Calendar of Events 
January 1, 2017
In This Issue
New Member Welcome
Friday, January 6, 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 on Friday, January 6, 10 a.m. to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and learn more!
Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement Meeting
Friday, January 6, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 207

"Asset Allocation for Retirees: 2017" 
Skip Helms
Guest speaker, back by popular demand,Skip Helms of Helms Wealth Management, LLC is a frequent guest of our SIG and a 30-year financial service veteran with an occasionally irreverent view of Wall Street.

After a short presentation, this will be primarily a question and answer session, so come prepared to share your questions and concerns on this and other topics of interest.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members. More info, contact Kate Beatty or 828-231-7710.
Spot lig hting OLLI's Volunteers  by Carol Gillen
Our OLLI is fueled by volunteer power -- by some calculations as many as 600 volunteers perform many different functions during a typical year! They work in tandem with our dedicated OLLI staff to deliver the exceptional programming and activities we all enjoy.

Over the next few months, many of OLLI's volunteers will share why their experience is meaningful to them in a weekly e-newsletter series we're calling, "I love to volunteer at OLLI because..."

If you volunteer and would like to be included in this series, it's not too late! 
Asheville Parks & Rec 
 Charitable Sewing and  Yarn Crafts 
January,1st and 3rd Fridays, 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Bring your own projects and materials and enjoy the company of others while you create projects to donate. We participate in Project Linus and make blankets and winter hats for those in need locally. Ideas and patterns are available for our projects. Some materials can  be provided. 

For details call 
the Senior Opportunity Center,  828.350.2062
 Asheville Parks and Recreation,
36 Grove Street, Asheville, NC  

Adverse Weather
    OLLI classes, events, meetings and other activities will be canceled or delayed when UNC Asheville classes are canceled or delayed for adverse weather. OLLI members should consult the OLLI website to receive the latest information regarding the OLLI Adverse Weather and Emergency Bulletins.

By 8 a.m. on bad weather days, the OLLI staff will post specific program information on our outgoing messages at 828.251.6140 or 828.251.6188. We will also, if possible, send an email to active members by 8 a.m. regarding OLLI cancellations, closings and delays. If OLLI is following a late start schedule, we will cancel 9 a.m. classes and all other classes will proceed as scheduled (11:30 a.m. classes begin at 11:30 a.m., etc.)  
Reuter Cafe Opens
Monday, January 9, 9 a.m.

Your place for a coffee, a snack or a simple meal right in the Reuter Center!

The Reuter Cafe opens for winter term  on Monday, January 9, 9 a.m.

The cafe is operated by the Campus Dining Services which also operates the UNC Asheville Dining Hall, Highsmith Food Court, Ramsey Cafe and the Wellness Cafe in the Sherrill Center. 
Volunteer Opportunity

The YMCA of Western North Carolina is in search of volunteers to serve with elementary
aged students across Buncombe County. The youth the YMCA serves are in
need of positive role models, mentors and homework helpers. Programs run from 2:30-4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday, and volunteers are welcome for any length of time, on any of those days.  
Please contact Mackenzie Forgacs at for more information.

YMCA OF Western North Carolina, Youth Services Center, 
201 Beaverdam Rd. Asheville, NC 28803, 

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW)  tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:
Evelyn Zebro
  CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Dear OLLI Members,
Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed a restful and joyous holiday season and that you are ready to begin a new year with OLLI.  We will jump right into a new term, beginning with our New Member Welcome this Friday, January 6, 10 a.m. Our classes begin on Monday, January 9. Everyone is welcome to attend to learn more about our organization. 

In a time of uncertainty and change,we hope that you will find value in OLLI and the Reuter Center as a place to call home, a place to learn and develop appreciation for new points of view, to cultivate friendships and to find purpose in retirement. We are beginning a series in the weekly email newsletter of "Volunteer Spotlights" that will allow members to voice the great value of volunteering, an activity that benefits our organization and energizes the hundreds of OLLI members who volunteer. Whether you teach a course, serve on a committee or make sure a room is straightened up after a meeting or class, you all make our organization work.  We hope you will all consider the many ways you can enrich OLLI.

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
  January,  2017

Women's Basketball Jan 3, 7-9pm  Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball Jan 7, 2-4pm Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball Jan 11, 7-9pm Kimmel Arena
Women's Swimming Jan 14,11am-1pm Justice Pool
Women's Basketball Jan 14, 2-4pm, Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball Jan 21, 2-4pm Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball Jan 21, 4:30-6:30pm Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball Jan 28,12-2pm Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball Jan 28 2:30-4:30pm Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball Jan 31 7-9pm  Kimmel Arena

Click here to visit the UNC Asheville Athletics 

Sierra Club Meeting  
Wednesday, January 4, 7 p.m. 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place (corner of Edwin and Charlotte)

Birds Around the World 
with Simon Thompson 
Simon Thompson of  Ventures Birding Tours and world-renowned birder will  present 
"Birds around the World."

 Contact: Judy Mattox,
(828) 683-2716

Free and open to the public.
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lectures 
Friday, January 13, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

On  Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. during the winter term, this series of lunch and learn lectures continues to delight and inform.   Held in the Manheimer Room, Fab Fridays are free and open to the public. The Winter 2017 series begins on January 13th with

"Southern Folk Art:
 Collecting, Curating and
 Connecting with Artists" 
by Ann Oliver
 Southern  folk art is variously described as self-taught, visionary, remembered or intuitive. The artists are often isolated by circumstance or choice, creating their art out of an internal necessity to create. Ann Oliver and her late husband Ted collected over 1,000 folk art pieces from the south. Their private collection became so well known that strangers would knock on their door and ask to admire the works.  The couple opened a gallery in Hendersonville dedicated to the celebration and preservation of folk and outsider art throughout Appalachia. Though the gallery has closed, Ann continues to curate folk art exhibitions for other venues.
Ann, with a master's in art history, was curator of education at the Miami Art Museum and head of educational programs and publications for students, teachers and families at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta before moving to North Carolina.  Ann will talk about her experiences of traveling, meeting the artists, collecting and sharing her passion for preserving the folk art tradition.
Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer  
Friday, January 13, 3 p.m.  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The best way to enjoy the Asheville
Daniel Meyer
Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concerts is to come to the Symphony Talk for the inside scoop on the music, composers, and soloists. Come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended.

Free and open to the public. Asheville Symphony Orchestra's music director and conductor Daniel Meyer will speak about the performance for the next evening's concert and local music aficionado Chip Kaufmann will speak about the composers. The next Symphony Talk  will focus on "Eine Kleine Rhine Musik: Brahms, Haydn, Schumann."

For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting
Sunday, January 8, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Weather in the mountains
The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) was founded in 1992 to promote nature photography in the Carolinas; the CNPA-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western North Carolina through photography. Activities in the Asheville Region include monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques.

The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month.  For more information please go to:

 Comedy for a Cause
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.

 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.

Read To Succeed is a local non-profit committed to tackling the serious issue of Asheville's achievement gap. R2S provides trained volunteer tutors to at-risk children in our public elementary schools who struggle to read. Read To Succeed's proven results offers these students hope for a productive future through one-on-one intervention and phonics- and multisensory-based instruction.
Admission is free, but donations at the door are welcome and encouraged.
Meditation Special Interest Group 
Monday, January 9 & 23, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

The Meditation SIG will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of January.
Sally Ekaireb, College for Seniors Instructor, will lead the January 9th meeting. Bill Walz, College for Seniors Instructor, will lead the January 23rd meeting.

All OLLI members are invited to participate. 
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