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Photography Club Hangs Photo Exhibit of Northern Virginia Special Olympics, Tallwood Annex, October 12

November 2, 2018

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • The Special Events Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 7, 1:45 to 3:15 in the Tallwood annex. All OLLI members are welcome. Learn about future special event classes and trips; meet other members. Afternoon tea or coffee and cake.
  • Reminder: Fourth annual OLLI Veterans Day celebration, Friday, November 9, 1:00 to 3:00, at Tallwood. Click here to register for Event F1001.
  • 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 November 9; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, November 6, at 6:00.

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Talkin’ Trash with Mr. Nash

By Martha Powers, OLLI Member and Instructor

On Friday, October 26, a busload of 28 OLLI members took the Great Trash Tour set up by OLLI member John Nash, a former Fairfax County employee who knows all the right people.

First, the group visited the I‑66 Transfer Station on West Ox Road in Fairfax, where they were given an informative overview and then a tour of the facility. Next, they bused to Occoquan for lunch at Madigan’s, followed by a tour of Covanta energy recovery facility that converts 3,000 tons trash into ash daily, creating enough energy to meet the needs of 80,000 homes while also retrieving certain metals and controlling pollution. (The dress code for this part of the day included neon vests and hard hats.) Finally, the group enjoyed a bus tour of the I‑95 landfill where tons of ash are compacted into a massive landfill.

This isn’t the first time that John Nash has arranged such a fascinating trip for his fellow OLLI members, and his tours are invariably wait-listed. Keep an eye on future catalogs for your chance to enjoy a great day of learning and camaraderie.

(Photos by John Nash)

Technology Silent Auction Reminder

November 2, Noon to 12:45

By Paul Howard, Board Member and Audiovisual/Technology Support Committee Chair

Do your grandkids like to tinker with electronic gear? We’ll be auctioning stereo amplifiers, speakers, an audio mixer, and laptop computers. Got an irreplaceable VHS-tape collection, and no player? OLLI has several VHS/CD/DVD players that might fill the bill. Who knows what goodies may emerge from the shelves and storage spaces of OLLI’s technology workshop in the cottage?

From the conclusion of the Town Hall Meeting until 12:45 on Friday, November 2, OLLI will hold a silent auction in TA‑2 to dispose of surplus electronic equipment. Each item will have an associated sheet for entering name and bid amount. We hope for a spirited competition. Money raised will be used to meet OLLI’s future technology needs.

Reston Book Club Meeting

By Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel,
Reston Book Club Coordinators

The Reston Book Club will have its November meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 2:15 at the United Christian Parish in Reston. The book selection is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. The book tells the story of Jojo, who lives with his African-American grandparents, his toddler sister, and his drug-addicted mother in rural Mississippi, while his white father serves a prison sentence. The story follows the family’s history, which is tied up with the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm.

Friends of OLLI Annual Holiday Bake Sale

By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee Chair

Save the date, Friday, December 14, 11:00 to 1:00, in the social and coffee rooms at Tallwood for lots of fun and yummies.

Amazing, scrumptious homemade goodies for you and gifting. Visit with your friends, meet new friends, and help Friends of OLLI coffers grow! And then enjoy the classic movie: A Christmas Carol from 1:00 to 3:30 in TA‑1.

If you like to bake, your assistance would be very much appreciated. Please contact Development Chair Lesley Bubenhofer (

Hope you can join us! It will be a fabulous day!

History Club Meeting

By Beth Lambert, History Club Coordinator

The November meeting of the History Club will take place on Wednesday, November 7, at 2:15 in TA‑1. Our presenter will be Jenee Linder, who will be speaking on “The Fairfax Family Generational History: England to America to England Once More.” It is a fascinating story that begins before the American Revolution and continues long after. Jenee is president of the Friends of the Historic Fairfax Courthouse and, over many years, has done much work on the Fairfax family. Come and be enlightened, inspired, and perhaps, even surprised. Remember, all OLLI members are welcome to attend History Club meetings.

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Poetry Workshop Reading
By Jan Bohall, Poetry Workshop Co-CoordinatorMembers of the Poetry Workshop are hosting a poetry reading at Tallwood at 9:45 on Wednesday, November 7. They invite any OLLI member who would like to read one of their own poems to contact one of the coordinators, Jan Bohall at or Mike McNamara at Register for Special Event F998 in the fall 2018 catalog.

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

The Dance of the Rose and the Nightingale*

The rose is a delicate beautiful thing,
But it is tied to its bush
Bristling with thorns
To ward off the deer.

The nightingale has a beautiful song
Imitating the repertoire of the bird kingdom.
It is tethered by nothing
And flies anywhere it wants.

They are an unlikely couple,
But beauty attracts
And they started to dance.

The nightingale had to avoid the thorns
Lest its blood would turn the
White rose red.

The rose had to limit its moves
Because it was the prisoner
Of its stem
And had to listen silently
To the music of the spheres.

But dance they did
And the garden was in its glory:
Two beautiful things
Moving in harmony.

*Title is from a book by an Iranian woman, named Ramzani Nesta, who sought to dance in spite of a cultural environment which discouraged it.

Jack A. Underhill

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, November 2 through 12

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.

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At the Fairfax Campus Venues

Daniel Hope and Friends: A Baroque Journey
Fri, Nov 2, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Beethoven
Sat, Nov 3, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion at 7:00 with conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests.
Concert Hall
Admission: $65, $53, $50, $39, $30.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Music from Time of War
Sun, Nov 4, 7:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

Virginia Opera: Don Giovanni
Sat, Nov 10, 8:00
Sun, Nov 11, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion featuring “Dr. Opera,” Glenn Winters.
Center for the Arts
Admission: $110, $90, $54.

Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Fife & Drum Performance
Fri, Nov 2, 3:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001
Admission: Free.
GMU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Sat, Nov 3, 6:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001
Admission: Free.Choral Invitational Concert
Sun, Nov 4, 3:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.Fall New Dances
Thu, Nov 8, 8:00
Fri, Nov 9, 2:00 and 8:00
Sat, Nov 10, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.

Vocal Pops a Capella Concert
Sun, Nov 11, 4:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Mason Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band
Mon, Nov 12, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.

At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Hidden Narratives
Oct 30 – Dec 15
Gallery Reception: Thu, Nov 8, 6:00
The gallery receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

William Michael Morgan
Sat, Nov 10, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20.

Mutts Gone Nuts
Sun, Nov 11, 1:00 and 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $15; children, $10.

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For further details on any of the above events, 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 for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming 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, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Nov 3 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Nov 6 2:15pm Loudoun Book Club–Rm 209
Wed Nov 7 1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Special Events Committee–Annex
History Club–TA-1
Thu Nov 8 2:15pm Reston Book Club–UCP
Fri Nov 9 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Sat Nov 10 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Nov 13 9:30am
Annex Arts–Annex
Reston Planning Meeting–UCP Rm 117
Spanish Club–TA-2
Wed Nov 14 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Tallwood Book Club–TA-2
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Fri Nov 16 9:15am
Tallwood Trio–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–TA-1
Homer, etc.–Annex
Dr. Who Club–TA-3

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