OLLI Observer
July 28
, 2019    
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In This Issue

OLLI Fall Schedule
Sneak Peek and 
Course Descriptions 
Now Available

Important Dates for College for Seniors
Fall 2019
  • Fall catalog available: August 6, 2019
  • Fall registration: August 15 -22, 2019
  • Fall term dates: September 16 - November 8, 2019
Winter 2020
  • Winter catalog available: November 1, 2019
  • Winter registration: November 6 -13, 2019
  • Winter term dates: January 13 - February 24, 2020

Many thanks to our curriculum committees for gathering courses and working with our instructors.

Thanks to Pascale Couturier-Armstrong for getting the information ready and publishing it on our website.
LAS Government Day with
Mayor Esther Manheimer in City Council Chambers

Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS)
Registration Now Open

Every fall, OLLI o ffers this learning and civic engagement program, planned and led by its graduates and community members. LAS provides participants with a multi-faceted view of Asheville and Buncombe Count y. Through discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents alike can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the communit y. Each day of the nine-week program o ffers an inside r 's view of topics concerning our communit y, including histor y,environment, government, food insecurit y,the arts,the econom y,education, health and povert y.
When: W eekly sessions, Tuesdays, September 10 - November 12, 2019 (Orientation Monday, September 9)
Cost: $400 (scholarships available up to 75%)

Questions? Call 828.250.3871.

College for Seniors 
Course Proposals for Winter 2020 
Due August 1, 2019

At the heart of the College for Seniors program are dedicated volunteer instructors. While many instructors are retired academics, others with no formal teaching background have successfully facilitated learning experiences centered on their areas of passion, interest, or expertise. 

  The Forum
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, Aug 2, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room TBA

  • August 2: Current events and selection of topics for August
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

 Financial Strategies in Retirement
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, August 2,  1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center 207

"How To Create a Retirement Pay Check: 
A Guide to Tax
Efficient Distribution Planning"
Guest speaker: Rick Manske

Rick is an OLLI instructor, and CEO at PARSEC Financial in  Asheville. He is a Certified Financial Planner, a Behavioral
Financial Advisor, a member of the
Financial Planning  Association and a Registered Financial Advisor. Among
many other community activities, He serves on the  Buncombe County Schools Foundation.

 The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for
further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710. Check the
kiosks for room information.

WHOLE FOODS/PLANT BASED  Living Special Interest Group 
Friday, August 2, 3:15pm
Reuter Center, Room 102

Guest Speaker:  Carol Shimberg, MS, RDN, RYT

Carol Shimberg is a registered dietitian licensed nutritionist (RDN) practicing in Asheville, NC for the past 25 years.  Carol earned her bachelor of science degree at Georgia State College and her Master of Science in nutrition at Western Carolina University. Carol is also a registered yoga teacher. In 2015, Carol completed a intensive seven-month yoga teacher training program at Asheville Yoga Center. Carol's areas of interest include plant-based nutrition in treatment of chronic heath conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and autoimmune disorders. Carol enjoys sharing her passion and expertise to audiences of all ages!

*Note: Due to ceiling repairs, the stair case in the Reuter Center will be blocked off;please park in lower level lot for ease of access.
Art Market Registration and Information

OLLI's Art Market (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 Market 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 with payment to the OLLI front desk. 

Familiarize yourself with a few important reminders about the market. 

PLEASE NOTE: Display spaces are now limited; we  only have a small number remaining. Application does not guarantee a space
It's Showtime!
Testing Interest in a 
New Special Interest Group

Calling all writers, poets, singers, musicians, dancers, actors for a possible new Special Interest Group (SIG) in town: It's Showtime!  

This is an opportunity to create, perform and have fun with other fun-loving OLLI members.  Love to write but too shy to perform?  No problem.  Plenty of show-offs will love to hog the limelight. The proposed topic of this year's show is aging.  We'll make 'em laugh.  We'll make 'em cry.  We hope to start this SIG during OLLI's fall semester, with a final performance will be scheduled for spring.  

Dates and times to be arranged.  At this point we're drumming up participants.

For more information or to express your interest, please contact 


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

Haywood Street Congregation 
Help build dignity and hope for those who are struggling

Welcome Home Donation Center
Helping to End Homelessness in Asheville

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

Dear OLLI Members,
We have been hard at work on the Fall 2019 catalog and are looking forward to the theme term on Appalachia. 

We want you to be aware that during rains earlier in the year a minor leak in our roof led to some damage to our ceiling.  We have waited until a break in our schedule to bring in the equipment for the repairs being done by our colleagues in campus operations.  We do ask that to the degree possible that during these repairs you park on the level where your class or event is being held. The elevators will be operating, so you can still navigate from floor-to-floor.  We just wanted you to be aware of the impact the repair might have.

We hope that you will take some time to read Dana Zarr's article about the Inclusion Committee's forum with African-American Small Business Entrepreneurs.  We had a very small audience for the program, but a very meaningful exchange that led to a better understanding of challenges in our community and some of the people and groups working for positive change. We thank Wallace Bohanan and Dana Zarr for putting this program together and for making such positive connections to communities outside OLLI and to all of our committees who work to bring thought-provoking programming to the OLLI community. 

