Free Classes for Members

All sessions listed below are FREE, open to OLLI members, and held at Galveston Island Community Center.

FREE!!! Register for the FREE sessions listed below. There is no charge for the activities described below and these are open to anyone in the community, but registration is required. Please phone OLLI today to enroll: 763.5604.

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Class Title
Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Instructor
Michael Washburn
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
02/19/2019
End Date
05/28/2019
Description
Every day, millions of people with chronic diseases struggle to manage their symptoms. About 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 68% have at least two. Chronic diseases place a significant burden on individuals as well as health care systems. The good news is that people with chronic diseases who learn how to manage their symptoms can improve their quality of life and reduce their health care costs. The Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop teaches adults strategies to empower and improve overall wellbeing. This evidence-based workshop complements clinical care, and is evaluated and approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Register today for this free course to acquire personal techniques for managing your own or your family member’s chronic disease(s).
Class Title
How to Survive an Active Shooter Incident
Instructor
Destin Sims ,Sargent
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/03/2019
End Date
06/03/2019
Description
News accounts remind us that active shooter events can occur without warning creating fear and chaos. Attend this seminar to learn how citizens can in many cases prevent an active shooter event before it begins. Attendees will also learn how to actually play an integral role in diminishing the impacts of injury to themselves and others should they find themselves in such an event. With advance knowledge and information, every person involved can cooperate with and even support emergency responders and other authorities.
Class Title
Our Sandy Beaches Are Habitats Too!
Instructor
Steve K. Alexander ,Texas Master Naturalist
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/04/2019
End Date
06/04/2019
Description
Galveston’s sandy beaches are not only a playground for tourists, but also provide a home for many of the island’s natural residents. This seminar will follow some of our native beach inhabitants, like laughing gulls, coquina clams, and ghost crabs, as they go about their daily lives on the beachfront
Class Title
Texas Historic Ranches
Instructor
Ray Hensarling
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/05/2019
End Date
06/05/2019
Description
Have you ever wondered about the King Ranch, nearly one million acres owned by one family? How about the 6666 Ranch? Was it actually won in a poker game? Why did the State of Texas give two and half million acres to Chicago businessmen who formed the XIT Ranch? Learn about these iconic ranches and the cattle businesses that financed most of them in this two-hour seminar.
Class Title
Personal Safety for Older Adults
Instructor
Destin Sims ,Sargent
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/06/2019
End Date
06/06/2019
Description
GPD Chief Vernon Hale from Galveston Police Department will give you sound information on how to remain alert, have a plan and implement effective techniques for crime prevention and personal safety. It’s the small things that count most when it comes to personal safety. You’ll leave this seminar equipped with personal safety tools and to partner with GPD community policing practices that make this a safer community for everyone.
Class Title
Free Chair Tai Chi
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Friday
Class Starts
03:00
Class Ends
04:00
Start Date
06/07/2019
End Date
06/07/2019
Description
Experience Tai Chi, which is gentle and graceful yet invigorating and strengthening. Each class will include a daily warm up, qi gong breathing, and will provide flexibility, core strengthening, and structural balance. These sessions are open to novice to experienced tai chi students.
Class Title
Introducing the Roland Mc Donald House of Galveton
Instructor
Kathy Tiernan
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/10/2019
End Date
06/10/2019
Description
The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston provides a caring environment where parents of patients at UTMB, the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and the Transitional Learning Community can stay and share their worries and concerns. Emotional support is a crucial factor to the well-being of the pediatric patient. Kathy will describe how the facility came to be and the mission, goals, and incredible impact this facility has on families struggling with all the challenges of having a small family member experiencing a serious health issue. You’ll hear stories of lives that are changed forever by their time at RMHG receiving support and encouragement during a child’s illness. You’ll also learn how you can be a part of this amazing organization.
Class Title
Introducing PreventT2
Instructor
Hanaa Sallam
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/11/2019
End Date
06/11/2019
Description
PreventT2, the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) features a proven approach to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes. Register for this OLLI summer school seminar to learn all the details about PreventT2, a year-long program. Who should investigate this life-changing opportunity? Anyone should come to the seminar who is age 45 or more, who is overweight, has a family history of diabetes, is physically active fewer than three times a week, has ever had gestational diabetes or has given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds. During this year long-program, you can expect to lose 5 – 7% of your body weight through healthy lifestyle changes. Dr. Sallam and other participants will help you learn new skills to manage stress, keep motivated, and solve challenges to create lasting changes. This year-long program meets weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice monthly for the second six months. Prepare to make a year-long commitment. If you enroll in the year-long program, you will sign a contract demonstrating your ongoing commitment to full participation and your support of other participants. Ask your primary healthcare provider if you might be at risk for pre-diabetes: age 45 or older, overweight, family history of diabetes, and limited physical inactivity. Contact Hanaa at hssallam@utmb.edu for prior assessment to determine your eligibility for the program. Attend the summer seminar for information only. Attendance at the seminar does not commit you to the full-year program.
Class Title
The Story of Jean Lafitte in Galveston 1817-1820
Instructor
Lou Graves MacBeth ,Laffite Society
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/12/2019
End Date
06/12/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
The Laffite Society of Galveston was formed in 1994 and continues to research the life and times of Jean Laffite. Jean Laffite was one of the most enigmatic figures of early nineteenth century American history. Who was this man that spawned romantic novels, mysteries, and pirate lore? He seemed to provide just enough facts to make his story interesting and more than enough secrets to make it a challenge to study him. Between 1817 and 1820, Laffite established and maintained a 1,000-man privateering headquarters in a town he called Campeche, right here on Galveston Island. His 36 month stay here involved drama, political intrigue, and helped shape early Texas history. The crew that stayed after Laffite left will be discussed along with stories of searching for treasure. An interesting and fun look at one of Galveston’s most famous residents.
Class Title
The Pros of Plant Proteins
Instructor
Beryl Smith
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/13/2019
End Date
06/13/2019
Description
Do plant-based foods have protein? How does one eat enough protein without eating meat? Join us to discover how plant-based foods can be a powerful source of protein! This seminar will discuss how to increase vegetable intake while still eating enough protein. We will learn how to meal plan with plant-based proteins and how to prepare quick and easy recipes you are sure to love. Together, we will explore the diverse ways plant-based foods can be used to keep your body healthy and strong!
