OLLI Observer
May 27, 2018   
 
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In This Issue

OLLI and the Reuter Center will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observation of Memorial Day
 
We will also be closed June 1 and 2 for the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend Workshop (CREW).
Wireless Access Update   Please note the password for the OLLI wireless network (available in the Reuter Center) will be updated effective Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  To access the wireless network at the Center on your personal device, you will need to sign-on to the OLLI network with the new password reuter18

Be a Class Rep

  Volunteer to serve as a Class Rep for the College for Seniors courses in the Summer and Fall terms -- and future terms.

Click here to sign up on the NEW Class Rep Volunteer list.


Jay Jacoby

I love volunteering as an instructor at OLLI because I appreciate how intellectually vibrant our participants are.    

Jay has recently taught "Philip Roth at the Movies" and "Out of Africa: Recent Immigrant Literature."

Looking for Writers for the OLLI Observer
by RoseLynn Katz
 
RoseLynn Katz in costume as Dorothy Parker
Are you looking for an interesting, no-cost way to broaden your horizons? The OLLI Observer, which you're currently reading, needs folks like you to write articles about the latest news, developments, interesting personalities and scheduled events that make up the ever- changing, always-active world of OLLI at UNC Asheville. The Observer is published online weekly; the Communication Committee publishes stories a couple of times each month.
 
Our membership is filled with interesting people. Is there someone in one of your classes who has led a particularly fascinating life? Why not write about him or her? Is there someone on OLLI's staff or faculty with a special story that needs telling? Is there breaking OLLI news you'd like to announce? 
 
Your article needn't be long - between 300 to 350 words - basically just a little over one page, double-spaced. So if you'd like to follow the path where your curiosity leads you, along with putting your writing chops to use, contact editor Judy LaMée at judylamee@gmail.com.
  OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness     

Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team 
Restoring the lives of homeless vets 
Click here for details
 
VOLUNTEER NOW ... 
You can make a 
difference!

Email for more information: 
Candidate Forum   
What:   Meet the Candidates: Learn where
             candidates stand on topics
      that have an impact on older adults        in Buncombe  County
When:  RESCHEDULED for August 28,
             5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Where: Manheimer Room

Leadership Asheville Seniors
Registration Open
Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS) is now open for registration to OLLI members. 
LAS is a ten-week program that runs Tuesdays from September 11 through November 6, 2018 and offers an insider's view of topics concerning our community, including history, environment, government, food insecurity, the arts, the economy, education, health and poverty. Through discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the community. 
for more information  or contact program manager Hannah Furgiuele at 
828.250.3871 or hfurgiue@unca.edu 
.
 
 
 
 

Meals on Wheels
Volunteer Opportunity

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County is looking for volunteer meal delivery drivers.  Please consider signing up for a weekly route and help homebound older adults remain nourished and independent. 
 Meals are delivered by 12:30 p.m. each day.  It typically takes 90 minutes to deliver a route.  Call us for more details at 828.253.5286.  We can schedule a "Ride Along" with a current volunteer to give you an idea of what a delivery route is like and how rewarding it is to deliver a warm smile and meal to a homebound older adult.
 
 
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar      

R egistration is now open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018, 11-4pm and Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11am-3pm.  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...so 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,
We hope you are enjoying the official beginning of summer and will remember that OLLI and the Reuter Center will be closed on Monday, May 28, and also Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, for the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) that brings people from around the country to study issues of relocation in retirement. 

Our initial registration period for Summer 2018 College for Seniors courses has ended.  For those who requested courses, we will send schedules in the late afternoon on Friday, June 1 and will open registration (on a first come, first served basis) on Monday, June 4.  If you participated in registration and wish to drop your courses, you must request a drop (by calling 828.251.6140 or sending email to olli@unca.edu) by Friday, June 15, 3 p.m. for a full refund.  Thanks so much to OLLI Business Manager Ann Cadle and Member Relations Coordinator Pascale Couturier (and congratulations for her first registration as our newest member of staff) and all of our registration volunteers for making this a smooth process.

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
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, June 1, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Meeting Topic: "The Mueller Investigation and Related Topics"   

   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.com
Word Story Slammers
Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m.
Habitat Tavern and Commons,174 Broadway, Asheville

This event, produced by David Joe Miller Productions, will feature Raymond Christian, David Joe Miller, Scott Whitehair, Alison Fields, Chuck Fink, Lee Lindsey, and Pete Koschnick.


Please be aware that tickets are sold out at this time, but a few tickets will sold at the door. 
 
The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m. (NOTE NEW TIME), Manheimer Room


The Perfect Murder by Peter James, written for the stage by Shaun McKenna, directed by Walter Goodrich

Wanting nothing more than to settle down with his mistress, a husband plans to kill his wife. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that he's not the only one with murder on his mind! A dark and sometimes bloody comedy!

The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors sponsored by the Asheville Community Theatre and dedicated to taking the theater experience into the community. Readings of great literature by experienced performers can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest. As words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, stories come to life. Tickets are $7 at the door. 

Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
"LIGO - Opening a Window into a New Frontier in Observation" 

Presented by Dan Reichart,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Gravitational waves are a natural consequence of the relativistic nature of Einstein's general relativistic theory of gravity and were predicted by him in 1916. Because the gravitational force is the weakest of the four forces in nature, gravitational waves are exceedingly difficult to generate and detect.
Only the most violent processes, like black hole and neutron star mergers and the Big Bang itself, produce signals strong enough to be observed. Dr. Reichart will discuss LIGO  ( Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory ) and t he technology that was developed to detect gravitational waves. LIGO is the world's largest gravitational wave observatory and a cutting edge physics experiment. Comprising two enormous laser interferometers located thousands of kilometers apart, LIGO exploits the physical properties of light and of space itself to detect and understand the origins of gravitational waves.

Sierra Club
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
Corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place

"Energy Innovation Task Force-- Pathway to Clean Energy 
for Western North Carolina."
 Come learn how you can have a voice in plans for a third gas power plant in our region. Julie Mayfield of Asheville City Council, Brownie Newman of Buncombe County Commission, and Jason Walls of Duke Energy will talk about combined community plans.
College for Seniors Instructor Workshops
June 2018, Reuter Center

Take a workshop on skills development! 
Three two-day workshops are offered in June....
free!
  • Beginning PowerPoint: Monday, June 4 & Thursday, June 7, 9 a.m.-noon: Instructors-Marty Stickle & Judith Bliss
  • Google Slides for Presentations: Tuesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 7, 9-11 a.m.: Instructor-Dennis Murphy
  • Presentation Skills Development: Tuesday, June 5 & Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Instructor-Judith Bliss
 
 

Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Successful Aging Day
Thursday, June 14, 2018, Reuter Center


A daylong event for older adults, caregivers and anyone interested in aging successfully.  Keynote speaker and breakout sessions will focus on topics such as movement, health and wellness, financial well-being, and staying active. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 per person.

Western North Carolina Historical Association Event
Saturday, June 16, 2-3:30pm, Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Dr. Dennis Branch:  An African American Physician in the Jim Crow South, 1914-1964

Presented by Marc McClure, PhD, of Walters State Community College (TN) and Jim Stokely of Asheville

Join Dr. Marc McClure as he presents his documentary firm (60 minutes) on the life of Dr. Dennis Branch who practiced medicine in Newport, Tennessee from 1914-1964.  Over the course of his life, Dr. Brach became a beloved leader of the community, both for his quality of care as a physician and for his public contributions to the town.  Dr. Branch's story is unique because the vast majority of his patients were white during the time when segregation laws prevailed, forbidding inter-racial intimacy.  Dr. Branch came to national attention when James and Wilma (Dykeman) Stokely included him in their 1957 award winning book "Neither White Nor Black."  Dr. McClure's film will include interviews with Dr. Branch's former patients, town folks and graduates of the historically black Tanner School for whom Dr. Branch was a trailblazer.  As a Rosenwald School, the Tanner School provided an education for rural African American children from the 1920s until schools were later integrated.  The film will be introduced by Jim Stokely of Asheville (son of Wilma Dykeman and James Stokely) who grew up in Newport and is currently President of The Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

Tickets sold at the door: $5 donation, WNCHA members free.  Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association
Estate Sale to Benefit
Asheville Symphony and CarePartners 
Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 CarePartners Estate Sale Showroom, 75 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Buncombe Chautauqua
"Courage"
Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, All shows 7 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium on the AB Tech Campus
340 Victoria Road, Asheville
Tickets are $5 per show and are available the night of the performance

Meet courageous people - hear their stories - ask them how they survived. You'll laugh - you'll cry - you'll have lots of questions. And they'll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it's not just history - it's personal. 

Monday, June 18: Winston Churchill portrayed by Larry Bounds
Tuesday, June 19: Harriet Tubman portrayed by Becky Stone
Wednesday, June 20: Alice Paul, portrayed by Leslie Goddard
Thursday, June 21: Francis Marion, portrayed by Ken Johnston


UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad 2018
Monday Nights, June 18 & 25 and July 9 & 16, 7 p.m.

June 18: Making Movies: Latin Rock Fusion
June 25: The Steve Alford Collective / UNC Asheville Faculty Jazz
July 9: The Get Right Band: Funk
July 16: Rissi Palmer: Southern Soul

The free concerts take place June 18 and 25, and July 9 and 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.
Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, June 21, 5:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
OLLI at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning workship that will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues.  Discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues and the issues of advance directives.  Ample time will be reserved for questions.  Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the NC Advance Care Planning "Short Form." There will also be an opportunity to enter your advance directive into yur electronic Mission Medical Record.
Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone
By Kiesa Kay
Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m., Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Pkwy Mile Marker 382

Daniel Boone has achieved legendary status in America as a  pathfinder, soldier, horse trader, land speculator, constantly on the move to the next frontier. "Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone" tells the compelling but lesser known tale of his remarkable wife, Rebecca. She traveled alongside him through 20 moves and kept the family together through rough times. She gave birth to ten children and raised six more as well.  This production stars Patti Louise Smith with period-appropriate music chosen by old time fiddler and Boone family descendant, Bruce Greene, and performed by rising star William Ritter. 
Tickets are $10 and available at rebeccaboone.bpt.me
Community Volunteer Opportunity 

The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) in Mars Hill is seeking volunteer ushers for an exciting summer season, May 31 - August 12.  Ushers will have a brief orientation session before each show, will escort people to their seats and are invited to watch the show in the usher-designated seats (or buy a ticket to watch the show in reserved seats).   If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name, address and telephone number to drapp@mhu.edu 
.  Further instructions will follow. Thank you for your interest in our theatre!
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