OLLI News from Bradley University
January 22, 2019  
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Have You Registered for Spring OLLI Programs?
We've opened registration for the spring OLLI program.  Won't you join us?

Just look at how many options are available:
Classes  44
Study Groups  21
Learning Trips  41
OLLI Originals (New)  3

That's 109 opportunities to join your OLLI peers for lifelong learning events during March, April, and May!  What a great way to spend your spring!

Register online , or call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900 if you have questions about OLLI's spring programs.

Don't Miss a Chance
to See Hamilton

Wednesday, March 27
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
CIBC Theatre, Chicago
Activity Level 2

Put your name (but no money) in the registration lottery to see Hamilton in Chicago when OLLI attends the March 27 matinee performance of this hit musical. 

If selected, you will pay $230 for round-trip charter coach transportation, lunch, dessert, snacks, gratuities, and balcony tickets (great seats, by the way). 

Send your registration form to OLLI by Thursday, January 31. You can also call Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900, or register online.
OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I have a friend who lives about 45 minutes from Peoria.  Can she sign up for OLLI programs, or are they only for people in the Peoria area?

Confused Commuter

Dear Confused Commuter,

OLLI programs are open to everyone, as long as they are 50 years old and have a love of learning!  We have had participants from St. Louis, Chicago, Galesburg, and even Tennessee.  At last count, as many as seven area counties are represented in our participant numbers.  We welcome your friend, and invite you to spread the word to everyone about how wonderful our OLLI really is.

OLLI Insider

OLLI Insider   is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, please email  continue@bradley.edu.

Upcoming OLLI Events

January 2019
Jan. 31, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Study Group Committee MeetingsPeoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Welcomes Students Back to Campus

We are happy to report that the students have returned from their winter break.  We love the energy they bring to campus, so it's great to have them back!

Spring semester classes begin tomorrow, January 23. 
Registration Deadline Approaching for
SAT - ACT Review Classes

Wednesday, January 30, is the deadline to register for the SAT - ACT Review Classes that will be hosted at Bradley University by Continuing Education.  

If you know a high school student  who is preparing to take college admissions tests, be sure to tell him/her about this program that will be offered in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on five consecutive Tuesday evenings February 5 through March 5.  

For more information and to register, visit the  SAT/ACT Review website , or call Debbie in Continuing Education at (309) 677-2820.

Calling All Illinois High School Choral Singers

If you know a high school student who loves to sing, please encourage him or her to apply for Bradley's All-State Choral Camp to be held June 17 - 21.
Designed to help high school students prepare for the Illinois Music Educators All-State Choir audition, this camp will assist participants as they develop their voices while familiarizing them with the selections to be performed with the All-State Choir.  While there is no fee to apply, those who are accepted will pay $250 for this 5-day camp. 
The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.  For more information and to apply, visit bradley.edu/choralcamp, or contact Debbie in Continuing Education at (309) 677-2820.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Irish Band Connla to Perform
at Peoria Public Library

Connla Concert
Tuesday, January 22
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

The Friends of Clonmel and Peoria Public Library will host a free concert featuring Connla "the hottest new group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News)."

Connla is an exciting new band with strong traditional roots but reflecting influences from across the globe.  Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community.  The group is a full mix of musical knowledge, training, and performance experience and is formed from close friends and family who have deep roots in the Northern Ireland music scene.  

The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.  For more information please call the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2143.

What's the Buzz
at Chillicothe Library?

Pollinator Program Series ( 8-sessions)
Session 1.  Pollinators: What They Are -
Why They Matter
Tuesday, January 29
6:00 p.m.

Chillicothe Public Library is introducing an exciting new eight-session program series for 2019, "Pollinators: What's the Buzz?" 

The library is partnering with community members, scientists, museums, and conservation groups to offer an in-depth exploration of topics related to pollinators and their interactions with human civilization. Attendees are also invited to become citizen scientists through hands-on activities such as raising butterflies at home and participating in a photography contest.
The first program will be on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m.  Mike Contratto, a master naturalist and community member who helped coordinate the series, will discuss what pollinators are, their importance to human food production, other ways they improve our lives, and some ways we can protect endangered pollinator species.

Watch for future programs in this series on these dates:
Tuesday, February 26.  Gardening for Pollinators
Thursday, March 21.  What You Plant Matters
Thursday, April 4, The Rusty Patch Bumble Bee
Thursday, May 23.  Photographing Pollinators
Thursday, June 20.  Honeybees
Thursday, July 18.  The Central Illinois Monarch Butterfly Task Force
Thursday, August 29.  Illinois Nature Preserve Commission 

For more information, please visit  chillipld.org,  or call (309) 274-2719.

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