OLLI will be closed Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day Holiday.
OLLI's CREW Workshop will take place Friday-Sunday, June 2-4. No other activities are scheduled at the Reuter Center during this period. Normal OLLI business resumes Monday, June 5, 8 a.m.
Please note that our online registration system remains open for adding and dropping summer courses and workshops.
Autumn Players Reader's Theatre
Sunday, May 28, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
This powerful drama, directed by Deborah Austin, focuses on the anguish of a family whose oldest son, an army pilot, has been reported missing-in-action during World War II, and whose father, a successful, self-made manufacturer, is suspected of having knowingly sold defective airplane parts for the war effort.
Bobbie Rockwell, Chair of the CFS Language Literature Writing Committee.
"I love volunteering at OLLI because it brings together a community of learners who are willing to give of themselves to make it all happen, which enriches all of our lives."
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-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
Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place
How We CAN Prevent a 3rd Gas Powered Electric Plant by Duke
Join us on
as we welcome 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.
For more information, contact
Special Interest Group (SIG)
"Should Dairy Products Be Recommended
in a Healthy Diet?"
Dr. Amy Lanou
Thursday, June 8, 3-5 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.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.
Thriving in Community
Special Interest Group (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.
Click here to read more.
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, and meeting begins at 6 p.m. For more information visit the CNPA website:
Friday, June 16, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium
"Death Café" is an engaging gathering and storytelling experience held as conversation that too often alienates the 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
, the new holy ground or common ground and the wonders of being with dying, presented on Fridays, May 19, June 16, July 21, and NEW DATE August 11, 2017, 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
Click here for more information about Asheville's Death Cafe.
2017 OLLI Art Bazaar Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the 2017 OLLI Art Bazaar. The Bazaar is s
cheduled for Friday, November 10, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 11, 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.
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,
The Workshop Committee at OLLI is growing, expanding, and looking for new members to serve on our committee. We are venturing out into the community with experiential learning opportunities and adventures, which will build upon what we and the College for Seniors programs already do. These are exciting times! Bring your ideas and share the fun as we evolve.
If you wish to learn more, Laurel Jernigan (staff liaison) and Ian Rudick, (committee co-chair) would love to meet with you!
or call 828.505.8175.
Concerts on the Quad
Save the Dates
UNC Asheville's free outdoor Monday evening concert series begins June 19 with Chatham County Line, followed by Westsound on June 26, Flood: Electric Herbie Hancock Tribute on July 10, and Southern Culture on the Skids on July 17.
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
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Dear OLLI Members,
Don't forget that OLLI and the Reuter Center will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day and on Friday, June 2 for the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend.
Thanks to the over 600 people who registered for summer courses. We still have openings in many courses, so if you registered for courses you can continue to add as many as you can schedule. If you have not yet registered for College for Seniors, you may still do so on a first come, first served basis. There are also openings in our Workshops. The online registration system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although help with registration questions is only available when the OLLI office is open.
We hope that you will take some time to read Judy LaMee's story about Sarah Reincke, whose work chairing OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee was recently honored by the Asheville City Schools Foundation. The committee works on three areas: hunger and food insecurity, education and housing and homelessness. Please contact Sarah if you would like more information about any of the group's projects.
With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Special Interest Group: The Forum
Topic: "How to Deal with Denialism"
(The Refusal to Accept Well-Established Facts)
Friday, June 9, 2017, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
(Please note that The Forum
will NOT meet on
Friday, June 2)
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.
Traditional Appalachian Craft Series:
Making Colorful Corn Shuck Dolls
Instructor: Anne Freels
Date: Saturday June 10, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Reuter Center
Learn how to transform dried natural corn shucks into folk art dolls. Participants will learn all the steps necessary to make corn shuck dolls. We will begin by dampening dried shucks, then rolling and tying them into figures using a variety of techniques, and then embellishing the dolls using other natural materials as well as small items brought from home. All levels are welcome; moderate hand strength and dexterity is needed.
Materials fee: $15 for supplies, payable to the instructor
Anne Freels (email@example.com) is a full-time craft artist who has been making corn shuck dolls since 1975. She is devoted to the creative process of craft, especially the alchemy of transforming raw, natural materials into a new form.
Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m.
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 the Reuter Center 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.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Policing in Minority Communities"
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
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.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sarah Reincke and OLLI Volunteers Are Champions in Asheville City Schools
by Judy LaMée
At a May 6 celebration, OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee Chair Sarah Reincke was recognized by Asheville City Schools Foundation as their Volunteer of the Year. Through her passion and commitment, Sarah has tirelessly recruited OLLI volunteers over the past four years. She is quick to deflect attention from herself, however, directing it those volunteers who make such a difference in the classroom.
Click here to read the rest of the story
Chautauqua: History Alive
June Festival: The Power of Words
Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22,
7 p.m. each night
Ferguson Auditorium, AB Tech Campus
340 Victoria Road, Asheville
Listen to the president, the poet, the picket, and the press as they speak for themselves! Chautauqua brings history to life through interactive
theater and compelling discussion aimed at stimulating critical thinking. This year's performances will include Maya Angelou portrayed by Becky Stone, Abraham Lincoln portrayed by George Frein, Cesar Chavez portrayed by Fred Blanco and Walter Cronkite portrayed by Larry Bounds.
Tickets are $5 per show or $15 for all four shows.
Tickets are available at the door.
Tuesday, June 20, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
OLLI's new series, OLLI Authors, continues to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.
A new OLLI Authors poetry reading is scheduled featuring two OLLI member poets.
Karen DePew and Mike Ross will read selected works from their poetry. Ross' first book of poems,
Small Engine Repair, will be available for sale after the reading.
This series is free and open to the public.
Advance Care Planning
Wednesday, June 21, 7-9 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
OLLI is offering an advance care planning (ACP) workshop on Wednesday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. The workshop will feature 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 for a copy of the form.
Exploring Continuing Care
Registration now open
Course begins Thursday, August 3
Are you considering a CCRC as a possible living option, or are you interested in learning more about them? OLLI's popular Exploring CCRCs program combines classroom content with site visits to give you a comprehensive view of CCRCs and the local options.
for program details. Cost $150, open to 2017/18 OLLI members only.
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 additional information contact
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.
Please click here for more details
The Civic Engagement article in the 5/21/17 edition of the OLLI Observer that requested volunteers for the HOMEWARD BOUND WELCOME HOME DISTRIBUTION CENTER listed the wrong the contact email.