OLLI Winter's End

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Feb. 11, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at Cal State L.A. Invites
Adults over 50 to
Dance, Sing and Celebrate Winter’s End

Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, March 18, adults over 50 are invited to a free day-long celebration of Winter’s End, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State L.A. Festivities feature a thrilling performance by the originator of Jazz Tap, a sing-along of songs from the ’40s through today, exciting African drumming and dancing, and tips on how to stay productive during retirement.

The Winter’s End celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation on “How to Stay Productive in Your Third Age” by Dr. Bobbe Sommer, author of Psycho-Cybernetics 2000 and a Cal State L.A. alumnus, at the University's Golden Eagle Ballroom. campus. Sommer is a sought-after speaker who inspires listeners to make a transition into empowered retirement. (Refreshments will be provided at the OLLI Winter’s End celebration, and lunch may be purchased at the University Food Court.)

The afternoon will then be packed with singing and dancing. At 1:30 p.m., singer/guitarist Kathryn Grimm (another Cal State L.A. alumna) will lead a sing-along of popular music from the ’40s through today. Nigerian master drummer and Yoruba ceremonial leader Ayo Adeyemi, who has performed with The Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana and Baba Olatunji, will “drum up” high-energy rhythms and lead the celebrants in West African songs and dances. Finally, the Cal State L.A. Jazz Tap Corps will perform under the direction of Professor Ardie Bryant, a world-class Jazz Tap percussionist whose seven-decade career includes performing with Duke Ellington, Nat “King” Cole, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Visit www.calstatela.edu for campus map and location of hourly-rate parking lots. For OLLI membership information, contact Marivic Erskine at (323) 343-4695.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State L.A. is funded by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation in collaboration with the Edward R. Roybal Institute of Applied Gerontology at Cal State L.A. On Fridays, OLLI offers special events and non-credit classes taught by eminent instructors. “The goal of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is empowerment through learning to help adults remain vibrant in mind, body, and spirit,” states OLLI Director Connie S. Corley, Ph.D., LCSW. Annual membership for OLLI starts at $45; individual classes are $15 for non-members. OLLI annual membership provides additional access to the University’s library system, discounts on classes, volunteer opportunities, and the benefits that come with joining an exciting community of lifelong learners.

WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA – California State University, Los Angeles is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system. The University is noted for the Luckman Fine Arts Complex and critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra; its focus on alternative energy technology; the unique Early Entrance Program for gifted youngsters; the first of its kind Charter College of Education; and a renowned forensic science graduate program, among many others.

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