OLLI Observer
April 23, 2017 
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In This Issue
Blue Ridge Orchestra Concert

The Blue Ridge Orchestra presents "Cantus Terrae," an Earth Day celebration, at the Folk Art Center. This season finale program showcases two of music's greatest tributes to the natural world: Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring," & Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony" (No. 6). 

Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.
 Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway
 MP 382. 

Tickets $15 General Admission, 
$10 Friend, $5 Student. 
For tickets and information,
   Cindy  Berryman-Fink       
     Co-Chair CFS Planning Committee          

"I love volunteering at OLLI because, when I walk into the Reuter Center, I feel at home with the many fine folks with whom I have developed such wonderful relationships."
Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 

Two OLLI student assistants will graduate from UNC Asheville next month! 
Join us in wishing them well as they soar off to an exciting future - come by the OLLI office to sign a card for
Owen Ryan and 
Caleb Hutcheson.

 Random Acts of Kindess 
Monday, April 24, 2017
Watch out for another random act of kindness from UNC Asheville Athletics this Monday! Members from the department will be UNCA Bulldogdownstairs at the Reuter Center with snacks and baseball tickets while supplies last. Be sure to stop by and say hello! 
Special Interest Group
 Monday, April 24, 4:15 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120

Peggy Moore, teacher at College for Seniors and associated with the Institute for the Study of Universal Life Energy, will discuss how chakras, breathing techniques,and energy work deepen the meditation process.  Please join us for this presentation and meditation. 
 All OLLI members are welcome.

For more information, contact 
Sally Ekaireb 
UNC Asheville 
Spring Art Sale 
  Friday, April 28, 4-7 p.m. &
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tucker Cooke Gallery
Owen Hall

UNC Asheville's Department of Art and Art History will hold its annual Spring Art Sale. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass, and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History.

Click here to read more. 
  Special Interest Group:
 The Forum
 Friday, April 28, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205

"Why Isn't the US Among the Happiest Countries on Earth?" 
  The Forum offers a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from the changing demographics of retirees to  nuclear disarmament.

SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 
The Autumn Players 
Readers Theatre 
Sunday, April 30, 2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

by Edward Albee 
Directed by Anita Chapman
 In this poignant drama a family keeps vigil at the deathbed of a rich and famous public figure. As pressmen wait outside for news to break, wife, mistress, adult children and best friend reminisce and bicker about the thwarted expectations, betrayals and unresolved conflicts in  their relationships with the dying man.

The performances are open to the public. Tickets are $6 at the door. 
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Brazil's Struggle to Overcome a Crisis of its Own Creation:  Corruption, violence and recession is only part of the story. There is also positive change imposed by adversity"

by Paulo Sotero
Director, Brazil Institute,
 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 
(Washington, DC) 
Paulo Sotero
World Affairs Council  (WAC) lectures and discussions aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. WAC meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.

All lectures free to WAC members and UNC Asheville students. All others $10 at the door. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership.
For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.  
Seirra Club Meeting
Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1 Edwin Place, Asheville

"Flowers, Trees, and Mountains of our Appalachian Spring" 
Scott Dean, naturalist and photographer.

Scott has been part of both UNC Asheville & Great Smoky Mountain Spring Pilgrimages for years, and teaches at the NC Arboretum.  
This meeting is free 
and open to the public.

For more information, contact
Judy Mattox, 828.683.2176 judymattox@sbcglobal.net
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

 "Total Solar Eclipses: 
Chasing the Lunar Umbra"
by Brian Dennison, 
UNC Asheville Physics Department

For earthbound observers a total solar eclipse involves a coincidence of various simultaneous events: new moon, near alignment of the lunar orbital nodes with the Sun-Earth line, predominance of the subtended lunar angular size over that of the Sun, and geographic accessibility of the path of the Moon's umbral shadow.
As an umbraphile of limited experience (two total eclipses and one doesn't-really-count annular eclipse), Dr. Dennison will describe some of these phenomena. With the total eclipse on August 21, 2017 in mind, he will discuss the opportunities for scientific observation, astrophotography, and simply astounding observations that the All-American Eclipse will provide, weather permitting.
 For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, 
visit their website at www.astroasheville.org
OLLI Member Book Swap

The bookshelves are getting empty!

Bring your gently used books to the OLLI Member Book Swap shelf located at the far end of the upper lobby.  When you drop off your books, check out the books on the shelf for a good read!  This is a member-driven lending library for members-only.  The books are there for you to borrow and return.   Enjoy! 
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank 
tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:
Harry Philip

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,
We are just finishing another successful Paths to Creative Retirement weekend.  People came from as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, to explore the many ways to live a satisfying retirement.  Many thanks to our facilitators Dan Beerman, Bill Carpenter, Carla Greenfield, Dave Greenfield, Deborah Grey, Rebecca Heartz, Ken Macfarlane, Terry Peters, Lori Postal, Arnold Willen and Judith Young. The program is so successful because these people work diligently to facilitate meaningful exercises, because they listen to the participants and one another and because they model what successful retirement means.

Please take advantage of some of the wonderful connections with the rest of UNC Asheville coming up.  Members of Bulldog Athletics will be at the Reuter Center on Monday, April 24, practicing Random Acts of Kindness.  Be sure to say hello! The UNC Asheville Student Art Sale begins on Friday; don't miss this opportunity to support student art. Check out upcoming Arbor Day celebrations. And finally, please stop by the OLLI office to sign the cards for our two graduating student workers Owen Ryan and Caleb Hutcherson.  Their expertise and commitment make OLLI run; we want to make sure that all of us express our appreciation.

