OLLI Observer
May 5, 2019    
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In This Issue
Summer 2019 Catalog Available Online! 

Registration Begins Friday,May 10, 10 a.m.

We will send an email when the print catalogs are available in the office.

Click here for access to our course web page and be sure to select "2019 Summer." Full courses descriptions and instructor biographies are available.
Participants in the Spring 2019 Eco-Friendly Market Bag Crochet Course, taught by Sally Pete (far right in the red sweater)

Get Crafty at College for Seniors 
This Summer!

The display case in the upper lobby at the Reuter Center has work in it to represent projects to be made in Summer 2019  visual arts courses. After you review our courses, you can stop by and get a sense of the many creative projects that our Visual Arts Curriculum Committee has assembled. 

If you want to know about the fun and camaraderie that forms in our hands-on courses, just look at the smiles on the members of Sally Pete's Eco-Friendly Market Bag Crochet class with their completed bags.   The class members crocheted very colorful and creative bags (all made of single-use plastic bags) that were featured in the Asheville GreenWorks Trashion Show. Sally and three members of the class walked down the runway modeling their bags. Many thanks to Sally and all of our instructors for creating memorable learning experiences for their participants.
OLLI member and CFS instructor Jeff Jones
Transit Can't Wait! 
Tuesday, May 7
11:45 a.m.
Reuter Center Room 207
Wednesday, May 8, 9:15 a.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

Would you like a brief classroom introduction to Asheville Public Transportation? Would you like to learn how to be an effective advocate for transportation initiatiaves with the Asheville City Council before it votes on its budget for FY20?

Jeff Jones is a member/instructor at OLLI and a member of the Asheville Transit Committee.  Join Jeff on either of two dates.  The same material will be covered on both days.  Each presentation and discussion will last about 90 minutes.

It is time to make Asheville Public Transportation the best it can be.  Remember:  Transit Can't Wait!

Upcoming: Annual OLLI Photoshoot

Friday, May 10th
**Group Photo at 2:00 p.m. **
Please gather in the lower lobby

We're excited to announce the annual OLLI photoshoot. This is a no-stress event where we hope to capture some of the many wonderful activities that take place here at OLLI. We hope to see all of your smiling faces. 

Symphony Talk
Friday, May 10, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra's seventh Masterworks performance will include Márquez' Danzón No. 2, Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, in a performance conducted by Darko Butorac, with a solo performance by violinist Simone Porter. 

Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts. 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 will appear with the soloist for upcoming concerts to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. For more information about ASO, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit
College for Seniors Instructor Support

Two-day training to enhance your instructor skills with PowerPoint

Beginning PowerPoint
June 3 and 6, 9:30 - noon
Reuter Center Room 206

Advanced PowerPoint Techniques
June 3 and 6, 1-3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206  

Click here for more details about the training sessions and watch for registration next week  


MANNA Food Bank Team
Providing Thousands of Meals a Day to Feed Hungry People

Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference

Habitat for Humanity
Changing lives one house at a time

Make A Difference!

Thank you from Asheville Terraces
Suseela Steers, MANNA Coordinator and
Community Health Worker

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all of the OLLI volunteers who have continued to support the Asheville Terrace Apartments Manna Food Distribution twice monthly since its inception in 2017. Their presence and help has made it possible to serve an average of 200 residents per month who are at risk nutritionally.
In 2018, due to the efforts of John Staatz and Kathleen Mainardi, a donation jar was placed outside the Reuter Café at UNC-Asheville. The generous contributions received from this jar has enabled us to purchase food, such as meat, self-stable meals, soup, cereals and other items where there is a small fee.
All of the volunteers are a joy to work with and are always willing to help wherever needed.
Thank you all so much!
Suseela Steers, Manna Coordinator and
Community Health Worker
Asheville Terrace Apartments

Living Solo

After one month we have grown to 71 members. Join Living Solo for OLLI members thru a Meetup app!

The group is comprised of OLLI members living independently and seeking connections. This is not a dating group but individuals who want to do activities and make connections here in Asheville with OLLI members.  

