OLLI Observer
April 9, 2017 
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In This Issue
TODAY 
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting

Sunday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Weather in the mountains
The CNPA-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western  North Carolina through photography.

Activities in the Asheville Region include monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques. Monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month.  For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org
Judy LaMee, on the Marketing Committee - coordinates OLLI stories.

"I love volunteering at OLLI because it's filled with such happy surprises!"


Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
Scottish Sister City Meeting
Monday, April 10, 9:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

 Doug Orr and Rick   Lutovsky  will discuss   Asheville's newest sister city,   Dunkeld- Birnam, located in the   Perthshire  Highlands of Scotland, just north of Edinburgh.
They will talk about the upcoming signing ceremonies  August 20, 2017  (Scotland)
 and  September 10,
 2017
 (  Asheville  ).  OLLI  members are invited to attend and learn more about Asheville Sister Cities , this relationship and participation opportunities.
 
Meditation 
Special Interest Group
Monday, April 10, 5-6 p.m.
Off-site at Skinny Beats, 4 Eagle Street

Billy Zanski
 will be offering a sound meditation.  There is no fee for this program, but donations are welcome. Note that this will be an "off site" Meditation SIG event; people should arrive early as the entry door will close promptly at 5 p.m.
 
Billy Zanski, an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, healer and musician, has dedicated his life to sharing the joy and passion of his journey through sound.   
All OLLI members are welcome.

  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, April 14, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205

"WWIII: How Soon, With Whom,  and About What?" 
  Talk     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.
SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 

Registration now open!
The Gift of Time: Thoughtful Planning for Life's End
The Gift of Time program will encourage you to think about how to plan and communicate your end of life wishes to spouses, partners, children, and parents. Take control of what you want for yourself and help others address the many issues that face all of us in times of crisis.  The workshop will be an extended conversation with facilitators as well as outside speakers who will discuss key legal, medical and spiritual issues.  Space is limited.
Program Details
Dates:
May 16, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017
Times: 10 a.m. - noon each day
Cost: $30/person 
(OLLI members only)
IT'S ABOUT FOOD
IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE
IT'S ABOUT VOLUNTEERING 
Manna Food Bank
5 Opportunities to Engage:
  • Volunteer Driver
  • Warehouse Volunteer
  • Distribution Assistant
  • Food Stamp (FNS) Outreach Volunteer
  • Food Drive Pick-Up Volunteer

 Engage Now.  Contact Sarah Reincke, OLLI Civic Engagement Committee chair, 260.385.9406

  
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) Meeting
Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Join EMAS for a presentation by

Christian Hunt on the plight of the few remaining wild red wolves in North Carolina.


In addition to general meetings held at the Reuter Center, EMAS offers free educational programs starting in spring on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Reuter Center, and leads free bird walks at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary on the first Saturday of every month. 
Find out more at the EMAS website, www.emasnc.org, and plan to join walks or talks.
 Volunteer Opportunity

BRO presents 
"Cantus Terrae" 
at the Folk Art Center

The Blue Ridge Orchestra presents "Cantus Terrae," an Earth Day celebration, at the Folk Art Center. This season finale program showcases two of music's greatest tributes to the natural world: Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring,"  and Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony" (No. 6). 

Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m.
 Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.
Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway MP 382

Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Friend, $5 Student. 
For tickets and information, www.blueridgeorchestra.org/cantus-terrae  

Dear OLLI Members,
OLLI Steering Council chair Catherine Jordan and I just returned from the Osher Institutes National Conference in Irving, Texas.  We are full of new ideas for pursuing our strategic goals of fund raising, distance learning and enhanced volunteer programs.  We are also full of pride for the wonderful program that all of you make happen.

I hope that you will take time to read Judy LaMée's story about Margaret Davis and her experiences with the Peace Corps.  We have an impressive list of people who have returned from the Peace Corps and continue to make a difference at OLLI and Asheville. 

On Wednesday, April 12 and Friday, April 14 we hope you will plan to join us for fellowship, fun and food and to be more connected to the OLLI community and to the innovative grassroots work to use food culture to lift all of our communities.

RSVP to our invitation to the Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, April 12.  It's a great chance to enjoy ice cream from The Hop (including non-dairy vegan options) and adult beverages.  Celebrate spring and our OLLI community!

We also hope we will have a great crowd to learn more about the work of Green Opportunities, which is training people to be part of the Asheville food scene.  This event is part of our "More Than a Month" series to celebrate the innovation and resilience in our community and country to address and confront issues of race.  It's also a chance to taste some great food prepared by participants in the Kitchen Ready program and to learn how you can enjoy the Southside Kitchen and catering from Green Opportunities.

And in our final "community" event, Friday will bring the third meeting of our new Thriving in Community Special Interest Group. Still in its formative stage, the group will be looking for suggestions of future topics and directions from members. Some of the meetings will focus on support programs to sustain independent living as we age; others will be conversations about how friends and neighbors support each other. We hope OLLI members will take this opportunity to voice your opinions about challenges of living independently in communities and ways to use all kinds of local services and resources and also help each other.This SIG will be part of OLLI's ongoing Life Transitions programming, so we hope to see it grow and reflect your life transitions. Thanks to Gaya Erlandson for organizing this SIG and to Linda Orowitz for her work bringing together various neighborhood groups to promote the idea of aging in place.

