing borders, and reliability of reported information upon what is happening, what has happened, and what happens in a region that spawned the three Abrahamic religions.

This gathering will address origins of ISIS; American’s concerns for safety and peace in the Middle East; the extent to which ISIS represents Islam; key countries as players; reliability of reporting; Turkey’s ambiguous support of fellow NATO members’ engagement in the conflict; social media narrow-casting to audiences whose agency from without may trigger participation within; and exaggerated binary concepts that muddle analysis: Sunna/Shia, religion/secularism, and “good guy/bad guy.” With Tom Gage.

date .......... Wed., March 25

time .......... 6-8 pm

fee .......... members $10/all others $35 (27850)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Before Tom Gage’s half-century career in education, he traveled the Levant. During his 1983-84 Fulbright at the University of Aleppo, he spent time in Ar Raqqua, now the primary base of ISIS. A career peace activist, he has taught and organized international programs, led academic seminars in the Aegean, around Europe, and China.


Communication in Crisis: When the News is Bad -- Terribly Bad -- Everything Changes

When crises happen, the game can change in an instant; but the rules for effective communication remain the same. With abundant examples of successes and failures from Humboldt County and far beyond, we will explore how organizations prepare for crisis communications, how they inform the public and others in the midst of crisis, and how they recover afterwards.

For individuals and institutions, well-established reputations can be strengthened or destroyed by their performances during critical moments of emergencies or controversies.

For journalists, the pressures of accuracy and currency intensify. We’ll examine how journalists, leaders, spokespersons, law enforcement and other agencies, and the public all play a role in minimizing the negative effects and promoting recovery from crises.

We’ll also look at how these lessons may apply to crises in our private lives. With Sean Kearns.

This course will include a panel discussion with the three HSU vice presidents, Craig Wruck, Joyce Lopes and Peg Blake, who worked together to coordinate the campus response following the tragic bus crash on I-5 in April 2014.


After a stint as a news reporter, Sean Kearns worked for more than 20 years as a communications officer for HSU, Cal State L.A., and the National Science Foundation. He was trained in crisis communications by FEMA and California’s Specialized Training Institute, and he completed the Los Angeles Fire Dept. Community Emergency Response Training. As a public information officer and spokesperson, he has addressed major crimes, serious accidents, fires, earthquakes and oil spills -– along with highly volatile conflicts and scandals heated up by politics, protests and litigation.

Native American Spirituality: Yurok & Wiyot

Starting from recent studies about the encounter between natives cultures and Christian settlers -- notably in Alaska -- the course will explore major themes of the religious and spiritual life of some of the major local tribes. Topics will include: foundational stories, doctors and shamans, the understanding of nature and creation, ritual dances, etc. With Laurent Cleenewerck.


Laurent Cleenewerck is the rector of the historic St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Eureka which is named after the famous Eastern Orthodox missionary to the native peoples of Alaska, who become a pioneer in native studies. He recently organized a conference and pilgrimage cruise to Alaska on the theme of the encounter between native American cultures and the Western world.


Spaghettis: The Last of the Westerns

The cult of the Western, which had been fading for some years, went out with a bang with the 1967 U.S. release of Italian director Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti” trilogy: Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, followed two years later with Leone’s Western-to-end-all-Westerns, Once Upon a Time in the West.

Look at what made these iconoclastic movies so compelling (read: fun), including Leone’s use of extreme close-ups, minimalist dialogue, and the long drawn-out build-up to duels, and Ennio Morricone’s evocative music. With clips from these and other films of the genre, we’ll revisit the brief, golden era of the Spaghetti Western. With Barry Evans.

date .......... Wed., April 1

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... members $25/all others $50 (27853)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Barry Evans’ love of Spaghetti Westerns dates from when he saw Claudia Cardinale in Once Upon a Time in the West. He writes the “Field Notes” column for the North Coast Journal.


The Life & Films of Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn’s film career spanned six decades, during which she was nominated for 12 Oscars, winning four of the coveted awards.

