OLLI Observer
October 15, 2017  
 
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In This Issue
TODAY 
The 2017 HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival
Sunday, October 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Downtown Asheville, NC
 
 The fifteenth annual HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival takes place in Pack Square in historic downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  Come and enjoy delicious Jewish food, meet Asheville's Jewish community, and listen to fabulous entertainment.

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
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 Free and open to everyone, this workshop will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. Discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues and the uses of advance directives.   
Ample time will be reserved for questions. Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the NC ACP "Short Form".

Many OLLI members are gifted poets and writers.  Their published books are clear evidence of the success of OLLI's mission in promoting lifelong creativity and learning.
 
We would like to compile a list of those published books for the benefit of all OLLI members. If you have authored or illustrated a book of poems or prose, fiction or non-fiction while an OLLI member, please let us know. We are only interested in those works published while an OLLI member, not those published during one's active career. 
 
Once this list is compiled, it will be posted on the OLLI website. Then at the end of each coming year we would hope to add new books published that year.
 
So if you have published a book while an OLLl member, email the following information to Nelson Sartoris   nelsonsartoris@charter.net - - include the author(s), title, publisher, ISBN number, date of publication, and link or location where it may be purchased, e.g., Malaprop's, Amazon, etc., should others wish to buy a copy.  
College for Seniors
Workshops for Skills Development

Have you been thinking about teaching a course for College for Seniors, or are you an instructor who  wants to brush up on your classroom skills?

College for Seniors Instructor Support plans an array of workshops between the terms. Check out what is coming up in the next few months and register now.
 
Click Here and scroll to Workshops and Skills Development.
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum 
Friday, October 20, 1 p.m.
 Reuter Center Room 205
 
 Topic: "Changes in Foreign Policy - North Korea and Iran "

  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 
Hearing Loss Association Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 10:15 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus
Top of the Hill, 
(Building 22, at the Covered Walkway)
68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville

Tracie Rice
Dr. Tracie Rice, Au.D. is the director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic as well as the associate department head of the department of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University

At WCU she teaches audiology, acoustics, sign language, and aural rehabilitation.
Dr. Rice will present tips for better communication and address new hearing aid technology.

Free and open to everyone.
Meditation Special Interest Group
 Monday, October 23, 4:15 p.m.
 Reuter Center Room 120

Our guest speaker, Bill Walz will discuss how "Meditation is the doorway into the truth of who you are and life as it really is."  Multiple short meditation experiences will occur during the program.

Bill Walz, instructor at College for Seniors, worked as a clinical psychologist before focusing on teaching meditation and evolving consciousness as a path to personal healing and growth.  He taught meditation and consciousness at UNC Asheville and continues this work in public forums and with private clientele.  Bill writes a consciousness column for Rapid River Magazine.

The Meditation SIG is open 
to all OLLI members.   
OLLI Art Bazaar, 
Friday,  November 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
  You will discover a delightful selection of paintings, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, scarves, assemblage (mixed media), handcrafted soaps and lotions, cards and paper art, pottery, wood art and so much more!

The beautiful artwork on offer includes stained & fused glass, watercolor and oil paintings, cross stitched gift items, one of a kind wood-turned bowls and art pieces, unique jewelry items from precious metals to vintage button necklaces. 

Home baked cookies, snacks and beverages will be on sale.Don't miss this festive annual event and a chance to kick start your holiday shopping!
Individual Medicare Counseling Appointments
Tuesday through Thursday, 
November 14, 15, 16 at the Reuter Center
Medicare
  The Council on Aging of Buncombe County will be providing on-site appointments for OLLI members who want to review their Medicare drug plans or make changes to their Advantage plans, etc.  Call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at  828-288-8288 to make an appointment, and remember to mention you are an OLLI member.   
There are a limited number of appointments; 
the counseling is by appointment only. 
 
OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Discover UNC Asheville
A new program for K-12 students residing in Asheville public housing communities
 
Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference!   
 
Musicworks!
Using music to teach social skills, boost academics and build confidence.
   Click here for details   
 
VOLUNTEER ... It Makes a Difference!
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:  Givens Estate
 
2360 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
 
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Volunteer Opportunity
The Citizens Climate Lobby is looking for volunteers who are concerned about climate change. Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is a national organization focused on building the political will to combat climate change. Our CCL chapter has a project to collect Constituent Comment Forms regarding concerns about our warming planet to be delivered to our elected officials.  We are looking for volunteers to help collect these from friends, neighbors, at shopping centers, etc. on your own schedule or at CCL tabling events.  In a related project, we're also looking for folks to volunteer with us to approach local business and community leaders about climate issues. OLLI members have demonstrated strong interest in climate-related issues.  CCL would like to provide an opportunity to activate your concern.  Please contact Dale Stratford at bdstratford1@gmail.com or 
828.505.1118, and thank you!
 
