Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association
Member Portfolio Challenge
Sunday, June 9,
Meet and Greet; Meeting Begins at 6 p.m.
Reuter Center 206
Carolinas' Nature Photographers' Association's twice per year portfolio challenge is designed to showcase members' work by having them present a themed portfolio. Collections may be taken from images over the years and combined by a common theme. If you are interested in sharing, please notify the co-coordinators
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.
CNPA Lightroom Workshop
with David Kelly
Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
The Asheville Region of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association is sponsoring a complete Lightroom workshop, to be led by Dave Kelly, a certified Lightroom instructor. The workshop will cover all seven modules of Lightroom, Classic CC, (version 8). It will be an in-depth workshop, going deeper into the application than the usual Lightroom workshop. Some of the procedures and techniques that will be presented are not presented anywhere else.
This is a FREE event for current CNPA members and current OLLI members. To cover expenses for morning coffee, snacks and for lunch, which will be brought in, we request $15 per person, payable at the event.
College for Seniors Summer 2019
Monday, June 10
We are looking forward to the start of Summer 2019 OLLI courses begin this week! Open registration and add/drop continues through the second meeting of most classes. If you want to know more about your instructor or see more about the course, please
click here to consult the course web pages.
Please remember to notify the office that you wish to drop any class that you cannot or do not wish to attend. Also remember that you may only attend courses for which you are registered.
Monday, June 10, 9 a.m.:
Summer 2019 courses begin
Tuesday, August 6:
Fall 2019 catalog will be available online
Thursday, August 15, 10 a.m.:
Fall 2019 CFS Registration begins.
Meditation Special Interest Group
Reaching Alpha with Jacquie Wollins
Monday, June 10, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 120
The Meditation SIG explores different styles of meditation to allow participants to see which form of meditation they prefer. Come experience Functional Meditation, an adaptation of the Silva Method, and perhaps you will be inspired to take Jacquie's meditation course at OLLI. Or, having taken the course, come for a refresher meditation. Novices are welcome as Jacquie is so skilled in bringing everyone to the Alpha state. OM.
SIG contact: Sally Ekaireb,
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Tuesday, June 11, 4:15 - 6 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 230
Caring for Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes
Bret Duncan, Reems Creek Nursery, Weaverville
Whether you inherited an apple tree or raspberry bramble, or finally have a home where you can plant raspberries, blueberries, figs, plums, whatever, plan to attend the Gardening SIG when Bret Duncan of Reems Creek Nursery, Weaverville will
discuss caring for fruit trees and bushes. Bring your questions!
SIG contact: Marilyn Dishaw,
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, June 14, 1 - 3 pm
Reuter Center, Room 207
TOPIC: Current Events, and Selecting Topics for the Remainder of June
The weekly Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants thinking on a wide variety of topics frequently focusing on current events. All OLLI members are welcome to attend.
SIG Contact: Beth Johnson email@example.com
June 17-20, 7 p.m. each night
AB Tech's Ferguson Auditorium
340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 2880
Duel wits with Alexander Hamilton. Debate democracy with Andrew Jackson. Witness the end of Camelot with Jackie Kennedy. Struggle for human rights with Malcolm X.
Meet four amazing people at the center of a revolution. Hear their stories and ask them how their world changed.
At Chautauqua performers bring history alive by performing and then answering audience questions in character. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it's not just history - it's personal.
All Buncombe Chautauqua shows will be held at AB Technical College in the Ferguson Auditorium,
340 Victoria Rd, Asheville NC
Tickets are $7 per show. All tickets are available only at
. Groups that wish to be seated together must arrive by 6:30 p.m. The box office opens at 6 p.m. each show night. Cash or check only.
Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The workshop will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. The 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 Advance Care Planning (ACP) "Short Form."
Preparation for you to do
before the workshop:
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 adults of all ages.
Art Bazaar Registration and Information
OLLI's Art Bazaar is a way to showcase the talent of OLLI members. If you would like to be a part of the Art Bazaar, but need more information, contact
Sheila Murphy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Already know you want to participate? Great! Please print and fill out the registration form and return it to the OLLI front desk.
Slots are limited.
Remember to familiarize yourself with a few important reminders about the bazaar.
OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
MANNA Food Bank Team
Providing Thousands of Meals a Day to Feed Hungry People
Give your time and make a difference
Habitat for Humanity
Changing lives one house at a time
Make A Difference!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH APPALACHIAN WILD
Have A Passion for Wildlife?
