SUMMER 2013: 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
Kayak Oyster Tours Sun. 6/9
Humboldt Crabs Baseball Sun. 6/23
Gentle Yoga for OLLI Mon. 6/17
Floods of Northern California Mon. 6/24
Gentle Yoga for OLLI Mon. 7/8
Gentle Yoga for OLLI Mon. 8/12
Queens Marrying North: Aragonese Sisters Tues. 6/11
Gardening for Birds Tues. 6/11
Fast Food, Slow Food: Kitchen Garden Tues. 6/11
The Mathematics of Hand-Knitted Fabric Tues. 6/18
Similar Bird Species Tues. 7/9
Book Arts: Journaling Your Life Tues./Thurs. 7/9
Cultural History of Europe Wed. 6/12
Redwood Parks Coast History Tour Wed. 6/26
Make a Movie, Tell your Story Digital Storytelling Wed. 7/10
Klamath: A River in Controversy Wed. 7/10
Living Tao T'ai Ji Workshop Wed./Thurs. 7/31
Islamic Prisms: Legitimacy and Authority Thurs. 6/13
Films of Preston Sturges Thurs. 6/13
Amends: Forgiveness Thurs. 6/13
An Introduction to Electric Bicycles Sat. 7/20
Avian Landlord Thurs. 6/27
Redwood and Rails Fri. 6/14
Walking Tour of Trinidad Fri. 6/14
Take it Slow: Take the Train (Garberville) Fri. 6/14
Ink, Brush, Pen Fri. 6/21
Covering the Bald Hills Sat. 6/15
Herbs on the North Coast Sat. 6/15
Beginning Birdwatching (Garberville) Sat. 6/15
What is On your Bucket List? Sat. 6/29
The Second Half Show Sat. 6/29
Armchair Traveler: Del Norte County Sat. 6/29
The Heir Apparent Sat. 7/6
Restoration & Renewal in Redwood Nat'l/State Parks Sat. 7/13
Fingerpainting on Your iPad, the Next Level Sat. 7/13
Southern Humboldt a Century Ago Sat. 7/20
A Forest Within A City Sat. 8/3

What’s On Your Bucket List?

You’ve heard the phrase “Bucket List.” Maybe you even saw the movie. And every once in awhile, you might wonder what your own Bucket List would look like.

Stop wondering and start doing! This class will be a fun and practical exploration of what you want to do in the second half of your life. Not only will you learn to identify your passions, dreams, and goals, but this class will teach you how to put them into practice.

Sound daunting? It’s not. Writing your Bucket List is a matter of capitalizing on your experience, skills, talents, and imagination while challenging old beliefs that may be preventing you from turning dreams into reality.

It’s time to write your Bucket List!

This course includes one ticket to the Sat., June 29 showing of The Second Half: A Lively Look at Life after Fifty, the one-act musical comedy that sprung directly from Tracey’s very own Bucket List.

date .......... Sat., June 29

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

fee/members .......... $50/nonmembers $75 (31180)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Tracey Barnes-Priestley

Tracey Barnes Priestley has been a counselor, writer, and educator for over 35 years. Her first column, “Juggling Jobs and Kids,” was nationally syndicated for 13 years. Tracey began writing her current column and blog, “The Second Half,” when she found herself and countless others facing midlife and beyond. Currently a Life Coach, she offers individual services, workshops, and consulting to both the public and private sectors. She has recently expanded her practice to include working with writers. Believing that she should practice what she preaches, Tracey’s debut novel, Duck Pond Epiphany, was published in May 2013. Married for 35 years and the mother of three, Tracey and her retired husband are enjoying the many opportunities of midlife.


Kayak Oyster Tours

Once an outflow for the Mad River into Humboldt Bay, the Mad River Slough offers some of the best and easiest paddling in the region. Located in the northern most tip of Humboldt Bay, this water trail sits in the shadow of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Fish and Wildlife Service known as Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area.

Explore dune ecology from a different perspective on this tour with expert guides and naturalists. Learn about ongoing restoration projects in the dunes and the ways you can help preserve this local heritage site.

