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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.

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.

OLLI membership is not required to attend. RSVP is not required, but helps us plan.

  See the schedule!

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


MAP: Hospice of Humboldt Conference Room, Eureka



Jan. 28: Are you Prepared for an Emergency?

Linda Nellist, Lead Instructor, Humboldt CERT Coalition: As lead instructor for the Humboldt County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, Linda trains individuals to prepare for and safely respond to natural disasters or other serious emergencies. She'll give tips for first steps in personal and family preparedness, as well as other important emergency response skills, with checklists for easy reference.

Registration is closed.


Feb. 4: Volunteers: Positively the Best!

Speakers from Redwood Coast Village (RCV) will talk about the volunteer experience and how people of all kinds help make Humboldt County a better place for older people. A panel of RCV members and volunteers will talk about their varied assignments, the warm and meaningful connections they have made, and take questions from the audience.

Registration is closed.

Feb. 11: Humboldt Made: Marketing Humboldt

Alanna Powell, Executive Director: Have you wondered how businesses behind the Redwood Curtain market themselves to the outside world? Humboldt Made is the answer, an association of HumCo businesses working together to promote their products at conventions and similar marketplaces as well as on-line. Alanna Powell will share her insights on what works (or not), and how Humboldt Made has helped our community businesses and economy expand and thrive.

Registration is closed.


March 4: Sequoia Zoo: New Endeavors & the Canopy Walk

Gretchen Ziegler: Learn about the new adventures and programs being proposed and developed at the Sequoia Zoo, a local treasure in our community, and how it is effectively drawing community support amid some controversy.

RSVP for March 4

March 11: Zero Waste Humboldt

Maggie Gainer: Zero Waste Humboldt is the only organization on the Redwood Coast that focuses solely on waste reduction solutions. Its mission has become integrated into local government policies, business practices, and daily life habits in Humboldt County. Come learn what you can do, and why this matters to all of us.

RSVP for March 11

March 18: What's New in Cancer Therapies?

Michael Willett, M.D.: The emergence of biotherapies offers the hope of more effective treatments with fewer side effects. Come learn about the latest treatments, the cancers targeted, where they're available, and how you can access them.

RSVP for March 18

March 25: Reflections of a Plein-Air Watercolor Painter

Paul Rickard: Through sharing samples of his watercolor paintings, Paul Rickard will tell the story of the meditative art of landscape painting and his transition from fulltime teaching to landscape painting.

RSVP for March 25


April 1: Cesar Chavez Day

Closed for Cesar Chavez Day (observed)

April 8: Exploring Nature for Health & Happiness

Join naturalist and photographer Jeff Hart to hear a richly illustrated talk about the joys of the natural world, with examples from North Coast and other parts of California.

RSVP for April 8

April 15: The Climate Change Talks: An Update

Andrea Tuttle: What's the current status of the international climate change talks? Andrea will give us an update on the progress made to date, how the U.S. and California have been engaged, and the major sticking points encountered. Bring your questions, because she's ready to tackle them all.

RSVP for April 15

April 22: The Craft of Woodworking, Adventure Travel & Art of Living

Rollie Lamberson: Come hear how Rollie has refined the "art of living" by creating beautiful furniture, traveling to far-off lands, and presenting OLLI courses.

RSVP for April 22

April 29: The Housing Challenge: Issues & Needs

Michael Richardson, David Loya, & Nezzie Wade: California has a housing crisis, affecting all age groups. Come hear how Humboldt County is responding to the new state requirements with local initiatives and policies, and how they may affect you.

RSVP for April 29


May 6: Addressing Cultural Bias

Ronald White will address the issues of cultural bias (implicit and explicit), how it can be identified and addressed, and how Equity Arcata, HSU, and the Humboldt Area Foundation are striving to make a difference.

RSVP for May 6

May 13: Political & Social Advocacy, Indivisible

Jane Woodward & Sharon Ferrett: What does it mean to be an advocate or activist, and why do it? What is involved in being a successful advocate/activist, and what are some of the effective means for expressing your advocacy? And what is "indivisible"? Join the discussion.

RSVP for May 13

May 20: North Coast Otters

Jeff Black: The unique Otter Art Trail is an educational public arts initiative project that will host 100 otter art sculptures at sites throughout the North Coast, from Mendocino to Del Norte counties. The project's goal is to build community around the theme "clean water and healthy habitats where we live and play," and features collaboration with many community groups. Come hear about this creative community project, and how you can become involved.

RSVP for May 20