Calendar of Events 
March 5, 2017

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In This Issue

Sheila  Murphy , chair of the Visual Arts Committee on College for Seniors Curriculum; 
Chair of the Annual Art Bazaar.   

"I love volunteering at OLLI because I love seeing people learn and use their learned knowledge in their future."

 Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
Register for the SkillTalks Workshop on 
Tuesday, March 8
if you are considering teaching a course for OLLI  or an OLLI Workshop. 

Click here for a link to the registration form.

Have questions? Contact Herb Gunn,
The Visual Art Curriculum Committee
Needs Volunteers to Teach Studio Art

Please email Sheila Murphy 
 with proposals or questions for teaching a studio arts class for OLLI's College for Seniors.
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.

Program Details
Dates:  May 16, 18, 25,  June 1, 8, 2017
Times:  10 a.m. - noon each day
Cost: $30/person
 (OLLI members only)

  The Surprisingly Complex Lives 
of Massive Galaxies
Dr. Rachel Bezanson
Monday, March 6, 
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

 Dr. Bezanson  will discuss on-going observational studies of the structure, dynamics, and compositions of massive high-redshift galaxies. and will outline prospects for further understanding of the history of these intriguing objects with next generation observatories and instruments. 
Dr. Bezanson holds a PhD in astronomy from Yale University, was Hubble Fellow at the University of Arizona and is a Russell Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. In Fall 2017 she will join the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh.
This lecture is free 
and open to the public.

  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
Topic: "Who Are the 30% of People Who Need  Help to Survive
and How Do We Help Them?"
Friday, March 10, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205
Each Forum meeting offers 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 invited to participate.
SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, 
Opera Talk
Friday, March 10, 2017, 3 p.m. 
Manheimer Room
  Chamber Opera 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 Artistic Director David Craig Starkey and a cast of industry professionals guide you through their operatic world. Mark your calendar to attend these lively and informative musical presentations.   For more information about ALO or to purchase tickets for a performance, visit

Free and open to the public.
OLLI Member Art Exhibit
Friday, March 10, 2017, 5 p.m.
Yellow Sunscape by Peter Olevnik, oil on canvas
OLLI members are invited to the opening of an art exhibition 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 ""

The exhibition will be at the 
West Branch Library Gallery, 
942 Haywood Road

Stories on Asheville's Front Porch presents
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 door. 
Tickets can be purchased at

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend
 tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:
Madison Link 
Town Mountain Realty
 CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Special Interest Group:
Mondays, March 13 and 27, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center
The Meditation SIG will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of March at  4:15 p.m. in the Reuter Center.

On  March 13th Becca Demers will discuss somatic breath work therapy and lead the group in a specific breathing technique.

On  March 27th Jacquie Wollins will lead the group in a functional meditation.

 All OLLI Members are welcome to attend. 
For more information contact SIG leader Sally Ekaireb

Mobile Facebook for
 Fun or Marketing 
Saturday, March 18,
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Reuter Center
Facebook is a free online technology, and you are the content author. Learn how to organically optimize marketing for your cause or small business, with an emphasis on Apple iOS photography and video content design that you author. This class is ideal for artists and cause marketers with several months of basic Facebook experience on your iPhone or iPad. Note: Instructor material will only be on iOS (iPhone or iPad apps & screens), but Android users are welcome. Participants must bring their own devices.
  Fee:  $75

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 cottonsocks with reinforced heel and toe are ideal for men. There will be a collection box right outside the OLLI office. 
by Gary Carden 
Directed by Marianne Lyon
Presented by The Autumn Players
Sunday, March 26, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

A piece of Smoky Mountain history will come to the stage in an encore reader's theatre presentation of "Outlander," by award-winning storyteller Gary Carden, with mountain music by William Ritter. The play tells the story of the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park and deals with the controversies and conflicts between longtime mountain residents and the "outsiders" who advocated preservation through the establishment of national park lands. 

Tickets are $6 at the door.
We had to turn people away from the performance last July at the Reuter Center, so come early for a good seat!
Dear OLLI Members,

Those of you who registered for Spring 2017 courses should have received your schedule on Friday, March 3.  If you registered and did not receive a schedule, please phone Caitlin Han at 828.251.6140 on Monday morning.

If you are listed as "registered" you have a seat in the course you requested. If you are "waitlisted," you are not registered, and we were unable to enroll you in your requested number of classes. If you read that you were "dropped," that means that we were able to register you in your requested number of courses and that we dropped you from your lowest priority courses that went over three.  We also dropped you from your lower priority courses if there was a time conflict with higher priority courses in which you were enrolled. Finally, this term we allowed people to register in only one hiking course, so we dropped you from your lower priority if you were registered in more than one hiking course.

If you were registered for a health and fitness course with a $30 fee, you should have received a note letting you know that you must pay the fee before the course begins. You must bring or mail a check (made out to OLLI) or cash (exact change, please) to the OLLI office.  

