Interest Groups

The following interest groups are currently meeting via Zoom:

  • Spanish Conversation, Intermediate-Advanced -1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Share-A-Book, monthly, 3rd Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Share-A-Film, monthly, 4th Mondays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (except holidays)
  • OLLI PlayReaders, 2nd Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NEW!
  • Poetry Group, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
  • Human Evolution, monthly 4th Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • French Conversation, every Friday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Italian Conversation, every Friday, 4:00 p.m. NEW!

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.

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OLLI members on an urban hike

OLLI Plus

OLLI Plus is a special interest group of OLLI at SFSU, developed out of the former Sixty Plus at SFSU, 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 and hopes to incorporate them into ongoing OLLI activities. OLLI Plus hopes to resume its on-campus presentations as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we will keep all OLLI members updated as opportunities open up.

SF State OLLI is proud that OLLI Plus is part of our SF State program!

**Note that in person meetings are suspended until further notice.**

Meeting Day/Time: Supended for now

Location: Suspended for now

For More Information, Contact: Mary Clare Bennett, 415-564-0656; marycbennett@gmail.com

Share-A-Book

Facilitator - Pat Keenan

Meeting Day/Time: Usually 3rd Tues of the month, 11a.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: Julie Vaquilar

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 https://www.vbreview.org/

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-Advanced: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:30pm

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 4:00 - 5:00 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. 

OLLI Hikers Group

Current Facilitator: Ana Linder
Members take turns coordinating hikes

Meeting Day/Time: Varies. Watch Program Calendar page - 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.

Brown Bag Lunch

*Brown Bag lunches are discontinued for now.*

Meeting Date/ Time: Usually, the first Wednesday of the month. 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Please check Program Calendar.

SF Adventures

*This group is on hold for now.*

Facilitator - Peter Tannen

Meeting Day/Time: Varies. Watch Program Calendar page

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.

World Affairs Discussion Group

*This group is on hold for now.*

Facilitators: Jerry Wooten and Larry Kroeker

Meeting Day/Time:  Usually, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Please check Program Calendar.

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

*If you have registered for a course in the past 12 months, your basic membership is still active.*