Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting
with Rodney Smith
Sunday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.
Rodney Smith will share ideas and techniques for enhancing photos with layers, filters and much more using Photoshop. Smith's presentation is geared to beginning and seasoned photographers.
Smith is a professional photographer and owner of Tempus Fugit Design, a photography and graphic design agency in Asheville, NC.
He teaches photography and design, is an instructor at A-B Tech and is also an award-winning playwright and director and a husband and father.
The CNPA-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western North Carolina through photography. M
onthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month with a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Meetings are scheduled for the second Sunday of the month. For more information please go to:
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Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, October 13, 7-9 p.m.
Scheduled in the Manheimer Room, this advance care planning (ACP) workshop will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. Discussion will include communicating treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues and the uses of advance directives. Ample time will be reserved for questions. Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the NC ACP Short Form.
Click here for a copy of the North Carolina ACP Short Form.
Special Interest Group Meeting:
Topic: "Changes in the U.S. Influence in the World"
Friday, October 14, 1 p.m.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Forget Me Not" Series
Friday, October 14, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Effective Communication Strategies
Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful and reduce stress for everyone.
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of WNC, this series of lectures will offer insight into this illness. Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina chapter will present along with area experts.
This series is free and open to the public.
Civic Engagement Committee
Did you know that 467 Asheville families with children were homeless during the 2015/2016 school year?
Homeless children tend to have difficulty in school. The 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.
Blue Ridge Orchestra
"Homage to Haydn"
Saturday, October 15, 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, 3 p.m.
UNC Asheville Campus, 300 Library Lane
Programmed by returning Music Director Milton Crotts, "Homage to Haydn" pays tribute to Joseph Haydn, known as the" Father of the Symphony."
This concert is presented in memory of John E. Moore, former president of the Blue Ridge Orchestra.
"Allegro" from Haydn's
Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat Major
Johannes Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony (No.4)
Walk 4 Hearing
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Help our local Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) chapter by becoming a
sponsor. HLAA is an advocacy organization for all people with hearing loss. If our local HLAA chapter is to continue to function, to advocate and to present beneficial monthly programs, then we urgently need your sponsorship.
Click here to view an event flier.
We encourage you to participate: go online and donate and/or seek donations from your circle of friends, neighbors, family, businesses and business contemporaries. It truly is vital to our chapter that we receive the community's support in this fundraising effort.
"Behind the Scenes Audition"
Friday, October 28, 3 p.m.
Don't miss this opportunity to have an exclusive glimpse into the opera industry. Four singers will audition in front of a live audience and will be given immediate feedback by the Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) artistic director David Craig Starkey. This process is usually reserved for professional staff only, but ALO is sharing with the public the process of bringing classical arts to Asheville.
Free and open to the public.
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 Cafe
facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.
4th Annual OLLI Art Bazaar
Friday, November 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. &
Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Talented OLLI members will gather at the 4th Annual OLLI Art Bazaar on Friday, November 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., to exhibit and sell their art to benefit the OLLI scholarship fund.
Featured works include paintings, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, mixed media, handcrafted soaps and lotions, cards and paper art, pottery, wood art and more.
Don't miss this opportunity!
For more information, 828.251.6140
or email email@example.com.
Dear OLLI Members,
If you have not completed an advance care plan, we hope that you will attend the workshop this Thursday, October 13, 7 p.m. You may learn more about the issues and complete the NC Short Form and have it notarized. Many thanks to Mary Campbell and David Mouw for their continued commitment to these workshops.
Please enjoy the article on Bobbi Laratta and her comprehensive approach to exploring her new home in North Carolina. Bobbi designs her own retirement adventures and learns with enthusiasm in OLLI classes. Please write to us if you know an OLLI member whose story or approach to life's second half inspires you.
We want to remind you that the deadline for submitting course proposals for Spring 2017 (March 20 - May 19, 2017) is October 15. If you have been thinking about teaching or know someone who would like to share a passion with OLLI members, please contact Herb Gunn, College for Seniors program manager.
Finally, we have included in the newsletter a couple of reminders about not wearing strong scents and about eating quietly in class. We encourage you to remember that your actions have impacts on your fellow OLLI members and also to respectfully let members know if their actions have a negative (and probably unintended) impact on you. We are a community of teachers and learners and we are best when we all take responsibility for our experiences here.
