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(OLLI) at UTMB Learner-Led, College Level Program of Adult Education College-level courses open to all those 55 or more regardless of previous education

No credits, no exams, no grades-just learning for the love of learning...and the fun of it!

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Most OLLI classes are held at 4700 Broadway, OLLI Suite B101.
To pre-register or for questions, phone 409.763.5604

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1. The Story of Jean Laffite in Galveston 1817-1820

Dates: Monday, June 1,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Presenter, Lou Graves MacBeth of the Laffite Society

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.

2. DRUM/Core

Date: Monday, June 1
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Bernice Torregrossa

Learn more about the whys and hows of staying fit in a short presentation, followed by a DRUM/Core workout, by OLLI instructor Bernice Torregrossa. She will bring us up to date on recent research on exercise for senior adults, then lead a class adaptable to all fitness levels. DRUM/Core combines drumming (with provided drumsticks) to familiar music and stretching, bending and moving for a low-impact, high-energy workout. Participants have the option of standing or remaining seated throughout the exercises.

3. The Sargassum Early Advisory System (SEAS)

Date: Tuesday, June 2
Time: 10 AM - Noon,

Instructor: Robert Webster

For the last 150 years Sargassum landings along the Texas coast have seen cycles of heavy and light years. The last heavy landing cycle occurred between 2000 and 2006 with previous heavy landings occurring in the 1860's, 1890's, 1930's, 1960's. In the summer and fall of 2011 there was a massive inundation of Sargassum on the Leeward and Windward Islands of the Caribbean. The Orinoco River of South America had severe flooding causing a large amount of nutrient rich water to drift north and make contact with Sargassum along the Islands. Once thought to be an outlier occurrence, this event has continued to increase the volume of Sargassum throughout its loop system. Learn how Texas A&M's SEAS study, led by doctoral student Robert Webster, helps professionals around the world better understand this change. Our research efforts are funded through National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), Texas General Land Office (TGLO) and the Galveston Park Board.

4. There's a Coral Reef Where?!

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM,

Instructors: Kelly Drinnen, Sanctuary Outreach Specialist

NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Discover the coral reefs in your own backyard! Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is a little known gem in the Gulf of Mexico and home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the entire Caribbean region. Join us to find out how they were discovered, why they are doing so well, and how we work to manage this precious natural resource. Hands-on activities will bring the story to life-try your hand at creating a reef model and analyzing actual research images of the reef.

5. GISP (Galveston Island State Park) Galveston Island's Best Kept Secret

Date: Thursday, June 4
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Frank Bowser and Interpretive Ranger Lisa Reznicek.

In many years leading kayak tours we hear: "I have been to Galveston many times, and I didn't realize the park existed." There's a whole different wild world north of FM 3005: expanses of Coastal Prairie with tall grass waving in the wind, scrub woodlands, and even massive windblown live oaks leaning northward. Huge birds wade in expansive variegated and cordgrass marshes. Miles of GISP hiking trails offer varied habitats on the north side. The watery world of bays, coves, and bayous with about 10 miles of undulating shoreline and hundreds of acres of natural fish hatchery and bird rookery can only be appreciated in a boat at water level. Attend this talk on June 4th at OLLI then come join us on one of OLLI's three kayak tours at GISP scheduled for June, July and August. (See details below on this listing.)

6. Sidney McClendon Memorial Kayak Tours

Tour Leaders are certified GISP guides. Choose one of the following dates: Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 - 11:30 AM; Tuesday, July 7, 8:30 - 11:30 AM; Thursday, August 20, 8:30 - 11:30 AM. 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.

7. Ekphrastic Poetry

Date:Friday, June 5
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: John Gorman(

Ekphrastics are poems inspired by and reacting to work in another artistic medium-usually, but not exclusively, painting, drawing or sculpture. Say Vermeer paints, as, c. 1664, he has, a picture of a young woman standing at a window and reading a letter. The poet might become the woman or a man down on the street or in a house across the canal. Elements in the painted scene surface in the object world of the poem. Three imaginations come to inhabit that world-the painter's, the poet's, and the reader/viewer's. All kinds of possibilities light up. It's fun. It's sustaining. You'll see. I'll offer two ekphrastic poems of mine along with their sources. Bring something to write with, and you may walk out two hours later with an ekphrastic poem of your own.

8. Traditional Seamanship ON the Elissa

Date:Monday, June 8
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Michael Wonio

Come to this summer session to learn about a course in fall semester when OLLI will once again partner with The Texas Seaport Museum of the Galveston Historical Foundation for a course centered on Elissa, the Official Tall Ship of Texas. You'll see the ship in historical footage, then go aboard with TSM docent & Elissa volunteer Michael Wonio, who will introduce you to all her many compartments and their functions in all their historical, cultural & technical dimensions. This activity requires walking, standing, and climbing stairs. Be prepared for Galveston summer heat. Enrollment size is limited so sign up today!

