Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs provide learning or recreational opportunities outside of the scheduled OLLI classes.

OLLI Hiking Club at Chena Lakes 6/12/2014

OLLI Hiking Club at Chena Lakes

 


SIGs are led by OLLI members, for OLLI members.

CLICK HERE to download our SIG policies.

Alaska's Fiscal Paradox
Geocaching
Hiking Club

Let's Travel
Lifelong Learning Book Club
Mah-jong
Olli-Olli Art Club
Pinochle
Rock Hounds
*NEW* When Poems Happen

How to join a SIG:

There are 3 ways to join: do it yourself online, call us at 474-6607, or email us at UAF-OLLI@alaska.edu

   To join online, log in to your OLLI account. (Use the "Forgot password?" link if you don't remember your username or password.)
CLICK HERE to go to the login page.
   Once you are logged in, click on "My Account" in the grey menu bar across the top.
   Scroll down to the SIGs box, click to make a check mark in the box beside each SIG you want to join, and then click the "save" button.

   **NOTE: It won't let you save if you've left blank any of the fields marked with an asterisk. If you scroll back up to the top, there will be a message in red if you've left any of those required fields blank.**


Alaska's Fiscal Paradox

Meeting schedule TBA

Please join us if you are interested in learning more about Alaska's unique fiscal situation and in taking action as concerned citizens. This will be a great group for discussion, support, and research, as well as additional work on the fiscal models, advocacy and community education. For more information, contact the OLLI office and we'll connect you with leader Jean James.


Geocaching

     Spring, summer and fall are the best times of the year to put those GPSr's to work finding geocaches. It's always more fun with friends so come on out and let's get together for some fun and finds. If you have ideas of places you'd like to go please contact leaders Hal and Carol Meyer (liquidearth). The OLLI office can put you in touch with them.
    Join the SIG to get email updates regarding meeting times and places.


Hiking Club
Join the Hiking Club to get email updates.
OLLI's Hiking Club plans several hikes during the summer.
If you would like to lead a hike please contact the OLLI office. 

**Pet dogs are welcome ONLY on hikes listed as "dog-friendly."
Dogs must be well-behaved and non-aggressive toward strangers, both human and canine.

2017 Summer hikes

August 24, 2017, Thursday, 11am
Creamer's Field Trails
Meet at Creamer's Field Farm House on College Road.

Leader: Carol Johnson 
Located near the heart of Fairbanks, Creamer’s Field has many miles of multi-use trails. This hike follows scenic flat terrain – about 4 miles total. We will meet at the Farm House on College Road. First we will walk westerly for less than half a mile until we find the Alaska Songbird Institute (formerly Alaska Bird Observatory) migratory bird banding station. With luck we will be able to watch the banders collect scientific data, and maybe even get to hold a small songbird prior to letting it fly freely again.
We will then head east, treading on part of the Boreal Forest trail, along the Farm Road Trail, past the Chickadee Loop, and finally joining the Wedgewood Sanctuary trails – the Taiga Loop and the trail around Wander Lake, a little known treasure for nature enthusiasts. We can expect to find many birds and interpretive signs.
Those who wish a shorter version, may return to their cars after the first mile. Others can expect 4 miles of both open field and canopied forest with good footing. Unfortunately dogs must allow their masters an unaccompanied walk, for the safety of the songbirds in the mist nets that line the first mile of trail, and to respect the wishes of the Wedgewood Sanctuary. (ie. No Dogs)
Take a lunch and we can eat together at picnic tables at the end of the hike.
The OLLI office can put you in contact with Carol if you have any questions or concerns.

Summer 2017 Completed Hikes
May 20, 2017, Saturday at 11 am
Tanana Lake Recreation Area
June 10, 2017, Saturday 8am
Alpine Savage Hike in Denali National Park
June 14, 2017, Wednesday, 9am to 3pm
Murphy Dome Road/Minto Flats Outlook
 

 



Let's Travel

Usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Times and locations TBA.

Join this SIG if you're interested in traveling with small groups of fellow OLLI members. The group communicates by email.

OLLI Adventure to Yukon-Charley National Preserve

Join your fellow OLLI members for a four-night adventure June 21 – 25, 2017, at the National Park Service’s Coal Creek, a restored mining camp in the Yukon-Charley National Preserve. The camp, complete with its own dredge, is located off the Yukon River near Slaven's Cabin. Historian Ross Coen will walk you back in history to relive the glory days of the gold rush history. Naturalists from the National Park Service will be on hand to supplement the instruction. In addition, students will have a chance to explore Slaven's Cabin and enjoy a boat field trip on the Yukon River.

The camp comes complete with bunkhouses, a central wash-house, and a dining hall where chef Jennifer Jolis will prepare hot meals.
Program fee:  $900 includes charter flights from Fairbanks to Coal Creek and back, food, instruction, and all activities within the program. 

Please note that all inquiries should be directed to UAF Summer Sessions (474-7021 or summer@alaska.edu).
To register go to UAF Summer Sessions Travel Store at
UAF Summer Sessions Travel Store
and click on "OLLI Adventure to Yukon-Charley Nat'l Preserve."

 


Lifelong Learning Book Club

Meets eight times a year on third Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Noel Wien Library Conference Room

Discussion leader: Georgine Olson

(Note: Book Club is on summer hiatus June through August)
Here is the Fall 2017 - Winter/Spring 2018 reading list.

September 19, 2017: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
(Alaskana fiction, 2016, 417 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

October 17, 2017: The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman
(non-fiction, 2007, 368 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

November 21, 2017: Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
(fiction, 2005, 258 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

January 16, 2018: The Son by Phillipp Meyer
(fiction, 2013, 561 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

February 20, 2018: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
(non-fiction, 2014, 255 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

March 20, 2018: The Heart of Everything That Is: the Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
(non-fiction, 2013, 414pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

April 17, 2018: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
(fiction, 2007, 362 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

May 15, 2018: Booktalk & title selection for September 2018 - April 2019


Mah-jong 

Meetings times and locations TBA.

Get together with OLLI friends to play Chinese Mah-jong! Beginners are welcome; we are all beginners. Email FairbanksMahJong@GoogleGroups.com to join the email list.


Olli-Olli Art Club

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, in UPark.

   A group to stimulate and practice your art -- painting, drawing, knitting, etc. -- while enjoying each others' company.
   For more information, contact Mary Martin. (The OLLI office can give you her email address.)


Pinochle 

Meets Fridays 10:00 am - noon in UPark 154.

This group plays single- and double-deck pinochle. All levels of player from beginner to expert are welcome. Join the SIG to get email updates. Leader: Nori Bowman.


Rock Hounds

Meets the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm in Upark 154

Meet the second Friday of each month with a potluck at 6:30 pm in room #154 of the University Park building. We plan to have a field trip once a month during the summer. For more information contact Maria Polly: akmpolly(put "at" symbol here)hotmail.com.

When Poems Happen

Meets Fridays 3:30 - 5:30 pm at the Noel Wien Library (in one of the small meeting rooms)

Want to make poem-writing happen in your life? Join us as we read, write, and discuss each other's poetry! Join the SIG to get email updates. Leaders: Scott Sexton, John Bost.

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