Thank you for everything you do to model and inspire creative retirement,
Events at UNC-Asheville
October 17: "
Archaeology: What Is It and How Is It Done?" presented by independent archaeologist supervising work at an ancient Greco-Roman city in Egypt. Free, at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall, room 237.
Asheville Printmakers Exhibition of work by local artists using techniques ranging from relief printing such as woodblock, linocut, and wood engraving. Gallery hours are weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Owen Hall Second Floor Gallery.
UNC Asheville Family Business Forum: "Bridging the Personality Gap" Participants will identify strengths, stresses, satisfaction, motivations, energy and decision-making style. Free to Forum members; $49 for non-members. RSVP: fbf.unca.edu/register
October 21 "
Race and Poverty" Dwight Mullen, UNC Asheville professor of political science. Free, at 11 a.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall.
ENVIRONMENT / OUTDOORS / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL
October 20: "
History, the National Parks and Western North Carolina": Historians discuss roots of national parks in this region, their impact on its economy and social life and implications for its future. Free, at 7 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall.
LECTURES / PANELS
October 14: "
Islam and the Modern World: From the Ottoman Empire to the Rise of the Republic of Turkey" by Rodger Payne, UNC Asheville associate professor and chair of religious studies. Free, at 11 a.m. in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium.
October 21: "
Modernity and Instability in 19th Century China" by Grant Hardy, UNC Asheville professor of history, and "Indian Feminists and Modernity," Keya Maitra, UNC Asheville associate professor and chair of philosophy. Free, at 11 a.m. in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium.
"Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit" a gathering of writers whose work deeply engages faith, tradition or spiritual practice. Free. For schedule and UNC Asheville locations, visit English.unca.edu.
TheatreUNCA Presents Marat/Sade, a musical set in the French Revolution and its aftermath. Performances in Belk Theatre at 7:30 p.m. October 20-22 and at 2 p.m. on October 23. Info & tickets: drama.unca.edu.
We Need You!
Have you thought about teaching? Want to connect with OLLI members by sharing an interest or passion?
College for Seniors course proposal deadline for the Spring Term
(March 20 - May 19, 2017) is
October 15, 2016
At the heart of the College for Seniors program are dedicated volunteer instructors. While many instructors are retired academics, others with no formal teaching background have successfully facilitated learning experiences centered on their areas of passion, interest or expertise.
for the Spring 2017 course proposal form and join the fun! Have questions? Contact Herb Gunn, College for Seniors Program Manager,
Monday, October 10, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Mathematics of Spirography by David Bates
Most people are familiar with the Spirograph, which uses plastic gears to draw interesting geometric designs. With a little mathematics, we can analyze these gears and express their motion in terms of mathematical equations, and then use these equations with a graphical software program to create Spirograph designs on the computer screen. Even if you've forgotten all of your high school trigonometry, you'll still be dazzled by the pretty pictures.
The STEM series of lectures is an interdisciplinary program that covers a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.The lectures are all scheduled in the Reuter Center,
4:30- 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public. This event is free and open to the public.
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, October 10, 5 p.m.
Off site at Skinny Beats, 4 Eagle Street, Asheville
Monday, October 10th, from 5 - 6 p.m. Billy Zanski will be offering OLLI students a sound meditation at Skinny Beats, 4 Eagle Street, Asheville. Note that this will be an "off site" Meditation SIG event and people should arrive early as the entry door will close at
Billy Zanski, an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, healer, and musician has dedicated his life to sharing the joy and passion for journey through sound. Billy has owned and operated Skinny Beats in downtown Asheville since 2004. Sound healing and taking percussion into the realm of healing has become the cornerstone of his shop. Spending extensive time in West Africa, Brazil and Chile, Billy has developed a fusion of rhythm and deep frequencies, which he has been facilitating for the past 10 years. One of Billy's main gifts is to allow space for others to connect and feel the peace and presence of sound and music. Crystal bowls, gongs, didgeridoo, kora (West African harp) and many forms of percussion, comprise some of Billy's main instrumentation.
