Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

OLLI's Shared Interest Groups are organized by members, for members. They provide ongoing informal learning and friendship around a mutual interest.

SIGs are meeting online, via Zoom, or in the outdoors for now.

Contact each SIG directly (click on the bold green names) to get connected.

China SIG
The China SIG fosters an appreciation for and un understanding of the Chinese people and their customs, history, and politics. We celebrate Chinese traditional holidays, enjoy presentations, Chinese music and food. We meet quarterly in Zoom sessions to hear presentations by China SIG founder Don Menzel and other speakers. For more information, contact Kun Shi or Nancy Stuart.

Community of Readers and Writers
Writers know that having a reliable and trusted reader can strengthen writing. This group will review writing that has been through at least several drafts (no first drafts) and hear from
local published authors. Meetings (via Zoom) are scheduled twice a month. For more information email Liesse Chable.

Food! Glorious Food!
Are you interested in exploring Tampa's food world and all that it represents? Come with us on a journey to investigate the world of food - how it grows, where to buy it and where to eat it as we learn more through speakers, tours, meals out, cooking demonstrations and the like. For information, please contact Becky Heimstead or Jane Applegate.

Games SIG
Join us every month on the second Thursday to play Scattergories online. We play from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Contact Kathy Palmer for a link to our next game.

German Conversation SIG
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Practice German conversation in a friendly and welcoming environment. All levels welcome. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Fred Gerlach or Christine Basch

Ici on parle français! NOW FORMING
This group provides a place for Francophones to meet and discuss topics of interest in French. Zoom sessions will be held on the first Monday of each month. A basic knowledge of French is required, but all levels of speaking ability are welcomed. To join in, please contact Susan Goodwin or Teresa Sokol.

OLLI Outdoors
Meets second Thursday of the month, Sept.-May. Experience our beautiful public recreational lands and learn about the histories, flora & fauna, geologic features and the challenges facing them. Hikes and events are not limited to Hillsborough County, but will include Southwest Florida Water Management District lands, state forests and state parks. This SIG is a collaborative effort with members taking turns leading, organizing and administering hikes. For more information about the Outdoors SIG, email the SIG Leaders here.

OLLI Shutterbugs
Do you like to take photos of people, places, and things? Join the OLLI Shutterbugs on photo outings to places like farmers' markets, craft fairs, and many other venues in and around Tampa Bay. We have an outing about once a month from Sept./Oct. through June. We also meet every other month for a presentation to help you improve your photos! Rich Edwards  leads us
from November to April and Jean Nixon from May through October. Email either of us for more information.

Online Games SIG
Are you interested in trying online games on Zoom? Our Board/Card Games SIG transitioned to the Zoom platform during the Pandemic to keep up with the times. We meet the second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:30 p.m. If you’re interested in joining us for fun with online games, contact Kathy Palmer for more information

Whether you are new to opera or an aficionado, join OLLI's opera SIG as we all explore ways to expand our knowledge and appreciation of opera. Via our monthly zoom meetings currently, enjoy interesting presentations and lively discussions about opera! Contact Derrie Perez for more information about our "Operatunity family."

P-SIG: Politics Shared Interest Group
Will begin meeting again on the second Wednesday of December 2020 from 1-3 p.m. Join us in
a politics forum which features discussion topics and debates, as well as guest speakers. P-SIG
members participate in activities that complement, enhance, and promote existing OLLI-USF Political Science and History classes. Open to OLLI-USF members and their sponsored guests. For more information contact our communications coordinator, Bill Sapper, at 813-994-3807.

Talking Movies
Love Movies? HATE the fact that many never make it to local screens? Join us; we'll be selecting movies to view on our own, then gathering to talk about them. We meet on the third Friday each month from 1:30 -3:00 p.m. Contact Richard Rogers for more information.

Write Time for Poets
Welcome to your online poetry-writing community. Twice a month, join us in our videoconferencing room -- your creative space. Work on your poems-in-progress and/or practice timed writing in response to prompts. We meet for 90 minutes on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Contact Cath Mason for more information.

Check the OLLI Master Calendar to view upcoming SIG meeting dates.

Can I Start a SIG?
Yes!  OLLI's Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) foster learning and friendships by linking OLLI-USF members who share a common interest (bridge, play-going, etc.). SIGs do not take the place of OLLI courses and programs – they complement them! Like everything else in this learning community, all it takes is a member willing to take the lead and find others who share the same interest.

OLLI-USF's volunteer Anne Haywood is SIG Liaison and part of OLLI-USF's Leadership Team. Anne is available for SIG general information or assistance. Active in several SIGs herself, Anne encourages the formation of new SIGs.

View or download OLLI-USF's Guidelines for SIGs.