Book Club

The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month through June. To allow for choice of locations, one group meets at the Main Library downtown from 12-1:30, and a second group meets at the Westminster Oaks Pool Clubhouse from 4-5:30. Please see below for the spring schedule, which also includes a makeup-session for a previously canceled afternoon group meeting.

  • January 10 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • February 14 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • March 14 My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams
  • April 11 The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • May 9 Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • June 13 The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

All current OLLI members are welcome to attend! Book Club co-chairs this year are Susan Barnes and Carol de Jarnette. To be added to our email list, contact us at


The Writers' Group

The Writers’ Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month all year long (including summer). We meet at Westminster Oaks, 4449 Meandering Way, in the Pub Room in the Parry Building from 10 a.m. to noon. Members share their writings and engage in writing exercises to improve their craft. Periodically, we have presentations and/or workshops by published authors. We all have stories just waiting to be written. Join us and let us help you get your story on paper.  Published by OLLI at FSU Writers Group members in 2010, Life Lessons, an anthology of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and photography, is available for purchase from Amazon.

Men’s Group

Our Men’s Group meets every two weeks to discuss common issues and challenges faced by older men, to share each others’ knowledge and expertise on a range of topics, and to socialize in an informal environment. As additional men show interest, more groups, not to exceed 10-12 members each, will be formed. Group meetings are self-directed. Responsibility for facilitating discussions is generally rotated among the participating members. For more information, contact Frank Alarcon at or 850-766-6854.

Travel Club

The Travel Club gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best our world has to offer at very reasonable prices. Travel with friends and enjoy well-planned trips. At meetings we share information about upcoming trips or host presentations, including an “Armchair” Travel meeting at which the presenters are our very own OLLI globe- trotters. Meeting information is on the calendar at the OLLI at FSU website. To be added to the Travel Club email list, contact Harriet and George Waas at

Walking Club

The OLLI Walking Club provides year-round opportunities for walkers of all fitness levels to keep moving and enrich friendships. Whether you are new to Tallahassee or a long-time resident, you will enjoy walking with us on paved and unpaved trails throughout the City of Tallahassee Parks and Recreation system. Some of our walks give us the opportunity to explore picturesque neighborhoods as well as the FSU campus. OLLI Walkers also participate in community walks and organize a hiking field trip each semester. We have opportunities for both “gentle” or beginning walkers and intermediate to advanced walker/hikers. Walks take place on weekday mornings and afternoons at various times depending on the season. Our walking schedule is posted on OLLI’s online calendar. To become a regular walker and receive our weekly email schedules, contact Karyn Hornick,

Friendship Force International

FFI expands OLLI members’ travel opportunities and offers a rewarding way of meeting new people. All OLLI members are automatically members of FFI. We explore new countries and cultures through FFI’s program of home hospitality. To view the wide variety of travel options available, visit the FFI website at OLLI is hosting domestic and international visitors during Spring break, March 11-16. There are opportunities for OLLI members to be home, small dinner and day hosts for our visitors. Also, all OLLI members are invited to participate in the welcome and farewell parties. Check our Facebook page, Friendship Force Tallahassee Florida. Contact Wendy Johnston at

Club Español

Buenos Dias, amigos. OLLI Spanish Club meets every Friday at Allegro (4501 W. Shannon Lakes Dr.) from
11 a.m. -12 noon, except for the last Friday of the month, when we meet at a different Hispanic restaurant to enjoy lunch and learning in a stimulating venue! We practice our conversation skills in español. The object of our fun get-togethers is to speak as much Espanol as possible, thereby learning vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the culture of our Hispanic neighbors. Join us for the exciting experience of being totally immersed in another language (without having to travel)! Contact Laura Gonzalez Morris, 850.591.7776.

OLLI Paddlers

OLLI Paddlers meet on the rivers, streams, lakes and bays of North Florida. We paddle every Friday during the class term and continue between semesters when we can. Check the online calendar for updated information. Occasionally we do more ambitious trips. We focus our paddling on the local ecology, wildlife, natural beauty and culture of each venue. We try to incorporate an opportunity to socialize and debrief over lunch in a local restaurant or a picnic during or after each trip. Members supply their own equipment. Some experience is called for; participants should be able to paddle for at least two hours at a stretch. For more information check out the OLLI Paddlers’ website at or contact Michael Lampman at

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