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Welcome!
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 on the South Bay Adult School campus in Redondo Beach. (Click here for map and directions.) 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 age 50+ who seek intellectual stimulation and the challenge of shared inquiry.  

Click here to view our current curriculum offerings.

Click here for 2-minute highlights video, more information about Omnilore, and how to join.

For a glimpse of some of our other activities, see Upcoming Events below.
Omnilore's 25th Anniversary Initiative
(Click on "25" image above to read about Omnilore's 25th Anniversary Initiative)


What's
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  • July 23Upcoming Orientation Session:  Invite a Friend to Join Omnilore:  Click Here for details.
  • July 30:  Quarterly Forum:  OMNILORE'S 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:  Click Here for details.  Reservations are due July 20.
  • August 6:  Best Sellers SIG meets to discuss "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham:  Noon, Conf. Room B.   Click Here for details. 

  • 3 Recent Computer Talks are available on our Computer Talks webpage:  Click Here  
    • "Introduction to PowerPoint"
    • "Intermediate PowerPoint"
    • "Free Software"
  • Our May/June Omnilore News newsletter is now available on our Newsletters webpage:  Click Here


Upcoming Events

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.  

Best Sellers SIG   |   Computer Talk   |   Coordinator Training   |  Equipment Training   |  Walking Group   |  Newsletter Deadline   |   Presentations Workshop  |  Prospective Member Orientation   |   Quarterly Forum

Members Only–also see Yearly Calendar 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).


Prospective Member Orientation Session

July  23 (Thursday), 1:30pm

       Edison Center, Conference (room) B
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Attend to learn about Omnilore and how to join

Omnilore orientation sessions for prospective new members are held in Conference (room) B at the Edison Center (Click here for directions).  Orientation sessions 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 (including driving directions to our classrooms facility) 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 a Summer orientation session will be eligible to participate in our Fall-trimester Study/Discussion Groups (S/DGs) that begin in September, 2015.  

Most 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 "intellectual pursuits!"

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July 30 (Thursday), 2015

 
Omnilore's 25th Anniversary Celebration

As we celebrate our 25th year we remember all those programs and groups which help us expand our minds and enjoy lifelong learning. Who knew that Omnilore would grow to more than 300 members or that new friendships would be formed?

To remind us of the joys of our study groups, the experiences of travel-study and the fellowship of interest groups, we will have a special program on Omnilore history at the July 30, Forum luncheon.

For our newer Omnilore members, our past may suggest new ideas for future programs as they take on leadership roles. For example some may wish to revive our chess club while others may wish to propose a new study-travel program.

Don’t be surprised to see your picture show up on the Power Point display that is part of the program. We have dug into our archives for some interesting photos.

A special treat at the luncheon will be a UCLA music student string quartet performance.




When:  Thursday – July 30
, 2015
11:00 am:  Doors Open, Socializing
Noon:        Luncheon served
1:00 pm:   Celebration program starts

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.)

Menu: 

Caesar salad, salmon, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, and chocolate mousse cake for dessert.


As usual, beverages are included and a vegetarian plate is available on request, but must be ordered when you make your reservation.  (This will be a protein dish.)


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Click Here to print or download the flyer (PDF) with Reservation Form.

Reservations must be received by July 20

Questions or suggestions?
Contact the Forum Committee: Forum@Omnilore.org


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Coordinator Training

 July 31 (Friday), 1:15pm, Room 6 

Coordinator Training is conducted by the Head Coordinator around the beginning of April, August, and December – approximately one month before each academic trimester. 

All Coordinators/Co-Coordinators of Omnilore Winter/Spring Classes Starting in September: Please attend this training session because guidelines and tips for coordinating SDGs are always being improved, plus there are some changes due to transitioning to our new home at the Edison Center.  (And, it's your chance to meet Head Coordinator, Marilyn Brashear, if you haven't already.)

Topics covered include:

  • Coordinators' Comments
  • Pre-Meeting Guidelines
  • Presentations Discussions
  • Housekeeping Rules
  • Additional Helpful Tips
  • Appointment of your class's AV Techie and FTP Techie; get them trained   (What are these?)
  • Ask Questions and Get Answers ...
Omnilore appreciates those volunteering for these important coordinating positions – Thank You!

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Omnilore News Article Submission Deadline
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August 15 (Saturday), 2015

September/October Edition

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.

