OLLI News from Bradley University
May 23, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

May June July
May 31, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting  in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

July 10, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

July 13 & 27, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

July 26, 9am: Fall 2017 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Visit Historical Homes in the Quad Cities

Take this regional trip to the Quad Cities with OLLI to visit two historic homes in addition to learning about the John Deere Classic golf tournament, named Tournament of the Year in 2017 by the PGA Tour.

John Deere: From Golf Classic to Historical Homes  (Activity Level 3)
Thursday, June 29
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
On this Deere-inspired trip, not only will we visit the TPC Deere Run golf course to learn about the logistics involved in hosting one of the most successful golf tournaments, but we will also visit the beautiful historic sites at the Butterworth Center and the Deere-Wiman House.

We'll enjoy lunch at the TPC Deere Run Clubhouse, which features spectacular views of the 18th hole and the picturesque Rock River.  Then we will tour  the historic Butterworth Center and Deere-Winman House, where we will learn about their unique features including pipe organs, libraries, Victorian architecture, acres of formal gardens, and much more!

$89 - includes tour, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation.

Don't miss your chance to sign up for this unique trip!  Call us today at 309-677-3900 to register!

Join us for OLLI Curriculum Committee

All are invited to attend!  On Wednesday, May 31, the OLLI Curriculum Committee will finalize classes for our Fall 2017 term.

We will meet in the Executive Suite  on Wednesday, May 31, at 9:00 a.m.  We hope to see you there!

Grandma Jo's Adventure: Travel Blog by an OLLI Member

OLLI Past President Joanne Haupt keeps a travel blog, a great way to document and share her adventures!

This spring, Joanne took a 4-month-long cruise around the world, and visited Spain, Greece, Panama, Guatemala, Japan, China, Jordan, India, Hawaii, and much more!  She included beautiful photos from her whole adventure, along with faithful descriptions that give the reader a sense of what it was really like. 

Welcome home, Joanne, and thank you for sharing your experiences with us!  Visit Grandma Jo's Adventure blog by clicking here.

Sign Up for These Summer Trips!

It's not too late to register for these fascinating local learning trips this summer!  Call our office at 309-677-3900 today to reserve your spot.

Art at the Bodega (Activity Level 1)
Friday, June 2
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
On this trip to Art at the Bodega in Washington, we will meet its owner, Trish Yocum, and learn how she became inspired to open a painting workshop studio where artists of all skill levels can enjoy guided painting in a casual atmosphere.  We'll have an opportunity to tour the facility and learn first-hand how this unique business operates.  We will even try our hand at painting in our very own artist-led class.  Dress for mess, and bring your inner Picasso!

$44 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, painting supplies and fees, presentation, and shuttle transportation

Snyder Village (Activity Level 1)
Tuesday, June 6
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
On our visit to Snyder Village, we will get a behind-the-scenes look at this "life plan community" in Metamora that offers a continuum of care ranging from independent living to skilled nursing care.  The 40+ acre campus includes retirement cottages and apartments, assisted living memory care, home care, a health center, a multi-use banquet facility, and more.  We will learn about the broad spectrum of care and services offered by well-trained staff at this peaceful retreat in Metamora.

$28 - includes lunch, gratuities. tour, and shuttle transportation

East Peoria City Hall (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, June 15
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
East Peoria's new City Hall officially opened in November 2015.  The $2 million building, located in the Levee District, was constructed at no cost to taxpayers and shares its space with the new Fondulac District Library.  We'll meet with mayor Dave Mingus and City Administrator Jeffrey Elder for a private tour of the facility, including the city council chambers and civic plaza, and learn more about the functions from the various department directors located within the East Peoria City Hall.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation
Meet Your Elected Officials at Legislative Breakfast

AARP Illinois Legislative Breakfast
Wednesday, June 21
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. , doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Westlake Hall, Room 116, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

Meet your elected officials and discuss with them the issues Illinoisians 50-plus care about.  The event will be moderated by Brad McMillan, J.D., executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, and is co-sponsored by OLLI.

Breakfast will be provided.  Free parking is available in the Main Street parking deck adjacent to the Renaissance Coliseum.

To RSVP call 1-877-926-8300.

Calling All Coffee Lovers!

