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
WT Welcome to Alcoholics Anonymous in Your Community—AA as a Resource
Instructor
AA as a Resource
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
01/09/2019
End Date
01/09/2019
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
WT * The Fierce Beauty of Raptors
Instructor
Kristine Rivers
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
01/16/2019
End Date
01/17/2019
Description
What makes a bird a raptor? We'll answer that question, talk about the features of different families of raptors, and take a closer look at some of the beautiful birds of prey that you can see in the Galveston area.
Class Title
WT Turtle Talk by Turtle Island Restoration Network
Instructor
Joanie Steinhaus
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
01/17/2019
End Date
01/17/2019
Description
You'll learn that five of the seven species of sea turtles that exist worldwide visit the Gulf of Mexico. The highly endangered Kemps Ridley nests on Texas beaches. Learn about these ancient reptiles, the serious threats they face and actions you can take to help them. The presentation will include an update on the current status of the Kemps Ridley, the rarest sea turtle and the world's most critically endangered.
Class Title
WT * It's Time for a Makeover! Understanding Plumage Variations
Instructor
Kristine Rivers
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
02/04/2019
End Date
02/04/2019
Description
In this interactive presentation, we'll discuss the reasons for plumage variations; how molting can affect identification; and color changes of bills, lores, legs, and feet. Bring your favorite field guide if you would like to practice your identification skills.
Class Title
WT Are Eyes Really the Window to Your Soul?—
Instructor
Tamila Williams
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
02/08/2019
End Date
02/08/2019
Description
We have all heard “the eyes are the window to the soul”, while that may or may not be true, the eye provides a window to your health. In fact sometimes the ophthalmologist can diagnose a medical condition because the first signs may appear in the eye. Doctors can diagnose hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes and many more diseases by just looking inside the eyes. In fact, diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in adults ages 20 to 74. In this class you will learn about Diabetic Retinopathy and Age-related Macular Degeneration and available treatments for those and other diseases. Also you’ll hear about cataracts and different types of intraocular lenses available today.
Class Title
WT * Growing Native Plants for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
Instructor
Debra Pence
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
02/20/2019
End Date
02/20/2019
Description
Join Texas Master Naturalist Debra Pence 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
Migratory Birding—Wednesday Field Outings!
Instructor
Richard Peake ,Ph.D.
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
08:30
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
02/20/2019
End Date
04/10/2019
Description
Open only to those who have taken Migratory Birding in OLLI, this course will offer six field outings under Dr. Peake’s direction. To fully participate, learners need binoculars, A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America by Peterson and Peterson, Golden Field Guide by Chandler Robbins or National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer, and adequate mobility for outdoor activities. The class limit is sixteen learners. Participants must arrive on time for carpooling and departure. Tuition for birding courses is $35.
Class Title
Un Paso Adelante (Permission of Instructor Required)
Instructor
Joie Soske
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
02/04/2019
End Date
03/25/2019
Instructions
Class size is limited.
Description
This course will take the student one step further into the wonderful world of Spanish. It will pick up where the first course left off, with a review of verbs in the present indicative. Permission of instructor is required. Tuition for this course is $50.
Tuition: $50
Class Title
Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Instructor
Amy Comer
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
04/09/2019
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
WT Getting to Know the Galveston Symphony Orchestra
Instructor
Ulli Budelmann
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
01/15/2019
End Date
01/15/2019
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
Wt FREE CHAIR TAI CHI SESSION!
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
12:59
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
01/08/2019
End Date
01/08/2019
Description
Want to learn more about Chair Tai Chi in OLLI? Come to one FREE session. Visit OLLI’s newest form of tai chi class. You must register in advance, but you can attend for free. Experience chair tai chi on Tuesday, January 8 for FREE. This is free to OLLI members and Winter Texans.
Class Title
WT Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
03:30
Class Ends
04:30
Start Date
01/09/2019
End Date
01/09/2019
Description
How does Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) differ from other chair yoga classes? In LVCY, any posture found on the mat can be replicated in the chair. This allows a participant to experience the benefits of a yoga class without having to get on the floor. It's ideal for anyone looking for ways to improve range of motion, increase circulation and build strength, without the fear of falls, or the challenges of getting to the floor. Taught by over twelve hundred certified teachers around the world, LVCY is used at the Mayo Clinic and by the New York City Board of Education. Jim Turner is excited to be offering LVCY to OLLI members in Galveston. His certification in LVCY has given him a new perspective and many new tools to share with you in class. Come and be amazed at just how much fun sitting in a chair can be. Participants will also learn a type of meditation practiced for thousands of years that involves singing the sounds, Saa Taa Naa Maa, along with repetitive finger movements. According to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, practicing this non-religious meditation for just 12 minutes a day has been shown to reduce stress and increase activity in the brain to improve memory. This is free to OLLI members and Winter Texans.
