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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers an impressive selection of educational and social opportunities for adults age 50 and older. With a purpose to promote lifelong learning and continued intellectual and personal growth for retirement-age individuals, OLLI has become the place for fun, interactive learning in a safe and encouraging environment.

Curriculum draws from the interests, talents, and experiences of older adult learners. Academic courses are college level (without the homework, term papers, and tests), and cover everything from personal computers to fitness for life and visual arts. Social activities include various gatherings for dinner, laughter, and entertainment.

Our Courses and Events

Art & Music
A Picture Worth A Thousand Words
Animation Appreciation
Beginning Watercolor
Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing
Classic Film Noir
Classic Screwball Comedy
Drawing a Portrait
Drawing FUNdamentals
Exploring Opera in the 20th Century
Fearless Rendering in Pen and Ink
Instant Piano
Jewelry Making – More Techniques
Oil Painting – Beginning
Opera Appreciation
Painted Vacations in Watercolor
Painting Abstractly
Painting From Your Photographs
Pencil, Pen & Ink Drawing – Beginning
Pencil, Pen and Ink – Intermediate
Piano By Ear
Sketching Your World
Sketching Your World- Intermediate
The Artist’s Way
The Films of Meryl Streep
The Zentangle Method
Watercolor From the Masters
Watercolor with Pen & Ink
Western American Art History 101

Events
Hearing Screening – Friday, September 22, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
OLLI Sampler – Every Monday in October, Oktoberfest Fall Social included
OLLI Fall Social – Oktoberfest – Monday, October 30, 2017
Wine Appreciation – Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Donuts and Notes – OLLI Free Holiday Open House – Friday, December 1, 2017
Senior Adult Literacy Program – Call Pat Walker at 470-578-3508 for information.

Finance
“Death and Taxes”
Do I Need an Estate Plan?
Estate Planning for 2nd Marriages
Retirement and Social Security
Retirement Income Planning
Selling on the Internet

Health & Fitness
Gentle Yoga
Hearing Screening
Pilates Basics
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors I
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors II
The Labyrinth – A Walking Meditation

History
“The Gray Ghost: Colonel John S. Mosby”
A History of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
All Politics Is Indeed Local…How to use your Leverage
Behind the News: A Weekly Examination of a Current Event
Buried Gold, Lost Mines, Sunken Treasure
Civil War in Georgia (offered at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville)
From the Distaff Side: The Wives and Mothers of our Presidents since 1789
Game Changers II
Grant & Sherman: “Together in Victory”
How Minor Wars Influenced the History of the World
Industrial Revolution
Introduction to Wine – A Journey
Reflections on Elections
Spanish Wines
Spirits of The Great American West
The Age of Clipper Ships
The Guerrilla War in Georgia
Why Is Life the Way it is?
Wine Appreciation

Languages
Blogging 101
Introduction to French I
Learn Short Fiction From A Pro?
Spanish is Fun! Part I
Spanish is Fun! Part II
Spanish is Fun! Part III
Spanish Is Fun! Part IV
Travel Literature

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Spanish is Fun! Part I
Spanish is Fun! Part II
Spanish is Fun! Part III
Spanish Is Fun! Part IV

Leisure
Advanced Beginner Knitting
Astronomy – What’s Out There?
Basics of eBay Selling
Beginning Knitting
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part I
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part II – Play of the Hand
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part III- Defense
Bridge in the 21st Century-Part V- Intermediate Play and Bidding
Creative Writing
Digital Photography – Introduction
Getting Started in Genealogy
Jewelry Making – Techniques for Beginners
Mah Jongg
Memoir Writing
Publish Your Own Book
River Cruising for Beginners
The Math Behind the Games

Technology
Easy Steps to Safeguard Your Computer
Get to Know and Love Your iPad
Get to Know and Love Your iPhone
Internet and Email Savvy
Introduction to PCs
Let s Begin With Computers!
Microsoft Word
Social Media for Seasoned Adults
Windows 10

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Introduction to PCs
Internet and Email Savvy
Windows 10
Microsoft Word
Easy Steps to Safeguard Your Computer

OLLI Club Room Membership

You can make new friends and enjoy scheduled activities in the OLLI Club Room. Sit and chat awhile, check out a book, surf the Internet, or join a card or other table game…it’s all available in the Club Room, a special members’ only area of the KSU Center. To schedule a tour or for more information, please contact Pat Walker at 470-578-3508. We look forward to showing you around. Membership privileges include free coffee, free Internet-connected computer usage, 10% off any OLLI class (except when noted otherwise), regularly-scheduled Bridge games and Bridge Marathons, and OLLI Library access.

Please call our Registration office at 470-578-6765 to register and join the fun.

OLLI Catalog/Newsletter January – March 2018

OLLI Catalog/Newsletter October – December 2017

Al & Chet Scholarship Application

On Our Blog
OLLI Instructor, Students Explore Art in Tuscany
OLLI Art Students Visit Tuscany
Kathy Rennell Forbes, award-winning OLLI instructor and professional artist, educates others around Georgia and the globe about art. In 2017, she was the Invited Master Artist at the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational. She has also... read more ❯

OLLI Sampler
OLLI Sampler
The yearly OLLI Sampler hopes to encourage students to try new courses and gives an opportunity to experience an overview of what OLLI has to offer. This year’s class ranges from Gerald Flinchum’s course on... read more ❯

Connecting with Single Seniors
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