History Hayrack Tours

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
3-4:30 p.m.

Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. Meet in the parking lot.

$10 per person

Enjoy an afternoon hayrack ride tour of Pioneers Park and learn some of the history of  the area. Pioneers Park is a large and beautiful park that has over 1,200 acres of prairie, woodland and wetland habitats. Betty Orr, teacher and naturalist at Pioneers Park Nature Center,will share some of the unique history of the site and how it came to be the popular park that it is today. Participants will meet in the parking lot and travel by a tractor-driven hayrack through Pioneers Park and will experience the beauty and wonder of the park.

Register for one session:

Day/Date: Tues, Sept 19

Day/Date: Wed, Oct 4

Breakfast with Coach Tongoona

Friday, September 22, 2017
8:30-9:30 a.m.

The Space, 5900 S. 58th St., Suite H

$20 includes breakfast. (Registration is required. Please contact the OLLI office if you have specific dietary restrictions. Cancellation after the registration deadline date will be non-refundable.)

Continuing our successful series of breakfasts with UNL coaches, we kick off this year with Fungai Tongoona, associate head coach of UNL’s men’s tennis team. Those who follow UNL men’s tennis may remember him as a two-year team captain back in 2001 and 2002. Originally from Zimbabwe, he lettered for the Huskers all four years of his career as a student athlete. Now entering his sixth season as a Husker coach, Coach Tongoona has been a certified tennis teaching professional since 2002, serving as head professional at the Southlake Tennis Center in Texas, as well as the Woods Tennis Center here in Lincoln. Join us as we share a meal and conversation with Coach Tongoona.

Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept 18

Event Day/Date: Friday, Sept 22

Fall Nature Hike

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.


The relatively new science of fall ecology is revealing many miracles of adaptation to autumn among the entire living kingdom - animals, birds, insects and especially plants. We will discuss a few of these wonders, but spend most of our time hiking through the fall landscape making our own discoveries.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company Presents "The Weir"

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7-9 p.m.

The Stables at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O St.

$15 (Cancellation after the registration deadline will be non-refundable.)

The Weir

Theatre’s power as an arena for storytelling meets the great Irish tradition of the barroom tale in “TheWeir,” Conor McPherson’s brilliant play about loss, the paranormal and the consolations of connection. In the setting of a small rural pub in the northwest of Ireland, the regulars and their host fall into swapping ghost stories, the sort of local legends and anecdotes that over the years get stretched in the telling. The Flatwater Shakespeare Company will present “The Weir” as its first show of the new season. They invite us to join them for a unique evening of theatre, including a talk back session after the show, in a unique setting at a price discounted just for OLLI members.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, Sept 21


Nebrsaka's Mixed Bag Lecture Series: Surgical Robots

Friday, October 6, 2017
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Unitarian Church, 6300 A St.


Surgical robots have the potential for performing surgery in remote locations such as battlefields and space travel. Join us to hear Shane Farritor, professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, talk about his work with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to create miniature surgical robots.

These small robots, less than 2 pounds, are inserted into the body for surgery and are remotely controlled by the surgeon. The methodology was tested earlier this year when Clayton Anderson, retired U.S. astronaut and Nebraska native, operated a robot at UNMC from his control panel at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Featured Presenter: Shane Farritor, professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, UNL

2017 OLLI-WLS Symposium: Inequality of Income and Wealth

Saturday, October 21, 2017
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

UNL East Campus Union. No parking permit is required for this event.

$20 includes lunch. (Please contact the OLLI office if you have specific dietary restrictions. Cancellation after the registration deadline is non-refundable.)

Of the many factors that define and divide people, inequalities of income and wealth are among the most important. They divide societies and nations into categories from “developing” to “developed,” and within societies define us from impoverished to middle class or wealthy. They affect our nutrition, health, well being and even our longevity. They profoundly influenced the 2016 elections. This symposium will focus, again, on these issues introduced at the 2017 Winter Lecture Series. Nationally-prominent lecturers will present and discuss the causes, consequences and possible resolutions of inequality from psychological and environmental perspectives, as well as economic. After the morning lectures, a panel of local experts will discuss inequality at the local level.

Featured Speakers:

Keith Payne, professor, Psychology, University of NorthCarolina-Chapel Hill. Author of “The Broken Ladder.”

Liam Downey, associate professor, Sociology, Universityof Colorado Boulder. Author of “Inequality, Democracy,and the Environment.”

Sarah Anderson, director, Global Economy Program,Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.

Updates on additional speakers and panel members to be scheduled will be forthcoming in the next catalog.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct 13

Event Day/Date: Sat. Oct 21

Check in: 8:30 a.m.

Program: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by: OLLI and the Unitarian Church of Lincoln-Winter Lecture Series

This event is open to the public.

Cutting Through the Fog: Mindful Approaches to Improving Memory

Friday, November 3, 2017
9 a.m.-Noon

Southeast Community College, Continuing Education Center, 301 S. 68th St. Place

$15 includes light refreshments

Is it really possible to improve your memory? Have you ever found yourself forgetting where you left your keys? Where you parked your car? What you were supposed to pick up at the grocery store on the way home? Blanked on a person’s name or the name of a product or a medication you’ve used for years? How many times have you wondered how many of these inconvenient lapses are just a natural part of aging, and how many might be a cause for concern? Then you’ve probably wished there was a way to cut through the fog and optimize your ability to remember, learn, plan and adapt. Learn strategies to help you manage daily challenges.

Featured Speakers: Judy Harvey, assistant professor of practice, Special Education & Communication Disorders, UNL; Abbe D.Bateman-Davis, speech language pathologist, Tabitha Home Health Care

Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct 27

Event Day/Date: Friday, Nov 3

Check in: 8:30 a.m.

Event Time: 9 a.m.-Noon

To Register: Call Southeast Community College Continuing Education, 402-437-2700

Sponsored by: OLLI at UNL, Southeast Community College, City of Lincoln Aging Partners

This event is open to the public.