SPRING 2014: OLLI Courses

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
Chado, the Japanese Way of Tea   CANCELLED
Brain Health Mon. 02/03
Tai Chi Made EZ Session I Mon. 02/03
Gentle Yoga Session I Mon. 02/03
Living Well   CANCELLED
Gentle Yoga Session 2 Mon. 03/03
Archaeology & Culture of the Vikings Mon. 03/24
Tai Chi Made EZ Session II Mon. 03/17
Our Pathways to Health Mon. 03/17
Our WWII Homefront Mon. 03/24
Gentle Yoga Session 3 Mon. 04/07
Gentle Yoga Session 4 Mon. 05/05
Genetics for Genealogy Research Mon. 05/12
Book Arts: This Book is a Star! Tues. 02/04
Introduction to Gentle Yoga Tues. 02/04
Memoir Writing in McKinleyville Tues. 02/11
Writing as a Spiritual Journey Tues. 02/11
Yoga in Fortuna Tues. 02/11
Shifting Sands: Dunes & Beaches Tues. 02/11
Gross Steel Tues. 02/18
Local Walks for Exercise & Pleasure Tues. 02/18
100 Years with the NWP Railroad   CANCELLED
Creative Travel Photography   FULL
Wine Tasting 101 Tues. 03/04
Living Tao T’ai Ji   CANCELLED
iPad Basics for Beginners   FULL
25 Songs that Changed the World Tues. 03/11
Humboldt Links to the Golden Gate   CANCELLED
Mary Oliver: Nature’s Poet Tues. 03/25
Coast Guard Tues. 04/01
Do You Want to Be a Wine Judge?   CANCELLED
Born to Move   CANCELLED
Our Solar System Tues. 04/08
Traveling in Southeast Asia   CANCELLED
Bhutan & Tibet Tues. 04/22
We The People Tues. 05/06
Rashomon In Context Tues. 05/06
HSU Centennial Wed. 02/05
Pilates Plus for OLLI - Session 1 Wed. 02/05
Literature of Slavery Wed. 02/05
Contract Bridge for Beginners Wed. 02/05
Contract Bridge for Intermediates Wed. 02/05
Conversations on Aging Wed. 02/12
Highlights of Humboldt Wed. 02/19
Creating Community Assets Wed. 02/26
The Art of Mindfulness Wed. 02/26
Conscious Living for Life Enrichment Wed. 03/05
Travel With a Purpose   CANCELLED
Films from Down Under: Part Two Wed. 03/12
Mindfulness Meditation   CANCELLED
Pilates Plus for OLLI Session 2 Wed. 03/19
North Coast Artists Showcase 2014 Wed. 03/26
Textbook Mythologies (Garberville)   CANCELLED
Three Ancient Mysteries   CANCELLED
Redwood Parks Coast History Tour Wed. 04/02
Who’s Your Poet? (Garberville) Wed. 04/09
Writing Your Life (Garberville)   CANCELLED
The ABCs of Peak Aging Wed. 04/23
Moving Your Words (Garberville)   CANCELLED
Discovering Your Voice Thurs. 02/06
Bats! Thurs. 02/06
Memoir Writing in Eureka Thurs. 02/13
Take it Slow, Take the Train Session 1 Thurs. 02/13
The Grand Jury Thurs. 02/13
Queens Marrying North Thurs. 02/20
Take it Slow, Take the Train Session 2 Thurs. 02/20
Intro to SoulCollage® Thurs. 02/20
Locating Utopia   CANCELLED
Digital Storytelling Simplified Thurs. 03/06
Walking Through Jung’s Red Book   FULL
Great Decisions 2014   CANCELLED
Seeking Balance Thurs. 03/27
Celebrating Community w/SoulCollage® Thurs. 03/27
Beyond Tours: Independent Travel   CANCELLED
The Poet’s Path Thurs. 04/03
Textbook Mythologies Thurs. 04/03
Moving Your Words: A Writing Class Thurs. 04/08
Colombia is Magical Realism Thurs. 04/17
The Beautiful Game: World Cup Soccer   CANCELLED
Book Arts: Stab Bindings Thurs. 05/01
Painting With Oil   FULL
Intro to Steel Drums Session 1 Fri. 02/07
Prepare for D-Day: French Resistance! Fri. 03/07
Intro to Steel Drums Session 2 Fri. 03/07
Intro to Steel Drums Session 3 Fri. 04/04
Start the Press: Media History Fri. 04/25
Who or What are We? Symbiosis Fri. 04/25
Intro to Steel Drums Session 4 Fri. 05/02
Climate Change: Water & Forests Fri. 05/30
Armchair Traveler: Railroad! Sat. 03/08
The Home Museum: Heirlooms Sat. 02/15
Art Photography with Smart Phone Sat. 03/15
East is East and West is West Sat. 03/29
Writing for Children & Young Adults Sat. 03/29
Peace Corps: Boomers & Beyond   CANCELLED
History Hotspots: Freshwater & Bayside Sat. 04/05
Intro to SoulCollage® (Garberville)   CANCELLED
Genealogy & Family History Sat. 04/26
Royal Genealogies of Britain Sat. 04/26
World War II Station B-71 Sat. 05/03
History Walk & Talk: Fortuna Sat. 05/10


The Art of Living

Wednesday Brown Bag Lunch
Presentations & Discussions

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

The sessions are FREE to OLLI members (27730)

To reserve your free seat for any session, call OLLI at 826-5880, or stop by room 208 during OLLI office hours at HBAC to reserve a seat.

1st Wednesday...

HSU Centennial

Join President Rollin Richmond for an informal look at the impact, joys and challenges of the most recent decade in the 100-year history of HSU.

Feb. 5 .......... President Rollin Richmond will share a brief retrospective of his presidency. Following a distinguished career as a faculty member, researcher in evolutionary biology, and academic administrator, President Richmond was appointed the sixth president of HSU in 2002. Since his appointment, HSU has gained recognition as a student-centered, diverse, and sustainable university which serves as an important community and economic hub. President Richmond has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Join Humboldt State Collections librarian Joan Berman will explore the relationship of Humboldt State University to the communities and places of Humboldt county as documented by Humboldt Room collections. She will be joined by key players in the stories:

March 5 .......... HSU Library at Humboldt State University has a rich history and a developing future as the academic culture and research methods shift through time.

April 2 .......... Service Learning - CCAT and Y.E.S.: Humboldt State students are known for community involvement and dedication to a sustainable future.

May 7 .......... Graduation Traditions through the century at HSU, honoring and creating traditions.


Joan Berman has been a librarian at Humboldt State University since 1972 with prior experience as a children’s librarian in the Bay area and a reference Librarian at UC Berkeley. She became head of the HSU Library Humboldt Room in 1997.

2nd Wednesday...

Conversations on Aging

Join HSU alumni for conversations on creative aging – the challenges, choices, realities and possibilities of living life to the fullest. Each month a member of our community who graduated from HSU will make a presentation.

Feb. 12 .......... John McFarland was an Arcata volunteer fireman while attending HSU and joined the Eureka Fire Dept. after he graduated in 1970. He worked up through the ranks to Fire Chief and retired after 30 years. He has retired three times as the Fire Chief in Eureka, Del Norte, and most recently Arcata. John remains active within the fire community as a consultant and volunteer.

March 12 .......... Laura Hennings graduated from HSU in theater arts in 1970 and earned a masters in special education at UOW. After retiring as a resource specialist with Eureka City Schools, she began a second career as a singer/songwriter. She co-founded the Soulful Sidekicks and also joins Topaz Trio as their jazz vocalist. Laura is also an active community volunteer.

April 9 .......... Ken Fulgham was a 1970 graduate in range management at HSU. After he received his MS at NMU and a PhD at USU, he returned to teach at HSU. With 35 years as professor of rangeland resources and chair of the forestry and wildland resources department, he is retiring this May. Ken will remain active as board director of the Society for Rangeland Management and the 2013 chairman for Buckeye Conservancy. He also plans to write a book called Range at Humboldt.

May 14 .......... Berit Meyer holds a wildlife management degree from HSU. She is a founding partner of Ramone’s Bakery and Café and still owns the bakery with her husband. They have expanded it to five locations, a restaurant and catering business. As an HSU runner, Berit continues to compete as a marathoner and endurance horse rider (ride and tying). She has been invited back to run in this year’s Boston Marathon.

3rd Wednesday...

Highlights of Humboldt

Humboldt State University has 100 years of rich history. Join OLLI for an insider’s look at some of the programs and activities that currently contribute to the outstanding reputation of Humboldt State University in higher education.

Feb. 19 .......... Joan Berman, Special Collections librarian, will present the history of theater arts at HSU as part of the Centennial Celebration.

March 19 .......... Monica Stephens, geography professor, has attracted national and international media attention, with her “Geography of Hate” map. At the heart of the map was this question: Where in America do people use the most hate speech? Stephens and three undergrads mapped the geographic location of 150,000 tweets that used racist, homophobic or anti-disabled slurs from June 2012 to April 2013.

April 16 .......... Roy Furshpan, Director of Center Arts: How does Center Arts develop each season’s incredible program? Get a behind-the-scenes look at how its director attracts big names to the HSU Van Duzer Theater.

May 21 .......... Justus Ortega, kinesiology professor, has offered his Seeking Balance class for OLLI for the past three years. Learn about his research, discoveries and involvement with STRONG and other active senior groups in our community.

