Calendar of Events  
March 19, 2017 
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In This Issue
S pring Term Begins
School starts
Spring College for Seniors classes begin tomorrow, Monday, March 20, 9 a.m.

Kirk Borland, Chair-Elect OLLI Steering Council, Chair of Nominating Committee
"I love volunteering at OLLI because it makes me a more interesting person."

 Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
 Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center

 Northern Saw-whet Owls
Join the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society for a presentation on Northern Saw-whet Owls in WNC. 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 southern 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 into owl behavior.

Free and open to the public.

  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, March 24, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205 
Topic for this session is 
"Slicing the Federal Budget Pie-Show Me the Money!" 
Mark your calendar to attend The Forum where you will discover 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, 
The Autumn Players Readers Theatre 
Sunday, March 26, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

by Gary Carden, 
directed by Marianne Lyons.  
Playwright Gary Carden

Carden's play tells the story of the creation of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and highlights the controversies and conflicts between longtime mountain residents and the "outsiders" who advocated preservation through establishment of national park lands.
The Autumn Players, a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community, offer readings of great literature by experienced performers that can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest.
This performance is open to the public
Tickets are $6 at the door.  To learn more about The Autumn Players, click here to visit the Asheville Community Theatre 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 by 
Monday, March 27, with 
"Town Hall Question" 
in the subject line,
Light refreshments will be served.
 Call 828.251.6188 for more information. 
UNC Asheville's 
Parsons Lecture
Playing from a Laptop: 
Sports Analytics
Davidson College

Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m
Wilma M. Sherrill Center
Kimmel Arena

Sports analytics is a growing field. The larger field of data analytics is exploding as a field requiring skills in mathematics and computer science. What sports projects can be tackled as an undergraduate? This talk will discuss a variety of projects Dr. Tim Chartier of Davidson College has directed with his students, who have ranged from first years to seniors and include math and non-math majors. His projects have varied from helping the German National Basketball Team to his own college teams. He's also aided the NBA, NASCAR, and ESPN. Learn how to play a sport - as a sports analyst!
This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Registration now open!
The Gift of Time: Thoughtful Planning for Life's End
The Gift of Time program will encourage you to think about how to plan and communicate your end of life wishes to spouses, partners, children and parents. Take control of what you want for yourself and help others address the many issues that face all of us in times of crisis.  The workshop will be an extended conversation with facilitators as well as outside speakers who will converse holistically on key legal, medical and spiritual issues.  
Space is limited. 
May 16, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017
Times: 10 a.m. - noon each day
Cost: $30/person 
(OLLI members only)
Alzheimer's Association  
of Western North Carolina

Thursday, March 23, 6-7 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association Office 
31 College Street, Ste D103 
"Why Is the Remote in the Refrigerator: Know the 10 Signs!"
Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m.
 Alzheimer's Association Open House
31 College Street, Ste D103.
Thursday, May 4, 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
"Dementia Symposium"
Doubletree by Hilton Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road.
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend   
tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:

Camilo Monroy

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Senior Opportunity Center
36 Grove Street, Asheville
A part of the Asheville City Parks and Recreation Department

Dear OLLI Members,
We are happy that many of you will be back at the Reuter Center this week as we begin our Spring 2017 College for Seniors term.  We have over 1200 people enrolled in spring courses, a record enrollment. We want to thank the many instructors who volunteer their time and talent to make possible our varied and challenging curriculum. 

We want to remind everyone that as we grow it is particularly important to "share the space." You can make classrooms pleasant places if you turn off your cellphones and use other electronic devices only for class business during lectures and discussions. If you eat in class, be aware of the impact on the instructor and other members of the class; keep noise to a minimum. Avoid wearing strong scents, since other members may have allergies or sensitivities. Exercise patience during class changes; give participants and instructors at least five minutes after class to exit and be careful and attentive in our parking lots.  Finally, we want to work together to make sure that OLLI is a place where we can disagree without being disagreeable, where we can voice opinions but remain mindful that others may not share them. 

