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Spring-Term Kickoff Coffee for New and Continuing Members, Tallwood, April 6

April 13, 2018

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • Board of Directors Meeting, Signal Hill, Loudoun, April 20, 10:00. All OLLI members welcome.
  • Super Salad Social, Reston, Rose Gallery, Community Center, Lake Anne, April 20, 12:302:30. All OLLI members welcome; candidates for Board election will be present and take questions (see article below). Candidates’ statements available here.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published April 20; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, April 17, at 6:00.

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New Sculpture at Tallwood

By Susan Van Hemel, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

You have probably noticed the new “turn-able” black marble sculpture on the walkway outside the OLLI Tallwood office (photos by Susan Van Hemel, April 2018), and we thought you might want to know something about it. The piece, inspired by the female figure, was donated to OLLI by an anonymous benefactor. It was sculpted by Mirella Monti Belshé, a sculptor who has a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in old town Alexandria. This bio is from her website:“Mirella Monti Belshé was born and nurtured in Tuscany, Italy, and completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Hawaii. There she became a tenured associate professor. In the last 41 years she has had a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She also works in Pietrasanta and Florence in Italy, where she carves and casts larger sculptures which return to studio 27 from where the models originated.

“Her work includes sculpture, collages, multimedia portraits, body casts, and restorations. Commissioned work is widely distributed in the US and abroad. Much of her work is neoclassical and evolves from fragmenting and juxtaposing the human form. Mirella is on the board of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.”

In 2013, Belshé was one of three honorees to be named a “wise woman” by the local chapter of the National Organization of Italian American Women. Read more about that at You can see examples of Belshe’s work at her website, , and at the Torpedo Factory, studio 27.

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Opportunities to Meet Board Candidates
By Terri Feldmayer, Nominating Committee ChairThis article repeats information from last week’s E‑News in hopes that you will take advantage of the following opportunities to meet the candidates for OLLI’s Board of Directors. Candidate statements may be reviewed on the OLLI website at this link.April 20, 9:30, LOUDOUN – Social time before the Board of Directors meeting. Candidates will be introduced at this meeting, but there will be no formal statements or Q and A.April 20, 12:30-2:30, RESTON – Super Salad Social at Rose Gallery, Community Center, Lake Anne. Candidates will provide brief introductions, followed by Q and A.

May 4, 10:00-12:00, TALLWOOD – OLLI Annual Meeting and Picnic. Candidates will provide brief introductions, followed by Q and A.

Calling All Theater Lovers
By Norma Jean Reck, Theater Lovers’ Group CoordinatorOn Sunday, April 29, Theater Lovers’ Group will go back to Reston Community Center Hunters Woods to see the Reston Community Players perform Thoroughly Modern Millie at their 2:00 matinee. This entertaining musical tells what happens as Millie, a small-town girl with big dreams, bobbed hair, and a thoroughly modern outlook makes her way in the Big Apple. Who conquers whom?Ticket cost is $23 for seniors. To get your tickets before they are sold out, phone 703-476-4500, X3, or go online to We carpool and have optional dinner after the show.Planning ahead: OLLI will join the Shillelagh Travel Club for two trips: one to Cape Cod and the other to New York City. We will go to Cape Cod for Pops by the Sea from August 10–13, 2018. The trip includes a Pops by the Sea concert, guided tours of Provincetown and Hyannis, Sydenstricker Glass Gallery, and more. The package includes hotel, motorcoach transportation, meals, and ticket to the concert for $969. Contact the club at 703-242-2204 or email Tell them you are from OLLI.

From October 2–3, we will travel overnight to Broadway with the Shillelagh Travel Club to see My Fair Lady and the opportunity to see a second show on your own. The package costs $475/person and includes transportation, hotel, ticket, and more. For more information, go to or phone 703-242-2204. Space goes fast, so sign up now.

All OLLI members and their guests are invited. If you need more information, please email Norma at

See you at the theater!

The Tom Swift Squad Needs You

By Paul Howard, OPCUG Program Chair


OLLI’s Audiovisual Support Committee (a.k.a. The Tom Swift Squad) seeks additional volunteers to help ensure the smooth employment of OLLI’s audiovisual resources. Our primary mission is to help instructors, liaisons, and staff with any audiovisual issues that might arise during the classes we attend.

