The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury, has announced the Annual Open House will take place on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  The morning program will take place in the Multipurpose Rooms (113-119); a continental breakfast will be served. The Open House, which is free for anyone interested in attending, will provide lectures, lunch discounts at area restaurants, and a choice of four afternoon classes.  Registration is required in advance.  Registrations are being accepted at 203-236-9924/236-9925 or e-mail: Participants are encouraged to sign up for one of the afternoon sessions, as seating is limited.

   The Keynote Speaker, Professor Joanna Clapps Herman, Waterbury native and author will humorously tell the story of her Italian heritage and what it was like growing up in Waterbury. Professor Herman teaches at The City College of New York (CUNY) and is on the graduate writing faculty of Manhattanville College.

   Participants have the opportunity to choose from four afternoon classes: GOING DEEP: A Memoir Writing Workshop with Joanna Clapps Herman; Composing a Creative Life on Purpose with Steve Dahlberg: Preserving the Art of Dance, with Donna Bonasera and Sheila Waters Fucci, at the historic Howland Hughes Building; and Food to Live for! (Food Demo and Sampling with Jane Sirignano).
   Free parking is provided in UConn’s garage on North Elm Street which is physically attached to the UConn building. Downtown restaurants will provide lunch specials and discounts to participants who attend the OLLI Open House.

   The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UConn Waterbury provides non-credit learning experiences for older adults who wish to learn for the sheer enjoyment. Currently the program is attracting residents of over seventy five (75) Connecticut cities and towns. The fall 2011 session begins in  September and classes conclude in November.  Annual membership cost is $60 and allows members access to parking, participate in courses at nominal fees, discounts for featured community events, and lunchtime programming, including OLLI Café, UConn Library Workshops and participation in the Mattatuck Museum’s Lunch & Learn Trilogy, along with other special events during the session. Course registration is first come first served, as courses are designed to be small and therefore seating is limited.