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A Time of Giving

November 27 was Giving Tuesday, which kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Normally on this day, organizations like OLLI reach out to our community to raise funds to support us throughout the year. On this Giving Tuesday we did something a little different. In light of the recent Camp Fire, we decided to reach out to YOU, our OLLI community, to share two special ways to give to those who have been impacted.

Guests enjoy the festivities at OLLI Chico's 2018 Holiday LuncheonOLLI Holiday Luncheon
Honoring OLLI’s Camp Fire Evacuees

Bright sweaters and festive accessories punctuated the year-end luncheon, with musical accompaniment to enhance the joyful mood of the room. “Guests of honor” were those displaced by the Camp Fire, with thanks to OLLI members whose donations treated them to lunch.

Peer leaders Rebecca Herring-Reiner and Rich Reiner, and friend David Bilinski, serenaded guests with their joyful string instruments and festive singing. Said one evacuee, “I drove down from Redding today to enjoy the company of my OLLI friends and to embrace my ‘new normal.’ Singing aloud with them was the best thing that’s happened in a while.”

OLLI Wishing Wreaths

Thank you to everyone who has responded so generously over the past five weeks of Camp Fire recovery. Participation in the OLLI Wishing Wreath Project alone has generated more than $2,700 in gifts to help fulfill wishes of members displaced by Camp Fire. All of these efforts have been paid for by OLLI members, for OLLI members, and reflect the remarkable sense of community that defines our program. The Wishing Wreaths will continue through February outside the Bradley 2 classroom at Craig Student Living.

Thank you for your giving spirit today and every day. Together we will unite as a community to stay connected and support those who experiences losses.

Spring is in the Air ... Already?!

140 course proposals were submitted by peer leaders for the spring term. Here's a sneak peek at what's to come:

NEW! CSU, Chico Faculty Lecture Series, featuring different faculty as guest lecturers each week. Medieval monsters (!), gene splicing, forensic anthropology, and more! In Music Journeys, Professor Emeritus Russell Burnham will discuss the experience of music from a variety of cultures, genres, and time periods, including examples on a real piano! Professor Emerita Sandra Flake will lead a five-week class in Native American Women’s Voices, sharing her favorite writings and facilitating related discussion. Home Garden Design and Harry Potter add freshness to the curriculum.

OLD FAVORITES! Enloe’s Healthier You! Lecture Series and Armchair Traveler are tested crowd pleasers. Additional classes in history, current events, art, literature, languages, geology, genealogy, and technology round out the schedule, with special attention to travel, health, and wellness—topics in which OLLI members show a growing interest.

Spring Fees

Chico Chapter

Spring '19 Only
3 Payments of $41.67 or
6 Payments of $20.83 or
Single Payment of $125

Spring & Summer '19 Bundle
3 Payments of $48.33 or
6 Payments of $24.17 or
Single Payment of $145

• To pay fees online in a single payment, log onto the OLLI membership site.
• To sign up online & pay fees in installments, please use this online form or call the OLLI office at 530-898-6679.
• To join & pay fees by mail or in person, download our membership form (pdf)

Greater Butte County Chapter

Spring ’19 Only: $45

We suggest you pay your membership fee early, either online, by mail, or by phone. This will help you get your classes faster and easier on registration day.

OLLI Bus Trip ~ Master Painters at the de Young Museum

TWO amazing exhibits at the de Young Museum in San Francisco

Pre-Trip Lecture by Dolores Mitchell • Craig Hall, Gordon 1 • Thursday, February 21 • 1PM
Bus Trip to Museum • Sunday, February 24 • All Day

de Young Museum Trip Sign Up FormRetired CSU, Chico Art Historian Dolores Mitchell will lecture prior to an OLLI bus trip to the de Young Museum in San Francisco in February. Enjoy TWO blockbuster colorists – Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin – in TWO exhibits in one afternoon visit. During his late years, the well-traveled Monet stayed close to home, inspired by the variety of elements making up his own garden at Giverny. “Monet: the Late Years” features paintings from Monet’s garden, where he depicted flowerbeds, a Japanese Bridge, and watery reflections of willows and wisteria. “Gauguin: a Spiritual Journey,” showcases more than 50 paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics from Copenhagen, plus the Oceanic art that inspired him. Gauguin, who fled European civilization to become a “savage” in the South Seas, used color to express his intense feelings that were beyond words.

Reserve your seat for this Signature Exhibition today!

Sign up early to guarantee your seat. Tickets are sure to sell out!

Ticket Price: Includes lecture, bus fare, museum & entry to TWO exhibits, and driver gratuity.

  • OLLI Members: $95   A paid membership in any ‘18-’19 term is required to receive the member price.
  • OLLI Guests: $105  

Register online or download and mail a registration form.

A Brighter OLLI Is an Engaged OLLI!

OLLI serves a vibrant community of adults over 50 who are generally well-educated, active, engaged in life, and have disposable income. The generous gifts of our business sponsors support the cognitive and social benefits of OLLI, help us deliver excellent programming, and enable us to offer fee assistance to members who couldn’t otherwise afford to participate. Thank you to our Business Sponsors!

       OLLI thanks our Gold Level Business Sponsors for their generous support.OLLI Business Sponsor: Altum Wealth AdvisorsHarris && Plottel Attorneys at Law: Gold Sponsor of OLLI at CSU Chico 
 Chico Hearing Aid CenterOLLI Business Sponsor: Cal Water 
        OLLI thanks our Silver Level Business Sponsors for their generous support.OLLI Business Sponsor: Chico Eye CenterEnloe Medical Center  
Logo: Mark G Womack, DDSOLLI thanks our Silver Level Business Sponsor Dr. Loeta Robles, DDS, for their generous support.  

Meet Your Match!

OLLI Volunteer Connections

Volunteers are the backbone of OLLI at CSU, Chico. They provide instruction, communications, technical support, outreach, and help us make important social connections. Without volunteer support, OLLI Chico could not provide the array of lifelong learning experiences members enjoy year-round. The Volunteer Connections Program is designed to keep OLLI programming sustainable by expanding volunteer participation. Learning more about you—your skills and interests—will help us connect you to areas of need within the organization. Email us if you'd like to Connect Today.