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
Gentle Yoga - Series III - LVCY Chair Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
05/14/2018
End Date
07/09/2018
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.
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Series III - Yoga and Meditation
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:15
Start Date
05/14/2018
End Date
06/27/2018
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.
Class Title
Gentle Yoga Series III
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
05/15/2018
End Date
07/10/2018
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.
Class Title
Gentle Yoga - Series III - LVCY Chair Yoga
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
05/14/2018
End Date
07/09/2018
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.
Class Title
Tai Chi for Health Series III
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
02:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/05/2018
End Date
08/07/2018
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 Health - Chair - III
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
02:30
Start Date
06/08/2018
End Date
08/03/2018
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
The Galveston Island Humane Society Supports Pet Therapy
Instructor
Caroline Dorsett-Pate
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/10/2018
End Date
07/10/2018
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
Print Making from Scratch
Instructor
Suzanne Becker
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/23/2018
End Date
07/23/2018
Description
Easy and fun! Using recycled foam produce trays and take-out containers as printing blocks, participants will SCRATCH designs that will quickly be ready to print with ink, watercolor markers or acrylic paint. No drawing experience is needed. Some designs and all materials will be provided. You are invited to bring your own selection of simple designs to copy or trace. Look through magazines and online. Simple geometric and organic shapes from nature make the best prints. Consider saving some clean, smooth foam produce trays or take-out containers and bring several with you to class. Once you learn the technique, you won’t want to stop at one or two designs. We will add our prints to cards and tags and mat our favorites. Class size is limited to 10 participants. The class fee is $5 to cover the cost of materials.
Class Title
Bridge 1.0: Bridge for FUN and Well-Being
Instructor
Greg May
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/17/2018
End Date
07/17/2018
Description
OLLI will offer a Bridge 1.0 for FUN & Well-being course beginning this fall. This free summer seminar will introduce participants to both bridge & the fall course. The seminar will be divided into two parts. The first hour will present a bridge overview, details of the fall course and the Galveston bridge community. The second hour of this seminar will be a mini-bridge session where 16 participants at a time (4 tables) will play a simplified form of bridge – termed mini-bridge. The fall course is intended for ANYONE interested in the game of bridge, regardless of experience. Bridge is a fun and exciting game which exercises the mind. The fall course will be four consecutive weeks beginning October 16 with two hour lectures, Mondays, 10 AM to Noon, two hours supervised play on Wednesdays 1:30 to 3:30 PM, and two hours of open play on Fridays 3 to 5 PM. This course will be taught using the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) books, ideas, and methods. Come see what all the bridge buzz is about!
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
07/11/2018
End Date
07/11/2018
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
07/11/2018
End Date
07/11/2018
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
The Story of Jean Lafitte in Galveston 1817-1820
Instructor
Lou Graves MacBeth ,Laffite Society
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/12/2018
End Date
07/12/2018
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
Chasing Coral
Instructor
Kelly Drinnen
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
04:00
Start Date
08/14/2018
End Date
08/14/2018
Description
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Join us to view this Netflix documentary then discuss the implications of coral bleaching on our local coral reefs at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Learn what each of us can do to protect these precious habitats
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
Getting to Know the Galveston Symphony Orchestra
Instructor
Ulli Budelmann
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/09/2018
End Date
08/09/2018
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
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
Be A Mentor-Make a Difference!
Instructor
Vivian Rose Hernandez
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/06/2018
End Date
08/06/2018
Description
Ball High School is seeking volunteers for their “Tutor-a-Tor” Mentoring Program, facilitating the academic and career needs of at-risk students on a weekly basis. In this step by step tutorial, learn how to be a mentor in this interactive academic, career, tutoring and community service program. As a mentor, you will meet with the same student for 30-60 minutes a week for a full semester. Make a difference by assisting disadvantage students at-risk of not graduating, passing state tests or understanding subject matter. Share your talents and academic experience to help a student succeed with improved self-worth
Class Title
The Battle of New Orleans
Instructor
Ray Hensarling
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/14/2018
End Date
08/14/2018
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
Writers Unite – A “Virtual” Summer Lifestory Writing Group
Instructor
Alison Barker
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/24/2018
End Date
07/24/2018
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
Cats - Zoologist View
Instructor
Suzanne Peloquin
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/20/2018
End Date
07/20/2018
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
Who Will Take Care of Grandma?
