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New and Continuing Members Enjoy Informal Conversation at Coffee Klatch,
Tallwood, June 22.

June 29, 2018

Editor of the Week: Jean Boltz

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Alerts & Notices

  • The OLLI website has the most up-to-date information on summer term offerings. To check for changed or canceled classes, click here.
  • 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.
  • Reminder: The Language, Literature, and Theater Program Planning Group is meeting on July 2 at 1:00 in TA‑1. All interested OLLI members are invited to bring feedback and ideas for new classes and/or instructors.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published July 6; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, July 3, at 6:00.

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Help a Hungry Mason Student

By Toni Acton, Chair, Member Services Committee

Our OLLI regularly supports local community service organizations. This summer, we are asking OLLI members to contribute to the Patriot Pantry at George Mason University—a food bank that helps hungry students in need.

From Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 13 (1:00 cut-off), we will have a collection box in the Social Room at Tallwood. We welcome the following donations:

  • Canned protein (tuna, chicken, meats)
  • Rice, pasta and pasta sauce
  • Bagged nut mixes, trail mix, and snacks
  • Body wash, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant

Please help us make this event a tremendous success!


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Seeking a Bass Player

By Nancy Riley, Tallwood Trio Vocalist

OLLI’s own Tallwood Trio is looking for a bass player who can join the group on a temporary basis. Our bassist, Eric Henderson, is a bit under the weather. While we expect him to make a full recovery, we have some gigs coming up in the next couple of months and would appreciate someone stepping in. If you are interested, or if you know someone who plays and is available during the daytime, please give Alan Wenberg a call at 703-690-4629. Thank you!

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

I Was There at the Cosmic Dawn

I was there with the coming
Of the first cosmic dawn
When the first stars
Burst into flame
Formed from a fog
Of helium and hydrogen
Created in the first three minutes
Some 14 billion years ago.

I was there to see
Billions upon billions
Of stars
Swirling in galaxies,
Whirlpools in the universe.

I was there when our
Small earth was formed
From swirling gases
Over four billion years ago.

I was there when
The moon was created
From a massive
Collision with the earth.
It shone as a reflection
Of the Great Light nearest to us.

I was there when
Our children were born,
In the first minutes,
Small stars in the chain of creation
And re-creation.

— Jack Underhill

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, June 29 through July 21
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

No events scheduled.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

National Jazz Workshop
Fri, Jun 29, 2:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Vivid Transmissions
Through 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.

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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 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 Planning
Group Meeting–TA-1
Fri Jul 6 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Dr. Who Club–TA-3
Sat Jul 7 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Jul 9 10:00am
What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Tallwood Book Club–TA-2
Weds Jul 11 1:45pm Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Jul 13 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
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: 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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