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Dr. Stuart Sheifer of Virginia Heart Addresses Cardiac Issues, One of a Series of Medical Updates Classes, Tallwood, September 27

October 5, 2018

Editor of the Week: Paul Van Hemel

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Alerts & Notices

  • OLLI is closed Columbus Day, Monday, October 8.
  • Board of Directors Meeting, Friday, October 19, 10:00, at United Christian Parish, Reston, Room 113; all members welcome.
  • Reston Chili Cook-Off, Friday, October 19, 12:30-2:30, at United Christian Parish, Reston, Room 113. Register for special event 1105; share your favorite chili or side. For more information, click here.
  • Development Committee members are selling raffle tickets for the annual OLLI registration fee raffle between now and December 4; watch for them at classes and events.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published October 12; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, October 9, at 6:00.

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OLLI Members: The Outreach Committee (Still) Needs You!
By Camille Hodges, OLLI Outreach Committee Chair

The OLLI Outreach Committee’s task is to make our presence known in the community. Here’s a reminder of how you can help:

Fairfax Fall Fair, Saturday, October 13

  • Sign up to provide a smile and info about OLLI at a table during the Fairfax City Fall Fair on Saturday, October 13. We need three or four people to fill the 1:00‑3:00 and 3:00‑5:00 slots. If you can possibly help out, please e-mail me at your earliest convenience: mimihodges4@gmail.com.
  • Represent OLLI at the State Department Job Retirement Fair information table on October 23 from 1:00‑4:00 at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Center, 4000 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA.
  • Introduce a friend to OLLI by bringing him/her to a class as a guest. Classes at Church of the Good Shepherd (COGS) or Fairfax Lord of Life are suggested due to their space availability.
  • Join the OLLI Outreach Committee and share your wonderful ideas.

Thank you!

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Playing for Our Safety
By Michelle Blandburg, Member of the Board of Directors and OLLI Players

The OLLI Players have become well known for entertaining senior communities throughout Northern Virginia. However, we also act for serious purposes! As part of Fairfax County’s “Silver Shield Anti-Scam Campaign,” the theatrical troupe has performed skits aimed at helping seniors understand scam schemes targeted against us. Our skits have been broadcast on the Fairfax County Public Access channel, as well as performed for the County Board of Supervisors.

To reach an even broader audience, the OLLI Players will be working with the county’s Office of Family Services to provide a continuing series of presentations at Sunrise Senior Living communities county-wide. The premiere event will be held on Thursday, October 11, from 12:30 to 2:30 at Sunrise of McLean, 8315 Turning Leaf Lane, McLean, VA 22102. The event is open to the public; all are invited to attend! Lunch will be provided, but seating is limited. RSVP by October 8 by calling 703-734-1600 or visit SunriseMcLean.com. Information on future events and the county’s services for seniors can be found at fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/older-adults. (Photo of the OLLI Players by Robert Kelberg)

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Tallwood Book Club October Reminder
By Ceda McGrew, Tallwood Book Club Coordinator

The Tallwood Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 10, at 1:30 in the Annex. The book for discussion is Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. In the 1920s, oil was discovered in Oklahoma beneath the land of the Osage Indians, making them some of the richest people in the world. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. Under the direction of its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, the newly-formed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took over the case and discovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. All OLLI members are welcome.

The book selection for November 14 is Beartown by Fredrik Blackman, author of A Man Called Ove.

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Wine Tasting with OLLI
By Bernard Oppel, OLLI Member and Event Coordinator

OLLI-Mason held a special Loudoun wine-tasting and dining trip on September 28. Member John Anderson, who was on the trip, took photos, and developed the collage and accompanying text below.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Melding

Some husbands and wives
Seem to meld seamlessly –
We don’t

Some sense their spouse’s
Innermost body rhythms –
We don’t

Some over time begin to learn
The other’s daily routines –
Not us
Also

Some over time decide
To go on separate ways
We won’t

          Tony Rounds

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,Members: Where Are You?

