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Omnilore is a program of OLLI at CSUDH (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Dominguez Hills). The program is centered on study discussion groups (SDGs), which meet at classroom facilities in Redondo Beach. A learning-in-retirement community of approximately 300 seniors, we organize study discussion groups that are conceived, planned, and directed by the members. There are no tests or grades. Membership is open to all who seek intellectual stimulation and the challenge of shared inquiry. Click here to view our current curriculum offerings.
Each of Omnilore's extracurricular events occurs 3 to 12 times yearly. The next dates and description for the grayed-out events will be posted as soon as the next offering is scheduled, but you can click on them to read generic descriptions now.
Only–also see Yearly
for future dates for trimesters, Forums, Board
meetings, newsletter submissions, and holidays.
The following are arranged chronologically. If you have an upcoming Omnilore event that you think might be appropriately listed here, contact the Omnilore Webmasters (Webmaster@Omnilore.org).
Best Sellers Special Interest
March 10 (Monday), 2014: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Room 8
Thieves of Book Row by
The subtitle of the March non-fiction selection, Thieves of Book Row by Travis McDade, states: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It. Written by a curator of rare books at the University of Illinois College of Law, McDade offers insights into a nexus of crime and culture in early 20th century. The book is an engaging cat-and-mouse account of porous libraries, scouts armed with “gall, confidence and oversized coats,” complicit salesmen and of G. William Bergquist, the New York Public Library investigator who cracked the gang’s most audacious caper: the theft in 1931 of first editions of “The Scarlet Letter,” “Moby Dick,” and a rare Edgar Allen Poe collection.
The Best Sellers SIG is open to all Omniloreans who are interested in reading and discussing current best sellers, both fiction and non-fiction. As with any Special Interest Group, there is no need to enroll, no need to do a presentation…just be there on the day and time with enthusiasm, prepared to participate.
Visit our Interest Groups webpage to read about the purpose and operation of the Best Sellers SIG, and the book(s) chosen for upcoming months. For suggestions or more information about the Best Sellers SIG, email Best-Sellers@Omnilore.org.
March 21 (Friday), 2014, 10am: Location To Be Announced
The Hiking/Walking Group usually schedules an excursion for the morning of the 3rd Friday of the month, ending with bring-your-own lunch. Plans are generally posted about a week ahead.
All Omnilore members are always welcome to participate in our monthly excursion. We accommodate all speeds of walkers, so give it a try if our next hike appeals to you.
Contact Steve Miller
if you have questions about the hiking/walking
group or are willing to lead a monthly walk.
Prospective Member Orientation Session
Omnilore orientation sessions for prospective new members are held in Room 7 or Room 8 at the Franklin Center. Orientation sessions start at 10:00 a.m., and last 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on questions. Click here to view our two-minute Omnilore highlights video and to learn more about Omnilore membership while you're waiting to attend one of these orientation sessions. Click here to view our current curriculum offerings.
Note that prospective new members who join at the March orientation session will be eligible, by contacting the coordinator of any non-full Study/Discussion Group (S/DG), to participate in our Summer-trimester 2014 S/DG beginning in May.
new members join because
their friends shared the
word of Omnilore with
them. We encourage you to
invite your friends to
join us in our
March 27 (Thursday), Noon - 1pm, Room 7
Topic To Be Announced
Computer Talks are casual noontime presentations devoted to helping Omnilorean improve their computer skills. They are held on the 4th Thursdays of most months, generally excluding July/August and November/December. Read more about Omnilore's Computer Talks series on our Computer Talks webpage. Currently, the presentation files from October's Computer Talk ("Google 101") and September's ("Omnilore Scheduling Program") are available via links from the Computer Talks webpage.