9. Patchwork Quilted Christmas Stocking Artistry

Date:three Tuesdays in Summer School, 10 AM - Noon, June 9, July 14, and August 11

Instructor: Carole Bowser

Plan to attend all three sessions to fully grasp the techniques and the sequence of steps. Do you have a stash of leftover fabric, or are you a first time quilter? In either case, patterns, techniques, and assembly instruction will be provided. If you do not have a grandchild to bless with the stocking you make or if you want to make more, you will receive the names of several charities that gladly accept such contributions.

10. Writers Unite - A "Virtual" Summer Lifestory Writing Group-Once each month

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 10 AM - Noon, Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Wednesday, August 12, 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Christine Wamble

At the request of lifestory writing group members, we continue a practice from previous years, where writers from every OLLI 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 this year.

11. Offshore Fishing Seminar for Beginners

Date: Thursday, June 11
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Captain Joe Kent, Fishing Writer for the Galveston Daily News

The basics of offshore fishing aimed at acquainting newcomers to this type of fishing. Topics covered will be minimum requirements for smaller boats heading offshore, tackle, baits and fishing techniques for catching pelagic fish. Learn where to fish within 20 miles of the jetties and other valuable information needed for that first venture offshore. Additionally, we will address how to select a reliable charter if you prefer going with an experienced captain.

12. Water is for Fighting Over

Date: Friday, June 12,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Dr. Tom Linton and Chris Roper

Mark Twain said it best when he commented, "Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting over." It describes how Texans have viewed water management for over 150 years. Today, water resource management in Texas is a large and complex set of rules, regulations, requirements, demands, plans and systems. It is managed by water conservation districts, subsidence districts, river authorities, environmental agencies, and others. In their recently published book, these authors have worked to clarify this complexity and influence water legislation and planning for the last three years. Their book is a compilation of the articles they have written and which have been published in newspapers reaching over 100,000 readers a week. This OLLI summer school session is based on this informative and easy to read book. It will provide you with the information (and a sense of urgency) to help you take a stand in support of water resource management in Texas.

13. Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

Date:Monday, June 15,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Terry Conrad

The text for this session is the new book by the Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion, Ethics for a Whole World. The Dalai Lama is offering us an approach to ethics that does not rely upon social- or religious-based morals, that can be equally acceptable to those with or without religious faith. We have within our grasp a way to ground inner values without contradicting any religion and without depending on religion. Due to the diversity of religious beliefs and social morals throughout the world, it is both impractical and of no benefit to attempt to dictate moral values. We must find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics that is beyond religion, a way of thinking, relating, and being that can include everyone.

14. Resolving Conflict at Home and at Work

Date:Tuesday, June 16,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Lisa Windsor, Ph.D.

Conflict is a fact of everyday professional and personal life. Much of the success and satisfaction we find in life is determined by how we respond to conflict. This 2-hour course explores the theories, methods, skills, and practices associated with successfully engaging in the dynamics of conflict interactions. The first hour is spent understanding the definition of conflict, the common triggers, and developing language skills important in deescalating conflict. The second hour will explore conflict styles, cultural influences and family dynamics, and end with a role-playing exercise.

15. It's Waltz Time

Wednesday, June 17,
Time: 10 AM - NoonT

Instructor: Judy and Bill Biggs

Join popular OLLI dance instructors Bill and Judy for an introduction to the basics of waltz. Novice or dancing pro, you'll enjoy this opportunity to polish your dance steps. Wear your dancing shoes, a partner is preferable and will enhance your experience, but not is required.

16. Have You Ever Wondered How Your Ancestors Came to America?

Thursday, June 18, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

PresenteR: Betty Hendricks Dunquez, Past President Texas State Genealogical Society.

Your Ancestors had a hand in developing American society. Where were they? This seminar introduces you to Genealogy, and how to find your people though documents, books, records, history, web sites, DNA and visiting speakers. If you like to do puzzles, you will love genealogy. We will introduce you to ways to find the answers.

17. The Basics of Alzheimer's and the 10 Warning Signs of Dementia

Date: Monday, June 22,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Matt Henson

Do you know someone who is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia? Matt Henson, a speaker from the Alzheimer's Association, will share information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. You'll also learn about typical age related brain changes versus the 10 Warning Signs of dementia, and the importance of getting an early and accurate diagnosis. In addition, you will learn about available resources in the community for caregivers, family members, and diagnosed individuals.

18. Dream Building: Coaching for the Life You Would Love to Livet

Date: Wednesday, June 24,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Cynthia Antonelli, PhD.

This workshop focuses on making your dreams a reality. First, you explore the idea that you do not live from circumstances and have the power to make your dreams come true. Second, you discover what keeps you mired in your present circumstances. Third, you actually create your dreams around freedom and money, health, relationships and creative endeavors. Finally, you learn how to put your ideas into action.

