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.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Canoeing at Emiquon -- June 29, 2011



The rainy spring led to high water levels on the Sangamon River, so we made a last-minute change to our canoeing itinerary and headed to Emiquon Preserve in Lewistown instead!

Scott Hewitt, expert canoeist and interpreter, accompanied our group and provided a canoeing lesson followed by several hours on the water.

OLLI thanks Scott for his wonderful presentations and assistance on this trip.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival -- June 23, 2011



OLLI's summer tradition of a patio picnic and performance at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival continued with a visit to Ewing Manor to see the opening night performance of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged).

We extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Susan Hillabold, frequent OLLI instructor, who accompanied our group to provide further insight about the play.

Manito -- June 16, 2011



Nancy Proehl, retired member of the Continuing Education staff, was our guide as we spent the day learning about the attractions and small businesses in Manito, Illinois.

Our visit included a tour of the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery, stops at Dianna's Chocolates, the Old Manito SChool and Jail, and Corr's Bakery. Between tours, we dined at Hawk's Grove Family Inn and enjoyed a wine lesson and tasting at Willett's Winery.

OLLI thanks Nancy Proehl for her time and effort in arranging this wonderful day of learning.

Weaver Farm -- June 21, 2011



This working farm is home to three generations of Weavers and serves as the home office of Weaver Enterprises. Our tour was the last opportunity to see the private museum collection of vintage stage coaches and carriages that date back to the 1700s.

Our host, newly elected Peoria City Councilman Chuck Weaver, provided an excellent tour of the grounds and educated us on the Weaver Polo Program.

OLLI thanks Chuck for his wonderful hospitality! For more information about Weaver Farms, please visit www.weaverangusfarm.com.

Peoria Police Department -- June 9, 2011



On this trip, we visited the Peoria Police Department and viewed holding cells, line up rooms, interview rooms, and a museum that houses equipment, photographs, and evidence collected over the last 80 years.

Our tour also included the adjacent Emergency Communications Center, where we observed and learned how the trained staff handles emergency calls for all of Peoria County law enforcement, fire, and ambulance services while providing critical information in emergency situations to both officers and citizens.

OLLI thanks Officer Doug Burgess and the Peoria Police Department for their hospitality! For more information, please visit the department's website: www.ci.peoria.il.us.

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