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National Park Service ranger Michael T. Kelly leads OLLI group for May 13 tour of battlefield at Bladensburg, Maryland, site of American troops’ defeat by British forces in 1814.

May 27, 2016

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

The next E-News will be on June 10.

The newly elected members of the OLLI Board of Directors are as follows: Terri Feldmayer, Marianne Metz, Manuel Pablo, Russell Stone, Rita Way, and John Woods. Please note the following correction of the OLLI E-blast sent 5/23/16: the appointment to fill Joel Ticknor’s board vacancy is pending board action.

The OLLI Summer 2016 Catalog is now available.

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Grab ‘n’ Gab Coffee Klatch

By Martha Powers, Member Services

After a couple of weeks without OLLI classes, it’s time to see some friends and catch up for an hour or so. On Friday, June 3, from 9:30 to 10:45, you can grab a free cup o’ Joe and a fistful of cookies in the Social Room and join us in the Social Annex for casual conversation and camaraderie. Please sign up soon for 1002BT.

Fun Facts to Celebrate OLLI’s 25th Anniversary
By Ray Beery, Member, Board of DirectorsFounding member Audrey Markham-Sullivan, profiled in the OLLI E-News of June 30, 2006, remembers the following: having the George Mason University president’s wife, Joanne Johnson, teach a class paid off very well. It led to the university giving the Institute space at Tallwood.

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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845 Socks! OLLI Rocks!

By Martha Powers, Member Services

A heartfelt thank you to all the OLLI members who so kindly donated their unwanted socks for National Lost Sock Memorial Day recently. We collected a whopping 845 socks, which will be used to make Happy Sock catnip toys at the Kids ‘n’ Critters special event (#1101) on July 11. As an aficionado of socks, I was pleased to see so many nice men’s business socks among the contributions. Apparently when folks retire and join OLLI, they give up the suits! Thanks to your generosity, hundreds of homeless (but hopeful) cats at local animal shelters will be enjoying Happy Socks in July.

For more information, please visit

Martha Powers (aka the “Happy Sock Lady”) and spokescat Dipper (nude model for the Operation Happy Sock logo) show off the mountain of socks donated by OLLI members.

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Photo of the Month

The May 2016 Photo of the Month theme was open (i.e., unspecified). We selected Edward Rader’s photo “Bryce,” 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

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Ranger School Graduation, Ft. Benning, Georgia

At last, and suddenly released,
This camouflaged stampede
Surrounded in thunder and shouts,
Flowed across the rise and fall
Of the close-cropped school lawn.
Free, free, and ready to be alone at last
With the understanding of what they’d done
And maybe, what they hadn’t.

So I pinned on our son’s Ranger tab twenty years
From the time that I had mine in ‘60.
I hope to be there sometime soon
To do the same for our first grandson. For
There are those who have heard of the way,
Those that think they know the way,
And Rangers, who will lead the way.

Mike Mc Namara

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next ten days
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

Air Force Band 75th Anniversary Concert
Sat, Jun 11, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.

Mason Student & Faculty Performances
(see for additional student recitals)No performances scheduled.

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At the Hylton Center

Third Annual Juried Exhibition
May 16July 10
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Gallery is open to the public TueSat, 10:006:00; Thu, 10:008:00; and two hours before performances.
Admission: Free.

Virginia Dance Center: Dancing Through Oz
Sat, May 28, 12:00 and 4:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $15.

Manassas Chorale: Postcards from America
Fri, Jun 3, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20, $18.

Gainesville Ballet: Spring Recital
Sat, Jun 4, 6:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $25.

C and C Dance Recital
Fri, Jun 10, 7:30
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $10.

Dance Etc. Recital
Sat, Jun 11, 7:00
Sun, Jun 12, 2:00
Merchant Hall

Admission: $20.

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 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 May 28 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue May 31 9:30am Cottage Art–Annex
Wed Jun1 10:30am Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Fri Jun 3 9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex
Sat Jun 4 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Jun 6 10:00am
What’s in the Daily News cont’d–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg–TA-2
Tue Jun 7 9:30am Cottage Art–Annex
Wed Jun 8 10:00am
Special Events Committee–Annex
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Thu Jun 9 10:30am Language, Literature & Theater Program
Planning Group–Annex
Fri Jun 10 9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Photography Club–TA-1
Craft and Conversation–TBD
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex
Liaison Training–TA-2
Religious Studies Club–TA-2

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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, Lorna Moran, Marilyn O’Brien, Susan Van Hemel
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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