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Dr. Matthew Rossheim of the Department of Global and Community Health at Mason Explains His Research on Alcohol Intoxication, Policy, and Health Outcomes for Spring Course on Advances in Health, April 4.

April 15, 2016

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • Click here to see the candidates for the Board of Directors.
  • Feeling creative? Or have a small stack of poems stashed away? We’re starting to work on the 2016 edition of the Poets of OLLI, the 25th anniversary edition. If you’d like to be included, send an original poem to Tony Rounds at or Jan Bohall at by April 29. To check out a earlier copy (last published in 2012), ask staff at Tallwood.

Registration Fee Raffle

By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee Chair

Are you feeling lucky? You could be the winner of your next OLLI registration fee ($375 value), and your contribution will provide support for Mason’s veteran students to meet their emergency and short-term needs. All proceeds from raffle ticket purchases are designated to fund our 25th Anniversary Gift to Mason’s Office of Military Services. The gift will be presented on October 14.

Tickets are now available and will be sold until Friday, July 15, at the Christmas in July event at Tallwood. Tickets: one for $5, three for $10, seven for $20. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Tickets are being sold before and after several classes, with more dates and places at all three campuses to be set by Development Committee members and others. Watch for announcements and look for posters identifying sale sites and times.

The following dates and times are currently scheduled for raffle ticket sales:

  • Monday, April 18, 1:30 to 2:30, Tallwood Annex
  • Thursday, April 21,10:30 to 11:30, Tallwood Annex
  • Tuesday, April 26, 1:30 to 2:30, Tallwood Annex
  • Wednesday, April 27, 1 to 2, Tallwood Annex
  • Friday, April 29, Super Salad Social, noon to 2:30, Lake Anne Community Center, Reston
  • Friday, May 6, Annual Meeting & Picnic, 9:30 to 12:30, Tallwood
  • Friday, July 15, Christmas in July, 12:30 till drawing time, TBD, Tallwood

Remember to purchase your registration fee raffle tickets soon. You may be the lucky winner and you will be a supporter of our Mason student veterans!

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Fun Facts to Celebrate OLLI’s 25th Anniversary
By Ray Beery, Member, Board of DirectorsRed dots on name badges to identify new members began in spring term 1995.OLLI is celebrating its 25th year of classes for seniors in 2016. We’ll be publishing fun facts and interesting milestones about the Institute each week that OLLI E-News is published from now until the end of the fall term, 2016.

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OLLI’s Seniors’ Prom

By Michelle Blandburg, Member, Board of Directors

Remember the fun of doing the Bunny Hop or the Chicken Dance? Do you prefer a country-flavored line dance? Would you like to liven things up with a little Latin-spiced line dancing or the Macarena? If you’re feeling frisky, come learn the Cupid Shuffle!

Where will all this fun occur? At our “Seniors’ Prom” (Special Event 1104). This upscale event, with a glamorous Hurray for OLLI-Wood theme, will be held on May 20 at the Church of the Good Shepherd from 1 to 4. The festivities will include gourmet refreshments and luscious desserts. You will be entertained with music by the renowned Tallwood Trio and DJ John Henkel. There will be a “Dance Showcase” you can join, presented by members of the “A Little Light Dancing” class, along with other surprises.

Beyond the good time that will be had, the proceeds will benefit GMU’s Office of Military Services as part of OLLI’s 25th anniversary gift. For your $35 admission, you can party with your friends, have a great time, and help a worthwhile organization. What a bargain! Don’t miss out on this unique party. Register before May 1.

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Photo of the Month

The April 2016 Photo of the Month theme was “Architecture.” We selected Stan Schretter’s photo “Skyward,” which may also be viewed at this page. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club, visit the club’s photo website.

By Angela Talaber, Photography Club Coordinator

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Color Print

The boat’s cushions are red, plump. We lean back
into them, white shirts billowing a little, smiles real.
The foreground holds the sheen of a chrome thermos,
white paper wraps from lunch; the background
is all blueness. That was a moment anyone
might have wished to stay or willed to stay within.
But there were others like it that July. The sun
coated each day in gilt, accustomed us to brightness,
and when we woke it was always to more light sky,
an azure both flat and fathomless. When thunder came,
we opened the door to wait, eager for the first sharp drops.

Caroline McNeil

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, Apr 15 through Apr 25
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 CFA ticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues

Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle
Sat, Apr 16, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $56, $48, $34.

Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake
Sun, Apr 17, 4:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $56, $48, $34.

Virginia Opera: The Flying Dutchman
Sat, Apr 23, 8:00
Sun, Apr 24, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Dr. Glenn Winters
Concert Hall
Admission: $98, $80, $48.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances
(see for additional student recitals)Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Fri, Apr 15, 8:00
de Laski 3001
Admission: Free.Mason Opera: The Impresario and L’Enfant et les Sortileges
Fri, Apr 15, and Sat, Apr 16, 8:00
Sat, Apr 16, 2:00
Sun, Apr 17, 3:00
Harris Theater
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $15.Mason Dance Company: Spring Dance Concert
Thu, Apr 21 through Sat, Apr 23, 8:00
Harris Theater
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.Mason’s School of Theater: The Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival
Fri, Apr 22, and Sat, Apr 23, 8:00
Sat, Apr 23 2:00
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.New Sound Collective Concert
Fri, April 22, 8:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.Dr. Balakerskaia Piano Studio Recital
Sat, April 23, 7:00
Choral Room A323
Admission: Free.Guitar Ensemble Concert
Sat, April 23, 7:00
Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center
Admission: Free.Mason Jazz Vocal Night
Sun, Apr 24, 7:00
Harris Theater
Admission: Free.

Jazz Workshop Concert
Mon, Apr 25, 8:00
Harris Theater
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton CenterLand Beyond the Water, Peter Stern, Artist
Mar 21–May 15
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Gallery is open to the public Tue–Sat, 10:00–6:00, Thu, 10:00–8:00 and two hours before performances.
Admission: Free.The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sun, Apr 17, 4:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Sixth Anniversary Gala
Sat, Apr 23, 6:00
Various locations in the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Admission: $300.Music Celebrations International: Four Freedoms Choral Festival, A Salute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Sun, Apr 24, 2:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Free.Shakespeare Opera Theater: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Sun, Apr 24, 3:00
Sun, May 1, 8:00
Fri, May 6, 8:00
Sat, May 7, 3:00
Sun, Apr 24, 8:00
Fri, Apr 29, 8:00
Sun, May 1, 3:00
Sat, May 7, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Apr 24, $20 (preview); afterwards, single show, $45, double show, $75.

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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 16 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Wed Apr 20 1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Apr 22 9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Travel Club–TA-2
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
Religious Studies Club–Cottage
Member Services CommitteeAnnex
Sat Apr 23 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 27 1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Apr 29 9:00am
10:00am 10:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Board of Directors Meeting–Loudoun Rm 211
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex

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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: Sheri Siesseger
Weekly Editorial Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

Proofreaders: Nancy Michel, Marilyn O’Brien, Susan Van Hemel
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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