OLLI Observer
February 25, 2018   
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning
Katherine "Kitty" Lee Kemp
February 17, 2018
Event Cancellation
The "Women in Biology" STEM lecture, scheduled for 
Thursday, March 8, has been cancelled. 
Karen DePew 
"I love volunteering at OLLI because of the people I meet who help me continue learning and remaining active and vital."          
Karen DePew taught "Myers-Briggs Personality Type Theory" and in Spring, 2018 will teach "Craft in WNC: From Functional to Artistic."

Are you a prospective, new or experienced 
College for Senior instructor? 
Then SkillTalks is for you! 

SkillTalks is a day of networking and workshops (with lunch included)
Thursday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come join us - To register click 

Questions?  Contact Herb Gunn, hgunn@unca.edu
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, February 26, 4:15pm, Room 120
 "Acutonics: A Sound Healing J ourney into the Wellness of your Cells and Soul"

Daniel Kane's presentation will give us a direct experience of the connection between sound, vibration and the frequency of health.  Our life force vibrates every cell in our body.  S ound can initiate the innate healing mechanism of the body, attuning our life force to a more dynamic and harmonious frequency.   When we consciously take healing vibrations into the body, we align with the frequency of health and help the body remember its own harmonic resonance. 
Dan Kane 
Dan holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and is certified in levels I-IV & IX Acutonics, 600+ hrs licensure in integrative bodywork, and 200+ hrs with 9 Gates Mystery School, studying the Human Energy System and Spiritual Initiation. 
All OLLI members are welcome at our meditation programs.  Meditation SIG contact: Sally Ekaireb beriake@yahoo.com 

Astronomy Club of Asheville
"The Kessler Syndrome: 
A Problem Created by Natural Law, Solved Only With Human Intervention"
Presented by Donald J. Kessler,
Astrophysicist and Retired NASA Scientist
Wednesday, February 28, 7 p.m., Manheimer Room
(note new date, moved from Thursday, March 1),  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

In 1978, NASA scientist Don Kessler used models to understand the natural meteoroid environment and predicted that by the year 2000, collisions between spacecraft in Earth orbit would produce a population of small debris that exceeded the natural meteoroid hazard for satellites in Earth orbit. The cascading effect of these space debris collisions would continue to increase, even if we stopped adding to the debris field. In 1982, the news media began referring to these predictions as the "Kessler Syndrome." 
  Although there is international recognition of the problem, models predict that we have reached a tipping point, such that at least 500 of the largest debris objects must be removed from low Earth orbit in order to stabilize the growing debris environment. Both the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are planning to test concepts for removing debris from Earth orbit.  However, to be successful, such an endeavor to fully stabilize the current debris environment will require the cooperation of all space agencies.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville usually meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m, with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and star gazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena.  

 For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org.

Special Interest Group Whole Foods/Plant Based Living Meeting
Friday, March 2, 3:15 p.m., 
Reuter Center, Room 206
In this group we provide information and support for anyone interested in following a more plant based diet along the lines of Drs. Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Michael Greger and T. Colin Campbell. Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360, bonniewhee@gmail.com

In Real Life
After-school programs for 
middle school students

Veteran's Restoration Quarters' 
Cooking Team
Prepare a meal for homeless vets

Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
Donation drive for homeless students 
in city schools

VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a difference!
Blue Ridge Orchestra Concert
Saturday, March 3, 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.   
Biltmore United Methodist Church (376 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville)

  The Blue Ridge Orchestra is excited to present Cello Cielo, an intimate orchestral concert featuring Franklin Keel as cello soloist in Haydn's "Cello Concerto in D Major." The concert also includes the Allegro movement of Albinoni's "Concerto for Two Oboes," and Benjamin Britten's "Simple Symphony," performed by the BRO chamber strings.

Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Friend, $5 Student. For tickets and info, see www.blueridgeorchestra.org/cello-cielo or call (828) 782-3354.
Book Talk 
Friday, March 9, 12 noon
Manheimer Room
"Masons, Miners, and Thieves--
The Real Lives of America's Bees" by Paige Embry
Did a bee go extinct because of greenhouse tomatoes? Why is a bee nicknamed Cinderella?  The U.S. and Canada have around 4000 species of bees, and they are nothing like a honey bee.  Follow a gardener's adventures into the field with bee scientists and farmers to explore the lives of America's bees.  Tucked into stories where bees build turrets and paint walls are lessons on how bees live - - and how our gardens can help them.  Author Paige Embrey's presentation is inspired by her book Our Native Bees: North America's Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them.   Embry will sign copies of her book following the talk. 

This event is free and open to everyone. 
The Confident Caregiver Series
Friday, March 9, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

"Mid Stages III - Day Services, 
In-Home Care Services, 
Senior Living Options and Caregiver Needs " 

Offered through the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, the Confident Caregiver is a series of presentations that provide  answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way to maintain quality of life for both the caregiver and the person with the disease. 

Free and open to everyone. 
OLLI Craft Swap Meet
Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. , Reuter Center Manheimer Room

This is a new endeavor designed for OLLI members ONLY, a  free craft swap meet where you can swap/sell/buy craft supplies and "stuff" from other OLLI members.  It is recommended you register for a table by emailing olli@unca.edu. Tables will be assigned in order of registration - first come, first served.

Suggested items to bring to swap/sell/buy include paint supplies, beads & jewelry making supplies, buttons, polymar sculpy clay, fiber arts & yarn, weaving supplies, paper goods, colored pencils, pastels, photography, marbles, mosiac items, fabric, ribbon and sewing notions....almost any craft and art supplies!

This is a closed event for OLLI members ONLY - - to have tables of craft supplies to swap/buy/sell and other OLLI members to attend and see what's on offer.  There is no cost to participate, and we suggest you pack a lunch!  It will be a fun time for all, and you may need a bite to eat before it's all said and done.

For more information or if you have questions, email olli@unca.edu
Dear OLLI Members,
We want to remind you that online registration continues through Tuesday, February 27, noon.   Click here for access to our online registration site. Members and staff will be available Monday, February 26, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 27, 8:30 a.m. to noon to help navigate the online registration system. Many thanks to staff and members who have put together a rich selection of courses for our Spring 2018 term.  And don't forget, as always, that we have many special programs and events and special interest groups, in addition to our College for Seniors courses.

This week, we encourage you to come to the Reuter Center on Tuesday to hear from CFS instructor Larry Griswold and UNC Asheville Athletics Director Janet Cone who will offer historic and insider perspectives on the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. This year, March Madness has a special meaning at UNC Asheville, since our men's basketball team has won the Big South regular season and will host games in the conference tournament.  This may mean that you will see more visitors to campus as the Bulldogs host the quarter and semifinal games on March 1 and 2. You may want to help with the tournament; see the opportunities by following the link in the Bulldog Athletics site below.

For those of you who want to know more about science, you have the chance to hear from two retired NASA scientists this week. The Astronomy Club of Asheville presents Donald J. Kessler, and Christine Darden will deliver the UNC Asheville's Parsons Lecture series.

Take time to read RoseLynn Katz's story about Chris Lorish, who reminds us of the many ways that participation in OLLI's full range of activities and courses can lead to a rich and healthy retirement. And if you or someone you know would like to learn new ways to be an effective instructor in our College for Seniors, we hope you will sign up for our Skills Talks. We truly rely on volunteers for every aspect of our work at OLLI and know that volunteering to help has benefits for all of us.

