OLLI Observer
December 2, 
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In This Issue
Hunger Doesn't Take Time Off for the Holidays
When you are at OLLI, please remember to drop some change in the contribution jar for the Asheville Terrace Apartments food pantry. Money collected in the jar (located near the exit of the Reuter Café, by the recycling bins), helps provide nutritious food to the over 200 low-income senior citizens living at Asheville Terrace Apartments. A poster next to the jar explains the partnership between volunteers from OLLI, Asheville Terrace Apartments and the MANNA Foodbank that supports this effort. 
Thanks for your help!


Providing Tens of Thousands of Meals a Day to Hungry People

Restoring the Lives of Homeless Vets  
Changing Lives One House at a Time

Make A Difference!

World Affairs Council
Report from 90 Miles South:
Continuity and Change in a Post-Castro Cuba
Stan Dotson and Kim Christman
Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Stan Dotson and Kim Christman

 Pastors, musicians, faith-based social justice advocates and WNC natives Dotson and Christman have a two-decade history with Cuba. They are now in the middle of a two-year stay on the island.  Presently based in Matanzas serving as leaders and chaplains of two churches, they are additionally engaged with secular local community groups focused on housing, leadership training, and the arts.
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties.  Meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee.  These lectures are free to WAC members and students and $10 at the door for all other participants.  For more details about programs  click here to consult the WAC website. 
Men's Wisdom Works (MWW), 
An OLLI SIG for Men

Men's Wisdom Works Gathering
Each of MWW's 15 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times and places twice a month for two hours to discuss issues of personal importance.
Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour and activities
Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.

To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at  jobshoppat@aol.com
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Club Holiday Social and Auction
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Astronomy Club of Asheville will celebrate its 7th Annual Club  Holiday  Social and  Auction  event. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a large selection of exciting items to bid on during silent and live  auctions . The club will welcome the return of their hilarious auctioneer whose previous stellar performances have often been a comedy highlight for many club members!
Auction items will be on display beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the live auction starting by 7:30. The evening is open to all, so bring family and friends, bid on an item or two, just try to suppress your laughter, and show your support for the Astronomy Club of Asheville!

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets at the Reuter Center the first Thursday of each month (except January and July) at 7 p.m., with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  OLLI members may attend club meetings and star gazes 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 and for complete information about upcoming programs, visit astroasheville.org .

Financial Strategies in Retirement Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, December 7, at 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205
  TOPIC: "Looking Ahead to 2019: 
Making Changes or Staying the Course?"
Guest speaker and back by popular demand
 Skip Helms of Helms Wealth Management, LLC, Asheville NC.
Mr. Helms is a frequent guest of our SIG and a 30-year financial service veteran with an occasionally irreverent view of Wall Street. 
After a short presentation, there will be a question and answer session, so join us and bring your additional questions and comments.
 The meeting is open to all OLLI members. 
 Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at
kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710.
Death Café
Friday, December 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
 Reuter Center Lower Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering that includes storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. At Death Café, participants break into small groups of five or six people and discuss personal stories related to the death of loved ones, loss of jobs, relationships or marriages or loss or death of parts of ourselves. These programs are facilitated by Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio from Third Messenger.  Find out more at   deathcafe.com  .

Special Thanks!   
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Biltmore Farms Hotels for their generous support!

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition. For more about 2019 CREW Program, click here.
Dear OLLI Members,
Tomorrow is our first day of add/drop for the Winter 2019 term that runs January 14 - February 25, 2019. Beginning Decemberr 3, you may add courses or register for the first time.  We have a link to an open class list below in this newsletter; please remember that this is only valid until registration opens, when some seats may be gone fairly quickly. If you need to drop a course, please send us an email to olli@unca.edu.  Registration begins at 10 a.m., so course selections will not be available until that time, although you may check your schedule any time by logging into your account. Thanks to everyone who had an interest in the courses offered, thanks to our instructors for the hundreds of hours they spend creating and delivering intellectually stimulating classes, to our curriculum committee for their work enlisting creative people, and to the OLLI staff, particularly Ann Cadle, Pascale Couturier and Herb Gunn for all of their work to organize and implement our schedule and get as many people registered in their chosen courses as possible. 

