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10 Years   This symbol marks $10 classes, offered in celebration of the 10th anniversary of OLLI at HSU.

SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT

A Natural History of the Golden State: A Naturalist's Chronicle

forest
Elk bellowing at the water's edge
Lily flower
Wild goose flying

With Jeff Hart

This class weaves together concepts of geography, physical environment, place, and underlying biological forces that have fashioned California's diverse and unique nature. Richly embellished with photography and conceptual imagery, this class is both a scientific exploration and a visual field trip to California's strikingly beautiful landscape and variable nature.

The class begins with a discussion of California's physical environment: its geology, climate and water. This is followed by an introduction to organic life, with an emphasis on general ecological concepts and evolutionary processes. This sets the stage for surveys of specific groups of organisms, including plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The final discussion summarizes the evolution, ecology and nature of California's biodiversity.

This class is based on the instructor's e-book, A Natural History of the Golden State, A Naturalist's Chronicle.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Jeff Hart is a California native whose boyhood experiences of fishing and farming along the Sacramento River eventually took him to the University of Montana, earning degrees in environmental biology and ethnobotany. He later graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in evolutionary and organismal biology. Jeff returned to California, becoming involved with growing native plants, habitat restoration, ecotourism, nature photography, California history, and organic farming.

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Spineless: Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest

Spineless Book Cover

With Susan Middleton

Marine invertebrates are the protagonists in the history of life on earth. This course explores that role while viewing original slide images of these intricate, fascinating and colorful creatures primarily found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

We'll discuss the biological history of life on earth as it was shaped by the most numerous and diverse group of species in existence, invertebrates. We'll also discuss the techniques used to produce wall-sized, precise portraits of these elusive, and often tiny, subjects.

Day & Date Fri., 7/29 [Note date change since catalog publication]

Time 1-4:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $30

Class # 31152: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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

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10 Years
Redwood Parks Coast History Tour: A Cultural, Historical and Geological Perspective

With James Wheeler

National Park Service logo

Join Ranger Jim Wheeler for the history of three places along the coast of Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP).

Find out why the park's southernmost point is called Gyon Bluff. Hear three independent Yurok stories about the last huge tsunami produced by the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and an account of the gold rush to Gold Bluffs.

Look at the history of False Klamath Cove, the meeting place of Yurok and Tolowa ancestral territories, and learn about the establishment of Redwood National Park.

Day & Date Thurs., 7/7

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

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31219: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

James 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, natural, and cultural history of the Bald Hills east of Redwood Creek. He has taught courses for the HSU OLLI program for six years.

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10 Years
Discover the Salmon Pass Trail of the Headwaters Forest

With Julie Clark

BLM logo

This ranger-led hike will cover redwood ecology, watershed restoration and the endangered species of the reserve. The Salmon Pass hike is a moderately strenuous three-and-a-half mile hike. Located on the south side of the Headwaters Forest Reserve, the first half-mile passes through a young to mid-aged forest with views of restored watershed areas. The next two miles ascend through the old-growth with a view across Salmon Creek to the largest intact stand of ancient redwoods within the Reserve. The trail then loops back as it descends through the old-growth.

Day & Date Wed., 6/15

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

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

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

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Monuments of the Distant Past: The Megalithic Structures of the United Kingdom and Europe

stone monument in field

With Mark Bailey

This class will help shed some light on the mysterious and inspiring stone monuments found throughout the UK and North and Western Europe.

Although the actual functions of these monuments are mostly lost in the mists of time, some surprising discoveries have shed some light on what these people were thinking when they moved these many-ton stones into place 4,000-5,000 years ago forming some of the most enduring and endearing monuments of the Neolithic period.

Day & Date Mon., 7/18-7/25

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

Fee OLLI Members $30

Class # 31150: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Mark Bailey is a long-time science instructor who has taught multiple topics over a 30-year career in science education. His subject areas of expertise include ancient history, astronomy, earth sciences and biology. He has traveled to many of these ancient sites to look at and walk among them first hand.

