OLLI News from Bradley University
Info Meeting for National Parks Trip  Coming Next Week

Informational Meeting for Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks Learning Trip  
Tuesday, November 27
9:30 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center,
801 W. Main St

You're invited to a special informational meeting about OLLI's July 10 - 17, 2019 trip to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks.  Find out more about trip highlights, pricing, the itinerary, and other details that will inspire you to sign up!   

If you can't attend, call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900 for registration information which will be available November 27.

In this Winter Study Group,
Take Your Photos, Videos
to the Next Level

Making a Video - The Cheap and Easy Way
to Remember Vacations and More
Tuesdays, January 15 - February 19
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Goodwill Commons, 2319 E. War Memorial Drive

You know him as the veteran news anchor, but in this study group, he will be your OLLI facilitator - Tom McIntyre.  After 48 years in the business, Tom knows how to shoot and edit images for broadcast television.  But don't let that expertise scare you.  Tom has the eye - and the techniques - to show how to create your own home videos easily.  

So think about all those pictures and videos that are stored in your closet just waiting for you to turn them into a family memento.  Join Tom as he helps you learn video and still picture shooting and editing skills.

$45 - facilitated by Tom McIntyre, area TV/radio reporter, photographer, and anchorman

Register online, or call Bonnie or Gwen if you have questions.

Meet Sharon Amdall,
OLLI Strategic Planning Chair

In October, 2014, OLLI embarked on its first strategic plan.  Within a year, it was clear that the plan would need a champion if we ever hoped to achieve and sustain member expectations.  

That's when Sharon Amdall accepted the invitation to become OLLI's Chair of Strategic Planning.  "Working with OLLI has allowed me to see its outstanding 'operational excellence,' " says Amdall.  "[It] continuously exceeds my expectations!"  

Find out why Sharon values OLLI, and read her ideas about why lifelong learning matters.  Read more About Sharon Amdall .
New for Winter: Classes at Other Campus Locations  PLUS Shuttle Service, Treats

Sometimes the student must go to the teacher, and that will be the case this winter if you enjoy learning how to make art or music.  During Winter 2019, OLLI will host four classes away from the Michel Student Center, so that the instructors can share their expertise - and their maker space - with you.  To make it even easier, we'll provide shuttle service to and from the Student Center PLUS we'll have treats at the other sites to make your participation as seamless as we can.

Check out these winter art and music classes that you can enjoy at other locations on Bradley's campus!

Tuesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 10
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Ceramics from the Ground Up (Class #2)
Heuser Art Center

Tuesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 10
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Fiber and Mixed-Media Art Cards (Class #4)
Heuser Art Center

Tuesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 10
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The Total Percussion Experience (Class #8)
Dingledine Music Center

Tuesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 10
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Encaustic Painting: Ancient Times to the Present (Class #11)
Heuser Art Center

For more information about these Winter 2019 classes:
  • View descriptions of each of these classes here.
  • Register online.
  • If you have questions, call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900
OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,
Thanksgiving is Thursday, and then it's followed by Black Friday.  Why all the fuss about a meal and shopping?

Sounds Overrated to Me

Dear Sounds Overrated to Me, 
You ask an interesting question that we'd love to answer.

Thanksgiving is a day when we celebrate abundance.  So we are grateful for all the  OLLI members we enjoy and for everything you do to make Bradley's OLLI one of the best!

As for Black Friday, some believe it is the kickoff for the holiday shopping season, but it's more likely a joking reference about the bad traffic that's typically associated with holiday travel.  So we want to use the occasion to remind you to be careful.  Whether you're shopping or traveling, please be safe during this long weekend!

So while it may seem we're making a fuss over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's good nonetheless that  time has been designated for important ideas: gratitude and taking care of ourselves.  

Enjoy your holiday weekend!  Don't forget, we'll be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23. 

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

November/December 2018
January 2019
Nov 21, noon - 5:00 p.m. , Thanksgiving Holiday Bradley University Offices Closed
Jan 1, New Year's Day, Bradley University Offices Closed
Nov 22 - 23
,  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Happy Thanksgiving!  
Bradley University Offices Closed
Jan 8 - 11, OLLI Winter Classes, Bradley University Michel Student Center
Nov 27, 9:30 a.m., Glacier/Waterton Lakes National Parks Trip Informational Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Jan 15, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Nov.  28, 9:00 a.m. Curriculum Committee Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Jan 16, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Spring Registration SocialBradley University Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Dec 24 - 31 Holiday Break , Bradley University Offices Closed
Jan 17 and 31, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Study Group Committee MeetingsPeoria Next Innovation Center

  Hilltop Happenings
Holiday Gift Drive to
 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren' and
Family Caregivers

Help 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren' and family caregivers this holiday season by donating an unwrapped gift for grandchildren from ages birth to 12 years old, or by contributing a gift card or a monetary donation ($10 limit suggested). 

Gifts and holiday cheer will be shared at the annual Holiday Party hosted by Bradley
University Counseling Research and Training Clinic (CRTC) Caregiver Program and Chi Sigma Iota. 

If you'd like to help, please bring your gift to the Continuing Education office by November 29, and we will arrange for your contribution to be picked up by the event sponsors.  
  Beyond the Hilltop
                 Travel the 'Mother Road'
 With Hall of Fame Curator

Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Thursday, November 29
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 W. Grand Parkway

Come join us for an evening of traveling the Mother Road.  John Wille, curator of the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum, will provide an overview of the history of this famous route and what is being done to preserve this iconic highway. Once again you can "Get Your Kicks on Route 66."

For more information, contact the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186.

'Year of Beer' Wraps Up
With Local Twist

Locally Brewed Stories
Tuesday, November 27
6:00 p.m.
Chillicothe Public Library

Chillicothe Public Library's 'Year of Beer' program will wrap up with three final presentations in November, December, and January, starting off with a unique look at the brewing history of the Peoria area.

Everyone knows Peoria was the whiskey capital of the world, but at this presentation, you have the chance to learn about the area's lesser-known brewing history.  Local historians, storytellers, and beer enthusiasts will bring the past to life! Some "historic" beers will also be sampled, so this session is for ages 21 and up, and registration is requested.

The 'Year of Beer' series continues on December 10 with Beyond Hops: Beer with Alternative Bittering Agents; and on January 7 with a glimpse of how hops are grown and processed, a presentation by staff from Sharp Mountain hop yard in Maquon, Illinois.

For more information about this and other programs, please visit  chillipld.org,  or call (309) 274-2719.

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