This Week at OLLI – Week of Jan. 1, 2024

Week of January 1, 2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO OUR OLLI FAMILY! We look forward to continued learning and connections in 2024!

WELCOME LIA BARNES to the OLLI staff team! Lia will be joining us on a part-time basis to assist with the needs and interest of our growing membership. She comes to us with an extensive background in education and administration. Please stop by and say hello.

CLOSED CLASSES: Click here for a list of our closed classes. Make sure to put your name on the waitlist.


Advanced Care Planning- FREE Lunch and Learn with Ginette Ferszt
1 Session on Monday, Feb 12, 11:30AM-1:00PM – Fee: $1.00 (cash only payable at start of class) for booklet Five Wishes.

Advanced care planning is not only for older adults, it is for everyone. We never know when a situation might occur when we can no longer speak for ourselves, particularly about the type of healthcare treatment we want to receive. By planning ahead, we can get the medical care we want, avoid unnecessary suffering, and relieve caregivers of decision-making burdens during moments of crisis or grief. Advanced planning also helps reduce confusion or disagreements about the choices we want people to make on our behalf. Ginette will provide the information needed to complete an informed advanced directive.

CLASS SPOTLIGHT: Register online or call 401-874-4197

These classes are in danger of cancelation due to low enrollment. If you are interested in registering for this class, please register online today or call the office at 401-87-4197.

Beginning Digital Photography– On Zoom with Eli Vega
3 Sessions starting Jan 9, 10:0AM-11:30AM

Learn the basics, walk through menu items, and become acquainted with those mysterious dials and buttons on your camera. Continue with the principles of effective composition, and go on to f/stops, shutter speeds, the exposure meter, different types of lenses, and how they all work together. Find out about the #1 solution to the #1 problem in photography, and much more in this engaging class!  

Four Harriets: Three Runaways and a Novelist with Marilyn Harris
3 Sessions starting Jan 10, 1:00PM-2:30PM 

In her book, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich briefly highlights four outstanding women: Harriet Powell, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Tubman, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. We will delve further into their stories to try to understand more about the situation of enslaved women in the Antebellum South and how their struggles and victories relate to women’s history.



  • Office Closed- Happy New Year!


  • 12:30PM Bowling


  • 1:00PM Mahjong


  • 10:00AM Photo Friday (Zoom)
  • 1:00PM Writer’s Group (Zoom)

LET’S GO TRAVEL with OLLI. Join us for a virtual tour of two of our upcoming trips on Monday, January 8, at 1:00PM at OLLI. Our Collette Rep will walk you through the scheduled trips to British Landscapes (September 10-19) and the Azores (October 10-22).

LEARNING/TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY: Beyond the Classroom- Civil Rights Retrospective: The Alabama Triangle. Join us Thursday, January 11, at 1:00 PM to get a thorough overview of this experience along with travel details. Registration is not required for this informational session. n

NEW MEMBER WELCOME- Join us on Thursday, January 11, at 12:30PM.

Are you new to OLLI @ URI?  Are you returning after being gone awhile? 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. Coffee & refreshments too!