Calendar of Events 
February 19, 2017
In This Issue
burning candle
We Remember

George Marvin Bilbrey, Jr. 
February 9, 2017 

Paula Withrow chair of the College for Seniors committee and a CFS Instructor.
"I love volunteering at OLLI because the energy generated by the members gives me the energy to enjoy each day."

 Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
OLLI's Inclusion Committee presents
"The Secret Game" 
by Scott Ellsworth
Wednesday, February 22, 
3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room  

The Secret Game is a book about how societies change. It tells the story of an astonishing, long buried event: an unlawful, clandestine, racially integrated college basketball game that took place in North Carolina in 1944, more than a decade before the onset of the Civil Rights Movement, and three years before Jackie Robinson desegregated major league baseball.

Based on years of research, including extensive oral history interviews conducted over the course of more than two decades,
The Secret Game is a richly detailed, humane, and moving account of the forgotten first minutes of America's civil rights revolution, and the beginnings of our own age.
Click here to read more.
Free and open to the public.
Copies of The Secret Game will be available for sale to be signed by the author.  Don't miss this rare opportunity!
  Documentary Screening:
"Dare to Compete:
The Struggle of Women 
in Sports"
 Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The New York Times described this documentary as "... a marvel of archival research and sophisticated interviewing that traces the history of women's sports in the United States from the days when athletic exertion was deemed too strenuous for delicate ladies to (Billie Jean) King's match in the Astrodome against Bobby Riggs."

This film was shown in the winter term CFS course, "Sports History Stories from a Master Documentary Maker." Instructor  Larry Griswold will introduce the film.
Free and open to the public.
  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, February 24, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205

Topic: " Privatization of Government Services"
Forum participants experience a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.
All OLLI members are welcome to participate.
SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, 
Pan Harmonia's Chamber Music Chat
Friday, February 24, 1:30pm
Manheimer Room

Join Kate Steinbeck and Rosalind Buda to learn more about WA Mozart, Joseph Bologne aka the "Black Mozart" and Pan Harmonia's Downtown Asheville "Walk with Wolfgang," coming up on
 March 13 as part of the Asheville Symphony's Amadeus Festival.
UNC Asheville Panel Discussion: 
Media & Politics in the 
Post-Truth Era
Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Humanities Lecture Hall

Mark Barrett, political reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times; Jen Jones, communications director for Democracy NC; Laura Meadows, assistant professor of mass communication; Ashley Moraguez, assistant professor of political science; and Barbara Sayer, program director for WCQS, will take part in a panel discussion exploring the interaction of the news media and political leaders as well as the recent strained relations between the press, the public and state/federal administrations.

This event is cosponsored by UNC Asheville's departments of mass communication and political science.
The event is free and open to the public.

OLLI Member Art Exhibit Opening
Friday, March 10, 5 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 by Peter Olevnik, featuring his oil and acrylic paintings, mixed-media works and pen-and-ink renderings.  Also offered for sale
are copies of his book of poems and stories, entitled Look Homeward Asheville.  Examples of
Peter's abstract art may be seen at ""

Center for Diversity Education 
Announces New Exhibits   

From now through April 7 the following exhibits are on display:

"The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals"
 Ramsey Library
"Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People"
Karpen Lobby
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:

Cindy Ward
 CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
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. 
Senior Opportunity Center
36 Grove Street, Asheville

A part of the Asheville City Parks and Recreation Department

Dear OLLI Members,
Join us Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 p.m. for a unique opportunity to hear author Scott Ellsworth talk about his book "The Secret Game" which looks at the civil rights movement through the lens of a 1944 basketball game played in Durham, NC, between students from Duke University (at the time an all-white institution) and NC Central, a historically black university. We will have copies of the book on hand to purchase and have signed by Ellsworth, winner of the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. This lecture is the first in the OLLI Inclusion Committee's "More than a Month" series, providing information throughout the year to raise awareness for OLLI members about African American culture and politics locally and nationally.  Stay tuned for a complete list of planned events.

Please take some time to read the list of OLLI members who serve as class reps and to thank them when you see them.  Also, please check the box to be a class rep during spring registration. Thanks to Martha Marshall and Susan Poole for organizing this group of people who welcome members to classes and help instructors focus on their lectures.

Registration for our Spring 2017 College for Seniors term and for spring Workshops is underway. We are grateful this spring to be able to offer seven hiking courses. Please be aware that d uring initial registration, you may request more than one hiking course, but initially you will be enrolled in no more than one. If openings in other sections remain during Add-Drop, you may add another hiking course at that time. 

