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October 4, 2019

Editor of the Week: John Nash

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Alerts & Notices

  • Reminder: Dr. Anne Holton, Interim President of George Mason University, will speak at OLLI on October 8, at 2:15 as part of F653 Education Series. Her topic will be Equipping Students for Life Beyond High School. One class in the series (October 22) conflicts with a class in F703, but attendance at Dr. Holton’s presentation is encouraged.
  • OLLI Board of Directors meeting will be held Friday, October 18, 10:00, at United Christian Parish in Reston. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • OLLI chili fall festival will be Friday, October 18, 12:30-2:00, at UCP in Reston, following the Board of Directors meeting. Register at this link.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published Friday, October 11; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, October 8, at 6:00.

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Ethnic Eats! – Lunches in October

By Leti Labell, OLLI member

Do you love to eat? Are you interested in learning about foods from other cultures? Ethnic Eats is an OLLI club that meets for lunch on a regular basis to explore new cuisines and ethnic restaurants that are in abundance in our region.

In October we’re meeting at Breakers Korean Bar-B-Q in Fairfax. This restaurant is in Fair City Mall, next to the Cinema Arts Theatre. The food is cooked for you at the table, and you can eat all you want from a variety of meats and side dishes. (If you have dietary restrictions, they will cook your meat in the kitchen and bring it to you.) There will be two luncheons: Wednesday, October 9, and Friday, October 11. Both luncheons will begin at 11:30.

If you’re interested, send me an email at and you will receive more information.

An Honor Flight Invitation

By John Nash, E-News Editor

Would you like to join a group of enthusiastic people welcoming some of our veterans to the nation’s capital? If so, keep reading!

The Honor Flight is a national organization originally designed to bring World War II veterans from across the country to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial created in their honor. In the last few years, as the availability of physically capable WWII veterans has declined, the shift has been to honor Korean and Vietnam veterans with the same recognition. Honor Flights come to both Dulles and Reagan airports, mainly in the spring and fall to enjoy the more hospitable Washington weather.

As the veterans debark into the airports, volunteers and local supporters – often numbering more than 200 people – welcome them with flags, cheering and – yes – even kisses! The men and women arriving are genuinely moved by this welcome as they and their assigned guardians weave their way through welcoming line to the buses that take them into Washington, DC, and the monuments tour.

I would like to invite OLLI members to join me on Saturday, Oct 12, to help greet the Honor Flight from New York. This is a small Honor Flight consisting of 30 people. The flight arrives at 11:00 so we would meet at Tallwood to depart at 9:30 by carpool for Dulles International Airport. Those who wish to drive separately may do so but I will need to know to arrange for free parking passes. After the event, I’ll be glad to show those who are interested the Dulles USO facility, after which those of us who would like can go for lunch at Mission Barbeque in Chantilly.

If you would like to participate in welcoming this Honor Flight, please contact me at no later than Wednesday, October 9. I think you’ll enjoy the experience!

Tallwood Book Club Meeting

By Ceda McGrew, Tallwood Book Club Coordinator

The Tallwood Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 9 at 1:30 in TA‑2. The book for discussion is An American Marriage by American author Tahari Jones. It is the story of a young middle-class African American couple from Atlanta whose lives are forever changed when the husband is wrongly convicted of a heinous crime. All OLLI members are welcome.

The reading selection for November 13 is Exit West by Moshin Hamid.

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Reston Book Club Meeting October 17

By Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel, Reston Book Club Coordinators

The Reston Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 17, 2019, 2:15, at the United Christian Parish in Reston. The book selection is Asymmetry, a debut novel by Lisa Halliday. Told in three compelling sections, the book explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice.

Poet’s Corner
Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop


Nothing’s more than sad
Can be, so dead-centered, like the
Absolute mark of a master-sniper’s sight
Followed to some smooth-punched hole;
On a paper outline, or maybe,
Some other, dimensional target.

Sad’s neither always nor forever though,
Nor I suppose for all;
But offhand, or prone, it’s
Like some long-ranged shot
That someone ought only to keep,
Know, and remember from
Some important match
That’s past, and only keep it so.

Mike Mc Namara

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, October 4 through October 14

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For tickets for either Center for the Arts Concert Hall (CFA) or Hylton Center, 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 Center ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues

Navy Band Chamber Concert
Fri, Oct 4, 6:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Fri, Oct 4, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $25.

The Four Italian Tenors: Viva Italia!
Sat, Oct 5, 8:00
Concert Hall
A pre-perform
ance discussion begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on Monson Grand Tier.
Admission: $55, $47, $33.

Peter Rabbit Tales
Sun, Oct 6, 1:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $20 Adults; $15 children.

Virginia Opera: Tosca
Sat, Oct 12, 8:00 and Sun, Oct 13, 2:00
Concert Hall
A pre-performance discussion begins 45 minutes prior to the p
erformance on Monson Grand Tier.
Admission: $110, $70, $40.

Mason Student and Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Mason Wind Symphony with Fairfax Wind Symphony
Tue, Oct 8, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $12 Adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth.

Faculty Artist Showcase Recital
Sunday, Oct 13, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Lory Ivey Alexander
Sep 10–Oct 26
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00.
Admission: Free.

The Second City
Fri, Oct 4, 8:00
Merchant Hall
A pre-performance discussion begins one hour prior to the performance in Merchant Hall. Post-performance, join us at 10:00 in the Gregory Family Theater for a
free, lively After Hours Improv session, featuring George Mason University’s premier improv troupe, The Mason Improv Association.
Admission: $46, $39, $28.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Spellbinding Bach
Sat, Oct 5, 2:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

Lightwire Theater Company: Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey
Sun, Oct 6, 1:00 and 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20 Adults; $15 children.

Prince William Little Theatre: Judgment at Nuremberg
Fri, Oct 11 and Sat, Oct 12, 8:00
Sun, Oct 13, 2:00
Fri, Oct 18 and Sat, Oct 19, 8:00
Sun, Oct 20, 2:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $20 Adults; $17 seniors.

Manassas Chorale: Broadway’s Best
Sat, Oct 12, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20, $18.

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For further details on any of the above events, 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 for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming 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, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Oct 5 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Oct 7 1:15pm Catalog Meeting–TA-2
Wed Oct 9 1:30pm
Tallwood Book Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Finance Committee Meeting–TA-1
Fri Oct 11 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Photography Club–TA-1
Craft and Conversation Group–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Sat Oct 12 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Oct 14 2:00pm Science, Technology, and Health Program Planning Group Meeting–TA-2
Wed Oct 16 1:00pm
Audiovisual Committee Meeting–TA-1
Mah Jongg Club–Annex
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Thu Oct 17 2:15pm Reston Book Club–Room 117 UCP
Fri Oct 18 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation Group–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–Room 113 UCP
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–Home of Toni Acton
Chili Fall Festival–Room 113-115 UCP
Sat Oct 19 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Personal Computer User Group–TA-1

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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
Associate Editor: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: David Gundry, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Linda Randall, Tom Appich, Roz Stark,
Jane Hassell
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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