• Free Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

The winter presentation series begins Jan. 27, 2020

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 winter 2020 schedule!

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


MAP: Hospice of Humboldt Conference Room, Eureka





Jan. 27: What is the Story About Continuing Care Retirement Communities?

Dr. Ann Lindsay, former Humboldt County Public Health Officer

Explore senior life plan communities, including how they can be invigorating, fun, and socially responsible, allowing older adults the opportunity to stabilize future living costs. Dr. Lindsay will review what is on the mind of Humboldt elders based on human-centered designed "empathy sessions." You will hear about efforts to form such a community in Humboldt County, which would include independent living, assisted living, memory care, and advanced care.

Ann Lindsay, MD, was Humboldt County Public Health Officer from 1993 to 2011. She and her husband, Alan Glaseroff, MD, shared a family practice in Arcata for 28 years and raised their two children here. They were recruited to Stanford University in 2011 to establish a primary care clinic for Stanford employees and dependents and their families who have multiple chronic health conditions. The clinic was able to improve care, lower costs and achieve top rankings in patient satisfaction with adoption of a new model of team care. The lure of life in Humboldt brought them back north in 2017. Recently, Ann has been working with others here on determining the feasibility of a Humboldt senior life plan community.


RSVP for Jan. 27




Feb. 3: Aging in Humboldt: What's Great? What Can Be Better?

JoAnn Schuch, Redwood Coast Village Volunteer

Join Redwood Coast Village for a conversation about the current state of aging in Humboldt County. Look at what's happening in medical care, transportation, skilled nursing, housing, and support for living independently. Give your input on what works and what needs improvement for folks aged 50 and better in Humboldt County.

JoAnn Schuch of Arcata is a 30-year resident of Humboldt County. After taking care of her mother and father in their last years, she became active in local senior issues. JoAnn is a volunteer with Redwood Coast Village, and a founding member of the organization. She was a local furniture maker for 23 years, and in 2005 began a business as a kitchen and bath designer.


RSVP for Feb. 3


Feb. 10: The Rebuild & Rebranding of the Minor Theatre

Josh Neff , Owner, Minor Theatre

Delve into the history, the acquisition, rebuilding, and rebranding of the Minor Theatre into the entertainment business it is today -- competing with current online streaming and companies like Netflix -- and how it  works in a small city like Arcata.

Born in Eureka, Josh Neff graduated from Fortuna High School. He attended the University of California Berkeley to study political science, but never finished. He missed home and returned to Humboldt County, initially working for a tree trimming service, then owning a surf shop in Eureka, before getting into construction and building a real estate portfolio by buying and remodeling rental homes as Josh Neff Construction. He was in the market for combination residential/commercial properties when he became interested in the Minor, and there the story began.


RSVP for Feb. 10