The Brown Bag Seminar Series
11:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
March 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8
Weekly seminar topics are listed below. Additional sessions may be scheduled and announced via email updates.
- March 13
Health, Disease and Treatment Options
We will discuss safe and effective treatments for varicose veins, and ways we can help your legs look better and feel better too. Venous disease can lead to feelings of heaviness, swelling, burning, itching or stinging in the legs, and can contribute to fatigue and a diminished sense of well-being. We will cover these symptoms and more, with time to answer any questions you have.
Charlene Adkins, MD, is a registered physician in vascular interpretation and is passionate about improving the quality of life of patients. She studied at the University of Missouri as an undergrad and a medical student. After medical school, she completed a residency in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. She returned home to Columbia and practiced in the Emergency Department at Boone Hospital for a decade. She is a member of the American College of Phlebology.
- March 20
Missouri Hauntings, Part 1
In these two sessions, we will explore the history of hauntings and ghost hunts, ghosts in American lore and story, and finally, Missouri's specters and wraiths. Bring a story to share. Part 2 of this session is offered April 3.
Mary Barile has studied hauntings through history, and written about Missouri ghosts, in particular. A New York native, she first fell in love with "Sleepy Hollow" as a child and still returns in search of the Headless Horseman. Barile believes that whether you believe in ghosts or not, they have something to reveal about our beliefs, cultures and communities.
- March 27
Spring Break: No session
- April 3
Missouri Hauntings, Part 2
This is the conclusion to the March 20 seminar. In these two sessions, we will explore the history of hauntings and ghost hunts, ghosts in American lore and story, and finally, Missouri's specters and wraiths. Bring a story to share.
- April 10
Don't Be a Victim of Scams and Fraud!
Multiple types of fraud and scams target members of our community. Different types of fraud and scams include but are not limited to identity theft, email, mail order, income tax filings, job postings, altered checks, wire transfers and large prize-winning awards. We'll talk about some of the most frequent local fraud and scams to hit our area and discuss precautions to minimize your personal exposure. We'll also discuss cybercrimes, what they are and how to protect yourself against this growing threat.
Valerie Shaw is the executive vice president and regional retail director of Commerce Bank.
- April 17
Grab Your Poi, and Let's Practice!
The Maori People of New Zealand have used Poi for thousands of years. The performance art's basic movements are easy to do and combine exercise with fun. The figure 8 patterns help to connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain, improve coordination and get your energy moving. Poi is becoming a fun recreation hobby for people of all ages. Grab your Poi, and let's get our radiant circuits of joy flowing!
Karen Onofrio, MD, artist and former pathologist, continues to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the human body and the human spirit. She is an Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Authorized Energy Medicine for Women Class instructor, Usui Reiki Level 1 Certified, a Free Soul instructor, and a HeathRhythms trained facilitator.
- April 24
The Global Market
The Global Market, located in the Community United Methodist Church's Welcome Center, is a fair trade gift shop selling crafts from around the world. Purchases make a tremendous difference for the artisans, helping to improve the lives of people in developing countries. Artisans are guaranteed fair wages and safe working conditions.
- May 1
The presentation will include the history of the company, how this once small side business grew into a significant endeavor employing more than 200 people with $50 million in annual sales, and the role the family plays in continuing the legacy into the fourth generation.
Steven Burger is the president of Burgers' Smokehouse, a fourth generation family-owned business located in California, Mo. Burgers' Smokehouse is nationally recognized as a leading producer of cured and smoked meat and poultry products sold through grocery stores, restaurants and mail order.
Burger graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984 with a degree in business logistics before returning to the family business where he has been employed for the past 30 years. Burger has continued his education with executive training courses from the University of Chicago. He lives in California, Mo. with his wife of 25 years. They have two sons, Grant and Luke, both of which attend the University of Missouri. In addition to work, Burger is also very active in his church and community.
- May 8
To be announced
Extramural Travel Club
To be announced
Every second Wednesday
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll add you to the mailing list for reminders and minutes of the topics and Web resources discussed.
El Club de Español
3 to 4:30 p.m.
This Spanish club is for participants who have studied the present and the preterite tenses in Spanish.
The Parks and Recreation charge for using the room is $20 per person for the entire year. Call Judy Elliott (573-445-3194) if you plan to participate in El Club de Español.
Mah Jongg groups
The Osher class of Mah Jongg has morphed into Mah Jongg groups playing four days a week! It is a fun, social game and is equal amounts of luck and strategy to keep your mind active. Give it a try. The groups meet
1:30 to 4 p.m.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:30 to 4 p.m.
Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks
Pastries and Coffee at 9:30 a.m.
Book selling and signing will follow the Book Talks
Your participation is welcome on the first Saturday of the month. Admission is $3, or you can purchase a 10-event punch card for $25. Please thank the sponsors for their book talk support.
- March 7
- Sailor's Mail (2014)
by Marsha Knudsen
- April 4
- Therapy for Ghosts (2012)
by Eric Praschan
- May 2
- The Unraveling of Mercy Louis (2015)
by Keija Parssinen
Quarry Heights Writers Workshop
- June 6
- Show Me Famous Missourians (2014)
by Alice Anna Reese
Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+
Are you a member of a group, organization or club looking for a comfortable, pleasant place to meet with free parking? For just a $20 annual fee per person, a reserved time for your meetings could be available. Currently two Mah Jongg groups meet and an investment group might start meeting at the Hillcrest Community Center. Meet every week? Once a month? Day and evening times are still available. Contact Columbia Parks and Rec staff at 573-874-7475 for more information.
50+ Tours is looking forward to traveling in 2015. We are especially excited to experience a newly remodeled New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kan., from now until the end of their season. Join us for the next three shows on April 8, May 27 and Aug. 12.
There will also be surprise trips and a long distance spring trip East. Travel with us and receive a mailed newsletter for $20 annually. Go to GoColumibaMo.com and search for "Parks and Recreation Senior/50+." Travel is always an adventure that enriches your life. 50+ Tour members only make the experience richer!