OLLI's CREW Workshop is taking place through Sunday, June 4, 2017. No other activities are scheduled at the Reuter Center during this period. Normal OLLI business resumes Monday, June 5, 8 a.m.
, Member of the Hospitality Committee.
"I love volunteering at OLLI because I get to spend time with fellow OLLI members in a casual atmosphere while not having to concentrate in a classroom."
Men's Wisdom Works SIG Organizational Meeting
Monday, June 5, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 207
Men's Wisdom Works, an OLLI Special Interest Group, provides a confidential space for men to speak openly and candidly about issues and circumstances affecting us in life's third stage.
A new MWW group is about to form. Four to six spots remain open for our newest small group of men. Our 13 men's groups, each with 8-12 members, meet twice monthly and socialize over breakfast, lunch or happy hour. Groups hold occasional social gatherings which include wives and partners of members.
The organizational meeting to form our newest MWW group meets Monday, June 5, 3 p.m. For more information contact Bob Tomasulo at
For insight into the impact of MWW, read our blog at groupsformen.blogspot.com
Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place
How We Can We Prevent a Third Gas Powered Electric Plant by Duke Energy
Julie Mayfield of Asheville City Council, Brownie Newman of Buncombe County Commission, and Jason Walls of Duke Energy, who will provide an update on the County-City-Duke partnership to reduce energy use in Buncombe County and to avoid construction of a new natural gas peaking unit. The Energy Innovation Task force has been working for just over a year and has made recommendations to the City and County for new programs and investments, and Duke has made groundbreaking announcements on deployment of new technology in our area. Come hear the update.
Whole Food/Plant-Based Living
Special Interest Group (SIG)
"Should Dairy Products Be Recommended in a Special Diet?"
Thursday, June 8, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206
Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., chair of the department of health and wellness promotion at UNC Asheville, will be our guest speaker. Dr. Lanou is the author of
Building Bone Vitality (2009) and
Healthy Eating for Life for Children (2002) and numerous professional articles. In addition, she does consulting work for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC.
All OLLI members are welcome
Thriving in Community SIG
Friday, June 9, 3:30-5 p.m.
The June 9th meeting of the Thriving in Community SIG will focus on developing community-based groups to support aging in place. There will be a presentation by Cherie Hennig from Brevard Mountain Neighbors Network, part of the Village Network. This will be followed by group discussion including our local neighborhood groups (Eg.: Elder2Elder, Neighbors Helping Neighbors). Open to OLLI members.
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Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting
une 11, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) was founded in 1992 to promote nature photography in the Carolinas, to help conserve and preserve the diverse natural ecosystems in the Carolinas and to educate others interested in nature and wildlife 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 with a 5:30 p.m meet and greet. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Meetings are scheduled for the second Sunday of the month. For more information please go to:
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Monday, June 12, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120
Jenna Sluder, instructor at College for Seniors, is a mental health professional, therapeutic yoga instructor and a long-time practitioner in the Won-Buddhist lineage. She will speak on the topic "Bringing the Mind Home to the Body."
A fundamental element of meditation practice is deeper engagement with the physical, and especially our physical body. Through simple mind-body practices, we can shape our brain and nervous system for the better. These yoga meditation practices deepen the body's relaxation response and create a therapeutic peacefulness in body and mind.
Come join our group meditation and experience these benefits.
Friday, June 16, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium
"Death Café" is an engaging gathering and storytelling experience. The conversation about death 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. Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground and the wonders of being with dying, presented on Friday, June 16, July 21, and August 11, 5-6:30 p.m. facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. You can learn more about Death Cafe at
Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD
Cosmetic Implant, & General Dentistry
36 Orange Street, Asheville, NC 28801
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the primary fundraising partner for the Blue Ridge Parkway, providing support for initiatives along the 469-mile route, including historical and cultural preservation, environmental protection, visitor amenities, and educational outreach.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is currently seeking a part-time communications volunteer to work in our Asheville office for the summer or fall. The volunteer will work with the Communications Director to achieve the nonprofit's communication goals. For more information about this opportunity and how to apply please visit our website:
. We can't wait to hear from you!
Dear OLLI Members,
As you read this we will be close to the end of another successful Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend. We had 100 people from 24 states who came together to think about the challenges and opportunities of retirement. These weekends are a testament to the great energy and commitment of our members, who come together to make this programming possible. Many thanks also to Laurel Jernigan for the imaginative and thoughtful way she manages the program and inspires all of the participants.
This week we will be gearing up for our Summer 2017 College for Seniors term. Please remember you must request a drop by Friday, June 9, 3 p.m. for a full refund.
With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Special Interest Group: The Forum
Friday, June 9, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
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.