This is a self-identifying group, even if you have a significant other but feel solo, feel free to join. Please come join us and meet new people! 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
Any questions? Contact Barbara Rapchak at 

History Book Lovers
Friday, May 17, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120
David McCullough's
The Wright Brothers

This 2015 best seller  from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly-Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Come join the fun to share beloved books, engage in discussion, and connect with OLLI members around their favorite subject - history! History Book Lovers meet the third Friday of each month. SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com

Death Café
Friday, May 17, 
5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium
"Death Café" 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 Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Said Osio from Third Messenger. Find out more at deathcafe.com.
This event is free and open to everyone
Mountain Folk Tales
Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.
Folk Art Center
Blue Ridge Parkway, 
Milepost 382

This event, sponsored by the Asheville Storytelling Circle and the Southern Highland Craft Guild, will feature tellers Wallace Shealy, Becky Stone, Sandra Gudger, Sherry Lovett and winners of the Owen Middle School Jack Tales Contest. 

Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society 
Tuesday May 21, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

 It's no small feat to conserve birds that travel 4,000 miles or more each year across continents and international borders. In fact, it's one of the most ambitious undertakings of American Bird Conservancy (ABC); ensuring priority species have the habitat they require at all stages of their life-cycles. Migratory birds are particularly vulnerable while on their wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean, where they occupy an area that is approximately one quarter the extent of their total breeding range in the U.S. and Canada. 

With  deforestation rates still on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean, ABC is scaling up conservation efforts, and in 2017, launched the BirdScape initiative. Learn about this new endeavor and how it will benefit entire suites of migratory birds, including those that breed in North Carolina.
Holly Robertson is a Senior Development Officer with American Bird Conservancy and has been working with the organization's migratory bird program since 2013. She holds bachelor's of science of wildlife ecology from the University of Maine and a master of science degree in conservation biology and sustainable development from University of Wisconsin-Madison. The American Bird Conservancy is a non-profit organization whose mission is conserving native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

All EMAS programs are free and open to everyone.

AARP Documentary and Discussion
The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution
Wednesday, May 22, 1-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Before Medicare was introduced in 1965, fewer than 50%
of the nation's hospitals served black and white patients
equally. The documentary The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution illustrates how civil rights leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and
worked with the federal government to achieve justice and fairness for African-Americans. The screening will be followed by a discussion with local leaders to explore these historical issues and current challenges. The program is sponsored by AARP in the Mountain Region. Contact Rebecca Chaplin at 828.380.6242 or rchaplin@aarp.org

An MWW Gathering
Men's Wisdom Works (MWW)
Special Interest Group 

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times and places twice a month for 2 hours to discuss issues of personal importance. Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour, & other social activities.

Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.

To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at  jobshoppat@aol.com
Dear OLLI Members,
What better way to spend this Sunday afternoon than attending the final performance of the Reuter Center Singers Spring Concert: Dear Appalachia, Our Mountain Music Heritage? The performance is free and open to everyone, and donations are happily accepted. 

We are sorry that our print catalogs are not yet available, but we will send an email as soon as they are available.  Meanwhile they are available online and you can find course outlines, materials lists and instructor biographies on our course website. Be sure to select 2019 Summer in the first search box. Registration begins Friday, May 10, 10 a.m. and we will have help available at the Reuter Center. We are also going to take our "big picture" for this year's promotional materials this Friday, May 10, 2 p.m. Come for Fab Friday, stay for the picture and then enjoy Symphony Talk!

Our visual arts curriculum committee has placed work in the display case in the uppper lobby of the Reuter Center so that you can get a taste of the range of projects you might complete in these courses.  Be sure to read about Sally Pete's ppring course on eco-friendly market bag to get a sense of the creative ways that our instructors create memorable learning experiences for our members.  And if you would like to hone your teaching skills with PowerPoint, you can read about upcoming PowerPoint workshops offered by the College for Seniors instructor support team.

Jeff Jones will be offering a classroom introduction to Asheville's public transit system and ways you can be more involved.  Please plan to attend.  Also, many thanks to Julia and Wiley Loughran and Joe Baum for offering technology help (simple questions only, please) this spring.  The service will end with the end of the term, so plan to come in with questions this week or next.

