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January 15, 2021 OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE 
 
The Equal Opportunity Registration Period for Study and Shared Interests Groups has closed. Winter/Spring 2020-21 registration continues for courses that are not oversubscribed. 
 
Click the image below to view the PDF of the OLLI Winter/Spring catalog to register. 
Finding Zoom Meeting IDs and Links: 
  • Zoom information is sent out in e-mail a few days before the event takes place.
  • Zoom information is also available in OLLI's online Course Catalog for events for which you have registered as well as for events that are free or do not require registration. The Zoom information is added to the Course Catalog a few days before the event takes place. To view the information in the Course Catalog (i) sign in using your OLLI account and password, (ii) go to the Course Catalog, (iii) locate your event and click on it to see the event's details, (iv) you'll find the Zoom information under Location toward the bottom of the page (you may need to scroll down to find it, if the event's description is long).
  • If you are signed in you can also see Zoom information on the payment History web page. 
  • If you can't find the information you need to connect using Zoom or you have any other questions about using Zoom, send e-mail to OLLI at olli.info@umich.edu or call 734-998-9351

    Important OLLI Web Resources –
    Click on the links below to connect you!

     
    OLLI Website 
    Donate to OLLI
    OLLI Video Catalog  
    OLLI Calendar
    All Things 2020 Kickoff
    OLLI Commons Calendar



Want to learn how to tell a captivating story as taught by experts? Sign up for this free virtual workshop on January 16th! This workshop is open to those who want to submit their story for Big Hearts for Seniors' May 27th event 'Big Hearted Stories: Generations’ and for those interested in storytelling in general. 
Storyteller Workshop
Saturday, January 16th 10am-12pm
Register
Here 
To learn more about Big Hearts for Seniors, or our upcoming event ‘Big Hearted Stories: Generations’ visit our website.

While OLLI continues to meet online, a reminder that OLLI-UM through The UM Geriatrics Center strongly advises members do not meet in their homes for any OLLI volunteer work or discussions due to the current risk of COVID 19 in our community. The OLLI office is happy to direct you to The Commons, a free OLLI online meeting space to schedule any gatherings online. 

Monday, January 18th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Online. $10  
    
OLLI Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Rebecca Van Dyke, a birder and OLLI member, introduces us to her world of birding and the added joy of exercise, outdoor beauty and identifying birds.

Kelly Vore, owner of Downtown Home and Garden, will share her bird experience with feeding and watering tips as well as discuss the challenges of co-existing with squirrels and other critters and managing that never- ending quandary.

Rebecca Van Dyke is a retired UM physician who has lived in Ann Arbor for 30 years. As the eldest child of a college biology professor (who knew his ornithology), she knew little aside from some of the common birds. When she retired six years ago, she started to travel and realized that it was fun and challenging to look for and identify birds. 

She has traveled in the US and abroad, often with knowledgeable guides. This past year she has explored many of the wonderful parks and nature preserves in the area, combining exercise (walking), viewing beautiful nature and finding and identifying birds.

Downtown Home and Garden has been providing quality birdseed and feeders for Ann Arbor and our surrounding area for decades. It was the first to bring thistle feed to Michigan and it continues to receive weekly deliveries of seed from L & D Finkbeiner Farm, from Saline. Its drive-thru barn (originally built for horse and buggy in 1905) easily accommodates today’s vehicles for swift drive thru and load and go. Quick, convenient and out of the elements!

Downtown Home and Garden can be contacted at info@downtownhomeandgarden.com before or after January 18 for information and/or purchases. 

Field Guides: 
These are the three best-known up to date guides.  The Sibley and Peterson guides are for the Eastern half of the US.  Western versions for each of these are available as well.  Local independent bookstores and bird supply stores usually have these books or can order them. 
    1.  Sibley Birds East, second edition, 2017, Alfred A Knopf, publisher) 
    2.  Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America,                   seventh edition, 2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
    3.  Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America, 2005, Houghton Mifflin               Co. 

Binoculars:   
Every birder should have a good pair.  Check out "The Audubon Guide To Buying Binoculars:  Budget to Premium" (online) to see examples of the wide range of binoculars that have been tested and rated by Audubon experts "Gear Advice".  That online page also has a video showing new users how to adjust the binoculars for their eyes.  No two eyes are the same.  

