OLLI Observer
October 1, 2017  
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In This Issue
  We Remember
Candle burning 
Robert "Bob" Townsend Mayer
September 22, 2017
The Autumn Players
Sunday, October 1, 2:30 p.m.

"Living Together" by Alan Ayckbourne, directed by Patricia Hart
Members of an extended family - each leading a life of quiet desperation - reluctantly come together at their family home. When brother-in-law Norman goes out of his way to make each one happier, the results are hilarious and unpredictable. 
The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Come to the Reuter Center on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy these unique performances.   
These performances are open to everyone with tickets sold at the door-$7 (note this is a new price) at the door.  To learn more about The Autumn Players, click here to visit their website. 

Sierra Club of Western North Carolina
Wednesday, October 4, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place, Asheville

"Fossil Fuel Divestment
 and Responsible Investing"
Peter Krull of Earth Equity will talk about how to judge different investment opportunities to align closely with your values.   For more information, contact Judy Mattox 828.683.2176  judymattox@sbcglobal.net
 Free and open to everyone.
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
 Friday, October 6, 1 p.m.  
Reuter Center Room 205 
 " Technology and the Human Element:  
Cyber Attacks and Hacking"
  The Forum offers a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.

SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 
  Special Interest Group
Financial Strategies in Retirement
Friday, October 6, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205
SPECIAL GUEST:  Dr. Shirley Browning.   Dr. Browning, a native of Kentucky, taught economics and a wide range of courses at UNC Asheville for 42 years.  He has also taught many popular economics classes at OLLI and been a featured speaker in many other venues, including the Financial SIG.

TOPIC:  "Truth:  Does It Matter in Today's Economy?  How Do You Know Or Why Do You Believe Something Is True?"   (For example:  Why Do You Believe Your Doctor Bills?  Should You?  Do You?)

Join us for a stimulating discussion.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information kkbmom@yahoo.com 828-231-7710.  
  Carolinas' Nature Photography Group Meeting
Sunday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 102
The CNPA-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western  North Carolina through 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 from 5:30-8 p.m.  
Draw with Scissors Workshop: Learn Japan's Black & White Notan Style

Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
& Sunday, October 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Heather Allen-Hietala
Fee:  $190;   Materials Fee: $15 for supplies, payable to the instructor.
In this workshop, we will explore the power and magic of the Japanese design principles of Notan. We will study the interaction between positive and negative space, between a shape and its background, and the complementary principles of yin and yang. We will learn basic 2-D design principles.

Using black and white paper, we will play with negative and positive, creating exciting and dynamic designs in paper. In the manner of Matisse we will draw with scissors. Innovative materials will provide an unexpected dimension to our pieces. 

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 Free and open to everyone, 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".

2017 Fall Member Social
Wednesday, October 11, 4:30 p.m.
 (OLLI member only event)
  Mark your calendar to attend the OLLI fall member social where you will find good company, delicious food & drink, and time spent with your OLLI friends.  As a special treat, this year's social will be catered by Green Opportunities offering gourmet dishes locally sourced!
College for Seniors- Explore Teaching!
  teacher Do you have an interest in teaching with College for Seniors? 
Come to an orientation on teaching with College for Seniors on
Tuesday, October 24 at 4:15 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served


Emma Elementary School
Providing teacher support and lunch buddies
Discover UNC Asheville
A new program for K-12 students residing in Asheville public housing communities 
Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference!  
VOLUNTEER ... It Makes a Difference!

Moderators Needed for Undergraduate Research Conference
Twice a year, undergraduates at UNC Asheville present their research results here on campus.  For the past 15 years, OLLI members have served as moderators for these conferences.  This is a great opportunity for all of us, OLLI members, UNC-Asheville faculty and, especially, the students.  And it is greatly appreciated by the university. 
The students' research projects cover all disciplines; e.g., education, health, literature, art, science, mathematics, history, social sciences, computer science, environmental science, and many more. 
A session can be 1-2 hours.  Session duties include introducing speakers, keeping within time constraints, moderating the Q&A, and thanking speakers. 
If you would like to moderate a session and share the excitement with the students as they present their projects, please contact Howard Jaslow, innovalg@aol.com.  Although the upcoming conference is scheduled for December 5th, if you cannot make this one there are more to follow.  Once you are on our distribution, you will be notified when each new one is scheduled.
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend
    Major Sponsor Beverly-Hanks and Associates for their longtime support of our programming.
Beverly-Hanks and Associates: "The Choice is Black and White: Unsurpassed Local Knowledge, Global Reach" 
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Dear OLLI Members,
We continue to work with UNC Asheville's transportation office to make the shuttle from Lots P1 and P2 a more viable option for OLLI members.  We understand that the office is working on a schedule for pick up in the lots as well as at the Reuter Center to create a more predictable, useful and safe experience.  We will report as soon as we have details. 

