December 11, 2020 | OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
Do You Have a Story to Tell?
Become a Storyteller, Big Hearts for Seniors Event
Finding Zoom Meeting IDs and Links:
A call out to all storytellers of all generations! Do you have a story to tell? Big Hearts for Seniors (BHS) is searching for storytellers to tell their true stories using the theme, “Generations”. Individual coaching will be provided to those who are selected.
Applying to be a storyteller is easy. You don’t have to have a full story to apply, just an idea.
Attend one of Big Hearts for Seniors’ virtual storytelling workshops. These workshops are optional for those who wish to apply to be a storyteller for the BHS event and is open to those who just want to learn about storytelling in general! Please put together a brief description of your story idea (250 words or less) and click here to apply(link is external).
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or call (734) 998-9353.
Important Dates for Storytellers
• Storyteller Submissions - accepted from December 1, 2020 - February 1, 2021
• Storyteller Workshops - Worried about how to turn your experience and idea into a great story? You are not alone! Have the opportunity to learn the inside scoop on compelling live storytelling taught by professional storytellers. Q&A session included. December 13, 2020, 4:00 - 6:00pm and January 16, 2021, 10:00 12:00noon. Register here(link is external).
• Stories Chosen to present at Pitch-Fest will be announced on February 15, 2021
• Pitch-Fest- February 27, 2021 - February 28, 2021 (30 minutes appointments will be set) - selected storytellers will have the opportunity to "pitch" their story ideas to the selection committee.
• Final Big Hearts storytellers will be announced on March 8, 2021.
• Three, one-hour coaching sessions on the weekends of March 20, March 27, and April 10, 2021.
Big Hearts for Seniors is comprised of 5 Michigan Medicine community programs (Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs and Turner Senior Wellness Program) that serve older adults. Big Hearted Stories: Generations will be held virtually on May 27, 2021.
OLLI Gift Certificates Are Available…
…Give the gift of an OLLI Membership and options for OLLI Programs. Enrich the lives of your friends and family during this holiday season and beyond. If interested and you would like more information, please call the OLLI Office at 734, 998-9356.
Important OLLI Web Resources –
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-998-9351.
Click on the links below to connect you!
Donate to OLLI
OLLI Video Catalog
All Things 2020 Kickoff
OLLI Commons Calendar
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.
Tuesday, December 15th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Online. Free.
OLLI Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents
“Joy in the Time of COVID-19”
This presentation will cover purpose in life, posttraumatic growth during and after our experience with COVID-19 and positive consequences from this pandemic.
Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D., MPH, University of Michigan Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education. An innovative teacher and researcher, in 1995 Professor Victor Strecher founded the UM Center for Health Communications Research, studying the future of digitally tailored health communications when fewer than 15% of Americans had Internet access. He’s also an entrepreneur, founding HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2010. More recently, he created Kumanu, a digital platform designed to help individuals and organizations live more purposefully. In 2010, he won the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Innovator Award.
Zoom Link to Join: https://umich.zoom.us/j/98813157118
Webinar ID: 988 1315 7118
For audio only dial: +1 312 626 6799, followed by 98813157118 and #
Join the continuing fun of
A Special December in the online Commons*
A month-long collaboration among OLLIs at
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan
Western Michigan University
Beginning December 1 and throughout the month, the online Commons calendar will feature virtual events hosted by each of the four OLLI organizations in Michigan. OLLI-UM’s recurring online programs and groups will still be there, but many other opportunities will let you connect and learn with OLLI members across the state as we move through this unusual but special December.
Check the online Commons calendar frequently at olli-umich.org/commons-calendar. Click on an event or session to learn which OLLI is hosting it, who the presenter is, what will be happening and to find the link to log in. All events or sessions are free to members of the four OLLIs and their guests. Registration is never required- just click and join!
Don’t miss the December 14 – 18 events!
Check for details on the Commons calendar -- olli-umich.org/commons-calendar
All sessions are free. No registration required.
December 14 10am – 11am OLLI-UM: A Virtual Tour of the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Presenter: Mallory Genauer – Community and Youth Educator at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology supports teaching and research on Classical, Egyptian, and Near Eastern archaeology. As an exhibit museum at a public university, the Kelsey embraces a vigorous public outreach mission, engaging with local residents and visitors of all ages, from kindergarten through retirement.
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503 Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
December 14 1pm – 2pm OLLI-Aquinas College: I’m Dying to Talk to You
Presenter: Dave Kampfschulte, Founder of Amazing Circles Workshops. Dave has been in the hospice field for 30 years as a volunteer, author and educator.
