Course Offerings

The Spring 2023 Courses List will be available on this page starting Monday, January 23. In the meantime, please choose classes using the Interactive Catalog PDF

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You must register for ALL Spring 2023 OLLI Courses & Activities, whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person.

  1. 1️⃣ View the courses ▲ Click on the Title to see the Course Description
  2. 2️⃣ Make note of the Course Registration Number (5-digit CRN number) for each course in which you want to enroll.
  3. 3️⃣ Please call our Continuing Education Registration Office at (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register.

The number of registrants may be limited due to room size and social distancing, so register quickly!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

⚠ All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

 Latest Updates: Class Moves, Cancellations, etc.

Urban Landscaping Made Easy (Virtual) • 2/21/23

NEW! Urban Landscaping Made Easy

Prerequisite: Must love urban farming and gardening!

Urban landscapes are all around us and setting them up for success is as easy as 1-2-3. Learn how healthy soil, proper plant selection, and irrigation sets the stage for beautiful sustainable urban landscapes. Starting from the ground up you can help any urban landscape not just survive, but thrive, in our ever-changing climate.

Instructor: Alicia Salmeron

Alicia is a CSUDH alumna (BA) and she is in her last year of graduate school at CSUDH (MA). She currently is the Farm Manager at Mudtown Farms in Watts, South Central LA. She has a passion for urban landscapes, growing food, our ever-changing climate, and soil. Her field of study is soil health and infiltration. Her goal is to help educate and share the knowledge she has gained over the years to help improve our individual microclimates (our urban landscapes). A small change can make a big difference.

February 21
Tuesday | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT
Zoom link: http://bit.ly/3hpJVFw
Fee: $10
NLLL 352 Section 02
CRN 28391

Conversational French for Adv Beginners (Virtual) • 9/12/22-11/28/22

Conversational French for Advanced Beginners and Beyond

The instructor will facilitate, encourage, and aid advanced beginners and intermediate students to engage in open-ended conversations. Themes will be based on various familiar topics suggested by the instructor and/or students. Students are to download the Duolingo App to do lessons independently throughout the semester. Be prepared to repeat, speak, and listen regularly to increase vocabulary, understanding and confidence.

Facilitators: Delyna Diop-Means, Judy Francis, Elyse Gura

12 Mondays
September 12, 19, 26: October 3, 10, 17, 24,31; Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 – 4:00 PM PT
Fee: $15
NLLL  154 Section 05
Course No 43649
Zoom


Delyna Diop-Means holds a B.A. and M.A. in French from UCLA with a minor in Spanish. She has lived in France and Senegal and has traveled to several other countries including Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica.  She is a 28-year retired teacher who was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Maryland School District, and the Department of Education of Senegal in West Africa.  Delyna has previously taught French, Spanish, English and a host of elementary level subjects.

Judy Francis has always been fascinated by travel, foreign languages, and cultures as well as the outdoors and sports. Judy majored in French and minored in Spanish, attended the Sorbonne University in Paris, and earned her BA and MBA degrees.  A former high school foreign language teacher in LAUSD and attorney, she later joined the U.S. Department of State, a career that combined all her interests and strengths; she spent the next 24 years serving as a U.S. Diplomat living and traveling in several countries.

Elyse Gura is a retired educator. Elyse majored in French and Italian at Brooklyn College. She taught French at Lefferts Junior High School in Brooklyn, as well as ESL for students from Haiti and Central American countries. Elyse changed careers but used her foreign languages through friends, work and travel. Elyse knows that language is a way to connect with people. She has always enjoyed this connection and hopes students in this class will agree.

LA Opera Talks - Fall 2022 Series (Virtual | In-Person) • 9/15/22-12/8/22

LA Opera Talks

In today’s environment, music, and specifically operatic music, can be uplifting. In our time period, LA Opera presents a series of Operatic music, performances, behind the scenes, actors, costumes, make-up, and the history of opera. Each lecture class will compose its own topic and speaker who presents lectures and videos of previous performances.

A glimpse into what’s next with LA Opera:

September 15 ● Lucia Di Lammermoor: A spellbinding Tale of marriage, madness, and murder

*NOTE: The 9/15 session only will be VIRTUAL; Zoom links will be sent to registrants directly.

