Picnic at Prairie Creek Inn

Thursday, May 25, 2017
5-8 p.m.

Prairie Creek Inn, 2400 South 148th St., Walton, NE


Registration Deadline: Wed, May 17

Join us down on the farm to celebrate summer! Wear your best western gear and mosey on over to the barn at Prairie Creek Inn for a country picnic with all the fixins. Jim Pipher and Steve Hanson, of Toasted Ponies fame, will entertain us with country and bluegrass standards sure to get your boots tapping, plus you’ll have a chance to yell “Bingo!” and win a prize. Y’all come!

A Hidden Gem: Coryell Park

Thursday, June 1, 2017
9 a.m. -5 p.m.

$15 includes transportation and water.

In 1934, L.L. Coryell dedicated 32 acres of his land, which he had inherited from his homesteading father, for the benefit of all citizens. OLLI members who take this field trip will have the opportunity to learn about the Coryell family, the decision to dedicate a part of the land to create a public park, the popularity of the Chautauqua-like events that were held at the park for a decade in the late 1930s and early 1940s and the circumstances which have resulted in its relatively unknown status. A fuller explanation about the history of the park will be given when we arrive, then participants will be encouraged to explore the grounds and several buildings, including the popular chapel.

Vans will depart promptly at 9 a.m. from Gateway Mall parking lot just north of Younker's parking deck. Personal vechicles can be parked in this location for the duration of the trip. Vans arrive back in Lincoln at 5 p.m.

Abendmusik Summer Sing with "Gloria"

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Wed, July 12, 1-2:30 p.m. & Wed, July 19, 6-9 p.m.

First-Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D Street


Abendmusik Summer SingsOLLI is joining with Abendmusik to enhance the experience of their annual community Summer Sing. This year features Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria!”

On Wednesday, July 12, OLLI members will have an exclusive lesson with Pamela Starr, UNL professor of Music History. The lesson will include a history of Vivaldi and his “Gloria,” along with some musical analysis, followed by a rehearsal of sections of the Vivaldi piece.

Then, on Wednesday, July 19, Pamela Starr and Tom Trenney, artistic director of Abendmusik and First-Plymouth Church’s minister of music, will share in a pre-Summer Sing reception with an exclusive question and answer period about the “Gloria,” Abendmusik and the Summer Sing. After a short break, OLLI members will join dozens of fellow music and singing enthusiasts in the community to share an energized rehearsal and the “instant performance.”

There are no auditions or extensive commitments. Just come ready to sing! Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you join your voice with many others to create beautiful sound. Let Abendmusik cure your summertime choral blues!

Music will be provided at the July 19th Summer Sing rehearsal and performance, but OLLI members are encouraged to purchase the score prior to the July 12 class. Scores are available at Dietze Music at the discounted price of $8.00 (tax included). To get your copy, call Dietze and mention you are an OLLI member taking the Abendmusik class on Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

Score: Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi – Vocal Score – Walton Music

Dietze Music Briarhurst

5555 S. 48th St. Lincoln,


Dietze Music East Gateway

6401 Q St., Lincoln


Adventure in the Wilds of Western Nebraska

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Sunday, July 30 - Wed, Aug 2

Cedar Point Biological Station, Ogallala, Neb.


Registration Deadline: Mon, July 10

Cedar Point Biological Research Station

Experience immersion in the summer community of a biological research station on the western high plains with field-based, learning activities planned. Expect vigorous hikes over moderately rugged terrain, complete with bugs, mud and water. This is an adventure in hiking, sitting, pausing and viewing with a fine eye for the geological, flora and fauna detail of the western high plains at Cedar Point Biological Station. This is an experience in a great part of western Nebraska using the tools of sketching, journaling and photography.

Your adventure begins once you’ve made your way to Ogallala, Neb. Jon Garbisch, associate director of the Cedar Point Biological Station, will meet the group for dinner at Open Range Grill on Sunday evening. A good night’s sleep will have you ready for an early start on Monday, with the day’s activities beginning at the station at 8 a.m., although you are welcome to drive out earlier to enjoy some good coffee and a hearty breakfast while watching a variety of bird  species enjoy their breakfast at the station’s feeders. Spend the day in artistic pursuits and/or trekking through some of the 900 acres of UNL-owned prairie and red cedar-filled canyons, then back to the Lodge for dinner. Rinse and repeat on Tuesday and you will head back to   Lincoln Wednesday morning replete with the satisfaction and tranquility that only time away from the distractions of the modern world can provide.

A detailed itinerary, including information about lodging and transportation, will be provided upon registration.

Behind the Curtain at the Playhouse

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th


Registration Deadline: Tue, Aug 1

Lincoln Community Playhouse

You have experienced the theatre world from the audience viewpoint, but there is another  fascinating world behind the curtains that few get to see. Don’t miss this special opportunity to take a peek at the inner workings of a vibrant, active community theater. Join us for dinner on stage at the Lincoln Community Playhouse (LCP). Morrie Enders, LCP’s executive director, will share the history of community theatre, and LCP specifically, and lead us on a backstage tour of the theatre building.