OLLI Observer
January 6, 2019    
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In This Issue
We Remember
Nels Arnold
January 3, 2019

Stitch in Time
Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, January 7,
 2 p.m. 

Reuter Center Lower Atrium

This is a fellowship group for stitchers of all types (knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, etc) to help encourage, inspire, and support each other.  All skill levels welcome!
Stitch in Time-Meets first Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m.  
SIG contact: Gay Lambirth, 281.433.1060, 
Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Volunteer Opportunity
The GAL office has an upcoming training session that begins the evening of January 23rd and runs through February 20th. 
Thomas Wolfe
5th Annual Thomas Wolfe Short Story Book Club
Author-Led Short Story Discussion Series 
Sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy

Beginning Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site, 
52 North Market Street, Asheville, 28801
The series begins with a discussion of  Wolfe's short story "His Father's Earth" led by Terry Roberts, author of That Bright Land.

OLLI's Adverse Weather Policy 

OLLI classes, events, meetings and other activities will be canceled or delayed when UNC Asheville classes are canceled or delayed for adverse weather. We occasionally will cancel or delay classes when the university does not if conditions in the area or on campus may pose a danger to our members.

By 8 a.m. on bad weather days, the OLLI staff will post specific program information on our outgoing messages at 828.251.6140 and on our website at olliasheville.com. 
We will, if possible, send an email to OLLI members by 8 a.m. explaining how weather will affect events scheduled on bad weather days.

Please remember that ours is a program of learning for the love of it.  If conditions are unsafe where you are, please stay in!
Your OLLI friends, instructors, SIG leaders and staff will be here when you can safely return!

OLLI Authors Presents
Bill Petz & Ted McIrvine 
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

(Click to learn more about these Authors)

Death Cafe
Friday, January 25, 2019, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death Cate is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. At Death Cafe, 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.

World Affairs Council 
Great Decisions Program
Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Refugees and Global Migration"
by Mark Gibney

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today's global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?
Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville in the political science department and an Affiliated Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden.  

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 membersr receive a discount on WAC membership. 

Navigating Farm Labor Workshop
Tuesday February 12, 2019 
4-8:30 p.m.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC
Cost: $40 per person

This 6-hour workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.

OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Gillespie Dental Associates  for their generous support!

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.  For more about 2019 CREW Program, click here.


Dear OLLI Members,
We hope that 2019 will be filled with hope and happiness for you.  We look forward to having everyone back for Winter 2019 courses, beginning on Monday, January 14. There are still some open classes, and we appreciate the 1027 people who have registered to be part of this term.  Remember that if you wish to drop your classes and get a full refund, the deadline is this Friday, January 11, 3 p.m. Please call the office at 828.251.6140 or send an email to olli@unca.edu to make drops. And remember that whether you are new to OLLI or just want to find out how to make the most of your experience, please come to the New Member Welcome on Friday, January 11, 10 a.m. in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.

As we look forward to the new year, we also wanted to mark the passing of long-time College for Seniors instructor Nels Arnold.  She taught acting classes at College for Seniors (often with fellow thespian Kermit Brown) and performed with The Autumn Players and in her one-woman show "Going Giddily: Senior Moments, Chocolate and Lemonade," a work that captured her funny and energetic approach to life's adventures.  She participated in OLLI's Art Bazaar for a number of years, displaying her whimsical sculptures, piggy banks and planters. My strongest memory of Nels involved the courses she taught on mask-making. She taught about the history of masks, their iconography and their uses; she took this work and her courses seriously.  But she also encouraged play and an experimental spirit in her classroom.  More than once I would walk to Room 230 and see someone stretched out on a table with plaster of Paris on his or her face, creating a life mask. The first time I panicked, thinking someone had passed out; when I recognized that this was part of the class, the administrator in me worried about safety. I learned, however, to trust Nels to look out for the bodies and spirits of those in her presence. Nels captured attention and inspired laughter and shared rare gifts that we will miss. How grateful we are that she shared those gifts with OLLI members.   Click here to read Nels' obituary in the Citizen-Times.

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
New Member Welcome
Friday, January 11, 2019, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Are you new to OLLI 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 connected and involved. Meet other members and learn what it means to "grow through life." 
Questions? Call 828.251.6140
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, January 11, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
"The Wall, Border Security, and Immigration"

 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 

OLLI Winter 2019 Add/Drop and Registration Continues
CFS Winter 2019 Courses Begin 
Monday, January 14

Our Winter 2019 registration continues until the second meeting of most classes. Remember that you can log into your account to check your registration status. 

Click here to go to the OLLI website Courses page  to find more detailed course information and biographies of instructors 
for Winter 2019 courses. 
Be sure to select "2019 Winter" in the "Term" box on the left hand side of the page

Do you want to be a Class Rep in 2019?

