contMarch 2, 2015


This Wednesday, March 4...Come Learn About Peoria's Flourishing Arts Scene   

Join "Animal Jim" for Drag Racing Mania Study Group  

Spring Classes Are Just Around the Corner  

Limited Spaces Available on Popular OLLI Trips

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This Wednesday, March 4...
Come Learn About Peoria's Flourishing Arts Scene 

The Midwest is often erroneously scorned as the cultural wasteland- sometimes referred to "flyover country." Peoria, however, represents a vibrant arts destination that may not be well-known to everyone. A vibrant arts destination for all forms of the arts - visual arts (more than 200 artists work here), theatre, music, literary arts (the Illinois Poet Laureate lives here), dance, architecture, and more - exists here, now. 

A few years ago, one of our speakers,  Kathy Chitwood, along with Suzette Boulias, challenged the then-new President of the National Endowment for the Arts to experience Peoria arts for one day. He accepted, and his experience left him deeply impressed and a friend of Peoria. Join us as our speakers Sharon Amdall and Kathy Chitwood discuss the amazing variety and abundance of the arts available to all in the Peoria area. 

We would like to thank Suzette Boulais, who will be retiring as Executive Director for ArtsPartners prior to our March 4 lecture. Suzette made this lecture possible. 

Discover Peoria Arts: The Emerging Arts Destination 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Refreshments: 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Michel Student Center, Marty Theater

This lecture is free, but we do ask that you register in advance. You can register by clicking here.

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Join "Animal Jim" for Drag Racing Mania Study Group


Drag Racing Mania
Thursdays, April 16-May 14
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Methodist North

It's time to stage up for drag racing, the only true American sport. We'll discuss the beginning of drag racing after the end of World War II on county roads, township roads, and airstrips, and examine its tremendous growth to the present.


 Other topics of discussion will include classes of drag racing, rules and safety, exhibition events, local drag racing events, and the business side of the sport. These topics will be explored through the use of film clips. Reading materials will be provided by the facilitator for specific sessions.


$45 - facilitated by "Animal Jim" Feurer, owner of Animal Jim Racing in Lacon, IL, an NHRA certified tech official at the Route 66 Dragway in Joliet, and a six-time champion drag racer.


Click here to register for this study group.  

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Spring Classes are Just Around the Corner 
As Spring Classes quickly approach, OLLI is always looking for opportunities to welcome new members. Give the gift of learning by encouraging a friend, neighbor, or family member to join us for Spring 2015 Classes.

Register today for Spring Classes by clicking here.

OLLI Classes will be offered on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

You may bring a guest to try one day of OLLI Classes for FREE! But you must register your guest by first calling 677-3900.
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Limited Spaces Available on  Popular OLLI Trips
J.K Williams Distilling (Activity Level 2)
Monday, March 9, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, we're making a return visit to J.K. Williams Distilling, a distillery formed to bring craft whiskey- and bourbon-making back to the Peoria area.  Learn how the family recipe is being revived four generations later with owner and brewmaster Jesse Williams.

$25 includes lunch, gratuities, tour, cocktail, tastings, and shuttle transportation

Toraason Glass (Activity Level 1)
Monday, March 16, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Toraason Glass is one of OLLI's most popular trips! Join us as we get an exclusive, up-close look at local artist Hiram Toraason's glass blowing studio and gallery.  He will demonstrate his techniques and create a one-of-a-king work of art.

$28 includes lunch, gratutities, presentation fees, and shuttle transportation


a2Hilltop Happenings
Women's Studies 2015 Spring Series

The Role of the Activist in Civil Rights Centered Policing
Thursday, March 5- 1:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
Neumiller Hall 145

Bending the Arc of Justice: Community Development: Strategies for Social Change in an Age of Mass Incarcceration
Thursday, March 5- 7:00 p.m.
Westlake Hall 130

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 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.

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