OLLI Observer
June 25, 2017 
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In This Issue
 We Remember
burning candle
Anne Twitchell
June 3, 2017
  Special Interest Group The Français facile
Monday, June 26, 2 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120 

 Come and practice your French with others in an easy-going environment with folks who can correct errors and get conversations started.  Think of talking about places that you're going this summer or concerts/ movies that you're seeing.

All OLLI members are invited! 
  Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, June 26, 4:15 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 102B 
Bill Muerdter, instructor at College for Seniors, will introduce us to Qigong. This ancient Chinese form of meditation uses conscious breath and movement to achieve relaxation, longevity and well being.  Bill will lead us in a Qigong moving meditation.
All OLLI members are welcome.
Sally Ekaireb skekaireb@gmail.com 
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
 Friday, June 30, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205 

Topic: "The Future of Health Care in America"
  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.

SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 
Buncombe County 
Asks Your Input 
for Next Aging Plan

Every five years Buncombe County's Commissioners adopt a plan for improvement of older adult services in our community. Several OLLI members serve on the Aging Coordinating Consortium, which makes recommendations for this plan. At the outset of this process they ask you to spend a few minutes giving your advice about issues you believe need attention in this next plan. Certainly you have opinions about this subject; now is the time to share them!  

or copy and paste the link below into your browser:

Let Buncombe County know what you think.

OLLI Art Bazaar Registration Open   
R egistration is open for the 2017 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017, 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, 232-5181, lpreston@unca.edu 

Volunteer Opportunity 
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the primary fundraising partner for the Blue Ridge Parkway, providing support for initiatives along the 469-mile route, including historical and cultural preservation, environmental protection, visitor amenities, and educational outreach.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is currently seeking a part-time communications volunteer to work in our Asheville office for the summer or fall. The volunteer will work with the Communications Director to achieve the nonprofit's communication goals. For more information about this opportunity and how to apply please visit our website:   https://www.brpfoundation.org/career-opportunities. We can't wait to hear from you!
Children's Book Drive
Congregations 4 Children, a NC United Methodist Church initiative, is collecting books to give to children during the federally funded free lunch program this summer. Both picture and chapter books are needed for grades K-12.

Please consider donating any children's books you may have and are no longer using. There will be a drop box outside the OLLI administrative office. For more information, Jane Callis 828-215- 2950.  
Volunteer Opportunity
It takes ...
One Mom, One Kid &
One You
Volunteer at Steadfast House which provides
a fresh start and a place to heal surrounded and supported by love, trust, education and companionship for single women, mothers with children, and female veterans. 
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
Sponsor, 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,
The newsletter looks a little different this week. The program we use presents some editing and formatting challenges that I was unable to resolve.  We hope it is legible and provides all the information you expect. 

This is a relatively quiet time for us here at the Reuter Center, with summer classes underway and the offices settling into a routine.  This is an excellent time to explore the UNC Asheville campus, with events like the Concerts on the Quad. There are volunteer opportunities for local organizations and the ongoing meetings of our Special Interest Groups.  Finally, we hope you have taken time to fill in the survey for the Buncombe County Aging Plan.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to make OLLI a place where we all explore new ideas and points of view in a spirit of inquiry and respect,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Concerts on the Quad
Monday, June 26, 7 p.m.
 UNC Asheville Main Quad
UNC Asheville's Concerts on the Quad continues this summer with the second of four free Monday evening shows, featuring Westsound playing Americana/roots, jazz, funk, rock and soul music. The free concerts take place June 26, and July 10 and 17, 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.  
Click here to learn more.
Thank You!

If you came to OLLI for class this week and had any questions, you were probably helped by one of our welcome table volunteers.

OLLI staff would like to extend a special thank you to these volunteers who helped make sure the first week of classes were a success.

Marge Campbell                                  Susan Poole
Larry Hardin                                       Pam Prosser
Gayle Hofmann                                  Bobbie Rockwell
Tom Hofmann                                     Sandi Taylor
Martha Marshall                     Kathy Tempelaar-Lietz
Anne Mock                                         Ann Ward
Barbara Mueller                                  Luis Uranga
Patti Oppenheim                                Erik Vedeler
Cal Oppenheim                                  Paula Withrow

If you would like to volunteer at the welcome table in the future, please contact Caitlin Han at chan@unca.edu
 Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement 
Friday, July 7, at 1:30 PM 
Reuter Center Room 206 
Special Guest: Matthew Allen, Of Counsel, Elder Law Carolina, will be discussing 
"Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid."

 He will also review recent changes in North Carolina law that could impact your current will.  Matt Allen joined Elder Law Carolina as Of Counsel in October 2016. Previously, after graduating from Hofstra University School of Law, he practiced at a preeminent employment law firm on Long Island, New York, and coached the International Moot Arbitration Team at his alma mater. Matt is a member of the North Carolina Bar, the New York State Bar, 2 nd  Dept., the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710. 

Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, June 29, 2-4pm 
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated by an all-volunteer team. As the WNC Nature Center is no longer able to assist the community in the triage and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife they are transitioning that role to this nonprofit. The number of injured and orphaned wildlife has increased 98.8% in just four years, and the group is expecting over 2,000 animals this year. These numbers will continue to increase as weather patterns change and development increases.
The group is opening itsTriage Unit this summer and seeks help to get wild animals back to their wilderness homes! Your hobbies and work skills can help the refuge save wild lives! Enjoy sports? Volunteer for fundraising events like Tourist ball games! Love to work in the garden? Bring your friends and plant a wildlife garden at the Triage Center! Want to see interesting places? Join the ambulance transport team!! Is knitting your thing? Knit baby bunny nests! Do you have skills in construction, management, marketing, accounting, or animal care? Appalachian Wildlife Refuge has a niche just for you! Visit the group's website, fill in an application, and join a team to start helping the wild ones.

A Volunteer Orientation will be held: 
Saturday, July 29th, 2:00-4:00 at REI, 31 Schenck Pkwy, Biltmore Park 
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 Council on Aging of Buncombe County, serving meals daily to approximately 60 people. The center also offers recreation and wellness opportunities. The center is open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

WNC History Association Event
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Historic Cataloochee Valley Revisited
A Bus Tour with Wayne Caldwell

On   Saturday, August 5, 2017,  join award-winning local author Wayne Caldwell for a day trip to the Cataloochee Valley Historic Area.  Caldwell based his best selling fiction series ( Cataloochee  and   Requiem by Fire) on life in the valley before and during the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The tour includes several historical exhibits and buildings as well as reflections and readings from Dr. Caldwell.  Tour participants will walk throughout the historic area including a one mile round trip walk to visit one of the sites.  Transportation by motor coach to and from the valley and a catered box lunch are included in your registration.  The tour departs from the Smith McDowell House (on the AB Tech campus) at   10 a.m.  and returns at approximately   4 p.m.

Space is limited and advance registration and payment is required.  Tickets are $75.00.  Please contact the Smith-McDowell House at   smh@wnchistory.org  or by calling   828-253-9231  by   July 1, 2017  to reserve your seat.  The tour is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and is a light rain or shine event.
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