OLLI Special Interest Groups

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

Hikes are held in the summer months.

Join the Hiking Club SIG to get email reminders. There are three ways to join:

1) Log in to your account on OLLI's ProClass site.

Log in. (Use the "Forgot password?" link if you don't remember your username or password.) 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 Hiking Club, 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.**


2) Send us an email at UAF-OLLI@alaska.edu telling us you want to be on the Hiking list. Be sure to include your first and last name.


3) Call the OLLI office at 474-6607.


*NEW* Olli-Olli Art Club

Will meet Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm, twice each month, location TBA

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.)

*NEW* 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.)

SIGs are led by OLLI members

You must be a current member of OLLI to participate in SIGS.

Contact the OLLI office at 474-6607 or UAF-OLLI@alaska.edu to join:

Hiking Club

Let's Travel

Games for Brains

Rock Hounds

Lifelong Learning Book Club

*NEW* Olli-Olli Art Club

*NEW* Aging at Home


Let's Travel

This group was formed to exchange ideas and tour information or just contact one another when we need a travel companion. This informal group primarily exchanges email to share travel discounts, travel tours and other travel information. Leader is Marcia Boyette.

Winter Tours Offered by UAF Summer Sessions 
Yes, "Summer Sessions" arranges "winter" trips.  Get more information on their website www.uaf.edu/summer/travel/


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

The Lifelong Learning Book Club takes a break during summer. September's title is a long one, so you can get started on it this summer.

September 16, 2014The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (HISTORICAL FICTION, 2008, 704 pgs) (3 lib print; 1 BOCD; 1 BOP; pbk $17)

Lehane's first historical shares much with his crime novels: narrative verve, sensitivity to setting, the interweaving of complicated story lines, an apt and emotionally satisfying denouement — and, above all, fondness for its characters and the human condition. In 1917, Boston's policemen have a grievance - with wages scaled to the cost of living in 1905, their earnings are below the poverty level, plus working conditions are appalling. The city has reneged on its promise to readjust wages after the War. With bomb-planting anarchists and social unrest in the air, there is little sympathy for the policemen's strike threat.  Against this background, an unexpected friendship develops between an Irish American policeman and an African American on the run from gangsters and police. (from Library Journal)

October 21, 2014The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (FICTION; 2012; 319 pgs) (2 lib print, LP & BOCD OO; pbk $15)

In the near future, a decimating flu pandemic has left only scattered pockets of survivors. For nine years, Hig has coexisted with a loner at an abandoned airport in eastern Colorado. He finds sanity in fishing, stargazing, and flying the edges of their safety zone in his 1956 Cessna. On one of his forays, Hig hears another pilot over the radio. This haunts him until he goes on a six-week search of this other person, discovering more than he bargained for. An award-winning adventure writer and NPR contributor, Heller has written a stunning debut novel. In spare, poetic prose, he portrays a soaring spirit of hope that triumphs over heartbreak, trauma, and insurmountable struggles. (from Library Journal review)

November 18,2014 – Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (FICTION; 2012; 345 pgs) (2 library print; 1 LP; 1 BOCD; $14 pbk)

In this compelling, heartrending debut novel, quiet, thoughtful Tom returns home to Australia after World War I, seeking refuge as a lighthouse keeper. Isabelle, a high-spirited young woman, works her way into Tom's heart and joins him at his remote outpost. Yearning  for a family, they lose three babies in three years. Then, a small boat washes ashore, carrying a dead man and a tiny but healthy infant. Tom and Izzy must decide whether to keep the baby or to report it to the authorities. Years later, in another lighthouse, the story circles around to a satisfying conclusion. Stedman's engrossing, emotionally driven novel sensitively treats the issue of loss and its aftermath. (from Library Journal review)

January 20, 2015 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (HISTORICAL FICTION, 2009, 532 pgs) (2 print, 1 BOCD; LP OO; pbk $16)

As Henry VIII's go-to man for his dirty work, Thomas Cromwell isn't a likely candidate for a sympathetic portrait. He dirtied his hands too often. In the end, Henry dropped him just as he had Cromwell's mentor, Cardinal Wolsey. But Cromwell was a man of many parts, admirable in many respects, though disturbing in others. Above all, he got things done and was deeply loyal. Nor was Henry always bloated and egomaniacal: well into his forties the king shone brighter than those around him. Peopled with appealing characters, this has appeal well beyond history buffs. (from Library Journal)

February 17, 2015Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (FICTION; 2003, 336 pgs) (3 lib print, 1 BOCD, DVD, pbk $10)

My high concept definition of this fast-paced, brilliantly written, and extremely disturbing book: Indiana Jones meets Dr. Who. Two U.S. Marshals are sent to Shutter Island to find a female patient who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. There's no way this patient could have escaped without being spotted, yet she seems to have done so. Things begin to happen: a hurricane, violent patients running loose and creating havoc, cryptic messages left in weird places, doctors and staff that appear to be as insane as the patients. You'll become so involved in the story that you won't realize what's really happening until it hits you in the last paragraph. It was not the most enjoyable book I've ever read, but it is going to be unforgettable. Very highly recommended as long as you don't mind being scared out of your wits. (from Rendezvous Review)

March 17, 2015Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (FICTION; 2009; 552 pgs) (Janice Ott) (2 library print; BOP & BOCD avail; $16 pbk)

In 1913, a little girl arrives in Brisbane, Australia, and is taken in by a dockmaster and his wife. She doesn’t know her name, and the only clue to her identity is a book of fairy tales tucked inside a white suitcase. When the girl, called Nell, grows up, she starts to piece together her story, but before she can go to England to find answers, her granddaughter, Cassandra, is left in her care. It’s Cassandra who eventually journeys to England to solve the puzzle of Nell’s origins. Spanning nearly 100 years, this is a sprawling, old-fashioned novel, as well-cushioned as a Victorian country house, replete with family secrets, stories-within-stories, even a maze and a Dickensian rag-and-bone shop. (from Booklist review)     

April 21,2015 – George Washington's Secret Six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger (NON-FICTION; E 279 .K22 2013, 235 pgs) (1 library print; BOCD oo, pbk $16)

Without the Culper Spy Ring, the authors argue, the Americans would have lost the Revolutionary War. Washington chose Major Benjamin Tallmadge to develop a spy network to help drive the British from New York. The six spies Tallmadge recruited had an immense effect on the outcome of the war. Their work in Manhattan and Long Island exposed not only a British attempt to destroy the American economy, but also Benedict Arnold's treachery. In one of their final acts, they got the British naval codebook, which turned the tide at the Battle of Yorktown. In the five-year period during which the ring operated, only one member was exposed. That she was a woman is the only clue to her identity, though there's a suggestion that she hung her laundry in such a way as to pass information. This slim, quick-moving book brings attention to a group that exerted an enormous influence over events during the Revolutionary War. (from Kirkus)

May 19, 2015 – booktalk & selection for September 2015 – April 2016

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