OLLI Observer
April 1, 2018   
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In This Issue

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre Performance
Sunday, April 1, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Dresser by Ronald Harwood
Directed by Marianne Lyon 
The Dresser is a powerful, funny, bittersweet drama. The setting is January 1942 in a theater in the English provinces. Air raid sirens are going off, and bombs are falling all around them. A touring Shakespearean Theatre company is put to the test as Norman, the devoted dresser, struggles to support Sir, the talented but tyrannical aging lead actor. Will they somehow manage to get this performance of King Lear up and running? Don't miss the excitement! 
This performance is open to everyone, and tickets are $7 at the door. 

Volunteer Appreciation Week 
April 9-13, 2018
April 9-13, 2018 has been designated "Volunteer Appreciation Week" at OLLI--a time to express our thanks to all those who give of themselves either at OLLI or within our Asheville community. 

The week will feature opportunities at the Reuter Center for recognizing and thanking all those who volunteer while reminding us of the gift that volunteerism bestows on our lives.  There will be food and fun with complimentary cookies, an ice cream social and even a crossword puzzle with prizes for those who know OLLI's 11 standing committees.  We look forward to seeing you "on campus."


ROOTS Foundation 
The garden is the classroom 

Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness
Click here for details

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time

VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a difference!
Stitch in Time 
Special Interest Group 
Monday, April 2, 2 p.m., 
Reuter Center Atrium
  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 are welcome!

Stitch in Time meets the first Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m.  
SIG contact: Gay Lambirth, 281.433.1060,  
Bridge Buddies 
Special Interest Group 
Tuesday, April 3, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium
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The Bridge Buddies SIG is open for new members. We play at an intermediate level (e.g. stayman, transfers, Blackwood/Gerber, etc).  We pride ourselves on our sense of humor. If interested, contact Connie Mitchell at  cmgm050@gmail.com 
 or just stop by.

Department of English
Visiting Writer Series

Donald Morrill 
and Lisa Birnbaum 
Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Laurel Forum Karpen Hall,
UNC Asheville Campus
  Donald Morrill and Lisa Birnbaum, husband and wife, will read from and discuss their wide range of works. Birnbaum is the author of Worthy, a philosophical novel of love among con artists, and she is associate professor of English at the University of Tampa, where she is fiction editor for Tampa Review and the University of Tampa Press. Morrill, also on the creative writing faculty at the University of Tampa, is the author of four nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry, and a new debut novel, Beaut, which received the Lee Smith Novel Prize from Carolina Wren Press. 
This event is free and open to everyone,
Special Interest Group 
The Forum
Friday, April 6, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205  
Meeting Topic: "The New Tax Law & Its Implications" 
 Mark your calendar to attend this free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.  All OLLI members are invited and welcome!   SIG contact: Beth Johnson,   johnson1ea@earthlink.com  
Easy French 
Special Interest Group 
 Friday, April 6, 1 p.m.
 Reuter Center Room 120
 Easy French meeting on Friday, April 6th from 1-3 p.m.  for conversation, non-competitive Scrabble in French and short story reading.
 For more information, contact Renee Rafini  raffinir@gmail.com 
Financial Strategies in Retirement 
Special Interest Group 
Friday, April 6, 1:30 p.m., Room 205    
"Investment Round Table"

Join us to hear these questions discussed and bring your own questions for our well-informed member panel.

 The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  For more information, contact Kate Beatty  828.231.7710 kkbmom@yahoo.com
Aging and Social Media 101
Monday, April 9, 9-11 a.m.
Land of Sky Regional Council
339 New Leicester Highway
Suite 140

Learn what social media is all about and how to use it to connect with friends, families and the organizations we support. Participants will discuss how to use Facebook, Twitter and the hashtag #oam18 to successfully take part in this year's Older Americans Month theme Engage at Every Age.
Marc Czarnecki, who has taught at OLLI's College for Seniors, and supports web technology at local colleges and small businesses, is an active volunteer with AARP and Asheville SCORE.
Please call LeeAnne Tucker at 828.251.6622 or email leeanne@landofsky.org
to reserve a spot.
Hiking Special Interest Group 
Tuesday, April 10, 4:15 p.m.,
Reuter Manheimer Room 
At the HIking SIG's general meeting t
he first 30 minutes (4:15 - 4:45 p.m.)  will be devoted to the equipment, clothing and supplies recommended for successful hiking. The second 30 minutes (4:45 - 5:15 p.m.) will be devoted to a review of completed hikes, enhancements, procedural changes and an open forum.  The last 30 minutes (5:15 - 5:45 p.m.) will be devoted to hike leaders.  You are welcome to any or all sections as you wish.    Questions?    ollihikingsig@gmail.com
Buncombe Chautauqua Performance
Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m.
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

