OLLI Observer
June 18, 2017 
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In This Issue


Sam Harben, on the Ad Hoc Committee to advise the Residents' Council of the Asheville Housing Authority and on the Planning Committee.

"I love volunteering at OLLI because I become a part of the community of volunteers who are working to make life better for our fellow residents and, as a result, ourselves."

Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities 
Buncombe County 
Asks Your Input 
for Next Aging Plan

Every five years Buncombe County's Commissioners adopt a plan for improvement of older adult services in our community. Several OLLI members serve on the Aging Coordinating Consortium, which makes recommendations for this plan. At the outset of this process they ask you to spend a few minutes giving your advice about issues you believe need attention in this next plan. Certainly you have opinions about this subject; now is the time to share them!  
or copy and paste the link below into your browser.
 
Elijah Mitchell
 Audubon Society 
Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m.  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Birds vs Towers: Communication    
Tower Impacts on Migratory Birds
by Emilie Travis
  
Emilie Travis
Birds migrating to and from breeding grounds in the United States and Canada are killed by the millions in collisions with lighted towers and their guy wires. Emilie Travis investigated the impacts of these towers to migratory birds in Wisconsin while doing research for her master's degree.  Emilie will discuss the contributing factors to tower-kill events, share her findings and explain how her research shed serious light on the issue of tower illumination and helped in the development of tower management guidelines. Emilie will complete her program with a unique bird quiz, so bring your field guides!
 
EMAS programs are free and open to the public.  
Opera Talk   
Friday, June 23, 3 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
Young Artist Program
 with Jon and Beth Truitt

The Young Artists of Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) will perform a collection of opera highlights, art song and classical pieces they have worked on during their program. The young singer artists come to Asheville from around the country and participate in an intensive program for six weeks to develop their singing, acting, dancing and performing skills. They range from young professionals to students and they participate in ALO's summer productions and perform extensively around the Western North Carolina region. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear these young artists in an intimate setting.

Free and open to the public 

OLLI Art Bazaar Registration Now Open   
 
R egistration is now open for the 2017 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017, 11 .a.m.- 4 p.m and Saturday, November 11,11 a.m.-3 p.m.  The r egistration fee is $35 for a single table; $70 for a double. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in and space is limited.  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.  If you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend.  

More info, contact Leanna Preston, 232-5181, lpreston@unca.edu 

Volunteer Opportunity 
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the primary fundraising partner for the Blue Ridge Parkway, providing support for initiatives along the 469-mile route, including historical and cultural preservation, environmental protection, visitor amenities and educational outreach.
 
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is currently seeking a part-time communications volunteer to work in our Asheville office for the summer or fall. The volunteer will work with the Communications Director to achieve the nonprofit's communication goals. For more information about this opportunity and how to apply please visit our website:   https://www.brpfoundation.org/career-opportunities. We can't wait to hear from you!
Volunteer Opportunity
   
The  OLLI Civic Engagement Committee hopes that you will join them to participate in this unique  opportunity to partner with United Way, MANNA and the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville to improve the lives of those living at the Asheville Terrace Apartments by helping to create an on-site food pantry.

Needed: Families to Host 
International Students

     
Have you ever thought about hosting an international student? Do you enjoy learning about different cultures? Do you have a spare bed in your home?
Xplore USA has an urgent need for loving host families in the 
Asheville/ surrounding areas:

1. Host a student from France, Germany, Spain, Italy or Austria for 2-4 weeks in July. Students are arriving  July 1st for a cross-cultural summer camp. Xplore USA have 10 students in need of hosts at the moment.

-All program costs are covered. Our students are fully insured, and are with us at camp during the days, M-F, 9-5. As a thank you for hosting, Xplore USA can offer a free week of camp for a loved one or grocery funds.

2. Host a student from Valladolid, Mexico for the 2017-2018 academic year. Interested families should live in the Asheville City Schools district and be able to commit to one semester. 
For more information contact
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
 tour leaders and organizers for their many contributions to the program: 
Lori Nelson, lorinelson@kw.com 
828-545-3005

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,
Thanks for a great first week of College for Seniors Summer 2017 courses. Special thanks to Bob Brunk for leading a lively discussion of "Trash and Treasures" and to the OLLI Inclusion Committee for convening a conversation on community policing by Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper and Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan. Please remember that OLLI offers many opportunities to learn and many events free and open to the public. Introduce friends (of all ages) to OLLI by bringing them to these lectures sponsored by OLLI and by our many community partners.

