OLLI Complimentary Programs

Open to the public

The spring term includes a variety of one-time lectures (Bonus Programs) that are free and open to OLLI members, guests, and the public.

Registration is not required for in-person Bonus Programs at any of the locations. .

Registration is required (no cost) to access the Bonus Programs virtually through Zoom.

Register Online or call Registration Services (205) 348-3000 to enroll

For questions or more information call the OLLI Office at 205-348-6482


 

TUSCALOOSA 

In-Person Tuscaloosa Complimentary Programs are held at the Bryant Conference Center,

Address: 240 Paul W Bryant Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Parking at the University of Alabama, Capstone Parking Deck

TUS171 Mini-Medical School  

A great way to share OLLI with a friend!
Tuesdays, Jan.17, 24, 31; Feb.7, 14, 21, 28; March 7
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center
Coordinator: Leslie Zganjar and Dr.Ray Brignac

UA’s College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center host a lecture series to explore medicine and health trends.Faculty physicians and other allied health professionals will present lectures incorporating science, research, and clinical applications relevant to the OLLI audience.Ample time for questions will be allowed.Presenters and topics will include:

Jan.17, Dr. Ravi Majeti– Endocrinology and Peripheral Neuropathy

Jan.24, Dr. Pamela Payne Foster– Sexual Health in Older Adults

Jan.31, Dr. Richard Friend– Capstone Hospitalist Group

Feb.7, Dr. Tom Weida– Infectious Diseases Update

Feb.14, Suzanne Henson, RD, LD– Cooking for One

Feb.21, Dr. Jane Weida– Shingles

Feb.28, Dr. Russ Guin– Knee and Hip Replacement

March 7, Dr. John Higginbotham – “All of Us Research”


TUS 172 – TUS 179 Tuscaloosa Complimentary Bonus Programs – In-Person
These programs do have an online option – see ONLINE Option below

A Great Way to Share OLLI with a Friend
Jan.18, 25; Feb.1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Bryant Conference Center
Coordinator: Sandra Hall Ray

TUS 172 / OL 172 How to Meet in the Middle!
Jan.18
Dr.Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith

Have you wondered how two opposing sides ever arrive at an agreement? Our speaker’s job is to work to achieve this.She is a mediator – and brings people to compromise and agree, especially in domestic issues.Curtner-Smith will discuss the “what”, “when” and “how” mediation can be used in family issues like divorce and parental custody.

TUS 173 / OL 173 Revival of Historic Small Town Greensboro, AL
Jan.25
Ian Crawford

If you take a drive south on U.S.69 through the Hillcrest area and Moundville in Hale County, you come to the small town of Greensboro (population just under 3,000).As with many small towns in Alabama and America, its heyday was in the past as a cotton producing area.Dotted with historic homes in varying degrees of maintenance, it wasn’t a place to attract new residents or keep the young.Ian Crawford and his friends are making great strides in reversing this path.Taking a beautiful “grande dame” home and working with his hands along with his love and patience, he is doing his part to bring Greensboro back.

TUS 174 / OL 174 Spring into Gardening
Feb.1
Pam Sloan

It’s time to start planning our gardens for spring! Houseplants, terrariums, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, ferns, roses, food crops or containers gardening… all start with great soil! Pam Sloan, a master gardener, will share timely information for spring gardening answering questions on ground preparation, plant selection, scheduling planting, and maintenance.She will also share registration information about the Alabama Master Gardening State Conference at Bryant Conference Center on April 3-5.(TUS 153 Continued)

TUS 175 / OL 175 LEFT RIGHT OR CENTER – Media Bias and Manipulation
Feb.8
Scarlett Gaddy

Most of us are inundated with media – social, political and religious.We hear the words “bot,” “clickbait,” “fake news,” “gaslighting”! Is your head spinning yet?!? Well, Scarlett Gaddy is going to help us stop the spin – or at least some of it.Through her knowledge, we will learn how to better decide what is real; whether news is leaning right, left or center; and how to receive the information we want and eliminate what we don’t.

TUS 176 / OL 176 Setting the Framework for Tuscaloosa’s Future
Feb.15
Ashley Crites

Cities must have destinations and road maps just as the travelling individual does.Ashley Crites and her colleagues at the City of Tuscaloosa have been involved in a multi-year process to develop a plan for our city to take us into the next decade and beyond.Join Ashley as she describes the process and timelines that have led to the near completions and implementations of the plans for decades to come.

TUS 177 / OL 177 How to be One in a Million
Feb.22
Ronny Johnston

“Now taking the field is The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band”.Tide fans hear this and start to loudly cheer with pride and anticipation at their appearance.Game appearances, concerts, community events – they are part of our culture at UA and in Tuscaloosa.Our speaker is a former member and president of the Friends of the Million Dollar Band (MDB), Ronny Johnston, who will tell us how he became “one in a million.” We will learn about MDB history, its evolution, physical and education commitments, and the fun of being a member of the MDB.