Class Title
Jamming with Island Jam
Instructor
Elise Noordam
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/13/2019
End Date
06/13/2019
Description
Do you love delicious jams? Are you diabetic, sugar restricted or have other reasons to avoid refined sugars? This seminar will teach you to make sugar-free jam using natural sweeteners (honey, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, etc.) in just 30 minutes or less! Learn how to make easy and delicious jams without compromising the cravable taste! Come and sample a few of these delectable creations and leave the session with enough recipes to inspire your own jam making adventures. Explore what the island has to offer with the fruits that are grown right in our own back yards. When we meet in June, lemon with ginger jam, fig preserves, or other currently seasonal fruits will provide options for us to taste.
Class Title
Shakespeare’s Heroic King
Instructor
Richard Peake ,Ph.D.
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/14/2019
End Date
06/14/2019
Description
Poetic, but self-centered, King Richard II exiles his noble cousin seizing his title. Bolingbroke heads a rebellion, seizes Henry’s crown, and ends Richard’s life. Henry believes his son Hal’s escapades with underworld companions is God’s punishment for his regicide. His fear is somewhat allayed by Hal’s victory over Hotspur’s rebels. At his father’s death, who still doubts his son’s worthiness, Hal ascends to the throne as Henry V. Casting aside his former companions, Henry retrieves English lands in France defeating a force three times the size of his own. In this summer school preview of a fall course, we will follow Shakespeare’s tales in Richard II, Henry IV, I, Henry IV, II, and Henry V on video. In England, this triumphant telling of the people’s king still gains cheers and loud applause for the actor giving Hal’s speech to his “band of brothers” before the battle of Agincourt.
Class Title
GISP (Galveston Island State Park) Galveston Island's Best Kept Secret
Instructor
Interpretive Ranger Lisa Reznicek ,Interpretive Ranger
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/14/2019
End Date
06/14/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
In many years of leading kayak tours we hear: "I have been to Galveston many times, and I didn't realize the park existed." There's a whole different wild world north of FM 3005: expanses of Coastal Prairie with tall grass waving in the wind, scrub woodlands, and even massive windblown live oaks leaning northward. Huge birds wade in expansive variegated and cordgrass marshes. Miles of GISP hiking trails offer varied habitats on the north side. The watery world of bays, coves, and bayous with about 10 miles of undulating shoreline and hundreds of acres of natural fish hatchery and bird rookery can only be appreciated in a boat at water level. Attend this talk on June 1st at OLLI then come join us on one of OLLI's three kayak tours at GISP scheduled for June, July and August. (See details below on this listing.)
Class Title
Sidney McClendon Memorial Kayak Tours
Instructor
Interpretive Ranger Lisa Reznicek ,Interpretive Ranger
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
09:00
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
06/26/2019
End Date
06/26/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE! (Each trip will have a rain date one week later than the stated date.) Participation is limited to 17 persons on each date. Tandems sit-on-top and single kayaks including paddles and life vests will be provided for each tour. Check in at the temporary park headquarters building south of FM 3005. Please be on time, the tour departs promptly at 8:30 AM. Enjoy the serenity of experiencing most of the park habitats as enthusiastic FoGISP (Friends of the Galveston Island State Park) guides lead the way through the bayous, coves, and natural and manmade marshes of the north side of the park. The water level view often includes long-legged wading birds and raptors as they feed, breed and nest. Participants will get in and out of the boat from time to time and should wear water tolerant shoes (though you needn’t be a swimmer) that will protect against oyster beds. Please come equipped with long sleeves, floppy hats, sunscreen, insect repellant, and bottled water.
Tour Leaders are certified GISP guides.
Class Title
Sidney McClendon Memorial Kayak Tours
Instructor
Interpretive Ranger Lisa Reznicek ,Interpretive Ranger
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
09:00
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
06/26/2019
End Date
06/26/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE! (Each trip will have a rain date one week later than the stated date.) Participation is limited to 17 persons on each date. Tandems sit-on-top and single kayaks including paddles and life vests will be provided for each tour. Check in at the temporary park headquarters building south of FM 3005. Please be on time, the tour departs promptly at 8:30 AM. Enjoy the serenity of experiencing most of the park habitats as enthusiastic FoGISP (Friends of the Galveston Island State Park) guides lead the way through the bayous, coves, and natural and manmade marshes of the north side of the park. The water level view often includes long-legged wading birds and raptors as they feed, breed and nest. Participants will get in and out of the boat from time to time and should wear water tolerant shoes (though you needn’t be a swimmer) that will protect against oyster beds. Please come equipped with long sleeves, floppy hats, sunscreen, insect repellant, and bottled water.
Tour Leaders are certified GISP guides.
Class Title
Sidney McClendon Memorial Kayak Tours
Instructor
Interpretive Ranger Lisa Reznicek ,Interpretive Ranger
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
09:00
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
06/26/2019
End Date
06/26/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE! (Each trip will have a rain date one week later than the stated date.) Participation is limited to 17 persons on each date. Tandems sit-on-top and single kayaks including paddles and life vests will be provided for each tour. Check in at the temporary park headquarters building south of FM 3005. Please be on time, the tour departs promptly at 8:30 AM. Enjoy the serenity of experiencing most of the park habitats as enthusiastic FoGISP (Friends of the Galveston Island State Park) guides lead the way through the bayous, coves, and natural and manmade marshes of the north side of the park. The water level view often includes long-legged wading birds and raptors as they feed, breed and nest. Participants will get in and out of the boat from time to time and should wear water tolerant shoes (though you needn’t be a swimmer) that will protect against oyster beds. Please come equipped with long sleeves, floppy hats, sunscreen, insect repellant, and bottled water.
Tour Leaders are certified GISP guides.
Class Title
Welcome to Alcoholics Anonymous in Your Community—AA as a Resource
Instructor
Alcoholics Anonymous
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/17/2019
End Date
06/17/2019
Description
A presentation about Alcoholics Anonymous in your community as a resource for the public, and the professional. “Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.” This informational presentation by AA members will provide information about AA in your community; including, but not limited to, what AA does and does not do, where AA can be found and how we can be of service to those who suffer from alcoholism. A time for questions and answers will be available as part of the program.
Class Title
*Beginning Birding by Birding for Fun
Instructor
Kristine Rivers
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/18/2019
End Date
06/18/2019
Description
Are you one of the millions of people who enjoy watching birds, and would like to learn more about birding? If so, join us for this workshop where you'll find out what to wear and what to bring with you, learn about some of the amazing birds that are common in our area, and get some tips for distinguishing between similar species.
