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OLLI Schedule

SPRING 2018:

ANIMAL KNOWLEDGE

Rattlesnakes in Wyoming: Myths and Facts

People mistakenly believe that diamondback rattlesnakes live in Wyoming, but this is not the case. Wyoming is home, however, to two species of rattlesnakes: Crotalus viridus, the prairie rattler, and Crotalus concolor, the midget faded rattler. We will learn about Wyoming rattlesnake ecology, mythology, and close encounters of the slithery kind.

  • Course # OLLI 5032
  • Wed., Mar. 28
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Werner Wildlife Museum
  • Instructor: India Hayford
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Silent Flight: The Secret Life of Owls

Perhaps you have wondered about the silent flight of owls and why this predatory bird is a symbol of both wisdom and death. Get an overview of everything owl, from the Greek Goddess of Wisdom who gave her name to a genus of owls to the fascinating structure of an owl feather.

  • Course # OLLI 5030
  • Wed., Apr. 4
  • 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Location: Werner Wildlife Museum
  • Instructor: India Hayford
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
This Old Grouse: Sage Grouse Ecology

If you took the “Mule Deer” class last summer, you may remember the instructor, Justin Binfet, flushing sage grouse out of the brush during the field trip. Now is your chance to attend an entire class devoted to sage grouse. The first class will concentrate on sage grouse ecology and life spans. Then, enjoy an early morning field trip to a large sage grouse lek to observe one of the most spectacular mating rituals of any bird in North America. Dress in layers for cold weather. Bring cameras, binoculars, and something warm to drink. Driving your own vehicle is not permitted. Mon., Mar. 26, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5012
  • Mon., Apr. 2
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Field trip: Wed., Apr. 4. Van departs from Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • at 5 a.m.
  • Instructor: Justin Binfet, Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife biologist
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $9

ARTS, CRAFTS, & HOBBIES

Afternoon at The NIC

Get out of your cabin-fever rut with a lovely afternoon of art and fun. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the inner workings of the Nicolaysen Art Museum, a presentation from the curators, an art scavenger hunt, and refreshments to boot. Tue., Feb. 13, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2041
  • Tue., Feb. 20
  • 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: Nicolaysen Art Museum, 400 E. Collins Dr.
  • Instructors: Cynthia Grieve and Nicolaysen Art Museum staff
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7
Meditative Drawing: Ancient Inspirations

You have heard of the evolution of dance, now gear up for the evolution of beautiful patterns illustrated throughout ancient empires. Start with inspirations from the Stone Age, then move on to patterns inspired by Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Join us for this 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
  • Wed., Mar. 7 to 28
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 218
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Art Deco Inspirations

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 and clean shaped lines with a streamlined look. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3071
  • Wed., Feb. 7 to 28
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 218
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Inspirations from the Ringling

Take a pattern-inspired trip through the Ringling Museum of Art with your instructor. See photos and learn about the fascinating and immense exhibits from around the world housed in this Sarasota, Florida, museum. This meditative drawing class will inspire you to relax, have fun, and create your own museumquality art. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3072
  • Tue., Apr. 3 to 24
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Meditative Drawing: Tangled Orchid Garden

An orchid is a symbol of perfection. With meditative drawing, however, our imperfections augment and make our art unique and fun. Get your creative juices flowing by using the Zentangle® method to draw orchids, other tropical plants, and
big juicy leaves and enhancements. We will add color to our organic gardens to make them come alive. A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

  • Course # OLLI 3074
  • Mon., Mar. 5 to 26
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Jody Halferty
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
OLLI Goes to the Symphony: "The Planets"

Space, the final frontier, has held our fascination since the beginning of time. Join the Wyoming Symphony as they delve into fantasy and reality in what promises to be an out-of-this world performance. The performance will consist of John
Williams’ iconic “Main Theme from Star Wars,” which won a Grammy Award for best instrumental composition; the return of the symphony’s former principal percussionist, Neeraj Mehta, performing “Concerto for Marimba” by Thomas Svoboda; and Gustav Holst’s work, “The Planets.” A preconcert lecture will add to your enjoyment of the performance. Rotary Rides will provide transportation to the performance if you do not wish to drive. Wed., Mar. 7, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2010
  • Lecture: Wed., Mar. 14
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: MU 116
  • Instructor: Ron Coulter
  • Symphony performance: Sat., Mar. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Natrona County High
  • School, John F. Welsh Auditorium
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $25
Suminagashi Water Marbling

