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
Hiking Club

Let's Travel
Lifelong Learning Book Club
Olli-Olli Art Club
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.


     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.
2016 Summer hikes are:

Thursday, August 4 (NOTE new date)
Angel Rocks Hike
Leader: Carol Meyer
Meet at Walmart northwest side of parking lot at 9 am. Car pool to Angel Rocks for a moderately difficult (some steep ups and downs) three mile loop around the granite outcroppings. This is a popular trail, taking about two hours to hike. Wear good hiking footwear, bring lunch, water, bug dope, rain gear. The hike plus the drive should put us back in Fairbanks around 2 pm. Anyone wanting to head to Chena Hot Springs for a soak after the hike should take their own car (with bathing suits, etc.) Call Carol for additional information.

Sunday, August 21
Wickersham Dome Hike
Leader: Frank Keim
Meet at the Fox grocery store at 9 am. We'll car pool from there and head to 27 mile Eliot Highway. We'll hike to Marmot Rocks, past the microwave station, pick berries, watch marmots and return. This is a moderate hike, with some ups and downs. The total time will be about 6-7 hours, depending on berry picking. Wear hiking boots and bring lunch, water & rain gear.

Here are the hikes we took earlier this summer:

May 27, 2016
Skarland Trails Hike
Leader: Carol Norton
Dog friendly

June 6, 2016

Murphy Dome Road/Minto Flats Outlook Hike
Leader: Mary Matthews

June 22, 2016
Ester Trails Hike
Leader: Alice Stickney

Friday, July 15
Triple Lakes Trail in Denali National Park
Leader: Patricia Mata-Celis
Dogs are not allowed in the park

Issues on Aging

   This group has disbanded as an OLLI SIG, but is alive and well as Aging At Home Fairbanks, open to the public.

See http://www.aahfairbanks.org/

Let's Travel

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

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)
Here is the  2016-2017 reading list.

September 20, 2016: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton
(historical fiction, 2014, 320 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

October 11, 2016: The Blindfold Game by Dana Stabenow
(mystery, 2006, 352 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

November 15, 2016: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
(historical fiction, 2014, 474 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

January 17, 2017: America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
(fiction, 2016, 624 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

February 21, 2017: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo
(non-fiction, 2012, 256 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

March 21, 2017: The Bone is Pointed by Arthur Upfield
(mystery, 1939, 288 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

April 18, 2017: Last Words by Michael Koryta
(thriller, 2015, 420 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

May 16, 2017: Booktalk & title selection for September 2017 - April 2018


Meetings times and locations TBA.

Get together with OLLI friends to play Chinese Mah-jong! Beginners are welcome; we are all beginners. Join the SIG to get email updates. Leader: Terry Roberts.

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.)


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

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.

**NEW** When Poems Happen

Want to make poems happen in your life? Join us as we read, write, and discuss poetry! Join the SIG to get email updates. Leaders: Scott Sexton, Marion Avrilyn Jones.

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