Dear OLLI Members, 

Later today we will send a schedule for a Purple Shuttle that has begun to serve P01 and P02 lots and the Reuter Center. The shuttle is being "beta tested," so we are happy to pass along your comments on its efficiency.  It will serve the Verge Apartments, P01 and P02, the Reuter Center and Owen Hall.  Unfortunately, for now the shuttle is scheduled to end its run before 4 p.m.  In the spirit of community, we hope that members who have spots close to the Reuter Center might be willing to offer rides down the hill for their fellow members who are at the Reuter Center after 4 p.m.  We continue to advocate for a system that works for all of us. We also want to remind everyone to keep lanes of traffic around the Reuter Center as clear as possible to allow the shuttles to operate on time.

We have had a great season of programming provided by UNC Asheville, including a conversation between novelists Wiley Cash and Charles Frazier and the talk by NY Times columnist David Brooks, part of the Dave and Lin Brown Visionary Lecture series.  This week, we hope you will enjoy being part of the African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference, organized by UNC Asheville history professor Darin Waters.  All events are free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

If you would like to work directly with UNC Asheville students, we hope that you will attend the  Ideas to Action visit this  Monday, October 16, 4:15 p.m .  Dr. Mary Lynn Manns, professor in UNC Asheville's department of management and accountancy, will bring eight teams of students to present their one-minute pitch for social entrepreneurial projects. OLLI members will be invited to give feedback on students' ideas and to meet with them after presentations to help them shape their ambitious projects.  Thanks to Dr. Manns for making possible this intergenerational opportunity and to our members for showing up to help the next generation of thinkers and doers.

With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
 Around the Center
At the recent, fall member social, smiles and good conversations were the rule. 
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 Men's Soccer:  UNC Asheville vs. Georgia State
Tuesday, October 17, 7 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field

Volleyball: UNC Asheville vs. High Point 
Friday, October 20, 7 p.m.,  Justice Center

 Women's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. Liberty
Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m.,  Greenwood Soccer Field

Volleyball: UNC Asheville vs. Radford
Saturday, October 21, 4 p.m. Justice Center
     
Men's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. Campbell
Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m. Greenwood Soccer Field
Go Bulldogs!
   
UNC Asheville Students "Ideas in Action" Presentation
Monday, October 16,  4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

UNC Asheville students want to change the world!... and you can help! Join Ideas to Action student teams as they share their ideas with you, seek your feedback and welcome you as team advisers.  Their ideas will still be in the early stages, but they have the passion to make them happen... as the song goes, with a little help from their friends.

UNC Asheville professor, Dr. Mary Lynn Manns will introduce you to the student teams who will then pitch their ideas.  There will be time for discussion after each pitch, with a short reception afterwards to meet the students.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society  
Tuesday, October 17, 7 p.m.,
  Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

The Ecology of Wood Warblers
The mountains of Western North Carolina are known for their spectacular spring an d fall bird migrations.  This program will examine the similarities and differences in ecology among a "guild" of Southern Appalachian warblers during the breeding season, including feeding and foraging behaviors, habitat and territory characteristics. 
 
Our presenter, Alan Smith, has lived in the Southern Appalachians since 1979. H e was a professor of biology at Mars Hill College for 26 years and chair of the natural sciences department prior to his recent retirement.  
 
 All EMAS programs are free and open to everyone.   
 
Women in STEM
Wednesday, October 18, 4:30 p.m., 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Free and open to everyone

Women in Computer Science
Speaker:  Dr. Marietta Cameron, Chair and Associate Professor,
 UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science

Dr. Marietta Cameron
Popular media and scholarly journals acknowledge gender inequality in the STEM disciplines.  Even more alarming is the fact that the under-representation of women varies among the STEM disciplines. Unfortunately computer science, despite its numerous lucrative opportunities and high demand for professionals, is the STEM discipline that struggles the most with gender imbalance. In this presentation, we discuss the contributions of female computer scientists, gender parity within the field of computing, factors that impede gender diversity and current efforts  towards gender equality within the field.
 
 Volunteer Opportunity 
Volunteers Needed for United Way's Days of Impact
Thursday, October 19,  9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Please join your fellow OLLI members for a rewarding volunteer opportunity at Verner Center for Early Learning.  It's a short time commitment and promises to be fun.  Get to know your fellow OLLI members while making a difference in our community.

