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Classes, Seminars, & Lectures 2017-05-04T21:49:08+00:00

Classes, Seminars, & Lectures

Whether you want to learn how to tap dance, make sushi, or discuss concepts alongside fellow learners of all ages, the options in Douglas County are limitless.

Here specifically here at the SRC we offer classes in estate planning, Welcome to Medicare, AARP Smart Driver Course, Cooking on a Budget, and much more. For information about classes, call Janet at (785) 727-7873or contact us using our online form.

If you would like to offer a class or start a group, we would be happy to discuss how we can help make your dream happen. Call Janet at (785) 727-7873 or contact us using our online form.

Our three area universities, Baker UniversityHaskell Indian Nations University, and the University of Kansas, also nourish the community’s commitment to learning. The Lawrence calendar is filled with classes, lectures, and workshops offered at local museums and networking groups as well as at organizations such as the Dole Institute of Politics, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Lawrence Arts Center.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Institute offers courses for learners typically age 50 and older, although anyone may participate. Osher students rave about the classes and proclaim it refreshing and stimulating to focus on topics interesting to them after decades of focusing solely on items related to your career. As one of the most popular lifelong learning options in the County, the programs are essentially short college courses without the exams. Subjects include literature, history, art, culture, and more. A typical semester offers up to 85 course choices.

University Classes

Relive your college years or fulfill a lifelong dream by taking a college course at one of our local universities. At the University of Kansas, you may enroll as a student or audit the class for a test-free learning experience. Non-degree seeking students over age 60 may audit up to 6 hours of classes a semester for freeBaker University is also an option, and Haskell Indian Nations University is available for official members of a tribe that is eligible for BIA education benefits.

Local Classes

Classes in the Lawrence area are a good way to learn new skills and meet new people. For the culinary minded, the Merc Co-op offers a variety of health and cooking classes including those focused on international and ethnic recipes, bacon-inspired dishes, and numerous specialty classes to help plan menus for those with food sensitivities and allergies. If your passion if for the arts, the Lawrence Arts Center features classes for all ages ranging from dance to jewelry making, metalsmithing, painting, and ceramics. For more options Lawrence has clubs and groups of all kinds to fuel your passion for learning. Click here to check out the list of some available.


With the rich history of Lawrence and the surrounding areas it’s easy to see why we have so many interesting museums from which to learn. By visiting or attending lectures provided by the museums like the beautiful Watkins Museum of History, the Dole Institute of Politics, the Lecompton Territorial Capitol Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, and numerous local historic sites anyone can gain insight into history. For those who are up for a fun nearby day trip, visit the Kansas History Museum in Topeka, KS (30 minutes away), or head to Kansas City to visit one of their many museums such as the National WWI Museum, the American Jazz Museum, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and many more.