OLLI Observer
June 10, 2018   
 
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In This Issue
TODAY
Carolinas' Nature Photography Association Meeting (CNPA)
Portfolio Challenge
Sunday, June 10, 5:30 p.m., Room 206 

  Today's meeting will include five portfolio presentations of images based on a topic, place, style, or technique.  CNPA members Peter Ray, Bill Richards, Suzanne Lunsford and Andy MacPhillimy will each make individual presentations while April Johnson and Jeff Miller will combine for their presentation.

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 others  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. 
For more information, 
 
Meditation
 Special Interest Group 
Monday, June 11, 4:15 p.m., Room 120
  
OLLI member Peggy Moore will lead a meditation using Universal Life Energy exercises, and the group will focus on directing energies related to the chakras.  All the steps will be explained, and no previous experience is necessary.  Come and enjoy a  peaceful and harmonious quieting of the mind.

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 in Ottawa, Ontario.She teaches meditation classes at OLLI with techniques which incorporate chakra awareness,  breathing techniques, and energy work. 

The Meditation SIG meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. in Room 120 of the Reuter Center.   
The SIG welcomes all OLLI members.
 
SIG Contact:  Sally Ekaireb
Gardening 
Special Interest Group
Tuesday, June 12, 4:15 p.m., Room 120

Alison Arnold, the Buncombe County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Consumer Horticulture, will discuss pests and diseases in home gardens. You are invited to bring a sample of a problem in your garden.

Contact for Garden SIG is Marilyn Dishaw, 828-215-3838, ncdishaw@gmail.com.
Hearing Loss Association Meeting
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.*
  Seymour Auditorium, 
Care Partners Campus, Building 22, 
68 Sweeten Creek Road, 
Asheville (top of hill, at covered walkway)

Music and Hearing Loss: Understanding the Challenges and Working Towards Solutions

by Christopher Hamilton, Au.D., 
Director of Audiology, 
The Hearing Center of Asheville
Click here to view more information. 


For more information, Ann Karson 828.665.8699, akarson57@gmail.com
 
*Note special time and day
Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, June 21, 5:30 p.m.,
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
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OLLI at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning workshop that 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 issues 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 Advance Care Planning "Short Form." There will also be an opportunity to enter your advance directive into yur electronic Mission Medical Record.
  
 
  OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Energy Savers Network (ESN)
Help homeowners reduce energy losses

MANNA Foodbank Team

Providing tens of thousands of meals a day to the hungry      

Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team 
Restoring the lives of homeless vets 
Click here for details

VOLUNTEER NOW ... 
You can make a 
difference!
Email for more information: 


Chris Lorish   
 
"I love volunteering at OLLI because I am able to contribute to this community and its well-being in a way that is consistent with my prior profession.
 
Chris teaches "Healthy Bites."

To learn more about OLLI volunteer opportunities, click here
ASAP's Farm Tour, June 23-24

What: ASAP's 2018 Farm Tour
When:  Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24,  Noon-5 p.m.
Where:  Family farms across Western North Carolina in Buncombe, Henderson, and Yancey counties.
Volunteer information: S pend one afternoon welcoming visitors at a participating farm on the tour, and in exchange receive a free tour pass to visit farms on the day you aren't working. Volunteering is a great way to connect with a local farm, make new farm friends, and meet people from across the region.
How to sign up: S ign up online at asapconnections.org/events/asaps-farm-tour/volunteer-for-the-tour/.
Contact: For more information contact Robin Lenner at robin@asapconnections.org
or 828-236-1282

Learn more about ASAP and the Farm Tour
 http://asapconnections.org/events/asaps-farm-tour/

2018 OLLI Art Bazaar      

R egistration is now open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  This year's bazaar will again be a two day format and the registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double table. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in quickly, and space is limited. Don't wait to send in your registration.  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.  And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.

Click here to download an event flier
to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!

Questions, contact Leanna Preston lpreston@unca.edu 
Community Volunteer Opportunity 

  The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) in Mars Hill is seeking volunteer ushers for an exciting summer season, now through August 12.  Ushers will have a brief orientation session before each show, will escort people to their seats and are invited to watch the show in the usher-designated seats (or buy a ticket to watch the show in reserved seats).   If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name, address and telephone number to drapp@mhu.edu 
.  Further instructions will follow. Thank you for your interest in our theatre!
Dear OLLI Members,
While we wait for the summer term to begin, please know that our special interest groups continue, some, like the Meditation, Gardening and Financial Strategies in Retirement SIGs that are open to all OLLI members.  Mark your calendars for opportunities like our Advance Care Planning workshop, our summer "Hot Topics" series and the events of community partners like the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association, the Audubon Society, Death Cafe, the Western North Carolina Historical Association and, coming up this week, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County and their Successful Aging Day.

