CONWAY

OLLI at Granite State College is an organization with four NH locations offering fun educational classes to those over 50 at a very reasonable cost. 

The most current classes being offered in Conway are listed below: 

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10413  Animal Sheltering 101; The Care and Safety of Dogs and Kids
2 Wednesdays:  10/19-10/26  10:00-11:00 AM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 8        Max: 30
Class Fee: $20 

In session one the staff at Conway Area Humane Society will cover what CAHS does in the community,  with a bit of shelter history, the programs offered, recent changes and the future of sheltering in New England. In session two we will introduce a dog into the classroom and students will learn skills for adults and children around domestic pets. We will also present the “Be a Tree” dog bite prevention curriculum.  This program is geared for parents and grandparents who have pets and children that visit.

Virginia Moore has been  the Executive Director of The Conway Area Humane Society for 10 years.

10418  Are We Prussia?
2 Mondays:  11/14, 12/12      10:00-11:30 AM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 6        Max: 15
Class Fee: $20            

When a nation has a tool the equivalent of Thor's hammer does every problem look like a nail? Has 21st century America, with its vast, unprecedented military capabilities, become a clone of the 18th century militarist state of Prussia? This reading/discussion group will first tackle BU professor and Vietnam veteran Andrew Bacevich's "The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War," (ISBN 978-0-19-531198-3) which sets up the overarching premise. Then we will read NY Times correspondent Thomas Ricks' devastating expose of the second Iraq war in "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq." (ISBN 978-0-14-303891-7)

John Peterson has presented several reading/discussion classes for OLLI on Victorian literature, but another major lifelong interest of his is military history. This class will be an excursion into that topic area.

10423  Baking Delicious Bagels                                          
1 Wednesday:  11/2    9:30- 11:00 AM
Bagels Plus, 2988 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH
Class Size: Min: 5        Max: 15
Class Fee: $15            

Come join us at Bagels Plus for some of the Valley's best bagels and coffee. But first find out how they are made with this fun, hands-on class where you get to help with the mixing, warming and baking. No cooking experience is required, just a willingness to have some fun.
Carol-Ann Dahlmeyer has owned Bagels Plus for three years. Bagels Plus not only bakes all its own bagels but also supplies them to other North Conway eateries and has been an active participant in Taste of The Valley, designated this year’s runner-up for Best Bagels.

10439  Citizen Advocacy for Ordinary People                 
1 Tuesday:  9/20         2:00-3:30 PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 5        Max: 30
Class Fee: $15            

Open the door to being an active participant in "government by the people."  Learn how to find out what is happening and who is making the decisions in state and local government.  Identify the opportunities to impact those decisions.  Discover an approach that is comfortable for you, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.  Get tips on presenting your message for the best effect.

Susan Ticehurst is a NH State Representative, serving on the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee.  She facilitates "Deliberative Democracy" sessions in which community members examine issues, searching for agreement on what procedure, action or policy will lead to the best public good.

10445  Create a Website with WordPress           
2 Thursdays:  11/10-11/17      10:00 AM-Noon
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 4        Max: 8
Class Fee: $20 

Learn how to use Wordpress.com to create your own website in this two-part , hands-on workshop. The first session  will introduce wordpress.com, setting up an account, creating a site, choosing a theme and making a first post and page. Homework will be to experiment with your new website. The second session  will cover your questions, along with  tips for using tags and categories to aid website navigation.

articipants should be comfortable using a computer provided by GSC computer lab (mouse, keyboard, internet browser), and should have a web-based email account that you can access at the class (bring your login and password). Bring digital photos if you have them.

Mary Cronin is Director of Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. She has been working with WordPress websites since 2007.

