OLLI Observer
November 12, 2017  
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In This Issue
Volunteer Opportunity
Do you volunteer for an organization that needs volunteers for a project during the holiday season? We can help publicize it with a brief blurb in the December 3rd OLLI Observer.  
Just send the information to judylamee@yahoo.com by November 23rd. That's all there is to it!
Job Opportunity
   UNC Asheville's Career Center is posting for a temporary position as a career coach. 
 College for Seniors Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn the Smart Board in Room 207?

Bobbie Rockwell is teaching a workshop on Tuesday, November 28, 1-3 p.m.  Space is limited, so sign up today!

Click Here to register then scroll to Workshops and Skills Development.
Transit Master Plan 
Community Workshops
Monday, November 13, 6-9 p.m.
Kairos West Community Center
610 Haywood Road

The City of Asheville Transit Master Plan is the guiding document for the City's transit system. It provides specific routing recommendations to improve service in the short-term and serves as a long-term vision plan for future expansion and improvements. Asheville city staff members are working with consultants from Tindale Oliver to develop an updated plan over the course of fall 2017 and spring 2018. The final plan is expected to be complete in late spring or early summer of 2018.

During this Community Workshop the public can meet with the Project Team to provide feedback on the transit system and discuss ideas on how to improve service.  This is a drop-in style charrette, so people don't need to stay for the entire evening. Current bus riders and potential bus riders to attend. 
College for Seniors Workshop

The Forum Special Interest Group
  Friday, November 17, 1 p.m., Room 205
 Topic: "The Russia Question-
What are the Ramifications?"

   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.
More info, contact Beth Johnson, johnson1ea@earthlink.com  
Individual Medicare Counseling Appointments
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday,
Nov. 14, 15, & 16 at the Reuter Center
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County will be providing on-site appointments for OLLI members who want to review their Medicare drug plans or make changes to their Advantage plans, etc.  Call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at 828.277.8288 to make an appointment and remember to mention you are an OLLI member.  There are a limited number of appointments; the counseling is by appointment only.
The Reuter Center Singers to Join in 120-Voice Choir
Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Downtown Asheville
The Reuter Center Singers will join with the Givens Estates Vesper Choir and the Biltmore United Methodist Church Choir to perform together as a 120-voice chorus.  The performance is open to everyone and admission is  free . Donations are welcome. There will be a reception following the performance. This concert, called
While I Still Have Breath, celebrates the embrace of aging with heads held high. Included in the program will be
All Shall Be Amen and Alleluia, a musical arrangement of the text by St. Augustine; the civil rights movement ballad We Shall Overcome; the 20th century hymnal Borning Cry, composed by John Ylvisaker; and Fanfare for a Festival by contemporary composer Ron Nelson. The three choirs are all directed by Chuck Taft, who is celebrating his 20th year as director of the Reuter Center Singers, the community chorus based at OLLI at UNC Asheville. The choirs will be accompanied by brass, flute, cello, percussion, and Nora Vetro playing piano and Jeremy Roberts playing the pipe organ. 

MANNA Foodbank Team
Providing tens of thousands of meals a day to the hungry
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time

Homeward Bound's Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness
VOLUNTEER ... It Makes a Difference!
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, 2018 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. 

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
Major Sponsor, Living Stone Construction for their generous support!
Phone 828.669.4343 

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,
Thanks to the many talented people who participated in the OLLI Art Bazaar, from the people who organized the event to those who helped with setting up the room or distributing signs and creating publicity, those who helped bringing in work and setting up tables, all of our talented bakers and particularly all of the talented OLLI members who showed their work. Next week we will publish a full list of the team who created the event.

We hope that you will take some time to read Jim Lenburg's story about Gene Jaroslaw.  Our OLLI community is full of interesting stories and interesting people.  Also take a moment to look at the work members produced in Sharon Kopstein's watercolor class.  Sharon puts energy and creativity into every class meeting, and her students respond with amazing results.  We are so grateful that talented and knowledgeable people are willing to share their time and talent to create courses that prompt us to see the world in new ways.

Please remember that registration for Winter 2018 continues through Wednesday, November 15, Noon.  We run a priority allocation, so people who submit their course requests before noon on Wednesday have the same chance as those who submitted requests earlier.  Please try the system by tomorrow so that if you have problems you can come to the Reuter Center for help.  Many thanks to our volunteers and staff who continue to work to make the registration as smoothly as possible.  Click here for the OLLI at UNC Asheville online registration page.

Finally, we sent out our Annual Fund appeal this week, with a special focus on support for scholarships. We sometimes take for granted all of the wonderful opportunities members of our organization have provided over the years through generous giving to projects like the creation of the Reuter Center.  Only about 110 of our 2500 members give to the campaign annually.  We would love to have 10% of our members who give, at any amount, to make sure that our community is available to everyone who wants to participate.  Click here for the online giving page and be sure to designate OLLI for your gift.

