OLLI Observer
April 2, 2017 
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning
Jim Hall
March 26, 2017
Walter Ziffer Book Talk
Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Walter Ziffer speaks about his new memoir 
Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for God
This event is presented by The Center for Jewish Studies, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy. This event is free and open to the public. More information  828.232.5027.

Click here to learn more 

Bob Davis,
Instructor in College for Seniors.
"I love volunteering at OLLI because I learn from teaching, feel appreciated, and get to engage and share with so many folks that are excited to be here."

Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, April 7, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205

"Russia's Politics" 
  Talk 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
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Applying Climate Science 
to Optimize 
Department of Defense Missions"
by  Glenn Kerr
U.S. Air Force retired  and Executive Director of American Association of State Climatologists

Glenn Kerr
Kerr is a retired Air Force careerist who has been engaged in scientific exploration and weather tracking for the Air Force and Department of Defense.  He has been actively associated with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) here in Asheville and is currently combining his defense and research interests serving as the Executive Director of American Association of State Climatologists.

Single admission $10  
UNC Asheville students are admitted without charge.
WAC members attend at no charge.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership.
 Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, April 7, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

 Horse Therapy for Humans
by Shannon Knapp

   Heart of Horse Sense
(HOHS) is a local nonprofit based in Marshall, NC, founded to support quality, professional equine therapy services for veterans, their fam ilies and at-risk youth in Western North Carolina. HOHS Executive Director Shannon Knapp will speak on the theory and practice of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and how horses heal the invisible wounds of combat-related and developmental trauma. Since its inception in 2014, HOHS has supported hundreds of veterans, families, and youth in more than 1000 hours of EAP, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Shannon is an internationally recognized leader in the field and has published many books and curricula in the field of EAP/EAL, including More Than a Mirror: Horses, Humans and Therapeutic Practices. She'll speak specifically on how EAP uses the physiology and the psychology of horses to heal the effects of trauma in humans.

This event is free and open to the public.
 Whole Foods/Plant Based Special Interest Group
Friday, April 7, 3 p.m. 
Reuter Center Room 206
Leaders of this SIG 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.

All OLLI members are welcome.
Special Interest Group
Monday, April 10, 5-6 p.m.
Off-site at Skinny Beats, 
4 Eagle Street, Asheville

 Billy Zanski  will be offering a sound meditation.  There is no fee for this program, but donations are welcome. Note that this will be an "off site" Meditation SIG event; people should arrive early as the entry door will close promptly at 5 p.m.
Billy Zanski
Billy Zanski, an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, healer and musician has dedicated his life to sharing the joy and passion of his journey through sound.   
All OLLI members are welcome.
 Death Cafe
(new date) 
Friday, April 14, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering to convene a conversation that too often alienates members of our death phobic culture.  Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground to explore the wonders of being with dying. This group is facilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.    You can learn more about death cafe at   http://deathcafe.com/

Registration now open!
The Gift of Time: Thoughtful Planning for Life's End
The Gift of Time program will encourage you to think about how to plan and communicate your end of life wishes to spouses, partners, children, and parents. Take control of what you want for yourself and help others address the many issues that face all of us in times of crisis.  The workshop will be an extended conversation with facilitators as well as outside speakers who will converse holistically on key legal, medical and spiritual issues.  
Space is limited.
Program Details
May 16, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017
Times: 10 a.m. - noon each day
Cost: $30/person 
(OLLI members only)
Volunteer Opportunities for 
OLLI Members

 MANNA knows OLLI volunteers are quality volunteers.  With that in mind, MANNA is offering OLLI volunteers two additional opportunities to further their mission to  educate, involve and unite people in the work of ending hunger. 
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend.  
tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:

Rachel Acker

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,
You may notice that we have a new "title" for the weekly email newsletter.  After considering over 50 submissions, the Marketing Committee and some select judges decided on "OLLI Observer" as our new name.  Thanks to David Langdon for this idea to liven up the newsletter.  We will be notifying the winners (two people submitted this idea).

Thanks to those who attended the Town Hall Meeting.  We would love to have more people attend this event! We will be sending out the roster of nominees for OLLI Steering Council officers on Monday. We will also be sending out a summary of the Annual Member Survey next week.

This "Observer" is another reminder of the rich and varied programming we offer at OLLI.  Read about new volunteer opportunities at MANNA Food Bank or through the "Reality Store" at Asheville Middle School. Challenge yourself with programming like Walter Ziffer's talk about his Holocaust memoir, with Meta Commerse's workshop on racial healing or with Tracey Turner's talk on her Emotion Project. Please sign up to attend the presentation and tasting by Green Opportunities, a wonderful organization training young people to work in the food services industry (and serving some delicious food!). Address the challenging subject of end-of-life planning by attending the Gift of Time workshop or a session of The Death Cafe. Celebrate the talents of OLLI Authors or learn outside the classroom with one of our many Special Interest Groups or community partners like the Astronomy Club of Asheville or the World Affairs Council.

Aren't we lucky that together we are able to create so many opportunities?  If you have ideas for new programs, reply to this email and we can get you started!