10448  Cruising Conway Lake AM                                            
1 Tuesday:  10/4         11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Conway Lake Public Beach, Mill Street, Center Conway
Class Size: Min: 6        Max: 8
Class Fee: $35 Includes boat fee       

10447  Cruising Conway Lake PM                                      
1 Tuesday:  10/4         2:00-3:30 PM
Conway Lake Public Beach, Mill Street, Center Conway
Class Size: Min: 6        Max: 8
Class Fee: $35 Includes boat fee       

Come join us on the only pontoon boat tour around Conway Lake. Mike will show you the shoreline, wildlife spots and of course the wonderful scenic views from the lake which hopefully will include some early fall foliage. So come join us on this cruise to see the lake that has so little public access.  Rain date for official cancellation is 10/7.

Mike and Julie Conlon have been giving tours of Conway Lake (blackghostboatcruises.com) on their pontoon boat for three years and no one's gone overboard yet.

10453  Dome-icile Homes: Sustainable and Hassle-Free
1 Friday:  9/30 10:00-11:30 AM
Domeicile Homes, 208 Allens Siding Road, North Conway
Class Size: Min: 5        Max: 20
Class Fee: $15            

Explore an underground, concrete dome house that will use 90% less fuel to heat and does not need energy to cool.  It will never need painting, roofing or siding, will never rot or be eaten by bugs.  This technique can also be used to build walls, sheds and garages.  We would like to show you our new home and answer your questions. Please come prepared for walking on uneven ground.  For a preview, please see our web site at https://domeicilehomes.wordpress.com.

Mike Thomas is a Master Mason with 40 years experience.  Sandy Callahan owns and operates her own marketing business here in the Mt Washington Valley.  Mike and Sandy live in Conway and are building their dream retirement home in this new building style.

10458  Enhance Your Memory through Nature Journaling
1 Wednesday:  10/19  1:30-3:00 PM
Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth
Class Size: Min: 4        Max: 8
Class Fee: $30 

Join naturalist Carol Felice and artist Kathleen Johnson at the Remick Museum for an afternoon of exploring and recording nature.  After our time outside, we will collect objects for further observation and bring them indoors where we will capture "the spirit of the natural world." See how lines, shading, dimensions and the written word record and enhance your outdoor experiences and connection with nature. You may also choose to trace, press or collage your collection. Dress for the weather, bring a journal of choice and drawing tools or use our simple notebooks and pencils. Great for the beginner and experienced alike!

Artist and educator at the Remick Museum, Kathleen Johnson has taught many art classes for children and adults, including several for OLLI. Carol Felice is a naturalist and a museum educator at the Remick Museum. She has also taught several classes for OLLI in the past few years

10467  Film: Quentin Tarantino: A Postmodern Filmmaker
1 Tuesday:  12/6         9:30-11:00 AM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 8        Max: 30
Class Fee: $15            

Quentin Tarantino didn't go to film school. His film education came from countless hours watching classic movies and sharing his opinion working at a video store. Tarantino, with his distinct style and voice,  went on to become one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation. This class will use Tarantino's career to explore such ideas as genre conventions, postmodernist film, auteur theory and homage.

Alec Kerr is the film and theater critic for "The Conway Daily Sun."  He studied film at Keene State College and received a master's in journalism from the University of Westminster. His original play, "Public Domain: The Musical," was produced in May of 2014.

10468  Film: Spend a "Day" with Doris!                        
1 Tuesday:  10/11       9:30AM - Noon and 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 12      Max: 28
Class Fee: $20            

Doris Day remains to this date the number one female box-office star in film history. You'll see why when you view two of her best roles - both of which earned her Golden Globe nominations as Best Actress. The delightful comedy, "Move Over, Darling" pairs her with James Garner and the spine tingling "Midnight Lace" co-stars Rex Harrison. Lots of personal stories to make the "Day" even better. Lunch on your own between the two sessions.

Paul Brogan  has presented more than 25 classes for OLLI . A lifelong film fan, his classes are a mix of classic films and background information to enhance the viewing experience. His friend Doris Day famously said about Paul, "You know more about me than I do!"

