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OLLI Open House for Current and Prospective Members, September 15

September 23, 2016

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger

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Alerts & Notices

Tickets are still available for Fall for the Book: Billy Collins. This event will be September 28 at 8:00 pm at the Reston Community Center, Center Stage. Tickets are $15. Register for event 957 at the member portal.

The OLLI 25th anniversary book has arrived. Pre-orders may be picked up at the Tallwood office. If you didn’t order a copy, you can still purchase one for $25.

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Summary of September 16 Board Meeting 

By Irene Osterman, Board Member

The Board of Directors met last Friday at Tallwood. It was announced that Elaine Leonard has taken over as Hospitality subcommittee chair. Hospitality is a part of Member Services. Elaine replaces Sandra Driesslein who has done a wonderful job chairing the subcommittee for the past ten years. We also have a new site assistant, Meg Przybylski, who will assist at the Fairfax locations. Staff member Bill Walsh has now reached ten years of dedicated service to OLLI.

President Ray Beery announced that in response to comments submitted to the Board about the growth in the size of OLLI and its consequences, there will be a survey of the membership to determine how the full membership views the future of OLLI. When the survey is sent out, all members are encouraged to respond. Your voice is needed. As we develop the plans for the direction of OLLI, additional opportunities for comment will be scheduled.

Martha Scanlon presented statistics and a status report on a study of the Friends of OLLI Fund, highlighting sources and uses.

George Mason University has agreed to allow OLLI members to purchase a $15 annual pass to use the outdoor parking lots at Mason in Fairfax.

With the completion of the parking lot renovation at Tallwood, fencing has been installed along the pool parking lot. Access to Tallwood from the pool is now to the front of Tallwood. This was done because of the danger of crossing the driveway to the rear of the site. It is important that everyone follow the path along the front and stay out of the driveway.

Everyone is reminded that preschools at the churches are now in session and care must be taken in the parking lots.

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25th Anniversary Gift to the Mason Office of Military Services (OMS)

              OLLI to the Rescue: Helping Mason’s Veterans Bridge Gaps
By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee Chair

The 25th anniversary gift amount raised, as of August 31, for Mason’s OMS is absolutely “FANTABULOUS!” The OMS gift totals an awesome $26,372.00. Isn’t that fantastic?

The very generous support demonstrated by OLLI members and others for OMS students is sincerely appreciated. This anniversary gift will certainly have a very positive impact in assisting Mason students who are veterans to bridge funding gaps.


Mason Offers Discounted Parking Passes for OLLI Members

By Alice Slayton Clark, Communications Associate and Registrar

Tired of the cost and frustration of finding parking at George Mason University in Fairfax? Relief is here!

OLLI has negotiated discounted parking passes for full-year OLLI members. For just $15, you can park in several of the general lots at Mason Fairfax through August 2017. Just think of the ease in parking for arts performances, cultural events or community meetings!

Get your passes now! Follow the instructions below and you are on your way to hassle-free parking at Mason Fairfax.

  1. Visit Mason Parking Services, open Monday through Thursday, 8:30  am to 7:00 pm, and Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (703-993-6014). Mason Parking Services is located next to the Shenandoah Parking Deck.
  2. Drive to the Shenandoah Parking Deck. Take a parking validation ticket. The first 30 minutes of your time in the garage are free. There is a small fee thereafter.
  3. Park in the visitor parking area on level 1.
  4. Walk to Parking Services located in building #44.
  5. Bring a valid photo ID, indicating your name and address.
  6. The pass is $15, which can be paid for with cash or check. It is valid from the date of issue until August 31, 2017.
  7. Once the cashier verifies your status as a full-year OLLI member, you will be issued a hangtag permit.
  8. The permit is good for any of the general lots on campus. These include Lots A, C, K, L, M, O, P, PV, and half of level 1 and all of level 2 of the Rappahannock Parking Deck.
  9. Hang the hangtag from your rearview mirror and make sure that permit information is facing outward.

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

In my earlier days
all I wanted
was to live in an energetic city
own a used book shop
and save for an unabridged

Now that I am wiser
I would settle
for living wherever with my love
visiting a bookstore often
and acquiring
a drastically abridged
with magnifier
jan bohall

Letter to the Editor

A follow up:
Dear Editor,I have been overwhelmed with comments of support from OLLI members concerning my “Letter to the Editor” of last week. I attended the September Board meeting and volunteered to work with several members of the OLLI Board to draft a survey that will address issues raised including off-site classes, wait listing, the dues increase. Please feel free to email me with your thoughts. Your input is most welcome. THANK YOU for your support!Susanne Zumbro

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next two weeks

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 CFAticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues
ARTS by George!
Sat, Sep 24, 5:00, concert, 8:00
An Evening Like No Other!
Join us for a benefit in support of student scholarships at George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts. The evening begins by showcasing the remarkable talents of Mason students amid an array of spectacular food and beverages, and culminates in the Concert Hall when the stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys take the stage in this high-octane show, performing many of your all-time favorites from the 1960s.
Center for the Arts
Admission: $275 (all events and refreshments); $100, $85, $60 (concert only).
Aquila Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing
Fri, Sep 30, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Dvorak’s New World
Sat, Oct 1, 8:00
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Amit Peled, cello
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Pre-performance discussion at 7 pm: David Ginder of WETA 90.9-FM with Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests.
Concert Hall
Admission: $65, $53, $39.Saya Corporal, Pro-Bolivian Council
Sun, Oct 2, 5:30
Concert Hall

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Composers Week Recital
Sun, Oct 2, 6:00
DeLaski – Room 3001
Admission: Free.

At the Hylton Center

Honoring the Future: Climate Art & Action
Continues through Oct  2
This exhibition presents photographs of the work of pioneers who are using art as a catalyst for creative solutions to climate change. The Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 – 6:00, Thu, 10:00 – 8:00 and two hours before performances.
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Admission: Free.Scotoma Productions: Three Crazy Comics
Fri, Sep 30, 8:30
Alex Hosteler, Cliff McGrady and Winston Hodges
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $20 (Adult content and language).Russian Grand Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake
Sat, Oct 1, 7:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $65, $60, $55, $45, $35, $25.Mason School of Art: Alumni Exhibition
Oct 3 – Nov 6
The Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 – 6:00, Thu, 10:00 – 8:00 and two hours before performances.
Gallery Reception: Thu, Oct 13 from 6:00 8:00 with live music by singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter. RSVP to
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Admission: Free.

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).

Meetings and Clubs


Sat Sep 24 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Sep 28  1:30pm
Religious Studies Planning Group–Annex
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Sep 30  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Theater Lovers’ Club–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex
Dr Who Club–TA-3
Sat Oct 1 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Oct 5  1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Special Event Committee–Annex
Fri Oct 7  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
Dr Who 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: Sheri Siesseger
Weekly Editorial Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel 

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Lorna Moran, Marilyn O’Brien, Susan Van Hemel
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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