We will also explore oyster farming on Humboldt Bay and learn what makes this region a unique tidal wetland capable of sustaining a thriving mariculture industry. You will also have opportunities to sample oysters fresh from the field.

This class includes a field trip. All participants will be required to complete a release of liability form. Short safety/kayak lesson included by a certified guide. Tandem sit-on-top kayaks with back-bands and scupper plugs, lifejackets, paddles, and dry bags will be provided. Participants should wear water-wicking (synthetic) clothing and a windbreaker, and bring a change of clothes. A light wetsuit is also suitable. Do not bring any electronics unless they are waterproof! Drinking water, snacks, hats, sunscreen, waterproof binoculars, and waterproof cameras are recommended.

date .......... Sun., June 9

time .......... Noon-3 p.m.

fee/members .......... $85/nonmembers $110 (31184)

place .......... Ma-le’l Dunes

instr .......... Dave Fuller, David LaFever, Marna Powell and Justin Legge

Dave Fuller is the BLM environmental planner and former fish biologist. He holds a masters in natural resources from HSU.

David LaFever is the forest ecologist for the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve. He holds a masters in wildlife biology from Texas A&M University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

Marna Powell is an American Canoe Association Level IV Open Water Instructor with the Adaptive Kayaking Endorsement and an EMT. She is the owner of Kayak Zak's and has led kayak trips in Humboldt County for thirteen years.

Justin Legge is an EMT and Wilderness First Responder who leads interpretative trips for Friends of the Dunes when he is not working as a guide for Kayak Zak's or studying large aquatic rodents.


Floods of Northern California

Rainfall records were set all across Northern California on Dec. 20, 1955, followed by flooding that caused 74 deaths and $200 million in economic losses. This was just a prelude to Dec. 19-24, 1964, the wettest ever six-day period which produced record high flows on every river in the region. Whole towns disappeared, and the North Coast was isolated for weeks.

Historian Jerry Rohde will cover North Coast floods of the last 150 years. Starting with the massive freshet of 1861-1862, which roared down the Klamath and Trinity rivers (while at times rising more than 90 feet above the riverbed), Rohde will focus on the “hundred-year flood” of 1955 and its premature successor, the “thousand-year flood” of 1964.

Blending photos, maps, and eyewitness accounts, Rohde will describe the devastation suffered by Weott, Bull Creek, Pepperwood, Elinor and Klamath. He will also consider the effects of the floods’ co-conspirators, mining and logging, and will describe how the threat of future flooding helped expand local redwood parks.

Meteorologist Nancy Dean will describe the weather that occurred during both the 1955 and 1964 floods and what the impacts were on the rivers. The 1964 storm and flood also caused abundant landslides.

This class will be held in Ferndale.

date .......... Mon., June 24 & July 1

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31210)

place .......... Ferndale City Hall, Ferndale

instr .......... Rollie Lamberson

Course coordinator Rollie Lamberson is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and coordinator of the Environmental Systems Graduate Programs at Humboldt State University. He currently serves as executive secretary of the Natural Resource Modeling Association. Rollie is also an active member of the OLLI at HSU Curriculum Committee.

Jerry Rohde is ethnogeographer and historian for the Cultural Resources Facility at Humboldt State University. He has coauthored three guidebooks to the North Coast that feature sections describing over a hundred years of floods. Jerry lives on high ground at the southern edge of Eureka.

Nancy Dean has a B.S. from UC Davis in atmospheric science. She is meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service in Eureka.


Southern Humboldt a Century Ago

Cross the Eel River and a hundred years (more or less) of time to visit southern Humboldt County as it was in the old days. We’ll focus on two centers of activity, the Mattole Valley and the Garberville area, using maps, photos, and postcards in a pair of PowerPoint presentations that depict the drama of life far beyond the Bay. You’ll hear about the handful of Indians who helped ethnographers learn the stories of local tribes, you’ll see pictures of the building of the Redwood Highway and the Mattole Road, you’ll look at lighthouses, redwood parks, and sheep ranches – all the components of the still-flourishing culture that covers Southern Humboldt.

date .......... Sat., July 20 & 27

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

fee/members .......... $45/nonmembers $70 (31233)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Jerry & Gisela Rohde

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have hiked, biked, and driven through Humboldt County for 34 years. They have written three guidebooks to the North Coast and given numerous presentations about the area’s human and natural history. They are part of the original faculty of OLLI at HSU.


