OLLI News from Bradley University
June 19, 2018
Study Group to Focus on Merton's  Contemplative Prayer 

Sense of the Sacred, Part II
Tuesdays, July 10 - July 31, 2018
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

This study group is a continuation of the session we began during OLLI winter in which we began our study of Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and his commentary on silence and interior prayer.  We will focus on the final four chapters of Merton's book, Contemplative Prayer, available from local or online retailers and libraries. Participants who did not take Part I of this group are gladly welcomed and may be asked to do some individual background reading. 
$45 - facilitated by Rev. Dr. Arvil Bass, ordained minister.

Registration Open for OLLI/AARP Legislative Breakfast 

OLLI/AARP Legislative Breakfast
Thursday, July 12
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Bradley University
Westlake Hall, Room 116

OLLI members are invited to meet their elected officials and discuss issues they care about at an upcoming legislative breakfast.

The OLLI/AARP Legislative Breakfast, featuring local legislators and politicians, will be moderated by BradMcMillan, J.D., executive director of
the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University.

Free parking will be available in the Main Street parking deck adjacent to the Renaissance Coliseum.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast.

There is no fee to attend, but advance registration is required.  You can register online with the following link, or by calling AARP at the number below.

RSVP registration hotline:  (877) 926-8300
Friendly Reminder...

Sandals are not appropriate attire for OLLI trips.   

We care about your safety, and we respect the rules of the organizations that serve as our gracious hosts.  So PLEASE, wear closed-toed shoes when you travel with OLLI!  

Hilltop Happenings
Stolz examines Lydia sculpture

Iconic Sculpture Damaged in Accident

The statue of Bradley University founder, Lydia Moss Bradley, was toppled over during a recent accident in which a car collided with the sculpture.  Fortunately, the driver was uninjured, and the statue sustained minimal damage, as determined by Bradley sculpture professor, Fisher Stolz.

Repairs are underway, and Mrs. Bradley is expected to make a "full recovery."  The bronze sculpture will likely return to its place on Founder's Circle within a month. 

Continuing Education Hosting Several Summer Programs 

Summers are always busy in Continuing Education.  Here's what's coming up.

World of Wonder (WOW), a program for gifted and talented 1st - 8th grade students, will provide classes to over 130 participants learning about language arts, social sciences, literature, STEM, and art.  WOW kids will be on campus for two separate one-week camps June 18 - 22 and July 30 - August 30.  The program is sponsored by Continuing Education and the College of Education and Health Sciences. 

The Summer Reading and Writing Program begins its 15th year offering classes for students from age 4 through 11th grade who want to improve their reading and writing skills.  This weekends-only program is a collaboration between Continuing Education and the Institute of Reading Development and will meet during June and July.

High school students from all over the country will attend the  Summer Forensics Institute (SFI) July 8 - 21.  This 2-week residential program will pair participants with members of Bradley's championship speech team and coaches who will provide students  with customized  one-on-one guidance to develop a competition-ready speech.  Co-sponsored with the Department of Communication, SFI will host over 75 campers at Bradley this summer. 

And let's not forget that OLLI is already in full swing.  Twelve study groups and 23 trips are meeting during June, July, and August, and the 4th Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser convenes Friday, August 24 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on campus.    Register online for Trivia Night, or call Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900 to make your reservation.  It's a 60s themed event, so don't forget your go-go boots and bell bottoms!     
Beyond the Hilltop
Get Your Sports Memorabilia Appraised

Sports Memorabilia Appraisals
Saturday, June 23, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Peoria Public Library - North Branch

Peoria Public Library will offer another opportunity for free sports memorabilia
appraisals by Michael Osacky, the "Dean of Cracker Jack Baseball Cards." Osacky has been hugely popular on previous visits to Peoria Public Library, and will conduct 5-minute appraisals of memorabilia from any sport including cards from 1875-1975, pre-1970 non-
sports cards, vintage pins or programs, and more. 

Reservations for appraisals can be made by calling (309) 497-2150, or by emailing
programmingdept@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us  For more information about the items you can have appraised, g o to  baseballintheattic.com

Come to watch, or come for an appraisal.   The event is free and open to the public.
Midwest Balloon Rides
Are You a Ballooning Fan?

Hot Air Balloons
Tuesday, June 26 (rain date, June 27)
6:30 p.m. 
Chillicothe Public Library

Get the inside scoop about hot air balloons! Jim House of Midwest Balloon Rides will share the history of ballooning, balloon manufacturing, fascinating facts, and stunning photos. Weather and wind permitting, we'll get to see the basket and flames, and maybe even observe the inflation of the enormous balloon itself! Please register by June 25 by calling the library at (309) 274-2719.

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