We hope you will take some time to read the list of class reps in this newsletter. If you would like to become a class rep and help make the Reuter Center a warm and welcoming place for seasoned and new members alike, please fill in the short link in the block on Winter 2019 registration in this newsletter.

Also, if you have an idea for a course or know someone who would make a great OLLI instructor, we hope you will be inspired by the idea of a theme term on Appalachia to be held in Fall 2019.  The planning committee for the term would love to hear ideas, so please see the links below to submit preliminary proprosals (and feel free to pass the link along).

While we are all winding down the year and thinking about winter holidays, we want to call your attention to a number of events this week.  You can enjoy a number of SIG meetings this week. Perhaps you want to consider your investment strategy for 2019 with the Financial Strategies in Retirement SIG. With the Whole Foods / Plant-Based Living SIG, you can learn from OLLI member and cook book author Lenore Baum about how to make "Sublime Soups for Cold Weather." These SIGs are open to all OLLI members. Our community partners, The World Affairs Council and The Astronomy Club of Asheville, will both be offering programs this week. You will also be able to hear the "social entrepreneurs" from Mary Lynn Manns' Ideas into Action" course in their final competition of the term or learn more about pickleball from our student recreation staff. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the Reuter Center Singers performance on Monday, December 10.

Thanks for all you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

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

OLLI Winter 2019 Add/Drop Starts Monday, December 3

We hope you have received your Winter 2019 class schedule if you registered for Winter 2019 courses. Rememer that you can check your schedule online by going to your account. 

Add/Drop Registration for Winter 2019 will open Monday, December 3, 10 a.m. 
on a first-come, first served basis. 

We only publish an open class list before the opening of add/drop.  
Remember that it is easy to see full classes because they have text next to them indicating they are full.

Print catalogs are available on the upper level of the Reuter Center

  Click here to go to the OLLI website Courses page to find more detailed course information and biographies of instructors 
for Winter 2019 courses. 
Be sure to select "2019 Winter" in the "Term" box on the left hand side of the page

Do you want to be a Class Rep in 2019?
Fill out the Class Rep Volunteer Survey
and we will contact you when 
winter term schedules are sent.  

CFS Theme Term on Appalachia

College for Seniors announces a theme term for Fall 2019 (September 16- November 8). The theme will be Appalachia. While a regular array of courses will be offered during the Fall term, this is also an opportunity to create courses aligned with this special theme. 

The CFS Theme Term Advisory Committee is receiving and reviewing preliminary course proposals on Appalachia. See the committee's description of the term  HERE

The deadline for the Advisory Committee to receive and offer advice on course proposals is March 1. Please use this dedicated URL to submit your ideas to the committee.

2018 Social Enterprise Competition
Tuesday, December 4, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sherrill Center 417 (Mountain View Room)

8 Ideas to Action Teams
5 Asheville Area Judges
4 Scholarships for the Winners
Lots of Fun!

Students from Mary Lynn Manns'  Ideas to Action  Fall 2018 UNC Asheville course brought their preliminary ideas to a group of Reuter Center volunteers.  Whether you werre part of that original group or just want to hear the interesting ideas of UNC Asheville undergraduates, come to the Sherrill Center on Tuesday to hear students share their social enterprise plans.

WORD Presents: Michael Reno Harrell's Holiday Show
Wednesday, December 5, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway St. - Downtown Asheville

Michael Reno Harrell is a true Appalachian singer songwriter  and storyteller who will take you back home with his songs and stories, no matter where you're from.  
He's appeared many times at the National  Storytelling Festival and has been an artist in residence at The International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.

Parking is free and easy behind the building in the   Moog Music parking lots after 5:30pm  

Tickets are $16 online.
$19 when purchased at the door.

