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  • Webinar on the Music of John Williams


    Join OLLI at DU On Campus instructor, Betsy Schwarm,

    for a special Monday morning webinar

    as she takes us into the work of the musical genius, John Williams.  

    WHEN:  Monday, May 1, 2023

    TIME:  9:30-11:30 am

    LOCATION:  on Zoom

    COST:  Free for OLLI at DU members

    Register for this special webinar at: 

    Download the flyer here:

    FINAL John Williams Webinar Flyer.pdf



  • ONE-DAY Tour - High Plains Environmental Center

    Friday, May 5th at 11:00am
    2698 Bluestem Willow Dr.
    Loveland, CO 80538


    or call 303-871-3181

  • Join OLLI at DU at the Cherry Creek Theatre- Sunday May 7 at 2pm OR Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 pm

    OLLI AT DU returns to the Cherry Creek Theatre for their new production of the Headliners- A FEW TICKETS REMAINING FOR SATURDAY, MAY 13 at 7:30 pm

    Pluss Theatre Mizel Arts and Culture Center 350 South Dahlia Street Denver, Colorado 80246

    JOIN US for a special OLLI at DU-member performance of Cherry Creek Theatre’s The Headliners by Jeffrey Neuman

    The Headliners World premiere by Jeffrey Neuman Directed by Nick Sugar

    Music directed by David Nehls Starring Norrell Moore and Jeremy Rill with Paul Jaquith


    World premiere of ‘The Headliners’ a triumph at Cherry Creek - OnStage Colorado 

    Choose to join us on Saturday evening (5/13/23) for the 7:30 performance.

    Arrive early for a special OLLI at DU Welcome to the Theatre and to socialize with your OLLI at DU friends.

    Enjoy a glass of wine, cup of coffee or a bottle of water prior to the performance for a suggested donation.


    “THE STAGE DON’T STOP AT THE FOOTLIGHTS” At the turn of the 20th century, two premier celebrities beard convention with a new act of defiance. As stars Eva Tanguay and Julian Eltinge straddle their on- and off-stage personas, their latest engagement satirizes gender, respectability, and marriage. Is it a publicity stunt or something more personal? Acclaimed local playwright Jeffrey Neuman infuses vaudeville song and show into a surprisingly timely story that explores the explosive crossroads of gender, fame, sexuality, and power. This world premiere play was a finalist for the prestigious O’Neill Award (2021) and the Woodward/Newman Award (2022). Developed at the Denver Center’s Playwrights Group (2019–20).




    MAY 13 • 7:00pm RECEPTION, 7:30pm PERFORMANCE

    Special OLLI group price $33! Call the Box Office at (303)-800-6578 to reserve.

    Book online at with promo code OLLI.




  • An Evening with OLLI at the Colorado Symphony

    OLLI at DU at the Symphony – A Tribute to John Williams

    This event is SOLD OUT. If you want to attend, add your name to the wait list. If we get enough additional interest, we will get more tickets.

    Date: May 19, 2023

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Center for Performing Arts

    Price: $30

    Maximum: 35


    A Colorado favorite returns as the Colorado Symphony celebrates the music of the legendary John Williams with conductor Christopher Drago. Selections include pieces from Williams’ celebrated scores in films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more! A block of seats has been reserved for OLLI at DU members.


    To purchase tickets for the Colorado Symphony Tribute to John Williams please go to our Registration Site and login:

    OLLI at DU | Search for Courses (

    Under Select Term/Event

    • Select "2023 OLLI on the Move Courses OLLI@DU"
    • From this selection you will see the option for the Colorado Symphony
    • Choose "register," checkout and pay.

