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Complimentary Programs offered by OLLI

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Complimentary Programs offered by OLLI

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Wed., Sept. 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3 12 – 1:15 PM

Coordinator: Sandra Hall Ray

9/11: Changes to Our Everyday Life
TUS127 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z117 – online
Wed., Sept. 15, 12 – 1:15 PM
Dr. Bob Pieroni and Ted Sexton
The catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 changed all our daily lives in more ways than we could imagine in the immediate days after. The 20th anniversary of these horrific events gives us reason to look back at that date. Members of our panel discuss many of the results of that day that continue to affect us.

High Tech and History: Preserving Tuscaloosa’s Greenwood Cemetery
TUS139 -– Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z126 – online
Wed., Sept. 22, 12 – 1:15 PM
Becky Davenport
Join us for a fascinating look at Greenwood Cemetery – one of the oldest cemeteries in Tuscaloosa. Many historically prominent people are buried at Greenwood – early Alabama politicians, war soldiers, Black entrepreneurs, and Tuscaloosa’s founders. Through an effort spearheaded by the Chief Tuskaloosa Chapter DAR and, in cooperation with the City of Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, and the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance, we particularly look at the identification and preservation of these beautiful markers which reflect the history of Tuscaloosa.

Garbage, Garbage, Everywhere
TUS141 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z127 – online
Wed., Sept. 29, 12 – 1:15 PM
Stacy Vaughn
One of the recently realized results of the year-long COVID-19 pandemic was the mind-blowing collection of garbage. Reduced city workers, more people working and learning from home, major shifts of collection from downtowns to neighborhoods, disposable PPE litter, construction and lawn maintenance debris, recycling restrictions these changes plus others have resulted in reevaluating trash!! What better person to lead us in this discussion and discovery than Stacy Vaughn who deals with it day to day in her position as City Director of Public Services! (An informative article is “Garbage Freaking Everywhere” …in the March 26, 2021 TIME edition.)

Civilized Contributions: From A Creek Indian’s Ancestor
TUS143 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z128 – online
Wed., Oct. 6, 12 – 1:15 PM
Lou Vickery
The South Alabama Tribe of Creek Indians was one of the five Native American cultures that contributed to the formation of our great state and the first to be designated as “civilized.” Our speaker is an ancestor of the Creeks and will share his vast knowledge of his family, contributions, changes, and challenges that have occurred over the tribe’s long history.

Old Soldiers Don’t Fade Away: Alabama’s Confederate Memorial Park
TUS151 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z130 – online

Wed., Oct. 13, 12 – 1:15 PM
Calvin Chappelle
“Old soldiers never die…they just fade away” is often quoted…but not at Alabama’s Confederate Memorial Park. In 1964, Confederate Memorial Park was established in Chilton County on the site of the state-run Confederate Soldiers’ Home, which operated from 1902 to 1939 as the state’s only care facility and residence for aging veterans of the Confederate Army, their wives, and widows.

Driving Adaptive Aids: Do They Work?
TUS155 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z132 – online

Wed., Oct. 20, 12 – 1:15 PM
Milton Denny
Is your car blind spot expanding? Is your seat belt too tight? Is night driving more difficult? Is your gas pedal too far away? Milton Denny has taught previous classes for OLLI advising us about car care. In this class, he describes the many accommodations that are available as we age to ensure safe and confident driving. From pedal extensions for the height-challenged to larger rear/ side mirrors for better sight to shades to improve night vision.

The New UA Tree Farm Project and Building a World Class Campus
TUS158 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z133 – online

Wed., Oct. 27, 12 – 1:15 PM
Col. Duane Lamb
Col. Duane Lamb, UA associate VP for Facilities and Grounds shares about UA’s Tree Farm Project. It began last year when the fallen seeds from grand magnolias on the Bryce campus, the President’s Mansion, and Gorgas House were collected. Lamb takes us through the process and tells us about the impact on the UA campus.


