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.

If you are an OLLI member and would like to start a new interest group, download the guidelines for starting a group and submit a proposal. Click the link to Committee Resources.

Biking the Trails

Exercise and fun while biking Lincoln's trails.

Contact: Roger Adams,, 402-304-0962; Bob Kunz,, 402-484-5902
Day and Time: Fall-Spring, Tuesdays 1 p.m.; Summer, Wednesdays, 8 a.m.
Location:Starting locations will vary weekly. (Riding is weather dependent.)

OLLI Birdwatching

Birds are around all year. There is a flurry of activity in October and in spring, but all months are possible. The birds will be different each season. Come meet with others who enjoy birding. No experience needed, but binoculars are. A pair can be borrowed the first time. Meets October through May at Lancaster county locations.

Contact: Esa Jarvi,
Day/Time/Location: Day, time and location will vary.
Blogspot-OLLI Lincoln Birding Group

Talkin' 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. 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.

Contact: Marvin Almy, 402-786-7856,; Bill Fagler, 402-430-8289,; Jon Hamilton, 402-261-5979,
Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Stauffer's Cafe and Pie Shoppe, 5600 S. 48th St

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,, 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.

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. Contacts: Ken Gobber,; David Dyke,, 402-470-7211
Day: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 M Street. Underground parking is available. Enter on 11th St.

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.

Contact: Peter Levitov,
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.
Location: Stauffer's Cafe and Pie Shoppe, 5600 S. 48th St.

My Backyard

My Backyard is a group of like-minded gardeners who wish to explore all things connected with the landscape. The group will meet monthly to discuss 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 to discussions, there will field trips, guest speakers and subject-matter experts to make presentations at meetings. We believe in environmentally-friendly landscaping and will be trading seeds and plants, as well as ideas. All are welcome from the novice to the master gardener.

Contact: Bob McColllough,, 402-875-1424
Day: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Locations may vary. Contact the coordinator


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,
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,
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Locaiton: Calvert Recreation Center, 4500 Stockwell St.


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, John Comer at
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

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. If you are interested in joining a reading group, contact Kay Rockwell,


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 subjects to sketch. All mediums are welcome.

Contact: Stan Riggle,, 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

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.

Contacts: Stan Riggle, co-facilitator, 402-435-0900,; Craig Hahn, co-facilitator, 402-730-7487,,
Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Scooter's Coffee, conference room, 2901 S. 84th St. (84th and Van Dorn streets)


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
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.


The Wood Interest Group will not be meeting from May through August, 2018.

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, they swap tools and exchange measured drawings and building materials. With emphasis remaining centered on woodworking, group members recently enlarged their scope of attention to include silviculture and the timber industry.

Contact: Michael Jess, co-facilitator and principal contact, 402-802-8921; Stan Riggle, co-facilitator,, 402-435-0900;
Day: Last Thursday of each month.
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Stauffer's Cafe and Pie Shoppe, 5600 S. 48th St.