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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

OLLI is host to a variety of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), all of which are created and managed by members. SIGs meet regularly and provide members with social, cultural, and educational opportunities beyond the OLLI classroom.

Interested in starting a SIG? All it takes is a member (or two) willing to organize and manage the group and its activities. OLLI will help you to find members who share your interests. Contact the OLLI office and we’ll connect you with SIG Coordinator, member Nancy Garland.

The following SIGs are up and running for fall. To connect with a group, log into the OLLI member site where you will find SIG leader contact information.

Jazz Appreciation: The OLLI Cats

The OLLI Cats are exploring options for sharing music together online via Zoom. To learn about the plans as they unfold, please contact:

Leader: Cecelia Boone

Memoir Writing

Meets online via Zoom on the third Thursdays of each month, 1 p.m.

Leader: Ken Rich

OLLI Stammtisch

Practice conversational German online via Zoom on Mondays, 6 p.m. Meets weekly.

Leader: Deb Wentworth

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Attend four concerts (Series 4A, Ordway Concert Hall), Fridays, 11 a.m., if concerts are performed and in-person meetings are permitted. Purchase tickets at www.thespco.org. Post-concert lunch nearby (optional).

Leader: Dave Bucheck

Fiction/Nonfiction Arden Hills Book Club

Meets online via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month, 1:30 p.m.

Leader: Marcia Larson


New! Grab your own banana of letters and play individually while joining other members online via Zoom. “Our measure of success is having fun!” Meets weekly on Tuesdays, 3 p.m.

Leader: Laurie Lykken

Poetry Appreciation

New! Meets online via Zoom, weekly on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Leader: Norbert Hirschhorn


New! For people who love telling stories, want to improve their storytelling skills, or enjoy hearing stories well-told.  Meets online via Zoom “semi-monthly” on Wednesdays, 10–11:30 a.m.

Leader: Dale Anderson

Book Club SIGs

American History Books

Meets online via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month, 1:30 p.m.

Leader: Bill Wittenbreer

Awesome Book Club

Reading and discussion of books by and/or about women. Meets online via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., April−November.

Leaders: Deborah Tabert and Dot Delegard

Fiction Minneapolis

This SIG is currently full.

Literary Fiction Uptown

Meets online via Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month, 1:30–3 p.m.

Leader: Carla Waldemar


Meets online via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month, 2:30–4 p.m.

Leader: Karen Koepp

Nonfiction Minneapolis

This SIG has met Every month since 2003! Meets online via Zoom on the second Fridays of each month, 2 p.m.

Leader: Kate Anderson

Nonfiction Saint Paul

Meets online via Zoom on the fourth Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.

Leader: Ron Tabar

Saint Paul Contemporary Fiction

This SIG is open for 3−4 new members. Join us! Meets online via Zoom on the third Friday of each month, 10:30 a.m.

Leader: Della Shupe