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OLLI Connect Explore Expand (CEE) Groups are intended to offer a smaller and more hands-on-experience than traditional OLLI classes. The size and nature of the groups will vary depending on the preferences of the members. They will be lead and maintained by OLLI members. 

Thank you to our OLLI CEE Committee: Doug Burroughs, Beth Gottlieb, Gail Martin, Kay Simmons, Linda Brooks, Randi Lee Young and Mary Raffety!

If you would like to sign up and participate, please email   with the specified group you are interested in! The CEE group leader will contact those members interested in participating.  We also appreciate your suggestions for future group ideas.

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OLLI Scrapbooking Group - The scrapbooking group is new for the winter term and will be led by Linda Brooks.  The group will meet every two weeks

The only item OLLI members need to bring is their scrapbook and your photos or items you're wanting to put in your scrapbooks!  If you are interested in joining this group please email us at  The group leader will email the address and directions where the group will be meeting!

Please let us know if you have any questions.


OLLI Restaurant Review Group - This group will be led by Randi Lee Young and Mary Raffety. The group will be dining out at area restaurants and reviewing them based on criteria that the group creates. 

If you would like to participate with the Restaurant Review Group, please email us at .  After each visit, you are able to offer your critique of the restaurant to share with other OLLI members by filling out our OLLI Restaurant Review Comment Card.  Please see the attached comments for OLLI's members reviews of the restaurants the group has visited.

Please check back for the spring listing of restaurants the group will be visiting!

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Core Class Discussion Groups - These groups will be led by Gail Martin. Each group will meet immediately after the 9:30 am class.  For spring term the group will be discussing "Pre-World War II Blues Recordings" held on Tuesday at The Temple and "From Romantic Poetry to the Writings of the Beat Generation” held on Wednesdays and will meet in The Commons cafeteria after class.

These discussions will give an opportunity to examine and consider the content of the class, and share experiences and opinions.

Please email us at to participate and indicate which Core Class Discussion group you would like to join. The group leader will email you with details and confirm your participation.


Walking/Hiking Group -This group will be led by Doug Burroughs and Beth Gottlieb.  

If you'd like to participate in the OLLI CEE walking group, please email us at  Please check back for the next OLLI scheduled walking/hiking dates. Other hiking and nature events that may be of interest at Warner/Bells Bend/Shelby Bottoms parks are;

February 17th and 24th, 5:30-6:00 PM: Bells Bend Woodcock Watch.  Please call to register (615) 862-4187.
February 21st, 9:30-11:30 AM: Bells Bend Winter Plant Hike.  Please call to register (615) 862-4187.


OLLI Book Club  - This group will be led by Kay Simmons.  The group will be meeting the first Monday of each month at the Vanderbilt Barnes and Noble from 12-1 pm

On Monday, March 2nd,
the group will discuss  All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.  This book is from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Next Book Club selections will be:
April 6th:  Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
May 4th:  Caught:  The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, by Marie Gottschalk

Members can utilize their Vanderbilt Barnes & Noble 10% discount in purchasing books!  To sign up for the OLLI book club, please email us at