OLLI Observer
September 16, 2018    
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In This Issue

Don't Forget
School starts  
College for Seniors Fall 2018 classes begin Monday, September 17,
9 a.m.  
See you there!

Angelica Wagar         
I love volunteering at OLLI because I enjoy my students.            
Angelica teaches "Exploring Acrylic Painting" and "Six Ways to Abstract Painting."



Make a difference

Asheville City Schools
Give Your Time and Make a Difference!  
Music Works!
Using Music to Teach Social Skills, Boost Academics and Build Confidence

Email for more information: 
History Book Lovers Special Interest Group Meeting 
Friday, September 21, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206
David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

The group will be discussing 
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. This book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 57 weeks, so it should provide tons of material for conversation.
For more information, please contact Mike Wang at  mbwhome@gmail.com  
Hiking Special Interest Group
Monday, September 24, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

We will present some data for the past four months and share a few things that are new. The bulk of the meeting will be devoted to hike leaders or those who think they may want to lead a hike. We will be looking for feedback on what is working well, what could be improved, whether the structure should be tweaked, how could we get more hikes posted and what level hikes do people want.  
Please bring your thoughts, suggestions an ideas.  See you then.  Happy Hiking!

All OLLI members are invited to attend this meeting.

Special Interest Group
Monday, September 24, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

Sacred Sounds of Sanskrit  Meditation Practice with Linda Go

Yoga teacher and Sanskrit instructor Linda Go introduces you to Sanskrit Sound Meditation, the ancient language of yoga   with guided breath, visualization of spanda  
and with recitation of Sanskrit sounds and simple melodic mantras.   Sanskrit is a living technology of sacred sound for awakening higher states of consciousness. 
The ancient Vedas used sound to move energy and distract the mind from the world of form.  According  to an article recently published in  Scientific American, the repetition of certain mantras in Sanskrit   creates new neuro - pathways, activates our DNA to heightened states of consciousness and brings balance to brain hemispheres.
Come experience how the precise pronunciation of the Sanskrit alphabet cultivates the nervous system in preparation for profound meditation.   All OLLI members are welcome at Meditation SIG programs.  
For more information, contact: Sally Ekaireb skekaireb@gmail.com
STEM Lecture
Wednesday, September 26, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Data, Science and Simulation

by Dr. Kevin Sanft, UNC Asheville Computer Science Department Faculty

Kevin Sanft
Following on the theme,  "STEM Activities on Campus,"  the next lecture   will be on Wednesday, September 26th, at 4:30, in the Reuter Center (room 206).  Please note that all of the Fall STEM lectures will be in Room 206.
This event is free and open to everyone. 

R EVI EWING Black Mountain College 10 Conference
Exploring the history and legacy of Black Mountain College

Friday through Sunday,
 September 28-30, 2018 
at the Reuter Center
1946 Black Mountain College faculty 
Complete schedule of conference events at  
. Reduced admission fee for OLLI members. 
Thematic Focus: Black Mountain College Summer Art + Music Institutes

*   Keynote address:  "The World of Jacob Lawrence" by  Dr. Leslie King Hammond,  artist, curator, art historian, and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at  Maryland Institute College of Art.
*  In conjunction with the conference, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will open its new location at 120 College St. in downtown Asheville on Pack Square Park with the  exhibition  Between Form + Content: Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College  (Sept. 28, 2018 - January 12, 2019), co-curated by Dr. Julie Levin Caro, Professor of Art History at Warren Wilson College and Jeff Arnal, Executive Director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Opening Reception: 6-8pm Friday, Sept. 28th. Free.
Organized and hosted by Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and UNC Asheville.

The Autumn Players
Sunday, September 30, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Wisdom of Eve"
by Mary Orr, Directed by Wendy Strauss
Based on a story and 1940's radio play that inspired the film " All About Eve"  and the musical " Applause ," this intriguing tale focuses on a stage actress at the height of her fame and prowess who hires a seemingly mild-mannered and helpful young woman to be her secretary. The results turn into a
power struggle and a figurative fight to the death. 
Performed as a part of The Autumn Players' Readers Theatre Showcase Series. Tickets are $7 at the door.

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

"In Saturn's Rings"

presented by  Stephen van Vuuren , Filmmaker, SV2 Studios

The filmmaker will focus on the "what and how" of the ambitious task to create a flythrough of the universe using 5.5 million images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey combined with a dozen massive Hubble galactic mosaics.  

"In Saturn's Rings" is a groundbreaking giant-screen adventure that takes audiences on a journey of the mind, heart and spirit, from the Big Bang to the awe-inspiring rings of Saturn. Over 7.5 million mostly unseen real images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (which ended in dramatic fashion in September 2017), the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Space Telescope Milky Way time lapses and more were used to make the film.
"In Saturn's Rings" is unique as it uses no computer-generated images. Instead, the film painstakingly employs multiplane photo animation created entirely in Adobe After Effects with image processing by over fifty volunteers in Adobe Photoshop, GIMP and custom Java/ImageJ programming tools.