Islamic Prisms: Legitimacy & Authority

In any urban center in the U.S., you will find mosques. Chances are that in each mosque, nearly all worshipers derive from only one culture, like Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, Indonesia, or Turkey. Contrary to some who think Islam is monolithic, Muslims are as varied as are the nations from which they derive.

This course focuses on Muslims in China, Syria, Morocco and Turkey to better understand this catholic religion by addressing topics such as education, women and orthodoxy/heterodoxy.

date .......... Thurs., June 13, 20, 27 and July 11

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

fee/members .......... $50/nonmembers $75 (31182)

place .......... HBAC

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

Tom Gage, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, HSU, has taught for over a half century, often in other cultures. In 1983-84 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Department of Letters at the University of Aleppo, Syria. In 1992 he taught a semester at Quangxi Dashway, in Southern China. He has also lectured in Morocco and Turkey.


Queens Marrying North: Aragonese Sisters

This class investigates the influence during the 13th Century of the Aragonese sisters, whose al-Andalusian heritage contributed to the emerging High Middle Ages. This is another class in a series that investigates the influences of aristocratic women who have changed history.

Themes of weekly discussions address the slow and humble rhythm of routines that ruled lives like baking, bathing and books.

As in earlier classes dealing with Eleanor of Aquitaine and Catherine of Aragon, the focus on distaff histories features analyses of consumption rather than production.

date .......... Tues., June 11, 18, 25 and July 9

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

fee/members .......... $50/nonmembers $75 (31214)

place .......... HBAC

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

Tom Gage: See biography under “Islamic Prisms.”


Films of Preston Sturges

Some film scholars have said that Preston Sturges was a man ahead of his time. He was a talented playwright and sometime actor, who became one of the first Hollywood artists to write and direct his own films.

Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to a new level. Though he had a 30-year Hollywood career, Sturges’ greatest comedies were filmed in a furious five-year burst of activity, during which he turned out The Great McGinty, Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, Sullivan’s Travels, The Palm Beach Story, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero.

Half a century later, four of these were chosen by the American Film Institute as being among the 100 funniest American films.

date .......... Thurs., June 13-July 25

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

fee/members .......... $70/nonmembers $95 (31223)

place .......... HBAC

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

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


Ink, Brush, Pen: From East to West

Create a series of unique drawings using ink media!

This workshop begins on Friday evening with a slide presentation, discussion, and demonstration of ink drawing and painting from different cultures, historical to contemporary.

Saturday will be an intensive, but enjoyable, studio day of drawing: gaining facility with handling brush and pen, achieving variation in line quality, as well as expressive, gestural mark-making and painterly ink washes.

You’ll leave the workshop with a toolbox of ideas, resources and techniques for further study.

date .......... Fri./Sat., June 21 & 22

time .......... Fri.: 6-8 p.m.; Sat.: 1-5 p.m.

fee/members .......... $60/nonmembers $85 (31145)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Julie McNiel

Julie McNiel received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has taught classes in drawing, painting, and printmaking at HSU, San Jose State, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, UC Berkeley Extension, and through SFAI Community Education Program. She has received numerous awards, fellowships, and international artist residencies for her artistic work. To learn more about Julie’s projects, visit her website:


Introduction to the Book Arts:
Journaling Your Life

Writing and drawing in a journal has been found to relieve stress, stimulate memory, and serve as a springboard for exploration. It is also a rewarding way to observe the world around us, reflect on our lives, explore new (or old) environments, tell stories, and keep memories alive.

Constructing your own journal enhances the journaling experience. Participants will make a leather-covered journal with 100% cotton paper pages – sewn using the long stitch structure. This book is sturdy, opens flat, and is a pleasure to hold.

We will also explore journaling history, resources, tips and strategies.

The class is suitable for beginners.

All book materials will be provided. Tools to bring: a bone folder, a mechanical pencil, a metal ruler and small sharp scissors.

