June 30, 2015


Trivia Teaser #2

Visit the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard

Chill with Us at Winter Curriculum Committee

Join an OLLI Study Group

Cinema Conversations: Putin's Kiss

Catch a Performance by the Clonmel Marching Band

Keep Up with OLLI

Trivia Teaser #2

In anticipation of OLLI's Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, August 28, we will be awarding weekly prizes to the winning answers for Trivia Teaser sample questions!  

For the first seven weeks, the winners will choose from an OLLI T-Shirt (size XL or XXL), and OLLI Tote Bag or Grocery Bag.  For the final three weeks leading up to the fundraiser, each winner will receive a "Correct Answer Pass" that their team can use for an automatic correct answer at the Trivia Night Fundraiser!


How to Play:
1. Read the Trivia Teaser question below.

2. Email your answer to Elly at BEFORE 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.  Please make sure the subject line of your email is titled as follows: Trivia Teaser 2
**Please note-- One entry per person per week.  

3. Each winner will be randomly selected.  The winner will be notified via email by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

4. Check back the following week-- you can play as many times as you'd like!

Trivia Teaser 2: Who was the author of the Leatherstocking Tales?

Congratulations to last week's winner, Karen Beasley!  

To last week's Trivia Teaser 1 question, "In 1884, Geraldine Ferraro's face was on campaign buttons in the Presidential Election.  Who was her running mate?" the answer was "Walter Mondale." 

To register online for the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, August 28, please click here.

Visit the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard
182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard
Wednesday, July 15
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Several spots are still available for a tour of the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria for those who wish to drive on their own.

The 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, maintains and operates eight C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of transporting large amounts of personnel and equipment over long distances.  

During our visit, Colonel William Robertson ('83), the Wing Commander, will lead a tour to explore the Wing's mission to include the maintenance, flying operations, and air support to the Army, Security Forces, and much more.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, and tour

To register online, please click here.

Chill with Us at Winter Curriculum Committee
Even though it's summer outside, the OLLI Winter Curriculum Committee has January on its mind!

Come and join your OLLI friends on the Winter Curriculum Committee as we plan Winter 2016 Classes.  Over four consecutive days in the beginning of January, Winter Classes offer a unique experience for OLLI members to really delve into class topics and create stronger bonds with classmates.

While we plan, we will munch on snacks and sip coffee, and enjoy open parking on Bradley's campus.

Wednesday, July 8
9:00 - 11:00 am 
Michel Student Center, Executive Suite

We hope to see you there!

Join an OLLI Study Group

TED Talks #2 for Lifelong Learners
Mondays, July 20 - August 17
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

What is TED about?
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.  They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and, ultimately, the world.

What do the TED letters stand for?
TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics-- from science to business to global issues-- in more than 100 languages.

How does TED share ideas?
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

What happens in a TED Study Group?
Our Study Group will be discussion based.  A sequential list of 25 TED talks with links will be sent to participants.  Each week everyone will be assigned the same 4 or 5 TED talks to watch at their leisure during the week.  Please come to class prepared to share what you learned and how you felt about and how you felt about the ideas presented in each talk.  Some ideas are controversial and through our discussion we can broaden our understanding and perhaps experience a positive change in attitudes and life.

 Here is a link to some example TED talks.  We will have a different list for the Study Group.  By watching just the first one you will be able to get a sense of how they are presented.  Both closed captioning and an interactive transcript are available for each talk.

$45 - facilitated by Greg Peine, OLLI member and popular iPad Study Group facilitator

Renewing Peoria from the Ground Level Up
Thursdays, July 21 - August 25
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
United Presbyterian Church

Author and cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  And, so it goes with people in programs in the Peoria Area.  In this Study Group, participants will learn through facilitated discussions about the demographics, delivery, and degree of effectiveness of a variety of grassroots level programs from individuals involved with the populations and/or services they were designed to serve.  Presentations will be made by Ken and Judy Zika (Volunteers, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul-- Meeting the Needs of the Poor), Reverend Jim Carlson (First Baptist Church Spanish Language GED Preparation), Connie Voss (Executive Director, Common Place), Marty Yonker/Volunteer (United Way/Power of the Purse), Patti Gratton (Executive Director, Community Workshop and Training Center), Jamie Taylor (Jesse's House Founder), Crystal Kyle (Co-Executive Director and Business Manager, The Dream Center), and Robbie Criss (Youth Services Director, The Dream Center). 

Participants will be expected to read brief profiles of each of the programs and handouts provided by the facilitator.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, OLLI Cinema Committee Chair, former Study Group Chair, and frequent Study Group facilitator and class instructor

iPad for Lifelong Learning
Mondays, July 20 - August 17
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

This Study Group condenses and combines previous information from both the iPad Basics and iPad Intermediate Study Groups.  We will focus on ways to enhance our lifelong learning experiences through our iPads.  We will start by reviewing basic iPad skills and then move into more specific ways to find, capture, and organize lifelong learning resources with our iPads.  These resources will include reading applications along with a variety of online learning opportunities.  This Study Group is iPad specific; you will need iOS 8.0 or higher, an active email address, and Apple identification to participate.  Video tutorials will be available to help participants review class activities.

$45 - facilitated by Greg Peine, OLLI member and popular iPad Study Group facilitator 

To register for any Study Groups, please utilize our online registration system by clicking here.


Cinema Conversations: Putin's Kiss
Putin's Kiss
Tuesdays, July 14, 21, and 28
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
July 14: film viewing at Bradley University's Visitor's Center
July 21 and 28: discussions at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Nashi is an increasingly popular youth organization in Russia with direct ties to the Kremlin and a mission to create an elite group of your adult activists loyal to President Vladimir Putin.  In this documentary film, Putin's Kiss, we learn about Masha Drokova, an ambitious middle-class student from the suburbs of Moscow, who joins Nashi at the age of fifteen and quickly rises to a leadership position when she becomes the host of a pro-Putin television talk show.  Along the way she becomes friends with a group of journalists critical of Putin and his policies.  After viewing the film, we'll join Angela Weck in a discussion of Putin's rise from relative obscurity to the Russian Presidency.  She will help participants consider whether he has innate political skill or has developed the ability to effectively manipulate forces around him.  How much political power does he actually have?  Is he really the "strong man" he appears to be?  Recommended reading: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen, available new or used in paperback or electronic formats or through local libraries.

$29 - discussions led by Angela Weck, faculty member at Bradley's Institute of International Studies and popular OLLI instructor

Please click here to register online.


Catch a Performance by the Clonmel Marching Band
Mark your calendar to attend free performances by the award-winning marching band from Peoria's sister city in Ireland, Clonmel!  The Clonmel Marching band will be visiting during the first week of July and will perform at the following Fourth of July events:

Friday, July 3
Glen Oak Park
Prior to the 7:00 p.m. Municipal Peoria Band concert

Saturday, July 4
West Peoria, as part of the 4th of July Parade
Parade begins at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 4
Outside near the Riverplex in downtown Peoria
Evening, before fireworks

For more information, you may contact Leo Jordan at 309-692-2919 or the Friends of Clonmel at

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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