OLLI Schedule

FALL 2017:

Art 101 at 321

Art 321 is Casper’s newest place to hang out and create art. This fun class is for beginners with no art experience, artists looking to try something new, or anyone wanting to improve their art skills. We will experiment with drawing, watercolor painting, mixed media art, and ceramics under the guidance of knowledgeable instructors in each art form. Wednesday, Oct. 4, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2062
  • Wed., Oct. 11 to Nov. 1
  • 1-4 p.m.
  • Location: Art 321, 321 Midwest St.
  • Instructors: Art 321 staff and Art Guild members
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $35
Art Talk

Similar to the impressionist painters in the cafes of Paris or the abstract expressionists gathering at the Cedar Bar in SoHo, this class is based on the tradition of artists gathering to consider and explore new ideas, challenge preconceived notions, and gain insight, energy, and inspiration from intelligent discussion. The instructor will facilitate, but the discussion may explore any art topic participants decide upon including finding meaning in art, painting methods and materials, art and history, or understanding modern art. We will use internet and other media resources to access images, museum websites, etc.

  • Course # OLLI 4040
  • Mon., Oct. 23 to Nov. 27
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Mark Larson
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Be Czar: 1000 Years of Russian History

For centuries the Russian Bear has frightened, perplexed, and bemused the world. It appears to be a land of paradoxes: high culture and low barbarity, remarkable achievement, and crude simplicity. This class will trace nearly a thousand years of history, from Christian conversion to Communist Revolution, and outline what makes the Russians Russian.

  • Course # OLLI 7070
  • Tue. and Thur., Oct. 3, 5, 10, and 12
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone I

Skype, Facetime, Pinterest, Safari, Pandora, Talking Tom, Soundhound, Flipboard, Cariograph, Everyday Jigsaw, and apps are not mythical creatures or a foreign language; they are words associated with iPads and iPhones. Learn how to use these applications to communicate with family, check your pulse, discover the latest songs, and create screensavers using your artwork and photographs. Be prepared to have fun in this hands-on class. Bring an iPad or iPhone updated to the latest operating system and your Apple ID and password.

  • Course # OLLI 1815
  • Tue., Oct. 3 to 24
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 218
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone II

This continuation of “Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone I” will provide a more in-depth discussion of the features covered in the first class and advanced features on your device. This is a hands-on class. Bring an iPad or iPhone updated to the latest operating system and your Apple ID and password. Be prepared to have fun. “Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone I” is a prerequisite to take this class.

  • Course # OLLI 1816
  • Tue., Nov. 7 to 28
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 218
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Bucket List Ballet

It is never too late to discover your inner grace. Perhaps learning about ballet has been on your bucket list for a while, or you would like to learn simple ballet moves to improve your posture, get exercise, and move through life gracefully. Delve into the history of ballet and practice the basics of posture, positions, carriage of the arms, and footwork. Each class will begin with a warm-up and move on to stretching and basic classical ballet steps. No previous dance experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing.

  • Course # OLLI 2110
  • Fri., Sept. 15 to 29
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: AH 308
  • Instructor: Lucia Hill
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
By Request: Movies You Have Asked For

This is it OLLIs! A class comprised of your requests from either a particular category – comedy, drama, mystery, etc.; specific actor or actress; or specific title. If you are attending “Put a Smile on Your Face: Outstanding Comedy Films,” you will be able to submit your requests during that class. If you won’t be attending that class, but will be attending this class, send your requests to icenogle@caspercollege.edu for a chance to see them during this class!