Recommended Book: A Complete Decorated Journal: A Compendium of Journaling Techniques by Gwen Diehn.

date .......... Tues./Thurs., July 9 &11

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

fee/members .......... $80/nonmembers $105 (31146)

place .......... HBAC

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

Michele Olsen was a college mathematics instructor for 25 years. She has been making custom books for over 10 years, and is a member of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild and San Diego Book Arts Guild. She has taken classes from Laura Wait, Andie Thrams, Julie Chen, Susan Collard, and many others. For more information, visit


Covering the Bald Hills

Join us for an OLLI van tour of the historic Bald Hills! We’ll visit two former sheep ranches, observe wildflowers and wildlife. The oak woodlands and prairies were once the home of the Chilula Indians, later the grazing lands for the Lyons and Tomlinson sheep flocks, and now one of the scenic highlights of Redwood National Park.

This class includes a field trip. All participants will be required to complete a release of liability form. This is a minimal mobility class, which requires only a few hundred feet of walking and getting in and out of vans. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for unpredictable weather, and bring water and a lunch.

date .......... Sat., June 15

time .......... 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

fee/members .......... $75/nonmembers $100 (31185)

place .......... Meet vans at Arcata Community Center

instr .......... Jerry and Gisela Rohde
Jim Wheeler

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have hiked in the Bald Hills for two decades. They’ve published three guidebooks to the local redwood parks. They have taught for OLLI at HSU since the program started.

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 B.A. in cultural anthropology, and also received a teaching credential and M.A. in environmental education at HSU. Jim has been involved in environmental education since 1981.


Restoration and Renewal in
Redwood National & State Parks

Join Ranger Jim Wheeler on a field trip to Redwood National and State Parks near Orick to visit several sites that highlight the ongoing resource management projects covered during the free brown bag presentations last spring: Watershed Restoration, Forest Restoration, and Prescribed (Friendly) Fire.

Jim will be joined in the field by NPS resource management specialists from each presentation; geologist Mike Sanders, forester Jason Teraoka, and prescribed fire manager John McClelland.

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 .......... Sat., July 13

time .......... 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

fee/members .......... $75/nonmembers $100 (31186)

place .......... Meet vans at Arcata Community Center

instr .......... Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler: See biography under “Covering the Bald Hills.”


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

Join Ranger Jim Wheeler for a PowerPoint tour of the history of three places along the coast of Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP). We’ll find out why the southernmost point in the park is called Gyon Bluff, and hear three independent Yurok stories about the last huge tsunami produced by the Cascadia Subduction Zone. An account of the gold rush to Gold Bluffs will be followed by the history of False Klamath Cove and ending with the establishment of Redwood National Park.

date .......... Wed., June 26

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

fee/members .......... $30/nonmembers $55 (31188)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler: See biography under “Covering the Bald Hills.”


Klamath: A River in Controversy

This is a forum on the Klamath River, historically one of the great salmon rivers of the Pacific Coast.

Over the past 160 years the Klamath has suffered substantial degradation resulting from mining, over-fishing, water withdrawals, dams, sedimentation, and polluted runoff.

Recently most of the stakeholders in the Klamath Basin have been involved in negotiating the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

We will draw on the expertise of historians, fisheries biologists, engineers, and native Americans to explore the past, present and potential future of the Klamath River Basin.

This will be a series of presentations on history, salmon, engineering (related to dam removal), the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, and the Native American perspective.

Speakers are:

  • 10 a.m.: History: Jerry Rohde, HSU Cultural Resources Facility
  • 11 a.m.: Salmon: Walter Duffy, HSU Coop Fish Research Unit
  • Noon: Brown bag lunch (provide your own). Klamath River videos provided by Tom Dunklin, videographer
  • 1 p.m.: Engineering: Margaret Lang, HSU Environmental Engineering
  • 2 p.m.: Native American Persective: Robert McConnell, Yurok Tribe
  • 3 p.m.: Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement: Jill Duffy, former Humboldt County supervisor and representative for the Restoration Agreement negotiations

date .......... Wed., July 10

time .......... 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

fee/members .......... $50/nonmembers $75 (31190)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Rollie Lamberson

Rollie Lamberson spent 25 years as a professor of mathematics and coordinator of the environmental systems graduate programs at Humboldt State University. Since retirement he has remained active with positions on editorial boards for journals in mathematics and biology and as a member of the science advisory board for the Columbia River Basin. Rollie is an active member of the OLLI Curriculum Committee and chairs the OLLI Fundraising and Finance Committee.


