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The following online weekly bonus programs are free and open to the public.  In order to receive your link to participate,  Registration is Required.  If you have questions, please call the OLLI Office, (205) 348-6482.




Bonus Programs are presentations on various topics of interest to our members. We make these presentations available to the public to share what OLLI and lifelong learning is all about. OLLI members and their friends need to register to receive the online class link. Try OLLI online through the Bonus Programs.

Open to the community. Registration is required.

Wednesday Bonus Programs

Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3, 10

12:00-1:15 p.m.


Z145       Jan. 20 – Kathleen Cramer; The Rest of the Story – Greeks at UA

The Greek organizations at The University of Alabama certainly add social opportunities to students, but they provide so much more to the UA campus and the local community and citizens. Join us for “The Rest of the Story” to learn about the Greeks’ scholarship, fellowship and charity on campus and in the greater Tuscaloosa community.

Z146       Jan. 27 – Jaclyn Foster; Back to School – Social & Physical Sciences 2021

Clay relief maps, spinning globes, sky maps – memories of physical science in the last century – are so different today. Join Jaclyn Foster, middle school science teacher at Tuscaloosa Academy, as she brings you into her classroom! Experience visits from real scientists, hands-on astronaut experience and robot construction. You will enjoy learning like a 2021 student, yearning to learn about earth’s million years history and unchartered planets.

Z147       Feb. 3 – Nick Foster; How about a Cuppa?

To Churchill as Germany invades, when DCI Barnaby interrogates a suspect or Gordon Ramsay critiques a new chef – “Can I get you a cuppa?” Why is tea such a staple in all manners of English life? As a transplanted Brit, Nick is going to tell us about this relationship, the daily and special rituals of having a cup, and, maybe, why we should add it to our routines. We may even learn how to hold our little finger while drinking!

Z148       Feb. 10 – Jordan Plaster; Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa and Honor Flight

For the past 10 years, The Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa has offered local U.S. veterans an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and the monuments honoring them. Jordan will describe how it began, how the trip has changed, share responses from participants and tell us where he hopes it goes from here.

Z149       Feb. 17 – Sandy Wolfe; Why Public Art?

Public art contributes enormous value to the cultural vitality of a community. It can represent a community’s identity, it fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and it enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors. It provides an intersection among past, present and future, between disciplines and between ideas. Join us for an overview of the Tuscaloosa public art growth. We will discuss the process of selecting locations and the creation of public art and take a virtual tour of the artwork throughout Tuscaloosa.

Z150       Feb. 24 – Sharron Rudowski; CSI Tuscaloosa – Forensic Art

Real-life art is actually used to catch criminals. Sharron, a retired police officer and a talented artist, will describe how her talents as an artist contributed to the job. We will learn how an artist takes oral descriptions from a witness to turn it into a visual that can then be used for apprehension. What skills and talents are required, what questions are asked and what happens afterward – all these questions will be answered in this class!

Z151       Mar. 3 – Easty Lambert-Brown; I Want To Publish My Story

If you say to yourself, “I’ve got something to say,” our speaker can advise you how to do this. As an independent bookseller, Easty has helped many authors bring their inspiration into actuality. Well-versed in the process and the pitfalls, join her in learning about getting your words or art out into the world.

Z152       Mar. 10 – Ken Gaddy; From the Quad to Bryant-Denny Stadium:  The History of the Crimson Tide’s Home Field

The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide has played home games on several campuses and in many cities since its first team in 1892. We will trace the timeline of these changes as locations and capacity evolved through the years. We will examine the major renovations, including the changes affecting this season.


Thursday Bonus Programs

Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11

12:00-1:15 p.m.


Z170       Jan. 21 – Robert Kane; The Wright Brothers Civilian Flight School, Feb.-May 1910

In February 1910, Wilbur Wright arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, looking for a suitable location for a civilian flight school to teach men how to fly their airplanes. A local businessman convinced Wilbur to select a nearby abandoned cotton plantation. Wilbur accepted the offer, and the Wright Brothers established the first civilian flight school in the United States near Montgomery. The school lasted only ten weeks, but in April 1918, the War Department selected the same location for an aircraft and engine depot. That installation has since grown into Maxwell Air Force Base.

Z171       Jan. 28 – Paul Dean; What’s Happening to Our Forest:  The History, Science and Future of Forestry in America, as Told by a Semi-Retired Forester

Paul Dean will provide a colorful timeline of the impacts of European settlement upon our North American forest. He will explain how this once pristine continent of native old growth fell victim to the invasion of settlers with their axes, livestock and diseases, as they moved westward, exploiting forests until they were almost gone. A gruff outdoorsman president instituted the beginning of forestry in America. Paul will give you a unique perspective of forestry in America.

Z172       Feb. 4 – Robert Kane; The Air Service in Alabama during the Great War

Some Alabamians are familiar with the participation of three Alabama National Guard regiments in the Great War, but most are not familiar with the recently established Air Service in Alabama. In 1917, the Air Service established a flight training school at an airfield located southeast of Montgomery near present-day Pike Road. A year later, they added an aircraft and engine repair depot on the former site of the Wright Brothers civilian flight school. While the training field closed after the war and reopened during World War II, it is virtually gone, covered by private housing. However, the depot not only stayed open, it continued to expand to become Maxwell Air Force Base.