The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida will host a Winter Open House from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the historic Centro Asturiano Ballroom,1913 N. Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City.
There will be complimentary breakfast snacks, and many faculty members will be there to discuss their classes. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor who will speak on “Tampa’s Focus on Four: A Safe City.”
OLLI-USF will offer 94 college-type courses, lectures, trips and educational programs throughout the Tampa area during the winter term.
Classes and lectures that will begin in late January include “Exploring Hillsborough County Wildlands” with Gail Parsons at Lettuce Lake Park on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa. The park also will host “Natural Hillsborough: A 2014 Audubon Adventure with Sandra Reed.”
Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church on Fletcher Avenue will host several computer science classes, including “More Adventures in Word” with Shirley Deeter, “Computers I with Windows 7: The Very Beginning” with Cecelia Vance, and “Tuning and Maintaining your Personal Computer” with Myron Thorner.
In New Tampa, the Pebble Creek Community Center will host “Foreign Policy Discussion Group: Great Decisions 2014” with Fred Barthmus and Richard Isinghood. Gen. John Brickley will offer the same course in South Tampa at Horizon Bay at Hyde Park.
Downtown, the Tampa Bay History Center, with Lee Leavengood moderating, will present three classes: “The Sicilian Connection,” “Importance of Maps in the Civil War” and “Florida in the Space Age.” The Tampa Museum of Art will feature “China’s Cultural History with Kun Shi.”
The Canterbury Tower on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa will offer “Winning Strategies for Successful Aging” with Eric Pfeiffer, “History of the U.S. Federal Government” with Jack Espinosa, “Emily Dickinson’s Spiritual Poems” with Carolyn Cooley and two computer classes with Sherry Foecking.
University Village on North 22nd Street will feature “G. Bell: The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq” with Joe Menasce, and John Knox Village on East Fletcher Avenue will be the site of several computer classes, as well as “Examining the U.S. Constitution” with Mike Pheneger and “People and Events in Mathematics” with Fred Zerla.
OLLI courses meet weekly for two hours and last six weeks. They are taught by retired professors, current faculty and qualified professionals. There are no grades or homework, but lots of learning with fellow lifelong lovers of education.
The open house is free, and all ages are welcome. To RSVP, leave a message at (813) 974-8036. For information on OLLI at USF programs, call Joseph R. McAuliffe at (813) 974-5166 or visit OLLI’s web page: www.usf seniors.org