"In Saturn's Rings" is now playing at select locations in the US and Canada, with many more theaters to be added in the near future.
Click here to visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville website.

Dear OLLI Members,
We hope you are all staying safe and dry as Tropical Storm Florence makes its way through our state.  While we expect heavy rain tomorrow, at this time we plan to hold College for Seniors courses as scheduled, beginning Monday, September 17, 9 a.m.  We will send an email by 8 a.m. on any day when adverse weather or other campus conditions make it necessary for us to change our schedule.  Remember that ours is a program of learning for the love of it; don't travel if conditions are not safe where you are. We are looking forward to having our members back at the Reuter Center and look forward to a new term of convening our community of teachers and learners.

Remember that we will hold an ice cream social on Wednesday, September 26, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with ice cream from The Hop, to celebrate the career and retirement of Leanna Preston, OLLI's facilities and communications manager.  Please use the form in this newsletter to send a message to thank Leanna for the many contributions she has made to the OLLI and UNC Asheville community.  

Thanks to OLLI's Communications Committee for their articles about transportation alternatives and parking safety on campus.  Remember that this will be a busy week for the staff, so please be patient if you still need help getting a valid 2018-19 decal. We appreciate your patience and persistence as we have worked with our colleagues in UNC Asheville's transportation department to adopt this new system for distribution of decals.

Here's to a new season of learning! 
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Back to School - Safely!
by Brad Allen

   Excited about the start of a new term and new classes? Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones? Anxious to get to your first class on time? Arrgh! The parking! The competition for spaces close to the Reuter Center, getting into and out of a parking slot to get where we need to be, is part of the experience. But it doesn't have to be an aggravation or worse.
As we get on with our day, there is one small but important thing to keep in mind that will enhance everyone's OLLI experience and strengthen our community of lifelong learners. Watch out for one another, particularly walking and driving in and around the Reuter Center.

During the upcoming course term, hundreds of us will descend on the Reuter Center, juggling busy schedules and navigating the parking lot to get into and out of classes, SIG groups and meetings quickly. Slow down, look around and watch out for pedestrians and other cars so every trip to the Reuter Center is both rewarding and safe.
Drive safe. Walk safe. See you in class!

Men's Wisdom Works, An OLLI Special Interest Group,
Wants You
Each of MWW's 15 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.
All groups meet at various times and places twice a month for two hours.
Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour and group activities
Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group.
To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Chuck Fink at 

Parking on Campus
Parking lot
Don't forget that to park on the UNC Asheville campus you must display a 2018-19 decal. 
To register for your parking decal, you will need:

1. Your OLLI Number:
2. Your vehicle information:
  • Vehicle make, model, year and color 
  • Vehicle license plate number and state
  • Driver's license number and state
  • Registered owner information 
  • Insurance company 

Once you have collected this information, please review the parking system instructions and then go to the parking decal online system to register: https://www.permitsales.net/UNCA 

One Member's Perspective on Transportation Alternatives
by Jennifer Vogel

We know that not everyone can walk or bike and that public transportation does not work for everyone.  OLLI, as a university department, cannot organize car pools.  We do, however, encourage the spirit of creativity and community reflected in Jennifer's article. 
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
Tuesday, September 18, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Josh Kelly
"Update on Nantahala & 
Pisgah National Forest Plan"

This fall the US Forest Service will release an updated draft of the Nantahala/Pisgah Forest Management Plan. The Plan is very important and will guide the future of the 1.1-million acres of the two national forests for the next 15+ years.  Historically, the WNC forests focus centered on timber management, but now forest management plans include decisions about wilderness, water quality, wildlife and endangered species. Citizen involvement and dialogue is a vital part of the process and the Draft Forest Plan will be available for comment from the public this fall. To understand what the draft plan entails, Josh Kelly, Public Lands Biologist for MountainTrue, will talk about the content the Forest Service has released to the public so far. He'll also discuss the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the plan. And most importantly of all, he'll show the importance of how public input can make a difference in the final outcome of the plan. 
Josh Kelly is a native of Madison County and a lifelong resident of North Carolina.  He received his bachelor's degree in biology from UNC-Asheville in 2003, where he studied the botanical diversity of the Southern Blue Ridge and the Pakariama Mountains of South America. In his professional life, Josh has worked to protect and restore the public lands of the Southern Appalachians for the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, WildLaw, and MountainTrue.  At MountainTrue, Josh monitors logging and development issues on public land and provides site-specific, scientific information to promote ecological restoration and oppose ecologically damaging management. 
All EMAS programs are free and open to the public.
Fab Friday Lecture
Friday, September 21, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"The Hitler Years Through the Eyes of a Child"
by Charlotte Self
When Hitler came to power in January 1933, Charlotte Hugues Self was six years old. She grew up in Schwerin, the capital of the state of Mecklenburg, in Northern Germany. In this presentation Self will share her story of her mother's activities in the underground resistance movement as a member of the Social Democratic Party, her own experience as a twelve-year old during Kristallnacht, the Jewish pogrom on November 9, 1938, and her service as a courier taking secret underground papers to Vienna as part of the resistance. When Mecklenburg was occupied by the Soviet army in June 1945, Self had to leave, twice becoming a refugee and twice an immigrant over an eight-year period. After living in England for four years and in Canada for three years, she moved to California, where she lived for over fifty years. Charlotte came to Hendersonville, with her husband, Sydney Self, in 2005. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from someone who lived through some of the most challenging times of the 20th centuryIn the first presentation Sylvie Delaunay, French native and owner of Provence Detours, will introduce five little known destinations worth visiting to experience the depth and breadth of French culture and landscapes.

