Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses

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Welcome to OLLI @ UM.

OLLI's home on the UM campus is located in Lau Founder's Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave, Coral Gables, FL.

You can contact OLLI @ UM in person at our office, by phone at 305-284-6554, or by email at osher@miami.edu.

Online registration for Fall 2018 classes will open August 22 at 9AM. Our Fall 2018 classes begin the week of September 4, 2018. Registering yourself is the best way to secure your seat in our popular classes!

UPCOMING CLASS SESSION DATES:

FALL 1: September 4 - October 15

FALL 2: October 29 - December 14

 

Phone registration for FALL classes is available by calling OLLI at UM at 305-284-6554.

 

New to OLLI @ UM? OLLI @ UM is an association of community members aged 50 and better seeking intellectual enrichment. In addition to taking Osher courses, OLLI members are invited to a wide variety of University of Miami lectures and social events.

Teach a course!

Our instructors and class facilitators are volunteers! If you are a prospective instructor interested in teaching a course, please fill out our course proposal form and email it to osher@miami.edu. We have a 'teach a class, take a class' policy. Our OLLI volunteer instructors can register for an OLLI class tuition-free in exchange for teaching. Join us and teach your passion!

Coral Gables course listings

The course listing below includes all upcoming courses on the Coral Gables campus.

LOCATION: OLLI Coral Gables campus location: 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL  33146

Accommodations Policy for OLLI@UM

OLLI@UM provides reasonable accommodations in its programs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. To request disability accommodations, please contact the OLLI@UM office at 305-284-6554 as soon as you register and at least two weeks before classes begin. OLLI@UM has portable assistive-listening devices that enhance ability to hear the instructors using the microphone in Room 102 of Founders Hall. 

LEFT SOMETHING BEHIND?

OLLI at UM keeps a lost & found shelf in the OLLI cafe/lounge or at the OLLI reception desk. Property is held for 3 months, after which time it will be given to UM central Lost & Found at the UC or donated to charity. 

CURRENT EVENTS

Participants in this group should prepare for meetings by brushing up on current topics in the news frequently, bringing not only opinions to the table, but verified facts as well.
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TAI CHI

Tai chi is a gentle and graceful movement class designed to build better balance, coordination, and focus in older adults.
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FUN WITH YIDDISH LUNCH CLUB

Brush up on your Yiddish, and start speaking it now.
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INVESTMENTS

Are you an “expert” investor or have some experience with investing? This is your chance to discuss investment topics and opportunities with fellow OLLI members.
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ADVENTURES IN MUSICOLOGY: What's around town?

This course highlights concert performances that will be presented in Miami during the current concert season by various South Florida and other musical organizations.
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BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ACRYLIC PAINTING

Painting with acrylics can be great fun. Painting is to be enjoyed, not endured. Acrylics are easy to use mainly because they are water soluble, and are not encumbered by numerous technical rules, as are oils. Acrylics allow the artist to jump in and push the medium to its limits. Come and experience the fun, ease and lack of boundaries this medium and class offers. Click on course title for more details.
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ACRYLIC PAINTING, ADVANCED

Painting with acrylics can be great fun.
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WATERCOLOR BEGINNNING PAINTING

If you've never painted before or have been painting for less than a year, this is a great class to learn or review the foundations of watercolor.
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WATERCOLOR PAINTING - ADVANCED

This class is designed for those students who have been working with the medium for at least one year.
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Basic Computer Skills

In this course you will learn how to identify the components and how to use some of the basic programs.
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TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY: THE LIVES OF GREAT MEN

In this six-week, live costumed performance, historical lecture series, we will examine the lives of various great men in history, as portrayed by actor and historian, Robert Dawson. We will learn of their triumphs, failures, joys and disappointments, their decisions and choices (good or bad), and the events that shaped their lives. Think you know history? You ain’t seen nothing yet!
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ITALIAN ADVANCED

For Advanced Italian speakers... Come and join our innovative class that will also include cultural segments and many other surprises.
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SPANISH BASIC, PART B

¡Bienvenidos! In this beginning course you will continue learning the basic essentials to speak and write in Spanish. Greetings, basic grammar points and cultural elements will all be presented in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Come and join in on the fun-- ¡Te esperamos! Choose the section you prefer (or choose both!): TUESDAYS at 3:00 p.m. with DR. LUIS CARLOS FALLON or FRIDAYS at 1:00 p.m. with SUSAN DOW

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THE BIG BANG, BLACK HOLES, AND THE FUTURE OF THE UNIVERSE

How did we get here? Was the universe always as it appears today? What is its future? We explore these profound questions with the first scientific theory on the origin and evolution of the universe: the big bang. We will also explore black holes. Do they stop time itself? Are they wormholes to another universe?
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BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

In this class you will learn how to use basic computer programs.
Note: You should be comfortable using a computer to take this class.