Suminagashi, or floating ink, is a traditional Japanese art form that originated in the 12th century. It is an ancient process of marbling plain paper with ink to transform it into a vibrant, colorful work of art. In this hands-on class, we will explore
the scientific principle of surface tension and density that play into this beautiful traditional art form. We will try the Zen-like techniques of carefully floating and arranging ink on water to create bright, marvelous, marbled designs. Ink is permanent, so wear clothing that can get dirty. No previous art experience is necessary. Tue., Feb. 20, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2050
  • Tue., Feb. 27
  • 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Science Zone, 111 W. Midwest Ave.
  • Instructor: Leah Ritz
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7

CULINARY

Olives to Olive Oil 

Learn how olives are farmed at the Vlastos Farma in the Amari Valley on the Island of Crete with the same ancient trees planted in the 12th century. The Vlastos family grows the olives on Crete and sells the olive oil in Casper. We will cook with olive oil in ways inspired by Greek cooking techniques using low heat derived from the stick fires used in village cooking hearths. By the conclusion of class, everyone will understand the health benefits of olive oil and be able to shop for their own favorite to use for cooking. Thur., Apr. 19, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 8006
  • Lecture: Thur., Apr. 26
  • 3-5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Demonstration: Fri., Apr. 27, 2-5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: George Vlastos
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $25
Raves for Ramen

Everyone automatically thinks of the college student, budget-friendly, prepackaged food when they think of ramen: one dish, boiling water, and simple noodles. However, there is much more to ramen. The history and complexity of this dish is remarkable and it deserves numerous raves. Explore the types of ramen noodles and flavors from Japan and China. Participants will taste classic and modern ramen dishes. Recipes will be provided. This is a demonstration class. Fri., Mar. 16, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2020
  • Fri., Mar. 23
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: Pam Jones
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $11
Spring Time Recipes with Essential Oils

By spring, most of us begin to tire of the food we have been eating all winter. It is time for fun and tasty springtime recipes. Essential oils can enhance the flavor of your favorite foods.  Jazz up late winter doldrums with a fresh citrus lemonade,
tangerine fruit salad, marinated shrimp, and a delicious mint brownie to complete the feast. Learn to make these recipes in this wake-up-your-taste buds class. Mon., Apr. 16 is the last day to receive a fee refund. This is a demonstration class.

  • Course # OLLI 3030
  • Mon., Apr. 23
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: Connie Daviau
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $10

DANCE

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., Mar. 2 to 16
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: AH 308
  • Instructor: Lucia Hill
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Fascinating Rhythms: A Compendium of Dances

North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Gulf are sources of some of the world’s most fascinating dances. We will cover three of those dances: “Saiidi,” a folk dance originating in Upper Egypt; “Khaleeji,” originating in the Arabian Gulf states that features beautifully decorated costumes; and “Raks Sharqi,” commonly known as belly dance. There will be a historical lecture, videos of classic dancers, and live performances by solo dancers and The Veiled Threats Dance Troupe.

  • Course # OLLI 2016
  • Wed., Mar. 21
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 225
  • Instructor: India Hayford
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12

FILM

Dinner and a Movie: “The Court Jester”

The late actor Danny Kaye was an original triple threat: singer , actor, and dancer. You will add comedian as you laugh your way through this 1956 comedy starring Kaye, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, and Glynis Johns. Kaye plays a hapless carnival performer masquerading as the court jester in a plot to overthrow an evil ruler. The classic routine, “The Pellet with the Poison,” is a well-loved and timelessly funny gem found in this movie. Thur., May 3, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2082
  • Thur., May 10
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $20
French Film Friday: “Ensemble, C’est Tout”

