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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, is hosting its annual fall open house on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 2-4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill, located at 101 South Debardeleben St. Prospective members and guests are invited to attend.

The two-hour come and go event features two mini-sampler courses. The first course starts at 2:15 p.m. and features Joseph Kicklighter, Auburn University history professor emeritus. The topic is "The Middle Ages: What Were They and Why Are They Important?” Kicklighter received a Ph. D. in medieval Anglo-French history at Emory University and taught English history for 30 of his 30 years as Auburn University professor.

The second course starts at 3 p.m. and features John Rhoden discussing “Palette Painting.” Rhoden began to paint when he retired from teaching in 2008. Since 2008, Rhoden has painted more than 120 landscapes, winning numerous awards at art shows. John’s scenes use bright colors and show details.

The OLLI social committee, chaired by Ursula Higgins, will provide cookies and mint tea to guests and prospective members. Sue Mason, OLLI advisory council member, and promotion and publicity committee chair, will serve as the moderator for the event. Aubie, Auburn University’s award winning mascot will be at the open house from 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Prospective members and guests will learn about OLLI academic programs. Altogether, the fall catalog lists 50 classes for OLLI at Auburn, 15 classes at Auburn University Montgomery and eight classes at the Chambers County Public Library. OLLI classes offer learning for learning’s sake; there’s no credit, but there also are no exams. The new academic year starts Monday, Sept.12 with the general membership meeting. Classes begin the week of Sept. 19.