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July 13, 2018

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Alerts & Notices

  • Christmas in July: 12:00-2:00 Friday, July 13 (today), TA-1; register for Event 1103.
  • Deadline for donations (e.g., canned protein, rice, pasta/sauce, bagged nut mixes and snacks, toiletries) to Patriot Pantry at Mason is 1:00 Friday, July 13 (today). Collection box in Tallwood Social Room.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published July 20; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, July 17, at 6:00.

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From the Desk of the Executive Director

By Jennifer Disano, Executive Director

Please join me in congratulating Camille Hodges, co-chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Program Planning Group and recent chair of the OLLI Outreach Committee, upon her selection as a member of the Mason University Libraries Board of Directors. She joins OLLI members Carol Henderson and Janet Cochran, and me on that Board.

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Computer Club

3rd Saturday, July 21
Custom ringtones for your cell phone
How to create/compose/record/rip sounds for your smart phone

By Paul Howard, OPCUG Program Chair

The Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), on Saturday, July 21, at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for socializing in the Annex. Program activities begin at 1:00 in TA‑1.

Custom Ringtones for Your Cell Phone, Presented by John Krout
See how you can use your smart phone and computer to create custom ringtones for Android and Apple smart phones. See a demo of three free products to do this: the MuseScore and Audacity computer applications, and the Sony Audio Recorder app for smart phones.

Why make a custom ringtone?

  • You want a ringtone that is gentler and less obtrusive than any standard pre-installed ringtone.
  • You want a ringtone that is louder and more insistent than a standard pre-installed ringtone.
  • You want a ringtone that announces the name of the caller.
  • It’s fun to make custom ringtones and amaze your family and friends with them.
  • You want to use it as notification for alarm clock and calendar events on your smart phone.

About the presenter: John Krout, a former president of WACUG (a predecessor of PATACS), produced over 30 DVDs of student concerts and stage plays between 2004 and 2009, including CD quality digital audio. He has created roughly 200 custom ringtones for his smart phone. He has presented talks on Geocaching and How to Create Month-Per-Page Calendars at recent PATACS meetings over the past 13 months.

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:

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The Tom Swift Squad Needs You!

Interested in technology? Learn with us!

By Paul Howard, Audiovisual Support Committee Chair

OLLI’s Audiovisual Support Committee (a.k.a. The Tom Swift Squad) seeks additional volunteers to help ensure the smooth employment of OLLI’s audiovisual resources. Our primary mission is to help instructors, liaisons, and staff with any audiovisual issues that might arise during the classes we attend.

We’ll be meeting at 2:00 on Wednesday, July 18, at Tallwood in TA‑3. Our activities for this meeting will include training on OLLI’s AV equipment used in classrooms and remote locations. We’ll be discussing future equipment arrangements, including 14 new wireless mic systems, and reviewing our materials for volunteer and staff training.

Please let me know if you’re planning to attend or would like to become a “Swiftie,” even if you can’t attend this meeting. Contact me by email (preferred) or phone (703-860-9246).

For more information on the Audiovisual Support Committee, see its web page.

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Seeking a Bass Player
By Nancy Riley, Tallwood Trio VocalistReminder: 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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Literary Potpourri Instructor Book
By Kathryn Mitchell, Co-Chair, Literature, Theater, and Writing/Languages Program Planning GroupOLLI members who attended the winter session of Literary Potpourri might remember John Gilstrap’s wonderfully entertaining presentation on his books dealing with Jonathan Grave, hostage rescue operator. I thought you might like to know that his latest book, pictured here, has now been released by the publisher.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop


The tiny blue wildflower
with its yellow center
reminds me
of icing flowers
I make to decorate
birthday cakes

It should be
the other way around

Ginge Sivigny

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, July 13 through July 23
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 performances scheduled.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

No performances scheduled.

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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.

Prince William Little Theatre: Barnum, The Musical
Fri, Jul 20 and Sat, Jul 21, 8:00
Sat, Jul 21 and Sun, Jul 22, 2:00
Thu, Jul 26 – Sat, Jul 28, 8:00
Sun, Jul 29, 2:00
Gregory Family Theater

Admission: Adults $25; seniors $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 Jul 14 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Jul 16 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Wed Jul 18 1:00pm
A/V Committee–TA-1
Special Events Committee–Annex
Fri Jul 20 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–TA-1
Homer, etc.–Annex
Dr. Who Club–TA-3
Sat Jul 21 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Mon Jul 23 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Jul 27 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography 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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