  • Course # OLLI 2080
  • Thur., Nov. 2 to Dec. 14 (No class on Nov. 23)
  • 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Casper Rocks: Creativity, Community, and Hidden Treasure

Join a nationwide trend that combines scavenger hunts, deciphering clues, artistic inspiration, and community building. Casper Rocks is an open Facebook group where members design and paint rocks, hide them in public spaces, and post clues to their whereabouts. Receive a tutorial on how to download the Facebook app to your phone, interact with this group site, and post pictures. Class will include painting of rocks and a fun fieldtrip to hide the finished treasures. Bring your phone and Facebook username and login to class. Monday, Sept. 11, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2052
  • Mon. and Wed., Sept. 18 and 20
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructors: Laura Driscoll and OLLI staff
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7
Dinner and a Movie: “Fiddler on the Roof”

This critically acclaimed musical comedy-drama from 1971 stars Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, and Paul Mann. Based on the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name and directed by Norman Jewison, “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman trying to marry off his three oldest daughters. The film was nominated for eight Oscars including best director and best actor. Friday, Oct. 20, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2082
  • Fri., Oct. 27
  • 5:30-9 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $20
Do Not be a Victim: Defense Tactics for Boomers

There are tactics to cope with situations that arise in which you may need to defend yourself. We will discuss how to avoid current scams, situational awareness, and strategies for scenarios such as active shooter and home security. The instructor will demonstrate the principles of balance, strength and joint manipulation, and how to avoid dangerous situations. This is a physical class. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. There will be an hour and a half break each day for lunch.

  • Course # OLLI 3060
  • Mon. and Tue., Oct. 30 and 31
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Jeremy Shearer
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Essential Oils for Pets

Essential oils have beneficial applications for pets. Explore essential oils uses with pets and the importance of using quality oils. Take a fieldtrip to a barn to see application techniques for pets and observe an equine raindrop demonstration, a technique that uses specific oils to help build a horse’s immune system. Thursday, Sept. 7, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 3010
  • Thur., Sept. 14
  • 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Field Trip: Thur., Sept. 21
  • 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Bus departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute parking lot
  • Instructor: Jessie LeClair
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7
Fabulous Nails and Tales

Pamper yourself with a spa manicure and learn something new. Hear tales about strange beauty practices throughout history and how NASCAR has changed the beauty industry with advances in mani and pedi products, all while receiving a spa manicure. A spa manicure includes a milk bath soak, warm water soak, scrub and massage, hot towel treatment, cuticle care, filing, lotion massage, and choice of nail polish color. (Remember to tip your manicurist.) Leave class feeling prettier and smarter. Friday, Nov. 3, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 3000
  • Fri., Nov. 10
  • 10 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Rocky Mountain Academy of Hair, Skin, and Nails, 315 E. 5th St.
  • Instructors: Carol Chapman and Kirby Morris
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $12
Fanny Kelly: Ambush on the Oregon Trail

On a beautiful summer day in 1864, a band of Sioux attacked a small group of travelers on the banks of Little Box Elder Creek in Wyoming on their way to the Idaho gold fields; thus began Fanny Kelly’s months of enslavement through a bitter winter. In this reenactment presentation, Fanny Kelly recounts her story of being kidnapped, life among her captors, and eventual release and return home.

  • Course # OLLI 7080
  • Wed., Sept. 27
  • 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 225
  • Instructor: India Hayford
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
French Film Friday: “Chasse-Galerie-La Légende”

Enjoy a post-Halloween cinematic celebration of an old Québécois story about bewitched canoes and deals struck with the devil in 2016’s “Chasse-Galerie: La Légende.” The movie interweaves the Canadian legend of the bewitched canoe into a 19th century love story that takes place between logging camps, an isolated Québec town, and Montréal. Joe is a logger deep in the woods who just might strike a deal with a stranger to get one more chance to see Liza, a girl in town, on a fateful winter’s night. We will discuss the traditions and places shown In the film and enjoy dinner with this spooky, new release from French Canada. Thursday, Oct. 26, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2111
  • Fri., Nov. 3
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 100
  • Instructor: Charles Ewing
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $20
Game of Pones: History and Practice of Cribbage

