OLLI Observer
July 15, 2018   
 
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       Karen Sanders          
 
I love volunteering at OLLI because my life has been enriched by many incredibly amazing people.            
 
Karen has taught "Stress Management for Elders" and "Journeying through the Challenges of Living and Dying."

  OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

MANNA Food Bank Team
Providing Thousands of Meals a Day to Feed Hungry People
 
The Asheville Terraces Food Pantry
On-Site Food Panty Support
 
Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ)
Cooking Team
Restoring the Lives of Homeless Vets
 
VOLUNTEER NOW ... 
You can make a difference!
 
 Email for more information: 
Leadership Asheville Buzz Breakfast  
Sexual and Gender Diversity: 
How Do We Promote It?
Tina Madison White 
and Laura Webb
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30-9 a.m. 
   Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr, Asheville  
 
Leadership Asheville hosts the Buzz Summer Breakfast Series each year as a way of highlighting new initiatives and new leaders making a "Buzz Worthy" impact on our community. These events are open to the public and provide an excellent opportunity for community members at large to get a taste of the Leadership Asheville experience, while also meeting other community leaders. Each event costs $20 and features an engaging panel discussion and includes a hot breakfast. 
Leadership Asheville is a program
 of UNC Asheville.  
 
Blue Ridge Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.
Biltmore United Methodist Church,   376 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville

BRO Presents 
Violinist  Ayane Okabe

Ayane Okabe is an award-winning violinist who comes to Asheville fresh from her Carnegie Hall debut. This one-night-only program features Ms. Okabe, together with accomplished local pianist Kimberly Cann, in Tchaikovsky's "Memory of a Dear Place" and select strings of the BRO in works by Vivaldi, Benjamin Britten, and Johann Stamitz.

Tickets are $20. 
For tickets and information, see    www.blueridgeorchestra.org/ayane-okabe
 or call (828) 782-3354.

The Proper Use of Antibiotics
A Talk by Bindu Mayi
Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Each year in the United States, more than 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. In this backdrop of antibiotic resistance, there is a tremendous  need for Antimicrobial Stewardship  
Bindu Mayi
(AMS), which, in a nutshell, is the proper and judicious use of antibiotics, the benefits of which include reducing incidence of antibiotic induced toxicities, reducing the cost of treatment as well as minimizing antibiotic resistance. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), if healthcare providers, hospital administrators, policy makers and patients work together to employ effective AMS programs, patient care can be dramatically improved and more patient lives can be ultimately saved. Come to learn more about theories of the proper use of antibiotics.

  Bindu Mayi, M.Sc., Ph.D., is an associate professor of microbiology in the College of Medical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Dr. Mayi teaches courses in virology and bacteriology, with emphasis on the medical aspects of infectious disease, for students in the medical, public health and other allied health fields.  

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 registrations are coming in quickly, and 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 Leanna Preston lpreston@unca.edu 
Dear OLLI Members,
If you are already excited about College for Seniors classes in the fall, be sure to check out the Sneak Peek in this newsletter.

We hope that you will make time this week to see the film screening and discussion based on OLLI member and CFS instructor Rubin Feldstein's experiences fleeing the Holocaust.  Rubin has worked with the Center for Diversity Education for years sharing his story with schools.  This film, by UNC Asheville graduate Brandon Preister, will help even more people hear Rubin's story.  And you will get to hear Rubin in person during the discussion.  

We also have lots of music on the schedule for this week, including the final UNC Asheville Concert on the Quad and the final Brevard Music Center Janiec Opera performance this week right here at the Reuter Center. 

Finally, many thanks to the Communications Committee for their ongoing series that highlights our dedicated volunteer instructors and thanks to the Civic Engagement Committee for offering information every week about volunteer opportunities.  We know the many ways that volunteering does good for the community and offers all kinds of benefits to the volunteer. Be sure to check the links in every Volunteer Spotlight to see the current volunteer opportunities at OLLI or let us know if you have a specific talent you would like to use (just respond to this newsletter).

Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
calendar
UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad 2018
Monday Night, July 16, 7 p.m.
   
July 16: Rissi Palmer: Southern Soul
 
The last in this concert series will take place July 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.   Click here to read more about Concerts on the Quad. 
Brevard Music Center Performances at OLLI
Tuesday, July 17, 4 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room  
 
Come get a special taste of the summer Brevard Music Festival with performances by students from the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center (BMC). Enjoy previews of "La Cenerentola" and "Candide." Gain insights into life as a young opera singer and summer at the Brevard Music Cente r and have your questions about the music and performance answered.  
 