10493  Healing Harp- The Art of Harp Therapy 
1 Monday:  11/21       10:00 AM-Noon
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 10      Max: 25
Class Fee: $15            

The universal, non-verbal language of music offers regenerative energy. The harp has a large range of pitches and can vibrate the entire human organism. Harp therapy is playing a small harp and using music to meet the client at all levels-body, mind and spirit. It promotes balance, eases suffering and anxiety and re-energizes. It revives memories, relieves stress and improves a person's quality of life. Harp therapy is intentional, individualized and interactive.  The music is soft, and approaches pure sound more closely than any other instrument. Come and relax and enjoy the therapeutic effects.

Valerie May, a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, is a graduate of the International Therapeutic Harp Program.  She is a volunteer for Central NH VNA and Hospice where she plays for hospice clients and their families. She also plays in other medical facilities and therapeutic settings.

10507  It's the Sugar! How Sugar Makes You Fat, Sick and Tired
1 Thursday:  12/1        10:00AM-12:15PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 10      Max: 30
Class Fee: $15 

As a nation, our consumption of fats has gone down, yet our obesity and type 2 diabetes rates have skyrocketed.  Why? Isugar and other caloric sweeteners are the real culprit in the diet.  Caloric sweeteners make you hungry and crazy for food. They're also the type of food most likely to make you increase body fat, to increase girth size,  to disrupt metabolism, and to rob you of energy. Learn how to become a sugar detective and other practical skills.

Karen Bentley is a bestselling author, an adult educator and a sugar-free expert. She is  the creator of The Sugar-Free Miracle Diet and the End Food Addiction Boot Camp. She is the founder of The Sugar-Free Institute.

10510  Learn About Loons at The Loon Center   
1 Tuesday:  10/18       10:00 AM-12:30 PM
The Loon Center, 183 Lee's Mill Road, Moultonborough
Class Size: Min: 5        Max: 50
Class Fee: $15            

Join a Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) biologist for a talk about this unique symbol of NH's wild lakes and its special place in the hearts of NH residents.  Have you ever wondered why a loon's eyes are red?  Why do  loon chicks ride on their parents' backs?  What are loons saying with those eerie calls in the night?  We will talk about the challenges facing loons and the LPC's work to safeguard NH's threatened loon population.  Following the talk, class participants can hike one of two nature trails on the Markus Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy a picnic lunch on the screened porch.

Harry Vogel has been studying loons for over 20 years with the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey of Bird Studies Canada and the Loon Preservation Committee.  He is the Co-chair of the Northeast Loon Study Working Group.

10511  Life, Work and Environment at the Mount Washington Observatory               
3 Wednesdays:  10/5-10/19    1:00-2:00 PM
Weather Discovery Center, 2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
Class Size: Min: 10      Max: 25
Class Fee: $25 0         

While many places on earth experience severe weather, few are inhabited by humans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since 1932, Mount Washington Observatory has been operating a continuously-staffed scientific outpost on 6,288 foot Mt. Washington, providing its hardy men and women white-out blizzards, stunning 130-mile vistas, and everything in between while also amassing one of North America's longest-running climate records. In this three-part course, staff from the Observatory will describe Mt. Washington through its unique weather, climate, and natural history.

Brian Fitzgerald is the Director of Education at the Mount Washington Observatory and has served as a former Weather Observer and Education Specialist on the summit of Mount Washington. Along with his colleagues at the observatory, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the weather and climate of the Mount Washington Valley.

10519  Making Life Better With a Budget          
1 Wednesday:  11/16  1:30 - 3:00 PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Drive, Conway
Class Size: Min: 5        Max: 20
Class Fee: $15            

What are your priorities and goals when it comes to a personal budget? Are your spending and saving habits getting you there? We will start by discussing fun (yes, budgeting can be fun!) questions that will help you clarify what matters to you when  managing your dollars. Then we'll take a  look at the three most popular online budgeting tools to see if one of them might be a good fit for you.

Sherri Mancusi has been teaching technology since 2001. She used to hate budgeting, but now she teaches that too!

10521  Making Your Own Balsam Wreath                              
1 Monday:  11/28       1:00 - 3:00 PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 5        Max: 10
Class Fee: $15 

Make a beautiful balsam fir wreath just in time for the holidays. The greens will be provided. Bring your own decorations and bows.  This is a simple craft but a lot of fun.

