Do you have a hobby or interest you would like to explore with friends in a welcoming environment? OLLI hosts dozens of exciting clubs active at all sites – Fairfax, Reston and Loudoun. See the full listing below. If you want to know more about a club, please visit the member portal for more information or click the coordinator name/s below to send them an email message.
Make sure to sign up for clubs on the OLLI member portal so you are on the email list to receive updated notices of meeting dates and activities. You must renew your club memberships each January so we can keep rosters up to date.
If you have an interest that is not represented below and would like to start a new club, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for guidelines on how to set-up a new club. If you are a club coordinator and have a posting or update for your club webpage, click here and please have the subject line read “blog post” to email it to the club website manager.
The clubs highlighted in green have blogs/postings you can access by clicking the club name.
** PLEASE NOTE ** Most OLLI clubs are meeting virtually as pandemic conditions merit.
All the News, Cont’d (Meets between terms)
Moderator: Zach Teich
All the News, Cont’d meets online between terms to discuss current affairs issues in a friendly and collegial manner. This is a continuation of the All the News That’s Fit to Print (Reston campus) course with moderator Zach Teich, providing a topic list drawn from the week’s news and serving as ‘traffic cop’ for the freewheeling discussion.
Annex Art Club
Coordinator: Sue Goldstein
All artists, whether you use pencil, ink, pastels, charcoal, or paint, are welcome to finish or to start pictures. The group consists of OLLI members at all skill levels. Join us!
AV Support Committee, Tallwood
Chair: Paul Howard
Though not a “club,” this committee serves as an adjunct to OLLI’s staff, in assisting instructors with classroom audiovisual and computer equipment. Membership is open to any OLLI member, at all our locations, who has an interest in helping our teachers and staff with classroom technology. You don’t need to be a tech guru to be a member of the committee.
Bridge Club, Tallwood
Coordinator: Carol Egan
Prepare to drop in and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of “party bridge.” Players of all skill levels are welcome. Skill levels of players vary from beginner to average. Partnerships are rotated every four hands.
Classic Literature Club
Coordinator: Bob Zener
This Club was formed to read and discuss classic works of world literature, frequently with the help of recorded lectures. Members choose the works to be discussed. In the past we have read works such as Melville’s Moby Dick, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Faulkner’s Absalom Absalom!, Morrison’s Beloved, Ellison’s Invisible Man, and short stories of John Updike and Flannery O’Connor.
Cooking Club, Tallwood
Coordinator: Ute Christoph-Hill
This club is for OLLI members who enjoy preparing food and sharing homemade dishes in a small group setting.
Craft and Conversation Group, Tallwood
Coordinators: Doris Bloch, Janet Porter
We meet weekly to work on our craft projects and just talk. Our conversations take many directions as do our projects. Most of us enjoy several different crafts such as knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, weaving, and quilting. We share our work, our ideas, and our inspiration. Please join us on Friday mornings.
Dirty Knee Club, Tallwood
Coordinators: Sigrid Carlson, Sally Berman
The OLLI Landscaping Committee, fondly known as the Dirty Knee Club, creates, plants, and maintains the gardens at Tallwood. Gardening expertise is not required, but a willingness to get dirty knees is!
Ethnic Eats Lunch Club, Tallwood
Coordinator: Leti Labell
Do you love to eat? Are you interested in learning about foods from other cultures? Northern Virginia has an abundance of ethnic restaurants. This club meets monthly for virtual Zoom dinners where members order takeout food from various cuisines.
Gentle Yoga Club (Meets between terms)
Coordinator: Carla Keen
This club is for new or experienced yoga practitioners who prefer a gentle workout focusing on building flexibility, strength and balance. Club meetings will be classes, with a few minutes at the end for optional chat and questions.
History Club, Tallwood
Coordinator: Beth Lambert
We welcome all OLLI members who are interested in discussing historical events or sharing reviews of articles and books. Our meetings feature speakers on a variety of subjects, ranging from the Silk Road through the present crises in the Middle East—and everything in between.
Inve$tment Forum, Tallwood
Coordinator: Al Smuzynski
The Investment Forum addresses investment topics of particular interest to retirees. Each session begins with an open discussion of recent events in the economy and in financial markets and their impact on investment decisions. Member presentations typically include such topics as: recent market indicators, stocks, bonds, funds (mutual, exchange-traded, and closed-end), real estate investment trusts (REIT), options, commodities, master limited partnerships, sectors, allocations, and investment strategies.
