March 1, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

March 18: Last day to register for Italy trip
April 2, 6pm: 
Great Gatsby
Silver Screen at Peoria Riverfront Museum; click here to purchase tickets!
May 4, 9am: OLLI Summer 2016 Registration Open House in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
March 19
, 6pm: 
Bonnie and Clyde Silver Screen at Peoria Riverfront Museum; click here to purchase tickets!
April 7 and 21, 2pm:  Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 11 and 18, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite (3rd session June 1)
March 23, 12pm: OLLI Spring 2016 Kickoff Luncheon; free with OLLI Classes, $20 for Luncheon only
April 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; 
click here to purchase tickets!

Spring Classes are Almost Here!

Have you registered for OLLI Spring Classes yet?  Classes begin
Wednesday, April 6, and continue for all four Wednesdays in April.

The Spring Kickoff Luncheon, on Wednesday, March 23, is included in your class fee.  

Here are what class members say they like best about classes:

- The variety of topics
- The learning and the interaction with friends
- The quality of instructors
- They're informal, informative, and fun
- Everything runs so smoothly

To register for Spring Classes, click here to utilize our new online registration system, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Spring Learning Trips with Spaces Available

If you're itching with spring fever, join OLLI on a day out on a local learning trip!  

Behind-the-Curtain at Peoria Players (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join OLLI for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the logistics of operating a non-profit theatre, tour the backstage and costume area, and meet director Laura Garfinkel to find out what it's like to prepare for the upcoming show To Kill a Mockingbird.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Simantel (Activity Level 2)
Tuesday, March 8, 8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
On this tour, we'll meet the staff of this local, independent, award-winning marketing firm headquartered in Peoria's Warehouse District and learn about the company's video production and animation tools, research, and marketing automation.  Participants on this tour will also have the opportunity to take part in a small focus group during our time on site!
$25- includes lunch, gratuities, tour, fees, and shuttle transportation

Peoria Riverfront Museum (Activity Level 2) 
Friday, March 18, 9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Step back in time as we visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum for a private tour of the traveling exhibit American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  In addition, we'll have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the Dome Planetarium and Giant Screen Theater, which, at 52-feet high and 70-feet wide, extends beyond your field of vision for a completely lifelike experience.
$35 - includes lunch, gratuities, admission fees, private tour, and shuttle transportation

To register for these or any other spring trips, you may click here to utilize our online registration system, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.
Life Satisfaction Survey

Last spring, one of our OLLI classes involved exploring satisfaction across the lifespan, and as a result, Jonathon Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, worked with OLLI members on a life satisfaction survey to further investigate the topic.

Mr. Rauch's study is in need of more OLLI volunteers to complete his study, so we would like to invite you to participate by clicking on the survey link below.  Your participation is completely voluntary, and all information provided will remain anonymous.  

As a second part of this project, if you are interested in being interviewed about life satisfaction, the final online page of the survey allows you to provide your email address and phone number to be considered for selection for an interview with Mr. Rauch.

To complete the survey, click here.

To read more information about this survey, please click here.
OLLI Reads

Many OLLI participants are using the OLLI Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and read the list yourself.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about the book and a free sample of the book ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle Reader.

Contact Greg Peine at with your suggestions for additions to the OLLI Reads list.

If you need a free Kindle Reader for your PC, the videos at the links below can show you how to download the program.


Oscar Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Oscar Contest!  This year's ceremony was one for the history books.  On Sunday night, the awards were hosted by Chris Rock, who didn't shy away from addressing the controversial lack of any acting nominees of color for the second year in a row, including a few edgy jokes but reminding everyone of the complexity of the issues of inclusion and discrimination.  

Several films were recognized with awards, with the dystopian film Mad Max leading the pack with six.  Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for Best Actor in The Revanant, and the film's director Alejandro Inarrito won the award for Best Director for the second year in a row (last year he won Best Director for Birdman).

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Oscar Contest!

Janet Hermanson
1st prize: Free Dinner & A Movie cinema trip to the Chillicothe Town Theatre, May 9

Mary McCarty
2nd prize: 4 movie ticket vouchers to Landmark Cinemas

Suzanne Deiderich
3rd prize: 2 DVDs from Cinema Events: A Separation and Putin's Kiss

Winners will be contacted via email regarding prize distribution.
Beyond the Hilltop
Film Fest at Peoria Riverfront Museum: LUNAFEST

LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women®
March 4 and 5
7:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St, Peoria
Tickets: $10

LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by the Bradley University Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Peoria Riverfront Museum on March 4 and 5.   

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through six short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. 

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the Center for Prevention of Abuse. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®, raised more than $857,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and more than $2,100,000 for other non-profit organizations. 

Please click here to view an informational flyer for the event.

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