    We will meet at 7 p.m. in the lobby on May 19th, at which time you will be given your ticket

  • Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum - Friday, May 19, 2023

    Download the flyer: Wings Over the Rockies 5-19-23.pdf 

    Register on the OLLI Registration Website at: OLLI at DU | Search for Courses (

    To find the Wings over the Rockies option, click on the words "Click me to see all Member Events for May 2023"

    Members may purchase one or two tickets.  There are two options:

    $15 for Museum Entrance only

    $20 for Museum Entrance & special presentation by John Barry


  • Free Webinar with Sam McDowell, pitcher for Cleveland Indians

    Free Webinar for OLLI at DU Members

    Thursday, May 11 at 5:45 pm on Zoom

    Register on Zoom at:

    When Sam McDowell had his breakthrough pitching season in 1964 with the Cleveland Indians, the sky seemed to be the limit for this 21 year old whose outstanding fastball earned him the nickname "Sudden Sam" and drew comparison to Sandy Koufax. For 8 years Sam was one of the very best pitchers in baseball while leading the American League in strikeouts 5 times. Although control was at times a problem (he also led the league in walks 5 times), Sam was great enough to still be a dominant pitcher and was a 6 time All-Star.

    But on the inside, he was playing in an alcoholic fog, beset by addiction, depression, narcissism, and thoughts of suicide. In our webinar hosted by Greg Petty, OLLI at DU facilitator and member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Sam will candidly talk about his baseball career and about the pressures he felt as a young baseball phenom, his frustrations over a lack of coaching to help develop his talent, the pitfalls of his dangerous alcoholic lifestyle, and his attempted suicide.

    Joining the conversation will be Marty Gitlin, who wrote Sam's biography published last year called The Saga of Sudden Sam: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Sam McDowell. In this candid biography Sam offers special insight into the longstanding addiction issues that plague Major League Baseball. It also provides understanding and hope to anyone struggling with addiction and shows that recovery is attainable. 

    And as an interesting footnote, the Sam Malone character on the legendary sitcom Cheers was based on Sam.


    New Member Welcome - Wednesday, September 7, 10:00-11:00 am; 

    Zoom Link:

  • New to Zooming? Join us and we will show you how easy it is to take a course online!

    Join us for a workshop on Zooming with OLLI!  We will review how to join an online course, how to make sure your image and name are displayed properly, how to raise your hand, put a comment in chat and how to answer a poll.

    Wednesday, August 24,  1:00-2:00 pm

    Zoom Link: 

  • Fall Term Open Houses

    Join us for OLLI Open Houses at six OLLI locations and learn more about OLLI and about our robust catalog of online and in-person courses.

    Bring a friend who is a non-OLLI member and receive an addtional raffle ticket for an Introductory Membership! 

      • OLLI at DU Boulder, Tuesday, 8/9 form 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.  See the OLLI Boulder tab for more information
      • OLLI at DU West,  Monday, 8/11 at 9:30 am.   See the OLLI West tab for more information 
      • OLLI at DU South, Wednesday 8/24 at 9:30 am, See the OLLI South tab for more information
      • OLLI at DU East, Tuesday, 8/30   See the OLLI East tab for more information
      • OLLI Regis, Tuesday 8/30 from 3 - 5 p.m.  See the OLLI Regis tab for more information
      • OLLI Central, Wednesday 8/31 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  See the OLLI Central  tab for more information

    OLLI at DU presents a special Free Webinar on Monday, October 31 at 7:00 pm via Zoom

    Jason Schwartz will be presenting more than a century of Rocky Mountain baseball card history, highlighting the many evolutions and revolutions within the hobby, past and present. Where possible, he will center his stories and examples around cards holding local relevance to the Rocky Mountain region while interspersing his narration with trivia challenges that test audience knowledge of baseball cards and local teams and players, current or otherwise.
    Jason A. Schwartz, MS, has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 2019 and is co-chair of the organization's Baseball Cards Research Committee. He has collected cards since 1978, has authored several dozen articles on baseball cards, and has made numerous presentations at the national and local chapter level. Jason has degrees in mathematics from the University of Oregon and the University of California, Berkeley, and was the Monterey County Toastmaster of the Year in 2000.
  • Lunch and Learn - OLLI South

    Please join us on Tuesday 11:45 am - 12:45 pm for Lunch and Learn.  We have some fantastic speakers lined up. These are free events.  Feel free to bring a friend.


