Cooking & Hobbies


Cooking at the Fusion 1 Café (233/234)

Join Chef Craig Fiebke for two more enjoyable cooking classes.  The January/February session will feature a tour of Asian cooking and the April session will explore current trends in cooking.   At least one class will have a “hands on” component where you can make something new.  Each week you will enjoy a delicious four-course meal at the conclusion of the lively cooking demonstration.  The class will be held at the Fusion 1 Café on Saginaw Street in downtown Bay City.  The class is limited to 20.

Session One (233)  Wednesdays: January 21, 28 & February 4 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Session Two (234) Wednesdays: April 15, 22 & 29 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price for Each Session: $85 Members; $115 Non-Members    
Room: Off-Site

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Learn to Grow Edible Mushrooms (235)

Have you ever wanted to learn more about mushrooms or learn how to grow fresh mushrooms yourself?  Have you ever wondered what the nutritional values and benefits are in eating mushrooms?  In this class you will learn about different edible mushrooms and then how to grow them in your garden at home.  During class, we will inoculate poplar logs with a strain of edible grey dove oyster mushrooms (pleurotus ostreatus).  Everyone will take home a mushroom log to plant, to watch their mushrooms grow, and eat!  The class is led by mushroom afficionado and SVSU adjunct criminal justice instructor Diane DeKett.

Wednesday: March 18 • 2 - 4 p.m.
Price: $14 Members; $28 Non-Members   
Room: C129

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How to Research and Preserve Your Family History  (236)

In cooperation with the Public Libraries of Saginaw, OLLI is pleased to offer a class which introduces you to community genealogy resources and provides tips on how to effectively trace your family history.  The first session, held in a computer lab, will be an introduction to genealogy and will also provide useful information on the history and care of family documents and photographs.  It will be held in a computer lab at SVSU.  In the second session, held at the Hoyt Library in Saginaw, you will be shown its vast collection of unique and valuable resources on the history of the Saginaw Valley, and its people and families.  The class will be led by Leo Lefevre, Local History and Genealogy Library Assistant at the library.

Fridays: February 13 & 20 • 10 - noon
Price: $18 Members; $36 Non-Members   
Room: C141/Off-Site

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Beginning Mah Jongg  (237)

Want to have lots of fun and exercise your brain at the same time?  Mah Jongg will open new worlds to you, whether meeting new friends right here, wintering in Florida, or on a cruise ship at sea.  This fascinating, fast-paced American version of a traditional Chinese tile game has become universally popular.  Once you learn the basics, you’ll find groups ready to welcome you for weekly play.  OLLI member Catherine Young will teach you the fundamentals of the game.  Please purchase the book Beginner’s Guide to American Mah Jongg by Elaine Sandberg prior to the first class.  Register soon; the maximum is only 16.

Tuesdays: April 7, 14, 21 & 28 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members   
Room: C129

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 Bridge Workshop: Advanced Play of the Hand  (238)

This eight-session class is intended for those who wish to raise their level of declarer play.  The class will quickly review planning, the five basic declarer strategies, and then a group of advanced strategies.  The latter will include advanced finessing, dummy reversal, cross trumping, endplays, squeezes, and coups.  The two-hour class will be divided between a class session and play of prearranged hands. Rich Siemer, a Silver Life Master, is the instructor. 

Fridays: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $79 Members; $109 Non-Members   
Room: C129

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Wine Seminar and Tasting at Jake’s Old City Grill (239)

Attention, wine lovers!  Here’s a chance to take your knowledge of wine to the next
level.  We have put together a unique experience for you that includes an educational seminar about wine production, how to
appreciate and evaluate wine, and how to shop, keep and serve wine to maximize enjoyment.  You will learn how to identify wine types and about the different wine regions of the world.   The class will be led by Jake’s managing partner, PJ Barrera.  Six wine samples will be served and discussed.  The price also includes lunch and a glass of your favorite wine.  This will definitely be an enjoyable way to spend a winter afternoon!

Monday: February 2 • 1 - 4 p.m.
Price: $55 Members; $85 Non-Members 
Room: Off-Site

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