OLLI Observer
May 21, 2017 
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In This Issue

Martha Marshall,
co-chair of the Class Rep Committee and member of the Fab Friday General Topic Committee.
    
"I love volunteering at OLLI because I want to give back to a place that makes my life better."

Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
  Special Interest Group: Français facile
Monday, May 22, 2 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120
   
  
Now that classes are done, come and find some topics to discuss in French.  President Macron? the film,
Bon Voyage ? future travel plans? etc.
Maryann Jones will be the coordinator this week.
For more information, contact 
Renee Raffini, raffinir@gmail.com
  Meditation Special Interest Group
 Monday, May 22, 4:15 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120 

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.
For more information, Sally Ekaireb
Sierra Club Meeting    
Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m. 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place

How We CAN Prevent a 3rd Gas Powered Electric Plant by Duke
 Join us on   June 7  as we welcome Julie Mayfield of Asheville City Council, Brownie Newman of Buncombe County Commission, and Jason Walls of Duke Energy, who will provide an update on the County-City-Duke partnership to reduce energy use in Buncombe County and to avoid construction of a new natural gas peaking unit.  The Energy Innovation Task force has been working for just over a year and has made recommendations to the City and County for new programs and investments, and Duke has made groundbreaking announcements on deployment of new technology in our area.  Come hear the update.
 
For more information, contact Judy Mattox,  judymattox@sbcglobal.net,  
 
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting
Sunday, J
une 11, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
  The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) was founded in 1992 to promote nature photography in the Carolinas, to help conserve and preserve the diverse natural ecosystems in the Carolinas and to educate others interested in nature and wildlife photography. Activities in the Asheville Region include monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques. Monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month with a 5:30 p.m. meet and greet; the formal meeting begins at 6 p.m. 
For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org
 
OLLI Member Book Swap

graphic-bookstore-people.jpg Did you know there is a book swap outside Room 230 at the Reuter Center? OLLI members are free to take, read, return and donate books, whether fiction or nonfiction.  Some members would like to impose order on the books so that members do not have to search the entire collection to find an author or book they like.  The proposal is to order the fiction books by the last name of the author and arrange them on shelves labeled A to Z.  Volunteers are needed to sort existing books alphabetically by author.  Contact Steve at swshanley@gmail.com or just start sorting.  Everyone is encouraged to return and/or donate books alphabetically.  No prior experience is needed.  Thanks for your efforts! 
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program:

Nina Tovish
828.407.0898
  
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Did someone say Twitter?  
 
Follow us on Twitter  OLLI Asheville has begun to use Twitter to send out announcements of events and happenings. We hope you join the fun.  Here are some links that might help you get started:

Instructions for how to create an account
 
Twitter FAQ sheet

Click on the box below to follow OLLI Asheville on Twitter  
Follow us on Twitter 
Dear OLLI Members,
Things have been very quiet this week as we wrapped up Spring CFS classes and Summer 2017 registration.  We had over 600 people sign up for summer classes.  Those who made requests during the initial allocation will receive notification on Thursday, May 25, late in the afternoon.  Open registration and Add/Drop will begin Friday, May 26, 10 a.m. We will send complete instructions later in the week.

OLLI offers opportunities to learn and connect between terms.  Our special interest groups continue to meet, and our community partners continue to offer programming. Remember that you can join OLLITalk (just send us an email at olli@unca.edu and request to be added to OLLITalk) if you want to connect to other OLLI members for recommendations that range from where to get Chinese food to where to have a hip replacement.

We also hope that you will  follow us on Facebook. This week we were particularly happy to share an article from the Mountain XPress about the creative efforts of OLLI members Nelson Sartoris, Bill LaRocque and John Himmelheber. We hope you will plan to attend the OLLI Authors event on June 20 that will give you the chance to hear from members who have been inspired to continue or begin writing at OLLI. Watch the newsletter for further details. The print edition of Mountain XPress celebrates Older Americans and also includes a lovely cover photo of College for Seniors instructor Liz Ridley. On our Facebook page you will also find an inspiring video of OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee chair Sarah Reincke to celebrate her being named a Community Champion for the Asheville City Schools Foundation.  We also have been using Twitter, and you can find out how to connect to our Twitter Feed elsewhere in this newsletter.  Social media allows us to celebrate the many ways our members contribute to our OLLI community and the wider community. We are truly lucky to have so many people who their time and talent to improve OLLI and Asheville. We hope that you will be inspired to join them.
  