Rock the crib with us as we learn (or re-learn) the rules of cribbage, an old English game: the card game with the pegboard. We will familiarize ourselves with two- and three-handed versions of cribbage, play some rounds, and discuss cribbage history and its overlooked contributions to our vocabulary. Cribbage is a fun and intensely social game that can re-connect us with the grandparents who first taught us, hone math skills, and develop strategic thinking. In the Game of Pones, you win or you may get skunked. Our last class session will be at a traditional pub-like setting to experience a true cribbage experience. Monday, Sept. 4, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2051
  • Mon. and Wed., Sept. 11 and 13
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 284
  • Fri., Sept. 15
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Charles Ewing
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $15
Getting to Know Essential Oils

The world of essential oils is full of promise, but knowing how to use them can be confusing. Discover the origin and history of essential oils and how they work with bodily systems including muscular, respiratory, and emotional and are used to create a toxin-free environment and clean homes. Essential oils can also be used in cooking. The class will make fall-themed recipes such as hot apple cider and a great game-day snack. Thursday, Sept. 28, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 3011
  • Thur., Oct. 5 to 26
  • 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223 and 224
  • Instructor: Connie Daviau
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7
Growing up Volga

Germans who migrated to Russia under a deal with Catherine the Great later found they needed to migrate again, this time to America. Volga Germans migrated to the Midwest beginning in the 1870s. The majority of the instructor’s ancestors ended up in Kansas where they created colonies centralized around their religion and culture. Learn about what has happened to these immigrant families since migrating, discuss their customs and culture, and cook a few Volga German comfort foods for everyone to taste. Tuesday, Nov. 21, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2020
  • Fri., Dec. 1
  • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: Pam Jones
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $14
Hear! Hear!

Reduce the stress associated with hearing loss by increasing your knowledge on the topic. We will discuss the types of hearing loss, hearing aid and cochlear implant features, telecommunication equipment, smartphone apps, public accommodations, and resources. Presenters from the community, including an audiologist and equipment distribution program manager, will also present. Lunch will be provided.

  • Course # OLLI 4020
  • Tue., Sept. 19
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructors: Chameen Stratton and Wyoming Relay staff
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Hidden Collections: Game and Fish Historical Center

Casper is full of little known collections. From time to time, we will seek them out and meet the people who curate these lovely gems of local history. Our first foray into a hidden collection will be at Wyoming Game and Fish. Learn about the Game and Fish Historical Center and the treasures it contains.

  • Course # OLLI 7020
  • Wed., Nov. 15
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: Wyoming Game and Fish, 3030 Energy Lane
  • Instructor: Janet Milek
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
History of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Learn the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy, how each practice developed, and how they are used in a therapeutic setting. Hypnosis is commonly associated with comedy acts seen on stage; however, it can be a powerful counseling tool. Hypnotherapy is a treatment intervention. Clients are induced into a relaxed, suggestible state to focus on their inner feelings, relieve symptoms, resolve inner conflicts, or dissolve inner trauma. Hypnosis can empower and validate that we have all the answers within us. Experience self-hypnosis techniques to help relax and control your mind. The instructor is a licensed hypnotherapist.

  • Course # OLLI 3020
  • Tue. and Thur., Nov. 14 and 16
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Wes Bertagnole
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Holocaust I

Explore the foundations of the Third Reich beginning immediately after World War I. We will discuss the economic, military, and social factors that directly and indirectly led to the rise of National Socialism in Germany and examine the personal characteristics of Adolf Hitler and other members of the NDSAP hierarchy that influenced the development of political and social doctrine and the legal maneuvering that legitimized genocide.

  • Course # OLLI 7031
  • Wed., Oct. 11 to Nov. 8
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 183
  • Instructor: Lance Jones
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Introduction to Geocaching

Score cool points with the grandkids by learning how to play the original global positioning game: geocaching. Use a smart phone or mobile device to hunt for real objects (caches) that people have hidden around town. Learn about cache types, travel bugs, and geo-coins. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, hat, sunblock, your mobile device, a geocaching app, and a pen. The geocaching app costs approximately $10 to download. OLLI staff will contact participants prior to class about how to access the app and the location of the first class. Dress in layers, bring a bottle of water, and be prepared to be outside for two hours.

