January 7, 2017
College for Seniors Summer Course Proposals Due!
If you have a passion you would like to share or know someone who would organize an interesting course, please consider teaching at College for Seniors. The deadline to submit a course proposal for the Summer 2017 term is
January 17, 2017.
The appropriate URL link for the Summer 2017 proposal form is:
UNC Asheville shuttle service will begin on Tuesday, January 17, when UNC Asheville undergraduates return to campus.
The UNC Asheville Transportation and Parking Office asks you to use the gravel parking lot at the entrance to campus on Campus Drive (right off Broadway) labeled P01
(click here for a campus map)
, The lot at 118 W.T. Weaver that has been used for satellite parking will
have construction activity this semester and is closed for normal parking. There is a bus stop on Campus Drive. The shuttle should pass this stop at :02, :14, :26, :38, and :50 each hour from
before the evening route then converts into 20 minute intervals.
OLLI is not a designated stop, but tell drivers that you want to come to the Reuter Center, and they will bring you. Let office staff know when you need a ride back to your car, and we will have someone pick you up.Using the shuttle allows you to park safely and avoid the frustration of circling the parking lot.
co-coordinates the mentor program with OLLI volunteers and UNC Asheville students, with 14 mentors working with student athletes and 1st generation students.
Special Interest Group:
Friday, January 20, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
Topic: "Education-Private or Public?"
Start the new year with a stimulating discussion! The Forum offers 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, email@example.com
Friday, January 20, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium
"Death Café" is an engaging gathering that includes storytelling and conversation about the subject of death, a subject that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears and loss; a deepening ritual emerges and we build a culture of dying wisely. Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground and the wonders of being with dying.
Click here to find out more about Death Cafe.
Reuter Center Singers Performance
Saturday, January 21, 2017
At 1 p.m., enjoy the Reuter Center Singers performance before the
UNC Asheville Basketball Game, Kimmel Arena
Special Interest Group
Monday, January 23, 4:15 p.m.
The Meditation SIG meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of January at 4:15 p.m. in room 120 of the Reuter Center.
Bill Walz, College for Seniors Instructor, will lead the meeting on January 23.
All OLLI members are invited to participate.
TRIAD Crime Prevention Series
Monday, January 23 and Monday, January 30
Reuter Center Room 206
These presentations are designed to prevent crimes against the mature population. The TRIAD program is a partnership involving law enforcement, social services, elder law attorneys and representatives of the financial community. These sessions are free and open to the public; registration is suggested.
Click here to register.
Monday, January 23, 2 p.m.: "Investment Fraud: Guarding Your Assets in a Scary World." Presented by John Maron, Director of the Investor Protection and Education Services Division of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.
Monday, January 23, 3 p.m.: "The History of Scams and Fraud." Presented by Larry Pierson from the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office
Monday, January 30, 2 p.m.: "How NOT to Become a Fraud Victim. Presented by Caroline Farmer, Deputy Director, Victims and Citizens Section, North Carolina Department of Justice. Farmer also serves as the co-chair of the NC Senior Fraud Taskforce, as commissioner for NC Crimes Victims Compensation, and as board member of NC Wheels for Hope.
Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Join Read To Succeed Asheville (R2S) for an afternoon of laughs and entertainment with local stand-up comic Randy Robins.
Randy is a native New Yorker who teaches comedy writing and performing classes, as well as film classes that feature some of the comedians that have influenced him (including Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Woody Allen and Billy Crystal).
Admission is free, but donations at the door are welcome and encouraged.
OLLI would like to thank
Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW)
Major Sponsor, Living Stone Construction for their generous support!
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Art and History Tour of Tuscany Presentation
Monday, January 23, 7:45 a.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Please join OLLI instructor Mark
Gordon Smith for a presentation about his "Art and History Tour of Tuscany," based in Florence, Italy, March 9 - 20, 2017.
Coffee and light food items will be available for attendees.
He will be reviewing the itinerary, sharing information about the included airfare and bus transfer from Asheville to/from the Charlotte airport and will be answering questions. This will be the second annual Art Tour in Florence offered for OLLI members and other interested travelers. The opportunity to spend ten days based at a lovely hotel in the city center of Florence, enjoying daily private guided tours with several unique experiences included, is a rare one. Please join Mark for this presentation!.
Dear OLLI Members,
Please remember that our offices will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. I encourage you to take a moment to
read the description of the holiday and its meaning offered by the King Center
for Nonviolent Social Change and to find a way, in the words offered by the Center, "
not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood [Dr. King] so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America."
We continue to work with our instructors to schedule make up sessions for Monday, January 9. Thanks to Herb Gunn, Leanna Preston and Lynn Spaight for their hard work on finding ways to make sure no one misses any opportunity to learn . Thanks to all of the OLLI staff, including Ann Cadle, Caitlin Han and Laurel Jernigan, and to the volunteers at the welcome desk, who greeted members to the first week of the winter term. It was nice to have everyone "back in school."
