OLLI Observer
April 28, 2019    
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In This Issue

The Autumn Players
Sunday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"The Constant Wife"
By W. Somerset Maugham,
 Directed by Anita Chapman

In this sophisticated comedy of manners about marital maneuvers in 1920s London, an independent-minded woman discovers her husband is having an affair. Instead of playing the role of the wronged wife, she lays bare the hypocrisy of the double standard, presents an unsentimental analysis of marriage, and offers a sensible solution. 

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Their words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, and these actors make their stories come to life. Tickets are $7 at the door.

 Faith and Conscience Convocation: 
A Call for Accountability for Torture 
Sunday, April 28, 2-5 p.m. 
The Blue Ridge Room South (Room 203) 
UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union

Summer 2019 Sneak Peak! 

The Summer 2019 Sneak Peeks are out! 
You can CLICK HERE to take a look at the College for Seniors Summer offerings.

Click here for access to our course web page and be sure to select "2019 Summer." Full courses descriptions and instructor biographies are available.
CFS Fall 2019 Proposal Forms
Due Wednesday, May 1

The course proposal deadline for the FALL term (September 16-November 8) is Wednesday, May 1.
The course proposal form can be found  HERE



Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry (ATA)
Provide On-Site Food Pantry Support

Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ)
Restoring the Lives of Homeless Vets

Habitat for Humanity
Changing lives one house at a time

Make A Difference!

Thank you from Asheville Terraces
Suseela Steers, Manna Coordinator and
Community Health Worker

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all of the OLLI volunteers who have continued to support the Asheville Terrace Apartments Manna Food Distribution twice monthly since its inception in 2017. Their presence and help has made it possible to serve an average of 200 residents per month who are at risk nutritionally.
In 2018, due to the efforts of John Staatz and Kathleen Manieri, a donation jar was placed in the Reuter Café at UNC-Asheville. The generous contributions received from this jar has enabled us to purchase food, such as meat, self-stable meals, soup, cereals and other items where there is a small fee.
All of the volunteers are a joy to work with and are always willing to help wherever needed.
Thank you all so much!
Suseela Steers, Manna Coordinator and
Community Health Worker
Asheville Terrace Apartments

Buncombe County School Summer 
Lunch Program
Buncombe County School System prepares and delivers hot lunches to designated high poverty neighborhood sites, for volunteers to distribute free to children ages 2-18 and to the disabled.

For more information  please click here .
Contact:  Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 615-584- 4570
 Ann McLellan, annmclellan1@gmail.com

Living Solo

After one month we have grown to 71 members. Join Living Solo for OLLI members thru a Meetup app!

The group is comprised of OLLI members living independently and seeking connections. This is not a dating group but individuals who want to do activities and make connections here in Asheville with OLLI members.  

This is a self-identifying group, even if you have a significant other but feel solo, feel free to join. Please come join us and meet new people! We started a group in Meetup called OLLI UNC Asheville Living Solo. It is a private group with only OLLI members included. 

How to join! 
  • Join Meetup using your preferred email address; enter a password (your favorite or one unique to Meetup)! 
  • Search Groups using key word: OLLI or look around; we are there!
  • Click the yellow OLLI UNC Asheville Living Solo image! 
  • Click the red Request to Join button
Any questions? Contact Barbara Rapchak at 

OLLI member and CFS instructor Jeff Jones
Ride the Bus 
With Jeff 
Tuesday, April 30, 
11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 11:15 a.m.

Do you want to ride an Asheville city bus (called ART or Asheville Redefines Transit) to see what it is like? You are invited to join Jeff Jones (member of the Asheville Transit Committee)to ride the bus to downtown Asheville and return to OLLI.
On either day, we will meet at 2nd floor entrance to the Reuter Center at 11:15 a.m.   We will return to OLLI by 12:45 p.m.

Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The James Webb Space Telescope: 
The Future of Space Sight"
Presented by  Naveen Vetcha
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador

Astronomers have been using the  Hubble Space Telescope for almost 29 years to observe and study the universe. Hubble has revolutionized our understanding of the universe.  But as amazing as Hubble has been, due to the vastness of the universe, it can't in fact see everything. To carry us forward we need a better telescope, one which is more sensitive and allows us a deeper view into the universe, and thus farther back in time - this is exactly what NASA's  James Webb Space Telescope  (JWST) is designed to do.

A true engineering marvel, the JWST will probe the universe to discover the first galaxies and stars formed after the Big Bang. Now scheduled for launch in 2021, the telescope will also be used to study the formation of stars and planets, as well as aid in the study of exoplanets.  Come learn about this extraordinary telescope that will take humanity a few more steps closer to understanding the universe!