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

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

Actually this photo of a College for Seniors class is technically NOT around the Reuter Center, as it was taken of one of the very popular hiking classes introduced this term.  Sure looks like fun!  
unca UNCA Bulldog 

April Athletic Events

Wednesday, April 5, Noon
 Men's Tennis vs. Liberty
(Senior Recognition Day)
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown

Wednesday, April 5, 4 p.m. 
Baseball vs. NC Central
Greenwood Baseball Field, UNC Asheville

Friday, April 7, 6 p.m. 
Baseball vs.Charleston Southern
Greenwood Baseball Field, UNC Asheville

Saturday, April 8, 3 p.m. 
Baseball vs. Charleston Southern
Greenwood Baseball Field, UNC Asheville

Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m. 
Baseball vs. Charleston Southern
Greenwood Baseball Field, UNC Asheville

Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m. 
Baseball vs. Wofford
Greenwood Baseball Field, UNC Asheville 
Smart Driver Class 
Monday, April 3 or Monday, April 17,
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120  

aarp Safe Drving The four-hour AARP Smart Driver class offers numerous tips for coping with inevitable changes in  perception and reaction time, as well as increased hazards on the roads with faster cars and busier traffic. Participants can expect to review the rules of the road, tips on dealing with aggressive drivers and general safety tips such as how to make left turns into heavy traffic. The course, offered nationwide, is designed to help participants avoid crashes and remain safely behind the wheel. Scheduled at the Reuter Center on the following two dates, the cost is the $20 or $15 for AARP members.  

Monday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
or Monday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Contact Ollie Bunch to register orbunch@netscape.net
Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lecture
Wednesday, April 5, 3 p.m. (note special date)
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The Emotion Project  
The Emotion Project has a mission to connect the
Tracey Turner 
mentally ill with the general public through the common denominator of feelings. Tracey Turner is a 71-year-old woman with manic-depression and anxiety disorders who went undiagnosed and untreated for 40 years. The creator of The Emotion Project, she weaves a tale of her life and its maze, including alcoholism and the sometimes dangerous outcomes of the impulsivity that is a symptom of her bipolar disorder.  This lecture is part of the Health Education Series. 
Volunteers Needed
Join your fellow OLLI members for a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity at Asheville Middle School!  Participants will help run the "Reality Store," a financial education simulation that teaches students about budgeting. 

Volunteers will work at each of these "stores" to help students make decisions, write checks, and balance their household budgets.  No previous training or experience is necessary.  This is a fun and meaningful experience for both the volunteers and students. 

Date: Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m. - Noon

To sign up, contact Caitlin Han, 
chan@unca.edu or 828.251.6140.

OLLI is beginning a new series,
OLLI Authors,
to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.
  OLLI Authors
begins with a poetry reading on
Thursday, April 6, 4:30 p.m
. Reuter Center Room 206 
Nelson Sartoris will read from his new book,
Brain Slivers,  and Bill Swarts
Nelson Sartoris
will read from his just published
Harmonies Unheard. Signed copies of both books will be available for purchase.  Click here to read
Bill Swarts
more about Nelson Sartoris and click here to read more about    Bill Swarts
We're counting on the success of "OLLI Authors" to highlight OLLI members' creativity and let the world know OLLI has talent!

Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Observing the Heart of the Milky Way: 
The Galactic Center Radio Arc"
by Lt. James Toomey
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Radio wavelength studies of the center of the Milky Way have been conducted for over half a century. Despite a wealth of observations, the energetic interactions occurring near the heart of our galaxy are still poorly understood.
 Lt. Toomey will discuss the Galactic Center Radio Arc, its interaction with the supermassive black hole in the middle of our Milky Way and what these phenomena tell us about our galaxy's past and future.

This meeting is free and open to the general public.  Click here to visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville's website 
Special Interest Group 
Financial Strategies in Retirement 
 Friday, April 7, 1:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Economic and Market Update and Outlook. 
Analyzing Washington DC and How Proposed  Policy Changes Could Impact Our Economy and Markets"    
Chris Amys, Vice President and Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors here in Asheville, will return as our guest to lead the discussion.  Do not miss this valuable session and bring your questions!

All OLLI members are invited to attend.
More info, contact Kate Beatty kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710.
Did someone say Twitter?  

OLLI at UNC Asheville has begun to use Twitter to send out announcements of events and happenings.  We hope you join the fun.  Here are some links that might help you get started:

Instructions for how to create an account
Twitter FAQ sheet

Click on the box below to OLLI Asheville on Twitter  
Follow us on Twitter 

Story Medicine for Racial Healing Workshop  
Create positive change in yourself
 and your community.
Come take advantage of this special opportunity to join writer, teacher and healer, Meta Commerse and discover Story Medicine to turn uncertainty or discomfort about social issues surrounding race into understanding and action.
Story Medicine for Racial Healing provides new spaces and ancient ways to use language, listening, memory and story for addressing an old, worn-out social issue.  This experience is useful for changing ourselves and our community.  

Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day
Cost $180/person
Instructor: Meta Commerse

More Than a Month Event: 
Green Opportunities
Friday, April 14,  3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Mark your calendar to attend this presentation from innovative community organization Green Opportunities.
Green Opportunities connects youth and adults from low-wealth neighborhoods to sustained employment opportunities that support families and improve community and environmental health.
Green Opportunities Dinner Prep 

Some of the many initiatives in Green Opportunities include: on-the-job training, hands-on projects like preparing and serving meals in their community kitchen, integrating technical and life skills training, linking clients to appropriate community support services,  connecting clients to financial support, and close collaboration with neighborhood associations, community leaders and other active community members.

Green Opportunities will provide samples from their delicious locally sourced/produced menu so we need to have an idea how many to expect.  Please click on the link below to RSVP. 

Click here to RSVP

Senior Opportunity Center
36 Grove Street, Asheville
A part of the Asheville City Parks and Recreation Department

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