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RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

OLLI Presents Cookies and Conversations

Friday, April 19

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Join us for Cookies & Conversations! Bring in a coffee mug to enter into a favorite mug competition!

There will be exciting opportunities for engagement such as a cookie recipe station, conversation circles, and a mug competition!

This event is free and open to the public! Registration not required!

OLLI Writers' Group "As Local as it Gets" Poetry and Prose

Tuesday, April 23

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

OLLI Writers’ Group invites you to enjoy an evening of prose and poetry reading! Local writers will present poems and prose excerpts from their original writings.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register!

New and Returning Member Orientation

Thursday, April 25

1:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Whether you’re new to Clemson OLLI or returning from a hiatus, this orientation illustrates how OLLI ticks, who is who and how you can be part of your regional lifelong learning program! Refreshments provided.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register!

How's of Wax Encaustics by Victor Young: Exhibit Opening Reception and Demonstration

Thursday, April 25

5:00 p.m. - Demonstration

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Reception

Cheezem Education Center

Victor Young is a multi-media artist who began his career as a blacksmith. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Sculpture and Media. He became interested in encaustics when he moved to South Carolina and has been working in that medium since. The word encaustic is from the ancient Greek and literally means, "burning in". Traditionally, it is a technique in which pigments are mixed with hot liquid wax and then painted on a solid surface – usually wood. The oldest surviving encaustics are mummy portraits from Egypt, around 100–300 AD. It is known as a difficult medium but has many wonderful properties
– particularly texture and depth. Modern encaustic artists are expanding the medium, creating sculpture, 3D painting and monotypes. It is an exciting time to be working with this medium.

Free; registration not required

OLLI Gardening Group

Wednesday, May 1

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Share ideas, learn from others about gardening techniques, soil, plants, design and more - broaden your knowledge and find support from other gardeners who have similar challenges
with their Upstate landscape. The group enjoys speakers on various gardening topics and occasional field trips.

                                                                                                                                Click here for the 2024 meeting agenda.

                                                                                                                                  The facilitator for this group is Susan Creamer. She can be reached by email at susanmcreamer@yahoo.com.

OLLI Book Club

Friday, May 3

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Books are selected by group vote and selections include fiction and nonfiction, contemporary and classic. Discussion is informal and participation is encouraged.

 

May book - The Fraud by Zadie Smith

Click here for the complete list of 2024 book selections.

The facilitator for this group is Maureen Williamson, she can be reach by email at williamsonmj@att.net

AnMed Health Series - Atrial Fibrillation

Tuesday, May 7

11:00 a.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Simply put, atrial fibrillation (Afib) is an irregular heart rhythm. The older a person gets, the more they are at risk. It has been estimated that 12.1 million people in the United States will have Afib by 2030. Learn what to know and what to do from Dr. Brian Miller, AnMed Arrythmia.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register.

Empowering Voters: A Guide to the South Carolina Primaries

Wednesday, May 8

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

The primaries are coming! Primaries often matter more than the general election in South Carolina where the turnout is low and the winner often has no or only token opposition's in the November general election. Candidates for congress, state legislature and county offices will be on the June 11th ballot. Come learn when and where to vote and how to find out more about the candidates.

Holley Ulbrich is a frequent OLLI teacher. A retired economics professor at Clemson University and a long-time leader in state and local Leagues of Women Voters, Holley has extensive experience in South Carolina state and local government as a teacher, researcher, and even city council member.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register.

Tech Talk

Thursday, May 9

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Got questions about your phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic devices? Join our
outreach librarian at Clemson OLLI to get basic troubleshooting assistance.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register!

Personal Safety and Active Shooter Training

Tuesday, May 14

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Recent events have made it clear that dangerous situations can arise anywhere, and the first step to safety is awareness. Participants will be taught skills in situational awareness techniques that can be used with daily activities such as large gatherings, travel or even shopping and dining. Participants will also learn to prepare for the unexpected with the Active Shooter strategy of RUN-HIDE-FIGHT, in this session led by Lt. Richard Gooch with the Clemson Police Department and OLLI Member Sue Schneider, the retired CEO of Spartanburg Water.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register!

History in Your Hands: Empowering Community Archivists with Pickens County's Backpack Kits

Thursday, May 16

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

The Pickens County Library System is excited to offer our new Archivist in a Backpack kits to community members for the preservation of local history! Made available through a grant by the South Carolina State Library, we hope these kits can serve as tools to empower local citizen-archivists to collect their own personal histories, and to fuel larger archival aspirations within our community. Join us to find out how you can access these incredible resources!

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register!

AnMed Health Series - Joint Replacement

Thursday, June 6

11:00 a.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Aches and pains might come with age; but for hundreds of thousands of people annually, total joint replacement surgery brings life-changing benefits. Though it’s not for everyone, it could be something to consider. Learn why this type of surgery has become so common and whether it could be something to discuss with a doctor. Presented by Dr. Hunter Hsu, AnMed Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register.

Tech Talk

Thursday, June 13

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Got questions about your phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic devices? Join our
outreach librarian at Clemson OLLI to get basic troubleshooting assistance.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register!

Unlock Your World: Discover, Engage, and Explore with Your Pickens County Library Card

Thursday, June 20

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Your Pickens County Library Card is your free ticket to Play, Connect, Learn and Share (PCLS). The PCLS Outreach Team will demonstrate some of the unique things you can check out and do with your public library card as well as sign up new library members and renew accounts.

Free but registration is required; call 864-633-5242 to register!

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