Carol Saunders is a retired teacher and  has been making balsam wreaths for many years for family and friends (and several times for OLLI).

10562  Socrates Cafe
3 Thursdays:  10/6-10/20        9:30-11:00 AM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Drive, Conway
Class Size: Min: 6        Max: 12
Class Fee: $25            

Socrates led his students to wisdom by challenging their beliefs with piercing and persistent questions.  Join us in discussing topics that explore who we are, why we act as we do, what we strive for and how we achieve our goals.  It is a seminar of questions - not answers.  Prepare to think, to be challenged, and to be open to changing your mind.

Geoge Epstein has undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, math and business from Dartmouth and University of Maine. He  started and led an electronic medical record business for behavioral health organizations.  He has served as a town moderator and University System of NH trustee.

10563  Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island
1 Tuesday:  9/27         10:00-11:30 AM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 6        Max: 30
Class Fee: $15            

In 1587, England landed colonists on Roanoke Island in Virginia. It was England's most serious attempt to settle the New World. Running short of supplies the colonial governor returned to England for food and other staples. While he was away war broke out with Spain, preventing his return to Roanoke for three years. Upon his return he found not a single colonist. To this day experts are still trying to figure out what happened. We will look at the facts and attempt to solve the mystery.

Norm Desmarais was VP of Operations for a large defense firm in Florida. He was an adjunct professor at Northeastern University and is currently an adjunct professor at Webster University Graduate School. He frequently speaks on historical topics.

10566  Squam Lakes Science Center:Animal Exhibits, Gardens, Lake Cruise                  
1 Thursday:  9/29        9:30 AM-3:00 PM
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, 23 Science Center Road, Holderness
Class Size: Min: 10      Max: 20
Class Fee: $43 Includes cruise, exhibits and garden admission        

Enjoy a self-guiding walking tour of the Squam Lakes Science Center observing live native NH wildlife housed in woodland enclosures. Watch a riot of aquatic creatures in the new interactive Water Matters Pavilion. Stroll through the Kirkwood Gardens for photo ops. In the afternoon we will take a narrated pontoon boat cruise of Squam Lake.  Lunch is available for purchase at Walter’s Basin lakeside dining or bring your own picnic lunch. Wear appropriate clothing, especially good walking shoes.
Nautical staff at the Science Center will narrate our tour of the lake while Diana Mclellan of Conway OLLI will coordinate the walking tour.

10567  Stepping Fully into Your Legacy
1 Wednesday:  10/5    6:30-8:30 PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 4        Max: 12
Class Fee: $15 

Do you look at your life and hunger for more meaning and impact?   Want to take charge of your legacy but  feel limited or stuck?  Learn how to step out of tired "comfort zones"  that don't serve you and into a unique compelling purpose that can light up the next chapter of your life.  This highly interactive workshop will help you gain the clarity, insights, and inspiration necessary to take your next big step towards leaving the mark you want in the world.

Howard Stanten (CCPC)  and Erin Wright (CCPC)  are certified professional and life coaches passionate about helping people realize their full potential. As  founding partners of INTUS Personal and Group Transformation, they use their curiosity and lively intuition to help people discover their own path to a fulfilling life.

10572  The Electoral College - What Happens if No One Wins?
1 Monday:  10/31       10:30AM - Noon
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 5        Max: 20
Class Fee: $15            

This class will discuss how the Electoral College works, how it came into being and what happens if no presidential candidate wins the required majority. With both major political parties fracturing is a viable third party challenge possible, if not in this cycle then 2020 or 2024? If so, we may not have an elected president.

Dave Wright was a political science major in college and has been a bit of a political junkie ever since.

10575  The Road to Character                                             
2 Thursdays:  10/6-10/13        1:00-2:30 PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 6        Max: 15
Class Fee: $20            

Have you ever lamented what seems to be a lack of character in public figures, including many who are regarded as "successful"?  Join us for a discussion of the elusive matter of what constitutes character in private and public life. We will use "New York Times" columnist and PBS commentator David Brooks' 2015 book, "The Road To Character," (ISBN 978-0-8129-9325-7) as a platform for discussion and for an exploration of character as exemplified by such figures as George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, St. Augustine, A. Philip Randolph and Dorothy Day. Please read half of book for first session.

