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OLLI Class Schedule: Spring Session 2014

April 14 - June 9



Monday Classes

Copy Cat Art: A Form of Pre-Art
Like to draw pictures? Like to impress or share your expertise?
In this class we will learn how to draw pictures of people, animals, and other objects in a step-by-step fun and easy way. Paper, crayons, and ink pens are provided. Arrive, relax, and enjoy drawing.
Class Leader: Patricia Woods, State Golden Bell Award for Perf. Arts; assisted by Ian Woods
Dates: Mondays, April 14 - June 9
Time: 8:15 - 9:45 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Feel Great Again... Understand and Maximize Your Brain Biochemistry
Solid research has confi rmed that what you eat controls the way you feel. We will journey through the brain to uncover the relationship between foods, moods and illnesses. It has been proven that each person has a dominant brain bio-chemical neurotransmitter. We will explore four brain types including the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with each one of them. Discover your dominant neurotransmitter. Learn to support your unique brain type with natural supplementation and the right foods to promote
Class Leader: Holly Weber, RN, LCSW, Psychoanalyst
Dates: Mondays, April 14 - May 19 (6 weeks)
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Naturopathic Medicine:
Natural & Alternative Approaches to Health Concerns

Do you want to make serious changes in your health? Dr. Barbara Rush
is an Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Doctor (ND). She will be sharing the philosophy of NDs, their approaches to commonly experienced
health concerns, and the other options people have in dealing with chronic health concerns. Topics will include aspects of osteoporosis, cardiovascular health, acid vs. alkaline diets, and more. Some classes will be hands on.
Dr. Barbara Rush, Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Acupuncturist
Dates: Mondays, April 14 - June 9
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Location: Pine Ave., room 202

How to Talk So People Can Listen
Sometimes, we have diffi culty solving conflicts with people in our lives.
This four-session course will offer you ways to think about diff erences
you have with other people, and skills for dealing with diffi cult situations
more eff ectively. We will look at specific communication tools, ways to develop greater compassion and empathy towards others, and new ways of thinking about issues related to power and authority. Join
us for a highly interactive discussion group that will give you increased
comfort and competence in handling difficult situations!
Class Leader: Susan Rice, DSW, LCSW, Professor Emerita CSULB
School of Social Work
Dates: Mondays, April 14 – May 5 (4 weeks)
Time: 12:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Pine Ave.

Living With Integrity
This course will cover some real world, perennial, ethical questions humans must face in their everyday lives. Sources will include wisdom
and learning from traditional and modern Jewish scholars, as well as from contemporary academic philosophy and law. Some of the perplexing moral problems to be examined are dealing with parents, truth-telling, confidentiality and privacy, professional and business obligations, and forgiveness. Participants should come away with insights about how to handle perplexing moral problems and also how to think critically about other problems that inevitably will emerge.
Class Leader: Rabbi Abba Perlmuter, ordained Rabbi 1979, postgraduate studies in Brooklyn, NY
Dates: Mondays, April 28 - June 9 (6 weeks - note later start date)
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Current Events – With a Twist
This class will present current social and economic issues that affect us, especially as seniors, but with a twist. It will be team taught with different formal presentations of themes and perspectives on each topic, followed by class discussion. We will focus on four to six most pressing issues affecting us, from both a national and international viewpoint. Selected films will be used to illustrate current issues and the conditions
that affect these events.
Class Leaders: Dennis Youkstetter, Ph.D. & Naida Tushnet, Ph.D.
Dates: Mondays, April 14 - June 9
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Discover the Exerciser Within
Whether you like to exercise or not, come and explore what being an exerciser means. Discover how exercise can benefit an individual physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. Examine the definition of exercise and how much one actually needs to move to glean the
benefits of regular physical activity. Purchase the book, The Intrinsic Exerciser, by Jay Kimiecik, ISBN number: 9780618124909, and read to page 41 prior to the first class session. Class reflects concepts in this book and our discussions will focus around the readings.
Class Leaders: Ayla Donlin, M.S. Director LFC & Heather Mazzei,
Prog. Coord.

