OLLI Observer
March 17, 2019    
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In This Issue
World Affairs Council
Great Decisions Series
"The Rise of Populism in Europe"
Presenter: John Plant

Tuesday, March 19,  7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center  Manheimer Room 
(This lecture was originally scheduled for February 19)

John Plant, a defense analyst and scholar of demographics and population change, will examine the role of immigration as a driver of Brexit, the rise of populist and far-right parties in Europe, and the implications of these political shifts for the U.S. Plant, who has a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University, was a 20-year active-duty officer in the U.S. Army and served as an advisor to the Czech Republic's Ministry of Defense. He now works at Kriticos Solutions Group as a proposal author for defense contractors.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate and learn about international affairs, national security and U.S. foreign policy.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students, and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. 

Meeting for Current and Potential 
Hike Leaders
Wednesday, March 20, 4 p.m.  
Reuter Center Room 206

Well, the daffodils are up and the weather is starting to change, so it is time to ramp up the OLLI Hiking SIG!
If you are a current or potential hike leader, we hope you will attend a meeting on Wednesday, March 20th at 4 p.m. in Room 206 at the Reuter Center. We will review the hike leader guidelines, discuss hikes and scheduling, and outline our mentoring program for potential newbies.
Please bring your questions and ideas to this forum. And if you have an interested OLLI friend, they are welcome as well.

If you have any questions, please contact  OLLIHikingSIG@gmail.com.
New Member Welcome
Friday, March 22, 
10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

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 learn what it means to "grow through life." This event is open to all OLLI members.

Want more information? Contact OLLI staff at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu


Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry
Provide On-Site Food Pantry Support

Veterans Restoration Quarters
Help Restore the Lives of Homeless Vets

Energy Savers Network
Help Homeowners Reduce Energy Loss

Make A Difference!

OLLI would like to thank m ajor sponsor
 for their generous support of the 

Barbara McBride Smith
A Patchwork of Stories
Sunday, March 24, 
2 p.m.
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Milepost 382

Presented by Stories on Asheville's Front Porch  and sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild,  with storytellers Christine Westfeldt, Ronnie Pepper, Chuck Fink and Barbara McBride Smith

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

UNC Asheville Baseball Schedule
Go Bulldogs!

UNC Asheville Baseball is officially underway and we're excited to host OLLI members at any of the upcoming home games listed below at Greenwood Field. Tickets for OLLI members are only $4 per person. 

  • 3/29: Baseball vs. Longwood - 6 p.m. 
  • 3/30: Baseball vs. Longwood - 3 p.m.
  • 3/31: Baseball vs. Longwood - 1 p.m. 
For more information, reach out to Josh Baker at  jbaker8@unca.edu
LAS 2013 participants experience a Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Saturday, March 30, 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Registration is free and open to everyone, but we want everyone who signs up to make a commitment to attend.  We must meet a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 45.   Please use this link to register to participate.

OLLI's Inclusion Committee is hosting this experiential learning tool created by local nonprofit Just Economics. The exercise exposes participants to the real life struggle of the working poor in our community.  Participants are assigned identities based on real low-income people and must complete the everyday activities of their families, like going to work, paying bills, applying for public benefits, etc.  The simulation involves moving between stations
which represent the institutions and businesses individuals typically interact with each month.  After the exercise there will be time for reflection.  

We have offered this poverty simulation for a number of years as part of our Leadership Asheville Seniors program and wanted to make this experiential learning opportunity available to more of our members.

For more information call us at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, March 31,  2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Awake and Sing 
by Clifford Odets, directed by Arnold Sgan
A Jewish family of three generations lives crammed together in a Bronx apartment during the Great Depression. In language both street-tough and poetic, the characters widely disagree about whether to hold onto their ideals or act in their own best interests as each one struggles to survive.

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Tickets are $7 at the door.

