October 23, 2016
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David L Sherck
October 20, 2016
Meditation SIG Meeting
Monday, October 24, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

Jacqueline Wollins, who has just finished teaching Functional Meditation at College for Seniors, will lead us in a meditation based on the Sylva Mind Control Method. In this meditation, Jacquie will guide you into the Alpha mind state so that you can shed negative energy and increase your sense of well being.

Upcoming Meditation SIG programs:
Nov. 14th:  Jacqueline Wollins ~
 Healing Circle
Nov. 28th:  Sally Ekaireb ~ 
Guided Meditation
Dec. 12th:  Linda Go ~ 
Sound Meditation

All OLLI members are invited to attend.
UNC Asheville Sustainability Events
Republicans, Democrats and Sustainability: 
Recovering Bipartisan Environmental Politics
Tuesday, October 25, 7-8:30 p.m. 
UNC Asheville's Highsmtih Student Union, Alumni Hall

Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs (MS & MBA) in Sustainability at Bard College, will discuss t he period from 1970-1992, which saw major US national legislation on topics ranging from clean water to climate change. Since 1994, the country has passed no significant environmental laws, the dialogue on the environment has become extremely partisan, and this has led to unprecedented gridlock in Washington DC. What is the cause of this divide, and what are the prospects for the future?

Public Lands: Private Profit
Monday, Novemer 7, 7 p.m. 
UNC Asheville's Highsmith Union, The Grotto
Climate activist Tim DeChristopher will discuss the role of public lands and national parks as battlegrounds between private profit and public good, sharing stories of some of his own fight with the fossil fuel industry over the fate of western lands near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. DeChristopher, founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising, will share the story of his act of civil disobedience - disrupting a December 2008 auction of oil and gas leases on Utah public lands, not by shouting or protesting, but by successful high bids on parcels despite having no intention of paying. He eventually served 21 months in prison, but his action led to a review and cancellation of many of the leases when the new Obama Administration took office the following month. He be joined by singer/songwriter Bryan Cahall with songs inspired by struggles for justice.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Student Environmental Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities professorship as part of the  National Parks Service Centennial at UNC Asheville series
Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting:   The Forum
Friday, October 28, 1 p.m.
Topic: "Entitlements: Social Security, Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid and Others"  
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, ejwestwood@gmail.com

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 Civic Engagement Committee (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.
Opera Talk
"Live Auditions"
Friday, October 28, 3 p.m.
 Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO)  Artistic Director David Craig Starkey and Artistic Advisor John Truitt host a live audition the afternoon before the regular fall auditions for principal roles for ALO productions. 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. 

Remi nd er

 There are two e lectric car charging stations available at the west end of the Reuter Center upper parking lot. 
Please avoid parking in these spots unless there are no other spots available.  Let's support members of the UNC Asheville community who have made the commitment to this energy-saving form of transportation.
Death Café
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 Café 
facilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.    
The Autumn Players
Readers Theatre

The Young Man From Atlanta
By Horton Foote
Directed by Jim Reid

Sunday, October 30, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The haunting secrets of a Texas family come to light after 64-year-old Will Kidder gets fired from a company where he's worked for many years. Badly in need of money, he discovers that his wife, Lily Dale, has been sending money to the close friend of their son, Bill, recently dead from an apparent suicide. Issues in their son's past and the nature of his relationship with his friend are never once mentioned, but permeate the mood and atmosphere throughout the play.
Tickets are $6 at the door

Sierra Club
Wednesday, November 2, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1 Edwin Place

 Water Quality in WNC
Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson

Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson will demonstrate a phone application which will allow citizens to report clean water violations. He will also talk about water quality in WNC, fish habitat, sedimentation, the French Broad paddling trail, and the riverkeeper networks.
Date: Wednesday, Nov 2
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville

For more information, contact Judy Mattox, 828.683.2176, judymattox@sbcglobal.net
Lost and Found
Can't find your glasses?  Favorite water bottle?  Coffee  travel mug? Jacket?  It's very possible it's been living in the OLLI Lost & Found drawer.  Please stop by the OLLI office on the upper level of the Reuter Center to claim any lost item we may have found. 
We will clean out the drawer at the end of the fall term and donate appropriate items to charity.

