Special Interest Groups

A Special Interest Group is a group of OLLI members who have a hobby or special interest in a particular topic and want to share experiences with others. You do not need to register, and there is no fee.

Card Club/Dominoes

Do you enjoy playing cards or dominoes? If so, this Special Interest Group may be just right for you. This group is open to all OLLI members. A variety of card games will be played.

Contact: Diane Ohlson, ladydi6347@yahoo.com, 402-421-6347
Day: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Dino's Eastside Grill, 2901 South 84th St.

International Affairs Discussion Group

This group offers engaging conversations on topics of current international importance. The leaders introduce topics and raise stimulating questions for participants to discuss.

Contact: Peter Levitov, plevitov1@unl.edu
Discussion Leaders: Dave Forsythe, professor emeritus, Political Science, UNL; Peter Levitov, associate dean emeritus, International Affairs, UNL; and Jerry Petr, professor emeritus, Economics, UNL.
Day: First Wednesday of each month, September through May
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Stauffer's Cafe and Pie Shoppe, 5600 S. 48th St.


The group is open to any OLLI member who has an interest in meditation. The focus is to talk about the practice of meditation and some of the challenges that arise with a meditative time. Each meeting includes a 15 to 20 minute guided meditation. You do not need experience in meditation to participate. Participants sit in chairs.

Contact: Margaret Rickers, frickers@neb.rr.com
Day: Second Thursday of each month
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: First-Plymouth Church, 20th and D St., Calvert Parlor

OLLI's Ping Pong Players (OPPPs)

Join our table tennis interest group. Everybody plays. No pressure. Simply show up and bring your favorite paddle. Some paddles are available. This group is for OLLI members of any ability. Come meet others who share your passion for ping pong.

Contact: Larry McClure, lmerkmcclure@yahoo.com
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Locaiton: Calvert Recreation Center, 4500 Stockwell St.

Politics Interest Group

Passionate about politics? This group is open to all regardless of political persuasion – the more viewpoints the better. Just remember the admonition from the great American, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to his (or her) own opinion, but not his (or her) own facts.”

Hosts: Marvin Almy, John Comer, Randy Moody Contact: Marvin Almy at hmalmy@aol.com, John Comer at jcomer1@unl.edu.
Day: Third Thursday of each month
Time:3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Stauffer's Cafe and Pie Shoppe, 5600 S. 48th St.

Reading Groups

Are you in a book club or would you like to be? Membership is open to women and men who are OLLI members. If you are interested in joining a reading group, contact Kay Rockwell, krockwell1@unl.edu.

Existing Reading Groups
Reading With OLLI Friends
Contact: Kay Rockwell, krockwell1@unl.edu
Contact: Lucy Lien, lucyklien@yahoo.com
Contact: Linda Willard, lwillard@windstream.net


This group is open to anyone interested in drawing at any skill level. It will be helpful to those hungry for sketching, someone to sketch or sketch or subjects to sketch. All mediums are welcome.

Contact: Stan Riggle, archaeogastropoda@hotmail.com, 402-435-0900
Day: Second Monday of each month
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Nov, Dec, Jan at Walt Library; Feb, Mar, April at Anderson Library

Science & Technology in the News

This a group of people who are interested in exploring science and technology from current news and technology sources, understanding the application and the impact of new science and technology to society. We will use popular and primary scientific publications and current new media sources. All sciences and technology is eligible for consideration.

Contact: Stan Riggle, archaeogastropoda@hotmail.com, 402-435-0900
Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Scooters Coffee, conference room, 2901 S. 84th St. (84th and Van Dorn streets)

Talking Baseball

The OLLI Talking Baseball Special Interest Group is an opportunity for all OLLI baseball fans to get together once a month and discuss all things baseball. Topics may include current and past major league baseball, University of Nebraska Huskers baseball, baseball themed movies and literature and member’s experiences playing and enjoying the game. The group may assist in developing OLLI special events or travel programs involving baseball games or events.

Contact: Marvin Almy, 402-786-7856, hmalmy@aol.com; Bill Fagler, 402-430-8289, bill.fagler@gmail.com; Jon Hamilton, 402-261-5979, playingwiththepossibilities@gmail.com
Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 3-4:30 p.m. Location: Northside Café, corner of N. 48th St and St. Paul Ave.

Walking Group

Enjoy the invigorating weather and improve your health at the same time. The group gathers at Holmes Lake, rain or shine. Make sure to dress for the day. We divide into fast and slow walkers, so there is sure to be someone who walks at your pace.

Contact: Karen Harris at kharris555@gmail.com
Day: Monday Time: September - May, 9:30 a.m.
June - August, 8:30 a.m. Location: Holmes Lake parking lot at the northwest corner of the park near the dam.

Woodworking Group

Whether you are a novice or a consummate craftsman, come share, talk shop and find useful solutions to your woodworking projects. This group meets the last Thursday of each month.

Contact: Stan Riggle, archaegastropoda@hotmail.com, 402-435-0900
Day: Last Thursday of each month.
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Stauffer's Cafe and Pie Shoppe

Want to Start a New Group?

Information about starting a new Interest Group is available from the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Joe Seewald at wseewald@aol.com.