Class Title
The Solar System—And Going to Mars
Instructor
David Henderson
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/20/2019
End Date
06/20/2019
Description
Most of us are quite knowledgeable about our solar system, however many new discoveries have been made about the planets and satellites. A continuing member of The Planetary Society, David Henderson remains current with the latest ongoing scientific studies of the solar system. He will answer the question, “What is an exoplanet?” Trips to Mars are now being planned. How do we get to Mars and what are the problems for manned missions? You will learn about thermodynamics, planetary surface environments and planetary orbits required to define the transfer orbits between Earth and Mars. NASA is also looking at the scientific advantages and engineering practicality of building the manned Lunar Base.
Class Title
A Walk in the Dunes
Instructor
John Gorman ,Ph.D.
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/21/2019
End Date
06/21/2019
Description
Nature burgeons in Galveston every summer, but it wants to kill us. Storms, snakes, scorpion, Portuguese-Men-of-War. . . Besides, it gets so hot! We'll take our walk via poetry—particularly A.R. Ammons' wonderful "Corson's Inlet," set on the New Jersey shore. Ammons is a nature poet trained in science and able to get at the joyful vitality of natural process without glooping things up with sentimentality. Reading this poem will make all our subsequent nature walks more exhilarating. I'll take the risk of offering a couple of shoreline poems of my own to make sure we fill our allotted time.
Class Title
Growing Native Plants for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
Instructor
Debra Pence
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/24/2019
End Date
06/24/2019
Description
Join Debra for a seminar focused on creating a pollinator/nature habitat in your own backyard. We will focus on plants native to Texas, but you will be able to apply the methods wherever you live
Class Title
It’s Fox Trot Time
Instructor
Bill & Judy Biggs
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/25/2019
End Date
06/25/2019
Description
Join popular OLLI dance instructors Bill and Judy for an introduction to the basics of fox trot. Novice or dancing pro, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to polish your dance steps. Wear your dancing shoes and find a partner for a morning of dancing to some of the most common ballroom dance music.
Class Title
An Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/25/2019
End Date
06/25/2019
Description
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the world’s most studied and most translated spiritual documents. It is a sacred text of the Hindu tradition. Gandhi, Emerson and Thoreau loved it. Robert Oppenheimer found inspiration in its pages to describe the first successful test of the atomic bomb. On the surface it appears to be a story about a civil war fought for a kingdom with its magical heroes and villains. But there is much, much more. Bring your questions and an open mind.
Class Title
The Art of Gift Wrapping
Instructor
Alice Wygant
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/26/2019
End Date
06/26/2019
Description
Give your presents presence! Learn to make gorgeous bows and crisp corners using all kinds of purchased or “found” materials. After six years as a professional gift wrapper and decades of practice wrapping presents for herself, family, and friends, Alice knows all the tricks. Some materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring a spool of ribbon with a wire edge
Class Title
Total Body Combo Workout - Demo
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
06/26/2019
End Date
06/26/2019
Description
Experience this exercise program of total body fitness beginning with a warm-up using light weights, stretching, posture, breathing, and joint movement. You’ll experience dance, feel the music, improve coordination, and have lots of fun. Total body fitness is perfect for stress reduction, improved focus, enhanced concentration, increasing bone density, improving muscle toning with Zumba gold moves, while core body muscles respond to the new Zumba sentao. Try out this dynamic exercise option for FREE, one time only.
Class Title
Meet Texas Master Naturalists and Gems of the Gulf
Instructor
Maureen Nolan-Wilde
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/27/2019
End Date
06/27/2019
Description
Come join us for a presentation to find out about the Galveston Bay Area Chapter (GBAC)—Texas Master Naturalists (TMN). Texas Master Naturalists get their feet wet and their hands dirty. While doing so, they spend time in a natural setting learning about different plants, animals and the local ecosystems. You will hear an overview of how the chapter is part of the larger organization sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Learn about the chapter’s many activities and the organizations we partner with in our restoration, preservation and education outreach initiatives. As a bonus, Gems of the Gulf will preview one GBAC training session designed to help beginners learn the top ten shells found on Galveston beaches. Gems of the Gulf will provide a high level understanding of the Gulf of Mexico, identify the top ten shells and also identify other interesting shells…and it will be lots of fun. Bring your inquisitive mind and leave with a rich understanding of the Gulf and her beaches as well as a richer awareness of the Master Naturalist programs.
Class Title
Meet Your Local Urban Farmers
Instructor
Debbie Berger
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/28/2019
End Date
06/28/2019
Description
Imagine if all Galveston residents could have access to sustainable, naturally grown fruits and vegetables year-round. Guess what! It’s happening right here on Galveston Island. Seeding Galveston, a 501(c)3 urban farm project, and Island Aquaponics, a sole proprietorship, have created successful island farms, growing food naturally, locally. Their produce is made available through farmers markets, cooperative deliveries, and programs like 100 Kitchen Gardens. An optional PRE-class visit to Island Aquaponics will be from 8:30 – 9:30 and a POST-class visit to Seeding Galveston immediately following the class.* Come to learn the benefits of buying local, the difference between natural and organic and pick up tips on how to start your own produce department in your back yard or even on your apartment patio. *Details of the site visits will be provided when you register for the seminar.
Class Title
A Look at Monarch Butterflies
Instructor
Chris Anastas
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/02/2019
End Date
07/02/2019
Description
Join these two Master Naturalists and enjoy an in-depth look at monarch butterflies. You’ll explore their life cycles, migration, disease and other threats. Learn about milkweed, nectar plants, and other flora that make it possible for them to survive. Get updates on the latest monarch science with special emphasis on the Gulf Coast’s role in the complex monarch migration journey.
Class Title
Getting to Know the Galveston Symphony Orchestra
Instructor
Ulli Budelmann
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/03/2019
End Date
07/03/2019
Description
Did you know that the Galveston Symphony Orchestra (GSO) has been providing unforgettable, quality classical music experiences, ranging from baroque to contemporary, since 1979? Step behind the scenes of the orchestra with Ulli Budelmann, long-time GSO supporter and board member, as you learn about the history of the GSO and how it operates. He’ll introduce you to some of the truly gifted amateur and professional musicians who share their talent and passion for music on the historic stage of the Grand 1894 Opera House. Whether you’ve attended the symphony once or many times or never at all, this seminar will give you new insights. Learn about volunteer opportunities, whether you play an instrument or not. Ulli has also promised to give you a sneak peek at the coming symphony season. You’ll leave this seminar inspired!
Class Title
Let's Talk
Instructor
Nancy Wingstrom
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/10/2019
End Date
07/10/2019
Description
Eulogies. Introductions. Toasts. Faith groups, civic organizations, social settings offer opportunities for public speaking. Sometimes the idea of talking to a group in public can be daunting. Do you ever find yourself going “blank” or struggling for the right words? Do you wonder if you’re being heard or understood? Nancy will share with you skills developed in decades of courtroom presentations as a practicing attorney. No matter what your skill level for the gift of gab, this course will help you strengthen your own abilities an effective communicator. Let’s talk! We’ll identify pitfalls to avoid, perfect our own personal styles, and have some fun.
