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Blue Ridge Orchestra
Homage to Haydn
Sunday, October 16, 3 p.m.
UNC Asheville Campus
Programmed by returning Music Director Milton Crotts,
Homage to Haydn
pays tribute to Joseph Haydn, known as the Father of the Symphony.
This concert is presented in memory of John E. Moore, former President of the Blue Ridge Orchestra.
Tickets will be available at the door.
Special Interest Group Meeting:
Topic: "What Are the
Policy Issues in the
2016 Presidential Election?"
Friday, October 21, 1 p.m.
The Forum offers "dialogue to challenge your thinking" with a free-flowing discussion designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.
Open to all OLLI members. For more information contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925,
Civic Engagement Committee
Did You Know That 467 Families with Children were Homeless During the 2015/2016 School Year?
Homeless children tend to have difficulty in school. The CEC volunteers who go into the schools support some of these children and now the CEC wants to expand their services to help create stable environments so that the children and their parents can realize their potential.
Click here to learn more.
Third Annual African Americans in WNC Conference Scheduled for October 27-30 at
YMI Cultural Center
and UNC Asheville
The third annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference will be held Oct. 27-30, 2016 at the YMI Cultural Center and UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center. Conference activities are free and open to everyone, and they include an evening reception on Oct. 27, panel discussions and documentary films on Oct. 28, and Buncombe County's celebration of "Unsung Heroes" on Oct. 30.
The conference starts on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the YMI Cultural Center with a 6:30 p.m. reception and special presentation for community service, followed by a keynote speaker for The Jesse and Julia Ray Lecture.
Click here to read more.
Forget Me Not Lecture
Friday, Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. This workshop covers lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging. We will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do - steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area. It is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible.
Friday, October 28, 3 p.m.
Artistic Director David Craig Starkey and Artistic Advisor John Truitt host a live audition the afternoon before the regular Asheville Lyric Opera Fall Principal Auditions. The audience will get the unique chance to sit in on the auditions of singers from a diverse range of career stages as well as participate in a lecture that will shed light on the thought process behind evaluating these auditions. Come and get an early look at the singers who could be on our mainstage this year!Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) brings great stories and music to life on Asheville's premiere theatrical stage, the Diana Wortham Theatre.
Free and open to the public.
Friday, October 28, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium
"Death Café" is an engaging gathering, a storytelling experience and a conversation about a subject that too often alienates those 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, loss and death. By holding these conversations we hope to build a culture of dying wisely.
Join us at our next Death Cafe
facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.
Dear OLLI Members,
Many thanks to OLLI members who have delivered nonpartisan election guides to the Reuter Center so that we can all be informed voters.
Our newsletter is, as always, full of wonderful learning opportunities. We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers and staff who work so hard to provide these many opportunities for enlightenment and engagement and are always grateful to be part of a campus and community that allows us to continue to learn from one another.
Events at UNC-Asheville
October 17: "
Archaeology: What Is It and How Is It Done?" presented by independent archaeologist supervising work at an ancient Greco-Roman city in Egypt. Free, at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall, room 237.
October 21 "
Race and Poverty" Dwight Mullen, UNC Asheville professor of political science. Free, at 11 a.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall.
ENVIRONMENT / OUTDOORS / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL
October 20: "
History, the National Parks and Western North Carolina: Historians discuss roots of national parks in this region, their impact on its economy and social life and implications for its future. Free, at 7 p.m. in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center.
LECTURES / PANELS
October 21: "
Modernity and Instability in 19th Century China" by Grant Hardy, UNC Asheville professor of history, and "Indian Feminists and Modernity," Keya Maitra, UNC Asheville associate professor and chair of philosophy. Free, at 11 a.m. in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium.
"Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit" a gathering of writers whose work deeply engages faith, tradition or spiritual practice. Free. For schedule and UNC Asheville locations, visit English.unca.edu.
TheatreUNCA Presents Marat/Sade, a musical set in the French Revolution and its aftermath. Performances in Belk Theatre at 7:30 p.m. October 20-22 and at 2 p.m. on October 23. Info & tickets: drama.unca.edu.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Birding in Morrocco"
Grab your fez and join EMAS for an exciting "virtual birding" tour of the North African country of Morocco with Simon Thompson. Morocco has a surprising diversity of habitats, from rugged mountains and Mediterranean beaches to cloud forests and Saharan deserts. Bird diversity is high as well with over 400 species listed.With birds like the Pharaoh Eagle-Owl and the Bald Ibis, we guarantee you a birder's eye view of Morocco at this fun program.
Simon Thompson is the director and originator of Ventures Nature Travel program and has led birding trips all over the world.
