OLLI Observer
January 13, 2019    
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In This Issue
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association
Sunday, January 13, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
The January meeting will be an overview of what the group has planned for 2019, including upcoming meeting programs and speakers, as well as field trips and photo ops that will be of interest.  Join us as we showcase our agenda and ask for your feedback so we know how CNPA Asheville can work to help you achieve your photographic goals.
Summer 2019 Course Proposal Deadline February 1
Are you interested in teaching this summer or do you know someone who would make a great OLLI instructor? 
The deadline for Summer 2019 Course Proposals is February 1, 2019. 
Esther Pittman
"I love teaching at OLLI because OLLI folks bring to every class of mine their rich life experiences and a genuine interest in learning, giving me some of the best teaching experiences of my life."
"In the courses I teach at OLLI - Developing Your Interpersonal Effectiveness and Know Thyself and Others - students not only learn concepts, they also practice what they are learning, and they benefit from the feedback they receive from other class members and me on how effectively they are dealing with the challenging interpersonal situations they are tackling."
Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Volunteer Opportunity
The GAL office has an upcoming training session that begins the evening of January 23rd and runs through February 20th. 
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, January 18, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

January 18: Ari Landau will speak about Egypt from 2-3 p.m.

February 15: There will be presentations on Brazil (2-3 p.m.) and Israel (3-4 p.m.).

March 15: Presentations will be on Italy (2-3 p.m) and Cuba (3-4 p.m.).

April 19: Presentation about safaris in South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania from 2-3 p.m. 

We are still looking for speakers to fill the following meeting slots:

January 18: 3-4 p.m.
April 19: 3-4 p.m.
May 19: 2-3 and 3-4 p.m.
June 21: 2-3 and 3-4 p.m.

In addition, we will need speakers for the rest of the year and would welcome anyone willing to share his/her travel experiences  with other members of  OLLI . It doesn't have to be a PowerPoint presentation with bells and whistles. If you are comfortable communicating  with others informally, that is okay. 

Please contact one of the following Travel SIG members if you have any questions or want to share 
your travel adventures:

Madan  Joshi ( madanmj1947@gmail.com)
Kathy  Gainey ( kathleen.m. gainey@ outlook.com )
Kathleen  Buehner ( kbuehner@ hotmail.com
Lauren  Azoulai ( lazoulai@ gmail.com)

Thomas Wolfe
5th Annual Thomas Wolfe Short Story Book Club
Author-Led Short Story Discussion Series 
Sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy

Beginning Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site, 
52 North Market Street, Asheville, 28801
The series begins with a discussion of  Wolfe's short story "His Father's Earth" led by Terry Roberts, author of That Bright Land.

OLLI's Adverse Weather Policy 

OLLI classes, events, meetings and other activities will be canceled or delayed when UNC Asheville classes are canceled or delayed for adverse weather. We occasionally will cancel or delay classes when the university does not if conditions in the area or on campus may pose a danger to our members.

By 8 a.m. on bad weather days, the OLLI staff will post specific program information on our outgoing messages at 828.251.6140 and on our website at olliasheville.com. 
We will, if possible, send an email to OLLI members by 8 a.m. explaining how weather will affect events scheduled on bad weather days.

Please remember that ours is a program of learning for the love of it.  If conditions are unsafe where you are, please stay in!
Your OLLI friends, instructors, SIG leaders and staff will be here when you can safely return!

OLLI Authors Presents
Bill Petz & Ted McIrvine 
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

(Click to learn more about these Authors)

Due to health reasons, Ted McIrvine's poems will be read by other members of the Poetry SIG.

Death Cafe 
Friday, January 25, 2019, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death C afé  is an engaging gathering with 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 Greg Lathrop, Said Osio and Karen Sanders from Third Messenger.

World Affairs Council 
Great Decisions Program
Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Refugees and Global Migration"
by Mark Gibney
Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today's global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?
Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville in the political science department and an Affiliated Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden.  

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI membersr receive a discount on WAC membership. 
Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, February 7, 7 PM 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
 1 Edwin Place 
(Corner of Charlotte & Edwin)

"Electric Cars Powered by Solar Homes"
Learn how households are driving to net zero!
Free and open to everyone.
Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176

Navigating Farm Labor Workshop
Tuesday February 12, 2019 
4-8:30 p.m.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC
Cost: $40 per person

This 6-hour workshop will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to better understand which labor structure best fits your farming model.

OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Gillespie Dental Associates  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.


Dear OLLI Members,
We are excited that classes will begin Monday, January 14.  For now it appears that we will have a rainy, cold day, but no snow.  Please see the adverse weather policy in this newsletter, just in case.  

UNC Asheville undergraduate classes  will also begin tomorrow, so please be careful in the parking lots as everyone gets back in the swing of things.  Don't forget that you can park in lots P1 and P2, right off Broadway at the bottom of Campus Drive and take the Purple Shuttle to the Reuter Center. The shuttles arrive every 15 minutes or so, beginning at 8:40 a.m.

