OLLI Observer
September 9, 2018    
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In This Issue
Free Electric Car Show
Sunday, September 9 
(Rain Date: Sept 16)
Noon - 4 p.m.
Asheville Outlets /  800 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
The Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club invites you to the 5th annual FREE Electric Car Show at the Asheville Outlets (I-26 exit 33). Owners and dealers will be showing more than 15 models of plug-in electric cars (over 40 cars total). Come see the longer electric range Tesla Model 3, 2018 Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt EV and the new Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid. Some dealers and owners will also be providing rides. 

Many modern cars have self-driving and vehicle-aware technologies. See what owners think about the usability and value. 

This is co-sponsored by the Asheville Outlets, Land-Of-Sky Clean Vehicle Coalition and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.  More at  www.drivelectricweek.org

Carolinas' Nature
Photographers Association
(CNPA) Meeting
 Sunday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Don Wuori

CNPA member Don Wuori will be making a presentation on bird photography.  Plan to join CNPA for a chance to see some of Don's wonderful images and learn tips and tricks to capture-award winning photographs.
A Meet-and-Greet, a great chance to meet fellow members, starts at 5:30 pm. The meeting begins  6 pm and will conclude around  at 8:00 pm.
Marcia Markowitz      
I love volunteering at OLLI because it gives me a chance to share as well as practice my belief that keeping active, both physically and mentally, is the key to enjoying retirement.         
Marcia co-taught "Healthy Bites" and "Go Take a Hike for Beginners" and teaches "Total Workout."



Make a difference

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Changing Lives One House at a Time
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Special Interest Group
Amateur Beekeeping 
in Western North Carolina
Tuesday September 11,  4:15-5:30 p.m. Reuter Center Room 207
Jeff Pettis and Diane Almond

Diane Almond will discuss our local beekeeping scene. Diane is both a Master Gardener and a Master Beekeeper. She teaches pollinator stewardship and sustainable beekeeping throughout North Carolina,and is a founder of BeeHab. If you've ever wondered what it takes to have a bee hive, Diane's the person to meet.

Garden SIG contact is: Marilyn Dishaw, 828-215-3838,  ncdishaw@gmail.com.

Tuesday September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

"Crisis in Venezuela" 
presented by  Russell Crandall

Russell Crandall, a Davidson College Latin American specialist who has published several books on the politics of the region, has served as principal director for the western hemisphere at the Defense Department, director for Andean affairs & security aide at the NSC. He's been a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and has consulted for the World Bank, where he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Come to the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee.  The World Affairs Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room and offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters:  All lectures are free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door.  For more details about programs, consult the WAC website
On Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m. in the Reuter Center Manheimer Room, the World Affairs Council lecture will be 
  "Mexico and the US: A view of Their Economic Intertwining" by  Remedios Gomez Arnau, Consul General of the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh.

Behind the Scenes with
 NC Stage
Friday, September 14, 12:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
  DAR HE: The Story of 
Emmett Till
Performed and created by award- winning actor a nd playwright  Mike Wiley .
"I'd like my work to not only enlighten minds but to inspire hearts."- Mike Wiley
In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand - a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. Through conversations with a Look magazine journalist, Emmett's mother and others caught up in the events that led to Till's devastating fate, this riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confessions of the men accused of Till's murder.

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!
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  
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.  
Contact: Sally Ekaireb   skekaireb@gmail.com
The Autumn Players
"The Wisdom of Eve"
by Mary Orr, Directed by Wendy Strauss
Sunday, September 30, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

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

Dear OLLI Members,
This is an exciting week at the Reuter Center for a number of reasons. We have a number of interesting SIG meetings that are open to all OLLI members. On Tuesday September 10, Dr. Britt Lundgren will offer a STEM Lecture on the "Invisible Properties of Galaxies." On Tuesday, you can attend a World Affairs Council Lecture on Venezuela. Be here on Thursday, September 13 if you want to work with UNC Asheville students who are part of UNC Asheville professor Mary Lynn Mann's "Ideas to Action" course. 

Friday will be a busy day, with New Member Welcome, Behind the Scenes with NC Stage wit an exploration of "DAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till," and the first Symphony Talk presented by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's new conductor Darko Butorac. Don't forget that if you want a refund for your Fall 2018 College for Seniors courses, the deadline for requests is Friday, September 14, 3 p.m.

