Summer will soon be here again: long beautiful days, the beach, plus planned or spur-of-the-moment getaways. A renewal of the mind and body can also be a result of taking summer-term classes and participating in all OLLI will be offering. It has been a busy time for OLLI this winter term. The classes went well with the usual large attendance at movie classes and courses on politics. The majority of the other classes were also well attended.
The Rail-Get-Away class got its students involved in travel. Carl Schiermeyer led class members on the Metro Line and Metro Link to Santa Barbara, downtown Los Angeles, Oceanside, Arizona and many other exciting places. The art show was extremely successful with great art, fun music and a superb enthusiastic audience. Though we all missed Betty Hutchens involvement, she surprised us and showed up with praise for the new organizers.
A number of our OLLI students volunteered for the Nutrition Lab, helping CSULB students use their newly learned skills regarding Body Mass Index (BMI) for older adults. We learned how overweight some of us are!
During winter term, OLLI had a series of special events that enhanced our curriculum. Long Beach Opera promoted Leonard Bernstein’s Candida and the world premiere of Tobin Stokes’ Fallujah. There was a screening of a new documentary, IKE: From warrior to President, 1942-1951, and a special event on the new book about the history of CSULB. OLLI members were amongst those who went to California Pizza Kitchen for “Pizza with a Purpose” fundraising in honor of Nohemi Gonzalez, a CSULB student in the design department who was killed in the Paris attack.
Registration for the spring term started on March 5th, and before the doors opened at 8:30 am there were 100 students standing in line to register. In total more than 200 eager OLLI members signed up that day for classes. The future looks bright for OLLI. We thank the volunteers who helped with registration: Karin Covey, Janie Payan, Grace Blankenship, Georgiana Fox, Debra Zimmerman, Claudia Kaneshiro, Kathy Winkenwerder, Janet Lipson, Barbara J. Smith and Liz Lopez too.
On March 3, 2016, The Grunion Gazette interviewed Jack Blecher and yours truly and then ran an article explaining the importance of OLLI for the members of our community.
An active member of OLLI for more than ten years, Alan Rosen has moved to Culver City. His presence and participation will be missed. Classes at the satellite locations, Leisure World and Pine Avenue, are doing well and continue to grow. Gratitude is due to the many volunteer instructors who give their time, energy, and talent in making OLLI successful.
Have a delicious summer!
Yoga for Oldies! You betcha!
When you learn that JeanMarie Van Dine is teaching Yoga at OLLI, you’ll want to join the class. She has successfully taught yoga to all kinds of individuals with and without health issues, even
people with M.S.
After 29 years as an English teacher, she
recently retired. She is married to a math teacher and has one son. So one day when she registered her mother for classes at OLLI, she thought we are the perfect group for learning yoga as a way to maintain and improve our physical wellbeing She asked about teaching and we are happy she did.
Jean Marie says the Yoga will improve your posture, circulation, balance, flexibility and safety. She will evaluate each person and assess their needs and goals. Noting whether a person has any physical problems, she will work individually with class members.
Jean Marie is a well-rounded person with many interests. She and her husband have seen 35 countries in as many years. She has studied voice, sings in a local choir and is a member of a poetry group.
And as she wisely mentioned to me “Now is the best time to invest in your life.”