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.


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.
DATES for 2019: Feb. 20, May 15, Aug. 21, Nov. 20

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.

Wickersham Dome
Friday June 28, 2019
Hike starts at mile 27 Elliott Highway; meet at the Fox grocery story at 9 am to carpool.
Leader: Cheryl Keepers
Length of hike: about 6.5 miles
Total time: about 4 hours
Difficulty: moderately difficult
What to bring: hiking boots, rain gear, water, lunch, bug spray, bear spray if you have it
The hike goes through wet spruce forests & alpine country, with great views from the top. It's moderately difficult, often muddy in spots. We'll hike out to the rock outcropping near the summit, stop for lunch, and look for marmots.
(No dogs)

Murphy Dome Road/ Minto Flats Outlook
Wednesday July 17, 2019
Meet at the Geist Road McDonald's parking lot at 9 am to carpool.
Leader: Mary Matthews
Length of hike: about 7.5 miles
Total time: We plan to be back in Fairbanks close to 3 pm.
Difficulty: moderately difficult
What to bring: lunch, water, lunch, mosquito spray, binoculars, good walking or hiking shoes/boots, layers for possible rain/wind, and sun protection
We'll drive close to the top of Murphy Dome, take the rough road to the 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 the same way.
(No dogs)
Previous hikes this summer:
After Hours trail on Cranberry Ridge, Wed. May 22
Chena Lakes, Thurs. May 2

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

OLLI Group contact: Susan Gainey
FNSB Library Liaison: Kitty Berner

(Note: Book Club is on summer hiatus June through August)
Here is the Fall 20189 - Winter/Spring 2020 reading list.

September 17, 2019: Becoming by Michelle Obama
(non-fiction, 2018)
Click here for synopsis & reviews
Optional additional read for September: Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (nonfiction, 2004)

October 15, 2019: A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
(fiction, 1997)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

November 19, 2019: Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son by Mary F. Ehrlander
(nonfiction, 2017)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

January 21, 2020: Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
(fiction, 1993)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

February 18, 2020: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
(nonfiction, 2018)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

March 17, 2020: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
(fiction, 2001)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

April 21, 2020: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
(nonfiction, 1854)
Click here for synopsis & reviews

May 19, 2029: Booktalk & title selection for September 2020 - April 2021


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 Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:30 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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