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                                Save the Date! 

Please Note: Upcoming change and requirement to participate in OLLI Commons activities starting Monday, April 19th! 
Do you participate in any of the free, interesting and creative activities in the OLLI Commons, such as Schmoozery, Book Beat, Happy Hour, Coffee + Show or Tell, Lunch Bunch, or Poetry Reading? Starting on Monday, April 19th OLLI will be providing improved and necessary Zoom security for all Commons events. Activities in the Commons are free and open, but to receive the Zoom links, you must register. See the OLLI Commons web page for details.

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 do not require registration. 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 or call 734-998-9351
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Are You Looking for Volunteer Opportunities at OLLI?

Teach a Class, Lead a Study or Shared Interest Group
Proposals for Fall Term classes should be submitted by May 19th, but you’re encouraged to submit them as soon as they’re ready. You can send in a form by U.S. Mail, send one in by e-mail to (link sends e-mail) or submit a form online.

Join The Lectures Committee
Join The Lectures Committee to meet new people and have fun while creating Thursday morning lectures. There are still opportunities for planning the lectures for the 2021-22 academic year. We are looking for new members to join one of the following committees: 

“Sports, Environmental Issues, Infrastructure, Social Justice and More.”
“Music in Detroit and Michigan” 

Contact Frances Schultz at:  for more information.

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  734-998-9356.

OLLI Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Monday, April 19th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Online. $10

Art and Activism and the Azzaros
Spend the afternoon learning about community art activism. Yen Azzaro will discuss her individual and collaborative efforts with her husband Nick Azzaro in their activist art and commercial successes.

Nick Azzaro is a photographer and multimedia artist, starting his career in commercial film photography. His current work focuses on the current state of race relations in our country through site specific work and printed comic narratives.

Yen Azzaro is an illustrator, artist and graphic recorder, practicing the capture of real time spoken content drawn on large paper and digitally during COVID times. Yen recently completed Zip “Code”, a street mural in the Kerrytown area highlighting the economic, social and racial identities and disparities that exist in Washtenaw County.

In 2019, Yen and Nick were awarded the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation in Our Neighborhood grant. The two year project propelled the art movement YFi, short for Ypsi Fidelity Working with Ypsilanti Community High School students to create “uncomfortable” art moments in public spaces such as Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Ann Arbor Summer Festival and Ypsilanti District Library. Projects over the past two years are housed at Nick and Yen are alumni of the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design where Nick is currently a MFA candidate. Their collaborative projects can be found at

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

OLLI’s Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents
Tuesday, April 20th, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Free

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on the Environment and Climate
The COVID-19 pandemic, by slowing economic activity, has led to significant reductions in industrial emissions, leading to cleaner air and water and an unprecedented decline in carbon emissions. This talk will describe impacts of the pandemic on different aspects of the environment and climate, and discuss how to extend these short term benefits beyond the life of the pandemic.

Chris Poulsen is associate dean for natural sciences for the UM College of LSA, and is the Henry Pollack Collegiate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Climate & Space Sciences and Engineering. Professor Poulsen is a Climate Scientist, whose research interests include past and future climate change, climate dynamics, and hydrological cycling. 

He teaches courses on topics of climate and environmental change. He received his BA in geology from Carleton College and a PhD in Geosciences from the Pennsylvania State University. 

Webinar ID: 987 4422 2177, audio only 1-312-626-6799 followed by 9874422 2177 and #
Zoom Link:

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

Afternoons with OLLI Presents 
Wednesday, April 21st, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Online. $5
102 Years of Local Food: the past, present, and future of the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
As much of Ann Arbor has become unrecognizable to long-time residents, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is a mainstay, both as a provider of local produce and products and a gathering space. Learn about the history of the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, how the global pandemic has impacted operations, and how we plan on bringing this vibrant market and community space into the future.

Dr. Stefanie T. Stauffer has been the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market Manager since May 2020, bringing 12 years of local food expertise to the role. She is the former Program Manager of Tilian Farm Development Center, a now defunct incubator for beginning farmers in Ann Arbor Township. She has also taught the Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations at Washtenaw Community College since 2015, with an emphasis on food sovereignty and environmental justice movements. As a veteran Ypsilanti Farmer’s Markets vendor who sells her products at Argus Farm Stop and to local restaurants as well, she has been feeding our community since 2010 as Nightshade Farm. She is also a board member of Growing Hope, a former Greenbelt Advisory Commissioner, and a former board member of the Ypsilanti Food Cooperative.

As a farmer, farmer’s market vendor, educator, activist, and beginning farmer mentor, she has been deeply rooted in our local food system since her dissertation project on sustainable agriculture brought her back to Michigan in 2008. In 2014, she traveled to Slow Food International’s Salone del Gusto e Terra Madre in Torino, Italy as a US delegate representing Southeast Michigan family farmers, food artisans, and Slow Food Ark of Taste producers. 

