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Park Ranger Potpourri Series, Winter 2018: Topics in American History Presented by National Park Service Rangers, Part of a Popular, Years-Long Chain of Classes

February 16, 2018

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • The OLLI Personal Computer User Group (OPCUG) will meet Saturday, February 17, at Tallwood at 1:00 in the social room. For further information, see the OPCUG website
  • All OLLI offices are closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • Priority registration for spring term 2018 begins February 22 and ends March 1 at noon.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published March 2; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, February 27, at 6:00.

Appreciating OLLI Liaisons

By Shannon Kim Morrow, Registrar

Who wouldn’t want to experience a warm and inviting welcome to an unfamiliar setting? Who wouldn’t want someone to reach out to them and ask how they might be helped with unfamiliar tasks at a new organization? OLLI liaisons ensure that this is the case when contacting instructors and introducing them to class members.

It may seem that the liaison performs a minor duty, but what liaisons do is an integral part of what makes OLLI tick. Most importantly, liaisons introduce instructors, particularly new ones who’ve never taught at OLLI before.

That’s not all they do! Not only do they welcome instructors, but also they provide support in the classroom. If there are glitches with A/V equipment, if someone needs special assistance, or if there needs to be any other contact with a site assistant, liaisons are on the job!

Although I served as liaison for five classes this term, it has definitely been FUN and REWARDING to email and meet with the various instructors. Each instructor has told me about their own background and tales of what led to their particular specialties and classes. In most cases we shared similar experiences and it was fun probing for additional information I used in introducing them to the class. I also helped them determine where to park, what computer setup to use, microphone use, any classroom setups they wanted, and the friendliness of their audience who are there to hear their tales, not challenge them! This all helped them feel at ease and welcome in coming to OLLI. A really fun experience and NOT work! Bob Heyer, liaison for five classes in winter 2018 term.

The OLLI staff greatly appreciates all those who step up term after term to volunteer as a liaison. Without liaisons, the OLLI experience would not be the same! Thank you all very much!

More and More Music for You

By Marianne Metz, Program Planning Co-Chair for Music

If you’re looking for musical enjoyment and enlightenment during OLLI’s spring term, check out the great multi-session classes in the Arts and Music section of your catalog (pages 1-4). But don’t stop there! If you do, you’ll miss nearly a dozen wonderful one-session classes and events. These are found on pages 34-48 of your catalog, and include the following:

  • R951. Anthony de Mare presents Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano (part of the Reston Community Center Professional Touring Artists Series).
  • R952. Project Trio: Greg Pattillo, flute; Eric Stephenson, cello; Peter Seymour, double bass (part of the Reston Community Center Professional Touring Artists Series).
  • R959. Breath of Heaven: The Poetry and Music of Amy Grant.
  • R969.The Blues: Where It Came from and How We Got Here.
  • R972. You’ve Got to Have a Dream: Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein.
  • R977. Hollywood’s Very Best Songwriter: The Harry Warren Legacy.
  • L989. Ed Sullivan’s The Best of Broadway Musicals.
  • R991. Tricksters, Sages, and Other Colorful Archetypes in Broadway Musicals.
  • F992. Zing Went the Strings of My Heart! An Afternoon with Judy Garland.
  • F1002. An Afternoon Wasted with Tom Lehrer.
  • 1010. Backstage at the Hylton Arts Center and Manassas Chorale in Concert.

Sign up and enjoy!

Mah Jongg Club

By Liz Bateman, Coordinator, Mah Jongg Club

We welcome all members who want to learn or already know how to play Mah Jongg. Stretch your mind and have fun with a game that is (maybe) easier than bridge, but definitely challenging.

Those who would like to play must register for the Mah Jongg Club. To register, sign in on OLLI’s website and enter the words “Mah Jongg Club” in the Search box at the top of the home page. Select the term “Calendar Year 2018.” Click on the name of the desired club/ongoing activity and wait a second. Then you will see where you can “Check Out.”For more information, contact Liz Bateman.