Dates: Mondays, April 14 - May 9 (4 weeks)
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Location: CSULB, LifeFit Center in KIN Building

Bicycle Safety: Beginning & Advanced
Don Moore will guide a beginning class through the rules and regulations of bicycle safety. The class will follow all safe practices in maintaining a safe experience for one’s bike. The fi rst fi ve weeks will
be a beginner class. During the last three weeks students will move to an advanced workshop with instructor Chris Quint. The course will end with a two-day bicycle road trip (to be decided).
Class Leaders: Chris Quint, Master Trainer/League of American
Bicyclists & Don Moore, Certified bicycle instructor

Dates: Mondays, April 14 - June 9
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 PM

Location: Pine Ave., Theater

Chinese Art History Survey
This class will use lecture and a PowerPoint presentations to survey the
Chinese civilization from 2000 B.C. to 2012 A.D. Students will learn
about the ancient and modern governments, religions, philosophies,
economics, and science of China so they will better understand the art
and culture of China. In addition, students will learn about the major Chinese Dynasties and a sampling of painting, ceramics, sculpture,
crafts, and architecture from each dynasty. This will help students
understand the impact these have on us today. Class limit: 30
Class Leader: Richard Harsh, B.A. Fine Arts, M.A. Education
Dates: Mondays, April 14 - June 9
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Location: LW, Clubhouse 3, room 4

Play the Recorder
Learn to play the recorder and discover the pleasures of creating music. The recorder is an early instrument popular during Medieval and Renaissance times and is currently gaining new popularity. This class is open to those who know nothing of the recorder and to those who know a little. Please bring your own recorder. Recorders are available for those without one.
Class Leader: Muriel Pendleton
Dates: Mondays, April 14 - June 9
Time: 3:15 – 4:45 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

See Special Event page for FREE classes.

Tuesday Classes

Longevity Stick
The purpose of Longevity Stick is to prevent disease, protect your health, and increase concentration. The objectives include developing better balance, increasing physical strength by stretching the muscles and tendons, and supplying a greater amount of oxygen to the body through deep breathing. Bring a one-inch dowel, one to two inches longer than your height, with rubber (not plastic) end caps. Athletic shoes are recommended,as is loose, layered clothing.
Class Leader: Shona Howe
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: LifeFit Center, KIN 107

Literary Potpourri XXIV - The Mind under Construction
“It’s not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
- Albert Einstein
Great thinkers ask big, tough questions like “Why are some people
smarter than others?” “What shapes the human intellect?” Explore the
mindscapes of Rousseau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, W.E.B. Dubois, Isaac B. Singer, Joyce Carol Oates, and Lin Yutang. Feed your intellect with challenging reading, interactive discussion, literary/historical context, documentaries and films, guest presenters, and more. Reading and discussion materials provided.
Class Leader: Judy Mednick, MA Eng
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Rail Getaways
Explore hidden So. California by rail: tour LA’s Union Station, Old Town Pasadena, Calif. Science Center in Exposition Park, or even take a train up the coast to red-roofed Santa Barbara. In 8 weeks you’ll learn the ins and outs of our Metro Rail system, our regional commuter rail Metrolink and the many fascinating trips available on Amtrak. Every 2 weeks, on Saturday, the instructor will lead optional excursions on Amtrak to Santa Barbara, on Metrolink to San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside, and on
Metro Rail to destinations in LA to be chosen by the class. We will consider an overnight train option to Mary Colter’s gem of a Harvey House—La Posada—in Winslow, AZ. Learn the fascinating history of the settlement of the West by the Harvey Girls/Santa Fe railroaders.
Class Leader: Carl Schiermeyer
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Location: Pine Ave., Park Pacific Tower (7th and Pacific)

