Winter/Spring Registration is Now Open!  
You can click the image below to view the PDF of the OLLI Winter/Spring catalog. If you have not yet received your Winter/Spring catalog in the mail, it will be arriving soon! 
The initial registration period will run from 9:00am Monday, December 14 to 4:00pm Monday, January 11. You can register at any time during this period and receive equal consideration for classes that become oversubscribed.

All oversubscribed study groups and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) will be subject to a lottery to give everyone an equal chance to get in. Early registration does not increase your chances.

Everyone who applies for programs that become subject to the lottery will be notified of the outcome by Thursday, January 14.

Members who are not selected will be given refunds, placed on a wait list, and invited to join if space becomes available. Our goal is to issue the refunds during the week after the lottery.

Registration for classes that are not full will still be possible after January 14.

As before, you can register on-line or by mail. (The preferred method for registration for this term is online since staff ability to process mailed registrations is more limited due to COVID-19)

All payments must be made at the time of registration.
Questions about registrations or paying the annual $25 fee? Please contact the OLLI office via e-mail at or by phone at (734) 998-9351.
Scholarships are available for membership and all programs. To request a scholarship, please contact the OLLI office via e-mail at or by phone at (734) 998-9351.


Do You Have a Story to Tell?
Become a Storyteller, Big Hearts for Seniors Event 
A call out to all storytellers of all generations! Do you have a story to tell? Big Hearts for Seniors (BHS) is searching for storytellers to tell their true stories using the theme, “Generations”. Individual coaching will be provided to those who are selected.

Applying to be a storyteller is easy. You don’t have to have a full story to apply, just an idea.

Attend one of Big Hearts for Seniors’ virtual storytelling workshops. These workshops are optional for those who wish to apply to be a storyteller for the BHS event and is open to those who just want to learn about storytelling in general! Please put together a brief description of your story idea (250 words or less) and click here to apply(link is external).

If you have any questions, please email sends e-mail) or call (734) 998-9353.  

Important Dates for Storytellers
• Storyteller Submissions - accepted from December 1, 2020 - February 1,  2021 
• Storyteller Workshops - Worried about how to turn your experience and idea into a great story? You are not alone! Have the opportunity to learn the inside scoop on compelling live storytelling taught by professional storytellers. Q&A session included. January 16, 2021, 10:00 12:00noon.  Register here(link is external).  
• Stories Chosen to present at Pitch-Fest will be announced on February 15, 2021
• Pitch-Fest- February 27, 2021 - February 28, 2021 (30 minutes appointments will be set) - selected storytellers will have the opportunity to "pitch" their story ideas to the selection committee.
• Final Big Hearts storytellers will be announced on March 8, 2021.
• Three, one-hour coaching sessions on the weekends of March 20, March 27, and April 10, 2021.

Big Hearts for Seniors is comprised of 5 Michigan Medicine community programs (Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs and Turner Senior Wellness Program) that serve older adults. Big Hearted Stories: Generations will be held virtually on May 27, 2021.

…Shared from our Community Partner The Children’s Literacy Network:

HELP WANTED---Children’s Literacy Network
WHAT—BookPALS volunteer reading mentors work virtually with 2nd and 3rd graders assisting them with practice reading as well as facilitating discussion around their books. 
WHERE—From your home with your computer
WHEN—two or three times a month in 30 minute blocks 
HOW—Contact LaToya Elliott, Program Operations Coordinator, Children's Literacy Network for information on requirements (including two training sessions via email and a background check.)  LaToya can be reached via email at 

Want more information on Children’s Literary Network, check out their website:
Important OLLI Web Resources –
Click on the links below to connect you!

OLLI Website 
Donate to OLLI
OLLI Video Catalog  
OLLI Calendar
All Things 2020 Kickoff
OLLI Commons Calendar

If you would like more information about Michigan Medicine resources during this challenging time, please reach out to OLLI Director Lisa Barton at 734-998-9356 or She will be happy to connect you.

Join the continuing fun of
A Special December in the online Commons*
A month-long collaboration among OLLIs at 
Aquinas College
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan
Western Michigan University

Beginning December 1 and throughout the month, the online Commons calendar will feature virtual events hosted by each of the four OLLI organizations in Michigan.  OLLI-UM’s recurring online programs and groups will still be there, but many other opportunities will let you connect and learn with OLLI members across the state as we move through this unusual but special December.