Instructor
Mel Tarman
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/26/2018
End Date
07/26/2018
Description
Over a century ago she cried out, “ Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” * And they came by the millions from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Asia. They built our country, fought in our wars, and their children and grandchildren continued their good work. Today , those huddled masses aren’t so welcomed here. Times have changed, the world has changed and so have we. We will discuss the 19th and 20th centuries in our eight sessions ,explore how immigrants from the various countries contributed to America, where they came from, why they left the old country, and how they assimilated here. Are we shortchanging America today or protecting America? We will discuss and answer the question “ who will take care of grandma or grandpa”. A history of immigration to America and our present day dilemma.
Class Title
Healthy Living for your Brain and Body
Instructor
Alzheimer's Association
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/11/2018
End Date
07/11/2018
Description
. For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide 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
Summertime Literary Tapas
Instructor
Saralyn Richard
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/25/2018
End Date
07/18/2018
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
Calling All Writers
Instructor
Saralyn Richard
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/18/2018
End Date
07/18/2018
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
Cabeza de Vaca, The Compasssionate Conquistador
Instructor
Dr. William Wardle ,Dr.
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/19/2018
End Date
07/19/2018
Description
After Columbus’ second voyage, Spain began to colonize its newly-found possessions. Panfilo Narváez was authorized to lead an expedition to colonize and exploit North America, following the successful patterns established by Cortez in Mexico and Pizzaro in Peru. His expedition, however, met with a series of disasters, eventually leaving his Royal Treasurer, Alvar N. Cabeza de Vaca in command of a makeshift log raft with 50 desperate, starving men, floating westward along the Texas coast. His remarkable story of enduring slavery and serving as a faith-healer while he and his fellow survivors wandered throughout Texas and Northern Mexico will be told in a series of color slides.
Class Title
Cephalopods—Mollusks with High Performance Complex Lifestyle
Instructor
Ulli Budelmann
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/27/2018
End Date
07/27/2018
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
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
Tropical Cyclones of Galveston County
Instructor
Stan Blazyk
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/05/2018
End Date
07/05/2018
Description
Join Galveston’s own “Weather Guy” as he takes a look at the different kinds of tropical cyclones and how they impact Galveston County. Stan will review some basic kinds of tropical cyclones that typically strike or affect our area and how each type requires different planning and responses from area residents, public safety officials, and others.
Class Title
The Two Teds - A Talk with Poetry
Instructor
Dr. John Gorman ,Dr. ,Ph.D.
Day
Friday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/06/2018
End Date
07/06/2018
Description
Theodore Roethke and Ted Kooser are Pulitzer Prize winning poets who started out in the Midwest and forged successful poetry-wide careers—Kooser staying on his native terrain (Iowa and Nebraska)—Roethke moving around (the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest) but always tied in imagination to his childhood and its scene—Saginaw, Michigan. Each writes readily accessible poetry on a full range of Big Issues. As one commentator says of Kooser: “[He] documents the dignities, habits, and small griefs, of daily life, our hunger for connection, our struggle to find a balance in natural and unnaturally human worlds.” Roethke favors meter and rhyme, Kooser an open form close to conversational American English. Come and Hear and See what you Think.
Class Title
Nutrition Changes with Aging: Vitamin D, Calcium, and Bone Health
Instructor
Avesta Yakob
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/12/2018
End Date
06/29/2018
Description
Your bones are tough—let’s keep them that way for as long as we can! As our bodies age, our bones are at greater risk for becoming weak and brittle, especially if we’re missing certain nutrients in the diet. We will discuss the changes in requirements of nutrients related to aging and bone health, like vitamin D and calcium. We will also discuss simple substitutions or additions to your diet that will help you meet the daily requirement of bone strengthening nutrients
Class Title
The Women Who Built and Sustained the Galveston Art League
Instructor
Pat Jakobi
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/16/2018
End Date
07/16/2018
Description
In 1914, seven women formed a new organization, the Galveston Art League, to promote the visual arts. Led by the city school’s female Supervisor of Drawing, one was a professional artist, one an artist’s wife, and the others teachers or prominent social leaders. Although many men contributed to the league over its early years, the women who established the organization and the artworks they created have mostly been lost to history. Members of the league are now trying to restore their legacy. Pat Jakobi is manager of the Galveston Art League Gallery on Postoffice. She is co-author of Galveston Art League: A Century of Island Art.
Class Title
Personal Safety for Older Adults
Instructor
Chief Vernon Hale ,Chief ,Galveston Police Department Chief
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/24/2018
End Date
07/24/2018
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
Total Body Combo Workout - Demo
Instructor
Claudia Clark
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
02:30
Start Date
07/25/2018
End Date
07/25/2018
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
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
Dr. Karen Welch ,Dr.
