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.
Admission is free, but donations at the door are welcome and encouraged.
Randy is a native New Yorker who teaches comedy writing and performing classes, as well as film classes that feature some of the comedians who 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.
serves on OLLI's Inclusion Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee and facilitates one of the Men's Wisdom Works Groups.
"I love volunteering at OLLI because I am always learning."
Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities
Do you want to avoid traffic at the Reuter Center between classes? The UNC Asheville Transportation and Parking Office suggests you 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.
The Reuter Center is not a designated stop, but drivers will bring you if you ask them. 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 at the Reuter Center.
TRIAD Crime Prevention
Monday, January 30, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
"How NOT to Become a Fraud Victim"
Caroline Farmer, Deputy Director, Victims and Citizens Section, North Carolina Department of Justice 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.
Farmer's presentation is 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.
Free and open to the public.
Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, February 1,
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place
(Corner of Edwin and Charlotte)
"Grounded Hope for the Climate"
by Drew Jones
Drew Jones of Climate Interactive, recently returning from the UN climate summit in Marrakech and before that in Paris, will present "Grounded Hope for the Climate." He will use simulations to focus on regional actions to address climate change.
Contact: Judy Mattox, email@example.com, (828) 683-2716
Free and open to the public
Astronomy Club of Asheville Meeting
Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m.
"Gravity: From Newton to Planet Nine"
by Judy Beck,
UNC Asheville Physics Department
Ms. Beck will present a survey of the history of gravity in astronomy, from Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton through Albert Einstein, whose influential concepts of warped space-time and general relativity would forever change our perception of the universe.
Her presentation will conclude with the astounding confirmation of the discovery of gravitational waves in 2016, predicted by Einstein 100 years earlier, and what implications this discovery will have on new ways to observe the universe.
Special Interest Group: The Forum
Friday, February 3, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
At this meeting the topic will be:
"American Exceptionalism: Pros & Cons"
The Forum fosters a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.
Special Interest Group
Whole Foods/Plant Based Living
Friday, February 3, 3-5 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
OLLI members who are interested in eating more plants or are living the whole foods/plant based life are invited to attend. Members of the SIG will have conversation on successes and challenges as we transition to or continue on a whole foods/plant based diet.
Our special guest this meeting (via video tape) will be Hans Diehl, who developed CHIP (the Complete Health Improvement Program).
Workshops Volunteer Opportunity
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!
Organic Growers School
Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner with Chef John Fleer
Dear OLLI Members,
OLLI relies on the engagement of members to plan and run every aspect of our work, and we welcome everyone to find a volunteer opportunity to contribute to building our community.
In this newsletter you can find out more about our instructor support workshops for those who already teach or are considering teaching.
Our Workshops Committee is looking for people to help plan and host workshops that serve as a gateway to introduce a wide audience of people to the many exciting learning opportunities at OLLI. Every week we are featuring a "Volunteer Spotlight" that focuses on the reason our members find satisfaction in volunteering.
Our Civic Engagement Committee is offering new opportunities to address issues of housing and homelessness in Asheville and continues its work with area schools and with MANNA Food Bank. You will find information about meetings for many special interest groups (SIGs), all run by and for our members. OLLI is a vibrant place because so many people freely share their time and talent. They push themselves to learn new things, to see the world from a variety of perspectives and to make a difference. Remember that on the third Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. representatives of our OLLI committees are available to meet with you to discuss how you can get more engaged.
Thanking you for all that you do to make OLLI a community of teachers and learners,
UNC Asheville Athletic Events
Women's Tennis vs. Appalachian State, Sunday,
January 29, 3 p.m,
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
Civic Engagement has two outstanding opportunities for OLLI members!
and United Way Middle School Success have volunteer openings.
Wednesday, February 1, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
'The National Centers for Environmental Information and Climate Change'
by David Easterling, NCEI
David Easterling will provide an introduction to the functions of the NCEI, then examine global climate change, both historical and projected for the future, with a focus on the United States.
The STEM series of lectures is an interdisciplinary
program that covers 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 participants 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.