For many years as an active member of both the Planning Committee and the Board of Directors, I recall that a major desire from our members was to increase the visibility of Mason faculty in our classes. Several years ago, Jennifer (Disano, our Executive Director) responded by creating an ongoing Monday-morning lecture series on the Mason campus less than a 5-minute drive from our Tallwood campus. Jennifer recruited many fabulous Mason professors, both current and emeritus, as well as past deans and department chairs as program presenters. Preferred close-in parking is provided in a nearby Mason garage as well as a breakfast consisting of juice, coffee, muffins, pastry, bagels, yogurt, and fruit all for a fee of $30 per session of three classesquite a bargain. Unfortunately, the attendance for the first three classes of this term, which includes members from all three OLLI campuses, is underwhelming and does not present a great image of OLLI. Where are all those members who requested more Mason teachers?

Stan Schretter

Thank you for your perceptive note. The Mason Faculty Club series is a fun, unique, intimate, and enjoyable opportunity for members. Spaces are still available for F902, a series of classes, 9:30-11:00, on the last three Mondays in October. Members are encouraged to register.

Editor

 

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Arts & Music at George Mason


Performances, October 5 through October 15
By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For tickets for either Center for the Arts Concert Hall (CFA) or Hylton Center, call 1-888-945-2468, buy tickets online through the event calendar (see links below), or visit the venue’s box office. For more information, see the CFA ticket page or the Hylton Center ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues
 
Aurelio Martinez (Garifuna Music)
Fri, Oct 5, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: $15.
Virginia Opera: Street Scene
Sat, Oct 6, 8:00 and Sun, Oct 7, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $110, $90, $54.

Compañía Flamenca
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sat, Oct 13, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

L.A. Theatre Works: Steel Magnolias
Sun, Oct 14, 7:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see music.gmu.edu for additional student recitals)

Mason Symphonic Band
Thu, Oct 4, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.
Mason Symphony Orchestra
Wed, Oct 10, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.

North Texas Euphonium Quartet
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001
Admission: Free.

Faculty Artist Showcase
Sun, Oct 14, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: When Art Meets Medicine
Sep 11 – Oct 27
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00, and two hours before each performance.

Manassas Chorale: Silver Serenade
Friday, Oct 5, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20.

Hylton Center EXTRA! Will Ackerman: Acoustic Guitar
Sat, Oct 6, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $45.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with Jim Carroll.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $46, $39, $28.

Prince William Little Theatre: 9 to 5 The Musical
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
Sat, Oct 13, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Oct 14, 2:00
Thu, Oct 18, through Sat, Oct 20, 8:00
Sun, Oct 21, 2:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, $20.

A Tribute to the Music of Motown
Sat, Oct 13, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $45, $35.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Sun, Oct 14, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

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For further details on any of the above events, see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar.

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Meetings & Clubs

The following list covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. The list is accurate as of mid-week but for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Oct 6 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Oct 10  1:30pm
1:45pm
1:45pm
Tallwood Book Club–Annex
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Oct 12  9:15am
9:30am
9:30am
11:00am
11:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Sat Oct 13 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Oct 17  1:30pm
1:45pm
2:00pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
A/V Committee–TA-1
Thu Oct 18  2:15pm Reston Book Club–UCP
Fri Oct 19  9:15am
9:30am
10:00am
11:00am
11:00am
11:30am
1:00pm
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–UCP RM 113
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–TA-1
Dr. Who Club–TA-3

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About OLLI E-News

OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.

Editorial Staff
Chief Editor: Paul Van Hemel
Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: David Gundry, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel 

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Shirley Springfloat, Linda Randall, Tom Appich, Roz Stark
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

Submissions: Members are encouraged to submit letters to the editor, letters to Ms. Ollie Ettakit (on etiquette matters), OLLI-related news items, articles, and photos. Submit material to: ollienewseditor@gmail.com.
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