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ITALIAN BASIC, PART A

Buon giorno! Basic, Part A: For NEW students who wish to learn the beautiful language of Italian and who have had little no prior lessons. Instructor: Manny Garcia-Rossi
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BEGINNING FRENCH, PART A

Have you always wanted to learn French, but never had the chance? Or, did your high school French fade from memory long ago? In either case, this is the course for you: we start with the basics and move forward comfortably. Expand your horizons, enhance your mental agility, prepare for an upcoming trip, or just have fun! Join us, and prepare to participate! Click on the course title for more details. Instructor: ALICIA MENENDEZ-KING
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ART NOUVEAU

The 19th century industrial revolution changed the view of the world. L' exposition universelle set the pace for what became known as La Belle Époque . Click on course title for more details. Instructor: DR. BATIA COHEN

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BOOK CLUB

Book Club is a member-driven discussion group facilitated by an OLLI member.
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SHAKESPEARE READING GROUP

Course is a continuation of on-going class reading the plays. We will read about three plays in twelve weeks, including watching a DVD of each play to crystallize what we have read in class, usually filmed from the Globe Theatre in London.
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Social Media: Facebook & Twitter & More

Learn how to navigate in the Social Media World: Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, and others. Click on course title for details. Instructor: JOAN NURSE
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ITALIAN INTERMEDIATE, PART A

This intermediate-level Italian class will help you sharpen your language skills with the goal of becoming a better speaker and writer.
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IPHONE BASICS

Come learn about APPLE iPhone basic usage skills.
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CHAIR YOGA

Chair Yoga is ideal for the desk-bound, for travelers, golfers, and those in rehabilitation or physically challenged.
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ITALIAN BASIC, PART B (a continuation from Part A)

Welcome to Part B! In this elementary course you will continue learning the basic essentials to speak and write in Italian.
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OPTIMIZING YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME

This course will provide participants with practical, actionable knowledge based on solid, up-to-date research in the field of retirement income planning.
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FRENCH CULTURE THROUGH FILM

In a series of three French films, this course proposes to show intercultural differences between the French and the American cultures.
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ITALIAN - INTERMEDIATE, PART B

The purpose of this interactive intermediate Italian conversation course is to begin honing your speaking skills and be able to discuss personal activities, everyday situations and be able to express your opinions – tutto in italiano!
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BEGINNING FRENCH - Part B

Beginning French B, we start from scratch, and learn to introduce ourselves and to say a little about ourselves and our surroundings. Join us, and prepare to participate! Instructor: ALICIA MENENDEZ-KING
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WRITERS' WORKSHOP

This group of OLLI writers meet weekly to explore and critique writing in a safe space as all members have valuable stories and writings to share. All writers are welcome!
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JEWELRY MAKING

In this course, you will learn many jewelry making techniques.
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VIVIENDO EL ESPANOL

¡Bienvenidos al mundo del español! This interactive grammar and conversation course will keep you on your “Spanish” toes!
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TUTTI A BORDO (ADVANCED ITALIAN CONVERSATION)

Benvenuti al mondo d'italiano! This interactive grammar and conversation course will keep you on your "Italian" toes.
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GLOBAL VIEWPOINTS

This class will cover selected international topics and events involving nations and issues in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
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CREATIVE WRITING 1

The class covers fiction and non-fiction for six one hour and 45 minute sessions.
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EXCEL BASIC TRAINING

Learn Microsoft Excel basics.
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INTERNATIONAL ACTION

"International Action" is a discussion group dealing with explaining up-to-the-minute international affairs, politics, and intrigue in the major action centers of the world, with emphasis on Europe, China, India, Russia, Japan, Latin America, and of course the smoldering Middle East.
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SPANISH, INTERMEDIATE - PART B

We will focus on grammar, vocabulary development, and speaking. Section 46 is taught by Luis Carlos Fallon and Section FR is being taught by Susan Dow.
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MORE REAL TALK WITH ARTHUR

