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

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:
Friday, May 27
Skarland Trails Hike
Leader: Carol Norton
Dog friendly, Borough leash law applies.

     Meet at Pearl Creek School at 1:00 pm.

     Start the summer hiking season with Carol Norton who is leading a hike on the Pearl Creek neighborhood Skarland Trails. Wear good walking shoes, bring water & mosquito repellent. This will be an easy to moderate level hike of approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours mostly on trails in the woods. We will go unless it is seriously raining or there is a thunder storm.

 Monday, June 6
Murphy Dome Road/Minto Flats Outlook Hike
Leader: Mary Matthews
     Meet at Geist Road McDonald’s parking lot at 9 am to arrange carpooling. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for the rough road. We plan to be back in Fairbanks close to 3 pm.

     This is a ridge top hike, moderately difficult, of 7.5 miles, with amazing views over Minto Flats. Our total time for this outing is approximately six hours: two hours driving, 3.5 hours hiking, half hour lunch.
Drive close to top of Murphy Dome Rd, take Chatanika rough road to left and drive along this road about three miles, park cars. Hike about 3 miles on road to ATV trail leading to Minto Flats Outlook. Return same way. Bring lunch, water, mosquito spray, good walking or hiking shoes/boots, a layer for possible rain/wind, and sun protection or lotion.

Wednesday, June 22
Ester Trails Hike
Leader: Alice Stickney
Dog-friendly; bring a leash
    Meet at 1:00 pm at the Ester Park parking lot (next to the Ester Fire Station). From here, carpooling will be arranged to the start of the trail off Amethyst Loop. This will add about 20 minutes to our outing.
    This is an easy to moderate hike on local trails. Plan on a one- to one-and-a-half-hour walk on gradual up and down trails near Ester. Part of the trail is on the Equinox Marathon trail.
    Contact hike leader for additional information or for rain cancellation.

Friday, July 15
Alpine Savage Hike in Denali National Park
Leader: Patricia Mata-Celis
Dogs are not allowed in the park
     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 staying for dinner should take their own vehicle. We will need to know who is coming and who can drive. Contact information will be sent out by email to the SIG hiking Club members a few days before the hike.
     Meet at Patricia’s house at 8 am for the drive to Denali National Park. We will car pool to the Savage River parking lot in Denali National Park, which is about a 3-hour drive. Here we will start a serious ascent to fabulous overlooks of the Alaska Range and Denali. You must have strong knees for this part. 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+ hours. Bring food, water, hiking poles, good hiking boots, rain protection and mosquito repellent, for the day.

Friday, August 12
Angel Rocks Hike
Leader: Carol Meyer

Sunday, August 21
Wickersham Dome Hike
Leader: Frank Keim

More hikes may be added so please check back.

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.

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