Lucia is trapped in an impossible situation. Her abusive brother hates the man she loves. Worse, he's forcing her to marry someone else in a last-ditch effort to shore up the family's failing finances. Her only way out seems to be murder...

October 13 ● Omar: An inspiring true story about one man's faith and courage

In 1807, a 37-year-old scholar living in West Africa was captured and forced aboard a slave ship bound for Charleston, South Carolina. Omar Ibn Said's life and Muslim faith are remembered and retold in this inspirational West Coast premiere inspired by his remarkable 1831 autobiography.

November 11 ● Tosca: Floria Tosca, the famous opera singer, seems to have it all

Audiences cherish her artistry—and adore hearing about her tempestuous offstage romances. But as storms of repression and rebellion rage throughout Italy, the diva is forced to play a real-life role she never imagined.

December 8 ● Specialty Talk

Come join us for a specialized opera talk! More info to follow.

Facilitators:  LA Opera Community Educators

4 Thursdays
September 15, October 13, November 11, December 8
2:00 – 3:00 PM PT
Continuing & Professional Education EE-1217
Fee: $10
NLLL 152 Section 02
Course No 43654
* In-Person
(9/15: Virtual)

Let’s Read a Play! Series (Virtual) • 9/14/22–11/9/22

Let's Read a Play

Let’s Read a Play!

No stage or acting experience is required. Join our virtual class and have some fun and the chance to “polish” your dramatic skills. We hope you will enjoy the same interactive approach as the classroom experience of cold readings. Expect lively discussion regarding meaning and content. Parts will be assigned during the first 10-15 minutes of each class and depending on the number of students and the number of parts, expect changes to character roles at the break.

September 14 & 21 — Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

October 5 & 12 — Crimes in the Heart by Beth Henley

November 2 & 9 — The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam

Facilitator: OLLI Class members

6 Wednesdays
September 14, 21; October 5, 12; November 2, 9
1:30 – 3:30 PM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 154 Section 01
Course No 43645
Zoom

Have a suggestion for a Let's Read a Play selection?
Email your favorite play nomination to olli@csudh.edu to let us know!

Meet the Authors Series (Virtual) • 9/22/22–11/17/22

Meet the Authors Series for Fall 2022

Meet the Author gives members direct access to authors who share their personal stories, offer writing tips, and encourage members to “keep reading, keep writing, keep dreaming.” Learn how authors establish an emotional connection with their readers and draw them in with a compelling story. Whether writing fictional work or recounting historical events, creating a story that resonates with the audience is the best way to connect with readers.

3 Thursdays
September 22; October 20; November 17 (see below ▼)
1:00 – 3:00 PM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 154 Section 03
Course No 43647
After registration: https://csudh.zoom.us/j/89002133312

9/22 • First-BornMy New Neighbors | Florencia Levington Schabelman

The author will be presenting two books, one a children's book: “They both developed in very different ways. I will relate how I came up with both ideas and made it possible to edit, publish, and distribute both. I will explain each book and probably read an excerpt if there is interest. I will accept questions related to my personal experience in writing.”

Facilitator: Florencia Levinton Schabelman

Florencia Levinton Schabelman is from Buenos Aires and emigrated to the United States as a young adult. A Computer Science major at Buenos Aires National University, then in New Orleans, a tour guide, Certified Medical Manager, Florencia retired some years later as an Ultrasound Technician. First-Born is her first book, written in Spanish. Her second a children's book, My New Neighbors is bilingual — English and Spanish. Florencia lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.

10/20 • On Juneteenth | Annette Gordon Reed

Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Annette Gordon Reed will discuss how her book On Juneteenth analyzes the background and events of Juneteenth using family chronicles and memoir. As a Texas native and descendant of enslaved people, Ms. Gordon Reed will show us how she produced a truthful narrative of historical facts using personal anecdotes and poignant facts.

Facilitator: Anette Gordon Reed

Annette Gordon Reed is graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. She is a university professor and has taught at Rutgers, New York Law School, and Harvard. Ms. Gordon Reed has published 3 books: Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings, The Hemingses of Monticello, and On Juneteenth. She has won a Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award for her work on the Hemings family of Monticello.

