OLLI Observer
May 20, 2018   
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In This Issue
burning candle   We Remember
Don Morgan
May 10, 2018

OLLI and the Reuter Center will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observation of Memorial Day

We will also be closed June 1 and 2 for the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend Workshop (CREW).

Volunteer Opportunity
The Advance Care Planning (ACP) Committee needs volunteers to witness advance care planning documents after the workshop scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 5:30 p.m. and for their quarterly workshops at the Reuter Center.

Being a witness requires about 1.5 hours of your time 1-3 times a year, acting or signing as a witness.
There is no preparation required and you will contribute to the important work of helping people to document 
their end-of-life wishes. 
If you would like to help, please contact Amy Davison: adavison.2ndtime@gmail.com

UNC Asheville held commencement on Saturday, May 12. Click here to watch a short video commemorating the day.

Click here to read UNC Asheville Magazine to see the wonderful developments here at our university.

Be a Class Rep

  Volunteer for the College for Seniors courses in the Summer and Fall terms -- and future terms.

Click here to sign up on the NEW Class Rep Volunteer list.


Energy Savers Network 
Help Homeowners Reduce 
Energy Losses    

MANNA Foodbank Team
Providing Tens of Thousands 
of Meals a Day to the Hungry 

Roots Foundation
The Garden Is the Classroom
Click here for details
VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a

Email for more information:  volunteerolliwnc@gmail.com
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum   
What:   Meet the Candidates: Learn where
             candidates stand on topics
             impacting older adults in Buncombe
When:  Tuesday, June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Manheimer Room

Leadership Asheville Seniors
Registration Open
Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS) is now open for registration to OLLI members. 
LAS is a ten-week program that runs Tuesdays from September 11 through November 6, 2018 and offers an insider's view of topics concerning our community, including history, environment, government, food insecurity, the arts, the economy, education, health and poverty. Through discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the community. 
for more information  or contact program manager Hannah Furgiuele at 
828.250.3871 or hfurgiue@unca.edu 

Meals on Wheels
Volunteer Opportunity

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County is looking for volunteer meal delivery drivers.  Please consider signing up for a weekly route and help homebound older adults remain nourished and independent. 
 Meals are delivered by 12:30 p.m. each day.  It typically takes 90 minutes to deliver a route.  Call us for more details at 828.253.5286.  We can schedule a "Ride Along" with a current volunteer to give you an idea of what a delivery route is like and how rewarding it is to deliver a warm smile and meal to a homebound older adult.

Dear OLLI Members,
Please remember that registration is underway for our Summer 2018 College for Seniors courses.  Click here to visit our online registration site. We will have helpers at the Reuter Center Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Thanks so much to the College for Seniors curriculum committee for putting together another excellent series of courses.

We hope that if you plan to take courses that you will sign up to be a class rep and if you are considering teaching or know someone who might offer a course that you will sign up for one of our instructor support workshops.

Our Lost and Found is over-flowing, but we wanted to give you one more week to reclaim lost items before we pack everything up and take it to a local charity on Friday, May 25.

If the rainy weather this past week has you longing for a getaway to an island paradise, please take some time to read Jim Lenburg's story about Barbara and Stan Binder.

Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Too Much Paradise? Ask the Binders
By Jim Lenburg

Have you ever dreamed of retirement to an island paradise? Does rainy weather make you long for sunshine and sandy beaches? 
Click here to read the retirement story of OLLI members Barbara and Stan Binder and find out whether you can have too much paradise.

Lost and Found

We have so many unclaimed items (jackets, scarves, notebooks, etc.) that we wanted to give you one more week to reclaim the things you left behind during the Spring term. 
Please stop by the OLLI office during business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday to reclaim your lost items.
We will be taking everything to a local charity on Friday, May 25.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, May 25, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Meeting Topic: "Issues in the Middle East"   

   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.com
Alzheimers Association Presentation
Friday, May 25, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206

The Confident Caregiver Series

Offered through the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, the Confident Caregiver is a series of three presentations that provide  answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way to maintain quality of life for both the caregiver and the person with the disease. At this final presentation, the topics that will be covered is "Finding Moments of Joy with Dementia."

