OLLI Observer
March 11, 2018   
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In This Issue
Remember to set your clocks forward
 Daylight Savings Time began this morning.  Be sure to set your clocks forward. 

"I love volunteering at OLLI because it gives me a better opportunity to meet more people. "
Randy teaches '"Intermediate Hiking," has served on the Curriculum Committee and has been a Class Rep.
Seeking Instructors for 
Religion and Philosophy
 The Religion & Philosophy Committee is seeking instructors who are passionate about religion, spirituality and philosophy who would enjoy teaching
a class.
Anyone interested, or someone with a suggestion, is invited to contact the committee's chair, Susan Trammell, 404.376.9852 or susanttrammell@gmail.com  


MANNA Foodbank Team
Providing tens of thousands of meals a day to the hungry
Homework Diner 
Homework help for the student and a
 free meal for the family
Click here for details

Veterans Restoration Quarters 
Gardening Opportunities
Restoring the lives of homeless veterans

VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a difference!
Meditation Special Interest Group
March 2018 meetings
Monday, March 12, 4:15 p.m., Room 120
Jacquie Wollins, who teaches meditation at UNCA College for Seniors, will explain the Jose Silva method of meditation.  Then she will lead a meditation using guided imagery built upon the Silvia method to expand our ability to share, give and receive loving energy.

Monday, March 26, 5 p.m.,we will meet at Skinny Beats Drum Studio (4 Eagle Street, Asheville)  for a sound meditation with Billy Zansky.

All OLLI members are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Sally Ekaireb, beriake@yahoo.com
Bridge Buddies Special Interest Group 
Tuesday March 13, 2 p.m., Atrium
The Bridge Buddies SIG is open for new members. We play at an intermediate level (e.g. stayman, transfers, blackwood/gerber, etc).  We pride ourselves on our sense of humor. If interested, contact Connie Mitchell at  cmgm050@gmail.com
 or just stop by.  
Special Interest Group 
Tuesday March 13, 4:15 p.m., Room 230
Bee City USA:  On a Mission to Reverse Pollinator Decline
Spring is synonymous with flowers and bees. Join the national Bee City USA organization's founder Phyllis Stiles to learn about how pollinators literally make the planet hum, why forty percent of pollinator species are imperiled, and what cities and campuses (including UNC Asheville) are doing to change our ornamental landscaping paradigms to reverse pollinator decline in the United States.
Special Interest Group The Forum
Friday, March 16, 1 p.m., Room 205  
Meeting Topic: "Guns, Gun Control, and the Second Amendment" 
 Mark your calendar to attend this free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.  All OLLI members are invited and welcome!   SIG contact: Beth Johnson, johnson1ea@earthlink.com 

Friday, March 16, 5 p.m. , Room 206

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering to convene a conversation that 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 Café facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.

Free and open to everyone. You can learn more about Death Café at http://deathcafe.com/

New Member Welcome
Friday, March 23, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
New member welcome 
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 find out how to make the most of your OLLI experience.
Confident Caregiver Series
"Is This Normal Aging?
Know the 10 Signs"
Friday, March 23, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room TBA
Come learn about the differences between normal and not normal aging, and why you may keep finding things in strange places! We'll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer's in America
Offered through the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina, "The Confident Caregiver" is a series of presentations that provide answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way to maintain quality of life for both the caregiver and the person with the disease.
Free and open to everyone
NC Stage Presents

March 14 - April 8, 2018
Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 
& Sunday at 2 p.m.
Additional Saturday Matinees on 
March 31 and April 7, 2018
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to visit her parents after a six-year absence. A once-promising novelist, she announces to her family the imminent publication of a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history - a wound that her parents don't want reopened. Brooke has come home to draw a line in the sand and is daring her family to cross it. Her brother won't play her game; her aunt knows way too much, and her parents fall into all their old routines as they plead with her to keep their story quiet. In this family, secrets are currency, and everyone is rich.
"...Mr. Baitz makes sure our sympathies keep shifting among the members of the wounded family portrayed here. Every one of them emerges as selfish, loving, cruel, compassionate, irritating, charming and just possibly heroic. . . . leaves you feeling both moved and gratifyingly sated."
 -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Recommended for ages 16+, strong language, simulated drug use and mature content.
   Thursday, April 5 p.m., 
Reuter Center Room 206
OLLI Authors is a book talk designed to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.  In April Louis Giron and Sue McAdams will be the featured writers, reading from their works.

This series is free and open to everyone.

