Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

OLLI's Shared Interest Groups (SIGS) offer opportunity and informal learning around a shared interest.   They are free and open to OLLI-USF Members.

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

China SIG
The China SIG fosters an appreciation for and understanding of the Chinese people and their customs, history, and politics. Our group meets at least quarterly, either virtually or in person. We celebrate Chinese traditional holidays and enjoy presentations and videos by a variety of speakers and musicians. For more information, contact Kun Shi or Nancy Stuart.

Community of Readers and Writers
We meet via Zoom for discussion and special events and share reading of current novels, nonfiction, short stories, memoirs, and essays. We offer feedback of your writing through group conversation with experienced readers and train newcomers in our supportive methods.  Our private Facebook site is a resource for developing your storytelling and literary skills.   Contact

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 through speakers, field trips and other presentations that are available on the Zoom online platform. For information, please contact Becky Heimstead or Jane Applegate.

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

Hablemos! Spanish Conversation SIG 
Is your español rusty from lack of use? Join our friendly conversation group via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. Come to talk or to listen; all levels of Spanish speakers welcome. Contact Ethel Donaghy or Debbie Gitomer at for more information.

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

OLLI Outdoors
The OLLI Outdoors SIG holds recreational and virtual events throughout the month. Get outdoors with others to experience our activities which include hiking, walking, canoe/kayaking and biking. Learn about the histories, flora & fauna, geologic features, and the challenges facing our outdoor spaces. This SIG is a collaborative effort with members taking turns leading, organizing and administering hikes, outdoor events and related programs. Join us to stay curious and adventurous.  For more information, 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! For information email Rich Edwards or Jean Nixon.

Online Games SIG
Are you interested in trying online games on Zoom? We meet the second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m. If you’re interested in joining us for fun with Scattergories and trying other 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. We meet monthly to enjoy lively discussion about opera that focuses on the Met in HD broadcasts. Contact Derrie Perez for more information about our "Operatunity family."

P-SIG: Politics Shared Interest Group
Meets 1-3 p.m., in person at Tampa Palms Compton Park, on the second Wednesday of 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 Doug Dallio.

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 via Zoom 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. Once 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 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. We'll help you find others who share the same interest.

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

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

Would you like to propose a new SIG? View or complete an application here.