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets at the Reuter Center the first Thursday of the month (except January and July) at 7 p.m. with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend club meetings and star gazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. For more information about the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org.

Sierra Club
Thursday, May 2, 
7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place (Corner of Charlotte & Edwin)

"Restoring the American Chestnut Tree"

Ben Jarret of the American Chestnut Foundation will discuss the foundation's work, and  Eron Earley-Thiele, coordinator of the Mayland Earth to Sky Park will also discuss local work in western North Carolina involving genetic modifications of the chestnut.
Contact: Judy Mattox: 828.683.2176

Free and open to everyone
The Forum
TOPIC: "White Supremacy / 
White Nationalism"
Friday, May 3, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 207

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 
Blue Ridge Orchestra presents 
"May Masters" 
Saturday, May 4, and 
Sunday, May 5, 3 pm
 UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium 

The Blue Ridge Orchestra season finale concert features Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," led by Mary Thomas (bassoon) as guest conductor; Copland's rarely-performed and technically challenging "Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra," with BRO's own Gary Spaulding performing the clarinet solo; and Brahms' beloved Symphony No. 2, presented by the full, 65-person symphony orchestra. 

  There will be open parking on campus for these performances. 

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for friends of the orchestra, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, see  CLICK HERE or call (828) 782-3354.

An MWW Gathering
Men's Wisdom Works
Special Interest Group 

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times and places twice a month for 2 hours to discuss issues of personal importance. Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour, & other social 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
Upcoming: Annual OLLI Photoshoot

Friday, May 10th

We're excited to announce the annual OLLI photoshoot. This is a no-stress event where we hope to capture some of the many wonderful activities that take place here at OLLI. We hope to see all of your smiling faces. 

Symphony Talk
Friday, May 10, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra's seventh Masterworks performance will include Márquez' Danzón No. 2, Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, in a performance conducted by Darko Butorac, with a solo performance by violinist Simone Porter. 

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. ASO music director Darko Butorac and guest conductors will appear with the soloist for upcoming concerts to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. For more information about ASO, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit
History Book Lovers
Friday, May 17, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120
David McCullough's
The Wright Brothers

This 2015 best seller  from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize-the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly-Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Come join the fun to share beloved books, engage in discussion, and connect with OLLI members around their favorite subject - history! History Book Lovers meet the third Friday of each month. SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com

Mountain Folk Tales
Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.
Folk Art Center
Blue Ridge Parkway, 
Milepost 382

This event, sponsored by the Asheville Storytelling Circle and the Southern Highland Craft Guild, will feature tellers Wallace Shealy, Becky Stone, Sandra Gudger, Sherry Lovett and winners of the Owen Middle School Jack Tales Contest. 

Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Dear OLLI Members,
In addition to our ongoing classes here at OLLI, we have many interesting events planned this week. Today you can attend a performance by The Autumn Players of Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife . On Thursday you can attend a talk by Murray Sidlin, composer of Defiant Requiem,  titled "Verdi Comes to Terezin." This will be a unique way to prepare for the Asheville performance of Sidlin's work, coming up in June. On Thursday, you can also attend a program of the Astronomy Club of Asheville, on the James Webb Space Telescope.  Our Fab Fridays spring series continues with a talk by Troy Ball, founder of Western North Carolina's Troy and Sons Distillery, and there will be meetings of a variety of our special interest groups. Finally, next weekend, plan to attend the Saturday or Sunday performance by The Reuter Center Singers, who are performing a concert of Appalachian music. Most of these events are free and open to everyone (although there is a fee to attend The Autumn Players performance today).  Please invite your friends to attend these events and get a taste of all that OLLI has to offer. 

We particularly hope that you will take some time to read Judy LaMee's article on Ellen Garrison's multigenerational "Robust Aging and Longevity" course; let us know if you try the "Longevity Stew" recipe.  We also want to call your attention to the letter of thanks from Suseela Steers, who is the MANNA coordinator and community health worker at Asheville Terraces Apartments.  Many thanks to all of the OLLI members who give their time to make this project work; you can contribute to this important effort by leaving your change in the donation jar right outside the Reuter Cafe. 

Remember that you can read all about our Summer 2019 College for Seniors courses at olliasheville.com/courses (be sure to select 2019 Summer).  We will post the complete catalog online on Thursday, May 2 and will send an email as soon as print catalogs are available

Thanks to all of you for contributing to the success of our vibrant community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Need tech help? 
Check out  The Geek Bar
Wednesdays, 8 - 9 a.m
Reuter Center, The Atrium

Are you having technical problems or questions regarding your smart phone, tablet or laptop? 
OLLI is happy to announce The Geek Bar, offered on Wednesday mornings from 8-9 a.m. in the Reuter Center Atrium. This is a great excuse to get good parking, a cup of coffee or tea and advice -- all before your first class!
Bring your device and question, and one of the Geek Bar Experts will try to address your issue. 