Cultural and Historic Heritage of Chinese Civilization
This course will cover aspects of China’s historical, philosophical, linguistic, literary, and artistic traditions. For people who follow the changing scenes of world aff airs, this course might help broaden the understanding of the underlying cause and eff ect of the sociopolitical development of an old civilization. The knowledge will help explain the behavior patterns of the Chinese people. Eight topics will be included and each will deal with one distinct cultural character. The focus will be on how a cultural tradition was shaped. Class lectures will be accompanied by slides and discussions.
Class Leader: Teresa Sun, B.A. Chinese literature - Taiwan Normal
University, M.A. Ed. UCLA, Ph.D. Ed. Seton Hall University

Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

OLLI Players
“Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” Join our merry band of performers! We are going to put on an afternoon of short plays, maybe some improvisation, and a song or two for the public to enjoy. Develop or tune up your theatrical talents with a friendly group that is having a ball. No experience necessary - just a desire to be creative and keep your imagination tuned up! Performance date TBA at term end.
Class Leader: Nancy Hathcock
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Location: Pine Ave., Suite 202

Travel Without Luggage
Travel the world from the comfort and convenience of the OLLI classroom without fear of losing your passport. Each week we will travel to another part of the world using a fully narrated film based on 30 years of wandering the world. Watch juvenile, mountain back gorillas, illustrating the definition of insanity, by repeating the same behavior over and over expecting a different outcome, as a giant silver back keeps vigil over his troop deep in the jungle of Uganda. See the Great Wildebeest migration between Tanzania and Kenya from a hot air balloon and by
land rover. Travel through Croatia and the Illyrian provinces. Learn where you can dine on the world’s best oysters in Dubrovnik and see an underground tunnel that saved the people of Sarajevo during the siege of that city by Serbs. Track tiger in the early morning hours on the back of an elephant and see this majestic animal ranging freely in India’s national parks. Gaze in awe at the world’s most beautiful monument
to love, The Taj Mahal. These are only a few of the destinations to be visited during this wide-ranging armchair travel program. Other destinations will include Mongolia, Madagascar, Panama, Cuba and South Georgia Islands where thousands of King Penguins line the beaches.
Class Leader: Jackie Baird-Bunker, local film maker
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Making Sense of Investing CANCELLED
This class will cover the foundations of investing including: lessons on fixed income investments, mutual funds, asset allocation, asset management, long term care insurance, and retirement plans. In addition, we will discuss how to evaluate bonds and how to read stock tables, along with tips in selection of a professional fi nancial advisor and what to expect when working with one. Each class will include time for answering your specific investment questions.
Class Leader: Seve Ann Gilpin, Financial Advisor
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Location: Pine Ave., Suite 202

A History of Early Television... And the Shows that Started It
While viewing historical television shows, students will learn about
the history of TV and how it was developed in the early years. In addition,
a variety of “newer” shows from the 60s and 70s, most of them comedy and variety shows, will be viewed. Students will be encouraged to participate in discussions and to suggest shows they would like to view. Class limit: 30
Class Leader: Barry Buckheim
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM

Location: Leisure World, Clubhouse 3, room 3

Conversational French
When you studied French in high school or college, you learned to memorize vocabulary, translate texts, and conjugate verbs. In this class you will practice what you have learned and increase your skills in understanding what you hear, see, and need to say in everyday life. In addition, you will learn more about French culture and practical techniques for enjoying life in the French - speaking world. Recommended preparation--previous study of French in high school or college and some proficiency in speaking and understanding French.
Class Leader: Malcolm Green, MA
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3

Time: 3:15 – 4:45 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 10

Introduction to the World of Shamans
Come and learn what our ancestors knew. In this experiential class the
students will learn how to journey into non-ordinary reality. They will
experience a shamanic journey and learn how our ancestors accessed
knowledge about the world around them. Shamans journey to receive
information, inspiration, healing, and knowledge. This course will introduce the students to spirit helpers and other worlds. Students who
previously have taken this class may repeat it—something for everyone!
Class Leader: Mushroom Montoya, graduate of Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – June 3

