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September 16, 2016

What a great first week!    We are so glad to see everyone – all 1608 of you!  Because there are so many members, please remember to wear your nametag.  It makes meeting and greeting friends so much easier.  If you are new, we have made one for you.  If you are a returning member, please wear the nametag you already have.  If you need a new one, just let us know. Please check the nametag boxes.  If you have one in there but are already wearing one, bring the spare to the office so that we can recycle it.  Thanks!

 

Next Friday, September 23 is the last day to drop classes and receive a refund.  If you drop a class and switch to another, there is no fee. If you drop a class without replacing it, there is a $10 processing fee.

 

Check out the Fall 2016 edition of Gray Matters on our website.  Thanks to Gray Matters Editor Gary Aten!

 

OLLI@Furman is joining the Osher National Resource Center in a national survey of OLLI members.  The Osher Foundation and our own OLLI will benefit from your answers as we strive to provide fresh, engaging programming for all of you.  Please use this link and take a few minutes to respond to the survey.  Paper copies are available in the office if you prefer that method.  Thank you!

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

CEO432 Understanding the US Healthcare System will not meet Monday, September 19.

 

There is room for YOU in the following Bonus Events next Friday, September 23.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

Season Preview at The Warehouse Theatre, 10-11:30 a.m.

I agreed to What?  Contracts for Non-lawyers, 10-Noon

Greenville Woodworkers Guild, 10-11:30 a.m., offsite

A Discussion of the Differences Between Christianity and Islam, 1-3 p.m.

           

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Lunch and Learn Tuesdays, speakers from the community present a variety of interesting topics.  Free and open to the public, 12:30-1:20 p.m., HC110.  Bring your lunch and enjoy! September 20, Got Rhythm? Arterial Fibrillation: How it Can Be Controlled with cardiologist Dr. Peter Netzler.

 

Furman University Theatre Season Ticket Discount for OLLI members – The Furman Theatre offers OLLI members the opportunity to purchase a season pass at the student rate of $28 (all 4 productions) and the faculty/staff rate of $12 for individual productions. New this year, Season Ticket Holders will receive their own Season Code that will allow online seat selection any time of the year.  Visit the Furman Theatre website to purchase your season pass or individual tickets.  Call 294-2125 with questions.  In preparation for the first play, The Birthday Party, join Dr. Kristin Pressley, Furman alum and theater historian, for a pre-show talk on Tuesday, September 20 at 3:15 p.m. in the Crabtree Room.

 

Join other OLLI members who are interested in travel to discuss, share experiences and get answers and ideas in a casual social setting.  The Travel SIG is meeting tonight, at 4:30 pm on Fri., Sept 16 at the Clubhouse of The Ravines at Camellia, 101 Top Hat Circle, which is about a mile down Duncan Chapel Road from the Herring Center. Bring your adult beverage if you wish and summer trip photos to share on a thumb drive.

 

Celebrate a new school year with Breakfast in the Furman Dining Hall!  Join OLLI friends Wednesday,
Sept. 28, 8-10 a.m.
  Cost is just $5 for all-you-can-eat with your OLLI nametag.  Choices include made-to-order omelets, fruit, breads, eggs, bacon, coffee, juice, and much more.  Fix your plate and enjoy your meal in the Faculty Dining Room, reserved that morning just for us.  Thanks to Linda and Tom Nowlin for hosting!

 

Join OLLI friends, wear PURPLE and cheer on the Furman Volleyball Team!  Furman vs. Western Carolina Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at Alley Gym.  Discounted tickets available for just $3 in the OLLI office.  Before the game, bring your OLLI nametag and enjoy dinner at the Dining Hall.  Meet at 5:30 p.m. and join other OLLI members for a meal before the game. The team is off to a great start; let’s help them continue that success!

 

Mark your calendar and save the date!  Get ready for Cruisin’ with OLLI as we remember rock and roll, drive-ins, and hot wheels on Fri., Oct. 28, 2-5 p.m. at the Herring Center. Stay tuned for more information!

 

The Out and About Singles SIG will be attending the New Play Festival at Centre Stage later in September. Please contact Susan Cooper at smc66pa12@gmail.com for further details. This is a free event!

 

All levels of Spanish skill are welcome to join the Spanish Conversation SIG.  The group meets at 10:45 on Thursdays in downstairs conference room (HC003) to practice conversing.  In order to keep the conversation flowing, members are encouraged to bring news to share with the group such as details of a class they are taking, a picture about which they would like to expound, or a current topic in the news they would like to discuss.  Contact Merikay Pirrone at merikay58@gmail.com (note new e-mail address) with questions.

 

Order OLLI apparel today and get free shipping and free logos!  Purchase OLLI@Furman logo apparel through Lands End.  To view products go to: https://business.landsend.com/store/olli_furman/.  To order call 800.338.2000. (Our customer number is 4571176 and our logo code is 0979527; you’ll need these numbers if you call.)  Free shipping and free logos through September 16 (promo code: EMFLFS).   Standard logo colors are purple and white, however these can be customized through each order.  Usual lead time for delivery is 12-14 business days.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

LAST CHANCE to sign up to toad trip with OLLI to the National Story-telling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, October 8-9!  Two days of story-tellers, plus transportation, overnight-and-breakfast at the delightful General Morgan Inn, and some regional history en route delivered by trip leader Chumley Cope. $399 per person. Drop by the OLLI office to register.
Don’t miss the day trip with Chumley Cope and Dean Campbell on The Dark Corner and Green River Plantation Day Trip, Oct. 20! Enjoy this full day that will include stories on location that span early settlement, the Revolutionary War, moonshine-making and significant residents of the area, lunch at Green River Plantation and a tour of the historic Plantation House. Reserve your spot in the OLLI office!

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

Support our student worker, Laken Weaver as she performs in the Furman University Pauper Player’s production of Seussical: The Musical on Sept. 22 @ 6:30pm, Sept. 23 @ 6:30pm, and Sept. 24 @ 2pm and 6:30pm in McAlister Auditorium. Ticket information will be coming soon!

 

The Riley Institute at Furman presents “Trump, Hillary, and the Constitution” on Constitution Day 2016, Sept. 22, 4-5p.m. in the Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center (above the bookstore).  Free.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

New Play Festival at Centre Stage SC, Sept. 25-29. Talkback sessions with the playwright-in-residence, festival playwrights, actors and audience members take place immediately following the readings, making the festival a rare opportunity for playgoers to participate in the creative process. Free. Learn more here.

 

The Piedmont Woodcarvers present their annual show Sept. 17-18 at the Senior Center 301 West Curtis St Simpsonville. The theme this year is “Christmas.” What a great way to see many hand carved Christmas items, from our own OLLI carvers as well as others. Hours are 12-6 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.  $2 Admission.

 

The Greenville Chorale, conducted by Dr. Bingham Vick, Jr., announces the 2016-17 season.  The Chorale begins with “Jewish Musical Moments” celebrating the work of two great composers Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) by Ernest Bloch and Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein.  The Chorale will ring in the holiday season with 10thAnniversary of Christmas with the Chorale, featuring season favorites along with the always-popular sing-along.  The Chorale is honored to have the support of Sarah and Gordon Herring with the Winter Concert performed by the Herring Chamber Ensemble featuring “The World Beloved – A Bluegrass Mass” by Carol Barnett.  The Chorale will end the season with “A Slice of American Pie.”  This will be a program of pure Americana, including new settings of traditional folk tunes by Dan Forrest; songs from the old Southern tradition; and an enjoyable walk through the “Great American Song Book.” Enjoy a discount of 10% off Season Tickets in September. For tickets or information, call 864-467-3000 or visit the Chorale website.

September 9, 2016

Welcome Back! We can’t wait to see you! Classes begin on Monday, September 12 unless otherwise noted below. Parking stickers will be available at your first class and should be displayed in the lower right hand corner of your back windshield. Please wear your nametag, and let us know if you need a new one, and please check the Lost and Found when you come to class–we have quite a collection of items.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please note the following room changes:

HIS622 9 Weeks in China will meet in HC004

ACM190 Beginning Ukulele will meet in HC104

ACM177 At the Movies with John Ford Part 1 will meet in HC111

HIS689 Shakespeare’s Problem Plays will meet in HC005

HIS613 The African Experience III will meet in HC102

ACM121 Broadway Musicals will meet in HC110

 

Please note the following classes will begin meeting the second week of the term:

BEF215 Investing 101 will begin Tuesday, September 20.

