Calendar of Events  
March 26, 2017 
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning
Beverly J. Gaines
March 1, 2017
Autumn Players 
Readers Theatre 
Sunday, March 26, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
by Gary Carden,
 directed by Marianne Lyons 
Playwright Gary Carden

Carden's play tells the story of the creation of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and highlights the controversies and conflicts between longtime mountain residents and the "outsiders" who advocated preservation through establishment of national park lands.
The Autumn Players are a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community, with readings of great literature by experienced performers that can spark deep understanding.
This performance is open to everyone and tickets are $6 at the door.  
To learn more about The Autumn Players, click here to visit their website.
Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m. 
Lipinsky Auditorium
Three local choral groups, the Asheville Singers, the UNC Asheville University Singers and the Reuter Center Singers, accompanied by piano and a string quartet, will together present
The program musically spans the ages from the great Renaissance composer Palestrina to Beethoven and on to new compositions by Ola Gjeilo, Dan Davison, Rollo Dilworth and more. 
The Reuter Center Singers and the UNC Asheville University Singers are both directed by Chuck Taft.  The Asheville Singers are conducted by Melodie Galloway, music department chair and UNC Asheville associate professor. 

 The performance is free and open to everyone.

Please Note
If you drop your cup of coffee and it spills all over the carpet, please report to the OLLI office.  We keep the Center fresh and clean for your enjoyment and a huge coffee stain left to dry is a problem.

Thank you!

Catherine Jordan
Chair of the 2016 - 17 
OLLI Steering Council.   
"I love volunteering at OLLI because it gives me a chance to work with and really get to know our terrific staff and other members, use some skills and experiences from my career days and have FUN while doing it!" 

 Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 

OLLI staff would like to extend a special thank you to these volunteers who helped make sure that the first week of classes was a success.

Marge Campbell
Shirley Conlan
Rei Fuller
Larry Griswold
Nancy Gordon
Larry Hardin
Martha Marshall
Barbara Mueller
Pam Prosser
Bobbie Rockwell
Mark Speer
Luis Uranga
Ann Ward

If you would like to be a welcome table volunteer in the future, please contact Caitlin Han at 251-6140
Special Interest Group
Monday, March 27, 4:15 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120 
Jacquie is back!   Jacquie Wollins will lead our group in a guided meditation based on the Silva Method.  The group will choose between relaxation, health issues, pain management or resolving interpersonal conflicts as the focus for the deeper part of the meditation.
All OLLI members are welcome at programs of the Meditation SIG. 
Volunteer Opportunity

OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee offers another great volunteer opportunity in the 
Call to Action for Education
United Way Middle School Success Homework Diner 
The easiest and most rewarding volunteer project ever!   
OLLI Civic Engagement will attend the Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Homework Diner at Enka Middle School. 
to RSVP for the 28th!
Click here to learn more! 

  Special Interest Group: The Forum
Friday, March 31, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205
"The Trump Administration's Foreign Policy"
 Mark your calendar to attend The Forum where you will discover 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, 
Did someone say Twitter?  
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Registration now open!
The Gift of Time: Thoughtful Planning for Life's End
The Gift of Time program will encourage you to think about how to plan and communicate your end of life wishes to spouses, partners, children and parents. Take control of what you want for yourself and help others address the many issues that face all of us in times of crisis.  The workshop will be an extended conversation with facilitators and outside speakers who will converse holistically on key legal, medical and spiritual issues.  Space is limited.
Program Details
May 16, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017
Times: 10 a.m. - noon each day
Cost: $30/person (OLLI members only)
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend   
 Major Sponsor,

Biltmore Farms Hotels for their
longstanding support!
  CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.

Can't find your hat?  Coat gone missing?  How about your lost notebook?  There's a chance we have your lost items in the OLLI Lost & Found.  Please check to see if your missing item is among the items over-flowing the OLLI Lost & Found.  All unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Senior Opportunity Center
36 Grove Street, Asheville
  A part of the Asheville City Parks and Recreation Department
Dear OLLI Members,
Our Spring 2017 College for Seniors courses are off to a great start.  Thanks so much to all of the instructors, Class Reps, Welcome Desk volunteers and members for your enthusiasm and expertise.

You still have one more day to submit questions for the Town Hall Meeting to be held Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m. At present we have only one question submitted to  We will take questions from the audience as well.  We encourage all of you to come to the meeting and also to know that any time you have questions or concerns that you can simply respond to this email, and someone will be in touch. 

