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OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.

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OLLI E-News September 18, 2015
Print a condensed .pdf copy of this newsletter, two web pages per sheet of paper.
Volunteers in the OLLI Office at Tallwood: (Left to Right) Sue Reinhard, Toni Acton, Rita Way

September 18, 2015

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere
Table of Contents

Alerts & Notices

Don't forget to sign up for the Between Term Events, among them 1007BT Current Transportation Issues in Virginia on Monday, December 7, from 10 to 11:30. Senator David Marsden, who represents the 37th district in the Virginia Senate, will talk about current transportation issues affecting all Virginians, especially those in Northern Virginia.

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LRI/OLLI Founder Kathryn Brooks

By Carol Henderson, E-News Contributing Writer

As OLLI heads toward its 25th anniversary next year, it seems appropriate to remember some of our early movers and shakers. Here's a piece about LRI/OLLI founder Kathryn Brooks.

Learning in Retirement Institute founder Kathryn Brooks was 85 when the Institute opened for classes in 1991. Eight years earlier, as chair of the education committee of the county Commission on Aging, she had been assigned the task of creating an education program for retired people.

By 1990 she had persuaded more than two dozen community leaders to back the Institute. She had also persuaded numerous state legislators to help convince an initially reluctant George Mason University to support it. She served as LRI’s first president and taught several courses. She was honored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in appreciation for her community and educational achievements and received the Golden Rule Award from J.C. Penney Co. for establishing LRI.

A 1991 Golden Gazette article noted that Kathryn swam a mile on her 85th birthday, something she had accomplished on each of her later birthdays. Perhaps that was one of the secrets of her amazing activism. Beverly George remembers her quick wit and her strong feminism.

Another characteristic was her perseverance. She raised four children, went back to college in midlife, receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from American University, started teaching high school in Arlington in her late fifties, learned to swim when she was 69 and, in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, swam a mile more than once and walked from Alexandria to Richmond.

Initially the location for LRI’s first classes at Mason’s Commerce II building was called the Kathryn Brooks Center. LRI moved to Tallwood, and in 2008 the Tallwood facility was named the Kathryn Brooks Education Center at Tallwood.

The first of a series of lectures honoring Kathryn was attended by one hundred people. Kathryn Brooks passed away the following year, 1996.
Further information about Kathryn, including a video, is at


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Fun Facts to Celebrate OLLI’s 25th Anniversary

By Ray Beery, Member, Board of Directors

Founding member Audrey Markham-Sullivan reminds us that having the George Mason University president’s wife (Joanne Johnson) teach a class on literature led to the university giving the Institute space at Tallwood.
OLLI will celebrate 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 through the end of the fall term, 2016.

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OLLI Photography Club: Opportunities for Creativity and Learning

By Susan Van Hemel, E-News Contributing Writer and Photography Club Member

Do you like to take pictures? Have a new camera you’re trying to figure out? The OLLI Photography Club is the place for you! The club has been active since at least 2007, according to Dan Feighery, the founder and current coordinator. We welcome any and all OLLI members with an interest in photography, from those wanting to take better snapshots to advanced hobbyist photographers.

The club meets twice a month at Tallwood. On the second Friday we have a meeting with a speaker, usually a noted photographer/ photography teacher from the DC metro area. Presentations range widely across photographic specialties and techniques, and many speakers offer opportunities to sign up for their classes, workshops, and field trips.

At these meetings we also vote to select a “Photo of the Month” from entries submitted by club members. The winning photos appear in OLLI E-News, and all entries can be viewed at our online gallery,

On the third Friday of most months we arrange field trips by carpool from Tallwood to local sites that provide great photographic opportunities, like Washington, D.C., monuments and public buildings, the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area (acres of sunflowers!), the Franciscan Monastery, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. On the fourth Friday there is a technical meeting, where members gather to discuss technical issues, critique photos, and share problem-solving ideas.

Club members also have two photography exhibits at Tallwood each year (typically in the fall and winter terms), and have often provided illustrations for OLLI E-News articles. We invite you to view our fall 2015 exhibit, now hanging in the social room annex.

We encourage you to attend a meeting, meet our members, and hear an interesting presentation!

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Photo of the Month

We selected George Bradshaw's photo "Flower Power," 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 Dan Feighery, Photography Club Coordinator

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Poet's Corner
Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop


 How wonderful!
The profile of this 
Portrait by Jan van der Meer van Delft,
Now seated across our breakfast table, is
 The woman I’ve loved for over sixty years:
Transformed from that earlier art, now
With a Dutch, close-fitting white cap, that
Only wants one great, pearl earring
To be just slightly more
Immortally lovely.

Michael J. Mc Namara

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next ten days

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For 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

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Sat, Sep 19, 8:00
Beethoven:  “Coriolanus” Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
      -Alon Goldstein, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Concert Hall
Admission: $58, $46, $34.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Music of
Joyous Celebration!
Sun, Sep 20, 7:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $40, $34, $24.

An Evening with Bernadette Peters
Sat, Sep 26, 8:00
This performance is part of the ARTS by George! benefit.
Concert Hall
Admission: $100, $85, $60.

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

Megan Neal, Doctoral Flute Recital
Sat, Sep 19, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free

Adam Rothenberg, Doctoral Composition Recital
Sat, Sep 19, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free

Grand Piano Celebration
Sun, Sep 20, 3:00
Featuring Dr. Linda Apple Monson and Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, duo-pianists; Phil Snedecor, trumpet; and
faculty and student colleagues.
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $15.

Brian Binder, Graduate Trumpet Recital
Sun, Sep 27, 4:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free

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At the Hylton Center

The Story of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology)
Aug 17 - Oct 4
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 - 6:00, Thur., 10:00 - 8:00 and two hours before performances.
Gallery Reception: Thurs, Sept 17 from 6:00 to 8:00. RSVP to
Admission: Free.

The Midtown Men
Sat, Sep 19, 8:00
Featuring the original Broadway cast of the Jersey Boys.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $54, $46, $32.

Kevin Johnson: ventriloquist
Sun, Sep 20, 2:00 and 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $15; children, $5.

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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 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 Sep 19 10:30am
 1:00 pm
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Tue Sep 22 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Sep 23  1:45pm Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Sep 25  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Classic Fiction Book Club–cascades Library
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–ED office
Photography Club (F)
Religious Studies Club–N/A
Program Committee–TA-2
Sat Sep 26 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Sep 29 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Sep 30  1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–N/A
Fri  Oct 2  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex

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