Gulf Park

ART

Ceramic Easter Basket - $25

Thursday, March 8. 2018

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Students will learn how to construct a decorative Easter basket out of clay with a festive jumping rabbit handle. They will then glaze the piece with colorful Lowfire glazes.

 

Wire Wrap Jewelry - $25

Thursdays, March 15 and 22

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Gallery 782, Biloxi

Two-Part Seminar by Sue West

Join us in making a pair of wispy carefree earrings made of sterling silver wire with crystals during the first class. Create a sparkling lace bracelet made from sterling silver wire and two different sizes of rondelles in our second class. Sue West has been making wire wrap jewelry and teaching classes for over thirteen years. She teaches once a month at Gallery 782 and the Bead Hangout. Sue’s jewelry is featured at the MS Craftsman's Guild in Ridgeland and Gallery 782 in Biloxi.

 

Easter Cross - $25

Monday, March 19

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Brynn Santalla

Come create your very own acrylic canvas artwork. Paint a cross to display in your home for the Easter season. No experience necessary. The instructor will walk you through the painting process step by step. Your friends and family will be amazed at the artist in you! Brynn Santalla has degrees in public relations, marketing with a minor in business administration. She has successfully owned and operated Twisted Tree Studios for seven years.

 

Spin that Wheel for the Beginner - $25

Thursday, April 5

11:00am-1:00pm

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Off-Site: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

Students will learn the basics on how to create pottery on the wheel, and each student will create two pots. Studio will glaze (your choice of a selection of glazes) and fire pots for students. Charlie Mabry is the Director of Ceramics at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. He is a practicing potter and ceramic sculptor. Charlie is a former Resident Artist at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. He has been working in clay professionally for 8 years.

 

"Fleur De Lis" Canvas Painting - $25

Monday, April 23

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Brynn Santalla

Come create your very own acrylic canvas artwork. Paint a whimsical fleur de lis to display in your home. No experience necessary. The instructor will walk you through the painting process step by step. Your friends and family will be amazed at the artist in you! Brynn Santalla has degrees in public relations marketing, and business administration. She has successfully owned and operated Twisted Tree Studios for seven years.

 

Spin That Wheel Part II - $25

Thursday, May 3

11:00am-1:00pm

Seminar by Charlie Mabry

Students will learn the basics on how to create pottery on the wheel, and each student will create two pots. Studio will glaze (your choice of a selection of glazes) and fire pots for students. This class will expand on the first Spin That Wheel class. Recommended for students who have taken Spin That Wheel previously.

 

Anyone Can Paint Part I - $30

Tuesdays, March 6 and 20

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Allison Doolittle

We know your art is hanging out on the right side of your head, we just need to tap back into it. We do this with a method called “Reckless Abandon.” The student will bring in a picture of their choosing (no portraits please) and through Allison’s method, you will walk out with a finished painting. You won't look at painting the same again. Here is to your newfound passion! Allison Thorpe Doolittle is the founder of Sip-n-doodle, LLC Paint Party Studios. She is a certified intuitive painting and expressive arts facilitator. She has found her passion through painting and helping others find their “right side” the most rewarding.

 

Anyone Can Paint Part II - $30

Tuesdays, April 3 and 10

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Allison Doolittle

Part II: This class will concentrate more on breaking down paintings and showing “tricks” for the same effects as Anyone Can Paint. You will be learning and practicing how some paintings are done from impressionism to realism. You are not required to take the first class, and ANYONE can paint!  No experience required.

 

Catch the Sun and Wind - $20

Friday, April 6

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Joanna Slay

Create a sun catcher or wind chime using repurposed items such as stained glass, shells, crystals, wire, grapevine, utensils and much more. Look at household discards in a new light and learn how to reduce, reuse and recreate! Participants will select from a variety of “catcher kits” which will be unique in design and materials. You will construct and assemble your personal catcher to take home. Assistance and how-to tips are provided. Joanna Slay has a background in print media as an art director. She has been teaching the art of mosaics since 2010.

