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Lifelong Learning class preview in Oakmont

Wednesday March 2017 - 3:00pm to

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) from Sonoma State University is offering three interesting classes this spring, and you can preview them on Wednesday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. at the Berger Center in Oakmont.

OLLI is a unique learning community for adults age 50 years and up. OLLI offers the very best continuing education with no tests and no grades.

“Undaunting Dante: The Divine Comedy Through Art and Music” is taught by Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., a cultural historian, musician, writer and lecturer who weaves together myth, history, and the arts with experimental learning. She is the resident music historian for the Santa Rosa Symphony.

In the midst of death, disgrace and despair, Dante created an epic poem that wove together European history, characters from his own life, mythology and an often-heretical view of Christianity. In doing so, he created his own transformative pathway out of a state of loss into a state of hope and healing. This class explores Dante’s journey through passionate storytelling, extraordinary art and exquisite music.

Classes are held 3-5 p.m. at the Berger Center on March 20 and 27, April 10 and 17; and May 1 and 8.

On Wednesdays, April 5 through May 10, 3-5 p.m., also at the Berger Center, British history expert Dr. Bruce Elliott offers, “British Revolution: Kings, Queens and Knaves.”

Sweeping through four centuries of British history, Elliott highlights the key revolutionary stages and both the respectable and unrespectable leaders of those times. Meet notables like Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and King George III, and knaves like Sir Francis Drake and Oscar Wilde who delighted in shocking them. Dr. Elliott brings these times to life through his knowledge of the subject, extensive visuals and some period costumes.

And finally, prolific food writer and Press Democrat columnist Michele Anna Jordan will teach a class called “Generations Side by Side: Sonoma County Agriculture in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries”, Thursdays, April 6 through May 11, 3-5 p.m. at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center.

Jordan will explore food, farming, agriculture and cooking in Sonoma County. What do terms like organic, grass-fed, sustainable or local really mean? There will be an exploration of the small farm stands, farmers markets, fisheries, locally owned grocery stores and public lands of Sonoma. Look forward to recipes to make the most of our year-round harvest.

Spring OLLI registration forms are available in the OVA office and the Central Activity Center or by visiting

Scholarship assistance and rides are available, guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Please direct questions to Fradel Been at 293-3181 or by email at

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