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OLLI Kick-off Coffee, Tallwood, September 22

September 29, 2017

Editor of the Week: John Nash

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Alerts & Notices

– Have you moved to a new residence? Or do you have a new phone number or email address? Please update your profile information in the OLLI Member Portal.
Fall-term Reston Kick-off Coffee, Thursday, October 5 from 1:00–2:00 at Reston Community Center in Hunters Woods. Register for Special Event 1104. The coffee will be followed immediately by the inaugural performance of OLLI’s Meet the Artist concert series with Mark Irchai, solo pianist and chamber musician.
– In classes, please remember to silence all electrical devices unless used for medical purposes, wear nametags, and remove your trash.

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Friends of OLLI (FOLLI) Fundraising Project

By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee Chair

Got weighty coins in your pockets or purses? Why not unload and help FOLLI, too? A “FOLLI Donation Jar” now resides in Tallwood’s Social Room. When you stop by for coffee and goodies, please also drop in the FOLLI jar some of that loose change. It is surprising how quickly pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters (dollar bills are welcome, too) can add up.

All donated monies fund growing membership needs, scholarships for Mason students, Fall for the Book, and many other enhancements that are of significant value to our members, our OLLI, and our community.

Your generosity certainly can and does make a difference in what can be accomplished. Thank you!

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Off to a Flying Start

By Alice Slayton Clark, Communications/Program Associate


The first two weeks of OLLI’s fall term have ended with many members signed up for some of the terrific classes offered. But peoples’ schedules change and there may be opportunities to still register for those OLLI classes you considered earlier. There are several classes that begin the second half of the fall term.

Here are examples of some of the great offerings with spaces still available:

L905 Italian Trip Tales

L659 ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Organization

R414 Two by Virginia Woolf

R607 Hunting the Divine Fox: God’s Footprints in Literature’s Great Character

Two courses associated with Fall for the Books:
– 951 Investigating the Self Through Poetry, Science, and History
– 953 Coxey’s Crusade for Jobs: Unemployment in the Gilded Age

Glance through your fall catalog again and if there’s a class or a special event you would like to attend, go to the OLLI webpage and register if space is available or contact the OLLI office and we’ll help you. This fall term has some terrific classes and events so don’t get left out.

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Poet’s Corner
Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Time’s Up

How do you know your time is up; it’s time to walk off stage?
When you can count the grains of sand remaining in the glass?
I think that I have done it all, though ‘all’ seems not enough.

“But ever at my back I hear
Time’s wing’ed chariot hurrying near”*
Seemed laughably remote in youth;
Today seems such a common truth.

Tomorrow once was far remote
When I was but a youth.
Tomorrow’s now but hours away
A most distressing truth.

When I wave, “See you tomorrow!”
It’s a hope spoken in sorrow.

Manuel Pablo

*from “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell

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Two former OLLI members passed away recently. We extend our condolences to members of their families.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal of Burke, Virginia, a former member who was active in photography at OLLI, passed away on September 10. He was interred at King David Memorial Garden in Fairfax.
Mona Smith, a member for several years beginning in fall 2007, passed away August 27. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 (tentative), Saturday, September 30, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean, VA 22101 (church: 703-356-3042).

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, September 29 through October 9
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

Festival of South African Dance
Sat, Sep 30, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.
Aquila Theatre: Sense & Sensibility
Sun, Oct 1, 4:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the

Concert Hall

Admission: $44, $37, $26.US Air Force Percussion Ensemble Concert
Sun, Oct 1, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Virginia Opera: Samson and Delilah
Sat, Oct 7, 8:00; Sun, Oct 8, 2:00
Pre-performance discussions: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $110, $90, $54.


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Mason Student & Faculty Performances
(see for additional student recitals)Mason Symphonic Band & Mason Percussion Concert
Wed, Oct 4, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.

Mason Fringe: Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Wed, Oct 4 and Fri, Oct 6, 8:00
Sat, Oct 7, 2:00
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $10.

Mason Fringe: 1984

Thu, Oct 5 and Sat, Oct 7, 8:00
Sun, Oct 8, 2:00
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $10.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Iconographic Visions, Works by Julia Dzikiewicz and Michael Fischerkeller
Continues through Oct 21
The 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, visit
Gallery reception (Sep 28) now open only to Friends of the Hylton Center. Contact Jacque Connor at 703-993-7150 or for more information.
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

Life for Relief and Development: Ameer Dandan Concert
Sat, Sep 29, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $30 – $120.

Annie Stokes/Charm City Junction
Fri, Oct 6, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $25, $30 day of performance.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Sat, Oct 7, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Admission: $46, $39, $28.

Ground Rush Productions: Night Witches

Presented by LLC

Sat, Oct 7, 2017 and Sun, Oct 8, 7:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, $12.

In the Company of Laureates

Sun, Oct 8, 1:00
Merchant Hall
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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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 30 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Oct 4 1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Special Event Committee–Annex
History Club–TA-1
Fri Oct 6 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Program Planning Chairs–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–Lord of Life Fairfax
Chess Club–TA-2
Sat Oct 7 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Oct 10 11:15am Loudoun Program Planning Meeting
Wed Oct 11 1:30pm
Tallwood Book Club–Annex
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Thu Oct 12 1:15pm Loudoun Club Development Interest Meeting
Fri Oct 13 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
Homer, etc.–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Chess Club–TA-2

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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 Editor Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Polly Johnsen, Shirley Springfloat
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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