In addition to the OLLI Authors book talk series, OLLI Authors has established a compilation of books written by OLLI at UNC Asheville members. It includes only books published while the authors were OLLI members. It includes poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction books.
If you have published a book while an OLLI member, please send the following information to nelsonsartoris@charter.net. Your title will be added to the list. Please include the author(s), title, publisher, ISBN, date of publication and where it is available for purchase should others wish to buy a copy.
Click here to view the list of publications.
OLLI Book Swap Shelves
are Bare! 
Your gently used books are needed to fill up the empty OLLI Book Swap shelves.  Please consider donating books you're willing to share with other OLLI members by dropping off at the OLLI Book Swap shelves (end of the upper lobby.)  And while you're there, look for a good read to enjoy.  If you've borrowed from the shelves and need to return the books you've enjoyed, now is the time.

Dear OLLI Members,
If you signed up for Spring 2018 CFS courses, you should have received your schedule on Friday afternoon. If you did not, please go online to our online registration page and sign into your account to check your schedule. 

Don't forget that Add/Drop begins tomorrow, Monday, March 12, 10 a.m.  Click here for detailed instructions on the add/drop process. You must add yourself to  open courses (click here for a list). Please remember that these open seats will be taken quickly and that during this registration period our courses are assigned first come, first served. We only publish this open class list on the first day, but when you go online and click on individual subject areas, you can see which classes are open and closed. You may come to the Reuter Center 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, March 12, if you feel you need help. 

If you did not get the courses you want or are unable to attend any or all courses, please notify the office at olli@unca.edu. Remember that you may request a full refund for College for Seniors spring term fees by Friday, March 23, 3 p.m. Please do drop if you are unable to attend, since there are almost always people who will want your seat. 

We will be sending out a link tomorrow for our Annual Member Survey.  We will hold our Annual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 4:25 p.m. to discuss a variety of issues.

Remember that the Reuter Center Singers Spring Concert will be held Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18. Arrive a little early for a good seat and plan to stay afterwards for a reception. The Reuter Center Singers are celebrating 20 years of making music together, an impressive milestone.

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
UNCA Bulldog
Upcoming UNCA Athletic Events  UNCA Bulldog
                          March, 2018   


  • Tuesday, March 13, 1 p.m., Women's Tennis UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb,  Asheville Racquet Club Downtown  
  • Tuesday, March 20, 3 p.m., Men's Tennis  UNC Asheville vs. Presbyterian Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2 p.m., Men's Tennis UNC Asheville vs. Clemson Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Friday, March 23, 2 p.m., Women's Tennis UNC Asheville vs. Longwood Asheville Racquet Club Downtown            

Click here to visit the UNC Asheville Athletics website.  Go Bulldogs! 

Fast Track into the Asheville Experience
by David Langdon
You could be in the Asheville City Council chambers as City Manager Gary Jackson talks about the negatives of the NCDOT plan for expanding Merrimon Avenue to five lanes and why it won't work for the city. You could also better understand the City of Asheville's unique governing relationship with Buncombe County and the state of North Carolina. If you are having these experiences, you might be a member of OLLI's Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS) program attending Government Day. The fall LAS program will begin to register soon with a cap of only 35 participants. Details are on the OLLI website (olliasheville.com) and in the Spring 2018 catalog. 

Center for Jewish Studies Lecture
Monday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Judaism, Science and Medicine in Historical Perspective
by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

UNC Asheville's Center for Jewish Studies will present
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson 
a talk about Jewish thought and the interface of science and religion.  Arizona State University Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, a scholar of Jewish intellectual history, will present the talk, "Judaism, Science, and Medicine in Historical Perspective," which is free and open to everyone. 

Tirosh-Samuelson will chronicle how Jewish philosophers, scientists and medical doctors through the ages have responded to scientific theories and discoveries that challenged traditional beliefs. She also will examine the idea of science as a religion, and modern paradigms that seek to integrate science and religion. 

For more information about UNC Asheville's Center for Jewish Studies, visit 
cjs.unca.edu .   
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation"  
Julie Snyder 
Julie Snyder, who worked for 30 years with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina offers lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee.  All lectures are free to WAC members and UNC Asheville undergraduate students. For all others $10 at the door. 
For more details about programs, consult the WAC website. 
Hearing Loss Association of WNC Meeting
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:15 a.m.     
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus
Top of the Hill, (Building 22, at the Covered Walkway), 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville

Music and Hearing Loss: Understanding the Challenges and Working Towards Solutions by Christopher Hamilton, Au.D.,Director of Audiology, The Hearing Center of Asheville

For more information, contact Ann Karson. 828-665-8699, akarson57@gmail.com 

Pan Harmonia's March Midday Music New Location

Next Midday Music: Friday, March 16, 1:30 p.m.
JS Bach plus Chevalier de Saint-Georges, aka "The Black Mozart" 
Brittnee Siemon, mezzo-soprano * Kate Steinbeck, flute * Rosalind Buda, bassoon
Mariya Potapova and Karen Pommerich, violin * Anastásia Yarbrough, viola

Free and open to everyone
Symphony Talk
Friday, March 16, 3 p.m., Manheimer Room

The  next Symphony Talk will feature conductor candidate Nicholas Hersch, violinist Itamar Zorman. Composers Beethoven, Leshnoff, Rachmaninoff and Queen/Hersh.