11/17 • Future Millionaire Daily Motivational | Dennis Clayton

If one reads a page a day, this book will hopefully transform lives and make readers look at finances, problems, and home-life differently. Both an author and motivational speaker, Clayton provides readers and audiences with necessary tools to be successful in a diverse and evolving society. His first book, Teen Life Skills 101 is a guide for teens and young adults to become well-rounded.

Facilitator: Dennis Clayton

Dennis Clayton is an author and motivational speaker who provides readers and audiences with necessary tools to be successful in a diverse and evolving society. His first book, Teen Life Skills 101 is a guide to work with parents, teens, and young adults. In both of his books, Dennis discusses tools, strategies and principles needed to make sound decisions personally and financially.

 

Spanish for Beginners Series (Virtual) • 9/14/22-11/30/22

Spanish for Beginners

Learn Spanish for the first time or brush up on partially learned beginning Spanish. Instruction follows the Duolingo App sequence. Students will need to register to the Duolingo class link that the instructor provides to be an official student. Be prepared to repeat, speak, read, write, and listen ideally at least 15 minutes a day on a regular basis to increase vocabulary, understanding and confidence.

Facilitators: Judy Francis & Delyna Diop-Means

12 Wednesdays
September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
12:00 – 1:00 PM PT
Fee: $15
NLLL 154 Section 04
Course No 43648
Zoom


Delyna Diop-Means holds a B.A. and M.A. in French from UCLA with a minor in Spanish. She has lived in France and Senegal and has traveled to several other countries including Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica. She is a 28-year retired teacher who was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Maryland School District, and the Department of Education of Senegal in West Africa.  Delyna has previously taught French, Spanish, English and a host of elementary level subjects.

Judy Francis has always been fascinated by travel, foreign languages, and cultures as well as the outdoors and sports. Judy majored in French and minored in Spanish, attended the Sorbonne University in Paris, and earned her BA and MBA degrees. A former high school foreign language teacher in LAUSD and attorney, she later joined the U.S. Department of State, a career that combined all her interests and strengths; she spent the next 24 years serving as a U.S. Diplomat living and traveling in several countries. She worked at eight U.S. Embassies; each assignment was for 2-4 years. Retired, Judy loves playing tennis, giving presentations at high school career development programs, and traveling.

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 Performing Arts

Classic Jazz 111 (In-Person) • 3/2/23–4/13/23

Classic Jazz 111: “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life...” 

–Art Blakey

This six-session series is a continuation of our Classic Jazz series, where we examine the world of Jazz through the eyes and ears of an avid enthusiast. Audio and video selections will be extensively utilized, along with discussions of the music, the performers, and the literature.

March 2 — 1959 What a Year for Jazz!

March 9 — Jazz A through Z, Part 3

March 16 — Women in Jazz: A Re-Examination

March 23 — Classic Jazz Collaborations

March 30 — No Class— Spring Recess

April 6 — Profiles of Selected Jazz Artists

April 13 — Voice Your Choice: You select the artist to be profiled

Facilitator: Chet Hanley, Lecturer for DHTV at CSUDH

March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13
6 Thursdays | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm PT
In Person | CCPE-1213
Fee: $10
NLLL 152 Section 03
CRN 28387

A Fulfilled Lifestyle - One Musician's Adventure (Hybrid) • 2/9/23

NEW! Keys and Steps to a Fulfilled Lifestyle – One Musician’s Adventure

How I was able to create an interesting life in various stages. My journey from a dream in my mind to an excellent musician who travels the world with his son.

Instructor: Ricky Washington

Ricky began his career as a music teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District, and has been a professional musician for the last fifty years. Ricky is also an author; you can find three of his poetry books on Apple. His hobbies are running marathons and writing poetry.

February 9
Thursday | 10:00 am – 11:50 am PT
Hybrid |
In-person Location: CCPE Room 1217
Zoom link: http://bit.ly/3Fo51My
Fee: $10
NLLL 152 Section 01 CRN 28385

Opera Decoded: Coming to a Stage Near You (In-Person) • 2/9/23-5/11/23

Opera Decoded: Coming to a Stage Near You

In today’s environment, music, and specifically operatic music, can be uplifting. In our time period, LA Opera presents a series of Operatic music, performances, behind the scenes, actors, costumes, make-up, and the history of opera. Each lecture class will compose its own topic and speaker who presents lectures and videos of previous performance.

