Special events

The Brown Bag Seminar Series

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

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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.

Jan. 22
Winston Churchill Memorial

This talk will bring the story of the Churchill Memorial to its present place as the National Churchill Museum, and to the 70th anniversary of the Iron Curtain speech this spring. You also will get information about the international exhibition of Churchill paintings the museum is organizing in cooperation with Washington University's Kemper Art Museum.

James H. Williams, PhD, FRSA, is executive director for the National Churchill Museum, as well as a Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Professor of Churchill Studies at Westminster College. His interest in the history of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library Project began in the 1960s as a student at Westminster College. Returning to the college as director of the National Churchill Museum in December 2014, Williams has returned his attention to the project that brought a bombed-out Christopher Wren church from London, stone by stone, to Fulton, Mo. Churchill called this project "an imaginative concept," and it served essentially as the final chapter in the rich and varied relationship between him and Truman, who was an honorary chairman of the memorial project and outlived Churchill by almost eight years.

Jan. 29
Long-term Care

When families begin to face decisions or are planning for long-term care, there are often many unanswered questions and much confusion about the options and resources available. From long-term care insurance and other financial resources, to the variety of options for in-home care and community living, it is a challenge to navigate the myriad of legal, family and social dynamics that are out there. Please join us for an informative session on the various forms of long-term care and resources available in Central Missouri.

Trina Almond, MEd, works at Boone Landing Independent Retirement.

Feb. 5 
DBRL One Read

  • This is a free program and open to the public

One Read is a community-wide reading program sponsored by the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Each September, the library and a task force of community organizations in Boone and Callaway counties provide programs — discussions, films, lectures and art — around the themes and topics of a single book. The selection of each year's One Read book is more than a six-month process and you can be a part of choosing this year's book.

Lauren Williams, public services librarian and One Read co-chair, will discuss this program's 15-year history, past One Read selections and how community members can get involved.

Feb. 12
T/F Films

The 13th installment of the True/False Film Fest will be March 3 through 6, 2016. Prepare to leave the comfort of the well-trod path and venture Off the Trail this year. We are surrounding ourselves with the inspiration of secret missions, treasure maps, personal geographies and the virtue of being lost. Through our films, music, conversations, art and design, come explore with us a variety of special hidden and sacred places, both real and constructed.

David Wilson will build his talk, as usual, around some general tips for navigating the fest and specific information about the film list. We welcome anyone curious about the fest.



Travel Club

Every second Wednesday, 2 p.m.

The Travel Club, originally an OLLI 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.comand 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.

Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks

10 a.m.
Pastries and coffee at 9:30 a.m.

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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.

Feb. 6
The 100-year Decision (2014) by R. Bowen Loftin (with Rusty Burson)

  • Sponsor
    Lyanne and Neil Riley

March 5
The Muralist's Ghost (2014) by Karen Mocker Dabson

  • Sponsor
    Nick Peckham, architect

April 2
Uncertain Promise: An Anthology of Short Fiction and Creative Nonfiction (2014) edited by Von Pittman

  • Sponsor
    The Compass Flower Press

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+ welcomes Osher Members to an exciting new winter session at Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area, Hillcrest Community Center, Moss Building and Waters House! 

Osher members will get a 2016 Parks and Recreation Waters- Moss/Hillcrest 50+ membership as well. As members, you can enjoy these 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 a 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 for you to pick up. The same information is available at www.GoColumbiaMo.comwhen you search for "Senior/50." 

50+ travel opportunities

Hop on board the bus and join Columbia Parks and Recreation for fun and relaxation. Day trip information is listed below. Additional trips may be announced as well. Travel is always an adventure that enriches your life. 50+ Tour members only make the experience richer!

Wednesday, March 9 — "Moon Over Buffalo"

  • Starring Marion Ross from "Happy Days" and Hal Linden from "Barney Miller."
  • Cost is $80.

Wednesday, May 11 — "Beau Jest"

  • Starring Barbara Eden from "I Dream of Jeannie."
  • Cost is $80.

Wednesday, Aug. 10 — "Chicago"

  • Cost is $80.

For summaries of these shows and more information on New Theatre, visit http://www.newtheatre.com/cs/cs.html.

50+ musical opportunities

Bell choir, adaptive bell choir, choir (The Good Timers), ukulele ensemble Jammers House Band will provide music for dances

The groups practice at Hillcrest and go out to perform at retirement centers, schools, nursing homes and special events

Activities and meeting space

We are always looking for new activities and interests to fill our rooms duringw 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 2 hour minimum plus a refundable deposit), the Moss Building is an affordable and versatile space for your next gathering. Contact Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460 for information.