A Forest Within A City

Nearly all of the City of Eureka was built upon what was once an old-growth forest. There is scattered evidence of these redwoods through the southern reaches of the city, notably in Sequoia Park. This remarkable resource surrounded by development has an intriguingly interesting story going back more than a century.

This class will include short lectures among the redwoods and an extensive walking tour (paved and forest trail and 15% grade increase) of Sequoia Park and the Zoo.

Highlights will include natural history points of interest as well as evidence of human history using “photo companions” (reproductions of old photos).

Bring money for lunch at the Zoo café where we will dine and learn the history of the zoo before embarking on a full zoo tour.

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

date .......... Sat., Aug. 3

time .......... 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

fee/members .......... $50/nonmembers $75 (31151)

place .......... Meet at the entrance to the Sequoia Park Zoo

instr .......... Ray Hillman

Ray Hillman is a professional historian specializing in North Coast regional history, particularly maritime commerce and industrial history. As a tour guide he is also a natural history interpreter. He was a curator for regional history museums and taught community college and university courses. For 27 years he has also operated a guided tour service throughout the North Coast. He is author of several regional histories, including a definitive work on the U.S.S. Milwaukee shipwreck at Samoa.


The Armchair Traveler: Del Norte County

It’s time for the OLLI armchair to spread its wings and visit distant lands. We leave homey Humboldt behind and head north to – where else? – Del Norte, the most mispronounced county in the state. Virtually visit a land of rampaging rivers, fog-shrouded forests, and crenulated coastlines. We’ll see a fishing fleet of rowboats fill the mouth of the Klamath, learn of the torpedoed oil tanker that navigated itself to the mouth of Crescent City’s harbor, and find out where the Del Norte Southern Railroad went (it wasn’t far). Reserve your seat soon – armchairs are limited.

date .......... Sat., June 29

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

fee/members .......... $30/nonmembers $55 (31217)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Jerry & Gisela Rohde

Jerry & Gisela Rohde have led tours in and lectured about Humboldt County for over 20 years. They have written three guidebooks to the North Coast’s redwood parks. They have been with OLLI at HSU since its beginning.


Redwood & Rails

This class will trace railroading in Humboldt County from its beginnings in Arcata during the 1850s, and follows its development with the major logging lines, the first intra-city connections, the once mighty Northwestern Pacific Railroad, and concluding with visits to what remains of this once extensive and vital means of transportation – buildings, bridges, equipment and more.

Colorful and exciting stories will be told. The class will ride the rails of former lumber company speeders at Samoa. Join us for for a full exploration of railroads in Humboldt County.

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 .......... Fri., June 14 & 21, Sat., June 22

time .......... Fri.: 6-8:30 p.m.; Sat.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

fee/members .......... $70/nonmembers $95 (31219)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Ray Hillman

Ray Hillman: See biography above under “A Forest Within a City.”


Walking Tour: Trinidad Head Lighthouse & Granite Cross

Trinidad Museum Society presents a walking tour of the 1871 Trinidad Head, United States Coast Guard lighthouse, and the 1913 granite cross at the top of Trinidad Head that commemorates the 1775 Bodega-Hazeta arrival at Trinidad Bay, claiming Trinidad for Charles III of Spain.

Interpretive remarks will include a discussion of shipwrecks leading up to installation of the lighthouse, of its history, and of Spanish mariner accounts of their ten-day stay in Trinidad.

This tour includes walking on rough terrain at a moderately steep (20%) grade increase.

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

date .......... Fri., June 14

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

fee/members .......... $30/nonmembers $55 (31152)

place .......... Meet at the Base of Trinidad Head Trail near Trinidad State Beach

instr .......... Patti Fleschner

Patricia Fleschner is president of Trinidad Museum Society. She has a masters degree in history and has led several OLLI class tours and classes.


