Osher offering programs throughout county this fall
Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) with classes scheduled for Sept. 3-Nov. 18 in Bridgeville, Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.
Nicknamed “OLLI,” UD’s lifelong learning programs are membership-based organizations structured as learning cooperatives for adults 50 or older to take and teach classes together, with no grades, exams or educational prerequisites.
The new Bridgeville course offerings take place at the clubhouse within the Heritage Shores 55+ community.
“We are excited to be partnering with Heritage Shores to extend UD’s lifelong learning program to even more of Delaware and surrounding areas,” said Anna Moshier, OLLI program manager. “The Heritage Shores clubhouse is a beautiful facility, and we know it will be a great fit for offering a wide variety of OLLI courses.”
A special Delaware history and culture class in Bridgeville will feature weekly guest experts speaking on Delaware’s historical markers, the Delaware poultry industry, Delaware’s prehistoric people, the Amish in Delaware and Delaware River history. The “Delawhere?” course is also offered in Dover and features a variety of speakers.
For one $175 membership fee, participants become OLLI members for the entire fall semester and can sign up for an unlimited number of classes at any of the programs’ locations in Kent and Sussex counties. This fall, examples of the more than 170 courses include:
• Bridgeville ― Creating a Website with Google, Hamilton: Man and Musical, Flying Drones Safely
• Dover ― African Folk Tales, RV Lifestyle, Managing Diabetes, Genealogy¬ Workshop
• Lewes ― Beachcombing, Elder Law, Cybersecurity, French Cinema, iPhone Camera App
• Ocean View ― Fraud Prevention, Planning a Post-Retirement Career, Foreign Film Classics
OLLI Dover classes are held at Wyoming Church, 216 Wyoming Road; Lewes classes at the Fred Thomas Building, 520 Dupont Avenue; and Ocean View classes at Ocean View Town Hall & Community Center, 32 West Avenue. The new OLLI Bridgeville location is hosted at Heritage Shores Community, 1 Heritage Circle, Bridgeville.
Participation in UD’s OLLI programs totals nearly 4,000 members statewide, hailing from different educational backgrounds and all walks of life, attending from all parts of Delaware, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Across all locations, members participated in more than 900 classes offered in fall, spring and summer sessions last year.
Prospective members can visit the programs, and register on the same day if they wish, at an upcoming open house:
• July 23 and 24 — OLLI Lewes Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fred Thomas Building, 520 Dupont Avenue;
• Aug. 6 — OLLI Dover Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wyoming Church, 216 Wyoming Road.
During all semesters, OLLI gift certificates are available for purchase as gifts for retirements, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. For details, call (302) 645-4111, write to LLL-Lewes@udel.edu or visit http://www.olli.udel.edu/gift-certificate/.
OLLI volunteer instructors share their knowledge and passions by teaching courses in their areas of expertise. Prospective volunteer instructors are invited to submit course proposals for future semesters by calling (302) 645-4111 or visiting http://www.olli.udel.edu/lewes/instructors/.