  • Course # OLLI 2090
  • Thur., Sept. 14
  • 1-4 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Darcie Gudger
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Keeping it Real: Raw Milk Myths and Facts

There are many opinions about the benefits of real (AKA raw) milk verses store-bought milk. Raw milk is unpasteurized, unprocessed, full-fat milk from dairy cow breeds, such as Guernsey and Jersey. Learn about raw milk from a local producer, the owner of Udder Chaos, including the health benefits of real milk and its use in dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and ghee. There will be a fieldtrip to a working dairy operation. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Be prepared to walk and stand during the fieldtrip. Thursday, Oct. 26, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 3012
  • Thur., Nov. 2
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Field trip: Fri., Nov. 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton
  • Energy Institute parking lot
  • Instructor: Maureen Kuykendall
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $8
Lunchtime iBooks

Many people know about electronic books, but there is so much more to them than just reading. Learn the benefits and features of Apple’s iBooks app and how to best use them. Bring your lunch and learn about this interesting subject.

  • Course # OLLI 1817
  • Wed. and Fri., Oct. 18 and 20
  • Noon-1 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Lunchtime Podcasts

A common statement about podcasts: “Any idiot with a microphone can do a podcast.” Learn about podcasts, what sets a good podcast apart from a mediocre one, and how to search for and subscribe to podcasts. Bring your lunch and learn about podcasts.

  • Course # OLLI 1818
  • Tue. and Thur., Oct. 31 and Nov. 2
  • Noon-1 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Making Mala Beads for Meditation

Mala beads are a set of 108 beads traditionally used in Tibetan prayer and meditation. Malas are similar to a rosary; however, they can be used with any religious connection or spiritual practice. Wear them as a reminder of an intention you have or to help find a calmer mind, body, and spirit. We will make Mala beads and learn how to use them for meditation. We will also do some yoga. Beads and other materials are included in the class fee. If you have a special pendant or bead, you may use it in your mala. Monday, Oct. 16, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2100
  • Mon. and Wed., Oct. 23 to 25
  • 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Location: Om on the Range, 235 W. First St.
  • Instructor: Alaina Binfet
  • Cost: 01 –- Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $42
Managing Finances for Today and the Future

Managing your finances for today and the future takes thought, planning, and organization. Learn how to prepare for retirement, manage bank accounts and expenses, minimize risks, compile essential estate documents, and organize financial documents. Get your finances in order to reduce stress and benefit your family. Finances do not have to be complicated. There are simple solutions that fit any financial situation.

  • Course # OLLI 1810
  • Thur., Oct. 19
  • 10 a.m.-noon
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Connie Brezik
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Medicare Maze: Medicare D Prescription Drug Plan

Medicare Part D prescription drug plan 2017 open enrollment is Oct. 16 to Dec. 7, during which time anyone on Medicare can join or change Medicare Part D plans. Many people feel stressed about figuring out available options. Learn how to navigate the plan options and identify cost and prescription drug benefits. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to save on premiums and medication costs. Due to time constraints, we are unable to discuss other Medicare questions not related to Medicare Part D. Saturday, Sept. 30, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 3050
  • Sat., Oct. 14
  • 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Terry Bay
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $15
Meditative Drawing: Ancient Inspirations

Gear up for the evolution of beautiful patterns throughout history. Explore patterns inspired by the Stone Age, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. Meditative drawing is a fun and relaxing method of creating beautiful images. No previous drawing experience required. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3070
  • Thur., Nov. 2 to 30 (No class on Nov. 23)
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Art Deco

The art deco movement originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style of decorative arts and architecture in Western Europe and the U.S. during the 1930s. Meditate, relax, and learn tangles inspired by the sleek, nontraditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication. These tangles will feature simple, clean-shaped lines with a streamlined look. If you enjoyed the art nouveau class last spring, this class is for you. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3071
  • Thur., Oct. 5 to 26
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Australian Inspirations

Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxed way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We will explore patterns inspired by the continent of Australia including aboriginal and modern day influences. See you in class, matey. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3072
  • Tue., Oct. 3 to 24
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Pattern Play II

