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OLLI E-News January 23, 2015
Print a condensed .pdf copy of this newsletter, two web pages per sheet of paper.
Scenes from the OLLI Mason Board of Directors Meeting, January 16, 2015

January 23, 2015

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger
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Alerts & Notices

Three new classes/special events have been added for the winter term. Please see "quick links" on the OLLI home page or the member portal for further details.

The Valentine's party will be held Fri, Feb 20 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Sign up at the Tallwood office.

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Notes from the Board of Directors Meeting

By Irene Osterman, Board Secretary

The Board met on Fri, Jan 16 at Tallwood and discussed the following:

An article will be placed in the January 30 E-News asking all members to log into the new member portal to set up passwords and update their member profiles. The new system will go into effect for the spring registration.

A resolution to fund a number of projects needed to ensure the viability of Tallwood for the next five years was tabled as George Mason University has generously agreed to take care of many of them.

A donation of $2000 from Friends of OLLI funds to the Fall for the Book program was approved.

Plans are being made to hold events to thank our volunteers and to encourage more members to volunteer.

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Ask Uncle Olli

By Uncle Olli, Driver Safety Consultant 

Uncle Olli has lived in Northern Virginia most of his lifetime, and has encountered every traffic problem. But sometimes the little problems seem so trivial you are embarrassed to admit them. Easy. Ask Uncle Olli at He is embarrassed by nothing!


Checking tire pressures does take time, and can be messy. But you can easily memorize what a properly filled tire looks like. Look at the tire just after it has been filled to the correct pressure. Memorize this. You will then find it easy to tell when the tire looks 'too fat' after that, which will warn you your tire is low. Now act helpless, and get your grandson to fill it for you, using the tire gauge you keep in the car at all times to ensure correct pressure. Works every time.
Poet's Corner
Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Essential Winter Trip
In the heat of summer
A cold brew I eagerly await
            In winter it’s a strong hot Starbucks
            With a nod and a smile I take
                        I slide into the cold pickup seat
                        For a January ride
The cold leather sort of squeaks
My backside has a patch of discomforting hide
            My eyes slightly fog
            My cold nose starts to drip
                        Thru gloves cold penetrates
                        To my finger tips
Good God—is it essential
That I take this trip?
            I flick on the key
            The Tacoma hums
                        The wiper blades alas
                        Frozen to the window glass
I move forward for a slow getaway
To pick up toilet paper at the local Safeway
Robert L Graham

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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 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: The Tempest
Fri, Jan 23, 8:00
Pre-Performance Discussion: Rick Davis; Exec. Dir. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio: Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Sat, Jan 24, 8:00
Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

State Symphony Orchestra of México
Sat, Jan 31, 8:00
Granados: Three Spanish Dances
J. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
M. Ponce: Piano Concerto “Romantic”
M. de Falla: Noches en los Jardines de España
Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

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

Faculty Artist Series - Woodwind Area
Sat, Jan 24, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center

Altered Terrain Today
Rosemary Luckett, artist
Through Feb 1
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 - 6:00, Thu, 10:00 - 8:00 and two hours before performances. For more information about the current exhibit, visit
Admission: Free

Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland
Sat, Jan 24, 10:00 to 6:00
Spend the day celebrating the rich culture and history of Scotland with performances, exhibits, and interactive experiences for all ages.
For full schedule:
Admission to Festival: Adults, $20; children, $5; family 4-pack (2 adult and 2 children) $40
Full Tea (11:00 or 2:00): $45 (includes festival ticket)
Scotch Whisky Master Class (11:30 or 2:00): $50 (includes festival ticket)
Burns Supper Evening (6:30): $99.  

Valentine's Day Music You Love, Lecture
Presenters: Anthony Maiello and Bryan Kidd
Mon, Feb 2, 10:30 am
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Free.

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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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Mason Highlights

Other Mason events, next two weeks

By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

White House Health Care Forum. A representative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with Mason healthcare practitioners, will hold a forum to provide an overview of the Health Care reform law and explain the various options available. There will be an opportunity for questions and individual consultations.

Mon, Jan 26, 10:00 to 11:30. Merten Hall, Room 1201. Free.

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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 24 10:30am Tai Chi Club­­–TA-3
Tue Jan 27 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club­­–Panera, Herndon
Wed Jan 28  1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Bridge Club Loudoun
Fri Jan 30  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Religious Studies Program Planning Group
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer,etc –Annex
Sat Jan 31 10:30am Tai Chi Club­­–TA-3
Tue Feb 3 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club­­–Panera, Herndon
Wed Feb 4  1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Bridge Club Loudoun 
Special Events Committee Meeting–Annex
History Club–TA-1
Fri Feb 6  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Program Planning Committee–TA-1
iPad Users Group–UCP 113/114
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer etc–Annex

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