Finally, don't forget the events that happen on the UNC Asheville campus, including the summer Concerts on the Quad.

We also want to remind you of the ongoing volunteer opportunities sponsored by OLLI Civic Engagement Committee and the great work of volunteers who contribute daily to the success of OLLI.  Please take some time to read Annie Houle and Judy LaMee's story on College for Seniors instructor Tom Hearron and don't forget to check volunteer opportunities available highlighted every week in the Volunteer Spotlight that features Chris Lorish this week.
 
Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
calendar
Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Successful Aging Day
Thursday, June 14, 2018, Reuter Center


This is a daylong event for older adults, caregivers and anyone interested in aging successfully. The k eynote speaker and breakout sessions will focus on topics such as movement, health and wellness, financial well-being, and staying active. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 per person.

Estate Sale to Benefit
Asheville Symphony and CarePartners 
Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 CarePartners Estate Sale Showroom, 75 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, June 15, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Meeting Topic: "Current Events"   

   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.com
Financial Strategies in Retirement Special Interest Group
Friday, June 15, 1:30 p.m., Manheimer Room 
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TOPICS - Financial Decision Making, Portfolio Withdrawal Strategies, Open Question and Answer Session

Guest speaker and back by popular demand: John Coleman, Coleman Advisory, LLC.  Coleman is an OLLI instructor, Certified Financial Planner, and the founder and CEO of Coleman Advisory, LLC.  Coleman started his career with Dean Witter (Morgan Stanley) and has held several senior level executive positions at major investment firms and insurance companies throughout his 37 years in the financial services business.  He is a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter.

 The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710.
Death Cafe'
Friday, June 15, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Atrium
"Death Café" is an engaging gathering, a storytelling experience and a conversation about a subject 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 and loss and death. Through conversation a deepening ritual emerges, and we build a culture of dying wisely. Join us at our next Death Cafe, facilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. 
You can learn more about death cafe at http://deathcafe.com/  
Western North Carolina Historical Association Event
Saturday, June 16, 2-3:30pm, Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Dr. Dennis Branch:  An African American Physician 
in the Jim Crow South, 1914-1964

Presented by Marc McClure, PhD, of Walters State Community College (TN) and Jim Stokely of Asheville

Join Dr. Marc McClure as he presents his documentary firm (60 minutes) on the life of Dr. Dennis Branch who practiced medicine in Newport, Tennessee, from 1914-1964.  Over the course of his life, Dr. Branch became a beloved leader of the community, both for his quality of care as a physician and for his public contributions to the town.  Dr. Branch's story is unique because the vast majority of his patients were white during the time when segregation laws prevailed, forbidding inter-racial intimacy.  Dr. Branch came to national attention when James and Wilma (Dykeman) Stokely included him in their 1957 award winning book "Neither White Nor Black."  Dr. McClure's film will include interviews with Dr. Branch's former patients, town folks and graduates of the historically black Tanner School for whom Dr. Branch was a trailblazer.  As a Rosenwald School, the Tanner School provided an education for rural African American children from the 1920s until schools were later integrated.  The film will be introduced by Jim Stokely of Asheville (son of Wilma Dykeman and James Stokely) who grew up in Newport and is currently President of The Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

Tickets sold at the door: $5 donation, WNCHA members free.  
Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association
  Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society program
Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m., Manheimer Room 
 
The Birds & the Bees: Why Pollinators Matter by Phyllis Stiles

Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of over 85% of the world's flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world's crop species. The work of the European honey bee pales in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of species of pollinators that make our planet so botanically diverse. Unfortunately, the United Nations has reported that forty percent of insect pollinator species are at risk of extinction.   The loss of pollinator species threatens agricultural crops, plants, birds, and other fauna.

