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In the Spotlight

by Sylvia Manheim

Walking up the steps of the Human Services & Design building where OLLI is housed, entering the lobby of the building, one feels a sense of comfort and belonging to a group of like-minded men and women. They are all waiting to enter the classroom to enrich their lives with new and additional experiences. The sound of discussion, laughter, friendship, and camaraderie enriches the environment.
OLLI is constantly growing. There are six classes downtown, eight at Leisure World, one at the Jewish Community Center and 65 at CSULB. In addition to all the interesting and diverse courses, many special events were held during the session. Topics
included “Your Body Has a Voice,” “REIKI Share Gathering,” “Your Dreams,” “The International City Theatre,” “Lay of the Land - History of the LA Basin,” “The Feldenkrais Method,” “Brown Paper Press - Local Publishing” and “Children and the Court System.” How fortunate we all are to be students once again, looking forward to classes, new friends, new ideas and knowing we all have a wonderful experience ahead of us for the day.
The circle of life continues and it is sad to say, on January 17, David Lowe passed. He was one of the early volunteers that started our computer lab. He put in hundreds of hours to build the incredible situation we have today. Thank you, David. Other long-time members of Senior University/OLLI, Doris Littenberg, died on March 11. WeWe also lost Bill Mednick this past month; he will be missed .
Our best wishes go to our beloved Bill Fitzpatrick as he continues on the road to good health. We miss him in the classroom as well, and anticipate his return to teaching.
Unfortunately, there are students at CSULB who are hungry, but now there is help. A bin is available in the foyer to donate food to the Food Pantry and to students who are in need. Single serve items are preferred.
Here’s another easy idea to make life better. Instead of listening to the news, call up a special person and tell them you love them.

Editors Note: Did you know? Sylvia was 1 of 23 women honored at a Woman of Distinction awards ceremony hosted by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell. Her “Ability to Inspire Positive Change” award was given to her for her work in establishing the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center – Breast Center.

OLLI on Beach TV

by Rick Adams

Four members of OLLI @ CSULB were panelists for a program produced by University TV (UTV) on the topic “Challenges Facing Seniors Today.”
OLLI Executive Director, Dr. Barbara White moderated. Panelists included Malcolm Green (Past President), Karen McDonough (Curriculum Committee Co-Chair), Florence St. Peter (Tai Chi Instructor), and Martha Valenzuela (Office Volunteer). Topics ranged from entering into retirement and activities for positive aging (including membership in OLLI), to combating isolation, depression and changes with aging. You can catch the program on Beach TV and on YouTube. Or you might see these stars in the classroom at OLLI!