OLLI NOTES              May 1, 2015

 

Summer registration begins for EVERYONE on Tuesday, May 5 at 8 a.m.!  Make sure you go online this weekend to try out your USER NAME AND PASSWORD so that login will be smooth when you are ready to register. You can do this at our websiteIf you need assistance, please call or come by the OLLI office. Remember to pick up a brochure in the office, and a few more to share with friends and neighbors.  Summer is a great time to try OLLI for the first time.  Classes are just $30 and there is no membership requirement.

 

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate for Council openings to be voted on at the May 19 Spring Luncheon:  VP of Membership/President-Elect:  Margaret Clark; Members at Large:  Chris Efner and Rich Pouliot.  Additional nominations can be made from the floor at the Spring Luncheon.  Thank you to Steve Davis, VP/President Elect/Nominating Committee Chair and his committee for their work in putting this slate together, and thank you to the nominees who said “yes” when the committee asked!

 

Don’t forget to make your reservation by Friday, May 8! Celebrate another great year at OLLI at our annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 19 at the Younts Center.  Doors open at 11:30 for the beach themed party with music and dancing at 11:15 at the pavilion next door (cash bar available).   Enjoy a buffet lunch at noon including Crab Cakes or Marinated Grilled Chicken, Garden Salad, Fresh Fruit, Hop’n John over Rice and your choice of pie or cake for dessert.  Congratulate the Volunteer of the Year, elect new OLLI Council members, and visit with OLLI friends old and new. Dress is casual.  Space is limited to 250, so be sure to sign up in the OLLI office for just $15.  Please see Heidi Wright with dietary restrictions.

 

Wondering about results of the All-Member Survey?  Watch for a report in the May edition of Gray Matters.  In the meantime, Nancy Kennedy will address some of the questions raised in the comments section of the survey.  This week’s question:  “Have we already outgrown the Herring Center?”  Answer:  Not yet, and we won’t outgrow it for a while yet.  We may be busting at the seams at 10:45 on Tuesdays, but there is plenty of room in the 3:15 time slot each day, and we may also consider having more courses on Fridays.  The Curriculum Committee and OLLI staff are always looking at ways to maximize use of the Herring Center, and the Long Range Planning Committee recently studied use of the Herring Center and recommends more 3:15 classes and Friday classes.

 

Attention Mercedes Car Owners – Please check coat pockets and purses for an extra Mercedes key fob that has been separated from its owner.  We hope someone mistakenly picked up one that looked like theirs.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

PAH842 Chinese Cooking will not meet on May 5.  Class members should look for an e-mail re: make-up.

 

Members of the OLLI course Spoken Word Art Form will present A Spoken Word Showcase Wednesday, May 13, 10:30-10:45 in Manly Lobby.  Stop by and hear what you’ve been missing in this popular class.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

At Lunch and Learn Tuesdays, speakers from the community present a variety of interesting topics. Free and open to the public, 12:30-1:20 pm, HC110.  Bring your lunch and enjoy!  May 5 –The Swamp Rabbit Trail Expands with Ty Houck from Greenville County Recreation.

 

Showcasing OLLI Authors - Have you checked out member-published books in the OLLI Book Nook?  Did you know books are for sale at the front desk?  Cruising Through Life: A Memoir by Alice Latimer, Daughters of the Sea by Ellyn Bache, The Heart of a Child by Barbara Haile and the Furman Eats Cookbook. Come by and grab a good read!

 

On Wednesday, May 6, 12-2 pm, in Room HC005, the 3D Design and Printing SIG will demonstrate Assembly of Prosthetic Hands for those in need, which are printed with 3D Printers.  Drop by, view, participate, and invite your colleagues...you will be amazed!

OLLI members interested in traveling with fellow OLLI members (OLLI Travel SIG) are invited to come to an informational meeting Wednesday, May 6, 12:15, HC 113.  For more information, contact Betty Jo Shaw.

Interested in Jamming with your Ukulele, Guitar, or whatever?  Join the OLLI Summer Ukulele "Special Interest Group" on Tuesdays at 10am, HC110 June 2- 30.   Bring your lovely singing voice, instrument, music and stand.  We will set up in a circle and pass the mic.  If you are uncomfortable playing your own song, simply pass the mic and just play along with the others.  Come and get experience playing with other people.  Size of the SIG is limited so please make a reservation each week by email shelleykjohnson@gmail.com or phone 864-363-2014. Please give 24 hours’ notice if you plan to join us. Reservations closed at noon each Monday.  Looking forward to hearing your music.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman?

The Furman Senior Art Show, “One Screw Loose,” is now on display in the Roe Art Building, M-F, 9-5.

 

The Women’s Basketball Team is hosting their annual golf tournament fundraiser on Friday, May 8. Registration and lunch starts at 11am, and the shotgun start will be at 12am. It will be a 4 person best ball scramble. Contact Tim Gibson if you have any questions at 294-3445.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Chautauqua – Larry Bounds leads two Walt Disney events.  For kids and adults of all ages: Saturday May 2 at 2pm - Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney, a Chautauqua adventure. Larry brings a magician’s insight into the creative life of Disney.  Bring the grandkids. Then Tuesday May 5 at 7pm – Walt Disney, a Chautauqua Discussion. Both events at Hughes Main Library. Call 862-244-1499 or visit www.greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org.  Free!