You may want to be aware that there have been some changes to the traffic patterns on University Heights. A ll traffic entering campus on University Heights from the traffic circle on W.T. Weaver will be directed to the right at the Y intersection at the top of the hill. Vehicles will then make a left turn at the intersection of University Heights and Edgewood Road to enter campus.
Traffic will remain two-way on University Heights until vehicles reach the speed table at Highsmith Student Union.  Traffic from the speed table at Highsmith Student Union to the Y intersection beyond Zeis Hall will become one-way to allow for construction in Reed Plaza. 

Take a moment to read Communications Committee member Judy LaMee's welcome editorial and also Civic Engagement Committee member Ken Cooper's comments on the value of volunteering at OLLI. 

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:
 Welcome to OLLI at UNC Asheville 
By Judy  LaMée
If a new OLLI membership was in your holiday stocking, consider yourself quite the lucky soul! So many new opportunities await you, it can be hard to choose. The same goes for long-time members. Whether you decide to sign up for a couple of College for Seniors courses, take your time learning about your new hometown by joining a Special Interest Group (SIG), or maybe even dropping into several of the Fab Friday lunchtime sessions, your days are sure to be livelier than they were before you joined OLLI! Read through your OLLI catalog at a leisurely pace, and mark up all the things that interest you. The catalog is chockful of goodness! Then decide where you want to wade in!
OLLI at UNC Asheville is one of the few in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes network that boasts its own dedicated building. One enormous advantage we enjoy is that it's so much easier to build a sense of community here! Described by some as an "ex-pat community for seniors," OLLI membership can mean instant friendships. Many of us have moved to Asheville from distant spots and have started all over here with new housing as well as goods and services of all sorts. Getting to know folks who have shared those same experiences can save lots of time and perhaps help avoid a few missteps along the way.
If you're looking for a New Year's Resolution, or even if you're not, meeting new OLLI friends is one great place to start. That suggestion is just as valid for seasoned members as it is for newbies. Reach out - you'll be glad you did. You can make a difference in someone's day - don't be surprised if it makes a difference in yours, too!

OLLI Winter 2019 Add/Drop and Registration Continues
CFS Winter 2019 Courses Begin 
Monday, January 14

Our Winter 2019 registration continues until the second meeting of most classes. Remember that you can log into your account to check your registration status. 

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.
Meditation SIG with Jacquie Wollins

Bringing in the New Year
Monday, January 14, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120

After overeating, dealing with too much or too little company, traveling and general tumult, come join the Meditation SIG on the 14th for a de-stressing meditation using the SILVA TECHNIQUE.  Jacquie Wollins has been teaching Functional Meditation at OLLI for several years and will be providing another class this spring. If you have been in Jacquie's class or attended other SIG meetings she has led, then you know that you are in for a treat.  Novices are welcome. Come learn about yet another approach to mindfulness and meditation.

The Meditation SIG meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 4:15 - 5:45 in room #120 of the Reuter Center.  All OLLI members are welcome.
Meditation SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb

Blue Ridge Orchestra Revels!
BRO Concert Rescheduled for:
Sunday, January 13, 5 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville 

T he BRO Revels Concerts originally scheduled for Sunday, December 9 have been rescheduled (including guest musicians Joe Newberry & April Verch!) for Sunday, January 13, at 5 p.m. (one concert), in Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville campus. 
Tickets online at blueridgeorchestra.org or at the door.   $25 General Admission; $15 Friends of the Orchestra

If you have questions, feel free to email the BRO at   broinformation@gmail.com   or call 828.782.3354. 

Fab Friday
"Boom, Crash and Boom
in the Land of the Sky: 
The Intriguing History of Our Mountain Metropolis"
With Dr. Kevan Frazier
Friday, January 18, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

From a frontier outpost of the new republic to one of the great success stories of downtown revitalization, Asheville has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 225 years. Join historian Kevan Frazier as he guides us on a journey through Asheville's rich history, from its founding through the present day. Dr. Frazier is a former member of the history faculty of UNC Asheville and today serves as Western Carolina University's Biltmore Park campus executive director. An Asheville native, he also owns Asheville by Foot Walking Tours and Well Played Board Game Cafe on Wall Street.

The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, January 18, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

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 

So Why Be a Volunteer through OLLI?
by Ken Cooper

We know there any many organizations and ways to become a community volunteer in Asheville.  OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee asks you to explore: "Why be a volunteer through OLLI?" J ust a few of the advantages:

  • Sense of community and networking - When you volunteer through OLLI, you will feel much more connected to the OLLI Community while in classes, participating in a SIG or at play at the Reuter Center.
  • Support and connection - When you need support with your volunteer assignment or just want to chat about volunteer experiences, Civic Engagement Team Leaders and co-volunteers are there for you.
  • Expertise - OLLI and UNC Asheville have deep connections into the community, including agencies that support education, food insecurity and housing/homeless services. These individuals and agencies have the expertise and interest in ensuring volunteer efforts function well.
The Civic Engagement Committee is excited and dedicated to doing this meaningful work and making the best use of your time.
Please join us as you support our community and make your difference through OLLI. 

