OLLI Observer
March 24, 2019    
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In This Issue
A Patchwork of Stories
Sunday, March 24,  2 p.m.
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Milepost 382

OLLI member and storyteller Chuck Fink
Presented by Stories on Asheville's Front Porch  
and sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, with storytellers Christine Westfeldt, Ronnie Pepper, Chuck Fink and Barbara McBride Smith

Tickets are $15 at the door; advance ticket sales have ended.  Click here for an event poster for "A Patchwork of Stories"


Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry
Provide On-Site Food Pantry Support

Veterans Restoration Quarters
Help Restore the Lives of Homeless Vets

Energy Savers Network
Help Homeowners Reduce Energy Loss

Make A Difference!


Asheville Middle School Reality Store
Reality Store at Asheville Middle School is a financial literacy simulation for 6th grade students.  

We're looking for volunteers to work "stores" by helping students make their purchase decisions, and properly balance their household budgets.  

For more information please click here .
 To sign-up, please visit this website. 


Green Opportunities' mission is to train, support, and connect people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways.

Green Opportunities also seeks an interim executive director.   Click here for the job announcement for this interim opportunity.

Meditation Special Interest Group
Meditation with Universal Life Energy to Transform our Conscious Awareness 
Led by Peggy Moore
March 25th,
 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, 
Room 120

Join us for a guided meditation focusing on increasing your flow of energy.  Meditation can help calm and center your physical, mental and emotional systems and help us have a more positive outlook on life. 
Peggy Moore has been a student of meditation for over 30 years and is associated with the Institute for the Study of Universal Life Energy.  Her meditation techniques incorporate chakra awareness, breathing techniques, and energy work.  She teaches meditation and Celtic spirituality at College for Seniors.

All OLLI members are welcome to Meditation SIG programs, no matter what their previous experience with meditation.

SIG Contact:  Sally Ekaireb
UNC Asheville Baseball Schedule
Go Bulldogs!

UNC Asheville Baseball is officially underway and we're excited to host OLLI members at any of the upcoming home games listed below at Greenwood Field. Tickets for OLLI members are only $4 per person. 

  • 3/29: Baseball vs. Longwood - 6 p.m. 
  • 3/30: Baseball vs. Longwood - 3 p.m.
  • 3/31: Baseball vs. Longwood - 1 p.m. 
For more information, reach out to Josh Baker at  jbaker8@unca.edu
LAS 2013 participants experience a Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Saturday, March 30, 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Registration is free and open to everyone, but we want everyone who signs up to make a commitment to attend.  We must meet a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 45.   Please use this link to register to participate.

OLLI's Inclusion Committee is hosting this experiential learning tool created by local nonprofit Just Economics. The exercise exposes participants to the real life struggle of the working poor in our community.  Participants are assigned identities based on real low-income people and must complete the everyday activities of their families, like going to work, paying bills, applying for public benefits, etc.  The simulation involves moving between stations
which represent the institutions and businesses individuals typically interact with each month.  After the exercise there will be time for reflection.  

We have offered this poverty simulation for a number of years as part of our Leadership Asheville Seniors program and wanted to make this experiential learning opportunity available to more of our members.

For more information call us at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, March 31,  2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Awake and Sing 
by Clifford Odets, directed by Arnold Sgan
A Jewish family of three generations lives crammed together in a Bronx apartment during the Great Depression. In language both street-tough and poetic, the characters widely disagree about whether to hold onto their ideals or act in their own best interests as each one struggles to survive.

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Tickets are $7 at the door.