From Tee Time to the Winner’s Circle: What You Need to Know

TUS159 – Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
Z134 – online

Wed., Nov. 3, 12 – 1:15 PM
John Gray
Do you find yourself watching a televised golf tournament…with limited understanding and bewilderment? John Gray, Director of Golf at Tuscaloosa’s Ol’ Colony Golf Course, will help us with what we need to know to enjoy and understand to watch a golf tournament. John may touch on what to observe, background the cast of characters, selections and how the players got there, preparation to make those courses gorgeous for a tournament, on-site spectator protocol, and crowd control, participation of celebrities.





Coordinator:  Beth White

Thu., Sept. 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
12 – 1:15 PM
All Bonus Programs are held at the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Room in the
Professional Building 3000 Riverchase Galleria, Suite 375, Hoover.

Sept. 16 Russ Timkovich
BHM107 How to Raise a Guide Dog Puppy –
Early Stages in the Development of a Southeastern
Guide Dog
Nonprofit Southeastern Guide Dogs is one of 10
accredited schools in the U.S. training and supplying
guide dogs for the blind. This presentation focuses
on the first 14 months of a future guide: selection
and breeding of the puppies; birth and neonatal care;
early exposure to humans and socialization; early
“fun” training; the role of volunteer puppy raisers in
the first year and after K-12 training, graduation to
Guide Dog University.

Sept. 23 Kathy Boswell
BHM110 The World Games 2022 in Birmingham
The World Games is an extraordinary, international
sports event held every four years, in the year
following each Summer Olympic Games. Staged
over 11 days, The World Games represents the
pinnacle of competition for 3,600 of the world’s
best athletes in 30+ unique, multi-disciplinary sports.
The World Games generates worldwide exposure
for participating sports and provides a highly
visible stage on which athletes from more than 100
countries compete for gold. The World Games 2022
will be held in Birmingham from July 7-17, 2022,
generating an estimated economic impact of $256
million for the city.

Sept. 30 Mark Pettway, Jefferson County Sheriff
BHM111 Jobs, Not Jail program
Sheriff Mark Pettway discusses the Job Not Jail
the program which focuses on providing people in
Jefferson County the resources they need to be
successful when seeking employment. The Sheriff’s
Office uses Job Mobile, a mobile command unit
with in-person services, including resume writing,
interview skills, dress for success tips, and more.

Oct. 7 John Dersham
BHM113 “Changing Moods, Sixty Years in Black
and White”
For six decades, John Dersham’s constant
companions have been his cameras, especially the
large-format photographic equipment he has used to
take some of America’s most striking images.
“Changing Moods” collects the best of his prodigious
body of work in one volume, showcasing images
from across our country. It has been called a “master
class in technique and beauty.”

Oct. 14 Ed Mcgurk
BHM115 How a Nice Old Guy Became a Certified
Personal Trainer
Ed McGurk, Certified Personal Trainer and Strength &
Conditioning Coach, is a passionate force for helping
senior citizens reach their physical goals. There’s a
reason, aside from his impressive fitness resume, Ed
will be 81 years old this November. McGurk’s story is
a testament that it is more important for seniors to
be involved in exercise programs than at any other
age. “As we age, our metabolism slows down, bones
become more delicate, balance isn’t as accurate and
a lot of other health problems and injuries become a
part of who we are.”

Oct. 21 Lisa Hart
BHM117 Redemptive Cycles
At Redemptive Cycles, the mission is to redeem the
streets. They believe getting people on bikes makes
Birmingham a more connected, comfortable and
livable city. Bicycles are affordable transportation,
fight congestion, parking shortages and pollution
in the city center but also boosts individual health
and fitness. Through their nonprofit bike shop, they
sell new and refurbished bicycles at an affordable
price and provide professional quality repairs and
maintenance service below-market rates.

Oct. 28 Carl Doerfler
BHM119 Constitutional Law
The 14th Amendment states: “All persons born or
naturalized in the United States, and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States
and the State wherein they reside. No State shall
make or enforce any law which shall abridge the
privileges or immunities of citizens of the United
States, nor shall any State deprive any person of life,
liberty or property without due process of law, nor
deny to any person within its jurisdiction, the equal
protection of the laws.” Adopted on July 9, 1868,
as one of the Reconstruction amendments, various
interpretations have been applied in state courts.