Time: 3:15 – 4:45 PM
Location: LifeFitCenter, KIN 107

Chinese Calligraphy
This Chinese calligraphy class will introduce students to papers,
brushes, ink, and techniques for traditional writing of ornamental or artful Chinese characters. As with Western typefaces and calligraphy,
Chinese calligraphy can be of many styles and for many purposes. Rather than using a pen, however, Chinese calligraphy uses pointed brushes and requires an understanding of techniques and rules that form the basis for laying down the “bones” or “muscles” of each stroke, making up each character with control balance with the expression of each calligrapher’s spirit or aesthetic. These classes will focus primarily on control of the brush, ink, and paper so that each student will gain a sense of how formal traditional characters are executed. As students gain strength in formal characters, we may begin to explore more expressive forms of calligraphy. But no promises as to the latter. Each student’s $10 materials fee will go to a brush, a stick of traditional ink, an ink stone, paper, and a pad.
Class Leader: Henry J. Josefsberg, Esq.
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15 – May 20 (6 weeks)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: Pine Ave., suite 202


Wednesday Classes

Hispanic Cinema CANCELLED
In an effort to compare perspectives of Art, Film and Existentialism and their inextricable relationship, we will look at themes dealing with spiritual isolation and alienation. In the Hispanic art world we will examine Mexican artists who belong to the contemporary movement called “La Nueva Presencia” (The New Presence) They emulate the styles of Rembrandt, Velasquez and Caravaggio but focus on a broad human condition based on “an apocalyptic postwar awareness of the Holocaust, the atomic bomb and Hiroshima.” We will view Luis Bunuel’s treatment of the docudrama as he uses real “forgotten” children on the streets of Mexico (Los Olvidados), or when he presents Jesus Christ’s story of alienation on earth (El Nazarin). We will view at least one movie that treats the world of people living under a brutal dictatorship and compare it to the decadent misfi ts of Mexican artist Jose Cuevas. Finally, and without divulging the entire line up of movies, we will enter the world of surrealism as we experience the musings of artist Salvador Dali and director Bunuel (Un Cien Andalou) followed by Bunuel’s satirical depiction of the decadent rich in the film “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.” In short, we guarantee a modicum of levity and laughter combined with some serious themes and discussions.
Class Leader: Harold Cannon, Ph.D. Spanish
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 - June 4

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 AM
Location: Pine Ave., suite 202

Taking Better Photos
This class will focus primarily on composition, the philosophies of master photographers, and getting the best from your camera. Some sessions will be devoted to shooting pictures. You need not have a film or digital camera. If you do, be sure to bring it and your camera instruction manual to the first class.
Class Leader: Terry Fiskin
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 - June 4
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

National and International Current Events and Issues
Students will participate in a friendly discussion of current events and
issues in national and internationa news. They will be encouraged to be informed, make comments, express opinions, and periodically disagree with each other while remaining courteous.
Class Leader: Gary Colboth, M.P.A., J.D., Prof. Emeritus
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 - June 4

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Politics and Government in America
The goal of this class is to make students more informed and active citizens by exploring the American system of government and politics. We will discuss theories of how our political system is supposed to work and compare them to how it actually works in practice. Students will learn what values influence our political beliefs and where power resides in the American political system. This class will provide a broad overview of the formal institutions of American government including: the Constitution, Congress, the Presidency, and the Courts. It also will consider the influence of elections, the media, and social movements on political outcomes.
Class Leader: James Espinosa, M.A. Arts, Political Science
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 – June 4
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Scrapbooking Without Fear
Don’t feel guilty about the thousands of photos in boxes or on your computer. Scrapbooking all of them would take forever. But if you do nothing, eventually your family will toss those pictures, because they won’t know why certain photos are meaningful. Instead, in one
8-week session, you can prepare an album containing 100-200 photos, with stories and embellishments added. Using a special style of album and a different approach to scrapping, you will complete an album and be able to share it at the next family gathering. Pick a single subject like “Our Trip to Hawaii” or “My Grandchildren” for which you have or can print out 80 to 200 4”x6” (or smaller) prints. Contact the instructor at with any questions. Enroll early so the instructor can order albums for the class. A $15 materials fee will be collected at the fi rst meeting. Bring some pictures, scissors, and a paper trimmer to the first class.
Class Leader: Lisa Peskay Malmsten
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 – June 4
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