Class Title
WT Zumba Gold
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
03:30
Class Ends
04:30
Start Date
01/16/2019
End Date
01/16/2019
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
WT Micro-plastics in Our Ocean
Instructor
Joanie Steinhaus
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
01/18/2019
End Date
01/18/2019
Description
Microplastics in our ocean are an issue for marine wildlife. Potential impacts on humans are not fully understood. Microplastics are plastic debris smaller than 5mm and estimates suggest up to 236,000 metric tons exist in worldwide oceans. Turtle Island Restoration Network is participating in a project that stretches across the Gulf of Mexico to determine the amount of microplastics in our beach sand and water. This presentation will include current information and research on the issue as well as possible methods for turning the problem into a solution. Come learn how your actions can result in positive change for our environment.
Class Title
WT * Lionfish: Reef Raiders in the Gulf
Instructor
Kelly Drinnen
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
01/22/2019
End Date
01/22/2019
Description
In recent years, Indo-Pacific lionfish have been found in coral reefs throughout the southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. While scientists aren't sure exactly how they got there, it's most likely that people dumped unwanted lionfish from home aquariums into the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Because of their voracious appetites, rapid reproduction rate, and lack of natural predators, these invasive lionfish pose a serious threat to coral reefs like the Flower Garden Banks off the Texas coast, with potential long-term consequences for native fish communities, habitats, and entire ecosystems. Visit with us to learn the details of this invasion and take a look inside some lionfish as we dissect them to figure out what they've been eating.
Class Title
WT Cats - Zoologist View
Instructor
Suzanne Peloquin
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:01
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
01/25/2019
End Date
01/25/2019
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? and 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
WT A NASA Pioneer Reminisces
Instructor
Gene Horton
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
02/08/2019
End Date
02/08/2019
Description
In this seminar, NASA's first civilian Information Officer recalls from personal experience the space agency's most historic achievements and failures. Join Gene to journey back to the dawn of this U S space agency. He will offer insights into current planning for trips to Mars and other deep space missions. This is one-time seminar is free to OLLI members and Winter Texans.
Class Title
WT Monarch Butterflies – Each One Counts
Instructor
Cindy Price
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
02/22/2019
End Date
02/22/2019
Description
Attendees will enjoy Price’s presentation which includes the Monarchs’ natural history, North American conservation status, current migration map, and the importance of the “Texas Funnel” and the I-35 milkweed restoration project. Cindy writes and films the nature photography for The Urban Naturalist series of books. She also writes the nature column for Life is Good magazine. Cindy is a long-time resident of the Texas Gulf Coast and is a member of the Galveston Ornithological Society and the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council. She received her Master Naturalist training from the Houston Arboretum. She is an avid gardener and has been raising Monarch butterflies for over 20 years.
Class Title
Introduction to Lifestory Groups at UTMB
Instructor
Cynthia Antonelli ,Ph.D.
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
01/15/2019
End Date
01/29/2019
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
WT Be a Rocket Scientist for a Day
Instructor
P. Eugene Jackson, Jr.
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
01/10/2019
End Date
01/10/2019
Description
This presentation provides an overview of the problems encountered during the development, testing and integration of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME). The SSME theory of operation is explained. The SSME problems and solutions discovered during testing at the National Space Technology Center near Bay St. Louis MS (now Stennis Field) will be illustrated. After four years of development and testing the engines were shipped to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Florida for installation into the Columbia Space Shuttle. At KSC, we encountered a new set of problems. Issues related to communication of the three SSMEs now installed in a space shuttle orbiter for the first time. There were also problems with the SSME data accuracy in the KSC Launch Control Center (LCC). After a year of systems integration issues, we finally had a successful Flight Ready Test (FRT). An FRT is a full multi-day countdown which included loading liquid hydrogen and oxygen into the external tank (ET), ending with three SSME firing for eight and a half seconds. The Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) were disconnected for the FRT to prevent an accidental launch. After seven years of support, the space shuttle Columbia successfully launched on April 12, 1981.
Class Title
Fall Prevention Clinic—FREE!!
Instructor
Kay Kulkarni
Day
Friday
Class Starts
11:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
02/01/2019
End Date
02/01/2019
Description
Have you ever had a fall, or have almost fallen, or ever worried about falling? Be among the first to experience this unique opportunity to receive free health and rehabilitation interventions for reducing your risk of falling. Your medications will be reviewed by a nurse practitioner and a medical doctor. Occupational therapy faculty and students, and physical therapy faculty will provide personalized wellness and safety education to reduce your risk of falling and improve your physical health during the months of May and June 2018. Intervention plans and educational programs will be tailored to your individual health needs. Register today for this completely free medical and rehabilitation service right here at OLLI provided by an interdisciplinary team of UTMB healthcare experts. The number of sessions will vary based on individual assessments and will likely span 2 to 4 weeks. Register today for this valuable free opportunity. Registrations are free and on a first come-first served basis. Space is limited—enroll today. Clinic Days: Fridays, May 4 – 25 and June 1 – 22. Clinic times: 2 to 4 PM.