We want to urge everyone to consider carpooling to reduce the number of cars on campus.  We also want to urge patience and care when you are using the parking lots around the Reuter Center.  We recognize that parking and traffic are a challenge and are doing our best to gather information and work with the right people to find workable solutions that minimize the impact of construction on our members. 

While we recognize the challenges on our campus this year, we want to focus also on the many benefits of being part of UNC Asheville.  This week we have the opportunity to hear authors Wiley Cash and Charles Frazier talk about their craft and to hear about Cash's new book  The Last Ballad.  As part of OLLI's Women in STEM series you can hear Dr. Britt Lundgren of UNC Asheville's physics and astronomy department talk about women's contributions to astronomical research. You can attend Bulldog athletics events.  

If you would like to work with UNC Asheville undergraduates, attend presentations by Professor Mary Lynn Manns' students later in the month or volunteer to help with Undergraduate Research presentations.  Take advantage of the many programs made possible by OLLI's community partners, special interest groups and special events, including Fab Fridays. While we have some challenges on campus, we continue to be committed to offering rich and varied programming, organized by and for members and as part of the larger UNC Asheville learning community.

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

Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
UNCA Bulldog unca 
Women's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. Presbyterian College
Wednesday, October 4, 7 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
 Volleyball: UNC Asheville vs. Winthrop
Friday, October 6, 7 p.m., Justice Gym

Volleyball: UNC Asheville vs. Charleston Southern
Saturday, October 7, 1 p.m., Justice Gym
  Women's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. High Point
Saturday, October 7, 4 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
 Men's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. Liberty
Saturday, October 7, 7 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field

 Women's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. Longwood
Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m .,
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

Maria Moreno
 "The Venezuelan Crisis" with Maria Moreno, Ph.D.

Maria Moreno is a native of Mérida, Venezuela. She completed her undergraduate studies in Modern Languages at the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. She received an MA in French literature and pedagogy from the University of Arizona in 2003 and a PhD in French studies from Brown University in 2009. She has presented papers and participated in discussions in her field both here and in other countries.  She is currently Associate Professor of French and Director of International Education at Mars Hill University. Her current academic interests include Caribbean literature in French and Spanish, contemporary Latin America, French and Francophone fiction and popular culture.

The World Affairs Council (WAC) offers lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties.  All lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students, 
all others $10 at the door.
OLLI members receive a discount on WAC Annual membership.   
NC Stage Performance
King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running
Wednesday through Sunday, now through October 8, 2017 
  NC Stage has one more week of performances of King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running with shows this Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.   
The show features songs and stories about the NC coast and the actors sing and play their own musical instruments. The Citizen-Times says, "For two hours...hurricanes were history, fishing was the main metaphor for life and the sounds of the ocean and the music could wash away all worries."  Click here for more information.  

Women in STEM
Thursday, October 5, 4:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Free and open to everyone

Women in Astronomy: "Holding up Half the Sky"

Britt Lundgren
Speaker:  Dr. Britt Lundgren, Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, UNC Asheville

Women have been making major contributions to the progress of astronomical knowledge in Western Science since at least the days of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), though they have historically enjoyed limited professional recognition. This talk will highlight some of the most prominent early advances in astronomy that were made possible through the efforts of female astronomers.  The social progress in recent decades will also be discussed, as well as the persistent barriers facing women and other marginalized groups in astronomy, and the ongoing efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in the field.

The  OLLI Authors series continues to recognize the many very talented poetry and prose writers among OLLI members.  

On October 5, 5 p.m. in Reuter Center Room 206, Steve Wechselblatt and Theo Sable will read selected works. 

Wechselblatt's book, Diamonds and Moths and Sable's book Dirty Secrets will be available for sale after the reading.

This series is free and open to everyone.
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m. , Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Free and open to everyone

"Venus: Earth's Evil Twin" by Mark Whipple

Earth and Venus have almost exactly the same size and composition, but have evolved into polar opposites. What genetic disorder, or childhood trauma or freak astrological twist turned Venus from our sibling companion into Earth's dark side evil twin? What other ominous secrets are hidden beneath that opaque and ever-present atmospheric cloak?
As viewed from Earth, Venus appears beautiful and benign - after the Sun and the Moon, the brilliant planet is the third brightest object in our skies - but she flatters to deceive. In actual fact, this "goddess of love and beauty" features an ugly toxic atmosphere, scorching heat and a runaway greenhouse effect. Earth's evil twin may indeed provide a glimpse into our own planet's future... and how we might prevent an atmospheric disaster.  

  Fab Friday Lunch & Learn Lecture
Friday, October 6, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Free and open to everyone

 "More Nutrition with Soups" by Lenore Baum

Lenore Baum 
Fall and soup...a great combination. Lenore Baum, a local cooking teacher, will explain how vegetarian soups can become a quick, nutritious staple in your menu plan. You will discover the best ingredients, kitchen tools, and cooks' tips for making nourishing and satisfying food.  Lenore has over 40 years of training and operating a natural foods deli and vegetarian cooking schools in Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina. She and her husband Joe embrace sustainability and garden organically year-round.  Lenore is the author of  Lenore's Natural Cuisine and Sublime Soups.

