OLLI Observer
August 27, 2017  
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In This Issue
The Reuter Center is closed on   
Monday, August 28
for an OLLI staff
       retreat.    Thank you!
The College for Seniors Visual Art Curriculum Committee Seeks Volunteers 
The Visual Art curriculum Committee is looking for new members.   
For more information, contact Sheila Murphy  murphy.sheila.a@gmail.com  
   Special Interest Group 
The Forum
Friday, September 1, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Topic:  "Conspiracy Theories"
The Forum offers a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to  nuclear disarmament.

 SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com
   Special Interest Group 
Whole Foods/Plant Based Living
Friday, September 1, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

In this group we provide information and support for anyone interested in following a more plant based diet along the lines of Drs. Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Michael Greger, etc. and T. Colin Campbell, PhD.   We meet monthly for lunch at various local venues.  Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330-321-1360, bonniewhee@gmail.com
"The Crowin' Hen" Opens in September at the Folk Art Center

  "The Crowin' Hen" is a mountain comedy with mountain music
 written by Tom Godleski.

         "A whistlin' girl, and a crowin' hen will never come to any good end" is an old mountain saying that inspired Tom to write the play.
"The Crowin' Hen" made its world premier in May of 2015, at The Folk Art Center in Asheville. That first staging was very well attended and got rave reviews.

The Folk Art Center will also host the 2017 performances of the play as follows:

Friday September 8, 7:30 p.m.;  
Saturday, September 9, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2:30 p.m.   
Tickets and additional information can be found at buncombeturnpike.com or text/call 828 778 9534

Click here to read more about the play.
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia
Open Rehearsal
Saturday, September 9, Noon
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Classical guitarists Amy Brucksch and Andy Jurik join flutist Kate Steinbeck as they shape the music of J.S. Bach, Manuel de Falla and Astor Piazzolla from early sounds to polished beauty for Pan Harmonia 's 18 th season opener, 
" The Gallant Guitar."
This open rehearsal is guaranteed to be interesting, insightful and humorous. Feel free to bring friends and your lunch. Free and open to the public.  
Southern Appalachian Dance
Saturday, Sept 16,  2-3:30pm
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Phil Jamison
"Southern Appalachian Dance"
presented by Phil Jamison of Warren Wilson College. Join nationally known dance caller, musician and flatfoot dancer Phil Jamison as he explores the development of Appalachian dance traditions that evolved from colonial times to the present.  From his recent book Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Dance
Phil will illustrate how the square and step dances of Appalachia are a blend of the European, African and Native American dance traditions which reflect the cultural diversity of the WNC region.  In addition, the presentation will include a demonstration of Appalachian flatfoot dancing.

Tickets sold at the door:  
$5  donation requested, 
WNCHA members free.

Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and
made possible in part by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Conflicting Headlines: 
The Politics of Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in the News" 
by Elizabeth Colton, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Colton 
Colton is an award-winning journalist, diplomat, educator, author, adventurer, and anthropologist who grew up in Asheville and later covered diplomacy, politics and conflict worldwide. A visiting research scholar at UNC-Asheville currently completing several books, she lectures worldwide and serves as a moderator/trainer for diplomacy courses by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Colton is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, United Nations development planner and Peace Corps volunteer.

Come to the Reuter Center for fascinating lectures and discussions presented by the World Affairs Council that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee. The fee to attend individual lectures is $10.  The World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.

OLLI Volunteers Needed for "Discover UNC Asheville"
A new program for K-12 students residing in Asheville public housing communities
Program Specifics
Why It Matters:
Students come to campus for fun, educational and enriching activities 
September 28, November 2, 9 and 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Volunteer Role:
Greet and meet, escort students to and from activities, stay with students
Your Commitment:
 At least 2 of the above dates
Current background check required;  to be arranged by Community Engagement Office in advance

More information, contact:  Brandy Bowman, MSW, Coordinator, bbowman2@unca.edu; (828) 258-7695

 It Makes a Difference!
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County is getting "geared up" for a unique, new and exciting event coming to downtown Asheville on
Saturday, September 23, 2017,
 the last  day of the annual Active Aging Week. Rappelling down 29 N. Market Street, a 100-foot (7 story) building to the cheers of friends and onlookers, ninety-two (92) individuals will be given the unique opportunity to go Over the Edge
for the Council on Aging of Buncombe County.

To secure a place in the rappel line, each participant must raise a minimum of $1,000. Participants create their own unique fundraising page and then rally friends, family, and colleagues to "sponsor" their rappel. Costumes are encouraged, and you are sure to see some local celebrities making their way down.
Over The Edge is the perfect opportunity to have fun - and the only event of its kind in WNC. Earn your bragging rights and maybe even face your fear of heights.

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
   sponsors for their many contributions to the program:    
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Dear OLLI Members,
Please remember that the Reuter Center and the OLLI office will be closed on Monday, August 28 for an OLLI staff retreat. We will send a message out about parking decal distribution by Wednesday, August 30.

In addition to information about the many SIG meetings coming up, this newsletter contains a number of volunteer opportunities both at OLLI and in the larger community. At OLLI, our Visual Arts Curriculum Committee and our Planning Committee are seeking new members to carry out their work at a very exciting time.  OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee, working with UNC Asheville's Community Engagement office, seeks volunteers for the "Discover UNC Asheville" project, designed to bring local students in grades K-12 to campus to have college experiences throughout their school careers.  Finally, the exhibit "Americans Who Tell the Truth" seeks volunteers for a variety of duties. We know more and more about the many benefits of living a retirement with a sense of purpose, and all of these projects are opportunities to work with other OLLI members to make a difference in our community.

