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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold a fall open house Sept. 17

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida will host a Back to School Open House at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the historic Centro Asturiano Ballroom,1913 N. Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City.

There will be complimentary breakfast snacks and many faculty members will be there to discuss their classes.

OLLI-USF will offer more than 90 college-type courses, lectures, trips and educational programs at more than 15 venues this fall.

For those who think anything north of Kennedy Boulevard is Georgia, OLLI has many South Tampa venues. USF’s new downtown Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) will present “DNA: Its History and Importance,” moderated by Lee Leavengood. The Tampa Bay History Center will host “MacDill Air Force Base with Charles Touchton” and “Maps of Yesterday and Today.” Peter Arizu will teach “Self Hypnosis” at Horizon Bay at Hyde Park. Canterbury Tower on Bayshore will offer “American History: Cold Topics,” “World of Tea: Trendy and Traditional” with Priscilla Murtha, a lecture by noted author Tom Fitzgerald on “A Great American Mystery,” and two computer classes with Sherry Foecking.

In Carrollwood, the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church on Fletcher will host many computer science classes, including “Introducing Windows 8” with Shirley Deeter, “Buying a Computer, Laptop or Tablet,” with Myron Thorner and “Editing Your Digital Photos with Photoshop,” with Charlie Croucher. Some of the liberal arts courses taught there will include: “Global Issues Today,” with Mike Pheneger, “Human Differences,” with Glynis Ross-Munro, and “Preparing for the Future,” with Sue Pagano. At Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, music conductor Ken Watts will lead a new choir group called OLLI Singers.

In New Tampa, the Pebble Creek Community Center will host “Political Murder and Mayhem,” with Bill Heath and “Austria-Hungary: History, Culture and Fate of the Empire,” by Fred Barthmus. At Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, Rodney Coleman will moderate “Politics and Government: Let’s Discuss the Issues.” On the USF campus, Eileen Poiley will moderate a panel of Alzheimer’s experts on “Understanding Memory Loss: Reality, Risks and Research.”

The University Village Retirement Community will host “Changes in Major League Baseball from the 1940s to the Present,” with Bob Friedman and an opera class, “Wagner’s Ring Cycle,” with Bob Simon. The John Knox Village retirement community will be the site of several computer classes and “The Incomparable Jane Austen,” with Bill Scheuerle. At the Dance World Studio on Fowler Ave, OLLI will offer two dance classes: “Dance With Me: Lindy Hop, Swing, Jitterbug, Shag, Bop,” with Forrest Outman, and “Salsa for Fitness and Fun,” with Grace Badillo.

OLLI courses meet weekly for two hours and last six weeks. They are taught by retired professors, current faculty and qualified professionals. There are no grades or homework, but lots of learning with fellow lifelong lovers of education.

The open house is free, and all ages are welcome. To RSVP, leave a message at (813) 974-8036. For information on OLLI-USF programs, call Joseph R. McAuliffe at (813) 974-5166 or visit OLLI’s web page: www.usf seniors.org

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