WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 Beyond Bingo 100 was founded by former volunteer leaders of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis. They decided to break away after Brandeis decided to exercise greater authority over the institute, com- monly known as BOLLI. "We felt that when you have a program for retired professional people, they should be playing an important role in deciding how the program is run and money spent," says Richard Mansfield of Sudbury, who chairs the board of the new collaborative. Classes are held during the day Monday and Thursday in space rented from Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Mansfield points out that "these courses have topics like what you'd see at the undergradu- ate and graduate level, as opposed to 'how to plan your trip to Italy.'" This fall's 16 courses include such varied topics as cryptography, the Spanish Inquisition, Chekhov, and the two operatic incarnations of Figaro. The collaborative hopes to build community through theater outings, lunchtime speakers, and current events and reading groups. interests, such as film, music, walking, or bridge; and holding monthly lunches. Hank Solomon, a 79-year-old retired business consultant from Wellesley, organized a men's lunch group, where the conversation actually goes beyond sports as members open up about their lives. One of the participants is confined to a wheelchair and has some diffi- culty communicating. "We put him at the front of the table, and he just loves it," says Solomon. Lifelong students This fall has seen a third continuing education program established in Weston and Wellesley. All rely primarily on volunteers, tapping into the wealth of academic, business, and professional experience among area retirees. And all seek to enrich social as well as intellectual life. LLAIC (Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative) boasted more than 300 members before it held its first class in September. It

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