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Riverwalking

With Mary Ann Madej

The residents of Humboldt County are lucky to be surrounded by many rivers and creeks: the Eel, Van Duzen, Trinity, Mad, Redwood, Salmon, Jacoby, and more. Many of us have a favorite swimming hole, so we know what a "pool" is. Or we've seen salmon spawning on the edge of a "riffle." But there's much more to rivers than just pools and riffles.

Learn how to see a river through a river scientist's eyes. What are patches, clusters, large roughness elements, imbrication, sorting, and pebble counts?

This class includes a field trip.

Day & Date Thurs., 7/28

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

Fee OLLI Members $50

Class # 31153: REGISTER ONLINE

Location HSU Campus: Wildlife & Fisheries Bldg. 250*

* NOTE: We will meet at Humboldt State University for a brief overview of types of rivers, river features, and river processes. We will then walk along a gravel road next to Jolly Giant Creek on the HSU campus to examine characteristics of a small stream that begins in the forest but then flows through urban Arcata. Next we will carpool to the Mad River to explore large channels and floodplains. We will have a picnic lunch on a gravel bar on the Mad River and walk a streamside path along the river bank. Finally we will examine the Mad River near its mouth. No river wading is necessary — all walking will be on dry ground.

Dr. Mary Ann Madej worked as a fluvial geomorphologist with the U.S. Department of Interior for 35 years, where she monitored river channel changes for decades. She has walked rivers in such diverse environments as Central and South America, Alaska, New Zealand, Japan, China, Italy, France, and Scotland. She is excited to share the river secrets that she's discovered during this one-day field tour.

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ART

Exploring America's Roots & Art

Historical painting

Grand Canyon painting

With Julie Alderson

This course will connect, engage, and inspire adult learners at OLLI sites across the country with art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that tells America's stories through highly interactive, object-driven video conferences. Leveraging the Museum's tremendous digitized collection, online assets, and strong scholarship, OLLI and study group leaders from the Smithsonian American Art Museum will work together to uncover and discuss a variety of topics explored by artists throughout American history.

Artists give us a unique window on American life, reflecting the cultural, social, and political climate of the time in which they work. What can we learn about America through its art? After a warm-up session to explore how to analyze and understand artworks, OLLI members and Smithsonian American Art Museum study group leaders will examine America through the eyes of artists in different eras.

Julie Alderson will facilitate the sessions.

painted portrait of woman and child

painted portrait of woman

To See Is to Think: Learn the language of art and consider the many choices artists make when creating their works. This session will provide a foundation and common vocabulary for subsequent sessions.

Young America: Explore the historical context of the creation of our nation, as well as the resulting political infrastructure and economic development through artworks from colonial to Jacksonian America.

Lure of the West: Explore depictions of the people, lifestyles, and landscape of the nineteenth-century West to better understand this dynamic period of history. Themes include artists' depictions of Manifest Destiny, as well as the effect of westward expansion on settlers' and Native Americans' lives.

What is Art? Choices Artists Make: Artists may make specific aesthetic choices in order to communicate social, political, or cultural ideas. How do artists construct their visual messages through subject, media, and presentation? This session explores the powerful works of art created by 20th century artists responding to changing times.

Day & Date Tues. & Thurs. 7/12-7/21

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

Fee OLLI Members $65

Class # 31236: REGISTER ONLINE

Location HSU Campus: Gist Hall 225

American Art Museum study group leaders are a corps of seasoned volunteer video conference presenters deeply familiar with the Museum's collections and facilitation of object-based discussions. Their previous professional experience, paired with Museum-provided training, has prepared them to be responsive to OLLI interests and facile leaders of discussion.

Julie Alderson is an associate professor of art history at Humboldt State University. Her courses and research interests focus on art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and include topics relating to public art, architecture, and museum studies.

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Learn to Draw!

With Brent Eviston

Drawing is not a talent — it is a skill that everyone can learn.

More than just a collection of tricks, the class will introduce the fundamentals of good drawing in a fun, engaging, and accessible way. Learn about shape, line, proportion and the basic process artists use to draw just about anything.

Day & Date Mon., 6/6-6/27

Time 1-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $100

Class # 31169: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Evolution Academy for the Arts

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

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Learn to Draw with Pastel

With Brent Eviston

Pastel is the perfect marriage of drawing and painting. Drawing with oil pastel has all of the benefits of oil paint contained in a convenient stick! Learn the techniques to create dramatic and believable renderings of beautiful still-life setups.