ACM128 Shakespeare’s Problem Plays will begin Tuesday, September 20.

BEF215 Investing 101 will begin Tuesday, September 20.

PAH833 Beginning American Mah Jongg Demystified will begin Wednesday, September 21.

PPG1365 Living Confidently will begin Thursday, September 22.

PAH806 Baskets for the Home will begin Friday, September 23.

 

BTE1157 Greenville County Guardian ad Litem Program has been cancelled for this term.

 

Now that everyone has had a chance to register, you can add more Bonus Events to your calendar!  There is room for you in the following Bonus Events.  Call or stop by the OLLI Office to sign up.

 

BTE1167 AARP Safe Driving Class, September 16, 9:30 a.m., $15 AARP members, $20 all others

BTE1144 Upstate Warrior Solution, September 16, 1 p.m.

 

Hop on the bus for BTE1113 SC Technology & Aviation Center on Friday, Sept. 16, at 9:15 a.m. Don’t miss this chance to visit the Donaldson Air Base and learn more about Project Green – a join economic development initiative between CU-ICAR and SC TAC to create a national center for clean transportation and advanced vehicle communications. Then enjoy a bus tour of the entire site! Event fee $15.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Lunch and Learn Tuesdays, speakers from the community present a variety of interesting topics.  Free and open to the public, 12:30-1:20 p.m., HC110.  Bring your lunch and enjoy! September 13, Greenville’s Amazing Abundance of Live Theater with Paul Hyde, Greenville News and Jason Johnson, Warehouse Theatre.

 

Celebrate a new school year with Breakfast in the Furman Dining Hall!  Join OLLI friends Wednesday,
Sept. 28, 8-10 a.m.
  Cost is just $5 for all-you-can-eat with your OLLI nametag.  Choices include made-to-order omelets, fruit, breads, eggs, bacon, coffee, juice, and much more.  Fix your plate and enjoy your meal in the Faculty Dining Room, reserved that morning just for us.  Thanks to Linda and Tom Nowlin for hosting!

 

Join OLLI friends, wear PURPLE and cheer on the Furman Volleyball Team!  Furman vs. Western Carolina on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. at Alley Gymnasium.  Discounted tickets are available for just $3 in the OLLI office.  Before the game, bring your OLLI nametag and we will have dinner at the Dining Hall.  Meet at 5:30 p.m. and join other OLLI members for a meal before the game. The team is off to a great start; let’s help them continue that success!

 

Mark your calendar and save the date!  Get ready to Cruise In with OLLI and remember times of rock and roll music, drive-in food and hot wheels on Friday, October 28 from 2-5 at the Herring Center. Watch OLLI Notes for more information!

Join other OLLI members who are interested in travel to discuss, share experiences and get answers and ideas in a casual social setting.  The Travel SIG is meeting at 4:30 pm on Fri., Sept 16 at the Clubhouse of The Ravines at Camellia, 101 Top Hat Circle, which is about a mile down Duncan Chapel Road from the Herring Center. Bring your adult beverage if you wish.  Also for those of you who traveled over the summer, you might bring some photos to share on a thumb drive that we could display on the television.

 

All levels of Spanish skill are welcome to join the Spanish Conversation SIG.  The group meets at 10:45 on Thursdays in downstairs conference room (HC003) to practice conversing.  In order to keep the conversation flowing, members are encouraged to bring news to share with the group such as details of a class they are taking, a picture about which they would like to expound, or a current topic in the news they would like to discuss.  Contact Merikay Pirrone at merikay58@gmail.com (note new e-mail address) with questions.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

Furman’s Department of Music will host a concert featuring Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall. The concert is presented by the Furman University Partners in the Arts initiative funded generously by the Duke Endowment. Free and open to the public!

 

Support our student worker, Laken Weaver as she performs in the Furman University Pauper Player’s production of Seussical: The Musical on Sept. 22 @ 6:30pm, Sept. 23 @ 6:30pm, and Sept. 24 @ 2pm and 6:30pm in McAlister Auditorium. Ticket information will be coming soon!

 

The Riley Institute at Furman presents “Trump, Hillary, and the Constitution” on Constitution Day 2016, Sept. 22, 4-5p.m. in the Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center (above the bookstore).  Free.

 

Furman University Theatre Season Ticket Discount for OLLI members – The Furman Theatre is very generous in offering OLLI members the opportunity to purchase a season pass at the student rate of $28 (all 4 productions) and the faculty/staff rate of $12 for individual productions. New this year, Season Ticket Holders will receive their own Season Code that will allow online seat selection any time of the year.  Visit the Furman Theatre website to purchase your season pass or individual tickets.  Call 294-2125 with questions.

 

Want to be among the first to hear about the Furman Music Dept. events?  To sign up receive music department event e-mails visit the music calendar page and select subscribe.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

Mill Town Players presents “Always… Patsy Cline.”  The musical play runs Sept. 9–Oct. 10 and is filled with down home country humor, true emotion, and Cline’s fabulous hit songs. Order tickets here, call 947-8000, or buy tickets at the box office of the Historic Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St., Pelzer. SC 29669.

 

Centre Stage presents Is He Dead?, a comedy by Mark Twain, Sept. 8-24.  Tickets are $15-$35 at the box office or on the website.  If you are looking for something a bit more serious, check out Centre Stage’s presentation of The Volunteer, Sept. 13- 21.  Tickets for this show are $10-$15 and can be purchased here.

 

OLLI members are invited to join the Thunderbird Square Dance Club of Greenville for an Intro to Square Dance! See what square dancing is all about on Mon., Sept. 12 or Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at Landmark Hall. (156 Landmark Drive, Taylors).  No dancing experience needed and admission is free.  Call 244-3960 with questions. As the old saying goes… “Square Dancing is friendship set to music.”

 

The Greenville Chorale, conducted by Dr. Bingham Vick, Jr., announces the 2016-17 season.  The Chorale begins with “Jewish Musical Moments” celebrating the work of two great composers Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) by Ernest Bloch and Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein.  The Chorale will ring in the holiday season with 10thAnniversary of Christmas with the Chorale, featuring season favorites along with the always-popular sing-along.  The Chorale is honored to have the support of Sarah and Gordon Herring with the Winter Concert performed by the Herring Chamber Ensemble featuring “The World Beloved – A Bluegrass Mass” by Carol Barnett.  The Chorale will end the season with “A Slice of American Pie.”  This will be a program of pure Americana, including new settings of traditional folk tunes by Dan Forrest; songs from the old Southern tradition; and an enjoyable walk through the “Great American Song Book.” Enjoy a discount of 10% off Season Tickets in September. For tickets or information, call 864-467-3000 or visit the Chorale website.

 

The Piedmont Woodcarvers present their annual show Sept. 17-18 at the Senior Center 301 West Curtis St Simpsonville. The theme this year is “Christmas.” What a great way to see many hand carved Christmas items, from our own OLLI carvers as well as other local and regional carvers. The hours are 12-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $2.

September 2, 2016

The OLLI Office will be closed Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday.  We hope you enjoy the last weekend of summer.  Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 and the telephone number is 864.294.2998.

 

Join us for Back to OLLI on Thursday, Sept. 8, 3-4:30 in Manly Lobby at the Herring Center.  New member Orientation begins at 2:30 p.m.   You may purchase lanyards and OLLI mugs, pick up your name tag (if you don’t have one already) and parking sticker, meet and reunite with your OLLI friends, and enjoy refreshments. Also, make sure you check out the OLLI Photography Showcase in the Crabtree Room and meet Furman’s new Provost, Dr. George Shields.  Don’t miss the fun!

 

Fall Registration continues! Please refer to your confirmation e-mail and note the “class status” for the courses for which you registered (registered, registered not paid, waitlist). If you have questions regarding your confirmation, we invite you to call the OLLI office at 294-2998.