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
Subjective Cognitive Decline: What It Is and What You can Do About It
Instructor
MD Kyu Jana ,MD
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/08/2018
End Date
08/08/2018
Description
Feel overwhelmed making decisions or making plans? You may be attributing these concerns to “normal aging” but perhaps you should not. We will discuss the difference between dementia, mild cognitive impairment, subjective cognitive impairment, and normal aging. Learn about tools that doctors use to assess patient’s cognitive function like the MOCA test that is in the news. Most with memory concerns alone do not develop dementia but are at higher risk of developing it. We’ll discuss what we can do to decrease our chance of developing dementia. Are you more forgetful?
Class Title
Putting the Pep Back in Your Step
Instructor
Samuel Mathis
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/15/2018
End Date
08/15/2018
Description
In this session, Dr. Mathis will share integrative therapies geared to help improve your general health and energy levels. We will look at how exercise, nutrition, meditation, games, community, and other therapies work together to help you feel (and act) younger. What are some strategies to help work through or diminish the pain that seems to come with aging? We will also learn how massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and even prayer can help diminish pain symptoms and put the pep back in your step!
Class Title
The Brain-Gut Connection
Instructor
Dr. Victor Sierpina ,Dr.
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
Living with Alzheimer's: for Caregivers - Middle State
Instructor
Alzheimer's Association
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/15/2018
End Date
08/08/2018
Description
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 2 hour presentation and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.
Class Title
How to Improve Advertisements, Posters and PowerPoint Slides
Instructor
Ulli Budelmann
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/10/2018
End Date
08/10/2018
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 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 them yourself.
Class Title
The Tree of Yoga (From Roots to Fruits)
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:30
Class Ends
01:30
Start Date
08/15/2018
End Date
08/15/2018
Instructions
Pre-registration is required. Current OLLI members only.
Description
Learn about the deeper practices of yoga. Join popular yoga instructor Jim Turner as he takes you on the path of yoga from its beginnings and learn how this ancient practice can benefit you today. You will have the opportunity to participate in a sampling of a variety of yoga styles including Gentle and Chair Yoga offered in OLLI each semester. Participants will experience 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
Echinoderms I & II
Instructor
Dr. William Wardle ,Dr.
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/16/2018
End Date
08/17/2018
Description
Echinoderms comprise the biological phylum known as “spiny skinned animals” that includes starfishes, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sea lilies. These are the strangest yet most enduring forms of animal life on the planet. Their bare bones, slow paced lifestyle has enabled them to survive and prosper in the sea for over half a billion years. Come and explore the mysteries of these seemingly alien life forms, their radically different body plan, their very conservative approach to evolution and their close embryological and genetic (DNA) kinship to what we consider to be the highest forms of life on earth, i.e. the Phylum Chordata (which includes, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals). Part II, Friday, August 17, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Class Title
How to Survive an Active Shooter Incident
Instructor
Sargeant Destin Sims ,Sargeant
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
What is CASA of Galveston County?—
Instructor
Kathryn Holmes ,
Day
Friday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/13/2018
End Date
07/13/2018
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
Five Common Eye Concerns as We Age
Instructor
Tamila Williams
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/25/2018
End Date
07/25/2018
Description
The eyeball is the most elegant part of our body. 80 % of what we learn is through the eyes. Did you know there are 39 million people that are blind around the world? 80% of vision problems worldwide could be avoided and even cured? Our eyes change as we age and the knowledge of a few simple facts about eyes can save our vision. Just because we grow older doesn’t mean we should become visually impaired or blind. In this seminar you’ll get tips on how to best address the five common eye concerns we face as we age.
Class Title
Mah Jongg Reunion
Instructor
Alice Wygant
Day
Monday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
07/30/2018
End Date
07/30/2018
Description
Calling all OLLI Mah Jongg Alumni to re-connect, play mah jongg, and get a taste of the Mah Jongg Strategies class for Fall, 2018 with special emphasis on strategies for the 2018 card. If you haven’t already found a permanent group, this is your chance to connect with others who want to play regularly. Even if you play regularly, it’s always fun and challenging to play with different people. Bring your 2018 card. Space is limited to 20—sign up early.
Class Title
Songs for the Soul
Instructor
Rabbi Kessler
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
07/31/2018
End Date
07/31/2018
Description
We use a goodly number of phrases that include the word “soul.” Yet if we’re asked to define the word, we need to think about what the soul means to us and not just a dictionary definition. In this OLLI summer seminar, we’ll take a brief look at the history of that word in Western civilization/religion and ask some questions like: where does the soul come from, where do we think the soul resides, where does it reside after it no longer resides where we thought it resided, does the soul live, does the soul die, what nourishes the soul if it needs nourishment, how often does the soul come around, and when it comes around what does it do? So, come board the soul train and we’ll do some sightseeing. It should be enlivening.
