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Donna Gunn Illustrates Research on the Fortepiano in Fall for the Book Event at Tallwood, September 30

October 7, 2016

Editor of the Week: Paul Van Hemel

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Alerts & Notices

  • OLLI open on Columbus Day: scheduled classes will be held on the holiday, Monday, October 10.
  • Donate eyeglasses: To recognize World Sight Day, Thursday, October 13, OLLI is collecting eyeglasses for the Lions Club. Please place your unwanted glasses in the designated box in the Social Room now through Friday, October 21. Thank you!
  • Chili cook-off: Friday, October 21, 12:30─2:30 (after the 10:00 Board meeting in Reston), Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne. Register for Event 1103 and offer to bring chili or sides/desserts.

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Pedestrian Traffic Patterns at Tallwood─Plus, a Special Request
By Jennifer Disano, Executive DirectorAs members enjoy the resurfaced parking lot at Tallwood Campus in Fairfax, be alert to new foot traffic patterns. In particular, please do not walk in the alley between TA‑1 and the pool parking lot. As you may have noticed, the alley is now fenced off, a grated drain has been installed, and large boulders are now jutting out from an open drainage area, creating a danger for both cars and people. For your safety, please use the front path from the pool to Tallwood as the sole entry and exit point of the property. We ask also that drivers using the alley keep speeds below 5 mph and follow the one-way signage when entering and exiting the back lot.A special request: In order to accommodate a number of mobility impaired OLLI members, if you are able, please consider opting to park in the pool lot so our less-mobile members can park in the upper lot.

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Big Party is November 4; Deadline to Sign Up is October 14!

By Martha Powers, Vice President

Have you signed up yet? Celebrate OLLI’s 25th year on Friday, November 4, from 1:30-3:30 at Church of the Good Shepherd. You’ll enjoy:

  • A buffet of lavish and luscious desserts
  • OLLI historical re-enactor Jenée Lindner in a new role with a surprise twist
  • Our own Recorder Consort and Tallwood Trio
  • Recognition of all OLLI volunteers
  • A brand-new movie starring OLLI’s founders

If you haven’t already signed up for this event (#1104), please do so by NOON on Friday, October 14, when registration closes. The party is FREE, but if you’re not registered, no dessert for you!

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Mason’s New Fenwick Library
By Kathryn Russell, Program Committee Co-ChairIf you’ve ever taught an OLLI class, needed to research a topic or just wanted to check out books, you may already have discovered a valuable resource—Mason’s Fenwick Library. The library offers many benefits to OLLI members. And now we have a brand new facility to enjoy.Recently the library staff hosted a group of OLLI students for a special introduction to this beautiful facility. Bob Vay, Digital Collections and Exhibitions Archivist, treated us to a presentation of Fenwick’s history, from the late 1950s to the present. Then staff member Kathleen Kehoe led a tour of this impressive building.Now we’ll have an opportunity to hone our research skills. Next week on Friday, October 14, at 1:00, Patricia West of the Fenwick staff will give a presentation at Tallwood, “Search like a Librarian: Introduction to Research Resources.” (Special Event 972) We’ll learn about the many available databases and glean tips for conducting online research. You won’t want to miss this informative event.

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Computer Club

By Paul Howard, OPCUG Program Chair

The Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), Saturday,September 17th at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for soft drinks and socializing in the social room. Program activities will begin at 1:00.

Wearable Technologies: Applications, Human Factors and Privacy – Dr. Vivian Motti
Dr. Vivian Genaro Motti is an assistant professor at Mason’s Department of Information Sciences and Technology where she leads the Human-Centered Design Lab (HCD Lab). Her main research interests are human-computer Interaction and ubiquitous computing, in mobile and wearable applications for healthcare. Her talk will provide an overview about wearable technologies, presenting devices, features, and applications. It will focus on human factors and wearability, and conclude with a discussion about privacy concerns for wearables and a presentation of future trends in wearable computing.