In this group discussion class, we will discuss a variety of topics such as impatience, holding on vs. letting go, compassion, loving kindness, acceptance of self and others, and our uniqueness through interaction, music, poetry and fun activities in class.
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SHAKESPEARE PLAY READING GROUP

In this course, we will read about 2 plays per session (3 weeks each including watching a DVD of a great stage performance, if possible from the Globe Theatre in London).
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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: EXPLORE, DISCOVER AND CAPTURE

Explore South Florida's imaginative architectural and natural environments.
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YOGA FOR HEALTH

This class and its emphasis are on postural foundation and alignment of the body.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES (THE CLASSICAL AND ROMANTIC ERAS)

This course highlights the major accomplishments of humankind in the areas of art, architecture, music, dance, drama and literature and gives an understanding of some of the major philosophical themes and issues that tie these areas together within a historical, chronological framework to encourage aesthetic and intellectual appreciation.
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PREPARIAMOCI! MASTER COURSE IN ITALIAN GRAMMAR AND CONVERSATION

This course is designed for those who have already taken Advanced Italian but want to hone their grammar skills.
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THE BEST CAMERA (IPHONEOGRAPHY)

What’s the best camera? The one you have with you. And what camera do you always have with you? Your phone’s camera. If you have an iPhone 5 or later, and you would like to learn how to use it to take and edit great photos, please join me. For sure, you’ll have fun, and you’ll probably see the world in a whole new light.
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ANDROID Introduction to Smartphones

How to use the Android Phone.
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BEST TRAVEL ADVICE

Anush Dawidjan will share her travel secrets/sources on how she was able to visit so many countries on a middle class budget.
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ART MASTERS AND MASTERPIECES

Come learn about artists and their artwork in this lecture class. with art historian, consultant, and specialist.
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OLLI SUNSHINE WRITERS CLUB

Join this group of OLLI members who also are writers.
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SPANISH BOOT CAMP - BEGINNERS

Join one of our language boot camps this summer. In July, we will offer 5-day dynamic boot camps for Spanish. Beginners meet in the mornings, Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to noon. Join your OLLI friends, and immerse yourself into our Spanish language boot camps this summer! Instructor: SUSAN DOW
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SPANISH BOOT CAMP - INTERMEDIATE

Join one of our language boot camps this summer. In July, we will offer 5-day dynamic boot camps for Spanish. Already speak some Spanish? That’s great! Intermediate to advanced speakers meet in the afternoons, Mondays to Fridays from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Join your OLLI friends, and immerse yourself into our Spanish language boot camps this summer! Instructor: LUIS CARLOS FALLON
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ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS (PSE 4-15)

Learn techniques to unleash the visual potential of your digital images with Adobe Photoshop®, the most popular digital imaging software favored by amateur and professional photographers.
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IPHONE INTERMEDIATE

Continuation of the Basic Skills class but with more attention to detail and past skills.
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NUCLEAR ENERGY CLUB

Nuclear power: promise and danger to humanity.
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OLLI LIT: Works by Jeffrey Eugenides

This creative writing class is a long distance learning class using Skype. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: ERIC SELBY
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BEGINNER MAH JONGG

Taking someone who has never played before through complete understanding of the game, including strategies. Minimum 10 participants, maximum 16.
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IN THE NEWS

Join this discussion group focused on what’s ‘in the news’ each week.
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PENCIL DRAWING AND SKETCHING

Learn to draw with a direct observation with an emphasis on dry media such as pencil. The class will prepare you to create quick drawings and focus on drawing media, techniques, and subject matter.
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INTRO TO DRAWING AND SKETCHING (Pencil and Charcoal)

In this class, participants will learn to work in charcoal and learn to draw using charcoal sticks. Instructor: ANITA KLIMEK
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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA

Learn how to navigate in the Social Media World: Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, and others.
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INTERMEDIATE IPHONEOGRAPHY

You must have an iphone 5 or later and an iTunes account and password.
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SPANISH INTERMEDIATE, PART A

This class is for students who have completed Basic Spanish or who are comfortable using the present, present progressive and imperfect tenses of regular and irregular verbs.
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CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Join UM Law School professor, Harvey Sepler, Esq., for this fascinating, educational class on the U.S. constitution.
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ARABIC LISTENING AND SPEAKING