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 and flexibility.

Yoga increases flexibility, balance and concentration. It also strengthens the immune system and improves 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.

Register for one or both sessions held at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center with Patricia Starr.


date .......... Mon., June 17-July 1

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31241)

place .......... HBAC

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


date .......... Mon., July 8-22

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31244)

place .......... HBAC

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


date .......... Mon., Aug. 12-26

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31246)

place .......... HBAC

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.


The Heir Apparent: Comedy from Page to Stage

Featuring outrageous costumes, quick wit, and a sassy serving wench, The Heir Apparent is an uproarious farce and David Ives’ modern update of Regnard’s 1708 masterpiece.

In this weekend seminar, OLLI members will have the opportunity to fully explore the elements of farce. First, attend Saturday behind the scenes class in the morning then experience the evening performance and champagne gala celebration, and finally, enjoy a post-production discussion on Sunday with the cast and creative team – a delightful weekend romp!

date .......... Sat./Sun., July 6-7

time .......... Sat. 10 a.m.-noon and 8-10 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-noon

fee/members .......... $50/nonmembers $75 (31147)

place .......... Redwood Curtain Theater

instr .......... Clint Rebik

Along with director Peggy Metzger, Clint Rebik is a founding member and the artistic director of Redwood Curtain Theatre in Old Town, Eureka. The Heir Apparent is the summer comedy of their 15th Season. An actor/director for over 25 years on the North Coast, Clint’s most recent project was the acclaimed staged reading of the play 8 on the HSU campus.


Cultural History of Europe

New cultural history has developed as one of the most dynamic fields of historical studies of Eastern and Central Europe. In this class we will discuss the importance of cultural symbols and memory in historical analysis.

The 1980s and 1990s was a tumultuous time. Small Eastern European countries, who for many decades lived under the “parasol” of the Soviet Union, were suddenly thrust into independence after its breakup, creating a catch-22. In one aspect, they got their freedom, but in another it stirred an identity crisis. This class will explore the question: What are the paths of lived experience and the structure of identity choices?

date .......... Wed., June 12-26

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

fee/members .......... $45/nonmembers $70 (31220)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Elena Matusevich

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


Make a Movie, Tell Your Story: Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling brings the ages-old tradition of storytelling into the digital age. Gain an in-depth understanding of digital storytelling and how the elements of imagery, music and sound work together to move the story forward by addressing multiple senses.

Create a digital story on a computer provided by the instructor using one image with your narrative along with the other elements that make this kind of storytelling unique.

Digital stories can be used to archive family and friends, address issues, explore deeper meanings, or to just create something fun.

date .......... Wed., July 10-24

time .......... 2-5 p.m.

fee/members .......... $75/nonmembers $100 (31229)

place .......... HBAC

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

Eileen McGee is a 2003 HSU journalism graduate, print editorial emphasis, minors in Broadcast Journalism and Women’s Studies. She currently works as a video producer and instructor as well as a digital storytelling workshop facilitator. Her work focuses on community stories.


Fingerpainting on Your iPad: The Next Level

For those students who enjoyed the first OLLI iPad painting classes, we are offering a new workshop this summer. The first class taught students to walk on the touch screen, this class will teach you how to dance!

We will learn subtle incorporation of photos, wild use of layers and filters and startling transformations.

Prerequistites: Must have taken the first OLLI iPad class or have an equivalent level of experience with the ArtStudio app. Please contact the instructor with questions.

Bring an iPad (any model, including the Mini) and download the latest version of the ArtStudio app from the App Store (approx. $6).

Bring a lunch and water.


Claire Iris Schencke, a pioneering mobile digital artist, received her M.A. at Stockholm University and her MBA at Stanford University. Her mixed media art has been featured in solo and group exhibits in the USA and Europe. She has extensive classroom teaching experience, and holds a community college teaching certificate. She also gives private lessons in iPad painting. For more about her art, go to her website: and her


The Mathematics of Hand-Knitted fabric

Are you an intermediate or advanced knitter who is accustomed to working from patterns but curious about developing freer styles of your own?

