OLLI Observer
June 3, 2018   
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In This Issue
The Autumn Players 
Readers Theatre
Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m. 
 Manheimer Room 

The Perfect Murder
 by Peter James 
Written for the Stage 
by Shaun McKenna 
Directed by Walter Goodrich

Wanting nothing more than to settle down with his mistress, a husband plans to kill his wife. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that he's not the only one with murder on his mind! A dark and sometimes bloody comedy!

The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors sponsored by the Asheville Community Theatre and dedicated to taking the theater 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. 
Wireless Access Update   Please note the password for the OLLI wireless network (available in the Reuter Center) will be updated effective Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  To access the wireless network at the Center on your personal device, you will need to sign-on to the OLLI network with the new password reuter18

Be a Class Rep

  Volunteer to serve as a Class Rep for the College for Seniors courses in the Summer and Fall terms -- and future terms.

Click here to sign up on the NEW Class Rep Volunteer list.

Special Interest Group 
Monday, June 11, 4:15 p.m., Room 120
The Meditation SIG meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month  from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. in Room 120 of the Reuter Center.  
The June Program Schedule:
Monday, June 11th Peggy Moore will lead us in a guided meditation.
Monday, June 25th John Muecke will speak about "The Practice and Purpose of Classical Buddhist Meditation."
We welcome all OLLI Members.
SIG Contact:  Sally Ekaireb

The Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry
On-site food pantry support

Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness     

Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team 
Restoring the lives of homeless vets 
Click here for details
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore 
Changing lives one house at a time
Click here for details

You can make a 
Email for more information: 

Jim Lenburg   
"I love volunteering at OLLI because I get to meet people who have lived such fascinating lives."   
  Jim is on the OLLI Communications Committee. He has taught many OLLI courses, most recently '"Eisenhower, Nixon and the Cold War," "A Change is Gonna Come" and '"5 Years Ago: 1991."

Candidate Forum   
What:   Meet the Candidates: Learn where
             candidates stand on topics
      that have an impact on older adults        in Buncombe  County
When:  RESCHEDULED for August 28,
             5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Manheimer Room

Leadership Asheville Seniors
Registration Open
Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS) is now open for registration to OLLI members. 
LAS is a ten-week program that runs Tuesdays from September 11 through November 6, 2018 and offers an insider's view of topics concerning our community, including history, environment, government, food insecurity, the arts, the economy, education, health and poverty. Through discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the community. 
for more information  or contact program manager Hannah Furgiuele at 
828.250.3871 or hfurgiue@unca.edu 

Meals on Wheels
Volunteer Opportunity

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County is looking for volunteer meal delivery drivers.  Please consider signing up for a weekly route and help homebound older adults remain nourished and independent. 
 Meals are delivered by 12:30 p.m. each day.  It typically takes 90 minutes to deliver a route.  Call us for more details at 828.253.5286.  We can schedule a "Ride Along" with a current volunteer to give you an idea of what a delivery route is like and how rewarding it is to deliver a warm smile and meal to a homebound older adult.
Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, June 21, 5:30 p.m.,
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
OLLI at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning workship that will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues.  Discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues and the issues of advance directives.  Ample time will be reserved for questions.  Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the NC Advance Care Planning "Short Form." There will also be an opportunity to enter your advance directive into your electronic Mission Medical Record.
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar      

R egistration is now open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  This year's bazaar will again be a two day format and the registration fee is $35 for a single table; $70 for a double table. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in quickly. Space is limited, so don't wait to get your registration sent in.  If you are interested in participating or know of an OLLI member who would like to join the fun, let us hear from you!

Click here to download and print an Exhibitor Registration form  or you may drop by the OLLI office to pick up a registration form. 

We are looking forward to an exciting bazaar and hope you  plan to be a part.  And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.

Click here to download an event flier
to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!

Questions, contact Leanna Preston lpreston@unca.edu 
Dear OLLI Members,
If you have already registered for Summer 2018 College for Seniors courses, you should have received your schedule on Friday, June 1.  Remember that you can check your account online if you have received a blank email. Add/Drop begins Monday, June 4, 10 a.m.  Click here for a list of courses that have open seats. Remember that these seats may go quickly.  It is easy to see if a course is open on our online registration site.  Courses that are closed have red lettering beside them. Because the list is volatile, we only publish this open class list once.  If you are on a wait list, please check your email frequently; our system automatically sends an email if you are added to a course. Thanks so much for your interest in our summer courses!

We are pleased to have news of our new chancellor, Dr. Nancy J. Cable. Here at OLLI we want to offer special thanks to interim chancellor Dr. Joseph Urgo and interim provost Dr. Karin Peterson for their support of OLLI programs and for their energetic and thoughtful leadership of the university during a time of change.

Take some time to read David Langdon's article about our newest staff member, Pascale Couturier-Armstrong. We are certainly glad to have Pascale as part of the "team" that works with members to make our organization run,

Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Stitch in Time Special Interest Group
Monday, June 4, 2 p.m., Reuter Center Atrium

Stitch in Time-Meets first Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m.  SIG contact: Gay Lambirth,   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!
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"LIGO - Opening a Window into a New Frontier in Observation" 
Presented by  Dan Reichart ,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Gravitational waves are a natural consequence of the relativistic nature of Einstein's general relativistic theory of gravity and were predicted by him in 1916. Because the gravitational force is the weakest of the four forces in nature, gravitational waves are exceedingly difficult to generate and detect.
Only the most violent processes, like black hole and neutron star mergers and the Big Bang itself, produce signals strong enough to be observed. Dr. Reichart will discuss LIGO  (  Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory ) and the technology that was developed to detect gravitational waves. LIGO is the world's largest gravitational wave observatory and a cutting edge physics experiment. Comprising two enormous laser interferometers located thousands of kilometers apart, LIGO exploits the physical properties of light and of space itself to detect and understand the origins of gravitational waves.

