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.


Groups meet at SF State's Downtown Campus at Market / Powell unless otherwise indicated.

OLLI members on an urban hike

Sixty Plus

Coordinator: Eileen Ward

Meeting Day/Time:  2nd and 4th Monday, 1 - 3 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments provided. 

Location:   SF State’s Main Campus, 19th & Holloway, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Rosa Parks Room (lower level).  NOTE: Check program listings for occasional location changes on campus.

Enjoy membership in one of the longest standing Lifelong Learning communities (since 1975!). Activities include 20 or more meetings with lectures, and options to add organized tours, trips, luncheons, dinners, and more! Monthly newsletter via email and mail.

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 is part of our SF State program!  

OLLI Hikers Group

Current Facilitator: Ana Linder
Members take turns coordinating hikes

Meeting Day/Time: Varies. Watch Program Calendar page

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 - 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 if you are interested in being part of this new group.


Facilitator - Pat Keenan

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

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 or call (415) 817-4243.

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

Brown Bag Lunch

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

World Affairs Discussion Group

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 or call (415) 817-4243

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

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.

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.

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

Poetry Writing Group

Facilitator: Angie Minkin

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

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

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: Downtown Campus

Explore the many discoveries of the past 60 years together!

Spanish Conversation Group

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

Meeting Day/Time: weekly on Mondays 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Check Program Calendar for details.


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