For more information, contact Civic Engagement Committee Chair Kathleen Mainardi: kkmainardi@gmail.com.

Symphony Talk
Friday, January 18, 2019, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

MASTERWORKS 4:Offenbach, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Berlioz

Vive la France! Masterworks 4 celebrates the work of four very distinct French composers. Offenbach's Overture to Gaîté Parisienne, inspired by the amorous high spirits of the City of Light, sets the scene. Cellist Daniel Kaler, winner of the Payne Prize, will dazzle with Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto. The Asheville Symphony Chorus then takes the stage to present Poulenc's delightful and mystic Gloria. We finish, fittingly, with Berlioz's grandiose La Marseillaise.

Symphony Talks are an interesting and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks performances. The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann who talks about the life and times of the featured composers.  ASO Music Director Darko Butorac and guest conductors appear with soloists for upcoming concerts to talk about how the musicians prepare and to offer ways to listen during the performance. 
Greater Asheville 
Science  for All Book Club
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

The groups will turn attention to medicine and specifically the science of human interaction with other organisms affect our health. Our first selection is I Contain Multitudes; the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. Copies of the book are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe at a 10% discount for members. 
The second selection is Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer. Copies will soon be available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, and 6 copies are available through the Buncombe County Library. Barnes and Noble, (both locations), has about 40 copies available for order.

Thriving In Community SIG
Friday, January 25, 2019, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
STEM Lecture Series
Tuesday, January 29, 4:30 p.m.

"Neuroscience STEM Projects"
Patrick Foo, UNC Asheville's Psychology Department

The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The upcoming lectures are designed around the theme of "STEM Activities on Campus," covering research both performed and in progress by UNC Asheville faculty and OLLI members, faculty's research with students and outreach to the community.

These lectures are free and open to everyone.

CFS Theme Term on Appalachia

College for Seniors announces a theme term on Appalachia for Fall 2019 (September 16- November 8). While a varied array of courses will be offered during the Fall term, the theme term is also an opportunity to create courses aligned with this special theme. 

The CFS Theme Term Advisory Committee is receiving and reviewing preliminary course proposals on Appalachia. See the committee's description of the term  HERE

The deadline for the Advisory Committee to receive and offer advice on course proposals is March 1. Please use this dedicated URL to submit your ideas to the committee.

UNCA Basketball Schedule! 
UNCA Kimmel Arena

-Wednesday, January 16, 7 p.m.: Men's Basketball  vs. Campbell 

-Saturday, January 19, 2 p.m.: Women's Basketball vs. High Point

-Saturday, January 19, 4:30 p..m.: Men's Basketball vs. Radford

-Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m.: Women's Basketball vs. Winthrop **OLLI partnership game featuring the Reuter Center Singers performing the National Anthem, Discount Available!**

For ticket information and a more detailed list of upcoming home events please visit UNCABulldogs.com or call our Ticket Office at (828) 258-7900. 

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, February 7, 5:30 p.m.

 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". 

Preparation for you to do before the workshop:  Talk to your possible power of attorney for healthcare, the person who would make health care decisions if you are unable.    Click here for a video of a sample conversation, starring OLLI member Mary Campbell.  If you have internet access and a printer,  click here for the ACP Short form you can print and fill out. Please print the form, study it, and bring it to the workshop along with any questions you might have for the panel. 
If you have never been admitted to Mission Hospital, but want your advanced directives added to the Mission Medical Record, click here for an Advance Directive Permission form to fill out. Also, if you have existing advance directives, you may mail the "Permission Form" along with a copy of your existing Advance Directive to Mission for addition to the Mission medical record (or you can get help doing this at the next ACP workshop).
This workshop is free and open to everyone, adults of all ages.  For more information, call OLLI, 828.251.6140 or email   olli@unca.edu
New to Medicare
Friday, February 8, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices?  Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).  This session will be an overview (plans, parts and policies) of Medicare.  Spaces are limited, and registration is required.  Reserve your space by calling the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at 828.277.8288.  In addition, beginning at noon, representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment.  They will also provide detailed instructions for using the Agency's online services at socialsecurity.gov.

Junior League Volunteer Expo
Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Expo Center
1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC

Learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations

Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest 2019 Needs Volunteers!

Calling all curd nerds!  We're gearing up for our annual WNC Cheese Trail fundraiser, the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest 2019.  We have three spots open for lead volunteers and that's where you come in.  Lead volunteers begin volunteering this month and work with our lead team until the completion of the festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 28th at Highland Brewing.  These critical lead positions carry more responsibility than our day-of or special-event volunteers, and we need folks who are ready to dive in and get things done.  Lead volunteers put into practice their experience, insight and energy to help make our fundraiser a success.
The three positions that we currently have open are Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator(s), Pairings Event Coordinator(s) and Competition Event Coordinator(s).  We are happy to have an individual take the lead position or two people who work well together as co-leads. CLICK HERE for descriptions of the positions. 

Please see attached for more information or contact Katie Moore at:  katie@csasheville.com or 828.484.1586 if you're interested or have any questions.

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