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 A Major-League Announcement on The Hilltop

2015 OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest

Documentary Series: Looking at Issues Through Film

PAWAC Presents an International Trivia Night

Goodwill Offers Plus 55 Computer Classes

A Major-League Announcement on The Hilltop


Bradley University is naming its nationally renowned Sports Communication program in honor of four-time Emmy Award winner, National Radio Hall of Fame inductee and LA Dodgers play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner.

Click here to read all about this "major-league" news!

b.12015 OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest

The 2015 Oscar nominations have been revealed, and the Cinema Committee would like you to participate in our OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest. To participate, click on the "click here" link below.

The committee has chosen 10 categories from the nominations list. Simply select which film or individual you think will take home the trophy on Oscar night to submit your answers electronically. 

The winner of the 2015 OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest will be revealed in our newsletter on Tuesday, February 24.  In the event that multiple participants guess the correct winner in all 10 categories, we have selected a tie-breaker question. The winners will then be placed in a drawing. Our first place winner will receive a free passport to the OLLI film festival- 4 from the War: A Cinema remembrance of World War 2. The second place winner will receive free tickets to Corn Stock Theatre and Peoria Players Theatre. Finally, the third place winner will receive movie tickets to Landmark Cinema. The deadline for the Oscar contest is Tuesday, February 10. Click here to start the contest. 
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b.2Documentary Series: Looking at Issues Through Film
Sponsored by OLLI's Cinema Committee


If you are interested in film, food, and friendly discussion, then this group is for you. In the Documentary Series: Looking at Issues Through Film, OLLI members will have the opportunity to watch five documentary films that explore social, environmental and political issues of our times.  


Immediately after each film, participants will gather at Avanti's North on Knoxville Avenue or another local eatery for a moderated discussion, allowing everyone to explore the topic in greater depth with each other. You do not have to dine in order to participate in the discussion. 

Click here
for a list of the Documentaries that will be featured in this series.  


NOTE:  Registration is not yet available for this series, but we will have a link in next week's newsletter! 


Marge Semmens, a frequent OLLI Study Group Facilitator or community experts will lead the discussions following the films. Descriptions of the films can be found below


February 2- The Great Invisible

A documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. This film is seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors, and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand, and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.


February 9- The Overnighters

A local Pastor risks everything to help the Dakota oil fields. Broken and desperate men chase their dreams as they run from their demons in the North.  

February 16- Keep on Keepin' On

A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, as the young man prepares to complete in an elite, international competition.  


March 9- Barefoot Bandit

A telling of the life of Colton Harris-Moore, notorious airplane thief. The young boy's dream of flying and designing airplanes becomes a reality when he breaks out of the halfway house at the age of 15 and steals the first of five airplanes. Colton's captor, lawyer, mother, and the FBI team that haunted him for several years tell the almost unbelievable story of the Barefoot Bandit.


March 16- Where Was God?

May 20, 2013--an EF5 Tornado ripped through Moore, OK. the Magnitude of the Devastation measured over eight times greater than the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima. As the world watched, one question continued to surface- Where Was God?  


Dates: February 2, 9, 16 and March 9 and 16

Time: All films will begin at 5:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. to receive your ticket. No previews are shown before the films, so please be prompt.

Location: Goodrich Willow Knolls 14 Theatre, 4100 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria.

Parking:  Free parking is available in the lot in front of the theatre.

Cost:  $45 per person - includes tickets to all five films, discussion and best of all socialization.


Next week, a Registration link will be available for the Documentary Series.   For now, mark your calendars for this intriguing series.

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b.3PAWAC Presents an International Trivia Challenge
Join the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) for this entertaining FUNdraiser at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25 at the Itoo Hall. 

This annual event supports the Central Illinois team of high school students who compete in the national Academic World Quest Competition in Washington, D.C. 

The event features free international appetizers, cash bar, "rentable" students, ways to cheat, and lots of raffle and silent auction items! Tickets are $20 per person and are tax-deductible. 

For more information, click here or call (309) 677-2454.
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Goodwill Offers Plus 55 Computer Classes
Goodwill is currently offering a free new class series, "Plus 55",  focusing on four topics: Computer Basics, Basic Email, Internet Essentials, and Basic Microsoft Word. 

Plus 55 classes will be taught on Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in a relaxed environment at the new Goodwilll Commons Training Center. (located just below the Journal Star near the McClugage Bridge. 

For more information or to register, please contact Mark Aaron at or call (309) 682-1113 X2122. You can also click here to visit the Peoria Goodwill website for more detailed information regarding the variety of computer classes they will be offering.
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b.6Join OLLI for these Upcoming Learning Trips

Explore Bradley's New Renaissance Coliseum

Monday, February 9

8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us on Monday, February 9 as we tour one of the new facilities on campus, the Renaissance Coliseum. Dave Snell, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications and the "Voice of the Braves" for over 35 years, will be our guide as we see the MItchell "JJ" Anderson Court practice facility, an athletics museum within the Burklund Family Heritage Hall, state-of-the-art strength conditioning and athletic training facilities, academic centers, locker rooms, and offices for the entire Department of Athletics. Cost $25 - includes, lunch, gratuities, and tour.


Click here to utilize our online registration link.


The Many Faces of Oregon Informational Meeting

Meeting Date: January 26, 9:30 a.m.

Peoria Next Innovation Center

OLLI is going to Oregon in June! Chartered by Road Scholar, we will explore the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and the rich history and culture of Portland and the surrounding areas. More details, including trip costs, will be available this informational meeting .


To RSVP for this meeting or request a packet via mail, please call Elly Peterson at(309) 677-3900.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
 is an organization at Bradley University whose members share a common goal:  to remain vital and active in their late career and post-career lives.

Consisting of more than 1,000 nearly 1,100 people ages 50+, OLLI members come from all backgrounds and educational levels.  Together they enjoy a diverse collection of year-round programs including non-credit classes, educational travel, study groups, cinema, and lectures.

To learn more about OLLI, please visit