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OLLI on the Road

“Lunch with JFK”
March 15, 2018, our luxury coach with OLLI students aboard traveled to Orange County for our first stop, the Hacienda Restaurant, where we enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch.
A delightful courtyard setting added to the aroma of Mexican spices, the pleasant conversations, the clink of silverware and plates, a pleasant breeze and dappled sunlight.
We were soon off on the road again to the Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum,
another beautiful Spanish-designed complex nestled in Santa Ana, CA, to see the JFK Exhibit. The Bowers exhibit American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times celebrates the life, political career, and extraordinary vision of one of the country’s most admired and most charismatic presidents.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born May 29, 1917, and died November 22, 1963. Many of us were young students in school while he was President. The uniqueness of this exhibit was that it was not ancient history. It was our history.
We were reminded of his election, the cold war, “duck and cover” drills, Nikita Khrushchev, the Cuban missile crisis, and finally his tragic assassination, which left behind a
terrible void. But it was also about our lives and how we related to all of the events of that time.
Besides having a docent-guided tour, we were also given a 20 percent
discount on our purchases at the museum’s gift store. Other exhibits at the Bowers included Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley as well as Head Hunter art; pre-Colombian,
Mesoamerica, Native American art; the art of Asia, Africa and Oceania; and California plein-air painting.
At the end of our tour, as the luxury coach glided to the curb at CSULB, one could only think what a pleasant way to spend a special day.

Preventing Plastic Pollution


What you can do to keep your family and the planet healthy is debuting here at OLLI this summer, and it will change the way you view plastics in our environment. Be prepared to be inspired by the scientists, educators, and
real-life heroes of Algalita Marine
Research and Education
.
In the summer of 1997, Captain Charles Moore set sail from Hawaii, returning to Long Beach, California. He took a shortcut that lead him through the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre and to his discovery of a vast plastic soup that would soon be dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. His research into the properties of plastics and the threat to our environment led him to found Algalita.
In Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions, the
Algalita Team will review the history of “plastic pollution” and the impact it has upon our lives. They will present the underlying science behind the problem and highlight the latest solutions from around the world. You will leave the class understanding how you can “think global and act local” by supporting environmental change in your own lifestyle and around Long Beach. These experts will provide an eye-opening experience, which will include academic, local, and global resources.
In the effort to reduce plastic pollution, they will use videos and a hands-on local field trip to get a taste of what it is like to become a citizen
scientist. This is an opportunity to enrich your dialogue about all aspects of the “plastic
pollution.”
The LA Times article written about this “plastic plague” in our oceans and Moore’s role won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His 2009 Seas of Plastic TED Talk showcased his direct and humorous speaking style, which has captivated audiences for decades. Moore’s book, Plastic Ocean, co-authored with
Cassandra Phillips, won the 2012 Nautilus Gold Award for journalism.