OLLI Observer
March 10, 2019    
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Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry
Provide On-Site Food Pantry Support

Veterans Restoration Quarters
Help Restore the Lives of Homeless Vets

Energy Savers Network
Help Homeowners Reduce Energy Loss

Make A Difference!

Special Interest Group
T'ai Chi Chih:  
Joy Through Movement
Monday, March 11, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, 102B

Established by Justin Stone in the 1970s, t'ai chi chih is a moving meditation.  Steve Stevens will discuss the origins and principles of t'ai chi chih.  Then we will learn several of the 19 movements that circulate and balance the body's life force energy (chi).  In closing, Steve will lead us in a sitting meditation practice as taught by Justin Stone. 

Steve Stevens took his first t'ai chi chih class at OLLI in 2010.  He then went on to become accredited in t'ai chi chih instruction in 2013 at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania.  He currently teaches classes at OLLI and at Harvest House, an Asheville Parks and Recreation facility.

SIG  contact: Sally Ekaireb, skekaireb@gmail.com
All Aboard: Ray Rapp 
and His Railroad Stories
by Jennifer Vogel
One of the things you'll hear Mars Hill's prominent citizen (and regular OLLI instructor) Ray Rapp say to passersby is "Hi, what have you been up to recently?" Or, "What are you doing in the community?"         

"Which community?" is how Ray himself might respond if asked that question. Officially retired from Mars Hill University (MHU) in 2009, he remained "their highest unpaid consultant" for longtime President Dan Lunsford. Other "sidelines" (a railroad pun) were three terms as Mars Hill mayor, a decade as North Carolina state legislator and current NC Justice Center board member. The tall, handsome 73-year-old white-haired Democrat is working to better many types of communities.

Gardening Special Interest Group
Tuesday, March 12, 4:15 - 6 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
Moles, voles, and groundhogs are a bane of existence for many gardeners in Western North Carolina. Okay, deer and bears are also a problem, but on Tuesday we will concentrate on voles, moles, and groundhogs. We will describe various remedies and share SIG member experiences on what worked and didn't work.

SIG contact: Marilyn Dishaw ncdishaw@gmail.com
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Decoding U.S.-China Trade" 
with Julie Snyder

Julie Snyder
Julie Snyder, a retired U.S. foreign trade official and frequent College for Seniors innstructor, will provide a critique of the statistics used to measure U.S.-China trade, arguing that the numbers provide a misleading picture of the relationship that hinders sound policy-making. Snyder says the U.S. has unused options available to fare better in the trade relationship. Snyder is a retired U.S. diplomat who worked in the field of international trade for over 30 years for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, a small foreign affairs agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

This lecture is part of The Great Decisions Program, the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization.  The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate and learn about international affairs, national security and U.S. foreign policy.

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.  

Thomas Wolfe Short Story Book Club
Thursday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
52 North Market Street in Downtown Asheville

Thomas Wolfe

Dan Clare, Teacher at A.C. Reynolds High School, and Ana Clare of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board 
Lead a Discussion of Thomas Wolfe's 
"Circus at Dawn"

Thomas Wolfe Book Club meetings will take place every month through April, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.; the discussion will take place from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. The text is The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe, edited by Francis E. Skipp with a Foreword by James Dickey (New York: Scribner's, 1987). This book is on sale at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and at local bookstores.
Click here for more details about the entire series.
OLLI would like to thank m ajor sponsor
 for their generous support of the 

NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday March 15, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman's place in society during a time when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers dedicated themselves to social and scientific progress, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Join NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver as he takes you behind the scenes of the professional productions of NC Stage.  We will look into the themes of the play, the rehearsal and design process, talk to actors, directors and designers and even view a scene or two from the upcoming show.  Get an insider's view of a professional theatre.  Click here or more information about NC Stage, including information about how to purchase tickets for performances. 

NC Stage Behind the Scenes is free and open to everyone. 

New Member Welcome
Friday, March 22, 
10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved.  Meet other members and learn what it means to "grow through life." This event is open to all OLLI members.

Want more information? Contact OLLI staff at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu
Barbara McBride Smith
A Patchwork of Stories
Sunday, March 24, 
2 p.m.
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Milepost 382

Presented by Stories on Asheville's Front Porch  and sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild,  with storytellers Christine Westfeldt, Ronnie Pepper, Chuck Fink and Barbara McBride Smith

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, March 31,  2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Awake and Sing 
by Clifford Odets, directed by Arnold Sgan
A Jewish family of three generations lives crammed together in a Bronx apartment during the Great Depression. In language both street-tough and poetic, the characters widely disagree about whether to hold onto their ideals or act in their own best interests as each one struggles to survive.

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Tickets are $7 at the door.

