OLLI Observer
February 24, 2019    
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning
  Audrey Lou Donatelli
February 8, 2019

Linda Rose Macfarlane
February 11, 2019

Mary Winsor Bartholomew
February 19, 2019
Reuter Center Singers Performance

"When Dreams Take Flight"
Sunday, February 24, 3 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville Campus

This performance will feature UNC Asheville's Wind Ensemble, University Chorale, Asheville Singers and the Reuter Center Singers.  In honor of Black History Month, part of the program will feature compositions by African American composers and poets. Works by contemporary composers on themes of hope and delight will also be included.
Director Chuck Taft - Reuter Center Singers    Director Fletcher Peacock - UNC Asheville Wind Ensemble    
Accompanist Brad Curtioff
Suggested Admission Donation of $10   
World Affairs Council (WAC)
Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Middle East: 
Regional Disorder?" 
Thomas Sanders

International and religious studies scholar Thomas Sanders will examine the Trump administration's stances toward Middle Eastern nations and actions such as moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and withdrawing from the multi-national nuclear agreement with Iran. 

Sanders, a former Brown University professor, has concentrated on the Muslim world in his retirement, spending time in Turkey and Egypt, learning Turkish and Arabic.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate and learn about international affairs, national security and U.S. foreign policy.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students, and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. 


Asheville Terrace Apartments
Food Pantry
Providing Access to Healthful Food

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing Lives One House at a Time

Make A Difference!

Reading Buddy Training

Wednesday,  March 13, 
1-3:30 p.m.

Read To Succeed is a nonprofit with a  mission "to inspire and teach children to  read." The group has an urgent need for caring,  supportive individuals who are interested in  making a difference and giving back by
tutoring a student one hour, one day a week
during the school year.


Skill Talks Workshops for 
College for Seniors Instructors
Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, March 14
Come share a day with colleagues 
and learn ways to building community 
through the CFS classroom

Read more and submit your RSVP HERE.
Whole Foods/Planted Based Living 
Special Interest Group
Friday, March 1, 3:15 p.m.
Reuter Center, Mannheimer Room

This group meets on varied Fridays at 3: 15 p.m. to provide information and support for anyone interested in following a more plant based diet along the lines of Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Michael Greger and T. Colin Campbell. 

This group is open to all OLLI members.
Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360,  bonniewhee@gmail.com
Astronomy Club of Asheville

The  MaNGA Survey
Dissecting 10,000 Galaxies in 3D 
by  David Wake, PhD, University of North Carolina Asheville

Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

In this talk, Dr. Wake will present an overview of our current understanding of how the varied array of different galaxies formed, from the almost smooth gas of hydrogen and helium in the early universe, along with the many questions we still have to answer.
Finally, Dr. Wake will introduce the ongoing  MaNGA project in which spectroscopic maps of 10,000 galaxies, using the 2.5 meter Sloan Telescope in New Mexico, are being made. His aim is to give us an idea of how such a project is conceived, designed and executed and how we analyze the almost 4 million individual spectra spread over those 10,000 galaxies, and measuring the properties and motions of their stars, gas and even dark matter. Finally he'll talk about some of the scientific insights that have come from the MaNGA data that are answering some of those outstanding questions about how such a dizzying array of galaxies came to be. 

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of most months at 7 p.m. and offers an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  OLLI members may attend 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. 

Astronomy Club of Asheville lectures are free and open to everyone.

NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday March 15, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman's place in society during a time when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers dedicated themselves to social and scientific progress, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Join NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver as he takes you behind the scenes of the professional productions of NC Stage.  We will look into the themes of the plays and rehearsal process, the design process, talk to actors, directors and designers and even view a scene or two from the upcoming show.  Get an insider's view of a professional theatre.  Click here or more information about NC Stage, including information about how to purchase tickets for performances. 

NC Stage Behind the Scenes is free and open to everyone. 