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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. 26 .......... Los Bagels is an inspiring home-grown marketing and success story. Owner and founder Dennis Rael will share how Los Bagels was created, and how it evolved into a highly successful business.

March 26 .......... The Headwaters Fund is a major source of grant and loan support for projects addressing the economic needs of Humboldt County. Dawn Elsbree, its executive director, will share the story of the Fund’s creation and development. Recent projects include the Forest Products Initiative to support marketing of redwood products, and matching funds for the Arcata/Eureka Airport and Redwood Region Economic Development Commission to help attract a second airline.

April 23 .......... Dell’Arte Company and School attracts actors from all over the world, many coming as students to learn innovative acting and comedy. Michael Fields, artistic director will tell the creation story of this performance group, the focus of its school, and its entertaining productions.

May 28 .......... Ink People Center for the Arts makes invaluable contributions to the arts and the community by “Weaving the Arts into the Fabric of Community.” Libby Maynard, co-founder and executive director, will share how this amazing program was created in 1979 to encourage excellence in the showing, teaching and making of art.

5th Wednesday...

Apr. 30 .......... Marianne Pennekamp, born in Karlsruhe, Germany, has been an active member of our community for many decades. She received her Bachelor’s degree, MSW and PhD in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work, writings, speeches and outspoken advocacy for effective practice and policy are why she is a recognized authority throughout the country and internationally.

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Climate Change:
Water & Forests in the North Coast Region

Examine impacts of recent climate changes and expected future impacts on water resources, rivers, and forest ecosystems in the North Coast region of California.

Topics may include stream changes and the effects on coho salmon, coastal sea-level changes, redwood tree growth, forest resiliency, wildfire and other topics relevant to the North Coast.

The course includes a three-hour seminar-style discussion that involves an overview on each topic from local experts with an open discussion, followed by a field trip on a subsequent day to explore changes discussed in the seminar.

This class includes a field trip. All participants will be required to complete a release of liability form. Wear sturdy walking shoes, a sun hat, jacket, water, lunch, optional walking stick and small pack.

date .......... Fri./Sat., May 30-31

time .......... Fri.: 3-6 p.m. and Sat: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27744)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka & off site

instr .......... Rosemary Sherriff

This seminar is organized by Rosemary Sherriff, an associate professor in the Department of Geography and faculty in the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources at HSU. Participating experts include Andrew Stubblefield, an associate professor of hydrology in the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources; Allyson Carroll, a dendrochronologist at the Institute for Redwood Ecology; Phil van Mantgem, a research ecologist with expertise on forest dynamics at the U.S. Geological Survey; and Geoff Hales, a professional geologist with expertise in fluvial geomorphology and a member of the California State Water Quality Control Board for the North Coast Region.

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Shifting Sands:
Dynamics of Humboldt Bay Dunes & Beaches

Humboldt Bay beaches and dunes are the longest continuous dune system in northern California, stretching along a thin 34-mile section of the coast. In an area less than a mile wide, one can experience the pounding surf on ocean beaches, rare plant communities on foredune ridges, seasonal wetlands, open parabolic dunes, moving sand sheets, beach pine forests, and eel-grass carpeted mudflats.

How did this coastline evolve? Where does the sand come from and how does it move? How does it influence patterns of vegetation? In this workshop we will explore the geologic processes that have shaped the landscape, which is the key to understanding the natural history of this unique area.

Students will receive a copy of “Humboldt Bay Beaches, Dunes and Wetlands Map and Guide” as part of the class fee.

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

date .......... Tues., Feb. 11-18

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27743)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka & Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

instr .......... Mary Ann Madej and Carol Vander Meer

Dr. Mary Ann Madej was a geologist for the U.S. Department of the Interior for 35 years, first at Redwood National Park and later with the U.S. Geological Survey. Her research has focused on rivers of north coastal California and watershed restoration efforts, and she has published more than 45 papers. She has been invited to speak on these topics in Japan, Italy, New Zealand, and Canada.

Carol Vander Meer, executive director of Friends of the Dunes, did her master’s work on the ecology of the Niobrara River Valley, Nebraska. When she arrived in Humboldt Count in 1994, she brought with her experience as a high school biology teacher, a nature center director and naturalist.

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Redwood Parks Coast History:
Gyon Bluffs, Gold Bluffs & False Klamath Cove

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

In the first program, 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.

In the second program, 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.

date .......... Wed. & Thurs., April 2-3

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

fee .......... Members $45/nonmembers $70 (27829)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... James Wheeler

Jim Wheeler has been a park ranger/interpreter at Redwood National and State Parks since 1986. He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a BA in cultural anthropology, and also received a teaching credential and MA in environmental education at HSU. Jim has been involved in environmental education since 1981.

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Coast Guard: A Tour of the Past & Present

The Coast Guard is an important presence on Humboldt Bay and along the Pacific Coast. Join OLLI for this exploration of the history of the Coast Guard, then tour both the Humboldt Bay Station and the Helicopter Air Station for a behind-the-scenes look at the work of these dedicated service men and women.

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

date .......... Tues., April 1, 8, 15

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27732)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and Coast Guard Bases

instr .......... Maggy Herbelin

Maggy Herbelin is a volunteer member of the U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary at Sector Humboldt Bay. She serves as main Safety Officer, vessel examiner, aide to Navigation Officer, COASTIE educator, and an auxiliary food service personnel. All of these positions offer her opportunities to educate the community about the important work the local Coast Guard performs to keep our waterways safe, protecting people and property.

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The Armchair Traveler: Railroad!

Let’s celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad with a tour of the rail lines of Humboldt County. Look at trestles and bridges, engineers and engines, main lines and logging spurs – all from the comfort of your OLLI armchair.

It’s been over a decade since any train took to the tracks of Humboldt, but you’ll be on the right track if you take this two-hour course that covers over 100 years of railroad history. Don’t be left at the station!

date .......... Sat., March 8

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

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27817)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Jerry and Gisela Rohde

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have taught OLLI classes since the program started at HSU. They have written three guidebooks to the local area and frequently give public presentations and conduct tours. They traveled on the last passenger train to run in Humboldt County.

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Fortuna: Making Friends with the Friendly City

Downtown Fortuna is filled with historic houses, arresting architecture, and long-forgotten crime scenes. We’ll sample some of each on a two-hour, two-mile walk through the old section of town, north of Main Street.

We’ll be on nearly level ground (with one small hill that you’ll have to go up and down) and stop at least twice for street-side sit-down sessions. Get out your walking stick and take a stroll into days of old.

This class includes a field trip. All participants will be required to complete a release of liability form. Wear sturdy walking shoes, a sun hat, jacket, water, lunch, optional walking stick and small pack.

date .......... Sat., May 10

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

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27775)

place .......... Fortuna Museum Depot, 3 Park St., Fortuna

instr .......... Jerry and Gisela Rohde

Gisela and Jerry Rohde have taught many OLLI courses. They enjoy sharing the human and natural history of Humboldt County and have written three guidebooks to the North Coast.

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History Hotspots: Freshwater & Bayside

Two small but significant communities lie near the northeastern edge of Humboldt Bay: Freshwater and Bayside. We’ll look at the history of both, and uncover logging railroads, quarries, and various roadside attractions that once lay between Arcata and Eureka.

You’ll learn about logging with electricity, the rocks that covered much of Eureka, and the route of the first road to Mendocino County – a medley of unexpected information and fascinating photos that will stimulate your synapses and excite your eyes.

date .......... Sat., April 5-12

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

fee .......... Members $45/nonmembers $70 (27774)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Jerry and Gisela Rohde

Jerry and Gisela Rohde teach OLLI courses all the time. They have written three guidebooks to the North Coast and give frequent presentations. They love uncovering hidden historical hotspots.

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One Hundred Years with the
Northwestern Pacific Railroad

The hopes, heartaches and high points in the history of this railroad which linked the last major region of the American west to the outside world. A thorough study of this line, from construction to near abandonment, concentrating on the line between Willits and Trinidad.

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

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Ray Hillman is a UC Berkeley graduate, a regional history instructor at College of the Redwoods, and an independent scholar in architecture and historical preservation. He was born and raised in San Francisco with family ties to the city since the 1860s. He has studied this railroad for 25 years, starting with an important role in the NWP 75th anniversary celebration, and later interviewing old timers, exploring along various sections of the line, and lecturing.

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Our WWII Homefront

Through lecture, slideshow, artifacts, and an extensive field trip, learn what was going on along the Humboldt County coast during WWII: Japanese submarines, beach patrols, ship yards, Navy/Air Corps bases and more. The field trip will visit sites all around Humboldt Bay with particular concentration on the North Spit.

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

Wear sturdy shoes, dress for unpredictable weather, and bring water and a lunch.

date .......... Mon./Sat., March 24, 31 and April 5

time .......... Mon.: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Sat.: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27767)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Raymond Hillman

Ray Hillman is a UC Berkeley graduate, a regional history instructor at College of the Redwoods, and an independent scholar in architecture and historical preservation. He was born and raised in San Francisco with family ties to the city since the 1860s. He has studied this railroad for 25 years, starting with an important role in the NWP 75th anniversary celebration, and later interviewing old timers, exploring along various sections of the line, and lecturing.

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Humboldt Links to the Golden Gate

Explore the potpourri of ties our area shares with the city of San Francisco. Study the products of industry exchanged between Humboldt County and the Bay Area, plus prominent individuals, transportation developments and more of the aspects that tie these two regions together.

