OLLI Observer
September 10, 2017  
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In This Issue
  We Remember
Candle burning  
William "Jay" Bretz
August 29, 2017
Carolinas' Nature Photographers 
Association Meeting
 Sunday, September 10, 5:30 p.m.  
Reuter Center, Room 206
  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.  
Free and open to everyone. 
Women in STEM
Wednesday, September 13, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Free and open to everyone

Dr. Molly Darr, Entomologist;
 Pamela Silvers, Instructor AB-Tech; 
Dr. Joan Kaplan, Biochemist, OLLI

Although we are in an "advanced age" where equal opportunity is more available, women in STEM careers still experience barriers and stereotypes. This series of lectures will address strategies to overcome obstacles; show where support is needed (family and mentors), note those women who have made major achievements (some ignored, some minimized, some recognized), past and present notable women, real life experiences and what is currently being done to encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Even today, in an enlightened era, women still face many challenges which are not only discouraging to them, but also a great loss to America.
Following this opening session, nine subsequent sessions will cover astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, forestry, mathematics, medicine, nursing, physics.
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
 Friday, September 15, 1 p.m.  
Reuter Center, Room 205 
Topic: "Climate Events and Their Repurcussions"   
  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 
Death Cafe'
Friday, September 15, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Lobby

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering, a storytelling experience and a conversation that 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 and loss. A deepening ritual emerges, and we build a culture of dying wisely. This conversation is f acilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. You can learn more about death cafe at http://deathcafe.com/
Hearing Loss Association (HLAA) Meeting
Saturday, September 16, 10:15 a.m.  
(note time)
Care Partners, 68 Sweeten Creek Road 
Debbie Reynolds 
Deborah Reynolds will address the Asheville Chapter of the HLAA on 
 Disease. There are two special reasons you may want to attend this presentation. One is that Debbie, one of the Chapter's leaders, is an active OLLI member, so is known to many of us. The other is that this is an under-reported condition, and the symptoms may be relevant to you: severe vertigo, loss of balance, hearing loss.  
Open Streets Asheville 
Volunteer Opportunity
About Open Streets:  Returning to downtown Asheville for its second year, Sunday, September 171-5 p.m., Open Streets frees the heart of Asheville from motorized vehicles and opens it to walking, skating, cycling and free, fun activities of all kinds.
 If you would like to help open downtown Asheville to active fun, or just stay in the loop on volunteer opportunities, please click here to fill out the volunteer form.
Volunteer Opportunity
2017 Americans Who Tell The Truth Exhibit 
Call for Volunteer Docents
Volunteer docents are needed for the  2017 Americans Who Tell the Truth exhibit to be on display in Asheville at the YMI Cultural Center, October 1st - November 19, Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. with an opening on September 30th, 4:30-6:30.


Emma Elementary School
Providing Teacher Support and Lunch Buddies

Americans Who Tell the Truth 
8th Grade Project
Inspiring Profiles of Truth and Courage

Homework Diners
Homework Help for the Student & Free Meal for the Family
VOLUNTEER ... It Makes a Difference!

World Affairs Council (WAC)
"Conflicting Headlines: The Politics of Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in the News"
Elizabeth Colton, PhD
Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Elizabeth Colton, PhD
Colton is an award-winning journalist, diplomat, educator, author, adventurer and anthropologist who grew up in Asheville and later covered diplomacy, politics and conflict worldwide.  
 A visiting research scholar at UNC-Asheville currently completing several books, she lectures worldwide and serves as a moderator/trainer for diplomacy courses by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Colton is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, United Nations development planner and Peace Corps volunteer.

Come to the Reuter Center for fascinating lectures and discussions presented by the World Affairs Council (WAC) 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 fee to attend individual lectures is $10.  The World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.  

Story and Song with Tom Godleski
Friday, September 22, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Tom Godleski

 OLLI is delighted to offer a festive event with an Appalachian flair. Tom Godleski, playwright and member of the bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike, brings together an afternoon of storytelling and song. The event kicks off with storytelling by Tom Godleski that will include talented students from Claxton Elementary School - some of the students will play the fiddle, and some will sing. In the second set, the bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike will perform many of their handcrafted original tunes, along with some well known standards and songs from their latest CD entitled, "They Passed It Down."  Free and open to everyone.

