Calendar of Events  
March 12, 2017 
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In This Issue
Candle burning
We Remember 
Linda Alford
February 21, 2017

Sarah Reincke ,chair of the Civic Engagement Committee.

"I love volunteering at OLLI because I meet interesting people who share my love of community service, and volunteering is good for my mental health!"

 Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association
"Waterfalls Redux" 
with Kevin Adams
 Sunday, March 12, 
5:30  p.m. Meet and Greet
6 p.m. Meeting start 
Reuter Center, Room 206    

 Kevin Adams is an extraordinary photographer well-known for his renditions of night skies and the creative use of lighting to capture eerie images of buildings or pathways, or to light up waterfalls to glow in the dark. He also is the region's expert on waterfalls, with a recent revision of his well known book,  North Carolina Waterfalls, a workshop instructor, and co-coordinator of the Foto Fest.
  Meditation Special Interest Group
 Monday, March 13, 4:15 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120      
Becca Demers
Becca Demers will discuss Somatic Breathwork Therapy and the benefits of intentional breath.  Then she will lead us in a breathing technique to demonstrate the power of Somatic Breathwork.

All OLLI Members are welcome. For more information, contact Sally Ekaireb 
Webinar to Learn More 
About a Trip to Enjoy Iceland's Northern Lights
Tuesday, March 14, 8 p.m.
Our friends at OLLI at Clemson have arranged a trip to Iceland and would like to extend the opportunity to members of OLLI at UNC Asheville. 
For more information contact
Nancy O'Neil
AAA Carolinas - Asheville
(828) 253-5376 ext. 11550
  New Member Welcome
 Friday, March 17, 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. Meet other members and get to know our organization. 
  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, March 17, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205

"The First 60 Days of the 
Trump Administration" 
 The Forum offers a 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, 
 Death Cafe 
Friday, March 17, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Level Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging storytelling experience and conversation about a subject  that too often alienates members of our culture. A new movement is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears and loss. Through these conversations a deepening ritual emerges, and we 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.   

Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium,
Care Partners Campus
68 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville

"Your Brain on 
Hearing Loss "
Speaker Joan Chesick

You are invited to attend to learn more about living with hearing loss.  Free and open to the public.  Ample parking available.

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
 Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

 Northern Saw-whet Owls in Western North Carolina

Retired environmental scientist Marilyn Westphal and her husband Mark Simpson, retired pathologist and author of
Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains, have been monitoring Northern Saw-whet Owls in the Blue Ridge Mountains for many years.
Their late-night study methods include night-time calling surveys and watching nest boxes. Their presentation will focus on the results of their studies and include fascinating insights of owl behavior.

Free and open to the public.

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend  
   Major Sponsor,
Beverly-Hanks and Associates for their longtime support of our programming.

Beverly-Hanks and Associates: "The Choice is Black and White: Unsurpassed Local Knowledge, Global Reach"

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m. 
Lipinsky Auditorium
UNC Asheville Campus
Music  Three local choral groups, the Asheville Singers, the UNC Asheville University Singers and the Reuter Center Singers, accompanied by piano and a string quartet, will together present VIVA La MUSICA! 
The performance is 
free and open to the public.

VIVA La MUSICA! shares the staying power of music, sung in four different languages.  The program musically spans the ages from the great Renaissance composer Palestrina to Beethoven to the new compositions by Ola Gjeilo, Dan Davison, Rollo Dilworth and more.
The Reuter Center Singers and the UNC Asheville University Singers are both directed by Chuck Taft.  The Asheville Singers, a student ensemble, is conducted by Melodie Galloway, chair and associate professor of music at UNC Asheville.

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's socks will be distributed to local agencies that serve the homeless in our area. Homeless people 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. 
Dear OLLI Members,
We hope you are able to enjoy this brief taste of winter weather in the midst of a generally warm season. Remember that Daylight Savings Time began this morning, so you should have set clocks forward (if they don't re-set automatically).

We hope that new and returning members will attend our New Member Welcome this Friday, March 17, 10 a.m. This event is a great opportunity to learn how to make the most of your OLLI experience. Thanks to Ann Cowden, Sandy Bowles, Stephanie Ward and all of the members of the Hospitality Committee who welcome new members so warmly!

