Shared Interest Groups

Our Shared Interest Groups are a very popular benefit of OLLI@UGA membership. It’s a great way to meet new friends and socialize with people of similar interests.  There is no fee to join any of the nearly 30+ SIGs, however some groups may meet at a location that involves a usage fee. And as you’ll see from the list below, OLLI@UGA members have an incredible variety of groups from which to choose! Click on a SIG to find out more!

Members meet most months except summer to discuss and debate “big questions.”
Explore the plays in August Wilson’s Twentieth Century Cycle, among other related works.  Monthly luncheon meetings the year and will feature an in-depth discussion of one play in the cycle or a play by another excellent contemporary playwright from the African diaspora.”
The Book Discussion Group meets monthly. Books are selected by group vote. Selections include fiction and nonfiction, contemporary and classic. Discussion is informal and participation is encouraged.
We will watch a film together and then enjoy a discussion about the film, with refreshments and snacks — the film equivalent to a book club. A movie theater like Ciné is the intended place to truly enjoy and experience the art of cinema. So take a break from streaming movies at home — join the group for an enjoyable evening of cinema, conversation, and camaraderie.
The Doc Buffs will gather to view and discuss documentaries, including winners from UGA’s famed Peabody Awards Collection, with expert discussants when possible. We will share information about other screenings in town and on TV, and may host public screenings from time to time. Most events held at UGA’s Special Collections Library.
The Opera Group offers opportunities to learn about opera, attend the MetOpera HD Live broadcasts at Beechwood Cinemas, and attend the UGA Opera Theatre productions and student recitals. A luncheon before the Met broadcasts features a UGA opera grad student presenting information.
Athens Everybody Reads—Athens has a goal to support, recognize, and assist literacy programs leading to Athens becoming 100% literate
Members help each other with planning or planting a vegetable garden (whatever its size), swapping seeds and cuttings, sharing local knowledge, and touring commercial nurseries, organic farms, botanical gardens and our own gardens.
If you love the great outdoors and hiking is a passion or an interest then you will want to join this group. Hikes are short and long, easy to challenging, for fitness, fun & enjoyment of the marvels of nature.
Follow the Lady Dogs Basketball team with other OLLI members. We buy season tickets for all the home games and by ordering through OLLI@UGA you sit with other OLLI members in Stegman Coliseum.
This lively and friendly group’s purpose is to socialize, meet new people, form new friendships and enjoy wonderful food at locally-owned Athens/Watkinsville restaurants. We get together once per month.
Do you already know how to play Mahjongg, or have you wanted to learn? We meet each week in the afternoon at Talmage Terrace Activities Room. All are welcome-novice to expert! If you have a set, bring it!
This group is for people who already know the basics of playing bridge, but have not played in a long time or have not played a lot.
OLLI Buddies assist the students and faculty of Gaines Elementary School in Athens, GA. The assistance can be as “morning greeters”, reading volunteers, and math volunteers. OLLI Buddies can volunteer daily, weekly or monthly with flexible scheduling done one month in advance.
OLLI ROCKS fosters awareness and understanding of Earth and Planetary Science. Members meet once per month for professional seminar presentations and associated DVD viewing.
Improve your health while exploring Athens and getting to know other OLLI members. Walkers stroll approximately two miles, two days a week throughout Athens’s historic neighborhoods, parks, and gardens.
Petanque is an international game from France, related to Italian Bocce Ball, English Lawn Bowling and American Bowling. It utilizes and develops concentration, strategizing, body-mind  coordination/focus, and can be played by almost anyone.
Members include complete novices, serious amateurs and everything in between. Meetings feature a “show & tell” session and a presentation on a topic of interest to amateur photographers. Photo walks around Athens and trips to scenic venues and photo exhibits are scheduled.
The Pinochle Posse is for those who already play Pinochle, those who have not played for some time & those who never played but wish to learn! We meet twice monthly at Talmage Terrace.
Whether you’re Vegan, Vegetarian, or looking for recipes for Meatless Mondays, we’ll do our best to get more plants into your diet. Included are meetings, potlucks, restaurant outings, field trips and more.
At monthly meetings, members will rotate as director and cast members in performing stage readings of plays. The purpose is to meet new folks, have fun, and learn about drama.
All are welcome, ladies and gentlemen. This will be a “dealer’s choice” game. We play each week in the evening.
Dedicated to the immortal memory of the Bard of Scotland. Robert Burns birthday is celebrated the world over and his poetry inspires to this day. We will have several events during the year including a dinner in late January, poetry readings and scotch tastings.
Retired Old Men Eating Out — Join us as often or as little as you please.
This group grew out of the “Critical Reading” class offered each term. The purpose is to read and discuss short stories for literary knowledge and enjoyment and to exchange ideas and perspectives.
Fostering interaction and networking among single OLLI members, this group meets for dinner at an area restaurant once per month.
Participate in kayak and canoeing activities around Athens! The group will have a monthly trip (Splashdown) for all interested, weather permitting.
Members gather once per month doing knitting, needlepoint or whatever’s of interest to enjoy each other while working on their own projects.
Groups of 8-12 men that meet every two weeks to discuss common issues and challenges faced by men living in retirement, to share each other’s knowledge and expertise on a range of topics, and to socialize in an informal environment.
Writing about our lives, we share our prose and poetry to learn more about ourselves and each other as we hope to write memoir more effectively in regard to both form and content.

To join a SIG or for more information about the SIG, please visit our communications forum: Mighty Networks.

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