19. Opera...What's All the Screaming About?

Date: June 24,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30

Instructor: Jill Bosworth

Aida: why do so many operas kill off their sopranos? Boheme: how can Mimi sing four acts so beautifully when she's dying of tuberculosis? Carmen: are all mezzo sopranos women of sketchy morals? We'll explore the ABCs of the Grand Art, with audio selections and anecdotes of performance follies on the great stage. What is it like to be an opera singer? Is it really a "dying art?" All your questions answered by Jill, a long-time opera singer at New York City Opera, Lincoln Center, New York.

20. Ichthyology: The Study of Fishes

Date: Thursday, June 25,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructors: Dr. William Wardle

. This presentation provides a sampler for a semester-long course to be offered for Fall semester 2015. That course will cover all types of fishes, including marine, estuarine, fresh water and semi-terrestrial. Major groups of fishes will be treated in approximate taxonomic order, i.e. primitive (invertebrate-like) to advanced (perch-like). Special topics will include fishes of commercial and recreational importance, fishes as food (i.e. which fishes are dangerous or good to eat and why, wild versus farmed fishes), invasive fishes that disrupt ecology, man-eating and dangerous fishes as well as fishes suitable for home or office aquaria, and even fishes of the Sea of Galilee that are mentioned in the Bible.

21. Bring the Bag!

Date: Monday, June 29, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Joanie Steinhaus

Galveston residents and visitors are encouraged to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic bags in order to create a safer, healthier, and cleaner environment. Bring a t-shirt to this presentation to make your own reusable bag and learn ways you may become involved in this community driven campaign. Each year more than 380 billion bags are used in the United States, with less than 1% of these bags being recycled. They are harmful to the environment, dangerous to wildlife and take years to decompose. Using a reusable bag will save over 22,000 single-use plastic bags in your lifetime!

22. Introduction to Lifestory Groups at UTMB

Date: Two-part seminar Tuesday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 14, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Michelle Sierpina

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."

23. Shaping the Companion and Working Dog

Date: Friday, July 3,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Karen Barratt

If you're like most dog lovers, you've probably taught your four legged friend a thing or two. Perhaps he can fetch a ball, shake, or even roll over. Our modern domestic dog evolved from the wolf, through many generations of selective breeding to serve human needs. This session will demonstrate training the most basic skills of the well-mannered companion dog to some of the more complex skills needed for the agility dog.

24. Adventures with Naughty Nana-A Two-Part Seminar

Date: Monday, July 6,
Time: 10 AM - Noon,

Instructors: Saralyn Richard

At 10 AM: A Visit with Nana, the Old English sheepdog from Naughty Nana, written by Saralyn Richard. OLLI members are invited to bring the youngsters in their lives to learn about Nana's mischief and how she learned to behave. Copies of Naughty Nana will be available for purchase and autographing, and a portion of the proceeds will go to OLLI. Nana will be giving free pawshakes and sloppy kisses. (One hour session) Sign up for one session or both. 11 AM: Adventures with Naughty Nana. Saralyn Richard, author of the children's book Naughty Nana, will discuss the evolution of the book from inspiration to writing, illustrating, publishing, and marketing. Copies of Naughty Nana will be available for purchase and autographing, and a portion of the proceeds will go to OLLI. (One hour session) If you plan to bring a child, you probably should not plan to stay for this session.

25. Calling All Creative Writers!

Date: Tuesday, July 7,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Saralyn Richard

If you are a creative writer from Saralyn Richard's classes, or a wannabe, bring your latest story, poem, true narrative, or one-act play to this informal positive critique group session. Learn what makes an author's writing stand out, and what elements of writing to emulate and avoid.

26. Summertime Literary Tapas

Date: Wednesday, July 8,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Saralyn Richard

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!

27. Brain Healthy Lifestyle

Date: Wednesday, July 8,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Dr. Victor Sierpina

Perhaps one of aging's greatest anxieties is loss of our mental functions. In this seminar we will explore scientifically proven ways to live a brain healthy lifestyle including optimizing nutrition, exercise, stress management, supplements, and more. Dr. Sierpina will also bring you new data on the MIND diet, which was recently found to have decreased Alzheimer's disease risk in study subjects.

28. Kitchen Printing

Friday, July 10,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Suzanne Becker

You won't need to go much further 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.

29. Women (and Sometimes Their Children) at Sea in the Age of Sail, Part 1

Date: Monday, July 13,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor:Michael Wonio

Wives and daughters, captains and stowaways, midwives and whores, transvestite sailors and shipbuilders, merchants and pirates, coasters and whalers, heroines and transported convicts, ladies and tramps, they all went to Sea. Allow seaman Michael Wonio to introduce you to them all through shanty and stories. This seminar is back by popular demand.

