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Barbara Ruben

You don’t have to enroll in college classes to find educational opportunities. Classes targeted to older adults abound in the Washington area. In addition to offerings at your local senior center, try the following programs.

Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute

Classes at the Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute start in October. The program will hold a fall course preview on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va. For information, call (703) 228-2144 or visit

Georgetown University’s Living Community

This program in Washington, D.C. offers classes to those over 55: $30 for one class; $50 for two. For more information, see or call (202) 687-8700.

Montgomery College Lifelong Learning Institute

This community college offers a wide variety of courses for people 50 and over at its many campuses as well as other public locations. Fees vary.

An all-day Taste of Lifelong Learning program, with samples of eight different classes (and lunch), takes place Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Germantown Campus. Fee: $79 ($129 for non-Md. residents). For more information, call (240) 567-1828 or visit


OASIS is a national program offering classes to those 50 and over. The only local site is at the Macy’s Home Store in Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md. OASIS members also serve as tutors for area school children.

Registration for the fall semester starts on Sept. 8. For more information, including costs, see or call (301) 469-6800, press 1, then press extension 211.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

With locations in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Osher Lifelong Learning members either take or teach classes. There are no tests or grades. Membership fees and plans vary by location.

Find out more about the American University program at or by calling (202) 895-4860.

The George Mason Osher program holds classes in Fairfax, Reston and Sterling. For more information, see or call (703) 503-3384.

The Osher program at University of Maryland College Park is part of its School of Public Health. Get more information at or (301) 314-2582.