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, Facebook Groups or email.

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
We work together to perfect the craft of prose writing and give supportive feedback. If you have literature study and book club experience, we offer a one-session Zoom training to get you started – “How Writers Welcome Supportive Feedback.” Email

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
An opportunity to parlez-vu français! Meetings are held the first Monday of each month.
For more information, contact Teresa Sokol.

OLLI Outdoors
Our former Hiking SIG 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 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 pictures of people, places and things? Join the OLLI Shutterbugs on picture-taking outings to places like farmers' markets and crafts fairs in and around Tampa Bay about once a month.  We meet every other month for presentations involving pictures. But during this time of COVID-19 pandemic, we're staying safe, staying home and posting pictures on our Facebook page. For information, please contact Shelly Belzer.

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
Meets 1-3 p.m. on the second Wednesday on selected months. 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 SIG Coordinator Anne Haywood 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.