30. The Tree of Yoga (From Roots to Fruits)

Date:Tuesday, July 14,
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Instructor: Jim Turner

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.

31. Dementia Caregiving: How to Deal with Stress and Learning to Communicate

Date: Thursday, July 16
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: , Krista Bohn of the Alzheimer's Association

Caregiving for someone with any type of dementia can be stressful. Krista Bohn from the Alzheimer's Association will talk about ways to reconnect with our loved ones with dementia, offer tips on communication techniques, and how to plan meaningful activities at each stage of the disease. You will also learn ways to recognize caregiver stress and how to deal with this stress in a healthy way. The importance of caregiver self-care will be discussed as well as community resources for caregivers and their loved ones.

32. Assess Your Inundation Risk

Date: Thursday, July 16,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Stan Blazyk

Nearly half of all deaths in hurricanes come from storm surge and the resulting inundation of coastal areas. Galveston area residents were rudely made aware of this threat with Hurricane Ike. This class will look at exactly what are the inundation/storm surge risk in the Galveston area. Using history and a very detailed "foot by foot" elevation map of the Island, we will be able look at both generic risks as well as the risk to your specific location/place of residence. In addition, the instructor will share new risk/warning tools for surge and inundation that will be available for the 2015 Hurricane Season.

33. What Can I Tell You About Africa?

Date: Friday, July 17, n
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Susan Bogan

Africa is a continent of diverse cultures and geography, politically volatile, spiritually awakening. But that's not what I want to tell you. I want to tell you about the lizard that ate the neighbor's cat, the dust of the Saharan desert, the night I spent in a jail cell, and the mystery meat in the market. What can I tell you about Africa? Come and join the conversation to find out!

34. How to Successfully Make the Lifestyle Change from Working to Retirement

Date: Monday, July 20,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: John Jons

This seminar is based upon Mr. Jons' book of the same name. Retirement is a significant and long-term lifestyle change. If you know how to make and manage this lifestyle change, it can expedite and promote the start of the best time of your life. The seminar's purpose is to provide you with an orientation and the training on how to manage and achieve your anticipated retirement lifestyle - the retirement lifestyle you desire, plan for, and hope to enjoy.

35. Medieval Naval Warfare: The Battle of Sandwich 1217

Date: Tuesday, July 21,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30

Instructor: William Wardlen

The Battle of Sandwich was the culminating event of the First Baron's war, fought between King John of England and the barons who remained loyal to him, and a group of rebel barons aided by the Scottish army in the north and by a French force under Prince Louis (later to become Louis VIII) that had crossed the English Channel and had landed in the south. Following a string of victories by John's forces on land, Prince Louis' forces were running desperately short of men and supplies. A large French relief fleet was organized in Calais and sailed to the southeast coast of England. It then turned northward planning to sail into the mouth of the Thames River to deliver its relief cargo. As it passed the port town of Sandwich, however, it ran into a hastily-assembled English fleet. Come learn how the ensuing sea battle decided not only the fate of the French forces of Prince Louis but the outcome of the entire land war as well.

36. From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet

Date: Wednesday, July 22,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Julie Trumble, MLIS, Head of Reference and Educational Services, UTMB Health Moody Medical Library

The Internet can be a fantastic resource for learning about your health and the health of your family. But, how do you know if the site you find is reliable? This course will describe the importance of web site evaluation, give practical tips and criteria for judging web sites, and provide a suggested "best bet" place to begin your quest for trustworthy health information on the Internet. You'll have the opportunity to hear advice from this expert from UTMB Health's Medical Library.

37. Sea Turtles among Us

Date: Thursday, July 23,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Susan Lewis, Volunteer from the Galveston NOAA Protected Species Branch and Joanie Steinhaus, Sea Turtle Restoration Project

Susan, who has been involved with advocacy, rehabilitation and education with sea turtles since the mid 90's, both on the Texas coast and with some international efforts, and Joanie who is working to raise awareness on conservation of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, will share their expertise. 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. And the only facility in the world which raises captive turtles for research is located in Galveston. Learn about these ancient reptiles, the serious threats they face and actions you can take to help them. The presentation will include an overview of types of research occurring at the Galveston NOAA Protected Species Branch and an update on the current status of the Kemps Ridley ("The Heartbreak Turtle Today," a documentary produced by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project).

38. Little Free Library: A Worldwide Movement

Date: Tuesday, July 28,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM,

Instructor: Elizabeth (Bets) Anderson, avid reader and owner of the first Little Free Library on Galveston Island.

If you love books and want to promote reading in your neighborhood, one way to do it is to have your very own Little Free Library. This 2-hour seminar will introduce you to the Little Free Library movement. A short history and description of the Little Free Libraries [LFL] around the world will be included. The primary focus of the session is to describe one LFL and its development in Galveston. The purpose of the seminar is to promote LFLs and further development by stimulating you, the learner, to consider building your own LFL. Resource materials will be provided so that you can get started.