Included is a 45-minute walking tour in Old Town to examine cast iron architectural elements from San Francisco.

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

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Raymond Hillman

Ray Hillman is a UC Berkeley graduate, a regional history instructor at College of the Redwoods, and an independent scholar in architecture and historical preservation. He was born and raised in San Francisco with family ties to the city since the 1860s. He has studied this railroad for 25 years, starting with an important role in the NWP 75th anniversary celebration, and later interviewing old timers, exploring along various sections of the line, and lecturing.

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World War II Station B-71: The Farm That Wasn’t

Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and subsequent submarine attacks on shipping vessels off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington, America installed a chain of early warning radar stations along the coast in an attempt to protect the mainland.

One of these stations was built just south of the Klamath River in what is now Redwood National Park. Radar Station B-71 is unique in that it was the only station designed and built to appear as a farm. Thanks to the preservation efforts of Redwood National Park, this site still stands as a testament to an aspect of World War II that is often forgotten.

date .......... Sat., May 3

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

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27760)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Liam Carey-Rand

Liam Carey-Rand has worked for the past six seasons as an interpretive park ranger at Redwood National and State Parks. Liam’s passion is history and he has enjoyed the privilege of conducting extensive research on historic structures within Redwood National Park, including an oral interview with a World War II veteran who was stationed at Radar Station B-71.

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Using Genetics for Genealogy Research

This course covers basic terminology and concepts used by genetic genealogists. It will explore the realities of the science and describe its common myths and fallacies.

We will discuss the four types of genetic tests that are helpful to the family historian, and the ways in which test results can dovetail with conventional genealogical methods. This course will help define the researcher’s DNA objectives and provide pointers to the interpretation of the results.

This course will also cover GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communication), the structure of a GEDCOM file, its uses and its limitations.

date .......... Mon., May 12

time .......... 3-6 p.m.

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27762)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Michael Cooley

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 FamilyTreeDNA.com, including the Cooley and Bishop projects. He earned a BA in history from Humboldt State University.

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Genealogy & Family History

Who are you? You are an individual, but you are also the sum of various parts of your past. In this class, you’ll discover tools to help you learn more about your forebears.

Learn how to obtain military pension records, cemetery records, marriage, birth and death records. Discover what information can be gleaned from wills, tax lists, deeds and land bounty records. What can you expect to find at county archives and historical societies? Who has already done genealogical research on your family?

Make your ancestors’ lives part of your life by participating in the discovery of your family roots. Learn something of the joys and sorrows of your forbears, and the sacrifices they made. They earned and deserve your recognition.

date .......... Sat., April 26-May 17

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27763)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Michael Cooley

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 FamilyTreeDNA.com, including the Cooley and Bishop projects. He earned a BA in history from Humboldt State University.

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The Royal Genealogies of Britain

This seminar will summarize the royal genealogies of England, Ireland, and Scotland from antiquity to the present day. Learn about the Saxon kings, the Plantagenet, Tudor and Stuart dynasties. What were their roots and what European royal houses did they marry into? Do Americans have royal descent?

date .......... Sat., April 26

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

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27761)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Michael Cooley

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 FamilyTreeDNA.com, including the Cooley and Bishop projects. He earned a BA in history from Humboldt State University.

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The Home Museum:
Caring for Your Heirlooms

Learn to care for your heirlooms in simple inexpensive ways so they can be enjoyed and passed down to others.

This two-session class will deal with the common threats to preservation, and how to deal with most materials: textiles, furs, photos, books, paper items, china, glass, paintings, metal, leather, plastic, wood and baskets.

Items of care may be brought in for analysis.

date .......... Sat., Feb. 15-22

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

fee .......... Members $45/nonmembers $70 (27828)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Pam Service

Pam Service has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA in history from the University of London. She has worked in museums for over 30 years – Indiana University Art Museum, Monroe County Museum in Bloomington, Indiana and was director/curator of the Clarke Museum in Eureka. She has also published 32 books, five of which are on historical subjects.

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Queens Marrying North: Blanche of Castile

The latest in the Queens series, this class investigates the influences of women whose al-Andalusian heritage contributed to modernizing northern Europe.

Though sidelined by patriarchies, historical figures from Eleanor of Aquitaine through to Catherine of Aragon instrumentally changed the slow and humble rhythms of daily routines that rule life.

This distaff history from the 11th to the 16th century includes an analysis of consumption rather than of production, as signifiers that shaped the onset and blossoming of the the Renaissance and Enlightenment.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 20-March 13

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27765)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Tom Gage

Tom Gage, is Professor Emeritus of the Dept. of English, at HSU. He delivered a paper entitled “Queens Marrying North” in Morocco at the Sixth International von Humboldt Conference on Travel Writing. Gage is a Fulbright Scholar, having served in Syria in the 1980s, with previous experiences in the Muslim world dating back to the 1950s.

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The Archaeology & Culture of the Vikings

This course looks at the Vikings of legend as they were 1,000 years ago and their influence on today’s culture and media. We will examine the material evidence scattered throughout Europe and the Mid-East during the Viking Age and explore how they have infiltrated our modern society through film, books and television.

Starting with the invasion of Lindisfarne, England in 793 CE, we will journey the waters of the Mediterranean to the Middle East in ships that allowed Vikings to travel the shallow waterways and plunder numerous settlements, taking with them silver, relics and customs. The journey of this course will continue through to today where we will look at what “Viking” has come to mean and the truth behind the legend.

date .......... Mon., March 24-April 21 (note date change)

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

fee .......... Members $70/nonmembers $95 (27769)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Barbara Klessig

Barb Klessig is an archaeologist specializing in Vikings, textiles and Europe. She is currently working on her thesis titled “Textile Production Tools from Viking Age Graves in Gotland, Sweden.” She is lab manager for the HSU Archaeology Research Laboratory.

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Prepare for D-Day: Join the French Resistance!

Practice speaking French by re-enacting the French Resistance in World War II. Your mission will be to learn enough French to go to a village in France and help a resistance group there.

The first hour of each class will provide review of enough French language to carry out a “mission” in the second half of class: pass messages to other resistants, decide with your group how to sabotage a Nazi supply train, recruit people to join the resistance, discuss the best way to prevent the Nazis from crossing the bridge into your town, receive supplies dropped by parachute, help the French Jewish and others as they pass through your town to escape, take pictures of a secret Nazi depot – all without getting caught! (And all using only French, bien sûr!) Messages, methods, and missions will be based on actual history.

date .......... Fri., March 7-April 4

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27736)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Suzanne Gilbert

Suzanne Gilbert taught French at multiple levels. She lived in France and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris in French language, composition, literary analysis, French history, and language teaching methods. Suzanne is currently doing research in the U.S. and in France on the French resistance in WW2 in order to write an historical novel.

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Locating Utopia:
Utopian Thinking & Its Evolution Through History

What would an ideal society be like? This question has been answered by many thinkers throughout the centuries.

What we take for granted in today’s society used to be nothing but a dream or was unimaginable. Learn which dreams developed into reality, and which speak more about the struggles of their own time and less about the future we currently inhabit.

We will try to locate Utopia in space and time, not only by the alternative realities that were imagined, but by the real impact on history made by the people who struggled to make their dream a reality. The course will explore multiple dimensions of Utopia as a complex historical, philosophical, cultural and social phenomenon.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Anna Lipnik

Anna Lipnik is currently working on her PhD in comparative literature at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation focuses on the intersection of utopian thinking, avant-garde and literature in the context of post-revolutionary Russia. She has an MS in journalism and mass communication and an MA in Spanish from Kansas State University. She taught various courses in Spanish for American universities and worked as a radio journalist in her native Ukraine.

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Colombia is Magical Realism

This course will explore the country of Colombia through the genre of Magical Realism, which happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.

We will explore Colombian art, literature and culture and find out why Colombia is Magical Realism, a land where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise realistic environment.

date .......... Thurs., April 17

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

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27812)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Christopher Calonje

Christopher Calonje was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and moved to the U.S. to attend HSU, where he earned a degree in natural resources planning. He spends half his time working as an environmental consultant in Oregon. The rest of his time is spent in Colombia, where he conducts birding, nature, culinary and culture tours. He has also photographed Colombia’s people, scenery and amazing avian diversity. Chris works closely with local communities to promote responsible social and environmental ecotourism in Colombia.

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Traveling in Southeast Asia

Two veteran travelers will be reporting on their recent trip to Southeast Asia, where they visited Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysian Borneo.

In addition to recounting their experiences with the help of slides, they’ll discuss the “nuts and bolts” of traveling on a budget, including the logistics of where to stay and how to get around. They’ll also address the day-to-day challenges of language, money, visas, meeting people, health and safety.

date .......... Tues, April 8

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

fee .......... Members $15/nonmembers $25 (27814)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Barry Evans & Louisa Rogers

Barry Evans and Louisa Rogers have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas, both together and on their own, with over 90 countries under their collective belt.

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Bhutan & Tibet:
The Tour Without The Airfare

These two countries are a study in contrasts: Bhutan is clinging to ancient customs while Tibet is rapidly developing toward first world status. Both of these Buddhist countries are home to elaborate temples, majestic fortresses, and spectacular Himalayan landscapes.

date .......... Tues., April 22

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

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27816)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Roland Lamberson & Richard Vrem

Both Rick Vrem and Rollie Lamberson are retired from HSU. Rollie was a mathematics professor and Rick was Provost. They both recently spent several weeks traveling in the Himalayan region.