Mmm, coffee... we know it helps us get started in the morning and has long been enjoyed in social settings, but there is so much more to learn!  Join this study group to expand your knowledge of this beloved beverage.  Call our office at 309-677-3900 to register!

Coffee's History, Hard Business, and Health
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, and July 11
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
This study group will explore the history of coffee, the business of coffee (including farming, coffee grading, roasting, different brewing methods, and coffee training), the medical attributes of coffee, and how coffee has facilitated human socialization.  The last session will include a tasting and discussion.  Participants need to bring opinions on such topics as single origins versus blends, favorite types of coffee, coffee recipes, coffee makers, and more.

$45 - facilitated by Bob Yonker, OLLI Treasurer and frequent study group facilitator.

Recyclable Items Needed for World of Wonder

** Thank you to everyone who has brought in donations!  We will update this list each week with any items we are still seeking.  We greatly appreciate your overwhelming assistance in collecting supplies!** 

World of Wonder, a summer camp for gifted and talented students run by Continuing Education, needs your recyclable items!  Our teachers are coming up with creative activities to challenge students' higher order thinking processes, and below is a list of recyclable supplies they would love to have.  

- Kleenex boxes
- cereal boxes
- rinsed soup cans 
- take-out pizza boxes (a little grease is okay)

(We have all we need of the following items: newspaper, grocery bags, empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes, water bottles, egg cartons, shoe boxes, soda cans. Thank you to all who donated!)

If you are able to collect any of the above items, we will take them!  You may bring them to the Continuing Education building (corner of Main and University streets) any time between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder 2017!

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Beyond the Hilltop
Attend Free Programs at Chillicothe Library

Green Chillis | Fri., Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  & Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 9:30 am
Join the hottest garden club in town! You'll get your hands dirty exploring the exciting world of the garden. Other times are also available to volunteer in the garden. Please call Catherine at 309-274-2719 if interested.
Cooking around the World: Morocco | Mon., Jun 5 @ 6 pm
Expand your horizons - and your palate! Register by May 30. Visit our website for recipes and photos from past programs.  Note: Register by 6/26 for the program on 7/10.
Tech Tuesdays: Animating in Blender
Blender is a free computer generated  modeling program that can be used to create fully-rendered animations. Over the course of two sessions, we'll teach you to animate and render your very own short video! Program is geared toward those with moderate computer skills. Please register by calling 274-2719. Only 8 spots available!
Jun 6 @ 6 pm-Session 1:  Learn the basics of Blender to customize and bring your own animation file to life. 
Jun 13 @ 6 pm-Session 2:  Put the skills you learned during Session 1 to use by completing your animated short (approx. 20-30 seconds). We'll post the finished product on our website & social media!
Book Signing: John Spencer | Sat., Jun 10 @ 10 am - noon
Author John Spencer of Springfield will sign copies of his "Surge" series of historical novels, set in Illinois just before the Civil War.  Books available for purchase at signing.

Flying Drones for Fun & Profit | Mon., Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm
Commercially licensed drone pilot Dean Poignant will share how to get started with flying drones. Learn about selecting a drone, federal and local regulations, safety while flying, and what unlicensed, recreational drone pilots may legally do. Q & A session and a flying demonstration (weather-permitting) to follow.
Scams & ID Theft | Tue., Jun 20 @ 1:30 & 6:30 pm
Learn how to recognize and avoid a variety of scams and prevent identity theft in this free program by Chillicothe's own Chief of Police, Scott Mettille. The program is offered twice to fit your schedule.
Books+Tea @ the Library | Mon., Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm
Join our book club for adults as we discuss  H Is for Hawk , by Helen McDonald, and enjoy tea and refreshments. Copies of the book are available to check out at the front desk.
Bullet Journaling | Thur., Jun 29 @ 6 pm
Learn to create your very own bullet journal to organize your tasks, track your goals, and change your life! We'll provide all the materials you need to get inspired. Ages 15 and up.

World Cinema Saturday: Bollywood & Henna |  Sat., Jun 24 @ 1 pm
Enjoy a Bollywood movie while getting a henna tattoo and munching on themed snacks. Free! Ages 13 & up. Permission form required for henna for those under 18 (available at the library or download at chillipld.org).

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