OLLI News from Bradley University
August 21, 2018  
Share Your Class Ideas for Winter 2019!

OLLI Winter Curriculum Committee
Wednesdays, August 22 and September 5
9:00 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main Street.

Is there a topic you'd like to see offered during our Winter 2019 class session?  Now is the perfect time to share your thoughts, as the Winter Curriculum Committee is meeting to plan our schedule of classes that will meet January 8 - 11, 2019.

Join us tomorrow and help other volunteers as they discuss possible classes.  We would love your input!

Coffee and refreshments will be plentiful, as will the parking (behind the building).  If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie at 677-3900.


Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Trip
Coming in September

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
Friday, September 7, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mackinaw, Illinois
Level 2 Learning Trip

Learn about wine making and wine tasting with this behind-the-scenes look at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, located just east of Mackinaw in Tazewell County. Bradley University alumna Diane Hahn, owner of the working vineyard, will guide our private tour of the winery that sits on a glacial moraine and features an amazing 30-mile view of the valley and farms below. Our tour will include a walk-through of the wine making room and a formal tasting of at least six wines, including some varieties named after the Hahn children. 

$35 - includes hot buffet lunch, gratuities, private tour, wine tasting, and shuttle transportation.

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

Don't Miss OLLI's Trip to Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fair Oaks, Indiana
Level 2 Learning Trip

On our daylong agricultural adventure to Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana, we'll see the dairy enterprise including the birthing barn, the nursery, and  the milking parlor.  If we're lucky, we may even witness the arrival of a new calf!  We'll also visit the pork side of the operation where we'll tour the farrowing barn to watch piglets being born before viewing the facility where they grow up.

In total, our trip will provide insights about modern farming efforts that consider not only the care of animals but also protecting the environment.  

$119 - includes admissions, tours, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation.  

Register online, or call Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.
Don't Miss Out on These Study Groups!   

Seats are still available in these fall study groups.  We invite you to join the conversation!  

Four Iconic Women I Have Known in the Theatre
Monday, September 10 - October 1, 2018
8:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Heartis Senior Living Village

Join us for this fabulous experience as Helen Engelbrecht, well-known and loved actor in dozens of plays at area theaters, takes us through dramatic portrayals of four women who have shaped our imaginations and honed our understanding of feminine power and passion.

Science of Gardening
Mondays, September 10 - October 15, 2018
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center

This study group focuses on current, relevant scientific information for developing and caring for home gardens and landscapes.  You will be introduced to many of these controversial applied sciences topics that underlie sustainable landscaping and gardening, and scrutinize many gardening products and practices through the lens of science.

Pure Land Buddhism
Tuesdays, September 11 - October 30
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Michel Student Center, Bradley University

This study group will explore the scriptures, doctrinal interpretations, and historical development of this important form of Buddhism that has received less attention in the West.  The facilitator is Dr. Daniel Getz, professor of Philosophy and Religions Studies at Bradley University

For more information,  view a pdf of the fall study groups, call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900, or register online.  
Upcoming OLLI Events

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

   Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Ranked Among Nation's Best Universities

Bradley University is once again listed among the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton ReviewThe "Best Colleges" book, The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition, described Bradley's student body as one  "composed of highly intellectual, diverse students who push each other to consider other viewpoints and considerations during classroom discussions. This academically-driven group is aware of the importance of a good education and takes full advantage of the opportunities offered."

Only 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book.  Selections are based on surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges; opinions of the staff and the 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board; and feedback received from students attending the colleges and universities.  

OLLI congratulates Bradley University for this highly regarded ranking!

  Beyond the Hilltop
Chillicothe Public Library Announces Upcoming Programs

Sour Beer School
Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 p.m.

The library's "Year of Beer" program continues in August when Anthony Carapella of DESTIHL Brewery leads us on an exploration of sour beer.  Learn the history and unique flavor profiles of this distinctive brew.  Please register by August 22 by calling the Chillicothe Public Library at   (309) 274-2719.  The program is open to ages 21 and older.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
6:00 p.m.

This program is designed to educate adults on how to recognize and act on the warning signs of depression and suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and are empowered to listen to the individual and refer them to professional help. Morgan Casey from the HULT Center for Healthy Living will be our presenter. 

For more information, or to register,  call the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719.

Peoria Public Library Continues Discussion
of America's Best-Loved Novels

Help Choose America's Favorite Book
Check the book display at your favorite library branch for copies of the books on The Great American Read list, then vote for your favorites here.

Watch PBS for the national discussion and join in the local discussion at Peoria Public Library!  Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

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.

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