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Make an Impact on Giving Tuesday

2020 has brought many surprises, but it also marks the final year of OLLI’s three-year, 30th Anniversary Campaign. Our goal is to raise $30,000. On this Giving Tuesday, whether you sign up to make a monthly, sustaining gift or a one-time contribution, we hope you’ll show how much OLLI means to you by pledging a gift consistent with your means. All donations, large and small, impact the OLLI of today and help ensure our future.

Become a Sustaining Member: Our goal this year is 10 new donors pledging $25/month
Become a CSU, Chico Tower Society Member: Our goal is 5 leadership gifts of $1,500
Become a Legacy Donor: A bequest helps ensure our sustainability long into the future
Make a One-Time Donation: Every dollar helps. Every dollar counts. Every dollar is appreciated!

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Give the Gift of OLLI for the Holidays!

OLLI Holiday LogoNeed a great present for that special person on your list? Consider a membership in OLLI at CSU, Chico! OLLI members say they join to:

Take classes in specific subjects. “Reading a Shakespeare play and discussing it with others is almost as fun as going to the theater. I know my brother would enjoy the classes.”
Talk with others about global challenges. “My friends used to come to dinner and we’d debate the world’s problems. I’m giving them gift certificates so they can join the Great Decisions and Cracker Barrel classes.”
Develop natural abilities. “I love being able to knit for my grandchildren, and I know my sister would like to learn. She’s impossible to find gifts for, so an OLLI gift certificate is perfect.”
Make friends. “Sharing my memoir writing with the class led to developing new relationships. And the 'Party Line' book group gives me a chance to talk about what I’m reading. I want to get my neighbor involved, too.”

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Fall 2020 ~ Part 2!OLLI Fall Catalog Cover Image. Click to view catalog pdf.

The fall 2020 schedule is terrific! We're wrapping up the first half and will take a week to regroup before the second half of the semester begins. There will be some new classes starting, and others will pick up where they left off before the break.

NEW CLASSES include:

  • Intro to Drawing & Painting on the iPad
  • Harness Your Hippocampus: Balance Your Brain
  • Building an Intergenerational Community in Chico
  • Climate Change: How We Know It's Real and What It's Already Doing
  • Energy Healing and Protection
  • Writing Your Memoir
  • Artisan Bread Making
    ...and more!

There are two ways to view the fall 2020 schedule:

View/Download the Fall Catalog (pdf) ~ Includes class information and forms
View the Online Schedule ~ Click the class title for descriptions and peer leader bios!

Join Today

It's not too late to become a OLLI member for fall! All members have the ability to watch past fall class recordings, allowing you to catch up with a class that's underway and join in for the rest of the semester.

Join Online: Log in with your last name and member ID, or add your name in the New Members section if you're new to OLLI (and Welcome!). Then proceed to signing up for classes.

Join by Mail: Download the membership and class registration form.

Fall '20, Spring '21 & Summer '21 Bundle

• 2 Payments of $115 or
• 5 Payments of $46 or
• Single Payment of $230

Fall '20 & Spring '21 Bundle

• 2 Payments of $107.50 or
• 5 Payments of $43 or
• Single Payment of $215

Peer Leader Fall ’20 & Spring '21 & Summer ’21 Bundle

• 2 Payments of $92.50 or
• 5 Payments of $37 or
• Single Payment of $185

Zoom Zoom!

OLLI uses Zoom to hold live-online classes. If you have a computer—or even just a smart phone or tablet—you can participate! If you’re new to Zoom, there are online training videos and instructions to help you get to know Zoom.

How to Join a Zoom Meeting
How to Participate in a Zoom Meeting
How to Access a Class Meeting on Zoom (From Univ. of North Florida)
Zoom Tutorial Video

Peer Leader Len Matheson uses Zoom to record class lecturesLearning Looks a Bit Different These Days...But Never Stops!

Stay engaged with a library of recorded lectures available to OLLI members!

One of the most vital roles of OLLI is bringing people together. OLLI Chico took the lead in creating a national inventory of recorded lectures for all 200,000 OLLI members in the network to access. While there’s no substitute for learning together, we hope this provides one small way to connect (virtually) during these uncertain times. We hope you enjoy our growing library of:

• Presentations & Lectures by OLLI Chico Instructors [View Library]
• Presentations & Lectures by Other OLLIs [View Now]
• Recorded Presentations, Lectures & Panels at CSU, Chico [View Library]
• Additional Online Learning Resources, Virtual Tours & Live Cams [View Library]

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 Platinum Sponsors
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OLLI Gold Sponsors
OLLI thanks our Gold Level Business Sponsors for their generous support.

• Altum Wealth Advisors • Chico Hearing Aid Center 
• California Water Service

OLLI Silver Sponsors

OLLI thanks our Silver Level Business Sponsors for their generous support.

• Chico Eye Center • Enloe Medical Center • Loeta Robles, DDS • Chico Hospital for Cats  • North Valley Eye Care
• Tri Counties Bank

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.