Class Title
The Battle of New Orleans
Instructor
Ray Hensarling
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/11/2019
End Date
07/11/2019
Description
The young United States of America, a fledgling country not quite sure of itself, drawn into a war that half the country did not want, fighting Great Britain, a seasoned world power who had just vanquished Napoleon. New Orleans was in unimaginably important and rich plum ripe for the picking. The British gathered their vast military resources on a narrow plain just south of the city. What could possibly go wrong for them? The answer: Andrew Jackson, Jean Lafitte, and Tennessee squirrel hunters! This fascinating story will be brought to life by Ray Hensarling, an amateur historian who has made this battle a year’s long study.
Class Title
How to Improve Advertisements, Posters and PowerPoint
Instructor
Ulli Budelmann
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/12/2019
End Date
07/12/2019
Description
Have you ever wondered why some advertisements, posters, and PowerPoint slides easily catch your attention, are easy to read, easy to understand, and even easy to memorize, whereas others are not? There are actually reasons for that. As a retired neuroscientist with more than 40 years of teaching experience, Ulli Budelmann will explain in lay-terms the “science” behind how we see, what catches our attention (or is distracting), how we read, and how we memorize. Using bad advertising examples of what you see every day around you and improving those examples in front of your eyes, you will easily understand the mistakes that are made and from now on, hopefully, will never make those mistakes yourself.
Class Title
What is CASA of Galveston County?
Instructor
Kathryn Holmes
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/15/2019
End Date
07/15/2019
Description
CASA of Galveston County visits OLLI summer school this year to help you understand that their Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers’ efforts and dedication make lifelong differences in the lives of abused and neglected children in our county. Children in the foster care experience many obstacles during their journey through the foster care system. Many people touch these children’s lives, including caregivers, teachers, therapists, health providers, and their Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). A CASA volunteer is assigned to be the eyes and ears of the judge in a case of child abuse or neglect. This volunteer brings valuable information about the child’s wellbeing to the court’s attention by making fact-based recommendations in the child’s best interest and by helping children to reach safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. You may become inspired to be the person who gives a child the voice of hope for their future.
Class Title
Esther, One of the “Unique” Books in the Bible
Instructor
Rabbi Kessler
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/16/2019
End Date
07/16/2019
Description
So how did the Book of Esther get into the Old Testament canon? Perhaps the last book added to the Bible, Esther is very different: it does not mention the name of God. It is the story of a Jewish girl that becomes the Queen of Persia and of the social and political events that ensued. Come explore the many hidden mysteries in this interesting text of Scripture with Rabbi Kessler. You might also get a sneak preview of some other Bible oddities for further exploration in fall semester.
Class Title
Just Another Hitch: Galveston Harbor as Seen through ELISSA’s Eyes 1883—
Instructor
Susan Vanderford
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/17/2019
End Date
07/17/2019
Description
Come to this summer session to learn about early Galveston history when OLLI will once again partner with The Texas Seaport Museum of the Galveston Historical Foundation for a seminar centered on Galveston Harbor and ELISSA, the Official Tall Ship of Texas. On her arrival in Galveston in 1883, ELISSA saw the booming town that was well on its way to becoming the Gateway to the West. Highlighting improvements to the harbor and innovations in cargo transport, join us as we discover the past of this great city and how sailings ships of the era made way for the steamships of the future. This activity requires walking, standing, and climbing stairs. Be prepared for Galveston summer heat. Enrollment size is limited so sign up today! You’ll spend the first hour in lecture format followed by an hour tour of the great ship Elissa. As with all OLLI summer sessions, this one is free to OLLI members. Check with OLLI staff for tips on free or affordable parking options near the ship. Class size limited to 35.
Class Title
Jazz Styles from Blues to Smooth Jazz
Instructor
Sparky Koerner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/15/2019
End Date
07/15/2019
Description
A brief history of the various jazz styles that have kept jazz alive though out the twentieth century to today. What makes Jazz unique, and how has improvisation changed with the different style periods? Hear demonstrations of Dixieland, Swing, Be Bop, Cool, Avant–Garde and “Free” Jazz, Jazz–Rock Fusion and Smooth Jazz. Learn about the major jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Sparky will demonstrate playing the trumpet and use various recordings to help with the overview of America’s Classical Music: JAZZ!
Class Title
Cats
Instructor
Suzanne Peloquin
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/19/2019
End Date
07/19/2019
Description
Hear the fascinating responses of Desmond Morris, zoologist and author of Catwatching, to questions commonly asked about feline behaviors. Questions addressed include: How do kittens avoid squabbling when feeding from the mother? How efficient is the cat as a pest killer? What is the typical grooming sequence when a cat does a complete wash and brush up? Why is a male cat called a Tom? Learn about the complexities of the cat's social life, domestication, and adaptive skills and hear the origins of curious sayings about cats.
Class Title
Intro to Robotics
Instructor
P. Eugene Jackson, Jr.
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/23/2019
End Date
07/23/2019
Description
Register for this summer seminar to get a preview of the OLLI Beginners Robotics course to be offered in fall semester. Learn how reverse engineering of the software executes activity in the robot’s brain. Come and experience this fun and effective approach which has been successful with fifth graders. You will sample how these devices can be integrated to perform a specific task. This two-hour sampler just may intrigue you sufficiently to enroll for the fall semester course.
Class Title
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body—Tips from the Latest Research
Instructor
Travis Boldt
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/24/2019
End Date
07/24/2019
Description
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science provides insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
Class Title
Tips for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver and How You Can Join the Galveston/Bay Area Alzheimer’s Walk
Instructor
Sally Byrom
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/25/2019
End Date
07/25/2019
Description
Information can help relieve anxiety. The more we know about caring for our loved one with Alzheimer’s—the more equipped and confident we will feel in this unchartered territory. The presenter will share her own experience in caring for her mother. Latest statistics and research information from the Alzheimer’s Association will offer new insights for caregivers. You will learn how to join the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s held on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Come be part of this fun and dynamic activity held yearly on our beautiful beach! Register in advance and when you attend this seminar, you’ll receive an OLLI gift.