With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
OLLI offices and programs and the Reuter Center will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017 in observation of Martin Luther King Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Thank you.
The Français facile (Easy French) Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 2 p.m.
Orton Academy, 6 Colonial Place, Asheville
The Easy French SIG will meet OFF CAMPUS at the Orton Academy, about 1.5 miles from UNC-Asheville campus, off of Merrimon Avenue, just a few blocks North of Edgewood Road on the left. Hope to see you there for this special one-time, Tuesday meeting.
The Français facile SIG is a group 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
If questions, contact Renee Raffini
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, January 20, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Drug abuse is a major public health problem that has an impact on society on multiple levels. Drug abuse contributes to the development of cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. Drugged driving, violence, stress and child abuse are some of the social problems caused by drug abuse. Dr. Dale Nash will discuss the biopsychosocial model that one substance abuse clinic utilizes to address the complex needs of those who are addicted. Affiliated with Carolina Treatment Centers, Dr. Nash is also a Board Certified Internist who has been practicing internal medicine for over 30 years.
Free and open to the public, this lecture is part of the
Health Education Series
NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday, January 20, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Jeeves In Bloom"
by Margaret Raether, adapted from the stories by P.G. Wodehouse
Women in Science
Starting in the fall of 2017, the theme of the STEM lectures (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) will be "Women in STEM." Women, from the dawn of civilization, have made major contributions to STEM. At the same time, they have had to overcome many obstacles due to bias and stereotypes and rarely received recognition. W
omen still face many challenges which are not only discouraging to them, but also a great loss to America in a world of global competition.
We are asking OLLI members if you have had or know of anyone who has had to overcome obstacles to furthering a career in STEM. Stories like yours are important to young women being educated to be a scientist, mathematician, engineer, or other STEM career. If you would like to share your story, please contact Howard Jaslow at
UNC Asheville Athletic Events
- Baseball Night in Asheville, Jan 20, 6 p.m, Highland Brewing. Tickets are $50 and they are on sale at the Box Office. Cameron Maybin of the Los Angeles Angels and graduate of Buncombe County's T.C. Roberson High, will be the guest speaker. Information, call 828.251.6904
- Basketball Double Header, Jan 21. OLLI members can receive $5 off with promo code OLLI; Women's Basketball Jan 21, 2-4 p.m.; Men's Basketball, Jan 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., both games in Kimmel Arena
- Men's Basketball Jan 28,12-2 p.m. Kimmel Arena
- Women's Basketball Jan 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Kimmel Arena
- Women's Basketball Jan 31, 7-9 p.m. Kimmel Arena
Hearing Loss Association Meeting
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus
68 Sweeten Creek Road
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a condition often associated with hearing loss. Some of those who are most disturbed by this condition are unaware of any hearing loss and many don't have such loss. There is no cure for tinnitus, but there is help: it can be very well managed.
Dr. Lauren Hadden, AuD, of The Hearing Center, will address the meeting of the Asheville Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. E
veryone is welcome.
In the event of adverse weather, an email will be sent to everyone on the HLAA mailing list who have given us an email address. You can phone Ann Karson, 828-665-8699, up to 8.30 a.m. on the morning of the event, or you can check with Care Partners' Front Desk staff at their Rehab unit.
Medicare Choices Made Easy
Friday, January 27, 20 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program. In partnership with OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday,
January 27 or March 24, 2017, 2-4 p.m. i
n the Reuter Center. The class will provide important information to assist you in understanding how Medicare works and what you need to do to obtain benefits and save money.
Spaces are limited so reserve your space by registering online at
In addition, beginning at
, representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment. They will also provide detailed instructions for accessing the Agency's online services at
The Workshop Committee at OLLI is seeking new members to host and market workshops scheduled through the Fall of 2017, and find unique ways to serve as we develop new ways of working together.
"The mission of the OLLI Workshop Committee is to serve as a gateway to OLLI for a diverse cross-section of people by facilitating short-term, hands-on, unique and intensive learning experiences that appeal to members of the center and the greater community."
If you wish to learn more Laurel Jernigan (staff liaison) and Ian Rudick, (committee co-chair) would love to meet with you!
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award
Saturday, February 4, 4-6 p.m.
Top of the Plaza,
Asheville Renaissance Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
The Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site are pleased to announce the 61st annual presentation of th
e Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award honoring the author Terry Roberts for his work That Bright Land. After the presentation, Dr. Roberts will provide comments and read excerpts from his award winning novel.
The program will also feature excerpts from the four finalist works:
Phil Jamison reading from Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics;
Randy Johnson reading from Grandfather Mountain;
Robert Morgan's Dark Energy; and
Ron Rash's Above the Waterfall.
A reception hosted by the Renaissance Hotel will follow the program. Reservations are required. Event tickets are $5 for WNCHA members and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Smith McDowell House Events Calendar or by calling the Smith-McDowell House at 828-253-9231.