“Pattern Play II” will add more fun and relaxation to your drawing skills. Learn 16 new patterns and create four small pieces of art. You need to have taken a previous “Meditative Drawing” class to fully enjoy and benefit from this class. All projects will be completed in class. “Pattern Play I” is not a prerequisite. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3073
  • Mon., Sept. 25 to Oct. 16
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Tangled Garden Inspirations

Create tangled beauties with free-flowing tangle patterns and an organic feel. Projects include a garden walk, fantasy garden, watering can, and flowerpot of tangled flowers. Do not miss the chance to create some tangled gardens. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3074
  • Wed., Nov. 1 to 29 (No class on Nov. 22)
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 115
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Natural Fibers and Fabric: A History

Early fiber preparation techniques vary throughout the world. Learn about spindles, spinning wheels, early looms, and other equipment that people used prior to large mill fabric manufacturing. Natural fibers used in different parts of the world will also be discussed. Participants will have a chance to try hand spinning and hand weaving to experience how clothing was made in the pre-Industrial Revolution world.

  • Course # OLLI 2095
  • Thur., Sept. 28
  • 3-6 p.m.
  • Location: GW 225
  • Instructor: Ellen Schreiner
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
The New Testament Book of Hebrews

The Book of Hebrews tends to be a neglected New Testament book because of its many Old Testament references and ideas and the issue of who wrote it. Explore how the Book of Hebrews sees the Church as a type of Israel in the wilderness and Jesus as the Church’s new temple and high priest. This class will be of interest to those who want to understand how the New Testament is seen as a fulfilment of the Hebrew Scriptures. Bring a Bible to class.

  • Course # OLLI 4005
  • Mon., Sept. 18 to Oct. 16
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 100
  • Instructor: Steven Gunderson
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Older than Dirt

This popular class is a great introduction to working with fossils. Work in the lab and take a field trip to a site to look for fossils. Fossils collected will remain the property of the Tate Geological Museum. This trip is rated challenging: Climbing and walking required on uneven surfaces and primitive trails. No wheelchair access or bathroom facilities. Conditions are not suitable for those in poor health or who have trouble walking. Bring lunch and wear comfortable clothes and hiking boots for the fieldtrip. Tuesday, Sept. 19, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 7010
  • Tue. and Thur., Sept. 26 and 28
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Tues., TM 123/Thur., TM 121
  • Fieldtrip: Fri, Sept. 29 Vans will depart from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy
  • Institute parking lot at 8 a.m.
  • Instructor: J.P. Cavigelli
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $16
OLLI Goes to the Symphony: Theater Magic

Join fellow OLLI members for a night at the symphony. OLLI is purchasing a block of tickets for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s concert featuring Grammy Award winning opera singer, Mark Doss. Backed up by our fabulous Wyoming Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Savery, Doss will perform a selection of opera arias and musical theater numbers. Rotary Rides are available to the performance upon request if you do not wish to drive to the concert. Contact OLLI for more information about Rotary Rides. Friday, Sept. 22, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2010
  • Wed., Oct. 4
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: LH 184
  • Instructor: Ron Alexander
  • Symphony Performance: Sat., Oct. 7, 6:45 p.m. at Natrona County High School
  • John F. Welsh Auditorium Lobby
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $25
Parallel Histories of First Interstate Bank and Casper

Founded one year before Wyoming became a state, First Interstate Bank located in Casper has a history that closely parallels the history of Casper. From the bank’s early beginnings and subsequent growth as an institution, one can compare it to the growth of our town. This is the story of the bank. “But it is more than the story of the bank, for a bank is the product of its past, and its roots lie in the history of its town, in the qualities of the men who built it, and in the generations of its customers,” “Seventy Years Young,” by Ted Kyle.