A glimpse into what’s next with LA Opera:

February 9 | The Marriage of Figaro
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something… threatening to throw Figaro’s wedding plans into disarray. Count Almaviva’s wandering eye has landed on his wife’s maid Susanna, who’s about to marry his own manservant Figaro. Racing against the clock, Figaro quickly concocts a plan to outwit his master. Will the wily duo outwit the Count in time to save the day?

March 23 | Pelléas and Mélisande
Lost in the forest, a prince encounters an ethereal beauty with a mysterious past (and lush locks that would make Rapunzel envious). But after she’s brought home to his family, she begins to grow increasingly close to his handsome younger brother.

April 13 | Specialty Talk: TBD

May 11 | Othello
Verdi meets Shakespeare in the crowning achievement of Italian Opera. Othello is a beloved leader, a distinguished military commander and a devoted husband. But when an envious subordinate introduces the notion—just the slightest whispered hint—that Othello’s wife Desdemona might possibly be unfaithful, it’s enough to send him into a downward spiral of fury and murder.

Coordinator: LA Opera Educators

February 9, March 23, April 13, May 11
4 Thursdays | 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm PT
In Person | CCPE-1209
Fee: $10
NLLL 152 Section 02
CRN 28386

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 Discussion Groups

We are pleased to embark on another year of active learning and discussions of current topics.

TED Talks with Denise Jefferson Series (Virtual) • 9/12/22–12/5/22

TED Talks

TED Talks with Denise Jefferson

Join us via Zoom to watch TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks – short videos (18 minutes or less). Then, as a group, we will share and have a fun conversation about the topic.

Speakers in the videos work passionately to spread accurate, easy-to-understand information and well-formed ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can, often through storytelling.

September 12 — The 4 Phases of Retirement - Dr. Riley Moynes

September 26 — How a "Hi Level" Mindset Helps You Realize Your Potential - Cordae

October 10 — The End of Roe v Wade and What Comes Next - Kathryn Kolbert

October 24 — How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at A Time - Baratunde Thurston

November 7 — Become the Person You Can't Imagine - Norman Bacal

November 21 — The Black History of Twerking and How It Taught Me Self-Love - Lizzo

December 5 — Why Are Some People Left-Handed? – Daniel M. Abrams

Facilitator: Denise Jefferson

7 Mondays
September 12, 26; October 10, 24; November 7, 21; December 5
12:00 – 1:00 PM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 258 Section 01
Course No 43641
Zoom


Denise Jefferson has been a member of OLLI for four years. She is the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and Volunteer Coordinator. Denise retired as a Trainer for Customer Service Representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; she so proudly calls her Good Government Job after 32 years of service. Denise enjoys volunteering and meeting people. She is involved with the Compton Community Empowerment Coalition with Mayor Emma Sharif, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Thirty-Third District PTA, and Vice President of Programs with Compton Union Council PTA. Denise has enjoyed meeting and bonding with many good people through OLLI. Denise Jefferson is a breast cancer "survivor". 

Thursday Morning Book Club Series (Virtual) • 9/22/22–1/26/23

Thursday Morning Book Club

Thursday Morning Book Club

The book club is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of a variety of subjects. Members select, read, and discuss books from various genres. During the monthly meetings, members have an opportunity to express their points of view of the books. Join the book club for lively discussions, learning diverse perspectives and of course socializing.

September 22 — The Professor by Robert Baily

October 27 — Orchestration by Saundra Henderson-Windom

December 1 — A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

January 26, 2023 — The Lions of 5th Avenue by Fiona Davis

Facilitators: OLLI Book Club Members

4 Mondays
September 22; October 27; December 1; January 26, 2023
10:00 – 11:00 AM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 154 Section 02
Course No 43646
Zoom

Have a suggestion for a Book Club selection?
Email your favorite book nomination to olli@csudh.edu to let us know!

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 Health and Wellness / Lifestyle

OLLI is pleased to offer such great health and wellness activities as T’ai Chi Chuan, Fun & Games, and Social Tennis for Seniors as learning experiences that optimize brain fitness and promote physical fitness through exercise and coordination. Enjoy!