 

**All OLLI members will receive parking passes at Back to OLLI or your first class along with nametags for new members.  There is no need to make a special trip to the office for your nametag or parking sticker.  Returning OLLI members, please use the nametag you already have.**

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please note the following class will begin meeting the second week of the term:

BEF215 Investing 101 will begin Tuesday, September 20.

 

There is room for you in the following Bonus Events!

Hop on the bus for the SC Technology & Aviation Center bonus event scheduled for Fri., Sept. 16, at 9:15 a.m. Don’t miss this chance to visit the Donaldson Air Base and learn more about Project Green – a join economic development initiative between CU-ICAR and SC TAC to create a national center for clean transportation and advanced vehicle communications. You will then have a bus tour of the entire site! Event fee is $15. Call or stop by OLLI Office to sign up by Wednesday, Sept. 7!

 

You won’t want to miss the Upstate Warrior Solution bonus event as we hear from Executive Director, Charlie Hall and several of our local warriors.  Learn about local programming, namely their Warrior Fellowship Academy for disabled Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.  Stop by the OLLI Office or call to sign up!

 

Some of our classes have filled, but there is room for YOU in many others, including:

Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System, Mondays, 9 a.m.

Furman Athletics, Mondays, 9 a.m.                         Shakespeare’s Problem Plays, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

Carolina Cozies, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.                           Investing 101, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

Down Home Breakfast, Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.       Jazz at Mid-20th Century, Thursdays, 3:15 p.m.

Postmodern American Poetry, Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Attention OLLI members! Please consider becoming a class liaison. No experience is required and it’s a wonderful way to assist our wonderful instructors and get to know other OLLI members. A training session will be offered on Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m., HC111.  Please contact Pam Roberson to let her know that you are willing.

 

The Current Events, Curriculum Subcommittee, the group that brought you The American Political ProcessChina-2016– and 2015—World in Crisis? is looking for two new members. Consider joining Viktor Hanuska, Tim Henry, Pat Hicks, and Dan Kappel and have some fun.  They do!  Please see Heidi Wright if you would like to additional information and at the same time support your OLLI at Furman Program.

 

The Classic Car SIG will have an open meeting for anyone interested and existing members in HC105 from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.  Come and share car stories of your summer and expectations for the coming year.

 

Join other OLLI members who are interested in travel to discuss, share experiences and get answers and ideas in a casual social setting.  The Travel SIG is meeting at 4:30 pm on Fri., Sept 16 at the Clubhouse of The Ravines at Camellia, 101 Top Hat Circle, which is about a mile down Duncan Chapel Road from the Herring Center. Bring your adult beverage if you wish.  Also for those of you who traveled over the summer, you might bring some photos to share on a thumb drive that we could display on the television.

 

The Swamp Rabbit Knitters have a new time!  All OLLI knitters are invited to join members of this SIG on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. in front of the fireplace before and during the Fall term.  Bring any handwork or project you like.  Questions? Contact Gail Kirby.

 

The Bowling SIG will once again be rolling their bowling balls in the OLLI Fall Bowling League at AMF Star Lanes (740 Pleasantburg Dr.). The league will begin Monday, Sept. 12 and run 10 weeks. Practice starts at 12:45 p.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m. with the first week serving as an organizational meeting. Cost is $10 and bowlers of all levels are welcome! You may sign up as an individual or as a team of three. Contact Mike Halloran with questions or to sign up.

 

The OLLI @ Furman Fall term Baiden Wall Exhibit will be September 12 – October 28, 2016. The exhibit will feature works from those who participated in the following Painting and Drawing classes; Acrylic Painting, Basic Watercolor, Zentangle, Chinese Painting, Pen & Ink, Portraits in Watercolor, Watercolor in Motion, and Commercial Oil Portraits. OLLI members and instructors may submit one or two works. All artwork must be framed and ready to hang with wire attached. NO saw tooth hangers please. Submission dates are August 22 to September 7. Entry forms will be available beginning in August in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Sandy Roback at sroback0329@yahoo.com or call 879-6783.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

The Furman University Department of Music presents acclaimed organist Nathan Laube on Tues., Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel.  The recital is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Hartness Organ Series and the 2016-2017 Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $10 for seniors and can be purchased on the website or by calling the Department of Music at (864) 294-2086.

 

Furman’s Department of Music will host a concert featuring Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall. The concert is presented by the Furman University Partners in the Arts initiative funded generously by the Duke Endowment. Free and open to the public!

 

Furman University Theatre Season Ticket Discount for OLLI members – The Furman Theatre is very generous in offering OLLI members the opportunity to purchase a season pass at the student rate of $28 (all 4 productions) and the faculty/staff rate of $12 for individual productions. New this year, Season Ticket Holders will receive their own Season Code that will allow online seat selection any time of the year.  Visit the Furman Theatre website to purchase your season pass or individual tickets.  Call 294-2125 with questions.

 

Want to be among the first to hear about the Furman Music Dept. events?  To sign up receive music department event e-mails visit the music calendar page and select subscribe.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

Mill Town Players presents “Always… Patsy Cline.”  The musical play runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 10 and is filled with down home country humor, true emotion, and Cline’s fabulous hit songs. The live band will feature Larry Rockwell. Order tickets here or call 947-8000 and leave a message. You can also buy tickets at the box office of the Historic Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St., Pelzer. SC 29669.

 

Centre Stage presents Is He Dead?, a comedy by Mark Twain, Sept. 8-24.  Tickets are $15-$35 at the box office or on the website.  If you are looking for something a bit more serious, check out Centre Stage’s presentation of The Volunteer, Sept. 13- 21.  Tickets for this show are $10-$15 and can be purchased here.

 

All OLLI members are invited to join the Thunderbird Square Dance Club of Greenville for an Intro to Square Dance! See what square dancing is all about on Mon., Sept. 12 or Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at Landmark Hall. (156 Landmark Drive, Taylors).  No dancing experience needed and admission is free.  Call 244-3960 with questions. As the old saying goes… “Square Dancing is friendship set to music.”

August 26, 2016

The OLLI Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30.  Our telephone number is 864-294-2998.

 

Fall registration continues! We sincerely hope registration went well and we appreciate your patience as we worked through a few glitches. Please refer to your confirmation e-mail and note the “class status” for the courses for which you registered (registered, registered not paid, waitlist). For anyone showing a “registered not paid” status, you are registered for the course.  (You may have been “waitlisted” for a course and we have a check we cannot deposit until you get into the course or you are mailing us payment.)

 

**If you are on a waitlist, please know that we are working on those.  Any time we can let more people into a class, we do.  It all depends on space in the room, instructor preference, and/or whether we can move to a different room.  You will get a call from the office if a space opens up for you.**

 

If you are brand-new member, we will make a nametag for you, which you can pick up at the New Member Orientation OR at your first class.  The same is true for parking passes.  All OLLI members will receive parking passes at Back to OLLI or your first class.  There is no need to make a special trip to the office for your nametag or parking sticker.  Returning OLLI members, please use the nametag you already have.

 

Join us for Back to OLLI on Thursday, Sept. 8, 3-4:30 in Manly Lobby at the Herring Center.  New member Orientation begins at 2:30 p.m.   You may purchase lanyards and OLLI mugs, pick up your name tag and parking sticker, meet and reunite with your OLLI friends, and enjoy refreshments. Also, make sure you check out the OLLI Photography Showcase in the Crabtree Room and meet Furman’s new Provost, Dr. George Shields.  Don’t miss the fun!

 

Stop by the office to pick up OLLI Brochures to share with friends, neighbors and at spots around town. YOU are our best advertisement.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please note the following class will begin meeting the second week of the term:

BEF215 Investing 101 will begin Tuesday, September 20

 

Some of our classes have filled, but there is room for YOU in many others, including:

Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System, Mondays, 9 a.m.

Furman Athletics, Mondays, 9 a.m.

Carolina Cozies, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

Investing 101, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

Shakespeare’s Problem Plays, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

Down Home Breakfast, Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.

Jazz at Mid-20th Century, Thursdays, 3:15 p.m.

Postmodern American Poetry, Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Attention all OLLI members! Please consider becoming a class liaison. No experience is required and it’s a wonderful way to assist our wonderful instructors and get to know other OLLI members. A training session will be offered on Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m., HC111.  Please contact Pam Roberson to let her know that you are willing.