At this program, learn how Bee City USA is galvanizing communities to take action. Phyllis Stiles, founder and director of Bee City USA, will explain what their certified affiliates are doing to reverse pollinator declines. An Asheville resident since the 1970s, Ms. Stiles has spent her career serving communities and non-profit organizations in fields ranging from natural resource and farmland protection to civic leadership development. She was campaign director for Blue Ridge Forever's successful 50,000-acre land protection campaign. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign named her the 2015 Pollinator Advocate of the Year.

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society programs are free and open to everyone.
Tom Hearron: Instructor, Researcher, World Traveler
b y Annie Houle with Judy LaMée
 

If Tom Hearron had had greater success at Rice University with calculus, OLLI members would not have the pleasure of learning from him the "scoop" on Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and others in his well-researched, witty classes here. Instead, he might have become a chemistry professor, with test tube, beaker and periodic table as his tools. Certainly not the Tom Hearron we know.

Buncombe Chautauqua "Courage"
Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, All shows 7 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium, AB Tech Campus,340 Victoria Road, Asheville

Meet courageous people - hear their stories - ask them how they survived. You'll laugh - you'll cry - you'll have lots of questions. And they'll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it's not just history - it's personal. 

Monday, June 18: Winston Churchill portrayed by Larry Bounds
Tuesday, June 19: Harriet Tubman portrayed by Becky Stone
Wednesday, June 20: Alice Paul, portrayed by Leslie Goddard
Thursday, June 21: Francis Marion, portrayed by Ken Johnston

Tickets are $5 per show and are available the night of the performance
UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad 2018
Monday Nights, June 18 & 25 and July 9 & 16, 7 p.m.
 
June 18: Making Movies: Latin Rock Fusion
June 25: The Steve Alford Collective / UNC Asheville Faculty Jazz
July 9: The Get Right Band: Funk
July 16: Rissi Palmer: Southern Soul

The free concerts take place June 18 and 25, and July 9 and 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.
  Two Hot Topic Events
Wednesday, June 27, Manheimer Room
Free and open to everyone


Wednesday, June 27, 9-11 a.m.: 
U.S. Foreign Policy: Possibilities and Perils.  
A panel of OLLI members Jim Lenburg, Julie Snyder, Larry Wilson, Sarah Ann Smith moderated by Bob Bond from the World Affairs Council, will discuss a range of topics including shifting trade policies, U.S.-China  
relations, Mexico, Russia, the Middle East and more 
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2-4 p.m. 
Get Ready, Set, Don't Click! Cyber Security Strategies
Pre-register by June 15 and get an advance copy of the workbook "Computers: One Click at a Time" for $15 the following week. Click here to register 
Angela Harris 
We live in an interconnected world of computers, smart devices, and social networks that keeps evolving. Protecting personal information online has become a necessity. Angela Harris will present some tools and practical applications needed to guard against hackers and cyber attacks. From creating strong passwords to identifying phishing scams, we will discover the latest cybersecurity threats, unsafe behaviors related to shopping, banking and using social media, and learn to take control of our digital lifestyles. Angela Harris has been a consultant, educator and business owner for more than 14 years with expertise in online learning and personal development. She has taught college audiences and developed numerous courses for adult education programs. Angela is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Harvard Business School. To learn more about Angela's programs, visit her website at 
 
OLLI's 
series, OLLI Authors, continues to recog nize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members. An OLLI Authors reading is schedul ed featuring two local writers.
 
On June 28, 5 p.m. in Room 206
  Leissa Shahrak and Richard Horvath will read selected works.  

              
                                  This series is free and open to the public.

Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone
By Kiesa Kay
Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m., Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Pkwy Mile Marker 382

Daniel Boone has achieved legendary status in America as a  pathfinder, soldier, horse trader, land speculator, constantly on the move to the next frontier. "Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone" tells the compelling but lesser known tale of his remarkable wife, Rebecca. She traveled alongside him through 20 moves and kept the family together through rough times. She gave birth to ten children and raised six more as well.  This production stars Patti Louise Smith with period-appropriate music chosen by old time fiddler and Boone family descendant, Bruce Greene, and performed by rising star William Ritter.  Tickets are $10 and available at rebeccaboone.bpt.me
Job Opportunity: Warren Wilson College
Chemistry Lab Manager

 The full-time position is open to early-, mid-, and late-career applicants.  This person is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the chemistry teaching laboratories and instrumentation and for the supervision of the Chemistry Student Work Crew (8-15 students). This position also provides administrative support to the Department of Chemistry and Physics, including management of departmental budgets and purchasing. Click here for access to the application.
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