Interest Groups

Interest Groups provide additional exploration, discussion and community for OLLI SF State members. All members are encouraged to participate and contribute as part of their lifelong learning experience. We welcome new groups, suggestions and ideas. There is no cost for participation in Interest Groups; but all participants must be OLLI members.

The following interest groups are currently meeting via Zoom unless noted:

  • Art Creativity Group - every 4th Tuesday, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
  • French Conversation, every Friday, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Human Evolution, monthly 4th Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Italian Conversation, every Friday, 4 p.m. 
  • Share-A-Book, monthly, 3rd Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in person at 160 Spear St.
  • Share-A-Film, monthly, 4th Mondays, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (except holidays)
  • Spanish Conversation, Intermediate -1st & 3rd Wednesdays, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Poetry Group, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
  • OLLI Hikers meets once a month in person, various meeting places
  • OLLI Adventure group meets once a month in person, various meeting places

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OLLI members on the 3 bakery walk

OLLI Plus

OLLI Plus Events and Lectures, in-person lectures, are offered twice a month from September to July can be purchased for $35 for the series. OLLI Membership is required. OLLI Plus Events and Lectures talks are followed by coffee and cookies and social time.

OLLI Plus is a special interest group of OLLI at SF State, developed out of the former Sixty Plus at SF State, one of the longest-standing lifelong learning communities in San Francisco. Active on the SF State campus since 1975, OLLI Plus presents two meetings per month with speakers and social time. OLLI Plus also presents a variety of events for active seniors, including special classes, travel opportunities, tours, group tickets for cultural events, luncheons and dinners, and a monthly newsletter.  View the archive of newsletters.

Now incorporated into OLLI, OLLI Plus welcomes all OLLI members. SF State OLLI is proud that OLLI Plus is part of our SF State program!

Meeting Day/Time: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Rosa Parks Room, downstairs at the Cesar Chavez Center, SF State Main Campus. 1600 Holloway Ave.

For More Information, Contact: Mary Clare Bennett, by phone at (415) 564-0656; by email at marycbennett@gmail.com

Share-A-Book

Facilitator - Pat Keenan

Meeting Day/Time: Usually 3rd Tues of the month, 11 a.m. Please check Program Calendar.

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

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. For more info email OLLI@sfsu.edu or call (415) 817-4243.

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI members. 

Share-A-Film Discussion Interest Group

Facilitator: Maryellen Buckley

Meeting Day/Time: Usually 4th Monday of each month from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please check Program Calendar.

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

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. A suggested group of current films is provided, and members do their best to see them; but the discussion is not hinged on this.  Please come prepared to recommend one or two of your all-time favorite movies and to comment on the favorites of others.

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI members. 

Poetry Writing Group

Facilitator: Corey Weinstein

Meeting Day/Time: Usually 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Please check Program Calendar.

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

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

Check out our writer's work at our member's Vistas & Byways online Literary Review 

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI members. 

Human Evolution Interest Group

Facilitator: Dr. Charlie Vella

Meeting Day/Time: Usually 4th Wednesday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please check program calendar

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

Explore the many discoveries of the past 60 years together!

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI members. 

Spanish Conversation - Intermediate Level

Practice speaking Spanish with friends in an informal and supportive setting. Members choose topics of conversation each week.

Meeting Days/Times:

Spanish Conversation, Intermediate: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, noon - 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI members. 

French Conversation Group

Practice speaking French with friends in an informal and supportive setting. Members choose topics of conversation each week.

Meeting Day/Time: weekly on Fridays 3 - 4 p.m. Check Program Calendar for details.

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI members. 

Italian Conversation - Intermediate Level

Practice speaking Italian with friends in an informal and supportive setting. Each week we have rotating discussion leaders who choose the topic of conversation for that week. 

Meeting Days/Times: Fridays 4 - 5 p.m.

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI members.

OLLI Hikers Group

Current Facilitator: Ana Linder
Members take turns coordinating hikes

Meeting Day/Time: Varies. Watch weekly Member Newsletter - Some "distance" hikes are being offered

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

Facilitators - Members take turns coordinating outings.

Meeting Day/Time: Varies. Watch weekly Member Newsletter

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 olli@sfsu.edu if you are interested in being part of this new group.

 

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