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In the Spotlight

by Sylvia Manheim

The years rush by so quickly. Here it is 2018, and I hope we are all in good health with friends and family and with a government and its people
focusing on peace and justice for all.
      No one celebrates the New Year quite like OLLI. Their whirlwind of courses and activities gave students the  opportunity to take advantage of classes taught by gifted instructors. Some of the classes for art lovers included Watercolor, Art History, Pencil Art, Acrylics, and we had our yearly art show to show work by OLLI’s gifted artists. For our sport lovers some of the classes were Bowling, Archery, and Yoga. It’s not a class, but OLLI member Jim Worsham leads Walk On Wednesday (WOW), which is open to the public and includes some OLLI members. They walk a few miles starting at Second Street and ending at Polly’s with bagels and coffee. For our music lovers we taught harmonica, ukulele, guitar, and recorder and had a gifted chorus along with gospel music and a lot more. We also had classes for movie lovers and inspired writers such as memoir writing, and we certainly did not leave out literature, play reading, and short story. We looked at architecture, the history of theater, Islam, universal ethics, investing, and current events. Keeping all in the family, we played games, worked crossword puzzles, and even gave advice for good relationships. For lovers of language we had beginning classes in Japanese and Chinese art.
The variety of classes not mentioned were equally exciting, so let us give an enormous applause to our volunteers and teachers who unselfishly gave us their time, energy, and expertise.

In addition to attending school, a number of our OLLI students participated in the Women’s March in L.A. and Santa Ana. We also had a campus fire drill which made us feel like we were back in grade school again - a much-needed reminder. What a wonderful rush. Once again OLLI has inspired members to get involved in their community, pursue their creative passions, and continue on their own personal journey of learning, which keeps them forever young in mind and spirit.
At this time in life, why not try the impossible? Have a wonderful session.

 

New Member Social

by Karin Covey


New Member Open House was held on Saturday, February 10. Attendees enjoyed the music of Marc Davidson, Richard Harris and Craig Lowe as they entered HSD Room 101 where they mingled with other OLLI members and met working group leaders and OLLI governing council officers.
Each attendee was provided an OLLI Bingo card and the winners were announced at the end of the event. Patti Bozoff, Esther Friedman, and Patrice Johnson each received a goodie bag full of everything OLLI (a mug, notepad and t-shirt!). The program introduced members to OLLI history and organization. We hope all left with a better idea of the benefits of joining.
The next New Member Orientation will be held on Saturday afternoon, August 11. These events are open to everyone – new or prospective members; members who were
unable to attend in the past or those who just want to meet and mingle and have a brownie or two.