OLLI News from Bradley University
March 28, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

April May
Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26: OLLI Spring Classes 
May 3, 9am: Summer 2017 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 11, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
May 10, 17, & 31, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Apr. 13 & 27, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Keep Learning - The Fun Way - at OLLI Classes

OLLI Spring Classes are the perfect opportunity to keep learning about topics you love, or to try learning about something completely new!  The relaxed, social atmosphere make OLLI Classes a fun way to go "back to school."

Because "word of mouth" is OLLI's best advertising method, we'd love to see our current members bring friends to one week of classes to introduce them to our learning community.

Remember, "bring a friend" is free - just call the Continuing Education office to let us know who you are bringing.  That way, we can have name tags ready, as well as a list of classes that have space for visitors. 

For $95, you can choose four different classes that will each be held on the following Wednesdays:  April 5, 12, 19, and 26 .  To see a complete list of class offerings,  click here .  

Take a look at this unique class opportunity, for example:
The Fan's Guide to Sports Injuries (class #13)
This course will focus on common sports injuries sustained across the lifespan.  Pertinent anatomy, mechanism of injury, and treatment (surgical and non-surgical) will be discussed in easy to understand terms.  The class instructor is Steve Tippett PT, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science at Bradley University with 34 years of practice as a Sports Clinical Specialist Consultant to the Bradley Sports Medicine Staff.

Register for classes today by calling Bonnie at 309-677-3900!
Learn about Russian Spies in This Study Group

Spies, Subterfuge, and Skulduggery: A Look at Cold War Espionage (Participation-based)
Thursdays, April 20 - May 25
1:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Humana Guidance Center
Minimum 8 participants, register by April 6

Do you recall the old saying "some things never change like death and taxes"?  Based on what's happened between Russia and the United States over the last four years, perhaps it's time to add the Cold War as a third example.  In the early 1990s, political scientists, historians, and journalists informed us that after forty-five years of the nuclear arms race, "limited" hot wars in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, and the growth of intelligence agencies like the CIA and the NSA and the KGB, the Cold War had finally come to an end.  But has it?  In "Spies, Subterfuge, and Skulduggery," we'll explore what happened between the world's two superpowers between 1946 and 1991 and the role that state-sponsored espionage and spies played in the conduct of that conflict.  Sign up now!  Four empty seats remain in this live study group.

$45 - facilitated by Carol May, retired Social Science Professor at Illinois Central College and OLLI cinema committee chair.

Register today by calling Bonnie at 309-677-3900!

This news clip from 2010 describes a modern-day example of spies in the U.S.
This news clip from 2010 describes a modern-day example of spies in the U.S.

See More of Our Community on Local Learning Trips 

Don't miss your chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at these local destinations this spring!

East Bluff Community Center (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, April 27
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Based in the former St. Bernard's Catholic School, the East Bluff Community Center has partnered with 25 not-for-profit organizations in just the last two years to provide direct services to hundreds of East Bluff residents.  We'll take a private tour with Molly Bishop, host of the radio show Tales from the Whiskey City, who will give us an overview of the facility and programs, including the history of the building and neighborhood.  Among the services provided are a food pantry, after-school tutoring, athletic programs, computer skill classes, and more.  We will get the opportunity to visit WAZU 90.7 FM, a community-based radio station on the second floor.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Excel Foundry and Machine (Activity Level 4)
Tuesday, May 23
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
On this day, we'll visit Excel Foundry and Machine, the "replacement parts superstore" to the mineral processing and aggregate industries.  We'll discover how this global, full-line crusher replacement parts company provides nearly any part needed to operate crushing or large-scale open-pit mining equipment.  We will also learn about the warehousing and processing center, foundry addition, and corporate office facility, each consisting of several thousand square feet of space.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register for these or any other trips, call Gwen at 309-677-3900.
View and Discuss Some Like It Hot at Wanee Cinemas

Enjoy a relaxing day in Kewanee with OLLI as we view Some Like It Hot, followed by a discussion and lunch.

Dinner and a Movie at Wanee Cinemas: Some Like It Hot
Monday, May 22
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a day in Kewanee to view a private screening of Some Like It Hot at the recently renovated Wanee Cinemas.  Winner of the 1960 Academy Award for Best Costume Design and nine additional awards, this lighthearted comedy features an all-star cast of Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.  The story follows two Chicago musicians who, after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day massacre, are looking to get out of town and away from mobster Spats Columbo.  They disguise themselves as Josaphine (Curtis) and Daphne (Lemmon) in order to join an all-girl band heading to Florida, and find that hiding their true identities will be more difficult than they imagined when romance and mobsters in Florida interrupt their plan.  