 

Surface Embroidery - $25

Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Sarah Scott

Students will select from two colorful embroidery designs to create with simple stitches in a 4" hoop and prepare to hang on a wall with the hoop as a frame. The designs, a dazzling lorikeet or sunny zinnias, are worked with stranded cotton onto a background of broadcloth. After retiring from the Naval Research Laboratory, Sarah Scott returned to a full-time pursuit of needlework and hand embroidery. She began learning at the age of three under the tutelage of her grandmother, who was a needle artist par excellence. A supply list will be provided with confirmation.  

CONSERVATION

Life in the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem - $10

Thursday, March 8

8:30am-10:30am

Off-Site: Location TBD

Seminar by Ed Moody

Would you like to visit an active red-cockaded woodpecker cluster? We will discuss the longleaf pine ecosystem and all its inhabitants in this seminar. You will learn about the red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, black pine snake, and dusky gopher frog. Ed Moody is a wildlife biologist with the US Forest Service, De Soto Ranger District. He works across all disciplines of forest management for the recovery and sustainability of the longleaf pine ecosystem. His primarily focus is on recovering federally threatened and endangered species.

 

Birds of Southern Mississippi - $10

Wednesday, March 21

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by David Reed

Over 400 birds have been recorded in southern Mississippi. This course will cover the most common resident bird species, including migratory birds, to call southern Mississippi home. Common bird calls will be highlighted. David Reed is an avid birder and has been birding for over 15 years. He is a National Audubon Society member and conducts bird census surveys and leads birding trips in the local area.

 

COOKING

Treat Every Day Like it is Valentine's - $30

Wednesday, February 21

10:30am-12:30pm

Off-Site: The Mary C Cultural Arts Center

Seminar by Cheri Hiers

Explore the sweet and savory nature of chocolate that can be enjoyed every day. This session will give you a hands-on experience in cooking. Chef Cheri Hiers has 20 years of experience in culinary arts and has lived all over the south learning to appreciate and enhance the south's rich culinary culture.

 

Lillo’s Italian Cooking Class - $20

Friday, March 9

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Westside Community Center

Seminar by Connie Lillo Thieman

Join us in a hands-on cooking class. You will learn to make Papaw’s antipasti salad and Steve’s amazing Italian BBQ shrimp. Connie Lillo Thieman and her brothers, Steve and Charles Lillo help run the seventy-year-old Lillo’s Italian Restaurant in Leland, MS, which they inherited from their grandparents. They learned the family recipes of Northern Italian cuisine as young adults. 

 

Bay St Louis Foodie Tour - $50

Wednesday, April 4

9:30am-12:30pm

Off-Site: Lulu's

Seminar by Wendy Fairley

We will visit five different restaurants over a three-hour period, enjoy generous samples from great locally owned eateries enough for lunch, and learn interesting facts about the area, restaurants and cuisine. We will walk approximately one leisurely mile with abundant rest stops, water and bathroom breaks. Please dress casually and for South Mississippi weather! Wendy Fairley owns Tasty Tour of South Mississippi. She graduated from MGCCC with a degree in culinary arts.

 

Seafood Lunch and Learn - $20

Friday, April 20

11:30-1:00

Off-Site: The Mary C Cultural Arts Center

Seminar by Cheri Hiers

Chef Cheri will prepare a tasty seafood lunch in front of your eyes and walk you through every step of the process. Come early to wander the historic halls of the Mary C Cultural Arts Center art gallery, history museum and gift shop.

 

Cooking with Chef Shayne - $20

Wednesday, May 2

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Westside Community Center, Gulfport

Seminar by Shayne Varone

Learn how to make a restaurant style top selling dish that can be made easily from home. You will walk away with the skills to create your very own blackened red fish with crawfish andouille sausage sauce and much more. Shayne Varone started his career as a cook at Vrazel’s fine food while he was attending the culinary program at JD. After cooking there for several years, he attended the CIA in New York. Upon graduation, he became a chef and Food and Beverage Director for Hilton, Sheraton, Casinos, Vrazel’s and Wentzel's.

