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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/Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor:
Weekly Editorial Team: Paul Van Hemel, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Proofreaders: John West, Gordon Canyock, Susan Van Hemel
Backup Chief Editor: Sheri Siesseger

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.
Deadline – 6:00 pm Tuesday for that week’s issue (6:00 pm Monday for letters to the editor); early submissions are greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words.
Note: You can view past issues of OLLI E-News on the DocStore. To search the content of issues, use Search Our Site or put your search term in Google followed by “site:olli.gmu.edu/” without the quotes.


OLLI E-News October 10, 2014
Print a condensed .pdf copy of this newsletter, two web pages per sheet of paper.
OLLI Members Depart September 11 Baltimore Harbor Cruise
Blue Angels Flew Over Harbor and Fort McHenry

October 10, 2014


Editor of the Week: Michelle Blandburg
Table of Contents

Alerts & Notices


OLLI Holiday Party Fri, Dec 5 at the International Country Club, Chantilly;
$30 per person, register at your site.

OLLI will be open on Columbus Day, Mon, Oct 13
 

 

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Computer Club



by Paul Howard, Computer Club Coordinator


THE COMPUTER CLUB (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), Saturday, July 19th at Tallwood. Join us at 1:30 for soft drinks and socializing in the social room. Presentations will begin at  2:00. (Special start time because of OLLI music program in the morning.) This month's offerings will include the following:

Some Thoughts on Tablets, Presented by Stan Schretter, OLLI Member
 
The tablet wars remind me of the Beta vs VHS VCR battles. Commercials are very well produced, but not necessarily useful to the consumer. Technical specs are abundant, but again not that useful to the ordinary consumer. So what is one to do in making a decision? Stan will discuss his own experiences with the iPad (iPad 3 and Mini 2) and Nexus 7. Since these are sold and updated directly by their manufacturer (Apple and Google) they provide the ability to actually compare iOS vs Android. Note that many/most “Android” tablets are really products of companies (e.g., Amazon, Samsung,) and besides having a custom user interface they may not be updated very often or not at all during their lifetime.
 
Stan spent almost 40 years as an electrical engineer conceptualizing and designing complex computer and communication systems. His first experience with computers was in the late 50s and he still has his Apple 2e and original IBM PC (i.e., the one that came without a hard drive). While he has developed Windows PC freeware software that obtained a worldwide distribution, today he is only a device user and not a tinkerer in either hardware or software. Currently Stan’s set of devices include iPhone, iPad, Nexus 7, iMac desktop, Windows 7 desktop, and a Chromebook laptop for doing email and browsing the internet when he needs a real keyboard.
 
Learn 30: Introduction to Zoom – Attend Meetings Remotely
Presented by Mel Mikosinski
 
Zoom is a cloud-based meeting service allowing voice and video conferences from two to 1000 participants. Participants can attend via Windows and Mac computers, and Android and iOS devices–smartphones and tablets. The recent addition of their 'Room Connector' service allows linking standards-based video conference systems from major hardware providers to their cloud service offerings.
 
Mel Mikosinski had a long career serving on active duty and as an Air Force civilian employee. He's the 2nd Vice President/membership chair of PATACS, moderates the Webinar SIG on the 2nd Wednesdays of the month, and has been the lead researcher of the OLLI AV technical team investigating and implementing videoconferencing.

See full details on this meeting by clicking here.  For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website.  OPCUG dues of $5 for 2014 will be collected at this meeting.

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Poetry Reading on 18 October in Alexandria


Mike McNamara, co-moderator of OLLI Poetry Workshop

OLLI’S Mike McNamara has been invited by the Poetry Society of Virginia to read his poems at 10:30 on 18 October, at the Martha Washington Library (6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA). He will share the platform with Jean Nordhaus, author of six volumes of poetry, past programmer of poetry at the Folger Library, and prose editor of the prestigious Poetry Lore journal.

Mike has been a member of OLLI for seven years and, with Jan Bohall, is now the co-moderator of OLLI’s Poetry Workshop. He has been published in several literary and popular journals, and has received numerous awards in the Poetry Society’s annual competitions. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1989 as an infantry colonel after 30 years of service. He subsequently worked for the Turks, the Bosnian Federation, and the Afghanis to improve their defense capabilities. He teaches international poetry, Shakespearian/Elizabethan literature and military issues at OLLI.

The poetry reading is open to all, and will also feature an open microphone. OLLI poets are invited to come and present their verse.

