Fall 2017 Programs

These programs are meant to enhance all your dimensions of wellness. All of the programs listed are free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Community Programs

Ukulele for Beginner/Intermediate Players

5 sessions, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon: Starts Oct. 4, 18; Nov. 1, 15, 29  
NOTE: The final class is now scheduled for 11/29.
Wood Co. District Public Library, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Registration limited to 25.

Learn how to strum, play chords, and jam to familiar and new songs, all in a fun and relaxing environment. No experience necessary; please bring your own ukulele (our limited number of instruments are already spoken for). Presenter: Lisa Gruenhagen, Ph.D., associate professor of music education at BGSU, is a flutist who also plays ukulele. When she was studying at Eastman School of Music, Lisa became involved with the New Horizons music program, which provides entry points to music making for “chronologically gifted” adults (50+).



Our National Parks: Photography and Geology

3 sessions, Mondays, 1-2:15 p.m.: Oct. 16, 30; Nov. 13
Simpson Garden Community Center, 1291 Conneaut, BG
Co-sponsor: Bowling Green Parks and Recreation

Photographic historian Dr. Andrew Hershberger and geologist Dr. Kurt Panter will co-present three interdisciplinary programs about the region of Yellowstone National Park (10/16), Yosemite National Park (10/30), and Grand Canyon National Park (11/13). Dr. Hershberger discuss high-quality reproductions of some of the earliest photographs created in the region during the 1800s, and Dr. Panter will describe the geological processes that formed the incredible landscapes captured in the photographs. Presenters: Andrew E. Hershberger, Ph.D., professor of contemporary art history, BGSU; and Kurt Panter, Ph.D., associate professor of geology, BGSU.

register here!


Care Compass Project:

Training for Caregivers: Nutrition, choking hazards, and best food choices

Wednesday, October 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green
Co-sponsors: Brookdale Bowling Green, Wood County Committee on Aging, Wood County Hospital, and Interim Health Care

This program is one of a series of quarterly information sessions for caregivers, with respite care and lunch provided on-site by Brookdale of Bowling Green.

Registration is free but limited. Call 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 to register, or email programs@wccoa.net

9th annual food and nutrition symposium

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Bowling Green State University
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and closing remarks are at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Optimal Aging Institute
Presentations include:
  • Hard to Swallow: An Introduction to Dysphagia and Therapeutic Consistency Modification
  • Communicating Difficult Topics
  • Feeding Trillions: The Role of Carbohydrates in Shaping the Human Gut Microbiome
  • Paenl: Why Waste Good Food: Impact and Solutions

Visit the website for more information.

Register by Oct. 25, 2017

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Madeleine Drees at mdrees@bgsu.eu


Campus Opportunities

Yoga As You Are  

Tuesdays, August 29-December 12, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
(no class on Oct. 10)
BGSU Eppler South Gym

This low-impact class includes gentle stretches, balance and breathing as well as movements designed to increase range of motion and relieve tension. Bring a yoga mat or a towel; registration is NOT required. Co-sponsored with BGSU WellAware.

Presenter: Caroline Dawson, certified mindfulness and yoga instructor.


Coffee Talks: Free Monthly Socials for Older Adults  

First Wednesdays: Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6, 9-9:45 a.m.
BGSU Student Recreation Center Classroom (Room 188)

Featuring FREE COFFEE and a different host each month from BGSU or the community! For those without a BGSU parking permit, hourly passes may be purchased at the parking kiosk in Lot X (rear entrance on Mercer Road). Registration is NOT required.

Cosponsored with BGSU Recreation and Wellness.


Oktoberfest at BGSU 

Wednesday, October 25, 6-10 p.m.
BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Enjoy dancing, music, food, fun, and drinks – all with live music, featuring the Jay Fox Bavarian Band! Come polka or just enjoy the other festivities. Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

CONTACT: BGSU German Club President Amanda Glass, glassa@bgsu.edu or German Club Advisor Dr. Christina Guenther, cguenth@bgsu.edu