Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI Special Interest Groups



(NOTE: Special Interest Groups that convene in the Wishcamper will take the summer off and start again in September.)


OLLI at USM offers many diverse activities beyond the classroom. To participate in any Special Interest Group, you must be a current OLLI member. NOTE: Special Interest Groups are not intended as instructional events.


American Foreign Policy: This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. to discuss issues selected by members. Discussions will be led on a rotational basis. All OLLI members with an interest in American foreign policy are invited to join, discuss, and learn. Contact Betsy Mayberry at betsy.c.mayberry@gmail.com for more information.

Book Club: Members meet the third Thursday of each month from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. to discuss readings from a variety of genres, including contemporary novels, classics, biographies, memoirs, short stories, etc. Contact Elsa van Bergen at evanbergen@maine.rr.com for more information.

Bridge Club: Those who enjoy playing bridge for fun are welcome to join this group every Wednesday from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Contact Dottie Clark at dclark50@maine.rr.com for more information.

Elders for Future Generations: This is an ongoing, peer-facilitated exploration of the advocacy role seniors can play in shaping policy to promote the well-being of future generations. Contact Fred Brancato at opus3@twc.com for more information.

History Book Club: Members read and discuss one work of history on the second Wednesday of each month from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Works include social, political, economic and foreign-policy history as well as biography, autobiography, memoir, and historical fiction. Contact Sue Gesing at susangesing@gmail.com for more information.

Mah Jongg: Join players every Monday and Friday from 3:15 to 6 p.m. in Room 103 at Wishcamper. National Mah Jongg rules and cards are used. Contact Terry Garrett at terrya@maine.rr.com for more information.

OLLI Night Out: Come enjoy good food and good company with fellow OLLI gourmands who meet periodically at local restaurants. Watch the OLLI Newsletter for upcoming dates and locations.

OLLI Singers: This group, co-directed by experienced leaders and supported by a skilled accompanist, meets every Thursday at 3:15 p.m. to have fun with vocal music and prepare for several performances each year. All are welcome. Contact Chuck Hornberger at ckhornberger@gmail.com for more information

Outdoor/Walking Club: Outdoor enthusiasts gather twice a month for invigorating walks in interesting places. They meet at the Back Cove parking lot and carpool. Walking schedules for the year can be found in the OLLI office and in literature racks in Wishcamper. Contact Rae Garcelon at raeallan@aol.com for more information.

Photography Club: Shutterbugs at OLLI at USM meet and learn from each other while sharing their love of photography. Contact Sharon Hickey at sharonlh@gwi.net for more information.

Recorder Ensemble: In addition to having fun making music together, the Recorder Ensemble also may perform at OLLI at USM events and venues. Contact Barbara Doughty at Babsy1000@yahoo.com or Karen Luse at luse.karen@gmail.com for more information.

Science Reading Club: This group is for those interested in exploring science through readings based on members' interests and recommendations. It meets at 3:15 on the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Elizabeth Housewright at ehousewright@gmail.com for more information.

Senior Players: Thespians perform staged readings twice a year at USM and off campus on several occasions. Senior Players is open to all OLLI at USM members. Contact Allan Mills at aljeevbr@gmail.com for more information.

Ski Club: A seasonal outlet for downhill and cross-country skiing enthusiasts, the club welcomes new and returning members. Check the OLLI  Newsletter in season for schedules. For downhill skiing, contact Pris Nelson at pris.nelson47@gmail.com or Lois Winter at lwinter@maine.rr.com for more information. For cross-country, call Deb Blair (799-5043), Valerie Wisch (650-2061), or Susanne Maarten (650-8433, texts preferred).

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Fall 2016 class registration will open on August 2 at 10 am.  The Fall 2016 catalog will not be available on the registration website until August 2 at 10 am.


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