All platforms welcome (Android, Apple, Windows, etc.).  The Geek Bar is on a first-come, first-served basis.  We offer no guarantees, but our Geeks will do our best to be of help.  Note : This is not software instruction and is generally meant for specific, quick-answer issues.

If you have questions, or if you are a Geek who would like to work at the Geek Bar, feel free to contact Julia Loughran at:  julia@thoughtlink.com

Verdi Comes to Terezín
Thursday, May 2, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Composer Murry Sidlin
Murry Sidlin, President and Creative Director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, and creator and conductor of the multimedia concert drama 
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, will speak about this work to be performed June 1, 2019, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

When he first learned the story of Rafael Schächter and the 150-person Jewish choir that performed Verdi's Requiem 16 times while imprisoned in the ghetto/concentration camp Terezín, why he was compelled to uncover how and why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform a Latin, Catholic mass during their darkest hours. Ultimately it became his personal and professional mission to show the world how Schächter and his fellow Jewish prisoners demonstrated that it is possible to respond to the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.


A question and answer session with Maestro Sidlin will follow the talk. The event at the Reuter Center on May 2 is free and open to everyone.

Fab Friday
"When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Whiskey
With Troy Ball
Friday, May 3, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

Troy Ball
The first woman in America to found a whiskey distillery has a story to tell.  Troy Ball opened Troy & Sons Distillery in Western North Carolina in 2010, a venture started as a way to support her two medically fragile special needs sons.  She studied with experts to learn the trade and has created a thriving woman-owned whiskey business.  Along the way she also launched a memory supplement business that is also proving successful.  Troy found ways to deal with major roadblocks thrown in her path and learned many life lessons - some of them hard, all of them valuable.  Come hear Troy speak on the importance of listening to these lessons and being brave enough to believe in yourself. Her memoir will be available for sale.

Fab Fridays happen every Friday during our Fall, Winter and Spring terms in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.  Members and guests are invited to socialize and then enjoy presentations on a wide range of topics.  Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag.  These programs are free and open to everyone.
Much More than a Meal: An Enriching Intergenerational Experience
An Article on Robust Aging, by Judy LaMée
Enticing smells of onion, garlic and fennel braising, along with happy conversations between a handful of UNC Asheville undergraduates and a handful of OLLI members drew me into the Sherrill Center's teaching kitchen. Along with Health and Wellness Instructor Ellen Garrison, the intergenerational group was preparing a meal centered around a vegetarian dish interestingly called "Longevity Stew."
The students were enrolled in Ellen's class Robust Aging and Longevity, described as studying " theories and concepts on the foundation for successful aging with emphasis on physical activity and health." The intergenerational group was meeting for the fourth and final time to prepare and enjoy a meal together.
Representing OLLI, Karen Depew, Sally Ekeraib, Judy LaMée, Mary Lasher, Mark Lieberman and Tom Sanders engaged in conversations with undergraduates Lillie Bailey, Mary Grace Currie, Moe Elkins, Brandon Lankford and XaXao Moua during spring semester. UNC Asheville staff member Steve Elliott audited the course. Themed conversations centered around technology, communication, "Blue Zone" lifestyle and the final session preparing a meal according to the Blue Zone diet.
( National Geographic writer Dan Buettner has identified five rare longevity hotspots around the world he calls Blue Zones, regions where people are not only living, but thriving much longer than average, often into their hundreds. Those zones are Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica and Icaria, Greece as well as Loma Linda, California.)
As the group sat around a conference room table after enjoying a delicious meal, students were asked what they drew from the intergenerational dialogues. Their comments included...
  • Senior Moe Elkins: Y'all are my best friends and my future career. You have given me passion to find my career and live a happy life. (Moe now goes weekly to retirement center Bella Vista where she reads newspapers with a resident who has limited vision and is unable to read for herself.)
  • Junior Lillie Bailey: This has helped me focus on my health not only as a young person but my health later in life. It opened my mind to how I want to live.
  • Junior Mary Grace Currie: It has given me a better perspective on nutrition as well as different aspects of older populations. I have a better understanding of pain, and ways to change my life.
  • Junior Xaxao Moua: It helped me better understand how I want to invest in my future. I now know more about aging in place, such as housing with no stairs, wider hallways, wheelchair access.
The meal, centered around plant-based recipes, was tasty. The experience was enlightening. The memories are priceless.
Click Here for the  Link to Longevity Stew!
Smart Driver Class
Friday, May 3, 1-5 p.m.
Reuter Center 120

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, learn tips to respond to aggressive drivers and gather  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.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others. Contact
instructor Celeste Selwyn at csel@mindspring.com to register.