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
  Sponsor, Gillespie Dentistry for their support!

Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD
Cosmetic Implant, & General Dentistry
36 Orange Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-9351

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Dear OLLI Members,

Our thoughts this weekend are in preparations for hurricanes and with those who are struggling in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please remember that if OLLI will follow the protocols of the rest of the university and will cancel or postpone classes and events if UNC Asheville classes are canceled or postponed.  We will send an email and post information on our website and outgoing phone lines (if possible) to let you know about our decisions.  Please always remember that ours is a program of learning for the love of it and that we trust our members to make wise decisions about the safety of travel conditions in their own areas.

While we are anticipating bad weather, we are also excited to be part of the university's Founders Day celebrations as UNC Asheville celebrates 90 years of educating the people of our region, from beginnings as Buncombe County Junior College to our present status as the designated public liberal arts campus in the 17 campus UNC system. Reservations for the lecture on Tuesday, September 12 by NYTimes columnist David Brooks are sold out, but you may click here to add yourself to a waiting list.

We invite new members and members who want a refresher on OLLI's many programs to a New Member Welcome on Friday, September 15, 10 a.m. We will also send out an email later this week with lots of helpful beginning-of-term reminders.

We hope that you will read David Langdon's story about OLLI member and lifelong learner Bill O'Connell.  Bill is an active community volunteer working to make a difference for older adults in our community.  This newsletter includes many volunteer opportunities, in particular those offered by the Civic Engagement Committee at Emma Elementary, in local eighth grade classrooms in conjunction with the Americans Who Tell the Truth exhibit and for Homework Diners in area middle schools. Many thanks to the members of the Civic Engagement Committee for their energy and enthusiasm providing opportunities for OLLI members to support the efforts of our local schools.

This is just a reminder that you can help the Bulldogs Athletic Association if you  click here to complete a brief survey.

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:
Upcoming Athletic Events
Saturday, September 16, 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer  UNC Asheville vs. USC Upstate
Greenwood Soccer Field 

Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer UNC Asheville vs. Wofford 
Greenwood Soccer Field
Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Volleyball UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb
Justice Center        

Friday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Volleyball UNC Asheville vs. Campbell
Justice Center
Saturday, September 23, 8:45 a.m.
Asheville Cross Country Invitational
     Asheville Christian Academy        
Saturday, September 23, 3 p.m.  
      Women's Soccer   UNC Asheville vs. 
Charleston Southern 
      Greenwood Soccer Field
Saturday, September 23, 6 p.m.
Men's Soccer UNC Asheville vs. High Point
 Greenwood Soccer Field  
Special Interest Group 
Français facile   
Monday,  Sept. 11, 2-3:30pm
 Reuter Center Room 120.   
Brush up on your French before classes begin with no stress games with vocabulary review and conversations.
This group is for those at the beginning and intermediate levels of French who would like to practice their conversation skills.  We divide into small groups to chat about various topics. No instruction is given, but some help/ grammar correction may be provided.   
SIG contact:  Renee Raffini, 828.684.6371, raffinir@gmail.com  
 Bill O'Connell: Inspirational 
Lifelong Learner
by David Langdon
If you thought Bill O'Connell's educational journey has taken him down a long and winding path, you'd be spot on. And he's nowhere near through!
The energetic retiree is currently enrolled in UNC Asheville's Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences program, focusing on the demographics of successful retirement communities, beginning with Asheville. He is working with the Buncombe County Aging Coordinating Committee to recommend solutions for how our county deals with aging and senior issues. He hopes to improve the lives of retired citizens in our region by influencing government growth decisions. Sooner, rather than later, we may all benefit from Bill's efforts.  
Zebulon Vance Reconsidered
September 14 & 15
UNC Asheville Campus

