QUESTION:  A month or so ago you wrote about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute known as OLLI at CSU Channel Islands.  I would like to know if in addition to those classes there are any field trips to points of academic interest?

ANSWER:  Yes.  In addition to the many interesting classes this program makes available it also offers academic tours. local educational field trips and a book club.

These tours are by bus and usually have an instructor on board to add some information about what will be seen and to answer any questions.

These trips are open to OLLI students, however, those who are not enrolled in OLLI classes can purchase an annual membership for $25.  The membership fee covers a fiscal year that runs from September through the following August.  This membership makes the purchaser eligible to sign up for tours, receive e-mails and brochures on different activities and classes being offered.

In past years some of the locations visited included Science Museum and History Museum in Los Angeles, HIS LAI Buddhist Temple for Chinese New Year, the LA Opera, JPL, Vandenberg Air Force Base and Griffith Observatory for night time viewing.

Currently registration is in progress for a trip to Gold Stone Deep Space Center.  It is scheduled for Tuesday November 3.  The cost is $65 which includes lunch at Peggy Sue’s Diner and all tips and gratuities.

Registration for trips can be made by calling (805) 437-8583 and clearly leaving your name, phone number and number of people interested on going on the trip.  You will receive a return call confirming your reservation and where to send your check.

This sounds like a wonderful way to meet interesting people and enjoy seeing places that you never expected to see.

QUESTION:  In the past you have published the telephone number for the Eldercare Locator.  Would you please provide that information again?

ANSWER:  The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory assistance service designed to help seniors and their caregivers locate needed local support resources.  The service links the caller with the information and referral networks of state and local Area Agencies on Aging.

You can get information on how to locate a wide variety of services such as meals, home care, transportation, housing alternatives, home repair, recreation, social activities, legal assistance and other community services that will meet your needs.

The locator will be able to provide organization names and telephone numbers so you may contact them directly.

The Eldercare Locator is available Monday through Friday from 6 am to 5 pm Pacific time.  The toll free number is (800) 677-1116.

Be prepared to provide the county and city name or zip code for the senior you are assisting.  Also a brief description of the problem you are trying to resolve.

You will be speaking with a trained professional who has access to an extensive list of information and referral services.


TUESDAY – October 6 – Benefits Checkup Screening Program – learn if there is an assistance program you qualify for – individual counseling at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.  By appointment only – call 1-800-434-0222.

WEDNESDAY – October 7 – Living Memorial Visiting Nurse Association free diabetic classes – at Simi Valley Senior Center from 10:30 to noon and at Camarillo Community Center from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.  No reservations are needed.

THURSDAY – October 8 – 10:30 to noon – Seminar – “Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” – at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.  For reservations call (805) 381-2744.

SUNDAY – October 11 – 2:00 pm – History Comes Alive – “The Beatles and Me on Tour” presented by Ivor Davis.  Mr. Davis recounts rip-roaring adventures of the most legendary band at a critical moment in the history of rock ‘n’ roll – at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.     

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