Kate Hepburn worked with most of Hollywood’s best directors, opposite the biggest actors in many genres, from comedy to drama, westerns to classic literary films.

Off screen, Kate was outspoken, sometimes flamboyant and certainly colorful.

Learn about her life and her films. Films currently planned include: Morning Glory, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year, The African Queen, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and On Golden Pond.

We will screen and discuss one film per week. Documentaries will also be viewed when available. With Philip Wright.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 5-March 26 (no class March 19)

time .......... 6-9 p.m.

fee .......... members $85/all others $110 (27854)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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



In 1920, a battle broke out in Matewan, West Virginia between coal miners and out-of-town company detectives. The “Matewan Masscre” resulted in about a dozen deaths, including seven detectives, three miners, and the town sheriff, who had come in on the side of the miners.

Award-winning independent filmmaker John Sayles captures the mounting tensions in the community leading up to the incident in his 1987 movie, Matewan. It stars Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, David Strathairn, and Sayles himself. It runs 132 minutes.

The director of 18 films, including Brother From Another Planet, Lone Star, Passion Fish, Eight Men Out, and The Secret of Roan Inish, John Sayles first made a splash in 1980 with the low-budget movie, Return of the Secausus 7, which garnered two major critics awards.

Prior to the screening, there will be a 15-minute presentation providing the historical context, a synopsis of John Sayles’ career and other aspects of the movie. A discussion will follow. With Michael Cooley.

date .......... Mon., March 2

time .......... 6-9 p.m.

fee .......... members $10/all others $35 (27894)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Michael Cooley has been a genealogical researcher for more than 35 years. He has published in print and online and has given presentations in Washington, DC and Oregon. He is a vice-president of the Cooley Family Association of America and the administrator for six surname DNA projects at, including the Cooley and Bishop projects. He earned a BA in history from Humboldt State University.


Appreciating Today’s Poetry I: Becoming a Poet

These poetry classes welcome readers and writers at any level of expertise. Each week we will examine two poets to understand and appreciate their craft. Also, you will be taught methods to help you overcome the daunting blank page, and be given evocative writing prompts that will help you find your unique voice. Each option below will look at different poets. With Pat McCutcheon.


OPTION 2: Eureka

Pat McCutcheon, MA, has taught creative writing at College of the Redwoods since 1984. She is certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists method of teaching and has studied with Jane Hirshfield, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Ellen Bass, among others. Her poems appear in a variety of journals, anthologies and in her chapbook, Slipped Past. She teaches OLLI classes and continues to write and publish regularly.


Appreciating Today’s Poetry II: Growing as a Poet

This poetry class welcomes readers and writers who want to better understand and more enjoy contemporary poets newly selected for this session, and who want to advance their own poetic skills. Each week we will read and discuss two poets to both understand and emulate their craft. You are ready for this workshop if you have taken one previous poetry class. With Pat McCutcheon.


Pat McCutcheon: See biography under “Appreciating Today’s Poetry I.”


Appreciating Today’s Poetry III: The Poet’s Path

This class invites readers who want to more deeply appreciate contemporary poets newly selected for this session, and offers an opportunity for writers seeking to strengthen their unique voice. You are ready for this workshop if you have taken at least one previous writing class and are familiar with the process of transforming ideas and feelings to the page. With Pat McCutcheon.


Pat McCutcheon: See biography under “Appreciating Today’s Poetry I.”


Introduction to Steel Drums

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 held from 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the Pan Arts Network, 1049 Samoa Blvd., Unit C, Arcata:

OPTION 1 .......... Fri., Feb. 6-27

fee .......... members $50/all others $75 (27866)

OPTION 2 .......... Fri., March 6-27

fee .......... members $50/all others $75 (27867)

Kate Lang-Salazar has had a lifelong involvement with music. She holds an HSU interdisciplinary studies degree 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.

A Passionate Fan’s Guide to the Beatles’ Best Songs

What special magic made the Beatles the most popular rock group of the baby boomers? And why has their amazing popularity, with over 200 songs, spread to each new generation from the 1960s to today?