Class Title
Cephalopods—Mollusks with High Performance Complex Lifestyle
Instructor
Ulli Budelmann
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/26/2019
End Date
07/26/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
Cephalopods are the most highly evolved invertebrates. You certainly know of the giant squid and have heard some amazing stories about the “intelligence” of an octopus. What are anecdotes and what is true? Ulli Budelmann has worked with these animals for almost 50 years. Come and listen what he has to tell about the fascinating group of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid). Learn about their amazing body organization and their highly evolved brains, nervous systems and sense organs; believe it or not, some rival their vertebrate, including human, counterparts in sophistication. Not surprisingly, then, cephalopods are “high performing” and have a complex lifestyle that is very different from their close relatives, which are mussels, oyster and snails. At the end of the seminar, you will be as fascinated about these animals as Ulli is for 50 years.
Class Title
Latest Innovations in Macular Degeneration and Low Vision
Instructor
Praveena Gupta ,O.D. PhD
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:59
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/30/2019
End Date
07/30/2019
Description
Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older. The number of people affected by AMD worldwide in 2020 is projected to be 196 million, increasing to 288 million by 2040. Specialists have a variety of tools to help patients deal with vision loss. Learn about this disease and meet UTMB’s Low Vision team that can improve vision outcomes and foster greater independence.
Class Title
Summertime Literary Tapas
Instructor
Saralyn Richard
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/31/2019
End Date
07/31/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
If you love reading interesting literature and discussing what you've read, this seminar is for you. Saralyn Richard, former educator and Junior Great Books leader, will show you how to get the most from what you read, using Socratic questioning. You will see that there are no wrong answers, only lots of questions that lead you to examine pieces of writing in a variety of ways. We will use the strategy to analyze some very short pieces of writing. The more questions, the more thinking; the more thinking, the more enlightening; the more enlightening, the more fun!
Class Title
Zumba Gold - Demo
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:58
Start Date
07/31/2019
End Date
07/31/2019
Description
You must register in advance, but you can experience Zumba Gold for FREE. Certified Instructor: Claudia Clark. Zumba is a medley of dance styles, including merengue, cha-cha, cumbia, reggaeton, tango and salsa. Zumba Gold breaks these dances down to address the anatomical and biomechanical needs of active older adults or the unconditioned, but healthy beginner. This class is not to learn to dance, but teaches the participant to move through the music. Claudia stresses the importance of balance, breathing, coordination and posture. Zumba Gold stays true to the original Zumba concept and is inspired by authentic music. Claudia, a certified Zumba Gold instructor, has created unique choreography while using the guidelines put forth in Zumba Gold standards. Dance to Claudia’s music and moves.
Class Title
The Battle of Hastings 1066
Instructor
William Wardle
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/30/2019
End Date
07/30/2019
Description
Haistings is one of the world’s most important battles, not only in English history but in shaping the future course of events in Europe and beyond. It was a small battle, involving only thousands of men, but it was savage and decisive and resulted in establishing the last successful foreign invasion of the British Isles to this time. This presentation will cover the major events leading up to the battle, including the previous invasions of Britain by Celts, Anglo-Saxons and the Scandinavians known as “Vikings” and their offshoots, the Normans (Norse men), who settled in France. The types of weapons and armor employed in those times will be covered, as well as the tactics and transportation systems used. The aftermath and consequences of the battle will also be presented.
Class Title
Intro to the Fun of Ukulele Playing
Instructor
Ed D Robert Krout ,Ed D ,MT-BC Professor Emeritus of Music Therapy (SMU)Board Certified Music Therapist
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/09/2019
End Date
08/09/2019
Description
"Interested in learning about the ukulele, it's history, and how to play it? This is a fun, hands-on basic introductory session for folks who have not taken any of the OLLI ukulele seminars. Bring a ukulele if you have one, or share one of OLLI's ukuleles. Come learn about the wonderful world of the ukulele!"
Class Title
Your Own Personal Estate Planning and Record Booklets
Instructor
John Thompson
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/12/2019
End Date
08/12/2019
Description
At this introductory session, you’ll receive your own personal copies of two booklets recently distributed by UTMB that cover important things we must know and must do at this point in our lives. Even if we think we have the financial issues handled and we have all the answers, there’s always more to learn. We’ll cover tips like: updating your will, evaluating life insurance policies (including reviewing beneficiary designations), mapping strategies for maximizing your retirement plans, updating healthcare and financial powers of attorney, and more. We’ll also discuss how you can be a role model for both your adult children and your aging parents in creating sound estate plans. Come and spend some valuable time as we discuss these issues. This seminar is an introduction and not intended for those who have previously taken the OLLI semester-length course.
Class Title
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior—
Instructor
Travis Boldt
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/14/2019
End Date
08/14/2019
Description
. Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Through practical information, resources, and interviews with experts, this program will help caregivers to address the challenges of dementia-related behavior.
Class Title
Behind the Curtain (or Backstage)—
Instructor
Maureen Patton
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/15/2019
End Date
08/15/2019
Description
Take a “virtual” peek behind the curtain to learn just what is involved in managing the “official opera house of Texas”, led by The Grand’s executive director of over 37 years. Right here at OLLI, hear the backstage stories and the amazing history of a theatre that has survived the 1900 Storm and Hurricane Ike as well as economic ups and downs during its 125 year history and get a preview of the 125th Anniversary Season. Discover how you too can be one of The Grand’s “Phantoms”. Mrs. Patton holds a B.A. in Music and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition. Before assuming her present position, she was a voice instructor and director of opera workshop programs at Midwestern University and Galveston College in addition to performing extensively as a soloist and in concert with her husband Larry.
Class Title
The American Experience in the 20th Century
Instructor
Mel Tarman
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/16/2019
End Date
08/16/2019
Description
The 20th Century was when America grew up. This summer seminar will offer a glimpse of the fascinating fall semester course of the same name. In fall, participants will examine each decade from 1900 to 1999. You’ll learn how each decade contributed to the American experience, from inventions to wars, from boom cycles to bust times, from heroes to villains, from kites to rockets. The fall course will examine the past with emphasis on our presidents and their defining roles in our 20th Century history. Join Mel Tarman for a summer school preview of this great adventure into our past.
Class Title
Exploring the Power of Music in Our Lives
Instructor
John Gorman ,Ph.D.
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/16/2019
End Date
08/16/2019
Description
Sound surrounds us every day, and begins to influence us even before we are born. Sound and music accompany us throughout our lives, and can have major impacts on our health and happiness. Why do we find some sounds pleasing (music), and other chaotic (noise)? This seminar provides an introduction to topics exploring how we use sound and music creatively in our lives. Topics include the building blocks of sound and music (pitch, timbre, rhythm, melody, harmony), effects of the environment on the sound source, our hearing systems, how sound and music affect the brain and body, music and emotions, and the uses of musical improvisation, composition, and songwriting to help express thoughts and feelings in healthy and creative ways. The seminar is a preview to a course of the same name being offered in Fall 2017 by Dr. Krout.
