OLLI and the Reuter Center will be closed
Wednesday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day. We will reopen at
8 a.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018
College for Seniors
Course Proposal Deadline for
Winter 2019 Term
I love volunteering at OLLI because I get the chance to shape the kind of
community I want to live in by sharing my great passion for photography.
Wiley teaches "iPhone Photography."
OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Energy Savers Network (ESN)
Help homeowners reduce energy losses
The Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry
On-site food pantry support
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
VOLUNTEER NOW ...
Email for more information:
You can make a
Special Interest Group
Monday, July 9, 4:15 p.m., Room 120
The Meditation SIG meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at
in room 120 of the Reuter Center.
Our July schedule is as follows:
- Dr. Azra and Seren Bertrand: Meditation on the Sacred Feminine
- Jacquie Wollins: Functional Meditation
There will be no meetings during the break between summer and fall terms.
We will resume again on t
Guardian Ad Litem
Looking for a challenging but fulfilling volunte
er opportunity? Want to have a positive
impact on the lives of children? How about becoming an advocate for abused and
neglected children in your community? Guardian ad Litem is always looking for dedicated and motivated community volunteers. Free training is offered quarterly; the next training will begin in September 2018.
"Sexual and Gender Diversity: How Do We Promote It?"
Tina Madison White
and Laura Webb
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Crowne Plaza Resort,
1 Resort Dr, Asheville
hosts the Buzz Summer Breakfast Series each year as a way of highlighting new initiatives and new leaders making a "Buzz Worthy" impact on our community. These events are open to the public and provide an excellent opportunity for community members at large to get a taste of the Leadership Asheville experience, while also meeting other community leaders and learning about buzz-worthy issues. Each event costs $20 and features an engaging panel discussion and includes a hot breakfast.
Leadership Asheville is a program of UNC Asheville.
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, July 20, 2- 4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The first presentation during this program will be made by Pat Baker, who will talk about her 13-week-long walking trips in England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, France and Slovenia. According to Pat "It was seeing and experiencing 40-50 miles up close, on foot with a local leader."
During the second presentation Bebe Landis will talk about New Zealand. Here is a quote from her: "Having traveled extensively around the world, I'm often asked to name my 'favorite place.' My top pick, overall, is still New Zealand. Its gorgeous scenery literally brought me and my husband to tears. I've been lucky to be there twice, covering some 2000+ miles around the North and South Islands."
Following each presentation there will be opportunity for Q&A.
All OLLI members are invited to attend.
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar
egistration is open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar. The Bazaar is s
cheduled for Friday, November 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This year's bazaar will again be a two day format
and the registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double table.
Exhibitor registrations are coming in quickly, and space is limited. Don't wait to get your registration sent in. If you are interested in participating or know of an OLLI member who would like to join the fun, let us hear from you!
Click here to download and print an Exhibitor Registration form or you may drop by the OLLI office to pick up a registration form.
We are looking forward to an exciting bazaar and hope you plan to be a part. And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.
Click here to download an event flier
to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!
Questions, contact Leanna Preston email@example.com
Dear OLLI Members,
Please remember that the Reuter Center will be closed (no classes, special interest groups or meetings) July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
While we may feel a little quieter at the Reuter Center during the summer, we still have a great deal of activity. Please note in this newsletter the number of volunteer opportunities offered through the Civic Engagement Committee, through other OLLI committees, in particular College for Seniors and the Hospitality Committee and through community groups including Guardian Ad Litem. Take some time to read Carol Gillen's article about the Communications Committee's work to promote volunteering at OLLI. Many thanks to all OLLI members who make our organization and the Asheville community a better place.
And don't forget that there are opportunities all year long to hear music and story tellers, to learn about important subjects and just to have fun, whether it is at the Reuter Center or with our community partners throughout Asheville and Western North Carolina.
Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Brevard Music Center Performances at OLLI
Tuesday Afternoons, July 3 and July 17, Both Performances at 4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Come get a special taste of the summer Brevard Music Festival with performances by students from the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center (BMC) on Tuesdays, July 3 and 17, 4 p.m. in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room. Enjoy previews of "La Cenerentola" and "Candide." Gain insights into life as a young opera singer and summer at the
Brevard Music Cente
r and have your questions about the music and performance answered. These performances are free and open to everyone.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, July 6, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205
Meeting Topic: Immigration Reform
The Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.
Whole Foods/Plant-Based Living Special Interest Group
Friday, July 6, 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, etc. and T. Colin Campbell, PhD.
All OLLI members are invited to attend. For more information, contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360, firstname.lastname@example.org
OLLI Loves Our Volunteers! Won't You Join Us?
by Carol Gillen
More than 600 OLLI members volunteer their time and talents to help keep our many programs and activities running smoothly. There's always room - and need - for more! From short-term events and activities to longer-term commitments as committee members or leaders, we have a broad range of sizes, and there's probably one that's just your size. Most of our instructors are volunteers. You may want to share your passion for your vocation - or a favorite avocation.
