The Reuter Center and the OLLI office will be closed Monday,
January 21, 2019
to commemorate the MLK Day
Please stay home and get better!
With cold and flu season in full swing, we hope that everyone stays healthy. So if you're feeling under the weather, please stay home and get better. This will help to keep from spreading illness.
The Center for Disease Control advises that good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu
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.
SAVE THE DATE
Thursday, March 14
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Workshop details and registration information will be available soon.
OLLI Authors Presents
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
(Click to learn more about these Authors)
Due to health reasons, Ted McIrvine's poems will be read by other members of the Poetry SIG.
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.
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!
Friday, January 25, 2019, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium
is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. At Death
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.
Stitch in Time
Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, February 4, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Level 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 are welcome.
SIG Contact: Gay Lambirth,
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.
Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, February 7, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place
(Corner of Charlotte & Edwin)
"Electric Cars Powered by Solar Homes"
Learn how households are driving to net zero!
Free and open to everyone.
Junior League Volunteer Expo
Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Expo Center
1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC
Learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, February 15, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
February 15: There will be presentations on Brazil (2-3 p.m.) and Israel (3-4 p.m.).
Seeking speakers for the rest of the year and would welcome anyone willing to share his/her travel experiences
with other members of
Please contact one of the following Travel SIG members if you have any questions or want to share
your travel adventures:
Men's Wisdom Works
Special Interest Group
To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at email@example.com
Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.
Groups meet at various times & places twice a month for 2 hrs. to discuss issues of personal importance.
Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour, & other social activities.
Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.
March Madness Lecture
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Bubble teams and brackets. Upsets and Cinderellas. Blocks, dunks, layups and buzzer beaters. Bitter defeats, thrilling wins and "one shining moment." They're all elements of the "big dance" we call March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Learn more about this annual college sports ritual from a couple of UNC Asheville experts. Larry Griswold, popular instructors for sports history courses at College for Seniors, will offer an overview of the history of college basketbll championship tournaments and the evolution and growth of the NCAA basketball tournament. Janet Cone, UNC Asheville's athletics director and the only woman currently serving on the NCAA Divion I Men's Basketball committee, will give us an insider's view of the selection and seeding process. Feel free to wear your college colors, if you remember that here at UNC Asheville we are all Bulldogs!
Free and open to everyone!
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Sponsor, Givens Estates
for their generous support!
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest 2019 Needs Volunteers!
Calling all curd nerds! We're gearing up for our annual WNC Cheese Trail fundraiser, the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest 2019. We have three spots open for lead volunteers and that's where you come in. Lead volunteers begin volunteering this month and work with our lead team until the completion of the festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 28th at Highland Brewing. These critical lead positions carry more responsibility than our day-of or special-event volunteers, and we need folks who are ready to dive in and get things done. Lead volunteers put into practice their experience, insight and energy to help make our fundraiser a success.
The three positions that we currently have open are Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator(s), Pairings Event Coordinator(s) and Competition Event Coordinator(s). We are happy to have an individual take the lead position or two people who work well together as co-leads.
CLICK HERE for descriptions
of the positions.
Please see attached for more information or contact Katie Moore at:
or 828.484.1586 if you're interested or have any questions.
Dear OLLI Members,
Please remember that the Reuter Center and the OLLI office will be closed Monday, January 21, to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
We were glad to have the Reuter Center full of excitement during the first week of classes. We like to focus on the great energy of learning and friendship that enliven our programs, but sometimes we have to remind members of administative details. Please remember that if you will not be attending a course in which you are registered that you can drop by calling the OLLI office at 828.251.6140 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; you can help us keep our records up to date and may open a seat for another OLLI member. Also, please remember you should only attend classes in which you are registered.
We are aware that there were some long wait times for the purple shuttle during our first week of classes, so we are working with the university's transportation office to make sure that we have and communicate accurately about the shuttle schedule. Please remember that for your safety and the safety of everyone else on campus that you should only park in the white lined spaces designated for non-resident students.
We want to thank all of the College for Seniors instructors who spend hundreds of hours preparing courses that enlighten us and encourage new ways of looking at the world. We are always looking for new instructors and new courses, so keep your eyes and ears open for people who might be additions to our community of teachers and learners. Remember that the deadline for course proposals for Summer 2019 is February 1 and that preliminary proposals for the College for Seniors Theme Term on Appalachia is March 1.
Finally, we encourage you to attend the many different programs offered here at the Reuter Center and at the university, most of which are free and open to everyone, as a way to continue learning outside the classroom.
Thank you for all that you do to model creative retirement,
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
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.
OLLI Winter 2019 Add/Drop and Registration Continues
Our Winter 2019 registration continues until the second meeting of most classes. If you decide that you can't or don't want to attend a course you registered for, please take the time to drop by calling the OLLI office at 828.251.6140 or send an email to email@example.com. When members drop, they help with our record keeping, allow us to understand attendance patterns and may make it possible for another member to take the course.
for Winter 2019 courses.
Be sure to select "2019 Winter" in the "Term" box on the left hand side of the page.
Remember that our Spring 2019 Catalog will be available in print and in the office on Thursday, February 14.
for All Book Club
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
The group will turn attention to medicine and specifically the science of human interaction with other organisms affect our health.
The first selection is
I Contain Multitudes; the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. Copies of the book are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe at a 10% discount for members.
The second selection is
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer. Copies will soon be available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, and 6 copies are available through the Buncombe County Library. Barnes and Noble, (both locations), has about 40 copies available for order.