EMAS meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit their website http://www.emasnc.org
"Look to the Hills From Whence Cometh Our Help"
Celebrating the History and Heritage of the National Parks in WNC
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
A panel of historians will discuss the roots of the national parks in this region, their impact on its economy and social life, and implications for its future.
Click here to view an event flier
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the History Department of UNC Asheville, as well as by the WNC Historical Association.
Fab Friday Lunch & Learn Lecture
Friday, October 21, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
The Black Potter Jim McDowell
"The pot is the man: his virtues and his vices are shown therein-no disguise is possible." ~Bernard Leach, potter. Jim McDowell, who calls himself "The Black Potter," creates face jugs based on both his family traditions and the sacred ancestral tradition of using face jugs as grave markers. Jim made his first ugly face jug in 1983 after seeing one created by a South
ern white potter familiar with the art form. Jim made his with black features to honor his ancestors who used the jugs in spiritual rituals. Like the lslave potter Dave from Edgefield, SC, he inscribes messages on his face jugs. Jim pours his stored-up emotions about slavery, his share-cropper ancestors, Civil Rights, discrimination he experienced, as well as his religious beliefs into his pottery. Jim, essentially a self-taught potter, will bring samples of his pottery and present a historical perspective on face jugs from African traditions. He'll include material about the illegal slave ship, The Wanderer, whose human cargo mostly went to Edgefield in 1858, where some became potters.
Fab Fridays are free and open to the public.
Safe Driving Program
Friday, October 21, noon-4 p.m. (registration required)
On Friday, October 21, noon-4 pm, the AARP will offer a driver safety refresher course designed to help mature drivers remain safely on today's faster highways with a myriad of challenges The four-hour AARP Driver Safety course teaches valuable defensive driving techniques, highlights hazards particular to seniors, and provides a refresher about the rules of the road and tips for avoiding crashes. The course is offered as a nationwide effort to keep drivers behind the wheel safely.
The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register for either session, contact instructor Celeste Selwyn, 828-708-7404 or email
New Special Interest Group History Lovers
Friday, October 21, 3 p.m.
OLLI history lovers are meeting on the third Friday of each month at 3 p.m. Join the fun to share beloved books, engage in discussion and connect with members around our favorite subject - history!
Upcoming sessions will focus on:
- October 21: The Island at the Center of the World by Robert Shorto
- November 18: A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman
- December 16: My Homeland by Ari Shabit
Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer
"In the Key of EEEEEEEEEEE! - Brahms' Double"
Friday, October 21, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Come to hear Chip Kaufmann talk about the music and Daniel Meyer talk about the performance and soloists for "A Frighteningly Diverse Halloween Celebration"
which includes Saint-Saëns'
La Tragedie de Salome and Brahms'
Concerto for Violin and Cello
, with soloists concertmaster Jason Posnock and cellist Alistair MacRae.
Come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended.
Free and open to the public.
UNC Asheville Athletics
"Champions in Athletics, Leaders in Life"
Date Sport Location Time
Below listed are UNC Asheville Athletic events scheduled for October 16-22, 2016. Check here every week for a list of exciting games! Go Bulldogs!
10/18 Volleyball Justice Center 7:00 p.m.
10/19 Women's Soccer Greenwood Soccer Field 7:00 p.m.
10/22 Men's Soccer Greenwood Soccer Field 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 4:30 p.m., Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Forest Roads: The Ecological Imprint from their Presence and Use
Speaker: Hermann Gucinski, Ph.D.
Roads are vital to the use and management of forests. This includes timber harvest, extracting non-timber products from plants, such as medicinals and mushrooms, and recovering other valuables. Roads are of vital use in managing forests and fighting wildfire. However, roads and their use create impacts, and these must be understood to manage forest resources wisely.
STEM lectures are free and open to the public.
Wet Felted Seamless Bags Workshop
Date: November 5, 2016
Instructor: Christina Gordon
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor.
Come learn the basics of using hot water, soap and raw wool right from the sheep to make a beautiful fabric and seamless bag from these lanolin filled fleeces! No carding, spinning or
weaving is required to make this beautiful fabric. Buttons and straps will be provided for you to complete your bag or purse.
Christina Gordon (email@example.com) is the founder of Animal Phat and Women's Wilderness Workshops, offering learning opportunities to experience primitive and sustainable living skills. She's offered programs for festivals, parks, schools, community colleges and non-profits and has been hosting workshops since 2005. www.animalphat.com.
Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, October 30, 2:30 p.m., Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre exp
erience into the community. Readings of great literature by experienced performers can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest.
Come to the Reuter Center on October 30 to attend, "The Young Man from Atlanta" by Horton Foote, directed by Jim Reid. The haunting secrets of a Texas family come to light after 64 year old Will Kidder gets fired from a company where he's been working for many years.
Tickets are $6 (inc. sales tax) at the door.
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