Don't miss Jan Meriwether's story about Caitlin Han, OLLI's member relations manager. Caitlin is the newest member of our staff and fully committed to our membership and to the many ways that we work together to create a sense of community.

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 Bulldog
Tuesday, May 2, 6 p.m.
UNC Asheville vs. Appalachian State
Greenwood Baseball Field

SCORE Information Session
Tuesday, April 25, 4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 230

Do you enjoy mentoring?  Are you looking for a fulfilling  way to make a positive impact on  Asheville's entrepreneurial community?    Asheville SCORE's volunteer mentors counsel local entrepreneurs on how to start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in existing businesses.  Please join us for a discussion and refreshments. 

 Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

  Wild Edibles by Roger Klinger

Have you wondered about whether you can eat those pretty yellow mushrooms growing in your back yard? Or wondered if jewelweed really treats poison ivy and where you can find it? These are just a couple of questions that naturalist, ethnobotanist, writer and guide Roger Klinger will explore during this presentation on wild edibles.

Roger has a passion for the exciting and wondrous world of wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms found in the mountains of Western NC and our own backyards. He will explore the history and folklore of some of the most delicious and most easily identifiable wild plants.
A former naturalist/educator with the Audubon Society, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution, Roger is passionately devoted to the earth and celebrating the wonders of nature.  He served as Curator of Natural History for the St. Mary's City Commission. Also, for many years, he has written a monthly column for a variety of newspapers on wild edible and medicinal plants.

This event is free and open to the public.
Volunteer Opportunity

 Volunteer at the Homework Diner


This is a weekly event for students and families to get homework help and a free meal for the whole family.  This program provides help to families living in poverty by tutoring and encouraging kids and the parents who struggle to help their kids.  


Caitlin Han: a welcoming face of OLLI

by Jan Meriwether

  OLLI members and visitors who come to the Reuter Center certainly appreciate the welcoming face and calm presence of Caitlin Han, OLLI's Member Relations Manager. Caitlin is the "go-to" person for a variety of tasks, whether it is registering for classes, paying fees, obtaining a parking decal, or just finding out more about the program. She is also a very good listener.

"Sometimes people just need someone to listen," Caitlin says. "Then I can help them find a solution to their problem. It's one of my favorite things about the job."

WNC History Association Event
Saturday, April 29, 2-3:30 p.m.
   Reuter Center Manhiemer Room
Caledonia Carolina: Scottish Music 
at the Roots of Old-Time Appalachia
Presented by Grammy-winning guitarist Bruce Nemerov, Caledonia Carolina is a musical trio that includes the talents of well-known Asheville musicians Michael Garner (fiddle) and Chris Abel (flute and Celtic whistle).  The trio performs 17th and 18th century Scottish tunes demonstrating how the music of North Carolina's early settlers evolved into the "Old-Time" mountain music of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Informative discussions throughout the program illustrate the special bond between the music of Scotland and WNC.
Tickets sold at the door:  General  Public $5 donation, WNCHA members free. Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association
More Than A Month Event: 
Hood Huggers "Touring Affrilachia"

Wednesday, May 3, 3 p.m
  Reuter Center Manheimer Room

DeWayne Barton
Plan to attend this talk by DeWayne Barton on how Hood Hood Huggers International LLC is raising awareness of "Affrilachia," the African-American communities in Appalachia. Hood Huggers International, LLC offers services in these three categories: social enterprise, the Pearson Plan, and the arts.  A key way Barton pursues his mission is through the organization's Hood Tours, which shuttle participants in a brightly painted van through Asheville's historically African-American neighborhoods. 

Barton says that a main goal of Hood Tours is giving back to the community. "African-American neighborhoods in Asheville are being left behind," he says. "There's a lack of basic infrastructure, connections, and momentum. We've got to have more of that. Our mission is to help create it." One way that Hood Huggers does this is through its Pearson Plan, which connects community members through the arts, environmental stewardship and social enterprise to create sustainable infrastructure and lasting community relationships.

This presentation is part of the "More than a Month" series, providing information throughout the year to raise awareness for OLLI members about African American culture and politics locally and nationally.
Reuter Center Singers Spring Concerts  
Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6, 7 p.m.  each night
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

"You've Got A Friend"  
Celebrating the Songs and Friendship 
of James Taylor and Carole King!   

Come experience the musical memories of this great duo.   Performances will include musical renditions of  
Carolina in My Mind, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Shed a Little Light, Up on the Roof, Fire and Rain, Music, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, Our Town, Where You Lead, One Fine Day, and  
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with I Feel the Earth Move, So Far Away, It's Too Late, Will You Love Me Tomorrow.
Director Chuck Taft     Accompanist Nora Vetro
Free Admission     Donations Welcome     Limited Seating     Reception Following
Click here to view an event flier 
Arbor Day Celebration
  leaning-tree-icon.jpg UNC Asheville announces its first Arbor Day celebration. The observance of Arbor Day is one of five standards of the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program. During 2017 UNC Asheville will be working toward becoming a designated "Tree Campus."

On Friday, April 28,  UNC Asheville Grounds staff will be leading a tree planting project, two campus tree tours and several educational demonstrations on the Quad.  The culmination of Arbor Day will be a ceremonial tree planting on the Quad with Chancellor Grant.

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