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Members of OLLI Photo Club at Event to Photograph Wounded Warriors/Military Personnel and Families at Fort Belvoir, October 22 (See article below)

November 4, 2016

Editor of the Week: Paul Van Hemel

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Alerts & Notices

– OLLI is open on Election Day Nov 8 and Veterans’ Day Nov 11.

– Coffee and conversation social at Loudoun, Wed, Nov 9, 1:15-2:15. Contact Loudoun Site Assistant Leigh Knox to register: ollildn@gmu.edu.

– OLLI’s 2nd annual Veterans’ Day celebration Fri, Nov 11, Tallwood TA-1 1:00-2:30. Register via member portal for event 983.

– Mark your calendar for the OLLI Holiday Party, Fri, Dec 2, 11:30-3:00; International Country Club, Fairfax. Cost $35 includes chicken or pasta luncheon, entertainment, door prizes. Register via member portal for event 1105 by Mon, Nov 28 deadline.

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186 Pairs of Eyeglasses and Counting!
By Martha Powers, Vice PresidentMany OLLI members took advantage of our recent eyeglass collection event, with some of you donating entire sacks of glasses! All told, OLLI will be donating 186 pairs of glasses to the Lions Club of Fairfax – plus 111 eyeglass cases! This is an unusually large donation for them, so the Lions Club invited us to present our donation at the beginning of their upcoming meeting.Just imagine those 186 people who will be able to see the world more clearly because you helped! Thank you for your generosity. (For the record, there is always a Lions eyeglass collection box available in the Social Room at Tallwood, so keep ‘em coming.)

Chief Eyeglass Inspector Oscar Powers reviews the mountain of contributions

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OLLI Photo Club Members Photograph Military Personnel and Families
By John Nash, Member of E-News Editorial TeamOn Saturday, October 22, Dan Feighery, Bob Kelberg, and John Nash, members of the OLLI photo club, spent the day at the USO/Warrior Family Center at Fort Belvoir taking portraits of Wounded Warriors and their families. There were 13 portrait sittings with a total of 51 people, including families, single individuals, one eight-week-old baby…and two dogs.The USO staff downloaded the digital photographs, reviewed them with the participants and printed one professional-quality pose. The participants also left with a flash drive of all their pictures. Angela Talaber, photo club coordinator, arranged for a donation of special portrait photo paper from Red River Paper in Dallas, Texas, which made a measurable difference in print quality.

According to Ashy Palliparambil, the USO event coordinator, “We began this program 3 years ago when a family told us that they had never had a family portrait taken because they were so focused on their recovery. The families have always been and are still very appreciative of everyone’s time. It really means a lot to them. We could not offer this program without the help of our USO – and extended USO-OLLI family.”

This was a very happy group of people who had their portraits taken……and a very gratifying project for the OLLI members.

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Friends of OLLI (FOLLI) Annual Fall Fundraising Campaign is Here!

By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee Chair

OLLI needs your friendship to help keep our institute vibrant. Your support can and does make a difference. Your generosity to FOLLI is invaluable and makes a significant impact on what we can accomplish to enhance our OLLI learning experiences, social involvement opportunities, and our partnerships with Mason and within our community.

If you are now a Friend, please renew your friendship. If you are not yet a Friend, OLLI would sure like you to become one. Just think of how OLLI has enriched your life. With your support, we can and will make our OLLI stronger than ever.

Your gift to FOLLI is tax deductible. It is easy to become a Friend. You can mail in your donation in the envelope that should have arrived this week at your home. You can contribute to FOLLI on-line at the OLLI website. You can personally bring your contribution to the Tallwood Office.

If you would like to learn more about FOLLI, please contact me at labubenhofer@verizon.net. Also, please watch for more information about FOLLI in upcoming OLLI E‑News issues. If you have ideas for needs or enhancements that could be beneficial to OLLI, your suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. Send those thoughts to me, and I will respond.

Thank you so much for your support of FOLLI.

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Tallwood Book Club
By Ceda McGrew, Tallwood Book Club CoordinatorThe Tallwood Book Club will meet at Tallwood Wednesday, November 9, at 1:30. The book for discussion is Finding My Voice, the autobiography of Diane Rehm, nationally acclaimed NPR talk show host who was this year’s Mason Award winner at Fall for the Book.All OLLI members are welcome.

