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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.


OLLI Culinary Explorations Group - This group will be led by Randi Lee Young and Mary Raffety. The group will be dining out at area restaurants together.

Come join in as we continue the year’s lunch outings with the restaurants listed below for fall!

Tues, Sept 29 11:30 Double Dog, 1807 21st Ave S, 37212

Wed, Oct 14, 12:45 The Tavern, 1909 Broadway, 37203

Thurs, Oct 29, 12:45 Love, Peace, and Pho 2112 8th Ave S, 37204

Fri, Nov 13, 12:45 Biscuit Love, 316 11th Ave, 37203

Mon, Nov 23, 11:30 Butchertown Hall, 1416 4th Ave N, 37208

If you would like to participate with the Restaurant Review Group, please email us at . Please see the attached comments for OLLI's members reviews of the restaurants the group has visited.

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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.

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 and Nature 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 

On Monday, May 18th, at 11:30 a.m. please join us for a picnic and hike/walk at Percy Warner Park.  We will be gathering at picnic shelter #3 off highway 100, entering through the historic stone entrance.  Please bring your lunch and afterwards enjoy a guided hike with Beth Gottlieb.  This event is rain or shine!  Please wear walking shoes or boots and clothing appropriate to the weather and water to drink during the hike. 

Please check back for additional upcoming OLLI scheduled walking/hiking dates for summer.

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OLLI Book Club  - This group will be led by Kay Simmons.  The group will be meeting the first Monday of each month from 12-1 pmThe May and June meetings will be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road in their upstairs Conference Room.

The next Book Club meeting will be held on May 4th.
The group will be discussing Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys.  The book is about fifteen-year-old Lina who is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp.

The group will be discussing Steve Hawkin's A Brief History of Time in June.

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