OLLI Observer
April 22, 2018   
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In This Issue
Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m.
UNC Asheville's  Lipinsky Auditorium
Ashe ville Singers, University Singers, The Reuter Center Singers present an Earth Day Concert

Missa Gaia Earth Mass 

A mass in celebration of Mother Earth by Paul Winter 
 Melodie Galloway and Chuck Taft directors

Click here to view event flier 


Asheville City Schools
Call for Proctors  
Give your time and make a difference  

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

The Veteran's Restoration Quarters
Help veteran's improve their communication and interview skills
Click here for details
VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a difference!
The Gift of Time
Registration Open

The Gift of Time is a program that encourages participants to think through the many facets of planning and communicating end-of-life wishes to spouses, partners, children and parents. Experienced facilitators and expert speakers, combined with the support of a group of peers make this program truly unique. The Gift of Time runs May 22, 24, 31 & June 7, 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. - noon and is open to OLLI members. 
contact program manager, 
Hannah Furgiuele at 828.250.3871 or hfurgiue@unca.edu.          

David  Langdon        
I love volunteering at OLLI because I stay connected with the many aspects of OLLI, work with amazing people and keep on learning.      
David is chair of the OLLI 
Communications Committee.
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

The Autumn Players 
Readers Theatre 
Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Broken Glass by Arthur Miller
directed by Anita Chapman

In this challenging drama set in 1938, a Jewish woman in Brooklyn mysteriously loses the power of her legs. Her paralysis provokes an identity crisis in her husband and becomes a metaphor not only for the brokenness of her marriage, but also for the indifference of the people around her to reports of atrocities taking place in Germany. 
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.

The World Affairs Council
The Challenges of 
Long-Term Humanitarianism:
 Lessons from the 
Palestinian Experience 

Ilana Feldman
Tuesday, May 1,  7:30 p.m.  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Ilana Feldman, is professor of anthropology, history and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A cultural and historical anthropologist, Feldman focuses her research on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of historic Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship.
She is currently working on a project tentatively titled Life Lived in Relief: Palestinian Experiences with Humanitarianism since 1948, which 

The World Affairs Council lectures at UNC Asheville are presented in partnership with OLLI and the university's Department of Political Science.
Admission is free to WAC members and $10 to non-members.  
OLLI members receive a discount on WAC Annual Membership.
Blue Ridge Orchestra  
Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m. 
and Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium.  

  "Music for the New World"

 The Blue Ridge Orchestra presents  their 2017-18 season finale, featuring Antonín Dvořák's beloved New World Symphony and Arturo Márquez's sprightly Danzón No. 2.

Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Friends (donors), $5 Students.  For tickets and info, www.blueridgeorchestra.org/music-new-world 
or call 828.782.3354.

Dear OLLI Members,
We are just finishing another successful weekend of the Paths to Creative Retirement weekend, with 39 participants from all over the country.  We are particularly lucky to have facilitators Dan Beerman, Bill Carpenter, Carla Greenfield, Dave Greenfield, Deborah Grey, Rebecca Heartz, Ken Macfarlane, Marc Miller, Kitty Schaller, Arnold Willen, and Judith Young who help us design, plan and implement the program. OLLI members Peter Landis, Ray Rapp and Chris Skoczynski all shared their own retirement reinvention stories and helped participants imagine a new life for themselves. Congratulations to Hannah Furgiuele for completing her first time running the workshop. If you know anyone who would like help making the transition from work to retirement, please contact Hannah at hfurgiue@unca.edu.

Take some time to read John Hammond's story on OLLI Steering Council Chair Kirk Borland. Kirk has made volunteer engagement a focus of his work with OLLI.  Remember that OLLI runs on volunteer effort and energy to manage everything from organizing socials to teaching courses.  Check out the jobs board on the upper level of the Reuter Center for more information.

Don't forget that Tuesday, April 24, will be our picture day.  If you would like to be part of the "big picture" that we will use on our catalog cover, please come around 1:30 p.m.

Also, remember that registration is now open for The Gift of Time and Leadership Asheville Seniors. 

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:
Upcoming UNC Asheville Athletic Events
April 2018 UNCA Bulldog

Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m., Baseball  UNC Asheville vs. NC Central, Greenwood Baseball Field  

Friday, April 27, 6 p.m., Baseball UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb, 
Greenwood Baseball Field     

Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m., Baseball UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb, Greenwood  Baseball Field   

Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m., Baseball UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb, Greenwood Baseball Field

Photography Day
Tuesday, April 24th, Center Wide
  Please mark your calendar for our  Annual Photography Day with professional photographer John Warner when we add to our library of photos for use on the OLLI website, catalog and more.

