Calendar of Events

Coming Events
Mon, April 6   Session II classes began
Mon, April 27 3:30 - 5:00 pm Aging At Home (SIG), UPark 156
Thurs, April 30 2:00 - 3:30 pm OLLI Board of Directors meeting
Mon, May 4   Add-On II begins
Wed, May 6 1:30 - 4:30 pm Olli-Olli Art Club (SIG), UPark 154
Fri, May 8 6:30 - 9:00 pm "Rock Hounds" SIG meeting & potluck, UPark 154
June 2 - 6 Excursion Explore Yukon Island (near Homer)
June 20 - 25 Excursion Nizina River Wild: Rafting Adventure
July 30 - Aug 2 Excursion Talkeetna: The First 99 Years
(TBA) 9:30 am Fall 2015 registration opens online
(TBA) 9:30 - 11:30 am Walk-in registration help available in UPark
Aug 30 - Sept 3 Excursion Sheep Mountain Lodge (on the Glenn Hwy)
  1:00 - 3:00 pm Fall Kick-Off Ice Cream Social, UPark gym
Sept. 14 - Oct. 9   Fall 2015 Session I (classes)
Oct. 12 - 16   Add-On I
Oct. 19 - Nov. 13   Fall 2015 Session II
Nov. 16 - 20   Add-On II


Summer Day Trips

See "Classes and Lectures" for OLLI Winter Lecture Series.

Picture of visitors in Benesch's Garden
2014 Benesch's Garden Tour



Fort Knox Gold Mine Tour

Date: Thursday June 19, 2014
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Transportation to and from the mine site is included.
Cost: A minimum $5 donation to Fairbanks Food Bank is required for each seat reserved.

Fort Knox Gold Mine offers several public tours during the summer. Join OLLI friends on the June 19 tour date. Pre-registration is required; you can register beginning May 5 by calling the Fairbanks Food Bank at 457-4273.

Usibelli Coal Mine Tour

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Duration: All day
Cost: Free

If you like licorice you probably remember coal candy from the Usibelli Coal Mine booth at the state fair. Long-time Alaska resident and Usibelli Coal Mine employee Bill Brophy is giving OLLI the opportunity to tour the coal mine and show us real coal. Bill has worked 12 years at the mine and is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge with visitors. The coal mine is located in the mountains of the Alaska Range near Healy, 115 miles south of Fairbanks. Please join us for a 2 – 3 hour guided tour. Upon arrival at the gate, Bill will go over safety procedures and have visitors sign a waiver. The tour starts at the Usibelli Coal Mine headquarters where you will hear about the 70-year history and state-of-the-art engineering of the mine. The tour then continues by van through the coal pit, dragline and modern mining equipment. Wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. The group meets at the gate at 9:30 AM. Please count on 2 hours driving time to Healy and time for lunch in Healy after the tour. The number of participants is limited to 12. Spaces will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Please contact the OLLI office at 474-6607 to register.

Benesch's Garden Tour

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours including tea in the greenhouse
Cost: Free or consider a donation to OLLI
Max participants: 15

Our Garden is a "Labor of Love". That is what Renate and Walter Benesch would say when referring to their garden. Landscaping and terracing began in 1985. Be greeted by turkeys and chickens upon entering the garden, and enjoy the colorful flower and lavish vegetable beds as you walk along the trail and stone walkways. Marvel over the many crabapple trees and admire the carpet of green grass.
At the end of the tour, settle in the Greenhouse for coffee and tea. If you wish bring cookies or cake to share.

Please contact the OLLi office at 474-6607 to register and directions to the house.

Fairbanks Guardian Flight Hangar Tour

Showing an Guardian Flight plane ready to go
Ready to go in any emergency

Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Duration:  2 hours    
Cost: Free
Max participants: 15

Guardian Flight is the largest and most available Air Medevac Provider in the entire state of Alaska. Guardian Flight transports medical, surgical, cardiac, trauma, pediatric, pediatric ICU, newborns, obstetrics, and burn patients from rural facilities to tertiary care facilities, all day, every day. Guardian also provides non-urgent prearranged medical charters to and from any Alaskan community.
   With bases in Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kotzebue, Ketchikan, and Sitka, Guardian serves east into the Yukon Territory, south into Seattle, and anywhere else in the United States if it is necessary. Guardian’s pressurized aircraft allow our experienced crews to provide bed-to-bed patient care during inter-facility transports.

Please contact the OLLI office at 474-6607 to register.

Migrating Birds & Blueberries in the White Mountains

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 am at Fox Store
Duration: Day hike
Cost: Free

Frank Keim will lead a birding field trip to Wickersham Dome in search of migrating birds like the wheatear and American pipit. In past years we have seen them up there at that time of year. We may find late-season wild blueberries, too. We will meet at the Fox Store at 9:00 am and carpool from there. Bring binoculars, bird book, lunch and raincoat. Contact the OLLI office with questions; we will redirect them to Frank Keim.

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