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Rashomon in Context

Based on a paper written for “The Modern History of Japan” at HSU, this course will look at Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashomon in the context of post-war Japan.

date .......... Tues., May 6

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

fee .......... Members $10/nonmembers $35 (27735)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Michael Cooley

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 FamilyTreeDNA.com, including the Cooley and Bishop projects. He earned a BA in history from Humboldt State University.

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Films from Down Under: Part 2

Join us for another opportunity to screen and discuss seven films from the sunny continent of Australia and learn about their amazing and diverse culture. Information about the wildlife, geography, flora, history and interesting trivia about the land down under will be included in our discussions. The films currently planned include Muriel’s Wedding, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Dish, The Man from Snowy River , Breaker Morant and Jindabyne.

date .......... Wed., March 12- April 23

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

fee .......... Members $85/nonmembers $110 (27745)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Philip Wright

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

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The Beautiful Game:
History & Mystery of World Cup Soccer

The game of soccer has a rich and stimulating history both in the U.S. and across the world. This class will look at the history and highlights of soccer and the road to the World Cup, the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world.

Discussion will include an exploration of the power and influence of the international governing body for soccer known as Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and its indisputable impact on society and the environment.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Tim Laney is an avid soccer enthusiast and has been playing since soccer started in the U.S. through AYSO back in the early 1970s. He has been coaching competitive soccer in Humboldt County for the past 15 years and is the current coach for the McKinleyville High School boys’ team.

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Chado: The Japanese Way of Tea

Chado, a Japanese cultural practice with roots in Zen Buddhism, involves the ceremonial preparation and consumption of powdered green tea or matcha. Underlying this ritual is a philosophy and practice that can inform and transform daily life.

In this course, you will enjoy being a guest in a tea gathering through observation and participation in two tea ceremonies. You will be introduced to guest etiquette and instruction on how to receive tea, and how to interact with other guests and the host in a formal tea setting. You will also learn the history and philosophy of Chado and the arts and crafts associated with Chado.

Students who enrolled in the previous class are welcome to attend again. They will have the opportunity to review some of what they learned before and to learn something new.

Students should bring a pair of clean white socks to class, wear comfortable clothes and be fragrance-free. Students will be asked to remove rings, bracelets or long necklaces to avoid potential damage to tea utensils when handling equipment (rings may be covered by a Band-Aid). There will be a one-hour break for lunch and a half-hour break in the afternoon.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Harvey II and Holly Harvey

Harvey II is an independent scholar in the field of experimental history. He has been a practitioner of Chado since 1984. He is an instructor of the Urasenke style of Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Holly Harvey is a graphic artist and lecturer at HSU. She studies the Tea Ceremony with an interest in gardens and flower arrangement.

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East is East & West is West:
Afghans & British on India’s Northwestern Frontier

In late 1838, the directors of the East India Company decided that the security of India required intervention in the succession dispute then taking place in Afghanistan. The subsequent century witnessed three full-scale Afghan Wars and no fewer than 58 military campaigns in the tribal areas.

The consequences of actions (often stop-gap measures)taken by the British as they confronted Pashtun nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and guerilla resistance continue to be felt in our present day.

This suggests that both Soviet and American decision-makers would have been advised to take this history into account before attempting to remake the region in their own images.

date .......... Sat., March 29-April 12

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27777)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Bob Service

Bob Service holds an BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA 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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Our Solar System: An Explorer’s Guide

This course will help provide an informative introduction to the planets, asteroids, comets, and other objects zipping around in our Solar System.

We will approach the topic as if the course is a guidebook to new worlds. What would it take to go there? What are the hazards? What are the rewards? We will examine the characteristics of these objects, the spacecraft that have visited these bodies, how they did it, what is planned for the future. A huge volume of new information is streaming in right now from space probes. Numerous current and imminent missions will be discussed. We will also compare Earth to these objects.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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 graduate level college courses and emphasizes exploratory learning as well as the latest up-to-date topic matter.

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North Coast Artists Showcase

There is a wealth of artists living and thriving on the north coast. This is the fourth in a series offered each spring. 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?

One artist will be showcased each week, and class participants will learn how each artist developed their style. Each artist will set up an informal gallery of work and offer a retrospective.

In a very special appearance, Robert and Desirée Yarber, president and trustee of the Morris Graves Foundation, will talk about the work of the revered Morris Graves, internationally-acclaimed painter and resident of Humboldt County. The Morris Graves Foundation continues to honor the artistic legacy of Morris Graves by offering artist residencies.

  • Morris Graves: talk by Robert and Desirée Yarber
  • Micki Dyson-Flatmo: pastel and oil painter
  • Suk Choo Kim: photographer
  • George Bucquet: glass artist
  • Emily Silver: watercolorist
  • Teresa Stanley: painter

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

time .......... 4:30-6 p.m.

fee .......... Members $80/nonmembers $105 (27729)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Amy Uyeki

Showcase coordinator Amy Uyeki is a visual artist who has worked professionally 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.

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Painting with Oil

Find the artist within you. Learn how to see beyond what is before your eyes and bring what you see into a painted piece of art. This class is open to all ability levels.

Participants are asked to bring the following supplies to the first class:

Materials: Canvas or canvas board; a variety of synthetic and bristle brushes (rounds, flats, wedges, liners); gamsol solvent; paper pallette; roll of paper towels; paints (primaries, black, white, sienna, umber, yellow ochre, naples yellow, cadmium orange, permanent rose, veridian, cadmium red [the more colors the better]).

date .......... Fri., Feb. 7-March 14

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

THIS COURSE IS FULL.

instr .......... Jarrett Smith

Jarrett Smith is a representational artist who teaches painting in Eureka. He studied with Michael Haups and Steve Hopkins.

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Art Photography with Your iPhone or Smart Phone

You walk around with a camera in your phone. Learn how to use simple apps like Instagram to create art out of your photographs. After an introduction to a few apps, you will take your phone on the field. A final class will allow you to share your work and get additional tips.

Bring a smart phone. This class includes a field trip. All participants will be required to complete a release of liability form.

date .......... Sat., March 15-29

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27722)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka and off-site

instr .......... Bob Doran

Bob Doran is the arts and culture editor and music writer for the North Coast Journal, and is a professional photographer. Maureen Murphy will assist in this class.

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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.

We will have a guest lecturer, discuss equipment and digital concerns. 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.

Please bring your camera.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 25-March 18

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

THIS COURSE IS FULL.

instr .......... Lorraine Miller-Wolf

Lorraine Miller-Wolf is passionate about photography and about traveling. She has traveled to many countries (including Bali, Morocco, Turkey, Israel and Belize) and has enjoyed using her camera as a means of interacting with the people. She has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. She has taught numerous photography courses for OLLI.

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iPad Basics for Beginners

If you’ve just gotten your iPad and want to learn the basics of getting started with this fascinating mobile technology, this course is for you!

In only one week you’ll learn many operational basics and shortcuts, as well as commonly-used productivity features, and how to install popular free apps (programs). Learn to add music, photos, and video to your iPad. Join us for an exciting hands-on learning adventure! All participants will be invited to attend monthly iPad troubleshooting and app explorations sessions.

This course is for OLLI Members only.

You’ll need an iPad, and the ability to purchase apps through an App Store account.

date .......... Tues./Thurs., March 4-6

time .......... Noon-2 p.m.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

instr .......... Joan Van Duzer and Kim Vincent-Layton

Joan Van Duzer retired in 2013 from Humboldt State University after over 25 years as an instructional technologist. In 2012 she co-facilitated a Mobile Learning User’s Group of faculty and staff at HSU and in spring 2013 she presented at an international mobile learning conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Kimberly Vincent-Layton is an instructional technologist/designer in the College of eLearning and Extended Education at HSU. She co-facilitated an HSU Mobile Learning User’s Group in 2012, and received her Certificate in Mobile Learning Mastery from SLOAN-C in 2013.

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Digital Storytelling Simplified

This introductory course to digital storytelling will focus on the nuts and bolts of creating a digital story.

You are encouraged to bring a story idea to the first class. Story structure and the role of visuals, sound and music will be examined. Editing exercises will focus on preparation for aural delivery.

Basic video editing in iMovie will bring it all together. No previous experience required.

Computers are provided for this course. If you have a Macbook with iMovie, and prefer to work on your own computer, please contact the OLLI office at 826-5880 or e-mail OLLI.

date .......... Thurs., March 6-20

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

fee .......... Members $75/nonmembers $100 (27818)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Eileen McGee

Eileen McGee is a 2003 HSU journalism graduate, print editorial emphasis, minors in broadcast journalism and women’s studies. McGee is a video producer and instructor as well as a digital storytelling workshop facilitator. Her work focuses on community stories (www.story-connections.org).

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Book Arts: This Book is a Star!

This spectacular book, when closed, looks like any other book. But when it is opened, the pages pop out and form a star. This book will have board covers and will be sewn using double needles (beading optional). The double-page spread lends itself to artwork or photos. Variations will contain tunnels or pockets. The basic skills of gluing, folding, measuring and cutting, and long-stitch sewing will be covered. Appropriate for all levels.

