OLLI Observer
October 21, 2018    
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In This Issue

We Remember
burning candle
Martha Felicia Brinson
October 11, 2018

Professor Michael Ruiz 
invites OLLI students to his open Humanities Lecture 
"Music in the Modern World" Monday, October 22, 
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium 
on the UNC Asheville Campus
This lecture is free and open to anyone
Our Lost and Found drawer at the Reuter Center is very full.  We also have been rounding up coffee cups and water bottles and putting them in the sink areas on the upper and lower levels.  

If you may have lost a jacket, cushion, notebook, bag of art supplies or any of the many things you bring to the Reuter Center, please check in the OLLI office.  On November 14, 2018, we will take all remaining items to a local donation center.
Mystical Arts of Tibet - 
Weeklong Residency 
by Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
October 22 -  October 26
The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will return to UNC Asheville Oct.22-26 for a residency that includes creating a sand mandala, lectures on Tibetan culture, traditions and beliefs, and a sacred music and dance performance. All residency activities are open to everyone free of charge except for the Oct. 25 concert, which is a ticketed event. 


Navigating a 
Dementia Diagnosis
Part 2: Legal and Financial 
Planning for Alzheimer's 
Monday, October 22, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center 102B

The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease is an interactive two-part program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to gain access to nlegal and financial resources near you. This program will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Topics covered will include: making legal plans that fit your needs; legal documents you'll need and what they mean for all of you; how to find legal and financial assistance; practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care; tax deductions and credits; and government programs that can help pay for care.

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of WNC (www.alz.org/northcarolina), this series of lectures will offer insight into this illness. Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina, will present, along with area experts. 
This lecture is part of a series, with a final lecture planned for
 Monday, October 29

  OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
ENERGY SAVERS NETWORK (ESN)
Help Homeowners Reduce Energy Losses
 
ASHEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS
Give your time and make a difference!  

MANNA FOODBANK TEAM
Providing Tens of Thousands of Meals a Day to the Hungry

VOLUNTEER NOW ... 
Make a difference

Email for more information: 
New to Medicare 
Friday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Please note that the location has been changed to the Goodwill Building, 
1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program. The class will provide important information to assist you in understanding how Medicare works and what you need to do to obtain benefits and save money. 

Spaces are limited, so reserve your space by registering online at www.coabc.org

In addition, beginning at noon, representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment. They will also provide detailed instructions for using the Agency's online services at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Storytelling by Adam Booth
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Storyteller Adam Booth
OLLI is delighted to partner with Friends of the Weaverville Library to offer a festive storytelling event featuring well-known storyteller Adam Booth.  Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music and awareness of contemporary Appalachia. He will present a program from his Appalachian 20th Century Series, a cycle of original neo-traditional stories about "our people and their situations." 
This event is free and open to everyone.
Safe Driving Program 
Tuesday, October 30, 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205
 
aarp Safe Drving 
AARP will offer a driver safety refresher course designed to help mature drivers remain safely on today's faster highways with a myriad of challenges. The four-hour course teaches valuable defensive driving techniques, highlights hazards particular to seniors and provides a refresher about the rules of the road and tips for avoiding crashes. The course is offered as a nationwide effort to keep drivers behind the wheel safely. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact instructor Celeste Selwyn, 828.708.7404 or email csel@mindspring.com

Astronomy Club of Asheville 
Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
 
How Big is a Black Hole?
presented by  Stephen Danford
UNC Greensboro
 
Dr. Danford will talk about the observable characteristics of black holes and their exceedingly strange nature. He'll discuss how they fit in with our various theories of gravity, paying some attention to those gravitational theories proposed by Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. He'll end by looking at some fascinating questions: If black holes exist somewhere in our universe, how big are they and can we see them?  Are they useful to us in any way, or are they merely theoretical possibilities, forever undetectable because of their small size and dark nature?

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.
Sierra Club 
Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place
Corner of Charlotte and Edwin Streets

"Citizen Science:
 What You Can Do to Help Our Water, Urban Trees, and Have an Impact on 
Other Environmental Protections"
Alison Ormsby, UNC Asheville professor of environmental studies, along with a panel from Environmental Qualitly Institute and the Treasured Trees program for Asheville/Buncombe County, will discuss how you can help.