Members and guests are invited to enjoy stimulating presentations and dynamic question and answer sessions.  Purchase lunch from the Reuter Cafe or bring your own brown bag.  Programs are free and open to everyone.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, September 21, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205   
  Meeting Topic: "Women's Issues: 'Me Too', Abortion Rights, Gender.  When, Where and How Does It Matter?"  

   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
Death Cafe
Friday, September 21, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering that includes 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 Sa'id Osio from Third Messenger. Find out more at deathcafe.com 
This fall Death Cafe will also meet October 19, November 16, and December 7, 5-6:30 p.m,

Founding Member  of the Affrilachian Poets
Frank X Walker
Tuesday, September 25, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Frank X Walker
Frank X  Walker coined the term "Affrilachian" after he learned that he didn't exist; he had read in Webster's dictionary that "Appalachian" referred only to "white residents from the mountains." 
Walker is the editor of  America! What's My Name? The "Other" Poets Unfurl the Flag (Wind Publications, 2007) and  Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium and the author of poetry collections:  When Winter Come: the Ascension of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2008);  Black Box (Old Cove Press, 2005);  Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2003), winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award; and  Affrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000), a Kentucky Public Librarians' Choice Award nominee.

UNC Asheville professor of creative writing and NY Times best-selling author Wiley Cash says of Walker, "He's a star. He's magnetic, smart, interesting-it's a big deal to have him on campus."
This event sponsored by UNC Asheville's Department of English is free and open to everyone.
Ice Cream Social to Celebrate Leanna Preston's Retirement
Wednesday, September 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Reuter Center Atrium
On Wednesday, September 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the atrium on the lower level of the Reuter Center, we will gather for an ice cream social to celebrate and congratulate Leanna Preston on her retirement. We hope you will be able to attend. Please follow this link to RSVP and also to add a message to thank Leanna and wish her well.  
World Affairs Council World
Tuesday , October 2, 7:30 p.m.        
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Remedios Gomez Arnau
Mexico and the U.S.: A View of their Economic Intertwining
by Remedios Gomez Arnau
Remedios Gomez Arnau, Consul General of the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh, previously headed Consulates in Atlanta and San Diego.  Prior to her consular service, she was the Academic Secretary and Associate Researcher at the Center for Research on North America from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  Her research focused on U.S. foreign policy and the Mexico-U.S. relationshi p.

 World Affairs Council (WAC) lectures and discussions aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. Meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee. Lectures are free to WAC members and UNC Asheville undergraduate students. All others are $10 at the door. For more details about programs,
Behind the Scenes at NC Stage
Friday, October 5, 1:30 p.m. / Reuter Center Manheimer Room

British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to out-talk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.
"Structured as a prize fight between two starkly ambitious men in professional crisis, FROST/NIXON makes it clear that the competitor who controls the camera reaps the spoils." -NY Times.

Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver. Explore the themes of this season's plays, talk with the actors, directors and designers about design concepts and the rehearsal process and experience a scene or two performed live. Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens! 

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

OLLI Fall Membership Social
Wednesday, October 10, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Level

 Join your OLLI friends for our Fall Member Social. Take this opportunity to socialize, enjoy great food and celebrate the autumn season. We will have casual cookout fare, including vegan options.

Free and open to all OLLI members
Book Talk with Chris Higland 
Sunday, October 14, 4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Chris Highland, OLLI instructor and author of ten books, will be reading from his new book,"A Freethinker's Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World." Published by Pisgah Press, the book is a collection of his weekly "Highland Views" columns in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Books will be available to purchase. Refreshments and booksigning to follow. 
This event is free and open to everyone.
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