Sierra Club
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
Corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place

"Energy Innovation Task Force-- Pathway to Clean Energy 
for Western North Carolina."
 Come learn how you can have a voice in plans for a third gas power plant in our region. Julie Mayfield of Asheville City Council, Brownie Newman of Buncombe County Commission, and Jason Walls of Duke Energy will talk about combined community plans.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, June 8, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Meeting Topic: "The Mueller Investigation and Related Topics"   

   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.com

Welcome, Pascale Couturier-Armstrong,
OLLI's new Member Services Coordinator
by David Langdon
We hope you've noticed there's a fresh new face at OLLI's front desk. Pascale Couturier-Armstrong joined OLLI as Member Relations Coordinator on May 1. Please stop and introduce yourself and help make her welcome!


Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Successful Aging Day
Thursday, June 14, 2018, Reuter Center

A daylong event for older adults, caregivers and anyone interested in aging successfully.  Keynote speaker and breakout sessions will focus on topics such as movement, health and wellness, financial well-being, and staying active. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 per person.

Estate Sale to Benefit
Asheville Symphony and CarePartners 
Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 CarePartners Estate Sale Showroom, 75 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Western North Carolina Historical Association Event
Saturday, June 16, 2-3:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Dr. Dennis Branch:  An African American Physician
 in the Jim Crow South, 1914-1964

Presented by Marc McClure, PhD, of Walters State Community College (TN) and Jim Stokely of Asheville

Join Dr. Marc McClure as he presents his documentary firm (60 minutes) on the life of Dr. Dennis Branch who practiced medicine in Newport, Tennessee from 1914-1964.  Over the course of his life, Dr. Branch became a beloved leader of the community, both for his quality of care as a physician and for his public contributions to the town.  Dr. Branch's story is unique because the vast majority of his patients were white during the time when segregation laws prevailed, forbidding inter-racial intimacy.  Dr. Branch came to national attention when James and Wilma (Dykeman) Stokely included him in their 1957 award winning book "Neither White Nor Black."  Dr. McClure's film will include interviews with Dr. Branch's former patients, town folks and graduates of the historically black Tanner School for whom Dr. Branch was a trailblazer.  As a Rosenwald School, the Tanner School provided an education for rural African American children from the 1920s until schools were later integrated.  The film will be introduced by Jim Stokely of Asheville (son of Wilma Dykeman and James Stokely) who grew up in Newport and is currently President of The Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

Tickets sold at the door: $5 donation, WNCHA members free.  
Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association
Buncombe Chautauqua
Monday through Thursday, June 18-21. All shows at 7 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium on the AB Tech Campus
340 Victoria Road, Asheville
Tickets are $5 per show and are available the night of the performance

Meet courageous people; hear their stories; ask them how they survived. You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll have lots of questions. And they'll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it's not just history - it's personal. 

Monday, June 18: Winston Churchill portrayed by Larry Bounds
Tuesday, June 19: Harriet Tubman portrayed by Becky Stone
Wednesday, June 20: Alice Paul, portrayed by Leslie Goddard
Thursday, June 21: Francis Marion, portrayed by Ken Johnston

UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad 2018
Monday Nights, June 18 & 25 and July 9 & 16, 7 p.m.
June 18: Making Movies: Latin Rock Fusion
June 25: The Steve Alford Collective / UNC Asheville Faculty Jazz
July 9: The Get Right Band: Funk
July 16: Rissi Palmer: Southern Soul

These free concerts take place June 18 and 25, and July 9 and 16, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.
series, OLLI Authors, continues to recog nize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members. An OLLI Authors reading is schedul ed featuring two local writers.
On June 28, 5 p.m. in Room 206
  Leissa Shahrak and Richard Horvath will read selected works.  

                                  This series is free and open to the public.

Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone
By Kiesa Kay
Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m., Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Pkwy Mile Marker 382

Daniel Boone has achieved legendary status in America as a  pathfinder, soldier, horse trader, land speculator, constantly on the move to the next frontier. "Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone" tells the compelling but lesser known tale of his remarkable wife, Rebecca. She traveled alongside him through 20 moves and kept the family together through rough times. She gave birth to ten children and raised six more as well.  This production stars Patti Louise Smith with period-appropriate music chosen by old time fiddler and Boone family descendant, Bruce Greene, and performed by rising star William Ritter. 
Tickets are $10 and available at rebeccaboone.bpt.me
Community Volunteer Opportunity 

The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) in Mars Hill is seeking volunteer ushers for an exciting summer season, May 31 - August 12.  Ushers will have a brief orientation session before each show, will escort people to their seats and are invited to watch the show in the usher-designated seats (or buy a ticket to watch the show in reserved seats).   If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name, address and telephone number to drapp@mhu.edu 
.  Further instructions will follow. Thank you for your interest in our theatre!
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