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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 Beach Cities Health Center/District campus in Redondo Beach. (Click here for BCHC/BCHD maps, photos, 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.  Attend a required orientation session to learn more about Omnilore and how to join — click here.

Click here to view our current curriculum offerings.

Click here for 3-minute highlights video, more information about Omnilore, and how to join.  Or, email Membership-Inquiries@Omnilore.org.

For a glimpse of some of our other activities, see Upcoming Events below.
Omnilore's 25th Anniversary Initiative
(Click on "25" image above to view a photo history of Omnilore events and read about Omnilore's 25th Anniversary Initiative with stories about Omnilore's founding and early days.)



What's
Happenin'
?


  • December 24 (Sunday):  Movie Goers SIG will catch the new Star Wars movie at Regal theaters atop PV, followed by discussion at a nearby establishment TBD.  Aiming at mid/late Afternoon — time to be set a week ahead  . Click Here for details
  • January 3, 2018 (Wednesday):  Equipment Training.  11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Suite L8.  Click Here for details
  • January 8, 2018 (Monday):  Best Sellers SIG meets to discuss "Eleanor Oliphant," Fiction by Gail Honeyman.  Noon – 1:15 pm, Suite L8. Click Here for details.



What's
Happened
?

  • An Electronic Version of the 2017-2018 Annual Membership Packet is available:  Click Here.   (The "old" 2016-2017 Password is Required to access contents.  Website password changed Oct. 31; new password is in the e-Packet — email Webmaster@Omnilore.org if you need password help)
  • Recent Computer Talks are available on our Computer Talks webpage:  Click Here  
    • "Free Software, Protection against Thieves, and the Cloud"
    • "Everything You Wanted to Know about Windows 10"
    • "Introduction to PowerPoint"
    • "Intermediate PowerPoint"
    • "Free Software"
    • "Introduction to Excel and Spreadsheets"
  • Relive our July 30 (2015) Forum celebrating 25 years of Omnilore — A photo history: 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   |  Movie Goers   |  Newsletter Deadline   |   Presentations Workshop  |  Prospective Member Orientation   |   Quarterly Forum   |  Walking Group  

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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December
24, 2017 (Sunday)

Movie:  "Star Wars:  The Last Jedi"

Location:  Regal Promenade Stadium 13 (550 Deep Valley Drive Rolling Hills Estates)
Time:  Mid-afternoon  (curtain time and location for discussion afterward will be finalized by a week ahead)

The debut of the Movie Goers Group on November 26 was a success!   "Murder on the Orient Express" drew 20-some Omniloreans and generated a lively discussion at Mimi's after seeing the movie together at the AMC - Rolling Hills.  Now we propose spending Christmas Eve afternoon together seeing the latest Star Wars flick. 

("Darkest Hour," about Winston Churchill early in his tenure as British prime minister during World War II, has already been chosen as our January movie:  Sunday, Jan. 28, AMC Rolling Hills, optionally followed by discussion over a bite at Mimi's again.  More details will be posted in January.)

RaisedHandsApplauding Click Here to read more about Omnilore's Movie Goers SIG on our Special Interests webpage:  .  If you are interested in future participation in this SIG, please RSVP by emailing MovieGoers@Omnilore.org. to be sure you receive future Movie Going anouncements.  Or, you can email Dale Korman directly at howarddale@verizon.net.  There are already over 50 Omniloreans and spouses interested in the group.  Discussions are generic, so no one needs to feel obligated to do any research prior to the movie selected. (Unless you want to, of course.)  There will be plenty to talk about.  See you at the movies! 

  • By the way, if you're not aware of MoviePass.com, check it out.  How does this sound?
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ANY THEATER

ANY MOVIE

ANY DAY

For just $9.95 / month




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Equipment 101:  Presentation Equipment Training

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January 3 (Wednesday), 2018:  11:30 am - 1 pm, Suite L8

Omniloreans may attend either or both parts of this training.

1. EQUIPMENT TRAINING:  Revised Procedures for the Beach Cities Health Center – some New Equipment & Software, too

  • Equipment Training, taught by the Omnilore Equipment Managers, provides instruction on using CSUDH's new presentation equipment plus set-up, and usage of members' mobile devices, your own or Omnilore’s laptop, and our classrooms’ wireless internet connection — used individually and in combinations.

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 (or early January in this case) – just before the beginning of each academic trimester.