39. Basic iPhone Training

Date: Wednesday, July 29,
Time: 10 - Noon

Instructor: Rick Becker

This will be a very basic class designed to help beginning iPhone users to become more familiar with their phones. You will learn some of the basic techniques for navigating between applications and you will start to configure your iPhone so you can begin to tap into some of the very powerful tools and functionality that this amazing device makes available. Topics will include basic information on how to use text messaging, the camera, facetime and contacts. You will also be introduced to SIRI, your own personal electronic assistant that is there to help you day and night. NOTE: This class is for Apple iPhone users only.

40. Beer-How to Brew It and Can It Be Healthy?

Date:? Wednesday, July 29,
Time: 1:30 - 3:30

Instructor: Mark Dell'Osso and Dr. Myers Hurt

Join Mark Dell'Osso, owner and head brew master of Galveston Island Brewing, and Dr. Myers Hurt, UTMB Family Medicine physician for an afternoon of craft beer discussion. Dr. Hurt will share the specifics of beer brewing from a home brewer's kitchen, with all its challenges and rewards. Mark will introduce the intricacies of a commercial production line in a thriving micro-brewery. You'll also hear about recent research on the potential health benefits certain types of beer possess.

41.Women at Sea in the Age of Sail Part 2: Especially the Children

Date:Monday, August 3, 10 AM - Noon
Time: 1:30 - 3:30

Instructor: Michael Wonio

Merchant Captains, especially those who were also at least part owners of their vessels, often took their children, with or without their mother, to sea in the later Age of Sail. But do you let him bring his bicycle? And where does she expect you to house her pony? Do you really want to risk their lives every day, as you do your own? And what becomes of the survivors who grow up with such an unusual early life experience and education? Part 2 is a "stand alone" presentation and does not require having attended Part 1.

42. Micah: A Scriptural Gem

Date: Tuesday, August 4,
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM

Instructor: Rabbi Kessler

Explore the brief book of Micah in the Old Testament as a prelude to his fall course The Major Prophets of Israel. He will consider what a prophet was, who he was, his role in his time, place setting, and whether his prophecies unfold today. This summer's presentation on Micah will be the first example.

43. Health Information at Your Fingertips

Date:Wednesday, August 5
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: , Anne Howard and Julie Trumble, MLIS, Head of Reference and Educational Services, UTMB Health Moody Medical Library

Smartphones and tablets make finding information easy wherever you go. With health information readily available at your fingertips, it is more important than ever to be sure you are finding and using reliable mobile sites and apps. This class will highlight and demonstrates apps available from the National Library of Medicine on their Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites.

44. The Galveston Island Humane Society Supports Pet Therapy

Date: Thursday, August 6,
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Caroline Dorsett-Pate, Executive Director GIHSh4>

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.


Three stand-alone sessions 1 - 2:30 PM on Thursdays in August,

Instructor: Sharon Mitchiner

OLLI Members: $25-Non-OLLI Members: $50: Red Cross Certified

Instructor Julia Sherrod, Root Choyce and sometimes others will assist in teaching these sessions.

Learn the simplicity and science behind plant-based clean meals. Join one of OLLI's most popular lifestyle educators who will introduce you to some quick, easy, summer-friendly plant based recipes right in the classroom. Try some tasty vegan nachos that will surprise with no cheese.
Session One, August 6, 1 - 2:30 PM: Look at all the confusing claims and names. Be able to tell real science from pseudoscience.
Session Two, August 13, 1 - 2:30 PM: Develop a personal plant strong meal plan.
Session Three, August 20, 1 - 2:30 PM: LET'S EAT. Learn how to look at "the numbers" (blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, weight, etc.) to validate the changes you're making. Your numbers will change in less than one month. This is a series so try to attend all three if possible, but if that doesn't fit your schedule, you can also register for only one or two.

46. OLLI Theater Opportunities 2015/16

Date: Thursday, August 6, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Time: 1:30 - 3:30

Instructor: Alice Wilson

Come and experience an interactive sampling of upcoming OLLI Theater Classes: cene Study, Theater Games, and Reader's TheaterS. Using games and exercises, this conversation will unpack the content and goals of each class. While each of the classes is tailored to the needs of the participants, the emphasis of all our work together is to create a supportive joyful environment that allows each participant to increase confidence, creativity, spontaneity, mental agility and physical flexibility-not just in class but in daily life. If you've ever wanted to take a theater class, come and find out what excites you.

47. Selling Yourself! Empowering Your Personal and Public Speaking!

Time: Monday, August 10, 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Tom Hoyt, a forty-seven year veteran of the radio station business and retired Senior Vice President & Market Manager, CBS Radio.

