Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

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

Group picture of the hiking group at Chena Lakes
OLLI Hiking Club at Chena Lakes 6/12/2014

Hiking Club

Summer 2015 hikes are still being planned. Join the Hiking Club to get email updates.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Moose Mountain hike
with Carol Meyer
Dog friendly

 We will meet at Geist Rd. McDonalds parking lot (east end) at 9:30 am and car pool to Moose Mountain Road. We will be hiking the steep ski trails up and back, about three miles, taking about three hours.   
This is a strenuous hike, affording fabulous views of the hills and valleys northwest of Fairbanks. Bring a snack or lunch for a break at the top. We hope for lots of blueberry opportunities. Bring a container for picking.  Plan on the usual hiking gear (bug spray, rain jacket, bear spray, etc).
(Contact the OLLI office at 474-6607 or UAF-OLLI@alaska.edu and we can connect you with Carol Meyer.)
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 (rescheduled from original June date)
Alpine Savage Hike in Denali National Park
with Patricia Mata-Celis

This is a gem of a hike, for the serious hiker.  Plan on all day with a dinner stop at 49th State Brewery in Healy. Those not stopping for dinner please drive your own vehicle.

Meet at Patricia’s house at 8 am for the drive to Denali National Park. (We'll email the directions to Patricia’s house to Hiking Club members, or contact the OLLI office.) We will car pool to the Savage River parking lot in Denali National Park. It is about a 3 hr. drive. Here we will start a serious ascent to a fabulous overlook of the Alaska Range and Denali. You must have strong knees for this part. Then we will descend to Mountain Vista parking lot where a shuttle will return hikers to the Savage parking lot. This hike is about 4 miles long and will take 4 or more hours. Please bring food, lots of water, hiking poles, good boots, rain jackets, mosquito repellant and mosquito head net. for the day.  Those not choosing to stop for dinner in Healy may drive their own cars.
Please call or email Patricia and let her know you are coming. (Contact the OLLI office at 474-6607 or UAF-OLLI@alaska.edu and we can connect you with Patricia.)
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Table Top Mountain Hike in Nome Creek Valley
with Rita Butteri
Dog friendly

Rita Butteri will lead this pleasant 2 - 4 hour hike for all age groups on this well-established trail, which is maintained by the BLM. Total distance of the loop is 4.5 Miles, including a slight detour to the summit. You will be rewarded with a stunning 360-degree view of Mount Prindle in the east and the jagged peaks of the White Mountains to the west. You might want to bring a container for blueberry picking

Directions: Take the Steese Hwy north to milepost 57.4. Turn left onto U.S.Creek Road. Follow the scenic dirt road for 6.7 Miles. At the fork veer left (north) crossing Nome Creek Bridge. Turn left (west) and drive 8.5 miles until you see the sign for Table Top Mountain Trail (right side). Despite the longish drive, this trail is easily done in one day.
Meet in the back parking lot of Old U-park at 9:00 am to arrange carpooling. Rita will meet you at the trailhead at 11:30.

Email or call Rita at the OLLI office (474-6607 or UAF-OLLI@alaska.edu) and let her know you are coming.

Details for the following hike will be posted at a later date:
Sunday, August 16
Wickersham Dome

Hikes taken earlier this summer:
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Skyline Trail
Dog friendly
With Jan Lokken
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm at the Chena Lakes Recreation area parking lot
Moose Creek Bluff Trail
Dog friendly
With John Risser
Monday, June 15, 2015
Murphy Dome Road/Minto Flats Outlook
with Mary Matthews
9 am to 3 pm

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, etc. -- while enjoying each others' company.
   For more information, contact Mary Martin. (The OLLI office can give you her email address.)

Issues on Aging (formerly "Aging at Home")

   Discuss the problems; explore the options. What makes it hard to stay in your own home as you age: household jobs that you can no longer do? transportation? maintaining the house while you’re away? Take a look at national movements such as the Village to Village Network (www.vtvnetwork.org) and see what other communities are doing. What might work in Fairbanks?

   For more information contact Nanne Myers or Barbara Lando. (The OLLI office can give you their email addresses.)

 Through the summer, we will be meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, May 27, 2 pm
University Park Room #151
Presentations on Home Care Services
(non-medical, assistance in the home related to bathing, dressing, eating, shopping, light housework,)
By Jenna Bruner, Program Tean Leader,
Consumer Directed Personal Care Program, Access Alaska
and Liz Bottasso , Branch Manager, ResCare Home Care Alaska

Wednesday, June 24, 2 pm
University Park Room #151
Presentation: Good to Go - End of Life Issues
By Kim Huffington, RN CHPN
FMH Hospice Manager

Wednesday, July 29, 2 pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2pm
Topics to be announced.


SIGs are led by OLLI members, for OLLI members.

Hiking Club
Let's Travel
Games for Brains
Rock Hounds
Lifelong Learning Book Club
Olli-Olli Art Club
Issues on Aging (formerly Aging at Home)
Dreamwork Group *NEW*
Geocaching *NEW*

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.**

Games for Brains

Mondays 10:05 – 11:15 (following Strong Women group)
Fairbanks Senior Center (North Star Council on Aging)
1424 Moore Street
If interested call Darlene Supplee at 452-1735
40 below zero is the cutoff point for closing the Center – call 844 for temperature

Rock Hounds

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.

Lifelong Learning Book Club

Meets seven 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)

September 15, 2015: The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
(Mystery, 2012, 374 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

October 20, 2015: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
(historical fiction, 2013, 278 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

November 17, 2015: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
(fiction, 2014, 260 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

January 19, 2016: Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history by S. C. Gwynne
(non-fiction, 2010, 371 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

February 16, 2016: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton
(Alaskana fiction, 2014, 308 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

March 15, 2016: The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
(fiction, 2015, 431 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

April 19, 2016: A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
(historical fiction, 2014, 302 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

May 17, 2016: Booktalk & title selection for September 2016 - April 2017

Neophyte Dreamwork Group  **NEW**

     Dreams are often hard to understand because our subconscious is trying to advise us and/or reveal our blind spots using symbols we don't fully understand. Each of us has different blind spots and backgrounds. Between us, we can help each other figure out the symbols and the messages. This group will operate under the guidelines used by Jeremy Taylor, to minimize inadvertent judgments. Early sessions will include training videos by Jeremy Taylor. Plan on working one dream in one hour.

     Leader Ginny McDowell has been studying Jungian dream interpretation for two years. She would like the group to meet twice a month for two hours at a time. For more information contact her at: ginny.mcdowell.ak(put "at" symbol here)gmail.com

Geocaching  **NEW**

     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 when you can "Hucklebuck" somebody 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.

Back to Top