Loudoun Non-Fiction Book Club
Meets during term
Coordinators: Barbara Wilan, Dick Crocker
This is a book discussion club for OLLI members who find non-fiction literature of interest. We look for books of high review, from memoirs and biographies to explorations of politics, science and human behavior.
Mah Jongg Club, Tallwood
Coordinator: Debby Mossburg
All OLLI members who wish to learn how to play Mah Jongg or already know how, play with very friendly fellow Mah Jongg players. Your mental faculties will feel challenged, then tamed, then intrigued as to how to win at this fun game of luck and strategy.
Personal Computer User Group (Meets year round), Tallwood
Coordinators: Bob Heyer, Leti Labell
In partnership with the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), the OLLI PC User Group (OPCUG) focuses on Windows and Mac computers and software for enhancing our lives.. Our aim is to bring broad expertise about technology and topics of interest to attendees. Club dues (currently $5 per year) are payable at the first meeting attended in each calendar year.
Photography Club, Tallwood
Coordinators: Ed Marion, John Olsen
Meet with enthusiasts and others interested in photography and develop skills by participating in theme-based monthly photo submissions. The Photography Club welcomes all members, regardless of skill level or your phone/camera choice. We discuss both the technology of photography and the artistic aspect of visual design.
Poetry Club (Meets between terms)
Coordinator: Susan Rexroad
This club provides the opportunity for members to read the works of a favorite poet and to learn about poems that interest fellow club members. Bring a poem to read that intrigues you. We’ll discuss why and how these poems engage or even elude us.
Recorder Consort, Tallwood
Coordinator: Helen Ackerman
If you have been part of the consort or have previously played the recorder and would like to expand your abilities, please join us on Fridays. There will be on- and off-campus performances. You may need to purchase music.
Reston Book Club
Coordinators: Luci Martel, Nancy Scheeler
This book discussion club meets on the OLLI Reston campus and focuses on serious contemporary fiction, primarily—but not limited to—works by American or UK authors. We read novels on the long lists, short lists, and winner lists of the US National Book Award and the UK Man Booker prize and other major prizes.
Science and Technology Club (Meets during term)
Coordinator: Jim Wentworth
This club will discuss scientific research and technologies plus older technologies that could be applied to current problems. Each meeting will start with a brief introduction to a topic followed by a guided discussion. Members are welcome to run meetings and guide discussion on topics of particular interest to them.
Coordinators: Dick Cheadle, Mark Ramage
This club is for those who are in the intermediate stage of understanding and speaking Spanish—further along than 1-2-3 and A-B-C, but not fluent. The club members leading a particular class will choose the subject and prepare the lesson for that class. Members will not have to participate beyond their comfort level.
Tai Chi Club, Tallwood
Coordinators: Russell Stone, Cathey Parker, Bonnie Nelson
The Tai Chi Club meets nearly every Saturday, year round. It is open to all OLLI members. Please register as a club member once per year in January to be on the email list for class cancellations, notices and changes.
Tallwood Book Club (Meets year round)
Coordinator: Betty Ellerbee
We read and discuss a wide variety of literature. Recent selections have included: There, There by Tommy Orange, Sag Harbor by Collson Whitehead and Lost Roses by Margaret Hall Kelly.
Theater Lovers’ Group – Fairfax; Theater Lovers Group – Reston (Meet separately during term, except summers)
The clubs are meeting together via Zoom while campuses are closed during the pandemic.
Coordinator: Norma Reck
The Theater Lovers’ Group (TLG) Fairfax and Theater Lovers Group Reston attend plays year-round—usually a matinee—at a variety of theater venues around town, followed by an optional dinner at a nearby restaurant. Our monthly TLG meetings are held during term when OLLI is in session. At our TLG meetings, we plan theater outings, enjoy guest speakers, share what’s going on in the theater world, such as free play readings at the Signature, or go to a nice restaurant for lunch and chat.
What’s in the Daily News? Continued, Tallwood
Coordinators: Mel Axilbund, Dorsey Chescavage, Alan Glenn, John Quinn, David Riley. Class Liaison: Dennis VanLangen
This is the between-term continuation of a weekly forum for thoughtful, forthright and respectful exchange of information and opinions on current world, U.S. and regional news. Class participants bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience in international affairs, government, industry, education, the military and other areas.