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We offer fall, spring and summer courses at various locations across Tulsa. Topics change each semester and range from art, history, culture, cinema, cuisine and more.
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Tulsa Fall 2023 Course Offerings

Course registration now open!

 

  • TF23-0412 Stained Glass Storytelling

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p, 1wk | 9/21

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: Richard Bohm, Artist, Owner and Operator Tulsa Stained Glass

    Location: Tulsa Stained Glass

    Important Info: $50 (both levels). Minimum 10 students.

     

    A special class learning about stained glass, making a project and nurturing the creative spirit. Make a stained-glass mosaic project to take home plus take part in a community project that one lucky participant will win and take home. Activities include selecting and wrapping the glass, composing, soldering and finishing. Project materials, use of equipment and use of tools are included in the workshop price. This class is for everyone—no experience required.

  • TF23-0462 Stained Glass Storytelling

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p, 1wk | 10/26

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: Richard Bohm, Artist, Owner and Operator Tulsa Stained Glass

    Location: Tulsa Stained Glass

    Important Info: $50 (both levels). Minimum 10 students.

     

    A special class learning about stained glass, making a project and nurturing the creative spirit. Make a stained-glass mosaic project to take home plus take part in a community project that one lucky participant will win and take home. Activities include selecting and wrapping the glass, composing, soldering and finishing. Project materials, use of equipment and use of tools are included in the workshop price. This class is for everyone—no experience required.

  • TF23-0511 Inside TUL2: Amazon's Fulfillment Center

    Friday, 10a-12p, 1wk | 9/22

    Format: Tour

    Instructor: Michael DeHart & Jazzmine Phillips-Tomas, Senior Operations Managers

    Location: Amazon's Fulfillment Center

    Important Info: $10 (both levels). $15 non-members. Max 15 people.

     

    We’ll visit the 2-million square-foot facility known as TUL2, an Amazon robotics sortable fulfillment center. It consists of four floors with about 28 million items inside at any time. See how the hundreds of thousands of items are processed daily from the site where employees often work alongside robots in picking, packing and shipping small- to medium-sized customer orders. This will be a walking and standing tour, and closed toe/closed heel shoes are required. 

  • TF23-0521 Behind the Scenes OK Aquarium

    Friday, 11a-1p, 1wk | 9/29

    Format: Tour

    Instructor: Aquarium Staff

    Location: Oklahoma Aquarium

    Important Info: $45 (both levels). $55 non-members.

     

    Learn what it takes to care for all 10,000 animals at the Oklahoma Aquarium. With a guide, you will visit the small and large animal holding facilities where animals are cared for prior to being placed on exhibit. You’ll also see the juvenile bull sharks, sea turtle and many other fish while learning about what it takes to run and aquarium. Includes Aquarium admission. You can also tour the public spaces in the Aquarium and visit the gift shop.

  • TF23-0531 Fab Lab Tour/Make & Take Windchimes

    Friday, 10a-12p, 1wk | 10/6

    Format: Tour/Participation

    Instructor: Justin Ortiz, Maker Fellow, Fab Lab Tulsa

    Location: Fab Lab Tulsa

    Important Info: $10 (all levels). $15 non-members. $25 supply fee.

     

    We’ll start with a tour of Fab Lab Tulsa, a not-for-profit makerspace fabrication laboratory providing access to cutting, milling and electronic tools, advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools, including 3D printers and other 21st Century technologies. After seeing what this community space offers, you’ll be able to experience how it works for makers and creatives when you try your hand at a small project. You will fabricate your own windchime from water jet-cut stained-glass pieces and flowerpots. 

  • TF23-111 Tulsa Town Hall

    Mondays, 10a-12p, 7wks | 9/18-10/30

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Various

    Location: Church of the Madalene
    Important Info: Free, registration required

     

    Join us to hear from various speakers on timely topics, such as Tulsa’s status as a dementia friendly city, lost restaurants of Tulsa, books your grandkids will love, changes in the drug industry, an introduction to magic tricks and principles, mental health in Oklahoma, equine therapy and more. A full list of presenters and topics is available on the OLLI course enrollment website.

     

    September 18 | What Makes Tulsa a Dementia-Friendly City?