Take some time to read Carol Gillen's article about one of our outstanding volunteers, Howard Jaslow. Through his STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lectures, he enlightens our members and creates ties to UNC Asheville and various STEM communities throughout Western North Carolina. You won't want to miss this fall's series "Women in STEM."

With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
  unca Upcoming Athletic Events 
Women's Soccer,  
Sunday,  September 3, 2 p.m.
      UNC Asheville vs. 
University of Alabama-Birmingham, 
Greenwood Soccer

Men's Soccer, 
Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.
       UNC Asheville vs. Davidson,
 Greenwood Soccer Field 
Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement
Friday, September 1, at 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 "Important Considerations in Building Your Own Retirement Portfolio"

What to consider when selecting a stock, mutual fund and exchange traded fund (ETF). This will be primarily a question and answer session among our own knowledgeable members, so come prepared to share your questions and concerns on this and other topics of interest.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231- 7710.

Howard Jaslow: Inspiration Behind OLLI's STEM Lecture Series
by Carol Gillen
You won't hear Howard Jaslow promoting himself, though the retired aeronautical engineer-physicist has a solid gold resumé. But ask him about the OLLI STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) lecture series, and he will enthusiastically promote that. More than a lifelong learner, this soft-spoken man has inspired countless others through programs he has led at OLLI for nearly 20 years. And he's still at it, now excited about the new STEM lecture series launching in September.

Many OLLI members are gifted poets and writers.  Their published books are clear evidence of the success of OLLI's mission in promoting lifelong creativity and learning.
We would like to compile a list of those published books for the benefit of all OLLI members. If you have authored or illustrated a book of poems or prose, fiction or non-fiction, while an OLLI member, please let us know. We are only interested in those works published while an OLLI member, not those published during one's active career.  
Once this list is compiled, it will be posted on the OLLI website. Then at the end of each coming year we would hope to add new books published that year.
So if you have published a book while an OLLl member, email the following information to Nelson Sartoris   nelsonsartoris@charter.net - - include the author(s), title, publisher, ISBN number, date of publication, and link or location where it may be purchased, e.g., Malaprop's, Amazon, etc., should others wish to buy a copy.

Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, September 6,  7 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Charlotte  and Edwin St.

"Electric Vehicles, 
Local Movement, Global Impact"
Presented by Dave Erb, automotive engineer at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and Pana Columbus, film director.  The discussion will focus on transforming transportation in Western North Carolina and beyond.  
Contact: Judy Mattox, 828-683-2716 judymattox@sbcglobal.net   
 Free and open to the public.
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, September 7, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Interstellar Travel: 
Science Fiction vs. Science Fact"
Jack Howard,
NASA Solar System Ambassador

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Star Trek and Star Wars stirred our imaginations with tales of travel to other star systems.  At the beginning of the 21st century, we are now discovering planetary systems around nearby stars at a staggering pace.  Once again, our minds start thinking about actually visiting our galactic neighbors.  Can we actually do that?  How would we achieve that goal?  And how long will it take?  We'll look at what the challenges are, what we can and cannot do, and how we might be able to take that first step beyond our solar system

Free and open to the public.

Annual Successful Aging Event 
Wednesday, September 6, opens at 9 a.m.
  Reuter Center
Brochures are mailed to past attendees; to request a mailed brochure, contact Zoe Trout at the Council on Aging at (828) 277-8288 or 
email ZoeT@COAbc.org. 
The day kicks off with keynote speaker, Dr. Shannon South, "Ignite! Turn off the Chaos ~ Turn on the Joy"
Registration is $20/person and includes morning coffee and tea and a boxed lunch. The Major Sponsor for Successful Aging 2017 is Elder Law Carolina. Supporting Sponsors include Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn, SanStone Health & Rehabilitation and Four Seasons. Multiple nonprofits and businesses who serve older adults will have information tables at the event.
New Gardening SIG Forming
First Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 230
Discussion Topic: Gardening SIG Plans

We plan to  get together to learn about gardening in North Carolina, visit gardens, both private and public, share/exchange plants, help each other solve garden problems, meet friends with similar interests and socialize.  We plan to conclude each meeting with an optional "tea with friends."  Both ladies and gents are welcome to take part.  We plan to meet twice a month during the growing season (April-October) and once a month during the rest of the year.  
For more information contact 
Patricia Grace at  pegrace@vt.edu or
 call  828-505-0046.
Are you ready for the roll-out of OLLI's 5-Year Strategic Plan?

  The Planning Committee
seeks five additional members.
Working with one of 10 OLLI committees and a team of planners you'll foc us on:
Implementing Year One objectives
Focusing on improvements
Prioritizing objectives and resources
Implementing action plans
Conducting an annual assessment of objectives
For further information, please contact 
Building Bridges
Tuesdays, Sept 12 - Nov 14, 7 p.m. 
Rainbow Community School, 574 Haywood Rd, Asheville
Building Bridges is a  nine-week program that offers an introduction to the dynamics of racism and is an opportunity to explore how race has impacted our relationships, communities, and institutions.
Volunteer Opportunity
2017 Americans Who Tell The Truth Exhibit 
Call for Volunteer Docents
Volunteer docents are needed for the  2017 Americans Who Tell the Truth exhibit to be on display in Asheville at the YMI Cultural Center, October 1st - November 19, Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00-4:00 and Sundays, 1:00-4:00, with an opening on September 30th, 4:30-6:30.
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