OLLI Observer
November 18,  
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In This Issue
Reuter Center Singers
20th Year Anniversary Concert 
Part II:  Celebrating Our Heritage
Sunday, November 18, 3 p.m.
Biltmore United Methodist Church
  376 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 
The Reuter Center Singers has 20 years as a singing organization; this concert "Celebrates Our Heritage" through music drawn from past concerts.  Eight different mass settings will be performed including the opening movement of Rutter's Requieum,   Vivaldi's Gloria   and the closing of the Ray's Gospel Mass.   Patriotic favorites and fresh new selections will celebrate the fervent desire for a welcoming society, honor the sacrifices of so many to uphold the founding ideals of this country, sustaining us through the present times.  These selections will include "America, the Beautiful," "America, the Dream," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor," and more.
 The Reuter Center Singers are directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied by Nora Vetro. 
Seating is limited, and admission is free.
Donations are welcome.
Hunger Doesn't Take Time Off for the Holidays
When you are at OLLI, please remember to drop some change in the contribution jar for the Asheville Terrace Apartments food pantry. Money collected in the jar (located near the exit of the Reuter Café, by the recycling bins), helps provide nutritious food to the over 200 low-income senior citizens living at Asheville Terrace Apartments. A poster next to the jar explains the partnership between volunteers from OLLI, Asheville Terrace Apartments and the MANNA Foodbank that supports this effort. 
Thanks for your help!

Sunday, November 18, 3 p.m.
Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 382


On-Site Food Pantry Support

Restoring the Lives of Homeless Vets  
Changing Lives One House at a Time

Make A Difference!

Hiking SIG members get their feet wet!

In early November, six members of OLLI's Hiking SIG participated in the Green Rivers Narrow Race, a 19-year-old western North Carolina event referred to as the Green Race. More than 500 friends and family members hike or paddle in to watch and cheer the racers.

This year's OLLI racers
are, left to right: Bill Pete, Ron Walther, Sarah Reincke,  Rick Noble and Skip Bechtol.


Bulldog Athletics
Now through November 30, 2018
UNCA Bulldog

Wednesday, November 21, 4:30 p.m.  Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball vs. Davidson

Sunday, November 25, 2 p.m., Kimmel Arena
Women's Basketball vs. Wofford
  Sunday, November 25, 4 p.m., Kimmel Arena

   Men's Basketball vs. Furman


  Leadership Asheville Forum
"Big Changes are Coming to the WNC Nature Center"
with WNC Nature Center Director Chris Gentile
Wednesday, November, 11:45-1:14 p.m.
The Country Club of Asheville, 170 Windsor Road, Asheville, NC  

WNC Nature Center Director Chris Gentile
Leadership Asheville Forum's November 28th luncheon, held at The Country Club of Asheville, will feature the WNC Nature Center's director, Chris Gentile. He will bring two of his animal ambassadors with him to share all the great things happening at the center and how they are working to expand their work protecting WNC wildlife. 

COST is $25 for LAF members, $30 for all others, payable at the door.  
Check or cash only.
Please RSVP to Nancy Williams at 
828.250.2353 or events@leadershipashevilleforum.com (email preferred), and specify which event you will be attending.
For more information, visit  www.leadershipashevilleforum.com

Volunteer Opportunity
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC

Big Brother Big Sisters of WNC ignites potential by matching volunteer mentors with children from single parent families for a long-term friendship with a purpose!
Men's Wisdom Works, 
An OLLI SIG for Men

Men's Wisdom Works Gathering
Each of MWW's 15 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times & places twice a month for two hours to discuss issues of personal importance.
Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour and activities
Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.

To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at  jobshoppat@aol.com
World Affairs Council
Report from 90 Miles South:
Continuity and Change in a Post-Castro Cuba
Stan Dotson and Kim Christman
Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Stan Dotson and Kim Christman

 Pastors, musicians, faith-based social justice advocates and WNC natives Dotson and Christman have a two-decade history with Cuba. They are now in the middle of a two-year stay on the island.  Presently based in Matanzas serving as leaders and chaplains of two churches, they are additionally engaged with secular local community groups focused on housing, leadership training, and the arts.
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties.  Meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee.  These lectures are free to WAC members and students and $10 at the door for all other participants.  For more details about programs  click here to consult the WAC website. 
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Club Holiday Social and Auction
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Astronomy Club of Asheville will celebrate its 7th Annual Club  Holiday  Social and  Auction  event. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a large selection of exciting items to bid on during silent and live  auctions . The club will welcome the return of their hilarious auctioneer whose previous stellar performances have often been a comedy highlight for many club members!
Auction items will be on display beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the live auction starting by 7:30. The evening is open to all, so bring family and friends, bid on an item or two, just try to suppress your laughter, and show your support for the Astronomy Club of Asheville!

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets at the Reuter Center the first Thursday of each month (except January and July) at 7 p.m., with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  OLLI members may attend club meetings and star gazes with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena.  
For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville and for complete information about upcoming programs, visit astroasheville.org .

Death Café
Friday, December 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
 Reuter Center Lower Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering that includes storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. At Death Café, 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 Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio from Third Messenger.  Find out more at   deathcafe.com  .