  • A Holiday Gift from OLLI at DU: Take a Mindful Approach to De-stressing this Holiday Season!

    Join us on Friday, December 30, from 10 am – 12 noon, for a post-holiday session on using mindfulness practices and mindful tips to defuse holiday stress. Christy Cassisa, a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor and OLLI On Campus facilitator, will lead participants through guided mindfulness practices. Taking the time to pause in the midst of this season of transition can be a wonderful gift to yourself as you look to the coming new year.

    Register for this Zoom session at: 

  • Recordings of OLLI at DU Events
    Be a Smart Voter with Margie Beal- Part I (Oct 7th, 2022)
    Be a Smart Voter with Margie Beal - Part II (Oct 14th 2022)


  • Ring in the New Year -A New Years Eve Afternoon of Classical Music with Betsy Schwarm

    OLLI at DU's gift to you: An Ode to Joy for New Year’s Eve               

    Saturday, December 31, 2022:  1pm to 3pm Mountain Time

    Closing out the old year with all the Beethoven symphonies – culminating with the Ode to Joy – seems an unsurpassed way of leading into the new year with optimism.  Beethoven was a regular part of New Year’s Eve at the vintage KVOD, “The Classical Voice of Denver.”  Having spent a dozen years as announcer/producer at the station, OLLI instructor Betsy Schwarm brings not just the music to OLLI, but also the spirit of the occasion.  In a two-hour celebration via Zoom, all nine symphonies will be heard in excerpts.  Never fear: the most famous bits will be there, as well as the complete Ode to Joy.  Sing along, if you like! It’s an afternoon celebration, so it won’t interrupt any evening plans you may have.  An Ode to Joy for New Year’s Eve with Betsy Schwarm – and OLLI!

    Join OLLI On Campus Instructor, Betsy Schwarm for an afternoon of classical music on New Years Eve afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm! Free.

    Register for the Zoom session at:

  • Free Debate on Denver Ballot Question 2 0 concerning Park Hill Golf Course

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver

    (OLLI at DU) invites OLLI members, the public, and the news media to witness a live debate on the Municipal Election question on the Park Hill Golf Course, issue NO. 2 O 

    The debate will be Wednesday, March 1, from 11:45 to 12:45 

    at First Universalist Church at

    4101 E. Hampden Ave., Denver




    Each side will have 20 minutes to present its case followed by rebuttal for 5 minutes by each side. Audience Q&A will follow for 10 minutes. A formal debate format was selected because the complexity of the issue needs adequate time to be understood. Voters in south Denver have had little exposure to this citywide ballot issue. OLLI at DU is providing this public forum as a public service to enable informed voting in the election which will begin in mid-March with mailed ballots.

    Representing the pro-development side will be Kenneth Ho, principal of Westside Investment Partners. Local developers, Westside, redeveloped Loretto Heights in southwest Denver, constructed affordable housing at the Gates Rubber site in central Denver, and is now the landowner/developer of the former Park Hill Golf Course on north Colorado Boulevard and 35th Avenue, an 155 acre vacant parcel near the 40th Avenue RTD transit station. They are proposing “transit-oriented development” plus an 80 acre public park with active recreational facilities and a new grocery store. A representative of the Denver Community Planning Development has been invited to explain the city’s planning process to find a compromise between the landowner, the community, and the citywide objectives. That compromise has now been adopted by the City Council along with a development agreement to assure compliance.

    Representing the side supporting the conservation easement and against Ballot Question 20 will be Woody Garnsey, a long-term Park Hill resident and retired attorney, who was part of the Save Open Space Denver group that got Initiated Ordinance 301 passed in 2021, strengthening the conservation easement by giving Denver voters a say on if it will be lifted. 

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver (OLLI at DU) is a membership program designed for adults 50 and better, who wish to pursue continuing education in a relaxed atmosphere.  It has about 2,000 members attending over 500 courses and webinars each year on a wide variety of subjects. Classes are offered in community churches for easy access.