OLLI runs on volunteer effort and energy.  In this newsletter, please read David Langdon's story about our OLLI Steering Council (OSC) and see OSC chair Catherine Jordan's comments in the marketing committee's "Volunteer Spotlight."  Review the names of our Welcome Table volunteers, thank them when you see them at the Reuter Center and contact Caitlin Han to volunteer in future terms. Also, enjoy an opportunity to represent OLLI in the wider community by volunteering to be part of a Homework Diner at Enka Middle School with members of the Civic Engagement Committee or participating in The Reality Store at Asheville Middle School. 

Finally, you can enjoy the artistic talents of OLLI members today in The Autumn Players' performance of Outlander or The Reuter Center Singers as one of the ensembles in Viva La Musica!  Finally, plan to attend the OLLI Authors reading on Thursday, April 6, with OLLI poets Nelson Sartoris and Bill Swarts. 

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:
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Wednesday, March 29, 5 p.m. 
Baseball vs. Western Carolina University
McCormick Field, Coaches vs. Cancer Game

Wednesday, April 5, noon
 Men's Tennis vs. Liberty University
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown

Wednesday, April 5, 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. NC Central University
Greenwood Baseball Field

Friday, April 7, 6 p.m.
 Baseball vs. Charleston Southern University
Greenwood Baseball Field

Saturday, April 8, 3 p.m.
Baseball vs. Charleston Southern University
Greenwood Baseball Field
Please officially DROP a course if you decide to not continue. We do have many courses with waiting lists.
AND remember you may not "drop in" on a class if you are not registered for that class.  The commotion of unregistered members taking a seat in the room disrupts the instructors, the Class Reps, the staff and is unfair to people on a waiting list.

Thank you!

Keep up with UNC Asheville Events
 that may have an impact on
traffic and your route to the Reuter Center

UNC Asheville is undertaking $67 million worth of construction to add new residence halls, to renovate Owen and Carmichael Halls and to create exciting new spaces at Highsmith University Union.  To keep up with all of the construction and potential impacts on campus, click here to find information about all of the projects and a weekly update on construction.

On Tuesday, March 28, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. UNC Asheville will hold a Job and Internship Fair in the Sherrill Center on the UNC Asheville campus. This may mean that vendors for the event will be parking in the Campus View Drive parking lot, so consider parking at the Campus Drive lot right off Broadway and asking the shuttle driver to bring you to the Reuter Center.
The Français facile Special Interest Group
 Monday,  March 27,  2 p.m.  
  Reuter Center Room 120 
This group is for those at the beginning and intermediate levels of French who would like to practice their conversation skills.  We divide into small groups to chat about various topics. No instruction is given, but some help/ grammar correction may be provided. 
No rsvp required. 
All OLLI members and skill levels are welcome.

SIG contact: Renee Raffini, 828.684.6371, 

OLLI Town Hall Meeting 
Thursday, March 30,  4:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Please join us for our annual Town Hall meeting. We will review the highlights of the past year, including member survey results and accomplishments from our OLLI programs and activities. The Nominating Committee will introduce the 2017-2018 slate of candidates. Our focus, however, will be on your questions for our staff and Steering Council members. We would like to collect questions in advance to plan the program more efficiently. 

Please send questions with "Town Hall Question" in the subject line, to  Light refreshments will be served.  Call 828.251.6188 for more information. 
UNC Asheville's  Parsons Lecture
Playing from a Laptop: Sports Analytics
Davidson College
Sports analytics is a growing field. The larger field of data analytics is exploding as a field requiring skills in mathematics and computer science. What sports projects can be tackled as an undergraduate? This talk will discuss a variety of projects Dr. Tim Chartier of Davidson College has directed with his students, who have ranged from first years to seniors and include math and non-math majors. His projects have varied from helping the German National Basketball Team to his own college teams. He's also aided the NBA, NASCAR, and ESPN. Learn how to play a sport - as a sports analyst!
This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lecture
moved to Wednesday, April 5, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The Emotion Project  
The Emotion Project has a mission to connect the mentally ill with the general public through the common denominator of feelings. Tracey Turner is a 71-year-old woman
Tracey Turner
with manic-depression and anxiety disorders who went undiagnosed and untreated for 40 years. The creator of The Emotion Project, she weaves a tale of her life and its maze, including alcoholism and the sometimes dangerous outcomes of the impulsivity that is a symptom of her bipolar disorder.

