Another great OLLI member benefit! OLLI’s Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are member-organized peer-led discussion and activity groups that are free and exclusively for OLLI at BCC members.

For more information on or to join any of the Shared Interest Groups listed below, please contact the OLLI Office, and we will put you in touch with the group leader.

Interested in starting your own Shared Interest Group? Please contact the OLLI Office at 413-236-2190 or OLLI@berkshirecc.edu and we will send you the guidelines and proposal form.


The Absolute Sound

Those with a passion for music, be it classical, jazz or folk, will meet at one another’s homes to listen to and discuss the music presented by the host, the sound, and the system producing that sound. Hosts will rotate among the participants.

American Indian Art and Culture
Explore the history, art, and culture of American Indian nations with particular emphasis on their creative expression.

American Short Stories
James Kraft leads a monthly discussion group in Lenox on Saturdays 
at 2pm. A reading list will be provided.

A Century of Films

Some of the best films of the past century will be screened monthly at 2pm, each preceded by a brief introduction and followed by a discussion.

Changing Aging

How old (or young) do you feel? Join a group of people who want to change the culture of aging.

Contract Bridge

Meetings held weekly on Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 4pm in Lenox.

Downhill Ski Group (seasonal)
Recreational skiing with others for fun and safety. Meetup times to be determined by members.

French Conversation
Parlez-vous fran├žais? Would you like to practice your French with others in a relaxed setting? Meet up in informal settings for French conversation with other OLLI members. 

Foreign Language Films

Join OLLI Members for monthly viewings of the world's greatest films, with animated discussion to follow.

Contemporary Gender Roles
Explore and discuss current and future changes in gender roles in the families that our grandchildren will be creating and the changing roles of men and women.

Happy Needlers & Hookers: A Needlework Group
Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery or other forms of needlework in good company? This group is forming just in time for a cozy winter. Contact us if you'd like more information!

Murder, Mayhem & Mystery: A Book Club
If you love reading mystery novels, this group is for you. Books will be chosen from award winning American and international novels by SIG members. Members will take turns facilitating discussions. Meetings will be held the fourth Monday of every month at 1:30pm at a private home in West Stockbridge.

Play Reading
Love theatre, reading plays together and enjoying the Berkshire theatre scene? Join us!

Socializing Singles
Provides participants the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in various social activities such as movie nights, Tanglewood concerts, picnics, etc., as determined by the group. Open to men and women.

Understanding Soccer
For those who share an interest in and/or would like to learn more about soccer by following major tournaments on television, attending college and professional games, and meeting and hearing from current soccer players.

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