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Weekly Bonus Programs – Open to the Public – Greater Birmingham, Gadsden, Tuscaloosa
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COMPLIMENTARY BONUS PROGRAMMING – Open to the Public – The perfect way to share OLLI with a friend.
Tues., Jan. 18; Wed., Jan. 19; Thu., Jan. 20; Mon., Jan. 24; Wed., Feb. 16
See location for each.

BHM115 Insight Into the World of Espionage
Jan 19 1-2:30 p.m.
John Davis, U.S. Army (retired) Counterintelligence Officer
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest

Incorporating commentary from his two books,  “Rainy Street Stories: Reflections on Secret Wars, Terrorism and Espionage and “Around the Corner,” John Davis presents us with a unique and detailed journey into all aspects of this shadowy world. Hear how he became involved in it, actual cases of espionage with their significance to our national security, and the ethical and moral issues that surface. Lastly, and on a personal note, Davis will share how living in a secret world affected his family. This in-depth course will bring many questions to mind, so purchasing the books will be helpful and greatly enhance the Q&A time with John Davis.

BHM119 “Changing Moods, 60 Years in Black and White”
Feb. 16  2:30-3:30 p.m.
John Dersham, author and photographer

Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
For six decades, John Dersham’s constant companions have been his cameras, especially the large-format photographic equipment he uses to take some of America’s most striking images. “Changing Moods” a “master class in technique and beauty” collects the best of his prodigious body of work in one volume, showcasing images from across our country.


Large Auditorium, Homewood Public Library. Bring your own lunch, which may be eaten while watching the movie (lunch will not be provided). A discussion of the movie will follow the viewing.

BHM116 “A Place in the Sun” (1951)
Jan 18  12-2 p.m.

George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) is a poor, young man determined to win a place in society and the heart of a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Shelley Winters plays a factory girl whose dark secret threatens Eastman’s professional and romantic prospects.

BHM117 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)
Jan. 20  12-2 p.m.

Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a deliciously eccentric NYC playgirl, is determined to marry a millionaire. Her next-door neighbor, Paul (George Peppard), is a writer who is “sponsored” by a wealthy Ms. Failenson (Patricia Neal). Will their pasts get in the way of true romance?

BHM118 “The Way We Were” (1973)
Jan. 24  12-2 p.m.

The story of Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand)  and Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford). Their differences are immense. She, a stridently vocal Marxist Jew with strong antiwar opinions and he, a carefree White Anglo-Saxon Protestant with no particular political bent. The attraction between the two results in love and marriage, but can love and physical attractiveness overcome such basic societal differences?



COMPLIMENTARY BONUS PROGRAMMING – Open to the Public  – The perfect way to share OLLI with a friend. 
Thursday, January 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10 
1:30 –2:45 p.m. 
UA Gadsden Center, 121 First St N, Gadsden, AL  

GAD115 Iceland 
January 20 
Presenter: Elizabeth Wheeler
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate.  World War II brought prosperity, and Iceland became one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world. Join us for a tour of this fascinating country, one that is now a popular vacation site.

GAD116 Ghosts in Etowah County  
January 27 
Presenter: Billy Jenkins 
Join us as Billy Jenkins takes us on a chilling journey through Gadsden, Attalla and the rest of Etowah County as he recounts the haunted history of the region. This class will guide you through the ghostly activity in Etowah County. Crestwood Cemetery, Hinds Road, the Coosa River Sea Serpent, Dwight’s Mill Village all have been subjects of hauntings. Come here these and other stories.

GAD117 History of Maxwell Air Force Base  
February 3 
Presenter: Robert Kane 
Maxwell Air Force Base turned 100 on April 4, 2018. The air service on April 4, 1918 established Aircraft and Engine Depot #3 at the same location as the Wright Brothers’ civilian flight school, the first in the United States, eight years before.  Over its 100 years, Maxwell has grown from 202 acres to over 4,000 acres of land and from several hundred military and civilian personnel to over 5,000.  It began as depot maintenance for Air Service aircraft, transformed into a major flight-training base in World War II, and into a vast array of Air Force education and training programs after the war ended.

GAD118 The New Riddle of the Sphinx  
February 10 
Presenter: Catherine Hawkins  
Ten miles southwest of Cairo, the Sphinx rests in front of the pyramids at the edge of the Giza plateau. No monument on earth is more recognizable —or more puzzling. There are no records as to when it was built, or why, or whose face is on it. Now, new theories have appeared about the age of the Sphinx. Egyptologists have long argued the monument was created soon after the first Giza pyramid, but geologists have found evidence that suggests it is many years older. How convincing is this new evidence? Come and decide for yourself.

GAD119 Bees, Bees, and More Bees  
February 17 
Presenter(s): David and Lynn Kelton
David began beekeeping in 1963 with a hive he found in the woods.  Ray Martin, who became David’s mentor, taught him how to start his first hives and how to manage bees.  Soon, David was teaching the Beekeeping Merit Badge program for the Boy Scouts.  David and Lynn now have over 200 hives on Lookout Mountain.  They will explain the importance of bees to pollination and sustainable food sources.  You will be able to purchase some of their luscious honey after class.  Join us for this interesting and informative class.