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Best Sellers Special Interest Group  (Omnilore Book Club)BestSellerBookshelf


January 8, 2018 (Monday):  Noon - 1:15 pm
Suite L8, Bldg 514, Beach Cities Health District complex
Click Here for Directions to BCHD/BCHC

Eleanor Oliphant, Fiction by Gail Honeyman


EleanorOliphant-cover_.jpgMeet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

Omnilore's 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 Eleanor Oliphant from Amazon: 
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)    (Kindle) 

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Computer Talk  GeezerTyping

January
25, 2018 (Thursday), Noon - 1pm, Suite L8

Topic:  To Be Announced
Presented by Rick Spillane
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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January
28, 2018 (Sunday)

Movie:  "Darkest Hour"

Location:  AMC Rolling Hills
Time: 
Mid-afternoon  (curtain time will be finalized by a week ahead)

The debut of the Movie Goers Group on November 26 was a success!   "Murder on the Orient Express" drew 20-some Omniloreans and generated a lively discussion at Mimi's after seeing the movie together at the AMC - Rolling Hills.  The group decided that "Darkest Hour" would be the next movie to see.  Due to December's busy schedules, January 28th (Sunday afternoon) was selected and to meet again at the AMC - Rolling Hills with the discussion at Mimi's private room.  Initially, 4th Sunday afternoons, AMC Rolling Hills, and Mimi's afterward (optional if you're time-constrained) will be our default schedule.

"Darkest Hour" is a WWII drama with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, the British prime minister, early in his tenure, when he is forced to choose between negotiating with the Nazis or inspiring a nation to resist Hitler.  According to Entertainment Weekly, they write, "It's hard to tell where Gary Oldman ends and Winston Churchill begins in Joe Wright's rousing portrait of the bulldog British Prime Minister in the dire days of WWII. A perfect companion piece to Dunkirk."


RaisedHandsApplauding Click Here to read more about Omnilore's Movie Goers SIG on our Special Interests webpage:  .  If you are interested in future participation in this SIG, please RSVP by emailing MovieGoers@Omnilore.org. to be sure you receive future Movie Going anouncements.  Or, you can email Dale Korman directly at howarddale@verizon.net.  There are already over 50 Omniloreans and spouses interested in the group.  Discussions are generic, so no one needs to feel obligated to do any research prior to the movie selected. (Unless you want to, of course.)  There will be plenty to talk about.  See you at the movies! 

  • By the way, if you're not aware of MoviePass.com, check it out.  How does this sound?
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ANY THEATER

ANY MOVIE

ANY DAY

For just $9.95 / month




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Quarterly Forum

January 31 (Wednesday), 2018Speaker
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Topic:
To Be Announced
Speaker:  To Be Announced


When:  ...
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: 

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.


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


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February 9 (Friday), 2018, 10am:  Route To Be Announced

The Walking Group regularly schedules a walk for the morning of the 2nd Friday of even-numbered months, ending with bring-your-own lunch.  As of 2015 the Walking Group started 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 (and their guests) 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 Dennis Bosch if you have questions about the walking group or are willing to plan a hike.

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Best Sellers Special Interest Group  (Omnilore Book Club)BestSellerBookshelf


February 12, 2018 (Monday):  Noon - 1:15 pm
Suite L8, Bldg 514, Beach Cities Health District complex
Click Here for Directions to BCHD/BCHC

Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall, Non-Fiction by Nina Willner


FortyAutumns.jpgThis illuminating and deeply moving memoir makes visceral the pain and longing of one family forced to live apart in a world divided by two. At twenty, Hanna escaped from East to West Germany. But the price of freedom—leaving behind her parents, eight siblings, and family home—was heartbreaking. Uprooted, Hanna eventually moved to America, where she settled down with her husband and had children of her own.

Growing up near Washington, D.C., Hanna’s daughter, Nina Willner became the first female Army Intelligence Officer to lead sensitive intelligence operations in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. Though only a few miles separated American Nina and her German relatives a bitter political war kept them apart. She takes us deep into the tumultuous and terrifying world of East Germany under Communist rule, revealing both the cruel reality her relatives endured and her own experiences as an intelligence officer, running secret operations behind the Berlin Wall that put her life at risk.

A personal look at a tenuous era that divided a city and a nation, and continues to haunt us, Forty Autumns is an intimate and beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and love—of five women whose spirits could not be broken, and who fought to preserve what matters most: family.

Omnilore's 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 Forty Autumns from Amazon: 
(Hardcover)    (Paperback)    (Kindle) 

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Prospective Member Orientation Sessions Welcome clip art

Upcoming Winter/Spring 2018 Sessions:  (Click Here for printable flyer version of this announcement)
February 9 (Friday), 1:30pm — Suite L8 or L9
      
March 16 (Friday), 1:30pm — Suite L8 or L9
      
Beach Cities Health Center, Bldg 514, Suite L8 or L9 (basement or lower level).
(Click here for directions)

Attend to learn about Omnilore and how to join

Omnilore orientation sessions for prospective new members are held at the Beach Cities Health Center/District complex, in our Suite L8 or Suite L9 on the Lower Level of Building 514.  (Click here for directions).  Orientation sessions start at 10 a.m. or 1:30pm, and last 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on questions.  Click here to view our three-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 February or March orientation session will Summer be eligible to participate in our -trimester Study/Discussion Groups (S/DGs) that begin in May, 2018.  

