Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI Special Interest Groups



From September through June, 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.


Arts and Crafts:  Try your hand at a new skill on the first Thursday of each month at 3:15 p.m. A member of the group will demonstrate and lead an activity (fabric and paper crafts, jewelry making, book arts, knitting, crocheting, mixed-media collage, etc.). Contact Sue Jennings at jensusa10@gmail.com for more information.  


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.


Bicycle and Nosh: If you like to bike, how about joining a group of OLLI members for a ride every couple of weeks, with a delicious treat along the way? Contact Shoshana Hoose at shoshanahoose@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.  After that date, contact  Barbara Freeman at bhfreewoman@gmail.com


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 or Dawn Leland at lelanddm@gmail.com for more information.


Mah Jongg: Join players every 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, directed by an experienced leader 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.


OLLI Ukes! meets on Mondays from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. to share and have fun playing a wide variety of ukulele music. All levels welcome. Contact Cheryl Eling at cfeling@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 raegarcelon@gmail.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 Roberts 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 skiing enthusiasts, the club welcomes new and returning members. Check the OLLI Newsletter in season for schedules. Contact Lois Winter at lwinter@maine.rr.com for more information.


Wine-Tasting Club: Let a sommelier educate your palate during evening wine-and-appetizer pairings at a local restaurant. The group meets at 5 p.m. every month or so. To join an e-mail list for advance notice of date, price and venue, contact Jack Lynch at JLynch001@maine.rr.com.