Some drawing experience is recommended, but not required.

Day & Date Fri., 6/10-7/1

Time 1-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $100

Class # 31170: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Evolution Academy for the Arts

Brent Eviston: See biography above under "Learn to Draw."

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The Creativity Class

With Brent Eviston

Creativity is not something you're born with — it's something you learn! Artist Brent Eviston will take you through his own creative process while encouraging you to experiment in order to enhance your own creativity.

Explore how different artists and innovators approach creativity. You will draw, paint and collage your way through creative exercises that are both useful and fun!

Day & Date Fri., 7/8-7/15

Time 1-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $65

Class # 31171: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Evolution Academy for the Arts

Brent Eviston: See biography above under "Learn to Draw."

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Learn Watercolor!

With Brent Eviston

This introductory class is perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to experience this popular and beautiful medium.

Learn basic watercolor techniques including how to use color, and how to achieve a variety of effects by using different brushes and brush strokes.

You'll come away with your very own watercolor paintings of a variety of subjects.

Day & Date Mon., 7/11-7/25

Time 1-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $75

Class # 31172: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Evolution Academy for the Arts

Brent Eviston: See biography above under "Learn to Draw."

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TECHNOLOGY

10 Years
Smartphones: The Why & What

With Pam Holten

If you're not sure whether a smartphone is for you, come learn about how they can possibly enrich and enlarge your life. If you already own an iPhone or an Android operating system, this class may open up new possibilities for you.

Although they're called smartphones, they're actually very powerful mini-computers. If you'd like to see more of what this amazing tool can do, come to class and listen to how an avid user takes advantage of her own smart phone for a variety of uses.

Day & Date Sat., 6/18

Time 1-3 p.m.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Pam Holten is a partner at Sjaak's Organic Chocolates and owner of Color Your Passion Web Consulting. From the many years in business and also with experience teaching English language learners, students from elementary school to adults, she has a broad understanding of communication which now includes modern technology as a key component.

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Better Photography with Your iPhone or iPad

Photo of sky

With Bob Doran

Learn to use your smart/iPhone/iPad to take better photographs. This short course on use of your iPhone, iPad or smartphone camera and apps will assist in creation of artistic works. The course will cover basics of apps Snapseed and Instagram, and offer ideas for taking portraits and more.

Day & Date Wed. & Thurs., 7/20-7/21

Time 2-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $45

Class # 31167: REGISTER ONLINE

Location HSU Campus: Wildlife & Fisheries Bldg. 250

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

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Introduction to Electric Bicycles

Man with electric bike

With Mike Turek

Electric bikes have become the newest cycling sensation in Asia and Europe where they are becoming an urban transportation alternative.

Explore and learn about these light electric vehicles and how they work. Emphasis will be on introducing you to electric bikes, bikes for purchase, or bikes you can build based on a standard bicycle with the addition of an electric motor, batteries and controller.

We will have local eBike riders visit the class to discuss their bikes and answer questions.

You don't have to give up cycling as you grow older. An eBike can make you feel 20 years younger!

Day & Date Sat., 7/16-7/23

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

Fee OLLI Members $45

Class # 31148: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Mike Turek is a life-long cycling enthusiast who has owned and ridden an electric bicycle for six years. Currently 66 years old, Mike commutes 10 miles every day in hilly Eureka to and from work. He would not be commuting daily on a bike if it wasn't an electric bike. An electric bicycle allows him to get out on a bike, pedaling in the fresh air up hills and against headwinds.

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HISTORY

Exploring Humboldt's Gold Coast: Where History & Geology Meet

1940s Aerial photo of Big Lagoon

With Jerry & Gisela Rohde and Andre Lehre

Let's go north about 40 miles and back in time about 165 years as we visit coastal Humboldt County north of Trinidad. We'll see how geology shaped the human environment, providing a pack train route along Big Lagoon Spit and offering tantalizing but tiny amounts of gold in the eponymous Gold Bluffs. We'll observe early transportation corridors, including the Arcata to Crescent City Wagon Road, and we'll witness the ongoing drama of coastal erosion as the ocean wears away the cliffs below Big Lagoon village.