With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
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UNC Asheville Athletic Events, April 2017

Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Charleston Southern
Greenwood Baseball Field

Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. Wofford College
 Greenwood Baseball Field

Thursday, April 13, 1 p.m.
Men's Tennis vs. Liberty (Senior Day)
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown

Tuesday, April 18, 6 p.m.
 Baseball vs. USC Upstate
Greenwood Baseball Field

Member Ice Cream Social
  Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Atrium
 
Share an afternoon of fellowship at our new Member Ice Cream Social.  It's a casual affair featuring delicious treats from The Hop.  Share sweet treats and adult beverages while spending time with the most delightful folks in Western North Carolina.
 Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, April 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Podiatry: Foot Problems
Dr. Doug Milch
Podiatrist Doug Milch, will speak about everything you wanted to know about feet. He will cover foot function, the etiology and treatment of common foot problems, diabetes and the feet, how to buy shoes and how to keep feet healthy to last a lifetime. 
This lecture is part of the
Health Education Series .
This event is free and open to the public .
More Than a Month Event:  Green Opportunities  
  Friday, April 14, 3 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Mark your calendar to attend this presentation from innovative community organization Green Opportunities. Green Opportunities connects youth and adults from low-wealth neighborhoods to sustained employment opportunities that support families and improve community and environmental health.    

Some of the many initiatives in Green Opportunities include: on-the-job training, hands-on projects like preparing and serving meals in their community kitchen, integrating technical and life skills training, linking clients to appropriate community support services,  connecting clients to financial support, and close collaboration with neighborhood associations, community leaders and other active community members.

Green Opportunities will provide samples from their delicious locally sourced/produced menu, so we need to have an idea how many to expect.  Please click on the link below to RSVP.   
 
  Click here to RSVP 
 
Thriving in Community SIG
Friday, April 14, 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

How will you thrive in "life's second half"? Come explore the possibilities and alternatives for housing, how to find services you need to manage your life, what local networks exist and are emerging, how to stay engaged in the community, how are other OLLI members making it happen? All this is up for discussion, plus this week's presentation and discussion about the "Village2Village" approach.
Smart Driver Class 
Monday,  April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120  
aarp Safe Drving The four-hour AARP Smart Driver class offers numerous tips for coping with inevitable changes perception and reaction time, as well as increased hazards on the roads with faster cars and busier traffic. Participants can expect to review the rules of the road, tips on dealing with aggressive drivers and general safety tips such as how to make left turns into heavy traffic. The course, offered nationwide, is designed to help participants avoid crashes and remain safely behind the wheel. Scheduled at the Reuter Center on the following two dates, the cost is the $20 or $15 for AARP members.  
Contact Ollie Bunch to register: orbunch@netscape.net

Margaret Davis and the Peace Corps:
"It's not over when it's over!"
 

with Judy LaMée

Margaret Davis
Margaret Davis is quick to tell you her Peace Corps experience, from 1967 - 1969, changed her life. Teaching math in a secondary school in Sierra Leone, West Africa, she also taught literature in a teacher training college, directed a play, raised donations for softball and taught students to play the game. Far more than introducing her to another culture and its adventures, the experience also led her to change her life's focus from math and computers to public service. The Peace Corps would surely leave an indelible impression, teaching Margaret that "it's not over when it's over."


Click here to read more 
Death Cafe
Friday, April 14, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a subject that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the rituals of death and dying through personal storytelling of fears and loss. A deepening ritual emerges, and we build a culture of dying wisely. Death Café experiences are facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. You can learn more about death cafe at http://deathcafe.com/,

WNC History Association Event
Saturday, April 29, 2-3:30 
p.m.
   Reuter Center Manhiemer Room
 
Caledonia Carolina: Scottish Music 
at the Roots of Old-Time Appalachia
Presented by Grammy-winning guitarist Bruce Nemerov, Caledonia Carolina is a musical trio that includes the talents of well-known Asheville musicians Michael Garner (fiddle) and Chris Abel (flute and Celtic whistle).  The trio performs 17th and 18th century Scottish tunes demonstrating how the music of North Carolina's early settlers evolved into the "Old-Time" mountain music of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Informative discussions throughout the program illustrate the special bond between the music of Scotland and WNC.
 
Tickets sold at the door:  General  Public $5.00 donation, WNCHA members free. Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association
 The Autumn Players Readers Theatre 
Sunday, April 30, 2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

ALL OVER by Edward Albee.  
Directed by Anita Chapman.     In this poignant drama a family keeps vigil at the deathbed of a rich and famous public figure. As pressmen wait outside for news to break, wife, mistress, adult children and best friend reminisce and bicker about the thwarted expectations, betrayals and unresolved conflicts in  their relationships with the dying man.

These performances are open to the public, begin at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $6 at the door. 
 
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Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank 
tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:

Tom Elio
828-301-1050
"I am a veteran pleased to assist other veterans or inbound residence buyers looking to find their dream home or vacation spot in Western NC. "

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
 Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.  Contact: 828.684.0481. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804