Sedona AZ (September 19, 2012) – Yavapai College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Sedona and Verde Valley has begun registration for its fall 2012 session. The fall term begins on Monday, September 24. The organization reports higher than normal registration numbers and has a number of classes that are at maximum capacity due to community interest.
OLLI is a dynamic organization within Yavapai College created to meet the needs of intellectually active mature adults. What makes OLLI a unique learning experience is that there is no pressure of tests, grades, or papers. It is a warm gathering of people who are endlessly curious and love to learn.
Offerings include over one hundred learning groups, workshops, and presentations from which to choose. OLLI offers its presentations at the Yavapai College campuses in Sedona and Clarkdale. Learning groups meet weekly for six to eight weeks in length. There are traditional learning group favorites being offered such as Exploring the Verde Valley, News & Views, Poetry Hikes, Tai Chi, Out to Lunch Book Club, and Chilel Qigong to name but a few.
The OLLI 2012 fall session will premiere a number of new offerings including but not limited to: Civil War Battles, Anthropology of Art, Golden Age of Greece, Fun with Mathematics, Current Economic Issues, World War II, Home Video 101, Founding of America, My Design Zone, Cuba, Waterwise Landscaping, Ancient Astronomy, Magic of Mesquite Beans, and a number of health and wellness classes.
New membership packages have been created to make OLLI more affordable than ever and scholarships are available. Last term, the organization reports well over twenty scholarships awarded to various residents of the Verde Valley.
As a “back to school kick off for the community,” the Arizona Humanities Council and OLLI are presenting a free community education event on Friday, September 28 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Yavapai College’s Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.
The presentation is entitled “Cattle and Grasslands: A History of Ranching in Southeastern Arizona.” An in-depth review of the program and further information are available on the SedonaEye.com website. Use the search words “history of ranching” on the Sedona Eye homepage to locate the article.
As a compliment to the ranching discussion, members of the community and OLLI members are invited to partake in the Out Wickenburg Way Tour scheduled for Saturday, October 6. The Wickenburg outing is a day tour. There are still a few slots left for this event. Information about this tour is available on the Sedona Eye.
Outgoing OLLI director Natalia Molina shares, “This is the most robust session that OLLI of Sedona and the Verde Valley has experienced. I want to emphasize that we have scholarships available for those in a bit of a financial stretch. For our retirees, this is a great place to learn something new and meet great people in the process.”
Remember that the OLLI fall session starts September 24 – for more information or to request a catalog – call 928-649-4275 or 928-649-5550.