QUESTION:  I am a senior with time on my hands and a thirst for learning.  I am looking for an activity where I am among others in my age group interested in learning about a variety of subjects.  Is there such a program available?

  ANSWER:  You have just described the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program known as “OLLI” that serves those who believe that “curiosity never retires.”

  In Ventura County “OLLI” is based at California State University Channel Islands.  It offers an adventure in academia to adults over 50 years of age with courses in lecture and discussion format with – no grades — no tests – no homework – for those still in love with learning.

  The fall term begins on Tuesday, September 4 and class enrollment is now in progress.

  This term classes will be offered at seven locations:  Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center in Agoura Hills, Leisure Village in Camarillo, Little House of Ojai in Ojai, Rocky and Lon Morton Boys & Girls Club in Newbury Park, Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, Ventura Adult & Continuing Education (VACE) in Ventura and at CSU Channel Islands – Broom Library in Camarillo.

  Class subjects are varied and include something for everyone’s interest.  The subjects range from music, to history, to science, to the arts and more.  Two classes that peeked my interest are “More Than Words – Demystifying Styles of Communication Across Cultures” and “Close to Home – World Issues Facing Ventura County.”

  For more information or to obtain a current catalog call (805) 437-2748 or Google “OLLICI.”



  SUNDAY – August 19 – 3:00 to 4:30 pm – History Comes Alive – Gene Perret will present his stories of working with Phyllis Diller and Bob Hope and his travels around the world with Bob Hope – at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.  Tickets are $5.00 at Goebel’s front desk.

  TUESDAY – August 21 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm – Seminar –“Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” – at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Avenue, Moorpark.  Reservations can be made at (805) 517-6261.

  TUESDAY – August 21 – 10:00 am to noon – Presentation – “Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers” – at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley.  Elder Law Attorney Craig Ploss will explain why legal planning is especially vital for a person diagnosed with dementia.  Reservations are required and can be made at (805) 583-6363.

  WEDNESDAY – August 22 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm – Diabetes Class – by Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association – at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.  No reservations needed – just drop in.

  THURSDAY – August 28 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm – Presentation – “Programs and Resources for Veterans” – at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley.  Ventura County Veterans Services Officer Mike McManas will provide information on various Veteran benefits – find out what you might be eligible for.  For reservations call (805) 583-6363.

  WEDNESDAY – August 29 – 11:45 am – August Birthdays Lunch – at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Avenue in Moorpark.  Pamela Vincent will perform Motown Classics for lunch attendees.  Lunch reservations required – call (805) 517-6261 – Lunch is $3.00 for those 60 plus and $6.50 all others.


  Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns.  The advocates are located at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 or call (805) 495-6250 or e-mail (please include your telephone number.)  You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.


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