OLLI Authors
Thursday, April 4, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

For more information about the Authors, Click Here
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Lambda Bootis Star System: A 75-Year-Old Mystery"
Presented by  Richard Gray

The Lambda Boötis stars (Lambda Boo for short) were discovered 75 years ago by one of the founders of the MK Spectral classification system (the system that astronomers use for classifying stars by their spectra), W.W. Morgan.  Modern digital spectra show that metals and other elements are present in the spectra of Lambda Boötis stars, but at very low levels. This is very curious, because for all other stars, metal abundance is correlated with age. Old stars have low abundance of metals, whereas young stars have high abundance.  So, that must mean Lambda Boo stars are really old?  No!  Interestingly, all known Lambda Boo stars are much younger than our Sun, and a few have "just" started fusing hydrogen in their cores.
So this is a 75 year-old mystery.  Scientists now think they know why the Lambda Boo stars are metal poor, and their discoveries may help form a clearer understanding of planet formation.

Richard Gray teaches in the department of physics and astronomy at Appalachian State University; his research focuses on stellar spectroscopy.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m., (except January and July), with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and stargazes, 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 www.astroasheville.org

Spoken Word Performance
"Healing the Soul of Appalachia"
Friday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Attic Salt Theatre Company
2002 Riverside Drive, Woodfin, NC

In association with Asheville WordFest 2019, WORD is presenting three dynamic wordsmiths: former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association, David Joe Miller, along with Asheville native and community building poet, DeWayne Barton and Moth Slam Champion, Lee Lindsey

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Program
Recent Changes in Bird Distribution and Diversity in the Smokies
with Dr. Andrew Laughlin

Tuesday April 16, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

UNC Asheville professor Dr. Andrew Laughlin and his team are re-surveying portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that were first surveyed 20 years ago by researchers from NC State. The current research concerns how bird communities have changed in response to Eastern Hemlock decline and whether any bird species are moving up or down the mountains as a result of climatic changes. Understanding how birds have reacted to these changes in terms of distribution and diversity is an important step in predicting how future changes may alter bird communities.

Dr. Andrew Laughlin is an assistant professor of environmental studies at UNC Asheville. His research interests include movement and migration ecology and animal responses to environmental change, with a focus on birds. His research has included studies of hermit thrush and veery habitat associations and tree swallow ecology.

All EMAS programs are free and open to the public

For more information, Click Here
Dear OLLI Members,

We are looking forward to the beginning of College for Seniors classes for Spring 2019 tomorrow, Monday, March 25. Remember that if you have any questions about your schedule or rooms where classes will meet you can log into your online account to check out all the latest details. Also, take some time to read David Langdon's article about Herb Gunn, Pascale Couturier-Armstrong and all the latest developments at College for Seniors. 

Registration is still open for the Just Economics Poverty Simulation scheduled at the Reuter Center for Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. Click here to register. The event is free and open to everyone, but we do need to know how many people to anticipate.  We will need at least 20 people to sign up to make the event possible. Thanks to OLLI's Inclusion Committee for organizing this opportunity.

We also invite you to attend our Town Hall Meeting on Thursday.  We will review the successes and challenges of this past year and look forward to next steps.  We are introducing the 2019-20 slate of officers for the organization and will send out a ballot to affirm the slate following the meeting. We will also be launching our 2019 Annual Member Survey at the meeting. We are serving light refreshments (including wine and beer) and taking your questions.  We encourage anyone with questions or suggestions to let us know any time (cfrank@unca.edu), but we think these public meetings are great times to gather and share ideas.

Thanks to all of you for contributing to the success of our vibrant community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
  Spring 2019 Classes 

Spring 2019 courses begin tomorrow, Monday, March 25.  

Please remember that parking can be challenging right around the Reuter Center.  To avoid lines and frustration, park at P01 at the entrance of Campus Drive and take the Purple Shuttle to the Reuter Center. Please do not arrive early and line up waiting for spaces.  Blocking lines of traffic means that shuttles and other forms of traffic cannot move as intended. Our colleagues in transportation and safety appreciate your cooperation as they work to make campus safe and easy to navigate.

