OLLI News from Bradley University
August 28, 2018  
Registration and Informational Meeting  for 
2019  Music Cities Trip on  Thursday!

Registration and Informational Meeting
America's Music Cities Learning Trip to  Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans
Thursday, August 30
1:30 p.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main Street

You're invited to a special travel presentation and informational meeting about OLLI's March, 2019 trip to Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans - America's Music Cities.  Staff from Collette Travel will join Catherine Lawless, OLLI learning trip coordinator, to discuss trip highlights, pricing, transportation, and other details that will tantalize the traveler who enjoys a top-level experience.  The 8-day tour to Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans is March 15 - March 22, 2019.

Registration will begin immediately following the meeting! Collette gives a $100 per person discount for those registering on Thursday, Aug. 30.

For more information, or to RSVP for the meeting, call Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  Extensive trip details including itinerary and pricing available here.

Wine Tasting, Grand Vistas are Features of
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Trip

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.

Trivia Night is Outtasight!

Not only did we embrace the 60s theme (picture love beads and lots of tie dye), we also raised funds for OLLI (more on this to come).  To help make the night even more fun, WMBD's Greg and Dan
 were far out emcees; the Bradley Brains were a gas; the judges were straight; and the munchies were really choice! 

               Trivia Night Winners: Team Dashers

All that competition and costuming resulted in some folks snagging awards.  Team Dashers had the highest score; The Rioting Motown Flower Children had the most Trippin' Table; the Grooviest Group was the Grandmas and Grandpas; and the Dead or Alive winner was one of our Bradley Brains (hooray for a Bradley education!). 
                                                                                                                                                               Rioting Motown Flower Children
                                                                                   Winner of Most Trippin' Table Award

All-in-all Trivia Night at  Kickapoo Creek Winery  was definitely way out with 200+ mellowed out participants!  

             Grandmas and Grandpas                                                   Kelsey Chapman
     Winner of Grooviest Group Award                             Winner of Dead or Alive Award

Wide-Ranging Topics Are Focus of 
These Fall Study Groups

Explore the female characters in notable plays.  Discover the science that underlies good gardening practices.  Investigate a little-know form of Buddhism.  Make sure you take advantage of these wide ranging topics that epitomize the breadth of the study group experience.  Seats are available in all three of these groups that meet beginning in September.

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 30, 1:30 p.m.,  Informational Meeting for Music Cities Trip Peoria Next Innovation Center
Sept 5, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee MeetingPeoria Next Innovation Center

Sept 5, 1:30 - 3:30  p.m., Learning Trip Committee Meeting, 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
Panel to Discuss NAFTA

NAFTA: Past, Present, Future?
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Join the Peoria Area World Affairs Council when panelists discuss the on-going re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  What does it mean for Central Illinois?  Who will win, and who will not? 

The panel of experts will include Jim Ryan of the Bradley University International Trade Center, Maggie Sheeley of the U.S. Chambers of Commerce, and Mark Albertson of the Illinois Soybean Association.

Tickets may be purchased at www.pawac.org (select the Events tab).  For more information, call Angela Weck at (309) 677-2454.
  Beyond the Hilltop
September Programs at the 
Chillicothe  Public Library 

Decoding the Weather Machine
Screening and Discussion of NOVA Documentary
Tuesday, September 4 (Part 1 and discussion)
Thursday, September 6 (Part 2 and discussion)
Thursday, September 13 (Full documentary)
5:45 p.m.

Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires.  Withering heat.  Extreme rainfall.  It is hard not to conclude that something's up with the weather.  Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and that human activity is causing it?  How and when will it affect us through the weather we experience?  And what will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes?

Chillicothe Public Library will host a two-part screening of PBS' NOVA documentary with each part followed by a discussion facilitated by National Weather Service meteorologists Heather Stanley and Ed Shimon.  Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and the climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient - even thrive - in the face of enormous change.

Cooking Around the World: India
Monday, September 10
6:00 p.m.

In this month's edition of Cooking Around the World, we feature the cuisine and culture of India.  Expand your horizons - and your palate!  Register by 9/3. 

For more information about any of these free programs, visit  chillipld.org or call
(309) 274-2719.

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