OLLI News from Bradley University
June 3, 2019  

Space Still Available for Summer Programs
OLLI's summer season started yesterday, but there are still seats available in some informative and fun learning trips and study groups.  

To register for either of these programs, please use our convenient online system or phone Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  

Hallowed Hops Farm
Tuesday, July 23, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
OLLI members Larry and Julie Kotewa will be our hosts on our tour of Hallowed Hops, part of their family farm. Their son Eric will be our tour guide for the hop yard, 10 acres of 20-foot-tall plants with hop cones. We'll have the opportunity to touch the plants, pick and smell the cones, and discover how the cones are used in the beer brewing process. We'll also learn about the cultivation practice, equipment used, and why hops are still somewhat a novelty crop in Illinois.

Post-Processing Your Photos 
Mondays, August 5 - 26,  1:15 - 3:30 p.m. 
Peoria Next Innovation Center 
Post-processing is a technique used to transform your digital photos from what was captured in a camera either to be closer to what your eyes actually saw or to alter the image artistically. In this study group, facilitated by Coke Mattingly, you'll learn about a variety of post-processing techniques, ranging from simple photo enhancements to major photo alterations. Our discussions and tips will help you give a personalized, unique look to your photography. Most of the discussions will involve Photoshop, an image-editing software. It is recommended, but not required, that participants have a laptop with the software.  


Seats Filling Quickly for Legislative Breakfast

2019 Legislative Breakfast 
Tuesday, July 30
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Doors open 7:30 a.m.)
Bradley University, Westlake Hall 116
810 North Tobias Lane, Peoria

Be sure to register soon for the third annual AARP-OLLI Legislative Breakfast, during which participants can meet elected officials and discuss issues.

Brad McMillan, Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley, will moderate the event.  As of press time, the following elected officials have been confirmed:  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Illinois State Senator David Koehler, and Illinois State Senator Chuck Weaver.

The event is free and includes a hot buffet breakfast.  Parking is available on Bradley's campus and in the parking deck adjacent to the Renaissance Coliseum.

Advanced registration is required.  To RSVP, call 1-877-926-8300 or register online

OLLI Insider:
Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I've heard that attending the in-person social is the best way to register for OLLI programs.  When is the next social?

Personable Pete

Dea r Personable Pete,

We are so glad you are interested in OLLI and are already thinking of our Fall programs!  Our Fall 2019 Registration Social will be held on Wednesday, July 24 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Michel Student Center ballrooms.  Parking is free and open on campus, and the doors to the building open at 7:30 a.m.  We will open the ballroom doors at 8:00 a.m. to start our event.

Many people like to arrive early, so please note that there will be a line outside the ballroom between 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  We offer the social as the first option for registration because one of the most critical aspects of our program is to maintain a sense of community as our membership grows.

We hope to see you on July 24, and remember - only two registration forms per person are accepted at the social.  You may also mail in your registration form at any time; staff processes those after the in-person forms are completed.  Online and telephone registration begins on July 25, so you have many options to register!

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volUpcoming OLLI Volunteer Opportunities

OLLI members often comment on the welcoming environment and friendly atmosphere they encounter at our classes, study groups, learning trips, and original events. Our members and volunteers are the creative lifeblood in every aspect of our program - in fact, more than 400 volunteers each year collaborate to create these fantastic offerings.

Consider attending these upcoming committees to share some new ideas for trips and study groups for our Winter 2020 season!

July 9, 9:00 a.m., Learning Trip Committee Peoria Next Innovation Center
July 11, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee, Peoria Next Innovation Center
July 19, 9:00 a.m.,  Study Group Committee, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Construction Update:  Bradley's Business and Engineering Convergence Center  

Warmer weather has finally arrived on The Hilltop, and our construction crews are taking advantage of the change.  New highly visible activities include the installation of glass walls and limestone veneer on the outside of the building, as well as the installation of sidewalks on the east side of the building.  With each day, the building is closer and closer to being fully enclosed.

Although the previously mentioned accomplishments are highly visible, a massive amount of work is going on inside the building, too.  Interior activities include the installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, office carpet, office furniture, elevators, and stairwells, to name a few.

During the next 30 days, we'll see the exterior of the building continue to progress towards completion.  Interior activities will include mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation, interior painting, flooring, door installations, and much, much more.

  Beyond the Hilltop
PRM Seeks Volunteer Docents for The Art of the Brick

The Peoria Riverfront Museum (PRM) has an excellent volunteer opportunity for OLLI members!  

The PRM is currently training new docents for the The Art of the Brick exhibit.  Volunteer docents will be scheduled for an upcoming training session, during which they'll learn about the exhibit, including the artist, the work itself, and some behind-the-scenes information.  

Docents typically volunteer for 2 or 3 hour shifts (usually on the weekends) and share what they have learned with PRM visitors.  The perfect docent has a love for learning and sharing what they have learned with others.    

Docents are needed through September 2.  For more information, please contact volunteer coordinator Shelley Fritz at sfritz@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org .  


Peoria Public Library to Host
Trauma Recovery Discussion 

Peoria Speaks
Thursday, June 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

We cannot change the past, but we can help you to a better future.  

That will be the message during this month's Peoria Speaks discussion program, during which Tahari Allen will provide information about the OSF Strive Trauma Recovery program, which provides counseling and other services to guide you through the healing process after a traumatic event. 

Peoria Speaks is a monthly community discussion program which focuses on topics of interest to Peorians.  Funding is provided by Illinois Humanities through their Illinois Speaks program, which is aimed at strengthening the democratic process through community dialogues across the state of Illinois. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

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