These performances at the Reuter Center are free and open to everyone.
  "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught"
A Video and Conversation with Rubin Feldstein
Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Rubin Feldstein
Rubin Feldstein,Yiddish teacher and retired middle school principal, College for Seniors instructor and OLLI lecturer, fled Poland with his family in 1938, barely escaping the fate of 2/3rd's of 9 million European Jews.  For the last 15 years Rubin has visited with local school students to share his story of "You've got to be carefully taught." Now a new video will help spread that message to a wider audience and give teachers a valuable classroom tool.  The video was created by recent UNC Asheville graduate Brandon Preister as part of classroom work through the Department of Mass Communications.
 
Join OLLI and the UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education to view these videos and hear from Rubin about his work in the schools and to hear music from Bandana Klezmer.
This session is free and open to everyone.
 
Stories on Asheville's Front Porch
Saturdays, July 21, and 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 
Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Downtown Asheville
Donald Sweeper 
 
   
 
J uly 21: "Gullah Culture" 
by Donald Sweeper
 
July 28: "Outdoor Adventuring"
 by Nancy Reeder and Pat Stone
 
 
Volunteer Opportunity Guardian Ad Litem 
 
   
Looking for a challenging but fulfilling volunte er opportunity? Want to have a positive impact on 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. Free training is offered quarterly; the next training will begin September 2018.  
 
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, July 20, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120
 
  Meeting Topic: The Threat from China 

   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
Travel Special Interest Group
                 Friday, July 20, 2-4 p.m. Reuter Center Room 102A
 
First presentation will be made by Pat Baker, who will talk about her 13-week-long walking trips in England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, France and Slovenia. According to Pat "It was seeing and experiencing 40-50 miles up close, on foot with a local leader."
 
During the second presentation Bebe Landis will talk about New Zealand. Here is a quote from her: "Having traveled extensively around the world, I'm often asked to name my 'favorite place.' My top pick, overall, is still New Zealand. Its gorgeous scenery literally brought me and my husband to tears. I've been lucky to be there twice, covering some 2000+ miles around the North and South Islands."
 
Following each presentation there will be opportunity for Q&A.
Travel SIG meetings are free and open to all OLLI members.
Death Cafe'
Friday, July 20, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Lower Level Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic 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, loss and death. At Death Cafe, participants break into small groups of five to six people and discuss personal stories related to death of loved ones, loss of jobs, relationships or marriages or loss or death of parts of ourselves. Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground and the wonders of being with dying, facilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. You can learn more about death cafe at http://deathcafe.com/  
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, July 23, 4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120
 
Jacquie Wollins: 
 Functional Meditative Practices 
Derived From the Silva Method
 
"We are fortunate to have the Meditation SIG.  I have attended many, as I suggest for all.  Besides enlightening me into the realm of multiple paths towards meditation it has reinforced for me how the Silva Method * resonates most keenly with my psyche. I will be offering in this next SIG meeting a guided meditation and an informative approach to you using his work for your own quest towards FUNCTIONAL MEDITATIVE practices."  Jacquie  
 
We look forward to seeing you at our last gathering before our summer break.  Our meetings will resume again in September.  For more information, contact  Sally Ekaireb

Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, August 2, 7- 9 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
"The Dark Side of the Universe: 
Dark Matter in the Galaxy and Cosmos" 
Shane L. Larson, CIERA, Northwestern University

The Cosmos abounds with matter that emits copious amounts of light, both in the spectrum of visible colors we perceive with our eyes as well as in invisible light, such as x-rays and radio waves.
But in the last 50 years astronomers have discovered that a significant part of the Universe is filled with matter that doesn't emit ANY light at all.  In the last ten years, we have discovered an even more mysterious material that appears to be driving changes in the scale of the Universe.
These dark influences are known as dark matter and dark energy, and can only be perceived by their gravitational influence on all the bright, shining matter we know and love.  In this talk, Dr. Larson will discuss why astronomers think the dark matter and dark energy are out there, and explore some of the ideas that may lead to discovering just what it might be.
Volunteer Opportunity: Seek Healing

  SeekHealing is  a nonprofit organization that provides free aftercare and integration services to people healing from opioid addiction. Their model is grounded in principles of harm reduction and meaningful human connection that leads to long term healing and ends relapse cycles. Program participants meet weekly with a trained listener for frequent and intentional experiences of shame-free, authentic connection: both people get the chance to be listened to, and listen in return. 
Participants also get free introductory access to services, activities and local communities like yoga, basketball, meditation, guitar lessons, improv comedy, dance, martial arts, and other connection-boosting activities.

Seek Healing is looking for volunteers to provide the service of listening to program participants. The organization asks for a 2-4 hour/week commitment: 2 hours for an in-person meeting, and up to 2 additional hours for phonecalls/texting. All volunteers must complete 3 days of training before they can be paired with a seeker. 
The next training days will be August 25-26 & September 8.
 For more information:  http://seekhealing.org/listening-training/
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