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge was created out of the community's need for a place to bring injured and orphaned wildlife in need of care. Hundreds of animals have been helped since the Appalachian Wildlife Urgent Care facility was opened in Candler last July. It is expected it will serve 2,000 by the end of the year. As a small non-profit, Appalachian Wild urgently needs volunteers willing to share an average of four hours a week to help us save our native wildlife. There are opportunities for virtually any skillset including clerical, technology, transport, and help in the triage center.
and apply. Once the form is completed, you will be contacted to set a time for a tour of the facility and help you find a spot that feels right for you.
OLLI's Living Solo group has grown to more than 100 members.
The group is comprised of OLLI members living independently and seeking connections. This is not a dating group, but is made up of individuals who want to do activities and make connections here in Asheville with OLLI members. This is a self-identifying group. If you have a significant other but feel solo, feel free to join. Please come join us and meet new people!
Join Living Solo for OLLI members through a Meetup app!
We started a group in Meetup called OLLI UNC Asheville Living Solo. It is a private group with only OLLI members included.
How to join!
- Join Meetup using your preferred email address; enter a password (your favorite or one unique to Meetup)!
- Search Groups using key word: OLLI or look around; we are there!
- Click the yellow OLLI UNC Asheville Living Solo image!
- Click the red Request to Join button
Contact Barbara Rapchak
Dear OLLI Members,
OLLI members have enjoyed connections to the rest of our university through mentoring; we hope you will enjoy reading the stories of UNC Asheville graduate Matthew Crump and OLLI member Jacob Cohen and the connection they developed through one of our mentoring programs. In future newsletters we will include more information about ways you can get involved in these efforts.
We look forward to welcoming participants in our Summer 2019 College for Seniors courses beginning on Monday, June 10. Please be aware that we are cleaning out the Lost and Found drawer at the end of the week and will be donating all items to a local charity, so come by if you think you may have left something behind. You can help us throughout the year by making a habit of checking as you leave any space and making sure it looks as good (or better) than when you arrived.
The Reuter Cafe will be open Mondays through Thursdays this summer. Remember that the Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry donation jar is right outside the cafe, and contributions of any size are always welcome to provide fresh food. OLLI members from our Civic Engagement Committee donate their time and talent and work with residents of the apartments to keep the food pantry up and running.
The OLLI week begins today with a performance by The Autumn Players readers theatre group and a portfolio challenge by members of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA). CNPA is offering a workshop on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for editing, organizing, storing and sharing photos. The program will be held at the Reuter Center on Saturday, June 15, and is open to OLLI members. Please see the CNPA box to find out how to register. This week the meditation and gardening special interest groups will be holding programs that are free and open to everyone, and the Forum will hold its weekly discussion of current topics. OLLI is busy even during the lazy days of summer!
Thanks to those of you who pointed out that the links to the Blue Ridge Pride WNC LGBTQ Oral History Project workshop were not working. Blue Ridge Pride recognized the problem with its site and will be re-scheduling to make sure that the system works as intended and that as many people as possible can sign up for this opportunity.
Remember that this is your community. If you have questions or suggestions or would like to serve on a committee or volunteer, please let us know by responding to this email,
The Autumn Players
by A R Gurney
directed by RoseLynn Katz
Sunday, June 9, 2:30 p.m. /
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Breaking the rules of her upper crust social world and shocking her family, an older woman in the years before World War II divorces her husband and marries another man. Told lovingly by her grandson as a child, and later, after he becomes a mature adult, this tale, written expressly to be read aloud, nostalgically shows how an entire way of life has been erased by the passing of time.
The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community,. Their words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, and these actors make their stories come to life.
This event is open to everyone; tickets are $7 at the door.
Help Us Clean Out the
Lost and Found Drawer!
Claim your items by
Friday, June 14, 5 p.m.
Our lost and found is full of coffee cups, water bottles, jackets, vests, cushions, notebooks, caps and a variety of things our members leave behind. We will clean out and donate everything to a local nonprofit on Friday, June 14, 5 p.m.
You can help us throughout the year by checking in the spaces around you as exit to make sure that you leave things as good or better than you found them and that you keep track of everything you bring into the building.
Jacob Cohen and Matthew Crump
Three years ago, I had the good fortune to be paired with Matthew Crump, a highly motivated UNC Asheville student in a mentoring program that matches OLLI volunteers with undergraduates.
