OLLI Observer
August 19, 2018    
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In This Issue
 Please Note
OLLI and the Reuter Center will be closed August 24-26, 2018 to all other activities so we may hold the Paths to Creative Retirement Workshop.  We will reopen on Monday, August 27, 2018, 8 a.m.
  Dot Sulock     
I love teaching at OLLI because the class members ask such great questions, and I learn so much from them.   
Dot teaches "Building a Safer World" and "Renewable Energy Around the World, & 'Missiles and Missile Defense."


Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference!  
Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness
Click here for details

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time
You can make a 
Email for more information: 
Work for the 
Buncombe County 
Board of Elections
  • Completely non-partisan position
  • Short-term commitment: Training, set up and Election Day
  • One day of training, one day of work and a lifetime of experiences
  • Paid positions from $175 to $260
  • You must be a registered voter in Buncombe County
  • Team effort with lots of support from experienced people
Apply at buncombecounty,org/vote
Call 828.250.4200 or emailjohn.noce@buncombecounty.org

League of Women Voters
Meet the Candidates: 
Learn Where Candidates Stand on Topics Impacting Older Adults in Buncombe County
Tuesday, August 28th,  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For more information: 
Website:  www.aarp.org/nc

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, September 2, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

God's Favorite by Neil Simon, Directed by Jim Reid
There will be a 'Talk Back' immediately following the performance with the Director and Cast.

The Book of Job as a comedy? Joe Benjamin is a God-fearing tycoon with a Long Island mansion and a prodigal son and two kooky twins among other family members. After Joe is visited by Sidney Lipton - God's messenger (and Joe's tempter) - his life is never the same. 
The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community.  
Tckets are $7 at the door.
Putting Out The Welcome Mat!  Come Join Us 
Hospitalilty Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 6, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 207
  Welcome First Impressions are often lasting ones, and the Hospitality Committee is committed to helping generate warm and welcoming impressions as we greet new members this fall.   
We invite you to join our "positive energy" Hospitality Team!  Paula Massey, Hospitality Chair  

Tuesday September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

"Crisis in Venezuela" 
presented by  Russell Crandall

Russell Crandall, a Davidson College Latin American specialist, who has published several books on the politics of the region, has served as principal director for the western hemisphere at the Defense Department, director for Andean affairs and security aide at the National Security Council. He's been a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and has consulted for the World Bank, where he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Come to the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee.  The World Affairs Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room and offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters:  All lectures are free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door.  For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar      
R 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 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 Sheila Murphy  murphy.sheila.a@gmail.com 
Dear OLLI Members,

We had a relatively smooth registration process and so far have 1544 members signed up for 2018-19 and 1128 participants who have requested College for Seniors courses for Fall 2018. Those numbers put us on tract for a registration representative of enrollments for the past few years. We will send out schedules on Friday, August 24 and begin the add/drop period on Monday, August 27, 10 a.m. Until then, the registration website is only open to sign up for membership or for some of our life transitions workshops.

We anticipate that we will be able to send out information about parking in  the last few days.  Many of our members have come up with creative ideas for riding Asheville Transit, car pooling, taking car services and even biking or walking.  We will send out an email about the online parking registration system as soon as we have the green light from our campus office of parking and transportation and also plan to organize a time for folks to share ideas for alternatives to driving cars to campus.

UNC Asheville classes begin on Monday, August 20.  Our new chancellor Nancy Cable welcomed the class of 2022 on her second day in her new position. We have turned a new page in the university's history and look forward to renewed energy and a clear sense of direction from our new chancellor.  

Finally, we have posted the positions for our College for Seniors program assistant and for our facilities and communications coordinator.  If you know someone who would be interested in these positions, please  click here to visit UNC Asheville's online job postings.

With gratitude for the many ways you demonstrate the value and possibility of lifelong learning,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Interested in being a College for Seniors Class Rep?

The role of the Class Rep is vital to the success of large classes and courses with new instructors. Being a Class Rep is a great way to offer hospitality to OLLI members each day of the Fall term.

Enroll in the Class Reps database, and we will contact you when Fall schedules are sent.

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Meeting Topic:  Shade Grown Coffee
As part of our Shade Grown Coffee Initiative, Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) will present a special August program with Ken Lander, who has been a coffee farmer for 13 years in Costa Rica. Our Shade Grown Coffee initiative encourages folks to choose Shade Grown when they drink coffee.   Shade grown coffee plantations provide important habitat for native birds and for the many neo-tropical songbirds that nest in North America and winter in the tropics. Coffee plantations with native trees and shrubs have four times the bird diversity than open "sun" plantations. For people who love birds and coffee, choosing shade grown is one of the most important things you can do to support neotropical migratory birds.  
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, August 24, 1-3 p.m.
  Meeting held at Earth Fare in Westgate Plaza due Paths Workshop
  Meeting Topic: "Current Events" 

   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
Save the Date
Farm to Table Dinner on the Quad
     Tuesday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville Main Quad

Free Public Lecture by Michael Twitty
Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium
This fourth annual Farm-to-Table on the Quad will be guest-hosted by Michael Twitty, with the theme "One Southern Family" and Twitty will also give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Lipinsky Auditorium.
More details and dinner tickets will be   Click here for the website for Farm to Table Dinner Tickets
Please note that tickets for OLLI members are $28 each.

Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, living history interpreter, and Judaica teacher from the Washington, D.C. area. He is the creator of  Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy. Twitty's 2017 book,  The Cooking Gene, was recently honored with two James Beard Foundation awards for writing and for book of the year. 

UNC Asheville departmental sponsors for Twitty's visit: Student Environmental Center, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OLLI, the Office of Sustainability, Chartwells/UNC Asheville Dining Services, the Healthy Campus Initiative, Study Abroad, the Center for Jewish Studies, and Multicultural Affairs

"I dare to believe that all Southerners are a family. We are not merely Native, European, and African. We are Middle Eastern and South Asian and East Asian and Latin American, now. We are a dysfunctional family, but we are a family. We are unwitting inheritors of a story with many sins that bears the fruit of the possibility of ten times the redemption. One way is through reconnection with the culinary culture of the enslaved, our common ancestors, and restoring their names on the roots of the Southern tree and the table those roots support." 
- Michael Twitty,  The Cooking Gene

Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, September 6 , 7 p.m. (Note the Thursday date)
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville,  
1 Edwin Place, corner  of Charlotte  and Edwin.
  " Protecting Our Environment --Who We Elect Matters"
Come hear what you can do to help elect an environmental majority to the NC State House 
and Buncombe County Commission.
For more information, contact Judy Mattox, 828.683.2186  judymattox@sbcglobal.net      
Free and open to everyone
The Astronomy Club of Asheville
"The Lambda Boötis Stars:  A 75-Year-Old Mystery" 
presented by   Richard Gray, Appalachian State University 
Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Dr. Richard Gray

The Lambda Boötis stars (Lambda Boo for short) were discovered 75 years ago by W.W. Morgan, one of the founders of the MK Spectral classification system (the system that astronomers use for classifying stars by their spectra). Compared with other stars of the same temperature and age, the Lambda Boötis stars, at least in Morgan's photographic record, showed no signs of metals or any  other element other than   hydrogen.
Modern digital spectra show that metals and other elements are present in the spectra of Lambda Boötis stars, but at very low levels.  The most extreme Lambda Boo stars show metal abundances down by a factor of 100 or more from the Sun.  And this is very curious, because for all other stars, metal abundance is correlated with age - old stars have low abundances of metals, whereas young stars have high abundances.  So, that must mean Lambda Boo stars are really old?  No!  Interestingly, all known Lambda Boo stars are much younger than our Sun, and a few have "just" started fusing hydrogen in their cores. Come learn more about this   75-year-old mystery and its importance in understanding the formation of planets.
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia
"It Doesn't Fit in a Box!"
Friday, September 7, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Pan Harmonia
Explore Pan Harmonia's 19th season of chamber concerts of contemporary, Celtic and Baroque music with flutist Kate Steinbeck, Baroque master Barbara Weiss and Celtic bagpiper and bassoonist Rosalind Buda

Now in its 19th season, Asheville's Pan Harmonia enjoys taking its music out of the concert hall and into unlikely spaces all around our community. Learn about the music and meet the musicians in informal conversation. Feel free to bring friends and your lunch. To learn more, visit panharmonia.org
New Member Welcome
Friday, September 14, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
New member welcome Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and find out how to get the most out of your OLLI experience.

For more information contact us at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu
Behind the Scenes at NC Stage
DAR HE: The Storry of Emmett Till
Friday, September 14, 2:30 p.m. 

Performed and created by award winning actor a
nd playwright  Mike Wiley .
"I'd like my work to not only enlighten minds but to inspire hearts."- Mike Wiley
In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand - a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. Through conversations with a Look magazine journalist, Emmett's mother and others caught up in the events that led to Till's devastating fate, this riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confessions of the men accused of Till's murder.
For more information about this play, click here to visit the NC Stage website.

Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver. Explore the themes of this season's plays, talk with the actors, directors and designers about design concepts and the rehearsal process and experience a scene or two performed live. Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens!
Symphony Talk
Friday, September 14, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
ASO's new conductor and music director Darko Butorac

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and "Liebestod," 
Liszt's Piano Concert No. 1, 
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, with George Li, piano soloist

Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts. The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann, who talks about the life and times of the featured composers. ASO has just selected Darko Butorac as music director, and at Symphony Talks he will appear with the soloist for upcoming concerts to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit ashevillesymphony.org
History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group Meeting 
David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon: 
The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Friday, September 21, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center

The group will be discussing Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. This book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 57 weeks, so it should provide tons of material for conversation.

For more information, please contact Mike Wang at   mbwhome@gmail.com

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UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804