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:
Ceiling Repair Notice
July 29-August 9

Please be aware that from July 29th - August 9th, there will be ceiling repairs taking place near the staircase at the Reuter Center. Due to scaffolding, stair access will be closed. If you are visting the building during this time period, please plan on parking and entering on the level where your event is taking place.Our elevators will be working, so if you find yourself on the wrong floor you can use them.
Next Steps for OLLITalk
OLLI executive director Catherine Frank met on Friday, July 12, with interested OLLITalk members. During a short presentation she discussed the reasons that staff will no longer maintain OLLITalk, including the time required and the potential liability from people who breach security and make comments that diminish our sense of community.

A group of OLLI members met after the initial information session to discuss how to create and run an alternate service. Many of them have significant experience maintaining similar services, and we are confident that they have the expertise and commitment necessary to create a successful online community. We will keep you posted in the newsletter to let you know more about how to join any new group. 

Thanks to the many people who have successfully used the service over the years.  We have re-opened the list until Wednesday, July 31, 5 p.m. At that time we will keep the archives open indefinitely.
Inclusion Committee Hosts Forum
for African Amer ican Small Business Entrepreneurs
By Dana Zarr

The OLLI Inclusion Committee's most recent project was hosting the African American Small  Business Entrepreneur Forum. This interactive event, co-sponsored by the African American  Business Association (AABA) and the Western Women's Business Center (WWBC), provided  an open, welcoming environment for entrepreneurs to share their triumphs and challenges in  launching a small business.  Guest speakers included Dannie Frey, Associate Director of the WWBC; Rosanna Mulcahy,  Inclusion Business  Program Manager for the City of Asheville; and Ed Callis, Service Corps of  Retired Executives (SCORE) member.  The forum, led by Inclusion Committee member Wallace Bohanan, provided an intimate  interchange featuring four eager small business owners and forum attendees. Each personal story  was engaging and inspiring. Each generated opportunities for networking as well as suggestions  for ways to gain support within the business community.
Sierra Club
"Hiking the Rim of the Swannanoa Valley:
 America's Highest and Most Historic Skyline" 
Thursday, August 1, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 
One Edwin Place , Asheville
 (corner of Charlotte and Edwin)

Joe and Mary Standeart of the Swannanoa Valley Museum will talk about hikes, history and culture of the region. 

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. 
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Image of Ultima Thule
"Beyond Pluto: The New Horizons Mission to Ultima Thule"
A Presentation by Steven J. Conrad, 
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Thursday, August 1, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

When NASA's  New Horizons spacecraft sped past Pluto in July 2015, offering unprecedented (and unexpected) views of the strange dwarf planet, its mission was considered an unparalleled success. As the spacecraft continued into the far reaches of our solar system, scientists were cautiously hopeful that the mission could be extended to explore an object in the  Kuiper Belt, the distant region located one billion miles past Neptune's orbit that contains comets, asteroids and other small icy bodies.

The mission's new target did not disappoint; on New Year's Day 2019, 13 years after the spacecraft's launch, New Horizons had its closest encounter with Kuiper Belt Object 2014MU69, nicknamed " Ultima Thule," the most distant - and quite possibly the oddest - object ever explored. This 22-mile, peanut-shaped asteroid gives scientists a primordial glimpse into the earliest formation of our solar system.

Steve Conard will discuss the New Horizon mission's efforts to find Ultima Thule and how scientists characterized the object prior to the encounter. He'll then examine the preparations for the flyby, and how data collected by the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imaging (LORRI) instrument can unlock the mysteries of our solar system's beginnings.

History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, August 16, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 
The Proud Tower   Chapters 2, 3 and 8
by Barbara Tuchman
During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass was "heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate." In The Proud Tower, Barbara W. Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the Edwardian aristocracy; the Anarchists of Europe and America; Germany and its self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; Diaghilev's Russian ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the Peace Conferences in The Hague; and the enthusiasm and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized by the assassination of Jean Jaurès on the night the Great War began and an epoch came to a close.

History Book Lovers meet n the 3rd Friday of each month at 1 p.m. SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011, mbwhome@gmail.com

Come join the fun to share beloved books, engage in discussion, and connect with like-minded members around our favorite subject : history!

Wilma Dykeman Riverway
2019 Summer Series

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

Start Your Summer Reading to Prepare for a Talk by 
StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 - 9 pm
UNC Asheville Campus, Lipinsky Auditorium

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps and author of five books, will give a free public talk on Thursday, September 19, in Lipinsky Auditorium. 
Isay's most recent book based on StoryCorps interviews, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Workwas summer reading for first-year UNC Asheville students. 

Isay, a radio producer, began what grew into StoryCorps in 2003 with a story recording booth in New York City. StoryCorps, with a mission "to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world," now has story booths in different cities, and mobile story booths that travel the country.

High Cost of Rx: A Forum Discussion
Sponsored by AARP
Thursday, Aug 29, 10 a.m. to noon

If you are worried about affording the medications your doctors prescribe, you are not alone. The price of brand-named drugs continues to skyrocket, outpacing inflation by around 400 percent in recent years.  That is why AARP in the Mountain Region and community partners are hosting a forum to help you reign in soaring prescription drug prices. Learn about strategies to lower your prices and ways we, as voters, can fight for more affordable medications. AARP will be joined by representatives of the NC General Assembly, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, 
and pharmacist at the Mountain Area Health Education Center.

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UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804