Plan on spending a thoughtful and entertaining session as he relates his experiences, based on his book, I’m
Dying to Talk with You, of interacting with patients and families at the end of life. You will leave with some unexpected new insights on initiating end of life conversations, advanced care planning, and helping people to think about and
discuss death in a positive way. Get a glimpse of how others have dealt with end of life, as they have walked the path before you - you might just be pleasantly surprised. https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503 Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
December 15 9am – 10am OLLI-UM: Coffee+Show or Tell
Facilitator: Marta Skiba, OLLI-UM volunteer and retired school psychologist
Join Marta for coffee and conversation and connection every first and third Tuesday at 9am. On December 15, we’ll be talking about our hobbies and collections. https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503 Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
December 15 10am – 11:30am OLLI-UM: The Lasting Impact of COVID-19: Joy in the Time of COVID-19
Presenter: Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D., MPH, UM Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
This presentation will cover purpose in life, posttraumatic growth during and after our experience with COVID-19 and positive consequences from this pandemic. An innovative teacher and researcher, in 1995 Professor Victor Strecher founded the UM Center for Health Communications Research, studying the future of digitally tailored health communications when fewer than 15% of Americans had Internet access. He’s also an entrepreneur, founding HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2010. More recently, he created Kumanu, a digital platform designed to help individuals and organizations live more purposefully. In 2010, he won the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Innovator Award.
https://umich.zoom.us/j/98813157118 Webinar ID: 988 1315 7118
December 16 1-2pm OLLI-UM: The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age. A facilitated conversation
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.” 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
December 17 10 – 11am OLLI - Aquinas: Looking Up When Life is Pushing You Down
Presenter: Dave Kampfschulte, Founder of Amazing Circles Workshops
We all face similar challenges, traumas, and tragedies in our lives. Have you ever wondered why some people bounce back from tough times with a positive outlook while for others, life continues to be a challenge? Are optimism and resiliency something we are born with or are they traits that can be developed? Join us as we explore these questions and share your wisdom as we prepare for what tomorrow will bring.
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503 Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
December 17 1 – 2pm OLLI-SVSU: Current Events Group Discussion
Facilitator: Christine Eckerle
The Current Events Group Discussion is an ongoing conversation about events within and outside of Michigan. It’s casual, informative and straight forward. https://zoom.us/j/94889609129?pwd=bExtMXdNL0hNOFhUNU9HQ2RUSlR0Zz09
December 18 1 -2pm OLLI-Aquinas: Twinklin’ Holiday Lights Walking Tour (virtual)
Host and Tour Guide: Caroline Cook - Founder Grand Rapids Running Tour
Experience downtown Grand Rapids bejeweled and illuminated with both contemporary and nostalgic lighting displays.
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503 Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
December 18 7 – 8:30pm OLLI-WMU: Theater for a Friday Evening
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503 Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503 .
OLLI at Western Michigan University hosts an evening of two plays presented by an ongoing member theater group. There will be a talk back after the conclusion of the second play. The Commons will be open beyond 8:30pm if participants wish to remain and continue the conversation.
Play #1: OLD MEN: It becomes the straw that breaks the muskrats back, when an unspoken resentment finally boils over between lifelong friends Bill and Leonard……and their anger escalates as they come to bitter blows. Let’s watch as the threads holding together a lifetime friendship are about to unravel.
Play #2: LIVING LARGE: When lifelong friends meet to decide which casino they should go to, they suddenly find themselves enthralled by their free spirited, adventurous and eccentric friend, who shows them what living large can really mean……that is if you have the courage!
...Coming Winter 2021 – New OLLI Programs
OLLI @ Home...Stay In or Go Out
as You Explore the Treasures
of Washtenaw County
Let’s Build Our Community of
Whether you are hiking in some new winter gear, learning about succulent care from a book, baking or eating a cheesecake, deciding which new biodynamic wine is your favorite –take a selfie and e-mail it to email@example.com. We’ll put it in the OLLI Weekly and on OLLI’s Facebook page. hashtag #olli@home
As we plan for 2021 and anticipate a second Covid-19 winter and spring, join Olli@Home as we experience some old and new treasures of Washtenaw County.
This series of 11 programs on Monday afternoons 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm from January through May, is designed to introduce experiences and opportunities that may brighten our days at home or encourage us to go out for an adventure. If the “eating” sounds more fun than the cooking and baking, we can watch the cooking and baking demos and enjoy the results by ordering and popping in for takeout. And who amongst us wouldn’t enjoy an afternoon cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine with cheese or a sampler of artisanal chocolate? Many of these programs with provide a list of samples, shopping ingredients or tasting menus. Registrants will be advised of these in a timely fashion.
