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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Trips & Events

Spring Term 2017 Events, Tours, Trips, and Travel 

Attending special events and traveling with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) introduces you to new ideas and experiences, and is a wonderful way to meet other members who share your interests and have fun. Guests may attend trips, events and travel, unless otherwise noted (*members only), and all require pre-registration. You can click the links to review an individual option or scroll down to see the entire list.
The events, tours, and trips will be posted soon!
Tours Around TownDay Trips
OLLI at Pitt Pirate GameAllegheny Observatory TourThe Westmoreland Museum of American Art and West OvertonWomen's Heritage Trail Bus Tour
PICT classic theatre presents SiveBehind-The-Scenes Tour of Pittsburgh Public Water SupplyA Day in Amish Country, Ohio National Parks of America

  Imperial Cities

  Iceland's Magical Northern Lights

  Other Upcoming Trips


OLLI at Pitt Pirate Game

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:05 p.m.

Come join OLLI and members of the Pitt community for a Pirate Game.  Our seats are in section 131 on the 3rd base line.  In addition, all attendees will receive a Pirates hat with a Pitt flair.  Join us at a happy hour from 5:30-7 p.m. in the park with half-price concessions.  To guarantee your ticket, tickets must be purchased by June 23.

PICT classic theatre presents Sive
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Fee: $25 for members and nonmembers

Being sold to an old, decrepit man for two hundred pounds is not every girl’s idea of a fairytale marriage, but for Sive, it’s the only way her family can find some relief from their poverty-stricken existence. Sive tells the folk culture story of star-crossed lovers, set against the backdrop of the 50’s in County Kerry, where the charming thatch-roofed cottages illustrate both the simplicity and the difficulty of everyday life. Similar to PICT’s 2015 critically acclaimed Sharon’s Grave, Sive embodies all the Irish wit and charm that defines John B. Keane’s plays. Appropriate for all ages.


Allegheny Observatory Tour
Friday, April 7, 2017 from 8-10 p.m.

The Allegheny Observatory, founded in 1859, is a historically important astronomical institution. Our tour begins with the documentary, UNDAUNTED: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory. Narrated by David Conrad, this film introduces a large number of science concepts that have a local connection. We then tour the building, which was completed in 1912 and houses three telescopes: the Thaw Memorial Refractor (1912), the Fitz-Clark Refractor that predates the Civil War, and a modern commercial telescope that is operated remotely from the University of Pittsburgh campus. We view the night sky, weather permitting. The observatory is in Riverview Park in the Observatory Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We will meet at the Observatory. Transportation is on your own.
You may bring guests but each MUST be registered separately.  To do it online, you must create an account for them.  If you do not want to do that, call or email us with their registration.  

Behind-The-Scenes Tour of the Pittsburgh Public Water Supply
Session 1: Monday, April 24, 2017 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Session 2: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 10-11:30 a.m.

These tours are for Members Only. Those who were signed up and/or attended last year’s tour cannot register for these tours until March 7. The Pittsburgh Public Water Supply (PWSA) dates back to 1802 with the construction of four public wells in the downtown area. With increasing population and industry, the need for infrastructure and capacity also increased. As a result, an expanding network of pipes, storage tanks, and reservoirs found a permanent source water supply in 1903 when the city purchased the site along the Allegheny River in Fox Chapel. This facility employs the technique of convention filtration—coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection.

During the tour, a brief history of the Pittsburgh Public Water Supply will be discussed in the lobby of the Operations Center at the plant. Following this discussion, the tour will venture outside and walk along the Allegheny River to the head/front of the plant. From this point we will follow the water treatment process through the screen room, clarifiers, and finally, the filters. We will conclude the tour with a stop in the laboratory discussing what PWSA is doing to monitor for source water protection,process control, and the testing done on samples collected out in the distribution system—the water that we all drink.
This tour will include considerable walking including stairs.


The Westmoreland Museum of American Art and West Overton
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 8:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Fee: $60 for members and nonmembers (includes motor coach transportation, admissions and tours.  Lunch is on your own.) Optional Fee: Parking at Soldiers and Sailors garage for $10.

At the West Overton Village & Museums we will explore the distillery museum, set inside of our historic distillery built in 1858, we will learn about our region's history of whiskey production and spirits culture. We will visit the Overholt mansion and learn of the Overholts' role in shaping our region's industrial roots. A visit to the Summer Kitchen situated at the foot of the mansion lends insight into 19th century Mennonite daily life. Finally, we will conclude in the homestead's Springhouse, birthplace of Henry Clay Frick. After a quick fast food lunch stop we will go to The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Its collection includes works by major artists from four centuries. It also captures the region's rich agrarian and industrial past by placing local past within the greater context of our nation. We will have a guided tour and then you will have time on your own. The main exhibition will be When Modern was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection. The exhibition highlights the work of artists including Max Weber, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Arthur Dove. 

A Day in Amish Country, Ohio
Monday, June 19, 2017 from 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $110/members or $120/nonmembers (Fee includes: motorcoach transportation, tours, and lunch.) Optional Fee: Parking at Soldiers and Sailors garage for $10.

Learn about the culture of the Amish people through our visit to Walnut Creek, Ohio. First we will tour Homestead Furniture and see Amish craftsmen at work. Lunch will be at an Amish home where our hosts will talk about their home and family life. Then we visit the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center for a 30 minute tour of Behalt, a 10 foot by 265 foot cyclorama that illustrates the history of the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites, and time to visit its wide selection of books and authentic handcrafts. Next stop, Walnut Creek Cheese which offers a wide variety of bulk foods, cheeses, jellies, and baked goods. Our trip will be graced by an Amish guide who will travel with us to answer your questions and give us some personal insight into the culture. (Stops are subject to change.) 


Women's Heritage Trail Bus Tour

May 1-3, 2017
Price: Single $800, Double $650, Triple $600, Quad $550 (per person)

Join OLLI at Pitt and Lenzner/Coach USA as we explore the Women's Heritage Trail in Seneca Falls, Auburn and Hyde Park, NY.  Joined by Louise Mayo, OLLI instructor and former History professor, we'll learn and enjoy a number of sites along the way.  The package includes a visit to the Women's Rights National Historic Park, a guided tour of the Stanton House, the National Women's Hall of Fame, the Harriet Tubman Home, and Val-Kill, the only National Historic Site dedicated to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.  We'll also enjoy a wine tasting and dinner at Belhurst Castle on Monday evening, followed by dinner at the Culinary Institute of America on Tuesday evening.

National Parks of America
June 2017
Price: TBA

Talk about a bucket list trip - mark more than 10 National Parks and much more off of your must see lists!  The trip will begin in Scottsdale, AZ and move north.  You will visit the Sedona, Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, the Great Salt Lake, and Jackson Hole, including the majestic Bear Lake Summit.  After Jackson Hole, you will see Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, followed by Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.  Much of the twelve-day trip is provided by motor coach so you can enjoy the sites!

Imperial Cities (Prague, Vienna, and Budapest)
October 23-November 2, 2017
Price: Single $4,399, Double $3,699 per person, Triple $3,669 per person

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights
January 15-21, 2018
Price: Single $3,499, Double $3,199 per person, Triple $3,169 per person

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Other Upcoming Trips (all tentative)

Egypt, including Cairo and Ancient Egypt (with Rebecca Denova) – Date: TBA