Short Stories about Aging and Other Life Phases
In our class, we’ll read and discuss work by noted authors, such as Alice
Munro, John Updike, Doris Lessing, and William Trevor. In addition, we will explore writers from other cultures, such as Haruki Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri and Aravind Adiga. The stories will highlight aspects of life’s rich variety of experiences from passion and love to wisdom and loss. Class Limit: 15
Class Leader: Mona Panitz
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 – June 4
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Location: Pine Ave., suite 20

History of Communications
From the dawn of civilization, we have needed to communicate. Communicating across distances became difficult, thus requiring inventions. This course describes the eff orts to communicate beginning with drums and smoke signals, to radio, telegraph, and telephone, and onto coaxial cable, fiber optics, satellites and television. It covers frequencies and bandwidths, the evolution of digital communications and how it led to the Internet we use today. The theory of signals and bandwidths is explained. Transmission media like coaxial cable, fiber optics and satellites are covered along with the future of telecommunications.
Class Leader: Len Jacobson
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 – June 4
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Ukulele 101 & 102
Beginner Class: Learn 10 songs in 10 minutes! No prior musical training necessary. This is a hands-on class and you will be amazed by what you learn. Bring your uke and plan to have fun!
Beyond Beginner: Learn new strumming techniques. Learn to recognize
chord patterns. Learn simple chord melodies and tips and tricks to
enhance your playing skills.
Class Leader: Arthur Hopkins
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 – June 4
Time: 3:15 – 4:15 PM Beginner Class
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM Beyond Beginner
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Music Appreciation
Listening to classical music is a real pleasure, and can be made even more so if you learn how to listen and what to listen for! In this class, we will look at the history of western art music through a series of eight topics, focusing on listening and covering social relevance, eras, composers, texture, and form.
Class Leader: Patricia Dobiesz
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 – June 4
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: Pine Ave., suite 202

Short Stories
Our journey into some of the greatshort works of fiction and non-fiction
will begin with a famous essay written by George Orwell when he
was employed as a police officer in Burma (now called Myanmar.) From
there, we will discuss stories written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Henry James, Thomas Mann, and Alice Munro (recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature) from a psychological viewpoint. The selected stories will emphasize how the main characters deal with transitional events in their
lives. Copies of stories will be available to class participants at the beginning of each class.
($20.00 OLLI membership required of people NEW to OLLI plus class tuition of $10.00)
Class Leader: Dr. Bernard Natelson
Dates: Wednesdays, April 16 – May 14 (5 weeks)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Alpert JCC, room 27


Thursday Classes

Spanish for Beginners
Learn to communicate at a basic level and to understand and use everyday expressions. By the end of this eight-week session you will be able to speak Spanish to describe your background, environment and
immediate needs! Class limit: 25
Class Leader: Judith Porto Gonzalez
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 8:15 – 9:45 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

Longevity Stick
The purpose of Longevity Stick is to prevent disease, protect your health, and increase concentration. The objectives include developing better balance and increasing physical strength by stretching the muscles and tendons. Bring a one-inch dowel - one to two inches longer than your height - with rubber (not plastic) end caps. Tennis or athletic shoes are recommended, as is loose and layered clothing.
Priority is given to Leisure World Residents
Class Leader: Lynn Marsh, M.A.
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Location: LW, Clubhouse 6, room C

A Novel Approach to Memoir Writing
Write a living legacy for your family and generations to come. Tell where you came from, who you are, your dreams and feelings, and the depths of your soul. Beginning writers will be introduced to writing techniques of using dialogue, dialect, and syntax and how to write from the heart. Learn from exposure to your classmates’ writings and from critiques of your own submissions.
Class Leaders: Florence Dodge & Josephine Fitzpatrick
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Spanish for Travelers
Do you enjoy traveling to Spanish speaking countries? Imagine how
great it would be to be able to communicate with natives on your next
trip. In this course you will learn useful words and expressions. Also, we will visit some of these countries “virtually” to discover their beauty through their more important touristic spots. Come and get ready for your summer travels! Class limit: 25
Class Leader: Judith Porto Gonzalez
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