If you need help using the parking permit online sales system, see the detailed instructions offered in this newsletter. Representatives of UNC Asheville's office of transportation and parking will be here on Friday, September 14 at the New Member Welcome. You might also want to read OLLI member Jennifer Vogel's exploration of transportation alternatives in this newsletter and also  click here to read the Osher National Resource Center's September newsletter, which indicates that parking is a challenge that OLLIs across the country are managing.

Please let us know if you will attend the ice cream social to honor Leanna Preston's work as Communications and Facilities Manager here at OLLI and to write a message to let Leanna know what a great impact she has had on our community of teachers and learners.

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Ice Cream Social to Celebrate Leanna Preston's Retirement
Wednesday, September 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Reuter Center Atrium
Leanna Preston

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.  
STEM Lecture
Monday, September 10, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
  Shedding Light on the Invisible Properties of Galaxies
by Dr. Britt Lundgren, UNC Asheville Physics Department 
Britt Lundgren 
F ollowing the theme "STEM Activities on Campus,"  Dr. Britt Lundgren of the UNC Asheville Physics Department will focus on invisible properties of the galaxies.   
When we observe distant galaxies, the starlight we see from billions of stars is only the tip of the iceberg. Vast invisible halos of gas, dust and dark matter are now known to surround galaxies to great distances. Light from distant quasars can backlight the dark halos around foreground galaxies, enabling us to study their properties and better understand what role they play in how galaxies grow and evolve over time. This talk will describe the ongoing efforts by Dr. Lundgren and her research group at UNC-Asheville to connect the dark and luminous properties of galaxies, which reveal exciting details about the processes that have shaped galaxies over the past 10 billion years of cosmic history. 
Please note that the Fall STEM lectures will be in Reuter Center Room 206.  In addition, this lecture will begin at 5 p.m. instead of the usual 4:30 p.m. All others will be at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

New Member Welcome
Friday, September 14, 10 a.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
New member welcome Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and find out how to get the most out of your OLLI experience. 
For more information contact us at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu
Attention: Aspiring OLLI Teachers
by Jim Lenburg
Did you ever consider teaching at OLLI's College for Seniors (CFS)?
Jim Lenburg
I encourage you not to be put off by what seems to be a lengthy process, because it's all for a good reason! Details are posted on the OLLI website listed below, but I'll give you the short version here. Over the past nine years, I've taught ten OLLI courses, some more than once. It's such a rewarding and energizing experience, I urge you to consider it if you have any inkling at all. No prior teaching experience is required, but a passion for your subject matter is!

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 chuck@mwwasheville.com

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.

UNC Asheville students want to change the world!
... and you can help!
Thursday, September  13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.,  
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 
UNCA Students   Join  Ideas to Action  student teams as they share their ideas with you, seek your feedback and welcome you as team advisers.  Their ideas will still be in the early stages, but they have the passion to make them happen... as the song goes, with a little help from their friends.
UNC Asheville professor Dr. Mary Lynn Manns will introduce you to the student teams who will then pitch their ideas.  There will be time for discussion after each pitch and time after the presentations to meet the students.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, September 14, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205   
  Meeting Topic: "Political Correctness" 

   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
Symphony Talk
Friday, September 14, 3 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
ASO's new conductor and music director Darko Butorac  
Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and "Liebestod," 
Liszt's Piano Concert No. 1, 
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, with George Li, piano soloist  
Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts. The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann, who talks about the life and times of the featured composers. ASO music director Darko Butorac will appear with the soloist for upcoming concerts to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit ashevillesymphony.org 
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
The Hitler Years Through the Eyes of a Child
Friday, September 21,  11:30 a.m., Reuter Center Room Manheimer Room

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.
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, September 21, 2 p.m., Reuter Center Room 102A
In 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.
During the second presentation Madan Joshi, a native of India, will talk about the historical and cultural sites in Delhi/New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. These three cities are also referred to as the "Golden Triangle" and are popular travel destinations in North India.
Following each presentation there will be opportunity for Q&A.
Death Cafe
Friday, September 21, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Lower Level Atrium

Death Cafe is an engaging gathering that includes storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture.  At these monthly gatherings 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, Gret Lathrop and Sa'id Osio from Third Messenger. Find out more at
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.
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