Electives, Lifestyles


Anyone can learn the ins and outs of basket weaving and have fun doing it. Become familiar with these terms: twining, three-rod-wale, spokes and weavers, reed gauge, locking coils, crimping and more. You will start weaving on an 11-spoke base that is already assembled to get familiar with handling reed. Then you can progress to a 12-spoke creation. You will start and finish at least one basket. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet, or a swimsuit if you want to weave in the pool.
This course is designed to introduce the principles of bridge to beginners. We will start by learning the game's basic terminology and the rudimentary aspects of playing. Via sample hands, questions and answers, and discussion and lecture, you will learn fundamental principles of this popular game.
In this chair-assisted yoga class, learn to align gentle movements with your breath, aiding flexibility, balance, stress relief and relaxation. Participants will become familiar with poses and simple stretches that can be incorporated into daily life. The course includes breathing and meditation techniques that support all areas of the body and contribute to a better night's sleep. All yoga equipment will be provided.
"Final exam" for this demonstration course: tasting the beer that you've watched in creation from start to finish! Learn how to home brew your own beer and explore the popular craftbrewing craze. Watch how to heat water to the correct temperature, add ingredients, "pitch" yeast, bottle and cap the beer. Explore beer styles and recipes. Discover local resources in clubs and online. Attend a beer club meeting (optional). You could have Octoberfest all year long!
For more than a century, the Italian Club has represented the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Italians in Tampa. Let the authentic aromas and tastes of traditional Italian cooking fill your senses as these Italian Club cooks prepare a holiday feast in their beautiful club building in Ybor City. Over the course of four weeks, enjoy an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert in convivial surroundings with a rich history. There is a $25 materials fee for this course, payable to the Italian Club at the first class meeting.
Enhance your quality of life and have fun learning some new moves: a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests dancing can reduce the risk of dementia by 76%! The physical, mental and social benefits of dancing are greater than with most other activities. You'll find learning both line and couples dances is fun and easy, no partner needed. Classes may be videoed.
Learn how to play the exciting game of Mah Jongg, a game of Chinese origin with American National Mah Jongg League Inc. rules. Learn how the game is played and achieve proficiency in the basics. Four players play at each game. Two additional players rotate between playing in turn and observing. Mah Jongg is a game which teaches players how to overcome rigid thinking by changing the goal in the midst of play. We'll provide you a 2017 National Mah Jongg League card in large print.
Have you wondered how OLLI works so well as a volunteer organization? Learn everything there is to know about OLLI, consider what is unique about OLLI's demographic, and peer at a possible leadership role for yourself. Join a class team, choose a project suggested by the OLLI Board, and benefit from mentoring by an OLLI leader. You will leave with new friends and enough solid knowledge to give an interview about OLLI. Be ready for hands-on experience, a fast pace and lots of fun!
Have you heard about the benefits of meditation (better sleep, improved health, less stress) but don't know how to start? Learn to weave meditation and relaxation into your daily life. In each session, do a brief warmup stretch, settle into a comfortable position (seated or reclined), and practice a meditation technique with the instructor's guidance. Then have some time at the end to talk about your experience. Leave with instructions for guided meditations so you can practice between sessions.
You've heard about the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation -- now it's time to do it! The gentle poses you will practice are specifically designed to stretch muscles, strengthen bones and bring flexibility to the joints. Yoga helps improve body posture, ease of movement and balance. Mindfulness and meditation help relieve stress, relax the body and quiet the mind. Get ready to improve your health while also having fun.
Sling a little paint around and have fun creating your own images on fabric, even if you've never painted before. Learn how to use dry brush and the overlay painting technique. Cut and use stencils. You will fashion a cotton sack tea towel to take home at the end of the course. Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on, because it doesn't wash out! Tea towel, paint and brushes will be provided: materials fee is $20.
No dieting, minimal exercise. Too good to be true? No! Learn how to be even healthier than you were in your 30s and 40s. Discover which diets can adversely affect your health. Hear which herbs, spices and foods can help battle inflammation and deal with blood pressure and hormonal issues. Understand how to incorporate a minimal amount of exercise into your lifestyle. You will be able to invent a healthy eating plan for yourself even if you lead a busy life, thus looking and feeling better than ever.
Call it clutter, hoarding, or being a pack rat, but some people do struggle with having too much "stuff" and not being able to get rid of it. You might be curious about how a home can become like the incredibly overcrowded houses on TV. Or you might want some solid suggestions on how to organize your own living space. If your possessions own you rather than the other way around, learn some skills to lighten your life.
The more you know about basic bidding and playing techniques, the more you will enjoy bridge. The instructor, a master point earner, has taught bridge for 20 years and employs an interactive teaching method that makes the game easier to improve as well as more enjoyable.
Learn the classic art of caning furniture. Try your hand at weaving a square stool seat using a kit, a few basic tools and gentle guidance from your instructor. Develop your attention to detail, ability to focus, improve your manual dexterity and enjoy the beautiful, glossy, moisture-resistant product of your labor. Classes are held in a relaxed social setting. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet. The required materials for this project are included in the course price.
Life-Stories Sharing offers an entertaining and dynamic program that combines storytelling, watching short videos, and lively discussions. Share your life experiences and learn from the experiences of others. Two meetings will be devoted to "The Greatest Generation," and two will be devoted to "Gadgets Then and Now." It is a wonderful opportunity to reminisce, learn, and chat in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Increase the use of both hemispheres of your brain in this practical course with immediate applications. Learn how to graphically capture, organize and present your ideas and information. Mind mapping is intuitive, non-linear and big-picture oriented. It improves learning, understanding and retention. Use it to plan a vacation, take better class notes, brainstorm ideas or make better decisions. Your only limit is your imagination!
Attention, intermediate Mah Jongg players: join us to improve your skills and learn more strategies for both offensive and defensive play. You will become a better contender by matching your wits and aptitude against experienced players. We'll provide a 2018 National Mah Jongg League card.
Move beyond the skills you developed in the OLLI beginning mountain dulcimer course. Explore several pieces of music in depth, master new songs and learn new techniques in a fun, relaxed environment. Once registered, you will receive information on purchasing music for the course (approximately $10-15). Prerequisite: Completion of beginning OLLI course or experience playing the mountain dulcimer.
If you've always wanted to be the perfect host or hostess for a party in your home or your favorite restaurant, look no more. This course emphasizes practical arrangements and etiquette for parties you've always imagined: afternoon teas, wine tastings and more. Bring your own ideas and requests. You will be ready to present a short plan for your upcoming perfect party.
Learn how to create clarity, direction and healing in your life through self-hypnosis. Tap into your wellspring of unlimited inner resources and guidance by using relaxation, guided imagery and meditation. Benefits may include reduced stress and increased energy levels, healing of past and current relationships, elimination of unwanted patterns and behaviors, overcoming sleeping difficulties, enhanced creativity, self-expression and more. Harpist Sharon Stoll will play at the start of each class meeting and share insights on music and meditation.
This beginner to intermediate course offers a set of 17 gentle movements that exercise the whole physiology including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs. These movements help the mind return to stillness, clarity and wisdom and the body to become balanced, relaxed and healthy. Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Participants should wear sneakers or athletic shoes and comfortable clothing that permits movement.
How does a dream become a reality? Just do it! Through photos, stories, maps and other documents, join me in reliving my rich experience of walking the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, the Way of St. James. My destination: the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Camino has been a pilgrimage route since the ninth century.