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Spring Class Registration is Now Open

Need to review the schedule? Browse online or download the spring catalog.

OLLI Registration Site Screen ShotTo Register Online:

  1. 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!).
  2. Forgot your member ID? Click the ID Lookup button on the log in page, then check your email.
  3. If you haven't already paid for a membership, click the "Add/Purchase a Membership" link. Be sure to click the informed consent box at bottom of screen before clicking "submit."
  4. Once you have a paid spring membership, click the "Register for Classes" link.
  5. Check the boxes next to the classes you want to register for. Submit, review, and confirm your class selections.
  6. You'll be emailed a copy of your completed class registration.
  7. You can log in any time throughout the semester to add more classes or drop a class.

Mail-In Registration:

If you'd prefer to email in a form, download the membership and class registration form.

Here's a Tip About Spring Classes...

While we greatly miss connecting face-to-face with our friends during class, this year's online model offers the opportunity to sign up for as many classes as interest you without worrying about time conflicts! Many of the "Live Online" classes will also be recorded so you can pick which classes to attend in real-time and which to watch on demand. Just look for the "R" symbol next to the name of these classes in the class catalog, or the note in the Special Notes area in the online scheduleHow great is that?!

Need Help or Have Questions About Class Registration?

Join Us on Our Online Zoom "Party Line" For Assistance

OLLI staff and volunteers will be available online from 9 a.m. to Noon on Thursday to assist with registration or just to help you get comfortable with Zoom! Click the link below to join or enter the meeting ID and passcode into your Zoom app.

Use this link to join us on Zoom
Meeting ID: 530 898 6679
Password: OLLI2020

Spring 2021 is Virtually Amazing!

The spring 2021 schedule includes 66 classes, most of which are live-online, that are creative, thought-provoking, and engaging—just as lifelong learning should be!

OLLI Spring '21 Catalog CoverNEW CLASSES such as Intro to Watercolor Painting; Add Value to Your Home--Simply!; Russian Culture & Art History; Smorgasbord Physics; Writing Your Stories: Turning Memory into Memoir; Fake or Fortune: Inside the Art World; Earth's Geological Wonders; and Exploring Antiracism join RETURNING FAVORITES like the CSU, Chico Faculty Lecture Series; Poetry for Pleasure; Arts & Eats; OLLI Book Group; and Bread Making. 

There are two ways to view the spring 2021 schedule:

View/Download the Spring Catalog (pdf) ~ Includes class information and forms. Updated 1/20/21.
View the Online Schedule ~ Click the class title for descriptions and peer leader bios. Live-online classes that will also be pre-recorded are noted in the classes' special notes.

Spring Membership Options

Spring '21 & Summer '21 Bundle + Fall '20 Class Recordings

• 2 Payments of $97.50 or
• Single Payment of $195

Spring '21 & Summer '21 Bundle

• 2 Payments of $72.50 or
• Single Payment of $145

Spring '21 Only

• 2 Payments of $62.50 or
• Single Payment of $125

Pay Fees Now & Be Ready for Class Registration

• 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, download our membership form (pdf) or call the OLLI office at 530-898-6679.
• To join & pay fees by mail, download our membership form (pdf)

Spring 2021 Class Preview

The recording of our VIRTUAL Spring 2021 Class Preview is a great way to learn about the OLLI organization and to hear some of our spring peer leaders talk about their upcoming classes. This is a great time to get connected with OLLI, both virtually and socially. Take a look!

View the Class Preview
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Can You Hear Us Now?OLLI Sample Constant Contact Email Image

OLLI is transitioning our email communications to a new system, Constant Contact. It's another leap forward in a year of technological advancements for us. Just this week we sent our Bits & Bytes e-newsletter to current members and an announcement about our new spring schedule. If you're on our list and should have received these emails, but can't locate them, take a look in your "Junk" or "Clutter" folder and make sure we're marked as a safe sender or "not junk." Let us know if we can help make sure you stay in the loop. 

Give the Gift of OLLI!

Need 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.”

Purchase a gift membership online
Purchase a gift membership by mail

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]

How Much Does OLLI Mean To You?

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. Beginning on 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!

Give Online     Give by Mail

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.