Call or email Caitlin Han at 828.251.6140, chan@unca.edu to sign up. 
  Fab Friday Lunch & Learn Lecture
Friday, October 20, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

Off the Beaten Path: Travels in North Korea 
by Jonathan Tetzlaff

Jonathan Tetzlaff 
North Korea is one of the most secretive and remote locations on earth, visited by few Americans.  In Jonathan Tetzlaff's travels, he visited not only the capital, Pyongyang, but also remote locations in central and northern Korea (along the border with China).  Jonathan is also one of the few Americans to view the famous Korean DMZ from the northern side.  Other destinations included Chongjin, for decades a city closed to all visitors.  Opened only a short time before his trip, the city - renowned as a key development site for North Korean missiles -- remains highly militarized.  Jonathan will discuss travel (much by small airplane), food, beer, and his accommodations.  Hotels varied from imposing structures with ornate marble lobbies to very basic accommodations in small rural hotels which had electricity only one hour per day and a "scoop" to move filthy water from a pre-filled bathtub into the toilet.  With humor and a relaxed manner, Jonathan will illustrate his travel with photographs and real-world examples of laws and customs in North Korea.   
Free and open to everyone.      
Forget Me Not Series
Friday, October 20, 1:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of WNC ( www.alz.org/northcarolina), this series of lectures will offer insight into Alzheimer's disease. Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina chapter will present along with area experts.  Scheduled 1:30-3 p.m. in the Manheimer Room, the series is free and open to everyone.

    The second in the series focuses on "Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal and Financial Planning."  This program gives helpful tips and information on having conversations about challenging and often uncomfortable topics surrounding dementia.

Free and open to everyone.
  Asheville Symphony Orchestra Symphony Talk
Friday, October 20, 3 p.m., Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
 
One of the Asheville Symphony's six finalists for its music director position, Rei Hotoda,will discuss her plans to take audience members on a musical journey in her October 21 audition concert. Her program includes Dvořák's  Carnival Overture, Wijeratne's Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra, featuring Grammy-winning tabla player Sandeep Das, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

We know that Symphony Talks are very popular and people like to arrive early.  Please understand that we have a busy day at the Reuter Center on Friday, October 20.  Wait to enter the room until the audience for the "Forget Me Not" series exits the room.

 For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit ashevillesymphony.org

African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference
"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"
Thursday, October 19-Saturday, October 21
YMI Cultural Center, UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center and The Collider


  The African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference began in 2014. It offers scholars and the community an opportunity to meet and discuss issues related to the African American experience in western North Carolina.
UNC Asheville history professor Dr. Darin Waters organizes the conference and notes, "Each year the conference has not only grown, but has demonstrated the ongoing interest in understanding the historical experiences and contribution of African Americans to Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia. What makes this year's conference even more exciting is that in addition to history, conference participants will also receive an assessment of the current state of affairs within the region's African American communities and hear about the ways that these communities are using their histories to meet existing challenges and further stimulate community resilience."

The event is open to the public and no tickets are required

Thriving in Community Special Interest Group
Friday, October 27, 3:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
 
Come explore ways to live and age as independently as possible in the living environments of our choice with the support and services we need for as long as we can. Building individual resilience, creating community support, aging in place.

All OLLI members are invited to attend.
Blue Ridge Orchestra Performance
Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium

 "Mendelssohn's Dream"

On October 28, the Blue Ridge Orchestra presents "Mendelssohn's Dream", featuring selections from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," including his famous "Wedding March," the Finale movement from his "Reformation" Symphony, and Vivaldi's "Concerto for Four Violins," with solos performed by some of the BRO's most talented violinists.
Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Friend, $5 Student
Tickets & info, 828.782.3354  www.blueridgeorchestra.org/mendelssohns-dream
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia
 Friday, November 3, 1:30 PM: Open rehearsal
Reuter Center Manheimer Room  
Hwa-Jin Kim, Kate Steinbeck, and Fred Lemmons.  Photo courtesy of Micah MacKenzie 
Hwa-Jin Kim, piano * Kate Steinbeck, flute * Fred Lemmons, clarinet
 
The three musicians will explore "Portraits of Langston," a trio inspired by Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes, in an interactive session.
Guaranteed to be interesting, insightful and humorous. Feel free to bring friends and your lunch. Free and open to the public.  
Hiking Special Interest Group (SIG)
Wednesday, November 15,  10:30 a.m., Reuter Center Room 230

Dear Hiking Enthusiasts:

We have had numerous requests to consider a Hiking SIG at OLLI and circulated a sign-up sheet at the recent "Tips for Successful  Hiking" session.  Thanks to the 50 of you who indicated your interest!

A very small group of us have spent some time evaluating the SIG guidelines, discussing the feasibility of such a group and how it could work, and have come up with some thoughts around operations. 

One challenge will be filling certain operational roles (coordination, communication, and scheduling) along with a plan for keeping those positions filled over time.   

Another significant challenge will be having an adequate number of OLLI hike leaders willing to participate.  

We are planning an organizational meeting for interested hike leaders on 
Wednesday, November 15,10:30 a.m. - noon, in Reuter Center Room 230. If you are attending, please come with an idea for one hike including the distance, elevation and technical difficulty.  There is no obligation on your part; this is an exploratory meeting.

So that we can anticipate the number of potential leaders, please RSVP to Rebecca Banner  beccabanner@gmail.com  
 
See you on the trail!
 
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804