Join fellow Beatles fans on an exploration of some the most popular and critically acclaimed Beatles’ songs composed by John, Paul, Ringo and/or George.

Through research, facts, historical context, quotes and informative descriptions of the writing and recording process, we will listen to and discuss each song to find those hidden gems that make us all say in wonderment, “I didn’t know that!”

There has never been and may never be again a rock group like the Beatles! With Laura Hennings.

date .......... Mon., April 6-27

time .......... noon-2 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27859)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Laura Hennings has had a lifelong passion for music and composing. She began playing the guitar and singing at 15, after buying her first record, Meet the Beatles! Eight years ago, after a 30 year teaching career, she began her second career as a professional singer/songwriter, founding the musical groups, The Soulful Sidekicks and The Topaz Trio. Composing and recording music has given her an insight into the technical and creative process of song writing! Her classes are interactive, creative and dedicated to presenting material with a flair for the dramatic pause!


Let Our Voices Twine: Group Singing for All

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. With Maggie McKnight.

date .......... Tues., April 14-May 5

time .......... 3:30-5 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27863)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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.


African Song Circle

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. With Maggie McKnight.

date .......... Sat., April 25

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $30/all others $55 (27864)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Maggie McKnight: See biography under “Let Our Voices Twine.”


Eureka Symphony Concert Series

An evening class at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center will explore and contrast the lives, times and works of composers featured in an upcoming Eureka Symphony concert. Course fee includes a ticket to the concert at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. With Michael Kibbe.

Eureka Symphony Concert - March

Explore contemporary American composers Arturo Marquez and Malcolm Arnold, and how their backgrounds influenced their dance compositions to be performed by the Eureka Symphony. Examine the various dance forms on which these pieces are based. Finally, study the wonderful Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, by the great 19th century German composer Johannes Brahms. Investigate European culture at the time this work was written, and the concerto’s place in Brahms’ long life as a composer.

Eureka Symphony Concert - April

Explore the works of contemporary composers Michael Kibbe and Robert Xavier Rodriguez. We will emphasize Kibbe’s Aztec Fantasy, but will survey other works by this prolific composer. Examine short story and the Academy Award-winning animated short film which inspired Rodriguez to create The Dot and the Line for narrator and orchestra. Finally, we will discuss the works to be performed by the winners of the Eureka Symphony’s Youth Competition.

Eureka Symphony Concert - May

Explore 19th Century German composers Martin Klughardt and Felix Mendelssohn. We will emphasize Klughardt’s beautiful Violin Concerto in D major, to be performed by the Eureka Symphony with concertmaster Terrie Baune as soloist. We will also concentrate on Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A major, known as the Italian Symphony.

Choose one or more concert options:


OPTION 2 .......... Wed./Sat., April 15 & 18

time .......... Wed: 5:30-7 p.m. Sat.: 7-9:30 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27861)


Michael Kibbe hold a Bachelor of Music from New Mexico State and a BA from California State University-Northridge. An active composer and arranger, his works have been performed throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Israel and China. As an instructor, he has taught orchestration, oboe, bassoon, and music composition. He plays English Horn with the Eureka Symphony and now lives in Trinidad with his wife Vanessa, a violinist who also plays with the orchestra.


OLLI at the Opera: Capuleti

The tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet inspired some of Shakespeare’s finest verse -- and some of Bellini’s most beautiful melodies. Enjoy the film showing of Vincenzo Bellini’s magnificent Capuleti at the beautiful Cascade Theater in Redding.

Depart Arcata early Sunday morning for a pre-film opera class taught by Geoff Cain (lunch will be provided), followed by the film. On Monday, the class will have a few hours to explore Turtle Bay Discovery Park before heading back to the coast.

Participants have a choice of single or double occupancy lodging that includes transportation, lunch and admission to Turtle Bay, or they may register for just the class and film.

