Calendar of Events 
January 8, 2017
In This Issue
College for Seniors Summer Course Proposals Due!
The deadline to submit a course proposal for the Summer 2017 term is  
Tuesday, January 17.
The appropriate URL link for the Summer 2017 proposal form is:

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.)  

Annie Houle volunteers with Leadership Asheville Seniors; helped develop LAS 30 and part of LAS Educational Project.   

"I love volunteering at OLLI because I get introduced to interesting and vital community issues which leads to working with other wonderful OLLI folks toward creative solutions."
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!

You are also welcome in any of UNC Asheville's dining facilities.   Click here to learn more about campus dining options.
Most UNC Asheville facilities will open on Tuesday, January 17, when the Spring 2017 term begins.
Special Interest Group 
Mondays, January 9 & 23, 4:15 p.m.

The Meditation SIG will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of January at 4:15 in room 120 of the Reuter Center. Sally Ekaireb, College for Seniors Instructor, will lead the January 9th meeting and will introduce the group to a meditation called, "The Place of Calm Repose."  This Roselight meditation guides and attunes you to a place of inner peace.  .
Bill Walz, College for Seniors instructor, will lead the January 23rd meeting.

All OLLI members are invited to participate.

  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
Subject: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: 
The Trump Cabinet"
Friday, January 13, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205
Start the new year with a stimulating discussion!  The Forum offers 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, 
Death Cafe'  
Friday, January 20, 5 p.m. 

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering to convene a conversation that too often alienates members of 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. A deepening ritual emerges, and we build a culture of dying wisely. 
Reuter Center Singers Performance
UNC Asheville
 Women's Basketball Game
Saturday, January 21, 1 p.m.
Kimmel Arena, Sherrill Center
UNC Asheville Campus

Hear the Reuter Center Singers perform at the  UNC Asheville Women's Basketball Game against Liberty University
TRIAD Crime Prevention Series 
Mondays, January 23 and 30
Reuter Center Room 206
These Triad presentations are designed to prevent crimes against the mature population. This TRIAD program is a partnership involving law enforcement, social services, elder law attorneys and representatives of the financial community. All presentations are free and open to the public.  Click here to find more about TRIAD, a program of the Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging.

Monday, January 23, 2 p.m.: "Investment Fraud: Guarding Your Assets in a Scary World." Presented by John Maron, Director of the Investor Protection and Education Services Division of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.

Monday, January 23, 3 p.m.: "The History of Scams and Fraud." Presented by Larry Pierson from the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office

Monday, January 30, 2 p.m.: "How NOT to Become a Fraud Victim." Presented by Caroline Farmer, Deputy Director, Victims and Citizens Section, North Carolina Department of Justice. Farmer also serves as the co-chair of the NC Senior Fraud Taskforce, as commissioner for NC Crimes Victims Compensation, and as board member of NC Wheels for Hope. 
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,
We hope that you are surviving the snow and cold. Please review our adverse weather policy in this newsletter; we will send an email by 8 a.m. on Monday, January 9 (or any bad weather day) to outline our schedule or notify you of closings.  We would hate to postpone the opening of our Winter 2017 classes, but we want to make sure that all of our members are safe. We also hope you will review "OLLI Road Rules." We have decided for a number of reasons not to begin our classes with announcements, but we want to remind people of the various ways we can cooperate to make the most of our community of teachers and learners. 

UNC Asheville classes do not begin until Tuesday, January 17, so parking should be easily available at the Reuter Center during the opening week of Winter 2017 College for Seniors. Shuttles will not be running until January 17, and dining facilities will not be operating. 

Please remember that our newsletter can get pretty long. We want to be as complete as possible in letting you know what is going on.  We do offer an index of highlights at the top of every issue and arrange information in chronological order.  Sometimes the newsletter is truncated when it arrives in your inbox, but you can click on a link at the bottom to see everything.

Finally, if you or someone you know would like to teach for the College for Seniors summer term, please be aware that the deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 17.   Click here to find the Google form to submit a course proposal.

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:
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 consult:

UNCA Bulldog UNC Asheville Athletic Events
  January  2017

Men's Basketball Jan 11, 7-9 p.m. Kimmel Arena
Women's Swimming Jan 14,11 a.m.-1p.m. Justice Pool
Women's Basketball Jan 14, 2-4 p.m., Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball Jan 21, 2-4 p.m. Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball Jan 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Kimmel Arena
Men's Basketball Jan 28,12-2 p.m. Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball Jan 28 2:30-4:30 p.m.
 Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball Jan 31 7-9 p.m.  Kimmel Arena

OLLI Road Rules
A picture can save a thousand words.  Click through this photo story for a reminder of some 'good neighbor' rules that make OLLI a great place to spend your time.
Special Interest Group Francais Facile
Monday, January 9, 2017, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

 SIG for EASY French (français facile) is restarting this Monday, January 9, 2-3:30 p.m. Reuter Center Room 120.

This SIG is for all those who know a little or a lot of French,  and who want to refresh it  through games, conversations, and/or reading skits with other OLLI members.
This is not a class, but an opportunity to practice in a relaxed and helpful environment.  Renee Raffini, who teaches French for OLLI's College for Seniors, or other advanced French speakers, will be leading activities based on the number and interests of the participants.  The only requirement is to keep conversations in English out or to a 'need-only' minimum.  
 Open to OLLI members.

Contact Renee for further information at
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture 
Friday, January 13, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

On Fridays, 11:30 a.m., during the term, these lunch and learn lectures delight and inform.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 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, 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.

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
NC Stage Behind the Scenes     
Friday, January 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m.  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Join NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder, Charlie Flynn-McIver as he takes you behind the scenes of the professional productions of NC Stage. We'll look into the themes of the plays, the rehearsal process, the design process, talk to actors, directors and designers and even have a scene or two from the upcoming show. Get an insider's view of the workings of a professional theatre.  Free and open to the public, this event is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in the Manheimer Room Friday, January 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Jeeves in Bloom by Margaret Raether, adapted from the stories by P.G. Wodehouse.
Medicare Choices Made Easy    
Friday, January 27, 2 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. In partnership with OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, January 27 or March 24, 2017, 2-4 p.m.  in the Reuter Center. The class 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 12 p.m., 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 accessing the Agency's online services at
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 that have influenced him (including Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Woody Allen and Billy Crystal) for OLLI's College for Seniors. 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.
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