OLLI Observer
April 30, 2017 
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning
Jacqueline C. Bodger
April 10, 2017
The Autumn Players 
Readers Theatre 
Sunday, April 30, 2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

All Over
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.

These performances are open to the public, begin at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $6 at the door. 

Carol Gillen, on the OLLI Marketing Committee.
"I love volunteering at OLLI because it makes me feel good to use the skills I have developed throughout my professional life, including promoting and writing about the wonderful people and activities that are part of this organization. "
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.

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

All lectures are scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door. For more details about programs, 
Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1 Edwin Place, Asheville

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

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

More info: Judy Mattox, 828.683.2176 judymattox@sbcglobal.net
  Learn about New Research from UNC Asheville's Neuroscience Students  
Friday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. 
Reuter Center, lower lobby
You have an opportunity to learn about new research focused on traumatic brain injury (TBI's) at poster sessions to be held just outside Rm.102 (the Manheimer Room) of the Reuter Center.

One presentation will be by Jacob Wisnoski about his research on mid-east war vets' post-TBI effects on their emotional health and cognition. The other presentation will be given by Keller Dixon about the emotional effects of soccer concussions.

These students look forward to sharing their work with you and discussing the implications of their work on the health of your brain. 

Free and open to the public.   
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
Friday, May 5, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205 

Topic:  "The Future of the Democratic Party" 
  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: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 
  Special Interest Group: Financial Strategies in Retirement  
Friday, May 5, 1:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 207

"Should You Consider Changing Your Asset Allocation Based Upon the Results of the Recent Election?"

"Which New Sectors Are Expected to Prosper in the Next Four Years?"

"15 Stocks to Watch Over the Next Four Years."

Join us to hear these and other questions discussed, and bring your own questions for our always knowledgeable member panel.

 The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  More info, Kate Beatty kkbmom@yahoo.com
  Special Interest Group: Whole Foods/Plant Based Living
 Friday, May 5, 3 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205  
In this group we 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.   We meet monthly at the Reuter Center and for lunch at various local venues.  Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360, bonniewhee@gmail.com
Thriving in Community Special Interest Group
Friday, May 12, 3:30 p.m.
Manheimer Room 206 

This month's presentation will be by representatives of Eco Village, which is planned to be a close to Asheville, inter-generational village focused on service, sustainability, and wellness. In addition to this presentation we will continue to discuss, "How will you thrive in 'life's second half'?" examining not only alternative options for housing, but also: how to find services you need to manage your life, what local networks exist and are emerging, how to stay engaged in the community, how are other OLLI members making it happen?
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 
Gillespie Dentistry for their support!

Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD
Cosmetic Implant, & General Dentistry
36 Orange Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-9351
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 at the end of National Volunteer Week, but we recognize that every week at OLLI is made possible by the effort, energy, time and talent of over 500 people who teach classes, organize events, plan strategically and contribute joyfully to everything we do.  We have been running a series to highlight the contributions of volunteers and to highlight the reasons they love volunteering at OLLI.  If you are not a volunteer, please visit us in the OLLI office to see how you might teach a class, organize an event, help with an event and enjoy the benefits of giving back to a community that we hope makes a difference in your life. Every volunteer contribution makes a positive difference.

Just as we are reminded this week of the value of volunteers, we are also reminded of the wide range of learning opportunities we offer.  In addition to our courses, this week you can enjoy the talents of The Autumn Players Readers Theatre today. On Tuesday you can learn more about the current state of Brazil in a World Affairs Council lecture. On Wednesday you can learn more about the work of Hood Huggers International from DeWayne Barton who works tirelessly to call attention to the possibilities of Affirlachia and the challenge of sustaining African American communities in our region and particularly in Asheville. On Thursday, look to the heavens and learn more about total solar eclipses in an Astronomy Club of Asheville program.  End the week with a full Friday that ends with a program from the Reuter Center Singers performing music by Carole King and James Taylor, a program you can also enjoy on Saturday.

And don't forget that our Summer 2017 catalog is now available online and to pick up in the Reuter Center during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

In our recent "Paths to Creative Retirement" workshop, Dr. David Mouw talked about his own retirement journey and the possibility of finding joy at this phase of life.  He reminded us of the Robert Louis Stevenson verse "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." It's easy to have a sense of wonder and abundance here at OLLI.

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:
Around the Center

Beautiful dogwood trees blooming around the Reuter Center.
UNCA Bulldog unca

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

Friday, May 12, 6 p.m. 
 UNC Asheville  vs. Longwood
Greenwood Baseball Field

Saturday, May 13, 6 p.m. 
UNC Asheville vs. Longwood
Greenwood Baseball Field
(Senior Recognition Day)

College for Seniors Instructor Support
Spring Workshops teacher

A Workshop on Presentation Skills
Wednesdays, May 24 and May 31,10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
at the Reuter Center

A Workshop on Beginning PowerPoint
Thursdays, May 25 and June 1,9 a.m. to noon
at the Reuter Center.

To READ MORE and REGISTER for either, click on workshop title.

Volunteer Opportunity
Buncombe County Schools Provides a 
Summer Free Lunch Program  
and Volunteers Are Needed

In 2016 Buncombe County Schools Summer Food Service Program served 72,309 free and healthy meals to children ages 2-18.
Let's keep our most precious commodity healthy and ready to learn when they come back to school in August! 
T his is a fun, rewarding and important experience! Join us.

Get involved. 
Become engaged. 
Receive satisfaction 
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.
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 Faculty

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.

 For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture   
Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

  Vitamins and Supplements for Health: 
Hype or Helpful? 

Join Danna Park, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Fellow of the American College of Physicians, for an evidence-based look at some commonly used supplements, vitamins and herbs. Learn the top five questions to ask before considering any natural supplement, and discover some reputable internet sources for reliable information. We'll review some selected vitamins and antioxidants, talk about selected supplements used for heart and brain health, explore the controversy over calcium and more!

Free and open to the public.
This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
Opera Talk    
Friday, May 5, 3-5 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 
 O pera aficionado and noted baritone Dominic Aquilino will lead a discussion on 
"The History of Opera."   

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 with us 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 
Volunteer Opportunity   

The Workshop Committee at OLLI is growing, expanding and looking for new members to serve on our committee. We are venturing out into the community with experiential learning opportunities and adventures, which will build upon what we and the College for Seniors programs already do. These are exciting times!  
Bring your ideas and share the fun as we evolve.
If you wish to learn more, Laurel Jernigan (staff liaison) and Ian Rudick, (committee co-chair) would love to meet with you! Email Ian comefth@frontier.com, or call 828-505-8175.  
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Why Redistricting is Important to North Carolina 
Wednesday, May 10, 4:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room  

Learn more about why redistricting (or better known as gerrymandering) is important and the impacts of gerrymandering on elections.

This is an opportunity to better understand the topic.  There will be a 15 minute Q&A period at the end.  

An Evening with Bill Finger

Author of The Crane Dance: Taking Flight in Midlife
Wednesday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Bill Finger, a Raleigh resident with strong Asheville ties, recounts how he dr ew on the energies of the men's movement, understanding his family history, the power of the expressive arts, the quiet force of meditation, along with antidepressants and therapy, to discover his way of living with depression.
Please join Bill for an illuminating glimpse of one's man's journey to mental wellness.

This event is free and open to the public
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