In addition to non-credit courses, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University also organizes a number of trips every year. From daylong excursions around Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan to overnight trips around the Midwest (or further), we are pleased to offer a variety of day and extended trips to our community of lifelong learners.

Register for trips

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU teams up with the American Automobile Association to bring you more trips! Registration for trips will be through AAA and not through the OLLI at WMU office. To register, call Stephanie Schmitz at (800) 887-4971 or email her at

Corrections for the Winter/Spring 2020 Courses and Trips catalog, the following trips were omitted from the catalog:

Another Fun Chelsea Day Awaits! Purple Rose Theatre

Wednesday, May 20

This is the trip you anxiously wait for every year: our annual excursion to see a play at Jeff Daniel's Purple Rose Theatre in combination with a gourmet lunch at the Common Grill Restaurant. What better way is there to celebrate spring?

This year the play is “Paint Night” by Carey Crim. Ms. Crim is a Northwestern University graduate, an award-winning playwright and a resident artist at the Purple Rose Theatre Company. Three earlier works, “Growing Pretty”, “Wake”, and “Some Couples May” have all received world premieres at the PRTC. “Wake” has been adapted for the screen by Ms. Crim and was scheduled to be released in 2019.

In brief, the comedy “Paint Night” features six women who get together for a much-needed girls’ night out. The plan is to eat, drink and create works of art at a local Paint and Sip night. But, as one might suspect, as the alcohol flows (and truths and insecurities are revealed) six carefully curated lives begin to show their cracks. “Paint Night” is about shedding our Instagram lives, and then seeing how these same lives can turn hilariously and heartbreakingly real. And to make the day most extraordinary, D. Terry and Sharon Williams will join us for added insight along with an end of play talk back with the director and actors. The Purple Rose is popular with OLLI members and the trip will fill quickly. Don't delay signing up for this world premiere!

Members $116, Nonmembers $131

Register by 4/20/20

Capacity: 40


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s Birth!

Friday, June 12

Join us for another inspiring trip to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by its renowned music director, Maestro Ricardo Muti! Capping the CSO concert season is a program that celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of perhaps the world's greatest and most beloved composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Two great Beethoven symphonies will be featured, his Symphony No. 8, and the Symphony No. 6, the "Pastoral", which exemplifies Beethoven's love of nature and beauty, as well as the drama of the third movement thunderstorm!

Following the concert, we will stretch our legs with a short walk to our dinner destination, the famous Berghoff Restaurant. This restaurant, established in 1898 and known for its German food, has a rich Chicago history and is now under fourth generation ownership. Beethoven would have been delighted to join us!

"A Glimpse of Beethoven,” a pre-concert event will take place on Monday, June 8 offered by our hosts, Jane Rooks Ross and Dr. Barry Ross. Their talk will definitely enhance your appreciation and understanding of the program and is an event not to be missed! Those registered will be notified of time and place.

Special Note:  Due to the difficulty of departing Chicago during rush hour on a Friday, we will remain downtown for dinner with an estimated arrival back home around 10:30 p.m.  But wait…this year you can sleep in.  We will not depart Kalamazoo until mid-morning. We will be sure to have a snack available, but please consider packing a light lunch to eat on the bus before arriving at the concert. 

Members $279, Nonmembers $294

Register by 5/12/20

Capacity: 36