Class Title
What is AAA
Instructor
Amy Comer
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/22/2019
End Date
08/22/2019
Description
The Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging provides high quality, completely free services to adults 60 and over through a direct community-based delivery system. The Agency’s mission is to assist older persons remain independent in their homes and maintain their dignity. Through Medicare benefits counseling, client and family caregiver support, information and assistance, nutrition and transportation, health promotion and education, long-term care ombudsmen services, and more. Come learn details about how AAA can serve you and your family members with their free services.
Class Title
An Introduction to Meditation - Summer
Instructor
Terry Conrad
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/23/2019
End Date
08/23/2019
Description
What is meditation? Why is it such an important spiritual tool in having a more balanced and happy life? There is so much written about why to meditate and how to meditate, there must be something to it. In this class you will work with several simple meditation techniques that anyone can do. The effect will be a deeper connection with ourselves and others.
Cost: $25
Class Title
Integrative Supplements and Therapies for Arthritis
Instructor
Samuel Mathis
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/07/2019
End Date
08/07/2019
Description
Do your joints ache? Are the “snap, crackle, and pop” of your morning not your Rice Krispies cereal? Join this session as we discuss various supplements that can help improve arthritic pain and keep you functioning at peak performance. We will discuss some nutritional aspects that may increase the inflammatory burden on your body as well as what exercises are best for those with arthritis. You will also learn about the role of acupuncture in arthritis and one lucky participant will receive a free acupuncture demonstration.
Class Title
Cognition and Healthy Aging
Instructor
Victor Sierpina ,MD
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/14/2019
End Date
08/14/2019
Description
What are normal changes in the older brain? If I forget a name or left my keys somewhere, does that mean I am sliding into dementia? Are there things I can do to keep my brain and memory healthy as I age? This session will be an interactive lecture-discussion on concerns about brain health as we age. It will include research-based information on the multiple approaches we can take to preserve our minds and mental function. A broad variety of readings and other resources will be provided for further study. Certainly, nutrition, fitness, social interaction, challenging ourselves mentally, various supplements, meditation and stress management can play a role in healthy brain aging. Come learn the roles of these lifestyle choices and more. Please bring written questions at the beginning of the session that the speaker can review and address as appropriate.
Class Title
Vegetables
Instructor
Julie McKee ,MD
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/21/2019
End Date
08/21/2019
Description
We’ve all heard that we should eat more vegetables. Come and learn about some of the healthiest choices you can make to improve your diet. Arrive armed with questions you have about vegetables and how to prepare them. You will be invited to sample a healthy salad whipped together for you while you are learning about the healthy ingredients. You’ll be able to take the recipe home to try it for your own family.
Class Title
Mind/Body Approaches to Wellness
Instructor
Sagar Kamprath ,MD
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/28/2019
End Date
08/28/2019
Description
Did you know that how well you manage stress can significantly affect your resilience and health? If chronic stress is not managed well, it can seriously impact such common conditions as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, headaches, arthritis, anxiety, depression, and even the risk of dementia and cancer recurrence. This session, led by UTMB’s Fellow in Integrative and Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Sagar Kamprath, with support from Dr. Victor Sierpina, will give you effective tools to manage stress in your life so you can be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. You will learn research proven self-help techniques that you can take home to improve your coping skills. We will bring back the popular BioDot® which allows you to monitor your stress levels minute to minute like a mini-mood ring. Other resources published, online, video, audio, and apps for managing stress will be presented as part of a holistic mind-body approach to wellness.
Class Title
Smartphones and Smart Speakers to Make Your Life Easy, Independent, and SMART
Instructor
Diane Collins ,PhD
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/05/2019
End Date
08/05/2019
Description
She and her partner Dr. Bobby Quamar, PhD, at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, are investigating how cutting-edge internet connected technologies like Smartphones and Smart Speakers can help you live independently in your homes, while still being continually connected with friends and family. These Smart technologies will be like your trusted companions. The smart technologies are Smartphone Apps and Personal Digital Assistants or Smart Speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Using these technologies is Simple. You can either talk to them like you talk to a friend, or simply tap an icon on a Smartphone screen. It’s that simple, and these smart companions will empower you to live independently in your own homes, and do things like banking, making travel arrangements, ordering groceries to be delivered, planning leisure activities. Dr. Collins will share various free apps and activities. She also welcomes your ideas to share with the group on useful Apps and voice commands. You will learn how this technology can assist people with low vision or visual impairments, or mobility impairments to perform daily tasks. Drs. Collins and Quamar have an ongoing research study to share with you as well. Come see for yourself, how Smart Technologies can make your lives Simple, Independent and SMART!
Class Title
Garlic
Instructor
Concetta Maceo-Sims
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/08/2019
End Date
08/08/2019
Description
Join this spice expert for a look into the world of one of the most versatile and beneficial ingredients used in everyday cooking. Just back from visiting the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival, Concetta will share all things garlic: what it is and where it started, where its grown and produced, the different types of garlic, its culinary uses and medicinal benefits. You’ll even learn about gardening with garlic in Texas.
Class Title
Vexillology—The Study of Flags
Instructor
William Wardle
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/08/2019
End Date
08/08/2019
Description
A flag is one of mankind’s oldest most familiar symbols. Nearly every civilized group of people has one or more, which are used to identify and unite them and to instill pride in their heritage and culture. Flags are not limited to nations or countries. Nearly every major division of most countries also has its own state/provincial/regional flag. This presentation will include the history of flags and a survey of notable flags, both past and present. It will cover basic flag parts, flag design, and will review the standard criteria (American Vexillological Society) for judging good and bad flag designs, showing examples of each. Other uses of flags will also be discussed, including signal flags, warning flags, etc.
Class Title
A Galveston Gem, The East End Lagoon
Instructor
Julie Ann Brown
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:31
Start Date
08/13/2019
End Date
08/13/2019
Description
The East End Lagoon (EEL) is a Galveston gem that is about to get some serious polish. For the past 10 years, the East End Lagoon committee has been working to make this space a nature tourism destination and that hard work is starting to pay off. Come learn what is in store for one of the last large pieces of open space left on the island and how both the land, the animals and plants that live there and all of us will benefit.