    OLLI at DU is part of a network of 125 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States which get generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation. 


    Thursday, March 23 from 10:00-11:00 via Zoom

    Zoom Link: 

  • Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Award winner:

    Eugene O’Neil’s famous play: A Moon for the Misbegotten


    Sunday, February 26, 2023

    2:00 pm with special OLLI social at 1:30




    Cherry Creek Theatre, Mizel Arts Center, 350 South Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246 (at Intersection with Leetsdale Drive)

    Come a bit early starting at 1:30 pm for a special OLLI Welcome to the Theatre and a chance to socialize with your OLLI friends. There will be a refreshment stand accepting donations for a glass of wine or cup of coffee or a bottle of water prior to the performance.

    “There’s only tonight, and the moon, and us – and the bonded Bourbon.”

    Set in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse in 1923, this American classic centers on the Hogan family barely scraping by on their meager tenant farm, following World War 1 and the Spanish Flu pandemic. Josie Hogan, is a towering Irish woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation. Her conniving father, Phil Hogan and Jim Tyrone, Hogan's landlord and drinking companion, join Jody in this dynamic drama. Josie and her father, find out that their farm is at risk of being sold out from under them. In response, they conspire to blackmail rich landowner Jim Tyrone.

    (The New York Times)… “A Moon for the Misbegotten “ is singular within its author’s body of work for its forgiving spirit”… A movie production followed the play in 1975.

    Performance at 2:00 PM

    Special OLLI group price $27.00

    This event has been organized by the OLLI at DU Membership Engagement Committee

    To purchase tickets at the special OLLI price:

    CALL (303) 800-6578     

    For more information go to:



    hosted by OLLI Central Facilitator, Neil Adelman


    Monday, February 13

    9:30-11:00 via Zoom

    (free webinar for OLLI members)

    Opera Colorado is performing Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City) between February 25 and March 5, 2023. This dramatic work deals with overcoming the death of a loved one. It was a major hit from its premier in 1920 until it was banned by the Nazis in the mid-1930s because of Korngold’s Jewish ancestry. 

    After a number of years in obscurity the work has had revivals starting in the late 1960s, and it is again becoming a significant addition to the repertory.  Neil Adelman is an experienced opera lecturer. His talk, with musical excerpts, will cover the story, musical highlights, and information about the opera’s origin, performance history, composer, and librettist. Please join us if you are going to attend Die Tote Stadt or if you only want to learn about the opera.

    Link to Zoom registration for this free webinar:

  • Join other OLLI members at a special event with Eric Sondermann on

    Wednesday, January 25

    from 11:30-12:45 at

    First Universalist Church, 4101 E. Hampden Avenue, Denver

    Independent and high-profile political analyst, Eric Sondermann, will lead a discussion of Denver’s upcoming mayoral election. Attention will be paid to the huge pool of candidates and how that might sort out along with the critical challenges confronting the city that will define this election. The focus will be on the mayor race – the first time that seat has been open in 12 years – but we will also cover some of the contested races for city council and other citywide offices. There will be plenty of time left for a robust session of Q&A.

    Who is Eric?

    Eric Sondermann is a high-profile, Colorado-based political commentator, writer and civic leader. As Colorado’s leading, non-aligned pundit, Eric writes a weekly column for Colorado Politics magazine as well as the new Denver Gazette and the Colorado Springs Gazette. He is a regular panelist on the weekly “Colorado Inside Out” program on Colorado Public Television; serves as a political analyst for Colorado Public Radio; and co-hosts the “Colorado Decides” political debate series sponsored by PBS-12, CBS4, KOA News Radio and the Colorado Sun. Eric and his wife Tracy Dunning now live principally at their mountain retreat near Tabernash while still maintaining their longtime family home in Denver. They are the parents of two grown children, Katrina and Clarke.

    This event has been organized by the OLLI Central Public Affairs/ Current Events committee. No RSVP needed.

This portfolio last updated: 16-Nov-2023 7:37 AM