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Martha Powers Provides Training at Tallwood for
Class Liaison Volunteers, January 10

January 20, 2017

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • The Board of Directors meets at Tallwood Friday, January 27, at 10:00 in TA‑1. All members are welcome to attend.
  • Please remember to drop any unwanted classes. Fill in a drop form at the front office or email your drop to

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Reston Program

By Beth Lambert, Reston Program Chair

The Reston Program Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday,
January 24, from 9:40
11:00 at the United Christian Parish. Although OLLI will be back in session, no classes are scheduled in Reston at that time. We will review fall courses, and, most important, start planning for summer and fall 2017. We need everyone’s good ideas. Last week a lot of good ideas emerged at the Language, Literature, and Theatre planning meeting and we are hoping for the same results.

In other Reston news, the new (as of fall) Reston Book Club has had several lively meetings with more to follow. Co-founders Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel describe the club’s purpose as “focusing on serious contemporary fiction, primarily—but not limited to—works by American or U.K. authors.” Finally, be it noted that all OLLI members, whatever your preferred campus may be, are welcome at Reston events.

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By Betty Smith, OLLI Ink Editor

OLLI Ink, OLLI’s annual literary journal, is looking for submissions for the 2017 issue. The deadline is February 20, 2017, one week after the end of OLLI’s winter term.

Submit as many pieces as you like. Prose—fiction, personal essays, and memoir—should be no longer than 2,500 words, and poetry no longer than 30 lines if you want to be considered for the hard-copy edition. If your work is too long for the hard-copy journal or if you submit more than one piece, we will try to have an online edition in which space won’t be a problem. All rights remain with the authors.

Please email your entries to me ( by Feb. 20. Let me know if you have any questions or if you need more time.

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Reston and Loudoun: Recycle Your Prescription Bottles

By Martha Powers, OLLI Vice President, Assisted by Feline Powers

From now until Friday, February 3, Member Services is offering a prescription-bottle recycling program at Reston and Loudoun, as well as at Tallwood. Please bring your empty bottles with caps (whether or not they’re child-resistant) and with the labels removed (most peel off easily, or may be persuaded with Goo-Gone solvent, a hair dryer‒or a warm cat?). You can deposit your donations in the box provided in the social area at Loudoun, or in Reston at the Reston Community Center during Wednesday classes and the United Christian Parish on Thursday afternoons.

The bottles will be collected regularly and taken to Burke Presbyterian Church, which is donating them to Matthew 25 Ministries ( This worthy charity (accredited by the BBB and favorably reviewed by Charity Navigator) will ship the bottles to needy countries in Africa, or recycle them in the US to help finance humanitarian efforts.

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Photo of the Month

The January 2017 Photo of the Month theme was shadows. We selected Bob
Kelberg’s photo “Shadows,” 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

No Regrets

I saw Swan Lake this afternoon, performed by Russian dancers
The leaps! The spins! The hang time heights! It truly was a marvel!
Like many feats beyond my reach I’ll add this to the pile
Of things hopelessly beyond my grasp, never to be mastered.

So early on I knew for fact I’d never be a dancer—
Dancers can kick above their head.
My foot has never risen higher than
My waist, unless you count that time in gym

That everyone agreed, as one, never to remember.
Good? I was never good, and yet if honest must accept
That age, poor diet, atrophy, they all conspire as one—
I never will be better than the man I am today.

We do not all accomplish what we wish for in our youth
Thank goodness! For our wishes are not wise if truth
Be told.
Yet we hold in admiration those who with tenacious grit
Still manage to, (I don’t know how they do it)
Grow old.

Old and slow is better
Than young and quick and dead.

Manuel Pablo

Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, Jan 20 through Jan 30
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

Aquila Theatre: Murder on the Nile
Sun, Jan 22, 4:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.
The Five Irish Tenors
Sat, Jan 28, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Ciaran Kelly, principal tenor.
Concert Hall
Admission: $55, $47, $33.

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

Faculty Artist Series: Dr. Kevin Gebo, Trumpet
Fri, Jan 27, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.Faculty Artist Series: Dr. Kathy Mulcahy, Clarinet
Sat, Jan 28, 4:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Four Seasons Active Adult Community Exhibition: Visual Expressions
Jan 29
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.

Aquila Theatre: Murder on the Nile
Sat, Jan 21, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.2 – Jan 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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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 Jan 21 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Tues Jan 24 9:40am Reston Planning Committee Meeting–UCP, Room 113
Wed Jan 25 1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Jan 27 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors MeetingTA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography Club–TA-3
Sat Jan 28 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Feb 1 1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
History Club–TA-1
Fri Feb 3 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc. –Annex
Dr. Who Club–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: Paul Van Hemel
Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor: Sheri Siesseger
Weekly Editorial Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

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

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