Leave your familiar comfort zone behind. Understanding the geometry of knitted stitches is the key to creating garments that fit and are wonderful testaments of your passion, personal taste and artistic eye.

After this class, you may never work from a pattern again!

A materials list will be sent to all registered students.

date .......... Tues., June 18 & 25

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31149)

place .......... HBAC

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

Janette Heartwood is a graduate architect from Bristol, England. She founded stoneware and leather handcraft businesses, and sold each after a decade of profit and pleasure. Janette started knitting when she was four years old. She combines her understanding of three-dimensional form with a love of color and pattern to create garments that evolve as the knitting progresses. America’s Alpacas published hat and sweater patterns that Janette wrote for them. Learn more about her at:


Living Tao T’ai Ji

This energetic style of T’ai Ji forms focuses on powerfully moving the qi (energy) through our body systems.

Incorporating the Chinese calligraphy of the moves in the form, the poetic and philosophic roots of T’ai Ji, and utilizing inspiring music, this class will firmly establish a strong root and a pathway for learning T’ai Ji for the beginner.

For experienced students, the class will provide deep insights on their ongoing learning path.

Through the practice of Living Tao 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.

date .......... Wed./Thurs., July 31 & Aug. 1

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

fee/members .......... $50/nonmembers $75 (31238)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Chris Campbell

Christopher Campbell is the T’ai Ji Training Program coordinator and teaches seminars in Gold Beach, Oregon for Master Chungliang Al Huang and the Living Tao Foundation ( He has 25 years of study and practice in T’ai Ji and Chinese arts of philosophy, calligraphy and poetry. His mission is to free the natural movement within, through the “meditation in movement” exercise of T’ai Ji.


Amends: The Twelve Principles of Forgiveness

This course is designed to help you free yourself from resentment, anger, blame, guilt, and regret.

Engage in the process of writing, asking questions, shifting perceptions and learning to tell your story from a new perspective.

The goal of the course is to let go of the past and create joy and peace in the present with a life review, reflection and assessment through drawing and writing exercises.

Practicing forgiveness can lead to greater health, a sense of well-being, healthier relationships, and a spacious sense of being free from the past.

The class is based on experiential learning, exercises, questions, discussion and writing activities.

date .......... Thurs., June 13 and Sat., June 15

time .......... Thurs.: 5-7 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

fee/members .......... $60/nonmembers $85 (31179)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Sharron Ferrett

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


Similar Bird Species

Beginning bird watchers are able to notice the similarities between our local avian populations, but it can be tricky to truly identify each. Before frustration sets in, join this interactive class to learn some clues on telling similar species apart. Handouts and a slide presentation help with bird identifications.

date .......... Tues., July 9

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

fee/members .......... $30/nonmembers $55 (31191)

place .......... HBAC

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

Louise Bacon-Ogden has loved birds since childhood. For 14 years she owned and operated the store Strictly for the Birds in Old Town Eureka. Though retired, she is still known as the “Bird Lady.”


Gardening for Birds

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

date .......... Tues., June 11

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

fee/members .......... $30/nonmembers $55 (31193)

place .......... HBAC

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

Louise Bacon-Ogden: See biography to the left under “Similar Bird Species.”


Avian Landlord

Location, location, location. Just as family needs may indicate a 4 bedroom house with workshop and home office, birds actually have specifications for a proper house as well. In this class, learn how to build and place a breeding box and which birds will be attracted to it. Add a breeding box to a few feeders to make your yard a place for birds to breed.

date .......... Thurs., June 27

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

fee/members .......... $30/nonmembers $55 (31196)

place .......... HBAC

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

Louise Bacon-Ogden: See biography to the left under “Similar Bird Species.”


An Introduction to Electric Bicycles

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

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

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

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

date .......... Saturday, July 20 and 27

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31208)

place .......... HBAC

instr .......... Mike Turek

Mike Turek is a life-long cycling enthusiast who has owned and ridden an electric bicycle for three years. Currently 63 years old, Mike commutes 10 miles every day in hilly Eureka to and from work. He would not be commuting daily on a bike if it wasn’t an electric bike. An electric bicycle allows him to get out on a bike, pedaling in the fresh air up hills and against headwinds.


