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OLLI Mingus Mountain Campfire Event

Gale Grove, Osher Lifelong Learner

Sedona AZ (August 8, 2012) – The monsoon season has quenched the Verde Valley and ignited a Yavapai College Osher Lifelong Learners Institute campfireOLLI, a unique learning experience without the pressure of tests, grades, or papers is a warm gathering of people who are endlessly curious and love to learn.

This summer, OLLI launched a summer camp for adults in the Verde Valley. The fun finale for the summer camp is a campfire slated for the evening of Wednesday, August 29, 2012. The cost of the event is $5 for OLLI members and $10 for non-members.

The campfire is open to the community and it is intergenerational, all ages are welcome. The 2012 summer campfire coordinator will be OLLI member, Gale Grove.

As a child, Grove lived in the city until her own children were in elementary school. At that time, Grove and her husband reassessed and decided to move to the foot of the Sierra Mountains in Bishop, California. 

“We went into the mountains every chance we got. Summer vacations were always spent camping on the eastern slope of the Sierras. Those wonderful days, hiking, fishing, swimming, and rock climbing always found us back in camp for supper, topped off with singing along with the ukulele and telling fanciful stories around the campfire,” shared Grove.

When the children went off to college, the days spent camping became infrequent. “Ever since then, I wanted to get back to the campfire spirit and was able to recapture some of that experience by working for a summer in Yellowstone National Park.” 

Grove spent many years campaigning with her husband who was active in California politics. She also had her own career as a biomedical research librarian for a large biopharmaceutical company. This work offered Grove the opportunity to relocate to Boulder, Colorado but, after several years in the corporate world, Gale decided to follow her passion – an acting career. 

In 2007, Grove moved to the Verde Valley and continued her acting craft with the Verde Valley Theatre Company. She sings and enjoys theatre work as a member of the choir and drama team at the Sedona United Methodist Church.

“We are very happy to have this social event to cap off our inaugural summer camp event,” said Natalia Molina, Director of OLLI of Sedona and Verde Valley. “OLLI’s summer camp has been hugely successful because of members like Gale Grove. Her personal history is impressive and her sense of family, fun, and good times is the true heart OLLI.”

If you enjoy sitting around the campfire telling stories, singing songs, and toasting marshmallows, come and join Gale Grove and members of OLLI for this fun filled event. The adventure begins at the Mingus Mountain campground.

Campers are encouraged to bring water, dinnerware, potluck food to share, camp chairs, roasting forks, firewood, flashlights or camp lamps, jackets, guitars, harmonicas, songs, and lots of stories. Grills in the campground may be used if folks bring meats and charcoal. 

All ages are encouraged to attend.

Register by calling OLLI at 928-649-4275. Remember that space is limited for this event so register early!

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