Creating A Welcoming Environment...One Member At A Time
We all have had the experience of being "new" and appreciate when someone makes us feel welcome and included. That is the purpose of the OLLI Hospitality Committee, and we are looking for members who are interested in joining our team. We volunteer at the New Member Welcomes in the fall and spring, as well as the two social events and look for other opportunities to create a welcoming environment.
If you would like further information contact Paula Massey, Chair of the Hospitality Committee,
Craft City Workshops and Tours
Workshop: Friday, July 6, 5-8 p.m.
Food & Art Tour: Saturday, July 7, 3-6 p.m.
Sponsored by the Center for Craft, Downtown Asheville
Friday, July 6, 5-8 p.m.
The Center for Craft will sponsor a Craft City Workshop with local artist Eleanor Annand. Participants will learn rubber stamp carving and making stationery. These activities are designed for kids age 12+, but we'll also have some printmaking activities that are friendly for all ages. Foothills Local Meats will be on site with their hotdog cart, and a $5 admission gets you one free dog! $12 covers event admission, a craft kit and a hotdog. Oh, and we'll have Buchi Kombucha & Kefir sodas plus a selection of Sierra Nevada brews! It's always a really fun time. It's easy to register beforehand here:
Saturday, July, 3-6 p.m. the Center for Craft will host its fourth Craft City Food & Art Tour of the season
. It's a three hour walking tour of downtown Asheville, led by craft and food enthusiasts Anna Helgeson and Stu Helm. The attendees are taken to about 10 stops- a mixture of fine dining, craft cocktail, and contemporary craft storefronts. The tours combine the history of Asheville with its current identity as the beer and food capital of the southeast. Tickets are $75/person, but attendees leave well fed (with thirsts quenched)!
Stories on Asheville's Front Porch
Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Downtown Asheville
July 7, "Busking in Asheville" by Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues
July 14, "Appalachian Culture" by Sherry Lovett and Frederick Park
July 21, "Gullah Culture" by Donald Sweeper
July 28, "Outdoor Adventuring" by Nancy Reeder and Pat Stone
Carolinas' Nature Photography Association Meeting
Sunday, July 8, 5:30 p.m., Reuter Center, Room 206
Photographing Flowers by Donna Eaton
Donna Eaton is a professional photographer and North Carolina native now living on 6 acres in the Upstate of South Carolina. She spent eleven years as the staff photographer for a raptor rehabilitation and education center located in North Carolina before venturing out on her own as a professional photographer. Her passion is seeing with her heart through her camera and sharing it with others. Her hope is that her photography will touch people and help spread the message of conservation.
Click here to visit her website and view samples of her photographs.
. Our Meet-and-Greet - a great chance to meet fellow members - starts 5:30 p.m. The meeting begins 6 pm and will conclude around 8 p.m.
UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad 2018
Monday Nights, July 9 & 16, 7 p.m.
The Get Right
July 16: Rissi Palmer: Southern Soul
The final two free concerts in this summer's series take place July 9 and 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.
Click here to read more about Concerts on the Quad.
New to Medicare Class
Friday, July 13, 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, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County will hold a free class in the Reuter Center that 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 noon on July 13, 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 using the agency's online services at
"You Have to Be Carefully Taught"
A Video and Conversation with Rubin Feldstein
Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Rubin Feldstein, local Yiddish teacher and retired middle school principal, fled Poland with his family in 1938 barely escaping the fate of 2/3rd's of 9 million European Jews. For the last 15 years Rubin has visited with local school students to share his story of "You have to be carefully taught." Now a new video will help spread that message to a wider audience and give teachers a valuable classroom tool. The video was created by recent UNC Asheville graduate Brandon Preister as part of classroom work through the Department of Mass Communications.
Join OLLI and the UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education
Thursday, July 19 at 7:00pm at the UNC Asheville Reuter Center in the Mannheimer Room to view these videos and hear from Rubin about his work in the schools and to hear music from Bandana Klezmer.
This session is free and open to everyone.
The Proper Use of Antibiotics
A talk by Bindu Mayi
Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Each year in the United States, more than 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. In this backdrop of antibiotic resistance, there is a tremendous need for Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS), which, in a nutshell, is the proper and judicious use of antibiotics, the benefits of which include reducing incidence of antibiotic induced toxicities, reducing the cost of treatment as well as minimizing antibiotic resistance. According to the CDC, if healthcare providers, hospital administrators, policy makers and patients work together to employ effective AMS programs, patient care can be dramatically improved and more patient lives can be ultimately saved. Come to learn more about theories of the proper use of antibiotics.
Bindu Mayi, M.Sc., Ph.D., is an associate professor of Microbiology in the College of Medical Sciences and has worked at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) since 2008. Dr. Mayi teaches courses in virology and bacteriology, with emphasis on the medical aspects of infectious disease, for students in the medical, public health, and other allied health fields.
Friday, July 20, 5 p.m., Reuter Center lower level Atrium
At "Death Café" sessions, participants break into groups of five or six people to discuss personal stories related to the death of loved ones, loss of jobs, relationships or marriages or loss or death of parts of ourselves. These sessions are facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. You can learn more about death cafe at