OLLI Observer
July 8, 2018   
 
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In This Issue
W e Remember
Candle burning
Lou Kibler
July 2, 2018
TODAY 
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting
Sunday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

Photographing Flowers 
by Donna Eaton 

Donna Eaton is a professional photographer and North Carolina native now living on six acres in Upstate South Carolina. She spent eleven years as the staff photographer for a raptor rehabilitation and education center located in North Carolina before venturing out on her own as a professional photographer. Her passion is seeing with her heart through her camera and sharing it with others. Her hope is that her photography will touch people and help spread the message of conservation. Click here to visit her website and view samples of her photographs.

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Asheville Region has a goal to develop a group which will more fully experience the beauty of this exemplary natural area through photography and promote an appreciation of our natural gifts and treasures. The group holds monthly meetings on the second Sunday of the month.  Meetings begin with a Meet-and-Greet - a great chance to meet fellow members - starting at 5:30 pm. 
The meeting begins 6 p.m. and will conclude around 8 p.m.

Sign up soon for
Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Highland Farms Site Visit
Navigating your way through the many options available in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) can be a challenge. OLLI's 
Exploring CCRCs program is designed to help you assemble the relevant information and to ask the right questions as you consider how a CCRC might meet your needs. As you explore these options in a group setting, you will benefit from the ideas and questions of your fellow students, and ultimately we hope this process will help you choose among the many options available to you.

CCRCs are an attractive residential option for active older adults. CCRCs offer a full continuum of independent housing, assisted living and skilled nursing care within a single campus setting. In the Asheville area there are a variety of these kinds of communities, each with a different financial model, various health and wellness options and services and varied amenities. Navigating your way through all of the choices to find a community that is right for you can be a challenge. 
For more information, please contact Hannah Furgiuele at  hfurgiue@unca.edu or 828-250-3871.

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. Thanks for your help!

 
Terry O'Keefe            
 
I love volunteering at OLLI and especially the opportunity to teach class members who are sharp, attentive and engaging.        
 
Terry teaches Justice and Morality in the Modern American Economy. He is on the Business, Law, and Finance Curriculum Committee
  OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
   
Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness

Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team
Restoring the lives of homeless vets
Click here for details

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time
Click here for details
 
VOLUNTEER NOW ... 
You can make a 
difference!
Email for more information: 
Guardian Ad Litem 
Volu nteer Opportunity
Looking for a challenging but fulfilling volunte er opportunity? Want to have a positive     impact on the lives of children? How about becoming an advocate for abused and   neglected children in your community? Guardian ad Litem is always looking for dedicated and motivated community volunteers. Free training is offered quarterly; the next training will begin September 2018.  
 
Leadership Asheville Buzz Breakfast  
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30-9:00 am 
   Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr, Asheville  
 
Leadership Asheville hosts the Buzz Summer Breakfast Series each year as a way of highlighting new initiatives and new leaders making a "Buzz Worthy" impact on our community. These events are open to the public and provide an excellent opportunity for community members at large to get a taste of the Leadership Asheville experience, while also meeting other community leaders and learning about buzz-worthy issues.
 Each event costs $20 and features an engaging panel discussion and includes a hot breakfast. 
July 18: Sexual and Gender Diversity: How Do We Promote It?
August 22: Racial Equity: How Do We Embrace It?
Leadership Asheville is a program of UNC Asheville.  
 
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar      

R egistration is open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  This year's bazaar will again be a two day format. T he registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double table. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in quickly, and space is limited. Don't wait to get your registration sent in.  If you are interested in participating or know of an OLLI member who would like to join the fun, let us hear from you!

Click here to download and print an Exhibitor Registration form  or you may drop by the OLLI office to pick up a registration form. 

We are looking forward to an exciting bazaar and hope you  plan to be a part.  And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.

to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!

Questions, contact Leanna Preston lpreston@unca.edu 
Dear OLLI Members,
It's hard to believe that our summer term is halfway over.  Expect OLLI Fall 2018 Catalogs August 3 online. And don't forget the many programs we will continue to offer throughout the summer, including students from Brevard Music Center's Janiec Opera, Concerts on the Quad, a program with Rubin Feldstein, and a program on the proper use of antibiotics.  Finally, our SIGS, including the Meditation SIG, Gardening SIG and The Forum, continue to offer opportunities to learn and meet with other OLLI members throughout the summer.

While many of us are able to think of summer as a slower time or a time for travel and relaxation, the needs in our community continue.  So if you have spare change while you are at the center, please consider making a donation to the Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry donations jar right outside the Reuter Cafe. OLLI members work with the residents at the apartments to organize and distribute food, and donations help to expand the variety and quality of food available. The Civic Engagement Committee continues to offer opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in your own life and in the lives of the community at large. A couple of community groups are also looking for OLLI members to commit to the work that can elevate our community and contribute to a sense of purpose in the life of the volunteer.

And if you are planning ahead, we have one section of our "Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities" course filled, but if a few more people sign up, we can run a second section. 

Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
calendar
Around the Center
 
Created by Denise Hess in the "Design and Make Pop-Ups" course, Spring 2018


Click here to visit the Asheville Lyric Opera website  to find out how to purchase tickets for this performance at the Diana Wortham Theatre
Final Performance Today, Sunday, July 8
UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad 2018
Monday Nights, July 9 & 16, 7 p.m.
   

July 9:
The Get Right 
Band: Funk
July 16: Rissi Palmer: Southern Soul
These free concerts take place Mondays, July 9 and 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.   
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, July 9, 4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120
 
Azra and Seren Bertrand 
Dr. Azra and Seren Bertrand: Devotional Chanting 
of the Sacred Feminine

We welcome you to enter the soft embracing space of the divine feminine as she has been celebrated in many spiritual traditions, including the East Indian Vedic, Mystical Gnostic Christian and indigenous. The divine feminine invites us to go deeply within our own hearts and souls, and, in doing so, make contact with the universal field of consciousness. These sacred sound vibrations bring us into a state of peace, relaxation, well-being and expanded awareness.

All OLLI members are welcome.
Meditation SIG contact  Sally Ekaireb skekaireb@gmail.com 
Gardening Special Interest Group
Tuesday, July 10, 4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 207

What is a rain garden and why have one? Master Gardener Mary Harbaugh will discuss the value of rain gardens and how to plan, build, plant and maintain them in your home landscaping.

SIG Contact is Marilyn Dishaw, 828-215-3838, ncdishaw@gmail.com 
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, July 13, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120
 
  Meeting Topic: Current Events and Choosing Future Topics

   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
Brevard Music Center Performances at OLLI
Tuesday, July 17, 4 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Come get a special taste of the summer Brevard Music Festival with performances by students from the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center (BMC). Enjoy previews of "La Cenerentola" and "Candide." Gain insights into life as a young opera singer and summer at the Brevard Music Cente r and have your questions about the music and performance answered. These performances are free and open to everyone. 
New to Medicare Class
Friday, July 13, 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. In partnership with OLLI, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County will hold a free class in the Reuter Center that 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 using the agency's online services at www.socialsecurity.gov

Stories on Asheville's Front Porch
Saturdays, July 14, 21, and 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Downtown Asheville
Story Teller
Sherry Lovett


July 14,"Appalachian Culture"
 by Sherry Lovett and Frederick Park

July 21: "Gullah Culture" by Donald Sweeper

July 28: "Outdoor Adventuring"
 by Nancy Reeder and Pat Stone

Creating A Welcoming Environment...One Member At A Time  
Welcome
   We all have had the experience of being "new" and appreciate when someone makes us feel welcome and included.  That is the purpose of the OLLI Hospitality Committee, and we are looking for members who are interested in joining our team.  We volunteer at the New Member Welcomes in the fall and spring, as well as the two social events and look for other opportunities to create a welcoming environment.  

If you would like further information contact Paula Massey, 
Chair of the Hospitality Committee,  massey.paula@gmail.com 
  "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught"
A Video and Conversation with Rubin Feldstein
Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Rubin Feldstein
Rubin Feldstein,Yiddish teacher and retired middle school principal and College for Seniors instructor and OLLI lecturer, fled Poland with his family in 1938 barely escaping the fate of 2/3rd's of 9 million European Jews.  For the last 15 years Rubin has visited with local school students to share his story of "You've got to be carefully taught." Now a new video will help spread that message to a wider audience and give teachers a valuable classroom tool.  The video was created by recent UNC Asheville graduate Brandon Preister as part of classroom work through the Department of Mass Communications.
 
Join OLLI and the UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education to view these videos and hear from Rubin about his work in the schools and to hear music from Bandana Klezmer.
This session is free and open to everyone.

Death Cafe'
Friday, July 20, 5 p.m., Reuter Center lower level Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering a storytelling experience holding as conversation. A conversation that too often alienates one in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears, loss and death; a deepening ritual emerges and we build a culture of dying wisely. Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground and the wonders of being with dying, facilitated  by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. You can learn more about death cafe at http://deathcafe.com/  
The Proper Use of Antibiotics
A talk by Bindu Mayi
Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Each year in the United States, more than 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. In this backdrop of antibiotic resistance, there is a tremendous need for Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS), which, in a nutshell, is the proper and judicious use of antibiotics, the benefits of which include reducing incidence of antibiotic induced toxicities, reducing the cost of treatment as well as minimizing antibiotic resistance. According to the CDC, if healthcare providers, hospital administrators, policy makers and patients work together to employ effective AMS programs, patient care can be dramatically improved and more patient lives can be ultimately saved. Come to learn more about theories of the proper use of antibiotics.

Bindu Mayi, M.Sc., Ph.D., is an associate professor of Microbiology in the College of Medical Sciences and has worked at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) since 2008. Dr. Mayi teaches courses in virology and bacteriology, with emphasis on the medical aspects of infectious disease, for students in the medical, public health, and other allied health fields.  

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