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OLLI_Walkers Fall 2014Special Interest Groups

Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a very popular benefit of membership in the OLLI at URI community. It’s a great way to socialize with people with similar interests outside of the normal OLLI class environment. OLLI members propose these groups and take care of arrangements. Most SIGs meet once a month although they may meet more or less often if members wish. All OLLI members are welcomed!

Aging as a Spiritual Practice


December 8


Topic: Explore how to make retirement interesting!

Topics are selected by OLLI members and explore all aspects of aging.

Facilitator – Marylen McKenna

Book Group


(Alternate Months)

January 17

3:00-4:30 pm

Book: “The Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles


Facilitator – Edie Stahlberger

Book Group International 

Tuesday, January 23 3:30-5:00

3rd. Tuesday (Alternate Months)

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje 

Facilitator: Carol Gjelsvik & Maureen Logan


Thursdays (weekly)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Novice and experienced players are welcome!

Facilitator – Judy Gamble

Digital Drop – In – New!

4th Thursday of the month


Computer Lab, 2nd Floor , Building 210/OLLI location

Nov. 30 – Developing Your Facebook Image: The When, Where, and Who to “Like” and Share.

Facilitators – OLLI Technology Committee (Gary Smith, Jet Vertz, Etta Zasloff)

Great Decisions: Foreign Policy Discussion

Will return January 2018!  

Join other OLLI members for a series of world affair discussions based on the Great Decisions program of the Foreign Policy Association. The topics are

Learn more by going to the Foreign Policy Association website: fpa.org  and clicking on Great Decisions. Books can be ordered from this website fpa.org.


Facilitator: Susan Berman

Poetry Group

4th Monday of Month

November 27

December 18

3:00 pm-4:30pm

Poems chosen in advance to read aloud and discuss. There is no prescribed formats, no preset interpretations, and no formal training in poetic style will be required.

Facilitator: Robyn Levine

Scrabble New!

Mondays 2:00-4:00pm

Starting October 16

Walking Group

Weekly on Wednesdays*

1:00 pm
Destinations change weekly.

Wednesday, November 22  – Wahaneetta Preserve, Moorehouse Rd, Westerly Land Trust.

Improve your health; make new friends while exploring our South County area. Walks generally last an hour. Weather permitting.

Facilitators: Joanne Smardin & Cindy Opaluch

Wonder, Wisdom, and Worship

Fridays, 2:30-4:00pm

November 17, December 15

Deepen our understanding of enduring philosophical, religious, ethical and cultural issues and in particular their intersections. Each month, a member of the group chooses reading material and leads a discussion of it at the next month’s meeting.

Facilitator: Mark Wimbush

Writers Group

First Friday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

December 1, 2017

January 5, 2018

Come share your writings, listen and learn from others, and most importantly have a good time.
Facilitator: Susan Berman


Added Valued Programs

OLLI Cyber Seniors

Tuesdays & Fridays

No Cyber Seniors on Friday, 11/24.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 Do you have technology questions about how to use your smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc?

Come meet with URI pharmacy students here at OLLI to have your questions answered!


The URI Theater Department


Lady Windermere’s Fan

$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff & Students

Robert E. Will Theatre

November 30 & December 1,2 & 7-9, 2017, 7:30 PM

December 3 & 10, 2:00 PM

$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff & Students


Special pre-show talk for OLLI members 

Sunday, December 10


(performance at 2:00, tickets available at Fine Arts Center, RSVP to OLLI )


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