Interest Groups

Interest groups are an outgrowth of our members desire for advanced exploration, discussion and community. The first Wednesday of the Month is an OLLI Brown Bag Lunch.

All members, are encouraged to participate and contribute as part of their lifelong learning experience. We welcome new groups, suggestions and ideas. Email to if you are interested in any group.

OLLI Hikers Group

Current Facilitator: Ana Linder
Members take turns coordinating hikes

The hiking/walking group is a cooperative whereby we all pitch in and share responsibilities for leading walks/hikes in our beautiful Bay Area, and take our turn for the ongoing management tasks. We currently hold a walk a month. The walk/hike leader determines the route of the walk, what time it starts and ends, its pace, length and elevation change. It is the responsibility of the leader to familiarize her/himself with the trail, begin and end the walk on time, and make sure that there are sufficient restrooms. The team leader will send out a description of the walk/hike at least two weeks in advance. It is the responsibility of walkers to only sign up for walks/hikes that are appropriate for their level of physical fitness, and to make sure that they pack sufficient water, sunscreen and layers of clothing.

SF Adventures

Facilitator - Rotating

There are many free and low cost events in our great City and this group shares cool activities (like visiting out of the way SF places, attending events) with OLLI participants to explore SF, get to know OLLI members and socialize.  Email if you are interested in being part of this group.

Share A Book

Facilitator - Pat Keenan

Meets on the 3rd Tues of the month at 11am - SF State's Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., Room 677

Instead of a typical book club, participants discuss books they have read recently and share recommended reading.  Hear about a book that each group member is passionate about and discuss it’s genre, country of origin, author, etc. Meets monthly. Email if you are interested in being part of this group.

Caring Community Study Group

Facilitator: Rufus Browning
Meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 1pm to 2:30pm

We meet because we as members of an aging community need support as we age. We have a mission statement and charter for a community of OLLI members who commit ourselves to help each other in order to avoid institutionalization and isolation and facilitate aging in place. We are a support group: we share information, concerns, and resources, including our own issues and experiences with giving and needing help, and we help each other with difficult problems, choices, and plans. We talk about issues that are not easy to discuss elsewhere. New members are welcome at any time. Email for more information.

World Affairs Discussion Group

Facilitators: Jerry Wooten and Larry Kroeker
Meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 1.00pm to 2:30pm. For more info email or call 415 817 4243

The group discusses issues of world and/or national importance. Often one member gives a short report on a topic, and then the group discusses it. We invite OLLI members who like to read and keep up, listen, and share ideas to join us.

Writers’ Circle

Facilitator: Charlene Anderson
Meets every Friday, 1:30pm to 4pm.

The Writers’ Circle at OLLI is a place where writers of any amount of experience and working in any genre can come to read two or three pages of their writing. The purpose is to read your work and get feedback. Each week the group will select a monitor who will establish the order of reading and keep time. This group has limited space. Email to be connected with the group coordinator.

Sixty Plus

Coordinator: Eileen Ward

Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday, 1 - 3pm. Coffee and light refreshments provided.

Location:   SF State’s Main Campus, 19th & Holloway, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Rosa Parks Room (lower level).  

Shuttle Bus Times: Pick-up time for each program is at 12:15 p.m. at the Lake Merced parking lot at the foot of Sunset Blvd. A second bus will be available if necessary. The return trip leaves at 3:00 p.m. from in front of the Creative Arts Building on Holloway Avenue. (Shuttle buses are not available in June and July.)

Parking and transit:   There is a garage ($7/day); otherwise, only meter or 2 hour street parking. We recommend transit! The M stops at 19th and Holloway. Also the 57 (to/from West Portal & Daly City BART), 29 (to/from Richmond/Sunset & Balboa BART), and 28 to/from the Golden Gate Bridge & Daly City BART. From Daly City BART, the 28 and the 57 both stop at Holloway (7-10 minutes).

SF State OLLI is proud that Sixty Plus, one of the longest standing Lifelong Learning communities (since 1975!), is part of our program! Activities include 21 meetings with lectures; and options to add organized tours, trips, luncheons, and more. Monthly newsletter via email and mail. The number of activities which this group organizes require a part-time paid coordinator. Their speakers are also paid. This is why it is a Premiere Membership of our program. Click here to add!

Share-A-Film Discussion Interest Group *NEW*

Facilitator: Anne Drazen

*Check event calendar for meeting dates and times. 

Interested in meeting fellow film buffs to discuss new and old films....the good, the bad, the strange, etc.? A new group, modeled on the excellent Share-A-Book group, is looking for members who love movies and want to get recommendations for great films, discuss weird scenes, identify great actors, compare books to films, etc. Please come prepared to recommend one or two of your all-time favorite movies and to comment on the favorites of others.

Poetry Writing Group *NEW*


Facilitator: Angie Minkin

Meets from on the third Wednesday of each month downtown from 12:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Please join us if you are interested in writing poetry, prose poems, or exploring these genres in a supportive and encouraging environment. 

Anyone for Bridge?

Intermediate bridge pair seeking other players for social bridge playing. Interested? Email