LAS 2013 Participants experience a Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Saturday, March 30, 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

OLLI's Inclusion Committee is hosting this experiential learning tool created by local nonprofit Just Economics that exposes participants to the real life struggle of the working poor in our community.  Participants are assigned identities based on real low-income people and must complete the everyday activities of their families, like going to work, paying bills, applying for public benefits, etc.  The simulation involves moving between stations, which represent the institutions and businesses individuals typically interact with each month.  After the exercise there will be time for reflection.  

We have offered this poverty simulation for a number of years as part of our Leadership Asheville Seniors program and wanted to make this experiential learning opportunity available to more of our members.

Registration is free and open to everyone, but we want everyone who signs up to make a commitment to attend.  We must meet a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 45. Please use this link to register to participate.

For more information call us at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu

Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Lambda Bootis Star System: A 75-Year-Old Mystery"
Presented by  Richard Gray

The Lambda Boötis stars (Lambda Boo for short) were discovered 75 years ago by one of the founders of the MK Spectral classification system (the system that astronomers use for classifying stars by their spectra), W.W. Morgan.  Modern digital spectra show that metals and other elements are present in the spectra of Lambda Boötis stars, but at very low levels. This is very curious, because for all other stars, metal abundance is correlated with age - old stars have low abundances of metals, whereas young stars have high abundances.  So, that must mean Lambda Boo stars are really old?  No!  Interestingly, all known Lambda Boo stars are much younger than our Sun, and a few have "just" started fusing hydrogen in their cores.
So this is a 75 year-old mystery.  Scientists now think they know why the Lambda Boo stars are metal poor and their discoveries may help form a clearer understanding of planet formation.

Richard Gray teaches in the department of physics and astronomy at Appalachian State University; his research focuses on stellar spectroscopy.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 pm, (except for January and July), with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and stargazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit www.astroasheville.org

Dear OLLI Members,
We hoped that you remembered to turn your clocks ahead as Daylight Savings Time began this morning.

Remember that our Add/Drop period for Spring 2019 CFS classes begins tomorrow, Monday, March 11, 10 a.m. Registration during this period is first come, first served, and we will have volunteers and staff ready at the Reuter Center to help, beginning at 10 a.m. 

If you registered during the initial period you should have received your schedule Friday afternoon.  If you did not receive your schedule or if you received a blank schedule (this frequently happens to people with Charter email addresses), remember that you can log into your account to see your enrollments. If you have not yet signed up for classes, you may do so beginning Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.
  • In response to popular appeal and high enrollment, two courses have been added and seats are available in: 
    • When We Were Young: America, 1945-1960, Section B, with Jim Lenburg and Catherine Frank, Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Registration is also open for the Just Economics Poverty Simulation scheduled at the Reuter Center for Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.  Click here to register. The event is free and open to everyone, but we do need to know how many people to anticipate.  We will need at least 20 people to sign up to make the event possible. Thanks to OLLI's Inclusion Committee for organizing this opportunity.

Thanks to all of you for contributing to the success of our vibrant community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
  Schedule for Registration for Spring 2019 Classes 

Add/Drop begins tomorrow, Monday, March 11, 10 a.m. Everyone who submitted requests during the initial allocation process should have received a schedule on Friday, March 8 in the late afternoon. 

Important Dates
  • The registration system will re-open for add/drop and new, first come, first served registration on Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.
  • Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses begin on Monday, March 25 and run through May 17. 
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association
Member Critique
Sunday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Members are asked to submit up to three images each for critique by a judge's panel.  Take advantage of this excellent learning tool to take your photographs to the next level.  Do you have that photo that is good but you feel it could be great?  Hear the judge's review on what they feel could take it up a notch to the next level.

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Asheville Region meets the second Sunday of each month.  The group's Meet-and-Greet is a great chance to meet fellow members and starts at  5:30 p.mThe meeting begins at  6 p.m.  and will conclude around  at 8 p.m .

Nine-Day Tour of Scotland 
Hosted by UNC Asheville 
Alumni Association
August 31-September 8, 2018
Click here for more information, including itineraries and information about accommodations
  • This trip is open to alumni and friends of UNC Asheville... if you smile when you hear UNC Asheville, you're invited to join this trip! 
  • Wilcox Travel is handling the travel logistics, though you can also call Elizabeth Underwood (828.232.5125) if you have any questions. 
  • Registration, deposit and travel insurance information is found through the link above. 
  • A highlight of the trip will be a visit to Asheville's Sister City, Birnam-Dunkeld.  
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, March 15, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

 Topic: The Dangers of Plutocracy & Kleptocracy: Government by Corrupt Leaders 
and/or the Wealthy

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 
Men's Wisdom Works (MWW)
 Special Interest Groups
Seek Members

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times & places twice a month for two 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 a wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at jobshoppat@aol.com
History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Andrew Jackson and The Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America's Destiny

Friday, March 15, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

History Book Lovers SIG meets on the third Friday of each month to share books, engage in discussion and connect with other OLLI members who love history. In upcoming months they will read
April: The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
May: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
June: A discussion of Kublai Khan 1215-1294, Emperor of China

All OLLI members are welcome.  SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com

Friday, March 15, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death Cafe 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 gtroups 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.   