GAD120 Liver-Eating Jeremiah Johnson: The Man and the Myth  
February 24 
Presenter: Richard Rhone 
It is often difficult to separate legend from reality, and that is certainly true today as we look at one of the most infamous and most enigmatic characters that existed in the American Wild West.  If not for a movie, most of us would be ignorant of him, even though in the 19th century his fame was of epic proportions.  Today, we are not sure of much of his life, but two things we know for absolute fact: his name was not Jeremiah Johnson and he certainly did not look like Robert Redford.  Let’s try to separate the facts from the fiction.

GAD121 Home Security/Burglary
March 3 
Presenter: Captain Jay Freemen  
Learn the ins and outs of making your home safer. Home invasions are not only costly but “scary” as well. Captain Freeman will teach us things to do to feel better protected against loss of property and possible personal injury. What can we do to feel safe? Join us for information that will help you handle unexpected situations.



Complimentary Bonus Programming -– Open to the Public -The perfect way to share OLLI with a friend either in-person or online
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9 
12-1:15 p.m. (online and in-person)
Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa 

Jan. 19
TUS200 (In-person) Taking the Mystery Out of Watching NCAA Gymnastics
Z200 (Online) Taking the Mystery Out of Watching NCAA Gymnastics
Don’t you love watching the spectacle of a gymnastics meet? The smiling young athletes, the twisting in air, the high vaults! Well, now we are going to understand it, too! Judy Dobransky, mother of UA’s award-winning team coach and a national gymnastics competition judge, will explain the rules and particulars of collegiate competition, how points are scored, the four disciplines, and more. No experience is necessary and questions are welcome.

Jan. 26
TUS201 (In-person) Winsborough Hall and Vivian Malone Jones
Z201 (Online) Winsborough Hall and Vivian Malone Jones
Winsborough Hall, located on the Stillman College campus, is currently a project for the National Trust of Historic Preservation. Hear Stillman President, Dr. Cynthia Warrick, discuss its wonderful history and significance that even touches The University of Alabama’s first African American graduate, Vivian Malone Jones. From that moment, Stillman and UA established a relationship that has endured and expanded.

Feb. 2
TUSS202 (In-person) Tuscaloosa National Airport
Z202 (Online) Tuscaloosa National Airport
Learn about one of our city’s best-kept secrets, the Tuscaloosa National Airport (TCL). An important community resource, the Tuscaloosa National Airport supports both economic development and quality of life in our city. Hear airport manager, Jeff Powell, and chairman of the TCL Advisory Committee, David Pass, share information about the airport, its history and importance and their exciting plans for the future. They will also discuss the case for commercial air service in Tuscaloosa and the community effort to recruit such service.

Feb. 9
TUS203 (In-person) Where Did That Wall Come From?
Z203 (Online) Where Did That Wall Come From?
Do you find yourself turning corners too quickly, weaving when you walk, getting dizzy when you reach down? Do you think that’s normal? Maybe not. Hear Dustin Clary from FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers explain how such reactions may be improved. Working with a local ENT group, Dustin and his associates work with clients (especially seniors) to improve their quality of life through balance strengthening.

Feb. 16
TUS204 (In-person) Alabama History in Bronze Relief 
Z204 (Online) Alabama History in Bronze Relief 
On your next trip to Montgomery, visit the Alabama Capitol Building grounds. Check out the displays created to commemorate Alabama’s 200th anniversary of statehood. Professional sculptor and UA professor, Craig Wedderspoon and his team, put their skill and passion into Alabama’s Bicentennial Park depicting Alabama’s history. Craig will describe the long, involved process from conception to actuality, about the many involved and the obstacles and celebrations along the way.  As a professional sculptor and UA professor, he will, additionally, share his art and his civic involvement in our public art.

Feb. 23
TUS205 (In-person) From Photos and Stories to “Love and Cheese Toast”
Z205 (Online) From Photos and Stories to “Love and Cheese Toast”
Join in a detailed discussion with playwright Cooper Shattuck on the creation of his play, “Love and Cheese Toast.” The play first appeared as a 10-minute play before expanding and becoming a finalist and award-winner in the 2021 American Associations of Community Theatres’ AACTFEST annual competition and most recently was produced and presented by Theatre Tuscaloosa.

March 2
TUS206 (In-person) Really Small Towns Alabama – Why We Need Them 
Z206 (Online) Really Small Towns Alabama – Why We Need Them 
What is a town versus a city? It’s more than just the number of residents in a community. Newly elected Brookwood Mayor, Joe Barger, will tell us about how Brookwood went from a group of neighbors to an incorporated town to its present organization. We will hear about recruiting businesses such as the new Jack’s, relocating schools and roadways, providing a water system, developing the parks for youth and more. You will find many differences, but, also, similarities between small-town Brookwood and its neighboring cities.

March 9
TUS207 (In-person) A Lifetime of Memories – Johnny Bench and the Reds
Z207 (Online) A Lifetime of Memories – Johnny Bench and the Reds
Some of us collect Indian Head Nickels, marbles or dolls. But few have a famous museum interested in their collection or even meet a celebrity as a result. Bill Petty’s parents spent decades following the Cincinnati Reds, a major league baseball team, and collecting Red’s memorabilia. Hear Bill recall years of his parents’ memories as fans of the Cincinnati, Ohio, team, the path to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and getting to meet Johnny Bench. Enjoy some of the history of baseball’s first professional franchise and its home, the Great American Ball Park.  All of this, just in time for baseball season. Bill’s presentation may just make you a Red’s fan!


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