A March day in 2018 was our usual Friday at our usual spot in the UNC Asheville dining hall. My mentor, Jacob Cohen, walked in with that same ear-to-ear grin, shook my hand, and plopped down on the counter a dark brown, leather-bound book that must've weighed fifteen pounds. It contained faded pictures, school event fliers, letters addressed to "Mr. Cohen," crayon drawings - endless memories showcasing one man's impact of more than thirty years in education. Now, every day that I put on my City Year jacket I aspire to have the same dedication to my students that I saw in that scrapbook
2019 Mental Wellness Walk
Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.
Meet at Carrier Park Pavilion
220 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Registration and Check-In begin at 9 a.m.
Walk and Program begin at 10 a.m.
The organizers of the 3rd Annual 5k Mental Wellness Walk
seeks to raise awareness of the importance of mental wellness and community resources that exist for people with mental health issues. All funds raised will support the work of All Souls Counseling Center and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Western Carolina.
All Souls Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization that provides quality mental health counseling to uninsured and underinsured residents of Western North Carolina. (
NAMI Western Carolina
is an affiliate of NAMI, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation
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. Donations are especially important in the summer months, as one of the other donors of food to Asheville Terrace Apartments has had to suspend its operations for the time being.
To make a contribution to the OLLI-ATA-MANNA partnership, make a check payable to MANNA FoodBank and add the following notation in the memo line or at the top of the check (or in a note sent along with the check): "For Asheville Terrace Apts, Acct no. 01087." Mail it to MANNA FoodBank, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805-2445.
Brevard Opera at OLLI
Tuesday, June 18, 4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The College for Seniors Performing Arts Curriculum
Committee collaborates with the Brevard Music Festival to
bring to OLLI this summer a taste of three operas:
Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and
Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus.
The six-week College for Seniors course The Brevard
Opera at OLLI is part of the regular summer term, with
three live performances embedded in the schedule.
Sessions 1, 3 and 5 of the course will be presented in the
usual manner of a College for Seniors course, from 2:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 11, 25 and July 9, with renowned
music director Pat Heuermann explaining the operas.
The instructor will continue with sessions 2, 4 and 6 on June
18, July 2 and 16, and those sessions will conclude with live performances by the young artists of the Janiec Opera
at Brevard performing parts of these three operas as well as other musical selections.
The three performance sessions on Tuesdays, June 18, July 2 and 16 by members of the Janiec Opera of Brevard
will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Manheimer Room. The performances are open to all OLLI members and to UNC
Asheville students and faculty. A period of questions and answers with the Janiec performers will follow these
Sunday, June 9, 2:30 p.m. /
Reuter Center Manheimer Room.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS)
Jaguars and Birds of the Pantanal by Cherie Pittillo
Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Covering over 70,000 square miles, South America's Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland. A biodiversity hotspot, it boasts
the highest concentration of wildlife on the continent. From macaws and spoonbills, to anteaters and anacondas, the Pantanal is home to an incredible array of fascinating species.
The EMAS June program will focus on the birds of the Pantanal and on one of the most charismatic species found there, the jaguar. Illustrated by incredible photographs, this presentation will touch on new research and common behaviors of jaguars. Pantanal bird species and their behaviors will also be featured. Join us for this virtual wildlife trip to one of the world's most incredible places.
Whether flying in a microlight over Africa, hanging out of a helicopter to photograph nature in the US, or dodging a charging rhinoceros, Cherie Pittillo
owes her destiny to being the first baby born at the hospital in Bat Cave, NC. An author and award-winning photographer, Cherie's photographic publications vary from BBC books, Incredible Journeys, to the African and US editions of Reader's Digest. Her
monthly column, "Backyard Birding in Merida, Yucatan and Beyond", publishes in three online Mexican newspapers
earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in biology with an emphasis on zoology.
She's an avid, traveling birder and a former EMAS board member.
All EMAS programs are free and open to the public.
Western North Carolina Bridge Foundation
(Formerly CarePartners Foundation)
The WNC Bridge Foundation provides funds to assist in meeting the health challenges of people in the communities of Western North Carolina and to empower nonprofits to impact individual and community wellness in those communities. The group particularly needs volunteers to help with their thrift store and estate sales and needs volunteers for their Drums and Dragons annual dragon boat fundraiser, June 22, at Lake Julian in Arden.
UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad
June 24, July 8 and 15, 7 p.m. each night
UNC Asheville Quad
The 2019 season of Concerts on the Quad - UNC Asheville's free, outdoor Monday evening concert series - will
concerts on June 24, July 8 and 15 beginning at 7 p.m. each night. Featuring music that spans many genres, Concerts on the Quad are family-friendly and informal, with lawn chairs, blankets and picnics welcome. Free parking is readily available on campus for these concerts; alcoholic beverages and pets are prohibited. For more information, call UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union at 828.251.6990.
June 24: METAL!
July 8: Brody Hunt and the Handfulls (honky tonk)
July 15: Che Apalache (Latingrass)
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, June 21, 2 - 4 pm
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room
Photographs and Presentation on the Amazing 7
by Dr. Roger C. Helm, Marine Ecologist
OLLI member and College for Seniors instructor Dr. Roger Helm worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly 25 years. He focused on assessing the impact of oil and other contaminants on wildlife and pursuing restoration claims against companies that harmed plants and animals or their habitats. He says,
"To me Antarctica is the most raw, primal, exciting, stunning, and awe-inspiring place on earth. It's the highest, coldest, windiest, and driest continent and, surprisingly, it's quite different from its cousin on the opposite pole. Please come and see for yourself why so many travelers interested in nature rank this trip at the top of their list. "
Wilma Dykeman Riverway
2019 Summer Series
Wilman Dykeman, RiverLink and the Wilma Dykeman Riverway
Saturday, June 22,
10 a.m. - Noon
Smoky Park Supper Club
Boathouse, 350 Riverside Drive
This event includes food and drink tastings and
To register contact Garrett Artz, Executive
Director, RiverLink 828-252-8474 or
Jim Stokely, President, Wilma
Dykeman Legacy 828-458-5813
Paddling the French Broad River with Asheville GreenWorks
Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Asheville GreenWorks Riverside O
ffice, 318 Riverside Drive
Participants will take a shuttle to Hominy Creek River Park,
220 Hominy Creek Road and board canoes,
kayaks and dories, then paddle down the
river. Asheville GreenWorks will share their
history and current activities. To register contact
Dawn Chávez, GreenWorks Executive Director
or Eric Bradford, Director of Operations,
Asheville GreenWorks 828-254-1776
Participation is limited to 20 persons.
The Woodfin Greenway / Blueway and a Creekside Train Ride
Saturday, August 17, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Line, 11 Woodfin Avenue
or meet at French Broad River Academy for Boys, 1990 Riverside Drive
The afternoon will include a train ride (which starts at 1:30 p.m., with participation limited to 35 people) and Illustrated presentations,
followed by a short tour of the French Broad
River Academy's sustainable facility. To register contact
Jason Young, Woodfin
Town Administrator 828-253-4887
Mamie Hilliard and Kim Hayes
Thursday, June 27,
Reuter Center, Room 206
When Mamie Hilliard first began writing poetryand discovered she had ideas to share, both her grandmothers appeared as her muse, encouraging her to work on reclaiming her own soul through writing. Writing poetry draws her deeper into wonder and surprise. An ordained Disciples of Christ minister, she holds a bachelor's and Master of Divinity degrees. She was a long-time army wife, is the mother of three, a grandmother and great-grandmother. She has taken many classes at OLLI and the Great Smokies Writing Program. Her recent book,
". . . and to see takes time . . ."
is the result of her discovery of herself as a poet, contemplative spirit, and narrator of stories covering the arc of her life journey.
Born and raised in central Florida, Kim spent her early years fishing with her dad, going to Sunday school, swimming, reading and playing the piano. Her teenage years were spent a little farther north in Tallahassee, where she eventually graduated from Florida State University with a major in English and creative writing and a minor in mass communication. Kim's minor came into play when, after graduating, she moved to Asheville and worked as a radio copywriter and creative services director for over two decades. During that time, she met and married Rick, and they became the parents of a daughter, Rachael. Writing continued to play an important role for Kim professionally in positions she later held as marketing director for a local credit union and at a religious conference center. Crafting words has been a passion for Kim since childhood. In retirement, she has found fresh energy and the gift of time for writing. She cherishes
the new community of poetry friends she now enjoys at OLLI.
Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Jubilee Community, 46 Wall Street, Downtown Asheville
Interested in, drawn to, or curious about
? Hear European and Asian folktales braided with hope and gratitude and grit. Enjoy
powerful stories expressively
. Co-create with guided interactive components: Talk. Draw. Write. Open to all ages with longish attention spans. PWIW: Pay What It's Worth.