Please remember that our Town Hall meeting is Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m. If you have a question, please send it to with "Town Hall Question" in the subject line. The deadline for question submissions is Monday, March 27.

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

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Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lecture
Fridays, March 24, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Get Outside! 
Come learn about exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors in Western North Carolina with family and all those visitors who come to see why you love this area so much. Lecture panelists will be:
Navitat Canopy Adventures -- Ken Stamps
Nantahala Outdoor Center -- Steven Foy
Asheville Hot Air Balloons -- James Eagle
French Broad Outfitters -- Derek Turno
Asheville Visitor Center -- Linda Orowitz

This is the first in the Spring 2017 series of lunch and learn lectures that continue to delight and inform. 
This series is free & open to the public.
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. 
 The class at the Reuter Center on March 24 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 noon, 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 viewing 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 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.

The activities begin on Thursday,  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, at 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.

  OLLI is beginning a new series, OLLI Authors, to recognize the many very talentedvOLLI poetry and prose writers. The popularity of our poetry 2
writing classes, workshops and SIGs bears witness to their creativity. Whether our authors are published or simply write for their own enjoyment, their work is clear evidence that OLLI's mission nourishes some wonderfully gifted folks.
OLLI Authors begins with a poetry reading series, with one reading to be held each semester. Each will feature two published or nonpublished poets. The series will premier on
Thursday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 206 
(so mark your calendars) when Nelson Sartoris will read from his new book,
Brain Slivers, and Bill Swarts will read from his just published  Harmonies Unheard . Signed copies of both books will be available for purchase. Click here to read more about Nelson Sartoris and click here to read more about  Bill Swarts.
As  OLLI Authors evolves, the series will broaden to include fiction and non-fiction writers. Additionally, a list of OLLI Authors will be created and updated yearly of authors who have published or illustrated a book of poetry or prose during their OLLI membership. The list will be available to all members because we want to celebrate our writers and bring their books to members' attention. Also, the list will serve to provide a pool of featured readers. We'll provide more sign-up information in the near future.
We're counting on the success of "OLLI Authors" to highlight OLLI members' creativity and let the world know OLLI has talent!

Come Learn From a Master Craftsman!
Traditional Appalachian Craft Series: Appalachian Broom Making
Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & 
Sunday, March 26, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee:  $155     Materials fee: $20
Using traditional Appalachian and Shaker tools and methods, participants will learn how to weave and sew three types of brooms: a hearth broom (a shorter broom for using around the fireplace), a cobweb broom (a long skinny broom for getting down spider webs) and a whisk and/or a cake tester broom (a small hand broom to hang by the oven and use a straw to test a cake while baking). Participants can expect to come away with three finished brooms and an appreciation of broom making and the skills involved to produce this functional art.
 Instructor: Marlow Gates
Asheville Singers, UNC Asheville University Singers and Reuter Center Singers Perform VIVA La MUSICA!
Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m. 
Lipinsky Auditorium
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 and on to 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, music dept chair and UNC Asheville associate professor.

  or or more information, visit
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 various "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.   

Date: Thursday, April 6
  Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

To sign up, please contact Caitlin Han, or 251-6140.
Walter Ziffer Book Talk
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

Walter Ziffer speaks about his new memoir  
Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for God
on April 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on UNC Asheville's campus. Presented by The Center for Jewish Studies and OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy. This event is free and open to the public. More information  828.232.5027.

Click here to learn more 
Sierra Club Meeting
"Hope in the Form of Wind and Solar Energy"
Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1 Edwin Place (Corner of Edwin and Charlotte)

 Michael Shore will speak about past, present and future of wind and solar energy.  Michael was co-founder of First Light Solar in 2006 and is now president of BarberWind Turbines. Learn about the success of renewable energy!
Contact: Judy Mattox,
 Free and open to the public
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UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804