  • Course # OLLI 7021
  • Tue. and Thur., Nov. 14 and 16
  • 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Terry Christensen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Playing in the Mud

Enjoy playing in the mud with classmates as you learn about ceramics including coil, pinch and slab building, glazes, patterns, drawings, and texture in this beginner or refresher ceramics class. Learn how to use a pottery wheel or refresh your pottery wheel skills. Wear appropriate clothing for comfort and mudslinging. In addition to the class fee, there will be a clay fee payable to the instructors. Tuesday, Oct. 10, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2070
  • Tue., Oct. 17 to Nov. 7
  • 10-2 p.m.
  • Location: Art 321, 321 Midwest
  • Instructors: Will Davis and Dee Lundberg
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $35
Put a Smile on Your Face: Outstanding Comedy Films

If you are a comedy fan you won’t want to miss this class. You’ll find yourself laughing and chuckling at our selection of six highly-rated comedies from the classic era of Hollywood and beyond!

  • Course # OLLI 2083
  • Thur., Sept. 21 to Oct. 26
  • 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Revolting Americans I

With the ever-changing face of our country’s politics, it may prove useful to ponder how we got the democracy we have. Examine what made a growing number of Americans in the 1700s so angry and why they thought revolting against British rule was a cause worth fighting for.

  • Course # OLLI 7076
  • Tue. and Thur., Oct. 24 to 31
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Revolting Americans II

We will trace the course of the rebellion after the Declaration of Independence to the achievement of actual independence.

  • Course # OLLI 7077
  • Mon. and Wed., Nov. 6 to 13
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Sunni Daze and Christian Knights

The dazzling appearance of Islam in the early seventh century set Muslims on a course of rapid expansion. This class will trace the origin and early conquests of Islam and its many contacts with Christianity and explore the Reconquista in Spain, Crusades, and rise of the Ottoman Empire to their apex of power.

  • Course # OLLI 4033
  • Mon. and Wed., Sept. 18 to 27
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Course # OLLI 4033
  • Tue. and Thur., Nov. 7 to 16
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 03 – Complimentary
  • 04 – $12
Therapeutic Yoga for a Stress Free Holiday Season

For whatever reason, the holiday season may bring on anxiety or depression. Manage symptoms by experiencing a totally integrated yoga therapy class to balance your system and give your spirit a boost. Yoga therapy includes asana (body movement), breath work, and training the mind through chant and meditation. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket to class.

  • Course # OLLI 2050
  • Wed. and Fri., Oct. 25 to Nov. 3
  • 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Location: GW 221, except on Fri., Oct. 27 - UU second floor lobby
  • Instructor: Sally Belcher
  • Cost: 01–- Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Traveling the Trails: The Oregon Trail Road

Visit sites along County Roads 308/319, known as the Oregon Trail Road with a National Historic Trails Interpretive Center expert. Learn about the pioneers that passed through the area between 1840 and 1869 as they traveled on three national historic trails: Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and California. We will also discuss the Pony Express Trail. This trip is rated challenging: some climbing and walking required on uneven surfaces and primitive trails with elevation change. No wheelchair access. Climate may not be suitable for those in poor physical condition. Driving your own vehicle is not allowed. Bring a lunch and wear sturdy walking shoes. Sept. 13, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5011
  • Wed., Sept. 20
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Location: Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton
  • Energy Institute parking lot
  • Instructor: Jason Vlcan
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7
WIP Your Work in Progress into Shape

Memoir and fiction writers alike will benefit from this intensive class that provides a close look at your work in progress (WIP). Each participant will submit the first three pages of a WIP to undergo a deep edit. We will examine at least two writing samples during each class. Concepts and conventions will be taught along the way. Participants can ask questions and collaborate with others. The last session will focus on showing off revised and polished works.

  • Course # OLLI 2060
  • Thur., Sept. 21 to Oct. 19
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Darcie Gudger
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 - $12
Writing for Life

Writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will enjoy sharing their work with other writers in this nonthreatening environment. Class time will be spent reading and sharing feedback on individuals’ writing. We will also examine the characteristics of a variety of life-writing skills, and practice these skills with short, fun writing assignments.

  • Course # OLLI 4021
  • Tue., Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 7 and 21 to Dec. 5
  • 3-5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12