Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

OLLI's Special/Shared Interest Groups:

  • Are free to current OLLI members
  • Require no advance registration or RSVP -- just join us!
  • Provide an opportunity to meet other members in an informal environment around a topic of mutual interest

German Conversation SIG - NOW FORMING!
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., in the New Tampa Regional Library at 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. For more information, contact Fred Gerlach ( or Christine Basch (

Opera-tunities - NOW FORMING!
Whether you are new to opera or it is a lifelong love, join OLLI's opera aficionados as we all explore ways to expand our knowledge and appreciation of opera. Enjoy lively discussions on and exciting experiences of opera! The group is forming now. Contact Beryl Byles at or Sandy Clowes at for more information about planned "operatunities."

OLLI Shutterbugs - NOW FORMING!
Do you like to take pictures of people, places and things? OLLI Shutterbugs is for OLLI members like you. We will make picture-taking outings to places like farmers' markets and crafts fairs in and around Tampa Bay once or twice a month, maybe more, depending on what members want. An important part of our activities will be sharing and discussing the pictures we take. OLLI Shutterbugs will be very much a participatory SIG, with outings chosen jointly and led by members. For information, please contact Shelly Belzer,

G-SIG: Genealogy Shared Interest Group
Meets 9:30-11 a.m. the third Thursday of the month, Sept.-June, at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. Hear guest speakers and network to help overcome genealogical "brick walls." For more information contact Trev Wunderlin at 813-977-6484 or

Hiking Shared Interest Group
Meets second Thursday of the month, Sept.-May. Experience our beautiful public recreational lands and learn about the histories, flora & fauna, geologic features, purposes, and the challenges facing them. Hikes will not be limited to Hillsborough County, but will include Southwest Florida Water Management District lands, state forests and state parks. This SIG will be a collaborative effort with members taking turns leading, organizing and administering hikes. For more information contact Gail Parsons at 813-920-2730 or

SNUG: Seniors Networking Users Group
Meets 1-3 p.m. the second Friday of the month, Sept.-June, at the Lightfoot Senior Recreation Center, 10901 N 56th St. in Temple Terrace. Have problems with your computer? Want to learn how to use it better? Even beginners feel comfortable at SNUG. Meetings alternate between a guest speaker and a Q&A session. For more information contact Bob Capellini at

Mountain Dulcimer Players Guild SIG
Meets 1 - 3 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road. The Guild invites those who have completed the OLLI Mountain Dulcimer course or plays a mountain dulcimer to come make music. The group focuses on multi-part/multi-ability level arrangements. For more information contact Jae Polcyn, 813-988-0269.

Join us to discuss and share information about China's religion, spirituality, culture, language, history, contemporary life, governance, current events and travel. For information about upcoming meetings, contact Don Menzel at (813) 886-6332 or

P-SIG: Politics Shared Interest Group
Meets 1-3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of selected months, at Compton Park (16101 Compton Drive, Tampa, FL 33647). Join us in a politics forum which will feature discussion topics and debates, as well as guest speakers. P-SIG members will participate in activities that will complement, enhance, and promote existing OLLI-USF Political Science and History classes. It is intended that P-SIG will reach out to both USF faculty and undergraduate student bodies. For more information contact our communications coordinator, Bill Sapper, at 813-994-3807 or

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

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

View or download OLLI-USF's guidelines for SIGs and application for forming a new SIG here.