Please remember to dine quietly when you enjoy a snack or your lunch during class. Folks are focused on the lecture or film or music and find crinkly chip bags or sandwich
wrappers very distracting.
And if someone's behavior detracts from your CFS experience, please respectfully let them know that their behavior has an impact on you.
Fab Friday Lunch & Learn Lecture
Friday, October 14, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Macular Degeneration & the Blue Light Danger
by Dr. Kim Walters
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. With an estimated 11 million individuals in the U.S. suffering from AMD, a figure that is expected to grow to 22 million by 2050, we are facing a coming epidemic of AMD. In addition to the increase in our aging population, we are using our eyes like never before in history. Join Dr. Kim Walters, owner of Optix Eye Care, as she discusses AMD, and our newest threat to our health, blue light which is emitted in high concentration from our smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, fluorescent lights, and LED lighting. With 18 years of experience practicing optometry in Weaverville, NC, Dr. Walters is an expert on the prevention, early detection and management of ocular disease. This presentation is part of the
Health Education Series
Fab Fridays are free and open to the public.
Bobbi Laratta stays on the go
When Bobbi Laratta adopted Asheville as her home four years ago, she vowed to learn as much about this area as one person could. Her determination is impressive.The initial lure of Asheville, Bobbi says, focused not only on the many things to see and do right here, but "an added value was the proximity to so many other great places within a 500-mile radius! I've already been to many of them!" Her travels have, in fact, taken her 21,300 driving miles, three trips via air, one three-night cruise and 65 hotel nights. She has also discovered 242 places to eat in the greater Asheville area!
As soon as she moved here after a 46-year career in northern California, Bobbi joined OLLI and the Asheville Newcomers Club. Then she subscribed to "Our State" magazine. After devouring the magazine; she catalogs and indexes it, article by article. Bobbi can find any one in a heartbeat. Next she plans detailed trips around the state guided by those articles, filed geographically for easy access.
Bobbi's road trips are often solo, but she frequently connects with friends and family along the way. "Our State" isn't her only source of information; some of her travels are much closer home. Many day trips with Asheville Newcomers not only were "friend makers" but also helped her learn about interesting features of our area. A recent OLLI class, "UNC Asheville on Foot," gave her in-depth knowledge of our campus and, she adds, "good exercise as well." She has been a dedicated volunteer on OLLI's Membership Committee for the past two years.
An avid baseball fan, Bobbi enjoys Asheville Tourists games but also drives to Atlanta to catch a Braves game. She boasts perfect attendance in Larry Griswold's baseball classes.
It's easy to say Bobbi Laratta hit a grand slam when she landed in Asheville!
"Look to the Hills From Whence Cometh Our Help"
Celebrating the History and Heritage of the National Parks in Western North Carolina
Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
A panel of historians will discuss the roots of the national parks in this region, their impact on its economy and social life, and implications for its future.
Click here to view an event flier
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the History Department of UNC Asheville, as well as by the WNC Historical Association.
AARP Driver Safety Program
Friday, October 21, noon-4 p.m.
On Friday, October 21, 2016, noon-4 p.m. , OLLI, in partnership with AARP, will offer a Driver Safety refresher course designed to help mature drivers remain safely on today's faster, more challenging highways. The four-hour AARP Driver Safety course teaches valuable defensive driving techniques, highlights hazards particular to seniors and provides a refresher about the rules of the road and tips for avoiding crashes. The course is offered as a nationwide effort to keep drivers behind the wheel safely.
The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register for either session, contact instructor Celeste Selwyn, 828-708-7404 or email
UNC Asheville Athletics
"Champions in Athletics, Leaders in Life"
Date Sport Location Time
Below listed are UNC Asheville Athletic events scheduled for September 25 to October 1, 2016. Check here every week for a list of exciting games! Go Bulldogs!
Women's Soccer Greenwood Soccer Field
Volleyball Justice Center
Volleyball Justice Center
New Special Interest Group History Lovers
Friday, October 21, 3 p.m.
History lovers are meeting on the third Friday of each
month at 3 p.m. J
oin 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:
- October 21: The Island at the Center of the World by Robert Shorto
- November 18: A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman
- December 16: My Homeland by Ari Shabit
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!
OLLI would like to thank its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:
Preferred Properties of Asheville
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