Richard W. Ellis
July 9, 2018
Volunteers Needed to Explore
New Course Delivery Methods
Technology has changed the way we learn and socialize at OLLI and everywhere else. OLLI instructors and presenters have adopted a wide range of presentation styles enhanced by technology and our hearing loop enhances the ability to hear presentations with great clarity,
The OLLI Steering Council, as part of its strategic planning process, is interested in exploring various options for online learning to potentially provide additional capabilities to the wonderful programs we currently have, at the same time that we provide the sense of community that is the hallmark of our organization. If you have knowledge or skills in this area and wish to help OLLI identify new learning opportunities please contact Bobbie Rockwell (
to join with other OLLI members to explore new opportunities.
Wednesday, August 1, 10:30 a.m.
Care Partners Campus, Top of the Hill, (Building 22, at the Covered Walkway)
68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville
"The Impact of Hearing Loss: The Consumer Perspective", video by Katherine Bouton,
Member of the HLAA Board of Trustees and HLAA convention highlights
I love volunteering at OLLI because I benefit from the wonderful, continuous support provided to all teachers as well as from meeting new friends while teaching the courses themselves.
Bill has taught courses in Spanish and microfinance at College for Seniors.
OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
MANNA Foodbank Team
Providing tens of thousands
of meals a day to the hungry
Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time
VOLUNTEER NOW ...
Email for more information:
You can make a
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
"The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter in the Galaxy and Cosmos"
presented by Shane L. Larson, CIERA, Northwestern University
The cosmos abounds with matter that emits copious amounts of light, both in the spectrum of visible colors we perceive with our eyes as well as in invisible light, such as x-rays
and radio waves.
But in the last 50 years astronomers have discovered that a significant part of the universe is filled with matter that doesn't emit any light at all. In the last ten years, we have discovered an even more mysterious material that appears to be driving changes in the scale of the Universe.
These dark influences are known as dark matter and dark energy, and can only be perceived by their gravitational influence on all the bright, shining matter we know and love. In this talk, Dr. Larson will discuss why astronomers think the dark matter and dark energy are out there, and explore some of the ideas that may lead to discovering just what it might be.
Theatre Department Auditions
Wednesday and Thursday,
August 22 and 23, 6-10 p.m.
Belk Theatre on the UNC Asheville Campus
Auditions for "War of the Worlds" are in Belk Theatre on
August 22 and 23
Callbacks will be
. A sign up sheet will be posted in Belk Theatre on
. Scripts are on reserve for two-hour check out at Ramsey Library. For more information, call Suzie Morris at 828.251.6610.
"War of the Worlds the 1938 Radio Script" by Howard E. Koch will be performed live at the Belk Theatre on
September 28th and 29th
. (doors will open at
7 p.m.), and again at
(doors will open at
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar
egistration is open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar. The Bazaar is s
cheduled for Friday, November 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 10,
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
This year's bazaar will again be a two day format,
and the registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double table.
Exhibitor space is limited. Don't wait to get your registration sent in. 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. And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. Click here to download an event flier to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!
Questions, contact Leanna Preston email@example.com
Dear OLLI Members,
The Fall 2018 catalog will be available on Friday, August 3. Until then, please remember that there is a "Sneak Peek" at the offerings for fall. As always, we are grateful to the CFS curriculum committee and all of our instructors who create opportunities for us to explore new ideas and practices, all in a community of teachers and learners. If you or someone you know would like to teach in Winter 2018, please let us know.
Thanks also to all of the leaders of our Special Interest Groups and our community partners like the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society who provide programming throughout the year.
There are also many volunteer opportunities to pursue both here at OLLI and throughout the community. Many thanks to our Civic Engagement Committee to provide these opportunities and to all of the community groups who recognize the value of OLLI members as volunteers.
And thanks to all of you for helpful suggestions and positive responses to the new about the rise in parking fees for next year.
Finally, thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Ready to Teach with College for Seniors
Course Proposals Due for Winter 2019
Wednesday, August 1
Register Now for Skilltalks
Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl (corner of Charlotte & Edwin)
"Turn Around and Take a Big Step Forward on Climate Change in WNC"
presented by Dr. Dee Eggers, UNC Asheville Environmental Studies faculty. Update on climate impacts, regional resiliency and opportunities to go beyond carbon neutral.
Whole Foods/Plant Based Living Special Interest Group
Friday, August 3, 3:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
Our guest speaker will be Sven Jonsson, MD, MS,
of Park Ridge Health. One of his special interests is the role of nutrition in treating chronic diseases, and he is very supportive of whole foods/plant based living.
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. Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360,
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, August 3, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120
Meeting Topic: "Has the U.S. Begun to Decline? To What Other Country Might You Go and Why?"
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.
Blue Ridge Orchestra Concerts
Summer Lights Concerts at the NC Arboretum
Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4
Concerts at 8 p.m., Light Show at 9 p.m.
