Week of December 4

Week of December 4

HOLIDAY PET SUPPLY DRIVEThis is our last week of our holiday pet supply drive! Drop off your donations in the OLLI office by December 8.

HOLIDAY FUN COMING THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 11. Stop by and visit the OLLI staff wearing your UGLY holiday sweater! Have your photo taken and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win some great prizes. We’ll have holiday snacks and more! Watch for a special email this week with all the details! 

OLLI OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEK! Time to spread the word to all your friends about OLLI! Invite them to our Open House on Wednesday, Dec 6, from 1:00PM-3:00PM. We’ll have a preview of some of our upcoming classes and representatives from many of our Special Interest Groups will be on hand to answer questions. Click here for more information.

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

Hurry! Only 4 Spots Left! The Art of the iPhone with Jan Armor
3 Sessions starting Friday, December 8, 10:00AM-11:30AM

Want to get the most out of your iPhone camera? We will learn how to create stunning landscape and architecture photos, take good macro (close-up) photos, capture unobtrusive candid images, and take photos in the dark of night. We will also discuss using selected camera apps to extend control over your iPhone, how to sync with the Apple and/or Google cloud so your photos are available across all your devices, and how to move, share, and save pictures, including moving images between iPhone, iPad, and computer. Finally, we will explore many hidden features in the Apple Photos app as well as available gear and gadgets that can make your mobile life easier.



  • 9:30AM Mindful Living: A Look at Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path 


  • 10:00AM World War II Rhode Island
  • 12:00PM New Member Welcome
  • 2:00PM The Virology of Covid-19


  • 9:30AM Lifestyle Factors and Your Aging Brain
  • 10:00AM Mawtucket of Pawtucket
  • 12:30PM Bowling Group
  • 1:00PM OLLI Open House (click to view flyer)


  • 9:00AM Let’s Skate
  • 10:00AM Ireland-A Brief History 
  • 10:00AM Tech Comm Mtg
  • 11:00AM Current Events Group
  • 1:00PM Mah Jonng
  • 3:00PM Program/Curr Comm Mtg


  • 10:00AM The Art of the iPhone (4 spots left!)
  • 1:00PM Peter, Paul and Mary
  • 1:00PM Taking the Inward Journey

OLLI WALKS ON PAUSE FOR DECEMBER: The group will transition to the OLLI Hiking Group in January. If you were registered for the Walking Group and would like to be part of the Hiking Group, you must register again. Registration opens on December 12. 

OLLI MEMBERSHIP WELCOME – Tuesday, December 5, at 12:00PM. New and current members are invited to join us to learn about all of the benefits of being an OLLI member. We’ll review our current program programs, and our special interest groups, all while exploring and becoming familiar with our OLLI Website & registration software. Plenty of time for Q & A. Coffee & refreshments too! Join us!

FREE TECH TALK: Accessibility Features on your Phone & Tablets – Thursday, December 14, at 11:00am.  The Tech Committee invites you to join this month’s FREE OLLI Extra, Let’s Talk Technology conversation on Utilizing the Accessibility Solutions on your Phone & Tablets over ZOOM. Register Today!


Domestic Violence: It’s Your Business- Tuesday, December 14, 12:00PM-1:30PM. Representatives from the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRCSC) will discuss topics including:

  • What is Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence Specific to Elders (Intimate Partners and Family Caretakers)

  • How to Recognize Abuse

  • How to Help

  • Overview of the agency

  • important Resources

INTERESTED IN CURRENT EVENTS? Join your OLLI friends for a weekly discussion on Thursdays, December 7, and December 14, from 11:00am-1:00pm facilitated by a member. Members will come together for lively discussions on local, state, national, and worldwide topics. This group will be encouraged to share interesting articles, photos, and other content related to current events, and urged to share their own thoughts and ideas in a respectful manner. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is not required.

BLOOD DRIVE- Many OLLI members are familiar with Dr. Erica Estus, from the URI Pharmacy program. She has brought many programs to OLLI as well as providing us with our Cyber Seniors students each semester. We recently welcomed Erica’s Mom into the OLLI family and this week a Blood Drive will be held in honor of her Dad, Ron. During Ron’s fight with leukemia, he received blood transfusions. Dr. Estus, and her family, would be grateful to all who donate blood. Click here for all the details!

MUSIC FOR PEACE- Are you looking for inner peace? Join us for an enchanting evening of traditional music with six Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Phukhang, India! The special event is free and open to the public. The monks will bring some souvenirs for sale and welcome any donations. Tuesday, December 5, 5:00PM-6:00PM Hope Room, URI Welcome Center, 45 Upper College Rd. Kingston. Co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Services Center, URiMindful, and Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies. Click here for all the details.

DON’T MISS THE FINAL STOP ON THE FACULTY OFFICE HOUR TOUR OF THE FINE ARTS THIS FALL. Join us for a deep dive into theater from the perspective of professional director, dramaturge, and professor Rachel Walshe! Wednesday, December 13, 2023  |  12–1 p.m. ET via Zoom. Click here to Register. These webinars provide the opportunity to hear from URI’s leading faculty and ask questions. All registrants will receive links to webinar recordings and further reading following the live discussions.

RHODY OUTPOST-  There is an updated list of URGENTLY NEEDED donations for the holiday season. Please consider making a donation! Donations can be dropped off in the OLLI office. Gift cards are also accepted. They respectfully ask that you do not donate traditional “holiday” items such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, etc. These are not popular items among the students.

DEMENTIA: BREAKING THE STIGMAS -The Evolution of Disease. Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 14, 1:00PM-2:00PM at the Narragansett Community Center, 53 Mumford Rd.   Do you know someone living with Dementia? Are you clear on what causes Dementia? Do you know what normal aging is vs Dementia? Are YOU AFRAID of getting Dementia? Dementia is often misunderstood. This talk will address the following: what it is, where it comes from and what it looks like, AND you’ll hear what it’s like living with the disease from Marc Archambault. For more information, or to register, contact Kathy O’Neel Webster at 401-515-5774 or email kwebster@shipshaperi.com

OLLI UMBRELLAS  and COFFEE MUGS FOR SALE: Purchase in the office. $15 each, cash or check payable to URI while they last!

OLLI GIFT CERTIFICATES MAKE GREAT GIFTS!! Purchase online or stop in the office!