 

CRAFTS

Quilting - $25

Mondays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Marion Murdock

Join us in making a 42in x 48in size lap quilt. You will learn how to cut-out and put together a 24x24 lap quilt. Marion Murdock is a retired government employee of seventeen years. She has been blessed with the talent of sewing all her life. She learned how to make quilts about ten years ago and has taught quilting classes at senior centers. A supply list will be provided with confirmation. 

 

No Needles Required: Arm Knitting - $10

Monday, February 19

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Karen LeBeau

Using just your hands, arms and yarn, you will learn to knit a warm, chunky scarf. Karen LeBeau is a retired kindergarten teacher with a love of fabric and creating clothing. She also enjoys knitting and many other types of crafts.

  

Creative Fun with Hot Glue - $10

Thursday, March 15

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Sherryl LaPointe

During this class, participants will learn to make things with hot glue. We will be making both flat and 3-D art projects. Each should bring a "cool-melt" hot glue gun and glue to class. Sherryl LaPointe is a retired teacher who has had a lifelong interest in needlework and crafts. She enjoys teaching others her passion.

 

Birthday Cards - $15

Thursday, April 12

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Karen LeBeau

Come learn to make creative birthday cards with us! You will make two cards each out of at least four designs. Almost everything has been pre-cut and assembled into kits for you to come have a fun afternoon creating cards to send to your friends. All necessary tools and supplies will be provided.  Envelopes are included.

 

EXERCISE

Tai Chi Chih for the Beginner - $25 per term

Tues. and Thurs., Feb. 20 through March 22

Tues. and Thurs., April 3 through May 3

8:30am-9:30am

FEC Auditorium

Exercise Class by Susie Pham

This class will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress, and increase energy flow. It is for newcomers to learn and for existing Tai Chi followers to enhance their skills. Susie Pham has been a resident of the coast for 30 years. During a trip to China, she was fascinated to see how the Chinese practiced Tai Chi in the park. Susie has practiced Tai Chi for ten years and was trained by Grand-Master Shi DeRu, who is a 31st generation of the Shaolin temple.

 

Intermediate Tai Chi Chih - $25 per term

Tues. and Thurs., Feb. 20 through March 22: 

Tues. and Thurs., April 3 through May 3

9:45am-10:45am

FEC Auditorium

Exercise Class by Susie Pham

This class will teach traditional physical meditative practice. It is designed to build strength, improve health and flexibility, reduce stress, and increase energy flow. This class is for those who have previously taken Beginning Tai Chi.

 

Yoga for Seniors Term I - $25 per term

Wednesdays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, and 21

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, and May 2  1:30pm-2:30pm

FEC Auditorium

Exercise Class by Buck Lawrence

This course teaches gentle yoga that helps build and maintain flexibility, stamina, and range of motion in both the muscular and skeletal systems of our body. Buck Lawrence is a certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance. He has taught for almost eleven years specializing in classes for seniors.

 

FINANCE

Wealth Management Strategies for Women - $10

Friday, February 23

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Jennifer Gates

Women are not giving themselves enough credit for their strengths in the financial sector. Many women will be pleasantly surprised by the statistics that reinforce my belief that they are the stronger of the sexes in this field. Jennifer Gates has been in the Financial industry just under ten years and recently attained her Certified Financial Planner certificate. Jenny currently serves on a team at Merrill Lynch in the financial planner role.

 

Investing in the Market - $10

Thursday, March 22

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Justin Jones

This course will provide an overview of the history of the stock market and fundamentals of investing in the market.  We will discuss the correlation between risk/return and strategies to minimize volatility of portfolios. Justin Jones is a financial adviser at Edward Jones. He builds and manages portfolios for his clients every day.  He is licensed in Series 7 (sell securities) and Series 66 (fiduciary).

 

HEALTH

Medicare - $15

Wednesdays, February 28 and March 7

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Justin Jones and Alex Dapron

Come learn about some of the lesser known facts regarding Medicare and social security. We will discuss strategies to plan for the unexpected circumstances that can arise during retirement years. Justin Jones is a financial adviser with Edward Jones. Alex Dapron is a regional representative for American Funds.

