First of spring 2018 Mason Faculty Club Series: Dr. Harry Butowsky discusses his book I Survived: My Name is Yitzkhak, based on interviews in 1970 with a Polish survivor of the Holocaust and World War II violence.
- Please remember to drop any conflicting or unwanted classes or trips.There are some members on waitlists who are eager to take your spot. Click here to ask the registrar to drop your class. Also, check the OLLI website for any changed or cancelled classes. The website has the most up-to-date information on OLLI spring-term offerings.
- Spring-term kick-off coffee, Friday, April 6, 10:00, Tallwood, TA-1; register for Event 1304.
- Upcoming Board of Directors elections, May 4–18; see article below.
- The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published April 6; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, April 3, at 6:00.
2018 Board of Directors Election By Terri Feldmayer, Nominating Committee Chair
Candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors election are: Michelle Blandburg (for re-election), Lillian Brooks, Marguerite Johnson, Norma Reck (for re-election), Charles Silver, Diane Stanley, and Bill Taylor (for re-election).
Candidate biographies and photos will be available beginning April 2 on the OLLI Website. Candidates’ information also will be available on posters in each of the social areas at Tallwood, Reston, and Loudoun.
Here are upcoming dates where members can meet the candidates:
- April 20, 2018: The Salad Social in Reston will give OLLI members a chance to hear a brief statement from each candidate, followed by a question and answer time.
- May 4, 2018: The Annual Membership Meeting at Tallwood; another chance to meet and talk with candidates. Voting begins.
- May 4 - May 18: OLLI members’ voting untl noon on May 18.
Please check future editions of the E-News for continuing information on the elections.
If you have questions about the election process, contact Terri Feldmayer, Tfeldmayer@gmail.com703-725-9627.
International Urban Search and Rescue
Task Force One Visit and Demonstration
By Stephanie Trachtenberg, Class Coordinator
There's just been an earthquake in Fairfax, and you're stuck under rubble in your basement. Who will find you...and how?
Fairfax County’s International Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One will visit OLLI in TA‑1 on Friday, April 13, at 1:00, with a demonstration of their life saving equipment in a lecture called Beyond the Whispers. Special guest: ANGUS, their "top dog" will return to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks! Register for F971 spring 2018.
(Photo by Susan Van Hemel from prior visit in spring 2016)
The April meeting of the History Club will take place on Wednesday, April 4, at 2:15 in TA-1. David Heymsfeld, OLLI member and teacher, will give a presentation on a subject which he titles “Learning About History from Historical Fiction.” More than likely, most members of the History Club enjoy reading historical fiction, but perhaps we never consider the ways writers of such fiction work to convey the past accurately. David will illustrate his theme with readings from several novels, such as Herman Wouk’s World War II novels, and Tom Wolfe’s novel about New York City in the 1980s, Bonfire of the Vanities. The meeting promises to be a lively one that will give us a new perspective on historical fiction.
All OLLI members are invited to History Club meetings; you need not be a member of the History Club.
The OLLI spring term began on a beautiful note with the first performance of the Music Sampler. The Dream Trio, consisting of Faith Zuniga on piano, Anna Kong on violin, and Zackary Whitaker on cello, filled the place with beautiful music as OLLI members enjoyed the live presentation.
The Music Sampler, coordinated by Dr. Kathryn Hearden, Mason professor of vocal studies, is held each Tuesday morning, beginning at 9:30, in the sanctuary of the Lutheran Lord of Life church, one of OLLI’s off-campus venues. Dr. Hearden arranges for Mason students, faculty and other local professionals to offer various musical performances.
If you have not signed up for an OLLI class on Tuesday mornings, you can still attend the Music Sampler. There is plenty of seating available. Not only will you be supporting these outstanding volunteer musicians, but you’ll enjoy some of the best music available - and you won't have to pay Kennedy Center prices! (Photo by John Nash)
Arthur S. Hill, OLLI member since fall 1999, died on Saturday, March 10, in Falmouth, MA. He ran the OLLI discussion group “All the News” for many years in Reston. He and his wife Cynthia had moved to Massachusetts during the last year. The Celebration of Life will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Falmouth, MA, on May 19, 2018. More information is available at this link.
Performances, March 30 through April 9 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 pageor the Hyltonticket purchase page.
At the Fairfax Campus Venues Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
Sat, Mar 31, 8:00
Bria Skonberg, trumpet/singer
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Admission: $46, $39, $28.Virginia Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
Sat, Apr 07, 2018 8:00
Sun, Apr 08, 2018 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Dr. Glenn Winter.
Admission: $110, $90, $54.
Mason School of Theater: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
Sat, Mar 31, 2:00
Sat, Mar 31, 8:00
Thu, Apr 5 - Sat Apr 7, 8:00
Sat, Apr 7 and Sun Apr 8, 2:00
Admission: Adults $30; Seniors $15.Classical Music Vocal Competition
Sat, Mar 31, 8:30 am
Center for the Arts - Monson Grand Tier III
Admission: Free.Big Band Showdown
Mon, Apr 2, 8:00
Admission: $12, $8, $5.
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 Mar 31
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 4
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3 Special Events Committee–Annex
Fri Apr 6
Craft and Conversation Club–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-1
Dr. Who Club–TA-3
Sat Apr 7
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 11
Tallwood Book Club–TA-2
Thu Apr 12
Reston Book Club–UCP
Fri Apr 13
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
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