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
What 's Bugging You?
Instructor
Emmeline Dodd
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/23/2018
End Date
08/23/2018
Description
With all of their biting, buzzing and stinging, what percent of insects do you think are not beneficial? The answer is less than 5%. Come and learn to appreciate the other 95%. You will learn the characteristics of insects and how to identify them using a dichotomous key. At the conclusion of the seminar, you will no longer refer to all insects as 'bugs.' You will learn things about insects that you will use and retain, hopefully, forever.
Class Title
The Lost Bird Project Film and Discussion—
Instructor
Julie Ann Brown
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/31/2018
End Date
08/31/2018
Description
Come learn how artist Todd McGrain is creating beautiful bronze sculptures of extinct birds as memorials. His impressive sculptures of five extinct North American birds are permanently installed at or near the last sighting of the birds. The film chronicles McGrain’s road trip with his brother in law to discover where the species were last seen in the wild and negotiate permission to install the large bronze sculptures there. You'll be inspired by this moving, sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission. Then we will talk about the Galveston connection and how you can be involved!
Class Title
Community Bioetics Dialogue: Health Care Aging, and End of Life
Instructor
Peggy Determeyer
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/03/2018
End Date
09/21/2018
Description
Community Bioethics Dialogue: Health Care, Aging, and End of Life—Mondays, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, April 3 –May 22. Instructor: Peggy Determeyer. Participants in the Community Bioethics Dialogue discuss a variety of health care topics to identify key ethical values, which can in turn, help to consider and formulate policy issues. While consensus on issues is not necessary, everyone is asked to listen respectfully to all points of view. Participants will meet for discussions for seven weeks, with six weeks for discussion and one week for summarizing values. The sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Peggy Determeyer, the McGee Fellow on Bioethics and Aging at the Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston. Class size is limited so that everyone can engage fully in the conversation.
Class Title
Integrative Strategies on a Dime
Instructor
Karen Welch ,MD
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/29/2018
End Date
08/29/2018
Description
Ever wonder how best to ration resources for your health? With the latest and greatest cure-all on every channel and social media post, it’s hard to know what’s worth the money. In this talk, we will cover common conditions for older adults and pocket-book friendly options that have supporting evidence. From heart health to gut health, from insomnia to aches and pains—we will explore options that work and how to go about putting together a treatment plan that supports both your overall health and your financial health!
Class Title
The Brain-Gut Connection
Instructor
Victor Sierpina ,MD
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/22/2018
End Date
08/22/2018
Description
Do you know how closely your brain and your gut are connected? What you eat affects your brain and what you think and the emotions you experience affect your gut. Evolving neuroscience has even shown the bacteria in your gut can affect mood and mental wellness or illness. As we become aware of this intimate and reciprocal relationship, it is valuable to develop improved nutritional habits, learn to manage stress better, and to listen to our gut as well as our hearts and brains. You’ll leave this session with tools you can use for an improved brain-gut connection.
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
08/20/2018
End Date
08/20/2018
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
Power of Protein
Instructor
Erin Maxwell
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/23/2018
End Date
08/23/2018
Description
How much protein is needed in a day? What about in a meal? Are there certain times where I should focus on consuming more protein? How do I get the best "bang for my buck" in protein foods? We will dive into common protein questions as well as talk about sources and servings of protein for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In this seminar, you will learn how to plan protein consumption to gain optimal usage while protecting and supporting healthy muscles.
Class Title
An Introduction to Meditation
Instructor
Terry Conrad
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/24/2018
End Date
08/24/2018
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
Zumba Gold Summer Series July
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Monday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
07/16/2018
End Date
09/10/2018
Description
Zumba Gold—Certified Instructor: Claudia Clark. Zumba is a medley of dance styles, including merengue, cha-cha, cumbia, belly dance, rumba, 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. Non-supported moves and chair-based options are available to participants in Zumba Gold. Zumba Gold stays true to the original Zumba concept in that it does not rely on typical aerobics-style 32-count beats for movement and, instead, is inspired by authentic music. Claudia, a certified Zumba Gold instructor, has created unique choreography while staying true to the guidelines put forth in Zumba Gold standards. Dance to Claudia’s music and moves.
Class Title
Total Body Fitness Summer Series July
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
07/17/2018
End Date
09/04/2018
Description
Challenge yourself in this exercise program for total body fitness beginning with a warm-up using light weights, small balls, and elastic tubes, with a chair for support. You’ll experience stretching, improvement in balance and posture, breathing, and joint movement. Dance, feel the music, develop better coordination, and have lots of fun. Total body fitness is perfect for stress reduction, heightened focus, enhanced concentration, and increased bone density. Tone your muscles with Zumba Gold moves, while core body muscles respond to the new Zumba sentao.
Class Title
Total Body Fitness Summer Series July
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
07/17/2018
End Date
09/04/2018
Description
Challenge yourself in this exercise program for total body fitness beginning with a warm-up using light weights, small balls, and elastic tubes, with a chair for support. You’ll experience stretching, improvement in balance and posture, breathing, and joint movement. Dance, feel the music, develop better coordination, and have lots of fun. Total body fitness is perfect for stress reduction, heightened focus, enhanced concentration, and increased bone density. Tone your muscles with Zumba Gold moves, while core body muscles respond to the new Zumba sentao.
Class Title
Total Body Fitness Summer Series July
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
07/17/2018
End Date
09/04/2018
Description
Challenge yourself in this exercise program for total body fitness beginning with a warm-up using light weights, small balls, and elastic tubes, with a chair for support. You’ll experience stretching, improvement in balance and posture, breathing, and joint movement. Dance, feel the music, develop better coordination, and have lots of fun. Total body fitness is perfect for stress reduction, heightened focus, enhanced concentration, and increased bone density. Tone your muscles with Zumba Gold moves, while core body muscles respond to the new Zumba sentao.
