OLLI Observer
June 11, 2017 
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In This Issue
TODAY
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting
Sunday, J
une 11, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 
 
  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 those interested in nature and wildlife 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 with a 5:30 p.m meet and greet. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Meetings are scheduled for the second Sunday of the month. For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org 
 

Larry Hardin, Co-Chair of the 
Health & Fitness Curriculum Committee.
           

"I love volunteering at OLLI because of the satisfaction I get about doing something wonderful for the Reuter Center."

Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
Meditation
Special Interest Group (SIG)    
Monday, June 12, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120
 
Jenne Sluder, instructor at College for Seniors, is a mental health professional, therapeutic yoga instructor and a long-time practitioner in the Won-Buddhist lineage. She will speak on the topic "Bringing the Mind Home to the Body."
A fundamental element of meditation practice is deeper engagement with the physical, and especially our physical body.  Through simple mind-body practices, we can shape our brain and nervous system for the better.  These yoga meditation practices deepen the body's relaxation response and create a therapeutic peacefulness in body and mind.  
 Come join our group meditation and experience these benefits.
Sally Ekaireb
 
Death Cafe    
Friday, June 16, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium 

  "Death Café" is an engaging gathering and storytelling experience. The conversation about death  too often alienates members of our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears, loss and death; a deepening ritual emerges, and we build a culture of dying wisely. Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground of the wonders of being with dying, presented on Friday, June 16, July 21, and August 11, 5-6:30 p.m. facilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.   
 
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society 
Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m.  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Birds vs Towers: 
Communication  Tower Impacts on Migratory Birds
by Emilie Travis       
Emilie Travis
Birds migrating to and from breeding grounds in the United States and Canada are killed by the millions in collisions with lighted towers and their guy wires. Emilie Travis investigated the impacts of these towers to migratory birds in Wisconsin while doing research for her master's thesis.  Emilie will discuss the contributing factors to tower-kill events, share her findings, and explain how her research shed serious light on the issue of tower illumination and helped in the development of tower management guidelines. Emilie will complete her program with a unique bird quiz, so bring your field guides!
 
All EMAS programs are free
 and open to the public.
OLLI Art Bazaar Registration Now Open   
 
R egistration is now 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, 
828.232.5181, lpreston@unca.edu 

Hearing Loss Association Meeting
Krista Heavner
"Cochlear Implants"
Saturday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium
Care Partners Campus
68 Sweeten Creek Road

The Asheville Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) wants to tell you about two things. 
First, there was an interesting discussion of tinnitus at the May HLAA meeting. You may  click here to read more about how to manage this condition. 

On June 17, Krista Heavner of Advanced Bionics will speak on "Cochlear Implants (CIs)." This topic dominated the discussion the Chapter held recently, and it is important for us all to know something about this method of dealing with hearing loss. We need to have some knowledge to appreciate the experience of people we encounter who are wearing CI's. But also, the criteria for eligibility are broadening, and they are becoming an option for more and more of us. Krista  will shareinformation relevant to anyone with hearing loss. And as usual, you can share and socialize, and that's one of the best ways to learn.


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!
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, www.drtimgillespie.com
   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,
We look forward to our courses beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 12.  Please remember that summer classes for undergraduates are not as crowded, so there are few parking problems during summer.  Also remember that UNC Asheville is beginning several construction projects on campus, so traffic patterns may be affected. 

Also remember that we are trying to manage College for Seniors class transitions by giving classes five minutes to exit, leaving 25 minutes for instructors to set up and participants to find seats.  Help us carry out the 5/25 process!

We have a number of interesting events this week in addition to class and SIG meetings. We are excited on Wednesday, June 14, 9 a.m., to welcome Bob Brunk, founder and president emeritus of Brunk Auctions of Asheville, for a "Trash or Treasure" discussion.  We encourage you to bring objects to be part of the discussion of the world of antiques.

On Friday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. we will welcome Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper to discuss community policing as part of the Inclusion Committee's "More Than a Month" series.

Finally, I welcome you to read Kirk Borland's thoughtful profile of UNC Asheville provost Joe Urgo. The article focuses on the many ways that Dr. Urgo encourages staff, faculty and students to "think different," and we are grateful for his guidance and encouragement at OLLI for all of us to do the same.

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:
 
Trash or Treasure?
Wednesday, June 14, 9 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheim er Room

Wonder what it's  worth--that settee that you seldom sit on or the Appalachian folk art from Ashe County? Bring it to OLLI for an evaluation from renowned auctioneer Bob Brunk. Founder and
Robert Brunk
president emeritus of Brunk Auctions of Asheville, Bob will give an overview of the antique/ auction world and most of the major fields of decorative arts, glass, porcelain, textiles, furniture, folk art and silver. He will also offer informal and fun evaluations of those long-stored family heirlooms. One item per person.

