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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 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.

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.
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  • April 24 (Thu.):  Computer Talk — Using PowerPoint for Presentations II (Intermediate)Click here for details.
  • CHARTS AVAILABLE from Jan. 30 Forum on "How to Prevent Medicare Fraud" – Click on the format you wish to open or download:    PPT    PDF    2-up PDF (recommended for printing)

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 (Webmaster@Omnilore.org).


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April 24 (Thursday), Noon - 1pm, Room 7

Using PowerPoint for Presentations II
Presented by Bob Bragonier


As a follow-up on Rick Spillane’s introductory PowerPoint presentation in March, Bob Bragonier will lead attendees step-by-step through a number of common tasks useful in putting together a PowerPoint audio-visual presentation for Omnilore.

These tasks include:
  • inserting a picture into a slide;
  • inserting music into a slide (to play on one slide or on a series of slides);
  • inserting a YouTube clip (in real time) into a slide;
  • inserting a downloaded video clip into a slide;
  • using sequential bullets; animating arrows;
  • as many things as we have time for.

As he goes along, Bob will highlight minor differences between 2003, 2007, and 2010 versions of PowerPoint.  Plan to come early and bring your laptop to follow along with Bob; also, don’t forget to bring along questions and concerns you have experienced during your own PowerPoint adventures!”

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Equipment 101:  A/V Equipment Training & SDG Folders "FTP Techie" Training (for SDG Folders maintenance)

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April 29 (Tuesday), 10:30 am – Noon; Noon – 1pm
10:30 am – Noon:   Equipment Training,  Room 7
Noon – 1 pm:   FTP Techie Training,  Room 7

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

1. EQUIPMENT TRAINING:  Room 7, 10:30 am - Noon 

  • 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 anxious 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:  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 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.

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April 30 (Wednesday), 2014

California High Speed Rail:  Boon or Boondoggle?

Speaker:  Ted W. Lieu, California State Senator

The Sierra Club and the Tea Party don’t agree on much, but they both think that high speed rail in California is a very bad idea. Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Ted Lieu (D. Torrance) disagree. They are convinced that the project will bring jobs and opportunities to the state. Senator Lieu, who is running for U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman’s seat, went on record in July, 2012: “If you still believe in the California dream, in our resources and our people, if you believe our best days are yet to come, you will vote for this.”

No matter which side of the fence you are on, you should attend the Omnilore Forum on Wednesday, April 30th, at the Los Verdes County Club to hear Senator Ted Lieu talk about High Speed Rail in California. The project is controversial, to say the least. Do we have the political will to build it? Can we afford it? Can we solve the compatibility issues? Will this project help or hurt the environment? Will this lead to smart growth or will it only benefit contractors with political pull? If we build it, will they come?

Every Californian would be impacted by this enormous project. Weigh in with our California senator who might possibly be representing us in Congress. Senator Lieu, who is a Stanford grad with a law degree from Georgetown, will talk about the history, current status, pros and cons of the issue; then he will open the floor to questions and discussion. Don’t miss this important and timely Forum talk.


When:  Wednesday April,  30, 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: 

Baby spinach salad, Chicken Marsala with mushrooms and wine sauce, grilled squash and zucchini, wild rice pilaf. Carrot cake for dessert.


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.


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

Reservations must be received by April 20.

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

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Best Sellers Special Interest Group  (Omnilore Book Club)Best
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May 12 (Monday), 2014: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Room 8

Thank You for Your Service  by David Finkel


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David Finkel, a reporter for The Washington Post and a 2012 MacArthur fellow, has written a sequel to his first book, The Good  Soldiers, which told the story of an Iraq deployment in 2007-08. In Thank You For Your Service, he examines the soldiers’ and family members’ postwar experiences in what he calls the “after war.”  His concern is with the soldiers who return from the war zone bearing wounds, visible and invisible, and with the loved ones on whom those wounds also become imprinted. A compelling read.

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 Thank You for Your Service from Amazon:   (Hardcover)   (Kindle)

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May 16 (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.

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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May 22 (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.




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May 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.  You are invited to join Presentations 101: The Workshop.  It's all about making our Presentations better and enjoying livelier discussions.

If you can't attend an offering of Presentations 101 and want some help pulling together your presentation, check the list of Presentation Mentors.  The list is also posted on the bulletin boards in our classrooms.  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.

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June 9 (Monday), 2014: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Room 8

The Fault In Our Stars  by John Green


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This soulful novel tackles big subjects – life, death, love
with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion.  Hazel is sixteen, with terminal cancer, when she meets Augustus at her kids-with-cancer support group.  The two are kindred spirits, sharing an irreverent sense of humor and immense charm, and watching them fall in love even as they face universal questions of the human conditionHow will I be remembered?  Does my life, and will my death, have meaning? has a raw honesty that is deeply moving.

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 The Fault In Our Stars from Amazon:   (Hardcover)   (Kindle)  (Paperback)  (Audio)

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Omnilore News Article Submission Deadline Omnilore Newsletter Image

June 15 (Sunday), 2014

July/August 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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June 20 (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.

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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June 26 (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.

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Prospective Member Orientation Sessions

June 9 (Monday), 10 am
July 15 (Tuesday), 10 am

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Attend to learn about Omnilore and how to join

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 a Summer orientation session will be eligible to participate in our Study/Discussion Groups (S/DG's) in our Fall trimester which begins in September.  

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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Coordinator Training

 August 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 trimester. 

All Coordinators/Co-Coordinators of Omnilore Summer Classes Starting in May: Please attend this training session because guidelines and tips for coordinating SDGs are always being improved.  (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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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 Franklin 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 $90.00 per person or $150.00 per couple plus a required $30/person OLLI membership fee, for a total of $120 per person or $210 per couple. This covers 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 call (310) 370-9522 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 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.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Summer Dates:  June 9 & July 15

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 Room 7 or Room 8 of our Franklin Center facility (850 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 310-370-9522 and leave a message, or email Membership@Omnilore.org.

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.


Directions

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.

There is a parking lot in front of the facility.   Please drive carefully in the parking lot because it is frequently quite full, plus at times there are many parents dropping off and picking up their preschoolers.   Be aware that occasionally you might be forced to park on side streets Ralston Lane or Fisk Lane and walk an extra minute or two to our classrooms. 

Here is a Mapquest link to the location.

And finally, here below, is another map (made by one of our many talented volunteers) showing the location of our Franklin Center, and the locations of our Omnilore rooms 7 and 8 within the facility.

Map of area around Franklin Center

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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