OLLI Originals

OLLI Originals

OLLI at Bradley is committed to high quality educational programming across a broad spectrum of topics and diverse experiences. As a result of committed volunteers who have participated in our strategic planning process, new programming, like OLLI Originals, is being developed to complement our current offerings.

Each of our OLLI Originals provides an opportunity for a unique experience and a chance to gain valuable insights in a variety of settings. These events are designed to offer our members extra learning experiences that don’t necessarily fit the mold of our classes, study groups, and learning trips. Transportation is not provided, but we try to design events that accommodate large groups.  We’re sure you’ll love OLLI Originals, which are made possible, in part, through generous donations from our OLLI members.

Upcoming OLLI Originals:

OLLI After Hours
Cyd’s in the Park
5805 N. Knoxville Avenue, Peoria
Monday, August 19, 4:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Join OLLI to unwind as we enjoy appetizers and drinks from Cyd’s in the Park, now a modern, multi-option gourmet storefront with a full service restaurant and bar. We’ll start the evening with drinks, eats, and social time, then we’ll turn the floor over to the crew at Cyd’s so they can share their story of 30 years of creating culinary delights in the Peoria area.

Owners Cyd Henrikson, daughter Emily Henrikson Cotton, and her husband Keith Cotton will discuss their 2018 move to the Donovan Park clubhouse and how they partnered with the Peoria Park District to create this unique opportunity for our community.

Don’t miss this fantastic evening in the park – it’s a great chance to socialize after hours with OLLI. $15 – includes appetizers, two drink tickets, and presentation. Transportation not provided – meet us there!

OLLI Lunch & Learn
Living History:  Civil War Medicine
Wednesday, September 4, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center

Take a step back in time during this OLLI Lunch & Learn, one of our newest programs.  Ron Kirchgessner, a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons, the Sons of Union Veterans, and the National Museum of Civil War, will portray Major Richard Conover, a native of Eureka, Illinois who served as a Surgeon for the 108th Illinois in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865.  During Kirchgessner’s presentation, he will explain how wounded soldiers were treated during the war and will display medical instruments from that era, providing visual details about what the injured soldiers could expect when they came into a field hospital.  Ron will be joined by his brother Richard, who will portray an Ambulance Sergeant, and Bill Huber, who will portray an Assistant Surgeon. $10 – includes presentation and lunch.

OLLI After Hours
Industry Brewing
Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

During this OLLI After Hours, we will visit Industry Brewing with our host Travis Mohlenbrink, president and owner of Spice Hospitality, the umbrella corporation over five unique Peoria restaurant concepts.  Join OLLI to unwind as we enjoy appetizers, drinks, and a presentation by Travis, who will share the story of his entrepreneurial endeavors, from Cracked Pepper Catering in 2005, to multiple restaurants and an event center.  Join us for this relaxed event to learn and socialize after hours with friends new and old.  $15 – includes appetizers, two drink tickets, and presentation.

OLLI Workshop

Playing the Game:  A Financial Planning Workshop
Tuesday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center

Paul Remack, a Bradley University graduate who currently resides in California, will lead a hands-on financial planning workshop based on his book, Playing the Game: Create Your Legacy and Preserve Your Estate for Future Generations.  This workshop is targeted for a wide audience, whether you are a high net worth individual/family or just someone who wants to ensure your assets are distributed as you wish.  Remack, a Certified Professional Fiduciary and a Certified Financial Planner with decades of experience, will discuss the best ways to preserve and transfer your personal resources.  He’ll explain how wealth transfer and distribution is a game, which if played poorly,  can eat away one’s fortune by a combination of poor investments and unfair taxation. This workshop, based on practical, usable information and real life examples, will help prepare and enable you to successfully pass on your assets.  $10 – includes financial planning workshop, scones, and coffee.

OLLI Films at the PRM

OLLI, in partnership with the Peoria Riverfront Museum (PRM), AARP, the Encore program at the Hult Center for Healthy Living, and Senior Care Network, will present two films that were the pinnacle of filmmaking 80 years ago.  Join us as we pay tribute to this fascinating era in Hollywood with two films that reached the pinnacle of filmmaking 80 years ago and have stood the tests of time.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Thursday, October 17
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum

This 1939 American political comedy-drama, directed by Frank Capra, tells the story of a newly appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt political system. Shelly Epstein, former OLLI executive committee member, retired assistant vice president of communication sat Bradley University, and associate opinion page editor for the Peoria Journal Star, will discuss how this important and timeless film still offers a realistic vision of the political process. Complimentary popcorn and soda will be provided by OLLI. Join us in viewing this movie on the Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen!$5 – includes moderated discussion, film screening, popcorn, and soda. Transportation not provided – meet us there!

Gone with the Wind
Friday, November 8
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum

Gone with the Wind, the epic historical romance film, is still considered the most successful movie in box-office history (when adjusted for monetary inflation).  Set in the American South against the backdrop of the Civil War, the leading roles are played by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett) and Clark Gable (Rhett).  Deb Lewellyn, OLLI study group facilitator and avid movie buff, will lead a pre-film discussion on how the movies from 1939, including Gone with the Wind, changed the film industry.  Complimentary popcorn and soda will be provided by AARP.  $5 – includes moderated discussion, film screening, popcorn, and soda.  Transportation not provided – meet us there!  

OLLI at the Theatre

BU Theatre: Peter and the Star Catcher 
Thursday, October 3
5:15 – 10:30 p.m.

Once again, we’ve secured some of the best seats in the house for Bradley University’s production of Peter and the Star Catcher, the Tony-winning show that upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation with everything from marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, this adaption playfully explores the depths of greed, despair, and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.  Scott Kanoff, Artist-in-Residence and Department Chair of Theatre Arts at Bradley University, will present a pre-show talk to enrich our understanding of Bradley’s theater program and the preparation leading up to the night of production. Our evening will include dinner in the Founders’ Room of the Hartmann Center for the Arts, located just upstairs from the theatre.  $55 – includes presentation, dinner, and tickets to the performance.  Transportation not provided – free parking will be available in any blue or white lined space on campus.

The Reel Psychology
Tuesdays, September 10, October 15, and November 19
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Methodist College

OLLI members are invited to join students from Methodist College to view and discuss three films tied to subject matter from an introductory psychology course taught by Margie Getz, a frequent OLLI instructor and facilitator.  Getz has grouped the content into three learning modules – the biological basis of behavior, social learning, and the concept of abnormality in psychology – in support of a service learning framework for her students.  Free – includes films and moderated discussions.  Transportation not provided – meet us at Methodist College, 7600 N. Academic Drive, Peoria.

The Reel Psychology will feature the following films with moderated discussion: 

September 10:  The Brain (a portion of the documentary series with David Eagleman)
October 15:  Twelve Angry Men
November 19:  Ordinary People 

The series is free for OLLI members, but registration is required.  Attendance at all three evenings is not mandatory. 

In addition, interested OLLI members may also volunteer to work with the students to develop strategies to moderate each film.  More information will be provided in August.