We were lucky to have Murry Sidlin, the composer and conductor of Defiant Requiem tell the story of the performances of Verdi's Requiem at the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin.  We are also lucky to have Kirk Borland's story about Kym Vershovek, whose father was imprisoned at Terezin, and her quest to bring the performance here to Asheville. The performance will take place June 1 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.   Click here to read more , including information about how to purchase tickets.

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,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Reuter Center Singers Spring Concert: 
Dear Appalachia, Our Mountain Music Heritage
Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

A celebration exploring in song the rich traditions of Appalachia including folk songs and ballads, African-American spirituals and blues, and country gospel, all reflecting our region's diverse cultural background.

Kym Verhovshek: Bridge to Change
An Article by Kirk Borland

Kym Vershovek and her son Elijah
Like all children, Kym Baum (Verhovshek) had no sense of "the past" as she grew up in Chicago with her father and grandmother. At times she recognized her family was a bit different from that of most neighborhood kids. There was her grandmother's very thick Czech accent and those traditional European foods that found their way into the school lunchbox (e.g., a sardine sandwich and poppyseed cookies). Kym also came to understand both her father and grandmother were Holocaust survivors. Kym doesn't remember ever not knowing that fact, but it was something of a best-kept family secret rarely discussed and with few details.

Stitch in Time
Special Interest Group
Monday, May 6, 2 - 4 p.m.
Reuter Center, Atrium

Stitch in Time meets the first Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m. This is a fellowship group for stitchers of all types (knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, etc) to help encourage, inspire, and support each other.  
All skill levels are welcome!  

SIG contact: Gay Lambirth,    gaylambirth@yahoo.com  
World Affairs Council (WAC)
Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Roo m

Andrew S. Terrell
Andrew S. Terrell
"Brexit and Beyond: The UK, Europe, and the Special Relationship"   

Americans have watched with curiosity and fascination the UK's referendum and the subsequent Parliamentary moves that have characterized Brexit. Come to the World Affairs Council May meeting to hear the latest and official word on Brexit. 

Andrew S. Terrell is the British Consul for Business and Government Affairs and Head of the UK Government Office (UKGO) in Raleigh. This office maintains and develops business, cultural, political and scientific relationships with the State of North Carolina and other communities throughout the southeast. Andrew is originally from Western North Carolina and has lived and studied throughout Asia and Europe.  He is a graduate of Warwick University and Richmond International University in the United Kingdom.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students, and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. 

Need tech help? 
Check out  The Geek Bar
Wednesdays, 8 - 9 a.m
Reuter Center, The Atrium

Are you having technical problems or questions regarding your smart phone, tablet or laptop? 
OLLI is happy to announce The Geek Bar, offered on Wednesday mornings from 8-9 a.m. in the Reuter Center Atrium. This is a great excuse to get good parking, a cup of coffee or tea and advice -- all before your first class!
Bring your device and question, and one of the Geek Bar Experts will try to address your issue. 

All platforms are welcome (Android, Apple, Windows, etc.).  The Geek Bar is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.  We offer no guarantees, but our Geeks will do our best to be of help.  Note : This is not software instruction and is generally meant for specific, quick-answer issues.

If you have questions, or if you are a Geek who would like to work at the Geek Bar, feel free to contact Julia Loughran at:  julia@thoughtlink.com

Fab Friday
"The GUT Microbiome - We are ALL Connected!
With Patrick Hanaway
Friday, May 10, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

Patrick Hanaway
Patrick Hanaway, MD, is a local physician who has recently established the Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He will discuss and explore the role of the gastrointestinal tract in health and disease. In particular, Dr. Hanaway will highlight the role of the gut microbiome in digestion, permeability, immune function, gut-brain connections, and the relationship of gut health to different diseases, including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune diseases, brain health, cancers and many more. The changes in the diversity of our gut microbiome "echo" changes in the ecology of our world. We will also discuss the role of food, stress, emotions, exercise, and connection to the natural world in promoting diversity of the gut microbiome.