Check the online Commons calendar frequently at Click on an event or session to learn which OLLI is hosting it, who the presenter is, what will be happening and to find the link to log in. All events or sessions are free to members of the four OLLIs and their guests. Registration is never required- just click and join!
Don’t miss the December 21 – January 1 events!
Check for details on the Commons calendar --
All sessions are free.  No registration required.  

December 21   10 - 11am    OLLI-Aquinas:  This is Where I Stand. 
Presenter: Dave Dave Kampfschulte, Educator and Founder of Amazing Circles Workshops
Join us for a stimulating conversation and the chance to reflect on your opinions and your beliefs! Participants will have the opportunity
for a facilitated discussion of where they stand on current issues, ethical dilemmas and the meanings of words and phrases. You will leave with a reinforced clarification of your belief system and a better understanding of other points of view, in a time where that is more critical than ever. Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

December 21   3 – 4pm      
OLLI-SVSU:   Cooking Group Discussion of Holiday Foods and Party Snacks
Presenter: Linda Price - SVSU Cooking Interest Group
The cooking group will share and discuss favorite holiday and party snack recipes, along with cooking tips. This group does not include a cooking demonstration.  Click here on  Holiday and Party Snack Recipe Folder for access to recipes that participants would like to share. If you have not used this link previously, it will alert the presenter to give you access.  The presenter’s email is above should you need help. Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

December 22    2 – 3pm    
  OLLI-UMICH:    Detective Mystery Fiction on Film: Winter Streaming Bingeing Suggestions
Presenter:  George Ferrell - George is a popular OLLI-UM Study Group leader who always has overflow audiences for his Detective Mystery Fiction film groups.
With a long winter of sheltering at home ahead of us, George Ferrell will offer up a handful of suggestions for detective mystery fiction films available to watch at home on various streaming services. They offer bingeing opportunities from chilly Iceland to the balmy Mediterranean.
[Check back for information on downloading the film list for reference]. Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

December 29   10 – 11am    
OLLI-UMICH:   A Virtual Tour of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Presenters:  Docents Lynn Boyer and Robin Little
This tour introduces you to art from UMMA’s permanent collection located on its grounds and within the three floors of its galleries. The tour is shown through powerpoint with the images collected from UMMA’s online Exchange portal.  They are all objects that the presenters have toured with children and adults through UMMA’s extensive outreach to schools and the community.  The artworks include Rodin, Monet, Whistler, Picasso, Tiffany, Giacometti, Nevelson as well as the new public sculpture Behind the Walls by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

December 29    1 – 2:30pm  
OLLI-WMU:   Afternoon at the Theater
OLLI at Western Michigan University hosts an afternoon of two plays presented by an ongoing member theater group.  There will be a talk back after the conclusion of the second play.  The Commons will be open beyond 2:30pm if participants wish to remain and continue the conversation. Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

Play #1   HOUSEKEEPER WANTED:  When sisters Patsy and Mary decide it’s time to step in and hire a housekeeper to protect their inheritance, Dad surprises them both with an idea or two of his own. 

Play #2   EVACUATION:  When you need to evacuate because a hurricane is fast approaching and the cruel finger of fate sticks you in a rundown pick up camper with your aging parents who’ve been estranged for decades…..well you might just decide that being blown away isn’t such a bad idea after all.

December 30    1 – 2pm    
OLLI-UM:  The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age.  A facilitated conversation
Hank Greenspan, Ph.D.  Psychologist, essayist, oral historian, playwright, and lifelong committed schmoozer 
The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age is a facilitated conversation in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in “uncertain times.” The specific issues and themes are less important than the chance to learn from each other’s experiences and insights in these times—and perhaps in any times.  That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter. Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

January 1     4:30 – 5:30pm   OLLI-UM  
First Friday Happy Hour
We bring A Special December in the Commons to a close with the First Friday Happy Hour hosted by the four OLLI directors who have collaborated on this adventure – Sheila Pantlind, Katie Ellison, Lisa Barton and Toni Woolfork-Barnes. Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
*The Commons is a free virtual zoom space.  It features free programming and offers space to OLLI members to join and connect for discussion/visiting/happy hours!