We'll also examine some of the area's exciting plant life, including the fern-clad walls of the gorge known as Fern Canyon. We'll look at the geologic history of Big Lagoon, and the Gold Bluffs, and discuss the origin of Fern Canyon.

Day & Date Thurs., 7/7 from 7-9 p.m. and Sat, 7/9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $85

Class # 31165: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka/Field Trip*

* NOTE: This all-day van field trip looks at the history, geology, and botany of coast areas from Big Lagoon to Fern Canyon. It will include about three miles of hiking, including hill climbing, beach walking, and plank bridge crossings.

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

Andre Lehre is Emeritus Professor of geology at HSU. A hydrologist and geomorphologist, he has wide experience introducing geology and hydrology to non-geologists. In recent years he has become interested in local history and its relation to geology.

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10 Years
The Armchair Traveler: It's Ho! for Mendocino

With Jerry & Gisela Rohde

Join the Armchair Travelers for a PowerPoint perambulation of Humboldt County's first wagon road to Mendocino County. We'll virtually visit Kneeland, Yager, Bridgeville, Blocksburg, Alderpoint, and Harris.

The Kneeland's Prairie and Round Valley Wagon Road took to the high country to avoid the floods and mud that plagued river canyon routes. It passed through picturesque, flower-filled prairies and oak woodlands and helped establish a string of small towns. We'll replace stagecoaches and buckboards with our OLLI Armchairs as we reprise the route.

Day & Date Sat., 6/11

Time 1-3 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31154: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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

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10 Years
Time and the River: A Dozen Historic Humboldt Waterways

With Jerry & Gisela Rohde

Did you know there are 12 rivers in Humboldt County? We'll look at historic sites and events on all of them, from the Eel to the Elk, from the Mattole to the Mad.

The rivers of Humboldt County have served as both boon and barrier to both Indians and whites. We'll see them as transportation corridors, tribal boundaries, salmon suppliers and more, as we see the stirring story told by maps, photos, and postcards.

Day & Date Sat., 6/25

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Jerry & Gisela Rohde: See biography under "Exploring Humboldt's Gold Coast."

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10 Years
The Jonathan & Amelia Lyons Family In the Bald Hills: 1860s to 1960s

With James Wheeler

Learn and experience the history of the Jonathan and Amelia Lyons family, who successfully ranched over 4,000 acres in the Bald Hills for three generations, from the 1860s to the 1960s. Their story is a typical family ranching story in many ways, yet it is also unique. As a mixed race family, white and American Indian, the Lyons family achieved success in an era when life could be difficult for such families.

Day & Date Thurs., 6/16

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

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31155: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

James Wheeler: See biography under "Redwood Parks Coast History Tour"

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Genealogy 101

With Michael Cooley

Learn how to do basic genealogical research. We'll discuss the essential tools (paper forms, software and terminology), and look at the documents (wills, census records, etc.) that establish genealogical proofs.

Although this course is not designed as a genealogy how-to, it does explore free online genealogical databases and search tools to maximum benefit.

Taking the Genealogy 101 class is not required, but can serve as a complement for beginning genealogists.

Day & Date Wed., 7/6-7/20

Time 1-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $55

Class # 31161: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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

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Genealogy Computer Lab

With Michael Cooley

Learn how to use free online databases and search tools to maximum benefit. Taking the Genealogy 101 class is not required, but can serve as a complement to beginning genealogists.

Although the course is not designed as a genealogy how-to, it does explore free online databases and search tools to maximum benefit. Taking the Genealogy 101 class is not required, but can serve as a complement for beginning genealogists.

Please confirm that you can log in to your HSU account in advance of your class. If you need help to access your HSU login and password call the HSU helpdesk at 826-4357 and provide your student ID number. They will give you your user name and a temporary password.

Day & Date Thurs., 7/7-7/21

Time 1-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $55

Class # 31162: REGISTER ONLINE

Location HSU Campus, GH 215

Michael Cooley: See biography under "Genealogy 101."

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CURRENT EVENTS

Mongolia in World History

With Bob Service

The rise and fall of the Mongol Empire is only one of several occurrences of global significance that have taken place in Mongolia.

