Welcome back to a new year of interesting classes, familiar faces, and many new ones after a summer that I hope was filled with travel, new experiences, and time with family and friends. It would take many pages to cover where our members’ travels took them this summer, but as examples of those adventures, Dr. Barbara White, our Executive Director, flew to Finland to visit with her niece; Aida Porteneuve flew to Lebanon; Linda Palitz and Jan Berliner spent time in Israel; and yours truly went to NYC to roam the streets of Manhattan.
Lots of exciting classes were given at OLLI last spring and summer; we had over 900 students participate. We were exposed to the L.A. Opera as well as the Long Beach Opera where the students listened to magnificent opera followed by discussion. The movie classes were outstanding, and it appears that OLLI member are lovers of culture, music, art, theater, and politics. How fortunate we are to have these opportunities in the fall for lifelong learning.
Additional free lectures and activities that took place last semester included my speaking at the California Gerontology and Geriatric conference held in April in Long Beach; it was inspiring. Lee Gale Gruen was the featured speaker for this year’s Lori and Don Brault Successful Aging Lecture and gave a wonderful presentation on how to “Reinvent Yourself in Your Retirement Years” held at the Pointe at the Pyramid.
Kevin St. Clair gave an incredible lecture on the LB Opera production of Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. Maria Khani had a conversation with us on what it means to be a Syrian-American Muslim in the United States today, and Kathy Marshall gave a fun lecture For Men Only. We also enjoyed the class from Kim Steinhardt about Sea Otters. What wonderful creatures they are!
OLLI member Paula Prager’s art will be displayed at the Warehouse on Redondo Blvd. during August.
Fran Harding offered a summer OLLI chorus recital, and last but not least, OLLI observed Asteroid Day with a class held on Saturday, June 27, taught by Carl Curtis. Also a special thank you to Carl for his continued support as our technical director. Kudos to Inge Johnson, who produced a master bridge player in her class. Try Bridge on Fridays! Pine Ave. hosted a number of classes in the newly renovated classroom. Leisure World had five classes that were well
attended as usual.
Have a wonderful semester and do try a new class next session.
As life changes, artists change. They reflect or complain. The creative people are the visionaries . . . the historians of the society in which they live.
If this piques your interest, follow Shirle Gottlieb down that Yellow Brick Road and go to the plays, look at the art, listen to the music, and read the reviews.
After an introductory class to learn about the venues and calendar, Shirle‘s plan for a continuing discussion about the meaning and “purpose of art” will ensue. The class will visit museums, read reviews,
report on impressions, and voice their opinions of what they have seen.
Shirle is an Art and Theatre Critic, a reviewer, a lecturer, and an instructor. She is a member of L.A. Critics Assoc., Critics Circle, American Theatre Critics Assoc., and International Association of Art Critics.Traveling the Yellow Brick Road with Shirle sounds like an exciting and illuminating trip. Come for a stroll!