 

The Classic Car SIG will have an open meeting for anyone interested and existing members in HC105 from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.  Come and share car stories of your summer and expectations for the coming year.

 

Join other OLLI members who are interested in travel to discuss, share experiences and get answers and ideas in a casual social setting.  The Travel SIG is meeting at 4:30 pm on Fri., Sept 16 at the Clubhouse of The Ravines at Camellia, 101 Top Hat Circle, which is about a mile down Duncan Chapel Road from the Herring Center. Bring your adult beverage if you wish.  Also for those of you who traveled over the summer, you might bring some photos to share on a thumb drive that we could display on the television.

 

The Swamp Rabbit Knitters have a new time!  All OLLI knitters are invited to join members of this SIG on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. in front of the fireplace before and during the Fall term.  Bring any handwork or project you like.  Questions? Contact Gail Kirby.

 

The Bowling SIG will once again be rolling their bowling balls in the OLLI Fall Bowling League at AMF Star Lanes (740 Pleasantburg Dr.). The league will begin Monday, Sept. 12 and run 10 weeks. Practice starts at 12:45 p.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m. with the first week serving as an organizational meeting. Cost is $10 and bowlers of all levels are welcome! You may sign up as an individual or as a team of three. Contact Mike Halloran with questions or to sign up.

 

The OLLI @ Furman Fall term Baiden Wall Exhibit will be September 12 – October 28, 2016. The exhibit will feature works from those who participated in the following Painting and Drawing classes; Acrylic Painting, Basic Watercolor, Zentangle, Chinese Painting, Pen & Ink, Portraits in Watercolor, Watercolor in Motion, and Commercial Oil Portraits. OLLI members and instructors may submit one or two works. All artwork must be framed and ready to hang with wire attached. NO saw tooth hangers please. Submission dates are August 22 to September 7. Entry forms will be available beginning in August in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Sandy Roback at sroback0329@yahoo.com or call 879-6783.

 

Road trip with OLLI to the National Story-telling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, October 8-9!  Two days of story-tellers, plus transportation, overnight-and-breakfast at the delightful General Morgan Inn, and some regional history en route delivered by trip leader Chumley Cope. Drop by the OLLI office to register.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

Furman students are looking for volunteers for a class project!  Students enrolled in an Adulthood and Aging course are looking to meet with OLLI members for informal conversations a few times during the semester.  The conversations will touch on topics such as, life histories, physical and health related changes, cognitive change, social relationships, caregiving and/or end of life issues.   If you are interested in volunteering to meet with a student during the semester, please contact Dr. Michelle Horhota 864-294-3167 or michelle.horhota@furman.edu.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

Enjoy Buy One Get One Free admission at the Bob Jones Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green today (Friday) or Saturday, August 27!  To plan your visit, check out the website.

 

Clemson University’s Science on Tap will meet this Tuesday, August 30, as Dr. Dave Tonkyn discusses the efforts of the Tigers for Tigers group to conserve tigers in their natural habitats. The talk will start at 6:30 at Coffee Underground (1 E Coffee St., Downtown Greenville.) Science on Tap is free and open to all ages. For more information, please visit the website.

 

Mill Town Players presents “Always… Patsy Cline.”  The musical play runs from Sept. 9 – Oct. 10 and is filled with down home country humor, true emotion, and Cline’s fabulous hit songs. The live band will feature Larry Rockwell. To order tickets, go to www.milltownplayers.org or call 947-8000 and leave a message. You can also buy tickets at the box office of the Historic Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St., Pelzer. SC 29669. The Mill Town Players mission is to provide you with live, affordable, and quality entertainment.

 

Centre Stage presents Is He Dead?, a comedy by Mark Twain, Sept. 8- Sept. 24.  Tickets range from $15-$35 and can be purchased at the box office or on the website.  And if that is not enough or if you are looking for something a bit more serious, check out Centre Stage’s presentation of The Volunteer, Sept. 13- 21.  Tickets for this show range from $10-$15.  The Volunteer tickets can be purchased here.

 

All OLLI members are invited to join the Thunderbird Square Dance Club of Greenville for an Intro to Square Dance! See what square dancing is all about on Mon., Sept. 12 or Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at Landmark Hall. (156 Landmark Drive, Taylors).  No dancing experience needed and admission is free.  Call 244-3960 with questions. As the old saying goes… “Square Dancing is friendship set to music.”

 

 

August 19, 2016

The OLLI Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30.  Our telephone number is 864-294-2998.

 

Fall registration continues! We sincerely hope registration went well for all of those who registered this week and we appreciate your patience as we worked through a few glitches. Please refer to your confirmation e-mail and note the “class status” for the courses for which you registered (registered, registered not paid, waitlist). For anyone showing a “registered not paid” status, you are registered for the course.  (You may have been “waitlisted” for a course and we have a check we cannot deposit until you get into the course or you are mailing us payment.)

 

**If you are on a waitlist, please know that we are working on those.  Any time we can let more people into a class, we do.  It all depends on space in the room, instructor preference, and/or whether we can move to a different room.  You will get a call from the office if a space opens up for you.**

 

If you are brand-new member, we will make a nametag for you, which you can pick up at the New Member Orientation OR at your first class.  The same is true for parking passes.  All OLLI members will receive parking passes at Back to OLLI or your first class.  There is no need to make a special trip out to the office for your nametag or parking sticker.  Returning OLLI members, please use the nametag you already have.

 

In order to ensure that all of our members can enjoy our free Friday bonus events, members can only sign up for TWO bonus trips or events during the initial registration period.  Throughout the term, we will publish bonus trip and event openings each week in OLLI Notes; at that point, all members will be eligible to sign up.

 

Stop by the office to pick up OLLI Brochures to share with friends, neighbors and at spots around town. YOU are our best advertisement.

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

Social Committee                  Monday, August 22   10 a.m.                        HC103

OLLI Council                          Friday, August 26      10 a.m.                        HC102

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

 

Ce semestre le SIG français deviendra un club du livre. Nous lirons un livre français et l’utiliserons comme point de départ pour notre discussion.  Nous commencerons avec “Le Chien Jaune,” un livre de Georges Simenon. Vous pouvez acheter l’édition français en ligne à Amazon. Nous accueillerons les personnes qui ont des notions de français, parlé ou écrit. Le SIG se réunira le mardi au centre Herring de  12:20 de 13:20, salle 105.

 

The Bowling SIG will once again be rolling their bowling balls in the OLLI Fall Bowling League at AMF Star Lanes (740 Pleasantburg Dr.). The league will begin Monday, Sept. 12 and run 10 weeks. Practice starts at 12:45 p.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m. with the first week serving as an organizational meeting. Cost is $10 and bowlers of all levels are welcome! You may sign up as an individual or as a team of three. Contact Mike Halloran with questions or to sign up.

 

The OLLI @ Furman Fall term Baiden Wall Exhibit will be September 12 – October 28, 2016. The exhibit will feature works from those who participated in the following Painting and Drawing classes; Acrylic Painting, Basic Watercolor, Zentangle, Chinese Painting, Pen & Ink, Portraits in Watercolor, Watercolor in Motion, and Commercial Oil Portraits. OLLI members and instructors may submit one or two works. All artwork must be framed and ready to hang with wire attached. NO saw tooth hangers please. Submission dates are August 22 to September 7. Entry forms will be available beginning in August in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Sandy Roback at sroback0329@yahoo.com or call 879-6783.

 

Road trip with OLLI to the National Story-telling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, October 8-9!  Two days of story-tellers, plus transportation, overnight-and-breakfast at the delightful General Morgan Inn, and some regional history en route delivered by trip leader Chumley Cope. Drop by the OLLI office to register.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

 

Spirit of ’45 Upstate:  Sunday, August 14 at Younts Conference Center at Furman.  2 p.m. exhibits, 3 p.m. celebration of the end of WWII on August 14, 1945.  Sponsored by the Travelers Rest Historical Society.  Visit www.travelersresthistoricalsociety.org for more details.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

 

The Japan American Association of South Carolina invites you to the Bon Dance Festival on Saturday, August 20, 12:30 -4:30 p.m. at McAlister Square (225 Pleasantburg Dr.)  Admission is Free. Visit the website for more information.