OLLI members only. Register by March 6.

date .......... Sun./Mon., March 22-23

time .......... Class: Sun., 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Show: Sun., 2-6 p.m.

fee .......... Class with lunch and show only: $60 (27913)
      .......... Single occupancy $220 (27895)
      .......... Double occupancy $195 (27912)

place .......... Cascade Theater, Redding

Geoff Cain is a local writer and educator who works at HSU. His passion for music, theater, and poetry compels him to share his love for opera with others.


Introduction to iPad Basics

In this basic course, instructor Annie Reid will lead participants through the steps necessary to connect to wi-fi, save web bookmarks, set up personal iTunes and HSU accounts, and explore apps including Calendar, iBooks, Newstand, iDocuments and Camera.

You will learn the various ports and buttons of your iPad, including power, lock/unlock, volume and headphone controls.

date .......... Mon., Feb. 2 & 9; Fri., Feb. 6

time .......... 10 a.m.-noon


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 (


Using Your iPad as a Mobile Library

Learn to access e-books available from the Humboldt County and HSU libraries from your iPad. Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and use the online catalogs to view, check out and place books on hold.

You will download the apps needed to read and store the books on loan. You will learn to access books that are free to read online, including instructional books on iPad use!

You will learn about a variety of sites that offer e-books for sale and how to purchase, download and read them. The instructor will provide links to a variety of web sources that offer free downloadable e-books and demonstrate how to download, read and store them. With Annie Reid.

Materials: individual iPad; Apple ID login and password; HSU personal login and password; Humboldt County library card (if you wish to utilize the county library).

date .......... Tues., April 14 & 21

time .......... 10 a.m.- noon

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27869)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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


Managing Photos on Your iPad

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 is does not cover the art of photography on your iPad. With Annie Reid.

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

date .......... Wed., Feb. 25 & March 4

time .......... 2-4 p.m.

fee .......... members $45/all others $70 (27871)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

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


Community Media Center Orientation

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.

Free to OLLI members.

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

OPTION 1 .......... Sat., Feb. 21 (27872)

OPTION 2 .......... Sat., March 21 (27873)

OPTION 3 .......... Sat., April 18 (27874)

OPTION 4 .......... Sat., May 16 (27875)

Sean McLaughlin has been the executive director of Access Humboldt since it was founded in 2006. Sean was previously the CEO of Akaku Community Television Center in Maui, Hawaii, and has been a member of the Honolulu Community-Media Council. He is involved with telecommunication issues and access media policy making at local, state and national levels. He has published many articles, provided expert testimony before legislative and regulatory agencies, and participated in international conferences on media issues.


Basic Audio Principles

This workshop is an introduction to audio, with emphasis on audio for video. The workshop encompasses a review of microphones and their best uses, audio mixer operations and hands-on audio editing. With Matt Knight.

Choose one session held from 6-8 p.m. at Access Humboldt, Del Norte and L streets, Eureka:

OPTION 1 .......... Wed., Feb. 18

fee .......... members $20 (27876)

OPTION 2 .......... Wed., May 20

fee .......... members $20 (27877)

Matthew Knight has worked at Access Humboldt for two years as Production Specialist and is now the Facility and Training Coordinator. He has previously worked at KEET where he also engaged in many TV productions. Matt has extensive experience both in video and audio productions and teaches many of the workshops at Access Humboldt.


Understanding Video Production

This workshop reviews the process of video production, explains artistic shot choices often used in film and TV programs, and provides tips on how participants can attain similar results. Participants will learn about the emotional values of different shot types, proper framing, basic lighting principles and styles as well as hands-on tips for stabilizing shots. With Matt Knight.

Choose one session held from noon-2 p.m. at Access Humboldt, Del Norte and L streets, Eureka:

OPTION 1 .......... Sat., Feb. 7 - THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Please register for option 2.

OPTION 2 .......... Sat., March 7

fee .......... members $20 (27879)

Matt Knight: See biography under “Basic Audio Priniciples.”


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

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 story board, collect media assets (photos, video and music) and edit a video.