Enjoy this 2007 romantic comedy by famed director Claude Berri, who died not long after its production. Two sets of odd couples juxtapose old and young alongside introverted and brash in a Paris apartment building, leading to unpredictable results. Besides the famed director, crowd favorite Audrey Tautou from “Amélie” plays a major role in this uplifting film. It is no Paris flat, but come share our space and join us for dinner and a modern French film favorite. Fri., Apr. 13, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2111
  • Fri., Apr. 20
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: EI 100
  • Instructor: Charles Ewing
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $20
Silver Screen Masters of Costume Design

Enjoy this look at six silver screen costume designers through a classic film that was made better through the design of the costumes done for it. A fan of costume designers, Carol Chapman will provide an inside peek of each designer as an
added bonus to this classic film class.

  • Course # OLLI 2080
  • Thur., Mar. 22 to Apr. 26
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructors: Carol Chapman, Lisa Icenogle, and Rachel Wright
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Women of Film: 1940s

Six films featuring six knockouts of the 1940s including Rita Hayworth and Ingrid Bergman. Largely unknown today, the six actresses we spotlight were well known to audiences of the day and between them have a wealth of powerful performances and wonderful films. Whether you remember these actresses or not, you are in for a treat.

  • Course # OLLI 2083
  • Thur., Feb. 8 to Mar. 15
  • 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Ditch and Switch: Kicking Toxins to the Curb

For many of us, deep spring cleaning can leave our homes smelling like a chemistry lab. As the gatekeeper of your home, you have the ability to kick toxins to the curb using essential oils. Discover ways to get chemicals out of your home and
body by diffusing fresh spring scents in the home and making an all-purpose cleaner and a refreshing carpet deodorant. The instructor will provide additional essential oil recipes for diffusing and cleaning your home. Mon., Feb. 5, is the last day
to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 3012
  • Mon., Feb. 12
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224
  • Instructor: Connie Daviau
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $10
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., Feb. 12 and 13
  • 9-3 p.m.
  • Location: GW 225
  • Instructor: Jeremy Shearer
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Oils of the Bible

Essential oils have been around since time immemorial. They are mentioned repeatedly throughout the Bible. People considered them gifts from God to help us with rituals and ceremonies, wellness, food preparation, and keeping our dwellings and ourselves clean. We will discuss 10 significant oils, botanicals, and resins.

  • Course # OLLI 3010
  • Wed., Mar. 28
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 223
  • Instructor: Connie Daviau
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Tai Chi for Your Health I

Tai chi can help you cope with arthritis and is a low impact, healthy form of exercise. In addition to benefits for arthritis sufferers, you can improve balance, flexibility, range of motion, and strength. Feel stronger, gain confidence, and enjoy the
feelings associated with better health as you move through daily life. Mon., Jan. 29 or Mon., Mar. 19 is the last day to receive a fee refund, respectively.

  • Course # OLLI 3061
  • Mon. and Wed., Feb. 5 to Mar. 21
  • (No class on Feb 19.)
  • 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Location: EI 101
  • Instructors: Harry and Cindy Groves
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $25
  • Course # OLLI 3061
    Mon. and Wed., Mar. 26 to May 2
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Location: EI 101
    Instructors: Harry and Cindy Groves
    Cost: 03 – Complimentary
    04 – $12
    Fee: $25

HISTORY

1945: Carnage, Convulsion, and Construction

The achievements of peacetime post-World War II have often been overlooked. In many ways, the path to peace is more remarkable than the war itself. The events of 1945 demonstrate that people can and do learn from their history, and they are able to apply those lessons to make transformative change. This class will examine the final catastrophic months of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan and explore how both aggressive militaristic societies transformed into peaceful economic powerhouses.

  • Course # OLLI 7050
  • Mon. and Wed., Apr. 2 to 11
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Battle of Little Bighorn: Cheyenne/Sioux War

This class will provide an overview of the battles fought in the Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana Territories in 1876-77. We will focus on the Sioux and Cheyenne victory at Little Bighorn over the U.S. Seventh Cavalry led by General Custer. Your instructor is a former guide at the battlefield.

