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olli has open house for its winter classes

The Camp Verde Journal of Camp Verde, Arizona

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Yavapai College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Sedona and the Verde Valley will kick off its winter semester with A Taste of OLLI open house Thursday, Jan. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room M-137 at the Yavapai College Verde Valley campus, located at 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale.

Everyone is invited to enjoy food, friends, speakers and prizes this fun and free event. This is also a great opportunity to sample classes and workshops being offered, meet facilitators and sign up for classes.

OLLI's winter semester begins Monday, Jan. 26. OLLI began in Sedona in 2004, and then started offering classes in Clarkdale in 2005. Few classes were offered at first. Now there are over 120 low-cost learning groups and workshops happening on the Sedona and Verde Valley campuses, and over 800 members per year.

OLLI offers a set of classes and workshops for seasoned learners with curious minds and hearts. There is no age requirement to join — only a love of learning. The low-cost classes and workshops are peer taught in a relaxed learning environment. Learning groups meet weekly for six to eight weeks. Workshops and presentations happen throughout the term. Facilitators offer a wide range of topics, including health, finances, creativity, play, hiking and many more.

OLLI also offers free programs, including the Arizona Humanities talks, and the Lunch and Learn Program, which meets at the Sedona Center on Wednesdays, at 12:30 p.m., and the Verde Valley Campus on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Lunch and Learn features speakers from our local community and beyond. Complimentary coffee, tea, water and snacks are provided. Everyone is welcome.

None of the learning groups, presentations or workshops would be possible without the heart, passion and dedication of OLLI volunteers and volunteer facilitators.

OLLI is now accepting facilitator proposals for the spring and summer semesters. Is there a particular topic that you would enjoy sharing with mature, inquisitive and dynamic adults? There is no greater reward than to share what you love with others. You do not have to be a retired professor from a university to facilitate a class. The main requirement is a passionate interest in the subject.

Fall catalogs are available at local libraries and stores and online at the Yavapai College website. Call 649-4275 or visit the website for more information, to request a catalog be mailed to you or request a facilitator proposal form.

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Original Publication Date: January 14, 2015

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