Fast Food, Slow Food:
Growing a Year ‘Round Kitchen Garden

Learn how to grow an organic, low maintenance kitchen garden year ’round. Emphasis will be on raised beds, no till techniques and containers. Topics will include feeding the soil, recycling potting soil, choosing fertilizers, preventing pests, growing with seeds and starts, selecting varieties and timing crops.

This is an active, hands-on class. We will meet at the Humboldt Botanical Gardens near the College of the Redwoods campus. Bring water, a pen and notebook, wear garden clothes and a sun hat.

date .......... Tues., June 11 & 18

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31198)

place .......... Humboldt Botanical Gardens

instr .......... Terry Kramer

Local horticulturist Terry Kramer has been writing the “North Coast Gardening” column for the Times Standard for more than 30 years. She is the site manager at the Humboldt Botanical Garden. Growing a kitchen garden is her specialty.


Herbs on the North Coast

Discover the joys of raising your own herbs! After a brief look at how herbs were defined and used in ancient cultures, we will explore ways to incorporate more of these lovely plants into your existing landscape. You will have an opportunity to create an herb garden design, explore some unusual varieties, and experiment with combining herbs with other foods. One or two plants will be offered at the end of the class for you to take home. This is an interactive class! Be prepared to touch, smell, and taste.


Doris Hicks has been raising herbs on the north coast for over 20 years. She enjoys cooking, decorating, and landscaping with herbs for their variety of tastes, scents, colors, and textures. One of her greatest pleasures is sharing the wonder of herbs with others.


Beginning Birdwatching

Are you interested in wild birds? Have you considered taking up birdwatching but have no idea where to start? Look no more, here is the perfect class for you. In this class you will get a primer on choosing a field guide, picking optics, how to dress and tips in identifying birds.

To enhance this class, pack a brown bag lunch and then put your new skills to work with some birding!

This course is held at the Garberville Civic Club: From US-101 SOUTH exit onto Redwood Dr., head south. Turn left onto Maple Ln. The Garberville Civic Club is located at 477 Maple Lane. It’s a yellow house on the left side of the street.

date .......... Sat., June 15

time .......... Lecture: 10-11:30 a.m.
Birdwatching: 12:30-2 p.m.

fee/members .......... $30/nonmembers $55 (31203)

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

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

Louise Bacon-Ogden has loved birds since childhood. For 14 years she owned and operated Strictly for the Birds in Old Town Eureka. Though retired, she is still known as the “Bird Lady.”


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!

This course is held at the Garberville Civic Club: From US-101 SOUTH exit onto Redwood Dr., head south. Turn left onto Maple Ln. The Garberville Civic Club is located at 477 Maple Lane. It’s a yellow house on the left side of the street.


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.


Take OLLI Out to the Ballgame: Humboldt Crabs Baseball

Designed for novice, casual, and serious baseball fans, this course will explore the 69-year history of Humboldt Crabs baseball, the business side of Crabs baseball (how they do what they do), and a review of baseball basics: terms, rules, player roles and positions, equipment, scoring and statistics.

Discussion will include a look at the economic impact of Crabs baseball, the fan and player experience, and building community through Crabs baseball.

This interactive course takes place in the iconic Arcata Ballpark, includes a free ticket to a 1:30 p.m. game, a behind-the-scenes look at ballpark operations, and an opportunity to meet the players and coaches.

date .......... Sunday, June 23

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

fee/members .......... $40/nonmembers $65 (31153)

place .......... Arcata Ballpark

instr .......... Randy Robertson

Randy Robertson is a longtime North Coast resident. He is retired from a 25-year career in human resources. He’s been a lifelong baseball fan with more than 55 of those years as a Humboldt Crabs fan. He has been a member of the Humboldt Crabs Baseball Board of Directors for the last 15 years, serving as as the board’s current Vice President and past president. Randy is very passionate about Crabs baseball, this community, and how they work together to create a very unique experience for the serious and casual fan, the players and the coaches.