Carolinas' Nature Photographers
Sunday, December 11,
Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
Monday, December 12,
Linda Go, instructor at College for Seniors and sound healer, will be conducting an interactive vocable sound meditation for chakra balancing and clearing thought patterns.
Afterwards we will have a holiday dinner at Noi's Thai Kitchen at
535 Merrimon Ave #C.
All OLLI Members are welcome at our meditation programs. The dinner is open to the general public.
Kindly email Sally Ekaireb at email@example.com if you plan to attend the dinner.
Food Studies at
Friday, December 16,
Beer City Science Pub,
1 Haywood Street, Suite 401,
(4th floor Wells Fargo Building)
"The Value of
Western North Carolina's
Leah Greden Mathews will present her research on Western North Carolina food systems that has been conducted in the last several years. Mathews will be sharing results and synthesizing comments in the December installment of the Beer City Science Pub. She will cover the benefits of farmland to our region, the benefit of social interactions at farmers markets and the role of scenic quality, cultural heritage, social capital and other intangibles in our food system and overall economy.
he Beer City Science Pub is the creation of the Asheville Museum of Science. Each session takes place at The Collider in downtown Asheville, where entrepreneurs and companies are focusing on products and solutions based on climate change. This series is meant to bring together interested community members for an entertaining night of learning over beer and nibbles from local restaurants. Burial Brewing Company is donating a small batch brew they have created specifically for this event. No admission is charged but donations will be accepted at the door for the Asheville Museum of Science. Hope to see you there!
For more contact,
Leah Greden Mathews,
Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, January 4,
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville,
1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte and Edwin Streets
Birds Around the World with Simon Thompson
Simon Thompson of Ventures Birding Tours and world-renowned birder will present a lecture titled "Birds Around the World."
Free and open to the public.
tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:
"I love the Asheville area and look forward to helping you with selling or buying a home or tract of land."
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
The Workshop Committee at OLLI is seeking new members to host and market workshops scheduled through the Fall of 2017 and to find unique ways to serve as we develop new ways of working together.
"The mission of the OLLI Workshop Committee is to serve as a gateway to OLLI for a diverse cross-section of people by facilitating short-term,
hands-on, unique and intensive learning experiences that appeal to members of the center and the greater community."
If you wish to learn more Laurel Jernigan (staff liaison) and Ian Rudick, (committee co-chair) would love to meet with you!
Email Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 828-505-8175
Dear OLLI Members,
We have had a very smooth Add/Drop period for our Winter 2017 term, with about 1000 people enrolled in classes and almost 2100 members participating in our community of teachers and learners.
We also want to remind you that we are still conducting our Annual Fund campaign.
You can click here to make a secure, online donation.
In recent years, although we have had over 2000 annual members, only about 100 people make a contribution to our annual fund. Many of them are the same people who also give their time and talent to teach and volunteer.
Stop to think about the many things that OLLI has accomplished in the past year. We have
- Implemented online registration (which cost over $70,000 and will involve an annual maintenance fee of over $20,000), without increasing fees
- Absorbed an increase in the cost the university charges for parking decals from $40 to $50 without an increase in our annual membership fee
- Initiated payment of an auxiliary administration fee to the university of about $35,000 without raising fees
- Beautified our building and added to the comfort of our members with new chairs, flat panel displays and solar shades, with costs totaling over $50,000
- Upgraded our sound and microphone systems after the end of the fall term at a cost of over $65,000 to make a more accessible and professional experience for lecturers and participants
- Provided an array of programs including special interest groups, Fab Friday lectures, concerts, performances by actors, musicians and story tellers and appearances by authors and academics, all at no cost to our members
Our programs and facilities make us the envy of most lifelong learning programs across the country, yet the rates of contributions to our annual fund fall below the rates of other OLLIs. Won't you consider an end-of-year gift that honors a volunteer teacher or SIG leader, funds a scholarship for someone who cannot afford our programming or inspires new programs? Any amount is appreciated. We run on volunteer effort and energy, but in an era of shrinking state funding for all of higher education and particularly for programs like ours, we want to make sure that OLLI at UNC Asheville remains economically viable and intellectually stimulating.
With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Blue Ridge Orchestra (BRO) Concert
The Blue Ridge Orchestra presents "BRO Revels!", a winter holiday-themed concert experience featuring internationally renowned violinist/fiddler Jamie Laval. This unique program will include traditional & Celtic carols, Vivaldi's
, plus pops favorites.
Sunday, December 11, 3 p.m. at the Folk Art Center (Blue Ridge Parkway MP382)
Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Friend, $5 Student.
Through Dec. 20 - exhibition of works by Megan Van Deusen will be on view in UNC Asheville's Owen Hall in the Second Floor Gallery, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.
Through Dec. 16 - 40 black and white photographs of contemporary Cherokee people by Shan Goshorn, taken over a 25-year period. Free at the Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library during regular library hours.
Reuter Center Winter Break Schedule
The Reuter Center and OLLI will be closed beginning Friday, December 16, 2016, 5 p.m. through Monday, January 2, 2017. We will reopen on
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8 a.m.
UNC Asheville Athletic Events
Men's Basketball, Saturday, December 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball, Monday, December 19, 7-9 p.m., Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball, Saturday, December 31, 2-4 p.m., Kimmel Arena
Helping others, Joe Barrett finds his path forward
by Judy LaMée
A horrific bicycle accident in August 2001 would change Joe Barrett's life forever. Flipping completely over his handlebars, Joe landed on his helmet protected head, sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Due to frontal lobe damage, he had to learn new ways of doing just about everything.
Joe found the recovery support he needed at the Krempels Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of the first post-brain injury day programs in the U.S. He describes it as a glorious experiential gift amongst a population of TBI peers. That journey, from 2002 - 2009, led Joe back to school to secure an education as a recreation therapist. He chats comfortably of his rehabilitation and his life today, 15 years after that fateful day.
HLAA -Asheville Chapter will meet to discuss "The Year in Review: Reviewing Past Programs As We Plan for the Future" in a discussion facilitated by Ethel Meadows Deputy President, HLAA Asheville Chapter. Please bring your ideas about what we should be doing and learn what others think.
Hearing Loss Association Meeting
Saturday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus,
68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC
New Member Welcome
Friday, January 6, 2017, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
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, 2017, 10 a.m., to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and begin your learning adventure at OLLI.
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lectures
Friday, January 13, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
On Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. during the 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.
Ann, holds 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. She and her late husband 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 will talk about her experiences traveling, meeting artists, collecting and sharing her passion for preserving the folk art tradition.
Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer
Friday, January 13, 2017, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The best way to enjoy the Asheville 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. Symphony Talks are 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 is scheduled at
3 p.m., January 13, 2017
, and 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
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