The OLLI Johns and Janes got out of their jeans and dressed to the nines for the December 7th holiday party, where there were hours of entertainment and fun.
It was upbeat right from the start with the music of Robert Fields that kept all participants toe tapping. There were some wonderful dancers, among them Eva and Mike Meckna and Becky Low, who not only keeps things moving at the office, but also kept it moving on the parquet as well! Kristi Eaglehorse danced up a storm; she could not keep still and provided us with a terrific solo performance in pink shoes as well.
Also performing was a group called The Golden Sands, an all-female barbershop quartet, part of a larger group led by Lorna Katz. As the day of the party was on the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one of their renditions was "This Land is Your Land" to commemorate the day. Surprisingly, a familiar face among the Golden Sands performers was Barbara McClinton, our first OLLI Outreach Director, who was influential in the growth of our senior membership.
And then there is Janie Payan! She worked her magic at the Marriott with beautiful table settings, great food and terrific prizes for the raffle winners. How does she do it year after year?
Also in attendance were Sheila and Malcolm Green, Barbara White and Bill Fitzpatrick. They looked relaxed and happy. It was good to see them that way, as they are always so busy keeping OLLI moving along. Alan Rosen was everywhere with his camera ready too!
For those of you who did not attend, please make sure you do so next year, as you missed a day of fun and friendship.
LLI’s Current Events class is a forum in which various students share views on vital political issues. In 1998, when Senior University opened its doors, Ray Freedland led a class she called “90 minutes.” Ray’s goal was to stimulate people to probe beneath the surface of media “information” and to think independently. Until she moved to Arizona in 2004, the class continued without interruption. In 2009 Richard Butts led a similar class entitled “Political Policy for the Nation.”
The current “Current Events” class originated in 2008, with Gary Colboth and Richard Willner
alternating sessions. Gary had these restrictions for his class: no religion, sports events and celebrity gossip; otherwise, any topic was allowed. Gary became sole honcho in 2010, never missing a session until he retired last October. In the fall session, four volunteers kept the class alive: Naida Tushnet, Alan Burbin, Len Jacobson and Paulino Lim, all excellent facilitators. Carl Curtis, with help from James Espinosa, has volunteered to lead the class until we locate a clone of Gary.
The photo collage below is a sampling of Current Events instructors and class members over the years.