TUS 178/ OL 178 White House – Protection for The Public
March 1
Stewart McLaurin

The White House is easily recognized as a symbol of America, most often visible at holidays and official events.But a rare glimpse into the interiors only occurred when Jacqueline Kennedy was First Lady and gave us regular citizens a tour.From her desire came the White House Historical Association, founded to collect, and exhibit the best of American history and culture.The head of this special organization is one of our own, Stewart McLaurin, who will join us to talk about the association, Christmas ornaments, presidential portraits, and podcasts, among other projects they oversee.

TUS 179 / OL 179 The Tuscaloosa History in Photos
March 8
Jonathan Gately

Did you know that there is a way for citizens to save and share historic photos of our area?! The Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum is just such a place.First neighborhoods, trolley tracks, building that are no longer here, original Bama Theatre – all of these are photos you can find on the TAVM.

This project is affiliated with the Tuscaloosa Public Library.Find out about this collection and how to access and contribute to it.


ONLINE

A Great Way to Share OLLI with a Friend
Jan.18, 25; Feb.1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Bryant Conference Center
Coordinator: Sandra Hall Ray

OL 172 How to Meet in the Middle!
Jan.18
Dr.Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith

Have you wondered how two opposing sides ever arrive at an agreement? Our speaker’s job is to work to achieve this.She is a mediator – and brings people to compromise and agree, especially in domestic issues.Curtner-Smith will discuss the “what”, “when” and “how” mediation can be used in family issues like divorce and parental custody.

OL 173 Revival of Historic Small Town Greensboro, AL
Jan.25
Ian Crawford

If you take a drive south on U.S.69 through the Hillcrest area and Moundville in Hale County, you come to the small town of Greensboro (population just under 3,000).As with many small towns in Alabama and America, its heyday was in the past as a cotton producing area.Dotted with historic homes in varying degrees of maintenance, it wasn’t a place to attract new residents or keep the young.Ian Crawford and his friends are making great strides in reversing this path.Taking a beautiful “grande dame” home and working with his hands along with his love and patience, he is doing his part to bring Greensboro back.

OL 174 Spring into Gardening
Feb.1
Pam Sloan

It’s time to start planning our gardens for spring! Houseplants, terrariums, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, ferns, roses, food crops or containers gardening… all start with great soil! Pam Sloan, a master gardener, will share timely information for spring gardening answering questions on ground preparation, plant selection, scheduling planting, and maintenance.She will also share registration information about the Alabama Master Gardening State Conference at Bryant Conference Center on April 3-5.(TUS 153 Continued)

OL 175 LEFT RIGHT OR CENTER – Media Bias and Manipulation
Feb.8
Scarlett Gaddy

Most of us are inundated with media – social, political and religious.We hear the words “bot,” “clickbait,” “fake news,” “gaslighting”! Is your head spinning yet?!? Well, Scarlett Gaddy is going to help us stop the spin – or at least some of it.Through her knowledge, we will learn how to better decide what is real; whether news is leaning right, left or center; and how to receive the information we want and eliminate what we don’t.

OL 176 Setting the Framework for Tuscaloosa’s Future
Feb.15
Ashley Crites

Cities must have destinations and road maps just as the travelling individual does.Ashley Crites and her colleagues at the City of Tuscaloosa have been involved in a multi-year process to develop a plan for our city to take us into the next decade and beyond.Join Ashley as she describes the process and timelines that have led to the near completions and implementations of the plans for decades to come.

OL 177 How to be One in a Million
Feb.22
Ronny Johnston

“Now taking the field is The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band”.Tide fans hear this and start to loudly cheer with pride and anticipation at their appearance.Game appearances, concerts, community events – they are part of our culture at UA and in Tuscaloosa.Our speaker is a former member and president of the Friends of the Million Dollar Band (MDB), Ronny Johnston, who will tell us how he became “one in a million.” We will learn about MDB history, its evolution, physical and education commitments, and the fun of being a member of the MDB.

OL 178 White House – Protection for The Public
March 1
Stewart McLaurin

The White House is easily recognized as a symbol of America, most often visible at holidays and official events.But a rare glimpse into the interiors only occurred when Jacqueline Kennedy was First Lady and gave us regular citizens a tour.From her desire came the White House Historical Association, founded to collect, and exhibit the best of American history and culture.The head of this special organization is one of our own, Stewart McLaurin, who will join us to talk about the association, Christmas ornaments, presidential portraits, and podcasts, among other projects they oversee.

