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Tea and Scones in the Gardens at Blooming Hill Lavender Farm in Philomont, Purcellville, VA, were enjoyed by members during an OLLI bus trip on Friday, June 15 (Photos by Doris Bloch)

June 22, 2018

Editor of the Week: John Nash

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Alerts & Notices

There are OLLI summer offerings still with space available. Click here to check the OLLI website for the most up-to-date information about OLLI summer term offerings, including changed and canceled classes.

– Executive Director Jennifer Disano is seeking your inputs for an academic paper for the American Society on Aging. If you wish to contribute, send your submission to by July 2. For more information, click here and scroll to May 20 entry.

– There is no time like the present to update your profile information. Log on to the Member Portal and click on My Profile on the green toolbar at the left. Update the information under each tab as needed and then click Submit! It is important to have current profile information for necessary contact.

– The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published June 29; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, June 26, at 6:00.

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New Leadership in Member Services!

By Martha Powers, Board of Directors Member

After more than three years as chair of OLLI’s Member Services Committee, I’m stepping down so that I can focus more effort on teaching at OLLI. The longstanding vice chair of Member Services, Toni Acton, will take over. To say that she is well suited for this job is an understatement.

As I also relinquish my role as chair of the Social Events Subcommittee, Toni and I agree that the ideal new manager of OLLI’s popular Tallwood parties will be Jim Dunphy. He’s been Santa at our past three Christmas in July parties, as well as a major organizer and supporter of many OLLI events.

Please join me in thanking Toni and Jim for taking on these responsibilities and helping to make our OLLI a great place for social opportunities as well as lifelong learning.

Interested in Language, Literature, and Theater?

By Rala Stone, Program Planning Group Co-Chair

The Language, Literature and Theater Program Planning Group is meeting on July 2 at 1:00 in TA-1. We invite all interested OLLI members to join us. We need and appreciate your feedback and any ideas you may have for new classes and/or instructors. Not only will you enjoy being involved in helping to create a strong and challenging program, but you will meet new friends with similar interests. Remember – OLLI is only as strong as it is because of the work and input of its members. So come try it; you’ll like it.

If you cannot make the meeting, but have ideas, feedback, or suggestions for improvement, please contact one of us. Your input is valued.

Kathryn Mitchell –

Jackie Gropman –

Bill Taylor-

Nancy Scheeler –

Pat Bangs –

Rala Stone –

OLLI Ink Now Available

Are you looking for some summer reading? Remember to look for free copies of OLLI Ink in classrooms or the office at Tallwood and the social areas of all three sites. OLLI Ink is our annual literary journal consisting of short stories, poetry, memoirs and essays by our talented OLLI authors. There are a few copies of the 2017 edition also available. Ask for one at the Tallwood office.

Computer Club

By Paul Howard, OPCUG Program Chair


5th Saturday, June 30
If It’s Connected, It Needs to be Protected!
Including: Windows & Mac Computers, Tablets.
Phones, IoT Devices,

The Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), at a special session on Saturday, June 30, at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for socializing in the Annex. Program activities begin at 1:00 in TA‑1.

If It’s Connected, It Needs to be Protected! Presented by Bob Gostischa.
This presentation gives updated information on why and how things are connected to the internet, including computers (Windows and Mac), tablets, phones, and the IoT (Internet of Things). Bob Gostischa is touring the East Coast with this in-person presentation for computer and technology interest groups.

Bob will explain the current dangers that we face daily. He’ll also share what he uses to keep his computers, smart devices, and other connected things that are a part of the IoT secure.

Norbert ‘Bob’ Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys retirement as an enthusiast IT security expert, most notably for Avast Software, and as creator of Avast antivirus software and related products. The Avast website has a discussion and help forum, where he has been helping with security-related and general computer issues since 2004 in more than 35,000 forum interactions. Avast antivirus, currently the most used antivirus software in the world, has more than 400 million users worldwide. You can learn more about Bob’s presentations and passions in his Blog and YouTube Channel. Bob is a proud member of the APCUG Speakers Bureau.

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).

For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Knowing When to Stop

There’s a gas station,
a post office,
a tattoo parlor that once was a general store.
There are the remains of an old mill that burned down in the 50’s,
its wheel intact, creaking one way, then another, in a dry stream bed, when
there’s a breeze.
There are three houses,
no, four,
small, white, clapboard,
porches across front and rear,
and a dollar store,
People passing through say, “Look! Another dollar store.” Ed Sadtler

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, June 22 through July 2
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

Concurso Del Caporal 2018
Sat, Jun 23, 5:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults $20.

National Jazz Workshop: The United States Air Force Airmen of Note
Sun, Jun 24, 7:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

National Jazz Workshop: NJW All-Stars
Mon, Jun 25, 3:30
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Vivid Transmissions
Jun 5 – Jul 21
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00, and two hours before each performance.

Youth Center Stage: High School Musical 2 Jr.
Fri, Jun 22, 3:00 and 6:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults $10; seniors $7.

Virginia Dance Center
Sat, Jun 23, 12:00 and 4:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20.

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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 Jun 23 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Jun 25 10:00am
What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Wed Jun 27 1:45pm Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Ju 29 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–TA-1
Sat Jun 30 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Mon Jul 2 10:00am
What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Language, Literature and Theater Program
Group Meeting–Tallwood
Fri Jul 6 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Dr. Who 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

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Gerry Ann Strube
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