Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks

Coffee and cakes at 9:30 a.m.
Book talk 10 a.m.; Hillcrest D

Book selling and signing will follow the Book Talks

Your participation is welcome on the first Saturday of the month. Osher members at any level may attend at no additional charge. For all others, admission is $3 or you can purchase a 10-event punch card for $20. Please thank the sponsors for their support of Book Talk.

  • June 3: "Growing Up With the River" (2016) by Dan and Connie Burkhardt
  • July 8: "The Good Byline" (2017) by Jill Orr
  • Aug. 5: "JFK and the Masculine Mystique" (2017) by Steven Watts
  • Sept. 9: "The Mindfulness Based Eating Solution" (2016) by Lynn Rossy
  • Oct. 7: "Setting Free the Kites" (2017) by Alex George
  • Nov. 4: "Writing Under Stress" with Steve Weinberg
  • Dec. 2: "Fiddler's Dream" (2017) by Howard Marshall & Musicians

Special events

Fridays: The Brown Bag Seminar Series

Fridays, 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Moss A

June 9, 16, 23, 30

Weekly seminar topics are listed below. Additional sessions may be scheduled and announced via email updates. Brown Bag Seminars are open to all Osher premium members, semester members and basic members throughout the academic year. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Sarah Ginter-Novinger, Program Committee

Week 1
The Great American Eclipse 2017

In 2017, the mainland United States will experience its first total solar eclipse in over three decades. This total solar eclipse will cut a swathe across the country with Columbia, Mo., close to the center of its path. Learn about the science behind eclipses and plans for viewing the great American eclipse of 2017.

Angela Speck is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the director of Astronomy at the University of Missouri.

Week 2
Missouri Prairie in Eclipse

The last time a total eclipse of the sun was visible in Missouri, only Native Americans lived here. The 2017 eclipse will occur over a very changed landscape. Before European settlement, 11 million acres, about 26 percent, of Missouri land was prairie. Today, there are fewer than 90,000 scattered acres, less than 1 percent, of prairie. The World Wildlife Federation calls temperate grassland ecosystems, which include the Missouri prairies, the least protected biomes on the planet. The widespread conversion of grassland to cropland has had a significant negative impact on carbon sequestration; water infiltration; soil erosion; and the quantity and diversity of plant, animal, bird, insect and reptile life. The discussion will focus on characteristics and benefits of native prairie, as well as why a hayfield or lawn is not a prairie; why land cannot be left for Mother Nature to reconvert to prairie; and how we can convert degraded land back to prairie.

Mike Trial is a retired civil engineer now managing his family tree farm.

Week 3
Songwriting and Tunes for the Guitar

So you want to exercise your creativity? This session features songwriting for the guitar, focusing on lyric development. Come for a fun time participating in the process of creating tunes, lyrics and accompaniments. The only prerequisite is a desire to learn about and express your creativity, regardless of where (you think) your skills are now.

Ed Riegler has a degree in music education from Webster University. He worked in music publishing, has dabbled in a performing career and is an accomplished guitarist active in local song writing clubs.

Week 4
Medicare Basics

Do you have Medicare questions? We have the answers! Learn about your Medicare options with Missouri CLAIM, a nonprofit organization providing free information to help answer questions or concerns about Medicare. CLAIM is the state- and federally funded State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that is not affiliated with any insurance company and will not try to sell you anything. Its sole purpose is to educate Missourians about Medicare options and help with any problems with your coverage.

Cindy Carr, who joined the CLAIM team in 2013, is the regional liaison for central Missouri. Her responsibilities include recruiting and retaining CLAIM volunteer counselors, coordinating community outreach and educational events, helping community partners with resources, and counseling Medicare beneficiaries about their insurance needs.

Special events: Extramural

Travel Club

Every second Wednesday, 2 p.m.