OL 179 The Tuscaloosa History in Photos
March 8
Jonathan Gately

Did you know that there is a way for citizens to save and share historic photos of our area?! The Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum is just such a place.First neighborhoods, trolley tracks, building that are no longer here, original Bama Theatre – all of these are photos you can find on the TAVM.

This project is affiliated with the Tuscaloosa Public Library.Find out about this collection and how to access and contribute to it.


GADSDEN 

Complimentary Bonus Programs

Open to the Public – A Great Way to Share OLLI at UA with a Friend!

Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

UA Gadsden Center

GAD 121 Andersonville Military Prison
Jan. 19
Dr. Norman Dasinger, Sr.

Andersonville was a military prison in Georgia during the Civil War. This course will discuss the wretched conditions of the camp, the trial of Captain Henry Wirz and how the national cemetery came to be. Thanks to the help of former prisoner Dorence Atwater, graves of the dead were identified and marked, transforming the place into Andersonville National Cemetery. Due to meticulous notes kept by Atwater and the Confederate’s records confiscated at the war’s end, only 460 of the Andersonville graves had to be marked “unknown U.S. soldier.”

GAD 122 Music of the Mines
Jan. 26
Tyler Malugani

Tyler will present how industry impacted different genres of music in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

GAD 123 Personal Safety for the Advanced Empty Nester
Feb. 2
Capt. Paul Cody

Join us for the latest information on protecting yourself, your property and your loved ones. Capt. Cody will address the safety issues that are pertinent to current times. As more adults spend their later years alone, awareness of everyday hazards becomes increasingly essential. Learn how to be aware and perhaps prevent yourself from becoming a victim. (GAD 123 Continued)

GAD 124 The Mitford Sisters
Feb. 9
Linda York

The Mitford family is an aristocratic English family. The sisters gained widespread attention for their stylish and controversial lives as young people and their public political divisions between communism and fascism. Join us for the exciting story of these scandalous sisters.

GAD 125 Michigan: Mackinac Tulips and Mushroom Houses
Feb. 16
Sheila Mountain

In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Because of its historical significance, the entire island is listed as a National Landmark. Michigan is also home to a tulip festival that rivals the tulips of Holland, and then there are the mushroom houses. Join us for an armchair trip to see these sites.

GAD 126 Fun with Language
Feb. 23
Stan Moss

Language… how important is it in communication? Is it all about grammar? Does our language clearly describe our intent and entertain our listeners? Or can language just be fun? Those wacky expressions, where did they come from? Who made up that word/phrase? Language, and the use of words, can indeed be fun and entertaining. Join us for a different look at the way we communicate.


 

GREATER BIRMINGHAM

Complimentary Bonus Programs Open to the Public – A Great Way to Share OLLI at UA with a Friend!

Tuesday – Homewood Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood
Wednesday – Vest Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills

BHM 121 The Life of a Civil War Soldier
Tuesday, Jan. 17
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Homewood Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood
Buddy Moon, Civil War Reenactor

Soldiers’ everyday life and combat experiences during the American Civil War were almost identical. Regardless of a soldier’s side, he shared a typical lifestyle with the men he fought against. Using items from the period, reproduction equipment, and photos, attendees will gain insight into America’s great conflict and the men who fought in it.

BHM 122 No Arms, No Legs, No Problem
Wednesday, Jan. 18
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills
Bob Lujano, Information Specialist for NCHPAD at Lakeshore Foundation

On January 7, 1979, Bob Lujano contracted a rare form of meningitis, and all four limbs had to be amputated. From that day on, Lujano’s goal became to live a life of independence like everyone else. Bob tells his story of how being excluded led to discovering the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle for all people, especially persons with disabilities.

BHM 123 Manitou Cave of Alabama: A Living Natural Museum and a Walk Through Time
Wednesday, Feb. 15
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills

Manitou Cave is a 320-million-year-old Alabama treasure with a long and varied geological, biological, archaeological, cultural and historical significance. The cave was an underground ceremonial location for the Cherokee in the early 1800s before their forced removal on the Trail of Tears, a salt peter mine during the 1860s, one of the first tourist attractions in Alabama in the 1880s, a Cold War fall-out shelter and more. After interstate I-59 opened, travelers bypassed Fort Payne, where the cave is located, and Manitou Cave tourism declined. Manitou Cave closed in 1979 and remained abandoned for the next forty years. In 2016, Manitou Cave of Alabama, a not-for-profit organization was formed and has restored and revitalized the vandalized cave, the overgrown property and the derelict historic midcentury modern visitor center. The cave received international recognition because of recent research and discoveries, and in 2021, MCAL was designated as a certified NPS Trail of Tears National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. More of the discoveries and history of this unique Alabama treasure.

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