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Anchorage, Fairbanks programs offer education for the fun of it


Anchorage-area seniors can sign up now for winter session classes offered by OLE (Opportunities for Lifelong Education). Although there is no minimum age requirement, classes are geared to adults age 50 and older. Courses begin Jan. 12 and end March 6 and are held in classrooms on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, along with other locations around town.

OLE membership is required to enroll, however members may take as many classes as they like. Annual OLE membership is $150.

The courses are casual, with no tests, homework or grades, and topics range from how-to classes on language, cooking and computers, to arts and cultural overviews of international films and classic novels, to exploring public policy topics such as Native self-determination or a series on the Alaska judicial court system.

For more information and a full course catalog and schedule, visit or call 786-6304


In Fairbanks, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a membership organization providing learning opportunities for midlife and older adults (50+). OLLI offers courses, lectures, educational travel and special interest groups. Members explore academic and general interest classes in an atmosphere that is intellectually stimulating, but without the stress of tests and grades.

OLLI’s next class series begins March 2. Registration opens Feb. 17. The schedule will be posted on the OLLI website at the end of January. Some classes will be held at Santa’s Senior Center in North Pole for easier access for residents in that area.

In the meantime, OLLI is presenting a series of public lectures, held on the first Friday of each month in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Theatre. These are free and open to the public. For the schedule or more information on OLLI and its classes, call 474-6607 or visit the Website at


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