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

OLLI’s Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans    
Thursday, April 22nd, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10.

Costa Rica: An Example for Sustainable Development in the Region

Costa Rica is a sustainability leader in the region and the world.  The country has a focus on sustaining its natural capital, heavy investments in its human capital that goes back more than 70 years, and a willingness to take chances on policy that sets examples for the world. In this presentation we will explore some of the efforts and accomplishments that transformed Costa Rica from a “Banana Republic” to a Green Leader.

Dr. Alfaro is an Assistant Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability.  He has degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and in Natural Resource Management.  Dr. Alfaro has published on Industrial Symbiosis and the Circular Economy, deploying renewable energy for sustainable development of least industrialized countries, and creating tools for policy and decision-making through computer modeling of socio-technical systems.  His applied focus has led him to work closely with communities, industry, NGO’s, and government organizations. 

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture.
Frances Schultz from the
Lectures Committee will facilitate.
Registering once for Lunch Bunch is now required to receive the Zoom link,
as part of OLLI’s Zoom security practices.
  Use the
instructions here
We look forward to seeing you!
on whatever Lunch Bunch Thursdays work for you.
to register. Then join us.

Log on prior to noon


OLLI Out of Town Presents
Friday, April 23rd, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Online. $10

A Virtual Tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Join Katherine Nelson of the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and walk through an interactive slideshow presentation of the Federal Reserve. 

Among the areas covered by the tour are the following:
• The Federal Reserve System’s history and structure.
• The Fed’s dual mandate of promoting maximum employment and stable prices.
• The Fed’s role in financial regulation, payment systems and monetary policy.
• The Fed’s actions in response to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. 

OLLI’s Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans    
Thursday, April 29th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10.

Religion in Central America After 1960 
I first discuss Catholicism after 1960.  Next, I discuss the boom of Protestantism, especially Pentecostalism, from 0 to 20, 30, or even 40% in some countries.  I also briefly discuss the spectacular membership explosion of Mormonism, which I studied firsthand in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. The final major change in the Central American religious landscape is the rise of the no religion category, going up from near 0 to 4-10% in only 40 years.
Henri Gooren (PhD Anthropology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Religious Studies at Oakland University in Rochester MI.  His books are Rich among the Poor (1999), Religious Disaffiliation and Conversion: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices (2010), and the Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions (ed. 2019). Gooren publishes extensively on conversion models and on multiple religions in Latin America: 12 encyclopedia entries, 17 book chapters, and 19 journal articles. 

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

OLLI's Study Group Committee Announces a Second Series of “Science Pop-Ups”!
Series 2, again hosted by Craig Stephan, will run from April 1 to 29.  It comprises five Thursday afternoon talks, 1:00-2:30 pm, as follows:
April 22
Dinosaurs to Milankovitch Cycles:  Earth’s climate the past 250 million years
by Dr. Tucker Compton, Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA

April 29
The Artificial Intelligence Revolution in Medicine
by Prof. Oge Marques, Computer Science and Engineering. Florida Atlantic University

$10/Lecture; Series $35Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog for more details including speaker bio's and lecture abstracts, and to register.  Sign in at

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 She will be happy to connect you.

The Commons is OLLI’s free meetup place!
Join us at one of this week’s groups

The Commons events are FREE! 
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link, 
as part of OLLI’s improved Zoom security practices.
  Use the instructions here to register.  

Coffee + Show or Tell:  Tuesday April 20th 9 – 10 am with Marta Skiba
We’ll talk about our famous or most interesting relatives.

The Schmoozery:   Wednesday April 21st   1 – 2pm with Hank Greenspan
At our Age…In this Age

Lunch Bunch:  Thursday April 22nd Noon – 1pm with Frances Schultz
Costa Rica:  An Example for Sustainable Development in the Region

Check The Commons web page for registration information.

 See The Commons Calendar for event details

Want to put on the calendar a regular committee meeting, your book group, a meet up with friends?
email Lynn Boyer with details

 E-biking: the Perfect Outdoor Exercise for Seniors 
May 5th    10 – 11am
Host:  Bruce Friedman

                     Use the instructions here to register.
New technology now offers for seniors the "perfect" form of outdoor exercise: e-biking. Simply put, an e-bike is a bicycle with an electric motor and battery attached for "assistance" when riding at the level you personally select. Here are some of the major points to covered in the presentation:
  • The "anatomy" and components of a typical e-bike
  • The different models of e-bikes available in the market with typical prices
  • Profile of a typical senior e-bike aficionado
  • A brief tutorial about the interaction of gearing and motor assistance for a smooth and safe ride
  • Hints about how to most enjoy your bike rides such as distance traveled and paths-versus-road riding
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 She will be happy to connect you.

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
Washtenaw Community Health Department:
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COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
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