Free to all OLLI at BCC members!

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.

Interested in starting your own Shared Interest Group? Why don't you check out this handy SIG Guide and if you still have questions you can contact the OLLI Office at 413-236-2190 or OLLI@berkshirecc.edu.

Below is a summary list of our current SIGs. Click on a name to find more information about the group. Check out the OLLI Calendar of Events to see upcoming SIG meeting dates.

Absolute Sound

A Shared Interest Group for anyone with a passion for music, be it classical, jazz, folk or any other genre, who like to meet to listen to and discuss music.  Please contact Peter Levine or Lance Sterman for more information.

Changing the Culture of Ageism ONLINE

 Join a group of people who want to change the culture of aging. Contact Brian Harrison for more information.


 Interested in Chess?  Looking to learn chess or play with experienced players?  This SIG might be just what you have been waiting for. Contact Ed Lane for more information.

Contemporary Gender Roles ONLINE

Explore cultural changes in the roles of men and women in the family and in the workplace and the multiple changes in gender presentation and identity.  Contact Ellen Croibier for more information.

Cross Country Ski Group (seasonal) 
Get together with other OLLI Cross Country Skiers and find friends to ski withContact Ann Krawet for additional information.

Downhill Ski Group (seasonal) 
Recreational skiing with others for fun and safety.  Contact Bruce Cohen for additional information.

Foreign Language Films 

Join OLLI Members for viewings of the world's greatest films, with animated discussion to follow. Contact Chris Guidette or Alex Nardacci for more information.

French Conversation ONLINE
Parlez-vous français? Would you like to practice your French with others in a relaxed setting? Meet up in informal settings on Zoom and/or in person, for French conversation with other OLLI members.  Contact Monica Sinclair for more information.

NEW Genealogy ONLINE

Collaborate with like-minded OLLI members to pursue research into you family history. Contact Lisa Swigart for more information.

Gotta Reads - NYT Best Sellers Book Club ONLINE

The Gotta Reads - New York Times Best Sellers Book Club reads books from the NYT Best Seller List of the last couple of years.  Let's read and talk about the best of these best sellers. Contact Sheila McKenna for additional information.

Happy Needlers & Hookers: A Needlework Group

Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery or other forms of needlework in good company? Join this group just in time for a cozy winter. Contact Carolyn Vandervort  or Carol Sabot for more information!

NEW Listening to Chamber Music

The Listening to Chamber Music SIG is for people who are interested in chamber music and who would enjoy learning about and listening to chamber music repertoire with other chamber music aficionados.   Contact Harriet Wetstone for more information.

Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: A Book Group ONLINE

If you love reading mystery novels, this group is for you. Monthly books are chosen for the upcoming year from award winning American and international novels, but are not typically present day publications. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 1:30pm online. Contact Bruce Cohen for additional information.


A small, supportive group of painters who share their paintings in progress to get feedback from other artists and share useful techniques, materials etc. Contact Claudia Shuster for more information.

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

Contact Barbara Waldinger or Karel Fisher for more information.

Poetry Reading ONLINE

Join with other OLLI members to read and discuss great poems. Contact Steffi Fletcher for more information.

Poetry Writing ONLINE

Share poetry you've written with other OLLI members. Contact Steffi Fletcher for more information.

Socializing Singles (looking for a leader)
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. (Not a dating group, a friends group!)

Understanding Soccer
Want to know more about soccer?  This group meets (on Zoom or in person) to discuss all aspects of the game.  Both the technical and social aspects are considered.  Contact Alan Rubin for more information.

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