 

Take a break from the heat at the Upcountry History Museum!  Enjoy classic films and documentaries at the museum’s theater.  Monday Matinees are on Mondays at 2 p.m. and are free to museum members, and free with museum admission.  Drinks and snacks will be for sale.  August 22, Edison:  the Father of Invention, in honor of the soon-to-open Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, “Things Come Apart.”

 

Dr. Barry Schneider, former Director of the Counterproliferation Center, will present two lectures as part of a series entitled Preventing a Nuclear Catastrophe at North Anderson Community Church in Anderson (4200 Liberty Hwy.).  “Dealing with Adversary Nuclear Threats” will be on August 24, 7 p.m. and “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Good or Bad Idea” will be held August 25, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public. Questions? Call Diane at 864-226-4529.

 

 

August 12, 2016

Fall registration starts this Tuesday, August 16 at 8 a.m. for Course Package Holders and Thursday, August 18 at 8 a.m. for single course purchases.
Our online registration system is currently undergoing upgrades to enhance credit card security features.  For this reason, online pre-registration will not be possible for this term.  Everything will be up and running at 8 a.m. Tuesday, though, and you can purchase your annual membership and any course packages during the actual registration periods.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but are glad the system is being upgraded for your protection.

 

Hints for Computer registration – (www.furman.edu/olli)

Click on “Register Now!” and enter your user name and password.  Your shopping cart will be empty, and you begin shopping by clicking on the grey box stating, “Return to course catalog page.”   If the OLLI office assigned your user name, it will be Firstname.Lastname.  (If you changed it, or assigned it when creating your account, it may be something different.)  Please be reminded that Fall registration requires you to first place the Annual Membership into your cart.  Then proceed by adding your package selection (if applicable on August 16). Next, you will be able to select your classes and bonus events to add them to your cart. If registering for single courses (August 18), you will begin by adding your Annual Membership and then go straight to selecting your classes and bonus events.

 

In order to ensure that all of our members can enjoy our free Friday bonus events, members may sign up for TWO bonus trips or events during the initial registration period.  Throughout the term, we will publish bonus event openings each week in OLLI Notes; at that point, all members will be eligible to sign up.

 

**Please note that we are not able to take credit card orders through the mail or in the office due to Furman network security compliance issues. All orders made via mail or in person must be paid with a check or cash. We strongly encourage everyone to register online. It really is the fastest, easiest way to register for courses, and you can pay by credit card. Staff and volunteers will be in the office this week and next to help you, so if you are unfamiliar with the online registration system, come on in and we can help you through it.

 

Traffic Alert! There is some roadwork on Duncan Chapel Road causing some minor delays so you might consider using the front gate entrance for decreased frustration if visiting the OLLI office next week.

 

Many OLLI committees and members have been at work this summer planning for the new school year. Please consider how you would like to get involved with OLLI this fall. Your unique talents and skills are a great resource that will help make OLLI an even better experience for all. During registration check-out, you will be given an opportunity to list your interests.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

BTE1156 Heartsaver CPR AED will meet at the TR Fire Station (NOT HC102)

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Stop by the office to pick up OLLI Brochures to share with friends, neighbors and at spots around town. YOU are our best advertisement.

 

Ce semestre le SIG français deviendra un club du livre. Nous lirons un livre français et l’utiliserons comme point de départ pour notre discussion.  Nous commencerons avec “Le Chien Jaune,” un livre de Georges Simenon. Vous pouvez acheter l’édition français en ligne à Amazon. Nous accueillerons les personnes qui ont des notions de français, parlé ou écrit. Le SIG se réunira le mardi au centre Herring de  12:20 de 13:20, salle 105.

 

Carolyn Rice’s email address is incorrect in the brochure about the Out and About SIG – her correct email address is ccr2go@gmail.com. Susan Cooper’s email address is also incorrect – it’s smc66pa12@gmail.com. Feel free to contact them with any questions about the Out and About SIG!

The Bowling SIG will once again be rolling their bowling balls in the OLLI Fall Bowling League at AMF Star Lanes (740 Pleasantburg Dr.). The league will begin Monday, Sept. 12 and run 10 weeks. Practice starts at 12:45 p.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m. with the first week serving as an organizational meeting. Cost is $10 and bowlers of all levels are welcome! You may sign up as an individual or as a team of three. Contact Mike Halloran with questions or to sign up.

 

Road trip with OLLI to the National Story-telling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, October 8-9!  Two days of story-tellers, plus transportation, overnight-and-breakfast at the delightful General Morgan Inn, and some regional history en route delivered by trip leader Chumley Cope. Drop by the OLLI office to register.

 

The OLLI @ Furman Fall term Baiden Wall Exhibit will be September 12 – October 28, 2016. The exhibit will feature works from those who participated in the following Painting and Drawing classes; Acrylic Painting, Basic Watercolor, Zentangle, Chinese Painting, Pen & Ink, Portraits in Watercolor, Watercolor in Motion, and Commercial Oil Portraits. OLLI members and instructors may submit one or two works. All artwork must be framed and ready to hang with wire attached. NO saw tooth hangers please. Submission dates are August 22 to September 7. Entry forms will be available beginning in August in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Sandy Roback at sroback0329@yahoo.com or call 879-6783.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

There is some roadwork on Duncan Chapel Road causing some minor delays so you might consider using the front gate entrance for decreased frustration.

 

Dining Hall hours update:

  • The Dining Hall will be closed until August 12.
  • The DH will continue to operate on the following summer schedule when it reopens on August 13: Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Summer hours will continue until August 21.

 

Spirit of ’45 Upstate:  Sunday, August 14 at Younts Conference Center at Furman.  2 p.m. exhibits, 3 p.m. celebration of the end of WWII on August 14, 1945.  Sponsored by the Travelers Rest Historical Society.  Visit www.travelersresthistoricalsociety.org for more details.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

 

The Consortium for South Carolina History invites you to attend a lecture on “Indigenous People of South Carolina” on August 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Travelers Rest Public Library. Olli’s own, Gail Johnson from the Library and Museum of Revolutionary War History of Simpsonville (and OLLI member!) will share the history of the original 32 Native American tribes of South Carolina. Discussion and examination of artifacts will follow. Email travelersrest@greenvillelibrary.org or call 834-3650 to register.

 

The Japan American Association of South Carolina invites you to the Bon Dance Festival on Saturday, August 20, 12:30 -4:30 p.m. at McAlister Square (225 Pleasantburg Dr.)  Admission is Free. Visit the website for more information.

 

Take a break from the heat at the Upcountry History Museum!  Enjoy classic films and documentaries at the museum’s theater.  Monday Matinees are on Mondays at 2 p.m. and are free to museum members, and free with museum admission.  Drinks and snacks will be for sale.  August 22, Edison:  the Father of Invention, in honor of the soon-to-open Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, “Things Come Apart.”

 

Dr. Barry Schneider, former Director of the Counterproliferation Center, will present two lectures as part of a series entitled Preventing a Nuclear Catastrophe at North Anderson Community Church in Anderson (4200 Liberty Hwy.).  “Dealing with Adversary Nuclear Threats” will be on August 24, 7 p.m. and “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Good or Bad Idea” will be held August 25, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public. Questions? Call Diane at 864-226-4529.

 

June 10, 2016

Summer hours: The OLLI office will be open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the summer.

 

After previous Straight Talk SC lectures, attendees have asked, “How can I make a difference?” in regard to a particular issue.  This summer’s series will answer that question, at least in the area of education.  REGISTER NOW FOR the remaining Straight Talk SC sessions. This year’s topic is Education for Life:  Working together to fulfill the promise of education.  Learn about what is essential for successful student outcomes and how communities are responding to the challenges faced by many.  You’ll hear from many distinguished speakers, including former SC Governor and former US Secretary of Education Dick Riley.  Tuesday evenings, June 14, and 21, 6:30-8:30 at Younts Conference Center on Furman’s campus.  For more information about the program and to register, visit the Riley Institute website.  You may also register in the OLLI Office. Questions?  Call the OLLI office at 864.294.2998.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

There is ROOM FOR YOU in Handmade Paper Making, Friday, June 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Materials fee: $20.  Call the OLLI office to sign up!