You have until Thursday, February 23, noon, to register to be considered in the initial allocation. We have volunteers and staff on hand every day to walk you through the process if you need help. If you have credit vouchers of any kind and are uncertain how to apply them, please contact the office before you register. Also, we have had a number of people registering for membership who are already members.  Unfortunately, our software system will not warn you if you already have a 2016-17 membership (this is something we have discussed with the software providers, who have not yet found a way to address the issue).  If you took courses in fall or winter or if you have a 2016-17 parking decal, you have already paid your membership and should not pay an additional $70 membership fee. You may be unaware that we pay a merchant fee for every transaction involving a credit card. When we have to make a refund we essentially double our costs. You can help us keep costs low by keeping duplicate transactions to a minimum.

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

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Click here to view new OLLI 'hello' video clipThanks for everyone who came out to wave at the camera!
  Did someone say Twitter? 

OLLI Asheville has begun to use Twitter to send out announcements of events and happenings.  We hope you join the fun.  Here are some links that might help you get started:

A Beginners Guide to Twitter

Instructions for how to create an account

Twitter FAQ sheet

You may follow OLLI Asheville on Twitter by clicking here   Follow us on Twitter

UNCA Bulldog UNC Asheville Athletic Events
  February,  2017

Sunday, February 19, 3 p.m. 
Men's Tennis vs. Radford, 
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown

Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m. 
Women's Basketball vs. Winthrop, Kimmel Arena

Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m. 
Men's Basketball vs. Liberty, Kimmel Arena

Saturday, February 25, 3 p.m.,
Women's Tennis vs. Radford, 
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown

Sunday, February 26, 3 p.m., 
Men's Tennis vs. Lees McRae,
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown

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.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your current skills or learn a new one!

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  
Click here for more workshop details and how to register. 
  World Affairs Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
  Rick Devereaux on Nuclear Security

Rick Devereaux
  The World Affairs Council (WAC) meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.  Come to the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. 
WAC lectures are free to members; all others $10 at the door.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC Annual Membership. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.
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
Samantha Forrest          Patricia Oppenheim
Susan Futch                  Deborah Olsen
Judith Galloway                  Glenda Overbeck
Marilyn Geiselman               Susan Poole
       Nancy Gordon                  Marjorie Portwood     
Patricia Grace                 Lori Postal
Michael Grillot                 Roberta Powers
Barbara Griswold               Pam Prosser
Larry Griswold                 Lynn Seeley
Annie Houle                          Ilona Sena
Charles Itzkovitz                  Michael Sena
Kathleen Jacobs                   Donald Siegla
Edward Kara                        Michael Smith
Teri Kayne                              Sandra Taylor
Ari Landau                             William Utz
Sherry Lubic                      Rita Van Nuys
Martha Marshall                  Barbara Wallk
                                                                   Gracemarie Warren
                                               Bonnie Wheeler
                                                  Ed Zaidberg
Opera Talk
Friday, February 24, 3 p.m.

"Gala Preview"
Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) brings great stories and music to life on Asheville's premiere theatrical stage, the Diana Wortham Theatre. Come enjoy a behind-the-scenes journey as ALO General Director David Craig Starkey and a cast of industry professionals guide you through their operatic world. For more information about ALO or to purchase tickets for a performance, visit
  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. 

  STEM Lecture
"Accelerating Climate Innovation"
James McMahon
The Collider
Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

As CEO of The Collider, James McMahon leverages his experience with public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors to build and serve the global climate services enterprise.
OLLI's STEM lectures, organized by Howard Jaslow, are interdisciplinary and cover a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Each lecture provides the lecturer with the opportunity to share his/her work, present new ideas for feedback, learn new ideas that participants can use, and introduce students to exciting areas to explore. The lectures are all scheduled in the Reuter Center, 4:30-6 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets)

 "Preserving a Picturesque America"

  Scott Varn has been locating hundreds of beautiful sites of America identified by artists of the 1800's 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.
Astronomy Club of Asheville
"Exoplanets: Is There Another Earth?"
Chris Richardson
Elon University
Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Dr. Richardson will review how we currently discover exoplanets and the technique used to reveal their physical properties. A select few of these extrasolar planets could possibly harbor life, given certain circumstances. He will cover those unique circumstances and where we stand as of right now in our search for another Earth.
Free and open to the public.
Western North Carolina Historical Association (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 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?
Click here for more information about the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA).
Tickets sold at the door.  General Public: $5 
 WNCHA members: free.
Center for Jewish Studies Events   
Thursday, March 23, Friday, March 24, 
and Sunday, March 26
times and locations vary
The Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville (CJS) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a number of events March 23 - 26, 2017. Richard Chess's 25th year of serving as CJS director will also be celebrated.

On Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. at the Reuter Center, enjoy 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.
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,

Click here for more information about this opportunity to learn and get fit.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | |
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804