Word Story Slammers
Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m.
Habitat Tavern and Commons
174 Broadway, Asheville
This event, produced by David Joe Miller Productions, will feature Raymond Christian, David Joe Miller, Scott Whitehair, Alison Fields, Chuck Fink, Lee Lindsey, and Pete Koschnick. 
Please be aware that tickets are sold out at this time, but a few tickets will sold at the door. 

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m. (NOTE NEW TIME), Manheimer Room

The Perfect Murder by Peter James, written for the stage by Shaun McKenna, directed by Walter Goodrich

Wanting nothing more than to settle down with his mistress, a husband plans to kill his wife. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that he's not the only one with murder on his mind! A dark and sometimes bloody comedy!

The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors sponsored by the Asheville Community Theatre and dedicated to taking the theater experience into the community. Readings of great literature by experienced performers can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest. As words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, stories come to life. Tickets are $7 at the door. 

Astronomy Club of Asheville
"LIGO - Opening a Window into a New Frontier in Observation" 
Presented by 
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Gravitational waves are a natural consequence of the relativistic nature of Einstein's general relativistic theory of gravity and were predicted by him in 1916. Because the gravitational force is the weakest of the four forces in nature, gravitational waves are exceedingly difficult to generate and detect.
Only the most violent processes, like black hole and neutron star mergers and the Big Bang itself, produce signals strong enough to be observed. Dr. Reichart will discuss LIGO  ( Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory ) and t he technology that was developed to detect gravitational waves. LIGO is the world's largest gravitational wave observatory and a cutting edge physics experiment. Comprising two enormous laser interferometers located thousands of kilometers apart, LIGO exploits the physical properties of light and of space itself to detect and understand the origins of gravitational waves.

College for Seniors Instructor Workshops
June 2018, Reuter Center

Take a workshop on skills development! 
Three two-day workshops are offered in June....
  • Beginning PowerPoint: Monday, June 4 & Thursday, June 7, 9 a.m.-noon: Instructors-Marty Stickle & Judith Bliss
  • Google Slides for Presentations: Tuesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 7, 9-11 a.m.: Instructor-Dennis Murphy
  • Presentation Skills Development: Tuesday, June 5 & Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Instructor-Judith Bliss

Estate Sale to Benefit
Asheville Symphony and CarePartners 
Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 CarePartners Estate Sale Showroom, 75 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Buncombe Chautauqua
M onday through Thursday, June 18-21, All shows 7 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium on the AB Tech Campus
340 Victoria Road, Asheville
Tickets are $5 per show and are available the night of the performance

Meet courageous people - hear their stories - ask them how they survived. You'll laugh - you'll cry - you'll have lots of questions. And they'll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it's not just history - it's personal.
Monday, June 18: Winston Churchill portrayed by Larry Bounds
Tuesday, June 19: Harriet Tubman portrayed by Becky Stone
Wednesday, June 20: Alice Paul, portrayed by Leslie Goddard
Thursday, June 21: Francis Marion, portrayed by Ken Johnston

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, June 21, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

OLLI at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning workship that will feature a penel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues.  Discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues and the sues of advance direct5ives.  Ample time will be reserved for questions.  Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a letgally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the NC Advance Care Planning "Short Form." There will also be an opportunity to enter your advance directive into yur electronic Mission Medical Record.
Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone
By Kiesa Kay
Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m.
Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 382

Daniel Boone has achieved legendary status in America as a  pathfinder, soldier, horse trader, land speculator, constantly on the move to the next frontier. "Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone" tells the compelling but lesser known tale of his remarkable wife, Rebecca. She traveled alongside him through 20 moves and kept the family together through rough times. She gave birth to ten children and raised six more as well.  This production stars Patti Louise Smith with period-appropriate music chosen by old time fiddler and Boone family descendant, Bruce Greene, and performed by rising star William Ritter. 
Tickets are $10 and available at rebeccaboone.bpt.me
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar 
R egistration is now open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018, 11-4pm and Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11am-3pm.  This year's bazaar will again be a two day format and the  registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double table. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in quickly and space is limited...so don't wait to get your registration sent in.  If you are interested in participating or know of an OLLI member who would like to join the fun, let us hear from you!

Click here to download and print an Exhibitor Registration form  or you may drop by the OLLI office to pick up a registration form. 

We are looking forward to an exciting bazaar and hope you  plan to be a part.  And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.

Click here to download an event flier
to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!

Questions, contact Leanna Preston lpreston@unca.edu 
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