  • Course # OLLI 7036
  • Tue., Feb. 6 to 20
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Montie Henrie
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Charlie’s Angels

During the explosive religious and political unrest in 17th century Great Britain, King Charles I appears to have taken a wrong turn at every junction. As he tried to angle his way through near genocidal religious intolerance, Charles invariably
made matters worse with each decision he made and ultimately lost his head for his obstinacy. This class will weave a path through the convoluted conflicts of the English Civil War period to illuminate the passions that later inflamed the American Revolution.

  • Course # OLLI 7070
  • Tue. and Thur., Mar. 20 to 29
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Course # OLLI 7070
    Tue. and Thur., Apr. 10 to 19
    6-7:30 p.m.
    Location: LH 185
    Instructor: Tom Smyth
    Cost: 03 – Complimentary
    04 – $12
Clara Brown: Angel of the Rockies

See this award-winning documentary about Clara, an enslaved woman freed in 1856 who made her way west. Clara set up a laundry business for miners in Colorado and made a small fortune, using her resources to help others. Prior to viewing the film, documentary filmmaker and educator Patricia McInroy will discuss her journey in producing this film about Clara’s life, its impact, and the inspirational gems found in this story of a woman known as the “Angel of the Rockies.”

  • Course # OLLI 7030
  • Fri., Mar. 23
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: CS 160
  • Instructor: Patricia McInroy
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Exceptional Women: Mary Delany, the Walker Sisters, and the Delany Sisters

Mary Delany, the Walker Sisters, and the Delany Sisters (no relation to Mary) were women who lived exceptional lives. They used their talents and the resources available to them to live their lives in positive, self-sufficient ways that were often
outside of the norms of traditional women’s roles of their day. As you learn about their lives, you may find them to be examples of what is possible for each of us to accomplish in our own lives.

  • Course # OLLI 7045
  • Wed., Apr. 4 and 11
  • 3-5 p.m.
  • Location: LH 184
  • Instructor: Carol Chapman
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Hell on Wheels: 150 Years of the Union Pacific Railroad

This year is the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and the formation of the Wyoming Territory. Known as “Hell on Wheels,” the UPRR had a great impact on the location and creation of towns and on the settling
of Wyoming in general. Relive this era through news sources and photos from 150 years ago. Learn about the political and legal issues related to the railroad and the towns that sprung up around it through first-hand reports of the journalists who covered the stories.

  • Course # OLLI 7021
  • Tue. and Thur., Mar. 6 to 22
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: LH 184
  • Instructor: Dwain Romsa
  • 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. Go on a foray into a hidden collection at the Wyoming Game and Fish Casper office. Learn about the Game and Fish Historical Center and the treasures contained inside.

  • Course # OLLI 7020
  • Wed., Apr. 11
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: Wyoming Game and Fish, 3030 Energy Lane
  • Instructors: Janet Milek and Terry Cleveland
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Japan’s Great Shift

The rapid introduction of Western industrialization into Japanese warfare and society created one of the largest culture shocks in world history and laid the groundwork for Imperial Japan’s reign of terror during World War II. Explore this strange period of change during the late 1800s in a country unprepared for such forced technological progress. View this era through the perspective of the people of the period and learn about the fallout from 2000 years of a society being shifted in an instant.

  • Course # OLLI 4070
  • Tue. and Thur., Mar 20 to 29
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Matt Grieve
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Living In an Imperial World

The major powers of the 19th century jostled to carve out empires around the globe. Greed, delusions of racial superiority, and technological innovation drove the imperial powers into the remotest areas of the world with little regard for the people living there. This class will look at the major events and personalities of the imperial era in Europe, Africa, and Asia and explore the divisions that would spark the First World War.

  • Course # OLLI 7077
  • Mon. and Wed., Apr. 23 to May 2
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Tom Smyth
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Natrona County Archaeology: An Introduction

At least 10,000 years of prehistoric Native American occupation are represented in excavated archaeological sites within the Natrona County borders. Take an in-depth look at the sites reported in published literature, including Casper, Dunlap-McMurray, Natrona Hospital, Butler-Rinsler, Naval Petroleum Reserve rock art, and Riverbend sites. If weather permits, there may be a field trip.

