OLLI Observer
April 29, 2018   
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning
Janice Ribet
April 20, 2018

The Autumn Players 
Readers Theatre 
Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Broken Glass by Arthur Miller
directed by Anita Chapman

In this challenging drama set in 1938, a Jewish woman in Brooklyn mysteriously loses the power of her legs. Her paralysis provokes an identity crisis in her husband and becomes a metaphor not only for the brokenness of her marriage, but also for the indifference of the people around her to reports of atrocities taking place in Germany. 
The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Their words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, and these actors make their stories come to life. 
Tickets are $7 at the door.
Click here for more information about this performance by The Autumn Players
The Deadline for College for Seniors

teacher Fall term course proposals 
are due Tuesday, May 1.


Roots Foundation   
The garden is the classroom   

Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness

MANNA Foodbank Team
Providing tens of thousands of meals a day to the hungry
Click here for details
VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a

Email for more information:  volunteerolliwnc@gmail.com
The Gift of Time
Registration Open

The Gift of Time is a program that encourages participants to think through the many facets of planning and communicating end-of-life wishes to spouses, partners, children and parents. Experienced facilitators and expert speakers, combined with the support of a group of peers make this program truly unique. The Gift of Time runs May 22, 24, 31 & June 7, 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. - noon and is open to OLLI members. 
contact program manager, 
Hannah Furgiuele at 828.250.3871 or hfurgiue@unca.edu.          

Hearing Loss Association of America Meeting
Wednesday, May 2, 10:15 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus, 68 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville

Why Someone Without Hearing Loss is Involved with the Hearing Loss Association

 Presenter:  Pastor Mary Hinkle Shore,   Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Brevard

Leadership Asheville Seniors
Registration Open
Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS) is now open for registration to OLLI members. 
LAS is a ten-week program that runs Tuesdays from September 11 through November 6, 2018 and offers an insider's view of topics concerning our community, including history, environment, government, food insecurity, the arts, the economy, education, health and poverty. Through discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the community. 
for more information  or contact program manager Hannah Furgiuele at 
828.250.3871 or hfurgiue@unca.edu

Blue Ridge Orchestra  
Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m. 
and Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium.  

  "Music for the New World"

 The Blue Ridge Orchestra presents  their 2017-18 season finale, featuring Antonín Dvořák's beloved New World Symphony and Arturo Márquez's sprightly Danzón No. 2.

Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Friends (donors), $5 Students.  For tickets and info, www.blueridgeorchestra.org/music-new-world 
or call 828.782.3354.

Asheville SCORE:  Volunteer Business Mentors Helping Local Entrepreneurs

Thursday, May 10, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Do you have a business background and an interest in learning more about Asheville's entrepreneurial ecosphere?  Are you interested in sharing your experience and expertise to guide local entrepreneurs as they develop their businesses?  Or maybe you are creating a new business and curious about how Asheville SCORE can assist you?  In this informative session, you will learn how Asheville SCORE mentors make a difference in the lives and success stories of Asheville area entrepreneurs.  Refreshments will be served!   For more information about Asheville SCORE, please see  ashevillescore.org

Dear OLLI Members,
This week we will see Lynn Spaight's last day as the program assistant for College for Seniors.  Lynn was instrumental in our ability to implement our online registration system and has kept the College for Seniors curriculum running and growing.  We will miss her intelligence and her willingness to pitch in and make a difference for our members.

We will also welcome Pascale Couturier-Armstrong to our staff as our member relations coordinator, the front desk "face of OLLI." We look forward to making sure Pascale is up to speed as we undertake our summer registration process.

Thanks to Ann Cadle, Leanna Preston and Herb Gunn for taking on new duties and welcoming new staff and to all of the volunteers who keep everything running smoothly through transitions.

Please note that the deadline for course proposals for our fall term is May 1.  If you would like to teach or know someone who is interested, please let us know. Also, know that the College for Seniors "Hot Topics" will include a talk this from Andy Barnett of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity on "Housing and Race in Asheville." And please mark your calendar for a talk on Friday, May 18, 5-7 p.m. for our OLLI community conversation on race as we reflect on what we have learned over the course of this theme term.

Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Upcoming UNC Asheville Athletic Events
April-May 2018 UNCA Bulldog

Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m.  Baseball  UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb  Greenwood Baseball Field
Friday, May 11, 6 p.m.  Baseball UNC Asheville vs. High Point 
Greenwood Baseball Field
Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m.  Baseball  UNC Asheville vs. High Point 
Greenwood Baseball Field
Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m.   Baseball  UNC Asheville vs. High Point  
Greenwood Baseball Field
Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. Baseball  UNC Asheville vs. ETSU 
Greenwood Baseball Field

The World Affairs Council
Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. ,Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Challenges of
Long-Term Humanitarianism:
 Lessons from the Palestinian Experience  by Ilana Feldman   
Ilana Feldman 

Ilana Feldman, is professor of anthropology, history and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A cultural and historical anthropologist, Feldman focuses her research on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of historic Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship.
She is currently working on a project tentatively titled Life Lived in Relief: Palestinian Experiences with Humanitarianism since 1948, which 
The World Affairs Council lectures at UNC Asheville are presented in partnership with OLLI and the university's Department of Political Science.Admission is free to WAC members and $10 to non-members.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC Annual Membership.   Click here to visit the WAC website. 
Race in Black and White
Wednesday, May 2, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Manheimer Room

Housing and Race in Asheville
presentation by Andy Barnett, Executive Director of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Where we live has an impact on our quality of life, health, wealth and access to opportunity.  Residential segregation creates and reinforces many of the racial disparities that continue to plague our community.  Housing also serves as a tool to construct racial identity.  We will explore these concepts using examples from Asheville's past and present. 
Andy Barnett

Andy Barnett, the executive director of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, believes a stable home in a vibrant neighborhood is the foundation for community success. Come here more about a vision for housing in Asheville and the impact of race in housing development.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Click here to read about other Race in Black and White event 
Astronomy Club of Asheville 
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room     
Seeing the Sky Through Words presented by Mark Littmann 
Humankind has contemplated the heavens for millennia, intently striving to make sense of the universe  and our place within it. As we matured as a species and developed language, visual arts and the written word, each step accorded us an opportunity to interpret - and understand - the firmament and what exactly it was trying to tell us.
Dr. Littmann will focus on our attempts to describe the sky through a series of loosely connected short readings from literature and mythology about different aspects of the heavens - Ursa Major, the Milky Way, comets, meteors, a total eclipse of the Sun, man on the Moon, the future of the Earth and the expanding universe. The stories and thoughts will come from American Indian and other cultures; King Alfonso The Wise, Albert Einstein, Arthur C. Clarke, Neil Armstrong, and many others (including Dr. Littmann's own writing).
The presentation is less an explanation of astronomy than a glimpse of the poetic, aesthetic and philosophical implications of the planets, stars and galaxies - why an encounter with the universe changes our lives for the better.
The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets at the Reuter Center the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m. , with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the 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.  
 For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, 
visit their website at  www.astroasheville.org . 
Fab Friday
Friday, May 4, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Lifestyle Medicine for Seniors

Brian Asbill
Your health isn't everything, but without your health, everything is nothing. Recent data suggests that 80% of elders have one or more chronic conditions. As you age, chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, can have a major impact on quality of life. Lifestyle medicine, the evidence-based practice of helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors such as eating smarter, moving more and more effectively managing stress, can add both life to years and years to life. Brian Asbill MD, of Asheville Cardiology played a key role in bringing CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) to Asheville. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
On  Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. during our fall, winter and spring terms, the Fab Friday series of lunch and learn lectures are held in the Manheimer Room and are free and open to everyone. Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag. End your week and start your weekend with Fab Fridays. 
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, May 4, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Meeting Topic: "DACA and the Wall"   

   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.com
Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement
  Friday, May 4, 1:30 p.m., Room 205

Guest speaker: John Coleman, Coleman Advisory, LLC
John Coleman is an OLLI instructor, Certified Financial Planner,  and the founder and CEO of Coleman Advisory, LLC.  John started his career with Dean Witter (Morgan Stanley) and has held several senior level executive positions at major investment firms and insurance companies throughout his 37 years in the financial services business.  He is a certified financial planner (CFP), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).
Topics include:
  • Financial decision making
  • How taxes and fees affect your portfolio and strategies you can employ to mitigate their impact.
  • Portfolio withdrawal strategies
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  
Contact Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828.231.7710.

Special Interest Group Whole Foods/Plant-Based Livi ng
Friday, May 4, 3:15 p.m., Room 205 

 In this group we provide information and support for anyone interested in
follo wing 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, bonniewhee@gmail.com 

Adam Ledford Artist Talk and Workshop
Center for Craft
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from this award-winning 
Philadelphia-based Ceramic Artist

 In his installation "Don't Worry About the Government," currently on display at the Center for Craft in downtown Asheville, Adam Ledford re-creates ordinary objects from mid-century America in clay and charcoal drawings.  Attend an artist talk with Ledford on Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Craft, 67 Broadway in Downtown Asheville or a workshop on large-scale hand-built ceramics to be held Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. at Odyssey Clayworks, 236 Clingman Avenue in Asheville's River Arts District. There is a $180 fee for the workshop. 
For more information:  centerforcraft.eventbrite.com 
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