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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn, or OLLI at Auburn, is giving prospective members an opportunity to take two four-week evening courses during a winter mini-term. The courses, An Inside Look into the U.S. Intelligence Community and Palette Painting, will be held on four Wednesday, Feb. 15, March 1, March 8, and March 15. Enrollees also are invited to a special Mardi Gras Social on Feb. 22.

The intelligence community class will focus on the big five: Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency. Presenter Frenchy Fortin will also discuss the role of NSA in cyber warfare. He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a defense contractor for almost 30 years with the intelligence community and U.S. Special Operations. The class will meet from 4-5:30 p.m.

In the palette painting class, students will use acrylic paints to learn to mix basic colors, perspective techniques and how to hold and use the palette knife. Students will then use the palette knives to paint a 16-inch by 20-inch acrylic landscape following systematic demonstration of techniques by the instructor. The additional cost for art supplies is $30-40.

Instructor John Rhoden is a retired teacher who has lived in Europe and trained with Robert Butler, a “Florida Highwayman” artist, and others. He has painted more than 120 landscapes, winning numerous awards. The class will meet from 5:30-7 p.m.

The mini-term classes will be held at Pebble Hill, 101 South Debardeleben St. in Auburn. The cost for first-time members is $25 membership dues plus $75 for both courses or $50 for one course. To register using a credit card, call 844-5100 or mail payment to 301 O.D. Smith Hall, Auburn, AL 36849. Enroll early as space is limited.

For more information about OLLI at Auburn and winter term 2017 classes and programming, call Linda Shook, OLLI at Auburn director, at 844-3105 or email her at olli@auburn.edu, or go to the OLLI website.