Class Title
Tai Chi for Health Series III
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Tuesday
Class Starts
02:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
06/05/2018
End Date
08/07/2018
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
Free Tai Chi Session
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
02:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/26/2018
End Date
07/26/2018
Description
Want to learn more about Chair Tai Chi in OLLI? Come to one FREE summer 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 Wednesday, June 28 for FREE.
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
Supplements and Botanicals for Arthritis
Instructor
Rob Slater
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/01/2018
End Date
08/01/2018
Description
Dr. Slater will share the latest in evidence-based medical knowledge on holistic treatments for arthritis. Topics will include the anti-inflammatory diet, botanicals to reduce pain and increase function, and supplements to reduce joint breakdown.
Class Title
Best Diet for Healthy Eating
Instructor
Delaney Grove
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
10:00
Class Ends
12:00
Start Date
08/02/2018
End Date
08/02/2018
Description
Are you overwhelmed with the number of popular diets in the media? We will discuss the top healthy diets for adults that are supported by healthcare professionals. We will cover the Mediterranean diet, DASH diet, and more! Together, we will explore the main food groups recommended for each diet, as well as the benefits of adopting these diets as we age. The goal of this seminar is to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge should you decide to adopt or adapt any of these diets to fit your own lifestyle!
Class Title
Pilates Summer Series (Wednesday) - July
Instructor
Nancy Jacobs
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
10:30
Class Ends
11:30
Start Date
08/01/2018
End Date
09/26/2018
Description
Pilates Foundations/Level I Mat for Strength, Stretch, and Balance —Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor: Nancy Jacobs. Joseph Pilates developed a system of exercise which he considered a trinity of Body, Mind, and Spirit with the goal of "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure." In this class we will use the Pilates Method combined with The Franklin Method to attempt to achieve these ends. Class size is limited to ensure individualized attention. All fitness levels are welcome with the minimum standard of being able to get up and down from the floor unassisted, and tolerating lying side, front, and back for prolonged periods of time. Monday sessions offer more challenge than Wednesday sessions.
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
Total Body Combo Workout!—Certified Instructor: Claudia Clark. 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
Total Body Combo Workout!—Certified Instructor: Claudia Clark. 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
Total Body Combo Workout!—Certified Instructor: Claudia Clark. 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
Tai Chi Chair - Summer Series - August
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
08/29/2018
End Date
10/17/2018
Description
Tai Chi for Health—Certified Instructor: Natalie Skynear. 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 Health Summer Series August
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Thursday
Class Starts
02:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
08/30/2018
End Date
10/18/2018
Description
Tai Chi for Health—Certified Instructor: Natalie Skynear. 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 Chair - Summer Series - August
Instructor
Natalie Skynear
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
01:00
Start Date
08/29/2018
End Date
10/17/2018
Description
Tai Chi for Health—Certified Instructor: Natalie Skynear. 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 - Summer Series August
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:15
Start Date
07/30/2018
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
Gentle Yoga - Summer Series August
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Monday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:15
Start Date
07/30/2018
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
Chair Yoga - Summer Series August
Instructor
Jim Turner
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:00
Start Date
08/01/2018
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
Monday
Class Starts
02:00
Class Ends
03:15
Start Date
07/30/2018
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
AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE : AARP Members
Instructor
Mike Gately
Day
Wednesday
Class Starts
12:00
Class Ends
04:00
Start Date
07/25/2018
End Date
07/25/2018
Description
The improved AARP Smart Driver Course curriculum is the product of a variety of research studies, volunteer insight, and input from experts across the transportation and driver safety industries. Best of all the AARP Smart Driver Course is only $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-AARP members. (Cash or check only.) Certificates are issued at the end of the class. Check with your insurance agent about a discount.
Class size is limited. Only those who pre-register will be admitted. Call OLLI to register.
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
07/30/2018
End Date
09/17/2018
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
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
Kitchen Printing
Instructor
Day
Monday
Class Starts
01:30
Class Ends
03:30
Start Date
07/09/2018
End Date
07/09/2018
Description
You won’t need to go much farther than your kitchen to find wonderful shapes and textures to create colorful prints. Recall your childhood potato prints. Now fast forward a few years, but hang on to the same spirit of discovery. In this two-hour, busy workshop, aspiring kitchen printers will discover surprisingly simple techniques for making colorful prints on a variety of types of paper - even vintage cookbook pages! Once our prints are dry, they will be transformed into greeting cards, tags and a handy little notebook. Bring an apron and a favorite veggie. (A list of vegetable suggestions will be sent to you a week before class.)Class is limited to 10 participants. There will be a $5 fee to cover materials.