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OLLI classes available now


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Texas Tech University (TTU) Hill Country provide learning opportunities to anyone 50 years old and older. Membership in OLLI Hill Country is $30 per person and is valid for 12 months.
Classes are held at Texas Tech University Centers in Fredericksburg, Marble Falls and Junction. Sign up for classes online at or by email at or by calling 830-990-2717.
A Legal Perspective on the War on Terror
Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Marble Falls
This course will provide an overview of salient legal issues pertaining to America’s global campaign against terrorism. The instructor will provide an update on terrorist developments and legal trends. Case scenarios and relevant considerations will also be included so that the audience can better understand the dynamics of the international conflict we are involved in.
Instructor: Mark E. McCary is an attorney at the general practice law firm McCary & McCary, P.C. Licensed since May 2000. Mark specializes in corporate law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark served an extended period on active and reserve rolls as a U.S. Air Force officer. Mark teaches the Terrorism block for our local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
This class will meet from 2 to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Texas Tech University Higher Education Teaching Site at Marble Falls, 806 Steve Hawkins Pkwy, in Marble Falls. The cost for OLLI members is $15; for non-members $30.
NOTE: This class will not be broadcast to other locations.
Future of Conservation in Texas
Thursday, Sept. 14, in Marble Falls
Who financially supports wildlife management in the state of Texas? You might be surprised to learn that it isn’t the general taxpayer, but rather licensed hunters and anglers of the state of Texas who pay for conservation, outreach, restoration, and study of wildlife and their habitats. In 1937, this was the innovative idea of a “userpay” system of support, and it was an idea generated and supported by ladies’ garden and social clubs as well as sportsmen’s associations and clubs.
As participation in hunting declines, perhaps it is time to start thinking of a new way of funding conservation. Be a part of the discussion in this active program that encourages all Texans to team up together to guide wildlife conservation efforts for the next 100 years. Current legislative update regarding plans and funding for improvements and maintenance of programming will be included in the presentation.
Instructor: Kelly Conrad Simon has been with Texas Parks and Wildlife since 1995 and currently serves as the urban wildlife biologist for the Central Texas area. She has coordinated the Texas Wildscapes Backyard Wildlife Habitat program and the Texas Hummingbird Round-Up with Texas Parks and Wildlife, and is the author of “Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife.”
From 2 to 4 pm, Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Texas Tech University Higher Education Teaching Site at Marble Falls, 806 Steve Hawkins Pkwy, in Marble Falls. The cost for OLLI members is $15; for non-members $30.
NOTE: This class will not be broadcast to other locations.
Viva España! Spanish Cuisine
Monday or Tuesday, Sept. 18 or 19, in Fredericksburg
Spanish cuisine is so much more complex and satisfying than most of us realize – incorporating the exotic contributions of nearly 800 years of Moorish Arab rule (paella, citrus, flamenco, mathematics, science, philosophy, “Spanish colonial” architecture) while exporting flavor foundations to meld with indigenous traditions in Mexico and the rest of Latin America.
In this class, John DeMers describes his own adventures through many trips to Spain starting in 1974, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco was still dictator. He describes the regions of Spain in terms of their diverse histories while cooking up a four-course feast. It’s a celebration of the passion that announces, “I am Spanish” to all the world.
Join us for An Iberian Culinary Adventure including the menu of five courses:
• Chorizo-Stuffed Sweet Peppers
• Tortilla Española
• White Bean Caldo Gallego
• Pork and Garbanzo Stew
• Arroz con Leche
Instructor: John DeMers has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and is an author of many cookbooks. Currently, he conducts cooking demonstrations for Fischer & Wieser at Das Peach Haus.
This 2-hour class will be from 5 to 7 pm, on Monday or Tuesday, Sept. 18 or 19, at Das Peach Haus, 1406 US 87, in Fredericksburg. The cost is $85 for OLLI members; $100 for non-members.
Note: Class size is limited to 20 students.
The class will not be broadcast to other locations.