This course will introduce students to the Arabic language and culture. The emphasis will be on developing speaking and listening skills. Students will also get a good impression of the outlook and day-to-day life of the Arabic speaking world. Dr. DANIEL RIVERA
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ORGANIZING YOUR IPHONE PHOTOS AND CREATING PHOTO ALBUMS

The goal of this course is to learn what to do with the pictures we take with our iPhones, so that we can enjoy the iPhone photo experience from beginning to end, including browsing, organizing and sharing our photos. Please note class starts on 9/14
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Current Affairs of the Middle East

This lecture series focus on the history of the Arab people and on their accomplishments, successes, crisis and failures in politics, science, art, architecture, philosophy and literature throughout time. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: Dr. DANIEL RIVERA
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OLLI LIT

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS LONG DISTANCE LEARNING CLASS USING SKYPE Fall 1 Section 46: Tobias Wolff Fall 2 Section 47: Works by Jeffrey Eugenides
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DUKE ELLINGTON: LIFE & LEGACY

Duke Ellington is considered by many to be one of America's most brilliant jazz composers of the twentieth century. Ellington's classics include "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Mood Indigo," and "I Let a Song Get Out of My Heart." Ellington's legacy is that he remains one of the greatest talents in all of jazz, a remarkable feat considering the history of jazz is packed with legendary names. His influence over musicians is as important today as it was during Ellington's time. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: BRIAN MURPHY
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UNDERSTANDING & ENJOYING CUBAN MUSIC

A description of what we know today as Cuban Music.
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LANDMARK BALLETS OF THE ROMANTIC ERA

The purpose of the class will be to view contemporary reconstructions of landmark ballets, performed by major companies of today.
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WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS: THREE NOVELS

We will study three novels by William Carlos Williams, an imagist poet, and seminal literary figure during the amazing years of 1910-1960.
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ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY

In this course, we look at several of the most urgent policy questions of our time.
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THE EVOLUTION OF MODERN PIANO

In this course, we will delve into and explicate various styles of modern piano, from Ragtime/Stride through Swing, New Orleans, Blues/Boogie Woogie, Bebop and beyond to finish with Popular Pianists.
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INTRO TO CYBER SECURITY

Staying safe online is essential in today's world
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FORGOTTEN EMPIRES FOOTNOTES TO HISTORY

This course will explore some of the "forgotten" empires of Europe, how they have shaped the modern world. Fall 1, Section 46 will explore Empires of Europe. Fall 2, Section 47 will explore Asia.
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INTRO TO GOOGLE APPLICATIONS

Learn all about Google Apps.
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HIGH BAROQUE MUSIC: STRUCTURAL AND STYLISTIC PRINCIPLES

A survey of the structural and stylistic principles of favorite representative works of the High Baroque (first half of the 18th century).
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MOVIE MUSICALS THROUGH THE DECADES

The musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.
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NOVEMBER'S THORNY THIRTEEN

This course is about the constitutional amendments that will appear on everyone's November ballot.
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OPPOSING GENIUSES: LEONARDO AND MICHELANGELO

The sole name of Leonardo Da Vinci brings back the whole idea of what the Renaissance was.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-653, Section 47
Starts : 11/6/2018 Ends : 12/18/2018
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$70

THE NOT-SO-GREAT "GREAT WAR"

World War I has been described in many ways, such as "the great war," "the war to end all wars."
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CLIMATE CONVERSATION: A CLIMATE CHANGE 101 LOOK

Climate change is inherently connected to today’s headlines, beyond extreme weather events: Health, Economy, National Security, and Immigration.
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One Day Workshop The Science of Happiness

The Science of Happiness: tools for a happier life
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One Day Workshop Mindful Clutter Clearing

Mindful Clutter Clearing: find harmony & simplicity
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One Day Workshop Grief & Growth

Grief & Growth: what we learn from losses
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Osher Auditing Fee

Course OSH-1 , Section J
Starts : 1/14/2019 Ends : 5/8/2019
Meets on :
Time : 0: AM - 0: AM
$475

OLLI CUISINE

Learn Easy Gourmet Cooking classes with Chef, Giselle Fairbank
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OLLI COMMUNITY CHORUS

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HAPPY OLLIday LUNCHEON

Course OSH-5 , Section 32
Starts : 12/19/2018 Ends : 12/19/2018
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
$30

HAPPY OLLIday LUNCHEON - GUEST

Course UNA-6 , Section 32
Starts : 12/19/2018 Ends : 12/19/2018
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
$35