Calendar of Events

Coming Events
July 23 - 27 Excursion Historic Valdez
Wed, July 30 2:00 PM Field trip: Benesch's Garden Tour.
Thurs, July 24 2:00 - 3:30 PM OLLI Board Meeting Cancelled
Wed, Aug 6 TBA Field trip: Fairbanks Guardian Flight Hangar Tour
Thurs, Aug 7 4:00 PM Mandatory pre-trip meeting at Arctic Wild, 2480 Maria Street.
Aug. 8 - 15 Excursion Eagle to Circle by Canoe
Sat, Aug 9 9:00 AM SIG's Day Hike Table Top Mountain
Aug. 20
 9:30 AM Alaska time
 Online registration opens for Fall 2014 classes
Aug. 20 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Registration help available in person at UPark
Thurs, Aug 21 9:00 AM Field trip: Migrating Birds & Blueberries in the White mountains
Thurs, Aug 28 2:00 - 3:30 PM OLLI Board Meeting
Sept 3 1:00 - 3:00 PM Fall Kick-Off Ice Cream Social, UPark gym
Sept 8   

Session I begins

Tues, Sept 16 1:30 - 3:00 PM OLLI Book Club; Conference Room at the Noel Wien Library
Wed, Sept. 19 4:00 PM Field trip: Interior Alaska Green Star Tour
Thurs, Sept. 25 2:00 - 3:30 PM OLLI Board Meeting (subject to change)
Oct. 6   Add-On I begins
Oct. 13   Session II begins
Tues, Oct 21 1:30 - 3:00 PM OLLI Book Club; Conference Room at the Noel Wien Library
Thurs, Oct. 23 2:00 - 3:30 PM OLLI Board Meeting (subject to change)
Nov. 10   Add-On II begins
Nov. 6 - 10 Excursion Sitka WhaleFest
Tues, Nov 18 1:30 - 3:00 PM OLLI Book Club; Conference Room at the Noel Wien Library
Thurs, Dec. 4 2:00 - 3:30 PM OLLI Board Meeting
Fri, Dec 5 3:00 - 4:30 PM Winter Lecture: Ken Tape, Vegetation Changes in the Arctic. At Morris Thompson Center.
Fri, Jan 2  3:00 - 4:30 PM Winter Lecture: Art Mortvedt, The Polar Pumpkin: Cessna 185 Solo to the South & North Poles. At Morris Thompson Center. 
Tues, Jan 20 1:30 - 3:00 PM OLLI Book Club; Conference Room at the Noel Wien Library 
Thurs, Jan 22 2:00 - 3:30 PM OLLI Board Meeting 
Fri, Feb 6 3:00 - 4:30 PM Winter Lecture: Mary Ehrlander, The Paradox of Alaska's 1916 Alcohol Referendum: A Dry Vote within a Frontier Alcohol Culture. At Morris Thompson Center. 
Tues, Feb 17 1:30 - 3:00 PM OLLI Book Club; Conference Room at the Noel Wien Library 
Thurs, Feb 26 2:00 - 3:30 PM OLLI Board Meeting 
Tues, March 17 1:30 - 3:00 PM OLLI Book Club; Conference Room at the Noel Wien Library 
Tues, April 21 1:30 - 3:00 PM OLLI Book Club; Conference Room at the Noel Wien Library 


Summer Field trips 2014

The dates for the field trips are set but some of the details are still in the planning stage. Please check frequently for updates.

Group picture taken under the antler arch downtown Fairbanks
2013 Fairbanks walking Tour

Fort Knox Gold Mine Tour

Date: Thursday June 19
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
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
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
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.

Interior Alaska Green Star Tour

Date: Friday, September 19
Time: 4:00 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $5 pay directly to Green Star tour leader

Description, details and directions for the field trip will be posted soon.