Fab Fridays happen every Friday during our fall, winter and spring terms in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.  Members and guests are invited to socialize and then enjoy presentations on a wide range of topics.  Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag.  These programs are free and open to everyone.
The Forum
TOPIC: Current Events and Selecting Topics for the Remainder of May
Friday, May 10, 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 
Carolina Nature Photographers Association
Speaker Tim Lewis
 Sunday, May 12, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (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.

 The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m.

 For more information please visit:   www.cnpa-asheville.org 
Special Interest Group
Conversations on Compassion
Monday, May 13, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

Eckhart Tolle and moderator James Doty reflect on self-love and compassion for others in this videotaped program at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.  This 1 1/2 hour conversation will lay the ground for further discussion.  Those who wish to engage can join us for a restaurant dinner afterwards.

All OLLI Members are welcome at our programs.
Meditation SIG Coordinator:  Sally Ekaireb

There will be no Meditation SIG meeting on Memorial Day, May 27th
Forum For Businesses Owned by African American Entrepreneurs (and for those interested in supporting them)
When: Thursday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Reuter Center at UNCA

Purpose: To highlight the triumphs and challenges of starting and owning a business

Featured Speakers:
Keynon Lake CEO/Founder of My Daddy Taught Me That

Joe GreeneConsultant for African American Business Association and the Western Women's Business Center, Entrepreneur

Dannie Frey Associate Director of the Western Women's Business Center

Rosanna Mulcahy, Minority Business Program Manager for the City of Asheville

This forum will present an interactive opportunity to network with business owners, hear stories of resiliency and perseverance, learn what various programs and agencies support small businesses, and learn how you can support African American owned businesses.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Wallace Bohanan: webohanan@hotmail.com

Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, May 17, 1-5 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Roo
In May the Travel SIG will feature David Nelson with a presentation on Scotland from 2-3 p.m.  From 3-4 p.m,  Julie Snyder will make a presentation about Sweden. Come learn more about these wonderful places,  share and solicit information on travel; share past experiences of travel; assist other members' efforts in planning for independent travel, or perhaps even join a travel group!

Free and open to all OLLI Members. 
For more information, please contact: M adan Joshi, 302.528.2697,  madanmj1947@gmail.com  
or  Kathleen Gainey, 703.298.8203,  Kathleen.m.gainey@outlook.com 

Western North Carolina Historical Association Presents
I Love to Tell the Story - Seven-Shape Gospel 
in Watauga County, NC
With Speaker Dr. Meredith Doster

Saturday, May 18, 2 -4 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

Dr. Meredith Doster
Dr. Meredith Doster will share her research on the seven-shape gospel singing tradition in Watauga County, North Carolina. As a graduate student in Appalachian studies, Doster conducted two years of fieldwork among missionary Baptist churches near Boone, NC. In addition to her fieldwork, she was awarded a Berea College Sound Archives Fellowship to research recordings collected during the Southern Appalachian Studies survey. Doster has since completed a doctorate in religious studies at Emory University, where she studied American religious cultures focusing specifically on the Appalachian region. In an informal lecture setting, Dr. Doster will share field recordings and reflections on her Watauga County fieldwork among a group of churches connected by kinship ties and gospel singing networks. 

We are very excited that Dr Doster has proposed to teach a course on religion in Appalachia as part of our theme term this fall.  Come to the lecture to gain an appreciation of the novel approaches of this exciting scholar.

The mission of WNCHA is to the preservation and promotion of the history of Western North Carolina through the care, interpretation and presentation of the Smith-McDowell House, the education of the public through lectures, exhibitions elated events and the facilitation of cooperation among regional historical organizations. 

The lecture is open to everyone; a $5 donation is requested at the door.
Medicare New to Medicare Information Session
Friday, May 24, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Are you confused by the many choices of Medicare plans? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, in partnership with OLLI, offers a free session that includes 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, 828.277.8288. 

In addition, Friday, May 24, 2019, 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. 

Click here to register for the Healthy Brain Registry

Special Thanks!

OLLI would like to thank its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Gillespie Dentistry for their support!

Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD

Cosmetic Implant, & General Dentistry
36 Orange Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-9351 

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