OLLI Observer
June 23
, 2019    
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In This Issue

Electric Vehicle Spaces For Cars That Are Charging

Please remember that there are two spaces on OLLI's upper level that are designated for electric vehicles only in front of the two charging stations.  Any internal combustion engine type cars and even electric cars that are not charging are subject to being ticketed. 

Health and Fitness Courses at the
Woodfin YMCA
and Request for Suggestions for the Health and Fitness Curriculum Committee

In Fall 2019, College for Seniors (CFS) will roll out an array of new fitness courses as part of a  partnership with the Woodfin YMCA.   Watch for these new offerings in the Fall 2019 catalog (available Tuesday, August 6).
The CFS Health and Fitness Curriculum Committee is looking for ideas for courses for the upcoming 2020 terms. Particularly in the area of health, are there courses you would like for the committee to consider? Please send any ideas to Barbara Rapchak at beinthemomentyoga@gmail.com

Thank you for your consideration and input!  

Meditation Special Interest Group
"Sounds of the Chakras Meditation"
with Linda Go
Monday, June 24, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120 

This innovative educator will offer guided vocal exercises, visualization practices, and inspiring teachings to help us master four central techniques: 
* Relaxing the body to become present and honor our highest values, 
* Training the brain through meditation and mindfulness, 
* Opening the heart to foster true connection with The Field 
* Clarifying our intentions as we navigate the journey of our lives.
CDs of this workshop will be available for purchase 

Linda Go is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and educator, singer, musician-composer who has published recordings of her original Sanskrit mantra compositions and sound workshops.  Linda shares her Sanskrit Effect course at OLLI, bringing the mystery, science and magic of the mother of all languages for holistic health, through reciting the alphabet sounds and mantra chanting techniques.

All OLLI Members are welcome at Meditation SIG programs.

Meditation SIG Coordinator:  Sally Ekaireb
Living Solo Meetup Sign-Up 
Help Session
Drop In: Wednesday, June 26, 10 a.m.-noon
Reuter Center Room 120

Would you like some help signing up for the Living Solo Meetup site.

Do you have Meetup questions that make you scratch your head??? 

Living Solo Organizers Jan and Barbara will be available next Wednesday, June 26th between 10-12:00 in room 120 at OLLI to help you individually. If you have a tablet, iPad or laptop, bring it with you. 

  The Forum
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, June 28, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 207

  • June 28: Women's reproductive rights and gender equality. What are state legislatures up to?
  • July 5: Are economic rights also human rights?
  • July 19: Is the dominance of human activity in the current geological age (the Anthropocene) going to end life on earth as we know it? 
The weekly Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants thinking on a wide variety of topics; the group frequently focuses on current events. All OLLI members are welcome to attend.

SIG Contact: Beth Johnson johnson1ea@earthlink.net

  Stitch in Time
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Monday, July 1, 2-4 p.m. 
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

The Stitch in Time Special Interest Group 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!

The group meets the first Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m.  SIG contact: Gay Lambirth, 281.433.1060,  gaylambirth@yahoo.com   

Art Bazaar Registration and Information

OLLI's Art Bazaar (to be held Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, 2019) 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: murphy.sheila.a@gmail.com 

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. 

MANNA Food Bank Needs Volunteers
Training: Tuesday and Thursday, 
July 23 and 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
MANNA Food Bank
627 Swannanoa River Road, 
Asheville, NC 28805

Manna Food Bank
MANNA Food Bank is seeking skilled volunteers for two unique job opportunities within the Community Outreach Department;  Helpline Agents and Rural FNS Outreach Volunteers. Both of these volunteer positions assist MANNA staff in providing information on food resources in NC. They make referrals to local food pantries, and they assist eligible clients to complete a SNAP/FNS application (formerly known as food stamps).

Helpline Agents are offering over-the-phone assistance from our call center, and FNS Rural Outreach Volunteers are traveling to sites within MANNA's 16-county service area and doing face-to-face assistance at food distribution sites. 
Both of these volunteer positions require a 2-day FNS Outreach Training (group), followed by 2-3 half-day shifts of job-shadow training. The job shadowing will be scheduled on an individual basis.  The next FNS Outreach Training is July 23 and 25 (both days required) from 9-4 at MANNA FoodBank.
Please email Carrie Wagner if interested in either volunteer position. Thank you.   cwagner@mannafoodbank.org


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

Energy Savers Network
Helping homeowners reduce energy loss

Habitat for Humanity
Changing lives one house at a time

Make A Difference!

Volunteer Opportunity With 
Read 2 Succeed
The Fall 2019 Training Schedule is available on the Read2Succeed website. Click here.
Read2Succeed   Asheville/ Buncombe  is a local  non-profit  whose mission is " to inspire and teach children to read."  The group needs caring, supportive individuals who are interested in tutoring an elementary school student one hour, one to two days a week during the school year. Training and ongoing support are provided. 