Contact: Judy Mattox,  judymattox@sbcglobal.net , (828) 683-2176
 Free and open to everyone.
Bulldog Athletics
November 1 - 30, 2018
UNCA Bulldog
Friday, November 2
Swimming and Diving vs. Gardner Webb
Justice Center Pool, 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Hampton
Justice Gym, 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 3
Volleyball vs. Campbell
Justice Gym, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6
Volleyball vs. USC Upstate
Justice Gym, 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 8
Men's Basketball vs. St. Andrews
Kimmel Arena, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21
Women's Basketball vs. Davidson
Kimmel Arena, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 25
Women's Basketball vs. Wofford
Kimmel Arena, 2 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Furman
Kimmel Arena, 4 p.m.
Dear OLLI Members,
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to UNC Asheville's Food Equity Initiative by filling the barrel in our upper lobby with healthy and nutritious food that makes a difference to alleviate hunger and food insecurity on our campus. We enjoy many benefits of being part of a university campus, and we are grateful that our members have responded so generously to give back.  The barrel will remain in the upper lobby through November 9.

We have many interesting lectures and events at the Reuter Center this week. Look at the complete newsletter to find more information about a STEM lecture by UNC Asheville faculty member Dr. Sam Kaplan, readings by Ann Karson and Joan Weiner in our OLLI Authors series, a Fab Friday lecture by Dr. David Mouw and story telling by Adam Booth.  Thank you to the many OLLI members who volunteer their time and talent to organize lectures and panels that enliven the OLLI program.

Click here for a sneak peek at our Winter 2019 College for Seniors courses; the catalog will be available online and at the Reuter Center on November 2.
 
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


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

CFS Instructor Dot Sulock

College for Seniors 
Deadline for Proposals for Spring 2019
Thursday, November 1 
 
At the heart of the College for Seniors program are dedicated volunteer instructors. While many instructors are retired academics, others with no formal teaching background have successfully facilitated learning experiences centered on their areas of passion, interest or expertise. 

STEM Lecture
"Math Partnership with Asheville Public Housing"
UNC Asheville's Dr. Sam Kaplan
Wednesday, October 24, 4:30 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
 
Sam Kaplan
Marvelous Math Club is a partnership between UNC Asheville's Math Department, Asheville Housing Authority and Asheville City Schools. Weekly club meetings are held at Pisgah View Apartments after school on Mondays. Why do students from 20 elementary schools voluntarily meet each week to celebrate math? What impact does it have on the students? In the classroom? We will look at the first year of data to assess outcomes of this partnership as well as the viability for expansion and replication of this model.

 
OLLI Authors Reading
Thursday, October 25, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206 
 
  Mark your calendar to attend the next reading in the OLLI Authors series as Ann
Ann Karson's Bio 
Karson and Joan Weiner will read from their
Joan Weiner's Bio 
works.
 
 OLL I Authors is a quarterly reading featuring two poets or prose authors. The purpose of OLLI Authors is to provide a forum for OLLI member and community writers to show case their creative efforts. It's also an opportunity for OLLI and community members to hear, appreciate and purchase readers' published work.  Readings are usually in January, April, June and October.

 
Fab Friday Lecture
Friday, October 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Medicine for Old Age; Staying Healthy 
While Preparing to Die

Most of us want to live as long as we have a quality of life "worth living for." Among the things that influence our odds of achieving this goal are: health habits, medical treatment choices, learning about our diseases and advance care planning.  This lecture will include thought-provoking examples and audience response questions.  For example, do we come out ahead choosing a life-prolonging treatment if we do not consider it might make us misearable? David Mouw, 76, is a geriatrician and holds a doctorate in human physiology, co-chairs OLLI's Advance Care Planning Workshops and has given 14 previous Health Education Series lectures; the past two winter terms he has taught a book discussion of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.  This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.

 

The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, October 26, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205  
"The Political Challenge Presented by Social Media 
and Disinformation Campaigns" 
 
   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
The Autumn Players Readers Theater 
Love, Loss and What I Wore
by Delia and Nora Ephron, Directed by Martin May 
Sunday, October 28, 2:30 p.m.

Composed of a unique medley of stories, some bittersweet, others poignant and laugh out loud funny, this play presents a psychological look at women - their often fraught relationships with their mothers, the men who did them wrong and the clothes that mattered to them in key moments of their lives.

The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre 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. 

The Area Agency on Aging's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is
seeking nursing home and adult care home community advisory committee members in Buncombe, Madison, Henderson and Transylvania Counties

Contact: The Area Agency on Aging at the Land of Sky Regional Council
Ombudsman Program
339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140
828-251-6622

Midday Music with Pan Harmonia  
The Art of It
Friday, November 2, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Discover the visual artists who inspired Johannes Brahms, and his influence on Czech composer Bohuslave Martinu, with flutist Kate Steinbeck.
This event is free and open to everyone

To find out more about Pan Harmonia, including information about how to purchase tickets for performances, visit  https://panharmonia.org
Financial Strategies in Retirement  Special Interest Group
Friday, November 2, 1:30 p.m., Reuter Center 205
 
  " Demystifying and Clarifying the New Reverse Mortgage"   
Paul Donohue, Guest Speaker

Paul has a 40-year career in finance and  specializes in assisting retirees with leveraging home ownership to help navigate the challenges of income  
planning and asset preservation. He has built three successful companies in his career and has also been the president of the North Carolina Association of Mortgage Professionals.  As founder of Abacus Mortgage Training and Education, Paul has trained over 40,00 mortgage professionals nationwide.
Paul will be reprising his presentation on this topic from earlier in the year with some new twists.

