The Fall 2017 OLLI Catalog will be online and available to pick up at the Center beginning
August 4, 8 a.m.
Are you ready for the roll-out of
OLLI's Five-Year Strategic Plan?
The Planning Committee seeks five additional members to be part of this process.
Working with one of 10 OLLI committees and a team of planners you'll focus on:
- Implementing Year One objectives
- Focusing on improvements
- Prioritizing objectives and resources
- Implementing action plans
- Conducting an annual assessment of objectives
If you'd like to drop in, the next Planning Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 4:15-6 p.m.,
Reuter Center 102A.
Special Interest Group:
Friday, July 21, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
The Forum offers a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.
The Great American
Total Solar Eclipse Lecture
Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
A total solar eclipse is a wonderful and magical event and, for most folks, a once in a lifetime experience. Where will you be when the Sun fades out on August 21, 2017? This first total solar eclipse in our region since 1970 (when it occurred near the coastline of the Carolinas) will pass very close to Asheville.
Bernie Arghiere, an observer of other total solar eclipses, will share his experiences, including why you should travel the short distance out of Asheville to see the total eclipse. He will discuss how and where to best observe the eclipse safely, what to expect during the brief 2½ minutes of totality, the Sun's chromosphere and corona (both visible during a total solar eclipse) and the celestial mechanics of how and why total solar eclipses occur.
This event is free and open to everyone.
OLLI Art Bazaar
egistration is open for the 2017 OLLI Art Bazaar. The Bazaar is s
cheduled for Friday, November 10, 11 .a.m.- 4 p.m and Saturday, November 11,11 a.m.-3 p.m. The r
egistration fee is $35 for a single table; $70 for a double.
Exhibitor registrations are coming in, and space is limited. 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. If you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend.
More info, contact Leanna Preston,
Do you ponder teaching a course for College for Seniors?
College for Seniors Instructor Support will offer a SkillTalks workshop day on
Tuesday, August 22.,
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mark your calendars now and plan to get all your questions answered. Teaching for College for Seniors is a blast. Contact Herb Gunn
for additional information.
"The Crowin' Hen" Opens in September at the Folk Art Center
"The Crowin' Hen" is a mountain comedy with mountain music - - play and music written by Tom Godleski.
"A whistlin' girl, and a crowin' hen will never come to any good end," is an old mountain saying, that inspired Tom to write the play.
"The Crowin' Hen" made its world premier in May 2015, at The Folk Art Center in Asheville. That first staging was very well attended and got rave reviews.
Click here to read more about the play.
The Folk Art Center will also host the 2017 performances of the play as follows:
Friday September 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 9, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2:30 p.m.
Tickets and additional information can be found at buncombeturnpike.com or text/call 828.778.9534
The Senior Opportunity Center Summer Classes
The Senior Opportunity Center is a city of Asheville recreation center located in downtown that programs for adults and senior adults. The center is a congregate dining site with the Buncombe County Council on Aging, serving meals daily to approximately 60 people and offers recreation and wellness opportunities. The center is open from
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
OLLI would like to thank
Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend
tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:
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,
Thank you very much for your understanding as we hosted the UNC Board of Governors at the Reuter Center last week. Our "home" was a comfortable facility to accommodate this group that sets policy for the entire UNC system, and we were honored to have some time to share the NC Center for Creative Retirement/OLLI story with this group.
We wanted to prepare you for a challenge we will face this Wednesday, July 19, when the university joins with
with Mission Health, the Asheville Police Department, Asheville Fire Department, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and Buncombe County Emergency Services to conduct a simulated emergency response exercise, beginning early in the morning and concluding before
This exercise will involve a simulated multi-agency response focused on the capabilities for on-site triage and transport to the hospital of people who will be role-playing victims in a violent incident.
None of the exercise will take place at the Reuter Center, and we have scheduled classes to go on as usual. However,
ehicle access to parts of campus will be blocked for parts of the day. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to class. All of the officials at blocked entrances will know that OLLI members will have access to campus, but you may be stopped and asked your business on campus. Just tell the officer that you are attending an OLLI class at the Reuter Center. The parking lot above the Reuter Center on Campus View Drive will be blocked, so please don't attempt to park there.
Some areas of campus, including the Quad and parking lots P8 and P17 will be blocked completely during parts of the day.
Sirens and messages from indoor and outdoor speakers, and office phone speakers, will be audible on campus during the exercise. It will be clear when messages are part of the exercise, in the event that an actual emergency takes place this Wednesday.
This full-scale exercise comes as part of UNC Asheville's continued preparation efforts to ensure the campus community's safety in case of an emergency. The university is coordinating with the area's first-responder agencies in planning and conducting this exercise, to help us all communicate well and operate smoothly if a large-scale incident were to occur.
We truly appreciate that the planners of this exercise understand that we did not want to disrupt our Wednesday courses two weeks in a row and truly appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work with the campus community to make sure we are prepared to manage your safety. We have used the planning for this exercise to review safety preparations at the Reuter Center and will communicate our planning as the weeks go forward.
Let's be careful out there!
Around the Center
Death Café is a gathering with storytelling and conversation about a subject that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the rituals of death and dying through personal storytelling of fears and loss. A deepening ritual emerges, and we build a culture of dying wisely. Facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.
Shindig on the Green
! Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions in downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green."
Free and open to the public.
College for Seniors
is starting a database of OLLI members who are particularly well-versed in the use of four types of audio-visual media formats when making presentations.
Do you use:
> Google Slides
Please contact Paula Withrow firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have skills in the use of these platforms.
Concerts on the Quad
Southern Culture on the Skids
Monday, July 17, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville Main Quad
UNC Asheville's Concerts on the Quad concludes this summer series with Southern Culture on the Skids.
This trio of Rick Miller (guitar and vocals), Dave Hartman (drums) and Mary Huff (bass and vocals) formed in Chapel Hill in the early 1980s and has been specializing in what they call "a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych," ever since.
The free concert take is scheduled from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.
Friday, July 21, 2017, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Joe Baum will present information on Apple Maps App and Car Play. We will also have the "help desk" for anyone with Apple device or OS/iOS problems.
In August we will meet on the second Friday, August 11th, 1:30-3:30 p.m., and Tom Foss will cover cyber security and an overview of Apple Pay.
All OLLI members are invited to attend
Review of "Elixir of Love"
Friday, July 21, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) brings great stories and music to life on Asheville's premiere theatrical stage, the Diana Wortham Theatre. Come enjoy a behind-the-scenes journey guiding you through the operatic world. Mark your calendar to attend this lively and informative musical presentation. Scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the Manheimer Room, upcoming Opera Talk will focus a final review and recap of our production of "Elixir of Love." Come find out what went into the production and learn our closing comments and take away knowledge of the experience.
Click here to visit the ALO website.
Free and open to the public.
OLLI Civic Engagement Committee hopes that you will join them to participate in this unique
opportunity to partner with United Way, MANNA and the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville to improve the lives of those living at the Asheville Terrace Apartments by helping to create an on-site food pantry.
Sierra Club Meeting
"Can Science Save Us from
Climate Change and from Ourselves?"
Wednesday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
Corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place
Robert Cabin, professor of ecology and environmental studies at Brevard College, will discuss the power and limitations of science to address climate change.
Free and open to the public.
Love the Parkway? Make an impact and join the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundations Volunteer Corps.
More than 15 million visitors enjoy the scenic journey of the Blue Ridge Parkway each year. With stagnant and declining funding from the government, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's support has become essential to preserve and protect the historical, cultural and natural resources found along the 469-mile route. You can help by giving your time. There are many different volunteer opportunities available from short-term projects to regularly scheduled work.