OLLI News from Bradley University
July 31, 2018
Fun to Follow Venue Change

Trivia Night Fundraiser for OLLI
Friday, August 24, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Kickapoo Creek Winery (New Location)

Bring your love beads and lava lamps to OLLI's 4th annual Trivia Night Fundraiser on August 24 at our new location - Kickapoo Creek Winery's ballroom.  O ur theme is "The Sixties - 50 Years Later," so plan to wear some groovy threads.  Or if you prefer, bring funky items to adorn your tables!  Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed team and best decorated table.  

Our evening will feature questions in nine categories, plus you'll have the chance to purchase "brain power" from Bradley students who will assist your table with some wicked good answers.  As always, hosts Dan DiOrio and Greg Batton, from WMBD radio, will emcee an evening that's far out, and we'll make sure you get to enjoy plenty of drinks and munchies.

Be sure to join us, because we're going to have a gas!   Register online, or call Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.  If you don't have a team, don't worry!  We'll place you on one!  

Visit Organization Helping Children and Their Families

The Baby Fold
Monday, August 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Normal, Illinois
Activity Level 2

Join OLLI as we visit the agency that "never gives up on a child," The Baby Fold in Normal. Working with children and youth who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders and their families, the Baby Fold has many services it can wrap around a child and family. We'll visit two facilities, meet members of the leadership team, and learn about the agency's work with foster care, special needs adoption services, special education, and early intervention programs that annually serve over 1,000 clients.

$32 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transporation

Register online, or call Gwen or Bonnie for details at (309) 677-3900.

Call for Parking Coordinators

If you have taken the shuttle from either Shea or Westminster, you have been met there by welcoming volunteers to help you with parking.  

In other words, Parking Coordinators are the first face most OLLI class participants see, and they play a significant role in the success of your classes.

If you would like to join the team of parking coordinators, please let us know.  Tasks are noted below, but we're looking for people who are friendly and outgoing.  If you also like wearing a neon parking vest, all the better!

Parking Coordinator Duties
  • Arrive at Shea Stadium lot or Westminster lot at 7:15 a.m. on class days (and at 10:15 on luncheon day) 
  • Place directional signs
  • Greet arriving OLLI members
  • Direct cars to parking spaces
  • Return to lots, via shuttles, at end of class day (or end of luncheon) to facilitate members' departure
Let us know if this "job" describes you!  Contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900, and we will make sure the OLLI vice president knows you're available to serve as a Parking Coordinator .  
Why Take Classes?   Variety!


Have you ever considered the variety of classes that are offered by OLLI?  Let's find the answer by looking at the topics that will be discussed this fall.

archaeology cancer DNA ● free will  genealogy ●  grandkids happiness health care   history ● investing literature math music ●  opiod epidemic ● photography public transit    religion ●  soil ●  watercolor printing  women 

This list represents only  half of the topics that will be discussed in classes this fall.  If you want to see all the subjects that will be covered, take a look at this list of classes including their full descriptions.
This October, why not capitalize on the breadth of subjects available through OLLI classes?  In just four 1-hour sessions, you can broaden or deepen your knowledge. PLUS you can enjoy the company of people, just like you, who want to keep learning.

Register online for OLLI classes, or contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900 if you have questions.
Continuing Education Building Receives New Signage

CE south
CE north


               South Entrance                                                                 North Entrance                                  
The Continuing Education office recently received new signage on both sides of the building.  Not only are we displaying the new logo of Bradley University, we have also added a light to the "B" shield on the front.  

The Continuing Education building, on the southwest corner of University and Main Streets, is the home of OLLI at Bradley University.    
Upcoming OLLI Events

Aug 15 and Aug 22, 9:00 a.m.,
Curriculum Committee Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Sept 5, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee MeetingPeoria Next Innovation Center
Aug 24, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.,  OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser Kickapoo Creek Winery, 6605 N. Smith Road, Edwards
Sept 5, 1:30 - 3:30  p.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Aug 30, 1:30 p.m., Informational Meeting for Music Cities Trip, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Sept 20, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Sept 26, 12:00 p.m., OLLI Kick-Off LuncheonBradley University Michel Student Center Ballrooms

  Beyond the Hilltop
Quest Seeking Volunteers

for Welcome Event

Quest Welcome Back to School
August 1, 2018
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Quest Middle School OR Quest High School
Free, but advanced reservations requested

Quest Charter Academy will begin the new school year with a welcome back to school that features the "Village of Men."  Over 100 men from the community will line the sidewalks and offer students encouraging words and support.  

OLLI men are invited to join in this effort to show Quest students they are supported - especially by positive male role models in the community.  "We want to show students they are loved, valued, and supported on their 'quest to be the best,'' said Deb Spencer, Chief Development Officer.

Women are welcome too!   For more details, or to make your reservation, email Spencer and tell her the school where you will participate (Quest Middle School or Quest High School).  Email Deb Spencer:   spencer@questpeoria.org
Two Great American Read Programs Returns to Library

Who Am I?  A Discussion of YA Literature
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch
The fast-growing field of Young Adult (YA) literature offers stories that help us make sense of our own lives as we observe the characters on their journeys.  No matter our age, these books provide us with new perspectives.  Dr. Melinda J. McBee Orzulak, associate professor of English at Bradley University who specializes in YA literature and teaching methods, will be our discussion leader as we reflect on the question, "How do our favorite books about self-discovery help us navigate our life's journey?" 

Monsters vs. Villans
Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch
In literature, not all monsters are the bad guys.  Using examples from books on The Great American Read list, Colleen Karn will illustrate how monsters aren't always the villains, and that often human beings are the villains.  Our presenter, Colleen Karn, is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Methodist College.  Her scholarship focuses on the cultural use of monsters.

Programming for The Great American Read  is offered as part of a grant from the  American Library Association and PBS.   For more information, contact the Peoria Public Library
Chicago Shakespeare Comes to Glen Oak Park

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Saturday, August 18, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 p.m.
Glen Oak Park, Peoria

On the occasion of the Illinois Bicentennial, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks comes to Peoria with a 75-minute abridged production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Join in the merriment of Shakespeare's magical comedy as this professional acting group presents four young lovers who set out for the forest where an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing.  When the Fairy Court discovers these mortals in their midst, mischief ensues until dawn.

Admission is free.  For more information, visit chicagoshakes.com/peoria

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