Add/Drop and open registration begins on Monday, March 6, 10 a.m. If you wish to add a course, you must do so online; add/drop is first come / first served. Click here for a list of courses open Monday, March 6, 10 a.m. Note that courses are listed in alphabetical order and may have only one seat left. We will have helpers at the Reuter Center to assist you with registration, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday morning. 

If you wish to be dropped from a course, please email us at If you wish to drop all of your courses and ask for a full refund, you must make a request by Friday, March 17, 3 p.m.

You can help us by not calling on Monday morning to have us walk you through the process of adding a course. Please come to the Reuter Center for help. Please only leave one message if you are unable to talk to a staff person.  You will slow us down if you leave multiple messages on one answering machine or if you leave messages with multiple staff members.  We will return calls as quickly as we can and have a system in place to manage the process.

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

Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
UNCA Bulldog UNC Asheville Athletic Events
  March 2017
       Friday, March 10, 3 p.m.  
Baseball: UNC Asheville vs. 
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Greenwood Baseball Field
Saturday, March 11, 2 p.m. 
Baseball: UNC Asheville vs. 
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Greenwood Baseball Field
    Click here to visit the UNC Asheville Athletics
TheatreUNCA Presents Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" 
Final PerformanceToday, Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m. 
  TheatreUNCA will stage Shakespeare's
 "The Winter's Tale." 
General admission for "The Winter's Tale" is $12, $7 for students and OLLI members; $10 for faculty, staff and seniors. For information and tickets, visit, or call 828.251.6610
Travel Presentation:  Antarctica
Tuesday, March 7, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Photographs and Presentation on the 
Amazing 7th Continent, Antarctica 
by Dr. Roger C. Helm, Marine Ecologist
Paradise Bay
  Many consider Antarctica to be the most raw, primal, exciting, stunning and awe-inspiring place on earth.  It's the highest, coldest, windiest and driest continent and, surprisingly, it's quite different from its cousin on the opposite pole.  Please come and see for yourself why so many travelers interested in nature rank this trip at the top of their list.   
 Free and open to the public.
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Petroleum and Foreign Policy
Jenn Schiff, 
I nternational Relations Political Scientist
 at Western Carolina University

Come to the Reuter Center for fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties.

Also, mark your calendar to join us Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. to hear Julie Snyder on "Trade and Politics." Julie is a former Commerce Department official who has had wide experience in the state department with trade negotiations and monitoring. She is also an OLLI member and College for Seniors instructor.

 OLLI members receive a discount on the World Affairs Council (WAC) annual membership fee.
Lectures are free to WAC members and students. 
All others pay $10 at the door.    
For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.
NC Stage Behind the Scenes
"Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins"
Friday, March 10, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver takes you behind the scenes of the professional productions of NC Stage with a look into the themes of the plays, the rehearsal process and the design process.  Actors, directors and designers participate and sometimes share a scene or two from the upcoming show, in this case, Stephen Temperly's play "Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins."

SIG Meeting: Apple SIG
iPhone/Smart Phone Apps
for Hiking, Sailing, Flying and More
Friday, March 10, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206 
Apple Computer 
 Hermann Gucinski  will give a brief look at the evolution of navigational tools and  demonstrate some of the possibilities of apps for the iPhone and other Smartphones. He will give examples of existing apps used in navigation for hikers, pilots, and sailors.

SIG organizers will also provide links for further exploration, encourage discussion of all aspects of this subject and end with the question of whether this topic warrants an entire course at OLLI.

OLLI's Apple SIG meets the second Friday of every month, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and p rovides a community for continued learning, problem solving and information sharing pertaining to Mac, its applications and hardware, useful websites, and associated mobile devices. OLLI members of all experience levels are welcome.

Contact: Paula Withrow, 828.350.8406 or  or 
Bob Mellor,828.253.5031,   
Blue Ridge Orchestra Concert
Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium

  "A Wedding with Wolfgang"

This concert features an old / new / borrowed / blue tribute to marriage and Mozart. This family-friendly program includes Mozart's oldest symphony (Symphony  No. 1, composed when he was 8 years old), his "newest" (Symphony No. 41, Jupiter), Tchaikovsky's   Mozartiana  (exploring a borrowed theme), and Countess Almaviva's blue "Dove Sono" aria from   Marriage of Figaro, sung by UNC Asheville music professor Christine Boone.

Tickets $15 General Admission, 
$10 Friend, $5 Student. 
For tickets and info, 828.782-3354 or   
UNC Asheville's Family Business Forum
"The Fed Speaks"
with Matt Martin
Monday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.
Humanities Lecture Hall, 
UNC Asheville Campus

Martin is a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and a Charlotte regional executive. He is responsible for branch leadership and regional outreach in the Carolinas. Matt will present a regional and national economic update.

This event is free and open to the public,
 but participants must  register by 
email to
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, 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.
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.
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UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804