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Enroll in an OLLI class this fall

You could learn about aerospace through the ages at the Air Zoo or explore the backstage operations of a theater. You might learn about Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra or the stories behind the No. 1 pop music hits from 1957—1967. Or maybe you want to learn about the history of Michigan at the Western Michigan University Archives or about the world of Jane Austen.

These learning opportunities are available through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU. OLLI offers classes taught by local volunteer experts in informal settings to mature adults — but with no tests. Some of the classes meet just once while others meet for several weeks.There are three OLLI sessions: fall, winter/spring and summer. The courses are offered at sites throughout Kalamazoo County, and the fees vary by course.

If you’ve just got an hour, then check out OLLI’s Eclectic Hour on Fridays. Covering topics from rocks and minerals to inequity in Kalamazoo, the one-hour lectures are free and held from 11 a.m.–noon at The Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way.

To see OLLI’s fall catalog, visit or get a copy by calling 387-4200.