Most new members join because their friends shared the word of Omnilore with them. We encourage members to invite your friends to join us in our "intellectual pursuits!"

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Computer Talk  GeezerTyping

February
22, 2018 (Thursday), Noon - 1pm, Suite L8

Topic:  To Be Announced
Presented by Rick Spillane
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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Best Sellers Special Interest Group  (Omnilore Book Club)BestSellerBookshelf


March 12, 2018 (Monday):  Noon - 1:15 pm
Suite L8, Bldg 514, Beach Cities Health District complex
Click Here for Directions to BCHD/BCHC

BookTBD, Fiction by AuthorTBD


 AbstractTBD

Omnilore's 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 BookTBD from Amazon: 
(Hardcover)    (Paperback—Large Print)    (Kindle) 

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Coordinator Training

March or 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 trimester. 

All Coordinators/Co-Coordinators of Omnilore Winter/Spring 2018 Classes Starting in January: Please attend this training session because guidelines and tips for coordinating SDGs are always being improved.  (And, it's your chance to meet Head Coordinator, Gloria Dumais, 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 ...

Part of Coordinator Training provides and discusses References and Websites for field trips, movies, art and music venues, etc.; strategies for unequal numbers of presentations per class meeting; and non-PowerPoint presentation types.

Omnilore appreciates those volunteering for these important coordinating positions – Thank You!

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Best Sellers Special Interest Group  (Omnilore Book Club)BestSellerBookshelf


April 9, 2018 (Monday):  Noon - 1:15 pm
Suite L8, Bldg 514, Beach Cities Health District complex
Click Here for Directions to BCHD/BCHC

BookTBD, Non-Fiction by AuthorTBD


 AbstractTBD

Omnilore's 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 BookTBD from Amazon: 
(Hardcover)    (Paperback—Large Print)    (Kindle) 

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Quarterly Forum

April 30 (Monday), 2018Speaker
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Topic:
To Be Announced
Speaker:  To Be Announced


When:  ...
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: 

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: Forum@Omnilore.org


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Prospective Member Orientation Sessions Welcome clip art

Upcoming Summer 2018 Sessions:  (Click Here for printable flyer version of this announcement)
Dates To Be Announced — Suite L8 or L9
      
Beach Cities Health Center, Bldg 514, Suite L8 or L9 (basement or lower level).
(Click here for directions)

Attend to learn about Omnilore and how to join

Omnilore orientation sessions for prospective new members are held at the Beach Cities Health Center/District complex, in our Suite L8 or Suite L9 on the Lower Level of Building 514.  (Click here for directions).  Orientation sessions start at 10 a.m. or 1:30pm, and last 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on questions.  Click here to view our three-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 February or March orientation session will Summer be eligible to participate in our -trimester Study/Discussion Groups (S/DGs) that begin in May, 2018.  

Most new members join because their friends shared the word of Omnilore with them. We encourage members to invite your friends to join us in our "intellectual pursuits!"

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Quarterly Forum — Founder Burt Cutler Memorial Annual  Meeting
& Costume Contest

July 31 (Tuesday), 2018Speaker
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Topic:
To Be Announced
Speaker:  To Be Announced


When:  ...
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: 

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: Forum@Omnilore.org


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Coordinator Training

July or 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 Winter/Spring 2018 Classes Starting in January: Please attend this training session because guidelines and tips for coordinating SDGs are always being improved.  (And, it's your chance to meet Head Coordinator, Gloria Dumais, 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 ...

Part of Coordinator Training provides and discusses References and Websites for field trips, movies, art and music venues, etc.; strategies for unequal numbers of presentations per class meeting; and non-PowerPoint presentation types.

Omnilore appreciates those volunteering for these important coordinating positions – Thank You!

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Quarterly Forum

October 31 (Wednesday), 2018Speaker
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Topic:
To Be Announced
Speaker:  To Be Announced


When:  ...
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: 

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: Forum@Omnilore.org


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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.  Attendance at an Orientation Session, where our style of active learning and members' responsibilities are explained to help you determine if Omnilore is right for you, is required before joining Omnilore — click on "How to Join" below to find out about upcoming Orientation Sessions.