On our visit, we will learn about the history of the Wanee theater, view the film, enjoy a moderated discussion, and dine at Cerno's Bar and Grill for lunch.  Shuttle transportation is available, or you are welcome to drive yourself to meet us in Kewanee.

$55 - includes film screening, moderated discussion, dinner, gratuities, and shuttle transportation if desired.

To register, call Gwen at 309-677-3900.
Hilltop Happenings
Host of "Monster Fish" to Speak at Bradley

"Saving Imperiled Giant Freshwater Fish Around the World"
Presented by Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's "Monster Fish" 
Saturday, April 1
1:00 p.m.
UPDATED LOCATION: Alumni Center, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

The Center for STEM Education at Bradley invites you to a FREE presentation by Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's "Monster Fish" television program.  Hogan leads the National Geographic Society's Megafishes Project, a multi-year effort to document the 20-some species of freshwater fish at least 6.5 feet in length or 220 pounds in weight.  Through the Megafishes Project, Hogan travels to the most endangered of these environments, striving to save critically endangered fish and the livelihood of people who share their habitats.  

Click here to view an informational flyer.  For additional information, contact the Center for STEM Education at  309-677-3001 or  stemed@bradley.edu.

Beyond the Hilltop
Participate in the Senior Spelling Bee

Senior Spelling Bee
Saturday, April 1
10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch

The Association of Illinois Senior Centers and the Illinois Department on Aging invite you to showcase your spelling abilities and lifelong learning while keeping your brain active.  While the Senior Spelling Bee is open to those 50 year and older, everyone is invited to attend the Senior Spelling Bee.  

The first and second place winners will advance to the regional Senior Spelling Bee in June.  Registration is requested for those 50 and up who wish to participate in the bee by calling 497-2200.  Please ask for Katy when registering.  

PAWAC Invites Trivia Night Participants

PAWAC Sixth Annual International Trivia Challenge Fundraiser
Sunday, April 2
2:00 p.m.
Itoo Hall, 4909 Farmington Road, Peoria

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will hold its Sixth Annual International Trivia Challenge on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Itoo Hall.   Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the competition will start promptly at 2:30 p.m.  The trivia contest will also feature silent auction, raffle prizes, a cash bar, and free international hors d'oeuvres.  

The cost is $20 per person, and players are welcome to form teams of eight.  Students are just $10 with a valid student ID.  Proceeds from this fundraising event support the international education programs sponsored by PAWAC.  In particular, this event helps the World Affairs Council send a local team of high school students to compete in the national Academic World Quest (AWQ) competition in Washington, DC.  

Registration materials are available via the Peoria World Affairs Council's website: www.pawac.org

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OLLI Members Invited to Attend April Programs at Chillicothe Public Library

Cooking around the World: South Korea 
Monday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
Expand your horizons - and your palate! Register by  March 27. Visit  cpldcooking.weebly.com for recipes and photos from past programs.  Note: Register by 4/24 for the program on 5/1. For more information call  309-274-2719 or visit  chillipld.org.

Korean Sijo Poetry
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
Explore this ancient, lyric form of poetry, and try your hand at writing your own! Duane Johansen of the U of I Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies will be your guide. Workshop intended for grade 6 through adult. For more information call  309-274-2719 or visit  chillipld.org.

Green Spring Cleaning
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Learn about the many options you have when choosing cleaning products, how to make your own, and how to make better choices when buying from a store. Presented by Jason Haupt with U of I Extension. For more information call  309-274-2719 or visit  chillipld.org.

Prairie & Wetlands
Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.
What is a wetland? How do wetlands and prairies affect the environment? What grants are available to help you establish prairie and wetlands on your property or in your community? Mary Lou Lael will share answers to these questions and discuss her own wetland/prairie project. For more information call  309-274-2719 or visit  chillipld.org.

World Cinema Saturday: Of Gods and Men (Des homme et des dieux) - France
Saturday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.
PG-13, 2h 2min
This movie will be shown in French & Arabic with English subtitles. Popcorn served (you're invited to bring your own bowl to help us reduce waste), and outside food welcome! For more information call  309-274-2719 or visit  chillipld.org.

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