An OLLI Shared Interest Group (SIG) is a group of OLLI members who share a common interest and meet outside the normal OLLI class environment to discuss and enjoy this mutual interest. Each group is different depending on its focus, and all provide interesting lifelong learning opportunities as well as a fun social experience.

OLLI SIGs are independent and self-managed with the SIG members deciding when, where, and how often they will meet. Initially, one or more members volunteer to be facilitator(s). The facilitator is responsible for administrative and communication details.

If you would like to start a SIG, contact the SIG Coordinator, Barb Barasa, by email at or phone 541-621-2739. OLLI volunteers are available to help you with technology.

Currently Active Shared Interest Groups:

Online Book Group [PDF]

The OLLI Online Book Club SIG meets the 3rd Saturday of every month at 3:00pm Pacific Time to discuss the month’s chosen book. Several upcoming meetings will have the book's author present. Any OLLI member can join the SIG by contacting the SIG Facilitator Andrea Gay at

Upcoming meetings (on Zoom):

September 16 - Fall Social to catch up with one another
October 21 - We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland, by Finton O’Toole
November 18 - Only Hope, A survivor’s Story of the Holocaust, by Felecia Bornstein Lubliner, hosted by son Irv Lubliner (OLLI member and instructor)
December 16 - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
January 20 - The Dangerous Illusion of Art, by John Frohnmayer (OLLI member and Author)

Watercolor Painting [PDF]