Item posted by hh: 3.01.2014
Late March or Early April Date To Be Announced
Coordinator Training is
conducted by the Head
Coordinator around the
beginning of April, August,
and December – approximately
one month before each academic
Omnilore Summer Classes Starting
in May: Please
attend this training session because
guidelines and tips for coordinating
SDGs are always being
it's your chance to meet the new
Head Coordinator if you haven't
Omnilore appreciates those volunteering for these important coordinating positions – Thank You!
posted by hh:
Article Submission Deadline
April 15 (Tuesday), 2014
Omnilore News is published six times annually. The Editors welcome short feature articles and news stories from members. Your contribution may be submitted any time, but the above date should be met for inclusion in the upcoming issue; otherwise, it may be held for the following issue. Please send submissions to the Omnilore News editors (Newsletter@Omnilore.org). Your contributions can be in whatever form you are most comfortable in using—as an email attachment in a standard word-processing format, embedded the body of an email, or any other digital form.
Item posted by hh: 2.16.2014
Equipment 101: A/V Equipment Training & SDG Folders "FTP Techie" Training (for SDG Folders maintenance)
April/May Date To Be Announced
10:30 am – Noon: Equipment Training
either or both parts of this training,
which are being separately scheduled
EQUIPMENT TRAINING: Room 7, 10:30 am - Noon
2. SDG Folders & "FTP TECHIE" TRAINING: Room 7, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
NOTE: other webpages in this Equipment Training description all require login to the password-protected part of the Omnilore website. This password changes every Nov. 1 and is printed in the Member Packets every member receives at the October Forum or picks up in Room 7 in November. Members may also request the Omnilore website password by emailing Webmaster@Omnilore.org.An Equipment Training session is generally scheduled in mid/late April, August, and December – just before the beginning of each academic trimester.
posted by hh: 1.04.2014
April 30 (Wednesday), 2014
Topic: To Be Announced
When: Wednesday April, 30, 2014
11:30 am: Doors Open, Socializing
Where: Los Verdes Country Club, 7000 W. Los Verdes Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes.
Drive south on Hawthorne Boulevard past the top of PV, continue about half a mile south of Crest Road, turn right on Los Verdes Drive, go another half mile to the golf course, and park in the furthest parking lot. Enter banquet room via patio on south side of building. (Click Here for map.)
Questions or suggestions?
Contact Forum Chair Lori Geittmann: (310) 316-1729.
Item posted by hh: 2.02.2014 (rev. 2.12.14)
Are you a new member of
Omnilore and a little uncertain about what
to do about your first Presentation?
Perhaps you have been a member of Omnilore
for a while and want to polish your
Presentation skills. In either case, we have
some help for you. You are invited to
join Presentations 101: The Workshop.
It's all about making our Presentations
better and enjoying livelier discussions.
Or, visit our Training webpage and click on the "Presentations Training" link at the top to view Presentations101 charts.
Do you have a mind that's not ready to retire? Did the
short video above entice
you? Then we are definitely for you!
NOTE: The Omnilore membership fee includes all the benefits of OLLI@CSUDH membership (see below).
Membership@Omnilore.Org. Please leave your name and mailing address, so that we may send you our current curriculum and other relevant information.
There are two Omnilore Orientation Sessions each trimester—six sessions in total throughout the year. All sessions are held in our Franklin Center facility. The Sessions typically begin at 10:00 a.m. and last 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on attendance and questions. There is a break at the midway point when refreshments are served.
You'll find the cost and benefits of OLLI-CSUDH outlined on the OLLI at CSUDH Membership Information page. The information on that page includes specific information about becoming an OLLI at CSUDH member ONLY.
Redondo Beach Franklin Center
All Omnilore courses and many of our
other activities are held at the Franklin Center, which
is located at 850 Inglewood Avenue in Redondo Beach,
three short blocks north of 190th Street.
site of a former Redondo Beach elementary school, but it
is now leased by a number of different entities,
including a preschool. Omnilore has the use of two
classrooms, Rooms 7 and 8.
Most OLLI@CSUDH classes,
lectures, and events are held at the California State
University Dominguez Hills Extended Education facility (1000 E.
Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747), directly east of the
Home Depot Center sports complex.
|Omnilore—OLLI at CSUDH, P.O. Box 7000-236, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277-8710|
|Last updated 04 March 2014 (hh)|