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.

 Art Club
Hiking Club

Let's Travel
Lifelong Learning Book Club
Rock Hounds
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.**

Art Club

Meets first and third Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:30 pm in UPark 154.
Meets September through May

 Visit with OLLI friends as you paint or do other artwork. Bring the art project you are working on. Join the SIG to get email updates. Leader: Terry Solomon.

Hiking Club
Join the Hiking Club to get email updates.
OLLI's Hiking Club plans several hikes during the summer.
Hiking guides are needed, 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.

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
July 19, 2017, Wednesday, 1pm
Ester Dome Single Track System
August 20, 2017, Sunday, 9am
Wickersham Dome Hike
August 24, 2017, Wednesday, 11am
Creamer's Field Trails


Let's Travel

Usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 5:15 - 6:30 pm; not meeting during summer.
Spring 2018 meetings will be Jan 9, Feb 13, March 13, and April 10 in UPark 151.

Monthly meetings feature a short presentation of interest to travelers. Join this SIG if you're interested in traveling with small groups of fellow OLLI members. The group communicates by email.

OLLI also has a Travel Committee, responsible for planning short day trips held during the summer. Contact the OLLI office if you'd like to help plan next year's day trips.

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 Philipp 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: Steam Laundry by Nicole Stellon O'Donnell
(poetry, 2012, 144 pp)
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


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.


Meets 10:00 am - noon Mondays and Fridays at Fred Meyers West and Wednesdays 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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