Start off your week with this one time seminar in understanding the power of personal SELLING. Mr. Hoyt's "Selling, That's Where It's At!" was presented to the 1,800 + sales team of CBS Radio at seminars across the country. "If you can speak to one person, you can speak to ten or 100." He will show you how your simple every day communications can improve your interpersonal results, whatever and wherever they occur. This will be a collaborative session...everyone is expected to participate.

48. Herbs!!

Time: Tuesday, August 11, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Dr. Julie McKee

They've been used since the beginning of time for healing, flavoring and scenting. Come and join us for a discussion of herbs commonly used in today's world. We will talk about how they are used for healing and wellness. There will be a demonstration of how to use fresh herbs and simple ingredients from your kitchen to make a very effective cough syrup. It tastes yummy too!

49.Intermediate iPhone Training

Wednesday, August 12, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Rick Becker

This class is designed for the more advanced iPhone user who would like more in-depth knowledge on how to configure and use some of the native Apple applications. A basic understanding of how to use your iPhone will be assumed. Topics will include text messaging, the health app, contacts, the calendar, the camera and photos. You will also discover some of the more advanced functionality offered by SIRI, your own personal electronic assistant. NOTE: This class is for Apple iPhone users only.

50. Great Military Engagements

Thursday, August 13, 1:30 – 3.30

Instructor: : Mel Tarman, Author and Historian.

This seminar will introduce many Great Military Engagements of the 19th and 220th Centuries and how they changed the course of the wars. We’ll start with the Battle of New Orleans , then the Civil War, WW I, WW II, Korea, and Vietnam as well as the generals and political figures involved. Did Jackson, Lee, Grant, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Churchill, Truman, and Stalin make the right decisions? What were the geo-political results of the decisions? How did these historic engagements of yesterday shape the world we live in.

51. Kitchen Printing

Time: Monday, August 17, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Presenter: Suzanne Becker

You won’t need to go much further 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-our, busy workshop, aspiring Kitchen printers will discover superisingly simple techniques for making colorful prints on a variety of types of paper – even vintage cookbook page! Once out prints are dry, they will be transformed into greeting cards, tags and handy little notebook. Bring an apron and a favorite veggie. (A list of vegitable suggestions will be sent to you a week before class.) Class is limited to 10 participants. (This is a second session. June class is filled)

52.Small Card Making for the Non-Artist

Tuesday, August 18, 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Artist, Patti Hewlitt

Let your imagination loose in this hands-on, experimental water color project that will culminate in your taking home as many as 8 completed cards. You may use crayons, stamping, metallics, and some stenciling in addition to water color. You may even scribble a little! Come prepared to surprise yourself with your unexpected talent and creativity. Patti has put together this fun summer experience to give you a sample of the equally fun class she has planned for OLLI's fall semester. Please bring a $5 supply fee on the day of the seminar.

53. The Free State of Galveston

Wednesday, August 19, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Presenter: Ian Johnson

The city was trying to recover from the 1900 Storn, in 1901 when Spindletop gave birth to the oil industry and 13 years later, the opening Houston’s Ship Channel took business away from its port. Galvestinians had to devise other means to keep the Island’s economy afloat . . . Thanks to Prohibiton in 1920 the Maceo brothers created an illegal gambling empire in the city, creating glamourous and prosperous era... While the rest of the country suffered through the Great Depression,”…you could’t tell it here. Money was flying all over the place!" according to Maceo accontant, Sam “Books” Serio, Using vintage images this seminar will tell colorful stories of those fascinating times.

54.Introduction to Photoshop Lightroom

Date: Thursday, August 20, 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Scott Buckel

Adobe Systems has developed a software package to help photographers handle and process their photos. For many photographers, Photoshop Lightroom™ is the only program they need to use to save, optimize, and share their photos. Scott will discuss the various modules of the program and demonstrate how the program works and how it allows one to share photos with ease.

55.Getting to Know the GSO

Wednesday, August 26, 10 AM - Noon

Instructor: Ulli Budelmann

Did you know that the Galveston Symphony Orchestra 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 also about its future. 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!

56. Alzheimer's Disease-An Expert Perspective-Two-Part Seminar

Attend one or both sessions!

Instructor: Presenter, Dr. Judith Drew.

Part 1: Thursday, August 27, 10 AM - Noon Part 2: Friday, August 28, 10 AM - Noon Dr. Judith Drew, formerly of UTMB's School of Nursing, will share the latest scientific findings and personal health practices related to this devastating disease. Myths about Alzheimer's disease will be discussed and replaced with fact, based on major trends found in current research projects being conducted around the world. You'll learn about brain health and recently recommended lifestyle interventions for preventing or delaying dementias of all types. In Part One you will learn definitions of Alzheimer's and other dementias and the difference between the brain's normal aging and disease. Dr. Drew will explain brain changes and how they create everyday challenges for those with dementia and their family members. You will learn reasons for consulting a physician to discuss difficulty with memory and changes in everyday thinking. In Part Two you will become acquainted with the latest research on factors related to Alzheimer's and other dementias. Dr. Drew will share the latest recommendations from scientists, physicians, nurses, and other experts that may help delay the onset of dementias. Finally, she will describe effective strategies individuals and caregivers can use to put brain healthy interventions to work.

