If you’re a senior looking to keep learning, Cincy has opportunities galore for you.

“Empty-nesters may feel a little lost after everyone has moved away, and that may be the time to register for a fun class such as ‘Painting with Watercolors,’ ‘Calligraphy’ or ‘Photography.’ Or perhaps something a little more challenging such as ‘American Sign Language’ or ‘Conversational Spanish’,” says Peg Allen at the Warren County Career Center, listing some of the center’s offerings.

Over at Elderhostel, a non-profit organization providing educational adventures all over the world to adults ages 55 and older, programs are designed for active people who believe learning is a lifelong process. Among this summer’s offerings are “Snapshot Cincinnati Art: More Than Meets the Eye” tour and an “Adventures Afloat: Aboard the River Explorer” tour (see next page’s calendar for dates and price information on classes mentioned in this story).

The Cincinnati Heritage Program, meanwhile, offers bus and walking tours this summer on a variety of topics, such as “Historic Houses of Worship,” “Twilight Picnic in the Parks” and “Take Me Out to the Ballparks.” The Heritage Program notes that it is committed to providing access for all individuals to all programs, regardless of any disability. Those needing alternative forms of assistance should provide that information at the time of reservation.

Colleges and universities are also offering the chance to learn, perfect for those seniors who aren’t ready to retire and want to discover a new passion or career in their second act of life.

The University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity department is one of the region’s most ambitious adult education program, coordinated by UC’s Department of Continuing Education. It’s where “community meets university” through non-credit classes meeting at such far-flung locations as the Cincinnati Observatory, area gardens and parks, art galleries, Music Hall, even Sharon Woods Golf Course.

And Xavier University’s Center for Adult and Part-time Students offers classes in anything from “American Sign Language” to “Art” to “Italian.” “Xavier has wonderful programs for those who are older,” confirms Kimberly Dulin, an academic advisor with the center, who adds that adults 60 and older pay a deeply discounted tuition. “We also have wonderful summer workshops and offer such things as crafts.” 
 


Calendar, Golden Opportunities for Summer Learning
May 15-June 7 — “Salsa and Merengue” dance classes offered by University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity, 7 to 8 p.m., $59, (513) 556–6932
May 18-June 22 — “Tennis for Beginners” offered by University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity, 4 to 5 p.m., $59, (513) 556–6932
June 2-30 — "Photography" course at the Warren County Career Center on Mondays (this course is not limited to film cameras and can be applied to digital cameras), 6 to 9 p.m., $128, (513) 932-8145.
June 3, 10 and 17 — Adult Basic Culinary Skills series at Chef’s School at Cooks’ Wares, 6 to 9 p.m., $205 for the three classes, (513) 489–6400.
June 4-8 — “Snapshot Cincinnati Art: More Than Meets the Eye” tour presented by Northern Kentucky University’s Elderhostel, times and prices to be announced, (859) 572–5220.
June 4 and 5 — Meals for a Month class at Chef’s School at Cooks’ Wares, 6:30 to 9 p.m., $40 per class, (513) 489–6400.
June 5 — “Historic Houses of Worship” is a one-block walking tour of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Plum Street Temple and Covenant First Presbyterian Church, presented by Cincinnati Heritage Program, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $40, (513) 287-7031.
June 7 — “Plein-Air Landscape Painting” offered by University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $199, (513) 556–6932
June 10-15 — “Underground Railroad” tour presented by Northern Kentucky University’s Elderhostel, times and prices to be announced, (859) 572–5220.
June 18 and 19 — Mastering the Grill class at Jungle Jim’s grocery market, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $65 per class, (513) 829–1919.
June 23 — Paul’s Stylish Summer Dinner Party class at Jungle Jim’s grocery market, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $58, (513) 829–1919.
June 26 — “Adventures Afloat: Aboard the River Explorer” tour presented by Northern Kentucky University’s Elderhostel, times and prices to be announced, (859) 572–5220.
June 26 — “To Protect and Serve” is a visit to the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, 911 Communications Center, SWAT Command, Canine and Mounted Police Squads, and the Police Academy, presented by Cincinnati Heritage Program, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $75, (513) 287-7031.
July 16 — “Twilight Picnic in the Parks” is a bus tour of various parks, with a course of dinner, from soup to dessert, served at each, presented by Cincinnati Heritage Program, 6:30 to 10 p.m., $75, (513) 287-7031.

July 30 — “Take Me Out to the Ballparks” is a visit to the Cincinnati Reds’ historic ballparks, beginning with the sites of Union Grounds and Palace of the Fans as well as the re-created Crosley Field in Blue Ash, presented by Cincinnati Heritage Program, 9 a.m. to 4 30 p.m., $80, (513) 287-7031.