The selection for December is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

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Theater Lovers’ Group
By Norma Reck, Theater Lovers’ Group Co-Coordinator The Theater Lovers’ Group has teamed up with the Shillelagh Travel Club for a one-day trip to New York City to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes on Thursday, December 1, for $185/person.Interested members should phone Shillelagh at 703-242-2204 ASAP, as there are just a few seats left. The fee can be charged.

Mini Dia de Los Muertos Fiesta

By Marilyn O’Brien, Member of E-News Team

Ligia Glass’ Intermediate Spanish Class had a mini Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) fiesta on October 31. The fiesta is celebrated on Nov 1 and 2 in all of Mexico, and honors the dead. Lots of flowers (especially marigolds), sugar skulls, and favorite foods of the departed adorn cemeteries and private altars. Despite its name, the holiday is a joyous one because it anticipates the resurrection of the dead to an afterlife in heaven. Besides learning about the holiday, the class enjoyed some delicious food and drinks compliments of Ligia and class members.

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

My Friends Paul and Heinrich

My friend Paul is 136 years old-
His birth year is 1880.
He existed for 90 years
Before he became my baby.

So who is this Paul?
Why is he so special to me?
We’ve made music together
For 46 years, you see.

Despite his age, one could say
He’s as fit as a fiddle this very day.
I am proud to keep him this way,
Mainly by making him play and play.

There’s 70 years between us, Paul and me.
He’s French; he comes from Gay Paris.
While the bow I use is German…
(Heinrich and Paul fight constantly.)

And yet, the three of us love to play—
Violin music, orchestral, and chamber—
Solo, duet, or multi-membered,
Playing music of many countries & genres.

Oh, Paul, you and I are such a pair!
I take you and Heinrich everywhere.
We perform in many places…
Most often indoors, but sometimes in open spaces.

Joan Lunsford

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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

Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Shanghai Nights
Fri, Nov 4, 8:00
Sat, Nov 5, 2:00 and 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, director of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Sun, Nov 6, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $60, $51, $36STOMP
Mon, Nov 7, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $45, $30American Festival Pops Orchestra: A Salute to Our Veterans
Sun, Nov 13, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Bryan Kidd, arranger in residence, AFPO
Concert Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see music.gmu.edu for additional student recitals)

Percussion Ensemble Concert
Mon, Nov 7, 8:00
DeLaski – Room 3001
Admission: FreeFall New Dances
Thu, Nov 10, 8:00
Fri, Nov 11, 2:00
Sat, Nov 12, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10Jazz 4 Justice: A Tribute to the Greatest Generation
Sat, Nov 12, 8:00
Proceeds support vital community efforts by the Law Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $15Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00
DeLaski – Room 3001
Admission: Free

Mason Jazz Vocal Night
Sun, Nov 13, 7:00
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.
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Admission: Free

Mason’s School of Theater and School of Music: The Threepenny Opera
Fri, Nov 4, 8:00
Sat, Nov 5, 2:00 and 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $30; seniors, $15

XVIII Saya Caporal Dance Competition
Sun, Nov 6, 5:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $15

The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict
Nov 7, 2016 – Dec 11, 2016
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
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, Nov 10 from 6:00 – 8:00. RSVP to jconnor8@gmu.edu.
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Admission: Free

The U.S. Army Band “Pershings Own”
Wed, Nov 9, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Free tickets are available online via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hylton-pac-the-us-army-band-presents-salute-to-veterans-a-musical-tribute-2016-tickets-27637068215).

Veterans Day 2016 at the Hylton Center: Celebrating Veterans and the Arts
Fri, Nov 11, 10:00 – 3:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Free

Jazz 4 Justice: A Tribute to the Greatest Generation
Fri, Nov 11, 8:00
Proceeds support vital community efforts by the Law Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $15

Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Shanghai Nights
Sat, Nov 12, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, director of the company
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30

Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Festive Fall
Sun, Nov 13, 3:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $12

Hylton Center Extra! Sierra Hull
Sun, Nov 13, 7:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $25

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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 Nov 5 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Nov 9 1:30pm
1:45pm
1:45pm
Tallwood Book Club–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Nov 11 9:00am
9:30am
9:30am
11:00am
11:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Photography Club–TA-1
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Sat Nov 12 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Nov 14 10:00am What’s in the Daily News, cont’d–TA-1
Tue Nov 15 9:30am Annex Art–Annex
Wed Nov 16 10:00am
10:00am
10:30am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Fri Nov 18 9:00am
9:30am
10:00am
11:00am
1:00pm
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Board of Directors Meeting–TA-1
Homer, etc–Annex
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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