57.Fun on Fridays!

Friday, July 24 and 31, and every Friday morning in August, gather with new friends or some long-time buddies to play the games you love.

Call to reserve a place at the poker, Scrabble™, or mah jongg table. All necessary equipment will be set up and ready for you to enjoy some relaxed time with friends. Here's how it works: call in to place a reservation. Select the date you want to play and tell us your choice of poker, Scrabble, or mah jongg. Poker has space for 8 players. Mah jongg requires 4 minimum but we can accommodate as many as 12. Scrabble needs a minimum of two players or a maximum of 8. As soon as we have a sufficient number we'll confirm with you that "the game is on!" We hope you'll want to join OLLI pals for some summer fun on Fridays. Also remember that there's always a jigsaw puzzle in progress open for everyone to participate. OLLI even has a puzzle swap. Just like our book swap, you can bring a puzzle or take one home to enjoy.

58. Fitness Fridays!

On Friday afternoons from 2 - 3 PM, join other OLLI members for a video-led exercise routine. Sign up in advance so there is space for everyone. There may be a new fitness experience every month or participants may decide to stick with one favorite. Come out and get a move on! (No sessions June 19 and July 3)

59. Walk This Way!

Daily, Starting Monday June 1st

Set your goals. Make a commitment to a regular walking plan. Beginning June 1, register your name on the OLLI walking board then track your miles walked, minutes walked, and number of days of walking. As those numbers grow and grow you'll see other numbers begin to your weight, blood pressure, and resting heart rate. Can you walk a mile a week or more? Maybe you'll aim for a mile every day OLLI is open. Our indoor walking track is climate controlled, has no cracked sidewalks, no barking dogs, and lots of beautiful photography of our lovely island on the walls. Drop by the OLLI office for more information and to get your name posted on the walker's log.

60.American Red Cross Certified:

American Red Cross Certified Adult/Child/Infant-CPR/AED Training: OLLI Members: $25-Non-OLLI Members: $50:

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 both in the course and outside the classroom as reference tools. Combining lecture, video demonstrations and hands-on manikin 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). If you wish to add Red Cross First Aid, please specify that when you register.
Adult/Pedi CPR/AED: Tuesday, June 16, 9 AM - 1 PM, $25/OLLI members, $50 others Adult/Pedi CPR/AED: Thursday, July 9, 9 AM - 1 PM, $25/OLLI members, $50 others
Adult/Pedi CPR/AED: Monday, August 10, 9 AM - 1 PM, $25/OLLI members, $50 others
Tuition for the following fitness classes is $25 for 8 sessions on the same day each week.

61. Pilates for Strength, Stretch, and Balance

Instructor: Instructor Nancy Jacobs is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher

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. Please note: Monday sessions offer more challenge for the more experienced learner while Wednesday sessions welcome anyone from novice to more experienced. Series I: Monday, May 11 - July 13, 9 - 10 AM-more challenging. No class May 25 and June 22
Wednesday, May 13 - July 1, 10:30 - 11:30 AM-open to all, novice to experienced Check back for dates for Pilates to be held after series I ends.

62. Tai Chi for Health

Instructor: Mike Glynn

Enjoy gentle exercises for body, breath and mind. Join Grandmaster Mike Glynn as he shares over 30 years of Tai Chi experience and knowledge in a fun, self-paced class that is ideal for beginners as well as advanced students. Health and well-being are the core focus of this class. Combining movement, practical body mechanics, increased oxygen flow, better circulation and a relaxed state of mind, Tai Chi is effective in reducing/relieving stress and increasing energy, balance and vitality.

  • Monday 11 – Noon: Tai Chi for Health, May 4 – June 29, NO CLASS MAY 25
  • Monday 12:30 – 1:30 PM: Tai Chi Chuan, May 4 – June 29, NO CLASS MAY 25
  • Friday 10 – 11 AM: Tai Chi for Health, May 15 – July 10, NO CLASS JUNE 19
  • Friday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Tai Chi Chuan, May 15 – July 10, NO CLASS JUNE 19

Check back for dates for Tai Chi classes beginning in July.

