January 5, 2016

OLLI Winter Class Reminders

Today is the first day of OLLI Winter Classes!  As you bundle up this morning, here are a few reminders about classes this week:

Parking:  On-campus parking will be available all week.  You may park in any of the white- or blue-lined spaces on campus and walk to the Michel Student Center.  Click here to view a campus map. 

Lunch Today:  Today, the Kickoff Buffet lunch will be available in the Ballrooms on the second floor of the Student Center.  

Lunch Wednesday - Friday:  For the remainder of the week, you may purchase lunch from one of the vendors in the Student Center Cafeteria (Chick-fil-a or Greens-to-Go salads/wraps), get lunch off-campus, or bring a lunch from home.  

Breaks:  If you find yourself wanting to stretch your legs during class breaks, ask a staff member at the registration desk about our walking map and yoga breaks!

Dress in Layers:  As always in the Michel Student Center, temperatures between rooms may vary considerably.  Dress in layers for optimum comfort throughout the day!

See you there!
New Online Registration System-- Sneak Peek!

Registration for Spring 2016 programs will begin on Wednesday, January 13th, and there will be changes to the OLLI registration process as a result of new software in the Continuing Education office.

If you plan on registering by mail, in-person at the open house on January 13, or over the phone after 9:00 a.m. on January 14, the process will remain the same.

If you plan on registering online, you will see a brand new online registration site!  

CLICK HERE to view sample images of what you will see on the site, along with step-by-step detailed instructions that can help walk you through the process next week.

If you want to "test drive" the new system during OLLI Winter Classes, stop by the OLLI registration desk for individualized staff assistance.  You can practice registering for a program and even create your account!  

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Space Still Available on Popular Local Trips

J.K. Williams Distilling (Activity Level 2)
Monday, January 18
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
On this day, we'll visit J.K. Williams Distilling, a distillery formed to bring craft whiskey- and bourbon-making back to the Peoria area.  During our tour of the facility in East Peoria, we'll learn how J.K. Williams was a man ahead of his time, stubbornly refusing to sacrifice quality when crafting his bootleg whiskey.  We'll also learn (and taste) how the family recipe is being revived four generations later, using local grain to produce whiskey and bourbon.
$29 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, tasting, and shuttle transportation

Wheel Art Pottery (Activity Level 1)
Monday, February 1
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand, a trip to Wheel Art Pottery is on our February schedule.  We'll meet Jacob Grant, Bradley University alum and owner of two businesses: Wheel Art Pottery Studios, which emphasizes instruction, and Jacob Grand Ceramics, a studio through which he sells his artwork.  Jacob's pottery has been on display at Disney World and The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.  On this trip, we'll get hands-on by doing our own wheel throwing and hand-building.  Be prepared to get messy and have fun!
$37 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, materials and firing fees, and shuttle transportation

Peoria County Coroner's Office (Activity Level 1)
Thursday, February 4
11:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
On this day, we'll meet Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll, an elected official charged with investigating sudden, unusual, and traumatic deaths and assuring those bodies are examined, identified, and if necessary, autopsied.  Our visit is expected to include an observation of a jury inquest, which is held weekly to determine the manner of some deaths in Peoria County.  We may also have an opportunity to see the on-site autopsy room and morgue.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register online for any of our Winter learning trips, please click here.

I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Cinema Conversations: I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Wednesdays, February 3 - 17, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Viewing: February 3, at Peoria Public North Branch
Discussions: February 10 and 17 at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Cost: $29

This heartwarming doc chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969.

For over 4 decades, Caroll's characters have been cherished by generations of children.  At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of slowing down.  I am Big Bird features incredible footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces Caroll's journey from bullied child to celebrated performer.  This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird and as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart. 

The discussion leaders for this event will be Jan Deissler, retired educator and founder of the Child Development Program at Illinois Central College and the Child Care Connection, and Marjorie Getz, Associate Professor at Methodist College and frequent OLLI class instructor and study group facilitator.

To register online for this group, please click here.

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