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

2016 Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival and OLLI Bonus Event. This very popular festival is returning to the Greenville Fine Arts Center for the second time in 46 years! Sold out last season, it will present 5 separate programs on Mondays at 7:30 p.m., June 27 – July 25. Call 828.771.1305 to order tickets, or purchase them at the door.  

As a festival lead in, don’t miss the Bonus Event on Friday, June 17, 10 a.m. – noon, HC110. At this FREE entertaining and educational lecture, Dennis Tavernetti and pianist Beth Lee will present an overview of the composers, performers and the music of the Festival.  Sign-up in the OLLI office!

 

Free shipping and free logos ends today! Looking to upgrade your wardrobe? Purchase OLLI @Furman logo apparel through Lands’ End! To view products go to: https://business.landsend.com/store/olli_furman/. To order call 800.338.2000 (Our customer number is 4571176 and our logo code is 0979527 – you’ll need these numbers if you call). (promo code: EMFLFS)! Standard logo colors are purple and white, however these can be customized through each order. Usual lead time for delivery is 12-14 business days.

 

Are you interested in BIG IDEAS? Then this is the SIG for you. Be ready to explain what you think – be ready to listen to what others think – and enjoy the fact that there are some pretty interesting folks at OLLI. The question under discussion: Is God real or a delusion? For more information, e-mail Kevin McMurtrey.

 

Join the OLLI Travel SIG for the last meeting of the 2015-2016 school year on Friday, June 24 at 4:30pm.  The group will meet at the clubhouse for the Ravines of Camellias at 101 High Hat Circle, which is just off Duncan Chapel Road about a mile from the Herring Building. Please consider carpooling from the Herring lot because of potential parking issues and bring your favorite adult beverage and a snack to share!

 

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller  OLLI’s Travel Committee is forming and gearing up to provide exciting travel opportunities for OLLI members!  If you are interested in working with other OLLI members to help research trips and excursions that might be offered, please contact Travel Committee Chair, Kathleen Allen.  Not interested in serving on the committee, but have a few ideas you would like the committee to consider?  Feel free to share them with Kathleen and they will be shared with the committee for consideration.

 

Back in March, OLLI hosted a shredding event to provide a safe way to dispose of important papers.  The totals are in, and you might like to know that we shredded 8,760 pounds of paper.  Thank you to the SC Department of Consumer Affairs for providing this free service during National Consumer Protection Week.

 

 

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

The Dining Hall will operate on the following summer schedule: Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

 

The Music by the Lake Concert Series has officially begun! The concerts will be held weekly on Thursdays at 7:30pm at the amphitheater on the lake. This week on June 16, enjoy “Contemporary Jazz” featuring the Steve Watson Band. Check out this link for an entire schedule of the summer concerts. Free!

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

Volunteer this summer with United Way of Greenville County’s On Track Greenville partner – Bell – Building Educated Leaders for Life! On Track Greenville’s purpose is to ensure students are successful in the middle grades and are on track for high school success. The Bell program operates in three middle schools in Greenville County, all located in the White Horse Road area:  Berea Middle, Lakeview Middle and Tanglewood Middle School. The program begins June 15 and concludes July 28.  The program operates Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Anyone interested in these opportunities is asked to contact Jeri Kleckley at (864) 331-3861 by June 13.

 

Shop for locally grown produce, plants, honey, meats and more at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market every Saturday through September, 8:30 a.m. until noon, at the new Market Pavilion, Trailblazer Park, 115 Wilhelm Winter Street. The Market hosts more than 40 local growers, producers and local artisans. Music, talks on sustainability, gardening and healthy living, cooking demonstrations by local chefs and children’s activities are featured every week. For a listing of vendors and program schedule, check www.travelersrestfarmersmarket.com.

 

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival presents As You Like It, Thursdays through Sundays through June 19, 7 p.m. in Falls Park (seating begins at 6 p.m.).  Free.  For more information on this and upcoming productions, visit their website.

 

Greenville Health System is partnering with the Greenville Drive to host “Drive to Thrive” on Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. Attend the Drive game and enjoy pre- and in-game entertainment in celebration of cancer survivors. Visit www.cancersurvivorspark.org for more details.

 

Centre Stage will be presenting The Explorer’s Club June 16-July 2, featuring their new hearing loop system so that everyone can enjoy the play! Check out the schedule of performances here.

 

Chautauqua History Alive presents Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, Matthew Henson and Wernher von Braun | June 17-26.  Laugh with Mark Twain, take to the skies with Amelia Earhart, discover the North Pole with Matthew Henson, and blast into Space with Wernher von Braun. Enjoy the shows and your summer evenings outdoors or see them indoors during the day. Outdoor shows at 7:30 p.m. Indoor shows: Mon-Thu at 11:30 a.m. and Sat & Sun both weekends. View the schedule here, pick one up at the OLLI office or call 244-1499. Free!

 

Amelia Earhart Revisits Greenville | June 18 at 10 a.m. Chautauqua recreates the day (Nov 13, 1931) Earhart flew into Greenville Downtown Airport – with her arrival and festivities for the whole family. 1930’s costume contest and games, old newsreels, vintage cars. Free.

 

Travelers Rest Artist Alliance announces a “Call for Artists Applications” for the 5th annual Art on the Trail, a juried event that presents fine arts, sculpture, fibers arts, upcycled arts, and musical and theater performances. This highly successful event will take place on October 22, 2016 in Trailblazer Park. Artist applications are available until September 19. For more information, go to www.artintr.com.

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2016

Summer hours: The OLLI office will be open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the summer.

 

Summer classes begin next week!  It’s not too late to register. 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.

 

DEADLINE JUNE 6!  Applications are being accepted for Class 3 of Senior Leaders Greenville. Senior Leaders Greenville (SLG) builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become advocates seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond. SLG begins with an Orientation in August, concludes with a graduation luncheon in May, and includes nine day-long sessions with speakers, group activities, and exercises that will inform you on topics relevant to seniors. The cost is $350 and scholarships are available. Applications and more information are available on the OLLI Website and in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Nancy Kennedy in the OLLI Office.

 

After previous Straight Talk SC lectures, attendees have asked “How can I make a difference?” in regard to a particular issue.  This summer’s series will answer that question, at least in the area of education.  REGISTER NOW FOR Straight Talk SC, which starts Tuesday, June 7.  This year’s topic is Education for Life:  Working together to fulfill the promise of education.  Learn about what is essential for successful student outcomes and how communities are responding to the challenges faced by many.  You’ll hear from many distinguished speakers, including former SC Governor and former US Secretary of Education Dick Riley.  Tuesday evenings, June 7, 14, and 21, 6:30-8:30 at Younts Conference Center on Furman’s campus.  For more information about the program and to register, visit the Riley Institute website.  You may also register in the OLLI Office. Questions?  Call the OLLI office at 864.294.2998.

 

Find the latest edition of Gray Matters on the OLLI Website.  Check out the online edition.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Most of our Summer classes still have room.  Following are a few you might want to consider.  Check here for descriptions.

Artspoken, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.                         Intro. to Improvisation, Thursdays 1-3 p.m.

The Other Opera, Wednesdays 1-3p.m.              Recorder for Rookies, Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Too Smart to be Scammed, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

2016 Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival and OLLI Bonus Event. This very popular Festival is returning to the Greenville Fine Arts Center for its second time in 46 years! Sold out last season, it will present 5 separate programs on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. beginning June 27 – July 25. Call 828.771.1305 to order tickets or purchase them at the door.

As a festival lead in, don’t miss the Bonus Event on Friday, July 17 from 10 a.m. – noon, HC110. At this FREE entertaining and educational lecture, Dennis Tavernetti and Beth Lee will present an overview of the composers, performers and the music of the Festival.  Sign-up in the OLLI office!

 

The knitters who meet on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 noon are looking for volunteers to help make “Knitted Knockers,” for breast cancer patients who have not had reconstruction surgery. Any donations of baby yarn or time would be appreciated. If you are interested, please contact Gail Kirby at cozybags@yahoo.com.

 

Looking to upgrade your wardrobe? Purchase OLLI @ Furman logo apparel through Lands’ End! To view products go to: https://business.landsend.com/store/olli_furman/. To order call 800.338.2000 (Our customer number is 4571176 and our logo code is 0979527 – you’ll need these numbers if you call). Free shipping and free logos through June 10 (promo code: EMFLFS)! Standard logo colors are purple and white, however these can be customized through each order. Usual lead time for delivery is 12-14 business days.

