Celebrating 20 Years!

Celebrating 20 Years!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is a group of more than 1,000 individuals, age 50 and over, who learn together through three distinct programs: OLLI Classes, OLLI Learning Trips, and OLLI Study Groups.

Here, members can discuss what they learned, what they enjoyed, and offer suggestions to enhance future program offerings.

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Whether we're in class, in town, or out of town ... we're on the go, having fun, and constantly learning.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

OLLI Summer Picnic -- June 8, 2011

The annual tradition of OLLI summer picnics continued as we met at Wildlife Prairie State Park on June 8 to enjoy a buffet lunch on the park's Hespell Deck.

Jeff Rosecrans, Operations Director of the park, presented an informative look at the park's past, present, and future. Staffers from the park's education department also introduced the OLLI gang to an owl and oppossum!

OLLI thanks Jeff and the crew at Wildlife Prairie State Park for an enjoyable and educational afternoon. For more information, please visit the park's website.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bocce Ball and Brewing -- June 1, 2011

Our first summer trip of 2011 was spent in St. Louis and focused on two intriguing aspects of the city: the Italian culture that is celebrated in The Hill neighborhood, and the impact that brewing has had on the area.

Our private docents, Joe and Charlie DeGregorio, met us at The Hill to guide us through the beloved Italian neighborhood. Our first stop was at Mama Toscano’s, one of the few markets in the country that makes ravioli by hand, to see the ancient and meticulous art of pasta making. We then visited a private bocce ball club for a hands-on sporting experience.

After lunch at Mama Campisi's, we experienced an Italian concert at St. Ambrose Church, enjoyed gelato from a family-owned store, then headed to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a private beer class followed by a guided tour and a stop in the hospitality room.