In her story, Tracey tells how she has been an award winning corporate communications writer yet lost almost every job she ever had. She embellishes stuffed bears to express her individual emotions. This lecture is part of the  
Health Education Series.
  Chamber Music Chat
"Musicians Talking About Music"
Friday, March 31, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

As Asheville's own chamber music company, Pan Harmonia presents many of the area's finest musicians performing a signature mix of compelling masterpieces and sensational new music. Chamber Music Chats offer "up close and personal" talks with the musicians.

Learn about their process, inspiration, the music they love and more!   These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Pan Harmonia website:
Smart Driver Class
Friday, April 3 or April 17, 11:30am-3:30pm
Reuter Center, Room 120

aarp Safe Drving The four-hour AARP Smart Driver Class offers numerous tips for coping with inevitable changes in perception and reaction time, as well as increased hazards on the roads with faster cars and busier traffic. Participants can expect to review the rules of the road, tips on dealing with aggressive drivers and general safety tips such as how to make left turns into heavy traffic. The course, offered nationwide, is designed to help participants avoid crashes and remain safely behind the wheel. Scheduled at the Reuter Center on the following two dates, the cost is the $20 or $15 for AARP members. 
 Friday, April 3, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or 
Friday, April 17, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  
Contact Ollie Bunch  to register
Volunteers Needed
Join your fellow OLLI members for a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity at Asheville Middle School!  Participants will help run the "Reality Store," a financial education simulation that teaches students about budgeting. 

Volunteers will work at each of these "stores" to help students make decisions, write checks and balance their household budgets.  
No previous training or experience is necessary.  This is a fun and meaningful experience for both the volunteers and students.   

Thursday, April 6, 9 am - noon
Contact Caitlin Han, or 251-6140

The OLLI Steering Council: what's it all about?
by David Langdon

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at OLLI to keep it operating so smoothly? The OLLI Steering Council (OSC) is one key element in that success.

Today's OSC is made up of ten OLLI committee chairs and a five-member Executive Committee, as follows:
    Chair - Catherine Jordan
    Past Chair - Pat Chitwood
    Chair-Elect - Kirk Borland
    Recording Secretary - Kathleen Mainardi
    Executive Director - Catherine Frank

The committees work independently and collaboratively to support OLLI staff in carrying out the work of the organization.
Click here to read more.
Walter Ziffer Book Talk
Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

Walter Ziffer will speak about his new memoir  
Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for God
Presented by The Center for Jewish Studies, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy. This event is free and open to everyone. More information  828.232.5027.

Click here to learn more 
  World Affairs Council  
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room 

"Applying Climate Science to Optimize Department of Defense Missions"
by Glenn Kerr, USAF retired, Executive Director of American Association of State Climatologists

Glenn Kerr.
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. The World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters. 
All lectures are scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door.    
For more details about programs,

Sierra Club Meeting 
Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m. 
Unitarian Universalist 
Congregation of Asheville, 
1 Edwin Place

  "Hope in the Form of 
Wind & Solar Energy"
  Michael Shore will speak about past, present and future of wind and solar energy.  Michael was co-founder of First Light Solar in 2006 and is now President of BarberWind Turbines. Learn about the success of renewable energy!
More information, contact: Judy Mattox, ,  (828) 683-2716  
 Free and open to the public

 OLLI is beginning a new series,
OLLI Authors, to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.
  OLLI Authors begins with a poetry readings on
Thursday, April 6, 4:30 p.m.
Nelson Sartoris
Reuter Center Room 206 
when Nelson Sartoris will read from his new book,
Brain Slivers, and Bill Swarts
Bill Swarts
will read from his just published
Harmonies Unheard. Signed copies of both books will be available for purchase.  Click here to read more about Nelson Sartoris and click here to read more about  Bill Swarts   
We're counting on the success of "OLLI Authors" to highlight OLLI members' creativity and let the world know OLLI has talent!
Art Exhibit
Revitalizing Maya History  and Heritage:  
Our View from the Archives
This interesting new exhibit will be on display in the Ramsey Library Tuesday, April 11, 2-10 p.m.
There will be a recepti on in the l ibrary and an opportunity to meet the student curators from  5-6:30 p.m.
 The curators include 15 students of Maya descent from R. L. Patton High School in Morganton, NC and 10 Yucatec Maya students from the Universidad de Oriente in Valladolid, Mexico.  All are welcome to attend the reception at 5 p.m.    
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