Learn in 30: Online Backup Services – Leti Labell, OPCUG/PATACS
Leti Labell is an OLLI and PATACS member with a lifelong love of computers. She has an MS in computer science, and is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP). In 2014, she retired from a long career in software development and general project management in the telecommunications industry and as a contractor to the federal government. Her talk will describe automated online backup solutions that will reliably perform this vital service. She’ll provide an overview of the features of various products, and will demonstrate the system she uses on her own computer.

See full details on this meeting by clicking here. For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website. OPCUG dues of $5 for 2016 will be collected at this meeting.

Can’t make the meeting in person? Dues-paid club members may attend via Zoom’s cloud meeting service, beginning at 12:45. Send a message to if you plan to attend in this way. Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: (Zoom Meeting ID: 861 991 669).

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Tallwood Book Club
By Ceda McGrew, Tallwood Book Club CoordinatorThe Tallwood Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 12 at 1:30 at Tallwood. The book for discussion is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is written as a letter from the author to his teenage son about the realities of being black in America. It was the winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. All OLLI members are welcome.The selection for November is Finding My Voice by Diane Rehm.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Cherry, Why do you Weep?

Jack Arthur Underhill

Near our front deck
The Bradford Pear was full of
Blossoms that rained white then they fell
And left a sparkling pattern on the patio

Not too far away
In our lot near the woods,
A small tightly knit cluster of daffodils
Has bloomed for 43 years
Growing every year, as if in the wild.

Even further away, in the park nearby
The weeping cherry
Displays its pink flower blossoms
In graceful arcs,
A waterfall of color.

But the cherry weeps pink tears.
Cherry, why do you weep
In the springtime awakening
When the buds of late winter
Have opened and poured forth flower?

Why grieve in the new awakening of spring
When the winter flees?
Why cry when the earth is budding forth?
Are you mourning the demise of winter
Or the chilling wind?

Are you crying because
The spring’s song is so beautiful?

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Editor’s Note: China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

OLLI E-News received the following announcement from Dr. Michael Chang, associate professor, Mason Department of History and Art History.

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next ten days
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 CFA ticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues
Virginia Opera: The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci
Sat, Oct 8, 8:00
Sun, Oct 9, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Glenn Winters
Concert Hall
Admission: $110, $90, $54
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy/Dora: Tramontane
Fri, Oct 14, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29The Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights
Sat, Oct 15, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Michel Pardron, music director
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: To Swing Through the Sky
Sun, Oct 16, 7:00
Pre-performance discussion: Jim Carroll – professor of jazz studies
Concert Hall
Admission: $46, $39, $28

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Mason’s School of Theater: The Laramie Project
Wed, Oct 5 – Sat, Oct 8, 8:00
Sat, Oct 8, and Sun, Oct 9, 2:00
Theater Space
Admission: Wed preview, pay what you can,
Thu – Sun, Adults, $20; seniors, $10
New Sound Collective Concert
Fri, Oct 7, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: FreeSymphonic Band Concert
Tue, Oct 11, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8Jazz Combos Concert
Thu, Oct 12, 8:00
DeLaski – Room 3001
Admission: FreeFaculty Artist Showcase
Sun, Oct 16, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free


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At the Hylton Center

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.
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Admission: Free

Native Run
Fri, Oct 7, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $25

Manassas Chorale: Love Actually
Sat, Oct 8, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20, $18

Mason School of Theater: The Laramie Project
Thu, Oct 13 – Sat, Oct 15, 8:00
Sat. Oct 15, 2:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $10

The Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights
Fri, Oct 14, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Michel Pardron, music director
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30

Odd Squad Live!
Sat, Oct 15, 2:00 and 5:00
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 Oct 8 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Oct 12  1:30pm
Tallwood Book Club–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Thu Oct 13  2:15pm Reston Book Club–UCP Rm117
Fri Oct 14  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex
Religious Studies Club–TA-2
Sat Oct 15 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Wed Oct 19  1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Oct 21  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–Rose Gallery
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex
Photography Club–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
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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