The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College is offering mature learners an opportunity to warm the mind, the curiosity and social connections during the winter months.

"Tuesdays at the Movies: Food and the Movies" will be held at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington and feature films where food plays a "starring role."

On Wednesdays, take the opportunity to explore Berkshire entrepreneurial gems from businesses that provide exquisite chocolate to heritage foods to silver jewelry and beyond.

"Rethinking the Birth of Our American Republic" provides a fresh look at the North American continent from 1765 to 1776. Both of these classes will be held at Kimball Farms in Lenox.

The "Travel Adventures" class will take participants to Portugal, Iceland, Greenland, Yellowstone and the Arctic.

"Reading Short Stories Out Loud" will feature American works about family and community from the 1920s to the 1950s.

The "Advances in Medicine" program, led by prominent physicians, will explore heart disease, medical ethics and orthopedic surgery.

These classes and others will be held at the Lenox Library beginning on Jan. 14.

"An Adventure in Photography" will be held at the Intermodal Center in downtown Pittsfield on Saturdays. Sessions will include portrait, fine art, editorial black and white and color imaging and the mobile camera (iPhones, etc.)

Information: or the OLLI office, (413) 236-2190.