Bob Irwin is retired from a career in public policy and legislation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is currently a consultant in public health policy.  He has an M.A. in English and American Literature from West Virginia University.

10576  Theorem Painting
1 Thursday:  11/3        1:00 - 3:30 PM
Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth
Class Size: Min: 6        Max: 8
Class Fee: $40 Includes all supplies   

Theorem Painting is an early American Decorative Technique that dates back to the first half of the 19th Century.  Its primary attraction was that it enabled the average non-professional artist to personally create beautiful art for their homes.  In this workshop you will learn a fun and simple art technique that will provide hours of enjoyment. No experience required.

Artist and educator at Remick Farm & Country Doctor Museum, Kathleen Johnson loves teaching and helping others to create. She attended Michigan State and has taught many art classes for children and adults, including Basket Weaving, Painted Floor Cloths and Zentangle.

10579  Toni Morrison's " Beloved:"  Speaking the Unspeakable Trauma of Slavery     
2 Mondays:  10/17-10/24       10:00-11:30AM
Granite state College, 53 Technology Lane, Conway
Class Size: Min: 10      Max: 20
Class Fee: $20 

“Beloved” (1987- ISBN 978-1400033416), by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, is a significant multi-cultural novel that both explores and transcends the extreme emotional costs of slavery in the United States.  This novel has been described as a "ghost story, history lesson, mother epic..." with death by handsaw and attack by an ice pick ominously intertwined into the narrative.  The class will discuss profoundly how this novel questions the very foundation of Western values.

Kenneth Gibbs is a retired professor of English and Creative Writing from Worcester State University, Worcester, MA.

10588  Visit the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) and Tour the Rocks Estate          
1 Wednesday:  9/28    10:30AM-2:00 PM
WREN Campus, 2013 Main Street, Bethlehem
Class Size: Min: 10      Max: 30
Class Fee: $15            

WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities, and builds connections through community. Your visit will include a tour and some light bites of locally made food and an opportunity to explore and shop in their store and gallery where over 300 local artisans showcase their work. Enjoy lunch at the Cold Mountain Café next door (on your own) and then visit the nearby Rocks Estate (the rocks.org), a 1400 acre SPNHF conservation property and Christmas tree farm resplendent with the colors of fall. Wear good walking shoes - the trails are great and the whole day will be well worth the trip north!

Katy Curnyn, Director of Market Access and Katherine Ferrier, Gallery Director will welcome you and provide a brief history of the organization and an early look at the gallery show opening the next night. Both Curnyn and Ferrier are part of the leadership at WREN and are looking forward to your visit.

10596  Winter Railroads in New Hampshire 1910-2016      
1 Monday:  12/5         1:30-3:30 PM
Granite State College, 53 Technology Drive, Conway
Class Size: Min: 8        Max: 30
Class Fee: $15            

A Powerpoint presentation with commentary of numerous captioned photographs will highlight this class. See trains stranded in avalanches and snowbanks, railroad snowplows in action, railcars derailed in the snow and work crews hand shoveling snow to enable trains to continue their journeys. For the grand finale Dwight will present a vivid pictorial history of the Boston and Maine snow trains that operated from Boston to North Conway in the 1940's and 1950's.

Ninety-one year old Dwight Smith has been a professional railroader, model railroader, railfan and railroad historian all his life. He was the founder and initial president of the Conway Scenic Railroad. The National Model Railroad Association has designated Dwight as a “Master Model Railroader.”

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Different classes are offered throughout four terms: Winter (4-week term); Spring (14-week term); Summer (4-week term); and Fall (10-week term). Note: If you find that we are between terms, please try us again!


In addition to the Conway location classes are also offered in Manchester, Concord, and on the Seacoast. For a complete list  of current classes please refer to the most recent OLLI catalog.


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