New OLLI classes begin today, Tuesday, April 5

The over-50 set has a new list of classes to choose from in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)-Texas Tech University (TTU) Hill Country and they begin with a class today.

Classes are held at Texas Tech University centers in Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, and Junction and most are broadcast to other centers.

Enrollment is open to anyone over age 50 and sign up is available online at, by email at or by calling 830-990-2717.

Membership in OLLI Hill Country is $25 per person and everyone who becomes a member this first year is automatically a charter member.

Today, Tuesday, April 5, the program Gaining Balance and Body Strength as We Mature will be conducted at Texas Tech – Highland Lakes, 806 Steve Hawkins Parkway.

As they mature, bodies lose body strength, and balance raises issues that can lead to falls and clumsiness. This course will focus on treatment of dysfunction and the ideal progression of activity to allow a return to an active lifestyle. Prevention of further or future injury and improvement in activity performance will be addressed.

The instructor is Ardra Hughes, PT, ScD, who earned her masters of physical therapy degree from Hardin Simmons University and doctorate of science from Texas Tech University. Dr. Hughes is an APTA board certified sports specialist and is Titleist Performance certified and Selection Functional Movement Analysis certified.

Other upcoming courses include:

The April 7 program at Texas Tech University Center – Junction, to be broadcast to Marble Falls. is entitled Do We Have the $ and Sense, Environmental Literacy, and Ethics to Protect Our Natural Resource Capital? Probably Not!

Water, the environment, and natural resources are critical issues for present and future generations of Texans, especially with a projected doubling of population in the next 40 years and an estimated 90 percent of Texans living in urban areas.

Tom Arsuffi, PhD, is a leading authority on the science of invasive plants in aquatic ecosystems and directs TTU’s Llano River Field Station in Junction. In this program he suggests generations of children will have increasingly little contact with nature resulting in a disconnect with nature that has health, ethical, career, and environmental policy ramifications.

“The disease, Nature Deficit Disorder, is spreading rapidly among teachers, policy makers, children, and the public, and no cure is in sight,” he says. “What can be saved, and what can we do?”

Fee for the program is $15 for OLLI members; $30 for non-members.

Three classes are coming up at the Texas Tech University Higher Education Teaching Site at 2818 US 290 East in Fredericksburg and the first two of them will be broadcast to Marble Falls.

The Brands of Our Lives: Archetypes — A Workshop Using Archetypes to Profile Your Marketing History will be conducted Tuesday and Thursday, April 12 and14, from 2-3:30 p.m.

You will learn how the choices you make in the marketplace mirror the stories and characters that are most meaningful to you.

Marye Tharp, PhD, a retired associate professor having taught at the University of Texas, Emerson College and Shriner University will explore the world of archetype—universally recognizable characters whose actions and stories we intuitively recognize. In addition, as they discuss categories of products, such as services, celebrities and beloved stories (the Bible, movies, novels), participants will complete a workbook of key archetypes played by the “brands of your life.”

The fee is $25 for OLLI members; $40 for non-members.

The topic on April 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. will be The Hill Country Film Society: An Insight into Independent Filmmaking.

A sneak preview of a few film selections and/or film trailers from the 7th annual Hill Country Film Festival will be included. Participants will experience a candid discussion on independent filmmaking regarding such topics as story structure, theme, character development and fundamental elements of visual storytelling with Chad Mathews, executive director of the Hill Country Film Society and Film Festival. He worked as an actor, screenwriter, and producer in Los Angeles for 15 years.

The fee is $15 for OLLI members; $30 for non-members.

Offered April 20 from 6-9 p.m., only in Fredericksburg, will be: Hungry for Something New?

Leu and Dawn Savanh, who have traveled the world collecting dining experiences and gaining expertise that have influenced and enhanced their culinary vision, will be the instructors at their restaurant, August E's Fine Dining, 203 East San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg.

Food-preparation stations will be set up with prepared ingredients and stove-top gas burners. Chef Leu, his wife Dawn, and his culinary staff will demonstrate and then assist in the preparation and technique of each dish. Dawn will select and discuss the wine pairings. The three-course meal and demonstrative cooking session will end with a meal enjoyed by all participants. Printed recipe card packets will be presented to each participant.

The fee, including the meal and wine, is $95 for OLLI members; $110 for non-members.

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