CORVALLIS - The annual Mini-College at Oregon State University - a four-day, non-credit program for adults - offers a variety of classes, tours and speakers where participants can learn how to surf the Internet, find the "Humor in Classical Music" or try their hand at Japanese water-ink painting.
The program, co-sponsored by the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Association for Family and Community Education, runs from June 15-18.
There are 38 classes to choose from as well as three keynote speakers on daily special program topics. Among the classes are a tour of the Tyee Wine Cellars vineyard, which includes an optional wine-tasting; food classes with chefs and nutrition professionals; a series on common-sense investing; and the history of Oregon's lighthouses, coastal bridges and sea-faring pioneers.
With an eye toward the upcoming fall election, one of the keynote speakers is Bill Lunch, OSU professor and political analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He will talk about the unwritten rules of politics and the expectations and norms that political players accept, respect or tolerate.
Registration for Mini-College ranges from $50 for one day to $231 for three nights and four days. The registration fee covers food, housing and class fees. Overnight accommodations include either the College Inn or free campus parking for self-contained RVs. Special registration rates are available for commuters as well.
The registration deadline for Mini-College is Friday, May 22, according to Laura Berman, coordinator of the program. Persons registering after that date pay a $10 post-deadline fee and also face reduced class choices. Mini-College classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, Berman said.
Complete Mini-College information is available from county offices of the OSU Extension Service or from Berman at 541-737-0955.