We’ll be meeting at 2:00 on Wednesday, April 18, in TA‑1. Our activities for this meeting will include training on OLLI’s AV equipment used in classrooms and remote locations. We’ll be discussing future equipment arrangements, and reviewing our materials for volunteer and staff training.

Please let me know if you’re planning to attend or would like to become a “Swiftie,” even if you can’t attend this meeting. Contact me by email (preferred) or phone (703-860-9246).

For more information on the Audiovisual Support Committee, see its web page.

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Murals at Mason are Up!
By Ruta Sevo, OLLI MemberMurals@Mason launched on April 7 with two installations. One large mural is on the outside of the Art & Design Building (photo by Ruta Sevo), and another is indoors. The artists are NYC’s MARICAMA and Mason’s own Reed Griffith. The launch reception had food, music, and the two featured artists in attendance.

The project realizes the vision of student Fionnuala Fisk and a team guided by Donald Russell, university curator and director of Provisions Research Center for Art and Social Change at Mason. The competition for artists was international. Mason will host additional installations in September, with a second event/reception.

“Street art” is an international trend, bringing dramatic, delightful beauty outdoors in cities all over the world beyond the walls of galleries. The exhibit at Mason will offer Virginians (and any tourists) a free open-air art tour and exposure to a spectacular and growing trend in the visual arts.

See the project website on Facebook for a full description (MuralsatMason). Donations and community volunteers are quite welcome. (They also welcome light-colored, lightly worn T-shirts to tie-dye and sell.)

Information contacts: Fionnuala Fisk and Donald Russell

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Obituary: Susan Schram

Susan Schram, member since fall 2001, died March 21, 2018, in Reston. An OLLI pioneer, she taught “Let’s Talk About Books” at the Reston campus for years. A memorial service to celebrate Sue’s life was held on Saturday, April 7, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church,1700 Wainwright Dr., in Reston. More information is available at this link.

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Computer Club

By Paul Howard, OPCUG Program Chair

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, April 21, at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for socializing in the Annex. Program activities begin at 1:00 in TA‑1.

Take Control of Your Digital Legacy: Presented by Joe Kissell
You probably have a will, which states your wishes for what will happen to your money and physical possessions after you die. But what about your digital possessions–e.g., all your online accounts, email, photos, documents, social media posts? In the short term, you’ll want to be sure someone you trust can find your passwords, access your accounts, and take care of essential business. Longer-term, you may want to know your children, grandchildren, and generations to come will be able to learn about your life by seeing your pictures and videos and reading things you’ve written. To make your digital data last virtually forever, you must take steps to make sure it’s properly organized, stored, and preserved. Based on his book Take Control of Your Digital Legacy, Joe Kissell discusses the basics of digital estate planning, including why you need a digital will, a digital executor, and a solid strategy for making sure your data outlives you. Joe has authored more than 60 books about technology, many of which address the Apple ecosystem, on topics such as email, backups, passwords, privacy, security, and the Cloud.

Learn in 30: Password Managers Presented by Jere Minich
Password Manager applications are a vital component in keeping your information and assets safe in the digital world. Jere Minich is a retired submariner, actively involved in computer groups, and writes a ‘Tech Tips’ column for the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG), to which OPCUG and PATACS belong.

See full details on this meeting by clicking here. For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website. OPCUG dues of $5 for 2018 will be collected at this meeting.