Aging Gracefully and Gratefully Series (Hybrid) • 10/3/22-11/17/22

Aging Gracefully and Gratefully

This 3-part series class is designed for Seniors to share and compare areas that we all will experience as we age. Each experience is different, so we learn from each other. Aging is inevitable. As we study and examine what the experts have to say about aging, we learn from each other by sharing our individual experiences. Attitudes, decisions, choices, and acceptance are guidelines that assist us on this road called "aging". Class participants are encouraged to suggest additional aging issues that are affecting them. We will discuss and explore various concepts, share techniques, and consider how to age "gracefully and gratefully".

October 3 — Session 1: Health

Mental, Physical, Emotional Losses: Senses (Seeing, Hearing, Tasting, Feeling, Smelling) Bereavement (Loved Ones) Dementia (Alzheimer's Disease, Senility) Elder Abuse [Hotline # 877 477-3646]

October 10 — Session 2: Personal

Diet (Weight gain/loss) Exercise Sleep/Habits Intimacy Spirituality/Religion

November 17 — Session 3: Business

Retirement Will/Family Trust Finances (Will you outlive your money?) Fraud New Technology Legacy (What will you pass on?) Five A's are presented as food for thought – Awareness, Acceptance, Adaptability, Appreciation and Attitude

Facilitator/Facilitator: Frankie Stewart

Frankie Stewart is an active member of OLLI for more than 10 years. A CSUDH alum with a B.S. in Sociology and a Master’s in Behavioral Science: Gerontology. Frankie retired from Kaiser Permanente after 33 years of service with the last 25 years as a Healthcare Administrator. Frankie currently works for the City of Carson as a welcoming receptionist; she’s also a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson and is active in the Carson’s Women’s Club and the South-Central Community Center. In 1996 Frankie was crowned Ms. Senior America.

3 Mondays
October 3, 10; November 17
1:00 – 2:00 PM PT
Continuing & Professional Education EE-1209
Fee: $10

NLLL 355 Section 07 – In-Person Attendance
Course No 43656

NLLL 355 Section 07 – Online Attendance
Course No 43657
Hybrid


Frankie Stewart loves OLLI! She has been a member for more than 10 years and currently facilitates Aging Gracefully and Gratefully for OLLI members. Frankie graduated from CSUDH with a B.S. in Sociology and a Master’s in behavioral science with a discipline in gerontology. Frankie retired from Kaiser Permanente after 33 years of service with the last 25 years as a Healthcare Administrator. Frankie currently works for the City of Carson as a welcoming receptionist. She also is a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson and is active in the Carson’s Women’s Club and the South-Central Community Center. In 1996 Frankie was crowned Ms. Senior America. While serving as Ms. Senior America touring the country, Frankie used her speaking and singing voice, her pride, and her demeanor to dramatically demonstrate with Ms. Senior America is all about – a woman of “Inner Beauty” and the Age of Elegance for women 60 plus during the ’90s. Frankie is known to many OLLI members as an intelligent, delightful, enthusiastic, and caring individual.

Crafting with the Cricut for Seniors Series (In-Person) • 9/16/22-12/9/22

Crafting with the Cricut for Seniors

Come join OLLI members to create projects with their Cricut Cutting Machine. Beginners to professional users can enjoy this time together. Please bring your own Cricut, laptop, and materials.

Facilitator: Norma Bates

Fridays
September 16–December 9
2:00 – 4:00 PM PT

Continuing & Professional Education EE-1209
Fee: $15
NLLL 151 Section 01
Course No 43677
In-Person

Crocheting for Health Series (In-Person) • 9/27/22-11/15/22

Crocheting for Health

Let's complete a project for Fall! Crocheting is a part of our health living series. It stimulates our brains and can promote mental health by reducing stress. Class times are scheduled to allow a solid beginning in the art and skill of crocheting, as well as for feedback on progress.

Facilitator: Eula Slater

8 Tuesdays
September 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15
1:30 – 3:30 PM PT
Continuing & Professional Education EE-1222
Fee: $10
NLLL 355 Section 05
Course No 43637
In-Person 


Eula Slater is a 13-year OLLI member and Registered Dietitian.