Basic tool kit needed: bone folder, sharp pencil, metal ruler, cutting mat, glue stick, sharp scissors, small cutting knife, awl, double-stick tape.

Materials needed: Cardstock - 4 sheets each of colors A, B and C (solid colors); 7 sheets of color D (solid or printed); 2 sheets of pliable, decorative paper; beads for spine decoration; 1.5 yards of linen thread or cotton perle embroidery floss; 24 inches of ribbon.

date .......... Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 4-6

time .......... 1-5 p.m.

fee .......... Members $45/nonmembers $70 (27726)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Michele Olsen

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, visit her website.

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Book Arts: Stab Bindings

Stab bindings are formal bindings developed over hundreds of years in Japan, Korea and China. There were variations in the number of holes used, as well as the sewing pattern. Stab-bound books lend themselves to journals, scrapbooks, guest books, and gift books.

Basic tool kit needed: bone folder, sharp pencil, metal ruler, cutting mat, glue stick, sharp scissors, small cutting knife, awl, double-stick tape.

Materials needed: 15 sheets of text-weight paper (i.e. colored copier paper); one sheet strong, pliable cover paper (at least 15” x 15”); lightweight decorative paper (at least 8 1/2” x 11”); several yards sewing material (linen thread, embroidery floss, string, raffia, or ribbon will work) and needle to accommodate choice.

date .......... Thurs., May 1

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27726)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Michele Olsen

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, visit her website.

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Take it Slow: Take the Train

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!

SESSION 1:

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 13

time .......... 2-4:30 p.m.

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27810)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Louise Bacon-Ogden and Dave Ogden

SESSION 2:

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 20

time .......... 5:30-8 p.m.

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27811)

place .......... 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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Beyond Tours:
Freewheeling Independent Travel for all Ages

You may remember traveling easily and effortlessly in your youth. Maybe you stayed in hostels or perhaps hitchhiked through Europe. But that was a more innocent time, when you and the world were younger. Now we are in a darker, post 9/11 era, and travel is more difficult and dangerous, right?

Wrong! Today’s travel can be even freer, lighter and more open than ever. Thanks to the Internet, social networking and the breakdown of barriers, you can know much more about a country and – if you choose – connect with potential friends online before you meet them.

In this three-part workshop, veteran travelers Louisa Rogers and Barry Evans will share their knowledge, stories and experiences of visiting nearly 100 countries between them

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Louisa Rogers and Barry Evans have been traveling together since 1977, when they wandered through the UK in an old van, hiking the fells and savoring scones with clotted cream. Since then they have visited every continent except Antarctica. They split their lives between Humboldt, central Mexico, and the rest of the world. They still have a secondhand van (though not the same one).

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25 Songs That Changed the World

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

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

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

date .......... Tues., March 11-25

time .......... Noon-2 p.m.

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27780)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Laura Hennings

Laura Hennings has been involved in the art of teaching and music for over 40 years. After completing her teaching career with Eureka City Schools, she formed a band called The Soulful Sidekicks. With a special interest in folk and blues music, she has studied influential songwriters and performed many of their best songs in local venues.

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Introduction to Steel Drums

Learn to play the steel drums in our fun and enriching class! We welcome students of all levels. No previous musical training required. By learning to play short tunes, students are exposed to rhythmic fundamentals, stick technique, and an understanding of the roles of each of the five basic instruments within the steel band orchestra. Students are also given a brief history of the origins and development of the steel drum.

Choose one or more sessions taught by Kate Lang-Salizar, and held on Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Pan Arts Network, 1049 Samoa Blvd., Unit C, Arcata:

SESSION 1:

date .......... Fri., Feb. 7-28

fee .......... Members $50/nonmembers $75 (27784)

SESSION 2:

date .......... Fri., March 7-28

fee .......... Members $50/nonmembers $75 (27785)

SESSION 3:

date .......... Fri., April 4-25

fee .......... Members $50/nonmembers $75 (27786)

SESSION 4:

date .......... Fri., May 2-30

fee .......... Members $50/nonmembers $75 (27787)

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. ..........

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Wine Tasting 101: Introduction to Wine Appreciation

This course is an introduction to numerous wine regions, varietals and styles while examining the methods and language used to critically analyze and describe a wine.

We will discuss how to understand wine labels from around the world, and how growing regions influence the types and styles produced.

We will taste a number of wines to exemplify regional and varietal differences. Other topics include wine tasting techniques, wine aging and restaurant purchasing etiquette.

date .......... Tues., March 4-25

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

fee .......... Members $70/nonmembers $95 (27734)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Randy Ward

Randy Ward has been a winemaker for 16 years, working at Fieldbrook Winery and at Storrs Winery in Santa Cruz. His passion for winemaking has led him to educate and encourage people to explore the world of wine.

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Do You Want to Be a Wine Judge?

The Humboldt County Fair needs more wine judges to evaluate the wines submitted by some 20 or so Humboldt County wineries. In this seminar you will learn about evaluating wines in a competitive setting. The seminar will include a discussion of how the pros do it, and will also incorporate tasting exercises to evaluate competency. Prerequisite: Wine Tasting 101 or approval of instructor.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

This seminar will be conducted by Bob Hodgson, former judge at the California State Fair, currently on the advisory board of the California State Fair’s commercial wine competition. He is the owner of Fieldbrook Winery, and author of several papers published in academic journals regarding the reliability of wine judges and wine competitions.

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Travel with a Purpose

United States Servas is part of an international network of over 130 countries fostering understanding of cultural diversity through a global person-to-person network promoting a more just and peaceful world. Established in 1949, Servas provides opportunities for personal contact among people of diverse cultures in the cause of world peace, goodwill and understanding. OLLI members are invited to learn more about exploring the world through Servas as hosts or travelers.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Phyllis Chinn

Phyllis Chinn is a retired HSU mathematics professor and an avid traveler and host. She has been an active member of US Servas since 1985.

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Peace Corps for Boomers & Beyond

This course will share what it is like to join the Peace Corps as a middle-aged person. The course will cover Peace Corps origins and purpose, the application process, preparing for service and experiences during service.

Not an official representative of Peace Corps, the instructor will serve Peace Corps “Third Goal” by sharing her person experiences and some of the experiences and those of her “50 and better” friends who served with her in 2011 and 2012 in Botswana, Africa.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Maggie Kraft has been the executive director of the Area 1 Agency on Aging since 2012, after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Africa. She has been the director of Adult Day Health and Alzheimer’s Services at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center and the executive director of Northcoast Advocacy Services.

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Local Walks for Exercise & Pleasure

Between Eureka and McKinleyville there are dozens of interesting places to walk. By varying location and scenery, an exercise program can remain fresh and fun. Visual presentations will show highlights of each walk, describe challenges for seniors and where to start. Students are encouraged to offer their own favorites so we can add them to the printed list. We will share clothing choices for our climate, especially footwear; and Janette will offer a brief introduction to HSU’s Gait Analysis Program at the Biometrics Lab.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 18-25

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

fee .......... Members $45/nonmembers $70 (27749)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Janette Heartwood

In 1970 Janette Heartwood joined Los Angeles Equestrian Trails and rode her horse for thousands of miles in the Southern California back country. When she relocated, Janette decided to exchange her saddle for a backpack. She loves to explore Humboldt with friends and share her photographs.

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Seeking Balance

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

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

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

date .......... Thurs., March 27-April 3

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

fee .......... Members $45/nonmembers $70 (27805)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Justus Ortega

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

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Born to Move:
Rediscovering Your Inner Exerciser

Human beings are born with an innate capacity and drive to move, but over time, this instinct is dulled by our sedentary car-TV-computer culture. Want to wake it up again? No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to rediscover the joy of being physical. In this high-energy workshop, we’ll discuss:

  • How to start being active, even if you haven’t thrown a ball since you were six
  • How to sneak more movement into your busy schedule
  • How to turn exercise from an obligation into a joy (key word: variety!)
  • The pros and cons of a gym membership
  • “Opportunistic exercise”: finding reasons to move
  • Simple low-cost tools to reinforce the movement habit (Hint: a good pedometer costs $20!)
  • Exercise and weight loss: the good news and the bad
  • The unexpected benefits exercise will bring

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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.

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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 the 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.

This course is based on the optional book, Why Isn’t My Brain Working? by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS.

date .......... Mon., Feb. 3-10

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

fee .......... Members $45/nonmembers $70 (27758)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... John Yamas

John Yamas has a BS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and an M.Ed in guidance and counseling psychology from the University of Hawaii. He 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.

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Living Well:
Managing Nutrition, Medications & Stress

Expand your ability to live well. Join us for a course exploring nutrition label reading and how to combine foods to reduce chronic disease. Learn how understanding food labelling can help you keep a check on the amount of foods you eat that are high in fat, salt and added sugars. We will discuss medicines and navigating the medical choices and stress reduction, sleep and exercise.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Maria Spetzler

Maria Spetzler is a board-certified physician assistant. Home grown in Humboldt County, she attended HSU and then UC Davis medical school. She has been practicing family medicine for a dozen years with an emphasis on mental well-being and metabolic health. Most recently she has been sharing her family medicine time with her role as diabetes specialist for Open Door Clinics. Her passion lies in helping the people in our community lead balanced, meaningful lives. With multiple patients with marked weight loss and life improvement, she is excited to bring her role as health translator to OLLI.

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Yoga for OLLI in Fortuna

Join us in Fortuna 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. The regular practice of yoga will reduce stress and promote health and harmony in the body.

