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Osher Appreciation Luau

Osher Luau

Join us at the Cape Rey Resort in Carlsbad to celebrate going into our 15th  year of Osher at CSUSM.  Spend the afternoon with fellow members and friends. Listen to the ukulele, watch  hula performed by  Halau Hula Ka Wai Ola O Wai Ale'Ale, enjoy the appetizers and a no host bar.  Enroll for fall classes and meet some instructors.

Don't miss out on the give-a-way prizes, silent auction, and a chance at winning an Annual Membership!  Must be in attendance to enter. 

Tickets for the raffle will be given to those who:

  • Bring a friend thats a non-member
  • Sign up to be a Classroom Ambassador 
  • Volunteer to facilitate an Intersession Discussion Group
  • Donate to our program
  • Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Time: 2:00PM - 4:30PM
  • Location: Cape Rey Resort, Shearwater Ballroom
  • 1 Ponto Road
    Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Fee:  Free Event

Registration is required

The first 25 people to register will receive a 'Behind the Scenes" tour of the Cape Rey Resort.



A Taste of Osher in San Marcos

Taste of Osher

Learn what Osher is all about at our annual Taste of Osher Event! Enjoy refreshments and raffle drawings while you preview select spring courses, meet instructors and discover the opportunities Osher has waiting for you!

  • Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Time: 9:300AM - 11:30AM
  • Location: Cal State San Marcos, Markstein 102
  • 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA
  • Registration:  Taste of Osher Registration
  • Or call 760-750-8613
  • Fee:  Free Event

*Seating is limited


Klezmer Music and Jazz:  Jumpin at the Savoy


In the 1920s - 40s many Jewish musicians (some who had been klezmer musicians in Eastern Europe) began to play and compose jazz music. Jews and African Americans were both marginalized minorities and faced all kinds of discrimination particularly in earning a living as a doctor, lawyer, accountant, professor, etc. but the arts were wide open for their participation. It was during the inter-war years where many Jewish and African American musicians, composers and lyricists worked together to create swing songs that became popular throughout the world. Musicians like George Gershwin, Cab Calloway, Slim Galliard, Ziggy Ellman and many others combined Yiddish, minor keys, the blues and syncopated rhythms to create such tunes as "And the Angels Sing" and "Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn."

This special event is brought to you in partnership with the Friends of CSUSM at Lake San Marcos and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

  • Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM (Doors will open at 3:30 PM)
  • Location: Lake San Marcos Pavilion
  • 1105 La Bonita Drive
    San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Registration: Opening Soon
  • Fee:  $35 / $25 for Lake San Marcos Residents

*Registration includes appetizers and 1 drink ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the door.



10,000 Years:  The Archaeological History of San Diego

S.D. Archaeology Center

San Diego is blessed with abundant natural and cultural resources. Over 30,000 archaeological sites have been discovered in San Diego County. These sites contain the material culture of people who have lived in the region for over 10,000 years. This presentation will discuss the changes in artifacts and lifestyles of the ancient people who called San Diego home.

Archaeology is a wonderful tool for understanding the past and bringing context to the present. Please join us for a presentation on 10,000 years of San Diego history and a new understanding of the past.

  • Date: Thursday, June 7
  • Time: 10:00AM - 11:30PM
  • Location: San Diego Archaeological Center
  • 16666 Sa Pasqual Valley Road
    Escondido, CA 92027
  • Registration: The Archaeological History of San Diego
  • Fee:  $15

*A current membership and registration are required to attend this event. This is a Destination Learning event, no Annual or Lifetime discounts apply.


Thoroughbreds of Del Mar

Del Mar Racetrack

Join Alan Mindell, former horse breeder and local author of “The B Team,” for a behind‐the‐ scenes tour of the Del Mar Stables where you will witness the flurry of thoroughbreds going through their morning workouts, training and bathing in preparation for their racetrack debuts. Observe jockeys, trainers and owners as they prepare for this historic San Diego attraction.

Photo opportunities available.

Copy of "The B Team" will be available for purchase at $10

  • Date: Saturday, July 28
  • Time: 7:00AM - 9:00AM
  • Location: Del Mar Racetrack
  • 640 Via De la Valle
    Solana Beach, CA  92075
  • Registration: Thoroughbreds of Del Mar
  • Fee:  $25

*A current membership and registration are required to attend this event. This is a Destination Learning event, no Annual or Lifetime discounts apply.