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October 12, 2018

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • Board of Directors Meeting, Friday, October 19, 10:00, at United Christian Parish, Reston, Room 113; all members welcome.
  • Reston Chili Cook-Off, Friday, October 19, 12:30-2:30, at United Christian Parish, Reston, Room 113. Register for special event 1105; share your favorite chili or side. For more information, click here.
  • Development Committee members are selling raffle tickets for the annual OLLI registration fee raffle between now and December 4; watch for them at classes and events.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published October 19; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, October 16, at 6:00.

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OLLI’s Fourth Annual Veterans Day Celebration
By Martha Powers, Board Member and OLLI InstructorPlease join us as we recognize our veterans and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on Friday, November 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 in TA‑1 (Special Event F1001). We’ll begin with the presentation of the colors and our national anthem by the Fairfax Police Ceremonial Honor Guard. All veterans will be recognized to the tune of their branches’ anthems, and we’ll be serenaded by the barbershop quartet Sympatico.This year’s feature film is “The Hello Girls,” about 223 female members of the US Army Signal Corps who served as telephone operators in Europe in WWI—yet were not recognized for their service for 60 years afterward. This captivating one-hour documentary is newly released and not yet shown in theaters or televised. You can view the trailer at this link.

The Tom Swift Squad Needs You

Interested in technology?
Learn with us!

By Paul Howard, Audiovisual Support Committee Chair

OLLI’s Audiovisual Support Committee (a.k.a. The Tom Swift Squad) seeks additional volunteers to help ensure the smooth employment of OLLI’s audiovisual resources. Our primary mission is to help instructors, liaisons, and staff with any audiovisual issues that might arise during the classes we attend.

We’ll be meeting at 2:00 on Wednesday, October 17 at Tallwood in TA‑1. We’ll be trying out a new computer system for classroom use, discussing and possibly installing new wireless microphone systems, and continuing to plan for the silent auction of surplus equipment slated for November 2.

Please let me know if you’re planning to attend or would like to become a “Swiftie,” even if you can’t join us for this meeting. Contact me by email (preferred) or phone (703-860-9246).

For more information on the Audiovisual Support Committee, see its web page.


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A Sensitive—But Very Important—Class Topic

By Martha Powers, Board Member and OLLI Instructor

When you read your OLLI fall catalog, you may have flinched at the subject of one class: F986 Lynching Photography and Representations of Racial Violence in the United States.

Clearly, this is a difficult subject, and instructor LaNitra Berger would like to warn you that “the images are graphic and disturbing. We should all be very disturbed that African Americans were brutalized in this horrific way.”

That said, this is also a very important topic—one that should not be swept under the rug. If your immediate reaction was to consider not taking this class, perhaps it’s time to reconsider.

I hope that you will consider joining us for this class on Monday, October 22, at 9:40 at Tallwood TA-3.

Reston Book Club Meeting

By Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel,
Reston Book Club Coordinators

The Reston Book Club will have its October meeting on Thursday, October 18 at 2:15 at the United Christian Parish Church in Reston. The book selection is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The book, covering a four-generation timespan, tells the story of poor, proud Korean immigrants in Japan—and their fight to control their destinies—exiled from a homeland they never knew.

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Computer Club

3rd Saturday, October 20
WordPress Websites for All
LED Lighting Explained

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), on Saturday, October 20, at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for socializing in the Annex. Program activities begin at 1:00 in TA‑1.

WordPress Websites for AllPresented by Gary Vaughan
Gary Vaughan is a senior IT and knowledge management advisor (Buchanan & Edwards) with the Office of eDiplomacy at the State Department.

WordPress is a popular, powerful, and user-friendly open source software that accounts for about 25% of all sites on the Web. WordPress is a great way to create a personal blog or website for family, community group, or small business. After his presentation, Gary has offered to consult pro bono with people for 10-15 minutes to help folks understand the basics entailed in their specific application. To get that post-meeting session scheduled, please complete the contact form by clicking here.

Learn in 30: LED Lighting ExplainedPresented by Roger Fujii
Roger Fujii will present a quick primer on light-emitting diode (LED) lighting technology and some interesting examples of what can be done with LED lights.

See full details on this meeting by clicking here. For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website. OPCUG dues of $5 for 2018 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, Linux, iOS, or Android: (Meeting ID: 208 004 2114).

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

            Our Band

Grateful for our tiny tight band
Work warriors, now friends for good
Missing our work bond, the daily hand
Treasuring the past, building a new ‘hood

Age no matter, background no mind
The bond ever strong as we go on
Current pleasures shared, past not left behind
Truths told, fears spoken, no con

A web of five strong strands connecting all
Trusting, laughing, imbibing, sharing our lot
Decades of labor and love often still call
Our tiny tight band, blessed by our knot

                                                    Sally Sibley

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, October 12 through October 22
By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff WriterFor 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
Compañía Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero: Flamenco Pasion
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sat, Oct 13, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.L.A. Theatre Works: Steel Magnolias
Sun, Oct 14, 7:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.Army Herald Trumpets Presentation
Wed, Oct 17, 12:30
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001
Admission: Free.

Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

North Texas Euphonium Quartet
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001
Admission: Free.Faculty Artist Showcase
Sun, Oct 14, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.Mason Wind Symphony & Fairfax Wind Symphony
Tue, Oct 16, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.Baroque Dances as Applied to Musical Performance: Lecture/Demonstration
Fri, Oct 19, 5:30
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001
Admission: Free.Oscar Ghiglia Guitar Masterclass
Sat, Oct 20, 12:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building A327C
Admission: Free.Composers Week Recital
Sun, Oct 21, 6:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001
Admission: Free.

At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: When Art Meets Medicine
Sep 11 – Oct 27
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00, and two hours before each performance.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with Jim Carroll.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $46, $39, $28.

Prince William Little Theatre: 9 to 5 The Musical
Fri, Oct 12, 8:00
Sat, Oct 13, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Oct 14, 2:00
Thu, Oct 18, through Sat, Oct 20, 8:00
Sun, Oct 21, 2:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, $20.

A Tribute to the Music of Motown
Sat, Oct 13, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $45, $35.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Sun, Oct 14, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

Manassas Ballet Theatre: Dracula
Fri, Oct 19 and Sat, Oct 20, 7:30
Sun, Oct 21, 3:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $65, $55, $45, $35, $25.

For further details on any of the above events, see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar.

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Sat Oct 13 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Oct 16  2:15pm Loudoun Book Club–Rm 209
Wed Oct 17  1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
A/V Committee–TA-1
Thu  Oct 18  2:15pm Reston Book Club–UCP
Fri Oct 19  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–UCP RM 113
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–TA-1
Dr. Who Club–TA-3
Sat Oct 20 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Wed Oct 24  1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Thu Oct 25  2:15pm Reston Theater Lovers’ Club–UCP
Fri Oct 26  9:15pm
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Theater Lovers’ Club–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography 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.

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

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