Hillcrest A

The Travel Club, originally an Osher@Mizzou class, is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, tales, opportunities, photos, destinations and deals. We've had presentations on extended living in a foreign country, purchasing the right camera and the merits of traveling alone or in a group. If any of this sounds enticing, join the Travel Club at their monthly meetings. Please share your email address with sharonkinden@yahoo.com and she'll add you to the mailing list for reminders and minutes of the topics and web resources discussed. Anyone can become a Travel Club member for $40 for the entire year; this membership entitles Travel Club members to enjoy all the benefits of a basic Osher membership. All other Osher members may attend Travel Club meetings at no charge.

El Club de Español

Tuesdays, 3 — 4:30 p.m.

Hillcrest C

This Spanish club is for participants who have studied the present and the preterite tenses in Spanish. Osher members at any level may attend at no charge.

For all others, the Parks and Recreation charge for using the room is $25 per person for the entire year. Call Judy Elliott at 573-445-3194 if you plan to participate in El Club de Español.

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+ welcomes Osher members to an exciting new summer semester at Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area, Hillcrest Community Center and Moss Building!

We hope you have taken advantage of the added benefits offered this Osher academic year (September 2016 through June 2017) that included a 2017 Parks and Recreation Waters-Moss/Hillcrest 50+ membership as well. As members, you can enjoy the following activities at Parks and Recreation facilities at Waters-Moss: Travel Club, Saturday Morning Book Talks, Spanish Club, Painting Group, Mah Jongg, Adult Coloring Group and games such as Mexican train dominoes, bingo and jigsaw puzzles, as well as potlucks. 

A monthly calendar is printed the last week of the month for the next month's activities and is placed in wall racks at the community center. The same information is available at http://www.CoMo.gov when you search for "Senior/50" or let the front desk know you would like to receive the calendar by monthly email.

50+ travel opportunities

Hop on board the bus and join Columbia Parks and Recreation for fun and relaxation. Travel is always an adventure that enriches your life.

50+ Tours

Escorted day and overnight trips onboard White Knight charter coaches. Trip costs will vary depending on length and included activities. Quality and pacing are important to the planning of our trips.

50+ Explorers

Our 14-passenger Parks and Recreation bus takes monthly trips at a minimal cost around Columbia. Each activity also includes a meal for social time together.

At the time this catalog goes to print, trips you may want to know about are still in the planning stages, so please check with the Hillcrest front desk for up-to-date details.

The New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kan., presents "Million Dollar Quartet" on July 26. Check with our front desk for the new dates and shows starting in September.

  • June 20-23
    On our Indiana Amish Country trip, we will enjoy the famous Shipshewana flea market, flower gardens grown in colorful quilt patterns and bountiful home-style meals while learning about the Amish and Mennonite heritage of northern Indiana.
  • Aug 8-11
    Stephens College is celebrating its 60th year of performing in the quiet Lake Okoboji resort area in northern Iowa. Our intention is to be there for the summer musical, "South Pacific." We will sightsee along the way at Winterset, home of John Wayne and the Bridges of Madison County.
  • Oct 10-13
    Mount Magazine, the highest mountain in Arkansas — with sweeping vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons and distant mountains — is a true marvel to see in its fall glory. We will stay at the Lodge of Mount Magazine that has undergone amazing renovations in 2016.

Activities and meeting space

We are always looking for new activities and interests to fill our rooms during the day and some evening hours. Please inquire at the Hillcrest front desk for more information or to check availability.

The Moss Building is available for weekend rentals and some mid-week dates on a limited basis. With space for 150 people, this is a great place for meetings, birthdays, graduations, wedding receptions, reunions and other events. At $35 an hour (with a two hour minimum, plus a refundable deposit), the Moss Building is an affordable and versatile space for your next gathering. And, don't forget, the shelter also can be rented.

Contact Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460 for information and availability.

Friday Afternoon Film Festival

Each Friday during the semester

Films begin at 1:30 p.m.

Moss A

Quality films are followed by genuinely interesting discussions.

Films are announced weekly via email and on the Facebook page for Osher@Mizzou. All classes will be at the same location. If you wish to be kept informed about the weekly films, include your email address when you register for a course. If your email address changes, be sure to update us. The Friday Afternoon Film Festival is now open only to Osher members and guests of premium Osher members.