Interest Groups

OLLI at WVU has several shared interest groups that meet on an ongoing basis. OLLI Interest Groups are open to all OLLI members. 

Afternoon Walking Group

Walks are held on Monday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., beginning behind Automax in Morgantown, and on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m., meeting behind Kroger in Sabraton. Two other walks are usually scheduled during the week and announced through email. Times and places vary. OLLI members Kelly Yonta and Susan Lewis coordinate the group.

Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Morgantown

Campus Club: Let’s Do Lunch!

OLLI members enjoy getting together for self-pay lunches once a month at restaurants in Morgantown. The restaurants we choose provide the opportunity to eat a wide variety of foods, in a relatively quiet, accessible, and comfortable environment.

Second Thursday of every Month, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Morgantown

Campus Club Morning Book Discussion

Members of the Morning Book Discussion give input into the selection of books and create a list from the suggestions. The following criteria are used for the selection: at least one non-fiction choice, consideration of local or regional authors, stories with West Virginia ties, recommendations from members who have read a book or reviews of books, and current “buzz” about a book. New members are always welcome.

Third Tuesday of every Month, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, OLLI classroom A in Morgantown and on Zoom

Campus Club Evening Book Discussion

Believing that a good book is one that encourages a good discussion, the evening group tries to read an eclectic variety of books: novels, non-fiction, biography, etc. Books are suggested by members and the group tries to have books lined up two to three months in advance. Discussion of the book is always followed by social time to encourage friendship and catch up! New members are welcome and new voices are appreciated.

Second Tuesday of every Month, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Zoom

Drinks & Dinner

Relax after a long day with drinks and dinner with OLLI friends. We’ll meet at a local restaurant, be it a five-star diner or provincial pub, for conversation and comradery. Participants pay for their own meals. Locations will be chosen from the suggestions of participants.

Second Thursday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A Late Lunch

Meeting for lunch is such a popular activity for OLLI members that we’ve started a second group. With a focus on supporting local restauranteurs and expanding our palettes, we will visit diners, taverns, and eateries that offer unique dining experiences throughout Morgantown and the surrounding area. Participants pay for their own meals. Locations will be chosen from the suggestions of participants.

Third Wednesday of the month, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Mon River New Horizons Band

The organization’s motto, “It’s never too late,” means that one is never too old to make music. Founded in 2016, the MonRiver New Horizons Band gives OLLI members the opportunity to explore the joy of making music. Whether you once played a band instrument but did not continue later in life or never played before, the New Horizons Band will help you tap into the music within.

Course Materials: Essential Elements Method book and music stand. Participants must also provide their own instrument.

Mondays, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Morgantown

Opera Interest Group

Whether you’re a seasoned opera lover or just beginning to explore the art form, we invite you to join us. Group activities may include attending screenings together of the Met Opera at Regal Cinema in Morgantown and sharing rides to attend live performances at the Pittsburgh Opera and other regional venues.

Meetings arranged via email.

Take-A-Walk

Join OLLI members for a monthly, leisurely walk on various trails around Charleston. Participants must be able to complete a walk up to 3 miles in 90 minutes. Trails will be decided by the group via an email chat the week prior. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

First Tuesday of every Month 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Charleston

Walking Outdoors with Campus Club

The Walking Group meets at various rail trail locations in the community for a one-hour, three-mile round trip walk. Trails are generally level or have gradual elevation and the group is careful to avoid the downtown trail area due to traffic. Recognizing that some members walk faster than others, the groups may spread out in twos and threes to encourage and support each other.

Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Morgantown

Yarn Arts, Charleston  

Join your fellow OLLI members to share ideas, patterns, and workshop information and to support each other in knitting, crocheting, needle-point, and other yarn and thread arts.

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston

Yarn Arts Morgantown 

Join your fellow OLLI members to share ideas, patterns, and workshop information and to support each other in knitting, crocheting, needle-point, and other yarn and thread arts.

Mondays, 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM, Morgantown