Coordinator:  Shirley duPont

1:30 – 2:45 PM
UA Gadsden Center

GAD 111 Sept. 16
Carmine Di Biase
A New Look at Shakespeare
In this presentation, the first half will be a practical
overview of how to read Shakespeare’s verse and
how to know when and
why, in his plays, he shifts to
prose. The second half will
concentrate on one play, The
Tempest, his last play (there
was one more, Henry VIII,
but it was a collaboration).
Most scholars believe that
The Tempest is about
Shakespeare’s own retirement
from the theatre, and on one
level it. But, it is also a play about work, and, more
specifically, about carpentry.

GAD 113 Sept. 23,
Russ Timkovich
How to Raise a Guide Dog Puppy – Early Stages in
the Development of a Southeastern Guide Dog
Southeastern Guide Dogs is 1 of 10 accredited
schools in the U.S. training and supplying guide dogs
for the blind. This presentation will focus on the first
14 months of a future guide: selection and breeding
of the puppies; birth and neonatal care; early
exposure to humans and socialization; early “fun”
training; the role of volunteer puppy raisers in the
first year and after K-12 training, graduation to Guide
Dog University. A guide dog puppy-in-training is
presented, but unfortunately, cannot able to answer
questions in English.

GAD114 – Sept. 30
Tena King-Morgan – King’s Olive Oil
The tasting of olive oil and vinegar before purchase
is an old European custom that King’s Olive Oil
Company proudly brings to Historic Downtown
Gadsden, Alabama.
At King’s Olive Oil Company, we offer an interactive
and educational tasting experience unlike any other
in this area. You can treat your taste buds to an
incredible array of flavors from around the world.
King’s Olive Oil Company has the broadest selection
of the freshest and purest olive oils and vinegar in
this region. The oils range from Single Varietal Extra
Virgin Olive Oils to fused/infused flavored oils and
specialty oils. We feature Italy’s finest aged and
flavor-fused balsamic vinegar.

GAD115 – Oct. 7
Pudden McArthur – A Walk Through Time
“A Walk Through Time” is
held in October each year at
Forrest Cemetery. “Walk” is
a presentation during which
volunteers and relatives
of the deceased portray
notable Gadsden residents
who are buried inside Forrest
Cemetery. Some of Gadsden’s
most interesting citizens from
various eras of years gone by
are portrayed. Stories and
facts about the people being
portrayed have brought new information to many
of the families represented. Each story is about five
minutes, leaving time to wander throughout the
cemetery to hear the stories. “A Walk Through Time”
gives the history of Gadsden’s new life on the third
Sunday of October. No admission is charged for the
event, but donations are greatly appreciated as all
proceeds go to the preservation of the cemetery.

GAD116 – Oct. 14
Elizabeth Wheeler – Scotland
Scotland is the second-largest country in the United
Kingdom and comprises about 33% of its total land
area. It shares its southern border with England with
the remainder of Scotland being surrounded by
water including the North Sea, Irish Seas, and the
Atlantic Ocean. Explore bustling Edinburgh, look
out for the Loch Ness monster, and escape into the
Outer Hebrides. Explore the beauty of Scotland as
Elizabeth takes us on a trip without having to pack.

GAD117 – Oct. 21
Shirley du Pont – Liberty Enlightening the World
“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was
a gift of friendship from the people of France to
the United States and is recognized as a universal
symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of
Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was
designated as a National Monument in 1924. But
there is so much more to “Lady Liberty’s” story. Join
us for the “other side of the story.”

GAD118 – Oct. 28
Kim Kilgore – A Different Look at Key West
If you have an interest in the only college designed
by Frank Lloyd Wright, the largest brick masonry
structure in the Americas, homes and vacation
houses of some of the nation’s once richest, most
powerful, and celebrated men, in visiting one of
the few places alligators and crocodiles coexist,
in swimming with 800-1,200-pound “mermaids,”
snorkeling in beautiful clear waters, collecting on
the nation’s most abundant shelling beach, escaping
winter doldrums, reliving history and more, then
come see and hear what you could experience in a
December – January trip to western and southern


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