May 26, 2015


Our New Program Coordinator:  Elly Peterson

Last Chance to Join Us for Dinner and a Movie

Register Now for These Summer Activities

Share Your Travel Story "Look Where I Went" 

Join Us at the OLLI 2015 Fundraiser

Travel China's Golden Route with Peoria Public Radio 

Keep Up with OLLI

Our New Program Coordinator: Elly Peterson
Continuing Education is happy to announce Elly Peterson as our new Program
 Coordinator!  For the past year, Elly has worked as an administrative assistant in Continuing Education, so many of you have seen her on trips and at other OLLI programs.
In addition to working with OLLI, Elly will also assist with the World of Wonder gifted youth program during the summer. 

After graduating from Bradley University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education in 2011, Elly taught sixth grade at Chillicothe Elementary Center for three years before joining Continuing Education last June.  

Congratulations, Elly!  You can reach her at


Last Chance to Join Us for Dinner and a Movie!
Join OLLI for an afternoon at the historic Galesburg Orpheum Theatre on Monday, June 1.  We will take a charter coach to Galesburg and begin with lunch at the Packinghouse Company.  We will then head to the historic Orpheum Theatre, a beautifully restored venue built in the Vaudeville days of the early 1900s, for a tour and a screening of the classic 1950s film, Sunset Boulevard.  Nominated for 11 Academy awards, this example of film noir is widely accepted as a classic in American cinematic history.  After the film, Todd Heidt, Assistant Professor of German at Knox College, will moderate a short discussion on the film and its Austrian-born writer and director, Billy Wilder.

$79 - includes tour, film screening, presentation, lunch, gratuities, and charter coach transportation.  

To register online, please click here.  
Register Now for These Summer Activities

Linden Hill Farms (Activity Level 2)
Friday, June 12
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Linden Hill Farms is a fourth-gneration working dairy farm in Peoria County. During our visit, owner Miriam Rosenbohm will discuss the procurement of feed for livestock and explain some of the difficulties facing dairy farmers today.  We'll also have the opportunity to see the milking and feeding process of animals on the farm.

$27 includes lunch, gratuities, tour fees and shuttle transportation

Greater Peoria Sanitary District (Activity Level 3)
Monday, June 8
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Greater Peoria Sanitary and Sewage District (GPSD) is a special governmental unit organized in 1927 to treat sewage before it is discharged into the Illnois River.  During our visit, we'll learn how wastewater is collected and treated in the 650 miles of pipes, find out how the plant treats an average of 25 million gallons annually, and take a look at how the laboratory monitors the treatment process in order to meet the federal requirements.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Five Came Back:  Hollywood and World War II
Tuesdays, June 9 - July 14
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Humana Guidance Center

While the American public and its politicians debated about out participation in another European war in 1940, Hollywood moviemakers were being pressured to release films in support of a conflict that seemed unwelcome, but inevitable.  Five of Tinseltown's most honored directors-- Frank Capra, John Ford, George Stevens, William Wyler, and John Huston-- all stepped forward to participate in the war effort.  In this Study Group, we'll read about, see clips of, and discuss both feature and documentary films that they directed either before, during, or after World War II.  Participants should read Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and The Second World War by Mark Harris.  This book is available new or used in paperback or in electronic formats or through local libraries.  

$45 - facilitated by Randy Wilson and Carol May, who are both OLLI Study Group facilitators and members of the OLLI Study Group and Cinema committees

Please click here to register online for Summer events.


Share Your Travel Story -- "Look Where I Went"


Have you had an interesting traveling experience you'd like to share?  

Next Fall, OLLI would like to debut a new Class: "Look Where I Went."  Similarly to "Look What I Did," we are seeking four different presenters, one for each 1-hour class on Wednesdays in October, 2015.  

If you have visited an interesting place and would like to share what you have learned about its culture and history, we would love to make your unique observations a part of OLLI Classes this Fall. 

If you are interested in presenting, please contact John Dust, a member of the Curriculum Committee, at


Join us at the OLLI 2015 Fundraiser


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

Join your friends at the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser, emceed by WMBD 1470 AM radio personalities (and OLLI instructors) Dan DoOrio 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
-Heavy appetizers served

Funds from previous fundraisers have been used to purchase OLLI's shuttles, provide free Cinema and Lecture programming, and improve the audio-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

Please click here to register online.

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Travel China's Golden Route with Peoria Public Radio
China's Golden Route
Dates: October 7 - 16, 2015
Cost: $3,799.00 per person from Peoria

Travel China's Golden Route with Peoria Public Radio!  On this tour, enjoy eight nights of superior first class accommodations as you visit Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai.  Among the extensive daily sightseeing opportunities, you will take a cable car ride at the Great Wall of China, tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum, and more!

For more information and a complete trip itinerary, visit the Peoria Public Radio website by clicking here
For a reservation form containing all cost information, click here.
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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