QUESTION: A friend has been attending “OLLI” classes at CAL STATE Channel Islands and said I might be interested in the next session. Have you received information on the upcoming session?
ANSWER: Yes – the fall session information has arrived and I have the following information.
The program you are asking about is the Ventura County OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, better known as “OLLI”. The program is based at California State University Channel Islands. It is offered to adults 50 and over with courses in lecture and discussion format with – no grades – no tests – no homework.
This semester classes will be offered at seven locations including a new location in Thousand Oaks.
Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center located at 29900 Ladyface Court in Agoura Hills will offer two classes on Mondays – History & Development of Rock and Roll and Music to Your Ears: American Musical Film.
Leisure Village Recreation Center at 200 Leisure Village Drive in Camarillo will offer two classes on Tuesdays – Great Movie Musicals and Return with us, now, to those thrilling days of Radio.
Little House in Ojai at 111 W. Santa Ana Street in Ojai will have one class on Fridays – Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Play and Dunnett’s King Hereafter.
Thousand Oaks has a new location—the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) located in the Oaks Mall. There will be four classes offered on Mondays they will be The Women Who Made the Movies and Johnny Cash: An American Legend and on Tuesdays – Buddhism in America and Current Issues in Constitutional Law.
Studio Channel Islands at 2222 E. Ventura Boulevard in Camarillo will offer Chicana/o Latino Pop Culture and The World of Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime on Thursdays.
Ventura Adult & Continuing Education (VACE) at 5200 Valentine Road in Ventura will host a class on Mondays – The Most Notorious Murder Case of the 20th Century and on Fridays – Current Issues, Foreign and Domestic.
Last but not least Cal State Channel Islands at the Broome Library will offer 15 classes throughout the week.
On Monday choices include – National Hazards: What You Need to Know, Drama in Music: the Old and the New and Our Amazing Smartphone Displays and More.
Tuesdays will include – Hard Times: The Great Depression and WWII, Exploring American Popular Music and What Should I Eat?
Wednesday choices include – More Issues of Importance to Ventura and Conquests and Colonists: California’s Transformation.
Thursday classes include – The American Village: Race, Class, Gender and Politics and America’s First Ladies.
Friday brings – A Nation Divided: the American Civil War, Lights Camera Action – Legal Thrillers in Hollywood and In the Garden of Forking Paths with Borges and Calvino
Then on Saturday the American Civil War: History and Meaning.
Registration is in progress. For more information or to register call (805) 437-2748 ext. 0 or 2. It sounds like a very interesting year – don’t miss out – register now.
SUNDAY – August 14 – 3:00 to 4:30 pm – Presentation – History Comes Alive – “Shaping the Conejo: A Local History Lesson” – Jeanella Berard will examine the various forces that helped shape the development of the Conejo Valley – at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $7.00 and available at Goebel’s front desk.
THURSDAY – August 22 – 4:00 to 5:30 pm – Seminar – Grossman Burn Foundation will present “Burn Prevention for Seniors” the seminar will focus on 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns, fire safety, burn prevention, emergency burn treatment and first aid – at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road Thousand Oaks. For reservations call (805) 497-0189.
SATURDAY- August 24 – 5:00 pm – “Aloha – an Hawaiian Luau!” – food, drinks, dancing, live music and more! – at Goebel Adult Community Center – tickets are $10 per person and currently on sale at the center.
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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