Fun & Games (In-Person) • 9/16/22–12/2/22

Fun & Games

Fun & Games

This class is all about having fun, friendship, and "exercising" our brains! An assortment of games will be provided but class members are encouraged to bring their own games to share. We'll have on hand "brain games" along with such favorites as Mexican Train (a dominos game), Scrabble, Tripoley, Rummy Tiles, Jenga, Cribbage, Chess, playing cards, and coloring books, to name a few. We'll break into groups and play familiar games and learn some new ones.

Facilitator: Valerie Dingwall

6 Fridays
September 16; October 7, 21; November 4, 18; December 2
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PT
Continuing & Professional Education EE-1222
Fee: $10
NLLL 355 Section 04
Course No 43636
In-Person


Valerie is a former aerospace employee with TRW (now Northrup Grumman), retiring in 1992. She has lived in Carson since 1967. In 2010, Valerie and her late husband, David joined OLLI thanks to an OLLI outreach mailer. They were pleasantly surprised at what OLLI had to offer and signed up immediately. OLLI introduced them to many new friends and social activities. A willing helper, Valerie was once a volunteer for Torrance Memorial Medical Center for over 20 years. She also served on the curriculum committee for OLLI. Because of the variety of games at her home, Valerie decided to share them with OLLI members. As a result, Fun and Games has been around for several years and has had a faithful following the pandemic.

Living Well for Older Adults Series (In-Person) • 9/15/22-12/1/22

Living Well for Older Adults

This fall we will continue our garden-to-table series with the Prime series Grow Cook Eat. Grow Cook Eat is a series about how you can grow your own food: you can grow vegetables and fruit in a very small garden, or even in containers on an apartment balcony; you don't need half an acre or a polytunnel to do it. Each episode focuses on a particular vegetable and takes us through the entire process, from sowing the seed, to harvesting, to cooking.

Facilitator: Eula Slater

5 Thursdays
September 29; October 13, 27; November 10; December 1
1:30 – 3:00 PM PT
Continuing & Professional Education EE-1205 on 9/29/22 only • EE-1209 all other dates
Fee: $10
NLLL 355 Section 02
Course No 43634
In-Person


Eula Slater is a 13-year OLLI member and Registered Dietitian.

Social Tennis (In-Person) • Year-Round

Donald Means’ Vision:
“We will be the fittest seniors we  know.”

Social Tennis

The game of tennis is a lifetime sport. Now is the opportune time to join our virtual class. We are a group with many different attributes who enjoy a moderate level of physical activity. The tennis class has wonderful benefits, just to name a couple:

  • It's fun and the social interaction is great.
  • We participate in medium stretching and warm-up exercises.
  • Instructions are easy.
  • We gain knowledge of tennis rules and tennis etiquette.
  • We continue to learn the essentials of tennis beginning with the classic grip, forehand, backhand, serve, volley, topspin, drop shot, and doubles play.

To get started, have a tennis racket available, and wear comfortable clothing.

Facilitator: Donald Means

Year-Round, TWICE Weekly
Every Tuesday & Friday beginning September 13
9:00 – 10:30 AM PT
CSUDH Tennis Courts
Fee: $15
NLLL 355 Section 01
Course No 43633
In Person


A 12-year member of OLLI, Donald has been a volunteer OLLI coach for 10 years and has served on many committees. As a travel enthusiast, Donald has initiated travel groups for OLLI members that included trips to Sedona, Grand Canyon, New York China, Paris, and Cuba.

Tai Chi Chuan for Beginning & Intermediate Students (In-Person) • 9/16/22-11/11/22

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan for Beginning & Intermediate Students

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art based on the Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang. In this class, we will explore the slow, continuous movements of Yang style Tai Chi, which is accessible to everyone regardless of age or physical ability. Join us in exploring this ancient art, which is still practiced worldwide today, known to bring about strength and energy, optimum health and body awareness, improved balance and coordination, relaxation and stress reduction, and community and lasting friendships. Please wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes.

