OLLI Observer
November 19, 2017  
 
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In This Issue
Remember! 
The Reuter Center will be closed 
November 22-26 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday


TODAY 
The Reuter Center Singers to Join in 120-Voice Choir
Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Downtown Asheville
The Reuter Center Singers will join with the Givens Estates Vesper Choir and the Biltmore United Methodist Church Choir to perform together as a 120-voice chorus.  The performance is open to everyone and admission is free. Donations are welcome. There will be a reception following the performance. This concert, called While I Still Have Breath, celebrates the embrace of aging with heads held high. Included in the program will be
All Shall Be Amen and Alleluia, a musical arrangement of the text by St. Augustine; the civil rights movement ballad We Shall Overcome; the 20th century hymnal Borning Cry, composed by John Ylvisaker; and Fanfare for a Festival by contemporary composer Ron Nelson. The three choirs are all directed by Chuck Taft, who is celebrating his 20th year as director of the Reuter Center Singers, the community chorus based at OLLI at UNC Asheville. The choirs will be accompanied by brass, flute, cello, percussion, and Nora Vetro playing piano and Jeremy Roberts playing the pipe organ. 
OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Homeward Bound's Welcome Home Center
The key to ending homelessness
Roots Foundation
The garden is the classroom

Veteran Restoration Quarters' Cooking Team
Restoring the lives of homeless vets
 
 
VOLUNTEER ... It Makes a Difference!
A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music
Saturday, December 2, 2-3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Center for Cultural Preservation and the Western North Carolina Historical Association are pleased to announce the screening of David Weintraub's new film on the history of Appalachian music titled,   A Great American Tapestry:The Many Strands of Mountain Music.  The documentary tells the story of the southern mountains' musical birth and evolution through the strands of the Scots-Irish legacy, oft-overlooked African-American tradition and through the longest lived music in the Americas, the indigenous tradition.  The film just won Best Documentary at the Tryon International Film Festival.

The film features the leading luminaries of the ballad tradition including balladeer extraordinaires Sheila Kay Adams, Joe Penland and Bobby McMillion as well as Grammy Award winning founders of the world renowned black string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, David Holt, and musicologists and historians who tell the story of the great melting pot that became Appalachian music.

All tickets are $10.  While tickets may be purchased at the event,  it is recommended that tickets be ordered on the Center for Cultural Preservation's website at saveculture.org.  For more information about the program call the Center for Cultural Preservation 
at 828.692. 8062.  

Basketball and Barbecue!!      
Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

  For the first time ever, fans of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs men's b UNCA Bulldogasketball team and friends of the Asheville Symphony will have an opportunity to support both organizations at a
Musical Feast on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Kimmel Arena.  A barbecue dinner with all the trimmings, including beer, will be served at   6 p.m.   Janet R. Cone, Director of
Janet Cone
Athletics at UNC Asheville will speak on her unique career as one of only four women to serve as athletics director at the university level in the country. Then, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs will play Gardner- Webb in the Kimmel Arena at  7 p.m.  Participants will have a special section to enjoy the game.  Tickets for the game are included in the price of the event.  The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have been named the most likely to win the Big South Conference this year, and the game should be very exciting to watch.

Proceeds from the feast will go to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.  Feast tickets are limited.  You will find more information at the Symphony Guild website,   ashevillesyphonyguild.org.  When you enter the site, click on Musical Feasts on the top bar, then scroll down the list of feasts to January 2018, Musical Feast: Basketball and Barbecue for more information and tickets.
This feast will be hosted by Sam and Robin Harben, members of OLLI and the Symphony Guild.  They are hoping for a good turnout of interested OLLI members to support both of these organizations and UNC Asheville. 

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
Sponsor, Deerfield for their longstanding support!  

1617 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
828.274.1531
 

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Dear OLLI Members,
 
First, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the OLLI Art Bazaar happen:  Art Brandl,  Linda Bushar,  Tom Bushar,  Flo Byron,  Linda Cardina,  Jacob Cohen,  George Dambach,  Kathy Dambach,  Jan Duwelius,  Fran Fedor,  Nancy Gordon,  Gayle Hofmann,  Tom Hofmann,  Manju Jindal,  Dennis Murphy,  Patti Oppenheim,  Donna Schramek,  Greg Schramek,  Kim Speer,  Kathy Tempelaar-Leitz, and  James Weil. Special thanks to the organizing committee of Sharon Kopstein, Sheila Murphy, Donna Schramek and Leanna Preston. This work takes a full year of planning and organization and is a testament to the talent and generosity of our members. We salute the generosity of Sheila and Dennis Murphy for donating the ingredients for all of those delicious cookies and the generosity of our OLLI artists who donated door prizes.  Best of all, the event raised almost $2100 for College for Seniors scholarships. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the talents of our members.

You can enjoy the talents of OLLI members today as the Reuter Center Singers are part of a program of music that celebrates aging.

