May 5, 2015


Register for Summer 2015

Come One, Come All-- to OLLI's Curriculum Committee!

Help Grow the OLLI Community through Facebook

Video Gaming for Adult Beginners

Local Author to Speak at Bradley University

Volunteer at Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

Keep Up with OLLI

Register for Summer 2015


Registration for Summer 2015 Learning Trips, Study Groups, and Cinema has officially begun!  Don't miss these featured programs!

If you would like to view the Summer brochure as a PDF, please click here.

Summer Social Aboard Spirit of Peoria
Wednesday, August 12
12:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon traveling up and down the Illinois River while learning first-hand about the fascinating story of the World War II B-24 bomber, Lady Be Good.  Retired history teacher Don Stamford will give a private lecture detailing the experiences of Lady Be Good and her 9-man crew, which ventured into the harsh Libyan Desert after missing their intended landing site.  We will dine on a hot buffet on the boat while we enjoy good company and the scenic view of the Illinois River.

$44 - includes presentation, cruise, and lunch.  Transportation not provided - meet us at the riverfront!

OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser
Friday, August 28
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Weaver Ridge Golf Club

Join your friends at the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser, emceed by WMBD 1470 AM radio personalities (and OLLI instructors) Dan DiOrio and Greg Batton!
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and trivia starts at 6:00 p.m.
- Teams will consist of 8 players and will compete against other tables
- Don't have a team?  No worries, pay the individual entry fee and we'll place you
- Cash bar available
Funds from previous fundraisers have been used to purchase OLLI shuttles, provide free Cinema and Lecture programming, and improve the auido-visual equipment and technology for OLLI programs.  Please join us for this year's fundraiser as we continue to build funds that will help OLLI continue its tradition of unique, high quality, engaging, and educational programming.

$45 - Individual entry
$360 - Table of 8 seats

Be sure to sign up early!

To register online, click here.

Come One, Come All-- to OLLI Curriculum Committee!

Dates: Wednesday, May 6, 13, and 27
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Executive Suite, Michel Student Center, Bradley

Have you ever thought of a topic that would make a great OLLI Class?   Everyone is welcome to join in the selection process for Classes.  Fall 2015 Classes will be the focus of the upcoming Curriculum Committee Meetings, so mark your calendar!  Whether you have ideas to suggest or just want to see how the process works, please join us. 

Help Grow the OLLI Community through Facebook
Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends, family, and even OLLI!  If you are new to Facebook, click here to get started-- anyone can sign up for free!

Here is an example of what your home page may look like-- here, you will see updates from everyone you want to follow, or become "friends" with.  If you follow OLLI, you will see updates and photos from Learning Trips, Study Groups, Classes, and other events, as well as comments from your OLLI friends!  

Here's how to follow us:

In your search bar at the top, type "OLLI at Bradley University."  Click on our page as shown below. 

Now, click "Like," and OLLI's updates will come up on your home page.  The more of OLLI's posts you Like, Share, or Comment on, the more often they will show up on your home page, so be sure to get involved!

Tip: If you come across a page called "OLLI Bradley," with the yellow profile picture, you are on the account page rather than the up-to-date posting page.  From here, click on the link in the most recent post (circled below), and it will take you to the right place!

Help us bring the friendly OLLI sense of community to social media!  You can even post to OLLI's Facebook page, whether you have a great article worth sharing, photos from a Learning Trip, or just want to say hi to your OLLI friends!

See you on Facebook!



Peoria Public Library presents:  Beginner Adult Video Gaming 

Date: Monday, June 15

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Peoria Public Library, Main Street Branch, 107 NE Monroe

Cost: Free!


All adults new to video gaming are welcome to attend and learn how to play selected video games.  We will take turns playing and watching as we try popular titles and genres.  


At this first session in the series, we will play rhythm games and, time permitting, party games.  No prior knowledge of how to play video games is needed.


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Local Author to Speak at Bradley University

Local author Victoria Loberg, M.D., will speak on campus in the Wycoff Room of the Cullom-Davis Library on Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00 discuss her most recent book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives.  

Dr. Loberg has researched the early years of medical practice in Peoria.  This new book focuses on Peoria's women physicians, succeeding her earlier one, From Pest House to Medical Centers, Peoria's Medical Journey into the 20th Century.

This program is FREE and open to the public.  


Volunteer at Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

This June, the Peoria Park District will be opening a children's museum in the Glen Oak Park Pavilion building.  The Peoria PlayHouse will be a hands-on, interactive children's museum where children, along with their families, will dream, explore, and learn through play.


As they prepare to open their doors in June, 2015, they need a solid group of wonderful volunteers to help the PlayHouse be a huge success!


Here are just a few of the volunteer positions available:


Carpentry Facilitator:  Assist children in the Real Tools exhibit as they use hammers, saws, drills, and other tools.  Must be comfortable with basic carpentry tools and interested in working with children.


Greeter:  Welcome museum visitors with a warm smile, direct visitors, answer questions, assist with checking strollers, engage children and families waiting to enter museum.


Play Specialist:  Facilitate exceptional guest experiences by engaging visitors with exhibitions.  Organize and tidy exhibits and props.  An outgoing personality and approachability are highly desirable for this position.


For more information, and a complete list of volunteer positions, please click here.


If you have any questions or would like to apply, you may contact Kristin Vannatta, Operations Manager, at 309-232-6900 or


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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