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Best Sellers Special Interest Group  (Omnilore Book Club)BestSellerBookshelf


August 6 (Thursday):  Noon - 1 pm
Conference Room B at the Edison Center

Sycamore Row, by John Grisham


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This month we turn a recent Best Seller by John Grisham.  Grisham’s A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time.  Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial—a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.  An ambitious, immensely readable legal thriller about a bitterly contested will, it is about other things as well.  It’s often funny and sometimes tragic and its ending reflects the writer’s absolute understanding of Mississippi’s unspeakable history of racial violence.

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.  Guests are always welcome.

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.

Links for purchasing Sycamore Row from Amazon: 
(Hardcover)   (Kindle)    (Paperback)   (Audible Audio Edition)   (Audio CD)

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August 21 (Friday), 2015, 10am:  Location To Be Announced

The Walking Group regularly schedules a walk for the morning of the 3rd Friday of even-numbered months, ending with bring-your-own lunch.  As of 2015 the Walking Group will start rotating between three or four fairly flat, popular walking routes in various of our South Bay cities.  On occasion, a volunteer may plan a more rigorous hike or field trip on an in-between month (e.g., trekking historic downtown Los Angeles or a PV trail with significant elevation change).  Plans are generally posted about a week ahead, and generally an announcement with walk details is emailed to the membership 5 days ahead..

See our Special Interest Groups webpage and its description of our Walking Group while we're waiting for plans for their next route to be posted here.  Also on the Special Interest Groups webpage are descriptions of the walking routes in our regular rotation, and the criteria for planning new routes.

All Omnilore members are always welcome to participate in our excursions.  We accommodate all speeds of walkers, so give it a try if our next route appeals to you.

Contact Steve Miller if you have questions about the walking group or are willing to plan a hike.

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Equipment 101:  A/V Equipment Training

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Summer 2015 Date To Be Announced

Omniloreans may attend either or both parts of this training, which are being separately scheduled now.

1. EQUIPMENT TRAINING:  New Storage Procedures for the Edison Center – some New Equipment, too

  • Equipment Training, taught by the Omnilore Equipment Managers, provides instruction on set-up, usage, and proper storage of Omnilore's Audio/Visual/computer equipment for all Omnilore members eager to learn (or get a refresher on) how to use our primary presentation technology – projector and screen, our new desktop presenters (pictured > (http://omnilore.org/members/Equipment5.shtm) for tip sheets for each piece of Omnilore equipment, as well as for the training charts for Equipment 101.

2.  SDG Folders & "FTP TECHIE" TRAINING:   This is taught after basic Equipment Training if there is interest, or upon request to Equipment@Omnilore.org . Or, you may self-teach via the sub-bullets below. Room 7, 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
  • This training provides demonstration and instruction on the purpose and population of each SDG's "Folder."  The SDG Folders (http://omnilore.org/members/Curriculum/SDGs) reside on the Omnilore website for capture of digital presentations, discussion questions, and other resources created or found by members.   Each SDG should have an "FTP Techie" capable of uploading these digital artifacts to its SDG Folder, and this instruction will teach those interested the free upload utility FileZilla and recommended file-naming conventions for clarity.
    • CLICK HERE or on the orange "SDG Folders" button at the top of this webpage for more descriptive materials about SDG Folders on this website.
    • CLICK HERE for more information about FTP'g and a link to self-teaching instructions on downloading, installing, and using our recommended free FTP program, FileZilla.

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 classrooms 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.

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September 2015 Date To Be Announced

Presentations 101

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. 

Please join us as we review what makes a good presentation – both content and delivery, become acquainted with the Presentation Guides on the Training webpage, and go over the use of our microphones – with a guest to help us learn this skill!  Hope to see you there.

If you can't attend this offering of Presentations 101 and want some help pulling together your presentation, check the list of Presentation Mentors also on the Training webpage.  You will find the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of Omnilore members who have volunteered to work with other members on making Presentations.  Just give one of them a call or fire off an e-mail to make arrangements for advice and perhaps to make a new friend. 

Or, visit our Training webpage and click on the "Presentations Training" link at the top to view Presentations101 charts in either PowerPoint or PDF.

NOTE:  Access to the Training webpage requires login to the Members-Only 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 classrooms in November.   Members may also request the Omnilore website password by emailing
Webmaster@Omnilore.org.

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September 23 (Thursday), Noon - 1pm, Conf. Room B

Introduction to Excel and Spreadsheets
Presented by Hal Hart

Computer Talks are casual noontime presentations devoted to helping Omniloreans 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, and find some of the recent presentation there for viewing or downloading.

