OLLI News from Bradley University
February 19, 2019  
Vicksburg Trip Meeting Coming In March

Vicksburg Trip Informational Meeting
Thursday, March 7
9:00 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main 

From September 9 - 17, 2019, OLLI will travel via charter coach to Vicksburg to visit the major battlefields of the Vicksburg Campaign, including related historic sites in the South.  Our personal docent will be Bernie Drake, an OLLI past president, frequent instructor and facilitator, and former president of the Peoria Historical Society.

The informational meeting on March 7 will discuss the trip itinerary, pricing, and registration information.  

For more information, call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  

Meet Your New
Membership Development Chair

Diane Rock is the new chair of the newly-created membership development committee.  She is responsible for the recruitment, orientation, and retention of OLLI Members and is also a member of the OLLI Executive Committee.

"I wish others knew how much fun they could have if they participated in OLLI," says Rock.  Learn more about Diane's thoughts on what led her to become a lifelong learner with OLLI at Bradley.

Help Us Celebrate Our 25th -  Share a Memory

Beginning this fall, OLLI will start celebrating its 25th anniversary as a lifelong learning community at Bradley University.  We'd like your help recounting our past. 

We invite you to share some of  your memories of OLLI and its predecessor, the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), so that we can compile memories that will help us commemorate our silver anniversary.  

You can even use a convenient online link to share your memories:   Your OLLI Memories.  

If you prefer to email your memories, please send them to continue@bradley.edu.

Tell us something about your experiences; share a funny or heartfelt story; let us know what OLLI has meant to you - or comment about the memory you most value. 

Hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane!

Oscars, Trivia Share Common Theme

A Night at the Movies
OLLI's Fifth Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser
Friday, August 23
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bradley University

The February 24 Oscars and the August 23 OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser have one thing in common - MOVIES!

Save the date, and polish your movie knowledge for "A Night at the Movies" when OLLI hosts an evening of fun and movie minutiae in August.  Watch for more details in upcoming newsletters.

In the meantime, here's a warm-up question: For the 2019 Oscars, which film is one of the nominations for Best Picture? 

OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I've been wait listed for a local trip and don't understand why you can't take more people on each learning trip.

Traveling Tom

Dear Traveling Tom, 

We really appreciate this question, because it's one that gets asked quite a bit.  

We are always very mindful of our host sites  - and area restaurants - and how many people they can accommodate at one time.  Keeping our group at 28 + 2 staff members helps to ensure everyone gets a wonderful learning experience.  Some of our host sites ask us to limit our numbers to less than 28, which is why we now include the number of available seats for each trip in our brochure descriptions.

We have made a deliberate attempt to offer at least one trip each season that can accommodate more than 28 people.  For instance, on the trip to the 182nd Airlift Wing this spring, we can take almost 100 people for two reasons:  first, the air base has room and staff to allow this many OLLI members, and second, the lunch is catered on site, so we don't have to find a restaurant that can seat that many folks!

Finally, we do also make every effort to repeat popular trips with long wait lists.  Again, the time frame of the repeat trip is always up to our host sites.  We always encourage members who don't get on a trip to sign up for the wait list.  Even if you're number ten on the list, you may be called, since we often go through wait lists names quickly when someone cancels a trip.

Finally, our wait lists also help us determine the overall interest level of a trip - and when we should try to repeat it.  

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

March 2019
April 2019

April 3, 10, 17, 24, OLLI Classes, Bradley University Michel Student Center
March 7, 9:00 a.m., Informational Meeting for Vicksburg Learning Trip , Peoria Next Innovation Center
April 4, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
March 13, Noon, Spring Kick-Off Luncheon Bradley University Michel Student Center
April 9, 12:30 p.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

April 18, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Symphonic Winds to Pay Tribute to Sousa

Symphonic Winds: Tribute to John Philip Sousa
Sunday, February 24
3:00 p.m.

The Bradley University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. David Vroman, will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park concert. The concert will be presented in the same style that John Philip Sousa used to entertain large audiences and which made him a household name throughout the U.S. 

Admission is $15. Tickets are available at the Bradley University Hartmann Center or by calling (309) 677-2650. 
Jazz Festival Returns to the Hilltop

15th Annual Bradley University Jazz Festival
Tuesday, February 26
Various times

Fifteen visiting high school bands will perform throughout the day, starting at 8 a.m. These performances are open to the public. 
The evening concert will feature the Bradley Groove Project and Jazz Ensemble with Wayne Bergeron at 7:30 p.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballroom. Tickets for the evening concert are $15, and student tickets are $10. 

For more information, call the Bradley Cultural Events Box Office at (309) 677-2650.

Love Bradley Campaign Reaches Week Four

It's the final week of the Love Bradley campaign, an initiative to spread kindness on the Hilltop.  

Here are this week's suggestions for "spreading the love:"  
Compliment the first three people you see each day
Leave an encouraging note for someone
Practice self-kindness by doing something you love
Share a note on social media about why you love Bradley University
In 2019, make a commitment to do one act of kindness a day 

Students, faculty, staff, and OLLI members are encouraged to complete any of these acts of kindness (or to create your own!) and share your experience on social media.  Use the hashtag #LoveBradley, and tag Bradley University in your post for a chance to win one of the weekly prizes!    Email Liz Gunty if you have any questions.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Duo-Pianists to Perform at Westminster

Music for Two Pianos
Friday, February 22
7:30 p.m. 
Westminster Presbyterian Church1420 W. Moss Avenue

Artists Chee Hyeon Choi and John Orfe will present a program of music for two pianos. This offering features some of the finest music written in the last hundred years for duo pianos including pieces by Scott, Medtner, Bernstein, and Rachmaninoff. 

The program will be followed by a Meet-and-Greet the Artists hour with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments in the church parlor.  

The program is free.  For more information, call Westminster at (309) 673-8501.

Peoria Public Library to Host Several Speakers in February

Becoming a State the Illinois Way: Creative Accounting and Humble Beginnings
Saturday, February 23
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Award-winning Springfield writer and author Tara McClellan McAndrew will discuss how Illinois Territory leaders fudged figures and maneuvered to make our land a state.  She will also describe some of the challenges we faced as a new state.

Kickoff Event for 2019 Peoria Reads
Sunday, February 24
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Illinois songwriter and folklorist Chris Vallillo has created a musical program that reflects the touching themes and life changes represented in the newest Peoria Reads selection, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast.  Like the book, itself, Vallillo approaches this delicate subject lightly, featuring a combination of songs designed to stir the memory and swell the heart.

Peoria Speaks: Alzheimer's and Dementia Care and Education
Tuesday, February 26
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch

In this edition of Peoria Speaks, Daryl Carlson of the Alzheimer's Association will provide background information about this issue and his organization's initiatives, and then the floor will be opened up for questions and discussion.  Peoria Speaks is a monthly community discussion program which focuses on topics of interest to Peorians. Funding for Peoria Speaks is provided by Illinois Humanities.

For more information about any of these free programs, call the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186

Pollinators Program Continues at Library 

Gardening for Pollinators

Tuesday, February 26
6:00 p.m.

Mike Contratto, master naturalist and experienced gardener, will share tips anyone can use to make their yards and gardens more inviting and attractive to pollinators.  This can lead to a win-win situation that results in more colorful and fruitful gardens.  Contratto's own landscape is full of pollinator-friendly plants which bring many birds and insects to his yard, so his recommendations are tested!

For more information,  call the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719.

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