OLLI Observer
December 9, 
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In This Issue
CFS Instructor Sally Pete
CFS Instructor  Sally Pete 
OLLI members to explore new skills

Sally plans to teach 
Crochet an Eco-friendly Market Bag from Recycled Grocery Bags 
in Spring 2019
Looking for a challenging but fulfilling volunteer opportunity? Want to positively impact 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. The next free training session begins January 2019.   
More info can be found at  www.volunteerforgal.org 
or by calling 828-259-3443.
Winter Holidays  The  OLLI Office, The Reuter Center and the OLLI Registration System Closing for Winter Holidays
Friday, December 14, 2018, 5 p.m. - Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 
8 a.m.
We are looking forward to working with you over the next week to answer questions about schedules and to get ready for some quiet time in our office.

We wish you all the joy of the season and look forward to seeing everyone again when the winter term starts January 14, 2019.

New Opportunity!
Changing the lives youths for better & forever!

Providing Tens of Thousands of Meals a Day to the Hungry

On-Site Food Pantry Support

Make A Difference!

Navigating Farm Labor Workshop
Monday, December 10, 
3-8 p.m.
Please contact The Organic Growers Schoo at 828.214.7833 to see if the workshop will be held.
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC
Cost: $40 per person

This 6-hour workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.

Men's Wisdom Works (MWW), 
An OLLI SIG for Men
Men's Wisdom Works Gathering
Each of MWW's 15 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times and places twice a month for two hours to discuss issues of personal importance.
Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour and activities
Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.
  To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at  jobshoppat@aol.com
Fall 2018 Class Rep Volunteers
Thank You to all of the volunteers who contributed their time to make Fall 2018 a success! The spirit of volunteering is part of what makes OLLI the thriving, welcoming community that we're known for. 

Jack Allison Jr.
Benite Auge
Alan Aycock
Kathryn Boscardin 
Ellen Boyd
Ana Boza
Arthur Brandl
Kathleen Buehner
Bill Carpenter
Carole Click
Kathy Dambach
Judi Edelman 
Ellen Furney
Judith Galloway
Judy Gifford
Nancy Gordon
Carla Greenfield
Jan Griffen
Mike Grillot
Larry Griswold
Caryl Hall
Patricia Hearron
Beth Hunt
Chuck Itzkovitz
Kathy Jacobs
David Janson
Susan Kibler
Ari Landau
Robert Lemkau
Kay Loveland
Martha Marshall
Jay Maveety
Linda McDonald
Jean Moore
Helene Nathanson
David Nelson
Patti Oppenheim
Cal Oppenheim
Linda Orowitz
Ladd Painter
Chester Pankowski
Richard Perryman
Judy Plant
Susan Poole
Margie Portwood
Barbara Rapchak
Mel Retzke
Richard Reynolds
Vicki Richards
Randy Robins
Nancy Saidman
Ron Schon
Mike Sena
Barbara Siebert
Michael Smith
Ann Solomon
Gail Solomon
Barbara Stickle
Sandra Taylor
Maria Thomas
Rita Van Nuys
Ann Wood
Jane Yokoyama

Do you want to be a Class Rep in 2019?
and we will contact you when 
winter term schedules are sent. 

Dear OLLI Members,

We hope you are all warm and safe during this blast of wintry weather.  We have included our adverse weather policy in this email so that you can review it. We have the meditation SIG and the Reuter Center Singers performance scheduled for Monday, December 10, and we will send an email tomorrow to let you know about our plans for those events. 

Since you may have a little extra time inside today, take a look at the images in this newsletter of felted totes produced in Sally Pete's Fall 2018 course.  We are very lucky to have so many generous members like Sally who share their talents and encourage OLLI members to develop new skills. If you have an idea for a course or know someone who might make a great CFS instructor, click here to find out more about teaching in College for Seniors. We have also included a video in this email from OLLI members Mark Czarnecki and Jeff Jones, who are passionate about encouraging OLLI members to ride Asheville Transit to get to campus. 

