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Afternoons with OLLI -- Winter/Spring Package 2020/21
Enjoy our afternoon and evening programs as we explore Ann Arbor, southeast Michigan, and our beautiful Great Lakes state. We feature local personalities, compelling stories about our community, and delve into current issues. • 3:30–5:00pm (NEW TIME!) (March 17 event has a 7:00pm start time!) • $5/event • $25/package of 6 • Free to new members during their first year! --------------------------------------------- “A meal without Wine is called Breakfast” A conversation with Dick Scheer, Distinguished Wine Merchant and owner of Ann Arbor’s Village Corner Tuesday, January 19 3:30-5:00 pm, $5 online Village Corner is an Ann Arbor institution. This wine shop has one of the most extensive wine selections in the area, with 5000 carefully selected wines, 600 spirits, 150 beers, 350 cigars and much more. Dick Scheer has been the celebrated owner and President of Village Corner, Inc. for 50 years, and has been referred to as one of the most knowledgeable wine experts in the state. In conversation with Bev Geltner, we’ll learn about Dick’s interest in and expert knowledge of wines, and his decades-long history at the Village Corner. We’ll learn a lot about different wines, and perhaps a few ghost stories as well. Dick Scheer started in the wine business in 1964, and has been a Wine Educator to thousands over the years. He has taught wine appreciation seminars for the Ann Arbor Arts Center, as well as programs sponsored by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Dick is also Director of the Ann Arbor Tasters Guild and Ann Arbor Wine Club. He has been a judge at the Michigan State Fair, Tasters Guild International, American Wine Society, as well as Great Lakes and Canadian wine competitions. Washtenaw Refugee Coalition – Refugees Given a Voice Wednesday, February 17 3:30-5:00 pm, $5 online Over the recent years we have all become more aware of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Individuals and families from around the world are fleeing from war, poverty, and oppression. Attempts to enter our country have been met with physical and regulatory obstruction, all in conflict with values many of us hold dear. Refugees and asylum seekers, who are often invisible to those in power, must rely on others to plead their collective cases to Congress. A group of Ann Arborites have decided to take action to address this injustice. The Washtenaw Refugee Coalition is a new interfaith group of passionate and dedicated individuals who are learning how to advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. You will be fascinated to hear the story of the group’s founding, the training they have received, and actions they have been taking. You may even find their cause to be one you want to embrace. Beth Wilensky is the founder and leader of the Washtenaw Refugee Coalition. Beth has served on the Board of Jewish Family Services (a local organization providing services to refugees), and is a Clinical Professor of Law in the Legal Practice Program at the University of Michigan. Put a Spark under your Butt Wednesday, March 17 7:00-8:30 pm (Note the time), $5 online There have been a lot of news stories lately about the rise in popularity of E-bikes (electric bikes). But what’s all the fuss about? Worldwide, E-bikes are the fastest growing sector of the bike industry, and there are several reasons for their rapid rise in appeal. We will look at what exactly is an E-bike and why they are so sought after with the Baby Boomer generation, and among commuters, businesses, and municipalities. There are so many different types of E-bikes on the market that it can be overwhelming to learn about them all. We will try to simplify it, going over the fundamentals, to see whether an E-bike might be right for you and how you should choose which type will suit you best. Jim Summers and Kim Mayes own and operate H.E.H. Human Electric Hybrids. They have been in the E-bike business for eight years. Jim was a controls engineer, cycling to work 20 miles each way when he built his first E-bike to make his commute easier. He immediately saw the potential for E-bikes to enable more people to ride a bike. He also envisioned a future when more people would replace car trips with bicycle trips. Jim started building E-bikes for others, then left his engineering job in 2014 to sell E-bikes full time. Jim’s wife, Kim, joined him in the business in 2018. 102 Years of Local Food: the past, present, and future of the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market Wednesday, April 21 3:30 - 5:00 pm, $5 online As much of Ann Arbor has become unrecognizable to long-time residents, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is a mainstay, both as a provider of local produce and products and a gathering space. Learn about the history of the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, how the global pandemic has impacted operations, and how we plan on bringing this vibrant market and community space into the future. Stefanie T. Stauffer, PhD has been the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market Manager since May 2020, bringing 12 years of local food expertise to the role. She is the former Program Manager of Tilian Farm Development Center, a now defunct incubator for beginning farmers in Ann Arbor Township. She has also taught the Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations at Washtenaw Community College since 2015, with an emphasis on food sovereignty and environmental justice movements. As a veteran Ypsilanti Farmer’s Markets vendor who sells her products at Argus Farm Stop and to local restaurants as well, she has been feeding our community since 2010 as Nightshade Farm. She is also a board member of Growing Hope, a former Greenbelt Advisory Commissioner, and a former board member of the Ypsilanti Food Cooperative. As a farmer, farmer’s market vendor, educator, activist, and beginning farmer mentor, she has been deeply rooted in our local food system since her dissertation project on sustainable agriculture brought her back to Michigan in 2008. In 2014, she traveled to Slow Food International’s Salone del Gusto e Terra Madre in Torino, Italy as a US delegate representing Southeast Michigan family farmers, food artisans, and Slow Food Ark of Taste producers. A Band for all Ages Wednesday, May 19 3:30-5:00 pm, $5 online The Little Bands Music School is an innovative music program in which students learn music from a constructivist perspective. The program serves all ages including children as young as four and adults. The foundation of the program is the multi-instrumental band program. Students join a 5-piece band. The instrumentation of the band is piano, guitar, bass, drums and voice. Students follow a detailed curriculum of songs and compose their own songs. Every student learns every song on every instrument. This method is designed to facilitate an environment in which students 1. Understand music from different perspectives, 2. Learn to collaborate and work together and 3. Experience what goes into a piece of music and how to compose their own music. Teachers in Little Bands School work with private students and students in public and private schools in Southeast Michigan. We particularly love helping people who have always wanted to play an instrument and never had the chance. Joshua Grekin is a musician and educator with experience teaching all ages and genres. Trained as a jazz trumpet player, he is also proficient on piano, guitar, bass, drums, and other orchestral instruments. Joshua has a BA in music from the Berklee College of Music, a Masters from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently finishing his PhD at Oakland University. He is the creator and director of the Little Bands School, a tech-enabled music education program which offers a unique and innovative K-12 instrumental curriculum. A songwriter as well, Joshua writes music for musicals, film, commercials, bands, and the Little Bands School curriculum. HEARD AROUND TOWN: Michigan Speak Wednesday, June 16 3:30 – 5:00 pm, $5 online “Do you say ‘pop’ or ‘soda’ or ‘soft drink’? Do you know what a ‘Michigan left’ is? Did you know ‘Yooper’ is now in some standard dictionaries? Come hear about what is happening to English in Michigan and share the changes you’re hearing in the language.” Anne Curzan, dean of LSA at University of Michigan is a trained linguist, studies the history of the English language. She describes herself as a fount of random linguistic information about how English gotto be the way it is—information she shares every Sunday on the show “That’s What They Say” on Michigan Public Radio. She has also dedicated one major strand of her career to helping students and the broader public understand linguistic diversity as part of cultural diversity, and language change as a natural part of living languages. Curzan has received university awards for outstanding research and undergraduate teaching, including the Henry Russel Award and the John Dewey Award. She is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Geneva Smitherman Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, Linguistics, and Education.
Event Type : Afternoons with OLLI      
Date(s) : 01/19/2021 - 06/16/2021
Day of Week : Tuesday and Wednesdays, see description
Time : 3:30-5:00PM or 7:00-8:30PM, see description
Location : Online
Fee : $25.00
Event Status : COMPLETED