  Email:  julie.claywell@r2sasheville.org
Phone: 910-619-4313

Creativity Project Workshop
 Friday, July 26, 
10 a.m. to noon
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Carl Nordgren has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and creative professionals, scientists and engineers, military leaders and college students be and become their most creative and entrepreneurial selves for nearly 20 years now. He wants to help you next.

Recently he learned of neurological research that discovered changes in an aging brain that invite a creative renewal, and he's writing a book and building programs that will help Boomers and our older friends leverage those biological changes so we can recover our natural born creative genius.

This two- hour event is part workshop, where he will share with you what he has learned about the 55+ brain, and part focus group for participants to share their thoughts about being creative. 

Your participation is free, and a ll participants will receive a free electronic version of Nordgren's book 'Becoming a Creative Genius (again)'.

Living Solo

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
Any questions? 
Contact Barbara Rapchak

Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center Needs Volunteers

Looking for a fun way to get some exercise while giving back to the community?  Become a Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center (BMNTC) Guest Ambassador! The Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center is a specialized healthcare facility for the care of persons with dementia and/or intellectual developmental disabilities or other neuro-cognitive disorders. The center's vision is "to be a leader in the innovation, development, and provision of specialized services for individuals with neuro-degenerative disorders across North Carolina."

CLICK HERE for more information.

Contact Mark King, Director of Volunteer Services at (828) 259-6719 for more details or
UNC Asheville and the Astronomy Club of Asheville Present: 
To the Moon! Reflections on Apollo after  50 Years
 Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

With the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon just ahead, UNC Asheville's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Astronomy Club of Asheville will present a special commemoration, and weather permitting, a lunar viewing. 

It was on July 20, 1969 that American astronauts, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module
pilot Buzz Aldrin, landed the Apollo Lunar Module on the surface of the moon. At roughly 11 p.m. EDT that night, Armstrong took the first human steps on the lunar surface, followed minutes later by Aldrin. It was a truly unforgettable moment for people all over the world who watched on live television, and after Lesnar's talk, those in attendance will have the opportunity to briefly share their own memories and reflections. Then, skies permitting, telescopes will be set up outside for lunar viewing.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Dear OLLI Members,
At the invitation of OLLI Steering Council Chair Bobbie Rockwell, members of OLLI's Steering Council had a meaningful conversation with Chancellor Nancy Cable and heard her vision for the university and OLLI's continuing connection to the rest of our community.  We hope you will read Judy LaMée's article summarizing the work of OLLI's planning committee (led by Sam Harben) and Chancellor Cable's vision for UNC Asheville's future. 

UNC Asheville's Concerts on the Quad begin Monday, June 24; here's hoping for cool, clear weather for each of the performances, which OLLI members enjoy every year. In addition to a range of SIG programs, this week you can enjoy an OLLI Authors Reading by Mamie Hilliard and Kim Hayes. 

Don't forget that the newsletter includes volunteer opportunities through our Civic Engagement Committee and other community organizations who understand the value of an OLLI volunteer. 

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:

Future Vision: UNC Asheville - and OLLI - in 2027, 
When the Campus Turns 100
by Judy LaMée

UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable embraces OLLI as a vital element of the university and  anticipates working more   synergistically with our organization as future plans unfold. Speaking at the  OLLI Steering Council's annual transition meeting June 6, the Chancellor shared a vision of what the  university - and OLLI - might look like as the campus turns 100 in the year 2027.

Over the past fourteen months, a comprehensive, university-wide campus master planning effort has been under way led by UNC Asheville Chief Financial Officer John Pierce. OLLI mounted its own effort, helmed by OLLI Planning Committee Chair Sam Harben, encouraging members across the organization to present their big and bold ideas for the future, ideas that would serve our organization's capital needs in concert with the growth of the university. A key message from the OLLI report is that we want to be "a part of," not "apart from," the university.*

UNC Asheville Concerts on the Quad
Mondays, 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  feature  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)

Mamie Hilliard and Kim Hayes
Thursday, June 27, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

When Mamie Hilliard first began writing poetry and discovered she had ideas to share, both her grandmothers appeared as her muses, 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.

    Weaverville Gardens Galore Tour
Saturday, June 29,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Depart from Weaverville Town Parking Lot: 25 Main Street

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see some of Weaverville's most inspirational, diverse and beautiful private gardens!

The Garden Club of Weaverville presents the Weaverville Gardens Galore Tour, which will feature seven private gardens and the Weaverville Main Street Nature Park. The gardens on the tour include the English Cottage Garden, Laughing Crow Ornamental Garden, Whimsical Fantasy Garden, Stone Fire Pit and Garden, Urban Food Garden, Kaleidoscope Garden and a Meandering Mediterranean Garden. 

