December 18, 2016
In This Issue
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"Harmonies Unheard" 
Poems by OLLI member 
William Swarts
Reading on Carol Anders'
radio program 
"Asheville and the Arts"
Thursday, December 22, 11:30 a.m.
OLLI member Bill Swarts, will discuss and read poems from his latest book,  Harmonies Unheard, on Carol Anders'  "Asheville and the Arts" radio program (103.7 FM and online at 
Harmonies Unheard  is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Click here to find out more about Bill's book, including how to purchase it online.  Bill will hold a reading and book signing in the new year and will notify OLLI members of time and place.

New Member Welcome
 Friday, January 6, 2017, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

  New member welcome
Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Financial Strategies in Retirement  
Friday, January 6, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 207
"Asset Allocation for Retirees: 2017"
Guest speaker, back by popular demand: Skip Helms of Helms Wealth Management, LLC.  Mr. Helms is a frequent guest of our SIG and a 30-year financial service veteran with an occasionally irreverent view of Wall Street.

After a short presentation, this will be primarily a question and answer session, so come prepared to share your questions and concerns on this and other topics of interest.

The meeting is open to all OLLI members. More info, contact Kate Beatty kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710.
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lectures 
Friday, January 13, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

On  Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. during the term, this series of lunch and learn lectures continues to delight and inform.   Held in the Manheimer Room, Fab Fridays are free and open to the public. The winter 2017 series begins on January 13th with

Southern Folk Art: Collecting, Curating and Connecting with Artists by Ann Oliver

  Southern Folk Art is variously described as self-taught, visionary, remembered or intuitive. The artists are often isolated by circumstance or choice, creating their art out of an internal necessity to create. Ann Oliver and her late husband Ted collected over 1,000 folk art pieces from the south. Their private collection became so well known that strangers would knock on their door and ask to admire the works. Ann and her husband opened a gallery in Hedersonville dedicated to the celebration and preservation of folk and outsider art througout Appalachia. Though the gallery has closed, Ann continues to curate folk art exhibitions for other venues. Ann will talk about her experiences of traveling, meeting the artists, collecting and sharing her passion for preserving the folk art tradition.   
 Asheville Parks & Rec Program 
 Charitable Sewing and  Yarn Crafts 
Beginning in January,on the 1st and 3rd Fridays, 1:30-3:45 p.m. 
Bring your own projects and materials and enjoy the company of others while you create projects to donate. We participate in Project Linus and make blankets and winter hats for those in need locally. Ideas and patterns are available for our projects. Some materials can  be provided. 

Call for details the Senior Opportunity Center,  828.350.2062
 Asheville Parks and Recreation,36 Grove Street, Asheville, NC  
Special Thanks 
 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.
Dear OLLI Members,
OLLI staff members are enjoying a much-needed holiday break; this will be our last newsletter for 2016. We hope that you too will enjoy a restful holiday and take time to enjoy family, friends, Western North Carolina and the various places you may travel. 

This has been a productive year for us.  We completed big projects, like implementation of online registration, which has resulted in record numbers of people enrolled in College for Seniors courses.  We replaced chairs throughout the Reuter Center and added new flat panel displays that make class schedules easy to read and information easier to spread. We have upgraded our sound systems so that microphones should be easier to use and so that every room has some form of assistive listening system (loops in 102 and 206 and personal FM systems in all other classrooms). We have undertaken our strategic planning process so that we can continue to evolve in intentional ways. We have continued to receive mention in the national press and continued to offer an enviable array of courses, workshops and special programs and events. Representatives of lifelong learning programs throughout the country regularly consult us to learn best practice in learning for older adult. 

Above all, we remain true to the values of our community, a place not only to learn but to forge friendships and find purpose through volunteering in planning and implementing our programs. In a world that has challenged our assumptions and expectations in so many ways throughout 2016, it is gratifying to be part of a community and organization that encourages us to keep learning and laughing, challenging ourselves to express ourselves and understand other points of view.  

Looking forward to new adventures in learning in 2017,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Reuter Center Winter Break Schedule

The Reuter Center and OLLI will be closed until Tuesday, January 3, 8 a.m. 
The online registration system will re-open Tuesday, January 3, 10 a.m. 

Thank you!
UNCA Bulldog

UNC Asheville Athletic Events

December,  2017

Men's Basketball, Monday, Dec 19, 7-9 p.m., Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball, Saturday, Dec 31, 2-4 p.m., Kimmel Arena

Click here to visit the UNC Asheville Athletics

Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1 Edwin Place (Corner of Charlotte and Edwin)

"Birds Around the World" Simon Thompson
Simon Thompson of  Ventures Birding Tours and world-renowned birder will  present "Birds around the World." 
Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sncglobal.net  (828) 683-2716

Free and open to the public.

Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer  
Friday, January 13, 2017, 3 p.m.  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Daniel Meyer.
The best way to enjoy the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concerts is to come to the Symphony Talk for the inside scoop on the music, composers, and soloists. Come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended.

Free and open to the public. Asheville Symphony Orchestra's music director and conductor Daniel Meyer will speak about the performance for the next evening's concert and local music aficionado Chip Kaufmann will speak about the composers. The next Symphony Talk is scheduled at 3 p.m., January 13, 2017, and will focus on Eine Kleine Rhine Musik: Brahms, Haydn, Schumann.

For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit ashevillesymphony.org
Comedy for a Cause
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
A Benefit for Read To Succeed Asheville
Join Read To Succeed Asheville (R2S) on Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2 p.m. for an afternoon of laughs and entertainment with local stand-up comic, Randy Robins. Randy is a native New Yorker who teaches College for Seniors 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). Randy regularly performs for companies, schools and camps throughout Western North Carolina and New York and is donating his time and talents to Read To Succeed.
This event will be held at the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.

Read To Succeed is a local non-profit committed to tackling the serious issue of Asheville's Achievement Gap. R2S provides trained volunteer tutors to at-risk children in our public elementary schools who struggle to read. Read To Succeed's proven results offers these students hope for a productive future through one-on-one intervention and phonics- and multisensory-based instruction.
Admission is free, but donations at the door are welcome and encouraged.
Volunteer Opportunity

  The YMCA of Western North Carolina is in search of volunteers to serve with eleme ntary aged students across Buncombe County. The youth that we serve are in need of positive role models, mentors, and homework helpers. Our programs run from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday and we welcome volunteers for any length of time, on any of those days.
When you serve with the YMCA-WNC, you become an essential member of a team that is promoting academic assistance and enrichment services to youth in the Asheville area.

To become a team member and a positive role model to a child in need, or to learn more about this amazing opportunity, please contact Mackenzie Forgacs at mforgacs@ymcawnc.org for more information.

YMCA OF Western North Carolina, Youth Services Center, 201 Beaverdam Rd. Asheville, NC 28803, (C) 810.588.9315, (E) mforgacs@ymcawnc.org, (O) ymcawnc.org |facebook.com/ymcawnc |twitter.com/ymcawnc 
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