OLLI Authors
Thursday, April 4, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206
For more information about the Authors, Click Here
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Lambda Bootis Star System: A 75-Year-Old Mystery"
Presented by  Richard Gray

The Lambda Boötis stars (Lambda Boo for short) were discovered 75 years ago by one of the founders of the MK Spectral classification system (the system that astronomers use for classifying stars by their spectra), W.W. Morgan.  Modern digital spectra show that metals and other elements are present in the spectra of Lambda Boötis stars, but at very low levels. This is very curious, because for all other stars, metal abundance is correlated with age. Old stars have low abundance of metals, whereas young stars have high abundance.  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.
So this is a 75 year-old mystery.  Scientists now think they know why the Lambda Boo stars are metal poor, and their discoveries may help form a clearer understanding of planet formation.

Richard Gray teaches in the department of physics and astronomy at Appalachian State University; his research focuses on stellar spectroscopy.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m., (except January and July), with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and stargazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit www.astroasheville.org

Dear OLLI Members,
We welcome all OLLI members, new and experienced, to attend our New Member Welcome, this Friday, March 22, 10 a.m., to learn more about how to make the most of your OLLI experience. This week you can also attend the final in the World Affairs Council's 2019 Great Decisions Series (this was rescheduled), learn more about "Conserving Birds on North Caroliina's Working Lands" at a meeting of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, find out more about being a leader for the OLLI Hiking SIG, join the discussion of the Greater Asheville Science-for-All Book Club, attend Jason Wingert's STEM lecture on challenges to teaching evolution and learn more about Living Solo and Thriving in Community from our special interest groups. In this newsletter you can also learn how to purchase tickets for the Patchwork of Stories performance next Sunday at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

There are still openings in Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses.  We want to thank everyone who signed up and also everyone who teaches courses, serves on the curriculum committees, serves as a class rep or participates thoughtfully in the rich array of courses. Remember that if you want to drop all courses and request a refund that you must make your request by this Friday, March 22, 3 p.m.

Registration is still open for the Just Economics Poverty Simulation scheduled at the Reuter Center for Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. Click here to register. The event is free and open to everyone, but we do need to know how many people to anticipate.  We will need at least 20 people to sign up to make the event possible. Thanks to OLLI's Inclusion Committee for organizing this opportunity.

Thanks to all of you for contributing to the success of our vibrant community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
  Spring 2019 Classes 

Ira Sloan teaches "Zen and the Art of Balloon Twisting" with Paul Weiss, Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m.
While many classes are full, there are openings in a number of courses, including "Zen and the Art of Balloon Twisting." 

You may register for the first time or add courses if you have already registered by
using our online registration system. To drop courses, please email us at olli@unca.edu or call the office at 828.251.6140.

Important Dates
  • Final date to drop courses for a full refund: Friday, March 22, 3 p.m.
  • Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses begin on Monday, March 25 and run through May 17. 

Nine-Day Tour of Scotland 
Hosted by UNC Asheville 
Alumni Association
August 31-September 8, 2018
Click here for more information, including itineraries and information about accommodations
  • This trip is open to alumni and friends of UNC Asheville... if you smile when you hear UNC Asheville, you're invited to join this trip! 
  • Wilcox Travel is handling the travel logistics, though you can also call Elizabeth Underwood (828.232.5125) if you have any questions. 
  • Registration, deposit and travel insurance information is found through the link above. 
  • A highlight of the trip will be a visit to Asheville's Sister City, Birnam-Dunkeld.  
Aimee Tomcho
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

"Conserving Birds on North Carolina's Working Lands"
presented by Aimee Tomcho

Click here to find out more about EMAS programs and about free monthly Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary walks.