"Food As Medicine for Older Adults-
Current Research in the Treatment and Prevention of Disease"
Friday, January 25, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
In this talk, you will have a chance to explore fundamental concepts about nutrition and aging, as well as how to functionally use food in the prevention and treatment of disease. We will cut through much of the confounding nutrition information shared with us daily. Speaker Hannah Anderson is responsible for the nutritional offerings of UNC Asheville's Dining Services. Hannah was trained in community health education at UNC Wilmington, Human Nutrition at Winthrop University, and completed her dietetic internship at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is credentialed as a registered dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and holds LDN license in NC. Hannah educates clients to make good choices in how they fuel their bodies so they feel their best, prevent disease, and build healthful habits.
NC Stage - Behind the Scenes - Jeeves at Sea!
Friday, January 25, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 120
Set sail for laughter as Bertie Wooster revels in life aboard the Vanderley yacht. Bertie is the pampered guest of the lively Lady Stella and is accompanied, as always, by his peerless valet, Jeeves. If only Bertie's pal Crumpet hadn't assaulted a prince. In the blink of an eye, Bertie is masquerading as a romance novelist, Crumpet's posing as his own long-lost twin, and a sinister foreign count is challenging Bertie to a duel. Will this madcap case of mistaken identities end in Bertie's doom-or worse, his marriage? Have no fear; Jeeves will sort it all out.
Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver. Explore the themes of this season's plays, talk with the actors, directors and designers about design concepts and the rehearsal process, and experience a scene or two performed live. Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens!
Free and open to the public. For more information about NC Stage, Visit them at their website by clicking here.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, January 25, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
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.
Thriving In Community SIG
Friday, January 25, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Meditation SIG with Peggy Moore
Universal Life Energy to Transform our Conscious Awareness
Monday, January 28, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 120
Join us for a guided meditation focusing on increasing your flow of energy. Meditation can help calm and center your physical, mental, and emotional systems and help us have a more positive outlook on life.
Peggy Moore has been a student of meditation for over 30 years and is associated with the Institute for the Study of Universal Life Energy. Her meditation techniques incorporate chakra awareness, breathing techniques, and energy work. She currently is teaching Meditation at OLLI and in the spring she will
teach Celtic Spirituality
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
Living with Dementia:
Life After a Diagnosis
Friday, February 1, 9 a.m.
Reuter Center Room 207
In this session, the first of three presentations offered by the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina, participants will gain a clear understanding of the changes in the brain related to dementia, Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. We will discuss why it's important to find a physician you can trust and how you can partner with your medical team. Finally, we will discuss ways to keep lines of communication open and strategies to help make this easier as the disease progresses.
This series of three two-hour presentations is designed for the person who has a recent diagnosis of dementia or is in the early stages of the disease, with the goal to provide answers to questions about this complex disease. For more information see the Alzheimer's Association of Western North Carolina's website at
Sessions on February 8 will focus on telling others about your diagnosis and keeping healthy relationships with family and friends and on February 15 the program will be an examination of the daily strategies to deal with unique challenges and how to gain access to resources.
So Why Be a Volunteer through OLLI?
by Ken Cooper
We know there any many organizations and ways to become a community volunteer in Asheville.
OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee asks you to explore: "Why be a volunteer through OLLI?" J
ust a few of the advantages:
- Sense of community and networking - When you volunteer through OLLI, you will feel much more connected to the OLLI Community while in classes, participating in a SIG or at play at the Reuter Center.
- Support and connection - When you need support with your volunteer assignment or just want to chat about volunteer experiences, Civic Engagement Team Leaders and co-volunteers are there for you.
- Expertise - OLLI and UNC Asheville have deep connections into the community, including agencies that support education, food insecurity and housing/homeless services. These individuals and agencies have the expertise and interest in ensuring volunteer efforts function well.
The Civic Engagement Committee is excited and dedicated to doing this meaningful work and making the best use of your time.
Please join us as you support our community and make your difference through OLLI.
For more information, contact Civic Engagement Committee Chair Kathleen Mainardi: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM Lecture Series
Tuesday, January 29, 5 p.m.
The Manheimer Room
"Neuroscience and Meditative Practices"
Patrick Foo, UNC Asheville's Psychology Department
In 2005 against much opposition, the Dalai Lama gave a keynote talk at the annual Society for Neurosciences conference. Given the lack of published evidence of the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, this was perhaps no surprise. However, in the subsequent decade scientists have studied a small group of Tibetan monks who have amassed between 20,000 and 30,000 lifetime hours of meditative practice. Their published EEG and fMRI experiments reveal significant structural and functional adaptations associated with lifelong meditation practice. Specifically, these monks show permanently strengthened neural connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex, and grey matter densities suggesting their brains are decades younger than age-matched controls. We will review these findings and others, demonstrate some introductory mindfulness and meditation techniques, and discuss how the UNC Asheville Neuroscience Program is working across disciplines to offer a scientifically supported Contemplative Inquiry certificate to its students.
These lectures are free and open to everyone.
UNCA Basketball Schedule!
UNCA Kimmel Arena
Tuesday, January 22nd: Women's Basketball vs. Longwood - 7 p.m.
"We Back Pat" At this game UNCA Basketball will support those fighting dementia and Alzheimer's.
Wednesday. January 30th: Men's Basketball vs. USC Upstate - 7 p.m
Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m.: Women's Basketball vs. Winthrop
**OLLI partnership game featuring the Reuter Center Singers performing the National Anthem, Discount Available!**
For ticket information and a more detailed list of upcoming home events please visit
or call our Ticket Office at (828) 258-7900.
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."
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
New to Medicare
Friday, February 8, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). This session will be an overview (plans, parts and policies) of Medicare.
Spaces are limited, and registration is required. Reserve your space by calling the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at 828.277.8288.
In addition, beginning at noon, representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment. They will also provide detailed instructions for using the Agency's online services at