All levels of experience are welcome – especially beginners!

Bring a yoga mat, blanket or beach towel, and water.

SESSION 2:

date .......... March 11 - April 1

time .......... 10-11 a.m.

fee .......... Members $40/nonmembers $65 (28012)

place .......... Eel River Multicultural Center in FORTUNA

instr .......... Laurie Birdsall

SESSION 3:

date .......... April 8-29

time .......... 10-11 a.m.

fee .......... Members $40/nonmembers $65 (28013)

place .......... Eel River Multicultural Center in FORTUNA

instr .......... Laurie Birdsall

Laurie Birdsall has been practicing yoga for 17 years and recently received her Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate through Yoga Alliance. Laurie loves to share the practice of yoga for its many benefits bringing greater awareness of the breath, body, heart and mind into the present moment.

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Our Pathways to Health

Has your chronic condition presented everyday challenges that you would like to address? Would you like to take a more active role in your health and health care? This workshop focuses on supporting participants to make achievable goals and improve their health.

The workshops are not condition specific. Instead, the workshop focuses on participants’ engagement in a wide variety of self-management tools, brainstorming, and goal setting.

Anyone living with a chronic health condition is encouraged to attend, as are family members and/or caregivers. Participants should plan to attend all six weeks. Course materials include a copy of the textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions and a Relaxation for Mind and Body CD.

This rewarding workshop is developed by the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

For OLLI Members only.

date .......... Mon., March 17-April 21

time .......... 2-4:30 p.m.

fee .......... Members $5 (27731)

place .......... Eureka Community Health & Wellness Center, 2200 Tydd Street, Eureka

instr .......... Marion Love and Pam Smith

Marion Love is an experienced Pathways Leader and is a retired teacher living comfortably with several chronic illnesses. She is a longtime resident of Eureka.

Pam Smith has been a Pathways leader since 2013. Pam is a retired social worker learning to live a good life with the challenges surrounding her chronic illnesses.

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Memoir: Writing Your Life Story

This course is designed to help you write your life story. You will engage in the process of life review, reflection and assessment through drawing and writing exercises.

Using all your senses, word association, memory clusters, questions and class discussion will help you remember and recall memories and sort and organize essential information.

You will reflect on major transitions and the people, places, and events that made an impact on you and fostered a sense of awareness and growth.

Explore and write about pivotal experiences that shaped you. Your story is a journey to wholeness. You’ve been thinking about this for a long time and may have started and stopped several times. Let’s do it!

Choose one of two sessions taught by Sharon Ferrett at Timber Ridge in McKinleyville or Eureka:

SESSION 1 (McKinleyville):

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

time .......... 10-11 a.m.

fee .......... Members $40/nonmember $65 (27799)

place .......... Timber Ridge in McKinleyville

SESSION 2 (Eureka):

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 13-March 6

time .......... 10-11 a.m.

fee .......... Members $40/nonmember $65 (27800)

place .......... Timber Ridge in Eureka

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.

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Introduction to Gentle Yoga

This gentle yoga class is designed for the very beginning yoga student or anyone who has been away from yoga for a few years.

You will learn the basic foundation of the yoga practice, which includes the use of props (such as chairs for balance) for correct alignment; conscious, relaxed breathing and all of the basic stretches.

Individual needs will be addressed. Enjoy this time to relax and nurture your body, mind and spirit!

Bring a blanket, mat* and water bottle. *Some mats will be available. If you do not have a mat, talk with instructor about best purchase options.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 4-18

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

fee .......... Members $50/nonmembers $75 (27757)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Patricia Starr

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

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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. The regular practice of yoga will reduce stress and promote health and harmony in the body.

All levels of experience are welcome – especially beginners!

Bring a yoga mat, blanket or beach towel, and water.

Choose one or more sessions with Patricia Starr, held on Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in Eureka:

SESSION I: .......... Mon., Feb. 3-24

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27753)

SESSION 2: .......... Mon., March 3-24

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27754)

SESSION 3: .......... Mon., April 7-21

fee .......... Members $50/nonmembers $75 (27755)

SESSION 4: .......... Mon., May 5-19

fee .......... Members $50/nonmembers $75 (27756)

Gentle Yoga is also offered in Fortuna.

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

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Living Tao T’ai Ji

This energetic style of T’ai Ji Qi Gong forms focuses on powerfully moving the qi (energy) through our body systems. It is a natural exercise that benefits the whole body.

Through the practice of Living Tao T’ai Ji forms, we learn how to creatively circulate the qi around and within us, releasing stress, revitalizing internal organs and refreshing the mind as we dance our T’ai Ji.

We learn how to ‘live our tao’ in every moment.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Christopher Campbell

Christopher Campbell has over 26 years of study and practice in T’ai Ji Qi Gong and the Chinese areas of philosophy, calligraphy and poetry. He is the T’ai Ji Seminar Coordinator and teacher for the Living Tao Foundation’s T’ai Ji teacher training programs in Gold Beach, Oregon.

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Pilates Plus

Build a stronger, healthier body and improve your balance with Pilates! OLLI Pilates Plus classes focus on strengthening core muscles using the elegant and flowing movements of Pilates. Pilates enables you to call upon newly-awakened abdominal muscles to safely enhance your daily activities, and help you remain mobile, agile and flexible for years to come.

In the process, you’ll begin to develop and sense an internal empowerment as you more automatically engage what Joseph Pilates called the “powerhouse” (rib to pelvis connection).

You’ll learn to isolate core muscles and coordinate breathing and movement as abdominal strength improves.

This class is well-suited for people of all ages and fitness levels. The class includes traditional Pilates mat exercises, light weight and band exercises. You’ll have time to creatively explore Pilates in motion, developing confidence to apply a strengthened core to all your activities.

Bring a mat, towel and a water bottle.

Register for one or more sessions with Joanne Fornes, held at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center:

SESSION 1: .......... Wed., Feb. 5-March 12

time .......... 10:30 a.m.-noon

fee .......... Members $70/nonmembers $95 (27747)

SESSION 2: .......... Wed., March 19-April 30 (no class April 2)

time .......... 4:30-6 p.m.

fee .......... Members $70/nonmembers $95 (27748)

Joanne Fornes believes exercise, done with awareness and attention, is the key to longevity, vitality and health. Passionate about lifetime fitness, she has studied, practiced and taught various forms of movement for more than 40 years, specializing the last 12 years with older adults, emphasizing abdominal core work using Pilates. Joanne delights in helping people find grace, comfort, and self-empowerment through movement.

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Tai Chi Made EZ

Learn a short version of Tai Chi in this class designed for OLLI members. This version of Tai Chi is made up of simple, smooth, circular movements, designed to stretch, limber, tone and strengthen the body – a gentle, easy to learn and fun way to get fit. No previous experience is necessary.

Tai Chi can help improve your balance, posture, muscle tone and flexibility, while strengthening and opening joints. It also helps improve circulation and metabolism and can boost the immune system.

You will also learn techniques to lower and balance blood pressure and quiet the mind, improving ability to focus and remember.

Special moving and seated meditation for stress reduction and pain management will relax your mind, body and spirit.

Bring a water bottle and wear flat, comfortable shoes.

Register for one or both sessions taught by Glenda Hesseltine and held Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m. in Arcata Presbyterian Church, 670 11th St., Arcata.:

SESSION 1: .......... Mon., Feb. 3-March 10

fee .......... Members $70/nonmembers $95 (27750)

SESSION 2: .......... Mon., March 17-April 21

fee .......... Members $70/nonmembers $95 (27751)

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

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Walking Through Jung’s Red Book

Almost 100 years ago Carl G. Jung began a project he titled The Red Book. This book has been held in the Jung Trust and was only released for publication in 2009.

Join this class for a look at the history and publication of Red Book and learn how the material influenced Jung’s psychological theories over the next 50 years of his life. (Participants are not expected to be familiar with the text.)

date .......... Thurs., March 13-27

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

THIS COURSE IS FULL.

instr .......... Madeline McMurray

Madeline McMurray is a marriage and family therapist in private practice, as well as an author, a painter and a mask maker. Madeline has written two books and numerous articles related to psychology, art, and mythology. She taught for 20 years in the religious studies department at Humboldt State University.

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Moving Your Words: A Writing Class

Move from “I don’t know where to start” to developing ideas, expanding your imagination, and finally moving your words out of your brain and onto the paper. This is no small task, but it can be fun and rewarding.

A variety of user-friendly approaches will inspire your writing. You will have time to write, but you can also expand on your work at home. You will be asked to share what you write, but such participation is up to you.

Bring your favorite writing tools. This course is also offered in Garberville.

date .......... Tues., April 8-29

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27821)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Suzanne Samberg

Suzanne Samberg has taught a variety of Humanities high school courses for over 20 years and currently serves as a University Supervisor in the HSU School of Education. She believes that creativity is "possible for all of us."

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The Poet’s Path

The poet’s path can take you as far as you wish to explore. This class invites you to extend your poetic vision and venture into possibilities yet unplumbed. It offers an opportunity to strengthen your unique voice and write straight to the emotional center of things.

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.

A nurturing environment will support you as we respond to each other’s work, emphasizing clarity and economy through revision to express the truth we most want to say.

date .......... Thurs., April 3-24

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27791)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Pat McCutcheon

Pat McCutcheon, MA, has taught creative writing at College of the Redwoods and through OLLI at HSU. 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 have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies and in her chapbook, Recovering Perfectionist. She continues to write and publish regularly.