Sierra Club Awards and 
Potluck Holiday Party 
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place 
(Corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place)

The Sierra Club will celebrate the holidays by 
proudly presenting its yearly awards to environmental heroes.
Please bring a potluck dish with a card listing the ingredients,
 and your own place settings.

Contact:  judymattox@sbcglobal.net   828-683-2176
Free & open to the public.

The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, December 7, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205  
The Changing Role of the U.S. in World Affairs
   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
Whole Foods/Plant-Based Living Special Interest Group 
Friday, December 7, 3:15 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

Sublime Soups for Cold Weather by Lenore Baum

Cold weather and soup...a great combination. Lenore Baum, a local cooking teacher, will explain how vegetarian soups can become a quick, nutritious staple in your menu plan. In this lecture, you will learn about the best ingredients, kitchen tools and cooks' tips. Lenore is the author of  Lenore's Natural Cuisine and Sublime Soups.

Lenore has been a vegetarian for 50 years. She is a graduate of Columbia University, the Kushi Institute and the Vegetarian Health Institute. Her first cooking business was Lenore's Soups du Jour, a deli featuring soups. She has operated natural food cooking schools for 30 years in Phoenix, Detroit, and Weaverville. She has taught at health conferences around the country. 

Meditation SIG
Joy Through Movement
Monday, December 10, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 120

Steve Stevens
T'ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation established by Justin Stone in the 1970's. Steve Stevens will discuss the principles of t'ai chi chih. Then we will learn several of the 19 movements used to  of circulate and balance the body's energy (chi).  In closing, Steve will lead us in a sitting meditation practice taught by Justin Stone. 

Steve Stevens took his first t'ai chi chih class at OLLI in 2010. He then went on to become accredited in t'ai chi chih instruction in 2013 at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania. He teaches classes at OLLI and at Harvest House, an Asheville Parks and Recreation facility.

All OLLI members are welcome.
Meditation SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb -  skekaireb@gmail.com

Reuter Center Singers Holiday Concert
Monday, December 10, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Reuter Center Singers will bring warmth to our hearts this Holiday season with a performance of classical and popular holiday songs. During this popular annual holiday concert you will enjoy, and perhaps even sing along with, traditional seasonal carols.  Light refreshments and Holiday cheer will follow.

 The Reuter Center Singers are directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied by Nora Vetro. 
Seating is limited, and admission is free.
Donations are welcome.
Fall 2018 Class Rep Volunteers
Thank You to all of the volunteers who contributed their time to make Fall 2018 a success! The spirit of volunteering is part of what makes OLLI the thriving, welcoming community that we're known for. 

Jack Allison Jr.
Benite Auge
Alan Aycock
Kathryn Boscardin 
Ellen Boyd
Ana Boza
Arthur Brandl
Kathleen Buehner
Bill Carpenter
Carole Click
Kathy Dambach
Judi Edelman 
Ellen Furney
Judith Galloway
Judy Gifford
Nancy Gordon
Carla Greenfield
Jan Griffen
Mike Grillot
Larry Griswold
Caryl Hall
Patricia Hearron
Beth Hunt
Chuck Itzkovitz
Kathy Jacobs
David Janson
Susan Kibler
Ari Landau
Robert Lemkau
Kay Loveland
Martha Marshall
Jay Maveety
Linda McDonald
Jean Moore
Helene Nathanson
David Nelson
Patti Oppenheim
Cal Oppenheim
Linda Orowitz
Ladd Painter
Chester Pankowski
Richard Perryman
Judy Plant
Susan Poole
Margie Portwood
Barbara Rapchak
Mel Retzke
Richard Reynolds
Vicki Richards
Randy Robins
Nancy Saidman
Ron Schon
Mike Sena
Barbara Siebert
Michael Smith
Ann Solomon
Gail Solomon
Barbara Stickle
Sandra Taylor
Maria Thomas
Rita Van Nuys
Ann Wood
Jane Yokoyama

Do you want to be a Class Rep in 2019?
and we will contact you when 
winter term schedules are sent. 

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