    Joy McGill, Associate State Director, Outreach for AARP Oklahoma

     

    September 25 | Lost Restaurants of Tulsa & Route 66

    Rhys Martin, Tulsa Historian

     

    October 2 | Tulsa Police Department

    Lt. Dennis Larsen, Deputy Chief, Tulsa Police Department

     

    October 9 | Your Grandkids will Love These Books

    Rebecca Weber, Education and Teaching Librarian, Oklahoma State University

    Cindy Buchanan, Retired School Librarian

     

    October 16 | Disease Mongers: Changes in the Drug Industry

    Travis Chambers, Former Sales Representative, Pharmaceutical Industry

     

    October 23 | Mental Health in Oklahoma

    Ron Brady, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, GRAND Mental Health Center

     

    October 30 | Introduction to Magic Principles

    Pete Waltersheid, Professional Magician

  • TF23-112 How to Research and Record Your Family Tree

    Mondays, 1:30-3:30p, 6wks | 9/18-10/23

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Becky Hatchett, Genealogist

    Location: Church of the Madalene

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    Do you want to research and record your family tree but don’t know how to start? This course will teach you the basics you need to explore the lives of your ancestors using resources like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Find a Grave, the U.S. census, newspaper archives and other online vital records. Tips for recording, organizing and sharing your genealogical information will also be given. Course includes a field trip to the Genealogy Collection at Hardesty Library.

  • TF23-210 A Walk in the Park CANCELLED

    Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30a, 8wks | 9/19-11/7

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: J B Hunt, Avid Walker

    Location: Tulsa Area Parks

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $10

  • TF23-211 Get to Know Your Apple Tech

    Tuesdays, 10-11a, 4wks | 9/19-10/10

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: Apple Store Geniuses

    Location: Apple Store Woodland Hills
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $15. Max 10 students.

     

    Does it sometimes feel like the more you try to stay on top of things, the more you get behind — especially when it comes to the wonderful world of technology? Let us help with at least one aspect of your personal tech — your Apple devices. In this course, we’ll cover taking pictures with your iPhone and more.

  • TF23-212 Let's Play: Mah Jongg

    Tuesdays, 1:30-4p | 8wks | 9/19-11/7

    Format | Participation

    Instructor: Carol James, Mah Jongg Instructor

    Location: Church of the Madalene

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. $15 Supply Fee (both levels). Max 12 Students. 

     

    Mah Jongg is a tile-based game dating to 19th Century China played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. In the early 20th Century, it was brought to America by travelers to Asia, and an American version of the game developed. The game has spread globally with regional variants. Learn this worldwide sensation of a game in a simplified and explanatory manner, with a little history thrown in.

  • TF23-251 Famous Civil War Battles

    Tuesdays, 10a-12p, 4wks | 10/17-11/7

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Pat Walters, Civil War Enthusiast

    Location: Church of the Madalene
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. 

     

    Delve into the U.S. Civil War as we uncover stories behind some of the renowned battles. We’ll pick several to discuss, including some missed battles. Join in this journey through history as we dissect the strategies and impacts of this transformative era of American history. 

  • TF23-272 Canada is Not Our 51st State

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-3:30p, 2wks | 10/31-11/9

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Jerry Croft, OSU Professor Emeritus, Geography

    Location: Church of the Madalene
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    Americans mistakenly think that Canada is just like one of our northern border states, but it is not. We’ll examine just how different Canada is from the USA especially in politics. We will also examine closely the Maritime Provinces where the story of Anne of Green Gables was born. Canada is nice, but it still has a major weakness: no warm weather place. Dr. Croft says if he becomes Prime Minister of Canada, he might consider leasing an island in the Caribbean that the British still own.

  • TF23-311 The Films of Audrey Hepburn

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p, 7wks | 9/20-11/1

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Dennis Scott, Film Historian

    Location: Zarrow Pointe
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Max 25 students.

     

    Considered a screen legend and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn movies are always fun to watch. We’ll start in Italy with Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday (1953); fall in love with Sabrina (1954) and Humphrey Bogart; dance along with Fred Astaire in Funny Face (1957); fall in love again in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) with George Peppard; solve the mystery with Cary Grant in Charade (1963); work on our grammar in My Fair Lady (1964) with Rex Harrison; and stay calm in the thriller Wait Until Dark (1967) with Alan Arkin.

  • TF23-312 History of Jazz: From its Origin to the Swing Era

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p, 6wks | 9/20-10/25

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: John Hamill, Jazz Historian

    Location: Zarrow Pointe
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Max 25 students.

     

    We’ll look at the pre-history of jazz, as well as its early development in New Orleans and Chicago. We’ll follow its growth to New York City and Kansas City and the role of the blues and ragtime, all leading to the Swing Era. Key contributors will be profiled including Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Bessie Smith—and the bands that set the foundation for the Swing Era, Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moton, and early Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Recorded historic performances will be shared.

  • TF23-411 Cherokee Old Settlers

    Thursdays, 10a-12p, 6wks | 9/21-10/26

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Jonita Mullins, Historian and Author

    Location: Church of the Madalene
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    For thirty years before the infamous Trail of Tears in 1839, the Cherokees had slowly been migrating west. These early settlers in Indian Territory came to be called “Old Settlers.”  They built a life for themselves in the West, but when the Trail of Tears brought the eastern Cherokees to Indian Territory, the clash between the two groups brought their nation to the brink of their own civil war.

 

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