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Discovering Your Voice: Becoming a Poet

This poetry class welcomes writers at any level of expertise, from those first braving the pen to those who have experienced the joy of shaping and re-shaping their work.

Together we will read works by recognized poets and examine them for inspiration and clues to technique for our own writing.

You will be taught methods to help you overcome the daunting blank page, and evocative writing prompts will help you find your own unique voice. For instance, my journey began with wanting my voice to be a cross between Emmy Lou Harris and Adrienne Rich, a cross between country wisdom and intellectual insight. A nurturing environment will help you express the truth you want to say, and beneficial feedback will be available.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 6-27

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27790)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Pat McCutcheon

Pat McCutcheon, MA, has taught creative writing at College of the Redwoods and through OLLI at HSU. 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 have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies and in her chapbook, Recovering Perfectionist. She continues to write and publish regularly.

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Mary Oliver:
Nature’s Poet of Vision, Mystery & Spirit

One of America’s most celebrated poets, Mary Oliver has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the national Book Award.

She is lauded for her precision with language, her lyricism and the elegiac quality of her writing. She enchants readers and weaves a mysterious spell with the purity of her voice and her oneness with the natural world in her ongoing search for signs and wonders.

In this class, we will immerse ourselves in a selection of the work that Mary Oliver published during the first 40 years of her life as a writer. We’ll approach her poems as meditations, companions and even blessings.

date .......... Tues., March 25-April 15

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmember $90 (27789)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Bonnie Shand

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

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Writing as a Spiritual Journey

Allow your writing practice to be an adventure into surprising and unexplored territory. Risk stretching your creative intentions and aspirations to discover how your poetry or prose can transport you into a deeper place of truth. Learn to trust your muse and follow where she leads you.

This is not a class for people new to writing, but for individuals who have taken at least one writing course or who possess an understanding of the basics of creative writing and what it takes to breathe life into words on a page. Students who took this class last semester are welcome to return and continue working on the project they began, or to start another.

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

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

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

fee .......... THIS COURSE IS FULL. Call OLLI at (707) 826-5880 to be placed on an interest list.

instr .......... Bonnie Shand

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

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Conscious Living for Life Enrichment

We go through our daily lives with eyes wide open, but often unseeing. We are creatures of habit, often moving unconsciously from one activity to the next without questioning those patterns. We drive to our destination, but upon arrival, are oblivious of the path we have taken.

The practice of mindfulness is the act of consciously focusing on the present moment and increasing awareness and appreciation of the environment around us. Should be simple, right? No. It takes practice, and is a practice that can enrich your life.

This course will focus on both the brain theory behind living consciously (how the brain works), and the practice of mindfulness.

Through discussion and practice exercises, class participants will focus on how to change ingrained habits to take greater control of their thoughts and actions and live more consciously in the present.

date .......... Wed., March 5-19

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27809)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Jane Woodward

Jane Woodward (M.Ed, MPA, JD) has been a social science researcher, analyst and program developer for over 40 years. In recent years, she has focused her attention on developments in brain research and technology, the study of consciousness, integrative medicine, health practices such as pilates and meditation, and quantum physics. She has developed and presented OLLI courses on Creative Living, Consciousness: An Exploration, and Advocacy, and formed the OLLI Creating Community Assets Forum.

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Writing for Children & Young Adults

The course is aimed at those who would like to write for young people, but need some pointers.

Learn the differences between writing for children and for adults, how to design initial story ideas, and develop characters, plot and setting. Explore writing dialogue, descriptions, beginnings and endings, along with the special requirements of picture books.

The second session will focus on how to get published and the business aspects of writing.

date .......... Sat., March 29-April 12

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27822)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Pam Service

Pam Service has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA in history from the University of London. She has worked in museums for over 30 years – Indiana University Art Museum, Monroe County Museum in Bloomington, Indiana and was director/curator of the Clarke Museum in Eureka. She has also published 32 books, five of which are on historical subjects.

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The Art of Mindfulness

Are you looking for new ways to improve your quality of life and overall sense of well being? This series of classes will introduce the practice of mindfulness and the principals on which it is based, including discussion and periods of focused attention while engaging in sitting, walking, and other activities, providing a foundation for applying mindfulness in daily life.

Current research shows that people who engage in some form of daily mindfulness practice can increase their abilities to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, more fully engage in activities, deepen their ability to form deep connections with others, create a greater capacity to deal with adverse events and strengthen their cognitive and physiological health.

date .......... Wed., Feb. 26-March 19

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27804)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Marilyn Montgomery

Marilyn Montgomery is a SoulCollage® facilitator who has been rediscovering her hidden artist after many years of working as a nurse midwife, health educator and wellness teacher. She is passionate about the transformative power of working with images and symbols in ways that stimulate a deepening gratitude for one’s community.

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Embracing Ourselves: An Introduction to SoulCollage®

SoulCollage® is a transformational art process that gently reveals and supports your soul’s journey – the path towards wholeness, peace and unconditional love. As you learn the language of the symbols and images on your cards, they become a doorway to your strengths and inner wisdom. In a safe and supportive environment, you will learn how to create the cards, using images from many magazines and other sources that will be provided. Card making is easy and fun; you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the process. All are welcome.

All materials are provided.

This course is also offered in Garberville.

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 20-March 13

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $105 (27825)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Marilyn Montgomery

Marilyn Montgomery is a SoulCollage® facilitator who has been rediscovering her hidden artist after many years of working as a nurse midwife, health educator and wellness teacher. She is passionate about the transformative power of working with images and symbols in ways that enrich our lives.

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Celebrating Community with SoulCollage®

Celebrate those people and pets who offer a net of love and wisdom in your life, and also those who may “net” you with their demands and challenges. Using SoulCollage® – an intuitive, collage process of self discovery – you will be introduced to the Community Suit to create collages using images of family, ancestors, friends, pets and your extended community. Both beginners and experienced students are welcome.

Participants should bring photos of family members, friends and community.

date .......... Thurs., March 27-April 17

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27725)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Marilyn Montgomery

Marilyn Montgomery is a SoulCollage® facilitator who has been rediscovering her hidden artist after many years of working as a nurse midwife, health educator and wellness teacher. She is passionate about the transformative power of working with images and symbols in ways that enrich our lives.

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The ABCs of Peak Aging:
A Primer for Living Long & Well

This course is designed to help you age consciously. Rather than winding down, life after 50 expands, the currents run deeper and life is richer and more sacred.

Each year is a wake-up call to confront the big questions of life: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? Have I learned to love and forgive? How can I prepare for an independent, full and meaningful last third of life? What blessings do I want to pass on?

These questions and many others will be answered as we look at ways to consciously age with grace, intelligence, wisdom and most of all – gratitude.

We will also look at the practical issues including health care directives and writing your obituary.

For OLLI members only.

date .......... Wed., April 23-May 28

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

fee .......... Members $65 (27798)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Sharon Ferrett

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.

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Textbook Mythologies

Did your textbooks really tell it like it was? Do today’s textbooks? In this hands-on course, we will explore the Founding Era (the last third of the 18th century) and how it is depicted in American textbooks. We will see what remains the same and what has changed, and how all textbooks, new and old, develop narratives that may or may not be adequate representations of the past.

Bring in any American History textbook you can find, old or new. The instructor will bring in a wide assortment as well, dating from the 1830s to 2014.

date .......... Thurs., April 3-17

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27772)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Ray Raphael

In the mid-1990s Ray Raphael, author of several books on North Coast history and issues, established part-time residence in the late 18th century, the Revolutionary and Founding Era. Among his eight books on that subject are Founding Myths and Constitutonal Myths. He is currently working on web materials that deconstruct textbook mythologies and offers lesson plans for teachers.

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We the People

“We the People” is the cornerstone of American democracy. This mantra is actualized through the ballot box.

This course examines two special problems associated with our election system. The first is the ballot, and how one decides who wins an election. We’ll distinguish between counting votes and making votes count. Second, we’ll study the apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives: How many representatives does each state get and why?

By taking a closer look at the history of apportionment, we can take an in-depth look at some current issues in Congress and how decisions are made.

date .......... Tues., May 6-20

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

fee .......... Members $55/nonmembers $80 (27759)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Charles Biles

Dr. Charles Biles retired from teaching mathematics at HSU in 2005. In 2003 he was selected as Outstanding Professor at HSU. Since that time, he has taken an avid interest in history.

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Gross Steel:
Carnegie, Jones & Frick in American Industry

Explore how Carnegie, Jones and Frick pioneered production, management, and financing of gross steel – the material that bridged chasms; changed city skylines by dwarfing pyramids, minarets, and church spires; and precipitated world wars.

Each player in the emerging industry around Pittsburgh advanced options of finance, labor relations, patent law, and governmental support that changed capitalism.

Class discussions will surmise answers as to what happened, what went wrong, and what is to be learned.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 18-March 11

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27764)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Tom Gage

Tom Gage, Professor Emeritus, HSU Dept. of English, has offered other classes on this theme and is preparing an eBook on the subject. In 2010 he delivered a paper with this title at the 6th von Humboldt Travel Writing Conference in Morocco.

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Great Decisions 2014

Join us for a spirited conversation about U.S. foreign policy issues that affect our nation and our personal lives.