Men's Wisdom Works (MWW)
 Special Interest Groups
Seek Members

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times & places twice a month for two 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 a wait list contact:           Patrick Irwin at jobshoppat@aol.com
New Member Welcome
Friday, March 22, 
10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved.  Meet other members and learn what it means to "grow through life." Want more information? This event is open to all OLLI members. Contact OLLI staff at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu
Christine Westfeldt
A Patchwork of Stories
Sunday, March 24, 
2 p.m.
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Milepost 382

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 $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Dear OLLI Members,
We had a strange week here at the Reuter Center, but thanks to many wonderful people, we resumed our regular schedule on Thursday. As Friday came to a close, OLLI members enjoyed the treat of a Symphony Talk, convened serious discussions in "The Forum" special interest group, planned next steps for a group for solo agers, created strategies for "thriving in community," played bridge, evaluated College for Seniors courses for the summer term, helped one another with registration, and made art.  There aren't many places that would offer that many opportunities for learning and community in the course of a whole week, much less in half a day. We are sorry to have missed two and a half days of activity, but we are so grateful that we have so much to return to.

Next week will also be full of opportunities as we have continuing and re-scheduled classes and special programs that include a performance by the Reuter Center Singers in Lipinsky Auditorium today, a meeting of the Meditation SIG that features Bill Walz, a World Affairs Council lecture by Tom Sanders, a presentation by Larry Griswold  and UNC Asheville Athletics Director Janet Cone, a presentation by a candidate for the directorship of the Center for Jewish Studies, a discussion by Shirley Browning in the Financial Strategies in Retirement SIG and a book talk sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association by Susi Seguret.  

Remember that registration continues until Friday, March 1 at noon.  We will have help available at the Reuter Center Monday, February 25, through Thursday, February 28, 10 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. and Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. - noon. 

It's a good week to think about what really matters, and legacies and obituaries can give us poignant reminders of what people find important. Mary Winsor Bartholomew and her husband Leland left our community a legacy that we enjoy every day through their significant contributions to the construction of the Reuter Center. In her obituary, OLLI member Audrey Lou Donatelli is remembered for her work, her love of travel and music, her dedication to her children and grandchildren, and we are told, "Last but not least, she loved a good party and a glass of good scotch." Paths facilitator and Hospitality Committee member Linda Rose Macfarlane also passed away this month.  She requested that there be no memorial service; "In lieu of flowers, the family request you go out and have an adventure in Linda's honor or just smile and talk to a stranger as Linda would have done." Here's to gifts that enrich our lives, good parties that bring us together, adventures that take us in new directions and the smiles and conversations that can make strangers into friends. 

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:
  Schedule for Registration for Spring 2019 Classes 

You may come to the Reuter Center for registration help  Monday through Thursday, February 25-28, 10 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. each day and Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Priority allocation closes Friday, March 1, at noon. We  urge you to register before February 28 so that you can get help if you need it. The system will be shut down precisely at noon on March 1, and incomplete orders cannot be processed. Give yourself some time. 

Important Dates
  • Registration for Spring 2019 is now open.
  • The registration system for College for Seniors courses will be closed from Friday, March 1, noon.  
  • Schedules will be sent late in the afternoon on Friday, March 8.  
  • The registration system will re-open for add/drop and new, first come, first served registration on Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.
  • Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses begin on Monday, March 25 and run through May 17. 
Meditation SIG with Bill Walz
Waking Up
Monday, February 25,  4:15 - 5:45 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120

Bill Walz
Bill Walz writes, "Buddhism and Buddhist meditation is about waking up into who we are, what is real and possible, and how to live in a deeper and clearer manner psychologically, spiritually , and socially.  While Buddhism is considered a religion, I approach Buddhist teaching and meditation as fundamentally a profound transpersonal psychology that includes a powerfully effective system of ethical teachings necessary to living a balanced and stable life.  The meditation practice has the capacity to clear away old chaotic and ineffective patterns of deeply ingrained behavior, thought and emotion, while opening us into profound levels of insight into our true nature, place and purpose within the greater scope of life."

Bill Walz has evolved from a career as a clinical psychologist into teaching meditation and evolving consciousness as a path to personal healing and growth. He has taught meditation and consciousness at UNC Asheville, in public forums and with a private clientele, and has taught at OLLI for over ten years. He also writes a monthly consciousness column in Asheville's Rapid River Magazine.

The Meditation SIG meets the second and fourth  Mondays of the month at 4:15 p.m.  SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb  beriake@yahoo.com   
March Madness Lecture
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

Bubble teams and brackets.  Upsets and Cinderellas.  Blocks, dunks, layups and buzzer beaters.  Bitter defeats, thrilling wins and "one shining moment." They're all elements of the "big dance" we call March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Learn more about this annual college sports ritual from two UNC Asheville experts.  Larry Griswold, a sports history instructor at College for Seniors, will begin the program with a talk about some of the surprises in  last year's championship tournament.

