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.
Take a look at the photos we're taking, and the discussions we're having as OLLI members.
Whether we're in class, in town, or out of town ... we're on the go, having fun, and constantly learning.
We look forward to reading your comments!
While you're online, be sure to visit our website www.bradley.edu/continue/olli to register for our programs.
Don't forget -- OLLI has its own YouTube Channel, where you can see video clips of Learning Trips, Classes, and Study Groups!
Friday, April 29, 2011
During a daylong trip to LeClaire and Davenport, Iowa, we toured a new microdistillery, visted an antique shop featured in a popular cable television show, and experienced a film in a format that just arrived in Peoria: IMAX.
Our first stop of the day was the Mississippi River Distilling Company, the first microdistillery in the Quad Cities since Prohibition. During our private tour with the owners, we saw the entire distilling process, including cleaning, milling, and cooking of the grain, to the fermentation, blending, aging, and bottling of spirits. We learned how the company purchases fresh grain directly from farmers within 25 miles of LeClaire and ended the tour with samples of the distillery's own River Baron Bodka in the grand tasting room.
After lunch at Sneaky Pete's (where one of our participants "lost" his necktie), we headed to Antique Archeology, the home base for History Channel's "American Pickers," a show that follows three foragers who travel coast to coast in search of forgotten American treasures. While there, we learned how the owners pick through dilapidated barns and overgrown yards in search of rare finds and sensational stories.
Our last stop of the day was the Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatre for a look at the Titanic exhibit and viewing of "Ghosts of the Abyss," a film that follows director James Cameron to the site of his greatest inspiration: the wreck of the Titanic.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Mary Bitterman, President of The Bernard Osher Foundation; Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent for National Public Radio; and Kali Lightfoot, Executive Director of the OLLI National Resource Center stand united in learning prior to the closing of the OLLI National Conference.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
O'Brien Steel, established in 1975, is a steel service center specializing in hot rolled carbon steel products such as plates, beams, channels, and structural tubing. The company buys in volume from the steel mills and then distributes it, usually in smaller quantities, from that inventory. O’Brien also does a large amount of processing (including laser cutting, flame cutting, and robotic plasma beveling) of the steel to customers' specifications so that they can use the parts in the manufacturing of their products. During the tour, participants met with Vice President Mike O'Brien, saw the steel inventory, watched various cutting processes, and learned more about O’Brien’s ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications.
For more information about the company, please visit www.obriensteel.com.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
OLLI thanks Bob Henderson for providing such a thoughtful, in-depth tour!
For more information about the company, please visit www.peoriacharter.com.
For more information about the school, please visit www.psd150.org.
In between tours, we dined at The Harvest Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant that services locally grown products. We also learned more about the renovated 1890s iron-front building that houses the cafe and traced its history from the 1888 headquarters of the Delavan telephone exchange to its current incarnation as a restaurant. In addition, we viewed the Third Street Bridge, the oldest metal truss bridge in Illinois, visited the Delavan Historical Society Museum, and learned how the city's Illinois Army National Guard armory has played a vital part in community events.
For more information about Toraason Glass, visit http://toraasonglass.com
For more information about the company, please visit www.pasquel.com
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
For more information about our Quincy sites, please visit the Quincy CVB website.
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Our day in Quincy included visits to several historic sites. Our first stop on the daylong trip was a tour of the Golden Windmill, which still operates with its original millstones and woodgear mechanism. Next, we toured the Villa Kathrine Castle, a Mediterranean-style villa on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. After lunch, we took private tours of two homes in the city's historic East District.
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