The University of Alabama’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at UA’s Gadsden Center, 101 N. First St.

Along with refreshments and interesting news of upcoming courses, social events and educational international travel, participants will learn about OLLI programs that are underway not only in Gadsden, but in greater Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Greensboro and Pickens County.

Open house visitors will learn about a number of upcoming foreign educational trips, including a “Journey to Oaxaca and Puebla” in March, where OLLI members will enjoy visits to ancient civilization sites as well as modern Mexican cuisine and shopping.

A “Highlights of Scotland and Ireland” trip March 13-23 and a “Viking River Cruise” Nov. 5-13 also are scheduled next year.

OLLI is a program designed for older learners and seniors. Local events center around UA’s Gadsden Center. More than 150 seniors are signed up for this year’s events, including classroom studies, farm-to-table events and the international educational trips.

Shirley duPont, OLLI member-at-large, said, “OLLI members enjoy meeting others while sharing a love of learning. They pay annual fees, which allow them to participate in courses, events and other opportunities, with memberships renewing annually each fall.

“Members enjoy hundreds of courses and activities during the year, including social events, special interest groups, quarterly course guides, volunteer opportunities and international trips,” she said.

Membership fees don’t include international travel costs.

For more information at OLLI programs, contact duPont at slild01@aol.com, or Jan Mackey, OLLI social chair, at calkid4747@yahoo.com.