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Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

Everyone is invited to attend!

Join OLLI at HSU on MONDAYS from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Humboldt Conference Room.

Enjoy some of the community's most talented and creative people to share about the second half of life and activities in this region. Learn about resources available, creative projects, ways to create change and/or build community assets.

These FREE presentations last about an hour, and there is always time for questions. Bring your lunch and a friend -– OLLI will provide treats and engaging presentations! Presentations are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of OLLI.

Secure your Seat!

All presentations are open to the community; OLLI membership is not required to attend. Due to the overwhelming attendance at the Brown Bag events, we are now requesting that you RSVP if you are planning to attend the presentation. Otherwise, you risk being turned away at the door. Seating is limited, and we want to make sure we have a seat for you when you arrive. We will reserve seats for those who have sent in their RSVP, and will open seats for others as space is available.

  See the fall 2019 schedule!

   Did you miss past presentations? See videos on the video archive page!


MAP: Hospice of Humboldt Conference Room, Eureka





Sept. 9: Hospice​ Today​: A Special Kind of Caring

Joe Rogers, Hospice of Humboldt CEO: Learn about the services offered by our local Hospice and how they work together with community partners to educate and support patients and families. Hospice care is available to all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Patients of any age with any life threatening illness are accepted.

RSVP for Sept. 9


Sept. 16: How to Pace Yourself as You Age

Dr. Jennifer Heidmann, Executive Director, PACE: Dr. Heidmann will discuss her leadership of the PACE program and its mission to help frail older adults to stay as healthy and independent as possible, the challenges faced by seniors as they age, both physically and mentally, the many ways of addressing those challenges, and her own engagement in "the art of living."

RSVP for Sept. 16


Sept. 23: A Musical Journey: The Story of Humboldt Light Opera

Carol Ryder, Artistic Producing Director: Join Carol Ryder, who was in the very first HLOC production, on a journey of the making of a community based musical theatre production company and arts education program. Hear how the company got started and how it has grown throughout the years with your support.

RSVP for Sept. 23


Sept. 30: EPIC: Saving Richardson's Grove & Other Environmental Campaigns

Tom Wheeler, Executive Director: Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is a local environmental advocate, caretaking over 5.2 million acres of public and private land along the North Coast. Learn about threats to the environment of the North Coast and opportunities to become a strong advocate for a clean and healthy environment. Be prepared to learn and participate!

RSVP for Sept. 30




Oct. 7: Local Climate Action Planning

Connor McGuigan, HumCo Planner & Julie Neander, Dep. Dir. Arcata Environmental Services: Discover how the redwood coast community is developing climate action plans to meet the ambitious state emission control goals beginning in 2020. Explore the implications to lifestyles and how to become involved.

RSVP for Oct. 7


Oct. 14: It Can Happen Again: Humboldt County's Trial of Interned Japanese Americans

Jack Bareilles shares how a crossing of fates resulted in this landmark trial about Americans denied their US Constitutional rights, a cautionary tale for today’s too-similar trends.

There will also be a brief presentation by Mitch Higa about his pilgrimage with other Japanese Americans to WWII Crystal City Internment Camp in Crystal City, Texas, which ended with a peaceful protest outside the present-day immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas.

Learn more about the upcoming events Taiko Swingposium and Rockin’ Ramen, then see a Pop-Up Museum of personal family objects from the Japanese Internment camps shared by our local Humboldt County families.

RSVP for Oct. 14


Oct. 21: Cooperation Humboldt & the Solidarity Economy

David Cobb & Tamara McFarland, Co-Founders, Cooperation Humboldt: Cooperation Humboldt is helping to build a local economy that puts people and planet above profit. Come learn what that looks like, why it matters, and how you can participate in this transformational work.

RSVP for Oct. 21


Oct. 28: Creating a Pop-Up Museum

Kelley Garrett, Environmental & Wetlands Planner (retired): Temporary exhibits created by volunteers are used to showcase and display items, events and information. Last June, McKinleyville had a pop-up museum used to share the history, stories, art, and memories of the community. .Kelley will describe the origin of the idea, the story of its development, and how the concept can be used to educate, promote social and political causes, and create community.

RSVP for Oct. 28




Nov. 4: Longevity & Finding the Fountain of Youth Inside You

Rayna Eyster: Delve into key lifestyle habits we can incorporate into our lives to enhance the golden years. This talk will cover science-based information about the brain/gut relationship in relation to our health and well-being. You will be challenged and empowered to take charge of your life.

RSVP for Nov. 4