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Summer Series August
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
07/17/2018
End Date
09/18/2018
Description
Gentle Yoga—Instructor: Jim Turner. 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
Chair Yoga - Summer Series August
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:00
Start Date
07/18/2018
End Date
09/19/2018
Description
Gentle Yoga—Instructor: Jim Turner. 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
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Summer Series August
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
07/17/2018
End Date
09/18/2018
Description
Gentle Yoga—Instructor: Jim Turner. 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
Gentle Yoga Chair - Demo
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
08/22/2018
End Date
08/22/2018
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.Chair Yoga
Class Title
Gentle Chair Yoga - August Series
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
07/16/2018
End Date
09/24/2018
Description
Gentle Yoga—Instructor: Jim Turner. 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
Learn Landscape in Pastels
Instructor
Gay Paratore
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
09/04/2018
End Date
11/06/2018
Description
Pastels are easy to do, if you pick a simple subject. By learning how to scribble and smear effectively, anyone can be successful! Have fun creating beautiful scenes of fields with flowers (including bluebonnets), trees and meadows, lakes and mountains, waterfalls, or sandy and rocky beaches. The instructor will give many demonstrations, including capturing the distinct shapes of different species of trees. Each student will work a different subject with individualized instruction. Varied styles will be shown from realism to impressionism allowing each student to develop a unique style. The instructor has many photos or you may bring your own. We will not copy other artist's work, so please select photos of scenery—your own photos are best. Supplies are provided. You will take home a special piece of your own creation.
Class Title
FREE Summer Introduction to Gentle Mat Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:00
Start Date
08/21/2018
End Date
08/21/2018
Description
Join Jim for an introduction to gentle mat yoga. This session is intended for those who want to move their chair yoga practice to the mat. We will learn how to safely get down to the floor and get back up using props. We will also explore standing postures using a chair as a support. If you are able to move to and from the floor without assistance, but you are concerned about taking too much time or needing something to hold on to, this is the right class for you. Those who are currently signed up for chair yoga will be given first priority to attend, so if you want us to hold a space for you, please let us know right away.
Class Title
Chair Tai Chi Series II
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
10/31/2018
End Date
12/19/2018
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
Tai Chi for Balance and Health, Series II
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
02:30
Start Date
11/01/2018
End Date
12/20/2018
Description
Tai Chi’s slow, gentle movement improves balance and offers aerobic benefit. “With its integrative approach that strengthens the body while focusing the mind, tai chi addresses a range of physical and mental health issues. Tai chi is especially useful for improving balance and preventing falls,” according to a Harvard University report. Each day on the schedule below offers the same instruction and challenge. Whether beginner or more advanced, these sessions are for you! Each eight-week series carries tuition of $25. Attend only the day you register for but you can enroll in as many days as you wish.
Class Title
Chair Tai Chi Series II
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
10/31/2018
End Date
12/19/2018
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
Gentle Yoga - Series I - LVCY Chair Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
10/01/2018
End Date
11/19/2018
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 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.
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Series I - Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
10/02/2018
End Date
11/20/2018
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.
Cost: $25
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Series I - LVCY Chair Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
10/01/2018
End Date
11/19/2018
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 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.
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Series I - Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
10/02/2018
End Date
11/20/2018
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.
Cost: $25
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Series II - LVCY Chair Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
12/03/2018
End Date
01/21/2019
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 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.
Class Title
56th Galveston Citizens Police Academy
Instructor
Officer Harris ,Galveston County Police Department
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
09/18/2018
End Date
12/04/2018
Description
We are pleased to announce that the Galveston Police Department’s 56th Citizens Police Academy will be held at OLLI. There is no charge for the class or materials. The Citizens Police Academy offers insight into Officer Recruitment and Training, Criminal Investigation, S.W.A.T., Crime Scene Investigation, the K-9 Unit, Firearms Training, Vice and Narcotics and much, much more. More importantly, it offers a unique chance to connect with your police department. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about Galveston’s Police Department – what they do and why they do it. This experience will introduce ways to become more involved in your community, network with others throughout the community, and ultimately come together in partnership with your police department to improve your community. Two optional sessions will be held offsite, either for firearms experience or a police experience. Applicants should be 18 years of age or older and either live or work in the City of Galveston. Due to the sensitive subject matter, applicants will be subjected to a background check. Participants must attend at least 9 classes to successfully complete the course. This is FREE and open to OLLI members and to the public, but you must register in advance.
Class Title
American Red Cross Certified Adult/Child/Infant-CPR/AED Training: OLLI Members
Instructor
Root Choyce
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
08:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
09/12/2018
End Date
09/12/2018
Instructions
Current OLLI member price
Description
Red Cross Certified Instructor Root Choyce and sometimes others will assist in teaching these sessions. American Red Cross Adult and Child CPR training incorporates a variety of learning styles with hands-on practice and real-life scenarios. Participants in this training will receive Red Cross certification and will learn how to use an AED on a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Take-away materials are designed for use in the course and outside the classroom as reference tools. Combining lecture, video demonstrations and hands-on mannequin training, this course teaches participants to: Call and work with EMS; perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults and children; know the role of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). You must pre-register, so phone today. Should you or your group prefer additional dates, please contact OLLI staff for other scheduling opportunities to meet your needs.
Class Title
Medicare Open Enrollment Workshop
Instructor
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
09/10/2018
End Date
09/10/2018
Description
FREE SEMINAR, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, Presenters: Mallory Freitag and Alex Rishcan. Come to this presentation to learn Medicare basics, assistance programs that might be available for you, details about Open Enrollment which occurs October 15th – December 7th, and you’ll also get an overview of services that our Area Agency on Aging provides.