OLLI News from Bradley University

June 14, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

July 6, 10am: Summer Social at Dozer Park - register online
Aug. 17 & 24, 9am: Winter Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
July 7 & 14, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT, 801 W Main St

July 8*, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite(*new date)

July 15, 9am: Cinema Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center 203

July 27, 9am: Fall Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame--Grandkids Welcome 
Join Us for the OLLI Summer Social at Dozer Park!

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon at Dozer Field, home of the Peoria Chiefs and Bradley University's baseball team. Chiefs' President Rocky Vonachen ('81) will welcome us and provide an overview and history of the team.

We've reserved the covered First Base Party Deck, where we'll enjoy a lunch buffet of grilled chicken breast, hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, homemade chips and dip, cookies, soft drinks, lemonade, and a cash bar.

10:00 a.m. Meet at Dozer Park for welcome and buffet lunch
11:00 a.m. Peoria Chiefs vs Kane County Cougars

$46 includes tickets, presentation, buffet lunch, and gratuities.  No transportation -- meet us there! Paid parking available in surface lots near the ball park. Free street parking.

OLLI at Bradley and AARP Co-Hosting Legislative Breakfast

Join OLLI at Bradley University and AARP as they co-host a Legislative Breakfast.  Meet your elected officials and discuss with them the issues Illinoisans 50+ care about.  The event will be moderated by Brad McMillan, J.D., Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service.  

DATE: Thursday, June 30, 2016

TIME: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Westlake Hall, Room 116, Bradley University, 810 N. Tobias Lane, Peoria

COST: FREE!  Breakfast is provided.

PARKING: Free parking in the Main Street parking deck adjacent to Renaissance Coliseum

REGISTER: To register click here or call toll free 1-877-926-8300

Dinner & A Movie: Paramount Theatre in Aurora

If you enjoy touring historical buildings and watching lighthearted musicals, then this trip is for you!  We need a few more registrations to ensure that this trip will happen, so please register as soon as possible if you are interested.

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Monday, August 15
8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

On this day-long trip to Aurora, we will dine at the historic Two Brothers Roundhouse, the oldest roundhouse in North America.  In the mid-1990s, Chicago Bears football star Walter Payton renovated the building, and it is now home to Two Brothers Brewing Company.

After lunch, we will head downtown to tour the Paramount Theatre, opened in 1931 and designed withe precise acoustics and sight lines to ensure there isn't a bad seat in the house.  Following our backstage tour, we will view the 1954 comedic musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which follows the playful story of a backwoodsman who brings his new wife back to his Oregon cabin, where she is surprised to find his six brothers who want to get married, too.  Nominated for Best Picture of 1954, it is known for its outstanding dance sequences.  At the film's conclusion, our discussion will be moderated by Tom Scanlon, Head of Audio for the Broadway Series at the theatre.

$99 - includes tour, film screening, moderated discussion, lunch, gratuities, and round-trip charter coach transportation

Register online by clicking here, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900 to register over the phone.
Study Great Structures This Summer

Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Tuesdays, July 19 - August 30 (skip July 26)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

What makes a structure - a building, bridge, or tower - great?  Its age, size, beauty, or all three?  In this group, participants will study the principles of form, function, and structure - the "why"; and the mathematical and mechanical principles - the "how" - of construction.  After all, the only thing more awe-inspiring than seeing a great structure is understanding the complex and beautiful principles behind its construction.

We'll discuss structures spanning from 27th century BC to 2012 AD, including Egypt's pyramids, the Parthenon, the White House, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Burj Khalifa skyscraper.  Participants will need to access a computer to view the videos (provided on a USB flash drive).  

$45 - facilitated by Bob Yonker, OLLI Treasurer and study group committee member.

To register online, please click here; or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Enjoy a Day Trip to Chicago Nature Museum and 
Lincoln Park Conservatory with Rhona Ferree!

Chicago Nature Center with Rhonda Ferree (Activity Level 3)
Thursday, June 30
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

On this trip, OLLI will head to Chicago with our very own nature expert, Rhonda Ferree, a University of Illinois Extension Educator, horticulture specialist, and frequent OLLI class instructor, who will share her insights and act as our personal guide throughout the day.  

First, we'll visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory, built in the late 1890s and designed to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the park.  After lunch we'll tour the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, opened in 1999 by the historic Chicago Academy of Sciences.  A museum naturalist will guide us through two of the Museum's exhibits, where we will discover the history behind the founding of Chicago's oldest museum and learn about the great scientists and naturalists that paved the way.  We'll also have time to browse many exhibits on our own, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, the internationally renowned signature greenhouse that houses more than 1,000 butterflies. 

$115 - includes museum admissions, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

To register, click here to utilize our online system, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.

Beyond the Hilltop
Overseas Journalism Tales

"The Stories Behind the Images: Overseas Journalism Tales"
Thursday, June 23
7:00 p.m.
Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W Glen Ave, Peoria

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) presents "The Stories Behind the Images: Overseas Journalism Tales" with former public radio producer, Kristin McHugh.  

McHugh, an award-winning journalist, has reported from 5 continents regarding the start reality of life in poverty, conflict areas, and displacement camps.  For over a decade, McHugh, PAWAC's Executive Director since 2015, reported on a wide variety of overseas assignments while working as a senior radio producer and program officer for the Stanley Foundation in Iowa.  Her dispatches included items from Cambodia, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Uganda, and United Arab Emirates between 1999 and 2009.

Those wishing to enjoy a meal prior to the lecture are encouraged to arrive by 5:15 p.m. to place an order from a menu developed specifically for this event.  All meal costs are the responsibility of attendees on the night of the event.  Advance notice of dinner and event attendance strongly encouraged via director@pawac.org to secure seats.  The lecture portion of the event is free.

For more information, visit www.pawac.org 

Smithsonian Exhibition at Peoria Public Library

The Peoria Public Library announces the opening of a new exhibition, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?  Opening on Friday, June 17, the exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse into the complex field of human evolution research.

Based on the popular exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the exhibition explores the process of scientific investigation by communicating not only what we know about human origins, but also how we know it.

The Peoria Public Library was chosen as one of 19 sites nationwide to hos Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?  The exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of History in collaboration with the American LIbrary Association's Public Programs Office.  This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

To view an informational brochure listing upcoming events related to this exhibit, please click here.
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