Interest Groups

Interest Groups

An 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.

Interest Groups

If you are an OLLI member and would like to start a new interest group, download the guidelines for starting a group and submitting a proposal.

Baseball

The OLLI baseball interest group is an opportunity for all OLLI baseball fans to get together once a month and discuss all things baseball. The group may assist in developing OLLI special events or travel programs involving baseball.

Coordinators: Marvin Almy, 402-786-5856, 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.

Contact the Marvin Almy for location or Zoom link.

Biking the Trails

Gather with OLLI friends to ride local bike trails in and around Lincoln.
Coordinators: Marilyn Hahn, marilynhahn@icloud.com; Tim Shaw, timothyfshaw@gmail.com
Meets: Weekly rides during the warm season months

Contact the coordinators for more information

Bridge Players

The group consist of sets of four playing 18 hands of party bridge using tallies for partners.

Coordinator: Sue Guild, guild.carolynsue42@gmail.com, 402-430-4592

Contact coordinator for information.

Coffee and Conversation

Feel like some wake-up conversation on Tuesday mornings? Join other OLLI members for a one-hour Zoom session to discuss a question posed by the coordinator prior to the week's session. Chat about everything EXCEPT politics and the pandemic.

Coordinator: Dori Bush, dbush2508@gmail.com
Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Contact the coordinator for the Zoom link.

Conversational Spanish

Improve your ability to read, speak and listen to the Spanish language.
Coordinator: Jack McGann, jackmcgann1@mac.com
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Contact the coordinator for location or Zoom link.

German Language and Culture

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Would you like to? If you have been exposed to the German language in the past and would like to refresh some of those skills in speaking, reading and comprehension, please join in this OLLI Interest Group. In addition, the meetings also include discussions of German history and culture, as well as an on-going review of current events in Deutschland.
Coordinators: Ken Gobber, kengobber@hotmail.com; David Dyke, drdrdmd@me.com, 402-470-7211
Day: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Contact the coordinators for location.

International Affairs

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

Coordinators: Peter Levitov, plevitov1@unl.edu
Discussion Leaders: Dave Forsythe, professor emeritus, Political Science, UNL; Peter Levitov, associate dean emeritus, International Affairs, UNL; and Beth Ann Brooks, adjunct professor, Psychiatry, UNMC
Day: First Wednesday of each month September through May
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
In-person Location: Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St.

Contact Peter Levitov for web link if meeting is via Zoom.

Meditation

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.

Coordinator: Margaret Rickers, mrickers14@gmail.com
Day: Second Thursday of each month
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Contact coordinator for location or Zoom link.

My Backyard

My Backyard is a group of like-minded gardeners who wish to explore all things connected with the landscape. Discussions include site-preparation, landscaping, lawn care, soil amendments, gardening, seeds, plants, weeds, composting and the wild life associated with the landscape, i.e. pollinators, insects and birds. In addition, there are field trips, guest speakers and subject-matter experts to make presentations at meetings.

Coordinator: Steve Schafer, stevenlschafer@gmail.com 402-310-1503
Day: Last Tuesday of each month

Contact the coordinator for more information on time and location.

Matinee at the Ross

Join fellow OLLI members and their guests for a Friday matinee movie at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on UNL's City Campus at 313 N. 13th St. No reservations needed. Just show up for a great start to the weekend.

Coordinator: Dori Bush, dbush2508@gmail.com
Day: Friday
Time: Movies begin between 4:15-5 p.m.

Contact the coordinator for more information.

Out to Lunch

Days/Time: Meets twice a month, typical around the traditional lunch hour.
Location: Various eating establishments in and around Lincoln, American and ethnic
Coordinators: Nancy Whitman, newhit34@gmail.com, 402-488-8416; Maxine Moul, mmoul1@allophone.com

Contact Nancy Whitman for more information.

Paddleboarding

Participants need to rent or bring their own paddleboard. Members should be comfortable swimming and doing water sports. Life jackets are required by state law.

Coordinators: Kathleen Wingard, heritageyogacenter@gmail.com or Alyx Knight, alyxknight2011@gmail.com
Day: Saturday or Sunday
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Rotates between Holmes Lake in Lincoln and Conestoga and Wagon Train State parks.

Contact a coordinator for more information.

Politics

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.”

Coordinators: Marvin Almy, hmalmy@aol.com; John Comer, jcomer1@unl.edu; Randy Moody, randallmoody44@gmail.com

Day: Third Thursday of each month
Time:3-4:30 p.m.

Contact Marvin Almy for location or Zoom link.

Table Tennis

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.

Coordinator: Larry McClure, lmerkmcclure@yahoo.com
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Contact the coordinator for location.

Reading Groups

OLLI book clubs generally limit their membership to 15 or less. There are currently six groups, some which are open for addition OLLI members, both women and men.

Coordinator: Kay Rockwell, krockwell1@unl.edu.

Science & Technology

This a group of people who are interested in exploring science and technology and understanding the application and the impact of new science and technology to society. All sciences and technology is eligible for consideration and discussion.

Coordinators:Craig Hahn, 402-730-7487, craig_hahn@hotmail.com; Doug Wood, 402-217-0511, wooddb137@gmail.com; Tom Hoegemeyer, 402-419-4426, thoegemeyer@gmail.com
Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Contact a coordinator for location or Zoom link.

Ukulele

Join others who enjoy playing the ukulele. All levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced players.

Coordinator: Julia Larson, jlarson9342@gmail.com

Contact the coordinator for more information.

Walking

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.

Coordinator: 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

In addition to talking shop and exploring useful solutions for woodworking projects, group members frequently participate in field trips to professional shops and to lumber providers. Periodically, group members swap tools and exchange drawings and building materials.

Coordinator: Michael Jess, michaeljess3@gmail.com, 402-802-8921;
Day: Last Thursday of each month.
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Varies.

Contact the coordinator for more information.