OLLI Observer
November 4,  
 2018    
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Majora Carter
Social Entrepreneurship Lecture: 
"Home(town) Security"
Warren Wilson College Chapel
Sunday, November 4, 4 p.m.

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Majora Carter has redefined urban revitalization strategy, earning both national and international acclaim. Starting in the South Bronx and expanding to under-resourced communities throughout the United States, she has created and implemented numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training and placement systems. Carter's long list of awards and honors include a MacArthur Genius Fellowship and accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and John Podesta's Center for American Progress. Her 2006 TEDTalk was one of the first six to launch that groundbreaking site, and she is known for her intense, energetic delivery.

"Her holistic approach has fundamentally altered the way planners think about regenerating impoverished, environmentally blighted cities here and abroad." 
- BusinessWeek.com

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.  We also have a number of items left by OLLI members for others to pick up that remain unclaimed.

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 or if you have left something for an OLLI member to pick up, please check in the OLLI office.  
On November 14, 2018, we will take all remaining items to a local donation center.
Stitch-In-Time
Special Interest Group
Monday, November 5, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium

 

Stitch in Time meets the first Monday of the month, 

2-4 p.m.  SIG contact: Gay Lambirth, 281.433.1060, gaylambirth@yahoo.com

 

This is a fellowship group for stitchers of all types (knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, etc.) to help encourage, inspire, and support each other.  All skill levels welcome!

 

This SIG meeting is open to all OLLI members who love stitching.

Medicare Information Table
Wednesday, November 7,  10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Reuter Center Lobby

Until December 7, 2018, it is open enrollment time for stand-alone drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans. 
There are many changes this
year.  If you have questions or need some unbiased and accurate
 information, stop by the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) table in the lobby at the Reuter Center.

If you would like an individual appointment to assist with enrollment in
a plan, please call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at 828.277.8288. 
Tell them you are  a member of OLLI to be scheduled for an appointment at the Reuter Center 
November 12-15.
History Book Lovers 
Special Interest Group
Friday, November 9, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 207

In November the group will read
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. It chronicles Teddy Roosevelt's 1913-14 harrowing and soul-searching trip along the Amazon River.

All OLLI members who have read the book are welcome to attend.  For more information contact  mbwhome@gmail.com


The Reuter Center Singers In Concert -
Celebrating Our America!
Friday, November 9, 7 p.m.   
 First Baptist Church of Weaverville
63 North Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787

It's a celebration of "Our America ... For You & For Me"!   
Come experience a celebration of 
America, The Dream, 
including musical selections of "God Bless America," "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor," 
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Stars & Stripes Forever," "This Is My Country," and more.
 
Director Chuck Taft with Nora Vetro - Accompanist
Sponsored by The Weaverville Music Study Club
Stand Up Comedy 
at the Reuter Center
Saturday, November 10, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room


Join host Randy Robins and OLLI's Stand Up Comedy Class in a performance that will regale an adult audience (over 18 only, please) with wit and mirth.


This event is free and open to everyone. 
Men's Wisdom Works, 
An OLLI SIG for Men
Each of MWW's 15 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times & 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
Men at an MWW gathering.

Meditation SIG
"Walking and Moving Meditation"
with Ginny Goodin
Monday, November 12, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

Ginny Goodin
Ginny Goodin will share a simple walking meditation practice that increases the flow of chi in our bodies.  In this class, we will explore alignment, and how it opens the spine and increases our fluidity.  We will practice deep relaxation as we walk, inviting our energy to flow more freely.  And we will work with body awareness to facilitate these exercises.

Ginny Goodin is a tai chi, qigong and meditation instructor, personal development coach, and a long-term student of centering practices.  With 30 years of tai chi practice, she has experienced how energy moves through the body and how profoundly we can affect our daily life with these awareness-expanding tools. 

All OLLI members are welcome at the Meditation SIG.

Meditation SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb

Free Individualized Medicare Counseling
for OLLI Members
  November 13 and 14
The Council on Aging will again be providing Medicare counseling for OLLI members on November 13th and 14th.  This is only open to OLLI members with a valid parking pass. 

To schedule an appointment, call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at  828.277.8288 and tell the receptionist that you are an OLLI member and want to schedule an appointment at OLLI. 
Death 
Café
Friday, November 16, 5 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
Reuter Center Singers Concert
20th Year Anniversary Concert 
Part II:  Celebrating Our Heritage
Sunday, November 18, 3 p.m.
Biltmore United Methodist Church
  376 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

The Reuter Center Singers has 20 years as a singing organization; this concert "Celebrates Our Heritage" through music drawn from past concerts.  Eight different mass settings will be performed including the opening movement of Rutter's Requieum,  Vivaldi's Gloria  and the closing of the Ray's Gospel Mass.  Patriotic favorites and fresh new selections will celebrate the fervent desire for a welcoming society, honor the sacrifices of so many to uphold the founding ideals of this country, sustaining us through the present times.  These selections will include "America, the Beautiful," "America, the Dream," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor," and more.
 The Reuter Center Singers are directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied by Nora Vetro. 
Seating is limited, and admission is free.
Donations are welcome.
Volunteer Opportunity
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC

Big Brother Big Sisters of WNC ignites potential by matching volunteer mentors with children from single parent families for a long-term friendship with a purpose!
Bulldog Athletics
November 4 - 30, 2018
UNCA Bulldog

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,
We will have a very busy day on Friday, November 9.  We will start in the morning with participants of Bruce Spang's and Bill Petz's courses sharing their art and poetry. Our Winter 2019 registration begins at 10 a.m.; we will have volunteers and staff who can help members step through the process. It will also be the final day for the food drive for UNC Asheville's Food Equity Initiative.