 

The Warehouse Theatre presents Richard III through May 2 with Tony-award winning director Alexander Greenfield at the helm. Follow this link or call 235-6948 for more details on show times and ticket prices.

 

CAROLINA BRONZE—Enjoy the Spring Concert by Greenville's auditioned handbell ensemble on May 5, 7:30 p.m. at Furman’s Daniel Chapel.  OLLI member Sharon Howell has been ringing with the ensemble since it was organized in 2000.

Mill Town Players, a theatre company started by the son of OLLI member Mary Helen Ragland, will be presenting “Treasure Island” from April 24–May 9 at Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St., Pelzer.  For tickets order online at milltownplayers.org or call 864-947-8000.

Several OLLI members, including Bruce Schlein, Gordon Dohm, Ali Van Den Broek, Alan Weinberg, Midge Jones, and Brenda Hill, have had their art recognized in two juried shows at the Anderson Arts Center and the Pickens County Art and History Museum. Support your peers and go check out their artwork on display!

The Foothills Philharmonic will present their Annual Pops Concert on May 2 at 7:30pm. The concert will be held at the Greer First Baptist Church. Free!

The opening day of the Travelers Rest Farmers Market is Saturday, May 2, 9am-noon. The Travelers Rest Farmers Market hosts almost 50 vendors, and is the Upstate’s second largest Farmers Market! Come find freshly harvested vegetables, organic produce, rustic breads, Carolina Coast seafoods, goat cheeses, milk, eggs, honey, and prepared breakfast and lunch. The opening day will feature a Plant and Garden Fest with a host of plant vendors with so much variety to choose from.

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will present “Americana” on May 16 at 8pm and May 17 at 3pm. The grand finale of their series will present American music at its very best! Call 864-467-3000 for more details.

The South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association will be putting on a mock trial this year at the Greenville County Courthouse on May 22. They need volunteers to serve as jurors in this engaging opportunity. Contact Sandra Schultz for more information.

STOA, a national homeschool speech and debate organization, will meet May 16-23 for the National Speech and Debate Tournament held at Bob Jones University. They need of community judges to volunteer who could provide critical feedback for the students. No experience needed; training provided. Click here to register.​ 

OLLI NOTES              April 24, 2015

 

Summer registration begins Tuesday, May 5 at 8 a.m.!  The summer 2015 Flyer is available on the website along with a link to view course descriptions.  No paper copies will be mailed, but they will be available in the office next week.  Pick one up, and a few more to share with friends and neighbors.  Summer is a great time for people to try OLLI for the first time.  Classes are just $30 and there is no membership requirement.

 

Thanks to everyone who took the All-Member Survey in February.  The results are in and will be reported in the May issue of Gray Matters.  There will be an OLLI Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 30, 12:30-1:15 in HC110.  Come hear about survey results, and bring your questions for Council officers and staff.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

RPH921 Creative Meditation will not meet on Wednesday, April 29. 


OLLI HAPPENINGS

Get your electronic devices working like you need!  The Computer Technology Committee will provide a Computer/Tablet/Phone Help Desk for OLLI members on Wed., April 29, 11 am-2 pm, HC104 - First come, first served. Bring your device with you, and our experienced team will hopefully be of some help.  These sessions will offer help with “quick fix” problems.  Due to limited time, issues requiring lengthy attention will be directed for professional service.  Contact Dan Garvin.

 

On Tuesday, April 28, 9:00-3:30, the 3D Printing SIG will demonstrate the use of a 3D Printer in the Lobby of the Herring Center. Come by and see what it's all about!  They will also answer questions on their "Prosthetic Hand Project" in Public Schools.

 

Celebrate another great year at OLLI at our annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 19 at the Younts Center.  Doors open at 11:30 for the beach themed party with music and dancing at 11:15 on the pavilion next door (cash bar available).   Enjoy a buffet lunch at noon including Crab Cakes or Marinated Grilled Chicken, Garden Salad, Fresh Fruit, Hop’n John over Rice and your choice of pie or cake for dessert.  Congratulate the new Volunteer of the Year, elect new OLLI Council members, and visit with OLLI friends old and new. Dress is casual.  Sign up in the OLLI office for just $15.  Please see Heidi Wright with dietary restrictions.

 

At Lunch and Learn Tuesdays, speakers from the community present a variety of interesting topics. Free and open to the public, 12:30-1:20 pm, HC110.  Bring your lunch and enjoy!  April 28–Greenville’s Drinking Water: Still the Best in the US? with Philip Kilgore, Chair of the Greenville Water System.

 

Just a few tickets left!  Join OLLI friends at the Greenville Little Theatre. We have a limited number of tickets available for “Wild Thing” on Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m. Travel back to the 60's with an incredible local cast. Tickets are $21 and available in the OLLI office. After the play, we will dine at Roost at the Hyatt. Parking is available and it is just 5 minutes from the theater.  Sign up in the OLLI office.  Any GLT season ticket holders who would like to join the group for dinner should stop by the office to make a reservation.