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Prospective Member Orientation Sessions

October/November 2015 Dates:   To Be Announced
       Edison Center, Conference (room) B
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Attend to learn about Omnilore and how to join

Omnilore orientation sessions for prospective new members are held in Conference (room) B at the Edison Center (Click here for directions).  Orientation sessions start at 10 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 (including driving directions to our classrooms facility) 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 a Fall orientation session will be eligible to participate in our Winter/Spring-trimester Study/Discussion Groups (S/DGs) that begin in January, 2016.  

Most 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 "intellectual pursuits!"

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Highlights Video and More About Omnilore

For potential new members, more information is available by scrolling down this webpage or by clicking on any link below to directly jump to a particular topic. 

Highlights/Introduction Video  |  Who to Contact  |  Membership Benefits 
How to Join  |  Volunteer Opportunities  |  Directions


This two-minute video illustrates some highlights of Omnilore, while serving as an introduction to our learning community:



If you would like to know more about Omnilore benefits, how we operate, fees, or whom to contact to join, please go to Omnilore Membership below.  Go to our Contacts page to locate the public email addresses for our Omnilore Officers.  Go to Directions at the bottom of this page to find maps and view directions to our classroom facility at the Edison Center in Redondo Beach.

If you would like to know more about our course offerings, please see our Curriculum Page.

To learn even more about our learning community, please explore the rest of this Omnilore homepage and other pages on our website reachable by the yellow navigation buttons at the top of this page. If at any time within this website you want to go back to the Omnilore homepage, simply click the first button ("Home") in the navigation bar at the top of every page.

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Omnilore Membership

Benefits |  Facts  |  Fees  |  Prospective Member Orientation Sessions  |  Volunteer Opportunities

About OLLI@CSUDH Membership Only

Welcome New Members Do you have a mind that's not ready to retire? Did the short video above entice you?  Then we are definitely for you!

Omnilore is open to all who seek the intellectual stimulation and challenge of shared inquiry. We have about three hundred participants taking part in the college-level learning experience (without tests or grades!). Our self-directed courses meet twice a month (two-hour sessions) for four months.

Omnilore Membership Benefits:

  • Members may enroll in multiple Study/Discussion Groups per term.

  • Members may participate in additional OLLI at CSUDH activities that include Computer Talks meetings, and a Hiking Club.

  • Forum luncheons are open to OLLI members and their guests. These quarterly luncheons feature a variety of interesting speakers. (Please note: there is an additional fee for the luncheon).

  • Members receive a bimonthly newsletter that presents a calendar, a member profile, a booklist, and several interesting, informative articles.

  • Upon joining Omnilore, members receive all the same benefits that come with OLLI at CSUDH membership (see below). These include: a California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Student ID; use of the CSUDH university library; a CSUDH student e-mail account; periodic CSUDH Extended Education newsletters, catalogs, and other publications; and other benefits inherent in CSUDH student status.

  • Members are invited to participate in the OLLI lecture series at CSUDH taught by University faculty each fall and spring.

  • Members receive notifications and updates on CSUDH campus events including speaker series, department symposia, and cultural events.

Omnilore Membership Facts:

  • The Omnilore membership year runs from September 1 through August 31. The spring classes start the first week of January, the summer classes begin the first week of May, and the fall classes commence the first week of September.

  • Omnilore is run by volunteers. A Board of Directors and Standing Committees keep the organization running smoothly. Members propose course offerings.

  • Members are expected to be active participants in their Study/Discussion Groups (SDGs). Giving a presentation in the courses one takes is a requirement.

  • Prior to joining, new members are required to attend a New Members Orientation Session (see below). This requirement is necessary in order to fully understand the organization and to receive tips on "How to Succeed as an Omnilore Member."

  • Prospective members are urged to "sit in" on an Omnilore SDG class before joining the organization. We want to make sure that we are the right "fit" for you!

  • Omnilore thrives based on the efforts of its membership, all of whom are volunteers.  Besides the SDGs themselves and the member volunteers who coordinate each SDG's classroom activities, volunteers are needed to help plan and execute diverse planning and communication activities that keep Omnilore vital, interesting, and exciting.  Examples include developing the curriculum, putting together our bimonthly newsletter, maintaining this website, and the Omnilore Board of Directors which oversees everything.   Whatever your background, there's probably a place you can help out – both leadership and product-producing positions.  See our separate Volunteer Opportunities webpage for more details and how to get involved in making Omnilore go.
  • View our informational brochure describing Omnilore for prospective membersPAGE-1   PAGE-2

Omnilore Membership Fees:

Omnilore annual membership fees are $100.00 per person, which includes a required $30/person OLLI membership fee.  The $100 provides all Omnilore communications electronically – via email and website postings.  There is a $20 surcharge for members who prefer to receive communications by USPS mail, making their fees $120.  Omnilore fees cover membership and full participation in study/discussion groups, club activities and more for the full academic year. 