In addition, the programs will remind us of some of the people, businesses and institutions that are indeed treasures of our community, and introduce some new ones. Our programs will also offer us a chance to support these treasures as they strive to continue to be part the community during and after Covid-19.
$10/individual program and $90 for series
There may be additional costs for kits or
samplers for individual events (optional).
Once you register, you will receive details
about purchasing and pick up before
Monday, January 4th - Celebrating and Engaging with Nature this Winter
Erika Pratt AJ Davidson
Erika Pratt from Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation will present a talk on winter walking in Ann Arbor parks and how to connect with nature. Erika will share these opportunities and the benefits of park related recreation, relaxation or adventure and get you pumped up to get outside to bring more nature into your life! AJ Davidson, co-owner of Bivouac, and staff will assist us in finding the correct clothing and gear to keep us warm and safe this winter.
Erika Pratt manages the GIVE 365 Volunteer and Outreach Program for the Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Services Unit. With a Master’s Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources/Urban Affairs, Ms. Pratt takes leisure seriously and is passionate about public green spaces and recreational opportunities for all the ways they enrich life. She has worked in parks and recreation her entire career, working for the City of Ferndale; overseas in the Marshall Islands; and Pleasant Ridge before coming to Ann Arbor seven years ago, at Novi.
Bivouac was founded in 1971 by Ed Davidson. The store has been outfitting the Ann Arbor area for 49 years and moved from its modest beginning on William Street to its current space on State Street. Outdoor wear and gear have expanded greatly as has the store. AJ Davidson is now the onsite presence and president of Bivouac. In this presentation he will assist OLLI members in keeping warm, dry and safe throughout this winter and into the spring.
Monday, January 18th - Birding 101
Rebecca Van Dyke Downtown Home and Garden
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!
Literary Short Fiction
A New SIG (Shared Interest Group) Opens January, 2021
A SIG brings people together who have a common interest that they wish to pursue indefinitely within a structure of meetings/activities designed primarily by the members of the group. SIGs have no formal ending date and may be active year-round. This SIG is a weekly assembly of fans to read and discuss, in a sustained relationship, works of literary short fiction.
SIG Facilitator: Deb Mukherjee
Proposed start date: January 20, 2021
Registration opens for all OLLI Winter activities December 14, 2020 thru January 11, 2021. Lottery notifications for any oversubscribed SIGs or Study Groups will be sent to all members by January 14th.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 734-998-9356.
FROM OTHER OLLIs AROUND THE COUNTRY
Shared from…OLLI at University of Arizona
Developing Long-Term Viable Stream Restoration: Main Steps, Considerations, and Lessons Learned from Australia, Mexico, and the U.S.
Monday, December 14 at 1:00 pm (Mountain Time)
Learn More and Register Here
Shared from…OLLI at Northwestern University
OLLI at Northwestern invites all OLLI programs to share the following video recording of our latest virtual event in which our members were informed, inspired, and moved to tears. This event is a perfect opportunity for OLLI members to have a little of the Performing Arts in their living rooms.
Performing Arts at a Crossroads: Looking in the Crystal Ball
A two-hour special event! Click here: https://youtu.be/SNzDhGrgxp0?t=4
Chris Jones, Chief theater critic and cultural columnist for the Chicago Tribune, masterfully moderated a discussion among an incredible panel of arts managers, performers and journalists who shared their perspectives and talked about their creative solutions to survive.
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 email@example.com. She will be happy to connect you.
Be sure to take a look at the Free Urgent and Critical Lecture Series we will be offering on COVID-19 in the Fall – co-hosted by the Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Joy in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, December 15
Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D., MPH, UM Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
Zoom Link to join this programming: https://umich.zoom.us/j/98813157118 Webinar ID: 98813157118
For audio only, please dial 1-312-626-6799, followed by 98813157118 and #
Washtenaw Community Health Department: https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19
Michigan Medicine: https://www.uofmhealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update
COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti is expanding free grocery delivery for food insecure community members.
If you have a client who is in quarantined or otherwise not able to leave their house because of mobility, transportation or high-risk, Hope can help.
Starting immediately, deliveries will happen Wednesdays and Fridays between 1-4pm. Community members must sign up by 4pm the day before, and we will cap the list at 50 deliveries each day. Call 734-484-2989 between 9am-4pm to sign up. Deliveries limited to Washtenaw County. Clients may instead send a neighbor or family member to pick up groceries at Hope during our normal grocery hours and meal times. We won’t take sign ups before the Monday of the week of delivery.
Thank you and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Contact, Emmeline Weinert, Food Programs Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
734.484-2989 x215. Hope Clinic: A Haven of Help + Healing
COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
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