Calendar of Events  
 February 26, 2017
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning 
   David Carey
February 5, 2017
Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, February 26, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
"Bus Stop" by William Inge, directed by RoseLynn Katz

The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Readings of great literature by experienced performers can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest.  As words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, stories come to life. Tickets are $6 at the door.  

The  Visual Art 
Curriculum Committee 
Needs Volunteers to Teach Studio Art
  Please email Sheila Murphy with proposals or questions for teaching a studio arts class for OLLI's College for Seniors.
Terry Liles , Chair of the Facilities Committee.    

"I love volunteering at OLLI because I want to help a good cause when there is a need and I think I would actually be helpful."

 Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
Meditation Special Interest Group   
 Monday, February 27, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 207

Gail Jolley, Executive Director of the School for Esoteric Studies, a nonprofit correspondence school based in Asheville,will discuss Seed Thought Meditation and then lead us in meditation. She has been involved with esoteric studies for 40 years.

All members of the OLLI community are welcome.  More information, contact Sally Ekaireb
Sierra Club Meeting  
 Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place
 "Preserving a Picturesque America"

  Scott Varn has been locating hundreds of beautiful sites in America identified by artists of the 1800s and is describing them in stories, art and photographs, attempting to seek ways to preserve them.
Contact: Judy Mattox,
828. 683.2716 . Free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville Panel
Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Humanities Lecture Hall
UNC Asheville Campus

Panel Discussion: 
Media & Politics 
in the Post-Truth Era

Panelists will explore the interaction of the news media and political leaders as well as the recent strained relations between the press, the public and state and federal administrations. Featured panelists are Mark Barrett, political reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, Jen Jones, communications director for Democracy NC, Laura Meadows, UNC Asheville assistant professor of mass communication, Ashley Moraguez, UNC Asheville assistant professor of political science and Barbara Sayer, program director for WCQS. 

This event is cosponsored by the departments of Mass Communication and Political Science.
The event is free and open to the public.

  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, March 3, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205

Topic: "Governmental Regulation" 
The Forum offers a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.

SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, 
OLLI Member Art Exhibit
Friday, March 10, 5 - 8 p.m.
West Asheville Branch Library
942 Haywood Road
Yellow Sunscape by Peter Olevnik, oil on canvas
OLLI members are invited to an art exhibition opening featuring Peter Olevnik's  oil and acrylic paintings, mixed-media works and pen-and-ink renderings.  Also offered for sale
Special Thanks 
Sponsor, Deerfield for their longstanding support!
1617 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

 CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
WASA: Wellness Activities for Successful Aging
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 
March 28- April 27, 
10:15-11:45 a.m. 
UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center 

Spots are filling fast! If you are interested or would like more information, please contact  Dr. Kathie Garbe, 828.251.6514,  
or Stacie Smith, Student Director,

Joy of Sox 

St. Eugene Parish invites OLLI members to participate in our annual "Joy of Sox" drive,
March 4-19. New men's, women's and children socks will be distributed to local agencies that serve the homeless in our area. The homeless rarely receive the gift of new socks, so your donation can help reduce foot and general health problems and bring a bit of joy and dignity to the recipients. Black cotton socks with reinforced heel and toe are ideal for men. There will be a collection box right outside the OLLI office. 
Webinar to Learn More About a Trip to Enjoy Iceland's Northern Lights