 Suggested Adult Donation: $20. Supervised children 12 years and under are admitted free.

Brevard Opera at OLLI
Tuesday, July 2, 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:
Carlisle Floyd's Susannah,  Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and  Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus. 

On July 2 and 16, 4-5 p.m. come to experience live performances by the young artists of the Janiec Opera  at Brevard performing parts of these three operas as well as other musical selections.  A period of questions and answers with the Janiec performers will follow these  performances.
Ray Christian

Stories on Asheville's Front Porch
Saturdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Downtown Asheville

July 6: Michael Reno Harrell
July 13: Ray Christian
July 20: Bob Falls and Lillian Chase Band
July 27: Catherine Yael Serota, Uncle Ted White, and Mike Sena

This event is free and open to everyone.
Click here for an event poster for Stories on Asheville's Front Porch. 

  Healing Stories
Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8 p.m.
Jubilee Community, 46 Wall Street, Downtown Asheville

Interested in, drawn to, or curious about  Healing Stories ? Hear European and Asian folktales braided with hope and gratitude and grit. Enjoy  powerful stories expressively   told by  Christine Westfeldt  and  DARCY . Co-create with guided interactive components: Talk. Draw. Write. Open to all ages with longish attention spans. PWIW: Pay What It's Worth.  Click here for an event poster.  

Contact:  Trailwoman@hotmail.com  t reserve your s eat. 

Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) Meeting
Jennifer King: "Image Design"
Photo by Jennifer King
Sunday, July 14, 
5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet
6 p.m. Program 
  Reuter Center Room 207

You know your "rules," you know composition.  Jennifer will take you to the next level in teaching how she incorporates these and other techniques to "Design an Image."  This presentation addresses many aspects of photography and design principles geared towards all level of photographers.  So if you are just starting out or an experienced pro, Jennifer's presentation will have something for you.

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. The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month from 5:30-8p.m.   For more information please visit:  www.cnpa-asheville.org

Save the Date! Legacy Planning Information Session
Dave Smith
Tuesday, July 23, 11:30 a.m. 
  Reuter Center Room 207

Please join us for this lunch and learn to learn more about the options for legacy planning.  Dave Smith of the Heaton Smith Group has been working with the UNC Asheville Advancement Department and will offer a brief presentation about different options for legacy planning. Registration will be limited and lunch will be served.   Click here to let us know of your interest in the information session.

A Weaverville Story Spin
"Anything Could Happen"

Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m. 
 Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main Street, Weaverville

This event features three local tellers, Chuck Fink, Pete Koschnick and Jill Totman. 

The show is free but not recommended for children, since language and references may be "a tad salty."

Greater Asheville Science for All Book Club

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. 
  Reuter Center Room 206

The vision of this group is an informal networking group that meets to discuss books and topics regarding current science as well as science that addresses the unique and diverse landscapes of the Southern Appalachians.
Leadership Asheville Buzz Breakfast
"What Are We Doing Now to Connect Community?"
Thursday, July 25, 8 a.m. Breakfast and Networking; 8:30 a.m. program
Crowne Plaza Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville

The second of three programs this summer addressing the question "How do we build a connected community?" will include  Erica Anderson, Director of Economic and Community Development for Land of Sky Regional Council,    Dawa Hitch, Communications and Public Engagement Director for the City of Asheville,    Chris Joyell, Asheville Design Center Director for Mountain True,    Vicki Meath, Executive Director of Just Economics,  Catherine Mitchell, Executive Director for River Front Development Group,  Ray Rapp, Western North Carolina Rail Committee Chair, and  Meghan Rogers, Executive Director for Asheville Downtown Association.

Individual tickets are $25 for each event. Consider purchasing an equity seat in addition to your regular purchase. All equity seats sold will be offered to community organizations that would like to join in the discussion. 

Western North Carolina Bridge Foundation
(Formerly CarePartners Foundation)  Needs Volunteers

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 have an impact on individual and community wellness in those communities. The group particularly needs volunteers to help with their thrift store and estate sales. 

Wilma Dykeman Riverway
2019 Summer Series

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.
Craggy Mountain  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

The 92nd Mountain Dance & Folk Festival 
is coming to UNC Asheville's campus!
Thursday - Saturday, August 1 - 3, 6:30 p.m. each night
UNC Asheville, Lipinsky Auditorium

The 92nd Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival comes to Lipinsky Auditorium with three different shows, each at 6:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, August 1-3, featuring traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers. 

General admission tickets are $25 at the door; $10 for students; $5 for children age 6-12. 
Advance tickets are  available online Here
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Asheville, NC 28804