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Sunday Seniors: Osher@Dartmouth Adds Three New Locations for Spring Term

  • Learn how to create floral arrangements with spring flowers at an Osher@Dartmouth course. (Courtesy of Osher@Dartmouth)

  • Mah Jongg is one of Osher@Dartmouth's spring term classes. (Courtesy of Osher@Dartmouth)



Valley News Calendar Editor
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hanover — Those enrolling for classes during OSHER@Dartmouth’s spring term will have the opportunity to learn at three new locations.

Performer Lois Fein will teach a course called “Songwriting — To Free Literary Characters Who Wish to Sing” at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon; “Women Painters of the Cornish Art Colony” will be taught by Mary Keller at the Plainfield Public Library; and Vikke Jaas will teach “George Perkins Marsh: History, Legacy, and the Meaning of Environmentalism” at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock. Only Fein’s course has seats remaining.

“Sometimes it can be ... because of the connection,” said program manager Lisa King. Fein, for example, is an instructor at the music center while the class that Jazz is teaching will take place in Woodstock “just because of the type of course she’s offering it makes sense to have it there.”

The three new locations are the most that Osher has added in a single semester are are part of Osher’s effort to expand the reach of its programming, King said.

In the winter session — taking place now — there’s a history course being offered at Horse Meadow Senior Center in North Haverhill.

“We have members and instructors that live in Lyme and north,” King said. “They have to drive less of a distance to participate in an Osher course.”

Of the 14 people taking the class at Horse Meadow, five registered through Osher while the rest did through the senior center.

“We’re really excited about that,” King said. There will be a spring course held at Horse Meadow, but the schedule and topic hasn’t been set yet.

Other spring courses that King is excited about and are still open include: “Summer of 1941,” a course about baseball greats taught by Maynard Goldman; “The Arts: Learn in Lively, Lovely Lebanon,” taught by Sylvia Paxton and Barbara Jones; “How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy” instructed by Sallyann Sack; learn how to juggle, balance and other skills from Linda Peck in “Circus, Society, and Mindful Movement”; and “Immigration — What Does Race Have To Do With It?” taught by Evangeline Monroe.

Enrollment for spring semester classes is open from now until Monday, March 26.

The spring semester has the second highest enrollment numbers after the fall semester, which also has the highest number of courses. In addition to the summer lecture series, there’s also a summer term.

“At every stage of life its so important to be socially connected and intellectually stimulated,” King said. “I really believe we try to offer something for everyone.”

The courses are open to people of all education levels and backgrounds.

And it’s the same for instructors: While a number of the volunteer instructors have been teachers, it’s not a requirement.

“Anyone if they have an idea and they have a passion they can create a course and become a study leader,” King said. Osher staff will assist with helping interested persons in putting a course together. “You’re never alone.”

Editor’s note: For more information on spring term classes and registration, enrollment fees and financial assistance, and becoming a volunteer instructor, visit http://osher.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-0154. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.