With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
College for Seniors Instructor Support
Spring Workshop


A Workshop on Beginning PowerPoint
Thursdays, May 25 and June 1,9 a.m. to noon 
at the Reuter Center.

To READ MORE and REGISTER, click on workshop title.


  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 May 26, 2017, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205 

"What to Do After 'Roe v Wade' is Overturned"


 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.

SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 
Autumn Players Reader's Theatre
Sunday, May 28, 2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

This powerful drama, directed by Deborah Austin, focuses on the anguish of a family whose oldest son, an army pilot, has been reported missing-in-action during World War II, and whose father, a successful, self-made manufacturer, is suspected of having knowingly sold defective airplane parts for the war effort. 
Presented as a part of the Readers Theatre Showcase Series, this performance is open to the public, tickets are $6 at the door.  To learn more about The Autumn Players, visit their website.

Trash or Treasure?
Wednesday, June 14, 9 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheim er Room

Wonder what it's  worth-that settee that you seldom  sit on or the Appalachian folk art from Ashe County? Bring it to OLLI for an evaluation from renowned auctioneer Bob Brunk. Founder and
Robert Brunk
president emeritus of Brunk Auctions of Asheville, Bob will give an overview of the antique/ auction world and most of the major fields of decorative arts, glass, porcelain, textiles, furniture, folk art and silver. He will also offer informal and fun evaluations of those long-stored family heirlooms. 

If your furniture is too large to transport, email a good photograph in advance to   olli@unca.edu.
More Than a Month Series
Friday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.
"Community Policing" 

Tammy Hooper
Van Duncan
On
Friday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper and Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan will discuss the ongoing efforts to build productive relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
OLLI's Inclusion Committee has organized a varied series of programs to highlight issues of African  American culture in Asheville and beyond. We hope that by offering opportunities to learn more that we will create a forum for challenging conversations. The noted author James Baldwin observed, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." It is in that spirit of facing history and facing ourselves that we take to understanding the many ways that race informs our culture. 

This event is free and open to the public.  
OLLI Art Bazaar Registration Now Open

We are ha ppy to announce registration is now open for the 2017 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 11, 2016, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  This year's bazaar will again be a two-day format  and the registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in, and space is limited.  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.  If you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend.  

Questions, contact Leanna Preston, 
828.232.5181,  lpreston@unca.edu
 

Storytelling Event
Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m., 
Weaverville Library

Volunteer Opportunity
Do you want to help Asheville reduce our 
homeless population?
The Civic Engagement Committee is partnering with Homeward Bound to do just that!

Get involved. Become engaged. Receive satisfaction 
Volunteer Opportunity   

The Workshop Committee at OLLI is growing, expanding, and looking for new members to serve on our committee. We are venturing out into the community with experiential learning opportunities and adventures, which will build upon what we and the College for Seniors programs already do. These are exciting times!  Bring your ideas and share the fun as we evolve.
If you wish to learn more Laurel Jernigan (staff liaison) and Ian Rudick, (committee co-chair) would love to meet with you! Email Ian comefth@frontier.com, or call 828-505-8175.  
Chautauqua History Alive

J une Festival: The Power of Words 
The president, the poet, the picket, and the press-listen in as they speak for themselves! All Buncombe Chautauqua  shows will be held at AB Technical College in the Ferguson Auditorium, 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville NC.
Tickets are $5 per show or $15 for all four shows. Tickets are available at the door. For group rates please contact:  buncombe2016@gmail.com

Chautauqua is a nonprofit, experiential oral tradition that brings history to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion aimed at stimulating critical thinking.

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