The Great Decisions program is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), an independent nonpartisan and non-governmental institution based in New York. Groups meet every spring in communities around the country. Upon completion of the program, participants can take part in the process by filling out opinion surveys which are mailed to FPA for collating and distribution to government offices and agencies.

Our format is a roundtable discussion with video and print resource materials. Participants are encouraged to do independent research on areas under discussion to share with the group, and are invited to facilitate meetings on topics of interest to them or about which they have expertise.

Discussion topics for 2014: Israel, China’s Foreign Policy, Turkey, Islamic Awakening, Energy Independence, U.S. Trade Policy, Defense Technology, Food Security and Climate Change.

FPA produces an eight-segment video of experts discussing the issues for group viewing and an eight-chapter text for each participant. The text is included with course fee.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Kia Ora Zeleny

Kia Ora Zeleny holds a BA in cultural anthropology from HSU with emphasis on Chinese studies. She has lived, taught and studied in China, exploring cultural, political and social issues facing modern China. She has an avid interest in world affairs and U.S. Foreign Policy, and has participated in Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions programs for many years. This year will mark her eighth time offering this class for OLLI.

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The Grand Jury: Democracy’s Watchdog

What does the Grand Jury do, and is it effective as a watchdog of local government?

This course presents a dynamic and interactive introduction to the duties, powers and operations of the Grand Jury system, with particular emphasis on Humboldt County.

Learn how jurors are selected, how investigations are conducted, how public reports are developed, and why many past grand jurors consider grand jury service an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Diane Lehman

Willa Diane Lehman served on the Humboldt County Grand Jury for two terms in 2004-06. She is a member of Humboldt County Chapter of California Grand Jurors’ State Association. In the local chapter she served as secretary for six terms and president for two. At the state level, she served as a teller for the election at one conference. She also served as a member of the awards committee for two terms.

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Start the Press: Great Events in Media History

Journalism has shaped our society. This class will discuss in detail historical moments in journalism including the invention of printing, sensationalism, muck-raking, the Pentagon papers, Watergate and others.

date .......... Fri., April 25-May 2

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

fee .......... Members $40/nonmembers $65 (27771)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Mac McClary

Professor Maclyn McClary was a daily newspaper reporter and news editor in Los Angeles before joining the HSU faculty in 1967. He has written widely on media history and journalism ethics, both favorite teaching areas.

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Textbook Mythologies

Did your textbooks really tell it like it was? Do today’s textbooks? In this hands-on course, we will explore the Founding Era (the last third of the 18th century) and how it is depicted in American textbooks.

We will see what remains the same and what has changed, and how all textbooks, new and old, develop narratives that may or may not be adequate representations of the past.

Bring in any American History textbook you can find, old or new. The instructor will bring in a wide assortment as well, dating from the 1830s to 2014.

This course is also offered in Eureka.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

In the mid-1990s Ray Raphael, author of several books on North Coast history and issues, established part-time residence in the late 18th century, the Revolutionary and Founding Era. Among his eight books on that subject are Founding Myths and Constitutonal Myths. He is currently working on web materials that deconstruct textbook mythologies and offers lesson plans for teachers.

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An Introduction to SoulCollage®

Originated by Seena Frost, SoulCollage® is a process for accessing your intuition and creating an incredible deck of cards with deep, personal meaning that will help you with life’s questions and transitions.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create the cards using images from many magazines that will be provided. Different ways of working with the cards will be introduced, which invite your inner wisdom to emerge, supporting you through your life’s challenges and changes.

The work of card making is easy and fun. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the process.

This course is also offered in Eureka.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Marilyn Montgomery is a SoulCollage® facilitator who has been rediscovering her hidden artist after many years of working as a nurse midwife, health educator and wellness teacher. She is passionate about the transformative power of working with images and symbols in ways that enrich our lives.

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Who’s Your Poet?

So often people feel intimidated by poetry. This class will help us find ways to connect to a variety of poems. Because we are such individuals, each person will have the opportunity to discover the American poets who speak to/for them. We will share our findings and perhaps even find the poet within us!

This course meets in Garberville.

date .......... Wed., April 9-30

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

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27792)

place .......... Garberville Civic Club

instr .......... Suzanne Samberg

Suzanne Samberg has taught a variety of Humanities high school courses for over 20 years and currently serves as a University Supervisor in the HSU School of Education. She believes that creativity is "possible for all of us."

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Writing Your Life

Using a variety of user-friendly approaches, we will write about what makes us who we are – the moments, events, people, comedies and tragedies. You will have time to write, but you can also expand on your work at home. You will be asked to share what you write, but such participation is up to you.

This course meets in Garberville. This course is also offered in Eureka.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Suzanne Samberg has taught a variety of Humanities high school courses for over 20 years and currently serves as a University Supervisor in the HSU School of Education. She believes that creativity is "possible for all of us."

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Moving Your Words

Move from “I don’t know where to start” to developing ideas, expanding your imagination, and finally moving your words out of your head and onto the paper. This is no small task, but it can be fun and rewarding. A variety of user-friendly approaches will inspire your writing. Some writing time will be provided in class. Participants will have the chance to share writing, but all participation is by choice.

This course meets in Garberville. This course is also offered in Eureka.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Suzanne Samberg has taught a variety of Humanities high school courses for over 20 years and currently serves as a University Supervisor in the HSU School of Education. She believes that creativity is "possible for all of us."

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Literature of Slavery

Join in a thoughtful conversation about slavery in America, as seen in literature. Come to the first class having read selections of your choice from Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember by James Mellon. We will also read a biography of George Washington and two novels to be assigned.

This course meets in Garberville.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Marie Raphael

Marie Raphael taught writing and literature at Boston University, College of the Redwoods and in local middle schools and supervised student teachers enrolled at HSU secondary education program. The author of two young adult immigration adventures, she has also worked as an editor and columnist.

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Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness refers to the attitude of open awareness that develops with practice. In this course you will learn simple methods for building concentration, relaxation, loving kindness and joy. This body-based process of experiencing life “as it is” helps to access inner peace, which in turn affects those around us.

In stillness and in movement, with guidance and in silence, you will have a safe and supportive environment to explore basic methods for coming home to yourself.

Consideration will be given to finding the most beneficial meditation postures for your particular needs.

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

instr .......... Lauris Phillips

Lauris Phillips has been a meditation practitioner for 27 years. Her first 19 years were in Insight Meditation and she currently practices Zen. She has been a massage therapist for 25 years. She is also a painter and a practitioner/facilitator of Authentic Movement. Lauris brings to this topic a lifelong interest in discovering ease in the body/mind.

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Who or What Are We?
Symbiosis on a Personal Scale

In four sessions, we will examine four episodes of biological exploration that have had a profound impact on who we are, as a species and as individuals.

We will travel from the beginning notion that all organisms are autonomous, to a recognition that life forms are interconnected, to the recognition that our ancestry is both humble and marvelous, and finally to the most recent discoveries of our interconnection with a host of life forms – the human microbiome.

date .......... Fri., April 25-May 16

time .......... 3-4:30 p.m.

fee .......... Members $65/nonmembers $90 (27796)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Robert Rasmussen

Dr. Robert Rasmussen is a Professor Emeritus in botany, Humboldt State University. He has a long standing love affair with history and with the English language. Since retirement, he has been occupied with developing courses that chronicle the development of major themes in the biological sciences.

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Bats!

Everyone thinks of bats at Halloween. However, bats do their work in spring and summer. Find out more about these incredible winged mammals (yes, they are mammals) and their contribution to the health of the environment. Dispel myths and learn about the gentle, friendly and beneficial bat!

date .......... Thurs., Feb. 6

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

fee .......... Members $30/nonmembers $55 (27793)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Louise Bacon-Ogden

Louise Bacon-Ogden was owner of Eureka store Strictly for the Birds until 2004. Since retiring, she now has more time to share her knowledge and love of birds and anything else in our natural world.

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Contract Bridge for Beginners

Bridge is the best and most challenging of card games. 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. Learn the rules and tools to enable you to completely play the game: point counts, bidding, scoring, and playing the hands. Each session will present a lesson and give some practice. Bridge is a complicated game, so practice and play outside of class is highly recommended.

date .......... Wed., Feb. 5-March 12

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

fee .......... Members $75/nonmembers $100 (27801)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Robert Fornes

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

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Contract Bridge for Intermediates

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. Course is open to all who have completed the Beginning Bridge class and all others who are comfortable with bidding.

date .......... Wed., Feb. 5-March 12

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

fee .......... Members $75/nonmembers $100 (27802)

place .......... Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

instr .......... Robert Fornes

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

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Three Ancient Mysteries

Some ancient mysteries may never be solved: What’s the origin of the Atlantis legend? Who was Homer (from Greece, that is, not Springfield)? Others, like the three we’ll be discussing in this class, have been resolved – at least to some extent:

  • King Arthur was one of the great mythical heroes during the Middle Ages. Everyone in Europe knew about him. But was the legend based upon a real person, or is it all a fireside yarn? We’ll examine the plausibility of some of the many theories proposed by historians.
  • Many people can recite the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But the real mystery is why these seven were chosen rather than other worthy candidates. We’ll see what remains of the wonders today, and how to visit the sites.
  • While one group of researchers was theorizing about the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, a geologist was unwittingly sitting on crucial evidence. Science at its best!

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Barry Evans writes the weekly “Field Notes” column for the North Coast Journal.

 

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