Clubs

Book Club NEW

New this term, OLLI book clubs will meet on different days and times. One group will meet at the Leroy Collins Leon County Library downtown (between Park and Call St) from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month. Contact Ramona Bowman, rbowman0721@gmail.com.

The second group will continue to meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Westminster Oaks Pool Clubhouse from 4-5:30 p.m. Contact Charlene Estes, ollibookclub@gmail.com.

September Say Nothing by Patrick Keene

October The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

November There There by Tommy Orange

December My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

January The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Club Español

Buenos Dias, amigos. OLLI Spanish Club meets every Friday at Allegro (4501 W Shannon Lakes Dr) from 11 a.m.-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 Español 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, startrek1330@gmail.com.

 

E-Device

Most OLLI members have a smartphone, and many of us have a ”tablet.” OLLI’s newest SIG, E-Device Technology Club, gives members an opportunity to get together to share our knowledge and learn a trick or two about our devices. We also have friendly experts come to our gatherings to demonstrate how to use the features that frustrate us. Contact Manju Kundra, olliedevice@gmail.com.

 

Friendship Force International 

The Friendship Force organization is focused on promoting understanding, cultural education and citizen diplomacy through homestay trips and personal friendships. Website: www.friendshipforce.org. As one of more than 350 clubs in 60 countries, our group members have journeyed to places such as Tuscon, AZ, Ontario, Canada, and Brazil, gaining friendships and experiences not available to regular tourists. FFI “ambassadors” from Milwaukee, Montreal, and England have traveled to Tallahassee to enjoy our hospitality. Come with a covered dish to share to our monthly FFI potluck meetings every second Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. at Westminster pool house to learn more. Find out about opportunities to host a small dinner, be a day host or a home host for our next visitors, as well as information about our future journeys. Contact Wendy Johnston mrswendyjohnston@gmail.com.

 

Get Happy with OLLI

On Wednesday nights OLLI members and friends get together at restaurants across town for good times. Join us, your friends and instructors at 5 p.m. for food, friendship, drinks, and conversation. Get Happy is open to everyone who wants to relax and have fun. It is very informal, you pay for your own dinner and drinks. Some of the restaurants OLLI has patronized are McGowan’s, Pepper’s, Table 23, Little Italy, Momo’s, Miller’s Ale House, Backwood Bistro and Island Wings. Find Get Happy information, dates, and venues on the OLLI website calendar or contact Denise Zabelski-Sever, gethappyolli@gmail.com or Renae Mapstone, rjmap@comcast.net.

Men’s Group

We meet every two weeks on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bagel Market and Bistro 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. Group meetings are self-directed. Responsibility for facilitating discussions is generally rotated among the participating members. Contact Frank Alarcon at alarconfj@yahoo.com.

 

 

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. 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 after each trip. Members supply their own equipment. NOTE: Some experience is called for; participants should be able to paddle for at least two hours at a stretch. Check out the OLLI Paddlers’ website, www.memberplanet.com/ollipaddlers or contact Michael Lampman, lampmanm@icloud.com.

 

The Writers' Group

The Writers’ Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month all year long at Westminster Oaks, 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. Join us and let us help you get your story on paper. Contact Phil Beyer, windsong90@aol.com.

Travel Club

The OLLI Travel Club gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best our world has to offer at very reasonable prices. You travel with friends and enjoy well-planned trips. The Travel Club meets to share information about upcoming trips. We also host presentations for those interested in travel, including an “Armchair” Travel Club meeting at which the presenters are our very own OLLI globetrotters. Information about our meetings is on the online calendar at olli.fsu.edu. To be added to the Travel Club email list, or to continue receiving Travel Club emails, contact Harriet and George Waas, waas01@comcast.net.

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 weekdays on paved and unpaved trails throughout Leon County. Some of our walks give us the chance to explore neighborhoods as well as the FSU campus. We have opportunities for both “gentle” or beginning walkers and intermediate to advanced walker/hikers. Walks take place at various times depending on the season and last about an hour. The intermediate walkers cover about three miles, and some of their walks are on rough terrain. The gentle walks are generally on paved surfaces and at a slower pace. OLLI Walkers also participate in community walks and organize a hiking field trip each semester. Our walking schedule is posted on the online calendar at olli.fsu.edu. Regular walkers may also receive our weekly email schedules. Contact Sue Wattenberg OLLIWalking@gmail.com.

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