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OLLI 25th Anniversary Party, Church of the Good Shepherd, November 4, 2016. (For more party photos, click this link.)

November 18, 2016

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • OLLI is closed the week of November 21 to 25 for Thanksgiving.
  • Monday, November 28, is the deadline to register for the Annual OLLI Holiday Party, Special Event 1105. The party is December 2, 11:30 to 3:00 at the International Country Club in Fairfax. See E‑News article by Elaine Leonard at this link for details.

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Happy 25th Anniversary, OLLI!
By Martha Powers, Vice President

Some 150 members celebrated OLLI’s 25th Anniversary on the afternoon of Friday, November 4, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke. The event included the following:

  • Pre-party music by OLLI’s Recorder Consort, conducted by Helen Ackerman
  • A dessert bar featuring beautiful and delicious creations donated by Kathleen Pablo
  • An opportunity to purchase The History of OLLI book from members of the committee that made it possible
  • The Tallwood Trio with Nancy Riley for our listening pleasure
  • OLLI member and historic re-enactor Jenée Lindner as Sarah Tracy, whose special ties to the Church of the Good Shepherd were revealed (see photo by Paul Van Hemel; view more pictures from the party at this link).
  • Manny Pablo as master of ceremonies for the volunteer recognition part of our program
  • Lesley Bubenhofer, chair of OLLI’s Development Committee (FOLLI), presenting Mason’s Office of Military Services with a check in the amount of $25,625, our donation to their impressive program
  • A movie created by staffer Alice Slayton-Clark’s teenaged son Dylan (with voiceover by his dad, scripted by his mom), which commemorated OLLI founders and our history
  • Door prizes donated by OLLI members Carolyn Kramer, Lesley Bubenhofer, and Thelma Weiner

Special thanks to Toni and John Acton for setting up the event, with help from Jim Dunphy and other members of the Social Events Committee. Photographer George Addison captured the day for posterity, while Angie and Dave Talaber took photos of members at the giant green O-L-L-I letters.

This event highlighted the many talents of OLLI members: musical, educational, historical, and of course, gustatorial. Here’s to OLLI’s next 25 years!

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Photo of the Month

The November 2016 Photo of the Month theme was open (i.e., unspecified). We selected Ed Parker’s photo “Grandmother,” which may also be viewed at this page. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club, visit the club’s photo website.

        — By Angela Talaber, Photography Club Coordinator

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Angry White Man

I’m angry

not at blacks

not at taxes

at you, Life
for leaving me
to Death

It’s common knowledge
you’re a mess
We were lovers

Who can blame me
for being angry.
I don’t want to be an ex.

Ed Sadtler

Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, Nov 18 through Dec 5
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
Fri, Nov 18, 8:00
Concert Hall
Pre-performance discussion: Joe McCarthy.
Concert Hall
Admission: $42, $36, $25.Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Brahms’ Great Beginnings
Sat, Nov 19, 8:00
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1, Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Brahms: Symphony No.1
Pre-performance discussion at 7:00: David Ginder of WETA, conductor Christopher Zimmerman, and special guests.
Concert Hall
Admission: $65, $53, $39.

Sons of Serendip: Christmas: Beyond the Lights
Sat, Nov 26, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $55, $47, $33.

Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville
Sat, Dec 3, 8:00
Sun, Dec 4, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Glenn Winter.
Concert Hall
Admission: $110, $90, $54.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Mason’s School of Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thu, Nov 17
—Sat, Nov 19, 8:00
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 and Sun, Nov 20, 2:00
A Talk Back/Q&A with the cast will take place after the performance Friday.
Admission: Thu
Sun, Adults, $20; seniors, $12.Opera Scenes Recital
Fri, Nov 18, 3:00
Highlights from Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Choral Room A323
Admission: Free.

Strings Chamber Concert
Fri, Nov 18, 4:30
DeLaski 3001
Admission: Free.

Vocal Pops A Capella Concert
Sun, Nov 20, 4:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

New Sound Collective Concert
Thu, Dec 1, 8:00
DeLaski 3001
Admission: Free.

Dance Innovations
Thu, Dec 1

Sat, Dec 3, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.
Mason’s School of Theater: Bouncin’ – A Kid Pan Alley Musical
Sat, Dec 3, 8:00
Staged reading of an original musical by Paul Reisler.
Admission: Pay what you can – $5 increments.

Mason Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Sun, Dec 4, 3:00 and 5:00
Old Town Hall, Fairfax
Tickets: $12, $8, $5.

Dr. Anna Balakerskaia Studio Recital
Sun, Dec 4, 6:00
Choral Room A323
Admission: Free.

Baroque Ensemble Concert
Mon, Dec 5, 7:30
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

At the Hylton Center

The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict
Nov 7
Dec 11
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Gallery is open to the public Tue
Sat, 10:006:00; Thu, 10:008:00; and two hours before performances.
Admission: Free.

Gainesville Ballet: The Nutcracker
Fri, Nov 25, 2:00 and 7:00
Merchant Hall

Admission: Adults, $35; children, $17.

Northern Virginia Ballet: The Nutcracker
Sat, Nov 26, 2:00 and 6:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $35; seniors, $25; children, $17.

Windham Hill: A Winter Solstice Concert
Sun, Nov 27, 7:00
Featuring Liz Story
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

In Tune Music: Holiday Recital
Nov 27, 1:00 and 4:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $5; children, $5.

Swing Machine Big Band: 5th Annual Christmas Extravaganza!
Wed, Nov 30, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $10.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices
Fri, Dec 2, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Bryan Kidd
Merchant Hall
Admission: $55, $47, $33.

Mason Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 and Sat, Dec 3, 8:00
Sat, Dec 3, 3:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.

Manassas Chorale: Rejoice and Be Merry!
Sat, Dec 3, 5:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20, $18.

Asaph Dance: Clara’s Christmas and Handel’s Messiah
Sun, Dec 4, 3:30 and 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $30; seniors, $20.

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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 19 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Mon Nov 28 10:00am What’s in the Daily News, cont’d–TA-1
Tue Nov 29  9:30am Annex Art–Annex
Wed Nov 30 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Fri Dec 2  9:30am Craft and Conversation Group–Annex

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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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