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!​


OLLI NOTES

April 17, 2015

 

Summer registration begins Tuesday, May 5.  The summer 2015 Flyer is available on the website.   No paper copies will be mailed, but they will be available in the office late 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.

 

Council Highlights From Elaine: At the last Council meeting, approval was given for expenditures of up to $10,000 for the 2015 Straight Talk SC series, up to $2,900 for two additional microphones for the Crabtree Room and $5,248.46 for additional chairs for classrooms in the Herring Center. The Long Range Planning Committee recommends focusing on better use of the Herring Center by offering more Friday classes and more 3:15 classes.  The deadline for the next issue of Gray Matters is May 4.  Gary is collecting OLLI limericks for a future issue.  

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

There is room for YOU in the Bonus Event, Economics of Aging in America, SC, and Greenville on Friday, April 24, 9:30 a.m. at the Herring Center.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

ACM156 The Write Stuff will not meet on Thursday, April 23.  May 24 is the make-up date.

ACM199 Pop Jazz Vocal will not meet on Thursday, April 23.   A make-up day is TBD

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

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 21 – New Business Ideas for South Carolina presented by John Warner, the “Street Preacher for Innovation and Startups.”

 

Join OLLI friends for an afternoon of fun 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.

Interested in a SIG? Get a glimpse into what some of our OLLI SIGs are up to:

Out and About SIG will enjoy the GLT play, Don't Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell, on Thursday, April 23 at 8pm. Cost is $25. Please contact Sue Miller  for information.  The Out and About Singles SIG is a group of single OLLI members who enjoy movies, plays, festivals, and eating out together. Join us, make new friends, and help plan a calendar of fun. For further information contact: Susan Cooper or Carolyn Rice.

Th

e T’ai Chi SIG will not meet for the remainder of this term. 

A new Photography Showcase is being established in the Crabtree room of the Herring Center to highlight the work of OLLI photographers. The first exhibit will run from May 25-August 24. OLLI members who wish to participate should send name, title of artwork, email address, and digital copy (medium sized JPEG) of your art to furmanolliphoto@gmail.com. Submissions are due April 24. Guidelines can be picked up at the OLLI office.

Calling OLLI Authors - OLLI members are a diverse group of talented individuals and we like to showcase their creations.  We enjoy musical presentations; display photography, artwork and woodcarving; and sample delicacies of member-prepared cuisine.  Now we are beginning an initiative to showcase the published work of OLLI authors.  If you are (or know of) an OLLI member who has published their written work, please let Heidi Wright know so we can include that work in our future promotions.

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 presents The Threepenny Opera April 15-18 and 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.

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Clemson Graduate Students in Architecture and Health are interested in how older adults make decisions regarding where they live and how satisfied they are with their community and the features of their home. Help them out by giving your feedback on a survey with ten questions. Click this link to fill out the online survey.

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 Upstate Chapter of the Native Plant Society is having a spring native plant sale this Saturday, April 18, at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Rd. from 9 am to 1 pm.  Over 160 different species of plants.  Rain or Shine!

Chautauqua events! Decide if “Citizen Kane” is the greatest film of all time for yourself in the comfort of a large screen theater with an audience that loves to talk back to history. “Citizen Kane” Saturday, April 18 at 2pm Greenville Tech UT Bldg 104. Then discuss more about Orson Welles with George Frein who will perform as Orson Welles in June Festival. Orson Welles Discussion – Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm Hughes Main Library. Call 862-244-1499 or visit www.greenvillechautauqua.com.  Free!

 

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 19, 2 p.m., Greenville County Museum of Art; 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 all OLLI members to Meet Your Muslim Neighbor, Thursday, April 30, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. at the Upstate Islamic Center (1601 Clement Rd., Greer). RSVP by April 24 to meetmuslimneighbors@gmail.com.  The event will feature a number of stations, some of which address aspects of the Muslim faith, discussion of topics of interest while enjoying 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.​ 


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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