Trash or Treasure?
Wednesday, June 14, 9 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheim
Wonder what it's worth--that settee that you seldom sit on or the Appalachian folk art from Ashe County? Bring it to OLLI for an evaluation from renowned auctioneer Bob Brunk. Founder and
president emeritus of Brunk Auctions of Asheville, Bob will give an overview of the antique/ auction world and most of the major fields of decorative arts, glass, porcelain, textiles, furniture, folk art and silver. He will also offer informal and fun evaluations of those long-stored family heirlooms.
If your furniture is too large to transport, email a good photograph in advance to
More Than a Month Series
Friday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.
"Policing in Minority Communities"
OLLI's Inclusion Committee has organized a varied series of programs to highlight issues of African American culture in Asheville and beyond. We hope that by offering opportunities to learn more that we will create a forum for challenging conversations. The noted author James Baldwin observed, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." It is in that spirit of facing history and facing ourselves that we take to understanding the many ways that race informs our culture.
Friday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.
Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper and Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan will discuss the ongoing efforts to build productive relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
This event is free and open to the public.
Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) begins August 3, 2017.
Are you considering a CCRC as a possible living option, or are you interested in learning more about them? OLLI's popular
program combines classroom content with site visits to give you a comprehensive view of CCRCs and the local options. See
for program details. Cost $150, open to 2017/18 OLLI members only.
Chautauqua History Alive
The Power of Words
Monday through Thursday, June 19-22, 7 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Tech
340 Victoria Road
Chautauqua is a nonprofit, experiential oral tradition that brings history to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion aimed at stimulating critical thinking. See Becky Stone as Maya Angelou, George Frein as Abraham Lincoln, Fred Blanco as Cesar Chavez, and Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite.
Tickets are $5 per show or $15 for all four shows. Tickets are available at the door. For group rates please contact:
Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m., Weaverville Library
Elijah Mitchell Audubon Society
Birds vs Towers:
Communication Tower Impacts on Migratory Birds
Tuesday, June 20,
Reuter Center, UNCAsheville
Birds migrating to and from breeding grounds in the United States and Canada are killed by the millions in collisions with lighted towers and their guy wires. Emilie Travis investigated the impacts of these towers to migratory birds in Wisconsin while doing her Master's research. Emilie will discuss the contributing factors to tower-kill events, share her findings, and explain how her research shed serious light on the issue of tower illumination and helped in the development of tower management guidelines. Emilie will complete her program with a unique bird quiz, so bring your field guides!
Emilie Travis received her master's degree in forest and wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin and is an adjunct faculty member at Warren Wilson College where she teaches field ornithology. Emily is the Outreach Coordinator for the local Wild Birds Unlimited and works as a bird and nature guide for Ventures Birding & Nature Tours.
All EMAS programs are free and open to the public.
Advance Care Planning
Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
OLLI at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning (ACP) workshop featuring a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. Discussion will include communicating your 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 to access a copy of the form.
Free and open to the public.
Raise Every Voice: Gospel in the Mountains
Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Join Grammy-winning musician Bruce Nemerov as he offers a unique and inspirational program of religious music as it was part of WNC during the 19th and 20th centuries. Musical selections include camp meeting songs, shape-note songs, spirituals and hymns. The performance highlights Bruce's skill with the guitar and banjo along with the talents of Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar, vocals) and Jeff Keith (mandolin, guitar, vocals) both members of the music department faculty at Warren Wilson College. Informative discussions throughout the program illustrate the background and evolution of WNC's varied religious music history.
Tickets available at the door: $5 donation,
WNCHA members free
Program sponsored by the
Western North Carolina Historical Association
Funded in part by a grant from the
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership
OLLI Art Bazaar Registration Now Open
We are ha
ppy to announce registration is now open for the 2017 OLLI Art Bazaar. The Bazaar is s
cheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017, 11 .a.m.- 4 p.m and Saturday, November 11,11 a.m.-3 p.m. The r
egistration fee is $35 for a single table; $70 for a double.
Exhibitor registrations are coming in and space is limited. 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. If you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend.
More info, contact Leanna Preston, 232-5181, email@example.com
Children's Book Drive
Congregations 4 Children
, a NC United Methodist Church initiative, is collecting books to give to children during the federally funded free lunch program this summer. Both picture and chapter books are needed for grades K-12.
Please consider donating any children's books you may have and are no longer using. There will be a drop box outside the OLLI administrative office. For more information, Jane Callis 828-215- 2950.
It takes ...
One Mom, One Kid &
Volunteer at Steadfast House which provides
a fresh start and a place to heal surrounded and supported by love, trust, education and companionship for single women, mothers with children, and female veterans.