Click here for a list of Fall 2017 Fab Friday programs.
Pan Harmonia's Midday Music Canceled
The Midday Music with Pan Harmonia scheduled for
Friday, October 6, 1:30 p.m. has been
canceled.  The featured performer has suffered a wrist injury.
Cold and Flu Season 
We are approaching cold and flu season.  If you are not feeling well or if you have a persistent cough or other cold and flu symptoms, please stay home. Remember that OLLI is a community that pursues learning for the love of learning.  We all need to work together to stay well.
Meditation Special Interest Group 
Monday, October 9, 4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Peggy Moore
The Meditation SIG meets at the Reuter Center at 4:15 p.m.,  2nd & 4th Mondays of the month.

On Oct. 9th guest speaker Peggy Moore  will focus on the flow of energy that comes in and through our chakras and techniques to help us become more aware of the energy flow.  We will also discuss how to direct the energy to help balance our lives and calm our emotions.   Peggy's meditation techniques incorporate chakra awareness,  breathing techniques and energy work.

A student of meditation for over 30 years, Peggy Moore is associated with the Institute for the Study of Universal Life Energy in Ottawa, Ontario. In addition to teaching at College for Seniors, she has taught meditation with groups such as New Age Truth in Chicago, Illinois, and the  Circle of Cosmic Consciousness in Nashville, Tennessee.  

All OLLI members are welcome at the Meditation SIG.

Forget Me Not Series
Friday, October 13, 1:30 p.m., 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of WNC ( www.alz.org/northcarolina), this series of lectures will offer insight into this illness. Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina chapter will present along with area experts.  Scheduled 1:30-3 p.m. in the Manheimer Room, the series is free and open to everyone.

    The first in the series is scheduled on Friday, October 13, "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease."  This program provides information on different types of dementia including Alzheimer's disease,  includingwhat is happening in the brain, symptoms and progression, treatments and how to prepare for visits to your physician, and more!

Free and open to everyone.
The Power of Telling Our Stories
Friday, October 13, 4 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

William Finger
  William Finger will talk about the importance of stories, why they need to be told and be heard and how they add understanding to our place on earth. "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you," says Maya Angelou. Mr. Finger draws on the experience in writing his memoir,
The Crane Dance: Taking Flight in Midlife, focusing on the process of reflection and selection of what to include in our story helps us derive meaning.  In his talk, Mr. Finger illustrates the power of the "ever-morphing past" with selections from
The Crane Dance.  A writer living in Raleigh since 1977, Mr. Finger retired in 2013 from writing for an international public health company for many years. For more on his background and writing, go to: http://journeycakespirit.com/ . His book will available for sale following his talk.  Free and open to everyone.

 'Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Naturally'  
 Friday, October 13, 2017,  7 p.m., Sherrill Center's Ingles Mt. View Room
Clint Paddison of the Paddison Programs will share his dramatic story on recovering from crippling rheumatoid arthritis. From diagnosis to drug-free, Clint's story has to be seen to be believed.  Facing near impossible odds, Clint achieved success by healing his digestive system via a plant-based diet and exercise plan.  Founded on his popular TED Talk, Clint's talk will leave the Asheville community inspired and motivated to make positive changes to your health and how to approach life's difficulties. 

WNC History Association Lecture
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 2 p.m.,
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Gordon McKinney
The Legacy of Southern Appalachian Dance: From Whose Perspective?
  presented by Gordon McKinney, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Berea College

     In this final program of the 2017 WNCHA series exploring the heritage of WNC music and dance, noted local historian Gordon McKinney presents an overview of the significance of music and dance to the social fabric of Southern Appalachian communities.  In particular, McKinney will highlight the often overlooked diversity that was a unique aspect of the evolution of Southern Appalachian culture and traditions.   
     Dr. McKinney's research into the political and social history of WNC and Southern Appalachia draws on a 40 year academic career culminating in his leadership role as Director of the Appalachian Studies Program at Berea College.

Tickets sold at the door: $5 donation requested, WNCHA members free.
Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and
  made possible in part by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership
The 2017 HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival
Sunday, October 15, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Downtown Asheville, NC
 The fifteenth annual HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival takes place in Pack Square in historic downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  Come and enjoy delicious Jewish food, meet Asheville's Jewish community, and listen to fabulous entertainment.

UNC Asheville Students "Ideas in Action" Presentation
Monday, October 16,  4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

UNC Asheville students want to change the world!... and you can help! Join Ideas to Action student teams as they share their ideas with you, seek your feedback, and welcome you as team advisers.  Their ideas will still be in the early stages, but they have the passion to make them happen... as the song goes, with a little help from their friends.

UNC Asheville professor, Dr. Mary Lynn Manns will introduce you to the student teams who will then pitch their ideas.  There will be time for discussion after each pitch, with a short reception afterwards to meet the students.
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