September 1, 2015


Trivia Night Review

Join a Class, Save a Class

New TED Talks Study Group Open

Examine Our Impact on the Environment

Reader's Report

FREE Peoria Symphony Orchestra Concert

Life Satisfaction Survey

Keep Up with OLLI

Trivia Night Review
Thank you to everyone who attended the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, and to those who participated in the Trivia Teasers for the past several weeks!

The event was a huge success, and we are already making plans for another OLLI trivia contest in 2016!

If you would like to provide us with feedback for the event, please click here to take our online survey.

If you would like to see more photos from the evening, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here.
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Join a Class, Save a Class
We have several popular classes this Fall that are filling up, but the following classes are in need of participants!  If any of them strike your interest, please sign up soon!

Peoria Housing Authority: A Brief Introduction
Class 15, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Professionals from PHA will provide a general overview of public housing and Section 8 programs, discuss the modernization and development processes, and describe the PHA social service programs.

Zentangle Advanced
Class 31, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Advance your skills from the introductory class.  Make more complex tangles, deconstruct designs, and develop your own designs.
*Please note this class does not meet on October 7; class meets Wednesdays October 14 - November 4

Playing Recorder
Class 41, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Learn to play folk songs on the recorder.  All levels of musical ability welcome.

Urban Ecology
Class 43, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Learn how to create a balanced and beneficial ecosystem on your property and encourage your community to manage the urban ecosystem in a way that provides the maximum benefit.

An Expectation of Trust - Understanding Elder Abuse
Class 48, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
This class will focus on abuse directed to seniors and adults with disabilities. Through lecture, discussion, and video clips, we will discuss the types of abuse,
identify typical abusers, and learn about the role of Adult Protective Services. We will also investigate the role of the ombudsman in long term care facilities, self-neglect and self-determination, and practice a hands-on Aging Awareness experience.

For a complete listing of Fall Classes, please click here.

To register online, please click here.

For more information, please call Bonnie at 309-677-2523.
New TED Talks Study Group is Open
Due to popular demand for our Fall Study Group, "Ted Talks #3,"  facilitator Greg Peine has opened a second session on the same dates in the afternoon.  

The group begins next Tuesday, so be sure to sign up soon!

TED Talks #3 - Session 2
Tuesdays, September 8 - October 6
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 N Main Street

We watch the talks at our leisure during the week and then come together for a group discussion.  Resource material that includes links to the talks and a discussion question guide are provided for each week.  Below is the resource material for the first of probably 12 Fall talks.

Check them out to see of a TED talk Study Group is right for you.

Links to the talks:

Links to Discussion Guides:

For more information about OLLI Classes, Study Groups, and general OLLI information:

To register online for a Fall Study Group, please click here.
Examine Our Impact on the Environment 
Exploring the Natural World and Our Impact
Mondays, September 28 - October 19
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

More and more clearly we see the results of our use and abuse of natural resources. The ways we understand and respond to our environment, wilderness management, wildlife protection, and ecological restoration determine not only the quality of our own lives, but the condition of the world we leave for our children. 

In this study group, we will base our discussions on the book A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, one of the early leaders of the national wilderness system. Using Leopold's book, available in both paperback and e-book formats from local and online booksellers or local libraries, participants will explore ways we relate to our natural surroundings. Participants may also contact the facilitator, who will have copies available for purchase at cost.

$45 - facilitated by Lee Maki, University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist and OLLI Curriculum Category Coordinator.

To register online for this Study Group, please click here.

For more information, call Bonnie at 309-677-2523.

Reader's Report
One of our wonderful OLLI volunteers, Greg Peine, has been keeping a running list of books that other OLLI members have suggested as being of interest to other members.  

In this new weekly article, we will spotlight one of these book suggestions in hopes that you will discover new, interesting titles.  Here is our very first one!

Marilynne Robinson's Lila, has been nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, which will be announced October 13. There are several great books by Americans listed, but I'm crossing my fingers for Lila. The quiet, intense backstory of a character from Robinson's earlier Gilead and HomeLila tells of a homeless young woman whose ragged unsure goodness catches the heart of a lonely, much older minister. As with all her fiction, Robinson's spare style and tender (but never sentimental)  handling of characters and plot make Lila a book you'll read and reread. Sigh! It's fabulous. Future study group?

-- submission by Jane Hense, OLLI Study Group Committee Chair.

If you have a book to add to the list, send your suggestion via email to Greg Peine at

FREE Peoria Symphony Orchestra Concert
The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will have a FREE concert in the park on Sunday, September 6, at 6:00 p.m.

At Peoria Riverfront Festival Park, enjoy an evening of music and fun listening to the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.  Bring your picnic, blanket, family, and favorite bottle of wine!  Grounds open at 5:00 p.m.

To view an informational flyer for this event, please click here.

To visit the Peoria Symphony Orchestra's website, please click here.

Life Satisfaction Survey
Last spring, one OLLI course was focused on life satisfaction.  The instructor, Marjorie Getz, used an article from the Atlantic as the basis of the course.   She also invited researchers in this area of study to be Skyped into the classroom.  The course was well received by participants.  In follow-up communication after the end of the course, one researcher, Jonathan Rauch, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution expressed an interest in gaining some more information about this topic from other OLLI members. 

Earlier this summer, an email message was sent to OLLI participants to invite them to provide information about this topic and possibly be interviewed by Jonathan Rauch for a book he is preparing on the topic of life satisfaction.  Response rates have been good, and we would like to invite more OLLI Program participants to be involved with this project. 

This is an anonymous, voluntary project.  Any reporting of responses to Mr. Rauch and used in his book will be done in the aggregate.  If you are interested, you can be connected with a survey form by clicking on the link below.

Thanks for your input!

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