Have a question or need more information, contact an OLLI Director:

Aquinas College
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan
Western Michigan University
...Coming Winter 2021 – New OLLI Programs
OLLI @ Home...Stay In or Go Out
as You Explore the Treasures
of Washtenaw County

Let’s Build Our Community of
OLLI@Home Members

Join us for the first OLLI @ Home program on Monday January 4th, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. Online 

Celebrating and Engaging with Nature this Winter 
Erika Pratt                   AJ Davidson

Erika Pratt from Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation will present a talk on winter walking and connecting with nature in Ann Arbor. She will share these opportunities and explore the benefits of park related recreation, relaxation and adventure. Erika promises to motivate members to get outside this winter and bring nature into their lives. 
AJ Davidson, co-owner of Bivouac, and his staff plan to assist registrants in finding just the right clothing and gear to keep OLLI members warm, dry and safe this winter. 

Literary Short Fiction
            A New SIG (Shared Interest Group) Opens January, 2021  
A SIG brings people together who have a common interest that they wish to pursue indefinitely within a structure of meetings/activities designed primarily by the members of the group.  SIGs have no formal ending date and may be active year-round.  

This new shared interest group will be a weekly assembly of fans of this genre to identify, read and discuss, in a sustained relationship, works of literary short fiction.  These will include a mix of short fiction classics and contemporary masterpieces, pulled mostly from the New Yorker.

SIG Facilitator:  Deb Mukherjee
Proposed start date:  January 20, 2021

Registration opens for all OLLI Winter activities December 14, 2020 thru January 11, 2021. Lottery notifications for any oversubscribed SIGs or Study Groups will be sent to all members by January 14th. 
OLLI is Always Looking for Volunteers for Committees
There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at OLLI - We need you! Please contact OLLI Director on more ways to get involved: Lisa Barton  734-998-9356.
Shared from…OLLI at University of South Dakota

The SPAM™mazing Live Virtual Tour!
Friday, January 8th, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Central

After months of staying at home, do you want to have fun without having to travel? The SPAM® Museum virtual tour could be your answer. The SPAM® Museum virtual tour gives an inside look into the SPAM® Museum, telling of Hormel Foods and the growth of the SPAM® brand throughout history and throughout the world. You’ll learn how Hormel Foods started 129 years ago, how SPAM® products played a role in WWII, what REALLY makes up SPAM® Classic, the story behind the Hormel® Black Label® bacon motorcycle and so much more!

The SPAM® Museum is a real place, located in Austin, Minnesota. We will take a virtual tour with one of their SPAM™bassadors!

This virtual tour is FREE and open to the public. Share with your un-OLLI friends!! Email for the Zoom link to the event! Don't miss this fun tour!

Shared from…OLLI at Berkshire Community College

A Conversation with Author Roselle Chartock

Live & Online via Zoom
Friday, January 8th, 3pm EST
(Elvis' birthday!)
Free & open to all
RSVPs required to receive Zoom link: click here to RSVP

Elvis and Jews: At first glance these two words may not seem to go together. But the truth is that, despite growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family in the Deep South - an area sometimes known for its anti-Semitism - Elvis Presley nevertheless developed a deep affinity to Jews.

Join us for a lively talk and discussion focusing on two questions: What accounted for this deep affinity? And what was the nature of the personal relationships Elvis developed with the Jews he befriended in Memphis - including merchants and members of his inner circle, the Memphis Mafia - and those he met in the music and movie industries?

In her vivid description of Elvis' Jewish world -- that also reflects his humanitarian and philosophical interests -- Roselle Kline Chartock reveals a little-known side of this rock 'n' roll icon, including Presley's own Jewish heritage. She provides ample evidence that Presley's personality as well as his musical gifts were, in part, shaped by his Jewish world.

Free and open to all. RSVPs required. Click here to RSVP. 
If you would like more information about Michigan Medicine resources during this challenging time, please reach out to OLLI Director Lisa Barton at 734-998-9356 or She will be happy to connect you.

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti is expanding free grocery delivery for food insecure community members. 

If you have a client who is in quarantined or otherwise not able to leave their house because of mobility, transportation or high-risk, Hope can help. 

Starting immediately, deliveries will happen Wednesdays and Fridays between 1-4pm. Community members must sign up by 4pm the day before, and we will cap the list at 50 deliveries each day. Call 734-484-2989 between 9am-4pm to sign up. Deliveries limited to Washtenaw County. Clients may instead send a neighbor or family member to pick up groceries at Hope during our normal grocery hours and meal times. We won’t take sign ups before the Monday of the week of delivery.  

Thank you and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Contact, Emmeline Weinert, Food Programs Manager, 
734.484-2989 x215. Hope Clinic: A Haven of Help + Healing

Washtenaw Community Health Department:
Michigan Medicine:

COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
Grocery Store, Pharmacy & Fresh Food Hours for Ann Arbor Seniors

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