Local Audubon Society:   
Washtenawaudubon.org. You can join online at any time and attend meetings (currently held by zoom only) and attend free bird walks and events (when Covid-19 allows).   

1. Binocular harness - This device which is inexpensive and can be often be purchased in sporting good stores, is a good accessory as it allows you to carry the weight of your binoculars on your shoulders rather than around your neck.

2.  Peter Dunne’s short book entitled “The Art of Bird Finding”.  This is a helpful and amusing introduction to how to find birds so that you can then see and identify them. The book was published in 2011 by Stackpole books. It is still in press and is available as well through used book online sources such as alibris.com or Amazon.
The author is a expert birder who directed the New Jersey Audubon society for many years and is a lyrical and amusing writer who tells great stories.  He has other publications which are fascinating to read and are also available from Used book sites. Most of these are collections of short essays and stories that he’s written over quite a few years.

3.  For a charming and humorous story of obsessive and competitive birders, please get a copy of the movie:  The Big Year. The DVD I have has the extended version of this movie which is even better. It is available through the Ann Arbor district library.  The movie was based on a true book of competitive birders in 1998, called “The Big Year, a Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession.

4.  Online address is for an important reference and educational source.
      ebird.org
      Cornell Lab of Ornithology - birds.Cornell.edu
      Academy.allaboutbirds.org


Tuesday, January, 19th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Oxnline. Free
           
Emily Toth Martin          Lona Mody
OLLI Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents
Covid-19 Health Update: Trends, Treatment and Vaccines
UM Epidemiologist Emily Toth Martin and UM Infectious Disease Physician Lona Mody will explore the latest updates in Covid-19 on campus, in Ann Arbor and across the state; treatment successes and challenges; and vaccine outlook.

Dr. Emily Toth Martin, PhD, MPH, is on the faculty of Epidemiology at the UM School of Public Health. Her research focuses on building a greater understanding of the epidemiology of viral respiratory diseases (including RSV, bocavirus and influenza) through the use of molecular epidemiology. In particular, her work aims to identify strategies to reduce infections, particularly in individuals with chronic comorbidities and in hospital infectious environments (including MRSA/VRE coinfection).

Dr. Lona Mody, MD, is one of very few internists in this country with an expertise in aging populations, epidemiology, an active research laboratory in microbiology and a translational research agenda focused on vulnerable aging population. Her NIH and AHRQ funded work has created a thriving consortium of post-acute and long-term care facilities in SE Michigan interested in developing interventions to enhance infection prevention in a traditionally resource poor setting. 

Webinar ID: 985 1607 3493, audio only 1-312-626-6799 followed by 985 1607 3493 and #Zoom Link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/98516073493


Tuesday, January 19th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Online. $5

Afternoons with OLLI Presents 
“A meal without Wine is called Breakfast” A conversation with Dick Scheer, Distinguished Wine Merchant and Owner of Ann Arbor’s Village Corner
Village Corner is an Ann Arbor institution. This wine shop has one of the most extensive wine selections in the area, with 5000 carefully selected wines, 600 spirits, 150 beers, 350 cigars and much more.

Dick Scheer has been the celebrated owner and President of Village Corner, Inc. for 50 years, and has been referred to as one of the most knowledgeable wine experts in the state. In conversation with Bev Geltner, we’ll learn about Dick’s interest in and expert knowledge of wines, and his decades-long history at the Village Corner. We’ll learn a lot about different wines, and perhaps a few ghost stories as well.

Dick Scheer started in the wine business in 1964, and has been a Wine Educator to
thousands over the years. He has taught wine appreciation seminars for the Ann Arbor Arts Center, as well as programs sponsored by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. 

Dick is also Director of the Ann Arbor Tasters Guild and Ann Arbor Wine Club. He has been a judge at the Michigan State Fair, Tasters Guild International, American Wine Society, as well as Great Lakes and Canadian wine competitions.


Thursday, January 21st, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Online. $10
This lecture is sponsored by Susan Fisher

OLLI’s Third Thursday Morning Lecture Series - Advances in Science                           
Gravitational Wave Astronomy – Listening to the Universe 
Gravitational waves are minute disturbances of space itself, which can arise from distant and massive but compact bodies, such as black holes and neutron stars. Using them, scientists are probing some of the most exotic phenomena in the Universe. Insights from discoveries made so far, including some surprising new objects, will be presented, along with the potential for new discoveries that will make gravitational waves essential to the next century of astronomy and cosmology.