   Our friends at OLLI at Clemson have arranged a trip to Iceland and would like to extend the opportunity to members of OLLI at UNC Asheville. 
For more information contact
Nancy O'Neil
AAA Carolinas - Asheville
(828) 253-5376 ext. 11550 
Thank You, Winter 2017 College for Seniors Class Reps!
Peggy Baker                   Ted McIrvine
Christine Bowers            Anne McKenzie
Kathie Briggs                  Jean Moore
Diane Cassel                   Barbara Mueller
Shirley Conlan                  Gini Mulkern
Jill Cooper                         Jann Nance
Kathy Dambach                  Barbara Navik
Rubin Feldstein              Patricia Oppenheim
Samantha Forrest          Deborah Olsen
Susan Futch                  Glenda Overbeck
Judith Galloway                Susan Poole
Marilyn Geiselman           Marjorie Portwood
Nancy Gordon                  Lori Postal
Patricia Grace                Roberta Powers
Michael Grillot                 Pam Prosser
Barbara Griswold              Lynn Seeley
Larry Griswold                 Ilona Sena
Annie Houle                         Michael Sena
Charles Itzkovitz                 Donald Siegla
Kathleen Jacobs                Michael Smith
Edward Kara                      Sandra Taylor
Teri Kayne                          William Utz
Ari Landau                        Rita Van Nuys
Sherry Lubic                      Barbara Wallk
          Martha Marshall                       Ann Ward
Bonnie Wheeler               Gracemarie Warren
    Ed Zaidberg                                                                                      
Dear OLLI Members,
Congratulations to UNC Asheville's men's basketball team for ending up in a tie for the number one spot in the Big South Conference. They will begin conference play next Thursday.  It is wonderful in this day and age to know that our student athletes excel in and care about their activities in the classroom and on the court. Thanks also to OLLI members Jim Lenburg and Dick Murray for their work to organize OLLI members as mentors for student athletes through the Leaders for Leaders program and to Janet Cone and Rebecca Nelms for their support of this intergenerational initiative. 

Congratulations and thanks to all of the OLLI members who successfully registered for Spring 2017 courses. We had over 1100 people submit requests.   Thanks to registration helpers Joe Baum, Marilynn Bynum, Marge Campbell, Jacob Cohen, Judy Creed, Bob Davis, Nancy Gordon, Tom Hofmann, Barbara Jaslow, Linda Korte, Gary Schenk, Luis Uranga, Ann Ward, Gracemarie Warren and Judith Young for walking OLLI members through online registration. Special thanks to OLLI staff members Ann Cadle, Caitlin Han and Lynn Spaight for their efforts at continuous improvements in the ways we use the system and for working so hard at creating good registration experiences for participants. The system is closed while we run allocation and will re-open at 10 a.m. on March 6 for Add/Drop.
I hope you will take some time to read Larry Hamilton's enlightening article about living with Alzheimer's.  It is informative and well-written.  Thanks, Larry, for sharing your story.

With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
UNCA Bulldog UNC Asheville Athletic Events
  February/March,  2017

Sunday, February 26, 3 p.m.
  Men's Tennis: UNC Asheville vs. Lees-Mcrae
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown

Friday, March 3, 3 p.m.  
Baseball: UNC Asheville vs. Iona College Greenwood Baseball Field

Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m.
  Baseball: UNC Asheville vs. Iona College
Greenvood Baseball Field

      Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m. 
Women's Basketball: UNC Asheville vs. 
              Kimmel Arena    
(Last Home Game for the Season)
College for Seniors Offers 
Three Instructor Support Events teacher

The College for Seniors Committee presents an array of instructional opportunities between the Winter and Spring CFS terms. Instructors or prospective instructors may choose to attend one, two or all three.

These events are an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your current skills or learn something new!

Creating Simple Power Point Presentations
 for Your CFS Course

Accelerated "Speak Out, Speak Up" 
For CFS Instructors

Skill Talks - A day of workshops and networking for prospective, new and experienced instructors  
  World Affairs Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
  Larry Wilson on Saudi Arabia in Transition

Come to
Larry Wilson
the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties.   The World Affairs Council (WAC) meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters. 
OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership.  Lectures are free to WAC members and students. All others pay $10 at the door. 
   For more details about programs, 
consult the WAC website.

Alzheimer's? No, You Got the Wrong Guy!

by Larry Hamilton

Larry Hamilton 
OK, I got it. But, it's not my fault. The professionals are still out on "how" and "why." There's no miracle cure on the horizon, YET. I'm a healthy, longtime (nearly 74) back- of-the-pack runner. I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's (ALZ) last January. My wonderful spouse, Miriam Freeman, noticed my symptoms - mostly a growing "forgetfulness." The tricky part for me is, I don't always know when I have good memory and when I don't. So, before I forget them, let me share some tips for those living with ALZ, or whose who think they may be.
STEM Lecture
Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
"Accelerating Climate Innovation" 
by James McMahon, The Collider

Jim McMahon
 The STEM series of lectures is an interdisciplinary program that covers a wide range of  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  Lecturers share their work, present new ideas for feedback and introduce participants to exciting areas to explore.  The lectures are free and open to the public.

Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7 p.m.

Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

"Exoplanets: Is There Another Earth?"
 Chris Richardson, ELON University

Dr. Richardson will review how we currently discover exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) and the technique used to reveal their physical properties. A special select few of these planets could possibly harbor life, given certain circumstances. Richardson will cover those unique circumstances and where we stand as of right now in our search for another Earth.
The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first
Chris Richardson
Thursday of each month, from 7-9 pm, with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and star gazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena.  For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at
TheatreUNCA Presents Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale"
Opens Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. 

 TheatreUNCA will stage Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," with four performances in UNC Asheville's Carol Belk Theater. Evening performances will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4, with curtain at 7:30 p.m. One matinee will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5.
General admission for "The Winter's Tale" is $12, $7 for students and OLLI members; $10 for faculty, staff and seniors. For information and tickets, visit, or call 828.251.6610
Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement
Friday, March 3, 1:30 p.m.
 "Investor Round Table: 
Questions for Seniors, 2017"
If you depend upon stock dividends to pay for necessities, does it matter to you if the value of stock decreases? Should it? Where will interest rates be by the end of the year? If your home has significantly increased in value, should you sell now and downsize?

Join us to hear these and other questions discussed, and bring questions for our always knowledgeable member panel.   The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at or 828-231- 7710.

WNCHA Program: "After Coal: The Future of Appalachia and Wales"
Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Join Pat Beaver, PhD, and Tom Hansell, filmmaker, of Appalachian State University as they present the story of individuals struggling to build a new future in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky and South Wales.  The program opens with Hansell's noted 50 minute documentary,
After Coal, depicting the stark reality of each region losing over 20,000 jobs in recent years.  Following the film, Dr. Beaver explores how both regions are attempting to maintain family traditions and cultures while reinventing their economies in order to survive.  Is it possible for these historic communities to remember the past while looking to the future?

Tickets will be sold at the door.  
General Public: $5 donation requested.  
WNCHA members: free.
Travel Presentation:  Antarctica
Tuesday, March 7, 2017,  10 a.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Photographs and Presentation on the Amazing Seventh Continent, Antarctica 
by Dr. Roger C. Helm, Marine Ecologist
Paradise Bay
  Antarctica is considered by some the most raw, primal, exciting, stunning and awe inspiring place on earth.  It's the highest, coldest, windiest, and driest continent, and, surprisingly, it's quite different from its cousin on the opposite pole.  Please come and see for yourself why so many travelers interested in nature rank this trip at the top of their list.   
 Free and open to the public.
Center for Jewish Studies Events   
March 23, 24, 26, 2017, 
Times and Locations Vary
The Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville (CJS) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a number of events on March 23 - 26, 2017. Richard Chess's 25th year of serving as CJS director will also be celebrated.

The activities begin on Thursday,
March 23, 7 p.m. at the Reuter Center, with an exhibition of CJS through the decades, a screening of a short film by Marty Gillen and the 2017 Phyllis Freed Sollod Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by Richard Chess. A dessert reception will follow. 
This evening is free and open to all.

On Friday, March 24, 3 p.m. at the Reuter Center, acclaimed musician, composer, performer Danny Maseng will present "The Passion, The Beauty, The Heartbreak: Israel Through Poetry and Music." The presentation will include performances by Danny Maseng of songs that tell the story of modern Israel.

The celebration concludes on Sunday,
March 26, 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Danny Maseng at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in West Asheville. This event is ticketed. Tickets for the performance are $15. Those would like to have dinner at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, are encouraged to make a reservation to dine before the show. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 828-575-2737.

For more information, please contact the Center for Jewish Studies at 828-232-5027.
Blue Ridge Orchestra Concert
Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium

  "A Wedding with Wolfgang"
"A Wedding with Wolfgang" is an old / new / borrowed / blue tribute to marriage and Mozart. This family-friendly program includes Mozart's oldest symphony (Symphony 1, composed when he was 8 years old), his "newest" (Symphony 41, Jupiter), Tchaikovsky's   Mozartiana   (exploring a borrowed theme), and Countess Almaviva's blue "Dove Sono" aria from   Marriage of Figaro, sung by UNC Asheville music professor Christine Boone.

Tickets $15 General Admission,
 $10 Friend of Blue Ridge Orchestra
$5 Student. 
For tickets and info, see or call  (828) 782-3354 .
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UNC Asheville
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