Can’t make the meeting in person? Dues-paid club members may attend via Zoom’s cloud meeting service, beginning at 12:45. Send a message to if you plan to attend in this way. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Meeting ID: 208 004 2114

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop


Southern heat scorches
crops ripen, hounds laze panting
people pause, life slows

storm darkly rages
gone gone gone gone gone gone gone
young widow laments

evil schemer tempts
naïve beauty with promises
of luxury, ease

brave crippled suitor
kneeling humbly before world
sets out on rescue

By Carolyn F. Wyatt

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Help Needed: Distribution of Copies of OLLI Ink
By Sheri Siesseger, Publications Committee ChairOLLI Ink, the annual publication of literary works by our members, will be ready for distribution on May 4, the day of the annual picnic. We need a member volunteer to place copies in the social rooms and classrooms on the day of the picnic. This volunteer will also need to arrange with the Tallwood office to send 20–25 copies to the site assistants at Reston and Loudoun for members to pick up from the social rooms at those sites.The task includes watching the supplies in the Tallwood classrooms and social areas and replenishing as they become depleted. Check periodically with the Loudoun and Reston site assistants via email to determine whether they need additional copies. Work is finished when all 325 copies have been taken by interested OLLI members. If you can help, please contact

Have You Considered Volunteering for the Dirty Knee Club?

By Evan Douple, Board of Directors Member

Do you enjoy gardening? Would you like to learn more about pruning, watering, feeding, and the overall care of trees and plants? Would you like to learn which plants thrive in certain soils or in our Northern Virginia climate zone or share your expertise? Or would you just like an opportunity to get outdoors more often and socially enjoy helping to make the OLLI Tallwood campus and its nine named gardens attractive while you are getting some healthy exercise at the same time?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you should consider volunteering for the “Dirty Knee Club”—a team made up of about 15 men and women who come together to address the landscaping challenges on a few work days called “call-ups,” primarily during the spring or fall. During the summer, DKC members partner with other members to water, weed, and maintain the gardens during the growing seasons (each two-member team is assigned one week about every five or six weeks).

If interested, contact coordinators Sigrid Carlson ( or Sally Berman ( for more information. And guess what—gardening expertise is not required (but you will gain some since willingness to get a dirty knee is required), and we clean up well and have some great social events too!

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, April 13 through April 23

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff WriterFor tickets for either Center for the Arts (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 CFAticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues

L.A. Theatre Works: The Mountaintop
Sat, Apr 14, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

The King’s Singers
Fri, Apr 20, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Connections Through Time
Sat, Apr 21, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Christopher Zimmerman, conductor.
Concert Hall
Admission: $65, $53, $39.

The Hot Sardines
Sun, Apr 22, 7:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

Mason Student & Faculty Performance
(see for additional student recitals)

Spring New Dances
Fri, Apr 13 and Sat, Apr 14, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults $15; seniors $10.
The Mason Chorale: Cafe George
Fri, Apr 13, 8:00
Dessert and performance in cabaret style
Concert Hall Stage
Admission: $25.Mason Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Sat, Apr 14, 5:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.Mason Guitar Ensemble Concert with Lake Braddock Guitar Ensemble
Sat, Apr 14, 8:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.Jazz Workshop Concert
Sun, Apr 15, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Mason Percussion Ensemble Concert
Wed, Apr 18, 8:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.

Mason Opera: Albert Herring
Fri, Apr 20 and Sat, Apr 21, 8:00
Sun, Apr 22, 2:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults $20; seniors $15.

Simone Dinnerstein Piano Master Class
Fri, Apr 20, 9:30am
Center for the Arts – Monson Grand Tier III
Admission: Free.

Project Trio Performance
Mon, Apr 23, 12:30
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

8th Anniversary Gala Silent Art Auction Exhibition
Mar 13–Apr 21
Final bids Apr 14
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

The Mason Cabaret in Concert
Fri, Apr 13, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $30.

Hylton Center 8th Anniversary Gala
Sat, Apr 14, 6:00–1:00
6:00 – Reception in the Grand Foyer
7:00 – Dinner on the Merchant Hall Stage
8:30 – “Party for a Cause” Gala After Party
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Admission: $300.

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Fri, Apr 20, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Tickets: In advance $25; day of concert $30.

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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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 any time 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 Apr 14 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 18 1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
A/V Committee–TA-1
Fri Apr 20 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–Loudoun
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Dr. Who Club–TA-3
Sat Apr 21 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Tue Apr 24 11:00am Loudoun Program Planning–Room 208
Wed Apr 25 1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Apr 27 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Theater Lovers’ Club–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography 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: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Shirley Springfloat, Linda Randall,
Gerry Ann Strube
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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