Step inside the revolutionary book Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago, Silent Spring inspired the environmental movement and has never been out of print. Through the Chautauqua style of living history you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, about the impact of her work and the ways her books shaped our country and our world.  Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it's not just history - it's personal.   Caroline McIntyre will appear as Rachel Carson and speak in Carson's profound, prophetic and poetic words. This performance is appropriate for all ages but especially powerful when families share the experience. Tickets are $5 at the door. 
  For more information call 828.658.1951
Raise a Puppy with a Purpose
  The Asheville Chapter of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is looking for volunteer puppy raisers. The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity who provides guide dogs to blind people free of charge. Puppy raisers foster puppies from age 9 weeks to 16 months at which point the pups return to NYC for training in the harness. This is a great family or retiree activity. All veterinary bills are paid for by the GDF and vacation care for you is provided. Raisers are responsible for attending twice monthly meetings and providing food as well as love and hugs!   Puppies are raised according to the GDF training manual (provided) along with tons of local support if you need it. For more information, check out guidedog.org online or give us a call at 828.356.5464. We'd love to have you join us!
Dear OLLI Members,
Thanks for a great first week of College for Seniors Spring 2018 classes.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as the elevator was being repaired.  We continue to encourage you to park in Lot P1 on Campus Drive and use the purple shuttle, which arrives every 15 minutes or so, and takes only minutes to arrive at the upper level of the Reuter Center. Please remember that if you park anywhere other than in white lined spots marked as non-resident student parking (including in visitor and electric car charging spots) that you will be ticketed. We apologize for all of the "warnings" we give, but we want to do our best to keep you in the loop.

Thanks also to everyone who took part in our Annual Member Survey and who attended our Town Hall Meeting. Please remember that if you have questions or concerns that we are always here to help in the office and want to hear from you when we can have an exchange and potentially find ways to work together for solutions. Some things like space and parking are not easy to address as one unit on a busy campus, but there are other things that we can work on together. 

Spring is full of programming at the Reuter Center and on campus.  Today you can attend a performance by The Autumn Players Readers Theater of The Dresser.  This week our "More Than a Month" series will feature a screening of "Rosenwald" and the opportunity to hear from a panel of people working to save the Anderson Rosenwald school in Madison County.  You can stay at the Reuter Center that night and hear from storyteller David Novak, appearing as part of UNC Asheville's Arts Fest that will take place April 5-7. Of course, this is tennis, baseball and soccer season, so there are plenty of ways to support Bulldog Athletics and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having. We also list in this newsletter readings and lectures, most notably a lecture next Sunday by Dr. Ron Manheimer, founding director of the NC Center for Creative Retirement, College for Seniors instructor and author of Growing Up Existentially,    the subject of his talk.

As you look ahead, please note that registration is required for the Leadership Asheville Forum April 12 presentation on school safety.  We appreciate this attempt to make sure that the Manheimer Room is not overcrowded for discussion of a subject we know will be very well-attended.

We hope you will take part in the events planned for Volunteer Appreciation Week.  Almost 600 people come together every year to make this organization run.  We want to thank all of you for the many ways you contribute to the success of our organization. 

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Upcoming UNC Asheville Athletic Events
April 1-15, 2018 UNCA Bulldog

This is the season for tennis, baseball and soccer.  

for details about game and match times, opponents and locations.
Go Bulldogs! 

World Affairs Council
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

China on Screen: Politics, Commerce and Identity,
 by UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies Jinhua Li 
Jinhua Li

  Li, who teaches Chinese language and leads UNC Asheville students in study abroad trips to China, also teaches courses on Chinese cinema and East Asian literature. The most recent of her many journal articles, "In Search of an Alternative Feminist Cinema: Gender, Crisis, and the Cultural Discourse of Nation Building in Chinese Independent Films," was published in ASIANetwork Exchange, a peer-reviewed Asian studies publication. She received her doctorate in comparative literature from Purdue University, specializing in comparative cinema studies, transnational cultural studies and gender politics.

Admission is $10 for the public; free to members of the World Affairs Council (WAC) and UNC Asheville students.
OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership.

Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
OLLI Authors is a series of public readings
designed to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.  In April Louis Giron and Sue McAdams will be the featured writers, reading from their works.

This series is free and open to everyone.

Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Astronomy Equipment Seminar:
 Getting to Know Your Telescope"

Do you own a telescope but need some experienced help using it? Are you interested in purchasing your own telescope but are overwhelmed by the myriad of options on the market? Are you thinking of buying astronomy equipment as a gift but would like some guidance? We're here to help! We'll have experienced club members available to walk you through the steps and make your transition from sky watcher to amateur astronomer as painless as possible.  If you have equipment and would like assistance, bring your equipment to the event - with all parts (including new batteries) and your user's manual - and we'll help you overcome the operation hurdle.
The event is free and open to all - you do not need to be a club member to attend.
Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville,
  1 Edwin Place, Corner of Charlotte  and Edwin
 "A Plan for a Clean Energy Future for North Carolina"  

Come learn how we can make a transition to save money and meet the state's energy needs by shifting away from coal and natural gas towards clean energy.  Note the change to Thursday. Free and open to everyone. Contact Judy Mattox,judymattox@sbcglobal.net
Fab Friday
Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

 Leonardo's "Adoration of the Magi": When Vision Met Science
In 1481, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to create an altarpiece for the Augustinian monks of San Donato a Scopeto in Florence, Italy. In mid-1482, the artist left the piece unfinished when he traveled to Milan to accept an offer of steady income and joined the Sforza court. The Adoration's journey became the material of legend. After lying unattended in a cellar for decades, it was heavily modified by an unknown, untalented artist who damaged the work, which was ultimately acquired by the Medici Grand Dukes in the late 16th century. Come to learn more about a recently completed restoration
Mark Gordon Smith 
 led by renowned art experts Roberto Bellucci and Patrizia Riitano and about numerous details of Leonardo's newly uncovered original sketches .

Mark Gordon Smith
will share how the story of this painting reveals how the mind of a Renaissance prodigy was further solidified by the balanced application of both expertise and science. Smith has traveled across Italy for over 40 years and has a passion for Renaissance art. He ha
s been an instructor at OLLI since 2012.

The Confident Caregiver Series
Friday, April 6, 2 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Basics-Facts About Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's"

If you, or someone you know has dementia or Alzheimer's disease, it's time to learn the facts!  This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatments and much more.
 Offered through the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, the Confident Caregiver is a series of three presentations that provide answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way to maintain quality of life for both the caregiver and the person with the disease.  Free and open to everyone. 

More Than a Month Event
Friday, April 6, 4:30 p.m.,  Manheimer Room
"Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African-American Communities"
Screening and Panel Discussion

Between 1912 and 1932, a unique collaboration involving Julius Rosenwald (who made his fortune as president of Sears, Roebuck and Company), Booker T. Washington and thousands of African American communities across the South, produced 4,977 schools, 217 teachers' homes and 163 shop buildings.  There was a total of 813 buildings in North Carolina, more than in any other state.  Unfortunately, many of these buildings have been neglected, abandoned or demolished, although there is a recent resurgence in interest in the history of the program and the preservation of surviving structures. Come to the Reuter Center for a screening of parts of Aviva Kempner's film "Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African-American Communities" and to hear from members of our local community who are working to rehabilitate the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School to serve as a community cultural center and interpretive museum to promote a fuller understanding of the history of African Americans in Southern Appalachia.   
Panelists will include Willa Wyatt from the Friends of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School, Annie McDonald, preservation specialist from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Western Office, and Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School alumni: Charity Ray (a local artist), Fatimah Shabazz (broadcaster and musician), Omar McClain (retired from a career in finance) and Oralene Simmons (civil rights activist, organizer of Asheville's annual MLK breakfast and former cultural arts supervisor for the City of Asheville).

This program has been organized by members of OLLI's Inclusion Committee as part of their "More Than a Month" series. The Inclusion Committee builds partnerships to offer programs to provide opportunities to understand and respond to the issues of race that continue to divide us and to define our civic and political discourse.  
Arts Fest: Intersections
The University of North Carolina, Asheville's three-day long arts festival will take place from April 5 to 7. All events are free and open to the public.
This year, Arts Fest is exploring intersections through the arts. Intersections can be seen as dividing or crossing two or more things or bringing them together in a common location.   Some events will explore our intersections with, and relationship to, water.

Storytelling by David Novak
Down by the Water,
Friday, April 6, 8 p.m. in the Reuter Center Manheimer Room - This staged solo storytelling experience created by David Novak, a veteran of the annual National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, also includes music as well as water imagery by photographer Martin Waugh. This is an original performance, prepared by David Novak specifically for Arts Fest's Intersections theme. We are grateful for the sponsorship of UNC Asheville's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in support of this event!

Workshop and Talk by Betsy Damon
The River and Art: One Voice,
Thursday, April 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Workshop off-campus at 14 Riverside Dr., Asheville - Artist and environmental advocate Betsy Damon will discuss and brainstorm potential public art installations near the French Broad River. Only 20 seats are available, so reserve your space using this Google Form.  