Summer 2019 Course Proposal Deadline February 1
Are you interested in teaching this summer or do you know someone who would make a great OLLI instructor? 
The deadline for Summer 2019 Course Proposals is February 1, 2019. 
Meditation SIG with Jacquie Wollins

Bringing in the New Year
Monday, January 14, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120

After overeating, dealing with too much or too little company, traveling and general tumult, come join the Meditation SIG on the 14th for a de-stressing meditation using the SILVA TECHNIQUE.  Jacquie Wollins has been teaching Functional Meditation at OLLI for several years and will be providing another class this spring. If you have been in Jacquie's class or attended other SIG meetings she has led, then you know that you are in for a treat.  Novices are welcome. Come learn about yet another approach to mindfulness and meditation.

The Meditation SIG meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 4:15 - 5:45 in room #120 of the Reuter Center.  All OLLI members are welcome.
Meditation SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb

On Time, All Day, More Often: The
Asheville Regional Transit Coalition
 Judy LaMee

For most people, Asheville is a hard place to live without a car. Some areas do not have bus service at all. There is only hourly service on most of the city's 18 routes, and service for much of Asheville stops running before late-night service industry shifts end. With over 60% of those who ride the bus in Asheville dependent on transit, lagging service make it hard for those who depend on the bus to get to work, drop their kids off at school or daycare, get to the VA hospital, and complete countless other daily tasks.

In response, the Asheville Regional Transit Coalition was formed in 2017 to improve the daily lives and well-being of Asheville residents by improving the quality and availability of public transportation in the Asheville area. OLLI members Sam Harben and Jeff Jones have significant roles in the coalition, which advocates for a transit system that runs on time, all day, and more often, and members include environmental groups, advocates for families living in poverty, businesses and representatives of the City of Asheville's Transit Committee. We have successfully advocated to expand transit service to include Sundays and extended service hours on several key routes. The coalition's work builds on a long history of transit advocacy in Asheville, and the coalition envisions a transit system that works better for those who depend on it, as well making it an easy, reliable choice for new riders.

Learn more about the Asheville Regional Transit Coalition at  www.transit4all.com, and contact Civic Engagement Committee Chair Kathleen Mainardi for OLLI volunteer opportunities.

Blue Ridge Orchestra Revels!
BRO Concert Rescheduled for:
Sunday, January 13, 5 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville 

T he BRO Revels Concerts originally scheduled for Sunday, December 9 have been rescheduled (including guest musicians Joe Newberry & April Verch!) for Sunday, January 13, at 5 p.m. (one concert), in Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville campus. 
Tickets online at blueridgeorchestra.org or at the door.   $25 General Admission; $15 Friends of the Orchestra

If you have questions, feel free to email the BRO at   broinformation@gmail.com   or call 828.782.3354. 

Fab Friday
"Boom, Crash and Boom
in the Land of the Sky: 
The Intriguing History of Our Mountain Metropolis"
With Dr. Kevan Frazier
Friday, January 18, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

From a frontier outpost of the new republic to one of the great success stories of downtown revitalization, Asheville has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 225 years. Join historian Kevan Frazier as he guides us on a journey through Asheville's rich history, from its founding through the present day. Dr. Frazier is a former member of the history faculty of UNC Asheville and today serves as Western Carolina University's Biltmore Park campus executive director. An Asheville native, he also owns Asheville by Foot Walking Tours and Well Played Board Game Cafe on Wall Street.

Symphony Talk
Friday, January 18, 2019, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

MASTERWORKS 4:Offenbach, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Berlioz

Vive la France! Masterworks 4 celebrates the work of four very distinct French composers. Offenbach's Overture to Gaîté Parisienne, inspired by the amorous high spirits of the City of Light, sets the scene. Cellist Daniel Kaler, winner of the Payne Prize, will dazzle with Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto. The Asheville Symphony Chorus then takes the stage to present Poulenc's delightful and mystic Gloria. We finish, fittingly, with Berlioz's grandiose La Marseillaise.

Symphony Talks are an interesting and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks performances. The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann who talks about the life and times of the featured composers.  ASO Music Director Darko Butorac and guest conductors appear with soloists for upcoming concerts to talk about how the musicians prepare and to offer ways to listen during the performance. 

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.

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, February 7, 5:30 p.m.

 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". 

Preparation for you to do before the workshop:  Talk to your possible "power of attorney for healthcare," the person who would make health care decisions if you are unable.    Click here for a video of a sample conversation, starring OLLI member Mary Campbell.  If you have internet access and a printer,  click here for the ACP Short form you can print and fill out. Please print the form, study it, and bring it to the workshop along with any questions you might have for the panel. 
If you have never been admitted to Mission Hospital, but want your advanced directives added to the Mission Medical Record, click here for an Advance Directive Permission form to fill out. Also, if you have existing advance directives, you may mail the "Permission Form" along with a copy of your existing Advance Directive to Mission for addition to the Mission medical record (or you can get help doing this at the next ACP workshop).
This workshop is free and open to everyone, adults of all ages.  For more information, call OLLI, 828.251.6140 or email   olli@unca.edu
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804