63. Total Body Fitness

Instructor: Claudia Clark

This exercise program addresses specific areas of aging bodies which need active "upkeep" including stretching muscles to prevent injuries, using resistance exercises to build up bones and avoid osteoporosis. It helps prevent falls and injuries, encouraging movement to promote good circulation, proper breathing techniques, and improve balance. Arm and leg movements are used to stimulate brain activity. At whatever level of one's individual capabilities, participants experience dance, feel the music, and improve coordination sitting on or holding on to a chair or standing. Past participants have ranged in age from 55 to 90. Series I: Tuesday, 2 - 3 PM: May 5 - June 23
Thursday, 2 - 3 PM: May 14 - July 2
Series II: Check back for dates for Total Body Fitness beginning in July.

64. 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, Thursday sessions or all classes but each course requires a separate tuition fee. Each class is the same skill "level" except for chair yoga. Monday 2 - 3:15 PM: May 4 - June 29. Fifteen minute meditation time follows Monday yoga only. No class Memorial Day, May 25. Make up on Wednesday, May 27, 3:30 - 4:45 PM.
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 AM: May 5 - June 30
Wednesday CHAIR Yoga 2 - 3 PM: May 6 - July 1
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 AM: May 7 - July 2
THERE ARE NO YOGA CLASSES IN OLLI July 6, 7, 8, 9. Monday 2 - 3 PM: July 13 - August 31. Meditation time follows Monday yoga only.
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 AM: July 14 - September 1
Wednesday CHAIR Yoga 2 - 3 PM: July 15 - September 2
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 AM: July 16 - September 3

65. Water Aerobics at TideWay

Taught by various certified instructors, is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 to 8:30 AM. This session is closed and waitlisted through August. Registrations are open through December. An afternoon class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:15 PM. NEW!!! Just added! Water Aerobics-Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 - 8:15 AM. Tuition is $25 for 8 morning or afternoon water aerobics sessions in one month. If you register for morning sessions you can only attend in the mornings for which you register. If you register for the afternoon sessions you can only attend in the afternoon.


Right here at OLLI!

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. AARP Certified Instructor Mildred Smith leads this valuable course.
Friday, June 26, 10 AM - 2 PM; Wednesday, July 22, 10 AM - 2 PM
Thursday, August 20, 1 - 5 PM; Thursday, September 3, 1 - 5 PM;
Class size is limited. Only those who pre-register will be admitted.

OLLI summer seminars are held at 4700 Broadway, OLLI Suite B101.

Please note: You must pre-register at least one week in advance of a session to hold your space in any summer school seminar.

Registrations will be accepted on a irst-come/first-served basisf, so we strongly recommend that you register by phone or by email to ensure that your registration is received more quickly. We ask your cooperation in registering only for those sessions you are certain you can attend. If you find later that you are unable to attend a session for which you've pre-registered, please let us know right away so another learner can participate in your place.

To pre-register or for questions, phone (409) 763.5604 or email: Michelle Sierpina, Ph.D., Founding Director

Each participant in UTMB's lifelong learning program must become a member, a "Friend of OLLI." OLLI annual membership of $25 covers September 1 to August 31 of each year. All memberships expire on August 31 every year. If you are currently a member, you may renew membership beginning August 1 for 2015-2016, but remember, you must be a current member to register for fall classes. Already some popular courses are filled and waitlisted and more will be filling soon. Don't miss out on your favorite courses by waiting too late to join and register!

Each participant in UTMB's lifelong learning program must become a member, a "Friend of OLLI." OLLI annual membership of $25 covers September 1 to August 31 of each year. All memberships expire on August 31 every year. If you are currently a member, you may renew membership beginning August 1 for 2015-2016, but remember, you must be a current member to register for fall classes. Already some popular courses are filled and waitlisted and more will be filling soon. Don't miss out on your favorite courses by waiting too late to join and register!

YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF OLLI TO ENROLL IN COURSES. Membership is $25. Join now and your membership extends through August 31, 2015.



*Do not send cash in the mail and do not send credit card information via email.

Close to course beginning, learners receive confirmation with additional information.
Please make checks payable to UTMB with "OLLI" on the notation in the lower left corner.
OLLI at UTMB, 301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0972 (must include 0972 in zip)

For your convenience, OLLI offices are open 9 AM to 4:30 PM every weekday, except UTMB holidays and on some national holidays when the Galveston Island Community Center is closed. Offices are located and most Galveston classes meet in Suite B101, Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway. Details about meeting location for each course and other information will be mailed to those learners who enroll.

Free Fitness Sessions are open to all and do not require membership in OLLI.

OLLI at UTMB welcomes all those 55 and over to participate in Free Fitness sessions held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning from 9 to 10 AM (50 weeks a year) at 4700 Broadway, Suite B101. Sessions offer seated low impact fitness activities. All props and weights required are provided by OLLI. There is no charge and no pre-registration is required. You can drop in for a single session, attend every week, or participate occasionally at your convenience. All sessions are free!

WALK A MILE no matter what the weather-All are welcome to enjoy walking the indoor, climate-controlled walking track available at the Island Community Center. Go at your own pace for a mile or any part of a mile to stay fit and have fun.