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Many classes available for Anchorage, Fairbanks seniors


January 1, 2018

Anchorage and Fairbanks area-seniors can now sign up for winter session classes offered by Opportunities for Lifelong Education (OLÉ) in Anchorage, and the Osher for Lifelong Learning (OLLI) in Fairbanks.

For 2018, OLÉ offers a fascinating roster of interesting courses for the winter term. Beginning Jan. 8, classes run four or eight weeks, with additional four-week courses beginning Feb. 6.

Whether it’s “Learn to Read Music,” “Crafting a Mystery,” or “The Sociology of Food,” there’s something for everyone. Learning “Social Media Basics” or “Alaska’s Roadhouse Stories” is more fun with your fellow students – seniors with an interest in staying current and aware.

Classes meet Wednesdays at the Alaska Heritage Museum, Thursdays at First Christian Church, and Fridays on the UAA campus.

Although there is no minimum age requirement, classes are geared toward adults age 50 and older. With an OLÉ membership ($150 for a full year or $50 for an introductory term), you get to take as many classes as you want at no additional charge.

OLÉ also offers field trips: check out Anchorage’s new Vote-by-Mail Center or the SeaLife Center (for an overnight).

For more information, to join, and to register for classes, go to or telephone 231-0095.


In Fairbanks, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UAF 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 grades or tests.

OLLI’s next class series begins Feb. 12. Registration opens Jan. 24. The schedule will be posted on the OLLI website.

In the meantime, OLLI is presenting a series of public lectures in the Morris Thompson Cultural Center Theatre. These are free and open to the public. The next lecture is Jan. 5, “Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL)” with Dave Norton, director of the International Arctic Research Center and professor of geophysics at UAF.

For the winter class schedule or more information on OLLI, call 474-6607 or visit the website at


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