OLLI Observer
December 31, 2017  
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In This Issue
OLLI and Reuter Center Winter Break Schedule
  OLLI and the Reuter Center is closed for winter break and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference
Music Works!
Using music to teach social skills, boost academics and build confidence

Roots Foundation
The garden is the classroom
VOLUNTEER NOW ... It's the time of year to  make a difference!
Sierra Club Meeting
  Wednesday, January 3, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
 corner  of Charlotte and Edwin
Greenways & Blueways

Marcia Bromberg of Connect Buncombe and Marc Hunt of Woodfin Greenway & Blueway will update us  about Buncombe County's successes and plans for greenways and river facilities.
For more information, contact Judy Mattox,  judymattox@sbcglobal.net 

 Free and open to the public. 
f/32 Photography
Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

f 32 Photography f/32 is a diverse group that shares an appreciation and love of photography.  Members range from amateurs who like to take point-and-shoot snapshots to working professional photographers. At monthly meetings, they share their work learn new methods, and keep abreast of the latest industry news and equipment.  OLLI members are offered free membership in f/32.
Carolinas' Nature 
Photographers Association
Sunday, January 14, 6 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Earth and Light Travelogue:
Traveling the World as a Wildlife and Nature Photographer by Richard Bernabe

Alaska. The Amazon. The Galapagos. Morocco. Tanzania. These are among more than 50 destinations where you might find wildlife and nature photographer Richard Bernabe as he strives to capture the moods and character of the world's most amazing places. He's currently in Antarctica and his plans for 2018 include Barbados, Botswana, Greenland, Iceland, Namibia, Patagonia, and Uganda.
Collectively, these and many other places and spaces mark Richard Bernabe's 30-year journey from Greenville SC with camera in hand. You can join him on some of these ventures. But, hurry! He is often booked two years ahead with 10-12 countries per year.

Or, you can simply mark your calendar for Sunday, January 14, 2018, 6-8 pm. That's when Richard is scheduled as the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association-Asheville Region in partnership with OLLI.
Free and open to everyone 

Basketball and Barbecue!!      
Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

  For the first time ever, fans of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs men's b UNCA Bulldogasketball team and friends of the Asheville Symphony will have an opportunity to support both organizations at a
Musical Feast on Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m. in Kimmel Arena.  A barbecue dinner with all the trimmings, including beer, will be served at   6 p.m.  
 Janet R. Cone, Director of
Janet Cone
Athletics at UNC Asheville will speak on her unique career as one of only four women to serve as athletics director at the university level in the country. Then, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs will play Gardner- Webb in the Kimmel Arena at 7 p.m.  Participants will have a special section to enjoy the game.  Tickets for the game are included in the price of the event.  The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have been named the most likely to win the Big South Conference this year, and the game should be very exciting to watch.

Proceeds from the feast will go to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.  Feast tickets are limited.  You will find more information at the Symphony Guild website,   ashevillesyphonyguild.org.  When you enter the site, click on Musical Feasts on the top bar, then scroll down the list of feasts to January 2018, Musical Feast: Basketball and Barbecue for more information and tickets.
This feast will be hosted by Sam and Robin Harben, members of OLLI and the Symphony Guild.  They are hoping for a good turnout of interested OLLI members to support both of these organizations and UNC Asheville. 

Dear OLLI Members,

We look forward to starting a new year at OLLI.  Please remember that we will be down a couple of staff members as we enter the new year.  We will all pull together to make sure that we operate as effectively as possible and look forward to getting back up to speed and to being fully staffed very soon in the new year.

We hope you will join us for New Member Welcome on Friday, January 5, as we kick off our Winter 2018 term.  Remember that there are still open classes, and we will re-open our registration system Tuesday, January 2, 8:30 a.m.

Wishing you a 2018 full of learning and new ideas, 
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
  UNC Asheville Athletic Events

Saturday, January 6, 2 p.m.
Women's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. High Point, Kimmel Arena

Go Bulldogs!

New Member Welcome
Friday, January 5, 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 on Friday, January 5, 10 a.m., to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and learn what it means to "grow through life."  Light refreshments served.

College for Seniors Winter Term Begins
Monday, January 8, 2018, 9 a.m.

College for Seniors program draws from the experiences and professional  expertise of its members as well as from the UNC Asheville and other area institutions and people. Courses range from Chaucer to technology, from foreign affairs to opera, from the History of Modern China to Asheville on the Cheap. Courses are non-credit with no tests or grades and are open to all OLLI members.
Please note that you must be registered to attend College for Seniors courses.
Français Facile Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, January 5, 1 p.m., Room 120

Français Facile SIG is reconvening for the new year. Meetings will generally be the first and third Fridays of the month from 1-3 p.m. in Reuter Center, Room 120.  This SIG is open to any OLLI member who wants to practice French conversation at any level.  It is not a "class," but a strong French speaker will lead the group in discussions or readings and games depending on the people who attend.  The purpose is to cover the time between OLLI French classes, but we plan to continue throughout the year.  You do not have to have been in an OLLI French class to participate.  Gentle corrections will be given as needed/desired, and we will value your ideas and input.  You're bound to come away with some new vocabulary.  Join us if you can.

