Week of November 27

Week of November 27

Holiday Pet Supply Drive- This holiday season we are partnering with the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce to support Animal Rescue Rhode Island and Save One Soul Animal Rescue League. Drop off your donations in the OLLI office by December 8.

There’s Still Time to Register!

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

Practical and Proven Suicide Prevention- 1 Session on Monday, December 11, 11:30AM-1:00PM with Rob Harrison.

We are in the midst of a global mental health crisis and people of all ages need help. QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) is a community level evidence-based training program that has proved effective in teaching any adult age 17 or older to recognize someone who might be considering suicide and take the appropriate measures to get help. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis. Participants are certified as “Gatekeepers” for 3 years.

*OLLI requires a minimum enrollment of 10 students per class. If you are interested in registering for any of these classes, please don’t wait! Call today (401-874-4197) or log on to your OLLI account.



  • 9:30AM Classical Music Virtuosos
  • 9:30AM Mindful Living: A Look at Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path 
  • 11:00PM Zoom Travel Presentation- Canadian Rockies (See below for more info)


  • 10:00AM Ireland-A Brief History 
  • 3:00PM Movement Medicine


  • 9:30AM From Tom to Tennessee
  • 10:00AM Isn’t It Romantic-Literature of Hawthorne, Melville, Poe (Zoom)
  • 10:00AM Lifestyle Factors and Your Aging Brain
  • 12:30PM Bowling Group
  • 1:00PM Walking Group


  • 9:00AM Let’s Skate
  • 10:00AM Ireland-A Brief History 
  • 11:00AM Current Events Discussion
  • 1:00PM Mah Jonng
  • 3:00PM File, Pile, Sort, Shred (Zoom)
  • 3:00PM Riesling: It Is Not Always Sweet (off-site)


  • 10:00AM Photo Friday (Zoom)
  • 1:00PM Writers Group (Zoom)
  • 1:00PM Peter, Paul and Mary
  • 1:00PM Taking the Inward Journey

WINTER SEMESTER UPDATE: Catalogs are at the printer and should be in the mail later this week. The online catalog is scheduled to go live December 1, and winter registration begins Dec 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!

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!

OLLI AT THE UNIV OF RICHMOND INVITES YOU TO A FUN ZOOM CLASS that they are sharing with OLLI friends across the network. They can handle up to 300 total, so please share pop on early. Here are the details: The Inside Story of How Netflix Started, Tuesday, Nov 28, 1-2:30pm Eastern Join Zoom Meeting: https://urichmond.zoom.us/j/88435968395?pwd=bHBtQXNNR21IMTV6RCt3OUVaZ2toUT09
Meeting ID: 884 3596 8395 Passcode: 107420

Hear the trials and tribulations of a dot-com start-up of the late 1990s: Netflix. Founded by a team with no entertainment experience and with the goal of taking on industry giant Blockbuster, this group of brilliant renegades ended up changing the face of entertainment forever. Hear stories and lessons from University of Richmond Professor Joel Mier, a former director of Netflix during its formative first decade.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF CANADIAN ROCKIES TRIP: Don’t miss the opportunity to travel with OLLI to the CANADIAN ROCKIES, June 2-9, 2024. Save $700 if registered by November 30. Join us on Monday, November 27, at 1:00PM via ZOOM. Click here to join the meeting. Our Collette Tours rep will provide a virtual tour and answer any questions you may have. Invite a friend to join you. Click here to view the online brochure.

INTERESTED IN CURRENT EVENTS?  Join your OLLI friends for a weekly discussion on Thursdays, November 30, 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

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.

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 TRAVEL 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! 

AUTHOR EVENT AT WORLD WAR II MUSEUM IN WAKEFIELD-NOVEMBER 28-Diane Hanks will be at Wakefield’s World War II Foundation to talk about her book The Woman With a Purple Heart. Diane has written numerous screenplays and recently returned to her first love—writing novels. The Woman With A Purple Heart is an inspiring WWII novel of heroic leadership, courage, and friendship, based on the true story of Annie Fox, an army nurse whose heroics during the attack on Pearl Harbor earned her a Purple Heart. This event is free, but attendees will have the opportunity to visit the World War II Foundation Museum from 5:30 to 6:30PM, which is a $10 admission fee (to be paid on site). Diane’s presentation will be followed by Q&A and book signing. Copies of The Woman With a Purple Heart will be available for purchase at the event. Seating is limited & registration is required – register at https://dianehanks_wakefieldbooks.eventbrite.com