The Homewood Star
A16 • May 2015
Learning program expands into Homewood By MADISON MILLER AND MADOLINE MARKHAM Lifelong learners will soon have an opportunity to take classes on a variety of subjects at the Homewood Public Library and the Homewood Senior Center. The local affiliate of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), originally based in Vestavia Hills, has expanded to several new locations throughout the area. OLLI is designed for people who want to be lifelong learners. The national program’s affiliates offer a variety of courses based on what interests its membership, from local history to travel. Vestavia’s affiliate began in 2013 through the University of Alabama system and quickly grew to more than 200 members who were interested
in programs with increasing depth. “It took off like wildfire,” Co-chair of Curriculum and Recruitment Committee Diane Wheeler said. “It’s something you can experience and enjoy to expand your worldview.” Classes at the senior center and library will begin this summer with topics such as world religions and handwriting analysis. The group will also take a field trip to Rickwood Caverns in Warrior. Participants can attend as many classes as they would like for an annual fee of $25. OLLI also offers bonus classes, which are free and open to the public, to allow participants to try classes before paying a fee. Each OLLI group is managed by its all-volunteer membership, which seeks out what others
Members of OLLI attend a course on British classic film at their affiliate’s original location in Vestavia Hills.
want to learn and creates courses around that. “You don’t have to become an expert and take it up for life,” Wheeler said. “It’s just fun to know.”
Call the Homewood Senior Center at 3326500 or the Homewood Public Library at 3326600 for more information.
Photo contest deadline upcoming
This is one of the submissions for the arts council photo contest.
The Homewood Arts Council’s Faces, Places and Traces of Homewood photo contest ends May 8. The contest is looking for unique images of Homewood that fit in one of three categories: people, places and things (i.e. traces). Entries for the contest will be adjudicated to select first, second and third-place winners of each category as well as a Best of Show winner. Selected photographs will be included in the inaugural exhibit of the Homewood Community Gallery to be installed at City Hall. This new program is being offered with the support of the City of Homewood, Perry Computer and Wolf Camera. The contest is open to individuals, organizations, schools and companies and will
be adjudicated anonymously. There is no fee to enter. Images must be submitted at a high resolution. Arts council member Caroline Hubbard said she encourages all residents of all ages to turn in submissions. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to enter, she said. “It’s fun to have community involvement in the first exhibit,” Hubbard said. “It’s a celebration of Homewood.” The Homewood Arts Council is a volunteer commission of the city that is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts. For more information, visit facebook.com/ homewoodartscouncil or email HomewoodALArtsCouncil@gmail.com.
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