 

Exploring Mindfulness, Part I: Building Resilience to Cope with Stress - $10

Friday, February 23:  1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Allison Mull

This seminar is a consideration of what mindfulness is and is not; how it derives from both Eastern and Western religious traditions. Learn about groups that use it and how, as well as the science that underpins the purported physical and mental benefits. You’ll also learn some simple but effective mindfulness practices. Allison Mull has studied in several Buddhist traditions, taught seminars to university faculty, and offered public seminars on the topic.

 

Hypnosis for Dealing with Life Issues - $10

Monday, April 9

8:30am-10:30am 

Seminar by Joseph Tramontana

While the presentation is not intended to teach people how to do hypnosis, it will give an overview of how it works and the types of clinical issues that can be treated. The presenter typically refers to his hypnotic work as "Hypnotically Enhanced Psychotherapy." Dr. Joseph Tramontana is a clinical psychologist who received his doctoral training at the University of Mississippi. He is currently Secretary of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and President of the New Orleans Society for Clinical Hypnosis. He has taught many workshops on clinical hypnosis.

 

Exploring Mindfulness, Part II: Voices, Techniques, and Traditions of Mindfulness - $10

Friday, March 2

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Allison Mull

Part II: In this session, we will look at several traditions from the east to the west and hear revered voices from these traditions offering a banquet of ways to engage in mindfulness. We will review basic mindfulness and move forward into a gentle practice of one of the new traditions, or instructor can demonstrate for observation.

 

What is Diabetes and How Do I Manage It? - $15

Fridays, March 9 and 16

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Pamela Davis

This class will review the basic pathophysiology of diabetes. You will learn your target ranges for A1c, FBS and 2hr post meal blood glucose readings, basic carbohydrate counting, how to use your CBG numbers to problem solve, the roles of medications and activities in diabetes control. Pamela Davis, RN, teaches and coordinates the ADA certified education classes at Memorial Hospital.

 

Healing Pain Effectively and Efficiently - $15

Mondays, March 5 and 12

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Gail Gillespie

This class will teach a technique that promotes natural and effortless healing to body, mind, and spirit.  Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a very simple, efficient, and effective tool that anyone can use to address a myriad of challenges. Based on the premise of Chinese acupuncture, EFT utilizes the acupuncture meridian points on the body, stimulating those same points by tapping instead of using needles, to diminish or dissolve emotional or physical pain. Dr. Gail Gillespie is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New Orleans and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families.

 

HISTORY

Ancient Cultures II - $25

Tuesdays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, and 20 11:00am-1:00pm

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

This class will cover human history from the first days of the Ancient Greek Empire through the successful and failures of Ancient Rome. Jon Caridad, a retired Episcopal priest, had a long career in education and administration.

 

Ancient Cultures III - $25

Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

Ancient Cultures III: While the more familiar civilizations of the ancient near east, Greece and Rome were developing, a parallel set of civilizations were developing in the far east. This course will track the development of civilization in China and Japan. Join us in investigating the growth of these exotic, mysterious, and influential civilizations in world history. 

 

Touring AFRH - FREE (Bring $8 Cash for Lunch)

Monday, February 26

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Armed Forces Retirement Home

Seminar by Becki Zschiedrich

Join OLLI in a tour of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport. The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) provides residences and related services for certain retired and former members of the Armed Forces. We will have lunch at the AFRH.

 

Heraldry: Blazonry - $10

Tuesday, February 20

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Harold F Roberts

This seminar will consider more detail in blazonry and then look at some very interesting new personal and corporate coats of arms from Canada. Reverend Dr. Harold Roberts is a retired Episcopal Priest who was given a Grant of Arms by the Queen of Canada just before he moved from Toronto to Biloxi in March 1997. He is a member of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

 

Sailing Under the Black Flag: Romance and Reality of Pirates - $15

Wednesdays, February 28 and March 7

11:00am-2:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Anthony Rhodes

Pirates attacked, looted and vanished. We think we know pirates; we learned about them as children in stories and movies. This class presents the REAL life of pirates, how they fought, lived and died. This class will reveal the truth behind the myths, fairy tales and Hollywood inspired images. It will explore the lives of real pirates from ancient times to the 18th Century. You will also learn about famous lady pirates and their fates. Join us as we sail the Seven Seas during the Golden Age of Piracy. Tony Rhodes, an avid amateur historian and graduate from Florida State University, retired from US Navy where he flew jets, and from FAA where he served as an air traffic controller and automation engineer. He also worked at the CIA and NSA on classified aviation projects. 