We hope you will take some time to read Judy LaMee's profile of OLLI's business manager Ann Cadle. Ann does an amazing job keeping track of all of our financial details and being able to present information to our membership with clarity. Most important, Ann is committed to our membership and is inspired by people who are making so much of their second half. Thanks to the communications committee for continuing to shine a light on all of the extraordinary people who make up our community and thanks to Ann for her dedication to OLLI.

Although we have much to celebrate, we have to share some bad news.  We announced earlier that Laurel Jernigan will be leaving her position as program manager for life transitions and civic engagement to focus on her family.  Click here to see the job posting on the UNC Asheville website and pass the posting along if you know someone who might be interested. Caitlin Han has also let us know that she will be leaving us at the end of the year to go back to school full time. She has asked that we not have a formal farewell for her, but we will have a card after the Thanksgiving break for all of you to let Caitlin know how much she means to us and how much we will miss her. Change is always hard to manage, and this fall is a season of change for us at OLLI. We applaud Laurel and Caitlin for making changes that will enhance their lives and know that they will both enrich the world in whatever they undertake. We are grateful that they chose to share their talents with OLLI.

Finally, we wish all of you a restful Thanksgiving. Please note that the OLLI office will be closing Tuesday, November 21, 5 p.m. and re-open on Monday, November 27, 8 a.m. We will be taking some time over the next week to reflect on our gratitude for all of the talented and experienced people who teach our College for Seniors courses, plan our curriculum, organize our Fab Friday lectures, host our socials and art bazaars, provide opportunities for us to volunteer in the broader community through Civic Engagement Committee Calls to Action, plan and facilitate Leadership Asheville Seniors, Paths, CREW, Exploring CCRCs and The Gift of Time  and Workshops . We give thanks for all of the Special Interest Groups that allow us to pursue learning and fellowship outside our traditional courses and all of the community partners who supplement our programming to offer insight into the arts, science and politics. We sometimes focus on the things that we can improve here, and we are committed to continuous improvement. It is helpful every once in a while, however, to step back and recognize the many ways that our community of teachers and learners fulfills so many of its goals and enriches so many aspects of our lives.

With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
UNCA Bulldog unca 
              
Wednesday, November 22, 7 p.m. 
Men's Basketball   UNC Asheville vs. Monmouth
Kimmel Arena


Go Bulldogs!

Ann Cadle: Business Manager and So Much More!
by Judy LaMée
 
 
You may be surprised to hear OLLI's Business Manager Ann Cadle describe herself as a high school dropout. But probably not so surprised when she follows up with, "to go to college." Graduating from Columbia College at age 20 with a chemistry degree, she quickly learned that medical schools weren't so keen on accepting 20-year-old females into their classes! So she did the next logical thing: enrolled in graduate school.


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

Fire and Birds: Forest Disturbances 
and Breeding Birds 
Cathryn Greenberg

Over 85 years of research and hundreds of studies have been conducted at Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a research work unit of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Research ecologist Cathryn Greenberg will present the results of studies addressing how breeding bird communities respond to prescribed fire, fire severity and both natural and silvicultural disturbances in the Southern Appalachians. She will also present an overview of research conducted by other scientists at Bent Creek. 
A research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Ms. Greenburg studies the effects of prescribed fire, regeneration harvests and other forest management practices on reptile, amphibian, and breeding bird communities. She also researches the production of forest food resources, such as native fleshy fruit and hard mast, in relation to forest disturbances.
Audubon Society programs are free and open to everyone.

 
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, November 27, 4:15 p.m., Room 120

Peggy Moore will lead the Meditation SIG at its last November 2017 meeting.
Ms. Moore has been a student of meditation for over 30 years and is associated with the  Institute for the Study of Universal Life Energy in Ottawa, Ontario.She teaches meditation classes at OLLI with techniques which incorporate chakra awareness, breathing techniques and energy work.  The group will discuss how to balance our energy to calm our emotions.  And we'll meditate using the flow of Universal Life Energy. 

The Monday, Dec. 11th program will be 
Live Music Nada Yoga Meditation with Linda Go, RYT  

All OLLI members are invited to participate in the OLLI Meditation SIG.

 
Save the Date!!
 
The annual fall semester UNC Asheville Student Art and Pottery Sale will be held   Friday, December 1,   4 - 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.  to   2 p.m., in the Tucker Cooke Gallery located in Owen Hall.

Sierra Club Event
Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville,   1 Edwin Place, corner  of Charlotte  and Edwin.
 
Holiday Party & Community Environmental Awards
 
  Sierra Club presents "Community Environmental Awards" with our holiday potluck dinner Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30.  Please bring a dish to share and your own place settings.
 

Contact: Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828.683.2716     Free and open to everyone.

Thomas Wolfe Book Club
Beginning January, 2018

Beginning in January of 2018 and continuing through April, a monthly Thomas Wolfe Book Club will meet in downtown Asheville at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site.  Each month a different local educator will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected short story written by Thomas Wolfe. 

 
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