Week of March 27

Welcome to Spring Semester at OLLI!

CLASS SPOTLIGHT-  If you love nature and animals you’re going to want to check out this video from Elise Torello. She’s teaching the class Observing Wildlife Using Trail Cameras this Thursday at 1:00PM. You’ll see some of the many local animals Elise has captured on her South Kingstown trail cameras. In this class, she will show you the typical trail camera setup she uses to observe the local wildlife and give you pointers on how you can try to view the animals that visit your home. You don’t want to miss this!

Here are just a few classes starting this week that you can still register for. You can view all of the classes in our online catalog. Log on to your OLLI account or call 401-874-4197.

CLASS CANCELATION: Parrots in the Pet Trade: Global Implications for Wild Populations.

CLOSED CLASSES- click here to view the up-to-date list. Make sure to add your name to the waitlist for classes that are full. There are always last-minute cancellations, and we will contact you if an opening becomes available.

This Week at OLLI


9:30AM Italian Conversation

10:30AM Basic Horsemanship (off-site)

11:00AM Award Winning Novels

11:00AM Building More Movement into Your Life

1:00PM Topics in Earth Science

1:30PM A Quick and Dirty History of the English Language

3:00PM Automobiles: What’s Next?


9:00AM-11:00AM Cyber Seniors

10:00AM Herman Melvilles Moby Dick (Zoom)

10:00AM Intro to SK Land Trust

10:00AM Yoga for Life

11:30AM Louis Armstrong

12:30PM The Wonder of Trees

1:00PM Creative Writing 

1:30PM Preserving Your Assets

3:00PM Nathaniel Hawthorne


9:00AM-11:00AM Cyber Seniors

9:30AM RI Firsts, Bests, Uniques

9:30AM Hamlet

12:30PM Bowling Group

1:00PM Walking Group

3:00PM Take a Breath


9:00AM Let’s Skate

10:00AM Dutch Island

11:30AM Geology of Nat’l Parks

1:00PM Observing Wildlife with Trail Camera
(Click here to watch her amazing preview video!)

1:00 PM Mahjong (lobby)

2:00PM-4:00PM Cyber Seniors

3:00PM File, Pile, Sort, Shred (Zoom)


9:00AM-11:00AM Cyber Seniors

NEW SESSION ADDED- Due to popular demand, we have added a second session of the class Building a Resilient Brain as we Age. It will take place on Wednesday, May 17, at 1:00PM Click here to register or call the office at 401-874-4197.

OLLI MEMBERSHIP WELCOME– Wednesday, April 5, at 1:00PM

Both current and new members are invited to attend and learn about all OLLI has to offer. We’ll review our current programs, and our special interest groups, all while exploring and becoming more familiar with our OLLI website and registration software. Plenty of time for Q & A. Bring a friend! Non-Members are welcome! Join us! 


An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18, at 10:00AM at OLLI.  You are strongly encouraged to attend if you are interested in golfing with this very popular Special Interest Group this year. Join us & hear the latest updates.

  • New location! Pinecrest Golf Course, Carolina, RI (9 Hole)
  • New Time! 10:00AM
  • Group is limited to 20 with an active sub list. 
  • Attendance, sub list
  • Registration opens April 19 
  • Golfing will begin May 9 



You’re officially invited to TEDxURI 2023 – The Creative Spark April 1 at 1pm. Be entertained and as our nine outstanding performers share their stories and bring out the creative spark in you. Don’t wait, purchase your tickets today!

General admission $25, Students & OLLI Members only $10

So, why are TEDx talks so important to watch? Each TEDx talk is an in depth look into a specific topic – 2023 TEDxURI theme is “The Creative Spark” You may already know a little bit about it but here is your chance to learn more, or you may know nothing about but are just interested in learning something new. The best part is they are short enough to keep you interested and are kept to the point. This means that you won’t be given any unnecessary information on the topic you are curious about. Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.


Please be aware that many of our OLLI “FREE” programs are coordinated and led by our OLLI member volunteers. Each Coordinator works hard with advanced preparation and communication to all enrolled. At times, the program has reached maximum enrollment with others on the waitlist. Kindly remember to contact the office in advance if you have a change of plans. This allows us to pull from the waitlist. Thanks for your cooperation.

MUSIC MATTERS-FREE FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 10AM-11:30AM Presented by Hands in Harmony, Katelyn Belyea and Jeongyeon Hwang.

Join us to learn about Music Therapy and the many ways that music can be utilized to benefit your daily life. We will engage in music-making activities including singing and instrument playing. 

OLLI TRAVELS to Savannah and Charleston on its upcoming SOUTHERN CHARM trip with Collette Tours, October 22-28, 2023.

Join us on Tuesday, April 4 at 2:30pm for a wonderful overview presented by Collette Tours. Feel free to bring along a friend!  No registration required for this gathering. Brochures are available now in our lobby.


For the month of March OLLI will help stock the Rhody Outpost pantry with basic things that are used on a regular basis:

  • Canned tuna, chicken, and sardines

  • Canned tomato products – crushed, diced, sauce and paste

  • Broth – vegetable, beef, and chicken

  • Coffee and tea

  • Personal items most needed are shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, and baby wipes.

  • Click here for the complete list of requested items. 


Enjoy a FREE presentation by Christian McBurney on Thursday, March 30th at 7:00pm at the South Kingstown High School.

The Rise and Fall of the South Kingstown Planters, 1660 to 1783 Christian McBurney is author of ten books, including six on the American Revolutionary War and six on Rhode Island (with some overlap), as well as many articles on the American Revolutionary War and Rhode Island history. His latest book is Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade (Westholme, 2022). He is president of the George Washington American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia and is the publisher and chief editor of the online journal at smallstatebighistory.com, devoted to Rhode Island history. He grew up in Kingston, Rhode Island, and attended Brown University as an undergraduate, where he authored an honors history thesis on colonial South Kingstown. He practices law in Washington, DC and he and his wife have a second home in West Kingston, Rhode Island.


Holocaust Remembrance Day Presentation by Alice Eichenbaum

In person and live streamed on April 18, 5:00-6:00PM

Swan Hall, Auditorium, 60 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

Click here for more information and to register.