The North Carolina Arboretum welcomes guests to enjoy an outdoor concert and light show in its beautiful amphitheater. This year's program features the Symphonic Winds of the Blue Ridge Orchestra performing an array of pop and show tunes, including highlights from West Side Story and Les Miserables, Big Band favorites and a tribute to American composer Aaron Copland.
Financial Strategies in Retirement Special Interest Group
Friday, August 3, 1:30 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205
Guest speaker: Paul Donohue,
Reverse Mortgage and Retirement Specialist
Topic: "Demystifying and Clarifying the New Reverse Mortgage"
Paul Donohue has a 40-year career and specializes in the over age 62 community to help people to leverage home ownership to help navigate the challenges of income planning and asset preservation through all the phases of retirement. He has built three successful companies in his career and has also been the President of the North Carolina Association of Mortgage Professionals. As founder of Abacus Mortgage Training and Education, Paul has trained over 40,000 mortgage professionals nationwide. Come and bring your questions to this interactive session.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members. Contact Kate Beatty for further information at
Buncombe County Community Health Seeks Volunteers
to Help with Listening Sessions
Buncombe County Community Health is collaborating with various organizations and individuals to host listening sessions and record StoryCorp conversations with community members to learn more their experiences and ideas about how to improve the health of Buncombe County.
They are looking for community members through OLLI to participate in a listening session from now through early September.
Participants in these sessions or story recordings may be asked about their opinions and ideas about what helps or hurts the health of Buncombe County. They may also be asked about experiences with specific health issues or topics, or accessing certain types of health services.
If you have questions or would like to support these sessions, please contact Zo Mpofu at 828-450-9322 OR email:
Archaeology of Mounds and Towns in the Cherokee Heartland of Western North Carolina
presented by Ben Steere, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Cherokee Studies Program, Western Carolina University.
Join Dr. Steere as he discusses the location and evolution of Cherokee towns in WNC as well as developing the trade patterns, household construction and lifestyles of the Cherokee nation. Dr. Steere has been honored with the Principal Chief Leon D. Jones Award for Archaeological Excellence for his years of research on the Cherokee. Dr. Steere
believes that archaeological field work, while respecting traditional Cherokee beliefs and treatment of sacred places, leads to a better understanding and preservation of the Cherokee culture. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Steere serves on the Southeastern Archaeological Conference Public Outreach Committee.
This lecture is scheduled in the Manheimer Room; tickets sold at the door. A
$5 donation is requested. Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) members are free. These lectures are sponsored by the WNCHA and OLLI.
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, August 17, 2 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
First Chester Pankowski will give a presentation on U. S. National Parks (NPs) in the western U.S. Chester has taught a course on the national parks at College for Seniors and enjoys traveling to our national parks. This presentation will introduce sources of information on national parks to help your travel planning. He will also describe many natural and cultural features of our most well-known national parks in the Western U.S.
During the second half of the program, Ed Donnelly will discuss his wife Kathy Gainey's and his seven-day driving adventure through sunny Portugal's southern and western coastal areas. He will cover where they went, what they saw, where they stayed and what they liked and didn't like about the vacation.
Following each presentation there will be opportunity for Q&A.
All OLLI members are invited to attend.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Meeting Topic: Shade Grown Coffee
As part of our Shade Grown Coffee Initiative, Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) will present a special August program with Ken Lander, who has been a coffee farmer for 13 years in Costa Rica. Our Shade Grown Coffee initiative encourages folks to choose Shade Grown when they drink coffee.
Shade grown coffee plantations provide important habitat for native birds and for the many neo-tropical songbirds that nest in North America and winter in the tropics. Coffee plantations with native trees and shrubs have four times the bird diversity than open "sun" plantations. For people who love birds and coffee, choosing shade grown is one of the most important things you can do to support neotropical migratory birds.
Save the Date
Farm to Table Dinner on the Quad
Tuesday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville Main Quad
Free Public Lecture by Michael Twitty
Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium
This fourth annual Farm-to-Table on the Quad will be guest-hosted by Michael Twitty, with the theme "One Southern Family" and Twitty will also give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Lipinsky Auditorium.
Please note that tickets for OLLI members are $28 each.
Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, living history interpreter, and Judaica teacher from the Washington, D.C. area. He is the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy. Twitty's 2017 book, The Cooking Gene, was recently honored with two James Beard Foundation awards for writing and for book of the year.
UNC Asheville departmental sponsors for Twitty's visit: Student Environmental Center, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OLLI, the Office of Sustainability, Chartwells/UNC Asheville Dining Services, the Healthy Campus Initiative, Study Abroad, the Center for Jewish Studies, and Multicultural Affairs
"I dare to believe that all Southerners are a family. We are not merely Native, European, and African. We are Middle Eastern and South Asian and East Asian and Latin American, now. We are a dysfunctional family, but we are a family. We are unwitting inheritors of a story with many sins that bears the fruit of the possibility of ten times the redemption. One way is through reconnection with the culinary culture of the enslaved, our common ancestors, and restoring their names on the roots of the Southern tree and the table those roots support."
- Michael Twitty, The Cooking Gene