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


This three-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 Beach Cities Health Center/District facility 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.
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Omnilore Membership Fees:

Omnilore annual membership fees are $130.00 per person, which includes a required $30/person OLLI membership fee.  The $130 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 for mailed communcstions = $150.  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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Attendance at an Orientation Session is required before joining Omnilore.  If you want more information about Omnilore membership than is provided above on this webpage, 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.   (For email addresses of other Omnilore officers and key volunteer posts, CLICK HERE.)

There are two Omnilore Orientation Sessions each trimester—six sessions in total throughout the year.  All sessions are held in our Beach Cities Health Center/District facility.  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

Winter/Spring 2018 Dates: 


February 9 (Friday), 1:30 pm — Suite L8
March 16 (Tuesday), 1:30 pm — Suite L8

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 Suite L8 or Suite L9 or the Redondo Room of our Beach Cities Health Center facility (514 N. Prospect 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 2017 courses starting in Septembet.

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 to Omnilore

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Beach Cities Health Center
(also known as Beach Cities Health District — you will see signs saying each BCHC & BCHD)

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Omnilore Moved to Our New Home in August, 2016

Beach Cities Health Center/District

514 N. Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach

http://Omnilore.org/images/StreetSign-at-StopLight-closeup.jpgOMNILORE'S NEW HOME:  On August 1, 2016, all Omnilore classes and many of our other activities moved to new classrooms in the Beach Cities Health Center (BCHC) campus (aka Beach Cities Health District, BCHD), which is located at 514 N. Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach.  BCHC/BCHD is on the east (actually northeast) side of N. Prospect Ave. which bends Northwest/Southeast there.   Driving from the north, BCHD is approx. 0.3 mile south of 190th/Anita or 0.1 mi. south of Beryl.   Driving from the south, it is 1 mile north of Torrance Blvd. or about 0.3 mi. north of Del Amo Blvd.  Look for the street sign saying "Beach Cities Health District" (and an arrow) at the stop light; this is the main entrance to the complex and several parking options.

OUR BCHC/BCHD NEIGHBORS:  We are sharing the campus with a variety of medical facilities including Cancer Care Associates and Silverado Assisted Living,  seniors organizations, Beach Cities Preschool, and the Center for Health and Fitness (gym-yoga-pilates) — making for a compatible fit with Omnilore.

OMNILORE'S CLASSROOMS:  We have two dedicated classrooms (signage saying CSUDH "Suite L8," formerly known as "Suite A"; and "Suite L9," formerly known as "Suite B") that are available to us for extended hours, 7 days a week, year-round – excepting CSUDH possibly scheduling an occasional evening or weekend Extension class in the rooms.  These two classrooms are on the lower (or "Basement") level of Building 514, as indicated on the satellite map (3rd image) below.  Suite L8 is the larger of the two and will accommodate at least 25 members comfortably, plus it has a walled-off storage area at the rear with a sink and counter, plus very ample space for storage cabinets, our equipment carts, and other types of storage.  Suite L9 should fit classes up to 18 members.

images/Parking-Sign-510-514.jpgPARKING:  There is ample parking, in two parking garages and many above-ground spaces on the BCHD campus.  The underground parking garage situated west/southwest of our Building 514 (with its entrance labeled "1" on the 3rd graphic below) is most likely to have open spaces, especially down at the 2nd and 3rd levels down.  See the annotated satellite-map (that 3rd graphic below) below for the parking garages and how to get from them into Building 514 and where our classrooms are from each entrance.

MAPQUEST:  Here is a Mapquest link to the Beach Cities Health Center/District campus, allowing you to enter your home address (or any other starting point) and then generating detailed driving directions for you by clicking the "Get Directions" button and entering your starting address. (Click Here for equivalent Google maps view and its "Directions" button.)

MAPS & DIRECTIONS:  The first 2 images below are street maps showing the environment of BCHD, the 1st one at about a 5-mile view of the vicinity with its boxed area showing the location of the 2nd image which provides driving directions from nearby major streets.   The 3rd image is the annotated satellite map of the BCHC/BCHD campus, showing parking, Building 514 entrances, and directions for navigating to our classrooms.  Click on the first two images below for larger versions; click on the 3rd image (satellite map) for a version removing the large rectangular boxes of text, in order to show the more complete aerial view of the BCHC/BCHD campus.

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BCHC/BCHD campus view — satellite map, marking parking and entrances to Building 514:  (click on image for de-cluttered aerial view)

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OVERFLOW PARKING:  Occasionally the BCHC/BCHD parking shown above might be full, in which case the large above-ground parking lot to the north of the buildings is accessed by driving (1) between Buildings 514 and 520, or (2)  that south-most entrance off N. Prospect (south of the stop light) and driving around the east side of the #2-#3 parking garage, or (3) around the west side Building 520(Click Here for expanded aerial view showing this overflow parking and the driveways leading there through other parking lots.)

 
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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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