Dear OLLI Members,

We are thankful every day for all of the contributions of our members.  We are certainly grateful that 989 people signed up for courses during our initial allocation registration for Winter 2019. We will be sending out schedules on November 30 late in the afternoon.  Thanks to our College for Seniors staff and curriculum committees for creating a great line-up of our courses and of course thanks to our hard-working and creative instructors who continue to delight us term after term with stimulating and timely courses.  

After a busy couple of weeks, next week will be pretty quiet here at the Reuter Center.  Please remember that we will be closed Wednesday - Friday, November 21-23 in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.  No SIGs or other meetings will be held on those days.  We hope you all take the time to enjoy family and friends.

We here at OLLI have a great deal to be thankful for, including the members and staff of NC Center for Creative Retirement who had the vision to create our beautiful Reuter Center, a home away from home for our members. We are thankful for the members who spend hundreds of hours preparing courses, organizing SIGs, running our hard-working committees and preparing for special events like our member socials and art bazaar.  Remember that everyone here makes a contribution to the success of our community.  Even if you are not in the front of a classroom, all of you contribute to the success of our sense of community.  Please take some time whenever you are at the Reuter Center to reach out to someone you don't know: the person next to you in class or sitting next to you in the lobby. We hear every day that OLLI is a lifeline for people who have just relocated to the area, but we may not consider that a lifeline can come in the form of a smile or a "hello." Our lives all continue to evolve, and we may be "relocating" to new phases of life and may need new lifelines. In a time when we seem increasingly polarized as a society, kindness and connection are more important than ever.  We are thankful to all of you for everything you do to make OLLI and the Reuter Center a welcoming place for everyone.

Thank you for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Reuter Center Closed for Thanksgiving 
Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23
The Reuter Center will be closed for Thanksgiving 
Wednesday, November 21st through Friday November 23rd .
We will reopen on Monday, November 26, 8 a.m.
From the OLLI Staff, We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

OLLI Winter 2019 Registration 

Registration for Winter 2019 has closed, but you can still purchase your OLLI Membership! 

  Friday, November 30, 4:30 p.m.
 Class lists will be sent out
Monday, December 3, 10 a.m.
 Add/Drop for class begins

Print catalogs are available on the upper level of the Reuter Center

  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?
Fill out the Class Rep Volunteer Survey
and we will contact you when 
winter term schedules are sent.  
College for Seniors Skills Training Workshops
Monday, December 3 and Thursday, December 6

College for Seniors holds skills training workshops between the CFS terms. On December 3 and 6, instructors can take a workshop on using PowerPoint in your courses and then create or enhance your Powerpoint presentation and have it critiqued by experience CFS instructors three days later.

See a description of the workshops Click here

Art Bazaar: Better Each Year!
by Judy LaMée

Image from the 2016 Art Bazaar
On November 9 and 10, OLLI's sixth annual Art Bazaar delighted more than 400 shoppers as well as 39 arts and crafts presenters. Organized by Sharon Kopstein,  Gay Lambirth, Barbara Mueller and Sheila Murphy, with beverage and dessert options coordinated by Linda Bushar, the popular event was free and open to the public.
Meditation SIG
Monday, November 28, 5-6 p.m.
Skinny Beats Drum Studio, 4 Eagle Street

Billy Zanski will be offering the Meditation SIG: A Sound Meditation, at Skinny Beats Drum Studio, 4 Eagle Street, downtown Asheville. While there is no fee for this program, donations are welcome.  Note that this will be an "off site" Meditation SIG event and people should arrive early as the entry door will close promptly at 5 p.m.
All OLLI Members are welcome at this event.

Billy Zanski
Billy Zanski, an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, healer, and musician has dedicated his life to sharing the joy and passion for journey through sound. Billy has owned and operated Skinny Beats in downtown Asheville since 2004. Sound healing and taking percussion into the realm of healing has become the cornerstone of his shop. Spending extensive time in West Africa, Brazil, and Chile, Billy has developed a fusion of rhythm and deep frequencies, which he has been facilitating for the past 10 years. One of Billy's main gifts is to allow space for others to connect and feel the peace and presence of sound and music. Crystal bowls, gongs, didgeridoo, kora (west african harp) and many forms of percussion, comprise some of Billy's main instrumentation.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, November 30, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205  
(Please note that there is no meeting on Friday, Novemberr 23)
   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
NC Stage Behind the Scenes 
Friday, November 30, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

This fresh adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, which is struggling to stay on the air one snowy winter's night. The professional voice actors are unable to get to the studio, but the show must go on-and so a small but intrepid band of employees manages to create the story's dozens of characters and scenes using just their voices and some everyday household items for sound effects. 

Join artistic director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver as he takes you behind the scenes of the professional productions of NC Stage.  We'll look into the themes of the plays, the rehearsal process and the design process, talk to actors, directors and designers and experience a scene or two from the upcoming show performed live.  Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens.

NC Stage Behind the Scenes is free and open to everyone.
Reuter Center Singers Holiday Concert
Monday, December 10, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Reuter Center Singers will bring warmth to our hearts this Holiday season with a performance of classical and popular holiday songs. During this popular annual holiday concert you will enjoy, and perhaps even sing along with, traditional seasonal carols.  Light refreshments and Holiday cheer will follow.

 The Reuter Center Singers are directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied by Nora Vetro. 
Seating is limited, and admission is free.
Donations are welcome.
Special Thanks!   
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Biltmore Farms Hotels 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.
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