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Poet's Corner
Courtesy of Poetry Workshop
 
Suburban Wild

I walked out the side door of my house
to roll the trash of the week to the curb,
looked up and discovered two huge eyes
staring at me from the big maple tree
 
What are you doing here? the eyes asked me
from the face of a king-sized owl,
two feet tall, mighty wings, razor claws
 
I realized I had no good reply,
turned quickly, and went back inside
 
                                Betty Smith

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, Oct 10 - Oct 20


By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For tickets for either CFA or Hylton, 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 ticket purchase page.
At the Fairfax Campus Venues

The Goddess Diaries
Fri, Oct 10, 7:30
The Goddess Diaries is a series of true-to-life monologues. The Goddess Diaries was voted "Best of the Fringe" at the Capital Fringe Festival three years in a row.
TheatreSpace
Admission: Adults, $20; Seniors, $10
 
Virginia Opera: Sweeney Todd
Sat, Oct 11, 8:00
Sun, Oct 12, 2:00
Virginia Opera's 40th season opens with Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical. Performed in English with English supertitles. Pre-performance discussion: Glenn Winters
Concert Hall
Admission: Sat - $86, $72, $44
                  Sun - $98, $80, $48


Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys: An American Icon
Fri, Oct 17, 8:00
The mountain music legend's farewell tour.
Pre-Performance Discussion: Randy Barrett, President, DC Bluegrass Union.
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29

 

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Mason Student and Faculty Performances
(see music.gmu.edu for additional student recitals)
 
Anjanette Trebing, Voice Graduate Recital
Sat, Oct 18, 7:30
St. Georges United Methodist Church, 4910 Ox Rd, Fairfax
Admission: Free
 
CJ Redden-Liotta Choral Graduate Conducting Recital
Sun, Oct 19, 7:30
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free
 
At the Hylton Center

Nature Visions Photo Expo
Sep 28–Nov 16
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue–Sat, 10:00–6:00; Thu, 10:00–8:00; and two hours before performances. For more information about the current exhibit, visit HyltonCenter.org/gallery. For reception, RSVP to Hylton@gmu.edu.

Aquila Theatre: The Tempest
Sat, Oct 11, 8:00
Shakespeare’s ultimate commentary on life and art, vengeance and forgiveness. Pre-Performance Discussion: Christopher Marc, Stage Manager, Aquila Theatre Company.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26

Matinee Idylls: Joel Fan   
Tue, Oct 14, 1:30
Pianist Joel Fan is one of the most dynamic and accomplished musicians performing today.
Gregory Family Theater
12:30 - lunch
2:30 - concert followed by reception
Admission: $43 (includes lunch), $20 (concert only)

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China:
Cirque Peking

Sun, October 19, 4:00
Pre-Performance Discussion: Zhou Zhongtao, Director
Merchant Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29
For further details on any of the above events, please see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar

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Mason Highlights

Other Mason events, next two weeks


By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

China Town Hall: "Can China Move 250M People into Cities?" The China Town Hall is a national program at seventy sites across the country designed to provide Americans the opportunity to interact with leading China experts. The evening's keynote speaker (via live webcast) is Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States. The local guest speaker is Dr. Weiping Wu, professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Dr. Wu will share her thoughts on the various opportunities and challenges presented by China’s ongoing and intensifying processes of urbanization and migration and will answer questions from the audience. Thu, Oct 16, 6:45 to 9:30. Mason Global Center (formerly Mason Inn), Salon A. Free

Midnight Madness. Share the excitement of the start of the men’s and women’s basketball team seasons. Players and coaches will be introduced, and the evening’s events will include student performances.  Sat, Oct 18, 8:00. Patriot Center. Free.


Panel Discussion. Operation Protective Edge. Join members of the Middle East Studies Program, the Trans-Arab Research Institute, Arab Studies Institute, New Century College, and Global Programs for a panel discussion on Israel's offensive, Operation Protective Edge, in the Gaza Strip. Mon, Oct 20, 4:00. Johnson Center, Room C.


 

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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 to check anytime for the latest information, please view the latest forecast of upcoming 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, Kickoff Coffees, etc. (bolded below).
Sat Oct 11 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Oct 14 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Oct 15  1:45pm
 1:45pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Oct 17  9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
11:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Homer, etc–Annex
Moby Dick Club–TA-2
Sat Oct 18 10:30am
  2:00pm
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Tue Oct 21 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Oct 22  1:45pm Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Oct 24  9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Board of Directors–Reston UCP
Homer, etc–Annex
Moby Dick Club–Cottage
Photography Club–TA-1

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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/Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor:
Weekly Editorial Team: Paul Van Hemel,
Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere, Michelle Blandburg
Proofreaders:  John West, Gordon Canyock, Susan Van Hemel
Backup Chief Editor: Sheri Siesseger

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.
Deadline – 6:00 pm Tuesday for that week's issue (6:00 pm Monday for letters to the editor); early submissions are greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words.
Note: You can view past issues of OLLI E-News on the DocStore. To search the content of issues, use Search Our Site or put your search term in Google followed by "site:olli.gmu.edu/" without the quotes.

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