OLLI Summer Announcements

Summer Session

Don’t forget to register for summer classes. Summer classes run from June 14 through July 26, 2010. You can view the catalog by clicking on this link: OLLI Summer 2010 Catalog. There are currently 27 great classes to choose from with three field trips, so don’t miss out.

Unfortunately, class number 28, Coffee Break with Chef Asta, had to be canceled and is no longer being offered for the summer session.

Summer Hours and Construction

Yavapai College has new summer hours starting the week of the May 17th that the OLLI office will follow. The office will be open from 8AM- 5PM Monday-Thursday and closed on Friday. Summer hours will run until Friday August 13th.

If you haven’t noticed already, there is a bit of construction going on around the entrance to the OLLI office. The construction is scheduled to take three weeks and should be finishing up by June 4th. The map below details the construction zone and available parking. You can reach the office by parking in the lot to the north of building 31 or by continuing around the loop in parking in the indicated “Open Parking” spaces.

building 32 construction zone map

Annual OLLI Meeting

  • What: OLLI’s annual membership meeting
  • When: Tuesday June 8th, 2010  10:30AM – 1PM
  • Where: Prescott Resort, 1500 E. State Rt 69
  • What: Discuss the future direction of OLLI, hear updates, meet the new OLLI governing council, socialize with OLLI friends
  • Cost: FREE to members and lunch provided!

An RSVP registration by June 2nd is required by calling 928-717-7634. We hope to see you there!


Be a Part of the Eterno Ballet

Donna Bellina, of the the Retiree Connection at Yavapai College, is putting together an inter-generational ballet called “Eterno” that will be performed on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. The performance will include an ensemble cast of 16 children, 16 retirees, and 8 teen dancers. The music portion of the ballet will be conducted by Roy Breiling, the director of the Yavapai College Symphony Orchestra.

Donna describes the ballet as:

a contemporary ballet about transformation, accepting your inner child, and honoring who you are today, all danced live to the Yavapai College Symphony Orchestra. An original score, an amazing cast, a day we will all remember. Eterno will take you back in time and bring you into the future on wings.

If you would like to be a part of this wonderful project, there is a casting call coming up on Saturday June 19, 2010 from 1-4PM at the Yavapai College Perfomance Hall. Donna needs women dancers age 55 and over. You don’t have to have a strong dance background to be considered! Just be able to move freely.

More information about “Eterno” can be found by calling Donna Bellina at 928-717-7633 or by visiting http://eternoballet.blogspot.com/. Get out there and shake it sister!

Eterno Ballet

This could be you...

Easy Red Beans and Rice Recipe

If you’re feeling like having some authentic food from the deep south, then Betty Borgers has the answer for you in her Red Beans and Rice recipe. Betty says that a crucial key is to buy the best beans you can from a “Cajun” grocer. One location to do so is from the website www.cajungrocer.com

If you like this recipe, try some delicious OLLI Sweet and Sour Meatballs.

red beans and rice


1 lb. red beans (Camelia red beans from New Orleans are the very best. They are available online at http://www.cajungrocer.com and other “Cajun” sites)
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 lg. green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
⅓ – ½ cup bacon grease
Salt and pepper to taste. If you want spicier beans use cayenne pepper.

  1. Place beans in a large round pot (dutch oven), add water to 4 inches above beans, soak overnight. Discard water after overnight soaking.
  2. Add water to 4 inches above beans. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves and bacon grease.
  3. Cover pot and bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook until beans are tender and water has turned creamy (3 – 4 hours). Stir often to avoid beans from sticking to bottom of pot. Add water as needed.
  4. Discard bay leaves and serve over white rice.

They are even better the second day!

– submitted by Betty Borgers