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

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

   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.)

This SIG will not be meeting while OLLI classes are in session.

OLLI's "Issues on Aging" SIG
invites you to the kickoff event for
Aging At Home Fairbanks
Sunday Nov. 22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Noel Wien Library
Free & Open to the public
   Come learn about this new membership organization. The aim of AAH Fairbanks is to support older adults who want to remain in their own homes as they age. This effort is part of a national trend, and a co-chair of the national network will be here as our speaker. Check out the website, www.aahfairbanks.org or contact the planning committee at 799-4026 or aahfairbanks"at"gmail.com for more information.
Issues on Aging will be meeting on the second Wednesday of December, January, and February, at 2:00 pm,  in the University Park Room #151.

Wednesday, December 9, 2:00 pm:  Aging and Dementia in the Interior
Joan Adams, Education Specialist, Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska
Wednesday, January 13, 2016,  2:00 pm:  Home Modifications for Aging In Place - Get 'er Done!
Karla Zervos, Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist , Lifespan Home Modifications
February 10, 2016:  To be announced.

Hiking Club 

Join the Hiking Club to get email updates.
OLLI's Hiking Club plans several hikes per month during the summer. 2016 hikes will be posted beginning in May.

**Well-behaved, friendly dogs are welcome ONLY on hikes labeled "Dog-friendly."
Do not bring your pet unless the hike is advertised as dog-friendly.
Hikes taken summer 2015:

Skyline Trail (Dog-friendly)
With Jan Lokken, 5/7/15

Moose Creek Bluff Trail ( Dog-friendly)
With John Risser, 5/20/15

Murphy Dome Road/Minto Flats Outlook
with Mary Matthews, 6/15/15

Moose Mountain (Dog-friendly)
with Carol Meyer, 7/29/15

Alpine Savage Hike in Denali National Park
with Patricia Mata-Celis, 8/4/15 (rescheduled from June due to weather)

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Table Top Mountain Hike in Nome Creek Valley (Dog-friendly)
with Rita Butteri, 8/8/15

Wickersham Dome
with Frank Keim
, 8/16/15

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)
Geocaching *NEW*
Pinochle *NEW*
Mah-jong *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

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.

Pinochle  **NEW**

For the rest of fall 2015, this group will be meeting Friday mornings 9:45 - 11:45 am in UPark room 158.    

Gather with OLLI friends to play pinochle! 

Mah-jong  **NEW**

The dates, times, and location of meetings for this group is still being arranged. Join the group to receive updates.    

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