Participants will walk 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. With Lilach Assayag and JoAnn Schuch.

date .......... Mon., April 6-May 11

time .......... noon-2 p.m.

fee .......... members $85/all others $110 (27880)

place .......... Access Humboldt, Del Norte and L streets, Eureka

Lilach Assayag has been working at Access Humboldt for five years, developing curricula and teaching digital media production. She also performed as production manager for many in-house productions and produced a few short videos herself. Lilach is a graphic artist and has journalism background.

JoAnn Schuch has been a resident of Humboldt County since 1989, a custom woodworker, designer, and community activist. She recently produced her first-time-ever documentary, which has been featured in a few film festivals. JoAnn is involved with the Senior Action Coalition and is dedicated to improve senior issues in our community.


Restoration and Renewal at Redwood National and State Parks

Since 1978, Redwood National and State Parks have been at the forefront of developing watershed restoration techniques.

In recent years the parks have begun forest restoration on park lands that were logged when those lands were still privately owned. A major new project being considered would treat approximately 8,000 acres of second-growth, with the objective of putting those acres on a trajectory to achieve old-growth characteristics in as short a period of time as possible.

Using watershed, forest, and fish passage restoration techniques, the goal of the Lower Prairie Creek Project will be to tie the two largest stands of old-growth redwood forest within RNSP back together by completing the restoration of second-growth that stands between them.

Join us for a dynamic afternoon lecture followed by an all-day field trip to Redwood National Park.

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, bring water and a lunch.

date .......... Fri. & Sat., May 1 & 2

time .......... Fri.: noon-2 p.m. Sat.: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

fee .......... members $75/all others $100 (27868)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center/Field trip

Jim Wheeler has been a park ranger and interpreter in Redwood National and State Parks since 1986. Upon moving to northern Humboldt County in 1983, he was immediately attracted to the beauty and natural, and cultural history of the Bald Hills east of Redwood Creek. He has taught courses for the HSU OLLI program for about five years.


Watershed Heroes at Sequoia Park Zoo

Come to the Zoo and check out the new “Watershed Heroes” exhibit with river otters, salmon, bald eagles and the Learning Lab classroom! This state-of-the-art exhibit has a lot to offer, including salmon sculptures from local artists, a water play area, and more surprises. Class starts before the zoo opens for a VIP experience with otters, and peeks behind the scenes. With Gretchen Ziegler and Amber Neilson.


date .......... Fri., May 1

time .......... 9:30-11:30 a.m.

place .......... Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka

Gretchen Ziegler has worked in the zoo profession for 30 years and is currently the zoo manager of Sequoia Park Zoo, where she has worked since 1995. She has a B.S. in Biology.

Amber Neilson has a masters in environmental studies and has been an outdoor educator for over 15 years. She has been in charge of education programs at Sequoia Park Zoo for nine years.


Surfing the Silver Tsunami: Thriving, Not Just Surviving

Every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 -– a huge population wave likened to a “silver tsunami” with its sheer numbers, energy and unpredictable influence on the economy, social policy and our culture. Traditional style “Retirement” doesn’t seem to fit. So Boomers are re-inventing themselves by sharing their desires, challenges and successes with each other instead of going it alone.

Bring your creative solutions and brainstorm new ones in these weekly discussions focused on:

  • Money: “Right sizing” and realistic adjustments
  • Loved Ones: Changing dynamics and renegotiating roles
  • Healthy Aging: Tactics, tools and technology
  • Meaningful engagement: Vitality without over-commitment

This class is for people who have been retired for at least a year and who want to recalibrate this exciting stage of life. With Cheryl Johnson.

date .......... Tues., March 3-24

time .......... 1:30-3:30 p.m.

fee .......... members $65/all others $90 (27818)

place .......... Timber Ridge of McKinleyville, 1400 Nursery Rd., McKinleyville

Cheryl Johnson, MA, was one of the original coordinators of OLLI and loves how it has blossomed since then! As a life and retirement coach, personality styles expert and former psychology instructor she is fascinated with how her friends and clients are tweaking the “traditional retirement” concept with creativity and enthusiasm.