Special Seminar in Shakespeare: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
For the first time Michelle Roberge (“Fear Not, I Teach Shakespeare”)
and Patrick McDonough (Greek & Roman Theatre, American Realism,
Napoleon) will team up to examine Shakespeare within his own milieu.
Contemporary dramatists of the Tutor-Stuart period, like Marlowe, Jonson, and Webster will also be featured. We will pay special attention to the whole competitive theatre scene in which Shakespeare made his living. The theatres, the acting companies, and the growth of theatre technology are all very prominent in this brief era of dazzling accomplishments.
Class Leaders: Michele Roberge M.A., Exec. Director of Carpenter
Performing Arts Center & Patrick McDonough, Ph.D., Prof. Emeritus
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 10:15 – 11:45 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Beginning Art Class
Come have some fun! In this class we will experiment with colored pens, colored pencils, crayons, paper, acrylic paint, and all sorts of things, to see what we can create. No artistic talent or experience required. Students will have fun exploring and learning about diff erent art media, and what each will do. A list of needed materials will be distributed at the first class meeting. See you there!
Class Leader:  Kristi Eaglehorse, BA fine arts; AA design & illustration; computer graphics & design
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time:  11:30 – 1:00 PM
Location: Pine Ave., Suite 202

L.A. Opera Series
April 17 - “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor is a darkly romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness. Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.
May 15 - “Thais”
The most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs holds an entire city in
her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. Filled with intoxicating melodies and exotic colors, Jules Massenet’s Thaïs seduces both eyes and ears with a glittering treasure trove of pleasures.
June 5 - “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Clinging desperately to a masquerade of Southern grace, Blanche DuBois moves into her sister’s cramped apartment, creating all the wrong kinds of sparks with her crude brother-in-law. When dark truths about Blanche’s past begin to emerge, her world comes apart at the seams in a spiral of violence and madness. A faithful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, André Previn’s powerful opera evokes
a highly charged New Orleans setting.
Presented By: L.A. Opera Community Educators
Dates: Thursdays, April 17, May 15, June 5 (3 weeks)

Time:  12:30 – 1:45 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Tai Chi Chih
Tai Chi Chih is an American version of a Chinese system for maintaining health and balance. There are 19 movements and one pose in this discipline. Students can be taught this simple program regardless of physical capability. Class limit: 30
Class Leader: Al Talberg
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Location: LifeFit Center, KIN 107

Financial Rules of the Road
The Road to Financial Independence begins with a few simple rules. Why are some people more successful investors than others? Are they luckier? Probably not. Do they know a secret? Defi nitely not - because there are no real secrets to investing. But there are rules you can follow to work toward your goals. The course will cover: the most common
investing mistakes and how to avoid them, inviting strategies to help you reach your long-term goals, and the 10 rules every investor should know. Noproducts or services are sold, endorsed, or marketed in any way.
Class Leader: Steve Masoner, Investment Counselor
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

Hollywood’s Pioneer Directors: How They Created the Movies
The famous directors of Hollywood’s early days are the directors who made Hollywood great. We will discuss directors such as D.W. Griffi th, Cecil B. De Mille, Henry King, James Cruze, Raoul Walsh and others. We’ll view their greatest, most infl uential silent movies and delve into the history of where the movies were made, how the directors got started, background info on the stars, etc. Join us and become involved in a very interesting epoch in Hollywood history!
Class Leader: Jeff Hathcock
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5

Time: 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Location: Pine Ave.,suite 202

Folk Guitar
Dust off your guitar! Learn or brush up on the essentials of playing the
folk guitar. Bring any acoustic guitar (non-electronic) and start accompanying yourself and others. Learn how to tune your instrument and how to play chords, strums, and picks for folk and pop music. You’ll be making music in no time!
Class Leader: Michael Meckna, Ph.D. Music History
Dates: Thursdays, April 17 – June 5
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Financing for the Future - CANCELLED