Janet Cone, UNC Asheville's athletics director and only the fourth woman to serve on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball committee, will give us an insider's view of the selection and seeding process.

This will be Janet Cone's only Asheville area presentation before she travels to New York City to help select the field for this year's NCAA Division I Men's Championship Tournament.  

Feel free to wear your college colors, if you remember that here at UNC Asheville we are all Bulldogs!

Free and open to everyone!

An Evening with a Candidate 
for the Position of  Director for 
UNC Asheville's
 Center for Jewish Studies
Thursday, February 28
7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Eric Kligerman 
"Leaps of Faith/Quantum Leaps: 
Representing Jewish Identity in Kafka and the Coen Brothers"

Shirley Browning
Financial Strategies in Retirement 
Special Interest Group (SIG)
"The Impact of Fear and Uncertainty on Human Behavior Relative to Economic Thinking and Behavior"

Special Guest Shirley Browning
  Friday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205
Dr. Browning,  a native of Kentucky,  taught economics and a wide range of courses at UNC Asheville for 42 years. He has also taught many economics classes at OLLI and been a featured speaker in many other venues, including the Financial Strategies in Retirement SIG. He says, " Bottom line:  Stay calm folks; do not adopt the 'herd mentality!'"
Join us for a stimulating discussion.

Financial Strategies in Retirement is open to all OLLI members.  Email or call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com  or 828-231-7710. 
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, March 1, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

Topic: "Current Events" 
and "Selection of Topics for March"

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 
WNC Historical Association Lecture
Child of the Woods: 
An Appalachian Odyssey
with Susi Séguret
Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Join the WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) and Susi Séguret for the release of her new book Child of the Woods, a collection of short stories and observations of growing up in the natural settings of rural Appalachia. The book is an opportunity to experience nature through the eyes of a true child of the woods. Séguret grew up in Madison County, North Carolina, and honed her culinary skills in France where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. As director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, she is passionate about taste and style, and how they extend from our palate into our daily lives. She has written and edited cookbooks, including Appalachian Appetite.

The mission of WNCHA is to the preservation and promotion of the history of Western North Carolina through the care, interpretation and presentation of the Smith-McDowell House, the education of the public through lectures, exhibitions elated events and the facilitation of cooperation among regional historical organizations. 

The lecture is open to everyone; a $5 donation is requested at the door.

STEM Lecture
"Community Resilience Related to Climate"
Wednesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Jim Fox

James Fox, 
Director for UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling 
and Analysis Center
Wednesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

These lectures are free and open to everyone.

Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association
Member Critique
Sunday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Members are asked to submit up to three images each for critique by our judge's panel.  Take advantage of this excellent learning tool to take your photographs to the next level.  Do you have that photo that is good but you feel it could be great?  Hear our judge's review on what they feel could take it up a notch to the next level.

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Asheville Region meets the second Sunday of each month.  The group's Meet-and-Greet is a great chance to meet fellow members and starts at  5:30 p.mThe meeting begins at  6 p.m.  and will conclude around  at 8 p.m .

CFS Theme Term on Appalachia

College for Seniors announces a theme term on Appalachia for Fall 2019 (September 16- November 8). While a varied array of courses will be offered during the Fall term, the theme term is also an opportunity to create courses aligned with this special theme. 

The CFS Theme Term Advisory Committee is receiving and reviewing preliminary course proposals on Appalachia. See the committee's description of the term  HERE

The deadline for the Advisory Committee to receive and offer advice on course proposals is March 1. Please use this dedicated URL to submit your ideas to the committee.

History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Andrew Jackson and The Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America's Destiny

Friday, March 15, 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
April: The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
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 Cafe
Friday, March 15, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death Cafe is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death-phobi culture.  At Death Cafe, participants break into small gtroups 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 Karen Sanders, Gret Lathrop and Said Osio from Third Messenger.  Find out more at deathcafe.com.  

Aimee Tomcho
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 7 pm.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Applying the Science: Conserving Birds on North Carolina's Working Lands"
Aimee Tomcho

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