Important Dates
  • Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses begin on Monday, March 25 and run through May 17. 
Need tech help? Check out
The Geek Bar
Wednesdays, 8 - 9 a.m
Reuter Center, The Atrium

Are you having technical problems or questions regarding your smart phone, tablet or laptop? 
OLLI is happy to announce The Geek Bar, offered on Wednesday mornings from 8-9 a.m. in the Reuter Center Atrium. This is a great excuse to get good parking, a cup of coffee or tea and advice -- all before your first class!
Bring your device and question and one of the Geek Bar Experts will try to address your issue. 

All platforms welcome (Android, Apple, Windows, etc.).  The Geek Bar is on a first-come, first-served basis.  No guarantees, but our Geeks will do our best to be of help.  Note : This is not software instruction and is generally meant for specific, quick-answer issues.

If you have questions, or if you are a Geek who would like to work at the Geek Bar, feel free to contact Julia Loughran at julia@thoughtlink.com

Living Solo

The Solo Aging Group is now called "Living Solo."  The group is comprised of OLLI members living independently and seeking connections. This is not a dating group, but individuals who want to do activities and make connections here in Asheville with OLLI members. Please come join us and meet new people!  

Any questions? Contact Barbara Rapchak at  beinthemomentyoga@gmail.com

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 4:15 p.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

During our annual Town Hall meeting we will review the accomplishments from our OLLI programs and activities.  The Nominating Committee will introduce the 2019-20 slate of candidates.  Our focus will be on your questions for our staff and OLLI Steering Council members. 

And remember that any time you have questions or concerns you may contact OLLI director Catherine Frank at cfrank@unca.edu or 828.251.6188
Fab Friday
"The Grove Park Inn: A Place for Presidents, Celebrities and Gingerbread Houses"
Friday, March 29, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

For over 105 years The Grove Park Inn has welcomed guests from all over the world. The Inn was built by Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmacist who amassed a fortune making "Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic." Attracted to Asheville for its mountain air, Grove wanted to develop a lodge that reflected the grandeur of the surrounding mountains.  Built from native granite in less than a year, the Inn has hosted some of the world's most brilliant minds and endured some of America's greatest hardships since its opening in 1913.  It has been named to the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Hotels of America. 

Becky Blenkitni, the PR and Special Events Coordinator for the Omni Grove Park Inn, will provide an overview of the Inn's history and explain how it came to be such an iconic hotel.

Fab Fridays happen every Friday during our Fall, Winter and Spring terms in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.  Members and guests are invited to socialize and then enjoy presentations on a wide range of topics.  Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag.  These programs are free and open to everyone.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, March 29, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

 Topic: "What is Socialism? - In Western Europe, Venezuela, Russia, etc." 

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.net 
Under the Gunn -
 A CFS Update
by David Langdon
OLLI College for Seniors (CFS) program manager Herb Gunn offers a program update with a twinkle in his eye as he says, "We actually 'ride' the CFS program rather than 'run' it." College for Seniors, he explains, is actually 'run' by those who volunteer on its 11 curriculum committees. Herb and program assistant Pascale Couturier-Armstrong shared some exciting new CFS opportunities.
Premiere Screening of Ken Burns's New Country Music Documentary
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Highsmith Student Union - Blue Ridge Room

Country Music, Ken Burns's new PBS documentary series, won't premiere nationally until September, but Burns's co-producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey will host a special preview screening and discussion at UNC Asheville.  UNC Asheville is one of only 10 sites nationally to host advance premiere screenings of Country Music!
The film, which chronicles the history of the uniquely American art form, features many North Carolina artists and their stories, from early spiritual music, Celtic mountain music through notable stars like Rhiannon Giddens, Kathy Mattea, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, among many others. 

The screening is free and open to everyone but space is limited, so tickets are required. For tickets and more information, Please Click  HERE

Thomas Wolfe Short Story Book Club
Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site
52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC

Discussion leader Ellen Brown, Author of John Apperson's Lake George  will lead a discussion of Thomas Wolfe's story "The Hollyhock Savers." 