Vance was a Confederate officer and North Carolina governor during the Civil War. Yale Historian David Blight, historians Gordon McKinney, Steve Nash, Joe Mobley and Darin Waters, and novelist Sharyn McCrumb will examine and debate Vance's legacy and the ways we commemorate his role in history.
While all are free and open to everyone, seating is limited and must be reserved.
f/32 Photography Group
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Room 206
camera.jpg f/32 is a diverse group that shares an appreciation and love of photography.  Members range from amateurs who like to take point-and-shoot snapshots to working professional photographers. At monthly meetings, they share their work, learn new methods and keep abreast of the latest industry news and equipment.  OLLI members are offered free membership in f/32.  Attend on Wednesdays,  September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13; all meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. 
OLLI New Member Welcome   
Friday, September 15,  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 on Friday, September 15, 9:30 for coffee & mingle and 10 a.m. for a presentation that will allow you to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and find out how to make the most of your OLLI experience.

Behind the Scenes with NC Stage
Friday, September 15,  1 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room  
"King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running" with Charlie Flynn-McIver
Charlie Flynn-McIver
Tall tales and rollicking songs transport audiences to the Outer Banks for a pleasant spate of fun and fishing. Staging a benefit concert to save the Corncake Inlet Inn, the lively cast of fishermen musicians sing up a storm, tell fish stories and ghost stories and relate accounts of first loves and ones that got away.
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! 

NC Stage Behind the Scenes lectures are free and open to everyone.
Thriving in Community 
Special Interest Group  
Friday, September 15,  2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Room 206 
Join Us For The New & Improved SIG - "Thriving in Community"

Our SIG seeks to build capacity to sustain independence within neighborhoods through community connections.  We will explore creative options to live as we choose throughout life transitions.
...Building Individual Resilience...Creating Community Support... Aging in Place...Facing our Future
Southern Appalachian Dance
Phil Jamison
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Phil Jamison 
Join nationally known dance caller, musician and flatfoot dancer Phil Jamison of Warren Wilson College as he explores the development of Appalachian dance traditions from colonial times to the present.  From his recent book, Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Dance, Phil will illustrate how the square and step dances of Appalachia are a blend of the European, African and Native American dance traditions which reflect the cultural diversity of the WNC region. In addition, the presentation will include a demonstration of Appalachian flatfoot dancing.
Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and made possible in part by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership

Tickets sold at the door:  $5 donation requested, WNCHA members free.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society 
Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge:  Conserving Some of the Mountain's 
Rarest Places and Species
Sue Cameron 
One of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's newest refuges lies scattered across the mountains here in North Carolina. Dedicated in April 2015, the Mountain Bogs NWR was established to protect Southern Appalachian Mountain bogs, which are among the rarest and most imperiled habitats in the U.S. These bogs host endangered species including bog turtles and rare pitcher plants, while providing habitat for salamanders and migratory birds.  
Mark your calendar to attend for an inside look at this new refuge with Sue Cameron, wildlife biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Sue works on terrestrial species of the southern Appalachian Mountains.  Her primary duties entail working with partners to recover federally listed species like the bog turtle.  All Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society programs are free and open to everyone.
Seeking Retired Professionals
Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Greetings from UNC Asheville's Retired Faculty and Administrators! RFAA, our new organization, would like to welcome you and get to know you, starting with a reception at OLLI.

Our second goal is to help open doors for you, if you'd like, to closer academic
Martha Marshall
engagement with the university. As you may know, a number of OLLI initiatives are already underway-a mentoring program for UNC Asheville's student-athletes, for example. We'd like to assist retired academics and other professionals with individual initiatives.
So please come explore with us!

  Questions and RSVP to Martha Marshall at marshall@ret.unca.edu
The Power of Telling Our Stories
Friday, October 13, 4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

William Finger
  William Finger will talk about the importance of stories, why they need to told and be heard and how they add understanding to our place on earth. "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you," says Maya Angelou. Mr. Finger draws on the experience in writing his memoir,
The Crane Dance: Taking Flight in Midlife, focusing on the process of reflection and selection of what to include in our story helps us derive meaning.  In his talk, Mr. Finger illustrates the power of the "ever-morphing past" with selections from
The Crane Dance.  A writer living in Raleigh since 1977, Mr. Finger retired in 2013 from writing for an international public health company for many years. For more on his background and writing, go to: http://journeycakespirit.com/. His book will available for sale following his talk.  Free and open to everyone.

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