 

Wanted! The Health, Fitness, and Exercise committee is seeking new committee members. If you have an interest in these fields and would like an opportunity to help plan the curriculum for HFE classes, now is your chance. It’s fun and rewarding! If interested and/or want to ask questions, please contact Janet Aguilar at 414-1944.

 

Are you interested in BIG IDEAS? Then this is the SIG for you. Be ready to explain what you think – be ready to listen to what others think – and enjoy the fact that there are some pretty interesting folks at OLLI. The question under discussion: Is God real or a delusion? For more information, e-mail Kevin McMurtrey.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

Would you like to participate in psychology research this summer?  Furman students are looking for volunteers for their summer research projects.  Studies will be conducted in June and July.  If you are interested in being a participant, please email your name and contact information to Dr. Michelle Horhota at psychologyresearch@furman.edu. Thanks for your interest!

 

WHAT’S CALLING YOU NOW?  As members of the Furman family, OLLI members are cordially invited to sign up for a biennial on-campus retreat for Furman alumni and friends, sponsored by the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection and held on July 21-24, 2016.  Come ponder your sense of calling, past and present, while hearing from and talking with Furman faculty (including OLLI prof David Bost), participating in small-group workshops, and enjoying delicious meals and engaging conversation with Furman alumni and friends.  The cost for local participants (those not staying overnight on campus) is $200, with sign-up deadline on June 1.  For more information, email Rolyn Rollins and/or check out the retreat brochure here .

 

Furman Dining Services has begun the transition from Aramark to Bon Appetit. Because of this, the Dining Hall will be closed from until June 5. The Dining Hall will reopen for the rest of summer on June 6 operating on the following schedule: Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

 

The Music by the Lake Concert Series has officially begun! The concerts will be held weekly on Thursdays at 7:30pm at the amphitheater on the lake. This week on June 9, enjoy “Music from Far and Away” featuring the Poinsett Wind Symphony. Check out this link for an entire schedule of the summer concerts.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

Meals on Wheels needs delivery volunteers! Meals can be picked up at the Oregon Street location or at drop off sites in Fountain Inn, Piedmont, Simpsonville, Taylors or Travelers Rest. Routes take 1 to 1.5 hours and can be adopted once a month, once a week, or even on a substitute basis.  Visit the website or call 864.233.6565.

 

Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites OLLI members to view upcoming exhibit “Telling Her Story” on display from June 3 – July 27. An Opening Reception will be held June 3 from 6 -9 p.m. at the Gallery (25 Draper Street, Greenville). Free!  View more information on the website.

 

The Lake Junaluska Singers will be performing on Sun., June 5 at the Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg at the 11 a.m. worship service and at their 3 p.m. concert. Free! Call 864.582.7263 with questions.

 

Chautauqua History Alive presents Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, Matthew Henson and Wernher von Braun | June 17-26.  Laugh with Mark Twain, take to the skies with Amelia Earhart, discover the North Pole with Matthew Henson, and blast into Space with Wernher von Braun. Enjoy the shows and your summer evenings outdoors or see them indoors during the day. Outdoor shows at 7:30 p.m. Indoor shows: Mon-Thu at 11:30 a.m. and Sat & Sun both weekends. View the schedule here, pick one up at the OLLI office or call 244-1499. Free!  Amelia Earhart Revisits Greenville | June 18 at 10 a.m. Chautauqua recreates the day (Nov 13, 1931) Earhart flew into Greenville Downtown Airport – with her arrival and festivities for the whole family. 1930’s costume contest and games, old newsreels, vintage cars. Free.

 

Travelers Rest Artist Alliance announces a “Call for Artists Applications” for the 5th annual Art on the Trail, a juried event that presents fine arts, sculpture, fibers arts, upcycled arts, and musical and theater performances. This highly successful event will take place on October 22, 2016 in Trailblazer Park. Artist applications are available until September 19. For more information, go to www.artintr.com.

May, 13, 2016

Summer registration continues!  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.

 

It’s Evaluation Time!  Please take a few minutes to provide helpful feedback on your Spring Term Courses.  Click on one of the following links to take your survey; you will need to take a different survey for each course.

General Course Evaluation

Hobbies, Art and Music Course Evaluation

Exercise and Fitness Course Evaluation

 

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate for Council openings to be voted on at the Spring Luncheon on May 17: VP of Membership/President-Elect: Greg Peters; VP Finance and Administration: Steve Wetherby; Members at Large: Douglas Frazier and May Welborn.  Additional nominations can be made from the floor at the Spring Luncheon.  Thank you to Margaret Clark, VP/President Elect/Nominating Committee Chair and her committee for their work in putting this slate together, and thank you to the nominees who said “yes” when the committee asked!

 

Applications are being accepted for Class 3 of Senior Leaders Greenville. Senior Leaders Greenville

(SLG) builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become advocates seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond. SLG begins with an Orientation in August, concludes with a graduation luncheon in May, and includes nine day-long sessions with speakers, group activities, and exercises that will inform you on topics relevant to seniors. The cost is $350 and scholarships are available. Applications (due June 1) and more information are available on the OLLI Website and in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Nancy Kennedy in the OLLI Office.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The following courses will meet the week of May. 16-20. **For hiking make-up classes, please check your e-mail for notification from your leader.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Basic Watercolor – 9 am Acrylic Painting – 9 am Inter. Bridge – 9 am Pen and Ink – 9 am The Vikings – 10:45 am
Chinese Cooking – 10:45 am Destinos – 9:45 am Feisty Women – 10:45 am Native American Flute – 9 am
Comm. Oil Portraits – 1 pm – 3:30 pm Investing 101 – 1:30 pm 1618: Orthodoxy – 12:15 am Cooking Local – 10:45 am
McIntosh Basics – 3:15 pm Intermediate Pilates – 10:45 am
Some More Write Stuff – 10:45 am
Hebrew Prophets III – 10:45 am
Statistics Tell the Truth – 10:45 am
Portraits in Watercolor – 1 pm
More on Memoir – 1:30 pm
Jewish Ethics – 1:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Most of our Summer classes still have room.  Here are a few you might want to consider:

 

Be a Poem, Wednesdays 10 a.m. – noon

Beyond the Basics: Shades of Grey, Wednesdays 10 a.m. – noon (From Zentangle class or experience)

Artspoken, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.                           Intro. to Improvisation, Thursdays 1-3 p.m.

Gun Law, Thursdays 1-3 p.m.                                 Mindfulness & Meditation II, Thursdays 1-2:30 p.m.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

Looking for a great Fall trip? You might consider the OLLI@Furman Road Scholar Multi Sport Adventure: Sea Kayaking, Bicycling and Hiking in Maine’s Acadia National Park.  Enjoy a spectacular outdoor adventure and experience seaside cliffs, ocean air and breathtaking views atop the highest peak along the Atlantic Coast.  This excursion will begin Sun., Sept. 11 and conclude Fri., Sept. 16, 2016.  Trip Rates*: $925 double occupancy, $1225 single occupancy.  Brochures are in the office. To register, call Road Scholar at (800)322-5315 and reference Program #2198, “Multi Sport Adventure: Acadia National Park.” See Heidi Wright in the OLLI office for additional information.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Very Special Opportunity!  Dr. Lorraine DeJong, Associate Professor of Education, is teaching an intergenerational course on what it means to be a senior adult in today’s society May 8-29, 10-Noon at the Herring Center.  OLLI members are encouraged to attend one, two or ALL of the classes.  Daily topics for the course are available in the OLLI office. Please take a look at the topics and sign up to participate. Your involvement in this seminar will bring the topics alive for the college students and will definitely include lively discussions and excursions on topics of interest to both generations!

 

Looking to improvise and play some blues, jazz or rock with other OLLI members?  Do you sing, play guitar, bass guitar, drums, sax, flute, etc.?  Then we have the jam session for you! Contact Joe Werner at 847.207.5752 to let him know of your interest.  Details will be arranged based upon interest.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  

Would you like to participate in psychology research this summer?  Furman students are looking for volunteers for their summer research projects.  Studies will be conducted in June and July.  If you are interested in being a participant, please email your name and contact information to Dr. Michelle Horhota at psychologyresearch@furman.edu. Thanks for your interest!