42nd Annual Conference of the Appalachian Studies Association Conference

AppalachA'Ville: Engage. Sustain. Innovate.
Saturday, March 16

Sponsored by Mars Hill University and UNC Asheville

The following events are free and open to everyone!

Viewing and discussion of the 2018 award-winning documentary
Supported by The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College
Saturday, March 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Innovation Expo
Come talk with representatives of organizations that work to engage with the community, sustain place and people in the region and innovate in ways that improve life in WNC.  
Saturday, March 16, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Highsmith Union

Warm Up to the Keynote: "Scary, Funny and Ever Lovin' 
(Women of Ron and Lee)"
Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens
Saturday, March 16, 3:15-3:45 Lipinsky Auditorium

Keynote: "Western North Carolina in Fact and Fiction: 
Words from Lee Smith, Ron Rash and Wiley Cash"
Supported by the NC Humanities Council
Saturday, March 16, 4-5:30 p.m. Lipinsky Auditorium and 
overflow space in the Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Affrilachia y el Caribe
Poetry at the YMI Cultural Center
with Ricarco Nazario-Colon, Shauna M. Morgan and Frank X. Walker
Supported by the Awesome Foundation
Saturday, March 16, 8-9:30 p.m. at the YMI, 20-44 Eagle Street in Downtown Asheville

Old-Time Square Dance at the YMI Cultural Center
The host caller is Phil Jamison and the host band is the Warren Wilson College Old-Time Ensemble, with a guest performance by the Green Grass Cloggers
Saturday, March 16, 9:30-11 p.m. at the YMI, 
20-44 Eagle Street in Downtown Asheville

Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. you may visit the
Silent Auction and the Exhibit Rooms
with publishers and Appalachian Studies programs and publications in the Highsmith Student Union on the UNC Asheville campus
Exhibit of Appalachian Special Collections and Archives 
in Blowers Gally of the Ramsey Library on the UNC Asheville Campus
Aimee Tomcho
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 7 pm.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Conserving Birds on North Carolina's Working Lands"
presented by Aimee Tomcho

Click here to find out more about EMAS programs and about free monthly Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary walks.

Greater Asheville Science-for-All Book Club
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm.
Reuter Center Room 206

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
The Evolution of Beauty by Richard Prum  

Aimee Tomcho
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lecture
Thursday, March 21, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Roadblocks to Student Learning About Evolution:  Cognitive and Cultural Challenges"

Speaker: Dr. Jason Wingert

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 4:15 p.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

During our annual Town Hall meeting we will review the accomplishments from our OLLI programs and activities.  The Nominating Committee will introduce the 2019-20 slate of candidates.  Our focus will be on your questions for our staff and Steering Council members. 

And remember that any time you have questions or concerns you may contact OLLI director Catherine Frank at cfrank@unca.edu or 828.251.6188
Fab Friday
"The Grove Park Inn: A Place for Presidents, Celebrities and Gingerbread Houses"
Friday, March 29, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

For over 105 years The Grove Park Inn has welcomed guests from all over the world. The Inn was built by Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmacist who amassed a fortune making "Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic." Attracted to Asheville for its mountain air, Grove wanted to develop a lodge that reflected the grandeur of the surrounding mountains.  Built from native granite in less than a year, the Inn has hosted some of the world's most brilliant minds and endured some of America's greatest hardships since its opening in 1913.  It has been named to the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Hotels of America. 

Becky Blenkitni, the PR and Special Events Coordinator for the Omni Grove Park Inn, will provide an overview of the Inn's history and explain how it came to be such an iconic hotel.

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.
Premiere Screening of Ken Burns's New Country Music Documentary
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Highsmith Student Union - Blue Ridge Room

Country Music, Ken Burns's new PBS documentary series, won't premiere nationally until September, but Burns's co-producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey will host a special preview screening and discussion at UNC Asheville.  UNC Asheville is one of only 10 sites nationally to host advance premiere screenings of Country Music!
The film, which chronicles the history of the uniquely American art form, features many North Carolina artists and their stories, from early spiritual music, Celtic mountain music through notable stars like Rhiannon Giddens, Kathy Mattea, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, among many others. 

The screening is free and open to everyone but space is limited, so tickets are required. For tickets and more information, Please Click  HERE

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