OLLI Observer
January 21, 2018   
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In This Issue

The deadline for submitting proposals to teach in summer 2018 is February 1.

Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference!

Using music to teach social skills, boost academics and build confidence

ROOTS Foundation
The garden is the classroom

Asheville Terraces Donations
Your spare change can make a difference

VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a difference!
Meditation SIG
Monday, January 22, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 102B
Established by Justin Stone in the 1970s, tai chi chih is a moving meditation.    Steve Stevens will discuss the origins and principles of tai chi chih.  Then we will learn several of the 19 movements that circulate and balance the body's energy (chi).  In closing, Steve will lead us in the sitting meditation practice taught by Justin Stone. 
Steve Stevens took his first tai chi chih class at OLLI in 2010.  He then went on to become accredited in tai chi chih instruction in 2013 at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania.  He currently teaches classes at College for Seniors and at Harvest House, an Asheville Parks and Recreation facility.
Travel Presentation
Tuesday, January 23, 7:50-8:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Room 102A

Mark Smith
J oin OLLI instructor Mark Gordon Smith to learn more about his annual art tour, based in Florence, Italy. The dates of the tour of  March 7 - 17, 2018. Airfare, hotel and guides are included in the tour. 

Coffee and some light refreshments will be available at this information session.   If you have questions, you can reach Mark at
Asheville Science for All 
Book Club
Thursday, January 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

 This informal group will meet to discuss books and topics regarding current science as well as science that addresses the unique and diverse landscapes of the Southern Appalachians. The goal is to continue the interest generated by the March for Science in April 2017 and to provide a common space -- part book club, part "salon," part social gathering -- for citizen scientists and aspiring citizen scientists to meet, exchange ideas and promote science literacy -- and science fun! Collaborating organizations include The Collider, the Asheville Museum of Science, Malaprops Bookstore and OLLI at UNC-Asheville. Other organizations are joining, and we encourage widespread engagement.

The first book selection is " The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science" by New York Times science writer Natalie Angier. Copies are available at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville. 

For more information go to go to the Greater Asheville Science for All Book Club Facebook page.  The acting bookclub coordinator is Rachel Muir, who can be reached at dr.nature@gmail.com
WNC Historical Association Lecture
Saturday, February 3,  2 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community,  
presented by Dan Pierce 
UNC Asheville Department of History

Dan Pierce
Dan Pierce
Join Dan Pierce, National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor, UNC Asheville, as he unfolds the endearing story of Hazel Creek, North Carolina.   Located within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hazel Creek experienced an extraordinary history. Home to the writer Horace Kephart, the community experienced remarkable periods of boom in their mining and lumber industries throughout the 1920s. With the construction of Fontana Dam in 1942, however, the Hazel Creek area was flooded by the dam's extensive reservoir. Promises were made by the federal government to help those displaced - promises to this day not realized.  The phrase "for the public's greater good" continues to provide conflicted memories for many mountain folks.
Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)

Tickets sold at the door: $5 
WNCHA members free. 
Volunteer Opportunity

Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

The WNC Cheese Trail is proud to host its annual fundraiser, The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest 2018, at Highland Brewing on
Sunday, April 29.  
The group anticipates over 1200 attendees, 30+ local food vendors, live music, family-friendly activities, pairing events, cheese and farming related workshops and demonstrations.  

The group is looking for a volunteer co-coordinator to help with recruitment, outreach, communication, and coordination. Organizers invite you to consider this position if you:
-Are well organized
-Like working in a team
-Are comfortable using online communication and data systems
-Have volunteer experience  
Please contact Carole Smith for more information.  She can be reached via email at seasong96@gmail.com
Dear OLLI Members,

Thanks so much for your patience and understanding as we managed snowy weather and icy roads this week.  Herb Gunn and Leanna Preston are collaborating with instructors to re-schedule missed classes. Thanks to all of our members who checked their email and the website for information about our closings. And thanks to everyone who came out on Friday.  The Reuter Center felt full of energy as people re-united after a couple of days of being indoors and away from friends and the unique kinds of learning OLLI provides. 

We hope that you will come out this Friday for our program on monuments, organized by OLLI member Bill Carpenter and members of the OLLI Inclusion Committee.  Bill has assembled a panel of people who will bring a variety of perspectives to this discussion from historical and political perspectives. Don't miss this opportunity to hear a thoughtful exchange of ideas about an important subject.

Remember that Thursday, February 1 is the deadline for submitting proposals to teach during College for Seniors summer term. If you know someone who would make a great instructor, let them know about this opportunity.

We also hope you will read Jim Lenburg's article on OLLI's strategic plan.  Led by Planning Committee chair Barbara von Hauzen, members of the OLLI Steering Council and Planning Committee worked thoughtfully to create the plan to guide us through 2021 and have created exciting annual plans to guide us as we continue to improve and enhance our already exemplary programming. 