If your furniture is too large to transport, email a good photograph in advance to   olli@unca.edu.

Free and open to the public.
  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, June 16, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205 

The topic at this meeting will be "Education 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 
More Than a Month Series
Community Policing
Friday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room  
 
Tammy Hooper
Van Duncan
OLLI's Inclusion Committee has organized a varied series of programs to highlight issues of African  American culture in Asheville and beyond. We hope that by offering opportunities to learn more that we will create a forum for challenging conversations. The noted author James Baldwin observed, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." It is in that spirit of facing history and facing ourselves that we take to understanding the many ways that race informs our culture. 

On Friday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper and Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan will discuss the ongoing efforts to build productive relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

This event is free and open to the public.  

UNC Asheville's Joe Urgo - "Think Different"

by Kirk Borland
 
Apple founder Steve Jobs may have coined
Joe Urgo 
the phrase "Think different," but UNC Asheville Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joe Urgo, lives it and encourages others to do the same. In fact, that principle, is at the heart of his passionate defense of a liberal arts education.

Dr. Urgo, as students call him, maintains "colleges and universities that lead in the generational transfer of knowledge and authority are those that focus on the liberal arts and sciences...."   His compelling argument may seem at odds with the trend in higher education to shape the curricula "to vocational demands." Nevertheless, Joe Urgo maintains that we need to teach students how to meet challenges by thinking in different ways and by applying lessons from different disciplines.

Click here to read the rest of the story.
UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad
Beginning June 19
The concert series begins with Chatham County Line, a Raleigh-based band combining traditional bluegrass harmonies with modern influences. Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Wilson, the group also features John Teer (mandolin and fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo) and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel and piano). Chatham County Line coalesced as a band in the late 1990s and released its seventh studio album, Autumn, last fall. They performed as part of the
 2015 Concerts on the Quad at UNC Asheville.
 
Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Beginning August 3, 2017
Exploring   Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) begins August 3, 2017.  Are you considering a CCRC as a possible living option, or are you interested in learning more about them?  OLLI's popular Exploring CCRCs program combines classroom content with site visits to give you a comprehensive view of CCRCs and the local options.   See   https://olliasheville.com/exploring-ccrcs    for program details.  
Cost $150, open to 2017/18 OLLI members only.

  Space is limited, click here to register. Contact Laurel Jernigan  for more information, 828.250.3871, ljerniga@unca.edu 
 

Tuesday, June 20, 5 p.m.
 Reuter Center Room 206
 
OLLI's new series, OLLI Authors, continues to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.  
  A new OLLI Authors poetry reading is scheduled featurin
g two OLLI member poets.
Karen DePew
    
 Karen DePew and Mike Ross  will read selected works from their poetry.  Ross' first book of poems, Small Engine Repair, will be available for sale after the reading.    
This series is free and open to the public. 

Advance Care Planning
Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
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OLLI at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning (ACP) workshop featuring 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". 

Click here to access a copy of the form. 
 
 Free and open to the public. 
Buncombe Chautauqua
Monday, June 19 - Thursday 22, 7 p.m. each night
AB Technical College in the Ferguson Auditorium, 
340 Victoria Rd , Asheville NC.
   
Chautauqua is an "experiential oral tradition that brings history to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion aimed at stimulating critical thinking."
This year's performers will include Becky Stone as Maya Angelou, George Frein as Abraham Lincoln, Fred Blanco as Cesar Chavez and Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite.

Tickets are $5 per show or $15 for all four shows. 
Tickets are available at the door.
 Box Office opens at 6 p.m. each show night. 
For group rates please contact:  buncombe2016@gmail.com

Click here for more information about this year's Buncombe Chautauqua.
Raise Every Voice: Gospel in the Mountains
Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
Join Grammy-winning musician Bruce Nemerov as he offers a unique and inspirational program of religious music as it was part of WNC during the 19th and 20th centuries. Musical selections include camp meeting songs, shape-note songs, spirituals and hymns.  The performance highlights Bruce's skill with the guitar and banjo along with the talents of Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar, vocals) and Jeff Keith (mandolin, guitar, vocals) both members of the music department faculty at Warren Wilson College.  Informative discussions throughout the program illustrate the background and evolution of WNC's varied religious music history.

Tickets available at the door: $5 donation, WNCHA members free

Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association
Funded in part by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership
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 in the Reuter Center.
For more information, contact Jane Callis 828.215-.2950.  
Volunteer Opportunity
 
It takes ...
One Mom, One Kid &
One You
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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. 
 
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