March 8, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

March 18: Last day to register for Italy trip
April 2, 6pm: 
Great Gatsby
Silver Screen 
at Peoria Riverfront Museum; 
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!

Featured Spring Classes

Classes begin
Wednesday, April 6, and continue for all four Wednesdays in April.  There are still plenty of spaces available in several classes.  Here are some featured available classes!

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.   Introductory to Meditation for Spiritual Awareness (Class 1-3) 
Learn how to reduce stress and receive other benefits through meditation!

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Coming to Peoria: The New #1 Destination for Softball and Baseball (Class 2-21) 
Learn about the new Louisville Slugger Complex and the implications for Peoria as its hosting city.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   Chiropractic Care Can Change Your World (Class 3-35) 
Examine alternative health care options for chronic health problems.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Daniel (1-6) (Class 4-56) 
Ask questions and answer them with direct text from the first six chapters of the book of Daniel.

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

To register for Spring Classes, click here to utilize our new online registration system, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Bradley Students Deliver OLLI Tribute Speeches

Earlier this month, OLLI members and Bradley University undergraduate honor students collaborated on a unique project:  tribute speeches as part of the curriculum in Laura Bruns' Communication 103 course.

The OLLI volunteers completed personal inventories, which were used to match them with students.  The students were responsible for contacting their OLLI counterparts, conducting interviews, and writing a speech about their lives, loves, careers, and hobbies.  In return, the OLLI members were invited to attend class and listen to the speeches.

Last week, Cornell Carr and Ralph Dalton attended visited Bradley's Global Communication Center to hear speeches by Hannah Snidman and Bonnie Vigland.

Ralph and Cornell "in class."
Snidman presented her speech as Cornell's "life story."  In her talk, she mentioned his
 two-year, cross-country hitchhiking trip, his brief stint as a member of the University of Illinois men's basketball team, and his love of traveling with his wife Louise.  "Cornell
 will tell you that he has never been happier in his life than he is now," Hannah said.  "He says that life is too short, so always remember to stop and play!"

Ralph's undergraduate student presented her speech as a faux Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) "exceptional retiree award" announcement.  Bonnie reviewed Ralph's 37-year career at IDOT, his 57-year marriage to wife Joyce, whom he met as a 20-year-old at a drive-in restaurant in Peoria, and his love of OLLI.  "Ralph has even limited his travel to Florida so he can dedicate more time to OLLI," she noted.

OLLI thanks Laura Bruns and her entire COM 103 honors class for their wonderful collaborative efforts, and we look forward to being part of the class next year!

Try New "Scribe to Screen," Featuring Atonement

This spring, a brand new Cinema program called Scribe to Screen will feature a bookand its adapted film and give participants an opportunity to compare and contrast each format, examine the process of adapting a book to film, and discuss which version was more effective.

In this debut session, Jane Hense will lead the group through a discussion of the book Atonement, a story of pre-WWII lovers who end up separated by a horrible misunderstanding, after viewing its 2007 film counterpart.

To register online for this group, please click here.  For more information or to register over the phone, call Gwen at 309-677-3900.

Downton Abbey is Coming to Washington!

Do you love Downton Abbey and want to discuss its themes, historical time period, the plot lines, and characters?  Do you live in Washington and want to take a study group you don't have to drive very far to attend?  Then, do we have the group for you!

The series may be at an end, but join you can still join facilitators Carol May and Terry Meismer, along with other Downton fans, in this group dedicated to the PBS' Masterpiece Classic Theater series that has been capturing hearts for the past six years. 

To register online, please click here, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.

Silver Screen Saturdays - Tickets Available Now!

OLLI is sponsoring the Silver Screen Saturdays film series at the Peoria Riverfront Museum this spring, and tickets are now available for purchase online or at the Museum.  Click here to visit the website and make online purchases.

Check out one of these Prohibition-themed films, which tie-in with the Museum's exhibit on the Prohibition era:

Bonnie and Clyde, March 19, 6:00 p.m.

The Great Gatsby (3D), April 2, 6:00 p.m.

The Untouchables, April 16, 6:00 p.m.
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.


Beyond the Hilltop
International Trivia Challenge with PAWAC

International Trivia Challenge!
Sunday, April 3 
2:00 pm
Itoo Hall, 4909 W. Farmington Road
$20 per person, includes free international hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Peoria Area World Affairs Council will hold its Fifth Annual International Trivia Challenge on Sunday, April 3rd at Itoo Hall, 4909 Farmington Road, in Peoria.  Doors open at 2:00 pm and the competition will start promptly at 2:30 pm.  The event also features a silent auction and raffle prizes.  Among the many items on the silent auction are artwork by Suzette Boulais, a Downton Abbey table runner, a gift basket from Kickapoo Creek Winery, and a private seminar with OLLI lecturer Angela Weck, including Russian tea and apple baba!
Players are welcome to form teams of eight, or to register individually.  Students are just $10 with a valid student ID.  Although walk-ins are welcome, participants who pre-register will receive two free raffle tickets with each pre-paid registration.  Proceeds from this fundraising event send the team of high school students from Central Illinois to compete in the national Academic World Quest (AWQ) competition in Washington, DC.  Those students will offer their services to your team for the day!
For more information and to register, visit or call Kristin at (309) 677-2454.

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