Thank you for recognizing the value of being part of a community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
UNCA Bulldog
 Upcoming UNCA Athletic Events 
January 14-27, 2018
  • Wednesday, January 24, 7 p.m.,  Men's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. Gardner-Webb, Kimmel Arena
  • Friday & Saturday, January 26 & 27, time TBA, Women's Swimming  UNC Asheville vs. North Florida,  Justice Center Pool
  • Saturday, January 27, 2 p.m., Doubleheader Women's Basketball and UNC Asheville vs. Presbyterian, 
  • Saturday, January 27, 4:30 p.m. Men's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. High  Point, Kimmel Arena
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, January 26,  11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Manheimer Room
 Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag. Don't miss these great programs.  Free and open to everyone.


Medical Ethics: What do I need to know? by Mary Caldwell.   


Mary Caldwell 

Ethics is about doing the right thing. Medical ethics is about doing the right thing with regard to our health care. How do we know what is the right thing? The issues we encounter are complex and fascinating; many of them involve end of life concerns and decision-making. How can we ensure that our wishes will be honored when the time comes? We will briefly think about ethical theory and principles. We will learn about the work of a clinical ethicist in a hospital. There will be time for questions and conversation.  Mary Caldwell is a clinical ethicist at Mission Health in Asheville. She has worked in the hospital for nearly 30 years, teaching ethics and conducting ethics consultations. She has taught ethics at OLLI several times.  This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.

Presentation on UNC Asheville's Economic Impact Study     
Wednesday, January 24, 10 a.m. 
U.S. Cellular Center, Banquet Hall

New to Medicare Class
Friday, January 26, 2 p.m., 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. This class will provide important information to assist you in understanding how Medicare works and what you need to do to obtain benefits and save money.  Spaces are limited, so reserve your space by registering online at www.coabc.org. 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  gaining access to the Agency's online services at www.socialsecurity.gov
Confederate Monuments: Their History and Their Future    
Friday, January 26, 2 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room

21st century America continues to reconsider monuments, building and street names, and memorials of all kinds in public spaces in light of contemporary ideas about slavery and racism. To encourage a more informed understanding of these issues, OLLI at UNC Asheville's Inclusion Committee will present a distinguished panel to discuss the history and the issues. 
Dr. Darin Waters, UNC Asheville a ssistant professor of history and special assistant to the chancellor for community outreach and engagement will moderate a panel whose members include:
  • Deborah Miles, director, UNC Asheville's Center for Diversity Education
  • Sasha Mitchell, chair, African American Heritage Commission for Asheville and Buncombe County; creator/editor of the Color of Asheville at colorofasheville.net
  • Steven E. Nash, associate professor of history, East Tennessee State University; author, Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains
  • Dan Pierce, professor of history and National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville; author of numerous books on Southern and Appalachian history
  • Sheneika Smith, newly elected member of Asheville City Council; founder of Date My City
This panel discussion is part of the
More Than A Month series created by members of OLLI's Inclusion Committee who have come together to promote and celebrate inclusion at OLLI, develop partnerships with people of all backgrounds and raise awareness among fellow OLLI members and the greater Asheville community of issues of concern to all of our communities.  This event is free and open to everyone.
The Strategy Behind OLLI's Strategic Plan
by Jim Lenburg 

Ever wonder what OLLI will look like five years down the road? Or what it will take to get us there? To give form to that imagining OLLI leaders engaged nearly 400 members and the OLLI staff over the past year+ to create the vision and goals. The next step was to craft a framework for systematically reaching those goals. 
Click here to read the story on how OLLI's 2017-2022 plan was created.

Special Interest Group The Forum
Friday, January 26, 1 p.m., Room 205  
Meeting Topic: "Gender, Sexual Intimidation, and Rape"
Mark your calendar to attend this free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.  All OLLI members are invited and welcome!
SIG contact: Beth Johnson, johnson1ea@earthlink.com 
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room  
Britt Lundgren 
"Women in Astronomy: Holding Up Half the Sky"
by Britt Lundgren, UNC Asheville
 Physics Department Faculty
The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m., with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the 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, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org 
Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m., Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin. 

"Hiking the Himalayas" by Bill (Skywalker) Walker

  Walker has through-hiked the great trails of the world Including the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest. Now he shares his experiences hiking in the Himalayas. Note that this meeting will take place on Thursday.

 Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2716
 Free and open to everyone.
On the Row
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center
285 Livingstone Street

The Northwest Arkansas Prison Story Project is a storytelling/creative writing project benefiting incarcerated women and men in Arkansas since 2012. Inmates share their stories, inspired through the use of poetry, creative writing, literature and songwriting. Their work is edited into a staged reading, initially performed by professional actors inside the prison and then outside for the community.
The Asheville performance features local actors, including three current UNC Asheville students. It will be only the second performance of this piece ever outside of Arkansas. 

The performance is free and open to the public.
 Donations are accepted and will benefit the Wesley Grant Center. 
Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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