The People's Water: Stewardship through Art,
Thursday, April 5, 7-8 p.m. in the Sherrill Center, Ingles Mountain View Room - Betsy presents images of her decades of work with and for water.

"Wake" Project Presentation
Thursday, April 5, 3-4 p.m. in UNC Asheville's STEAM Studio at the RAMP, 821 Riverside Dr., Asheville -
Wake is a huge animatronic sculpture that is the vision of conceptual artist Mel Chin, UNC Asheville's Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow for the fall 2017 semester. A team of students has continued working through the spring to design and build Wake, which will be exhibited by Chin in Times Square in New York City in July.  We also want to acknowledge the support we received for Betsy Damon's workshop from the City of Asheville, and partnership from RiverLink.

These exciting events, and so much more are happening during our 3-day festival on the UNC Asheville campus!  A full schedule of events for Arts Fest is available at arts.unca.edu

Manheimer Book Talk 
Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m., 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Growing Up Existentially  

Novelists, playwrights and philosophers of the existential tradition continue to attract a worldwide audience, young and old alike.

Ron Manheimer
Ron Manheimer
Their creative expressions and ideas have made a major impact on Americans from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Betty Friedan. In his new book, Growing Up Existentially: From Absurdity to Consciousness (Jorvik Press, 2018), Dr. Ron Manheimer explores what continues to make existentialism so intriguing, while he shares some of his own "existential moments." Come hear about his new book and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cookie.
Free and open to everyone.

Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, April 9, 4:15 pm, Room 102B

Walking Meditation with Ginny Goodin

Ginny Goodin
Ginny Goodin will share a simple walking meditation practice that increases the flow of chi in our bodies.  As we walk, we will explore body awareness, alignment, and deep relaxation to open the spine and increase our chi fluidity.  Ginny will augment the presentation with the Chinese Five Element theory to help personify and strengthen the practice.  

Ginny Goodin is a t'ai chi, qigong and meditation instructor and a personal development coach.  Tai Chi Chuan was an easy love affair for her, enthralled by the fluidity and gracefulness of the movements, and deeply moved by the centering and peacefulness of the discipline.  With 30 years of practice, she has experienced how energy moves through the body and how profoundly we can affect our daily life with this simple yet deep practice.  

All OLLI members are welcome.   More information, contact:  Sally Ekiareb , beriake@yahoo.com
"Jane Austen for the 21st Century"
Dr. Ana-Karina Schneider
Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.  
Reuter Center Room 206

Dr. Ana-Karina Schneider, associate professor in the Department of Anglo-American and German Studies, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, will speak twice at UNC Asheville on
Thursday, April 12 .
Both talks are free and open to the public.
 "The Only Reading is Comparative Reading": 
The Rewards of Cosmopolitanism in Reading
Noon, Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville Campus
Jane Austen for the 21st Century
7 p.m., The Reuter Center

A Free Evening Forum
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7p.m.,
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"School Safety in Asheville & Buncombe County"
In the aftermath of yet another deadly school shooting, the nation's attention has been focused on how to prevent more such mass killings in our schools. How safe are our local schools and what is being done to enhance school security in Asheville and Buncombe County? 
Our panelists will be Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin, Asheville Schools Superintendent Dr. Denise Patterson and Representative Susan Fisher of the House Select Committee on School Safety.

This event is free and open to everyone, but due to space limitations reservations  are  REQUIRED . Reserve online by following this link: https://lafapril12.eventbrite.com
Reservations will be open until the event.  
Sponsored by Leadership Asheville Forum 

WNC Historical Association Event 
Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m.,
Manheimer Room 

The Role of African-Americans in the History of WNC:
    Building the 1870s Swannanoa Train Tunnel and
      The South Asheville Cemetery Project

Presented by Jeff Keith and Kevin Kehrberg of Warren Wilson College

Join Warren Wilson College professors Jeff Keith and Kevin Kehrberg as they present public memories about slavery and the Jim Crow South  through the story of the Swannanoa Tunnel and efforts to maintain the South Asheville Cemetery. While often associated with southern Appalachia, the "myth of racial innocence" is lost in the exclusive use of African American convict labor to build the Swannanoa Train Tunnel that connected the mountains of Western North Carolina to the NC Piedmont  in the late 1870s. This tragic construction story is highlighted through the conversations as well as the music of the laborers. In addition, an overview of the current community work to cultivate and protect the oldest public African American cemetery in WNC, the South Asheville Cemetery, will be developed. The South Asheville Cemetery is the final resting place for nearly two thousand people-many of them slaves.  

Tickets sold at the door: $5 donation, WNCHA members
Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association.
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