Of course, the focus for many members will be the OLLI Art Bazaar, which will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 9 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.  Don't forget that proceeds from the sale of refreshments will add to the scholarship funds for those who want to participate in College for Seniors courses. Special thanks to Sharon Kopstein, Gay Lambirth, Barbara Mueller and Sheila Murphy for their extraordinary efforts to make this event happen.  On Saturday, November 10, 7 p.m. you can attend a performance by Randy Robins' stand up comedy course. Thanks to the many people who enliven our organization through their volunteer efforts, creativity and energy.

Please remember to check the lost and found.  We will empty the drawers and take all of the remaining items to a local donation outlet on November 14. Finally, we hope you will read Larry Griswold's story about Mike Morrell, UNC Asheville's men's basketball coach.

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


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

OLLI Winter 2019 Registration begins 
Friday, November 9, 10 a.m.

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

You may come to the Reuter Center 
November 9, 12, 13, 14,  10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 
on Thursday, November 15, 8:30 a.m. - noon 
to get help with the registration process.

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.  
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 members and students and $10 at the door for all other participants.  For more details about programs click here to consult the WAC website.

Hearing Loss Association of America
Wednesday, November 7, 10:15 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus
68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville

Guest Speaker Taylor Sands
Senior Consumer Outreach Manager 
at MED-EL 
(A global technology company that carries out research in the field of hearing loss and develops and manufactures implantable hearing systems) and  speech pathologist

Sands will present an overview of innovations
for those with sensorineural, conductive, mixed hearing loss or partial or single-sided deafness.
Click here for more information.
For more information, please call Ann Karson, 828-665-8699

Art and Poetry by OLLI Members
Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9

During the week of the OLLI Art Bazaar, two College for Seniors poetry shows are on display.
The poets in the CFS Fall 2018 course An Encounter Making Art into Poetry will have an Open Gallery on Thursday, November 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and Friday, November 9, 9-10 a.m. in Reuter Center Room 206
Come look at what OLLI poets have put to paper, inspired by the visual work of  OLLI artists.

On Friday, November 9, 10 - 11 a.m., Reuter Center Room 206, participants in the Spring 2018 course Poetry in Black and White will hold a poetry reading.  During this course, participants read poems by black poets and then wrote their own poems in response, touching on topics such as slavery, white privilege, lynching, reparations and African American history.


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

Maple Platter by Rich May
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.
Journal by Sheila May

OLLI Art Bazaar artists 
Sheila and Rich May
Sheila has been a paper crafter most of her life. For the past ten years she has concentrated on bookarts, creating handmade books and decorated papers. These papers include marbled papers and eco-printed papers. Her favorite book form at present is junk journals which provide an opportunity to use many book making and paper art skills. The books are very interactive. You can see examples of these journals  on her YouTube channel.
In the last 18 months Sheila and her husband Rich have collaborated on projects using her marbling to provide surface decoration for his turned pieces. Rich has been a turner and woodworker for over 45 years. He has several published articles in the American Woodturner Magazine. The latest on August 2018 was on the marbling technique tools for surface design. 
 
 
Entrance to the OLLI Art Bazaar at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center is free and open to everyone 

UNC Asheville Basketball: New Coach, New Season
by Larry Griswold

The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, November 9,1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205  

 
   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 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.  

Blue Ridge Orchestra Performance
"Eleven Eleven: Remembering Armistice" 
Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, 3 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville Campus

Christopher Tavernier
The Blue Ridge Orchestra will commemorate 100 years since the Armistice with a special Veterans' Day program featuring Christopher Tavernier, an award-winning piano prodigy local to Hendersonville. Tavernier will be featured as soloist on Ravel's "Concerto for the Left Hand," in a program that also includes selections from Richard Rodgers'  Victory at Sea and Beethoven's incomparable Fifth Symphony.

Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Veterans/Orchestra Friends, $5 Students. 
For tickets and information, see  www.blueridgeorchestra.org/eleven-eleven or call (828) 782-3354.
STEM Lecture
"Searching for Plastic Man: 
From the 'Vis Medicatrix Naturae' to Regenerative Medicine"
By Dr. Steve Rinsler
Wednesday, November 14, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Most current medicines for common diseases are aimed at specific targets.  Unfortunately their effectiveness is limited, and they often produce significant adverse effects.  For chronic noninfectious conditions, they generally require continual administration for long periods or the lifetime of the patient.  Even in the treatment of infections, the development of resistance has shattered the belief in the 'magic' of antibacterials and antibiotics.

So the need for a better approach to therapeutics has been obvious.  Over the past fifty years, new technologies and concepts have set the stage for treating diseases by utilizing approaches based on "systems biology." These involve the use of patient cells and/or adjunctive agents that work with the normal mechanisims of the organism.  They offer the promise of great effectiveness in many commoon chronic diseases without the need for long term treatment or many adverse effects.  One type of systems medicine is "regenerative medicine." This lecture will survey the biological basis and current status of regenerative medicine.


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, Policy Director 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.
Reuter Center Room 206

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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