El Paso area residents ages 50 and older who want to learn and meet new people are encouraged to register for the spring 2021 sessions of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offered through The University of Texas at El Paso.
Lynn Provenzano, OLLI’s executive director, said she expects large numbers of students to sign up for classes that involve art, music, movies, travel and history as well as the physical fitness programs.
“OLLI strives to diminish isolation in these pandemic times and to create social connection albeit by phone and/or online classes,” Provenzano said.
The spring sessions, which will be offered via Zoom, will include courses about movies, music, history, healthy cooking, art history, foreign languages, and expanded physical fitness activities, to name a few.
While many of the courses will be new, OLLI will offer several student favorites such as painting, yoga and tai chi.
The institute’s annual membership, which will be good through August 2021, is $30 per person or $50 for two in a household. The semester enrollment fee is $70 per person for as many courses as the student cares to take.
One additional program is a collaboration with the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation (RGCF) where the foundation will offer scholarships to students with specific needs to participate in some selected OLLI courses. These classes, which include meditation, wellness workshops, chair and hand yoga, and personal empowerment, support the overall health and healing of mind, body and spirit.
OLLI’s spring registration will run January 5 through 22, 2021. The courses will be offered in two sessions Feb. 1-March 12, and April 5-May 7, 2021.
Anyone interested in the RGCF scholarships, which are good through August 2021, should call 915-562-7660.
For more information about OLLI, which is part of UTEP’s Extended University, call 915-747-6280 or go online to review the institute’s spring catalog.