It is hard to believe that winter is over and that spring is upon us with its beautiful colors and fragrances. Here are a few tidbits that have taken place at OLLI and CSULB during the last session.
Donna Cole, a curriculum committee member, has been active with an organization in South Orange County called the Discovery Eye Foundation (DEF). She was not only featured in an article published by the DEF, but she also arranged the OLLI winter special event about Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Here is the link to the article about Donna in the DEF publication: http://discoveryeye.org/blog/living-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration/
On Nov. 18th in the NFL class facilitated by Bob Cooney, the class participants had a SKYPE interview with a 10-year NFL pro, John Schmitt. It was a great experience for all.
Michelle Roberge, our Shakespeare instructor and Artistic Director for Carpenter Center, received the highest honor in the country for the landmark "Arts for Life" series.
The Woody Allen film class series, facilitated by Dr. Linda Carr, was an incredible success! Dr. Carr even decorated our Fred Masback and me in “Creativity Robes.” More students signed up than chairs were available; we need an even larger facility!
Congratulations to Grace Blankenship on her 80th birthday. She is a great help running around with the microphone so OLLI students can be heard airing their
opinions during class discussions.
Have a wonderful spring, enjoy the rebirth of the Earth and take that class you forgot to take last semester.
***Just a sidebar. We need passionate, volunteer instructors to pass their special knowledge on to the most interesting and enthusiastic students we've ever had!
Artists are coming to OLLI! In this class you will meet experienced and talented artists from the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach, who will explain their varied styles and technical details of their art. The group works with many different media, such as painting, sculpture and video. They also have a resident dance company that is directed by the chair of the Dance Department at Cypress College.
Students in this Meet the Long Beach Master Artists class will learn the process involved in the development of each project. After the class views slides or exhibits representing an artist’s work,
Karen Reside will coordinate the class at Pine Avenue. She has had a "lifelong love of the arts" and will also facilitate a second OLLI class entitled POV (Point of View).
In 2012, Karen and others, formed the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach, a non-profit organization with 800 members. The group operates an art gallery at 729 Pine Ave. When Karen was the administrator at the Museum of Science and Industry in LA, she worked closely with the museum curator to integrate art and science. Her passion for the arts is again manifested in the gallery where artists meet and work.
Join this class and reflect your own love of the arts. Meet the Masters, and enjoy the fruits of their labor.