NOTE: The Omnilore membership fee includes all the benefits of OLLI@CSUDH membership (see below).

JOINING IS EASY!

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If you want more information about Omnilore membership, please email Omnilore's membership chairperson at Membership@Omnilore.Org or call (310) 243-3208.  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 Edison Center campus.  The Sessions typically begin at 10:00 AM or 1:30 PM and last 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on attendance and questions.  There is a break at the midway point when refreshments are served.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Upcoming Summer 2015 Dates: 

June 25 (Thursday), 1:30pm
July  23 (Thursday)
, 1:30pm

If you are unavailable on the scheduled date(s) or if you wish further information about membership while waiting for an Orientation session, email Membership@Omnilore.org.

Omnilore Orientation Sessions take place in the "Conference B" room of our Edison Center facility (3401 Inglewood Ave., Redondo Beach).  For a map of the facility and detailed driving instructions Click Here

For more information or to RSVP to an Orientation session,
email Membership@Omnilore.org or call 310-243-3208. and leave a message saying you're interested in joining Omnilore.

Click Here to also see the notice under Upcoming Events about about these upcoming Orientation sessions and signing up at them for Fall 2015 courses.

NOTE: Attendance at an Omnilore Orientation
Session is required before joining.

About OLLI at CSUDH Membership Only

When you become a member of Omnilore, you automatically become a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). However, it is possible to become a member of OLLI at CSUDH without becoming a member of Omnilore.

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.

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Directions

Edison Center (3401 Inglewood Avenue, Redondo Beach)

In July, 2014, all Omnilore classes and many of our other activities moved from the Franklin Center to nicer classrooms at the Edison Center, which is located at 3401 Inglewood Avenue in Redondo Beach.  The Edison Center is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Inglewood Ave. and Manhattan Beach Blvd., approx. 1/4 mile south on Inglewood Ave. from its 405 exit.  Driving on Inglewood Ave. from the south, this is approx. 1 mile north of Artesia Blvd. and  2 miles north of 190th Street.   We are sharing the campus, which is managed by the South Bay Adult School, with their classes and a preschool.  We have one dedicated classroom (Conference  B) all day every weekday, plus two more classrooms (5 and 6) available to us on weekday afternoons.

We use only the parking lot at the back of the facility, on the northwest portion of the property.  The parking lot is entered only from the south, via an alley (or driveway) off Beland Blvd., which is the first westbound street off Inglewood south of Manhattan Beach Blvd.  Beland may be turned onto from Inglewood Ave. by either northbound traffic (except 7-9 AM) or southbound traffic, and the visible alley/driveway is only about 30 yards west of Inglewood on Beland.  (If you reach McBain Ave., you have missed the alley to parking.)  Drive slowly in the alley and follow it to  the large parking lot, which is entered by a right turn from the alley at the marked, open gate.  The exit from the parking lot feeds only onto Manhattan Beach Blvd. eastbound.   See the rightmost sketch below.   Please drive carefully in the parking lot because it is frequently quite full, plus at times there may be parents dropping off and picking up their preschoolers.

Here is a Mapquest link to the location.

Click on the images below for larger versions.

 

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Alternate view — satellite map:

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OVERFLOW PARKING:  Occasionally the Edison Center parking lot is overflowed due to one-time training classes and other events by the other tenants of the campus.   If you ever enter the parking lot and find no spaces available, exit, turn right on Manhattan Beach Blvd., turn right at the stoplight onto Inglewood Ave., turn right onto Beland just south of the Edison Center, and there should be ample street parking in the neighborhood east and southeast of the campus on Beland or accessed by another right turn onto McBain.   Be sure on Wednesdays and Thursdays to watch for the Wednesday and Thursday "No Parking, Noon - 3 pm" signs which reduce neighborhood parking to just one side of the street.  See sketch below; click on the image to view a larger version.

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OLLI@CSUDH

Map of Cal State
                  Dominguez Hills AreaMost 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.

There is a pay parking lot in front of the Extended Education facility – Parking Lot 3, on the south side of E. Victoria St. about a quarter mile east of Avalon Blvd.  There are two automated parking permit dispensers located near the facility, one in the northwest corner and one near the southeast corner of Parking Lot 3.  Both dispensers are marked by asterisks on this map.  Parking costs $4.00, and credit cards are accepted by the machines.

Here is a Mapquest link to the location.

And finally, here is a link to the campus' official CSUDH driving directions page.

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