The OLLI Vocal Ensemble directed by talented music teacher Fran Harding, “rings out merrily” at many OLLI special events, notably the annual OLLI Art Show and holiday festivities. OLLI enthusiasts also enjoy reading articles and seeing photos featuring Fran and her ensemble in The SUN. Their magical vocals are often praised in The SUN, but now she wishes to encourage readers to sign up for her next class, which meets Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00 in Room 101!
Fran states that in the beginning it is important to listen as she vocalizes ways to have fun exploring and understanding voice control. She says, “Let’s try to feel the bright, lyrical, emotional energy of the song and hit the right note and then engage the listener.”
Fran will have you learning quality vocal techniques, as well as entering a room with confidence where the spotlight will beam on yet another memorable performance.
A native of Long Beach, Fran has enjoyed a successful musical career, not only as a professional music teacher, but also as a volunteer with many associations other than OLLI. The Musical Arts Club established funds that now assist the California Music Teachers Association of Long Beach. The funding supports presentations by the OLLI Vocal Ensemble and other gifted musicians who perform for senior audiences in Bixby Towers and Crofton Manor in Long Beach.
Fran participated for many summers as a teaching coach and fellow camper at Arrowbear Music Camp near Running Springs, in the San Bernardino Mountains. Just imagine hitting the trails and singing with an open, full heart, all the way up the hills to an elevated level of personal fulfillment!
For the past three years, we’ve had an out-of-date Windows operating system in the lab. While some in the computer world moved on to what turned out to be the less-than-popular Windows 8, the University decided to stick to Windows 7, which meant we did too. But the computer lab will be up-to-date soon.
Windows 10 will be coming to the lab’s computers, along with about four thousand others in the University community. We’re not sure when the operating system will be installed, but we look forward to the big day whenever it is.
In the meantime, if you have a computer that came with Windows 10 and you want to know how to use it or you have one that still uses Windows 8 and you want to upgrade it to Windows 10, OLLI can help. Wesley Peck, whom you see in the lab on Fridays and at Windows 8 classes, will teach the four-week class, Introduction to Windows 10. The new operating system is installed on only one of the lab computers. You may bring your laptop, if you have one, to class. You’ll learn how to upgrade to the new operating system, use the remodeled Start menu, find the new locations of old familiar functions, use Live Tiles, and explore the Microsoft Store and buy apps there.
You may have used Excel for some tasks at work, but now that you don’t go to the office anymore, this powerful calculating and organizing tool can still help you keep track of your life. Excel can create budgets of all kinds, manage finances, track projects, create calendars, develop home inventories, make professional-looking charts and graphs, and more. Gail Meredith, a long-time Boeing IT employee and now an OLLI instructor, will teach Using Microsoft Excel.