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

Get your thrills and chills at Centre Stage with the spine-tingling “who-done-it” A Party to Murder through May 21. OLLI members receive a discount off $25 and $30 tickets.  Visit the website for more information.

 

The Guild of the Greenville Symphony presents Downtown Condo Rondo Sat., May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Five outstanding homes will be available for touring, all within walking distance in the Historic West End, downtown Greenville.  Tickets are $20 (advance), $25 (day of the tour).  For ticket information, visit the Guild website or call 864-270-0965.

 

South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association presents the SCDTAA Trial Academy May 24-27. They are seeking 70 volunteers to serve as jurors on Fri., May 27. Lunch will be provided. Interested?  Send your name and email address to cprevost@collinsandlacy.com with a copy to knoble@collinsandlacy.com.

 

University of South Carolina is collecting data on South Carolina as a retirement destination. Data collected from current retirees will be used to develop and market South Carolina to potential and future retirees. You, as a current retiree in SC, can provide valuable feedback that will support South Carolina’s future goals by filling out the survey. For your participation, you will be entered in a raffle to receive a $100 gift card.

 

Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.  Featuring Upstate stage veterans Will Ragland and Shane Willimon, the play runs weekends May 20 – June 12, including 3 Thursday and Sunday matinees at 3:00. The evening shows begin at 7:30. You can order tickets at www.milltownplayers.org  or call 864-947-8000. See you at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby Street, Pelzer, SC, 29669.

May 6, 2016

Summer registration continues!  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.

 

It’s Evaluation Time!  Please take a few minutes to provide helpful feedback on your Spring Term Courses.  Click on one of the following links to take your survey; you will need to take a different survey for each course.

General Course Evaluation

Hobbies, Art and Music Course Evaluation

Exercise and Fitness Course Evaluation

 

Celebrate another great year at OLLI at our annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 17 at the Younts Center.  Doors open at 11:30 for fellowship at the pavilion next door (cash bar available).   Enjoy a buffet lunch at noon including Grilled Salmon or Almond Crusted Chicken, Watercress Salad, Fresh Fruit, Garlic Mashed Potatoes 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 by Wednesday, May 11.  Please see Heidi Wright with dietary restrictions.

 

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate for Council openings to be voted on at the Spring Luncheon on May 17: VP of Membership/President-Elect: Greg Peters; VP Finance and Administration: Steve Wetherby; Members at Large: Douglas Frazier and May Welborn.  Additional nominations can be made from the floor at the Spring Luncheon.  Thank you to Margaret Clark, VP/President Elect/Nominating Committee Chair and her committee for their work in putting this slate together, and thank you to the nominees who said “yes” when the committee asked!

 

OLLI COUNCIL UPDATES

The Finance and Administration Committee has approved a fee increase for the 2016-17 academic year.  Individual course fees will rise from $50 to $55. The last time individual course fees were increased was 2010. 6-course package prices will go from $210 to $240.  9 course packages will go from $275 to $315.  15 course packages will go from $325 to $375.  This is the first increase in package prices since their inception in 2009.  These fee increases are made in response to rising expenses as OLLI continues to grow and with a view to maintaining the high standards you have come to expect of your OLLI program.  The membership fee will remain at $50. If you have any questions contact Nancy Kennedy, OLLI Director, or OLLI Council President, Steve Davis.

 

Applications are being accepted for Class 3 of Senior Leaders Greenville. Senior Leaders Greenville

(SLG) builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become advocates seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond. SLG begins with an Orientation in August, concludes with a graduation luncheon in May, and includes nine day-long sessions with speakers, group activities, and exercises that will inform you on topics relevant to seniors. The cost is $350 and scholarships are available. Applications (due June 1) and more information are available on the OLLI Website and in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Nancy Kennedy in the OLLI Office.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

A complete list of make-up classes will be included in next week’s OLLI Notes.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

Sign up today for Mountain Explorer with Chumley Cope, June 1-3!  Join local historian Chumley Cope on a three-day mountain adventure, featuring local historians, scenic roads and spectacular views. Head up the Carolina Escarpment to Brevard and visit numerous spots on your way to stay at the Balsam Mountain Inn (1904). Enjoy outings and hear stories from local experts during your stay. $625/person double occupancy (single supplement, $110) View more information here or contact Heidi Wright in the OLLI office.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

In consideration of our instructors and other OLLI members, please consider not leaving during the middle of class unless it is an emergency. Thank you for your appreciation of our instructors!

 

Lunch and Learn Tuesdays, speakers from the community present a variety of interesting topics.  Free and open to the public, 12:30-1:20 p.m., HC110.  Bring your lunch and enjoy! May 10, Jack Fisher, nationally broadcasted disc jockey and former dancer on American Bandstand, will present “Let’s Twist Again like We Did 50 Summers Ago!”

 

“Frustrated by not getting into Friday Industrial Bonus Events?  We are seeking people interested in serving as Liaisons for the Industrial Tours and you are guaranteed a spot. An informational / training meeting will be held on Tues., May 10 from 3 – 4:30 p.m., HC004.  For questions, email Sonya Hammond.

 

Looking to improvise and play some blues, jazz or rock with other OLLI members?  Do you sing, play guitar, bass guitar, drums, sax, flute, etc.?  Then we have the jam session for you! Contact Joe Werner at 847.207.5752 to let him know of your interest.  Details will be arranged based upon interest.

 

The OLLI Consort Sig will be playing recorders in the Herring Center Lobby at 12:15 p.m. on Wed., May 11.  These are not your grandchildren’s instruments!  Join us for some fun and you will hear five different sizes of recorders and find out what a crumhorn is!

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?  
This summer the Furman Art Department will be offering a number of art workshops to community members and students.  During the month of May they will kick off with a Portrait Drawing Workshop, a Watercolor from Life workshop, and figure drawing sessions.  View details here!

 

Support the Furman Baseball Team as they take on Western Carolina Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at Furman’s Latham Baseball Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids (cash only at the stadium). Visit the website for more information!

 

Furman will hold its graduation exercises on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Paladin Stadium.  Among the graduates will be OLLI student worker, Kelly Rae. Check out live stream video here.

 

Would you like to participate in psychology research this summer?  Furman students are looking for volunteers for their summer research projects.  Studies will be conducted during June and July.  If you are interested in being a participant, please email your name and contact information to Dr. Michelle Horhota at psychologyresearch@furman.edu. Thanks for your interest!

 

If you miss the Lunch and Learn, the Consortium for Upstate South Carolina History will be presenting an event hosted by OLLI instructor Jack Fisher – “Lunchbox Learning: Bandstand Days” on Wed., May 11 from 12 noon – 1 p.m.” For details please visit the website and call the museum at (864) 467-3100 to reserve your spot.

 

What’s GOING ON around Greenville?  

What if you could save the life of someone you love by dying in his or her place? This provocative question is the premise for Sportiello’s intriguing new play, Second Chance, in Centre Stage’s provoking Fringe Series. Show dates are May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10/$15 and can be purchased on the website.

 

The South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (“SCDTAA”) will be holding a seminar known as the SCDTAA Trial Academy from May 24 – May 27. They are seeking 70 volunteers to serve as jurors for the on Friday, May 27 and invite OLLI members to be involved. Lunch will be provided. Sign up by sending your name and email address to cprevost@collinsandlacy.com with a copy to knoble@collinsandlacy.com.

 

The Guild of the Greenville Symphony presents Downtown Condo Rondo Sat., May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Five outstanding homes will be available for touring, all within walking distance in the Historic West End, downtown Greenville.  Tickets are $20 (advance), $25 (day of the tour).  For ticket information, visit the Guild website or call 864-270-0965.

 

University of South Carolina is collecting data on South Carolina as a retirement destination. Data collected from current retirees will be used to develop and market South Carolina to potential and future retirees. You, as a current retiree in SC, can provide valuable feedback that will support South Carolina’s future goals by filling out the survey. For your participation, you will be entered in a raffle to receive a $100