Thank you for recognizing the value of being part of a community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 Upcoming UNCA Athletic Events  UNCA Bulldog
February-March, 2018
  • Sunday, February 25, 1 p.m., Women's Tennis, UNC Asheville vs. UNC-Greensboro, Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Wednesday, February 28, Noon, Women's Tennis, UNC Asheville vs. Augusta, Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m.,  Men's Tennis, UNC Asheville vs. Wofford
    Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Saturday, March 3, 2 p.m., Women's Basketball, UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb (Last Game of Regular Season), Kimmel Arena    
  • Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m., Men's Tennis, UNC Asheville vs. Winthrop
    Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Tuesday, March 6, 4 p.m., Men's Baseball, UNC Asheville vs. Boston College (Season Home Opener), Greenwood Baseball Field
  • Friday, March 9, 1 p.m., Women's Tennis, UNC Asheville vs. Wofford
    Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Saturday, March 10, 2 p.m., Women's Tennis, UNC Asheville vs. Emmanuel
    Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
Your Chance to Volunteer!
The Big South Conference awards the top seed from the regular season the opportunity to host the men's basketball conference championship at their home facility.  This year the UNC Asheville men's basketball team has won the regular season! If you would like to volunteer to help host the tournament: 

The link to register is   http://signup.com/go/UnPLaQU

March Madness Lecture
Tuesday, February 27, 3 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Bubble teams and brackets. Upsets and Cinderella teams. Blocks, dunks, layups and buzzer beaters. Bitter defeats, thrilling wins and "one shining moment." They're all elements of the "big dance" we call March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Learn more about this annual college sports ritual from a couple of UNC Asheville experts.
Larry Griswold, popular instructor for sports history courses at College for Seniors, will offer an overview of the history of college basketball championship tournaments and the evolution and growth of the NCAA tournament.  Janet Cone, UNC Asheville's athletics director and the only woman currently serving on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball committee, will give us an insider's view of the selection and seeding process. Feel free to wear your college colors, if you remember that here at UNC Asheville we are all Bulldogs!

Free and open to everyone.  
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Conspiracy Theories, Realism, and Democracy" by Jake Greear 
Jake Greear 
Jake Greear is an adjunct instructor of political science at Western Carolina University. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University, where his research focused on political theory and environmental politics. His publications include a recent article on economic decentralization, and he is currently working on a book titled Performing Nature: Truth and the Body in Environmental Consciousness.
Come to the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee.  The World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.  
All lectures are scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website. http://www.main.nc.us/wac
Special Interest Group The Forum
Friday, March 2, 1 p.m., Room 205  
Meeting Topic: "Current Events and Selection of Topics for March" 
Mark your calendar to attend this 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 and welcome!   SIG contact: Beth Johnson, johnson1ea@earthlink.com 
Growing Older with Grace and Good Health
by RoseLynn Katz

Chris Lorish

Lifestyle, far more than medicine, according to OLLI member Chris Lorish, offers individuals the components of healthy aging. Interlocking necessities for healthy aging, he believes, are a sense of purpose, a healthy diet of mostly plant-based food with little or no meat, social connections, financial security, physical fitness and stress management.

OLLI, of course, stands as a unique center where all of these things are available. "It's important that people perceive OLLI not as a place to simply take a class, but as one that covers the gamut in terms of growing older," Chris explains. For example, the person who takes several classes, one involving physical fitness, belongs to a SIG group with people of similar interests, volunteers in the local community as a result of an OLLI posting, is someone who is taking good advantage of the many benefits that OLLI offers.

Over 25 years as a researcher and educator at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Chris developed these beliefs. One of his projects, for example, was working with medical students to establish effective conversations with their future patients on how to stop smoking.
This spring Chris will teach an OLLI class in physical fitness, stressing exercises in strength, flexibility and aerobics - all of the things necessary to maintain a body in good shape. The class, titled "To Be Younger Next Year, the Total Workout," will be co-taught by Elise Beckstett and Marcia Markowitz.

There's lots more on Chris's plate. He's currently working with UNC Asheville's Department of Health and Wellness to implement a program between OLLI members and UNC Asheville students. In this way, Chris points out, the older walkers can gain speed while enjoying intergenerational companionship. "And the younger ones will have a chance to listen to us," he adds. "We've got plenty to tell them!"
Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m.  (Note the change to Thursday. 
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of  Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin

"How to talk about climate change with those who don't believe."
Learn what works and what doesn't. 

. Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716 
Free and open to the public.
2018 Parsons Lecture
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. Lipinsky Auditorium

Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement  
Friday, March 2, 1:30 p.m.  
 "Social Security: Past, Present and Future" by Robert Rietz 
Bob, an OLLI lecturer, will present highlights of his recent class on social security. Bob was the chief pension actuary at Deloitte and a consulting actuary from 1975 to 2010. He has held leadership positions in the American Academy of Actuaries and Conference of Consulting Actuaries.  Bob was appointed by Governor Engler (MI) as the Public Representative on a $40 billion state retirement system and, recently, Governor Snyder appointed him to the board of one of Detroit's large retirement systems. 
Join us and bring your questions and comments. The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com
or 828-231-7710.  

Interfaith Peace Conference Session
"Meeting the Other: Can We Talk?"
Friday, March 2, 3-5 p.m.  
Humanities Lecture Hall, UNC Asheville Campus

   Come to hear a panel representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions discuss polarization and faith. This special session is a spin-off of the Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska. The full conference takes place March 1-4, with the theme "Meeting the Other: Can We Talk?" Panelists include  Juliane Hammer, a ssociate professor and Kenan Rifai  Scholar of Islamic Studies at the
University of North Carolina  at Chapel Hill,  Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, f ounding director of the  Department of Multifaith Studies  and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist  Rabbinical College and  T. Anthony Spearman
Pastor at the St. Phillip African  Methodist Episcopal Zion Church  and president of the  North Carolina NAACP.

Tickets: $10; UNC Asheville Students: FREE 
More information and registration: lakejunaluska.com/peace | 800-222-4930

Co-sponsored by UNC Asheville Hillel, Asheville Wesley Foundation and
UNC Asheville's Center for Jewish Studies

Storytelling Performance
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m. 
Southside Center, 285 Livingstone Street, Asheville
On the Row by Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr.   

The Northwest Arkansas Prison Story Project is a storytelling/creative writing project benefiting incarcerated women and men in Arkansas since 2012. Inmates share their stories, inspired through the use of poetry, creative writing, literature and songwriting. Their work is edited into a staged reading, initially performed by professional actors inside the prison and then outside for the community.
The Asheville performance features local actors, including three current UNC Asheville students. It will be only the second performance of this piece ever outside of Arkansas. 
The performance is free and open to everyone. Donations are accepted and will benefit the Wesley Grant Center. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Organic Grower's School
25th Annual Spring Conference

March 9 -11, UNC Asheville Campus
 The Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. The mission of the Organic Growers School Conference is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone who wants to participate. For 25 years, the Spring Conference has brought together environmentally minded folks from 17 states and Canada. Join this celebration for a weekend of learning, networking, and growing.

Pan Harmonia's March Midday Music New Location

Next Midday Music: Friday, March 16, 1:30 PM
JS Bach plus Chevalier de Saint-Georges, aka "The Black Mozart" 
Brittnee Siemon, mezzo-soprano * Kate Steinbeck, flute * Rosalind Buda, bassoon
Mariya Potapova and Karen Pommerich, violin * Anast√°sia Yarbrough, viola

Free and open to the public
Reuter Center Singers Spring 2018 Concert
Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m.   
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room 

The Spring 2018 Reuter Center Singers concerts will offer "A Blast from the Past ... Our 20th Year Celebration Concert" celebrating 20 years of song and singing!  Come tour with us on our 20 year musical journey with such greats as "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Let's Fall in Love," "We Shall Overcome," "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "I Believe," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and more.  Other selections will also feature the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gershwin, "Wicked," The Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, The Beatles, and John Denver.   The two performances of the Spring Concert fill quickly. 

While the concerts are free and open to everyone, donations at the door are welcome. 

OLLI Book Swap Shelves are Bare! 
Your gently used books are needed to fill up the empty OLLI Book Swap shelves.  Please consider donating books you're willing to share with other OLLI members by dropping off at the OLLI Book Swap shelves (end of the upper lobby.)  And while you're there, look for a good read to enjoy.  If you've borrowed from the shelves and need to return the books you've enjoyed, now is the time.

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