Social and Special Interest Groups

Join a group and meet regularly with your peers around a shared area of interest. Social groups are created and led by OLLI members and provide an outlet for socialization beyond courses. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are created and led by OLLI members who decide to continue meeting on a regular basis to further pursue an area of study or interest. Social Groups and SIGs are open to all members, but registration is required.

SIG01 Biking Group 

Join the OLLI  Biking Group on rides throughout Pennsylvania and occasionally beyond. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and expenses. Rides are 20 to 30 miles per day in length and require physical ability and appropriate equipment. Notification about each ride will be by email only. For more information, contact Jeanne Spicer and Lynn Carpenter at

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SIG02 Book Club 

The OLLI Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Gary and Judy Mitchell at

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SIG03 Hiking Group 

The Hiking Group takes weekly hikes on Fridays. The hikes are typically 2–7 miles and are primarily within a 20-mile radius of the State College/Bellefonte area. They vary from easy to moderate and occasionally challenging. Descriptions of the hikes are emailed to members early in the week of the hike; that email also contains several hikes planned for future weeks. For more information, contact Alice Clark at

Note: This group involves physical activity. You are responsible for wearing the proper attire and using the proper equipment (if applicable). It is recommended you consult your physician before participating in this activity. OLLI disclaims any and all liability for each individual’s participation in this activity.

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SIG05 Writers Group 

The Writers Group welcomes writers of all genres and skill levels to share their writing. The group meets from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the second Friday of each month in the Outreach Building. Details about meetings will be communicated via monthly emails. For more information, contact Rita Lumpkins at or Michael Bourgo at

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SIG06 Photography Group 

The Photography Group meets from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Outreach Building. Members learn from one another and from invited guest presenters about techniques that will improve their photographic abilities. Activities include photography field trips and visits to exhibits about photography. All photographers should have an understanding of their camera equipment. For more information, contact Gorman Findley at or Mark Thorwart at

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SOC01 Lunch Group

Join other OLLI members for lunch on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations in the State College area. You will have time to make friends with the people you have met in OLLI courses. For more information, contact Liz Hattin at

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SOC02 Singles Supper Group 

Treat yourself to dinner at a restaurant while meeting new friends who are also single. The Singles Supper Group meets once a month.  For more information, contact Sherry Robertson at or Beverly Warren at

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SOC03 Supper Group

Interested in good food and conversation? The Supper Group meets for a kick-off event in September, and then has dinners in October, November, December, March, April, and May. The host provides the entrée for four to six other members, who provide an appetizer, side dish, and dessert. Scheduling is quite flexible, so you can participate in the months that work for you. The only requirement is that you must be able to host once or twice a year. For more information, contact Alma Ivey-Mathis at

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SOC04 Traveling Lunch Bunch 

Join the Traveling Lunch Bunch each month to taste the fare of restaurants located outside the State College/Bellefonte area. A different group member will plan a lunch for the first Thursday of each month from April through November. For more information, contact

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