In addition to providing a brief overview of the history of the Mongol Empire, this class will examine three other times when events in Mongolia had lasting impacts on world history: Mongolia's role in the transmission of bronze technology to China, the development in Mongolia of the first Eurasian steppe empire, and the 1930s military confrontation between Japan and the Soviet Union that set the course for the War in the Pacific.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FALL 2016.

Bob Service holds an B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. from the University of London where he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Goettingen, and Humboldt State University. At HSU he taught East Asian and Central Asian history. As part of HSU's response to 9/11, he offered a workshop on the Afghan Wars. He is a specialist on Mongolia, where he visits regularly. His current research focuses on the archaeology of Mongolia, the subject of two previous OLLI courses.

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10 Years
Islam: A Faith Misrepresented

With Molly Cate

What is Islam? What is a Muslim? What about Jihad?

In these times, when distrust of Muslims and misinformation about Islam are pervasive, nothing seems more urgent than mind- and heart-open understanding.

This two-hour interactive workshop introduces the breadth and heart of Islam.. Is fear our best response? How else might we approach the current climate of suspicion? We'll touch on the religion's tenets, practices, theology, geography and history to explore these questions.

Day & Date Tues., 7/12

Time 3-5 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31240: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Rev. Molly Cate is principal speaker and often soloist for Unity Church of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. She has a Master's degree in consciousness studies from Holmes Institute School of Consciousness Studies in Santa Rosa, one in sociology from the University of California, Davis, and several certificates in cross-cultural competence. She is passionate about bridging the barriers between people holding clashing belief systems and also loves to teach the new mathematics of fractal geometry as a way to see the world, especially to math-phobic folks!

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Disaster Preparedness for Boomers

With Barbara Caldwell

This class focuses on reducing risk of harm when disasters (especially earthquakes) strike. Whether you live alone or with others, there are steps you can take now to help ensure safety and recovery.

We will look at going on a household hazard hunt, communication and evacuation planning, and developing a plan for personal support (e.g. welfare checks and more). Participants will identify action steps to take now, such as creating a personal disaster kit or pre-identifying evacuation routes.

We will also create a Recovery Action Plan checklist that will be able to use post-disaster (all students will receive access to an electronic form).

Day & Date Thurs., 6/23

Time 1-3 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $30

Class # 31166: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Barbara Caldwell, Ed.D., was the director of the Humboldt County Chapter of the American Red Cross from 2004 to 2014. She is a freelance writer with a doctorate in organizational leadership. She strongly believes preparedness can reduce stress and save lives.

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CULINARY

Chocolate: Handcrafting as an Art & a Business

With Dustin Taylor and Adam Dick

Dick Taylor Chocolate obtains cacao beans from exotic locations all over the globe, from Bolivia to Madagascar and beyond.

In the first meeting, learn how only two ingredients — cacao beans and sugar — are crafted into sumptuous and beautiful bars, as well as the art of selecting and obtaining the beans.

The second session will be a tour of the new plant on 4th Street followed, of course, by sampling Dick Taylor chocolates.

Day & Date Wed., 6/15-6/22 [Note: This date has changed since catalog publication]

Time 2-3:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $45

Class # 31173: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and Dick Taylor Chocolate Factory, Eureka

Dustin Taylor and Adam Dick have backgrounds in woodworking and boat building. With a guiding principal of hand-crafting, they began making chocolate for fun. In the past five years, Dick Taylor Chocolate has grown to a full-time, internationally-known and award-winning business with a brand new plant in Eureka.

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WRITING

The Dawning Tree: Bringing Your Stories to Light (Flash Fiction)

With Joseph Lerner

Write a story from start to finish using prompts, exercises, and other literary tools to guide the creation of a memorable work of flash fiction.

What is flash fiction? It's a very short narrative, often under 1,000 words, and often can be read in the time it takes to sip a cup of coffee or tea. As much poetry as it is fiction, writing such stories can be very rewarding — and, despite their deceptive simplicity, expressive of the most profound emotions and insights. Also, unlike longer-form short stories, they can be written quickly — often in just a few minutes!

