December 8, 2015

Have You Signed Up for OLLI Winter Classes Yet?

OLLI Winter Classes are a unique experience in that they take place over four consecutive days in January: Tuesday - Friday, January 5 - 8, 2016.

This structure allows the classes to really delve into their topics with slightly longer class periods and the ability to build upon the freshly learned lessons throughout the week.  

Not to mention, there is a strengthened sense of camaraderie that comes with staying cozy together in the Student Center all week while the cold weather blows on outside.

If you are thinking about giving it a try, now is a great time to register!  There are plenty
 of spaces left in most classes, but below are a few titles to pique your interest!

Introduction to Investing (class 12)
Drawing Fantasy Creatures (class 17)
Talking to Loved Ones (class 21)
*Clarinets and Brass Instruments (class 24)

*Featured photo, "Clarinet Family Reunion," provided by instructor Steve Heinemann.

To see the complete listing of classes with their times, descriptions, and instructors, click here to view a PDF of Winter Classes.

To register, please click here to utilize our online registration system or call Bonnie at 309-677-2523.
Join a January Study Group 

With the holidays coming up fast, January will be here before you know it!  Sign up for one of these study groups today while there are still spaces left!  For full descriptions of these and other study groups, click here.

It's Gotta Be Rock'n Roll Music If You Wanna Dance with Me
Tuesdays, January 12 - February 16
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center
If you can't read that title without singing it, then this group is for you!  Join DJ and Peoria Journal Star writer John Baker to learn about rock 'n roll music from the 50s and early 60s.

What Makes a Cozy Mystery Cozy?
Thursdays, January 14 - February 18
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
United Presbyterian Church
The style of authors such as Agatha Christie usually have a warmer, friendlier feel than other mystery stories.  Keep warm with facilitator Terry Meismer and enjoy reading some lighthearted mysteries.

TED Talks #4 for Lifelong Learners 
Tuesdays, January 12 - February 9
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Watch and listen to several TED Talks at your leisure, and then enjoy thoughtful discussions on the presented topics with this group, facilitated by Greg Peine.  You can even attend the discussions from home with an iPad and Internet connection!

All study groups cost $45 to enroll.  To register for winter study groups, either call 309-677-3900 or utilize our online registration system by clicking here.

Seeking Travelers for "Look Where I Went"

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

This Fall, OLLI debuted a new Class: "Look Where I Went," during which four different presenters spoke about their experiences in faraway places.

We would love to have four more travelers share their experiences with us in a repeat class next Spring!

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 in Spring of 2016. 

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

Giving Tuesday Results

We would like to extend a warm thanks to everyone who participated in Giving Tuesday at Bradley University.

Last week, 1,692 donors gave a total of $576,460 to their program of choice at Bradley! 

Thank you for being a part of the Bradley family and for your generosity!

For more information about the results of Giving Tuesday, please click here

BeyondBeyond the Hilltop
Come to Peoria Readers Book Club Fair

Peoria Readers Book Fair Club
Saturday, December 12 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch

If you've ever considered joining a book club but weren't sure where to start, the Peoria Public Library is offering a unique opportunity to learn more about various book clubs offered through the library.  At this meet-and-greet event, you can chat with representatives from each book club and learn about their past and future reading lists to see if any of them are right for you.

While you're there, you can participate in a raffle, trivia, and other activities to win prizes!

For more information, call 309-497-2701 or email 

Alzheimer's Association Winter Programs

The Alzheimer's Association Peoria Chapter is hosting free programs this winter to help those with dementia and their caregivers better prepare for the holidays and face new challenges posed by dementia.

Coping with the Holidays
Tuesday, December 15
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. or 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Facing New Challenges
Monday, December 21
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Please click here to view a PDF flyer containing additional details on both programs.

To register or learn more, please call 309-681-1100 or email
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