  • Course # OLLI 7022
  • Thur., Feb. 15 to Mar. 29 (No class on Mar. 15)
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Kerry Lippincott
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Slavery in America

From early in American history, the labor of slaves and indentured servants developed America’s economic base. The development of rice, sugar, and cotton, the South’s desire and need for slaves, and the economic advantage of free labor would prompt increased importation of humans. We will expand this look at slavery to the present day, from sex slavery to prison work, and its role in the control of the labor of other humans for perceived societal benefits.

  • Course # OLLI 7035
  • Tue. and Thur., Feb. 13 to 22
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 184
  • Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Traveling the Trails: Independence Rock and Rattlesnake Pass

Visit Independence Rock and Rattlesnake Pass with an expert from the National Historic Trails Center and learn about the emigrants that passed through this area between 1840 and 1869 on three historic trails: Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and
California. We will also talk about the Pony Express Trail. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven surfaces, primitive trails with elevation changes, and no wheelchair access. Climate may not be suitable for those in poor physical condition. Driving your own vehicle is not permitted. Wed., Apr. 25, is the last day to receive a refund. Bring a sack lunch.

  • Course # OLLI 5011
  • Wed., May 2
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Location: Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Jason Vlcan, National Historic Trails Center
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $10
Traveling the Trails: Register Cliff

This all-day excursion will take us to Register Cliff and other historic Oregon Trail sites in eastern Wyoming. Grab your walking shoes and join us on this informative journey. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven surfaces, primitive trail with elevation changes, and no wheelchair access. Climate may not be suitable for those in poor physical condition. Driving your own vehicle is not permitted. Bring a sack lunch. Wed., Apr. 18, is the last day to receive a
fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 5013
  • Wed., Apr. 25
  • 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Van departs from the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute
  • Instructor: Jason Vlcan, National Historic Trails Center
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $25
What’s in Your Closet

Join us for a romp through fashion history. From togas and corsets to bustles and high heels, we will look at the time-honored art of dressing well and the socio-economic commentary fashion always transmits. Delve into dyes and fabrics, hemlines and hairdos, and the often ridiculous and potentially harmful styles of the past.

  • Course # OLLI 2095
  • Tue. and Thur., Mar. 20 to 29
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Wyoming in the Great War

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a Declaration of War against Germany. Four days later, our nation entered the Great War, which had already been raging for four years in Europe. The Wyoming Veterans Museum will present on the history of the Great War from 1914-1918 and the Mexican Border deployment of 1916-1917. Featured is a curator’s tour of the State of Wyoming’s World War I Centennial exhibit at the Veterans Museum and a hands-on “Soldier’s Life” discussion. These programs will feature actual WWI artifacts from the Wyoming Veterans Museum’s collections. Tue., Mar. 27, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 7081
  • Tue., Apr. 3 and 10
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Wyoming Veterans Museum, 3740 Jorgensen Ave.
  • Instructor: Douglas R. Cubbison, museum curator
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

Around the World in 120 Minutes

There is a growing international community in Casper. Here is your opportunity to meet people from other countries and discover unique items from their cultures. Gain knowledge about the students, staff, and volunteers who are part of the English as a Second Language program at the Adult Learning Center at Casper College. Thur., Apr. 12, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 4010
  • Thur., Apr. 19
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 224 and 225
  • Instructors: Adult Learning Center students and staff
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $7
Baloney Detection Kit

We hear a lot about “fake news” these days. It can be difficult to tell which news stories are genuine and which ones are not true. Carl Sagan developed a Baloney Detection Kit, using scientific method and logic that we can use to test the truth for ourselves. Aristotle did the same thing using the tools of rhetoric and logic long before the development of the modern scientific method. Learn about these rules and how to apply them to the news. No political view or advertiser will be singled out, and none will be immune from scrutiny.