Other topics we'll cover include how to revise your work, giving and receiving feedback, and fighting writer's block. We'll also discuss how to market your fiction on the internet.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Joseph Lerner has worked as a prizewinning photographer, filmmaker, journalist, and small press editor/publisher for over 30 years. His flash fiction and poetry have appeared in 100 Word Story, decomP magazinE, Gargoyle, Jet Fuel Review, matchbook, PoetsWest, and elsewhere.

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POETRY

10 Years
The Fine Art of Reading Poetry Out Loud

With Laura Hennings

Poetry is meant to be heard out loud! Learn specific techniques in oral poetry reading that can bring to life the chosen original or favorite poem and hear recordings of famous poets reading their work. The art of interpreting and presenting poetry to an audience can be both exciting and inspirational!

Bring a cherished poem, an original piece, or one well-worn from many silent readings, to share with fellow poetry lovers.

Day & Date Tues., 6/14

Time 2-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31174: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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

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HEALTH

Neuroscience: An Overview

With Michael Willett

This class surveys the phenomenal burst of research in the field of neuroscience. We will explore the different approaches utilized in the laboratory — including new technology, new anatomy, new physiology, and new concepts of brain function.

Dr. Willett attempts to share his enthusiasm for this subject by surveying a selection of neuroscientific studies published within the last year.

Day & Date Tues. & Thurs., 6/7 & 6/9

Time 2-4 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $45

Class # 31180: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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

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Gentle Yoga

With Patricia Starr

Learn the basic foundation, the use of props, correct alignment, conscious relaxed breathing and all of the basic stretches. Bring a blanket, mat and a water bottle. Some mats will be available.

Choose one or both options.

OPTION 1

Day & Date Mon., 6/6-6/13

Time 1-2:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $40

Class # 31178: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

OPTION 2

Day & Date Mon., 7/11-7/18

Time 1-2:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $40

Class # 31179: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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 44 years of training and practice and 27 years of teaching have brought Patricia to the here-and-now of enjoying every moment with her students.

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10 Years
Walk, Talk & Walk Some More

With Janette Heartwood

Humboldt Bay western shoreline

Explore and discuss motivation, exercise, new places to walk, suitable clothing and footwear, as well as tips for searching the web.

Between Eureka and McKinleyville there are dozens of interesting places to walk. By varying locations and hiking with buddies an exercise program can remain fresh and fun. Visual presentations will highlight places, describe where to start and seasonal challenges.

Janette will share her experiences of walking and encourage students to speak of how walking (or the hope of walking) enhances their health and wellbeing. Finding walking buddies and local trails.

Students are encouraged to share their own experiences. Favorites can be added to our online Resources List.

Day & Date Tues., 6/14

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

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31177: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Janette Heartwood spent the summer of 2003 with nine other Coastwalk members, hiking 1,200 miles from the Oregon State Line to the Mexican Border. In 2007 she relocated from Laguna Beach to Arcata to be close to the redwoods, pristine beaches, and historic landscapes. Janette loves to explore Humboldt with friends and share her photographs. Learn more at Janette's website.

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10 Years
Beginners Guide to Lightweight Trekking

With Annie Reid

In this 1.5 hour demo, Annie will share her lightweight equipment and DIY tips that lighten her pack for day treks and backpacking.

Not an extensive study of ultra-lite gear, but a practical demonstration of shaving ounces and pounds off what you carry, whether hiking the mountains or train tripping across Europe.

See collapsible walking sticks, a pocket size stove, a sleep system that beats the comfort of home, home prepared meals, "bear-proof" food bags and more. Leave with a checklist for your next trip.

Day & Date Thurs., 6/9

Time 1-2:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31187: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Annie Reid is an artist whose work is often inspired by nature. After teaching design and digital media courses for over 25 years, she looks forward to sharing travel techniques that keep her returning to nature for inspiration year after year. Her art can be viewed at Trinidad Art Gallery and at her website.

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How to Work with the Mind Through Buddhist Meditation

With Khenpo Ugyen

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

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

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

*First class on Tues. because of July 4 holiday, all other classes are Mon./Wed.

Day & Date Tues.*, Mon. & Wed., 7/5-7/20

Time 4-6 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $75

Class # 31229: REGISTER ONLINE

Location HSU Campus: Natural Resources 101

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

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The following course IS offered through extended Education.