Greater Asheville Science-for-All Book Club
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm.
Reuter Center Room 206

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
The Evolution of Beauty by Richard Prum  

Dr. Jason Wingert
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lecture
Thursday, March 21, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Roadblocks to Student Learning About Evolution:  Cognitive and Cultural Challenges"

Speaker: Dr. Jason Wingert

The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, March 22, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

 Topic: Taxation and Economic Inequality

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 
Living Solo
Friday, March 22, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

The Solo Aging Group is now called "Living Solo."  The group is comprised of OLLI members living independently and seeking connections. This is not a dating group, but individuals who want to do activities and make connections here in Asheville with OLLI members. Please come join us and meet new people!  Any questions? Contact Barbara Rapchak at  beinthemomentyoga@gmail.com

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 4:15 p.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

During our annual Town Hall meeting we will review the accomplishments from our OLLI programs and activities.  The Nominating Committee will introduce the 2019-20 slate of candidates.  Our focus will be on your questions for our staff and OLLI Steering Council members. 

And remember that any time you have questions or concerns you may contact OLLI director Catherine Frank at cfrank@unca.edu or 828.251.6188
Fab Friday
"The Grove Park Inn: A Place for Presidents, Celebrities and Gingerbread Houses"
Friday, March 29, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

For over 105 years The Grove Park Inn has welcomed guests from all over the world. The Inn was built by Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmacist who amassed a fortune making "Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic." Attracted to Asheville for its mountain air, Grove wanted to develop a lodge that reflected the grandeur of the surrounding mountains.  Built from native granite in less than a year, the Inn has hosted some of the world's most brilliant minds and endured some of America's greatest hardships since its opening in 1913.  It has been named to the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Hotels of America. 

Becky Blenkitni, the PR and Special Events Coordinator for the Omni Grove Park Inn, will provide an overview of the Inn's history and explain how it came to be such an iconic hotel.

Fab Fridays happen every Friday during our Fall, Winter and Spring terms in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.  Members and guests are invited to socialize and then enjoy presentations on a wide range of topics.  Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag.  These programs are free and open to everyone.
Premiere Screening of Ken Burns's New Country Music Documentary
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Highsmith Student Union - Blue Ridge Room

Country Music, Ken Burns's new PBS documentary series, won't premiere nationally until September, but Burns's co-producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey will host a special preview screening and discussion at UNC Asheville.  UNC Asheville is one of only 10 sites nationally to host advance premiere screenings of Country Music!
The film, which chronicles the history of the uniquely American art form, features many North Carolina artists and their stories, from early spiritual music, Celtic mountain music through notable stars like Rhiannon Giddens, Kathy Mattea, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, among many others. 

The screening is free and open to everyone but space is limited, so tickets are required. For tickets and more information, Please Click  HERE

Thomas Wolfe Short Story Book Club
Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site
52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC

Discussion leader Ellen Brown, Author of John Apperson's Lake George  will lead a discussion of Thomas Wolfe's story "The Hollyhock Savers." 

This is the last in this year's series of discussions sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy,  a tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 2012 to sustain and promote Wilma Dykeman's values by sponsoring workshops, events, and other programs. The core values of this extraordinary woman from Buncombe County included environmental integrity, social justice, and the power of the written and spoken word. For more information, visit wilmadykemanlegacy.org/

History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
The Path Between the Seas: 
The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
by David McCullough

Friday, April 19, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

History Book Lovers SIG meets on the third Friday of each month to share books, engage in discussion and connect with other OLLI members who love history. In upcoming months they will read

May: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
June: A discussion of Kublai Khan 1215-1294, Emperor of China

All OLLI members are welcome.  SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com

Organic Growers School 
Living on the Land Learning Circles

Develop land-use, site-design, and land-based observation skills in these sessions that are e qual parts workshop, site-visit, mentoring experience, gathering of growers, and design session. The Living on the Land Learning Circles will take place monthly from April to June 2019 on a farm or homestead in Western NC.

Learning Circles are site visits guided by local, land-experienced, and seasoned designer and planner, Brandon Greenstein, the Organic Growers School (OGS) Sustainability Consultant. Participants will be to witness and be part of the land/site assessment in real time and see through the eyes of both the designer and the land-owner.

Each session will tackle a common problem specific to a real-world site with owners who are part of the WNC grower community. Topics covered include water management systems, infrastructure development, renewable energy, hardscaping or earth reshaping systems, common land patterns, and long term sustainability.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804