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, February 3, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Illness and death from medications greatly exceeds deaths caused by substance abuse. Which common over the counter medicine can destroy your liver? What prescription drug can give you chronic intractable diarrhea? Which eats holes in your stomach and puts you at risk of myocardial infarction (MI)? Why are skin patches much more potent than pills? How can the liver enhance one drug and destroy another? Which drugs are addicting? Which should seniors avoid?
Get answers in this wide-ranging talk. David Mouw holds a doctorate in human physiology, an M.D. in family practice with added qualification in geriatrics, has given 12 previous Health Education Series lectures and regularly uses the audience response system to get audience feedback.
This lecture is part of the
Health Education Series.
Free and open to the public.
College for Seniors Offers Three Instructor Support Events
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"
A day of workshops and networking for prospective, new and experienced instructors
Name Our Newsletter!
It's a new year, always a time for fresh thinking. OLLI's Marketing Committee thinks it's a goo
d time to give the OLLI Sunday e-newsletter a name, name that's better than "e-newsletter" or "Calendar of Events."
This contest is open to all OLLI Members. The person with the winning name will receive tuition for a Spring or Fall CFS session, a $115 value. Email your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org between February 6 - 18, 2017. There will also be a suggestion box in the upper lobby at OLLI where you can write in your submission.
Please keep the name to one or two words. The winning newsletter name will be judged by a panel of Marketing Committee members and Executive Director Catherine Frank. The winning name may be announced at the Town Hall meeting in March.
Good luck and have some fun!
The Special Interest Group
Financial Strategies in Retirement
Friday, February 3, 1:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker Betty Doll, MBA, CLTC,
will present on
"What's Happening in the World of
Long Term Care Planning?"
Betty is the Principal of Doll & Associates in Asheville. Since 1998 she has specialized exclusively in long term care insurance sales and training. Betty has been published in the
Journal of Financial Planning and the
Senior Market Advisor and quoted in the
Wall Street Journal and
The meeting is open to all OLLI members. Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at email@example.com or 828-231-7710.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 4-6 p.m.
Top of the Plaza, Asheville Renaissance Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site are pleased to announce the 61st annual presentation of the
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award honoring the author Terry Roberts, PhD, 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
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.
Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, February 9, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
This workshop will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. Discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues, and the uses of advance directives. Ample time will be reserved for questions. Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina using the NC ACP Short Form.
OLLI's Inclusion Committee presents
"The Secret Game"
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. Played in a locked gymnasium on a Sunday morning with a referee and a scorer but no invited spectators, the game was a barrier-busting athletic and civil rights milestone, one that took place 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.
Scott Ellsworth has written about race relations in the United States for the
New York Times, the
Washington Post, and the
Los Angeles Times. Formerly a historian at the Smithsonian Institution, he is also the author of
Death in a Promised Land, the first comprehensive history of the Tulsa race riot of 1921, the worst single incident of racial violence in American history. He now lives with his wife and their fourteen-year-old twin sons in Ann Arbor, where he teaches at the University of Michigan.
This presentation is the first in the OLLI Inclusion Committee's "More Than a Month" series which will feature a variety of events intended to focus on issues of race locally and nationally throughout the year.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 5,
"All Kinds of Beautiful"
An intimate concert of music for guitar, voice, flute, and bassoon in a cozy North Asheville bungalow
Rachel Hansbury, mezzo-soprano * Andy Jurik, guitar * Kate Steinbeck, flute * Rosalind Buda, bassoon
Music from Latin America, jazz standards reimagined, French tunes and more
Advance ticket purchase only. $20 until January 20 / $25 later. Sorry, no student discount for this performance. Limited seating - only 30 tickets will be sold.
Click here to buy tickets.
World Affairs Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
"Latin America's Political Pendulum."
by Maria Moreno, Mars Hill University Professor of French -- &
native of Venezuela.
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. The World Affairs Council (WAC) meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.
All lectures are scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC memberships. Lectures are free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door. For more details about programs, consult the