In the coming week, please plan to attend programs from the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, an OLLI Authors reading featuring the work of poets Karen DePew and Mike Ross, an OLLI Advance Care Planning workshop, Opera Talk (including performances by young artists) sponsored by the Asheville Lyric Opera and a performance and lecture led by Bruce Nemerov and sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area Partnership. 

We are excited also about the beginning of UNC Asheville's Concerts on the Quad with a performance by the Raleigh-based Chatham County Line this Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. OLLI is fortunate to be part of UNC Asheville.  Please take some time to watch the video about OLLI that is part of the Higher Education Foundation Foundation's "What Makes a Great University" series.  Thanks so much to Chancellor Mary Grant for capturing the essence of OLLI. 

And we are lucky to be part of the larger Asheville community with so many opportunities to enjoy the talents of others and develop talents of our own. Please take some time to respond to the Buncombe County Aging Plan Survey. If you are inspired by Sam Harben's volunteer efforts described in the Volunteer Spotlight, please note that this week's newsletter offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including the opportunity offered through OLLI's Civic Engagement Community to begin a food pantry at the Asheville Terrace Apartments.

David Mouw in his comments to our Paths to Creative Retirement participants, reminded me of the Robert Louis Stevenson poem from A Child's Garden of Verses, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." The news of the world can sometimes be overwhelming and can make us despair. Every day at the Reuter Center reminds us that there are many people in our membership working to make positive change and to celebrate what is right in our world. Thanks to all of you for inspiring us to see the possibilities for change and the importance of positive persistence.

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 

When the Higher Education Foundation visited UNC Asheville, as a part of the 'What Makes A Great University' initiative, they  created videos to tell the university's story, and OLLI was included.  Click the link below to view this great OLLI video.

 
Concerts on the Quad
Chatham County Line
(traditional bluegrass harmonies 
with modern influences)
Monday, June 19, 7 p.m.
 UNC Asheville Main Quad
 
UNC Asheville's Concerts on the Quad returns this summer with four free Monday evening shows, featuring Americana/roots, jazz, funk, rock and soul music. The free concerts take place June 19 and 26, and July 10 and 17, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.  
  Buncombe County Chautauqua
 Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m. each night
AB Technical College in the Ferguson Auditorium, 
340 Victoria Rd , Asheville NC

Chautauqua is an "experiential oral tradition that brings history to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion aimed at stimulating critical thinking." 
This year's performers will include Becky Stone as Maya Angelou, George Frein as Abraham Lincoln, Fred Blanco as Cesar Chavez and Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite.

Tickets are $5 per show or $15 for all four shows. 
Tickets are available at the door.
 Box Office opens at 6 p.m. each show night. 
For group rates please contact:   buncombe2016@gmail.com
  Click here for more information about the 

Tuesday, June 20, 5 p.m.
 Reuter Center Room 206
 
OLLI's new series, OLLI Authors, continues to recognize the many talented poetry and prose writers  
among OLLI members.  
  A new OLLI Authors poetry reading is scheduled featuring
 two OLLI
Karen DePew
member poets.      
 Karen DePew and Mike Ross  will read selected works from their poetry.  Ross' first book of poems, Small Engine Repair, will be available for sale after the reading.    
This series is free and open to the public. 

Advance Care Planning
Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
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OLLI at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning (ACP) workshop featuring a panel 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 uses of advance directives.  Ample time will be reserved for questions. Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the NC ACP "Short Form". 

Click here to access a copy of the form. 
 
 Free and open to the public. 
  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, June 23, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205 

Topic this week will be "Iran and the Middle East"

  The Forum offers a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.

SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 
Raise Every Voice: Gospel in the Mountains
Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
Join Grammy-winning musician Bruce Nemerov as he offers a unique and inspirational program of religious music as it was part of WNC during the 19th and 20th centuries. Musical selections include camp meeting songs, shape-note songs, spirituals and hymns.  The performance highlights Bruce's skill with the guitar and banjo along with the talents of Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar, vocals) and Jeff Keith (mandolin, guitar, vocals), both members of the music department faculty at Warren Wilson College. Informative discussions throughout the program illustrate the background and evolution of WNC's varied religious music history.

Tickets available at the door: $5 donation, 
WNCHA members free

Program sponsored by the 
Western North Carolina Historical Association
Funded in part by the 
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership
Children's Book Drive

Congregations 4 Children, a NC United Methodist Church initiative, is collecting books to give to children during the federally funded free lunch program this summer. Both picture and chapter books are needed for grades K-12.

Please consider donating any children's books you may have and are no longer using. There will be a drop box outside the OLLI administrative office. For more information, 
Jane Callis 828.215.2950.  
The Organic Growers School needs volunteers

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