Finally, we hope you will attend the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m. Our nominating committee will introduce the slate of officers for 2017-18, and steering council members and staff will answer your questions about OLLI plans and operations.  If you would like to submit a question in advance, please send an email with "Town Hall Question" in the subject line to Remember that if you have questions or concerns you may always email

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

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Life Transitions Programs: an update
by Dave Castel

"The CREW weekend at OLLI was eye-opening. Great discussions and friendships were developed. The speakers were truly excellent and I most appreciated their time and expertise. I hated to see the weekend come to an end!" one recent Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) workshop participant exclaimed.

One hundred and five people from 29 states attended last spring's three-day workshop with another 80 on the waiting list. They were all planning to retire, and the workshop offered a practical perspective for the challenging move to a new life.

Stories on Asheville's Front Porch
"Tales from the Front Porch"
A Storytelling Concert
Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. 
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Don't miss this event, sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
 Local tellers, including Kathy Gordon, Catherine Flaherty, RoseLynn Katz, and Becky Stone, will share stories from the cultural legacy of our neighbors. 

Hosted by Tom Chalmers of "Listen to This." Tickets are $12 in advance; 
$15 at the dooTODr. 
Tickets can be purchased at

The Français facile SIG  
 Monday,  March 13,  2 p.m.  
  Reuter Center Room 207 
This group is 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. 
No rsvp required. 
All OLLI members and skill levels are welcome.

SIG contact:  Renee Raffini, 828.684.6371,   
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Julie Snyder on Trade and Politics
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. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee.  The World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.

OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. Lectures are free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door.  
  For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.
Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer
   Friday, March 17, 2017, 3 p.m. 
(offsite) Diana Wortham Theatre

WCQS classical music host Chip Kaufmann and Asheville Symphony Music Director Daniel Meyer talk with Midori about her thoughts on Mozart and more as part of the Asheville Amadeus Festival 2017. 
Free and open to the public. 

More information, Sally Keeney, Asheville Symphony Orchestra,   
Medicare Choices Made Easy! 
Friday, March 24, 2-4 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, sponsored by the Council on Aging of Buncombe County. 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 12 p.m., 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

Center for Jewish Studies Events   
March 23, 24, 26, 2017, times and locations vary

The Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville(CJS) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a number of events on March 23 - 26. Richard Chess's 25th year of serving as CJS director will also be celebrated.

The activities begin on Friday,
March 23, 7 p.m. at the Reuter Center, with 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.
Volunteers Needed
Join your fellow OLLI members for a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity at Asheville Middle School!  Participants will help run the "Reality Store," a financial education simulation that teaches students about budgeting. 

Volunteers will work at each of these "stores" to help students make decisions, write checks, and balance their household budgets.  No previous training or experience is necessary.  This is a fun and meaningful experience for both the volunteers and students.  
Thursday, April 6, 9 am - noon
To sign up, please contact Caitlin Han, or 251-6140.
Autumn Players Readers Theatre 
Sunday, March 26, 2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

by Gary Carden, directed by Marianne Lyons  

The play tells the story of the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and deals with the controversies and conflicts between longtime mountain residents and the "outsiders" who advocated preservation through establishment of national park lands.
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.

These performances are open to the public, and tickets are $6  at the door.  
To learn more about Asheville Community Theatre's Autumn Players, click here to visit their website. 
OLLI Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Please join us for our annual Town Hall meeting. We will review the highlights of the past year, including member survey results and accomplishments from our OLLI programs and activities. The Nominating Committee will introduce the 2017-2018 slate of candidates. Our focus, however, will be on your questions for our staff and Steering Council members.
We would like to collect questions in advance to plan the program more efficiently.  
Please send questions with "Town Hall Question" in the subject line, to

Light refreshments will be served.
 Call 828.251.6188 for more information.

Alzheimer's Association 
of Western North Carolina

On Thursday, March 23, 6-7 p.m., 
Alzheimer's Association Office, 31 College Street, Suite D103, 
the Alzheimer's Association will offer a lecture titled "Why Is the Remote in the Refrigerator: Know the 10 Signs!"

On Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m.,
the Alzheimer's Association will host an open house at their new Asheville office, 31 College Street, Suite D103. 

On Thursday, May 4, 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
the association will sponsor a "Dementia Symposium" at the Doubletree by Hilton Biltmore, 115 Hendersonville Road.
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UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804