Next week will be our final email for 2018 as we close the office, the building and the registration system for our winter holiday break; we will resume all services on January 2, 2019. I will most likely be the only person in the office this Monday, so please be patient and leave a message if you have questions.  

Thanks for all you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:

OLLI Winter 2019 Add/Drop and Registration Continues

Our Winter 2019 registration continues until the second meeting of most classes.  We will close our registration system from December 14, 2018 through January 2, 2019 for our winter holiday.  You will still be able to check schedules, but you will not be able to register if you have not already done so.

Print catalogs are available on the upper level of the Reuter Center

  Click here to go to the OLLI website Courses page to find more detailed course information and biographies of instructors 
for Winter 2019 courses. 
Be sure to select "2019 Winter" in the "Term" box on the left hand side of the page

Do you want to be a Class Rep in 2019?
Fill out the Class Rep Volunteer Survey
and we will contact you when 
winter term schedules are sent.  

OLLI's Adverse Weather Policy 

OLLI classes, events, meetings and other activities will be canceled or delayed when UNC Asheville classes are canceled or delayed for adverse weather. We occasionally will cancel or delay classes when the university does not if conditions in the area or on campus may pose a danger to our members.

By 8 a.m. on bad weather days, the OLLI staff will post specific program information on our outgoing messages at 828.251.6140 and on our website at olliasheville.com. 
We will, if possible, send an email to OLLI members by 8 a.m. explaining how weather will affect events scheduled on bad weather days.

Please remember that ours is a program of learning for the love of it.  If conditions are unsafe where you are, please stay in!
Your OLLI friends, instructors, SIG leaders and staff will be here when you can safely return!

Meditation SIG
Joy Through Movement
Monday, December 10, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 120
Please note that if OLLI is closed for adverse weather, 
this event will not be held as scheduled.

Steve Stevens
T'ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation established by Justin Stone in the 1970's. Steve Stevens will discuss the principles of t'ai chi chih. Then we will learn several of the 19 movements used to  of circulate and balance the body's energy (chi).  In closing, Steve will lead us in a sitting meditation practice taught by Justin Stone. 

Steve Stevens took his first t'ai chi chih class at OLLI in 2010. He then went on to become accredited in t'ai chi chih instruction in 2013 at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania. He teaches classes at OLLI and at Harvest House, an Asheville Parks and Recreation facility.

All OLLI members are welcome.
Meditation SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb -  skekaireb@gmail.com

Reuter Center Singers Holiday Concert
Monday, December 10, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Please note that if the Reuter Center is closed
 because of adverse weather this event will not be held as scheduled.

The Reuter Center Singers will bring warmth to our hearts this Holiday season with a performance of classical and popular holiday songs. During this popular annual holiday concert you will enjoy, and perhaps even sing along with, traditional seasonal carols.  Light refreshments and Holiday cheer will follow.

 The Reuter Center Singers are directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied by Nora Vetro. 
Seating is limited, and admission is free.
Donations are welcome.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, December 14, 1-3 p.m., Earth Fare Westgate Mall
Topic: Current Affairs
   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.

SIG contact: Beth Johnson, johnson1ea@earthlink.net

CFS Theme Term on Appalachia

College for Seniors announces a theme term for Fall 2019 (September 16- November 8). The theme will be Appalachia. While a varied array of courses will be offered during the Fall term, the theme term is also an opportunity to create courses aligned with this special theme. 

The CFS Theme Term Advisory Committee is receiving and reviewing preliminary course proposals on Appalachia. See the committee's description of the term  HERE

The deadline for the Advisory Committee to receive and offer advice on course proposals is March 1. Please use this dedicated URL to submit your ideas to the committee.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, Save Money 
and Avoid Parking Hassles:
Use Asheville Transit and 
UNC Asheville Shuttles to Get to Campus

Bus to OLLI for Free and Minimize Our Carbon Footprint
Click on the image above to watch a short video produced by
OLLI Members Jeff Jones and Marc Czarnecki
Special Thanks!   
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Beverly Hanks for their generous support!

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition. For more about 2019 CREW Program, click here.
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