Class Title
Taking the Message and Medicine Home
Instructor
Meredith Masel ,MD
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/26/2019
End Date
08/26/2019
Description
Did you know that as soon as you finish talking to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare team member you may forget more than half of what was said? It doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Come to this session to learn about how you can talk to care team members about audio recording information that you may need to hear again. As one patient said, “it’s like having another person there with you.” Bring your mobile device with you so that you can learn the simplest way to “Take the Message and the Medicine Home”. Mobile device/phone/tablet not required!
Class Title
Stories from The Grand’s Green Room
Instructor
Maureen Patton
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/29/2019
End Date
08/29/2019
Description
Discover the answer to the most asked question that The Grand’s Executive Director gets: “What is ___ (fill in the blank) really like?” Everyone who has appeared at The Grand has their own story to tell and yet under it all, they’re just like you and me Gain some insight into stars and touring companies who have played The Grand like Willie Nelson, Sophia Loren, Tommy Tune and many others. It promises to be a fun and enlightening session! Discover how you too can be one of The Grand’s “Phantoms” who have their own stories from the Green Room. Mrs. Patton holds a B.A. in Music and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition. Before assuming her present position, she was a voice instructor and director of opera workshop programs at Midwestern University and Galveston College in addition to performing extensively as a soloist and in concert with her husband Larry
Class Title
Pilates Summer Series (Wednesday) -June/ July
Instructor
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
06/26/2019
End Date
08/14/2019
Description
When you incorporate the principles of Pilates with the necessary need for stretching, strengthening and deep breathing, you can experience an overall feeling of wellbeing and accomplishment. These classes guide you through proper breathing and form to perform exercise moves to build strength, agility, balance, flexibility, core stability and more. And you will have a lot of FUN in the process. Open to all fitness levels. Participants must be able to get up and down from the floor unassisted and monitor their own exertion level. Beth Bullock has been in the health and wellness industry for over 40 years. A Certified Stott Pilates instructor, she has additional certifications in yoga, strength training and more.
Class Title
Tuesday Night Love Letters
Instructor
Gini Brown ,
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/12/2019
End Date
06/12/2019
Description
On Tuesday nights in summer, Galveston’s Summer Beach Band presents free concerts featuring rousing marches and show tunes. Each program includes a short vignette of local “fact, fable, or fabulous fibs,” as interpreted by local authors Gini Brown and Leslie Watts. These entertaining stories are not a history of Galveston in the strict sense of the word, but the more entertaining non-historical history—the “little” stories of people and events—the tall tales, the gossip, the “didja hears”—as shared by local folk over back-alley fences, between doughnut-shop stools, around cafeteria tables, at church socials and family reunions. Gini and Leslie have put a selection of their favorite stories together in a book in which they share with readers a few dozen short tales of Galveston history as many think it should be told—warm, witty, and memorable, if not always true. Meet the authors in this summer seminar and hear a tale or two from their book. You can purchase an autographed copy and a portion of the proceeds will go to OLLI.
Class Title
Seniors Serve!! Volunteering With a Purpose
Instructor
Susan Stone
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/29/2019
End Date
07/29/2019
Description
For many people, the words “retired” and “senior” bring to mind the end of a career or a decline in an active lifestyle, but for those of us involved with RV Disaster Corps (RV ownership is not required!), those words mean opportunity and a chance to give back to your community! We recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers to assist in areas affected by disasters in Texas, and are currently working hand in hand with Galveston County Long Term Recovery Group, and others along the Texas coast. Opportunities include everything from administrative work, to furniture assembly, to light construction and much more. Come find out how you can make a difference by combining your time, maturity and experience with a willing heart and hand. We here at RSVP know what an amazing resource you are!!
Class Title
Calling All Writers
Instructor
Saralyn Richard
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
01:30
Start Date
07/31/2019
End Date
07/31/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
If you enjoy writing and sharing your work with like-minded learners, you will love this summer writers' critique group. We will meet once this summer to sharpen our creativity, share excerpts from our work, and listen to positive feedback. You must sign up in advance because class size is limited.
Class Title
Introducing Galveston’s Own Farmers Market
Instructor
Casey McAuliffe
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/29/2019
End Date
08/29/2019
Description
Since its inception in October 2012, Galveston's Own Farmers Market has grown to fill the needs of a diverse Galveston. Originally a once-weekly market that set up with a handful of vendors in a dusty parking lot, we now operate two weekly markets, accept SNAP benefits, distribute additional funds for families to buy fresh farm produce for free, provide vouchers to families using WIC for even more free farm produce. GOFM organizes continual free/low-cost Community Cooking Classes, hosts regular Community Dinners for non-profits and anyone trying to get good food to folks who need it and runs a year-round after-school Young Gardeners Program embedded within GISD schools—and we love every minute of it. You'll meet GOFM's Executive Director and the Director of our Young Gardeners Program in this informative, hands-on session and learn how you can be a part of GOFM's sweeping initiatives to transform the health of the Galveston County community.
Class Title
Music, Aging, Cognition, and Health
Instructor
Rafael Samper-Ternent ,MD, PhD
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/13/2019
End Date
08/13/2019
Description
Music can improve health and well-being among older adults. Both listening to and making music enhance social engagement and contribute to recovery from medical conditions and maintain personal well-being throughout adult life. Inexpensive, scalable interventions that can impact health and well-being need to be studied given increasing life expectancy and the number of older adults. We will discuss existing literature relating to benefits of exposure to music and music-making amongst older adults. We will also present a project using music to help older adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.
Class Title
Using Bridgebase to Improve Your Bridge Game
Instructor
Greg May
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
09:30
Class Ends
12:30
Start Date
07/17/2019
End Date
07/17/2019
Description
Bridgebase (BBO) is a fantastic online tool that has a lot to offer to both beginning and experienced bridge players. Whether you play Contract “party” Bridge or Duplicate Bridge, BBO has many capabilities/features to improve your game. BBO can also be utilized to play bridge 24/7 to simply have fun playing bridge—partner not required. This seminar will be open to 20 participants and each participant must bring a fully charged laptop or a pad (IPad or android tablet). You will tour BBO, utilize and practice bidding, and discover a multitude of features and applications for this site. You’ll even explore ways to play with friends or random players across the globe and participate in both ACBL and BBO tournaments.
Class Title
Writers Unite – A “Virtual” Summer Lifestory Writing Group
Instructor
Alison Barker
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/17/2019
End Date
07/17/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
At the request of writing group members, we continue a practice from previous years, where writers from any lifestory group can “unite” into a new “virtual” group. Attend those sessions that suit your schedule, but don’t be surprised to find a few new faces each week. You may attend one or all sessions. Select the date or dates that fit your summer plans. You must sign up in advance because class size is limited and open only to those who have completed one or more lifestory groups in OLLI in any previous semester.
