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Osher hosts open house for spring classes

Sunday, March 24th, 2013 | Posted by

The Healdsburg Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be holding an open house for prospective students this Thursday, March 28 at the Villa Chanticleer from 2-4 p.m.

The institute, called OLLI, offers college-level courses for residents who are “50 years old or better” on a variety of subjects from history to travel to music appreciation. OLLI and Sonoma State University began offering classes in Healdsburg last fall on a trial basis but decided to install them permanently after the response was so positive.

The open house this week is an opportunity to sign up for spring classes, which begin April 9, 10 and 11. The three classes offered are Gate-Crashing the Party: 500 Years of Immigration in America taught by Doug Kenning and held Tuesdays; From Buffoon to Philosopher King: The Many Faces of Abraham Lincoln taught by Mick Chantler and held Wednesdays; and The Stuart Dynasty: 17th Century Soap Opera taught by Charlene Lohmeier which will be held on Thursdays. All classes will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Villa Chanticleer.

Kenning has a Ph.D from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and has lived and taught at universities in Tunisia, Japan and Italy. Kenning has held a variety of jobs besides being a history professor, including as an actor, New York City cab driver and army officer. Chantler recently concluded a 36-year career teaching at Sonoma Valley High School and now works part-time as a counselor at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. He is a lifelong student of the Civil War era. Lohmeier, a longtime mainframe computer programmer in the finance industry, has cultivated a lifelong passion for poetry of the 1600s, leading to her delving into the history of that period and a fascination with the Stuart Dynasty.

For more information or to register for classes,  visit sonoma.edu/exed/olli. You can also access the spring calendar of classes here: http://www.sonoma.edu/exed/olli/spring13_ollirev.pdf.


  • Margot Ellison

    I want to enroll in the Thursday class, The Stuart Dynasty. If it’s not too late I will just show up at the Villa Chantcleer at 2:30. I hope to be able to pay at that time.

    Thank you.

    • acarranza

      You might want to call them at 664-2612 and ask if there is still space in the class, Margot.

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