Day Trips & Special Events

First Friday Winter Lecture Series

First Fridays of December, January, and February
3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Theatre
FREE and open to the public - Registration is not required. Invite a potential new member!
After the lecture, go on to Fairbanks First Friday events!

Dec. 7, 2018
CASE SOLVED: Truth at last, but no justice in Hartman murder saga

by Brian Patrick O’Donoghue
      After 18 years in prison, the Fairbanks Four were freed in December 2015 through a settlement that erased all charges and convictions resulting from John Hartman’s ’97 murder. That outcome was the culmination of an extended hearing on new evidence put forward by Alaska Innocence Project that exonerated Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease and George Frese. Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle heard testimony about new and old confessions and other evidence implicating a group of former Lathrop High students in the younger teen’s fatal beating. It appears neither the state nor the city is following up. O’Donoghue will place the new evidence in context, including the findings of a Cold Case trooper unit, settling questions concerning John Hartman’s killers once and for all.
      Brian Patrick O’Donoghue, Professor of Communication and Journalism at UAF, is an Alaska journalist, author, past Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, leader of UAF's Iraq embed team in 2009, and “winner” of Red Lanterns in both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest. In 2016, O’Donoghue received Alaska Press Club’s First Amendment Award for “dogged persistence in pursuit of the truth” though his student-assisted investigation of Hartman’s murder.

Jan. 4, 2019
Fruits, Berries, and Surprising Things that Grow in Alaska

by Tom Zimmer
      There are many reasons to eat locally-grown food, including a desire to reduce one’s carbon footprint, concern about food security in a state where the grocery store shelves empty rapidly if the supply chain from Outside is cut off, a wish to stimulate our local economy, and the superior taste of fresh food. But what foods can you grow in Alaska, and in the Fairbanks area in particular? You may be surprised at some of the answers.
      Tom Zimmer and Susan Willsrud created a small CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) operation near Ester in 2000. In the years since, it grew to become Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, now a thriving hub for on-farm education programs, the School Garden Initiative, and community markets. The 30-acre south-facing site produces vegetables, herbs and flowers and integrates Shetland sheep, dairy goats, bees and chickens into the farm ecosystem. Its mission is to encourage local food production and environmental awareness through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems.

Feb. 1, 2019
Narrative Sovereignty and Native Representation in Film and TV

by Princess Daazhraii Johnson
      Throughout the history of film and television many harmful stereotypes have been created that effect how the general public view Alaska Native Peoples. This presentation explores some of that history and how media, when put in the hands of Alaska Native people, can also be the cure for some of the wrongs it has created.
      Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Neets'aii Gwich'in and her family is from Arctic Village, Alaska. Mrs. Johnson is a Sundance Fellow for the Filmmakers, Producers and Screenwriters Lab, and an Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow with the PEN Center. She has been a member of the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee since 2007 and also serves on the Board of Dancing with the Spirit, a program that promotes spiritual wellness through music. Her screen acting credits include Jericho (CBS), Big Miracle, and Uncross the Stars.  Mrs. Johnson received a B.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University and a Masters in Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a focus on Environmental and Science Education.  In 2015 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is currently the creative producer of a new PBS Kids series called "Molly of Denali" set to premiere in 2019 and lives in Fairbanks with her husband James and her three boys. 


 Second Century of UAF
(previously Professor's Choice)

Our Fall 2018 installment will be
Thursdays Sept. 13 - Oct. 4, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Murie Auditorium (in Murie Building on West Ridge)
FREE and open to the public – bring a friend!

Current OLLI members are encouraged, but not required, to register for this as a free course.

UAF celebrated its centenary in 2017 and has entered its second century. This lecture series giving opportunities for accomplished and award-winning UAF faculty and other professional staff to give lectures on topics of their choosing from their life's work. 

Sept.13: Carla Helfferich will review the colorful and curious history of the myriad technical and informational magazines and publications of the scientific realm of the University over the many decades of her experience.
Sept. 20: Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller, Associate Professor of Geology and Curator of Earth Sciences at the UA Museum of the North, will discuss the latest discoveries and insights from our Alaskan dinosaur and fossil investigations.
Sept. 27: Dr. Jim Beget
, Professor Emeritus of Geology, will speak on his interests and work in volcanology, climate change and geoengineering.
Oct. 4:  Dr. Roger Kaye, US Fish and Wildlife Service, will describe the new geologic era created by human activities, which we are now involved in: the "Anthropocene.

Red dates are changed from what was printed in the catalog.

Day Trips for 2018

To Register for a Day Trip:
CLICK HERE for OLLI's registration site.
Log in. (Use the "forgot password" link if you need to have your username and password emailed to you.)
Select "2018 Day Trips" as the semester; then click "Search."
The registration process is the same as for classes. OLLI doesn't collect any fees for day trips, but some of the events require you to pay the vendor directly.
We also take your reservation over the phone. Please call the OLLI office at 474-6607   

Alaska International Senior Games: Sport Training for the Curious and Daring Tues. July 10, 6:00 pm
Registration closes July 1
Free to members; registration required
   Are you tempted to test your skills at the Senior Games, but hesitant about getting started? Come to the Lathrop High School Track and learn some news skills, or practice some you've set aside for 40+ years ago. Then, with confidence be ready for the August 10 -19 Senior Games in Fairbanks.
   Six sporting skills will be demonstrated. Discus, javelin, shot put, horseshoes, disc (frisbee) golf, and power walk. Take this opportunity to observe and try each event and learn physical strategies and safety considerations.
CLICK HERE for details and registration. 

Garden Tour with Treats! 
Fri. July 13, 1pm
Free to members; registration required
The Springers love gardening and eating produce they have grown. They start their flower and vegetable seeds so they know they are grown organically. They have grafted apple trees and two cherry trees. Jerry has built two greenhouses over the years, and together they built a gazebo. They enjoy sharing their gardens and invite you to enjoy the outdoor spaces and some special garden treats.
CLICK HERE for details and registration. 

Bird Banding: "A bird in the hand is well worth it."
Mon. August 20, 7:45 am

Registration required. No OLLI fee, but a donation to the Alaska Songbird Institute would be appreciated!
   Volunteers Judy Williams and Carol Johnson will introduce you to the Alaska Songbird Institute. You will learn about migratory songbird identification and participate in extracting birds from the 30 nets set up along the trails around Creamers Field.
CLICK HERE for details and registration.


Day trips we did in 2017:
Alaska Salmon Bake
Arctic Qiviut Mill Tour

HooDoo Brewery
Miniature Horse Farm Tour
UAF Power Plant
Guardian Flight Hangar Tour

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