Instructors: Linda Kahn & Jerry Larson

Questions? Please email Linda: donlin@earthlink.net

9 Fridays
September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11
10:00 – 11:30 AM PT
Continuing & Professional Education EE-1218
Fee: $15
NLLL 355 Section 03
Course No 43635
In-Person


Linda Kahn is a UCLA graduate and began studying Yang style Tai Chi in 1979 following back surgery. She quickly knew Tai Chi was “for her” and studied continuously for 15-16 years, resuming her studies in 2014. Linda has been an OLLI member 9+ years and has been teaching the OLLI Tai Chi class continuously beginning in 2018; most recently with Jerry Larson.

Jerry Larson has a graduate background in Linguistics and Communicative Disorders and is a veteran of the Human Potential Movement. He also began studying Taiji in 1978 and has always returned to it. He has studied various styles and is especially interested in the internal aspects of Taiji and qigong.

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 History and Social Science

Deep dive into all aspects of history with these fascinating lectures exploring American History.

⏩ The Thrill of Sugar Hill (Virtual) • 2/1/23

The Thrill of Sugar Hill (Spring 2023)

The historical significance of the West Adams area in LA is also known as "Sugar Hill". Black entertainers and businessmen and women not only revived the West Adams area, but they also challenged racist covenants and laid the groundwork for the Fair Housing Act.

Facilitator: Peggy Barton

1 Wednesday
February 1, 2023
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 251 Section 07
Course No xxxxx
Zoom


Peggy Barton is a retired social studies educator; she has done research at the National Archives and the Smithsonian on minorities and women and their role in American history, which has been incorporated into the MCPS (Montgomery County Public School System - Rockville, MD) Social Studies curriculum. Her love of history continued after retirement when she relocated to California. She is a volunteer docent for the California African American Museum (CAAM) for the past 12 years, presenting and guiding exhibit tours. Finally, she is a proud member of OLLI (since 2015), and has provided presentations in numerous programs, such as Juneteenth and various Black History Month topics.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Virtual) • 10/20/22

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Join Gerry Mansell, a former sentinel, for a history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as he shares the duties and responsibilities of those who guard the Unknowns.

Facilitator: Gerry Mansell

1 Thursday
October 20
10:00 – 11:30 AM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 251 Section 05
Course No 43662
Zoom


Gerry Mansell was a Sentinel and Assistant Relief Commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from April 1982 to September 1983. Gerry was awarded the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge #259. He has given this presentation in person numerous times, and via Zoom about 30 times. Gerry retired from the US Army in July 1995 at the rank of Sergeant First Class.

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 International Scholar Seminars/Osher Lecture Series

In partnership with the CSUDH Office of International Education, we have organized lectures and seminars that address some of the major events that have impacted our lives.

OSL: The Prophetic Voice of Toni Morrison (Hybrid) • 11/30/22

Osher Lecture Series:

The Prophetic Voice of Toni Morrison: On Women, Race, and Ethical Citizenship

This lecture will focus on the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Beloved" by the Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, to examine the ways in which her fiction addresses women's issues in general, but also specifically in terms of their bodies being the site of production and reproduction. The complexity of issues that enslaved women faced in regard to the law at an earlier historical moment opens a window into the meaning of ethical citizenship in times of crisis in America today.

Facilitator: Dr. Marilyn Mobley

Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley is an emerita professor of English and African American Studies and former Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A Toni Morrison scholar, ordained minister, and grief recovery consultant, she has taught for over 40 years, worked in executive leadership, and lectured throughout the US and overseas. She is the author of a spiritual memoir, The Strawberry Room and Other Places Where a Woman Finds Herself (Westbow Press) and is currently at work on a new book on Toni Morrison, under contract with Temple University Press.

1 Wednesday
November 30
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Continuing & Professional Education EE-1209
Fee: $10

NLLL 401 Section 01 | In-Person Attendance
Course No 43675

NLLL 401 Section 02 | Online Attendance
Course No 43676

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 Science & Technology

Don’t Become a Victim! Protect Yourself from Fraud (Virtual) • 9/20/22

Don’t Become a Victim! Learn to Protect Yourself from Fraud

Millions of Californians are falling prey to pandemic-inspired frauds and scams (especially seniors). More than ever, it’s important to learn how to protect your financial and personal information. This presentation will provide both a brief overview as well as resources, bringing awareness to trending frauds and scams, and tools to help prevent becoming a victim.