Class Title
Free Pilates
Instructor
Beth Bullock
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
06/14/2019
End Date
06/14/2019
Description
Class Title
Free Pilates
Instructor
Beth Bullock
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
06/14/2019
End Date
06/14/2019
Description
Class Title
The Galveston Island Humane Society Supports Pet Therapy
Instructor
Caroline Dorsett-Pate
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/01/2019
End Date
08/01/2019
Description
Learn about programs offered by GIHS beyond just lost and found animals and adoption. You will be taken through a typical day at the shelter (if there is such a thing), what occurs when family pets or strays arrive, how they are cared for, and the adoption process. Of special interest will be the importance of animals in our lives. Studies have shown that animals improve people’s moods and also help them recuperate from illness faster, become more physically and emotionally relaxed, and significantly reduce loneliness. Other positive benefits may be discussed, not the least of which is saving a wonderful life at the shelter. You’ll even meet an adorable animal or two.
Class Title
What is Translational Science?
Instructor
Krista Bohn ,Alzheimer’s
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/02/2019
End Date
08/02/2019
Description
Ever wonder how basic research gets out of the lab and into the community to improve health? That’s where translational research comes in, taking research from “bench-to-bedside”! From widespread efforts like vaccine discoveries in the lab that get translated to eradicate disease, to local efforts of creating community conversations between researchers and the community in our SCI Cafes (Science and Communities Interact), translational research is all around us and improving health for all of us. Join us to learn about the Institute for Translational Science at UTMB and what we are doing to improve health locally, regionally, and nationally.
Class Title
Can You Hear Me Now?
Instructor
Catherine Drescher
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/22/2019
End Date
07/22/2019
Description
This may be a cheesy tag line for a cell phone company, but the question itself is vitally important. Hearing loss in adults is being diagnosed at a rapid rate and can impact overall health. In fact, research has shown a strong link between hearing loss and the onset or progression of dementia. Treatment of hearing loss has been shown to slow this progression. In this seminar you will learn about the various types of hearing loss, the anatomy of the hearing system, the impact hearing loss has on the individual and others as well as available treatments options. We will also discuss tinnitus, dizziness and fall prevention.
Class Title
Put Positivity to Work for You!—
Instructor
Angela Gomez
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/23/2019
End Date
08/23/2019
Description
We often hear about increasing positivity in our lives and making positive changes in places like social media, magazine articles, and more, but how can we actually go about making such changes in our daily lives? Presenters Sarah and Angie will discuss the effects of positivity, as well as how to identify negative thoughts and transform them into positive ones.
Class Title
The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation...BRINGS PEOPLE HOPE
Instructor
Josephine Sullivan
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/20/2019
End Date
06/20/2019
Description
The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation is a 501c3 public charity dedicated to encouraging and facilitating healthy and active lifestyles for children and adults with intellectual and physical challenges through the foundation’s adaptive tennis and sports programs. Our mission is to provide the opportunity to participate at each individual’s level of play in all aspects of adaptive sports. Josephine will describe the "Buddy" system that provides immeasurable benefits for both athlete and volunteer, promoting inclusion, knowledge, and support, and strengthening community and family through social activity. She will describe how the foundation came to be and the mission, goals and incredible impact this foundation has on the "athletes," their families, and the community. You will hear stories about lives that have been changed forever by their time in the programs of the foundation. As a bonus you will learn how you can be a part of this amazing organization.
Class Title
Woods of the World
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/27/2019
End Date
08/27/2019
Description
Join Jim Turner in this introduction to the woods of the world. Jim is a second generation woodworker who builds wooden furniture and other objects from a wide variety of beautiful woods. You will learn the difference between hardwoods and softwoods, and which woods are best suited for your home projects. Get insider tips on where you can get those hard to find items. See and feel samples of exotic hardwoods from South and Central America, Africa and Hawaii.
Class Title
The Legacy of the Gulf Coast Cowboys
Instructor
Dr. Tom Linton ,Dr.
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/07/2019
End Date
06/07/2019
Description
Come to a book binding and a book signing. Hear some of the stories told to the authors by the descendants of legendary men who refused to take the British oath and emigrated to Louisiana. You’ll meet Gulf Coast cowboys from southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Cowboys of that era had to be tough, be skilled horsemen who could handle cattle, and endure difficult, life threatening cattle drives. Some of the bravest and least known were the African Americans, some of whom founded the 1867 Settlement and whose descendants still live in Galveston County. As a bonus to the amazing history, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about book binding.
Class Title
Introduction to Lifestory Groups at UTMB
Instructor
Cynthia Antonelli ,Ph.D.
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/06/2019
End Date
08/20/2019
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
Two-part seminar Tuesday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 16, 1:30 – 3:30 PM: This two-part seminar is for those new to lifestory groups at UTMB who want to join a fall or spring writing group. Experienced lifestory group participants requested this special 2-part training so that friends could join them in the adventure of lifestory writing and sharing. This training is for anyone who has not previously participated in UTMB’s lifestory groups. After completing both sessions of this training, you will be prepared to join one of the lifestory courses to be offered in fall or spring semester. If you’d like to sample a lifestory group at UTMB, this is the ideal way to give it a “test drive”.
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - July Series
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:15
Start Date
07/22/2019
End Date
09/09/2019
Description
Come and experience the energy of Yoga. Join registered Hatha Yoga teacher Jim Turner as he explores the relationship between physical postures and the movement of the breath. Learn breath control techniques for deeper relaxation. This class involves mild to moderate physical exertion. Learners should be able to move without assistance from lying on the floor to standing EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN CHAIR YOGA. Class size is limited, so register early for the time(s) of your choice. You may sign up for the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions or all classes, but each course requires a separate tuition fee. Each class is the same level of skill except for chair yoga.
Class Title
The Brain that Heals Itself: Robotics and Virtual Reality to Help People Recover Walking and Balance After Brain Injury
Instructor
David Brown ,PT, PhD, FAPTA, Senior Vice President and Dean UTMB School of Health Professions
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
06/07/2019
End Date
06/07/2019
Description
David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Senior Vice President and Dean UTMB School of Health Professions. The brain has an amazing capacity to heal itself after injury. Important ingredients for a healing brain include practicing tasks under challenging conditions, trying to solve new problems, and be willing to learn from mistakes. This talk will give examples from exciting new research that utilizes cutting-edge robots and virtual reality gaming to help people learn to walk again after surviving a stroke. We will discuss ways that attendees may keep themselves physically sharp and able to remain resilient as their bodies age.