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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 2022 Course Offerings

Course registration open now.

 

  • The Movies of Jack Lemmon

    Mondays, 1:30-4p | 6wks | 9/19-10/24

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Dennis Scott, Movie Historian

    Location: Zarrow Pointe, 2025 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74136

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    Jack Lemmon has been called one of the most consistently acclaimed actors in movie and TV history. You may recognize him as the anxious everyman from both dramatic and comedic roles or his long partnerships with director Billy Wilder or fellow actor Walter Matthau. Let’s enjoy this master at work by watching some of his classic films: “Mr. Roberts” (1955), “Some Like It Hot” (1959), “The Apartment” (1960), “Irma La Douce” (1963), “The Fortune Cookie” (1966) and “The Odd Couple” (1968).

  • Armchair Travels: Spain and Costa Rica

    Tuesdays, 10a-12p | 6wks | 9/20-10/25

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Ken and Carol Bebak, World Travelers

    Location: Church of the Madalene, 3188 E 22nd St S, Tulsa, OK 74114-1822

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    Skip the hours-long flights, layovers, viral exposure and expense. Travel with our very own tour guides as they share from the comfort of an OLLI class their recent experiences in both Spain and Costa Rica. Learn about the history, culture and foods. Join us on a river boat in Costa Rica where we’ll see birds, iguanas and some seriously large crocodiles. Walk with us under an aqueduct built by the Romans in 2 B.C. Stroll with us down streets in medieval cities and into a cathedral with Christopher Columbus’ tomb. We won’t even make you empty your pockets or take off your shoes before you board this trip.

  • American Style Mahjong

    Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 8wks | 9/20-11/8

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: Carol James, Educator

    Location: Church of the Madalene, 3188 E 22nd St S, Tulsa, OK 74114-1822

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25
    Supply Fee: $10. Max 12 students

     

    Mahjong is a 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 game in a simplified and explanatory manner with a little history thrown in. Each week, the instructor also will “show and tell” Mahjong items from her collection.

  • Sam Houston in Indian Territory

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 9/21-10/12

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Jonita Mullins, Historian and Author

    Location: Zarrow Pointe, 2025 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74136

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    While the general and statesman Sam Houston is best known for his military and political careers in both Tennessee and Texas, what is not as widely known is that he spent years in Indian Territory living among the Cherokee. What scandal brought him west from Tennessee, and what ambition eventually took him to Texas? The answers are found in Oklahoma. We’ll explore this little-known aspect of our state’s history.

  • Oklahoma Jazz Part 3

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 6wks | 9/21-10/26

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: John Hamil, Educator and Jazz Musician

    Location: Zarrow Pointe, 2025 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74136
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    Tap your toe along with this continued exploration of key Oklahoma jazz figures. We will examine the careers and contributions of Okmulgee’s Don Byas, Fort Gibson’s Lee Wiley, Tulsa’s Hal Singer and Earl Bostic, Muskogee’s Jay McShann, Yale’s Chet Baker and Haskell’s John Simmons, all of whom made significant marks on America’s own classic music — jazz. If you missed the first two courses, don’t worry, you will enjoy this one. No prerequisite to join.

  • Let’s Play: Canasta

    Thursdays, 10a-12p | 6wks | 9/22-10/27

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: Carol Bebak, Educator

    Location: Church of the Madalene, 3188 E 22nd St S, Tulsa, OK 74114-1822
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Max 12 students

     

    Whether you have played before or just want to learn a new game, you're invited to join. Similar to rummy, Canasta was created in 1939 by two bridge partners in Uruguay. Named after the Spanish word for basket, Canasta refers to the container used to hold the cards. The game quickly became popular throughout South America and soon spread to the U. S., Europe and Asia.

  • Introduction to Painting with Acrylics

    Fridays, 10a-12p | 8wks| 9/23-11/11

    Format: Hands-on

    Instructor: Mery McNett, Multimedia Artist

    Location: Hardesty Center, 101 E Archer St, Tulsa, OK 74103
    Important Info: Member $215, Non-member $250 (Includes OLLI membership). Price includes all course supplies. Previous experience not required. Max 10 students

     

    Designed for beginners and those with minimal painting experience, this class will give you the basics on handling acrylic paints and brushes. We will also explore a variety of techniques (glazing, layering, impasto, alla prima and more) and subject matter (still life, self-portrait and abstraction) and investigate the use of fluorescent paint in under layers.

  • City Forum | Free to attend

    Mondays, 10a-12p | 7wks | 9/26-11/7

    Location: Zarrow Pointe, 2025 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74136

     

    September 26 l Chat with the Mayor
    Jim Spoon

    Mayor | City of Sand Springs

     

    Mayor Jim Spoon will give an update on the city with time for your questions.

     

    October 3 | Forensic Accounting
    Leah Wietholter
    CEO and Founder | Workman Forensics

     

    While working for the FBI, Leah Wietholter discovered an interest and talent for forensic accounting. She later served as a senior certified fraud examiner in a Tulsa public accounting firm before opening Workman Forensics. 

     

    October 10 l Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    Jacob Guinan

    Community Outreach Coordinator | Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter in Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma

     

    Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms and resources. 

     

    October 17 l Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
    Jacob Guinan
    Community Outreach Coordinator | Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter in Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma

     

    At any age, we can adopt lifestyle habits to help maintain or even improve our health, including possibly delaying the onset of cognitive decline. We’ll cover four areas: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition and social engagement. Drawing on current research, we will discuss what we know and steps to take now.

     

    October 24 l Keystone Crossroads
    Gordon Stewart
    Board Member | Keystone Crossroads Historical Society

     

    What happened to the towns of Mannford and Keystone? Learn about the shuffling of people and towns that occurred for the Keystone dam construction and what is known about that area’s history and its relationship to Tulsa.

     

    October 31 | Oklahoma Senior Law
    Todd Whatley
    Certified Elder Law Attorney and Partner

     

    Todd Whatley has focused his entire legal career on Elder Law. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, the only one in Tulsa and east of Oklahoma City. He served as president of the National Elder Law Foundation, the certifying organization approved by the American Bar Association to certify Elder Law Attorneys.

     

    November 7 l Crime Safety
    Cassia Carr | Deputy Mayor | City of Tulsa
    Lori Fullbright | News Anchor and Crime Reporter | Tulsa’s News on 6

     

    Deputy Mayor Carr will be giving an update on the City of Tulsa at 10 a.m.

     

    At 11 a.m., Tulsa crime reporter Lori Fullbright teaches how to spot cons, frauds and scams. Fullbright has experience interviewing countless crime victims, criminals and law enforcement professionals.

  • European Union

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10a-12p | 2wks | 11/1-11/10

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Dr. Jerry Croft, Emeritus

    Location: Church of the Madalene, 3188 E 22nd St S, Tulsa, OK 74114-1822
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    The European Union is one of the most significant developments in the world since the end of WWII.  Since the EU began  (originally called the European Economic Community) in 1957, the French and Germans have primarily directed the development of this amazing organization. We will examine which countries belong to the EU and how it enhances each country. We will also look at which EU countries belong to N.A.T.O. and the political security it provides for nearly all of the countries in the EU.

 

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