 

New Orleans History Day Trip - $35

Friday, March 23

9:00am-3:00pm

Off-Site: New Orleans

Day Trip by Ted duCharm

Join OLLI on a day trip to New Orleans! The day will start with a trip to Café du Monde for a café au lait and a short walking tour of the French Quarter. We will then drive up St. Charles Avenue to view the Garden District and the university area. Lunch (not included in the price) will be at the Audubon Park Golf Club Cafe or a nice French bistro by City Park. If time permits, we will also stop by the Museum of Art. Ted duCharm is a retired teacher of history, French, and geography. He has always had a great interest in history and how it influences life today. He is a world traveler and has lived in New Orleans for decades. He has given tours for the Friends of the Cabildo and New Orleans History Society.

 

Spring Kickoff:  Old Spanish Trail

Free and Open to Public

Friday, February 2

10:00am-12:00pm

Join OLLI in kicking off the Spring Term with the history of the Old Spanish Trail narrated on video by Charles Sullivan, an archivist of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He will bring to life the history of transportation between Mobile and New Orleans from colonial times to the modern era. Dan Ellis will answer questions concerning the video.

 

Old Spanish Trail Gulf Coast - $10

Friday, March 9

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Dan Ellis

This seminar is a continuance of the spring kickoff.  It will review the early means of transportation and travel by schooners and steamboats that plied the Mississippi Sound between New Orleans and Mobile. It will follow up with the development of railroads after the Civil War era. Dan Ellis is a former educator with a master’s degree. He has written columns in numerous periodicals in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast. He began writing Community Heritage books in 1990 which now total more than two dozen.

 

HOME 

DIY Construction and Remodeling - $25

Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Wilborn Crane

This course is designed for individuals interested in building or upgrading an existing home. The approach discussed will be planning and permitting through completion. Wilborn Crane is a semi-retired federal government employee. He graduated from USM in 1977 with a B.S. in building construction. He spent the next 20 years in the construction industry and maintained his Mississippi Contractors License until 2014. 

 

LITERATURE

The Life and Legacy of Flannery O'Connor - $25

Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3:  1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Richard Kalnins

Author Flannery O'Connor's influence on the American literary scene post WWII was arguably unique among her contemporaries. Her body of work includes thirty-two short stories and two novels. O'Connor's characters fall to their own frailty and folly only to experience unexpected grace and redemption in the most unlikely of circumstances. Join us as we discover and discuss the short but fascinating life and wholly original work created by one of the south's finest writers. Richard Kalnins has studied the writing of Flannery O'Connor both in and out of the classroom and enjoys sharing his knowledge of her work and life.

 

RECREATION 

Learn Bridge Part I - $25

Mondays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19 8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Richard (Rick) Logan

Learn how to play the fun card game of bridge. This is a beginning class for those who have never played up to those who would like to freshen up on the game.

 

Learn Bridge Part II - $25

Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30:  8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Richard (Rick) Logan

This is a continuance of Learn Bridge Part I.

 

Basic Sudoku Techniques - $10

Wednesday, March 14

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by David Reed

Do you ever wonder what a Sudoku puzzle is? Do you want to solve the Sudoku puzzle that is in the newspaper each day? This class will present the basic and intermediate techniques to solve these puzzles. David Reed has been completing crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles daily for many years.

 

Lazy Magnolia Brewery Tour - $25

Monday, April 30

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Kiln

Seminar by Lazy Magnolia

Join OLLI in touring the Lazy Magnolia Brewery! Each person on the tour will receive a growler and a growler coolie. We will have lunch at The Porch. Lazy Magnolia is Mississippi’s oldest packaging brewery, and the first one since prohibition was enacted in 1907. They’ve been offering locally brewed beer to Mississippians since they were founded in September of 2003.