  • Course # OLLI 7082
  • Thur., Feb. 8 and 15
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Location: LH 185
  • Instructor: Daniel Cooper
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
The Divinity of Jesus

Jesus is considered, according to scripture and Christian tradition, to be divine, fully God and yet, fully man. Explore how the New Testament and Christian history came to this conclusion. We will discuss in-depth the Trinitarian concept and its development throughout the Bible. Bring a Bible to class.

  • Course # OLLI 4005
  • Mon., Mar. 19 to Apr. 9
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 174
  • Instructor: Steven Gunderson
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Mastering the New to Medicare Maze

If you are turning 65 or are eligible for Medicare in 2018, this class is your chance to learn about Medicare options in an environment where you can ask questions and get answers. There are decisions to make to maximize coverage and simplify the process to transition to new health insurance coverage. We will help you understand what Medicare does and does not cover, Medicare supplements (Medigap); prescription drug coverage; employer, retiree, or VA coverage options; and costs, and benefits. Tue., Apr. 10, is the last day to receive a fee refund for sections 03/04.

  • Course # OLLI 3050
  • Tue. and Thur., Feb. 6 to 15
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Terry Bay
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $20
  • Course # OLLI 3050
    Tue. and Thur., Apr. 17 to 26
    6-8 p.m.
    Location: GW 222
    Instructor: Terry Bay
    Cost: 03 – Complimentary
    04 – $12
    Fee: $20
Next Steps in Genealogy

The Casper College Western History Center, located in the Goodstein Foundation Library, is a treasure trove of valuable historical content available in our backyard. Participants will learn how to use Western History Center resources, General Land Office records, Facebook pages, and over 11,200 Facebook groups to trace their ancestry. The Apr. 16 class will be held at Casper Wyoming Family History Center. Participants must be able to use a computer and internet search engines. Be prepared to bring pedigree charts and family group sheets to class.

  • Course # OLLI 2100
  • Mon., Mar. 19, Apr. 2 and 16, and May 7 (No class Apr. 30)
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 208
  • Instructor: Annie Vercimak
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Oh, the Water: Permaculture Garden Water Management

The average rainfall for the Casper area has been 12.5 inches: one-third of the rain that most other areas from Seattle to Austin get in the same period. With the increase in moisture and lower spring temperatures, there are new challenges such as battles with fungus and suppressed pollinators. We will look at water on the planet, the Great Inland Sea that created our soils, sources of water for gardens, containment and distribution methods, and maintaining moisture in permaculture gardens. There will be a lunch break. Either bring your lunch or you will have time to go off campus to get lunch. Computer skills are beneficial to access class resources available online.

  • Course # OLLI 5043
  • Sat., May 5
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Laurel Graham
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
A Rose is a Rose is a Rose: Plants for your Permaculture Garden

Over the last 10 years, many fruit shrubs and native plants have been tried, tested, and tortured by nature at Tara Farm and Nursery north of Casper. The instructor will cover plants for the Casper and central Wyoming area; choosing plants for
a permaculture garden; maintenance, care, and uses of those plants; and plant installation for year-round flowers and fruit production, autumn color, winter protection, and visual interest. A photo album of plants and their descriptions will be available to participants on Facebook. There will be a lunch break. Either bring your lunch or you will have time to go off campus to get lunch. Computer skills are beneficial to access class resources available online.

  • Course # OLLI 5040
  • Sat., May 12
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Location: GW 222
  • Instructor: Laurel Graham
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
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 or 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. Writing concepts and conventions will be taught along the way. Participants can ask questions and collaborate with their classmates. The last session will focus on showing off revised and polished works.

  • Course # OLLI 2060
  • Thur., Feb. 8 to Mar. 8
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Darcie Gudger
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Writing for Life

Writers of fi ction, nonfi ction, memoirs, and poetry will share their own work and gain practice in practical genres of writing, including letters supporting and recommending others for jobs, personal job applications, grant letters, and obituaries. We will examine characteristics of plotting, description, conflict, dialogue, and editing.

