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 Thursdays 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.


*Next meeting is Wed. Aug. 29, 2018*
Meets quarterly, 5:30 - 6:30 pm on a week night, in the Dunlap room, 4th floor Tanana Valley Clinic building, 1001 Noble St.
Join the SIG to get email notification of meeting dates & presentation topics.

Meetings are free and open to the public -- you don't have to be an OLLI member or even of OLLI age, but please do not bring children.
 TVC endocrinologist Dr. Muhammad K Ahmed leads the group. Each meeting will include a presentation related to diabetes, and will include time for participants to share their successes in living with diabetes. Meetings end with “facetime with endocrinologist”: Dr. Ahmed will answer questions regarding diabetes and treatment.


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 2018 Hikes
June 11, 2018, Monday 10:30am-12pm 
Creamers Field Hike
with Carol Johnson
This early summer hike is an easy trek through forested trails behind the Creamers Field barn. We will walk back to the seasonal pond and then on the board-walk. Then we will skirt the back fields on our way to the Boreal and Wander Lake trails. Bring your binoculars for viewing birds, and your bug spray so we're not viewing mosquitoes (in the rare event they are there!). Dogs are NOT permitted in the Boreal and Wander Lake trails. Those who wish to bring lunch, may join us at the conclusion. There will be dessert to reward our efforts.


June 27, 2018, Wednesday 9am-3pm 
Murphy Dome Road/Minot Flats Outlook

with Mary Matthews
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, and a half hour lunch at the lookout point.
Meet at Geist Road McDonald’s parking lot at 9 am to arrange carpooling. We plan to be back in Fairbanks close to 3 pm.
Description: drive close to top of Murphy Dome Rd, take  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, binoculars, good walking or hiking shoes/boots, a layer for possible rain/wind, and sun protection or lotion. For more information, call the OLLI office 474-6607 and we can give you Mary's phone number.

Summer 2018 Completed Hikes
May 22, 2018, Tuesday 11am
Tanana Lake Recreation Area

Summer 2017 Completed Hikes
May 20, 2017, Saturday 11am
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.

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 2018 - Winter/Spring 2019 reading list.

September 18, 2018: The Heart of Everything That Is: the untold story of Red Cloud, an American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
(non-fiction, 2013, 432 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

October 16, 2018: The Blue Parka Man: Alaskan Gold Rush Bandit by H. C. Landru
(non-fiction, 1980, 196 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

November 20, 2018: Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
(fiction, 1995, 437 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

January 15, 2019: Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
(non-fiction, 2017, 600 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

February 19, 2019: Folly by Laurie King
(fiction, 2002, 523 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

March 19, 2019: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
(fiction, 2016, 288 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

April 16, 2019: Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie
(non-fiction, 1957, 376 pp)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

May 21, 2018: Booktalk & title selection for September 2019 - April 2020


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, Wednesdays & Fridays at Fred Meyers West

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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