Financial Strategies in Retirement
Special Interest Group
"Investment Strategies in a Global Economy."
Friday, May 3, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

Joe Kiely, who holds a doctorate in finance, is a former finance professor at East Carolina University, Texas A&M, Cal State, USF and UNC-Asheville. Over the last 25 years, he has conducted workshops for businesses, non-profit organizations, professional associations and educational programs.  Dr. Kiely has been featured in Investment Advisor magazine; has been nominated by Worth magazine as one of the top 100 advisors; and he has published in numerous academic journals. In addition, he has received the "Outstanding Conference Speaker" award, by the North Carolina Association of CPA's. 

Come and hear his common sense approach towards investing in this new global economy.

The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at  kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710.

Whole Foods/Plant Based Living
Special Interest Group

Topic: Myth Busting
Friday, May 3, 3:15 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

This group meets on varied Fridays at 3:15 p.m. to provide information and support for anyone interested in following a more plant based diet along the lines of Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Michael Greger and T. Colin Campbell. 

This group is open to all OLLI members.
Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360, 
The Reuter Center Singers Present:
Dear Appalachia: Our Mountain Music Heritage
Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m. 
 Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

Dear Appalachia: Our Mountain Music Heritage  explores in song the rich traditions of Appalachia with deep roots in Western North Carolina.  Multiple ethnic groups brought forth the folk songs and ballads, with African-American spirituals and country gospel the most prevalent.  The singing of this music was used to keep family cultural heritages alive and to rise above dreary, monotonous circumstances through fantasies of escape and revenge.
Selections to be performed include "Sourwood Mountain," "Poor Wayfaring Stranger," "Shenandoah," "Soldier's Joy," "The Unclouded Day/Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "Travelin' Thru," "Old Dan Tucker," "Go 'Way from My Window," "Sun is Gonna Shine," and more.  These sounds of Appalachia in story and legend will be heard in the many musical genres derived from various European and African influences.  These include English ballads, Irish and Scottish traditional music, hymns, and African-American blues.
Chuck Taft, who has directed the choir for its full 20-year history, will conduct and Nora Vetro will accompany on the piano.

This event is free and open to everyone.  Donations are happily accepted at the door.

With 20 years as a singing organization, the Reuter Center Singers have fostered connections among members and the community at large  from the beginning, and is the community chorus based at OLLI.  They rehearse on Monday evenings from 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Reuter Center and welcome new members.
For more information, go to: www.nchearingloss.org
For more information, please call David Nelson 828-505-1874

World Affairs Council (WAC)
Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Roo m

Andrew S. Terrell
Andrew S. Terrell
"Brexit and Beyond: the UK, EuropeA, and the Special Relationship"   

Americans have watched with curiosity and fascination the UK's referendum and the subsequent Parliamentary moves that have characterized Brexit. Come to the World Affairs Council May meeting to hear the latest and official word on Brexit. 

Andrew S. Terrell is the British Consul for Business and Government Affairs and Head of the UK Government Office (UKGO) in Raleigh. This office maintains and develops business, cultural, political and scientific relationships with the State of North Carolina and other communities throughout the southeast. Andrew is originally from Western North Carolina and has lived and studied throughout Asia and Europe.  He is a graduate of Warwick University and Richmond International University in the United Kingdom.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students, and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. 

Forum For Businesses Owned by African American Entrepreneurs
When: Thursday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Reuter Center at UNCA

Purpose: To highlight the triumphs and challenges of starting and owning a business

Featured Speakers:

Keynon Lake CEO/Founder of My Daddy Taught Me That

Joe GreeneConsultant for African American Business Association and the Western Women's Business Center, Entrepreneur

Dannie FreyAssociate Director of the Western Women's Business Center

Rosanna Mulcahy, Minority Business Program Manager for the City of Asheville

This forum will present an interactive opportunity to network with business owners, hear stories of resiliency and perseverance, learn what various programs and agencies support small businesses, and learn how you can support African American owned businesses.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Wallace Bohanan: webohanan@hotmail.com

Click here to register for the Healthy Brain Registry

Special Thanks!

OLLI would like to thank its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Gillespie Dentistry for their support!

Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD

Cosmetic Implant, & General Dentistry
36 Orange Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-9351 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804