OLLI Observer
August 5, 2018 
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In This Issue
 Stitch in Time 
Special Interest Group
Monday, August 6, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium
The Stitch-in-Time Special Interest Group meets the  first Monday of the month, 
2-4 p.m.   
  This is a fellowship group for stitchers of all types (knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, etc.) to help encourage, inspire and support each other.  Stitchers of all skill levels are welcome!
For more information, contact Gay Lambirth, 281.433.1060 gaylambirth@yahoo.com 
 Volunteers Needed to Explore 
New Course Delivery Methods

Technology has changed the way we learn and socialize at OLLI and everywhere else. OLLI instructors and presenters have adopted a wide range of presentation styles enhanced by technology, and our hearing loop enhances the ability to hear presentations with great clarity, 
The OLLI Steering Council, as part of its strategic planning process, is interested in exploring various options for online learning to potentially provide additional capabilities to the wonderful programs we currently have, at the same time that we provide the sense of community that is the hallmark of our organization.  If you have knowledge or skills in this area and wish to help OLLI identify new learning opportunities please contact Bobbie Rockwell ( bobbiemayrockwell@gmail.com)  to join with other OLLI members to explore new opportunities. 

Julie Snyder  
I love volunteering at OLLI because of its sense of community and the creative opportunities it offers.            
Julie is chair of the Curriculum Committee for Business, Law & Finance. She has taught courses in international trade and business entrepreneurship and teaches courses about Sweden.


The Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry
On-site food pantry support
Homeward Bound's Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness
Click here for details

Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team
Restoring the lives of homeless vets
You can make a 
Email for more information: 
Asheville on Bikes
Ride Your City
Cycle Smart 
Bike Skills Classes

Next class 
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Senior Opportunity Center
36 Grove Street, Asheville

For more information contact


"Death Café" is an engagingconversation about a subject that too often alienates members of our death phobic culture. A new movement is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears, loss and death; a deepening ritual emerges and we build a culture of dying wisely.  
Join us at our next Death Cafe, facilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. You can learn more about death cafe at   http://deathcafe.com/

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
UNC Asheville 
Theatre Department Auditions  
Wednesday and Thursday, 
August 22 and 23, 6-10 p.m.      
Belk Theatre on the UNC Asheville Campus
theatre Auditions for "War of the Worlds"  are in Belk Theatre on   August 22 and 23
6-10 p.m.  Callbacks will be  August 24 .  A sign up sheet will be posted in Belk Theatre on  August 20 . Scripts are on reserve for two-hour check out at Ramsey Library. For more information, call Suzie Morris at 828.251.6610. 

"War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script" by Howard E. Koch will be performed live at the Belk Theatre on  Friday and Saturday,  September 28 and 29,  7:30 p.m . (doors will open at   7 p.m.), and again at   midnight  on   September 29th  (doors will open at   11:30 p.m.)

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 poster for the OLLI Art Bazaar. 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,
The OLLI Fall 2018 catalog is now available online and on the information table outside the OLLI office on the upper level of the Reuter Center.  Registration will begin Thursday, August 9, 10 a.m. We will have helpers at the Reuter Center Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10, Monday-Wednesday, August 13, 14, 15, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and on Thursday, August 16, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Thanks as always for the work of the curriculum committees to find a wide array of intriguing courses taught by inspiring teachers.

If you know someone who would like to teach or if you would like to gather with other College for Seniors instructors to discuss ways to improve teaching and learning in your classrooms, plan to attend SkillTalks on Tuesday. August 21.  

Our colleagues in the transportation and parking office tell us that because of some issues with their online system, it is not possible right now for anyone to purchase parking decals. Please do not attempt to purchase decals until we are able to send word that the system is availalbe for your use and until we can distribute information about how to use the system, including information about required ID numbers.  We do not yet have details about the specifics of OLLI parking registration, but we will share those when they have them.  Representatives of UNC Asheville's Department of Parking and Transportation do tell us that because of delays in the implementation of the system that they will not be ticketing until September 1. We anticipate that they will continue to work with us to try to get all of the details for you and that there may be further delays in parking enforcement to allow people reasonable time to purchase their decals.  The information we sent earlier about the $125 cost for decals for 2018-19 remains accurate.
Thank you for working with us to adapt to change on our campus and within our programs,

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Ready to Teach with College for Seniors
School starts 
Register Now for Skilltalks
What makes a great College for Seniors Instructor?  It starts with SKILLTALKS, Tuesday, August 21,  8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Click here to download information
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, August 10, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

   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

Buncombe County Community Health Seeks Volunteers 
to Help with Listening Sessions
Buncombe County Community Health is collaborating with various organizations and individuals to host listening sessions and record StoryCorps conversations with community members to learn more their experiences and ideas about how to improve the health of Buncombe County.
Buncombe County Community Health is looking for community members through OLLI to participate in a listening session that will be scheduled from now through early September.

Participants in these sessions or story recordings may be asked about their opinions and ideas about what helps or hurts the health of Buncombe County. They may also be asked about experiences with specific health issues or topics, or accessing certain types of health services.

If you have questions or would like to support these sessions, please contact Zo Mpofu at 828-450-9322 OR email: zo.mpofu@buncombecounty.org
Ben Steere
Archaeology of Mounds and Towns in the Cherokee Heartland of Western North Carolina  
presented by Ben Steere, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Cherokee Studies Program, Western Carolina University.   
Join Dr. Steere as he discusses the location and evolution of Cherokee towns in WNC as well as developing the trade patterns, household construction and lifestyles of the Cherokee nation.  Dr. Steere has been honored with the Principal Chief Leon D. Jones Award for Archaeological Excellence for his years of research on the Cherokee.  Dr. Steere believes that archaeological field work, while respecting traditional Cherokee beliefs and treatment of sacred places, leads to a better understanding and preservation of the Cherokee culture.  In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Steere serves on the Southeastern Archaeological Conference Public Outreach Committee.
This lecture is scheduled in the Manheimer Room; tickets will be sold at the door.  A 
$5 donation is requested.  Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) members are free.  These lectures are sponsored by the WNCHA and OLLI.
 For more information,  www.wnchistory.org
Carolinas' Nature Photography Association Meeting
Sunday, August 12, 5:30 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
  Weather in the mountains
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. The association is divided into regions for more close-at- hand activities. 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. The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m.  For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org 
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, August 17, 2 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
First, Chester Pankowski will give a presentation on U. S. National Parks in the western U.S. Chester has taught a course on the national parks at College for Seniors. This presentation will introduce sources of information on national parks to help your travel planning. He will also describe many natural and cultural features of our most well-known national parks in the Western U.S.
During the second half of the program, Ed Donnelly will discuss his wife Kathy Gainey's and his seven-day driving adventure through sunny Portugal's southern and western coastal areas. He will cover where they went, what they saw, where they stayed and what they liked and didn't like about the vacation.
Following each presentation there will be opportunity for Q&A.
All OLLI members are invited to attend. 
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.  
Save the Date
Farm to Table Dinner on the Quad
     Tuesday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville Main Quad
Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 7, noon
Please note that tickets for OLLI members are $28 each

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 Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. in Lipinsky Auditorium.

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 include: 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

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