  • Course # OLLI 4021
  • Tue., Feb. 6 and 20, Mar. 6 and 20, Apr. 3 and 17, May 1
  • 3-5 p.m.
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Adventures in RVing: Not Just a Movie

The late actor Robin Williams and our instructors, Steve and Libby Kurtz, have several things in common: humorous misadventures, traversing North America, and touring the United States, all while in their RV. Steve and Libby recount their 10-year adventure, thus far, completing 22 trips, each 30 days in length, totaling more than 2500 miles. Topics to be covered include choosing the right trailer/motorhome/tow vehicle, camping in the national parks versus snow birding, advantages of trailer travel versus other means of travel, RVing costs, and traveling with pets. They will also share pictures of beautiful scenery and interesting sights from 10 states, seven national parks, and two Canadian provinces.

  • Course # OLLI 3000
  • Mon. and Wed., Apr. 16 and 18
  • 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: LH 286
  • Instructors: Steve and Libby Kurtz
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Game of Pones: History and Practice of Cribbage

Rock the crib with us as we learn, or relearn, the rules of cribbage, an old English game: the card game with the pegboard. We will familiarize ourselves with two- and threehanded 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 reconnect us with the grandparents who initially instructed us, hone math skills, and develop strategic thinking. In the “Game of Pones,” you may win or you may get skunked. Our last class session will be in a pub-like setting to create a true cribbage experience. Mon., Feb. 19, is the last day to receive a fee refund.

  • Course # OLLI 2051
  • Mon. and Wed., Feb. 26 and 28
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: LH 284
  • Fri., Mar. 2, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Charles Ewing
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Fee: $15
Intermediate Geocaching

Take your geocaching fun to a new level. Now that you know how to find caches, learn how to make and hide your own. Discover trackables and travel bugs. “Intro to Geocaching” or geocaching experience and knowledge of how to use “Cachly” or “Cigeo” apps are prerequisites. You must have a geocaching.com account with either “Cachly” for Apple, or “Cigeo” for Android on your mobile device installed before the first class.

  • Course # OLLI 2090
  • Thur., Apr. 19
  • 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: GW 202A
  • Instructor: Darcie Gudger
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12

TECHNOLOGY

Be Smarter than your iPad/iPhone I

“Skype,” “Facetime,” “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 handson class. Bring an iPad or iPhone updated to the latest operating system and your Apple ID and password.

  • Course # OLLI 1815
  • Mon., Feb. 5 to Mar. 5
  • (no class on Mon., Feb. 19)
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 218
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
  • Course # OLLI 1815
    Tue., Feb. 6 to Mar. 6
    (no class on Tue., Feb. 20)
    6-8 p.m.
    Location: GW 218
    Instructor: Karel Mathisen
    Cost: 03 – Complimentary
    04 – $12
Be Smarter than your iPad/iPhone II

This continuation of “Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone I” will provide an in-depth discussion of the features covered in the previous class and additional 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 Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone I” is a prerequisite to take this class.

  • Course # OLLI 1816
  • Tue., Mar. 13 to Apr. 3
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: GW 218
  • Instructor: Karel Mathisen
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
Coding for Grandparents

Kids are excited about “Minecraft,” “Hour of Code,” and other coding games and toys. Grandparents can hardly keep up with these innovative products. This crash coding class for grown-ups will bring participants up to speed on coding and why it is the rage with kids. We will learn coding basics with a computer-free activity, play with a couple of computer and robot-based coding programs, and learn about resources and games to explore at home. No computer experience is necessary.

  • Course # OLLI 6040
  • Tue., Mar. 20
  • 1-3 p.m.
  • Location: The Science Zone, 111 W. Midwest Ave.
  • Instructor: Leah Ritz
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary
  • 02 – $12
OLLI SOCIAL: BUNCO Game Night

Roll your way to an evening fi lled with friends, luck of the die, laughter, and lots of fun. BUNCO is an easy-to-learn dice game, no previous experience needed. This “class” is complimentary: no tuition fee will be charged and it will not count as one of your complimentary classes. Play for the fun of it. Learn the rules of the game at the onset of the evening. Meet new people and test your luck against theirs.

  • Course # OLLI 1000 01
  • Fri., Mar. 16
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: GW 225
  • Facilitators: Jeaneece Schmidt and Vicki Pollock
  • Cost: 01 – Complimentary