This is the last in this year's series of discussions sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy,  a tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 2012 to sustain and promote Wilma Dykeman's values by sponsoring workshops, events, and other programs. The core values of this extraordinary woman from Buncombe County included environmental integrity, social justice, and the power of the written and spoken word. For more information, visit wilmadykemanlegacy.org/

Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association  Special Meeting
Sunday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Understanding Creative Exposure, Learning to See Creatively and Understanding Color"
Bryan Peterson

B ryan Peterson is an internationally known photographer, speaker, workshop leader and website instruction host (with his well-known www.bpsop.com site)

The group anticipates a large turnout of members and nonmembers of Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association and has reserved some seating for members, and seating is limited to 150 members.

If you have questions, please contact Susanna Euston and Ken Smith,  Co-Coordinators, CNPA-Asheville,  coordinator@CNPA-asheville.org

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) was founded in 1992 to promote nature photography in the Carolinas, to help conserve and preserve the diverse natural ecosystems in the Carolinas and to educate others interested in nature and wildlife photography. The association is divided into regions for more close-at-hand activities. The CNPA-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western  North Carolina through photography. Activities in the Asheville Region include monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques. The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m., For more information please visit:  www.cnpa-asheville.org
History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
The Path Between the Seas: 
The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
by David McCullough

Friday, April 19, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

History Book Lovers SIG meets on the third Friday of each month to share books, engage in discussion and connect with other OLLI members who love history. In upcoming months they will read

May: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
June: A discussion of Kublai Khan 1215-1294, Emperor of China

All OLLI members are welcome.  SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com
Death Café  
Friday, April 19, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death C afé  is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. At Death  Café
 participants break into small groups of five or six people and discuss personal stories related to the death of loved ones, loss of jobs, relationships or marriages or loss or death of parts of ourselves. These programs are facilitated by Greg Lathrop, Said Osio and Karen Sanders from Third Messenger.  Click here to find out more about this month's Death Cafe conversation.

Spring Member Social
Thursday, April 25, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Join your OLLI friends for a chance to socialize, enjoy ice cream from The Hop (including vegan options) and other light snacks and cheering beverages.  This is an opportunity to celebrate spring and our OLLI community.  Come for this event and stay for Bryan Stevenson's lecture!

Free and open to OLLI members.
Bryan Stevenson Lecture
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Kimmel Arena, 
UNC Asheville Campus

Bryan Stevenson, the attorney, activist and best-selling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption who led the team that created the first national memorial to victims of lynching, will speak at UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The talk is free and open to everyone, with support from The David and Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series and The Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures.

Men's Wisdom Works
Special Interest Group 

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times and places twice a month for 2 hours to discuss issues of personal importance. Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour, & other social activities.

Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.
To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at 

OLLI would like to thank major sponsor
 for their generous support of the 

Organic Growers School 
Living on the Land Learning Circles

Develop land-use, site-design, and land-based observation skills in these sessions that are e qual parts workshop, site-visit, mentoring experience, gathering of growers, and design session. The Living on the Land Learning Circles will take place monthly from April to June 2019 on a farm or homestead in Western NC.

Learning Circles are site visits guided by local, land-experienced, and seasoned designer and planner, Brandon Greenstein, the Organic Growers School (OGS) Sustainability Consultant. Participants will be to witness and be part of the land/site assessment in real time and see through the eyes of both the designer and the land-owner.

Each session will tackle a common problem specific to a real-world site with owners who are part of the WNC grower community. Topics covered include water management systems, infrastructure development, renewable energy, hardscaping or earth reshaping systems, common land patterns, and long term sustainability.

UNCA STEAM Studio Summer Classes

UNC Asheville's STEAM Studio is excited to announce their summer class series for adults. They have 3 classes available and they are suitable for beginner to advanced wood workers. 

**For information of Wood Sculpture, Click Here

***For information on Wood Bending, Click Here

**For information on Bowl Turning, Click Here


For more information, or to register, please email: steamstudio@unca.edu
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