OLLI membership is not required, and there are no non-member fees.

Introduction to Meditation

With David Sandercott

Meditation is simple, easy, and fun. Learning a high quality meditation will empower you and improve your life in all areas. You will be given simple tools and techniques to help you develop a daily practice of meditation or enhance your current meditation practice.

Bring a blanket or yoga mat, and a pillow.

Day & Date Wed., May 25-June 15

Time 6-8 p.m.

Fee $60

Class # This is an Extended Education course open to everyone. The non-member fee does not apply. Call 826-5880 to register.

Location HSU Campus: Harry Griffith Hall 227

David Sandercott is a meditation teacher and spiritual coach trained by Steven S. Sadleir, founder of the Self Awareness Institute. David has been training at the Self Awareness Institute since 2006. In 2012 David started teaching Shaktipat and Kundalini meditation and in 2015 received advanced yoga teacher recognition and honors.

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The following course IS offered through extended Education.

OLLI membership is not required, and there are no non-member fees.

One-Day Meditation Retreat

With David Sandercott

One-day meditation retreats are designed to help you fall madly in love with LOVE. This practice will raise your life-force energy and attune you to a higher level of being. The retreat also provides the space for a loving spiritual community committed to the enlightenment of mankind and creating peace on earth.

We practice Shaktipat meditation and Jhana yoga. Shaktipat meditation is a transmission of divine love from teacher to student. Jhana yoga is the path of direct awareness and introspection, l

ooking inward to observe what is already there.

A vegetarian potluck meal is planned for lunch during the retreat. Please prepare a vegetarian dish to share.

Choose one session held in Harry Griffith Hall 225/227.

SESSION 1: Sat., May 28

Time 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fee $40

Class #: This is an Extended Education course open to everyone. The non-member fee does not apply. Call 826-5880 to register.

SESSION 2: Sat., June 25

Time 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fee $40

Class #: This is an Extended Education course open to everyone. The non-member fee does not apply. Call 826-5880 to register.

David Sandercott: See biography under "Introduction to Meditation."

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MIND & HEART

10 Years
E is for Enneagram: A Primer for Understanding Your Essence

With Sharon Ferrett

This class will present a brief overview of the Enneagram, a geometric figure that maps out the nine basic personality types of human nature. It is an ancient system with roots in classical Greek thought and aspects which can be found in all the major religions.

Today it is a popular system for realizing your unique gifts and strengths, overcoming inner barriers, and transforming your life and relationships. It will help you to understand, accept, and appreciate yourself and others.

Day & Date Wed., 6/8

Time 5-6:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31190: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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

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10 Years
Conscious Living: A Brief Exploration

With Jane Woodward

Are you a creature of habit? We all are. The key is whether you're aware of these habits and how they influence your life. And whether you know how to recognize and change them, if you so desire.

Conscious living is about taking control of your life — your health, your thoughts, your social life, your environment — and learning how to better enjoy daily living. Come explore the possibilities.

Day & Date Tues., 6/21

Time 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31238: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Jane Woodward (M.Ed., MPA, J.D.) has been a social science researcher, analyst and program developer for over 45 years. In recent years, she has focused on developments in brain research and integrative medicine, economic and community development, and lifestyle changes in response to climate change. She is an active member of Arcata's Economic Development Committee, OLLI at HSU curriculum committee, and Transition Humboldt.

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Let the Horse Be Your Guide: Achieving Goals as We Age

With Vikki Bernstein and Terri Jennings

Join our herd to address goal setting in later life and discover ways to overcome the obstacles that you think might be in your way.

Participants will interact with each other and horses, using exercises designed to provide renewed motivation and insight into the potential obstacles that stop us from achieving our goals.

No horse experience is necessary.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Terri Jennings, Ph.D. 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 Strides Psychotherapy, Inc. in Humboldt County.

Vikki Bernstein graduated from Antioch University with a degree in counseling with a specialization in criminology. She has been working in the Human Services field for over 35 years as a social worker assisting medically fragile seniors. As founder of Redwood Equine Partners, she has had the opportunity to offer Equine Assisted Growth Learning.