Facilitator: Jackie Wiley, Targeted Outreach Specialist

1 Tuesday
September 20
10:30 – 11:30 AM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 255 Section 02
Course No 43678
Zoom


Jackie started her career with the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) in the Enforcement Division serving on the front lines of consumer services. Since 2001, she has dedicated her work in the community, frequently speaking on financial literacy topics to inform seniors on how to recognize the warning signs of financial and investment fraud and scams, mortgage/foreclosure frauds, and to help empower consumers of all ages in making informed financial decisions.

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 Field Trips & Virtual Docent Tours

Kuruvungna Village Springs & Cultural Center (In-Person) • 11/12/22

Kuruvungna Village Springs & Cultural Center in Santa Monica, CA

The story of the Tongva people will be told during the in-person tour. Known as the Gabrieleno Tongva Springs, the Tongva tribe, which means “people of the earth”, is located in Tongva Park, opposite the Santa Monica Pier, and celebrates and honors Santa Monica’s earliest inhabitants. Now in the shadow of West Los Angeles development, the Kuruvungna Springs once supported the thriving Tongva village of Kuruvungna, meaning “a place where we are in the sun.” The springs were used as a source of freshwater by the Tongva since at least the 5th century B.C., producing up to 25,000 gallons daily. Much later, they even supplied water to a budding Santa Monica.

Location: 
Kuruvungna Village Springs & Cultural Center - University High School, 1439 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025 Contact: (310) 806-2418

Facilitator:

1 Saturday
November 12
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 270 Section 01
Course No 43668
In-Person

New Wishing Tree Park Tour (In-Person) • 10/5/22

New Wishing Tree Park Tour – Built on Federal EPA Superfund Site

(Requires 10+ participants)

A special sneak preview guided tour of new 8.5-acre park built on the Del Amo Federal EPA Superfund site located in the Unincorporated Los Angeles area known as West Carson. It is the first park ever in the area and has been 18 years in the making. The park's grand opening ceremony is slated for late November 2022.

Learn how the local non-profit Del Amo Action Committee overcame the odds to get a park built on a Superfund site. View the ballpark, basketball courts, futsal court, walking trails, picnic and BBQ areas, and children's playgrounds. See the original Wishing Tree and the new tree that anchors the contemplative area.      

Facilitators: Margaret Manning and Orji Ezieme

Safety: Supervisor will be present, and no hazardous construction will be performed during the tour

Location: 1007 W 204th St, Torrance, CA 90502

Parking: Inside the park via the gates located at Budlong Avenue and 204th Street, Torrance 90502

1 Wednesday
October 5
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 370 Section 03
Course No 43679
In-Person

Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach Tour (In-Person) • 10/1/22

Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach Tour

A private guided tour to Rancho Los Alamitos Gardens and Historic Barnyard in Long Beach

A Long Beach City Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rancho is located on Tongva-Gabrielino land known as Povuun’nga. From the Tongva people who lived and gathered at Povuun’nga to newcomers from Spain, Mexico, the United States, and beyond, the site has nurtured a great diversity of peoples and cultures over thousands of years.

Facilitator:

1 Saturday
October 1
10:30 – 11:30 AM PT
Location: 6400 E Bixby Hill Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815

Fee: $10
NLLL 370 Section 01
Course No 43666
In-Person

Urban Hiking in the South Bay Series (In-Person) • 10/31/22-11/21/22

Walkers, get your gear together! We will be taking four urban hikes. The first meeting will be at CSUDH. We meet in a classroom for an introduction, sign waivers, and receive information on the locations of the other three urban hikes. Then we will take our first urban hike on the CSUDH campus. The other hikes will be in the South Bay. These hikes will be low impact on flat or gently rolling sidewalks or pathways. Wear a hat, durable shoes, sunscreen, and bring water to drink.

Facilitators: Janice Champion & Lori Davidson Fox

4 Mondays
October 31; November 7, 14, 21
9:00 – 11:00 AM PT
Fee: $10
NLLL 370 Section 2
Course No 43667
In-Person


Janice Champion led the Urban Hiking class each fall and spring since 2016 (until the pandemic). She loves walking through various neighborhoods and discovering those curiosities one misses when driving around.

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