The best way to enjoy the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks
Nicholas Hersch 
concerts is to come to the Symphony Talk for the inside scoop on the music, composers, and soloists. Come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended. Free and open to the public. Asheville Symphony Orchestra folks  will speak a bout the performance for the next evening's concert and local music aficionado Chip Kaufmann will speak about the composers.

To learn more about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, click here to visit their website. 
More Than A Month Event - "Beyond White Privilege"
Friday, March 16, 1-3 p.m., Room 206 
(Registration Required and Space is Limited.
Please call 828.251.6188 to reserve a spot.)

Michael Carter 
Conversations exploring race often center on the issue of white privilege, and people sometimes resist the concept because they feel it means they have to feel guilt or apologize for all racism or for the fact of their being white. They may feel that the concept of privilege somehow denies the very real struggles they have undergone. In this workshop we will explore the concept of privilege, whether it's racial, gender, sexual orientation, economic, or ability, and understand the systemic cultural realities that various kinds of privilege perpetuate.
Rev. Michael JS.Carter is  an ordained Interfaith minister who received his 
Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the College of New Rochelle where he graduated cum laude. He  received his Masters In Divinity from  Union Theological Seminary in New  York City (class of 2000). He has served as a staff chaplain (Board Certified) at Lenox Hill  Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Beth Israel Cancer Center, Methodist Hospital, and New  York Hospital Queens while residing in New York City.
While serving various Unitarian Universalist Congregations in New York, Michael  was trained as an anti-racism trainer and has been recognized by President  Clinton for his efforts. Michael continues to serve as a minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swanannoa Valley and as a consulting minister for The Thermal Belt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Tryon, North Carolina.

This workshop is part of OLLI's Inclusion Committee's More Than a Month series.  These programs are designed to provide meaningful ways to understand and respond to the issues of race that continue to divide us and to define our civic and political discourse. 
Reuter Center Singers Concert
Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. & Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m. ,  Manheimer Room 

The Spring 2018 Reuter Center Singers concerts will offer "A Blast from the Past ... Our 20th Year Celebration Concert" celebrating 20 years of song and singing!  Come tour with us on our 20 year musical journey with such greats as "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Let's Fall in Love," "We Shall Overcome," "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "I Believe," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and more.  Other selections will also feature the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gershwin, "Wicked," The Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, The Beatles, and John Denver.   The two performances of the Spring Concert fill quickly, so arrive early to get a good seat.

While the concerts are free and open to everyone, donations at the door are welcome.  There will be a reception with light refreshments following the concert. 

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Program 
Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Is There Hope for Hemlocks?

A little bug is killing millions of hemlock trees and threatening water quality, wildlife habitat and forest health across eastern forests. Hemlocks have been in decline for several years and their loss is impacting many forest species, including birds. The Hemlock Restoration Initiative, a program sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and the U.S. Forest Service, is working on solutions to stem the decline of hemlocks. Sara deFosset and Thom Green, both from the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, will highlight the importance of hemlocks in western North Carolina ecosystems. They'll discuss threats from the hemlock woolly adelgid and enumerate current efforts to combat this pest, including getting the public involved in hemlock conservation. 
Sara deFosset is the Outreach Associate for the Hemlock Restoration Initiative.  Thom Green is HRI's Stewardship and Volunteer Engagement Associate.   All EMAS programs are free and open to everyone.

A Patchwork of Stories
Sunday, March 18, 2-4 p.m.
Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway

Elena Diana Miller

Storytelling at the Folk Art Center, a fundraiser for Stories on Asheville's  Front Porch  featuring David Novak, Donna Marie Todd, Ray Christian, and Elena Diana Miller. Advance tickets online:  Click here to purchase tickets  , $12; or $15 at the door.

STEM Lecture  
Wednesday, March 21, 4:30 p.m., Manheimer Room 
           Women in Forest Science
Panelists: Dr. Susan Loeb, Dr. Jennifer Knoep, Dr. Dominique Bachelet, Dr. Viniece Jenning, Dr. Michelle Baumflek and moderator Dr. Hermann Gucinski

Forest science is, in part, the study of the threats forested ecosystems face on both the local and global scales.
In this discussion, a five-person panel of various backgrounds and experiences will describe what they have learned and experienced themselves in forest science, especially as it pertains to the acceptance of women in this field.

Free and open to everyone.  Click here to view an event flier.

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