The Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), on Saturday, July 17 via Zoom. Program activities begin at 1:00.
Getting Started on Your Family History – Presented by Amy Breedlove. This session provides basic information on documenting your family history. The speaker covers what to do first, as in figuring out what you and/or your family already knows. Next steps include figuring out what information is missing and what you want to look for first, determining what types of records may hold that information, who created those records, and where they may be available. Next, she briefly discusses the research process itself and where you can do the research. There follows a list of hints to keep you out of genealogical trouble and, finally, she presents some types of technology aids available to genealogists.
Amy Breedlove is a native Virginian and has lived in northern Virginia her whole life. She’s a Mason graduate in history and a retired career federal employee. She got interested in genealogy at age nine. She is a member of several historical societies and many genealogical societies at the national, state, and local levels, including the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. She’s not a professional genealogist or speaker but is always willing to answer questions.
Learn in 30: Virginia State Parks and Avenza Maps – Presented by John Krout. In this presentation, you will learn about the fascinating Virginia state parks and the new availability of park trail maps online, using the Avenza Maps app for Android and Apple portable devices. The state parks are scattered across Virginia, with several within a 90‑minute drive from the Washington DC metro region. Almost all the state parks feature hiking and biking trails, and some permit horseback riding. Most provide water recreation, such as river, bay or lake access, rental boats and kayaks, swimming pools, water parks, and fishing ponds.
You will learn how to use Avenza Maps to find and download Virginia State Parks maps, how to select a downloaded map for use, how to mark your parking spot or any other interesting location on the map for easy return, and how to record your hiking/riding track on the map.
PATACS member John Krout is an avid photographer and a frequent presenter at our joint meetings.
Attend via Zoom’s cloud meeting service, beginning at 1:00. Please click this link to join the meeting and use passcode 217154, or enter meeting ID 827 0407 4246 in the Zoom app and use the above passcode.
Reston Book Club: Switch in Order of Books for Fall Term
Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel, Reston Book Club coordinators
Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel, co-leaders of the Reston Book Club, announce a switch in order of books for discussion for fall term. It is too late to make this switch in the printed catalog.
On September 23, the club will discuss Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. On October 21, the book will be Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. This reversal is due to travel plans for Luci and Nancy.
The last book discussed during fall term will be Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, as originally planned.
Members of the Reston Book Club gathered in person on June 17 for lunch at Cafe Montmartre on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston (see picture). The group plans to continue to meet via Zoom, with occasional in-person lunches scheduled during the year.
Although Mason’s Fairfax campus is shut down, online entertainment and events at the Hylton Center continue for us to access and enjoy. Dr. Linda Apple Monson produces a periodic “Notes from the Director.” This email is full of interesting online performances by the students and faculty of the School of Music. If you would like to receive these bulletins, just send an email to Brianna Schoen firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the Center for the Arts has a website,Mason Arts at Home, which has a calendar of online events and access to many past performances.
All Mason Arts & Music events are postponed until September.
Please note: Physical meetings for clubs and activities are canceled until further notice in accordance with Mason’s guidelines. OLLI is conducting its classes and activities online. Refer to the university's coronavirus website for official university updates and check the OLLI calendar for revised information.
The following list covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office. 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). The OLLI office has sent (or will send) emails with links and meeting passwords to club members; you may also log in at the member portal and click on ZOOM CLASS LINKS.
Sat Jul 10
Tai Chi Club
Tue Jul 13
Tai Chi Club
Wed Jul 14
Memoir and More Writing Group
Thu Jul 15
Tai Chi Club
Fri Jul 16
Craft and Conversation Board of Directors Meeting
Sat Jul 17
Tai Chi Club
Personal Computer User Group
Tue Jul 20
Tai Chi Club
Wed Jul 21
Mah Jongg Club
Thu Jul 22
Tai Chi Club
Fri Jul 23
Craft and Convrsation
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