Dr. Keith Riles has carried out research in both experimental particle physics and gravitational wave physics. As a charter member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), founded in 1997, he initially led the LIGO detector characterization group and more recently has led searches for continuous gravitational waves from galactic neutron stars. His group at the University of Michigan hunts for signals from waves ten thousand times weaker than the first gravitational waves detected in September 2015. Gravitational waves are minute disturbances of space itself, which can arise from distant and massive but compact bodies, such as black holes and neutron stars. Using them, scientists are probing some of the most exotic phenomena in the Universe. Insights from discoveries made so far, including some
surprising new objects, will be presented, along with the potential for new discoveries that will make gravitational waves essential to the next century of astronomy and cosmology.


The Lunch Bunch invites you to participate in guided discussions and personal reflections following each of the lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series: Advances in Science 


These guided discussion and personal reflection sessions are free--no registration is required.

Each session will be facilitated by a member of the Lectures' subcommittee that created the series. Dick Chase will facilitate the January 21st 12noon – 1pm discussion and reflection session on Gravitational Wave Astronomy – Listening to the Universe. This Lunch Bunch session follows the conclusion of the lecture and the Q&A.  Log on prior to 12noon at

 https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503

Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503


Friday, January 22nd, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Online. $10

OLLI Out of Town Presents 
Myanmar: Land of Golden Temples and Floating Villages
Photographer: Ann O’Hagan, invites you on a visual journey through the highlights of Myanmar, locally still known as Burma. Once the richest country in Southeast Asia, Myanmar still remains one of the most fascinating places on earth. Despite the disheartening news that has recently brought it to our attention, visiting offers an opportunity to learn about its unique culture, glimpse its tragic history and enjoy its breathtaking scenery. Through the
camera lens, you’ll go on a journey that includes modern cityscapes, rural landscapes, exotic temples and watery villages. Highlights include Rangoon (now Yangon), Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake. Don’t miss this opportunity for a visual adventure from the comfort of your living room!

 

Open Study Groups Available for Registration!
 

Fake News, Deep Fakes, Info-whelmed? An Inside Look at Savvy Reading
Mondays, 10-11:30am, January 18 - February 8. Online. $30
If you love reading and are good at it, this study group will show you why. But even the best readers are a bit info-whelmed now, given the volume of current material, and the urgent need to read critically and evaluate thoroughly. This group will explore the psycholinguistic features of savvy reading, examine research studies on why reading is good for you, and consider how reading can impact your life. Finally, we will review literacy autobiographies of others and perhaps draft our own. 
Instructor: Alice Horning is retired from Oakland University where she taught writing and linguistics for 30+ years.
To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org


What is Politics?
Mondays, 1-2:30pm. January 18 - February 22. Online. $40
In everyday conversations we frequently hear such comments as “That is just politics,” and “Two things I do not discuss are religion and politics.” Political scientists, philosophers and historians have attempted to define politics from many different viewpoints. In addition, many types of politics, such as electoral politics, office politics, and partisan politics, are often analyzed. The study group will aim to engage participants in defining politics, discussing public attitudes toward politics, and assessing why politics is such an important part of the human condition. 
Instructor: Craig Ramsay taught political science at the college level for almost forty years.
To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org


Humanities Study Group offering… 
           JOIN US ON THE 20th…    

Wednesday, January 20th 10:00-12:00 pm. Online. $10 
Instructor: Richard Bell


Want a quick break from the Inaugural activities? Join us as we listen to Professor Richard Bell from the University of Maryland as he tells us about another time in America fraught with turmoil and political upheaval. He will introduce us to his new book, STOLEN Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. Learn about the Reverse Underground Railroad and the boys daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice.
He will be presenting to OLLI members on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 10-11:30 am. After we have explored this gripping true story, then join our fellow citizens in Washington, D. C. as we continue through ur own challenging political climate!
To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.


Current Events, Law, Policy & Politics Presents – DEI Offering Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out 
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 am, February 10-March 3, 2021. Online. $30
Instructor: Suzanne Van Dam
If you’ve ever wondered why people in poverty can’t seem to break out of its grip, sometimes even for generations, then this class is for you. Together we will explore the dynamics of poverty—looking at what keeps people in it, what’s needed to break out of it, and how we can all play a role in building community to end poverty. Class includes hands-on simulations, thoughtful discussion, and personal stories of struggle and transformation. The final class focuses on solutions and will feature dynamic programs making a real difference right here in Washtenaw County.
To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.