Special Thanks
OLLI would like to thank its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:

Christie Melear

A Gentle Reminder
Please avoid wearing strong perfumes and fragrances when attending classes at OLLI.  We hear from members who have fragrance allergies and sensitivities that exposure to strong scents can have mild to severe health consequences. 
Thank you!
Dear OLLI Members,
Please be aware that UNC Asheville will be hosting a career fair on Thursday, Occtober 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Sherrill Center.  This may mean that parking will be challenging.  Please remember that you may park at 118 W.T. Weaver Blvd. and ask the shuttle driver to drive you to the Reuter Center.  We will call the driver to take you back to your car when your class is over. 

Being part of a busy university campus can be challenging, but we all benefit from the many resources of the university.  You can read below a story by Kirk Borland about two UNC Asheville faculty members, Michael Ruiz and Dot Sulock, who teach regularly at OLLI. This next week you can attend lectures about the National Parks or the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina.  You can attend athletic events, dine in campus facilities and vote early, right here on our campus. 

This past weekend, I had the great privilege to attend parts of the Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit organized by Dr. Richard Chess of UNC Asheville's Language and Literature Department and  the Center for Jewish Studies.  The ideas discussed by public radio's Krista Tippett and her guests poet Marilyn Nelson and author of The Warmth of Other Suns  Isabel Wilkerson have already prompted some meaningful conversations with my family and have catalyzed some new thoughts for some of my work at OLLI.  Both of these events reminded me of the importance of taking time to think deeply and listen carefully and reminded me of the opportunities that OLLI and UNC Asheville provide for this kind of contemplation and an intellectual stimulation.  I urge you to attend some of the many events here at OLLI and UNC Asheville and bring a friend.  I think that we have all worried recently about the state of our country. Programs like OLLI and universities like UNC Asheville can help us examine critical  problems in deep and meaningful ways and can remind us of the uplifting potential of human beings. Don't think of attending classes and events as "taking a break" from the news but as remembering that change can happen and that we all have a role to play.

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

Events at UNC-Asheville
Through Nov. 11 - solo exhibition by Durham-based artist Erin Canady, featuring works in video and drawing. On view from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 11.

Through Nov. 11 - Art Front, UNC Asheville's visual arts student organization, will present an exhibit of works by members in the Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery. On view through Nov. 11. 

Through Nov. 11 - Purpose Bound, an exhibition of photos by David Pickett, in the Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library. On view during library hours through November 11.
Nov. 8 - Feminist/queer fiction author Lucy Corin will read from her work and answer questions. She's the author of short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses and The Entire Predicament, as well as Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls. Noon, UNC Asheville's Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Free.

Nov. 10 - Leigh Ann Henion will read from her best-seller Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurers Guide to the Natural World and other essays. Her readings will be hosted by best-selling novelist Wiley Cash, writer-in-residence. Both Cash and Henion are graduates of UNC Asheville. Noon, UNC Asheville's Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Free.

Nov. 3 - Fall Dance Happening - studio showing of faculty and student in-progress works, mildly curated by Celia Bambara. Emphasis is on movement research and sharing in a comfortable setting. 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center, Dance Studio 351. Space is limited; please RSVP to cbambara@unca.edu. Free.

Nov. 7 - Able-Bodied Like Me - Matt Glowacki, former Paralympian and successful entrepreneur, will talk about breaking down barriers between the able-bodied and those with disabilities. 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Highsmith Union. Free. 

Nov. 9 - Documentary film: "Lives Worth Living," about the Disability Rights Movement, directed by Eric Neudel and produced by Alison Gilkey. 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Highsmith Union, in The Grotto. Free.

Oct. 24  - "The Economics of National Parks: Issues and Opportunities" - discussing the need for nonprofit support of parks and outline the ways in which the foundation supports the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the economic impact of park visitation on gateway and surrounding communities. 7 p.m. in Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Free.

Nov. 3 - "Poster Art and the National Parks" - artist and designer Joel Anderson will talk about his interest in the poster art of the New Deal's WPA and his current series of national park posters that mirror the style of these classics from the 1930s. 7 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall. Free.

Nov. 7 - "Public Lands, Private Profit" - Climate activist and Peaceful Uprising founder Tim DeChristopher will discuss the role of public lands and national parks as battlegrounds between private profit and public good. He will be joined by singer/songwriter Bryan Cahall with songs inspired by struggles for justice. Info: sustain@unca.edu. Free.

Nov. 10 - Concert in Celebration of National Parks - The Asheville Singers and UNC Asheville New Media students offer a free concert, open to everyone, in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Info: music@unca.edu.
Around the Center

 Carved Walking Stick Workshop participants at the end of the workshop, proudly display their new walking sticks.
STEM Lecture
   Tuesday, October 25,  4:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Forest Roads:The Ecological Imprint from their Presence and Use
by 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 forest, such as fighting wildfire. However, roads and their use create impacts, and these must be understood to manage forest resources wisely.