We hope to see you at 1:30 p.m. in the lower lobby for the BIG  PICTURE when we take a photo for use on the cover of the OLLI catalog.
Kirk Borland: Getting the Job Done
by John Hammond
When Kirk Borland joined our organization in 2010, he brought with him a marketing career's worth of experience and insights he has been happy to apply to a broad range of initiatives here.
Once Kirk and his wife Lucy made the move to Asheville from Chicago, they both quickly immersed themselves in our community's culture, making significant contributions to OLLI. Kirk joined the Marketing Committee, becoming its chair in 2013.

Click here to read the rest of the story. 

Fab Friday
Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone is America's pioneer hero. He was a market hunter, frontier guide, wilderness scout, master woodsman, expert marksman, Indian fighter, militia leader, surveyor, land speculator, judge, sheriff, coroner, elected legislator, merchant, tavern keeper, prisoner of war, Spanish government agent, husband, father and more. Daniel Boone led one of the most eventful lives in American history, living 21 of his remarkable 86 years in North Carolina. His life is commemorated across a landscape which today spreads over 11 states including Pennsylvania and Missouri, Michigan and Florida (yes, Florida!) and everywhere in between. Come hear award-winning author and storyteller Randell Jones recount the episodes of Daniel Boone's life which have endeared this American frontier icon to generations of Americans. 
  Click here to view an event flier. 
On  Fridays,  11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  during our fall, winter and spring terms, the Fab Friday series of lunch and learn lectures are held in the Manheimer Room and are free and open to everyone. Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag. End your week and start your weekend with Fab Fridays. 
Help Retirees Find the Joys of Relocation
CREW Volunteers Needed

Call for Volunteers!
The Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) which runs June 1-3, 2018 is seeking volunteers to assist with this exciting and fun weekend during which OLLI welcomes one hundred visitors from across the country to participate in a workshop focusing specifically on relocating in retirement-whether to Asheville or elsewhere. 
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pat Hart at
to learn more details and see how you might bring your skills and interests to the table for CREW.
NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday, April 27, 1:30 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the themes, talk with actors, directors and designers about their creative processes. Frequent NC Stage collaborators Ron Bashford (director) and Willie Repoley (actor) began work on a new play in 2014. After four years of creative improvisations, artistic explorations, and grueling writing sessions, NC Stage and Immediate Theatre Project are proud to present the world premiere of Burden, an original play inspired by Robert Penn Warren's classic American novel All the King's Men. 
"Behind the Scenes" is free and open to everyone.

Euro/Great Britain Sub-Group
OLLI Travel Special Interest Group

Friday, April 27, 2-4 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206

For more information contact:  lindaf@eggsasmerica.com
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, April 27, 2-4 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Meeting Topic:  "The Impact of the Media on Our Politics and Lifestyle and Its Implications"  

   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
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia  
Saturday, April 28, noon, Manheimer Room     
Open Rehearsal for Pink Moon in the Sky 
The Magic of the Harp
Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp< and Kate Steinbeck, flute<
with Rosalind Buda, bassoon
 Enjoy an open rehearsal in preparation for a performance of the music of André Jolivet, Adrienne Albert, Henk Badings, Dana Wilson, and GF Handel
Performances will take place
Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m. * 
Greenville Center for Creative Arts 
Monday, April 30, 7:15 p.m. * 
The Haen Gallery, Asheville 
(Doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
The open rehearsal is free and open to everyone. 

Astronomy Club of Asheville 
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room     
Seeing the Sky Through Words

Mark Littmann
Humankind has contemplated the heavens for millennia, intently striving to make sense of the universe  and our place within it. As we matured as a species and developed language, visual arts and the written word, each step accorded us an opportunity to interpret - and understand - the firmament and what exactly it was trying to tell us.

Dr. Littmann will focus on our attempts to describe the sky through a series of loosely connected short readings from literature and mythology about different aspects of the heavens - Ursa Major, the Milky Way, comets, meteors, a total eclipse of the Sun, man on the Moon, the future of the Earth and the expanding universe. The stories and thoughts will come from American Indian and other mythologies; King Alfonso The Wise, Albert Einstein, Arthur C. Clarke, Neil Armstrong, and many others (including some of Dr. Littmann's own writing).
The presentation is less an explanation of astronomy than a glimpse of the poetic, aesthetic and philosophical implications of the planets, stars and galaxies - why an encounter with the universe changes our lives for the better.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m. , with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the 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 on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, 
visit their website at  www.astroasheville.org .

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