The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at  kkbmom@yahoo.com  or 828-231-7710.  

World Affairs Council
Tuesday , November 6, 7:30 p.m.   
Reuter Center Manheimer Room     

 "The New Silk Road: China's Influence 
and Expansion into Africa" 

Lina Benabdallah is an assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University.  Her research and observations have been featured in The Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, as well as in academic journals.  She recently joined the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China network as an executive board member.   At Wake Forest she teaches courses in international relations and African Studies. 
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 membes and students and $10 at the door for all other participants.  For more details about programs click here to consult the WAC website.

OLLI Art Bazaar 
Friday, November 9, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Level

The OLLI Art Bazaar offers a chance to get a head start on holiday shopping, with painting, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, scarves, handmade soaps and lotions, cards and paper art, pottery, stained and fused glass, wood art, turned wood bowls and more, presented for display and sale by more than 40 members of OLLI.
The bazaar will be sweetened with home-baked cookies available for sale, along with snacks and beverages.
Entrance to the OLLI Art Bazaar at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center is free and open to everyone 

The Food Equity Initiative of 
UNC Asheville
Food Drive
Through November 9, 2018
Reuter Center Upper Lobby

The mission of the Food Equity Initiative is to deliver healthy food to students, faculty and staff who are food insecure. All food that is collected at OLLI will be distributed via pop up pantries located on campus, in an effort to alleviate the strong presence of food insecurity on the UNC Asheville campus. 

All non-perishable food items are welcome, but staples like flour and sugar and protein-rich items like peanut butter, canned tuna and beans are especially welcome. Nutrient fortified cereals and granola bars are also handy for college students on the go.  Please bring donations to the Reuter Center and place them in the barrel that is located in the upper lobby.  

Introduction to Transgender and Non-Binary Identities
Friday, November 16, 10 a.m. to Noon
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Equality North Carolina's 
Ames Simmons
Transgender North Carolinians often face prejudice, discrimination and violence based on their actual or perceived gender identity or expression. Equality NC's nondiscrimination work has focused on workplace and employment protections, equal access to health care and housing, public accommodations, and safe school environments. Ames Simmons, Director of Transgender Policy for Equality North Carolina, will be leading a workshop which will provide information regarding gender identify and expression, gender transition and the gender spectrum; pronoun etiquette; and best practices for interacting personally and professionally with transgender people. There will be plenty of time for questions, so don't miss out on this opportunity to learn more about your fellow North Carolinians.

This workshop is sponsored by OLLI's Inclusion Committee and is free and open to OLLI members.  
Travel Special Interest Group (SIG)  

Italy by Mark Smith
Friday, November 16, 2-3 p.m.
Namibia by Woody Eisenberg
Friday, November 16, 3-4 p.m.

OLLI's Travel SIG meets 
the third Friday of the month, 2-4 p.m.  


Contact for the November presentations: 
Kathleen Buehner, kbuehner@hotmail.com

The aim of this group is to share and solicit information on travel; to share past experiences of travel; to assist individual members' efforts in planning for independent travel, joining a tour group or using the services of a travel agent. Also, the group hopes to reach out for travel companions and to discuss pros and cons of traveling alone or with a companion.
Symphony Talk
 Friday, November 16, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The November concert will feature Bates' Mothership, Ellington's New World A-Comin', Gershwin's Variations on "I Got Rhythm," Ellington's Harlem and Gershwin's An American in Paris with piano soloist Aaron Diehl.

This program is a celebration of American composers Bates, Ellington and Gershwin, who share the spirit of innovation, re-imagining what orchestral music can be through their own passions and experiences. Aaron Diehl, a classically trained pianist and composer and a staple of the New York jazz scene, joins the orchestra for Gershwin's Variations on "I Got Rhythm" and Ellington's New World A-Comin'

Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts.  The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann, who talks about the life and times of the featured composers.  Darko Buturoc, ASO's music director, appears with the soloist for the performance to talk about ways to listen to the music and about how the orchestra prepares.
To find out more about the performance, including information about purchasing tickets, click here to visit the ASO website.

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