  Fab Fridays are free and open to the public.    
Fab Friday Lunch & Learn Lecture
   Friday, October 28,  11:30 a.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Bone Health, Osteoporosis, and Why Gravity is Good!
by Dr. David F. Ward, MD.

 The human endoskeleton is regulated by a complex array of factors including hormonal interactions, nutritional requirements, and gravitational forces. Explore these factors and learn more about the ways the presence (or absence) of the specific components lead to the overall health and function of this often surprising but multifaceted organ system. David F Ward, MD is a former NASA flight surgeon with experience caring for astronauts who develop physiologic changes after both short and long duration spaceflights. As a private practice physician at General Preventive Medicine in Brevard and Hendersonville, NC, he often counsels patients on the changes related to normal aging and bone health. This presentation is part of the Health Education Series.

  Fab Fridays are free and open to the public.    
Dorothy Sulock and Michael Ruiz Share Their Passion with OLLI
by Kirk Borland
Despite full teaching loads at UNC Asheville, Professors Dorothy (Dot) Sulock and Michael Ruiz have made time to lead OLLI classes for nearly 30 years. The two continually delight our members, first at the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR), now at OLLI. They teach for the love of teaching; class participants take their classes for the love of learning.

OLLI Art Bazaar Exhibitor Bio
On Friday, November 11, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will hold the 4th Annual Art Bazaar. Over forty OLLI members will offer a range of art and crafts for sale. This one of a kind showcase of talents includes painting, photography, jewelry, textiles, handmade soaps and lotions, pottery, knitted scarves and hats, and much more. This is a perfect event to find a one of a kind and to begin holiday shopping! This event is free and open to the public. Here is a snapshot of one of the exhibitors:
Gail Wiley has been interested in art her whole life. Her focus on pottery began in graduate school when a professor of hers was exhibiting at an art show, and she was hooked. Since that time she has taken classes wherever she has lived and managed to devote time to pottery while she was working and raising her children. Now that she has retired she takes classes at AB Tech and Odyssey and devotes about two days a week to throwing and hand building the clay. She shares a studio in her home with her husband Bud who works with wood. You can find her work in Mountain Made in the Grove Arcade and also in an exclusive shop in Maine. This is her fourth OLLI art bazaar.

Third Annual African Americans in WNC Conference
Thursday, October 27 - Sunday, 30, 2016,
the 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 October 27, panel discussions and documentary films on Oct. 28, and Buncombe County's celebration of "Unsung Heroes" on Oct. 30. 2016. 
Click here to read more.

"The Way We Were":  An Isaiah Rice Photo Exhibit 
WCQS studios (73 Broadway - just off the I-240/Merrimon exit)

A selection of the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection, titled "The Way We Were," depicting life in the African-American community in Asheville in the '50s, '60s and '70s will be on exhibit at the WCQS studios through November. The exhibit is curated by the photographer's grandson Darin Waters, assistant professor of history, and Gene Hyde, head of Special Collections at UNC Asheville, and is on loan from UNC Asheville's Special Collections in Ramsey Library. The photos were donated to Special Collections by Rice's daughter, Marian R. Waters.  Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, except holidays.
Click here to learn more
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:30pm,   Manheimer Room

Pirates, Anarchists, and Cowboys
by Dr. Don Pachula 

As troops move into Mosul and the international spotlight returns to the Middle East - especially focusing on the power and territory that ISIS has claimed, and now appears to be losing, nothing could be more timely than Dr. Don Pachula's presentation, "Pirates, Anarchists and Cowboys."  Pachula will discuss the growth and strength of ISIS in geopolitical, historical and transnational perspectives.

Puchala, Byrnes Emeritus Professor of International Studies at the University of South Carolina, is the author of  "Theory and History in International Relations, and Fiscal Harmonization in the European Communities." He also is co-editor of Immigration into Western Societies: Problems and Policies.

Free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door.   
 For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.
New Special Interest Group History Book Lovers 
Friday, November 18, 3 p.m.
Hi story book 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 like-minded members around our favorite subject - history! 

Upcoming sessions will focus on:
  • November 18: A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman
  • December 16:  My Homeland by Ari Shabit
  SIG contact: Jane White, (828)274-9354,  jwcantare1@charter.net   
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