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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 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.

Last July, Omnilore moved to the South Bay Adult School's facility at the Edison Center (SW corner of Inglewood Ave. and Manhattan Beach Blvd.).  Click Here for maps and further information.
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  • Dec. 5 (Friday) — Coordinator Training:  1:15-2:15 pm in room Conference B.  For all Coordinators and Co-Coordinators of upcoming Jan.-April SDGs.   CLICK HERE for further information. 

  • Dec. 8 (Monday) — Best Sellers SIG meets to discuss "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm in room Conference B.  All Omnilore members and guests are welcom.   CLICK HERE for further information.
  • e-Packet Available:  The electronic version of the Annual Membership Packet is available —  CLICK HERE.   Printed copies were distributed at the Oct. 31 Forum and will be mailed to those not attending the Forum.  Included is the  Password flyer giving the new Password (which took effect Oct. 31) for the Members-Only part of our website.

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   Hiking/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 (

Coordinator Training

 December 5 (Friday), 2014: 1:15 - 2:14 pm, 

  in room Room 5 at the Edison Center

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 January: 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 the new 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 ... and Room Keys
Omnilore appreciates those volunteering for these important coordinating positions – Thank You!

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Best Sellers Special Interest Group  (Omnilore Book Club)BestSellerBookshelf

December 8 (Monday), 2014: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 

  in room Conference Room B at the Edison Center

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown


The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times during the Depression.  It brings to light the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.   Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Daniel James Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.  The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world.

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

Links for purchasing our August book, Fighting Chance from Amazon:  
(Hardcover)   (Kindle)   (Paperback)   (Audio CD

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Omnilore News Article Submission Deadline Omnilore Newsletter Image

December 15 (Monday), 2014

January/February 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 ( 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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HIKE + Holiday Party (all Omniloreans invited to the party whether or not you hike)

December 19 (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.

  • However, it has become a tradition that December's hike is followed by an more festive potluck luncheon at which all Omniloreans are welcome, whether or not you hike.  Watch for details in about the 2nd week of December.

See our Special Interest Groups webpage and its description of our Hiking/Walking Group while we're waiting for plans for their next hike to be posted here.  

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.

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Equipment 101:  A/V Equipment Training

January 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 at right) for printed material, DVD/video players and speakers, your own or Omnilore’s laptop, and our classrooms’ wireless internet connection — used individually and in combinations.

2.  SDG Folders & "FTP TECHIE" TRAINING:   For Sep. 5, this will be taught after 2:45pm if there is interest, or upon request to .  Or, self-teach via 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 ( 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

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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January 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

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January 16 (Friday), 2015, 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.

See our Special Interest Groups webpage and its description of our Hiking/Walking Group while we're waiting for plans for their next hike to be posted here.  

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.

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January 22 (Thursday), Noon - 1pm, Conf. Room B

Topic To Be Announced

(No Computer Talk in November or December due to Edison Center closure)

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 last October's  Computer Talk ("Google 101") and last September's ("Omnilore Scheduling Program") are available via links from the Computer Talks webpage.

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January 29 (Thursday), 2015

Topic: To Be Announced

Friday   October
31, 2014
11:30 am:  Doors Open, Socializing
Noon:        Luncheon served
1:00 pm:   Presentation 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 to be announced.

As usual, beverages will be included and a vegetarian plate (chef’s choice) is available on request, but must be ordered at time of reservation.

Questions or suggestions?
Contact the Forum Committee:

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Prospective Member Orientation Sessions

February/March 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 Winter/Spring orientation session will be eligible to participate in our Summer-trimester Study/Discussion Groups (S/DGs) that begin in May, 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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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: 

Note that in July 2014, Omnilore moved from the Franklin Center
mentioned near the start of this video, to the Edison Center
CLICK HERE for directions to the Edison Center.

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.

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).


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If you want more information about Omnilore membership, please call (310) 243-3208 or email Omnilore's membership chairperson at 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 Edison Center campus.  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.


Upcoming Fall 2014 Date:  Nov. 21, 10 am

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

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, call 310-243-3208
. and leave a message saying you're interested in joining Omnilore, or email

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.


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.



Alternate view — satellite map:


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.


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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Omnilore—OLLI at CSUDH, P.O. Box 7000-236, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277-8710
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