Photo of the Month

The February 2018 Photo of the Month theme was Toys—Show Us Your
Inner Child. We selected John Olsen’s photo “Lens Cleaner,” 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

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Alone in a Crowded Planet

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man
Is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…
Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am
Involved in all mankind; and therefore
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
(John Donne, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, no. 17)

In a turbulent overcrowded planet
There are many people who feel alone.
There are over 40 million people in America
Who feel lonely.

No one to scratch your back when it itches.
No one to complain to about the weather.
No one to cheer you up when you are down.
No one to laugh at your jokes.
No one who knows your story
Or was willing to listen to it.

In Japan many elderly in anonymous flats
Lack the daily touch
Of friends and family.
One died and only three years later
The body was discovered.

Caring is the antidote to loneliness
Be alert to a lonely person
Standing alone and looking sad.
Speak to those who stand alone.
Call someone who has no one.

No one should be alone

No one should die alone

By Jack A. Underhill

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, February 16 through March 5
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: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sat, Feb 17, 8:00
Sun, Feb 18, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Dr. Glenn Winter “Dr. Opera”
Concert Hall
Admission: $110, $90, $54.RIOULT Dance NY
Sat, Feb 24, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.David Krakauer and The 35mm Orchestra: The Big Picture
Fri, Mar 2, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.Walnut Street Theatre: Baskerville
Sat, Mar 3, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Virtuoso Variations
Sun, Mar 4, 7:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $42, $36, $25.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

35mm: A Musical Exhibition
Fri, Feb 16, 8:00
Sat, Feb 17, 2:00 and 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults $20; seniors $10.Faculty Artist Series: Anna & Friends
Sun, Feb 18, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.June Huang & Mason String Faculty
Fri, Feb 23, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.Faculty Artist Series: Meg Owens, oboe
Sat, Feb 24, 8:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.Faculty Artist Series: Matt Neff, trombone
Sun, Feb 25, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Faculty Artist Series: Stanley Curtis, trumpet
Sun, Feb 25, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Faculty Artist Series: Kathryn Hearden, soprano
Fri, Mar 2, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

The Dream Trio
Sat, Mar 3, 1:00
Monson Tier III, Center for the Arts
Admission: Free.

Faculty Artist Series: Amy Horn, french horn
Sat, Mar 3, 3:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Faculty Artist Series: Matt Trkula, guitar
Sat, Mar 3, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Mason School of Theater: The Imaginary Invalid
Thu, Mar 1 – Sat, Mar 3, 8:00
Sat, Mar 3 and Sun, Mar 4, 2:00
Admission: Adults $20; seniors $10.

University Singers Concert
Sun, Mar 4, 2:30
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults $12; seniors $8.

New Sound Collective Concert
Sun, Mar 4, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

American Roots Series: Ten Strings and A Goatskin
Sat, Feb 17, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Advance $25; day of performance $30.

Virginia National Ballet: AIDA
Sat, Feb 17, 2:00 and 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults $35; seniors $30.

Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Flow
Sun, Feb 18, 3:00
Complementary light reception at 2:00 in the upstairs Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults $20; seniors $12.

35mm: A Musical Exhibition
Fri, Feb 23 and Sat, Feb 24, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults $20; seniors $10.

100th Meridian Project
Sun, Feb 25, 4:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Free.

Matinee Idylls: Soprano Soirée
Tue, Feb 27, 12:30 (lunch); 1:30 (concert)
Dessert Reception following Concert
Admission: Lunch/Concert/Dessert Reception, $47;
Concert/Dessert Reception, $27.

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Silver Jewels
Sat, Mar 3, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults $20; seniors $16.

Sun, Mar 4, 7:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

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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 any time 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 Feb 17 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Tue Feb 20 9:30am
Annex Art–Annex
Loudoun Program Planning Group–Room 208
Wed Feb 21 11:50am
1:00 pm
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
A/V Committee Meeting–TA-1
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Feb 23 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc. –Annex
Photography Club–TA-3
Theater Lovers Club–TA-1
Sat Feb 24 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Feb 26 9:30am
Chess Club–Annex
What’s in the Daily News, cont’d–TA-1
Tue Feb 27 9:30am
Annex Art–Annex
Spanish Club–TA-2
Wed Feb 28 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Fri Mar 2 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
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: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger
, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Shirley Springfloat, Linda Randall,
Gerry Ann Strube
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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