February 2, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

February 2 - 26: Oscar Contest via OLLI newsletter
March 18: Last day to register for Italy trip
April 2, 6pm: Great Gatsby Silver Screen
at Peoria Riverfront Museum; tickets available soon

March 19, 6pm: Bonnie and Clyde Silver Screen at Peoria Riverfront Museum; tickets available soonApril 7 and 21, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

March 23, 12pm: OLLI Spring 2016 Kickoff Luncheon; free with OLLI Classes, $20 for Luncheon onlyApril 8, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

March 29, 7pm: OLLI-sponsored Lecture: Big Data, Geometry, and Algebra
in Westlake 116; free
April 15, 9am: Cinema
 Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Room 203

April 16, 6pm: The Untouchables Silver Screen at Peoria Riverfront Museum; tickets available soon
2nd Annual Oscar Contest Begins Today!

During the month of February, you can participate in our 2nd Annual Oscar Contest, in which you select the nominations you think will be awarded in the following ten different categories:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Documentary Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language Film.

Anyone on the OLLI newsletter email list can play by clicking on the link above to take the online survey any time during the month.  After the trophies are awarded on Oscar night on Sunday, February 28, we will announce the top three OLLI members who guessed most accurately in our newsletter on Tuesday, March 1.  

1st place: Free Dinner & A Movie cinema trip to the Chillicothe Town Theatre, May 9
2nd place: Gift Certificate worth 4 movie tickets at Landmark Cinema
3rd place: 2 DVDs from past Cinema Events: A Separation and Putin's Kiss

To check out the 2015 nominees, click here.  Best of luck!

Tour Italy with OLLI

Registration is open for our trip with Road Scholar to Italy in September 2016!

We will spend 14 days and 13 nights experiencing the beauty of three historic cities of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance acclaim: Rome, Florence and Venice.  Local experts will lead us on a journey as we explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Borghese and Vatican museums, and "David"-- a Renaissance period masterpiece in Florence-- and a gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

For additional information, including trip dates, pricing, and brief trip itinerary, click here.

To reserve a spot and pay the $250 deposit, you can either call 309-677-3900, or stop by the Continuing Education office on the corner of Main and University Streets.
Cure Cabin Fever with a Local Learning Trip!

Looking to get out of the house for a few hours?  Join us on any of these upcoming trips to see behind-the-scenes at a local facility and enjoy a great lunch with your OLLI friends!

Salvation Army (Activity Level 1)
Monday, February 8
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Visit the downtown Peoria divisional headquarters of the Salvation Army and see first-hand the services provided to adults, children, families, and veterans. 

Easter Seals Central Illinois (Activity Level 1)
Wednesday, February 10
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Learn about the life-changing services provided to thousands of children with special needs in Central Illinois.

Renaissance Coliseum with Dave Snell  (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, February 18
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join "Voice of the Braves" Dave Snell in touring the new Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley.

Embassy Suites  Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, February 25
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the hospitality industry at work and learn about the rich history of the Hilton brand.

To register for any winter trips, call Gwen or Bonnie at 309-677-3900.

Join a Spring Study Group: Walt Disney Before & After 1941

Walt Disney Before and After 1941
Mondays, March 7 - April 11
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

This study group will look at ways the animators' strike in 1941 changed pioneering cartoonist Walt Disney's personal and professional perspectives.  From Steamboat Willie and Snow White to Song of the South and The Jungle Book, we'll examine Disney's life and the forces that drove him to near-genius.  

Participants are expected to read Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas, available from local or online retailers and libraries.

$45 - facilitated by Terry Meismer, OLLI study group co-coordinator, and cinema committee member

To register online, please use our new online registration system by clicking here, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Silver Screen Films at the Peoria Riverfront Museum

This spring, OLLI will co-sponsor the Silver Screen film series at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

As a tie-in to upcoming exhibits at the museum about Peoria as the Whiskey City and the Prohibition, the museum will host three film events related to the Prohibition.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Saturday, March 19
6:00 p.m.

Great Gatsby (2013)
Saturday, April 2
6:00 p.m.

The Untouchables (1987)
Saturday, April 16
6:00 p.m.

Tickets will soon be available to purchase at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  For more information, contact Elly at

Hilltop Happenings
Author Sharon Flake to Speak at Bradley

Guest Speaker, Author Sharon Flake
Sponsored by Intellectual and Cultural Activities at Bradley University
Wednesday, February 17
7:30 p.m.
Peplow Pavilion, Alumni Center, Bradley University
Free to Public

Sharon Flake, winner of three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, is known for her ability to communicate that reading matters, all readers matter, and that books are for each and every one of us. According to Scholastic, "Many of Sharon's novels have received ALA Notable and Best Books for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. Her writing has been applauded for its on-point narrative that explores issues affecting teens from all walks of life."

Flake describes her mission: "I write about hope in hard places, about young people who encounter challenges but through perseverance, the help of good friends and the love of family and caring adults, learn just how wonderfully gifted, determined and capable they are."

Beyond the Hilltop
Korea: A Nation Divided

Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents: "Korea: A Nation Divided"
Thursday, February 18
5:30 p.m., optional dinner; $35 for public, $30 for PAWAC members
7:00 p.m., presentation; $15 for public, $10 for PAWAC members
Westlake Hall, room 116, Bradley University

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) presents "Korea: A Nation Divided" with Los Angeles-based photographer Mark Edward Harris.

To better understand North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), one must travel back at least two centuries.  It is in the history of the entire Korean Peninsula, not just the land above the mid-20th-century division, where an integral part of the bigger picture reveals itself.  Mark Edward Harris has traveled to North Korea 10 times and South Korea 8 times to document the divided peninsula.  He will share his photographs and stories from his journeys. 

Reservations for dinner must be made in advance no later than Monday, February 15, via the online forms found on the PAWAC website:  Advance notice for those only attending the presentation is appreciated via

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