Catch the Spirit of Music
Do you like to lift your voice? Do you like to sing in the shower?
Do you like to feel good? If so, “catch the spirit” and join the OLLI Vocal Ensemble. We'd love to have you. There may be a $5.00 fee for music.
Class Leader: Fran Harding, Retired Music Teacher
Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 23 – Mar. 13
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Do you like outdoor sports? Try your skill at shooting arrows at targets.
Learn a skill and keep healthy too! (Contact the OLLI office for details)
Class Leader: Mel Leach, Prof. Emeritus CSULB
Dates: Thursdays, March 6 – May 1 ( Note dates!)
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: CSULB Archery Fieldhouse

Learn to Bowl and keep healthy too! (Contact the OLLI Office for details)
Class Leader: Mel Leach, Prof. Emeritus CSULB
Dates: Thursdays, March 6 – May 1 (Note dates!)
Time: 1:00 – 2:50 PM

Location: CSULB, Student Union Lanes


Friday Classes

Senior Yoga, Qigong, and Tai Chi
Everything you always wanted to learn about yoga, but were afraid to try! Come prepared to participate in a relaxing, fun way to stay young in body, mind and spirit. All levels welcome, with or without a mat. Objectives: create ease in seniors who want to learn and participate in yoga; teach basic yoga skills and philosophy; help seniors learn how to breath and exercise their way to improved or stabilized mobility and health.
Class Leader: David Hennage
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 8:15 – 9:30 AM
Location: LifeFit Center, KIN 107

Beginning Bridge
This class is for players who have had absolutely no background with this fascinating game. We will start with "Whist" and go on, one step at a time, so that each lesson will be with fun and laughter as well as instruction.
Class Leader: Inge Johnson, Retired Teacher
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

Drawing Workshop
This class is for beginners and intermediates who are intent on improving their drawing skills. The class will develop visual and perceptual skills that will help students interpret a variety of subject matter. Materials list and class outline will be available at the first meeting. Bring a #2 pencil and paper or sketchbook.
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 105

Watercolor Workshop
This class is for beginners and intermediates Basic watercolor techniques and color theory will be stressed. If you have supplies, bring them to the first meeting. Teachers are being organized for this class.
Class Leader: TBD
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 105

Arts Workshop-Advanced
Intended for students who have experience in painting. This workshop gives you an opportunity to improve your watercolor painting focusing on fundamental elements such as colors, value patterns, perspectives, composition. All the students contribute to the class by sharing experience, exchanging ideas, feedback and critiquing each other’s
work. Bring your own materials and reference photos, paint your favorite
subjects, and explore your imagination and creativity.
Class Leader: TBD and members of the class
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 105

Eastern Practices for Healthy Living
Come explore ancient Eastern wellness techniques that promote relaxation, healing for the body, and peace for the mind. Topics covered will include various forms of meditation, wellness through movement forms such as Tao Yin and T’ai Chi, sound healing, and laughter as medicine. The classes will combine lectures, demonstrations, and active student participation in the practice of tools that tap into the body’s natural wellspring of relaxation, harmony and vibrant health.
Class Leader: AnnMarie Lovdahl,certified Qigong and Seijaku instructor.
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Are you known for your theatrical fl are? Do friends accuse you of pulling their leg or leaving them in stitches? Well, you need to be in our class. Improvisation, acting, character analysis, live script reading, putting on a show and applause. Performance date TBD.
Class Leader: Nancy Hathcock, B.A., M.A. Theater Arts, VP of The
Theatre Guild and Southeast Civic Light Opera.

Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Location: Leisure World, Clubhouse 3, room 3

Life and Times of Ancient India
In this class we will study the culture, civilization, religion, and philosophy
of India from its pre-history (Dravidian and Indus Valley Civilization) through the times of the Aryan Invasions during the Second Millennium B.C.E. to the Vedic, Heroic, and Epic Eras of the fi rst Millennia. Learn the impact of the Persians, the Greeks, and the other Asiatic invasions prior to the coming of the Arabs and Mongols upon Indian life.
Class Leader: Mark Barnett, D.D., Ms.D.
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 10:15 – 11:45 AM

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Intermediate Bridge
If you have some bridge experience, this class is for you. We will review all of the basics and gradually learn some refinements to improve your skill in playing. This class is designed for pleasure, not competition.
Class Leader: Inge Johnson
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 10:15 – 11:45 AM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

Nordic Noir
This class will examine the phenomenon of “ Nordic Noir” through discussion and the showing of fi lms from the Scandinavian region. We will discuss this genre in novels, radio plays, television, and cinema. In addition, we will see a minimum of seven fi lms, all subtitled that are my choices to illustrate noir themes. Movies will include the complete “Millennium Trilogy” featuring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. WARNING--These movies are quite graphic and not for the faint of heart. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Class Leader: Michael Gavin
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Advanced Bridge
For players who know the basics and want to learn more. Learn a variety of conventions so that you can play successfully at duplicate or join strangers for bridge parties.
Class Leader: Inge Johnson, Retired Teacher
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119

Long Term Care - FREE !!!
Janet Morris, Family Caregiver Attorney, from Bet Tzedek Legal Services will discuss the importance of making plans for future care - wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance directives. Part II will cover home care, day care, assisted living, nursing home and hospice care and paying for the care.
Dates: Thursdays, May 8 & May 22
Time: 12:15 - 2:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Stroke Prevention - FREE !!!
How to prevent a stroke and how to identify the warning signs. Visual
aids and discussion are included in this presentation from local professionals in the field.
Class Leader: Vanessa Daniels
Dates: Thursday, May 29
Time: 12:15 - 2:00 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

“Ireland, As I’ve Seen it”
Silante (Irish for ‘health’, a common Irish greeting and toast). Failte (Welcome) to a study of Irish history and culture. I will present a personal rendition of Irish history from tribal pre-history to current, modern Ireland. This study will include elements of archeology, poetry, literature, history, politics, and later theater, music and fi lm. Voicing his experience of the Irish, Sigmund Freud said, “This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.” I must admit that I’m drawn to some of the baser elements of Irish culture: the pub, the limerick, the twist of a phrase, a joke that leaves you ‘gob smacked,’ or the slow settling of a foamy head on a pint of Guinness that allows the hesitation of thirst in deference to conversation. Come ready for an open and lively discussion. Of Ireland, Chesterton said, “From the great Gales of Ireland are the men that God made mad, for all their wars are merry and all their songs are sad.” Class limit: 30
Class leader: Ladd Terry, M.F.A., Ph.D., Irish Studies from U of Ireland/
Galway, tour guide Ireland /England (Study Abroad, LBCC and OCC)

Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Location: LW, Clubhouse 3, room 3

Conversational Spanish
This class, taught entirely in Spanish, will focus on spoken language used in everyday conversation, as well as on the culture and traditions of various Spanish-speaking countries. Class content will cover Spanish grammar; however, emphasis will be placed on oral communication. The goal is to help students acquire more fluency. Basic knowledge of Spanish strongly suggested.
Class Leader: Lilia Vergara de Owens, M.A.
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 3:15 – 4:45 PM

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

Get Organized A-Z
Less clutter, more storage-sound like a dream? It can be your reality. Learning the ABCs of managing your clutter results in a peaceful life.
A: Act - If you want it, act on it now.
B: Break It Down – A project is easier to do if you break it down into manageable parts.
C: Containerize - Store belongings in see-through, plastic containers.
Class Leader: Sharon Farley
Dates: Fridays, April 18 - June 6
Time: 3:15 – 4:45 PM

Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 119



OLLI CSULB Classroom 101

OLLI Pine Avenue - Downtown Classroom

Downtown classroom










Terry Fiskin leads the Taking Better Photos class


Muriel Pendleton and Recorder class for Wellness Week


Wes Peck and the Mac / PC Computer Lab.