NH Senior Notes: OLLI plans preview of summer/fall classes

July 15. 2018 10:03PM
Mike Baker, left, presents Phil Valley a gift of appreciation during Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College's recent Volunteer-Member Appreciation Day. OLLI recognized both men, who are retiring from the Manchester Curriculum Committee. 

The Manchester Community Music School Summer Band will perform at the Ingram Senior Center 1 Sally Sweet’s Way, Salem, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, as part of a free summer concert series. (Courtesy photos)

MANCHESTER — The Manchester site of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, will present a preview of its summer/fall classes Tuesday, July 24, at Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way, Bedford.

Light refreshments will be served at 9 a.m., and the program will begin at 10 a.m.

The summer/fall term goes from Aug. 13 through Dec. 13.

Those who attend will be able to pick up the course catalog in advance to review the offerings for the term in Manchester, as well as the other OLLI sites in Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast, prior to the catalog being mailed to members.

Many class presenters also will give a brief synopsis of their course content.

The new term will offer 225 classes, including 79 in Manchester. Classes range from “Paris-New York in the ’20s and ’30s” and “Phony Numbers, Fake News” to “All Aboard the Orphan Train” and “Farming in the Granite State.” The choices aren’t limited to the classroom. Options also include a walking tour of Manchester, kayaking the Contoocook, a four-day/three-night trip to Quebec leaving Sept. 29 and a 14-day Eastern Europe river cruise set for July 21, 2019.

OLLI, a member-driven, volunteer-based organization, is open to adults 50 and older. In addition to lifelong learning, it offers social events and volunteer opportunities.

Nonmembers are welcome to the preview. Those who attend will be able to apply for membership, which is $40 a year. Applications to renew membership also will be available.

The preview does not involve class registration. Online registration for current members will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, by credit or debit card payment. Nonmembers should call the OLLI office at 513-1377 for instructions on how to register. Those who do not wish to become members may register through the mail or in the Concord office, paying by check only.

For more about OLLI, go to https://olli.granite.edu.

OLLI has appreciation day for volunteers, members

MANCHESTER — Manchester OLLI also recently gathered at Bethany Covenant Church for a Volunteer-Member Appreciation Day.

More than 65 members and volunteers attended the pizza party and enjoyed a sing-along to music of the ’60s provided by Don Desmaris.

Jan Gagne and Su Bennett, Event Committee co-chairmen, festooned the church hall with vinyl records along with costumes and table decorations appropriate to the era to bring back music and memories of the ’60s and ’70s.

OLLI paid special tribute to Phil Valley and Mike Baker, who are both retiring from the Manchester Curriculum Committee.

Valley, a retired professor of English and philosophy at St. Anselm College, has been a significant contributor to Manchester OLLI’s growth, variety of classes and quality of classes, OLLI said.

“One of the ‘philosophy experts,’ he has the ability to lead his OLLI classes in a way that gets all participants excited, involved and contributing to discussions,” the organization wrote, adding that he also has been pivotal in increasing the number of class presenters by tapping his St. Anselm connections. “He has been a valued member of the OLLI Manchester Curriculum Committee for many years, always willing to pitch in, even when the tasks included the tedious jobs of catalog editing and class scheduling.”

Jim Mahoney, a retired St. Anselm professor and a longtime colleague of Valley, told the group, “I think it is a good indication of the respect and affection for Philip among the St. Anselm community. The Abbot of the monastery is a current presenter.”

Bob Jones, past chairman of the OLLI Development Team, had praise for Baker, a former Tilton School headmaster. “Mike always signed on for the most difficult tasks. His skills as a headmaster and teacher were always visible; he handles every task with diplomacy, compassion, persistence and good spirit. And he was a great teacher to boot.”

Swede and Dottie Nelson, Baker’s longtime friends and OLLI colleagues, sent a message that was read by Sharon Kace:

“We would like to thank Mike Baker for stepping up to the plate when Manchester Curriculum needed a Curriculum chair. We’re not sure he had any idea of what he was getting into at the time, but like everything Mike does, he moved forward with his easygoing leadership abilities and led the committee to successes year after year after year. Job well-done Mike.”

Music school band to perform at Salem center

SALEM — The Manchester Community Music School Summer Band is in full swing and will be performing at the Ingram Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweet’s Way, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, as part of its free summer concert series.

Conducted by Ed Doyle, this intergenerational ensemble is made up of community members ranging in age from 10 to 90 and ranging in experience from the amazing amateur to the mastered maestro.

The concert is open to everyone. Concert-goers are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on.

For a full list of concert dates and times or for more about the school, go to www.mcmusicschool.org or call 644-4548.

AARP members offered Craftsmen’s Fair discount

CONCORD — AARP members can receive discounted admission to the 85th annual League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair, which is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 through Aug. 12 at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury.

Admission for AARP members only will be $12 online or at the gate when they show their membership card. To receive the discount online, visit nhcrafts.org and use the code SAVE2018. (Regular adult tickets are $15; regular senior admission is $13.)

The fair will feature an array of traditional and contemporary craftware from more than 350 juried craftspeople, as well as demonstrations, entertainment, music and interactive activities for all ages.

For more information about the fair, visit www.nhcrafts.org.

To find out about other AARP activities, events and discounts, visit AARP New Hampshire at www.aarp.org/nh, www.facebook.com/aarpnh and www.twitter.com/aarpnh.

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