NH Senior Notes: OLLI offering preview of spring/summer classes

January 07. 2018 9:37PM

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, plans a preview of spring/summer classes at 10 a.m. Friday at Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way in Bedford. Refreshments will be served beforehand at 9 a.m.

OLLI is instituting the first of its new consolidated terms. The spring/summer term will run from Feb. 19 through June 15.

Those who attend the preview will be able to pick up the spring/summer catalog in advance to review the offerings in Manchester as well as the OLLI sites in Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast prior to the catalog being mailed to members. Many of the class presenters will give a brief synopsis of their courses.

A total of 190 classes will be offered for the term at the OLLI sites, including 70 in Manchester.

Everyone is welcome to the preview. Nonmembers will be able to apply for membership, and members will be able to renew. Membership is $40 per year.

Registration for classes will not be accepted at the preview. Online and mail registration will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1.

History, finance, current events, computers, performing arts and personal development are among the areas covered by the classes, which range from Making Civil Rights and Correcting Civil Wrongs: Manchester NAACP to Equifax Calling: We Got Breached! Are You Safe? to Palace Theater Renaissance and Renovation: 100 Years of History.

Outdoor activities and trips also are on the schedule, including a 14-day “Ireland in Depth” trip starting May 10 and a trip to the Portland Maine Symphony Orchestra on April 22.

For more information about classes, events and OLLI in general, go to olli.granite.edu or call 513-1377 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

OLLI is a volunteer, member-led organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities and social activities for people 50 and older. There are 120 OLLIs in colleges and universities across the country, all of which celebrate a commitment to lifelong learning and “learning for the fun of it.”

Cashin Center program on laughter’s healing power

MANCHESTER — The Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire is sponsoring a program on “The Healing Power of Laughter” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the William Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St.

To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and start to restrict their activities. To prevent this, the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise is offering A Matter of Balance, an eight-week program at the center designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

The sessions will be on Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m., starting Jan. 18. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce the risk of falls at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The fee for the full program is $15. To register, go to the front desk or call 624-6533. For more information, call Fred Daniels at the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise at 880-0488.

Palace Theatre offers AARP discount to ‘Rock of Ages’

MANCHESTER — The Palace Theatre is offering AARP members and their guests a $10 discount on adult tickets to “Rock of Ages,” which will be at the downtown theater Jan. 12 through Feb. 3, with performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Set in 1987 on LA’s infamous Sunset Strip, “Rock of Ages” takes you back to the days of big bands, big guitar solos and even bigger hair. The music includes the songs of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Poison.

To purchase tickets, use the code ACTIVE and go to www.palacetheatretickets.org or call 668-5588. Tickets also may be purchased at the box office at 80 Hanover St.

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