 

RELIGION


Where It All Began - $25

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, and May 2 11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Jon Caridad

The Book of Genesis is the story of where humanity began: some of it myth, some legend, and a bit of history. This course will trace the story from the creation until the time of the twelve tribes of Israel. While not required, a copy of the Old Testament will be beneficial in following the narrative. Jon Caridad is a retired Episcopal priest, with extensive experience in education, ancient history and biblical studies

 

Dealing with Grief? - $10

Friday, March 2

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Kenny Springle and Norman Bagby

This seminar, taught by chaplains of Camellia Hospice, will give you a healthy understanding of the stages one may go through when dealing with grief, loss, and coping with a loss. Kenny Springle is ordained and holds a B.A. in divinity. He has been a pastor for fourteen years and is at the Victory Worship Center in Ocean Springs. Norman Bagby has ministered for forty-two years with PCA, and he has a B.A. from Westminster.

 

SCIENCE

Coastal Explorer - $20

Thursday, February 22

11:00am-2:00pm

Off-Site: GCRL Marine Education Center

Seminar by Ben Weldon

Coastal Habitats begins with a tour of the nature trail on the MEC site. Educators highlight different plants, habitats, and coastal birds. Participants will pull a plankton net and return to the laboratory to examine their samples under the microscope. You will learn the differences between zooplankton and phytoplankton and the role each play in the food web. Ben Weldon is a marine educator at the GCRL Marine Education Center.

 

Beautiful Swimmer a.k.a. Blue Crab - $20

Wednesday, February 21

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: GCRL Marine Education Center

Seminar by Aaron Lamey

Combine the Greek and Latin translations of Callinectes sapidus, and you have "beautiful swimmer that tastes good." Participants will learn all about the life of a blue crab and current USM GCRL research projects focused on blue crabs. It will wrap up with the "tastes good" part where we dive into the culinary attributes of the plentiful blue crab by having our small version of a Gulf Coast crab boil. Aaron Lamey is a marine educator for USM's GCRL Marine Education Center.

 

MS Wildlife: Rescue, Rehab, and Release - $10

Wednesday, February 28

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Alison Sharpe

There are many dangers to local wildlife such as hurricanes, pollution and illegal hunting. Learn what you can do to help a wild animal that has been injured and how they are rehabilitated and released. Alison has worked at USM as a marine education specialist. She established Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in 1994 and continues to care for injured and endangered wildlife on the Gulf Coast and educate others to care for them.

 

Amp Up Your Fishing - $20

Thursday, March 1

11:00am-1:00pm

Off-Site: GCRL Marine Education Center

Seminar by Ben Weldon

Want to refresh your fishing skills, learn more about what your target species eats, their lifecycles and how to catch more of them? Our educators will share tips about rigging, lures and bringing home the fish. We put all this practical information to work by heading to the GCRL pier to catch speckled trout, flounder, and other fish. Bring your fishing pole or borrow one of ours. Ben Weldon is a marine educator at the GCRL Marine Education Center.

 

Tree Identification and Care - $10

Tuesday, March 13

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Tim Ray

Through this seminar, you will be able to identify commonly grown trees on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and how to properly care for and maintain trees in your landscape. Tim Ray is an extension agent with Mississippi State University in Harrison County. He received a Master of Science in horticulture from MSU and has backgrounds in landscape and tree farm management. He is currently a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture.