With respect 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:
Around the Center
Final class day in Sharon Kopstein's Watercolor: The Joyful Art and class participants show off some of their work.  This photo doesn't do the art justice!  Watch for Sharon to return to the classroom in Fall 2018 with another terrific art class.              
UNCA Bulldog unca 
Monday, November 13, 7 p.m.  
Men's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. Lees McCrae
Kimmel Arena

Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m.
Women's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. UNC Charlotte
Kimmel Arena

Wednesday, November 22, 7 p.m.,
Men's Basketball  UNC Asheville vs. Monmouth
Kimmel Arena

Go Bulldogs!
Gene Jaroslaw: a nonagenarian's journey from Stalin's Moscow to Asheville
by Jim Lenburg
Adele and Eugene Jaroslaw

  Gene Jaroslaw has a youthful recollection of Red Army soldiers marching and singing in the streets of Moscow as he made his way to the Anglo-American school there in the early 1930s. His father, a skilled gold and platinum model maker and jeweler, had been invited to move to the Soviet Union as a part of Joseph Stalin's New Economic Policy, which allowed some small elements of capitalism into his socialist system.
Meditation Special Interest Group (SIG)
Monday,  November 13, 4:15-5:45 p.m.,   Reuter Center Room 120

Sally Ekaireb
Sally Ekaireb will will introduce the group to breath work and mantra practices from NAAM Yoga. Chanting seed sounds has many therapeutic benefits and challenges your brain as well.  Sally, instructor at College for Seniors, has been a student of NAAM Yoga for many years.  She works as a healer and counselor in Weaverville and NYC.

On   Monday, Nov. 27,  Peggy Moore will be our guest speaker and lead the meditation.  All OLLI members are welcome at the Meditation SIG events.

Hiking Special Interest Group (SIG)
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 a.m., Reuter Center Room 230

Dear Hiking Enthusiasts:

We have had numerous requests to consider a Hiking SIG at OLLI and circulated a sign-up sheet at the recent "Tips for Successful  Hiking" session.  Thanks to the 50 of you who indicated your interest!

A very small group of us have spent some time evaluating the SIG guidelines, discussing the feasibility of such a group and how it could work, and have come up with some thoughts around operations. One challenge will be filling certain operational roles (coordination, communication, and scheduling) along with a plan for keeping those positions filled over time. Another significant challenge will be having an adequate number of OLLI hike leaders willing to participate.  

We are planning an organizational meeting for interested hike leaders on  Wednesday, November 15,10:30 a.m. - noon, in Reuter Center Room 230. If you are attending, please come with an idea for one hike including the distance, elevation and technical difficulty.  There is no obligation on your part; this is an exploratory meeting.

So that we can anticipate the number of potential leaders, please RSVP to Rebecca Banner  beccabanner@gmail.com
See you on the trail!
Bonus World Affairs Council Program
  Thursday, Nov ember 16, 7:30 p.m. , Reuter Center Manheimer
Aman Hingorani
A Review of the Kashmir Conflict 
and Potential Responses by Dr. Aman M. Hingorani 

Dr. Aman M. Hingorani, Supreme Court lawyer, mediator and  historian in India,in his new book
Unravelling the Kashmir Knot, explores the origin of the conflict between India and Pakistan and proposes a fresh, legal, and pragmatic solution.  
The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina is pleased to co-host this presentation with OLLI and the Department of Political Science at UNC Asheville. This is a bonus WAC event. An audience question and answer period will follow Dr. Hingorani's talk.  

Everyone is welcome.  No admission will be charged.  
Gardening Special Interest Group
 Tuesday, November 14,  2 p.m.Reems Creek Nursery
All OLLI Members are Invited to Attend!

"Joyous Winter Garden"   by Ruth Gonzalez

At this meeting we will explore the special beauty of the winter garden. Your garden's "bones" are especially important in winter, and these are the very same "bones" that complement your summer garden. We will discuss using evergreen trees, shrubs and perennials along with deciduous winter-interest plants that add different shapes, sizes, textures and foliage softness to the winter garden. Discover how to make the most of your winter landscape - whether viewed from the outdoors or from your favorite indoor coffee-drinking spot - with careful siting of plants, strategies to attract birds and wildlife, sculptural elements and a dose of creative thinking that will bring you and your guests pleasure and delight all winter long.

Space is limited, RSVP requested to Sharon Wilson.  Her email and phone number (she prefers email) are swvetpath@gmail.com, 801.243.9149
NC Stage Performance
Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, 2 p.m. 
through November 19, 2017;  Additional Matinee on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Rapture, Blister, Burn

The show focuses on three generation of women facing the challenges of creating careers and families in the 21st century. For more information visit:   www.ncstage.org

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, November 21, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Fire and Birds: Forest Disturbances and Breeding Birds
Kathryn Greenberg
Over 85 years of research and hundreds of studies have been conducted at Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a research work unit of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Research ecologist Cathryn Greenberg will present the results of studies addressing how breeding bird communities respond to prescribed fire, fire severity and both natural and silvicultural disturbances in the Southern Appalachians. She will also present an overview of research conducted by other scientists at Bent Creek.
A research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Ms. Greenburg studies the effects of prescribed fire, regeneration harvests and other forest management practices on reptile, amphibian, and breeding bird communities. She also researches the production of forest food resources, such as native fleshy fruit and hard mast, in relation to forest disturbances.

Thomas Wolfe Book Club
Beginning January, 2018

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. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804