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LEISURE ACTIVITIES

10 Years
Beyond the Checkered Board: Castle Ravenloft

With Jerry Saner

The Castle Ravenloft board game is a co-operative game for one to five players. Each player selects a Hero, who has come to Barovia to discover the secrets of Castle Ravenloft, and players must work as a team to succeed in the adventures within the castle. It features multiple scenarios and challenging quests.

Play is guided using 12 maps with corresponding sections in the book's body guide. Each location contains treasure and adversaries, including zombies, wolves, ghouls, ghosts, and other creatures. The main objective of the game is to destroy Count Strahd.

All game materials are provided.

Day & Date Wed., 6/22

Time 5-8 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31186: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Jerry Saner retired in July of 2014 from HSU after 18 years working as a cook, custodian and campus recycler in the Department of Sustainability. He has taught cooking classes, helped to teach the campus community about recycling and has played and been a Dungeon Master for the past 30 years for a local gaming group.

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10 Years
Beyond the Checkered Board: Ascension Deck-Building

With Jerry Saner

Ascension is a fantasy deck-building card game in which players assemble an army of soldiers, mystics, templars, inventors, monks, and assassins to fight off a demonic invasion that threatens their home, the world of Vigil.

Each of these heroes is represented by a card. Players begin with a small deck of cards which provides various resources. The two main resources are Runes and Power. Runes are used to acquire more powerful cards which are then shuffled into the player's deck, giving her more and more Runes and Power as the game progresses.

Power is used to defeat Monsters, which provides the game's victory points, called Honor. Each card a player acquires also has an honor value, which is added to the player's total at the end of the game. Whichever player has the most honor at the end of the game is the winner.

All game materials are provided.

Day & Date Tues., 7/12

Time 2-5 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $10

Class # 31210: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

Jerry Saner: See biography under "Beyond the Checkered Board: Castle Ravenloft."

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Birding 101

With Louise Bacon-Ogden

Would you like to become a birder? This class will provide the foundation for your new hobby. Learn how to choose the best field guides and optics, get tips on what to wear and explore basic birding ethics in the field. Then put this class into action with a guided bird walk at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Loleta.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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

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Take It Slow...Take the Train

With Louise Bacon-Ogden and David Ogden

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

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

Day & Date Thurs., 6/16

Time 5:30-8 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $30

Class # 31188: REGISTER ONLINE

Location Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

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

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INTRODUCTION TO SEA KAYAKING

With Larry Buwalda and Mike Zeppegno, Guide

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

OLLI MEMBERS: Register for all four of the kayaking series.

Intro to Sea Kayaking 100: On Land

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

This course is not eligible for a Jack Pass.

Day & Date Tues., 6/7

Time 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Intro to Sea Kayaking 101

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

Day & Date Thurs., 6/9

Time 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Intro to Sea Kayaking 102

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

Day & Date Tues., 6/14

Time 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee OLLI Members $50

Class # 31183: REGISTER ONLINE

Intro to Sea Kayaking 103

This is the last of four introductory sea kayak classes. Move into more intermediate sea kayaking topics and skill practices. You will be introduced to bracing, additional strokes, and rescues. For the rescue portion, you can learn by observing or actually participate in a rescue if you choose. This class will give you confidence, even if you don't plan on doing lots of open ocean kayaking. All of these topics are designed to better equip you for safe and fun paddling experiences.

Experienced instructors will follow you through your progression and give you the feedback and the attention you need to become an excellent sea kayaker.

Day & Date Thurs., 6/16

Time 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Larry Buwalda has been sea kayaking the North Coast for over 30 years. He has been involved in the high quality outdoor equipment outfitting business from the inception of that industry. Larry loves to share his passion for kayaking and the outdoors through a deep involvement in our local sea kayaking club, Explore North Coast.

Mike Zeppegno has been sea kayaking and instructing for over ten years. He was nationally recognized as the "Instructor of the Month" by the American Canoe Association in 2015. He has been presented with many opportunities to instruct and share his passion for paddling through the local Explore North Coast Kayak Club and the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.

OLLI MEMBERS ONLY:

Take the complete KAYAKING series and save 10%.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

 

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