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Did you know that half of all adults aged 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health? Bone Health! Steady and Strong™ Boot Camp is a two-week program designed for individuals with bone density concerns based on the principles of Too Fit to Fall or Fracture.
Classes are taught by a licensed Physical Therapist certified in Bone Fit and incorporate strengthening, flexibility, balance and endurance exercises. Participants are also educated in how to safely modify daily activities for spine health. Participants will be given instructions on how to complete this program at home for continued benefits. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive shoes.
NOTE: This event will be held off-campus at the Homewood Community Engagement Center.
Prerequisite: Members who sign up for the Boot Camp should have completed the Better Balance! Steady and Strong™ course. Enrollment is limited, so please only sign up if you meet the prerequisite AND can attend both sessions.
Instructor: Diane Markovitz Fee: $0.00
Dates: 10/5/2023 - 10/12/2023 Days: Th Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sessions: 2
This event will be held on Oct 5 and 12.
Long-time Pittsburgh area writer, essayist, and columnist, Virginia Montanez, whose debut novel Nothing. Everything. was recently published, will discuss her winding path to becoming a published novelist, including her early anonymous blogging days, how she came to terms with her disability, how and why she wrote her novel, and all the lessons she's learned along the way.
Virginia Montanez made a name for herself by writing humorously about the city of Pittsburgh. She is the history columnist for Pittsburgh Magazine and her essays have appeared in the Post-Gazette. In addition to publishing her own weekly online newsletter, she is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (remote). She is the founder of the Make Room for Kids at the Mario Lemieux Foundation as well as the founder of the mapping project Pittsburgh Remains to be Seen. She has been profoundly hearing impaired since birth.
About the book: Nothing.Everything. tells the story of trauma-damaged, panic-addled Ellis Sloan, an irreverent YA author who is pretty sure she's broken. She spends her days fooling her teens into thinking she's just fine since their lives fell apart. No, she's not spending hours on the couch staring at the ceiling wondering where it all went wrong. No, she's certainly not pretending to be writing that second novel while actually typing gibberish into a document entitled SFDJKLJF. Nothing. Everything. is a story of humor, a story of heart, a story of hope, and a story of what happens when a woman finally decides to fight for herself.
This members only event will be held on Oct 6. Doors open at 9:45am for light refreshments before talk.
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Since the late 1950s and for 60 years, Cuba played an oversized role in US and indeed world politics. For years everybody knew about Fidel, Bay of Pigs, the embargo, the October Missile Crisis, the Mariel boat lift, Elian Gonzalez, “wet foot/dry foot policy”, Obama’s visit, and the mysterious illness in the US embassy. And then, pretty much nothing. What happened?
This lecture is an opportunity to catch up with what has and is happening in the island since Fidel’s death in 2016. What has changed, what has not. Does the world care anymore or is Cuba seen as existing in a geopolitical limbo? Do we dare speculate as to what will happen in the near future? Is change wanted by the Cubans, can they effect it if they want? Where is Putin, where is China, where is the US in all of this? Join us to find out.
José Juves is back at OLLI, albeit remotely. His interests remain history and science. José has continued his teaching experiences as a lecturer at the Renaissance Academy in Naples, Florida and at the Lee County Library. He is also a docent at the Six Miles Cypress Slough preserve in Ft. Myers.
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Transportation is on your own.
This Event will be held on December 8.
The close relationship between horses and humans has changed both. People have remade horses, creating dozens of breeds in efforts to make horses faster, stronger, bigger, able to survive harsh climates and avoid diseases. But horses have also changed us. The ways we travel, trade, play, work, and fight wars have all been profoundly shaped by our use of horses.
In three lectures, this seminar will explore what a horse is, their evolution, anatomy, behavior and breeds. It will present the multiple roles played by horses in human history: some heroic, some functional, some industrial and agricultural, as a source of food, often in ceremonial roles, for sport and entertainment and in art. Such plasticity is truly unique to horses and humans never get tired of finding uses for it.
Horses have inspired humans for 6000 years and form part of every culture on Earth. Attend to find out why.