If you would like more information about Michigan Medicine resources during this challenging time, please reach out to OLLI Director Lisa Barton at 734-998-9356 or libarton@umich.edu. She will be happy to connect you.

Please remember OLLI’s Video Catalog is still available. Access is available for a small cost. Click on the link below to connect you!
OLLI Video Catalog  

OLLI Reads...


We would like to alert OLLI members to the fact that Alice Randall, who will be the OLLI Reads featured writer on February 8th at 10 AM, will Also be the feature in Bridge Magazine’s Book Club. 
Anyone who wishes to become familiar with Alice Randall and practice their cocktail mixing skills might want to check out the Book Club. 
https://www.bridgemi.com/center-michigan/bridge-book-club-presents-black-bottom-saints-feb-2
For added security, all Commons events going forward will be locked ten minutes after they begin, so thanks for arriving promptly!

Check the Commons Calendar regularly at 
olli-umich.org/commons-calendar
On the calendar you’ll find opportunities to connect through informal groups moderated by OLLI volunteers, demonstrations, discussions that follow OLLI events and more.  
Access to events in the Commons is always
free, and no registration is required.
Bookmark or save the link below – it’s the only one you’ll ever need!
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503


In the Commons January 18 – 22
 
Tuesday January 19th    9 – 10am   Coffee + Show or Tell
Facilitator:  Marta Skiba 

Join Marta Skiba in the OLLI Commons on Tuesday January 19 at 9:00 for Coffee+Show or Tell. If you are able, bring a story to share with us about a pet OR you’re welcome to join us and be only a listener.  Coffee+Show or Tell in the Commons lets you start the day with friends and make new connections.
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503   Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503


 
Wednesday January 20th   1 – 2pm   The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age   
Facilitator:  Hank Greenspan, Ph.D.  
Psychologist, essayist, oral historian, playwright, and lifelong committed schmoozer 

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age is a facilitated conversation in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in “uncertain times.”

This week, on Wednesday, Jan 20th, 1-2 pm, the Schmoozery will host an online
Inaugural Ball.  In lieu of dancing and drinking, we'll--as usual--be schmoozing.... That is, we'll share reflections about the new administration, things we noticed about the ceremony, and the current political climate as we experience it.  "Do-it-ourselves" commentary!  

The specific issues and themes are less important than the chance to learn from each other’s experiences and insights in these times—and perhaps in any times.  That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter. https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503


 
Thursday January 21st    12noon – 1pm   Lunch Bunch                                     
Dick Chase
will facilitate the discussion following Thursday’s lecture on
Gravitational Wave Astronomy – Listening to the Universe.    

The Lunch Bunch follows the conclusion of the lecture and Q&A.  Log on prior to 12noon at https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503   Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503


These guided discussion and personal reflection sessions are free--no registration is required.
OLLI is Always Looking for Volunteers for Committees
There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at OLLI - We need you! Please contact OLLI Director on more ways to get involved:  Lisa Barton  libarton@umich.edu  734-998-9356.



…from our Community Program Partner – Turner Senior Wellness Programs at UM
Check out some of the wonderful Winter/Spring 2021 offerings the Turner Senior Wellness Program has scheduled this year. The Turner Senior Wellness Program works to promote quality of life among older adults through social connection, wellness activities, health education, and community resources. View their brochure, check out their website, and register today! 

Programs are free! Some programs started Jan 6th. 
Move & Groove- Fun music & dance moves for overall fitness- Jan. 6- Feb. 24, 10:30-11:30am
Brain Gym- Movement designed to enhance brain function - Jan. 11- Mar. 1, 2-3pm 
You can register by clicking here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccIf0mM1Uslt5Hr24uMnuqtTzXCGfIW9-bHLF04gJkqaMW-Q/viewform
Daily Dish
Waltz of the Snowflakes

Click here to view: https://youtu.be/Ru5H3LHiU1M
If you would like more information about Michigan Medicine resources during this challenging time, please reach out to OLLI Director Lisa Barton at 734-998-9356 or libarton@umich.edu. She will be happy to connect you.

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Washtenaw Community Health Department: https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19
Michigan Medicine: https://www.uofmhealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update


COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
 
Grocery Store, Pharmacy & Fresh Food Hours for Ann Arbor Seniors

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