 

Showcasing OLLI Authors - Have you checked out member-published books in the OLLI Book Nook?  Did you know books are for sale at the front desk?  Vickie Covington's just published memoir From Where I Sit, published books like Fran Scoville's Re-Creating Home, the "Jimmy BlueSquirrel" series by Roger Wheeler and Sharing A Life of Signifcance for Retirement by Jack Hansen and Jerry P. Haas. Come by and grab a good read.

 

OLLI members interested in traveling with fellow OLLI members (OLLI Travel SIG) are invited to come to an informational meeting Wednesday, May 6, 12:15, HC 113.  For more information, contact Betty Jo Shaw.

What’s GOING ON at Furman?

The Furman Senior Art Show, “One Screw Loose,” is now on display in the Roe Art Building, M-F, 9-5.

 

Between the ages of 65-80? Make $5 by helping students! The Furman Psychology department is running a study on perception of doctors through 4/29. The study takes approximately 30 minutes and can be conducted at your convenience, right here in the Herring Center. Contact furmanpsych@gmail.com to set up an appt.!

The Furman Theatre’s The Threepenny Opera continues April 22-25. Click on this link for show times and to order tickets ($10 for OLLI members). Identify yourself as a student when ordering your tickets.

 

The Military Science Department will host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Opening ceremony will be in the McAlister Auditorium, 10:30am, and campus walking route will begin at 11am. For more information, contact Annette Woods.

 

The Women’s Basketball Team is hosting their annual golf tournament fundraiser on Friday, May 8. Registration and lunch starts at 11am, and the shotgun start will be at 12am. It will be a 4 person best ball scramble. Contact Tim Gibson if you have any questions at 294-3445.

 

Check out student worker Laken Weaver at the Spring Oratorio TONIGHT at 8pm in McAlister Auditorium. Tickets are only $10 for seniors!

 

Attention Mercedes Car Owners – Please check coat pockets and purses for an extra Mercedes key fob that has been separated from its owner.   We hope someone mistakenly picked up one that looked like theirs.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

The Warehouse Theatre presents Richard III April 17-May 2 with Tony-award winning director Alexander Greenfield at the helm. Follow this link or call 235-6948 for more details on show times and ticket prices.


The GREENVILLE CHORALE presents its spring concert, “MUSIC’S POWER” at First Baptist Church, Greenville, on Sun., April 26, 3:00 p.m.  The program includes choral music by Bruckner, Lauridsen, Gorecki, Forrest, Moses Hogan, Mack Wilberg and others.  Discounted tickets for OLLI members are $24 and are available in the OLLI Office.  The Greenville Chorale is conducted by Olli instructor, Bing Vick.   

 

CAROLINA BRONZE--Spring Concerts by Greenville's auditioned handbell ensemble.  April 29, 6:30 p.m., Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Seneca; and May 5, 7:30 p.m., at Furman’s Daniel Chapel.  OLLI member Sharon Howell has been ringing with the ensemble since it was organized in 2000.

 

The Islamic Society of Greenville invites you to Meet Your Muslim Neighbor, 6:15-8:30 pm, Thur., April 30 at the Upstate Islamic Center (1601 Clement Rd., Greer). RSVP by April 24.  The event includes a number of stations addressing aspects of the Muslim faith, discussion of topics of interest, and homemade ethnic foods. 

Mill Town Players, a theatre company started by the son of OLLI member Mary Helen Ragland, will be presenting “Treasure Island” from April 24–May 9 at Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St., Pelzer.  For tickets order online at milltownplayers.org or call 864-947-8000.

Paris Mountain State Park is hosting its Annual Friends Day on Saturday, April 25, 11am-3pm. Admission is free on this day of celebration, though donations will be accepted. Enjoy children's activities, educational programs, free boat rides, music, food, and fun as a thank you to the community.

Several OLLI members, including Bruce Schlein, Gordon Dohm, Ali Van Den Broek, Alan Weinburg, Midge Jones, and Brenda Hill, have had their art recognized in two juried shows at the Anderson Arts Center and the Pickens County Art and History Museum. Support your peers and go check out their artwork on display!

The South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association will be putting on a mock trial this year at the Greenville County Courthouse on May 22. They need volunteers to serve as jurors in this engaging opportunity. Contact Sandra Schultz for more information.

STOA, a national homeschool speech and debate organization, will meet May 16-23 for the National Speech and Debate Tournament held at Bob Jones University. They need of community judges to volunteer who could provide critical feedback for the students. No experience needed; training provided. Click here to register.

The Foothills Philharmonic will be presenting their Annual Pops Concert on May 2 at 7:30pm. The concert will be held at the Greer First Baptist Church. Free!​



The OLLI Staff

Nancy Kennedy, Director (8:30-5)
Susan Rae, Assistant Director, Curriculum Support (8-4)
Pam Roberson, Instructor Support (8:00 - 4:30)
Heidi Wright, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager (8:30-1:30)

 

OLLI Student Workers
Kristin Farrar, Kelly Rae, and Laken Weaver

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