 

Birds and Boats: Touring the Pascagoula - $35

Friday, April 27 (Backup: May 11)

1:30pm-3:30pm

Off-Site: Pascagoula River Audubon Center

Seminar by Captain Benny McCoy

Join OLLI for a unique boat tour of the Pascagoula River. We will stop along the way to learn about birds, plants, wildlife, and the people of the river. Perfect for novice or expert birders, this is a wonderful way to explore the longest free-flowing river in the lower forty-eight states. The tour begins and ends at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, so save some time to explore the trails and exhibits.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Computer Q and A - $25

Friday, February 23, March 2, 9, 16, and 23

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Maia Folsom

Have you attended a computer class presented by a knowledgeable instructor but left feeling your question was not answered or the answer escaped you? Then this class is for you. Maia Folsom has devised a novel method of teaching based on her experience and totally designed to answer your specific questions. The first class will be spent discussing basics and finding out what you need to know. Please come prepared with five questions you desperately need to have answered. Maia is a manager for a mechanical contractor.  Her extensive experience with Microsoft office programs began when the world used floppy disks and 8 Track stereos. She is now in charge of internal training for all programs in use at work.

 

Get to know your PC and Windows - $10

Friday, February 23

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Susan Rutledge

This course will cover basic computer components and software for a Windows based personal computer. We'll talk about the operating system and what it does. Why does my mouse have left and right buttons and what do they do?  How do I change the shape and size of a window? What are the various parts of the window and what happens when I click on those parts? How can I have multiple windows and go back and forth between them? (Windows only. Does not cover Apple.

 

Organizing your computer - $10

Friday, March 16

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Susan Rutledge

Ever wonder how you can organize files in your computer so they can easily be found again? Do you have a long list of files that you must search through every time you want to find a specific file? Well, this course is for you! We'll discuss folders and files, their creation, and how to move currently existing folders and files around so they form a system of organization that will make sense and allow you to find specific files in a jiffy. (Windows only. Does not cover Apple.

 

Let's Surf the Web: Internet Basics! - $10

Wednesday, April 11

8:30am-10:30am

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by Susan Rutledge

What is the Internet? What are Browsers and Search Engines?  What are malware, viruses, worms, spyware, phishing and other strange things that I hear about?  Can I eat the cookies my computer gets? We will discuss all these things including various browsers and search engines, how to clear cookies, as well as how to know if a site or company online is secure. Course is for Windows based personal computers. (Does not cover Apple.) Basic Windows knowledge is helpful. Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in education. She also has a master’s in computer science from USM.

 

TRAVEL 

Terra-Cotta Soldiers and the Great Wall - $10

Monday, February 19

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by David Vincent

Discover the history of the Terra-Cotta soldiers that were found only fifty years ago. We will also talk about the Great Wall of China and see what it looks like today. Mr. Vincent is a retired journalist and broadcast executive who loves to travel and share some of the places he has been fortunate to visit. He recently took a group of twelve to China on a wonderful two-week trip. He would like to share some of the things he learned and observed about the country

 

Travel - Tips and Tricks - $10

Friday, April 13

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Seminar by David Reed

This course will focus on travel information and how to make traveling easier. Topics covered include packing, planning, international travel, technology to make travel easier, and many other topics. David Reed has traveled extensively since retiring. His travels have included stops in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

 

Journeys through Belize and Greece - $25

Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4

11:00am-1:00pm

Gulf Park Campus

Five Week Class by Edward McCormack

This course, in addition to providing historical perspectives, follows the extraordinary journeys through Belize, the only English-speaking country in Central America, in 2016, and Athens and Athenian islands in Greece in 2017. We will see lots of fascinating and educational pictures of the journeys. You will learn how best to prepare and make the most of your time internationally and cost-effectively. Overall, it presents objective perspectives of other cultures. Edward McCormack is a professor and the Associate Dean at the USM Gulf Coast library

 

WRITING

Creative Writing - Fiction and nonfiction - $15

Mondays, March 12 and 19

1:30pm-3:30pm

Gulf Park Campus

Two-Part Seminar by Philip Levin

The first session will teach the basics of creative writing, using some practice writing exercises.  Each writer will begin their course project and create a short piece. The second session, writers will present their pieces, and the instructor will critique each one. This will help the participants improve their writing, and Dr. Levin will suggest markets for their work. Dr. Philip Levin is the author of twenty-four published books, contributor to several local magazines, and has instructed several courses at OLLI and other venues. He hosts a TV show, Meet the Authors, on Ocean Springs Ocean 7.