Whole Foods/Plant Based Living Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, January 5, 2018, 3:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206

In this group we provide information and support for anyone interested in following a more plant based diet along the lines of Drs. Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Michael Greger and T. Colin Campbell. Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360, 

A Free Evening Forum at UNC Asheville
China: Key to the North Korea Threat?
Tuesday, January 9, 7 p. m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

Many Asia experts believe that China holds the key to preventing further escalation of the nuclear threat from North Korea.  That theory and more will be discussed by two China scholars, Dr. Jim Lenburg, professor-emeritus at Mars Hill University, and Dr. Sarah-Ann Smith, an author and former member of the U.S. diplomatic corps in Hong Kong.
Jim Lenburg
Sarah-Ann Smith
Elizabeth Colton
The program will be moderated by Dr. Elizabeth O.Colton, also a veteran of the U.S. diplomatic corps. This free event is co-sponsored by Leadership Asheville Forum and OLLI.  

Thomas Wolfe Book Club
"The Anatomy of Loneliness"
Discussion Leader: Terry Roberts
Thursday, January 11, 5:30 p.m. 
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 N. Market Street, Downtown Asheville

Beginning in January of 2018 and continuing through April, a monthly Thomas Wolfe Book Club will meet in downtown Asheville at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site.  Each month a different local educator will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected short story written by Thomas Wolfe. 
Sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, January 12,  11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Manheimer Room
 Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag. 
Don't miss these great programs. 


"Muscle and Joint Injuries" by Dr. Aaron Vaugh, M.D.   


Dr. Vaughan will offer a review of the more common injuries to muscles and joints as we age.
Aaron Vaug
He will help you understand why these pains present more frequently as we age and what we can do to reduce their frequency and severity. Attention will be given to how you can best develop self-care strategies and identify when you need to call in help from medical and other health care providers.   


Dr. Vaughan is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, practices at Asheville Orthopedic Associates, and serves as the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director at MAHEC. He is team physician to many local athletic teams including UNC Asheville, the Asheville Tourists, and Asheville High School and has served as team physician to the Carolina Hurricanes and UNC- Chapel Hill.   This lecture is part of the

Health Education Series.

The Confident Caregiver Series
Beginning Friday, January 12, 2018
 Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Offered through the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, the Confident Caregiver is a series of three presentations that provide  answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of the 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.. Here are the topics that will be covered in each presentation:
  • Friday, January 12, 2 p.m., Mid Stages I -Communication, Relationship Changes, Personal Care and Hospitalizations.
  • Friday, February 9, 2 p.m. Mid Stages II -Behavior Changes, Medications, Home Safety, Driving, Living Alone and Wandering 
  • Friday, March 9, 2 p.m. Mid Stages III -Day Services, In-Home Care Services, Senior Living Options and Caregiver Needs

Free and open to everyone. 

Thriving in Community: A New SIG
Friday, January 12, 2 p.m., Reuter Center, Room 207

"Thriving in Community" is a new OLLI SIG for those who  want to learn about ways of living & aging  as independently as possible at home,  in the neighborhood of our choice,  with the support and services we need,  for as long as we can.  SIG members will  explore and  build creative alternatives to  the conventional institutional path (CCRC's).  Join this dynamic group for a participative  discussion led by Fred Cardina to explore whether this journey is for you.

Thursday, January 18,  5 p.m.
Reuter Center Room206
OLLI Authors is a book talk
series designed to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.  OLLI Authors begins with readings. On Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5
p.m.  in Room 206 Carol Booth and Mark Yungbluth will be the featured writers, reading from their works.

This series is free and open to everyone
Michelle Alexander
MLK Week Keynote Speaker
Thursday, January 18, 7 p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

Michelle Alexander's best-selling book,  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, both crystallized and amplified public discussion about racism and civil rights, the war on drugs and the prison system. As an attorney, Alexander clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court, directed the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California and brought discrimination suits in private practice.
She now is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and a forceful public speaker who argues that mass incarceration is today's version of Jim Crow segregation. Alexander will deliver the keynote talk for UNC Asheville's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

Arena doors open at 6 pm.
Lecture is free and open to the public
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is presented by UNC Asheville with support from the Blue Ridge District of the United Methodist Church.
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